Happy New Year. We’ll be back in 2011.
2010 was the year of Bandcamp, EPs, and Tumblrs. Wise DIY musicians gave away their music and in turn gained support from music blogs and tumblrs. The trend will continue in 2011 and will significantly reduce digital LP releases by indie artists. To our regular readers, we promise to retire all of these tracks in the new year.
1. Lord Huron – Into The Sun EP
Lord Huron – We Went Wild
Notes: I can guarantee that this will be one of my favorite EPs of the Decade. Look for Huron to sign a deal with a mid-major label in 2011.
2. Cults – 7″
Label: Columbia Records via Forest Family Records
Cults – Most Wanted
Notes: Originally mysterious duo from Brooklyn blew up in 2010. Groomed by Gorilla Vs. Bear’s Forest Family Records, until they found greener pastures with Columbia Records. They will have an enormous 2011. Question? Will Columbia go on the warpath to remove Cults’ singles from blogs? The same singles that helped Cults gain attention for their major label contract?
Here’s a badass B-side from legend Mark Lanegan.
Mark Lanegan – Crawl Like A Dog (Creature With The Atom Brain)
35. LOWER DENS – TEA LIGHTS
Lower Dens – Tea Lights
When we launched Rollo & Grady in July 2008, we made reference to the following quote from Jim James:
“At the end of the day, my tastes are all over the map. I don’t see boundaries in music, so if I’m excited about an Outkast song or some Sam Cooke gospel record, I want to bring that into my world.”
James’ words sum up the way we feel about music and the way we run our site. Our daily posts are consistently inconsistent. Some days we’ll run a mellow acoustic song followed by a metal or hip-hop song. There is no rhyme or reason to our selections; it’s just the way we feel in the moment.
Last year we ran a special feature where we asked over 60 of our favorite artists to submit their top 5 albums of 2009. This year we asked over 120 artists to submit their top 10 favorite albums of 2010.
The participating artists are from all over the world and cover many genres: Funk, jazz, hip-hop, blues, pop, rock, country, afrobeat, world, americana, soul, punk, heavy metal, electronica, and folk.
In addition to the artists, we asked our readers, friends, journalists, radio DJs, music supervisors, photographers, and fellow bloggers to submit their favorite albums.
We listed everyone’s picks the way we received them. People chose EPs, reissues, 7″, DVDs, books, and Justin Bieber. If you want to learn more about the artists, click on their names listed above the images.
Here are the top 10 albums of 2010 based on the participants’ selections:
Invisible Children Benefit :: Troubadour – Monday, December 20th
We are about 24 hours away from the start of the Invisible Children benefit show tomorrow night at the Troubadour. We are pleased to announce that the show is sold out. Thank you for your support.
Doors open at 6:30
JOHN McCAULEY OF DEER TICK: 7:30 – 7:45
BLAKE MILLS: 7:45 – 8:00
GUARDS: 8:05 – 8:30
MOUNTAIN MAN: 8:45 – 9:15
CASS MCCOMBS: 9:30 – 10:15
MIDDLE BROTHER: 10:30 – 11:15
Invisible Children benefit bolstered by music blogs (click here)
We normally post our favorite albums of the year in early December, but we’ve held out til now. It’s crazy how some sites’ “best of” lists start to pop up in mid-November. It seems a bit premature, but the majority of noteworthy albums are usually released prior to November (sorry Kanye – 11/22).
While we worked on our site this month, we’ve taken the opportunity to check out other blogs and publications’ “best of” lists for 2010. While compiling our list, we cheated twice: We revisited the Broken Bells album based on Patterson Hood’s list; it is truly a phenomenal album that would not have cracked our Top 20 if Patterson hadn’t put it back on our radar. For our “Artists Pick Best Albums of 2010″ feature, we noticed a ton of the bands chose Demon’s Claw’s Defrosting Of as a favorite album. We were already familiar with the album, and we ended up listening to it non-stop for a week. It is worth the hype and I strongly recommend checking it out – if kick-ass garage-rock is your thing.
2010 was, however, a disappointing year for the full-length album. The reality is that people no longer download full digital albums and that CDs, of course, are dead. This is not a shocking revelation, but the interesting trend now is that indie bands are releasing free EPs on Bandcamp. Some of the best music that we’ve heard this year came from Bandcamp artists. These musicians are truly working the DIY model; they just want their music to be heard. Music blogs and Tumblrs are making this happen for them.
I don’t miss the days when CDs were my primary source for music consumption. Still, when I used to buy that lovely CD for $17.99, I normally took the time to listen to the whole album, and eventually most songs clicked. These days, the majority of people, including myself, download tracks à la carte . Why buy a track that doesn’t personally move you within the first few seconds you listen to it? It’s sad, but true.
Thank you for visiting Rollo & Grady. We’re an online music publication and music supervision, licensing, management, and production company based in Los Angeles. Our goal is to provide a convenient and efficient way to discover and rediscover quality music. We’re excited to share the music that we listen to. At Rollo & Grady, you’ll find tracks from the past, the present, and everywhere in between, as well as local and national music news, reviews, music videos, and interviews.
Rollo & Grady Productions focuses on placing up-and-coming indie artists in film, television, commercials, and the internet. We’ve served as music consultants for both film and television, working with Mike Barker, Matt Weitzman, and Seth Macfarlane on Season 5, 6, and currently on season 7 of the Fox program American Dad and with Fox Searchlight on the film Cedar Rapids, starring Ed Helms and John C. Reilly, directed by Miguel Arteta (Youth In Revolt, The Good Girl) and produced by Jim Burke and Alexander Payne (Election, Sideways). Rollo & Grady have recently been hired to consult for the war film, Love And Honor, starring Liam Hemsworth and Teresa Palmer.
In addition to consulting, Rollo & Grady Productions handled music supervision duties on the documentary Sing, a film about the 2008 Hotel Cafe tour and the indie comedy, Last Call starring Christopher Lloyd and Tom Arnold, executive produced by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers).
We currently supervise music on Cessna Aircraft’s online commercials for the Mandala Agency and consulting on a Toyota commercial for the Intermark Group.
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