The Year in Music (According to my Ipod)
I listen to music constantly – when I’m working, writing, at the gym, while I go to sleep… I pretty much won’t walk more than a block without my iPod. I have to say that this year had some great musical moments, at least in my humble opinion. So without further ado, my top five albums of 2010!
ARCADE FIRE – THE SUBURBS
I’ve been a huge Arcade Fire fan since the release of Funeral in 2004 (“Wake Up” is one of my favorite songs of all time). This was the album I was looking forward to the most this year and it is without a doubt my Album of the Year for 2010. The album was streamed online the day before it was released and I spent the entire day listening to it. I ended up seeing them in concert two days later and was surprised with how many songs I was already singing along to. A must!
Favorite tracks: “The Suburbs,” “Ready to Start,” “Empty Room,” “City With No Children,” “Suburban War,” “Month of May,” “We Used to Wait” (I realize I should’ve just put the entire album!)
FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE: LUNGS
This was technically released in 2009, but I didn’t get it until earlier this year, however I had to include it since I listened to it non-stop for nearly the whole year. I saw Florence a couple weeks ago in concert and they were truly amazing live. Her voice hit every note and she mesmerized the entire audience.
Favorite tracks: “Dog Days Are Over,” “Drumming Song,” “Cosmic Love,” and “Hurricane Drunk”
FRIGHTENED RABBIT – THE WINTER OF MIXED DRINKS
My brilliant editor (and music consigliere) David Levithan introduced me to this Scottish rock band. I found myself listening to this album back-to-back for almost an entire week. Funny story – I made a joke about prioritizing getting Frightened Rabbit tickets over turning on my air conditioner on Twitter. The band retweeted it (had a total fangirl moment!) and then some jerk complained to them about retweeting something “so silly” and the band rushed to my defense. It was a very surreal afternoon.
Favorite tracks: “Nothing Like You” and “Living in Colour”
MUMFORD & SONS – SIGH NO MORE
A friend asked me to see this band earlier this year at a very small venue in NYC, but I couldn’t go. I’m kicking myself now since I got their album a couple months later and loved it.
Favorite tracks: “The Cave,” “Winter Winds,” and “Little Lion Man”
TIRED PONY – THE PLACE WE RAN FROM
This is a “supergroup” comprised of members from Snow Patrol, REM, Belle and Sebastian, among others. As a “superfan” of Snow Patrol’s, I was eagerly awaiting this album. It did not disappoint. Tired Pony only did three concerts this year and I got to go to the NYC one. It is always awe-inspiring to see such talented musicians performing together.
Favorite tracks: “Northwestern Skies,” “That Silver Necklace,” “Dead American Writers,” and “I am a Landslide”
I’ve also had a great year of concert experiences. Not surprisingly, I’ve seen all of the above bands in concert this year except for one (Mumford & Sons – this must be corrected!). I’m hesitant to say what my favorite concert of the year was since I have Prince coming up in a couple weeks, and he is still the record holder for my favorite concert of all time (the pressure is on!). All of the above were incredible, but I also highly recommend seeing The Editors, Temper Trap, Phoenix, Broken Bells, and OK Go live if they ever come to your area.
Oh, and I also saw Glee live – AMAZING! Jane Lynch surprised everybody by coming out in full Sue Sylvester track suit and I think I screamed louder than the kids around me. Yep, I’m a total Gleek.
You know, as I read through this, I realize that Prince should be frightened, really, really frightened. He’s got one heck of a year to live up to!
To a 2011 filled with more awesome music!
Thanks so much for this, Elizabeth! I'm so glad you like Florence and the Machine ( it's no secret that I LOVE her) and Tired Pony... yay! Elizabeth's new book, Prom & Prejudice, is published in January, but I think some places are shipping it now. I already have my copy on order! :)