Stuff and Such’s Best and Worst List of 2010

Despite popular/stupid belief, a lot of good things are coming from the collapse of the music industry. It’s like yard work, which sucks too, but after you pull all the weeds (or was that Lady Gaga’s hair?), everything looks better. That’s kind of the way things are going down now. Everyone who enters the music world with the idea of becoming a coked out overblown rockstar might as well give up because unless you blow up (and stay blown up), those days are over. The cool thing is that everyone who puts their blood, sweat and tears into their music are sticking around and riding out the storm and effectively putting out better music.

But because the music industry loves to shoot themselves in the foot, there are always going to be those fakes that are able to get through and continue to make ears bleed. So to show you who’s overblown and who needs your attention, Stuff and Such has you covered. 2010 wasn’t a bad year for music if you knew where to look. If you didn’t, here’s not too bad of a place to start:

Best

(in no particular order)

King of the Beach – Wavves

Soundtrack to my summer. You can’t help but root for the underdog. Instead of letting all of the drama from 2009 go to his head, Nathan Williams flipped us all on our heads and released this awesome album. Take notes kids, this is how you make a comeback.

Melted – Ty Segall

First time I heard this album, I wasn’t a fan. Then I got smart and realized that it was really good. This dude shits catchy hooks just as easy as Oprah finishes a baked potato.

Mini Mansions – Mini Mansions

If Elliott Smith came back and decided to make a psychedelic pop record like Revolver, he would have formed Mini Mansions.

Grinderman 2- Grinderman

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Le Noise – Neil Young

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Mojo – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Three albums that are the only living proof to me that old people don’t suck. Nick Cave and co deliver pounding track after track, Neil Young goes electric SOLO (and does it better than you can) while Tom Petty and the boys do what they do best: rock-n’-fucking-roll.

Plastic Beach – Gorillaz

Gorillaz made a pop record that makes me want to pass out drunk on the beach with it playing. Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach, bitch.

Harvest the Beast – Bad Cop

This motherfucker finally got released and we couldn’t be happier. Bad Cop slays. Plus, Adam will probably pistol whip you if you don’t buy this album. Dude’s fucking crazy.

Brothers- The Black Keys

One of the best popular rock bands (actually, fuck popular, one of the best rock bands period) out there now. This album is full of infectious grooves that’ll make you feel like you can’t sell your soul to the Devil. You just handed it over to him.

Phosphene Dream – The Black Angels

These dudes got smart, trimmed down their songs, and made them even more entertaining. Loaded with 60’s organs,  psychedelic guitar melodies, and the acid-induced chants of Alex Mass, this is their best since Passover.

Beat the Devil’s Tattoo – Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

A much darker record than Baby 81, BRMC soldiers on through a relatively rough year but comes out with a top notch record and still put on one of the best shows I’ve seen.

Sleep Forever- Crocodiles

How can you not get lost in this album? Modern shoegaze at it’s finest.

Sea of Cowards – The Dead Weather

First time I heard this album, I thought it was pretty meh. Then I began to appreciate the heavy attitude this album had. It’s fucking moody as hell, but Jack makes you feel it better than anyone else. “All the neighbors get pissed, cause when I come home, I make them nervous.” Awesome.

Halcyon Digest – Deerhunter

Pitchfork was tripping over their own boner when this puppy came out. And for once, they had good reason. This album fucking rules. Spacey, trippy and absolutely captivating, I’m still kicking myself for not being able to see them when they came to Nashville in November.

Crazy for You- Best Coast

Surf rock with throwbacks to 50’s and 60’s girl bands about heartache. I didn’t know whether or not to put this up here, but then I heard “The Sun Was High (And So Was I)” and heard she called out Katy Perry for not being a California girl, so I decided this album was cool.

My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy – Kanye West

After a shit album, Kanye West is back. You gotta hand it to the guy. He rants about himself on twitter, makes Taylor Swift look dumb (or dumber) but no matter what, you can’t seem to hold him down. Maybe that’s why we think he’s awesome. He’s the asshole you can’t help but root for.

Teen Dream – Beach House

While it’s for sure the future for dubstep, chillwave may also join the list of something we look back at as our generation’s Disco (as in really fucking embarrasing). However, this group gets points for making a good record and fucking up at Glastonbury due to “technical difficulties involving MMDA.”

Slow Waves – Heartbeater

What can I say? “Dark Horse Rising” is a fun track to get stoned to. These dudes make some awesome guitar melodies.

Hot Tropics – The Growlers

Surf rock is starting to make a huge comeback nowadays, but these dudes seem to have captured the vintage feel of it. Songs like “Sea Lion Goth Blues” and “Let It Be Known” make it feel like you’re getting swept up by waves and dragged out to sea….and that’s perfectly fine.

The Social Network soundtrack – Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

I can’t believe I’m actually putting this on here. It’s lame as hell to put soundtracks on any list, but this one is something I can’t pass up. NIN main man Trent Reznor scores a movie about Facebook, that is actually one of the best movies of the year. Filled with synths-galore, Reznor makes computer dork shit sound cool. We want to see more stuff like this and less stuff like How To Destroy Angels.

The Suburbs – Arcade Fire

At first, I couldn’t tell if I liked this record. The first track is kind of a downer to me for some reason. They killed it at Lollapalooza (that wasn’t just the beer talking) and after a couple new listens, I can say I dig this album a lot more than I thought I did.


Worst

(in no particular order cause c’mon, a piece of shit is a piece of shit)

Treats – Sleigh Bells

Every hipster douche is tripping balls over this album and now, some songs are even in car commercials. What’s wrong with you people? All this album is a bunch of ugly noise turned up REALLY loud. I made music that was on par with this when I was banging on pots and pans when I was 2.

Teenage Dream – Katy Perry

“You do not represent California girls, bitch.” – Best Coast. And nice job ripping off Beach House’s album title.

A Thousand Suns – Linkin Park

“God Bless Us, everyone. We’re a broken people living under loaded gun.” Seriously? This is more embarrassing than that time your white little brother tried to freestyle. Maybe this band will follow Tiny Tim’s lead and croak, seeing as how they are ripping off his lines.

Come Around Sundown – Kings of Leon

It’s funny that Spin is basically sucking these dudes off by playing this horrible album as a “rebellious” album. Besides the Followills’ being a blanket sheet away from joining the KKK, there’s nothing rebellious or even good about this album.

Animal – Ke$ha

Some CEO saw this mess and thought “This’ll sell millions!” It’s even sadder that he was right. Basically, if that really annoying drunk girl who says “Oh ma gah” a lot at that last party you went to made an album, this would be it. Oh yeah, I saw our old yearbook with her in it. She lists Frank Black as her biggest influence. POSER!

Hurley – Weezer

You can always count on Weezer to suck shit. Why do people still take this band seriously? You can only ride that “Pinkerton was so GOOD” wave for so long (which they’re trying to expand by going on a “Memorie$$$$$$$$” tour) They’re even putting out a b-sides record this year, but when this album isn’t even good enough to be classified as “b-sides”, we can only imagine the ear-raping that that record will be.

Rebirth – Lil Wayne

Stick to rapping about bitches, money and syrup. And make the Carter 4 already.

Sigh No More – Mumford and Sons

“We were playing a festival in Dublin the other week. There was this other group like, warming up in the next sort of chalet, and they were terrible. I said ‘shut them cunts up’ and they were still warming up, so I threw a bottle at them. The bands said ‘that’s the Sons of Mumford’ or something, ‘they’re number five in charts!’ I just thought they were a load of retarded Irish folk singers.” – Mark E. Smith

Danger Days: The True Lives of Fabulous Killjoys – My Chemical Romance

When they have a song titled “Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)” on this album, you realize they’ve gotten to the point where they don’t even have to try to piss you off. They can just be themselves and writes songs with titles like “Bulletproof Heart” and “S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W” and pick the ugliest cover possible. Dudes, it’s down the road, not across.

$O$ – Die Antwoord

Overrated, annoying fucktards who names themselves “Ninja” and “Yo-Landi Vi$$er” (might as well be $uckin’ Dick$). SPIN dug their album and NME thought it was so-so, further showing that those “music” magazines are pussies for not calling this piece of shit what it is.

Fang Island – Fang Island

Obama, you got the codes dude. Start really nuking these hipster bands. America’s got enough problems nowadays. We don’t need the American flag to be worn by the dork guitarist of this band. In fact, we don’t need these dorks on US soil, period. Anyone who isn’t a complete tool can tell you that listening to a couple of tracks on this album is bad for morale.

Self-titled EP – How To Destroy Angels

It kills me to put this on here cause I am a fan of Trent Reznor (NIN) and even the nerd in me really dug the Social Network soundtrack that he and Atticus Ross did this year. But this is just too damn boring. A lot of songs on here just don’t go anywhere interesting which is funny cause it’s the exact opposite for the Social Network score. Trent needs to drop this band and make Year Zero part 2 or another NIN album.

Flamingo – Brandon Flowers

He looks like he’s crying on the deluxe edition. Maybe he’s just thinking “damn, did I really go from being in one of the shittiest overhyped bands of the 2000’s to trying to make a Springsteen solo record?” We wish he was thinking that, but knowing him, he probably still thinks that his band “will knock Nirvana and Led Zeppelin off their pedestals.” Please dude. We’re kind of hoping someone will knock you out that window.

Vol. 1: Songs for a Sailor – The Smashing Pumpkins

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Vol. 2: The Solstice Bare – The Smashing Pumpkins

If all of the stupid shit that Billy has done hasn’t made you burn your SP CDs, this will be the nail in the coffin. After this, I can’t even listen to Siamese Dream without imagining Billy now shitting out these pointless little E.P.’s that are so limited, they come with a “hand-carved leopard stone obelisk”. Thanks dude. Just what I wanted, a fucking rock.

The Beginning – The Black Eyed Peas

Wasn’t the last one called The End or something? These dudes just won’t stay gone. If they aren’t churning out another shit record, they’re pimping out Fergie to make her own.  Just stop dudes. Just stop.

So what was your list? Let us know in the comments section. If we find anything really good, who knows, maybe we’ll throw it on here. Just depends on what section….

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2 Responses to “Stuff and Such’s Best and Worst List of 2010”
  1. crankypants says:

    I’m pretty old, and I never really listen to a lot of brand spanking new albums when they come out, but my favorite album of the year is Darren Hanlon’s I Will Love You At All.
    Nick Cave could read the phone book and not only would I buy it, but it would be better than 90% of the crap that is “popular”.

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