Modern Mystery’s Top 30 Albums of the Year

The time is finally here where we announce our favorite albums of the year. Yes, it took a whole lot of thinking and a whole lot of relistening, but in the end we figured it out.  Trust us, it was no easy task this year. Take a peek at what kept our interest in 2010.

1. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – “Let It Sway”

This will forever be known as the album where SSLYBY fully matured. Working with Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla,  the band produced a stunning record full of pop hooks and catchy lyrics. The result, Let It Sway (Polyvinyl), one of the greatest pieces of work our ears have heard by any indie band in a long time. We loved it so much we made a tribute  video celebrating the record which you can watch below. Congrats SSLYBY!

2. Vampire Weekend – “Contra”

A nearly flawless album, the VW boys started off 2010 with a burst of energy that continued througout the year. Neck in neck with the Yeltsins, Contra (XL) also shared the tale of a too-good-to-be-true indie band growing up in the public eye.

3. The Morning Benders – “Big Echo”

Another record that was running with the big boys on this list, The Morning Benders released Big Echo (Kanine) early in the year and exploded like no one could ever have imagined. It’s ab out time. They deserve it.  This is one of the catchiest albums we heard this year and it never gets old.

4. Of Montreal – “False Priest”

Of Montreal are always evolving. That is what we love most about the band. False Priest (Polyvinyl) takes them to a whole new level, dabbling in R&B and dueting with Solange Knowles. We may have been skeptical at first but it quickly won over our hearts and the dance floor.

5.  Surfer Blood – “Astrocoast” 

Everyone’s favorite “IT” band of the year produced a promising debut album called Astrocoast (Kanine). We followed the boys around CMJ 2009 and knew they were about to blew up huge. We were right, and now Surfer Blood has taken over the world.

 6. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – “Before Today”

A chilling record filled with reverb and haunting vocals proved to be just the thing for Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. Before Today (4AD) stunned the indie music world and makes us wonder what the next Ariel Pink chapter has to hold.

7.  Jukebox the Ghost – “Everything Under the Sun”

A thriving piano backed by a guitar and drums made an unexpected assault in the indie world this year. Everything Under the Sun (Yep Roc) dropped jaws quickly this year and had Jukebox the Ghost playing with big name bands and appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman.

8.   The Love Language – “Libraries”

Much different from their first record, The Love Language stunned us with a near perfect record, Libraries (Merge) this year. There was a lot of buzz about this album and as the tracks leaked, we could feel the greatness building up. We were right.

9. We Are Scientists – “Barbara”

Without a record label in the U.S., We Are Scientists broke through this year with Barbara. They haven’t changed too much since the last time we heard from them, which is a good thing. They still have their driving 80’s vibe, W.A.S. charm and brilliant tunes.

10. Magic Kids – “Memphis”

This was an unexpected treat this year that had us putting Magic Kids on repeat. Memphis (Goner/True Panther) often has a lo-fi and retro vibe, and that is what really makes it special.

 

The rest of the list….

11. Miniature Tigers – “Fortress”

12. Matt Pond PA – “The Dark Leaves”

13. Wavves – “King of the Beach”

14. Sufjan Stevens -“Age of the Adz”

15. Arcade Fire – “The Suburbs”

16. Free Energy – “Stuck on Nothing”

17. Javelin – “No Mas”

18. Best Coast – “Crazy for You”

19. The Drums – “The Drums”

20.  Tokyo Police Club – “Champ”

21. The New Pornographers – “Together”

22. Spoon – “Transference”

23. Hot Hot Heat – “Future Breeds”

24. Kids of 88 – “Sugar Pills”

25. MGMT – “Congratulations”

26. Harlem – “Hippies”

27. Broken Social Scene – “Forgiveness Rock Record”

28. Born Ruffians – “Say It”

29. Caribou – “Swim”

30. Interpol – “Interpol”

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New York City’s Weekend Show Round Up

Saturday – October 2nd

Menomena, Suckers, Tu Fawning @ Webster Hall

Radio Happy House With Born Ruffians @ (le) poisson rouge

Born Ruffians, Winter Gloves, First Rate People @ Bowery Ballroom

Mirah, Tami Hart @ Bruar Falls

Efterklang, Inlets, Xylos, Nonviolence @ Glasslands

Foals, Girl in a Coma @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Van Dyke Parks, Clare & the Reasons @ The Bell House

The xx, Warpaint, Zola Jesus @ United Palace Theater

Sunday – October 3rd

Gayngs, Glasser @ Bowery Ballroom

Casiokids, Brahms, Bikini, VonChina @ Glasslands

Motel Motel, Zambri, Shilpa Ray, ArpLine @ The Rock Shop

New York City’s Weekly Show Round Up

Monday – September 27th

Teenage Fanclub, Radar Brothers @ Bowery Ballroom

Regina Spektor, Jenny Owen Jones, Jupiter One &  more @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Beach Fossils, Grass Widow, Oberhofer, Ovens @ Old Firehouse

M.I.A., Rye Rye @ Terminal 5

The Tallest Man on Earth, S. Carey @ Webster Hall

 

Tuesday – September 28th

Black Heart Procession, Bing & Ruth, Amen Dunes @ (le) poisson rouge

Deerhunter @ Apple Store Soho

Teenage Fanclub, The Clean, Radar Brothers @ Bowery Ballroom

Shonen Knife, Hard Nips, Grooms @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Dead Confederate, Mt. St. HelensVietnam Band, Submarine Bells, New Beard @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

 

Wednesday – September 29th

Best Coast, Male Bonding, Small Black @ Bowery Ballroom

Golden Ages, Dinosaur Feathers,  Post Post @ Death By Audio

Sundelles, Bottle Up & Go, Shark? @ Glasslands

Juliana & Evan (Hatfield & Dando), The Shining Twins @ Mercury Lounge

Margot and The Nuclear So & So’s, The Lonely Forest, Cameron McGill @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Shy Child, Your Youth, The Stationary Set, Dead Stars, ARMS Dj Set @ Piano’s

The Gay Blades, Chappo, Data Dog @ The Studio at Webster Hall

Rogue Wave, Midlake, Peter Wolf Crier @ Webster Hall

 

Thursday – September 30th

Sport of Kings, Miracles of Modern Science, Gunfight, Infinity Hotel @ Coco66

Film School, The Depreciation Guild, Home Video, Bronze @ Glasslands

Sonny and the Sunsets, Kelley Stoltz (early show) @ Mercury Lounge

Juliana & Evan (Hatfield & Dando), Candles (late show) @ Mercury Lounge

Best Coast, Male Bonding, Alex Bleeker & The Freaks @ Music Hall of Williamsburg

Belle & Sebastian, Teenage Fanclub @ Williamsburg Waterfront

 

Friday – October 1st

Foals, Esben And The Witch @ Bowery Ballroom

I’m Turning Into, Gunfight, Miniboone @ Don Pedro

Born Ruffians, Winter Gloves, First Rate People @ Knitting Factory Brooklyn

Film School, The Depreciation Guild @ Mercury Lounge

The Temper Trap, Delphic, Hundred In The Hands @ Terminal 5

NinjaSonik, Oxymorons, Cody B. Ware @ The Studio at Webster Hall

Sonny and the Sunsets, Kelley Stoltz @ Union Hall

Menomena, Suckers, Tu Fawning @ Webster Hall

Modern Mystery’s Top 50 Albums of 2008

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Its been a big 2008 for Modern Mystery. We’ve meet some really amazing bands, seen some incredible shows, and made a lot of great friends. We know 2009 will bring even more and we’re very excited!

We have compiled our list of our Top 50 Albums of 2008. Though this was by no means easy, we think we’ve included our all of certain favorites of the year. Below our list you’ll see a few more Top Lists of 2008, so check that out as well.  Hope you like our Top 50 Albums as much as we do!

1. of Montreal- Skeletal Lamping
2. Morning Benders- Talking Through Tin Cans
3. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin-Pershing
4. Miniature Tigers- Tell it to the Volcano
5. Ryan Adams and the Cardinals- Cardinalogy
6. Sloan- Parallel Play
7. MGMT- Oracular Spectacular
8. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band- Self Titled
9. The Spinto Band- Moonwink
10. Okkervil River- The Stand Ins
11. Chairlift- Does You Inspire You?
12. We Are Scientists- Brain Thrust Mastery
13. Tokyo Police Club- Elephant Shell
14. Ra Ra Riot- The Rhumb Line
15. Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s- Animal and Not Animal
16.  Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks- Real Emotional Trash
17. The French Kicks- Swimming
18. The Stills- Oceans Will Rise
19. The Walkmen- You and Me
20. Vampire Weekend- Self Titled
21. Wyldlife- Self Titled
22. Jenny Lewis- Acid Tongue
23. Annuals- Such Fun
24. Ratatat- Lp3
25. The Headlights- Some Racing, Some Stopping
26.  Department of Eagles- In Ear Park
27. Dr. Dog- Fate
28. Born Ruffians- Red Yellow and Blue
29. Los Campesinos- Hold On Now, Youngster
30. The Little Ones- Morning Tide
31. Mason Proper- Olly Oxen Free
32. She & Him- Volume 1
33. Albert  Hammond Jr.- Como te Llama?
34. Death Cab for Cutie- Narrow Stairs
35. Joan of Arc- Boo Human
36. Deerhoof- Offend Maggie
37. Sam Roberts Band- Love at the End of the World
38. Fleet Foxes- Self Titled
39. Bon Iver- For Emma, Forever Ago
40. Atlas Sound- Let the Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
41. Kings of Leon- Only By the Night
42. M83- Saturdays= Youth
43. Helio Sequence- Keep Your Eyes Ahead
44. Man Man- Rabbit Habits
45. Flight of the Conchords- Self Titled
46. Cold War Kids- Loyalty to Loyalty
47. The Mae Shi- Hlllyh
48. Secret Machines- Selt Titled
49. Santogold- Self Titled
50. Tim Fite- Fair Ain’t Fair

BEST EP OF 2008:
Matt Pond PA- The Freeep

BEST REISSUE OF 2008-
Pavement- Brighten The Corners- Nicence Creedence Edition

BEST LIVE SHOW OF 2008:
Of Montreal at Roseland, NYC. Kevin Barnes on a live white horse? Try to beat that!

TOP 5 NEW BANDS OF 2008:
1. The Morning Benders
2. Miniature Tigers
3. Chairlift
4. MGMT
5. Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band