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”


Modern Mystery’s Top 25 Songs of 2010

1. Of Montreal – “Sex Karma” featuring Solange Knowles
2. Vampire Weekend – “Cousins”
3. Love Language – “Heart to Tell”
4. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – “Everlyn”
5. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti -“Fright Night (Nevermore)”
6. Morning Benders – “Promises”
7. Jukebox the Ghost – “Half Crazy”
8.  The Drums – “Let’s Go Surfing”
9. Surfer Blood – “Swim”
10. We Are Scientists – “Rules Don’t Stop”
11. Wavves – “King of the Beach”
12. Free Energy – “Bang Pop”
13. Magic Kids – “Hey Boy”
14. Robbers on High Street – “Electric Eye”
15. Beach Fossils – “Youth”
16. Javelin – “Oh! Centra”
17. Matt Pond PA – “Starting”
18. Miniature Tigers – “Gold Skull”
19. Ra Ra Riot – “Boy”
20. Best Coast – “Boyfriend”
21. Sufjan Stevens – “From the Mouth of Gabriel”
22. Hot Hot Heat – “21@12”
23. Tame Impala – “Alter Ego”
24. Caribou – “Odessa”
25. Jenny and Johnny – “Big Wave”

Wavves NOT Sued by Disney, “King of the Beach” Out Today!


The new Wavves record officially drops in stores, aka ‘physical’ copies today. King of the Beach (Fat Possum) is the third record for Nathan Williams and Co. as they head in a new direction. The group is now different and features members of Jay Reatard as the backing band. Williams doesn’t seem as angry/pissed off/crazy. Hopefully we won’t be having any more meltdowns from him.

Williams has recently fooled all of his Twitter followers by saying that mega company Disney was suing him for naming one of the new tracks “Mickey Mouse.” 

He tweeted:

“Who would’ve thought I’d get sued for a song called ‘Mickey Mouse’?? You’ll want this first press of this record.”

Well apparently this is not true. He also called Walt Disney a Nazi by the way. This just seems like a really great way to get people to buy your record, doesn’t it?  Hmmm. In any case, this is by far Wavves best work so you should pick up a copy anyway.

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Wavves plays tonight at Madame Wong’s in California. The rest of the tour is as follows.

Fri-Aug-06    Chicago, IL    Lollapalooza
Sat-Aug-07    Chicago, IL    Empty Bottle / Lollapalooza afterparty #
Thu-Aug-12    San Diego, CA    Museum of Contemporary Art / San Diego
Fri-Aug-13    Pomona, CA    The Glass House %
Sat-Aug-14    Portland, OR    Berbati’s Pan +
Mon-Aug-16    Santa Barbara, CA    Soho
Tue-Aug-17    Santa Cruz, CA    Crepe Place
Wed-Aug-18    San Francisco, CA    Rickshaw Stop
Wed-Aug-25    Seattle, WA    Neumos
Thu-Aug-26    Vancouver, BC    Biltmore
Fri-Aug-27    Victoria, BC    Sugar
Mon-Aug-30    Davis, CA    Sol Collective
Tue-Aug-31    Visalia, CA    Howie and Sons Pizza Parlor
Sat-Sep-04    Los Angeles, CA    FYF Fest
Fri-Sep-10    Memphis, TN    Hi-Tone
Sat-Sep-11    St. Louis, MO    Billiken Club
Tue-Sep-14    Bloomington, IN    Rhinos
Wed-Sep-15    Columbus, OH    Skully’s
Thu-Sep-16    Buffalo, NY    Mohawk Place
Fri-Sep-17    Northampton, MA    Pearl Street Nightclub
Sat-Sep-18    Waltham, MA    Brandeis University
Mon-Sep-20    Providence, RI    Met Café
Fri-Sep-24    Kingston, NY    323 Wall Street
Sat-Sep-25    Baltimore, MD    Ottobar
Mon-Sep-27    Washington, DC    Rock and Roll Hotel
Tue-Sep-28    Greensboro, NC    Guilford College
Wed-Sep-29    Charlotte, NC    Milestone
Thu-Sep-30    Atlanta, GA    Drunken Unicorn
Fri-Oct-01    Nashville, TN    Exit/In – Next Big Nashville
Sat-Oct-02    Oxford, MS    Proud Larry’s
Wed-Oct-20    New York, NY    Madison Square Garden $

* = w/ Smith Westerns, Total Slacker
# = w/ Harlem, Fergus and Geronimo
% = w/ Abe Vigoda, The Growlers, Crystal Antlers
+ =  w/ The Cool Kids
$ = w/ Phoenix, Dirty Projectors

Secondhand Sunday: Wavves “No Hope Kids”

The new Wavves album King of the Beach (Fat Possum) comes out this week, but most of us have already listened to this masterpiece already, right? Right. We’re doing a Secondhand Sunday of Wavves proportions this time around with an oldie but goodie, “No Hope Kids.” Ah, this was the period when we all fell in love with the band, and before the epic breakdown(s). This time around we expect things to go smoother. Hopefully.