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Top 10 records of 2010

2010 was full of riches: plenty of terrific albums came down the pike. There are more pop and rock discs I want to make note of, and maybe I'll do so next week if there's room after listing the year's Top 10 jazz titles.
From button-down brainiacs to primal chic
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 24, 2010
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The Fall | Your Future Our Clutter

If you didn’t know any better, you might think that Your Future Our Clutter is a recording of a raving old lunatic heckling a very solid instrumental band.
Domino (2010)
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  April 30, 2010
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Band of outsiders

The Beatings got back from their eighth US tour the day before, but they’re already reconvening over at frontman Eldridge Rodriguez’s misplaced little two-story beach house in Lower Allston. I do a double take on the way through the cute picket fence.
The Beatings are at home under the radar
By MATT PARISH  |  September 11, 2009
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The Intelligence | Fake Surfers

With more and more blasted lo-fi nerd bait polluting the record bins and stolen-music blogs these days, it's gotten increasingly difficult to sort out the real deal from the hangers-on.
In the Red (2009)
By MARTIN PAVLINIC  |  May 22, 2009
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Feel the music

I personally find it comforting that the current number-one single in the country has a chorus that goes "I'll gas up the jet for you tonight, and baby we can go wherever you like."
We may be the last generation to give tangible tunes for Christmas
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 08, 2008
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Psych out

Conversations about music can easily turn into conversations about geography.
The depunking of Darker My Love
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  November 24, 2008


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Bo Diddley was a gunslinger

Grab a stack of albums at random and scan the liner notes. Ten bucks says you’ll find the name “E. McDaniel” listed among the song credits on at least one of them.
1928-2008
By MIKE MILIARD  |  June 04, 2008
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Honey Clouds

At last! Honey Clouds, an indie-rock four-piece full of familiar faces, emerged from their year-long gestation to play their first show.
Music seen at Empire Dine and Dance, January 25, 2008
By IAN PAIGE  |  January 30, 2008
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Freestyle fellowships

Although crunk partisans probably won’t care for the comparison, LA rapper Busdriver might be thought of as the indie hip-hop analogue to Lil’ Wayne.
The indie rap of Busdriver and Von Südenfed
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  November 06, 2007
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Von Südenfed

On the face of it, Mark E. Smith and Mouse on Mars’ Jan St. Werner and Andi Toma are an unlikely match.
Tromatic Reflexxions | Domino
By SUSANNE BOLLE  |  June 19, 2007