January 1, 2011
2010 brought us a lot of cool music from the ultra mod sounds of The Moons, The Men, The Ace and The Modesty to the pogoing power pop of Betty & The Werewolves, The Candy Hearts and Caroline & The Treats, all while garage rock fans got new stuff from Tres Bien, Mondo Topless and The Booze. It was quite a good year for soul and funk with new albums from Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, The Kings Go Forth, The Diplomats of Solid Sound, Healer Selecta, Eli Paperboy Reed, The Apples, The Bahama Soul Club, Gabin, and Chris Joss. The Hot Rats checked in with one of the best covers albums I've ever heard even as Soulive turned in a soulful Beatles tribute, and a few old timers dropped some pretty good bombs on us like Devo, Ocean Color Scene, Paul Weller and The Vibrators.
As is usually the case when you put together these year end lists of the best albums there are inevitably some great records that don't make the cut. Case in point, all the great stuff I just listed above didn't even make this modcast. So you know that what is here is damn good, the best of the best, the cream of the crop. In my humble opinion.
Happy new year and here's hopin' that 2011 is as great as 2010 was.
DC Fontana -- Six Against Eight (Listen to their interview)
She & Him -- Don't Look Back
The School -- Valentine
The Like -- He's Not A Boy
The Goldstars -- The Race (Listen to their interview)
The Len Price 3 -- Pictures
The Above -- Bollywood Woman
The Young Veins -- Young Veins (Die Tonight)
The Parties -- Annie (Listen to their interview)
Teenage Fanclub -- Baby Lee
Fitz And The Tantrums -- Moneygrabber