Here is my 2010 5 Star Playlist. Enjoy
- Boy Lilikoi, Jónsi, Go
- Zol!, BLK JKS, ZOL!
- (I Keep On) Rising Up, Mike Doughty, Sad Man Happy Man
- The Mystery Zone, Spoon, Transference
- Crossed Wires, Superchunk, Majesty Shredding
- Lisztomania, Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
- Heaven’s On Fire, The Radio Dept., Clinging to a scheme
- I Didn’t See It Coming, Belle and Sebastian, Write About Love
- Save Some Time To Dream, John Mellencamp, No Better Than This
- Heirloom, Sufjan Stevens, All Delighted People EP
- Too Much, Sufjan Stevens, The Age of Adz
- Modern Man, Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
- Animal Arithmetic, Jónsi, Go
- Camilo (The Magician), Said The Whale, Islands Disappear
- Spectacular Girl, Eels, Tomorrow Morning
- Zorbing, Stornoway, Beachcomber’s Windowsill
- Your Hands (Together), The New Pornographers, Together
- TAOS, Menomena, Mines
- Swim, Surfer Blood, Astro Coast
- Tired Climb ! VERY HEAVY !, Kylesa, Spiral Shadow
Here is a link to the playlist on iTunes. Iain 2010 5 Star on iTunes
My rules are that I’ve purchased the music in the past 12 months. The music itself can be of any age, but it has to be new to me in the last year.
Many genres do not fit this format. For example downtempo electronica (song length) and metal get the most negative feedback. This year I added more range with song 20, it may be too heavy for some. Some great material that did not make the list are.
- Impossible Soul, Sufjan Stevens, The Age of Adz – this song is very long and very cool. Probably my favorite of the year. But at > 25min its just too long for a sampler
- Pantha du Prince, Black Noise — whole album (try — Lay in a Shimmer)
- Bonobo, Black Sands — whole album
- Neil Young, Le Noise — wow!
- Justin Townes Earle, Harlem River Blues
- Surfer Blood, Astro Coast — extra note — this is really fun.