Best of 2010

December 29, 2010

Note that, as usual, these lists are the best of my year, not the year.

The Top Ten Books I Read in 2010
#1. John Wyndham. The Day of the Triffids. 1951.
#2. Larry Niven. Rainbow Mars. 1999.
#3. Dashiell Hammett. The Thin Man. 1933.
#4. Pierre Boulle. Planet of the Apes. 1963.
#5. Cormac McCarthy. Blood Meridian or The Evening Redness in the West. 1985.
#6. Philip José Famer. To Your Scattered Bodies Go. 1971.
#7. Raymond Chandler. Farewell, My Lovely. 1940.
#8. John Steinbeck. Of Mice and Men. 1937.
#9. Robert E. Howard. Conan the Conqueror. 1936.
#10. John A. Lomax & Alan Lomax. Our Singing Country: Folk Songs and Ballads. 1941.

There are some truly wonderful books at the top there, but honestly I could crop it down to a Top Five and not feel like anything was being left out. I only read about 40 books this year, so it’s not a bad list considering.

The Top Ten Albums I Heard in 2010 (in alphabetical order)
– Johnny Cash. American VI: Ain’t No Grave. 2010.
– Blossom Dearie. Blossom Dearie. 1956.
– Blossom Dearie. Give Him the Ooh-La-La. 1957.
– Blossom Dearie. Once Upon a Summertime… / My Gentleman Friend. 1958 & 1961.
– Fats Domino. Rock and Rollin’ / This Is Fats Domino. 1956 & 1956.
– Buddy Holly. Buddy Holly. 1958.
– The Muppets. The Muppet Show 2. 1978.
– Dave Rawlings Machine. A Friend of a Friend. 2009.
– Otis Redding. Complete & Unbelievable: The Otis Redding Dictionary of Soul. 1966.
– She & Him. Volume Two. 2010.

Even cheating (if they’ve been repackaged onto a single CD I can count them as one album, right?), there are still a lot of great albums that didn’t fit on this list. And I couldn’t put them in order; every one is one of my favorites.


Top Ten Tracks of 2010: #1

December 16, 2010

#1: The National – “Bloodbuzz Ohio”

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ETA: I apologize for the quality of the ads that run before that video. It is inexplicable and shameful.

Top Ten Tracks of 2010: #2

December 15, 2010

#2: Johnny Cash: “Ain’t No Grave”

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Top Ten Tracks of 2010: #3

December 14, 2010

#3: The Mynabirds – “Numbers Don’t Lie”

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Top Ten Tracks of 2010: #4

December 13, 2010

#4. Barton Carroll – “The Poor Boy Can’t Dance”

The track doesn’t have a youtube video, but you can listen to it at Skybucket Records, in the media player on the left side of the page. Or, here’s a “live” video of a different performance of the same song:

Top Ten Tracks of 2010: #5

December 12, 2010

#5: The Soul of John Black – “Black John” (acoustic version)

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Top Ten Tracks of 2010: #6

December 10, 2010

#6: She & Him – “In the Sun”

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