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Elly May and Ones Discuss Album Disappointments of 2010

Recently I sat down with my good pal DJ Elly May to go over what we thought were some of the biggest let-downs of 2010. This is not to say that either of us hated any of the albums that we listed (although in some cases that was most certainly the case), rather, these are albums that we thought would deliver but sadly did not. Elly May and myself sat behind the mic and discussed in depth what let us down this year, and we have that conversation below. For those of you out there who just want to figure out the set of albums we were underwhelmed with, I have conveniently listed them below in no particular order. Stay tuned to our blog to see what Daytime deejays have thought of as the best albums of 2010 in the next weeks.

Disappointment 2010

DJ Elly May

1. Kate NashMy Best Friend is You

2. TunngAnd Then We Saw Land

3. Rogue WavePermalight

4. Broken BellsBroken Bells

5. Dead WeatherSea of Cowards

6. Arcade FireThe Suburbs

DJ Ones

1. Marina and the DiamondsThe Family Jewels

2. The DrumsThe Drums

3. M.I.A///Y/

4. KlaxonsSurfing the Void

5. Band of HorsesInfinite Arms

6. InterpolInterpol

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Now Playing 4/16

The Mynabirds- What We Lost in the Fire We Gain in the Flood

What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood

WORD, this is my new jam. I am always a sucker for female vocals, and ta-boot, she is the woman from Georgie James! This album has an older feeling, reminiscent of the Dusty Springfield  era. A mixture of soul and country makes this album extremely hard to put down. Infectious R&B numbers filled with blues and country influences soaks up all your feelings like a sponge, and when it’s over it squeezes everything out of you and you feel so much better for having experienced it.

[youtube width=“425” height=“25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPJ-GZ2Vv9Y

Kings Go Forth-The Outsider’s Are Back

This is exhilarating. You start instantly sweating listening to this, your heart beats faster, your feet start tapping, your body starts moving.  Kings Go Forth bring a 70’s soul band sound and an extremely happy vibe all around. I don’t know what else I can say about this but enjoy!

[youtube width=“425” height=“25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvemEJGo8Dc

New Young Pony Club- The Optimist

The Outsiders are Back

There is a clear distinction between this album and their first. Both include dance-able rock music, an evolution of the almost forgotten new wave genre, but this album feels much darker. There is a more mature feeling in the music and in their lyrics. Regardless, this will keep your ass moving!

[youtube width=“425” height=“25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wwXLkpwt58

Sarah Jaffe-Suburban Nature

Remember Cat Power back in the day, all she had was her depressing lyrics and a guitar? That is pretty much Sarah Jaffe, except Jaffe includes musical compositions that resemble Neutral Milk Hotel. I know, right? Awesome.

[youtube width=“425” height=“25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MPOnh6R1cOA

Trampled by Turtles-Palomino

Suburban Nature

Now this is for the people who like to bring the house down with BLUEGRASS. Extremely frantic, upbeat bluegrass music that is so damn catchy I needed to get tested after listening to this album. If you enjoy listening to those Avett guys you will probably enjoy listening to this band.

[youtube width=“425” height=“25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVaonoikASA

Mantler-Monody

Monody

Hmm, now this was the only album I listened to that I just didn’t get. Sounds like mixture of Chromeo and Kings of Convenience. Sort of has an 80’s retro R&B theme to it, but sometimes that doesn’t translate as well as he wanted it to. However, there are some catchy tunes so take a listen and judge for yourself!

[youtube width=“425” height=“25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWkQ4a-o9Bs

The Radio Dept.- Clinging to a Scheme

This dreamy pop album cues light synths at the best moments possible and relies on a steady drum beat. This is alongside distorted, atmospheric vocals that have you feel like you’re walking on air.

[youtube width=“425” height=“25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dsuLsb-jrt0

Inlets- Inter Arbiter

Singer/songwriter baroque pop that layers vocals and incorporates more fanciful instruments in a way that distinguishes themselves from the typical lounge act.

[youtube width=“425” height=“25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V2RSoJn-DN4

Family Cactus- Come Howling

Slower, darker vocals match on top of faster paced rock songs. They range from light to heavy in sound, and this breaks the album away from what could have been rather mundane.

[youtube width=“425” height=“25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SwdWnmqAYzM

Kate Nash- My Best Friend is You

More relationship enraged pop. This time Nash diversifies her sound well. She mixes high energy pop songs with cynical and jealous lyrics to create another fun experience.

[youtube width=“425” height=“25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OqV-embx_tA

The Pack A.D. – We Kill Computers

We Kill Computers

Think White Stripes. Garage rock duo who are unapologetic and take no prisoners especially on their instruments. A showcase of spill out your guts vocals, distorted guitars, and relentless drumming that rarely lets up.

[youtube width=“425” height=“25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VV0cYFjULmw&feature=related

Sally Seltmann – Heart That’s Pounding

Heart That’s Pounding

Verging on FROU FROU, this album is a JEM and pretty FEIST-y. Sally is a bright and sunny Australian who warms your heart from the start and invites you to listen to the rest of her album. I feel like she was in wistful love when she wrote all these cheerful pop melodies. Play on a pretty day!

[youtube width=“425” height=“25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7mYUAh0WdTk&feature=related

Wesley Wolfe – Storage

Storage

A very short and seamless collection of acoustic songs played mainly by Wolfe himself. The lyrics and melodies contradict themselves somewhat – introspective vs upbeat and it totally works! You might think he’s just another songwriter making music to complain, but check it out and you will be pleasantly surprised.

Cate le Bon – Me Oh My

This album creeps up on you. Beginning with a slow bass line and then added dark layers of crystal clear vocals and psychedelic guitar riffs, Cate really likes to mix things up but the albums main sound is folky. A Welsh version of Nico, even looks wise, Cate’s sometimes weird and awkward vocals have created a hauntingly beautiful album.

Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History

Me Oh My

This could quite possibly become the anthem for your summer. Catchy, upbeat, synthy… could be categorized as electro-pop. You can’t help but bop your head and pretend to know the lyrics when listening to this. Not quite sure if these guys have their own sound  just yet, but this debut is very promising.

[youtube width=“425” height=“25”]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcmlshqyQ_s