WEBMASTER JAY's 2010 Top Albums

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Twenty-Ten Top Ten - These releases have kept my head above water.

1 Samsara Blues Experiment, Long Distance Trip-World In Sound, DL [Mar]
>> Based out of Berlin and founded in 2007, Hans Eiselt [guitar], Thomas Vedder[drums] and Richard Behrens [bass] create an infusion of blues, raga spirituality and experimental effects. Their sound blends heavy psych, stoner and space rock with hypnotic krautrock. Available on vinyl from Germany or as a download.

2 A.R. & Machines, Die Grune Reise: Green Journey-Tangram, CD [Feb]
>> Spacey rock jams featuring lots of minimal electronic effects and cycled guitar delays/loops. The Green Voyage was intended as a soundtrack for an imaginary movie. [it's a reissue and stays right here on my list]

3 Moon Duo, Catch As Catch Can/Set It On Fire-Agitated Records, 7" [Ap]
>> Guitarist Erik Johnson from Wooden Shjips and Sanae Yamada on keyboards. Plenty of that old analogue, heavy fuzzed out kraut driven garage sound. Side B is a cover of The Scientists 'Set It On Fire' track from 1991. Rumor has it this duo may be moving to Colorado.

4 White Hills, White Hills-Thrill Jockey, LP [Feb]
>> Dense spacey droning rock. White Hills did a European tour with Pontiak in early 2010.

5 Tame Impala, Innerspeaker-101 Distribution, CD [May]
>> Psychedelic hypno-groove melodic rock music. Their sound is one equally informed by The Beatles as it is beat poetry, by Turkish prog as it is by Turkish delight and Folk. Kevin Parker, Dom Simper and Jay Watson. Awarded the Australian Album of the Year. Touring the mid and western United States now.

6 Red Sparowes - The Fear is Excruciating, But Therein Lies the Answer-Sargent House, CD [Ap]
>> Severely ambient, somber and reflective. Opened for Boris and proved they can be the headliner. [thanks Unkle Jeff]

7 The Black Angels, Phosphene Dream-Blue Horizon Ventures, CD [Sept]
>> This band is the reincarnation of the psychedelic experience. About a year ago I had a conversation with Alex Maas after a Boulder gig and he was/is the most cosmic person I have ever rapped with. These guys live the genre and room together in Austin, TX. [with some ghosts from what I hear]

8 Wooden Shjips, Vol. 2-Sick Thirst Records, CD [Mar]
>> Compared to Suicide, The Velvet Underground, The Doors, Soft Machine and Guru Guru. By coincidence I'm into The Meaning of Meaning right now. Shjips plays out of San Francisco.

9 Angelo Spencer, Et Les Haunts Sommets-K Records, LP [Feb]
>> This LP is good and loose with ethic twists influenced by conspiring musicians Arrington De Dionyso and Clyde Petersen. Each time I spin it I let it play all the way through.

10 Gil Scott-Heron, I'm New Here-XL Recordings, CD [Feb]
>> Gil Scott-Heron is a proto-rap artist born in Chicago [1949]. He also is an American poet, musician, and author known primarily for his spoken word performances which are often associated with black militant activism. His most well-known composition is "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised". Heron has spent the majority of the last 10 years in jail on drug charges, but still has the nads to put out possibly his final treatise of the Black experience.

Runners up
>> Bardo Pond, Bardo Pond-Fire Records, LP [Dec]
>> Thieving Irons, This Midnight Hum-Seabird Recording Company, CD [Aug]
>> Phosphorescent, Here's to Taking It Easy-Dead Oceans, CD [May]

Reissues of note
>> Omar Khorshid, Guitar El Chark-Sublime Frequencies, 2xLP
>> Les Rallizes Dénudés, Heavier Than A Death In The Family-Phoenix Records, 2xLP
     [Bardos you were RIGHT ON!!!]
>> Les Rallizes Dénudés, Blind Baby Has It's Mother's Eyes-Phoenix Records, 2xLP
>> Gore, Hart Gore-Southern Lord, 2xLP [oh, to be young like GORE!]

Most recent album I bought
>> Spectrum, Undo The Taboo-Silvertone Records, LP [1994, used]

Local Denver band Treeverb... when the F will these guys release an LP?

Song of choice as I relax puffing on my hookah… Jack Rose, Tree In The Valley-Thrill Jockey [Luck In The Valley, Feb]

R.I.P. Jack Rose.