Thursday, December 30, 2010


It was a great year. These records are all awesome.

1. Caribou - Swim (Merge)
2. Yelawolf - Trunk Muzik 0-60 (Interscope)
3. Waka Flocka Flame - Flockaveli (1017 Brick Squad/Warner Bros/Asylum)
4. Taylor Swift - Speak Now (Big Machine)
5. The-Dream - Love King (Def Jam/Radio Killa)
6. Big Boi - Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty (Purple Ribbon/Def Jam)
7. Actress - Splazsh (Honest Jon's)
8. Ost & Kjex - Cajun Lunch (Diynamic)
9. Jazmine Sullivan - Love Me Back (J Records)
10. Lindstrøm & Christabelle - Real Life is No Cool (Feedelity Recordings)
11. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh (Motown)
12. Diddy-Dirty Money - Last Train to Paris (Bad Boy)
13. Rick Ross - Teflon Don (Slip'n'Slide/Def Jam)
14. Los Campesinos - Romance is Boring (Arts and Crafts)
15. E-40 - Revenue Retrievin' (Day Shift) (Heavy on the Grind Ent.)
16. Ciara - Basic Instinct (LaFace Records)
17. the Extra Lens - Undercard (Merge Records)
18. R. Kelly - Love Letter (Jive)
19. Mad One - House Girls - the Album (Devine uk)
20. Mr. G - Still Here (Rekids)
21. Twin Shadow - Forget (4AD)
22. Joanna Newsom - Have One On Me (Drag City)
23. Sade - Soldier of Love (Sony)
24. Emeralds - Does It Look Like I'm Here? (Editions Mego)
25. Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can (Virgin)
26. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists - The Brutalist Bricks (Matador)
27. Roll the Dice - Roll the Dice (Digitalis)
28. Grinderman - Grinderman 2 (Mute)
29. Ikonika - Contact Love Want Have (Hyperdub)
30. Efdemin - Chicago (Dial)

More writing to come. Singles list (w/ YouTube playlist) on 11/9 after it is counted down in a power hour format at my birthday party.

*science could reposition these ad infinitum, btw

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


The ever-forward-thinking Sony (via J and Arista) (who did such a great time promoting this album, btw, have you heard about it?) won't let me post a YouTube of the huge, Salaam Remi-produced "Love You Long Time", so listen to the also very-good single, "Holdin' You Down", and then check out Jazzy's album Love Me Back.

A lot of the modern R&B I'm into (Dream, Ciara, etc.; Erykah is the big exception) spends most of its time going for futurism, and that's not what Jazzy does at all. But hers (and her producers') is not a conservative retro, but rather one open to playing and having fun with 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s R&B (and hip-hop and reggae), and her voice is one expressive and varied enough to put a lot off.

Year-end lists are coming, figured I should do some writing.