We love Stereogum and we love lists so naturally, we’re big fans of their recent ’40 Best New Bands Of 2010′ list. Seems that we share a lot of the same tastes in music, so we figured it could be repetitive and sort of lame to make a list of our own. Instead, we’ve gotten in touch with some of our favorite bands of 2010, some of which were on Stereogum’s list, and asked them who their favorite bands of 2K10 are.
Unlike Stereogum’s list, the following bands may not be linked in our memory as being from 2K10, but have come into the national spotlight this year. Below are the top bands of 2010 as decided by some of our favorite bands, Sleigh Bells, Pearl and the Beard, GIVERS, and ARMS.
1. Caddywhompus – Amazing duo from noLA. Keep your eyes on this band. They’re amazing.
2. The Middle East — Not a new band, but new to me! Their song “Blood” is in my top 5 songs of the year for sure. Great video too.
3. Volcano Choir – Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Collections of Colonies of Bees… album Unmap… so good.
4. Local Natives — Another band thats not “new” — but new to me. Saw them at SXSW — was blown away.
5. Sleigh Bells – The world could always use more crunkness.
6. Local Natives — Good, new talent from Los Angeles. Harmonies out the wazoo and great, catchy songs that aren’t too obviously poppy.
7. Lady Lamb and Beekeeper — Soon to be a star for sure, the likes of Laura Marling, but with more soul and grit. A lot of great things come out of this little package.
8. Mumford & Sons — Rollicking good time of Brits, who give great hugs and know how to write a song that will swell your heart to a dangerous point.
9. Sharon Van Etten — Her voice is as smooth as butter. Watching her live you would think a strong breeze might blow her away, or even just a harsh word might dispatch her to a dark room forever. But hearing the songs makes you realize she’s seen some shit, and has the beautifully weathered voice and stories to prove it.
10. Dinosaur Feathers — Great friends of ours with great harmonies, and melodies that would fit in the dingiest cool, new indie venue, Broadway musical, or beach BBQ. And I mean that as a compliment.
11. Wakey!Wakey! — I was really glad to see the US caught onto Wakey’s musical talent thanks to the magic o’television. Great and heartbreaking songcraft. It takes me back to when I was 16 and just enjoying listening to music without the weight of needing to be cool or whatever to like it. It was what it was and I loved it.
12. the XX — guess it’s not 2010 but the XX record is weird and very, very good +++++++++ (via Twitter)
13. Baths — LA bedroom producer who makes stuttery, side-chained beats like Dilla, but with a super, super-sad tone. Also he sings, and it sounds like Michael from Passion Pit. Hard to describe, awesome to listen to.
Hall – Baths Hall – Baths
14. Caveman — Former members of The Subjects, who my old band used to play with all the time and are wonderful guys. Hazy, creepy-sounding pop with top-shelf hooks and fun, poundy drums. No album yet, but i think they’re working with the guy from the French Kicks so it should sound pretty fantastic.
—–> Caveman on MySpace <—–
15. North Highlands — “Chamber pop” is kind of a shitty tag to slap on any band, but let’s say that North Highlands write effortlessly good, vaguely proggy pop songs with tasteful-yet-complicated instrumentation and Brenda Malvini’s voice is like warm, buttered Pixie Sticks. Actually, forget I ever mentioned chamber pop. Great Brooklyn band, period.
Hiking – North Highlands Hiking – North Highlands
16. Mountain Man — A bunch of girls from Vermont with perfect voices, lots of reverb, harmonies, and tantalizingly sparse acoustic guitar playing Appalachian-sounding folk songs full of mystery and secrets.
Sewee Sewee – Mountain Man Sewee Sewee – Mountain Man
—–> Mountain Man on MySpace <—–
17. Bear in Heaven — Not a new band, but we share a practice space with them and I’ve watched them go from a bunch of affable, down-to-earth dudes whose music I’d never heard to a bunch of affable, down-to-earth dudes whose absolutely mind-blowing prog-pop I hear everywhere and loved every second of it.
Slowdance (Bear in Heaven Remix) – Matthew Dear Slowdance (Bear in Heaven Remix) – Matthew Dear