brutal faves: albums of 2010

u skimmed my fave songs of 2010 list… now here is the brutal hipster fave albums list of 2010 list for you to totally ignore.

though were are many excellent releases this year, these are probably the ones i spent the most time listening to. also, putting these picks in order of significance is pretty much the hardest thing a person can do. like sofies choice hard. but i cheated by looking at other blogs that already put out their year-end lists.

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brutal faves: mp3s of 2010

as a blog, its probably an important idea to do one of those year-end lists because youre not a legitimate blog without some ridiculous list that only serves to arbitrarily bookend a measurement of time. and since im new to blogging, i really want to be legit. so aboard the bandwagon i go…

here are my 14 fave mp3s of 2010 in half-assed countdown order as determined by my brutal and hip senses. was gonna do top 100 but a bunch of other shitty blogs already pulled that include-everything stunt. i wont stoop.

in brief, 2010 was all about kanye west because its always about him. but brutal hipster is not about kanye so here are my brutal faves sans kanye (with accompanying song in ipad-friendly video format).
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shitty blogger puts food truck in his 2010 top albums list

some “blogger” by the name roycifer, of the unpopular metal site apeshit, has produced a list of his top metal albums of 2010 that happens to include a food truck as one of his picks (specifically the grill ’em all truck).

sounds gimmicky despite grill ’em all truck being metal-themed. really… food does not belong in a list about music. even more baffling is that his list is only five deep, meaning the categorically incorrect inclusion drops his list to a top four. is that even a list? should he even be allowed to post a list, let alone blog? most sensible year-end lists start at ten-deep and maybe hit twenty total. some crappier lets-please-everyone or i-cant-fucking-decide include every-album-released-in-the-year-2010.

at least he is hip to black mountain who he slotted as his #2 album of the year.

is the music industry in danger of running out of band names?

in these modern times of fail whales, groupons, social graphs, and cell phone providers still sucking ass, there has been an abundance of too-similar band names colliding in my itunes library (ALL legally acquired of course)…

twin shadow/twin sister/eagle twin, deerhunter/the dear hunter/deerhoof, the black keys/black lips/black mountain/black kids/black angels/black rebel motorcycle club, neon indian/neon trees/neon neon, crystal castles/crystal antlers/crystal stilts, memory tapes/memory house/beach house, sweet cobra/black cobra, black breath/death breath, gold panda/hot panda, etc. etc. etc.

this collision course has paved the way for bands to come up with names that are entirely unpronounceable, sometimes containing characters that may not even exist on your regular qwerty computer keyboard like SUNN O))), oOoOO, !!!, ///▲▲▲\, SLEEP ∞ OVER, †‡†, ℑ⊇≥◊≤⊆ℜ, etc…

are we running out of band names? are bands fucked? our music fans fucked? is the music industry fucked (up)?

pon de black mountain

some band called black mountain are about to release a new album called “wilderness heart”. ive heard the album and its fucking good.

never mind that they are from canada. they are the intersection of bearded mountain man rock, hipster hard rock, psychedelic fuzzzy buzzy blues rock…even a splash of retro NWOBHM throwback… which ultimately culminates to neo hippie rock.

while most stoney rock bands just barrel forth with dirty blues grooves, black mountain serves up hella dynamics… headbanging riffs, clean and acoustic guitars, controlled tempos, complimentary male/female vocals, and a sweet balance between guitars and keyboards.

aint gonna name drop a bunch of classic rock bands cuz that would only disservice them.  besides, their band name begins with “black”… i think that is descriptive enough.

go download a free sampler from them, which includes 2 new tunes from the new album:

peep their “old fangs” video while youre here: