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Guest lists 2010: Phoenix critics weigh in on the year in music

What consensus?
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 21, 2010

 

Barry Thompson
1. Xiu Xiu, “Dear God, I Hate Myself” (from Dear God, I Hate Myself)
2. Bomb the Music Industry!, “All Ages Shows” (from Adults!!! Smart!!! Shithammered!!! ...And Excited by Nothing!!!)
3. Japandroids, “To Hell with Good Intentions” (from No Singles)
4. World/Inferno Friendship Society, “Horse, My Body…” (from 3 Ring Brain & A Circus Heart)
5. The Books, “A Cold Freezin’ Night”  (from The Way Out)
6. Sleigh Bells, “Treats” (from Treats)
7. Franz Nicolay, “Rock, Rinse, Repeat” (from Luck & Courage)
8 . Defiance, Ohio, “Her Majesty’s Midwestern Islands” (from Midwestern Minutes)
9. Crystal Castles & Robert Smith, “Not in Love” (digital single)
10. Broken Social Scene, “World Sick” (from Forgiveness Rock Record)

Fuck you, 2010. You sucked. I’ll remember you for the baseball bat to the testicles after six years of jerking off without being allowed to cum that was the LOST finale. My band broke up when we couldn’t agree on a band name that wasn’t already trademarked by an Iheartcomix! band. My girlfriend moved to California upon realizing she’d never be emotionally or sexually fulfilled so long as we shared a time zone. And my hair started to fall out… Considering my most prominent musical memories of Oh Ten mostly revolve around the press lanyard I picked up at ATP New York, and the substantial rock rapture induced crapping of my pants that ensued, perhaps I should quit bitching. Also, I met Damian from Fucked Up that weekend. He seemed really nice. My top 10 is a list of songs I like. For reasons I’m not clear on, 3 Ring Brain & A Circus Heart wasn’t officially released, therefore technically doesn’t exist, which is part of why it’s rad. “A Cold Freezin’ Night” isn’t actually this year’s best Books song, but as it samples a little kid threatening to kill another little kid, it’s certainly their “hit.” 

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