December 2010 mix

Original artwork by Timothy Marcinowski

Disc One

1. Ben Talmilost at sea
(taken from his 2010 BEKO Digital Single Series release)
2. The Wiggly Tendrilsbeat the indie drum theme song
(recorded upon BTID request!)
3. Everyone Everywhere raw bar obx 2002
(taken from their 2010 release Everyone Everywhere)
4. The Loveable Tulips fortune favours the brave
(released as a digital single only)
5. Beat Radio golden age
(taken from their 2010 release Golden Age)
6. Sharon Van Etten one day
(taken from her 2010 release Epic)
7. La Femme sur la planche
(taken from their 2010 BEKO Digital Single Series release )
8. Count Sticky & The Upsetters dry acid
(taken from the Dry Acid: Lee Perry Productions 1968-1969 compilation)
9. Yair Yona skinny fists
(taken from his 2010 release Remember)
10. Bridge Underwater send me all your love
(taken from his 2010 release Send Me All Your Love EP)
11. A Sunny Day In Glasgow 100/0 (snowdays forever)
(taken from their 2010 release Autumn, Again)
12. Jaill snake shakes
(taken from their 2010 release That’s How We Burn)
13. The Fantasiesmidnight boogie
(taken from their 2010 Tick/Tock single)
14. The Good Naturedfor the widows in paradise, for the fatherless in ypsilanti
(released as a digital single only (Sufjan Stevens cover))
15. Yellow Ostrich firefly
(taken from his 2010 release Fade Cave EP)
16. Wise Blood solo (4 claire)
(taken from his 2010 Solo (4 Claire) 7″ release)
17. Asobi Seksu trails
(taken from their 2011 release Fluorescence)
18. Miniature Tigersgold skull (feat. neon indian)
(taken from their 2010 release Fortress)
19. Port St. Willoweven
(taken from his 2010 release Even//Wasteland)
20. Dark Dark Darkdaydreaming
(taken from their 2010 release Wild Go)
21. Power Animal better water
(released as a digital single only)
22. Eulogiesyou hide
(taken from their 2011 release Tear The Fences Down)
23. Porcelain Rafttip of your tongue
(taken from his 2010 release Gone Blind EP)
24. Aidan Knightfriendly fires
(taken from his 2010 Friendly Fires 7″ release)
25. Breathe Owl Breathedragon
(taken from their 2010 release Magic Central)

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Disc Two

1. Belle & Sebastiani didn’t see it coming
(taken from their 2010 release Write About Love)
2. Kids i’m gonna miss you
(released as a digital single only)
3. Yellow Ostrich i’ll run
(taken from his 2010 release Fade Cave EP)
4. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heartheart in your heartbreak
(taken from their 2010 Heart In Your Heartbreak 7″ release)
5. The Heligoats moon see, day see
(taken from their 2011 split 10″ release Live Free/Let Loose)
6. Son Of Ramsfrolics in the pink
(taken from their 2010 release Frolics In The Pink)
7. JEFF The Brotherhood heavy days
(taken from the 2009 release Heavy Days)
8. California Wives purple
(taken from their 2010 release Affair EP)
9. Anika yang yang
(taken from their 2010 release Anika)
10. Marnie Stern nothing left
(taken from her 2010 release Marnie Stern)
11. Wolf In A Spacesuit i feel nthg
(taken from their 2010 Bark Cedar 7″ release )
12. French Filmsgolden sea
(taken from their 2010 release Golden Sea EP)
13. Daughters the hit
(taken from their 2010 release Daughters)
14. Bikini american mourning
(taken from their 2010 release RIPJDS EP)
15. Wye Oakcivilian
(taken from their 2011 release Civilian)
16. Raised By Swans secret garden s.c.
(taken from their 2010 release No Ghostless Place)
17. 6pm letters play
(taken from their 2009 release Tape Worms EP)
18. Tristen baby drugs
(taken from her 2010 release Eager For Your Love EP)
19. Gregory & The Hawklandscapes
(taken from their 2010 release Leche)
20. Sweet Lightsred lights
(taken from his 2010 release Sweet Lights)
21.  Gypsy & The Catthe piper’s song
(taken from their 2010 release Gilgamesh)
22. Radical Facethe deserter’s song
(taken from his 2010 release Touch The Sky EP)
23. Scattered Treeslove and leave
(taken from an upcoming 2011 release )
24. Daniel G. Harmann & The Trouble Startsestrella
(taken from their 2010 release Risk)
25. Jon and Royany day now
(taken from their 2010 release Homes)

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Mark Reaffirms and Rearranges Your 2010 (Part 1)

The end of the year is near! The conveyor belt of time keeps moving, while you and Ethel try to stuff, snatch, save, and salvage all the albums that are on the endless supply of “Best of 2010” lists. If you’ve been dutiful all year I won’t be telling you anything you don’t already know. If you’ve been sleeping on the radar, here’s some suggestions for you to keep in mind when you’ve got Grandma’s X-mas cash or your boy/girlfriend’s iTunes gift card in hand. And yes, this is a top 49, no sense going overboard.

49. Neverever – Angelic Swells :
One of those aptly named bands with an even more apt album title. 60’s girl group sound with an indie pop lean. Not quite Phil Spector-level authenticity but definitely poppier and less calculated than the Pippettes. (Slumberland)

48. Beck – Oar : Recommended if you like…Beck. And Skip Spence. (Self Released)

47. First Base – She’s Boy Crazy 7″ :
Lo-fi without sounding like shit, uber-catchy and poppy synth action. Need I say more? (Play Pinball)

46. Nana Grizol – Ruth : Indie pop in an Elephant 6 vein (and rightfully so, with E6 alumni aplenty and Orange Twin backing the whole outfit). Traditional elements of horns and handclaps and harmonies are there, but there’s certainly a new/modern angle as well. (Orange Twin)

45. Joey Cape – Doesn’t Play Well With Others: A collection of his “single a month” project for 2010. I loved the original “Lagwagon guy goes acoustic” album, and since then his output has been hills and valleys; luckily this time around he’s back on top. (Self Released)

44. Tattle Tales – Moon Glasses EP : Remember when they carbon copied Billy Joel’s “My Life” for the theme song to Bosom Buddies and it was absolutely perfect? Well imagine a new show called Power Pop Pals. These guys have already written 4 or 5 tunes for the opening credits. (Killer)

43. A/V Club – Not Your Heart EP :
A teaser for the upcoming full-length, and a great one at that. High quality pop/rock that’s recommended if you want to live in a “these songs should be all over the radio” kind of fantasy world. (Self Released)

42. Nocando – Jimmy The Lock : Pretty much the only rap album I’ve liked this year. Erratic and engaging. Skirts at the edges hip-pop while packing backpacker flows. Verbs and Busdriver guest, and easily the best beats’n’hooks I’ve heard in the past 24 months. (Alpha Pup)

41. The Crookes – Dreams Of Another Day :
Jangle pop from Sheffield. C-86 meets the Smiths? I’ll take it. (Fierce Panda)

40. Night Birds – Midnight Movies EP : 80s hardcore, surf punk, and horror come together for a scream/sing-along session on one slab of wax. So good it’s scary. (No Way Out)

Take a sampling of 49-40:

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Special Monday Morning Tape – #81

The Babiesrun me over
(taken from their 2011 release The Babies)
Junk Culturesummer friends
(taken from his 2011 release Summer Friends EP)
Deer Tickchristmas all summer long
(taken from his 2010 release Holy Shit It’s Christmas 7″)
Noah & The Whalewild thing
(taken from their 2011 release Last Night On Earth)
Wye Oakcivilian
(taken from their 2011 release Civilian)
Jane Luiillusionist boy
(taken from her 2011 release Goodnight Company)
The Heligoatsa word from our sponsor
(taken from their 2011 split release Live Free & Let Loose)
Duchess Leobloom
(taken from their 2011 release Golden Gray)
Sam Humanshate is the new love
(taken from his 2011 split release Live Free & Let Loose)
(taken from their 2010 release Coup de Grace)
Lonnie Walkercompass comforts
(taken from his 2010 release These Times Old Times)
La Resistanceunderstanding
(taken from their 2011 release Philosophy)

Sweet Lights – You Won’t Be There

Lost in the Trees – “Walk Around The Lake”

All Around and Away We Go from Twin Sister

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The Beat’s Best of 2010 Pt. 2 – 25-1

25. Blackbird BlackbirdSummer Heart (self-released) (buy)

24. LCD SoundsystemThis Is Happening (DFA) (buy)
All I Want

23. The Wiggly TendrilsRomance In The Executive Branch (Beat The Indie Drum) (download for free)
Dear Martha

22. ClogsThe Creatures In The Garden of Lady Walton (Brassland) (buy)
Last Song

21. Broken Social SceneForgiveness Rock Record (Arts & Crafts) (buy)
Meet me In The Basement

20. Sleigh BellsTreats (Mom + Pop) (buy)
Crown On The Ground

19. FuturebirdsHampton’s Lullaby (Autumn Tone) (buy)
Man With No Knees

18. Valley MakerValley Maker (self-released) (download/buy)
The First

17. Arcade FireThe Suburbs (Merge) (buy)
Empty Room

16. The WalkmenLisbon (Fat Possum) (buy)

15. Perfume GeniusLearning (Matador) (buy)
Gay Angels

14. Free EnergyStuck On Nothing (DFA) (buy)
Free Energy

13. The Besnard LakesAre The Roaring Night (Jagjaguwar) (buy)

12. Yellow OstrichFade Cave EP (self-released) (download for free)
In The Past I Was An Astronaut

11. SnowdenSlow Soft Syrup EP (self-released) (download for free)
So Red

10. Shy MirrorsReactors EP (Thinking About The Needle) (download/buy)
One Way Rat

9. ListenerWooden Heart (self-released) (buy)
Falling In Love With Glaciers

8. Tame ImapalaInnerspeaker (Modular) (buy)

7. Cotton JonesTall Hours In The Glowstream (Suicide Squeeze) (buy)
Somehow To Keep It Going

6. Sarah JaffeSuburban Nature (Kirtland) (buy)
Before You Go

5. YeasayerOdd Blood (Secretly Canadian) (buy)
Ambling Alp

4. Magic ManReal Life Color (Arcade Sound Ltd.) (download for free)
South Dakota

3. The DrumsThe Drums (Island) (buy)
Let’s Go Surfing
Forever and Ever Amen

2. Beach HouseTeen Dream (Sub Pop) (buy)

1. MeursaultAll Creatures Will Make Merry (Song, By Toad) (buy)
Crank Resolutions


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The Beat’s Best of 2010 Pt. 1 – 50-26

I wanted to add commentary for all my selections (like I’ve aspired to every year previous) but the time just hasn’t been there lately with all the holidays and whatnot. This year provided equal amounts of musical pleasure as 2009, as evidenced by the uncanny amount of scrill I’ve spent on my record collection this year. Speaking of vinyl – I’m watching it become the format of choice in ‘our circles’, handily trumping CD’s and even the recent explosion of cassette releases. I estimate that I’ve listened to about 500 new releases in 2010 and there’s a stack of about 150 I haven’t even touched yet. I won’t argue the obsessive tone (read: insanity) behind that statement so my intentions for the upcoming year are to spend more time honing my writing skills (or lack thereof) and less time poring over music. I should be absorbing myself in the music and at the same time trying to avoid the fleeting process of one-album-to-the-next just so it can become a means to an end (the below list of albums, for example). I’d like to take BTID in the direction of a true interweb music magazine as opposed to an mp3 blog repository focusing on hype-of-the-moment artists. It’s a tough sell, even for myself, as I quite like the format of my website – little bit of this, little bit of that, here’s a monthly mix of great tracks, short/pointed reviews and so forth.

I’ll be featuring my year-end list of albums in two parts. Next week I’ll post a long-list (50-75) of my favorite tracks from 2010 that aren’t found on any of the albums below. And last, but by no means least, I’ll dedicate a wink and a nod to Daytrotter by featuring 15 of my favorite sessions from this past year. DT continues to provide a bottomless playlist of talent year in and year out for us to indulge in and somehow without demanding any financial support from its users. Daytrotter have become part of a small group of essential cogs needed to fuel our thriving music community (Bandcamp, Free Music Archive & Kickstarter anyone?) and, for that, I will continue to promote and support them in any way I can.

For the handful of you who follow the site on a regular basis (ok, so maybe it’s a few more than that…) – I hope I’ve turned you onto something this past year that you wouldn’t have heard otherwise. Please don’t hesitate to offer up back-pats, *coughpromovinylcough* and opinions – I’d like to keep y’all on-board through 2011.

50. A Sunny Day In GlasgowAutumn, Again (self-released) (buy or download for free)
100/0 Snowdays Forever

49. GlasserRing (True Panther) (buy)

48. The Capstan ShaftsRevelation Skirts (Rainbow Quartz) (buy)
Quiet Wars

47. MenomenaMines (Barsuk) (buy)
Dirty Cartoons

46. The BooksThe Way Out (Temporary Residence) (buy)
Beautiful People

45. SuperchunkMajesty Shredding (Merge) (buy)
Learned To Surf

44. Maps & AtlasesPerch Patchwork (Barsuk) (buy)
Solid Ground

43. Eternal SummersSilver (Kanine) (buy)

42. Matt CostaMobile Chateau (Brushfire) (buy)
Can You Tell Me?

41. Crystal CastlesCrystal Castles (Universal) (buy)

40. The NationalHigh Violet (4AD) (buy)
Afraid Of Everyone

39. LissieCatching A Tiger (Fat Possum) (buy)

38. Everyone EverywhereEveryone Everywhere (Tiny Engines) (buy)
Raw Bar OBX 2002

37. Sharon Van EttenEpic (Ba Da Bing) (buy)
Love More

36. Boundary Jim / Fifty Miles From VancouverBeko Digital Single Series Vol. 57 (BEKO-DSL) (download for free)
Fifty Miles From Vancouver – eternal youth/eternal fun

35. Dinosaur FeathersFantasy Memorial (self-released) (buy)
Family Waves

34. Rogue WavePermalight (Brushfire) (buy)
Stars and Stripes

33. HussaloniaAttention Deficit Disorder (self-released) (download for free)
Are You Ready?

32. Matt DuncanBeacon (Hop Hop) (buy)
Good Times

31. Sufjan StevensAll Delighted People EP (Asthmatic Kitty) (buy)
From The Mouth Of Gabriel

30. Yair YonaRemember (Anova/Strange Attractors) (buy)
Brave Walls

29. Radical FaceTouch The Sky EP (self-released) (buy)

28. Delta SpiritHistory From Below (Rounder) (buy)
Salt In The Wound

27. Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Roc-A-Fella) (buy)
Lost In The World

26. Jeremy MessersmithThe Reluctant Graveyard (self-released) (download for free/buy)
John The Determinist

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Mini-Beats – December 2010 – Edition 32

DeerhunterHalcyon Digest (2010, 4AD) ♥♥♥½
-this falls into that hills-and-valleys category where there are 3-4 extraordinary songs that place Bradford ahead of anyone else mining this trippy, lo-fi, psyche-wave territory and then there are the missteps that make you wonder why everyone is on about this album in the first place-
Raised By SwansNo Ghostless Place (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥½
-at first this comes off as a little weak around the knees but there’s fragile beauty in Eric Howden’s voice rarely found in any music I’ve heard recently; fans of Headlights or Appleseed Cast could find themselves latching onto this-
Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010, Roc-A-Fella) ♥♥♥♥
-10 years from now this will undoubtedly be looked upon as one of the greatest hip-hop/rap efforts of all-time; its got the beats, hooks, guest spots from Rick Ross, John Jegend, Justin Vernon, a small enough amount of auto-tune to make it a non-topic and Ye’s signature rhymes-
The Paddle BoatI Wonder If The Water Ever Tires Of The Sea (2009, Single Screen) ♥♥♥
-an up-and-down adventure in quirky pop that teeters on the edge of chaos on a few cuts; includes a cover of ‘Atoms For Peace’ (Thom Yorke)-
Breathe Owl BreatheMagic Central (2010, Hometapes) ♥♥♥½
-mope-folk with male/female harmonies that border on the divine; this LP plays out a lot like the latest Strand Of Oaks album actually and you can grab it on vibrant, pink vinyl direct from the label-
Sweet LightsSweet Lights (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥½
-former War On Drugs and Capitol Years member (quite the résumé) checks in with a solid cast of tunes with ample harmonies and hooks to keep things interesting; one of Philly’s more memorable releases this year; RIYL Crooked Fingers
SwansMy Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky (2010, Young Gods) ♥♥♥
-as with almost every Swans release there’s something creepy going on to set the mood, more like a haunting than a terrifying kind of creepy; with that said I’m not sure this LP will stay in rotation as its missing ‘something’…though highlights like ‘Jim’ make a compelling case to stay-
Wild NothingGemini (2010, Captured Tracks) ♥♥½
-love the sound/concept/hairstyle but I pretty much think this machine ran out of ideas about halfway through-
Beat RadioGolden Age (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥♥
-this combines everything that was good about the halcyon days of slacker indie rock with modern post-electronic-pop vibes; RIYL Grandaddy
Yair YonaRemember (2010, Strange Attractors/Anova) ♥♥♥♥
-mood-setting, ragtime guitarist hailing from Israel paying direct homage to the likes of John Fahey and the late Jack Rose; there’s a great bit of diversity here with strings, 12-string guitar, banjo etc.; Yair also runs the Small Town Romance blog
Frankie Rose and The OutsFrankie Rose and The Outs (2010, Slumberland) ♥♥♥
-Frankie has played in/with both the Vivian Girls and Dum Dum Girls and this is similar extension of those groups but perhaps a little more shoegaze than lo-fi; I can see this making more of an impact on me with each subsequent spin; RIYL Asobi Seksu
Tobin SproutThe Bluebirds Of Happiness Tried To Land On My Shoulder (2010, Moonflower) ♥♥½
-I spent a little extra time trying to get into this based on Tobin’s past solo work and history with Guided By Voices but I fear may not be relating to this sort of sound anymore; hopefully it’s just a rare stinker and not a sign of things to come-
BussesBusses (2010, self-released) ♥♥½
-equal parts Dischord and post-punk-grunge from Philly trio showed promise but still has a way to go; other reviews only compared them to Robert Plant/Led Zep…not really-
S. CareyAll We Grow (2010, Jagjaguwar) ♥♥♥
-Sean is the current drummer for Bon Iver and it comes as no surprise that this ended up sounding like a less ambitious take on For Emma since a few of the tracks here are indeed pretty with woodwinds, piano sprinkled throughout and gorgeous enough harmonies to make Sufjan green with envy…but, sadly, most tracks end up going nowhere special when its all said and done-
Miniature TigersFortress (2010, Modern Art) ♥♥♥½
-the MT’s follow up their Weezer-influenced, catchy-as-all-get-out debut with a more subdued/realized collection of indie-pop with the standout tracks including a visit from chill-wave darling Neon Indian; RIYL Of Montreal
CanastaThe Fakeout, The Tease and The Breather (2010, self-released) ♥♥
-perhaps this rating is a little harsher than it should be but there were some really painful AOR moments and not a whole lot of that ‘edge’ that you could find on this Chicago collective’s earlier releases-
OOIOOArmonico Hewa (2009, Thrill Jockey) ♥♥♥
-Japanese all-girl experimental twee-noise outfit that will draw immediate comparisons to Deerhoof though I’d consider OOIOO to be a little more playful with their vocal arrangements-
Tan DollarChange Your Mind EP (2010, BEKO-DSL) ♥♥½
-this time around we get bursts of fuzz-pop as opposed to the blissed-out haziness of their first couple of singles-
Marnie SternMarnie Stern (2010, Kill Rock Stars) ♥♥♥½
-equal parts melody and propulsive percussion/sonic guitar noodling propel Marnie into this year’s best-of list; this is probably my favorite KRS release since the first Advantage LP; can’t wait to work backwards through the catalog…-
Sharon Van EttenEpic (2010, Ba Da Bing) ♥♥♥♥
-one of the more magical voices on the indie scene currently; Sharon saved the best for last as the final 3 tracks are as good a trio of songs as you’ll find on any other album this year with ‘Love More’ being one of my favorite singles of 2010-
JEFF The BrotherhoodHeavy Days (2009, Infinity Cat) ♥♥♥½
-I knew this was going to stay in rotation when my GIRLFRIEND (The Litmus Test) queried ‘what the hell is this we’re listening to???-
ElsinoreYes Yes Yes (2010, Parasol) ♥♥♥½
-this is probably one of the better power-pop releases I’ve heard all year with hooks abound; there are also a few glam moments as well as loud/soft indie cliche action that succeeds solely because it doesn’t take itself too seriously-
Vulture WhaleVulture Whale (2009, Skybucket) ♥♥♥
-garage rock ‘n roll from Birmingham, AL that showed promise; they have a free EP for you to sample if you want to peep it without risk-
Golden AgesTradition (2010, Indiecater) ♥♥♥
-a swell mix of nu-tropicalia and glo-fi synth sounds that makes for a pleasant listen but needs a little extra something to separate it from this now-crowded sub-genre-
Laura Stevenson & The CansA Record (2010, Asian Man) ♥♥♥½
-an eclectic folk/indie-pop smorgasbord sprinkled with NMH-like burners (‘Landslide’) and acoustic reflective pieces accompanied by banjo and horns…this is an odd choice of release for Asian Man but hey, who’s complaining?-
Now, Now (Every Children)Neighbors EP (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥½
-very promising collective who recently changed their name to simply Now, Now; this EP is a perfect balance of celestial dream-pop and organic indie rock…looking forward to more-
The ClienteleMinotaur EP (2010, Merge) ♥♥♥½
-meant to be a stopgap to hold us over until the next full-length but this is almost as solid as any other release in the catalog outside of the out-of-place spoken word piece near the end of the EP; far better than 2009’s Bonfires
Flow ChildSpilt Buckets Of Street Light Onto The Dream Canvas (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥
-Montreal musician that mines the same territory as the above-reviewed Golden Ages
Yellow OstrichFade Cave EP (2010, self-released) ♥♥♥♥
-this guy is going to be huge, like ostrich eggs-
JunipFields (2010, Mute) ♥♥♥
-Sweden’s José González pretty much guarantees a worthwhile listen but I’m inclined to side more with the hushed folk offered up by his solo projects rather than the groove-driven material on Fields; RIYL Loney, Dear
København StoreAction, Please! (2008, 42) ♥♥♥½
-little-known indie-rock outfit from Italy that bookends this (their first LP proper) with 2 expansive barn-burning post-rock cuts-
GrindermanGrinderman 2 (2010, Anti) ♥♥♥½
-hide your underage kids (and wives/girlfriend), another Grinderman record is afoot and it’s a smidge better/louder/more polished than the first-

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