Friday, December 17

The CDP's Top 20 Albums Of 2010 (5-1).

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The end of the year is approaching, which means that you're probably currently inundated with thousands of lists and end-of-the-year countdowns concerning all sorts of cultural achievements. Well, here at the CDP, it's no different, as today we finally conclude our list of the Top 20 Albums Of 2010.

Just a quick word on the validity of this list. It's by no means a 'definitive' or 'good' list; merely a list of the 20 best albums purchased by me this year. I'm not Pitchfork, I don't get free albums, and I don't actively seek out things that would boost my indie cred. I'm just a dude, dudes, so take it for what it's worth and enjoy.

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5. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor

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4. The National – High Violet

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3. Sleigh Bells - Treats

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2. The Tallest Man On Earth – The Wild Hunt

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1. The Hold Steady – Heaven Is Whenever

There you have it. Quick note: There were a lot of albums I didn't listen to this year, which you're more than welcome to tell me about in the comments section. However, please don't explain to me in detail why this list is garbage. I don't have the time or patience necessary this week to explain to you just how much of an asshole you'd sound like. I have a cold.

Before we wrap for the weekend, here's a look at previous CDP Album Of The Year winners:

2003 Winner: The Weakerthans - Reconstruction Site
2003 Runner-Up: The Postal Service - Give Up

2004 Winner: Arcade Fire - Funeral
2004 Runner-Up: Communique' - Poison Arrows

2005 Winner: Of Montreal - The Sunlandic Twins
2005 Runner-Up: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!

2006 Winner: The Velvet Teen - Cum Laude!
2006 Runner-Up: P.O.S. - Audition


2007 Winner: Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
2007 Runner-Up: Polysics - Karate House

2008 Winner: Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
2008 Runner-Up: Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line

2009 Winner: P.O.S. - Never Better
2009 Runner Up: fun. - Aim And Ignite

Thanks for reading. Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your weekend.

Monday - The CDP Year In Review.

Thursday, December 16

The CDP's Top 20 Albums Of 2010 (10-6).

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The end of the year is approaching, which means that you're probably currently inundated with thousands of lists and end-of-the-year countdowns concerning all sorts of cultural achievements. Well, here at the CDP, it's no different, as today we continue to count down the Top 20 Albums Of 2010.

Just a quick word on the validity of this list. It's by no means a 'definitive' or 'good' list; merely a list of the 20 best albums purchased by me this year. I'm not Pitchfork, I don't get free albums, and I don't actively seek out things that would boost my indie cred. I'm just a dude, dudes, so take it for what it's worth and enjoy.

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10. Girl Talk – All Day

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9. Josh Ritter – So Runs The World Away

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8. Ra Ra Riot – The Orchard

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7. Fang Island – Fang Island

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6. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

What? Arcade Fire's not #1? Not even in the Top 5? Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day; the countdown concludes tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 15

The CDP's Top 20 Albums Of 2010 (15-11).

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The end of the year is approaching, which means that you're probably currently inundated with thousands of lists and end-of-the-year countdowns concerning all sorts of cultural achievements. Well, here at the CDP, it's no different, as today we continue to count down the Top 20 Albums Of 2010.

Just a quick word on the validity of this list. It's by no means a 'definitive' or 'good' list; merely a list of the 20 best albums purchased by me this year. I'm not Pitchfork, I don't get free albums, and I don't actively seek out things that would boost my indie cred. I'm just a dude, dudes, so take it for what it's worth and enjoy.

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15. The Thermals – Personal Life

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14. Ultimate Fakebook – Daydream Radio Is Smiling Static

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13. Delta Spirit – History From Below

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12. Gaslight Anthem – American Slang

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11. Yeasayer – Odd Blood

Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day. The countdown continues tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 14

The CDP's Top 20 Albums Of 2010 (20-16).

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The end of the year is approaching, which means that you're probably currently inundated with thousands of lists and end-of-the-year countdowns concerning all sorts of cultural achievements. Well, here at the CDP, it's no different, as today we begin to count down the Top 20 Albums Of 2010.

Just a quick word on the validity of this list. It's by no means a 'definitive' or 'good' list; merely a list of the 20 best albums purchased by me this year. I'm not Pitchfork, I don't get free albums, and I don't actively seek out things that would boost my indie cred. I'm just a dude, dudes, so take it for what it's worth and enjoy.

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HONORABLE MENTION – Weezer – ‘Pinkerton (Reissue)

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20. The Futureheads – The Chaos

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19. Vampire Weekend – Contra

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18. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening

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17. Shout Out Louds – Work

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16. Stephen Egerton – The Seven Degrees Of Stephen Egerton

Sound off in the comments section and enjoy your day. The countdown continues tomorrow.

Monday, December 13

The CDP's Top 15 Songs Of 2010.

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Welcome to Day 1 of a week-long celebration of all things music for 2010. Today, we focus on singles, as I countdown (and meticulously link you to) my 15 favorite tracks of the year. These are my personal favorite songs of 2010; I'm not a tastemaker and I'm not Pitchfork, so enjoy it for what it is.

Let's go.

15. The Thermals – ‘I Don’t Believe You
14. Ke$ha – ‘Your Love Is My Drug
13. The Hold Steady – ‘Soft In The Center
12. The Futureheads – ‘Heartbeat Song
11. Sleigh Bells – ‘Crown On The Ground

The Thermals are consistently the hardest-working band in Rock, and while Personal Life didn't infiltrate ears the way that The Body, The Blood, The Machine did, we still got a solid track in 'I Don't Believe You.' I'm not a Ke$ha fan, but 'Your Love Is My Drug' was one of the only songs on the radio that I waited to hear, which is saying something. The Hold Steady continues to make fans and reinforce the grizzled ones, and 'Soft In The Center' is as therapeutic and vintage Craig Finn as you'd expect. 'Heartbeat Song' is possibly the catchiest Futureheads song yet, which is a near-impossible feat at this point in their career. Finally, Sleigh Bells gave us the loudest, most bombastic beat of the year with 'Crown On The Ground.' Listen and blow your speakers out.

10. Shout Out Louds – ‘Can’t Explain
9. Titus Andronicus – ‘The Battle Of Hampton Roads
8. Yeasayer – ‘Ambling Alp
7. The Tallest Man On Earth – ‘The Wild Hunt
6. Arcade Fire – ‘Ready To Start

'Can't Explain' hit me at the right time this year; the Shout Out Louds always seem to show up when I need them the most. Titus Andronicus arrived on my radar out of nowhere, pretty much throwing all caution to the wind with their ambitious and fearless second album. 'Ambling Alp' is probably the track I've listened to the most this year, to the point where my wife essentially hates it (totally my fault, there). The Tallest Man On Earth absolutely blew me away with 'The Wild Hunt,' making me an instant fan with his beautiful songwriting and lyrics. Finally, Arcade Fire didn't wow me this year with The Suburbs, but lead-off single 'Ready To Start' is as good of an epic as anything off of Funeral or Neon Bible.

5. Delta Spirit – ‘Bushwick Blues
4. The National – ‘Bloodbuzz, Ohio
3. Cee-Lo Green - 'F*** You'
2. Josh Ritter – ‘Change Of Time
1. Sage Francis – ‘The Best Of Times

Any of these Top 5 could have been #1; they're all amazing to me in their own way. 'Bushwick Blues' is so purely honest and driven, that when I first heard the song I stopped everything I was doing, bought it on iTunes and listened to it 10 more times. 'Bloodbuzz, Ohio' encompasses everything I love about The National; driving home to see the relatives for Thanksgiving instantly put the song into vividly depressing perspective (which caused me to get all misty-eyed). 'F*** You' will get plenty of well-deserved accolades this year, so I dropped it to #3 in favor of more personal favorites of mine. I will say, however, that Cee-Lo is a genius, probably crafting the most universally-adored hit since 'Hey Ya!'

Josh Ritter threw everything but the kitchen sink at 'Change Of Time,' which ended up working like a charm. The tale of an insecure, unsure man having a vivid nightmare, only to wake up next to his beloved and once again feel peace and confidence, is woven like only Ritter (a master lyricist) can. The line 'I had a dream last night/And when I opened my eyes/Your shoulder blades, your spine/Were shorelines in the moonlight' is as beautiful as anything I've heard all year. I could easily write five pages on this track alone, but I'll just let you listen to it and discover what it means to you.

Finally, I gave #1 to my sentimental favorite, Sage Francis' 'The Best Of Times.' Every now and again, you stumble across a song so good, so personalized and so indicative of your personality, that you wish you would have written it yourself. I'd say this feeling has encapsulated me maybe five times in my life, and it did for sure when I first heard 'The Best Of Times.' I've always enjoyed Sage, his lyrics, flow, delivery and non-stop cynical attitude towards...pretty much anything and everything. I understand this, and I understand 'The Best Of Times.' So will you.

Before we go, a quick look at previous winners of the CDP's Song Of The Year:

2003: ‘Such Great Heights’ - The Postal Service
2004: ‘Neighborhood #1 (Tunnels)’ - Arcade Fire
2005: ‘In This Home On Ice’ - Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!
2006: ‘I Will Follow You Into The Dark’ - Death Cab For Cutie
2007: ‘Intervention’ - Arcade Fire
2008: ‘Here’s Looking At You, Kid’ - The Gaslight Anthem
2009: ‘Sleepyhead’ - Passion Pit

Thanks much. The Top 20 Albums Of 2010 starts tomorrow.