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So after much deliberation, head scratching, discussion, and more head scratching, we have MM’s favourite albums of 2010. And we choose our words very carefully here, because we would not presume them to be the best, only those that have given us the most pleasure and enjoyment, records that we have returned to again and again, and for whatever reason have captured a moment or special place in our hearts.

And while we have limited our selection to 25 albums there were many, many more that could have, and maybe should have, featured. But there that’s the beauty of music, entirely subjective and based on individual opinions not fact.

So without further ado, here are our 25 favourite albums of 2010.

25 Sharon Van Etten – Epic


Haunting, ethereal and stunning album from a modern day siren. Sad prairie folk music indeed.

Download Sharon Van Etten – Love More mp3

24 Haunted Windchimes – Honey Moonshine


Traditional, old-timey backwoods, backporch music that burrowed its way into your head and then refused to budge.

Download The Haunted Windchimes – Don’t Take My Baby Away (Baby Back) mp3

23 The Streets On Fire – This Is Fancy


High voltage, good time, bad boy rock ‘n’ roll that was as good and as unashamedly fun as it was simple. Garage rock reclaimed.

Download The Streets On Fire – That’s Hard To Find mp3

22 Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues


The son of the peerless Steve Earle comes of age with a perfectly judged set of tales that in their honesty and unashamed frankness are worthy of Townes himself.

Listen to Harlem River Blues.

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21 Titus Andronicus – The Monitor


With repeated listens the sheer power and passion of The Monitor becomes overwhelming. So what if it is a concept album about the American Civil War, its ambitious, rebellious, and rousing. Just play it loud!

Download Titus Andronicus – A More Perfect Union mp3

20 Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan – Hawk


Another perfectly judged record from the perfectly matched duo. Campbell’s lovely whispering tones offset by Mr Lanagan’s threatening growl.

Listen to Snake Song.

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19 Lower Dens – Twin Hand Movement

An album of dreamy, unsettling rock melded with freak-folk to provide one of the year’s most unusual and most rewarding listens. At times it sounds like an evil Beach House and at others spare and caustic where hope is slowly, but firmly drowned in a swirling, atmospheric mix of twinkling guitars and alluring voices.

Download Lower Dens – Hospice Gates mp3

18 The Tallest Man On Earth – The Wild Hunt


A fine follow up to the outstanding Shallow Grave, the trademark Dylanesque vocals allied to a set of cracking tales from the bible to bullfighting.

Download The Tallest Man On Earth – The King Of Spain mp3

17 The Migrant – Travels In Lowland


With its dreamlike journey into psych-indie, the debut album from The Migrant was one of the most surprising and engaging folk records of the year.

Download The Migrant – The Organ Grinder mp3

16 Tweak Bird – Tweak Bird


In the vein of the much lauded and genuinely good Tame Impala, Tweak Bird were louder, faster, and simply rocked harder. A superb mix of motorcycle rock riffs with dirty fingernail blues and even a hint of jazz. This was stoner rock for the 21st century and it was brilliant.

Download Tweak Bird – A Sun Ahh Ahh mp3

15 Deer Tick – The Black Dirt Sessions


In Christ Jesus from the Black Dirt Sessions, Deer Tick delivered one of the truly primal and affecting moments of musical recording in 2010, and the rest of the album wasn’t half bad either.

Download Deer Tick – Twenty Miles mp3

14 Delta Spirit – History From Below


Indie rock with a country inflection, Delta Spirit packed History From Below full of dusty, rural Americana and bar room blues boogie. With the impassioned and distinctive voice of Matt Vasquez backed by a rumbling juggernaut of percussion and rhythms, the album was a welcome addition to the long tradition of classic American rock.

Download Delta Spirit – Bushwick Blues mp3

13 Arcade Fire – The Suburbs


Indie gods manage to live up to, and then surpass the hype with The Suburbs, an album full of outstanding tracks that demand they be listened to as a whole – a proper music album.

Watch Ready To Start.

12 Band Of Horses – Infinite Arms


Despite some occasional iffy AOR moments, Infinite Arms was like the girl with the curl, and when it was good (which it mostly was), it was brilliant.

Watch Laredo.

11 Black Keys – Brothers


Authentic blues duo cranked out their best yet and in tracks like Sinister Kid and Howlin’ For You added some more classic cuts to their catalogue.

Watch Tighten Up.

10 Laura Marling – I Speak Because I Can


Showcasing her incredible natural talent despite such tender years, I Speak Because I Can truly marked Laura Marling out as a worthy heiress to Joni, Emmy Lou and the like. Darker, stronger, and more confident than her debut, she is surely poised for great things.

Watch Rambling Man.

9 Liars – Sisterworld


A brilliant collection of crushing guitars, machine gun percussion and soaring vocals that retained its experimental art-noise edge but became much more accessible and much more listenable – welcome to the big league time?

Listen to the superb Proud Evolution.

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8 The National – High Violet


Overcoming the music blogger’s ‘big band’ prejudice with ease, High Violet was bigger, better and more affecting than anything the National have done to date.

Listen to Conversation 16.

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7 Strand Of Oaks – Pope Killdragon


Having caught our attention with their wonderful Springsteen cover on Hear Ya, Strand of Oaks more than lived up to our expectations with Pope Killdragon. Sparse folk tunes mixed with occasional and abstract guitar wigouts and also showcased Tim Showalter’s ability to grab the attention with some of the best lyrical couplets of the year. Stand out track Alex Kona a case in point, starting “Alex Kona was twelve feet tall, his mother was killed by a bowling ball” – what’s not to like?

Download Strand of Oaks – Bonfire mp3

6 Mathew Sawyer & The Ghosts – How Snakes Eat


Spare, beautiful, mournful and melancholic, the fragile folk of Mathew Sawyer hid whiplash lyrics and biting black humour that revealed and revelled in a bittersweet world where daydreams and nightmares fought to the death for supremacy.

Download Mathew Sawyer & The Ghosts – Mynah Birds Call mp3

5 Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart

Backwards-looking it maybe, but that’s to miss the point of Black Mountain. This was an album bursting with rock riffs that were so good you thought they must have been invented in the classic age of rock, and in Let Spirits Ride, the band provided the headbanging anthem of the year.

Download Black Mountain – Old Fangs mp3

4 Dr Dog – Shame, Shame


Another wonderful record of rousing, country infused tunes. Each listen revealed more of its anthemic charms and spirited, rugged rock on an album full of top notch tunes from start to finish.

Watch Shadow People.

3 Blitzen Trapper – Destroyer Of The Void

A brilliant and worthy follow-up to the exceptional Furr, and in songs like The Man Who Would Speak True, Blitzen Trapper showed they had worthy successors to classics like Black River Killer and the like. Full of prog-folk, dusty rural ballads, sci-fi synths and more, Destroyer of the Void was a stunning record.

Download Blitzen Trapper – Heaven And Earth mp3

2 Phosphorescent – Here’s To Taking It Easy

After the sublime To Willie tribute last year came the originals. From the loose, ramshackle rock of It’s Hard to Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama) to cowboy ballads, transcendental homages, and the climactic, Neil Young like, epic album closer L.A.

Download Phosphorescent – The Mermaid Parade mp3

1 Wooden Wand – Wither Thou Goest, Cretin

Despite Wither Thous Goest, Cretin only receiving an initially limited release, and despite it being overshadowed by the subsequent release of (the also excellent) The Death Seat on Michael Gira’s label, Wooden Wand delivered an album of stunning simplicity, in equal parts poignant, heartbreaking, and redemptive.

With lyrics that are the match of any songwriter we know (“He had just enough rope in his trunk to make her nervous”) allied to sparse, plucked folk on the one hand and footstomping barnyard rhythms on the other, there is not a wasted moment, nor a false step on the entire album.

Download Wooden Wand – The Fly mp3

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We’ve praised and posted a couple of times about Chicago’s garage rockers The Streets On Fire and their excellent album This Is Fancy.

This is the new video for another of the album’s cracking tracks, Astronaut Love Triangle. Plenty to get your teeth (and your ears) into…

Visit their MySpace here.

Download The Streets On Fire – No Ones Fucking To The Radio mp3 (from This Is Fancy)

Download The Streets On Fire – That’s Hard To Find mp3 (from This Is Fancy)

Congratulations go to Vanessa Nyborg in California, Ann H in California and Alex Fuller in New York – all winners of a vinyl copy of the brilliant new Streets On Fire album, This Is Fancy.

For those who didn’t win – sorrry folks, but you can always buy a copy here or download from Amie Street here.

Download Streets On Fire – No One’s Fucking To The Radio mp3 (from This Is Fancy)

Download Streets On Fire – That’s Hard To Find mp3 (from This Is Fancy)

A little while ago we posted about The Streets on Fire and their rather magnificent forthcoming album This Is Fancy.

The record, the band’s first full length, gets its official release tomorrow and we have a new track for you to sample and, better than that, three copies of the vinyl to give away.

For those that don’t know, Streets on Fire play a brilliantly fiery blend of retro punk, soul and garage that is as decadent as it is swaggering, as sweaty as it is playful and as energetic as it is emotional. All in all they are a gloriously fast and furious escape into a world of riffs, shout along choruses and high octane drumming.

Without doubt, This Is Fancy is a barnstormer of an album that deserves a place in your record collection.

Need proof? Check out new track That’s Hard To Find and the previously posted (and outstanding) No One’s Fucking To The Radio below.

Then to give yourself a chance of winning a vinyl copy, just e-mail Madmackerel@me.com with Streets On Fire as the subject title and your name and address and we will pick three at random on Friday to be winners. Doesn’t matter where you live, they can be mailed just about anywhere, and we promise we won’t use your e-mail address to send you Viagra offers or to tell you about inheritances from long last relatives in Nigeria! So, nothing to lose and a vinyl copy of This Is Fancy to gain!

Visit their MySpace here.

Download The Streets On Fire – That’s Hard To Find mp3 (from This Is Fancy)

Download The Streets On Fire – No One’s Fucking To The Radio mp3 (from This Is Fancy)

Here is our usual end of the month round up of the very best tracks posted on Mad Mackerel, with a couple of new ones too. A perfect mixtape for May.

Wilderness of Manitoba – Hermit mp3

Intimate and gorgeous, with haunting guitar lines and beautiful harmonies.

Buffalo Moon – Beach Boy mp3

Summery pop, beach references, breezy beats and sweet lounge vocals.

Sun Kil Moon – Australian Winter mp3

Sparse, bleak and mesmerising.

Lille – Tall Shoulders mp3

Elegant and aching acoustic folk

Mountain Man – Soft Skin mp3

Ghostly, Appalachian folk with an old-timey feel

Boy & Bear – Mexican Mavis mp3

A glorious cacophony of joyous harmonies and devil-may-care attitude, like the Fleet Foxes on speed

Wooden Wand – The Fly mp3

MM fave delivers downbeat standout from limited edition new CD-R about buzzards, annoying flies, and baseball diamonds.

The Diamond Center – WTT mp3

Psychedelic folk-rockers who pair a wall of reverb and noise with an eerie gothic country creeper

Howling Owls – My World mp3

Ominous, forbidding, baleful, another standout track from our favourite discoveries of 2010 so far

Futurebirds – Johnnny Utah mp3

Off-kilter, psychedelic and slightly ramshackle country rock

Wild Nothing – Chinatown mp3

From Cure-like synths to the catchy ultra-hip rhythms of The Drums. Blissed out pop and classic indie melody

Delta Spirit – Bushwick Blues mp3

An anthemic stomper that brilliantly showcases their country rock roots and ear for a tasty lyric

Alejandro Escovedo – Street Songs mp3

Snake-hipped swagger and groove

The Streets On Fire – No Ones Fucking To The Radio mp3

Dirty riffs, pounding drums and howling vocals – furious and raw raggedy-assed rock and roll

Hearts And Daggers – Convict Blues mp3

Drips dust, sweat, blood and whiskey in equal measure

Wooden Shjips – Drunk Girls mp3

LCD Soundsystem given a truly cosmic makeover by the Californian stoners

The War Crimes – Stillness Beckons mp3

Wilfully down-tempo, unnerving, chamber pop

Felt Letters – 600,000 Bands mp3

Fall-like diatribe propelled by electro-Kraut repetition.

Le Sang Song – Gingerella mp3

Oppressive and skittery – underpinned by a hypnotic groove and a frugal, tense guitar line that determinedly burrows its way into your head.

And a couple of new ones for you to finish off:

Pontiak – Young mp3 (from Living)

Spare stripped back stoner groove and one mighty, mighty riff!

Julian Lynch – Just Enough mp3 (from Mare)

Psych pop with breezy sixties feel and sunshine instrumentation

There – don’t ever say we’re not good to you!

Apparently No One’s Fucking To The Radio according to Chicago’s deranged retro-rockers The Streets On Fire.

This is the taster from their forthcoming (and first full-length) album This Is Fancy due out in July. While it reminds us of everything from Iggy to Gang of Four by way of The Kills, it has enough identity and confidence to stand on its own two feet, and it is armed with a pneumatic riff that will take on all-comers in the moshpit.

In fact the album is chock full of similar dirty riffs, pounding drums and howling vocals. It is furious, raw, raggedy-assed rock and roll that leaves you with a big smile on your face, grease on your hands, and sweat dripping from the walls. And sometimes that’s just what the doctor ordered.

Keep an eye on these guys!

Watch the video to the gritty, insistent We Play With Tigers from their debut EP Hot Weekend and then download the altogether more aggressive advance from the new album.

Visit their MySpace here.

Download The Streets On Fire – No One’s Fucking To The Radio mp3 (from This Is Fancy)