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Top 50 Tracks of 2010: #21-30

December 12, 2010

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#21. Pink Mist – Longer

“…rides a surf beat and some exceedingly bright six-string outbursts into the twilight.”

#22. Grinderman – Bellringer Blues

“…a caustic recasting of the three-chord simplicity that is the primordial stew of rock n roll.”

#23. Joy Division – Means to an End (Eamon Harkin Edit)

“Harkin retains the stripped down simplicity of Joy Division’s sonic attack while mixing in enough thumps and loops to claim it as his own.”

#24. Arno – All the Young Dudes

“Arno envisions Bowie as a proto-Jim Carroll, delivering the verses in a matter-of-fact drawl, shot full of seen-it-all cynicism, delivering pointed statements with the tossed-off casualness of a grocery list. Or a catch-all obituary.”

#25. UNKLE featuring the Black Angels – Natural Selection

“The bluesy-psychedelia of the late-’60s garage pop crossed with UNKLE’s electronic sensibilities.”

#26. Luger – Swastika Sweetheart

“Luger delivers some of the rockingest Krautrock in ages, borrowing rhythmic ideas from Neu!’s speedier bits, while adding an incredible amount of blazing organ tones.”

#27. Deftones – Rocket Skates (M83 Mix)

“Somehow, through unholy electronic sorcery, m83 manage to crank up the aggression while simultaneously losing every single guitar.”

#28. Twin Sister – Lady Daydream (Glitter Bones Remix)

“…the audio equivalent of an early-morning mist rolling off the ocean as it gently breaks across the empty shoreline.”

#29. White Ring – We Rot

“There’s beauty all over in here, but it’s the beauty of the damned, intensified by its brevity.”

#30. Young Boys – Bring Em Down

“The Young Boys (voted Most Likely to Google You Right Onto the NAMBLA Mailing List) take the fuzz and wah of the JAMC and run with it, making sure to pour on healthy amounts of burnt-out nihilism.”

The rest of Top 50.

-CLT

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