My Favorite Albums of 2010 So Far

Tame ImpalaInnerspeaker
“Vital Signs”

Future IslandsIn The Evening Air
“As I Fall”

The DigElectric Toys
You’re Already Gone

Phantogram – Eyelid Movies
“When I’m Small”

The Joy FormidableA Balloon Called Moaning


Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
“Sun Hands”

Twin Tigers – Gray Waves

Ty Segall – Melted

The National High Violet
“Afraid of Everyone”

Broken BellsBroken Bells
“The High Road”

The Joy Formidable – “Austere”

The Joy Formidable“Austere”

The best part of the year end ‘Best Of’ hullaballoo is discovering new music you may have missed, like The Joy Formidable. Thanks to Dany and his ‘Best Of’ contribution to The OCMD, I now have this North Wales trio on heavy rotation. “Austere” is off their 8 track called A Balloon Called Moaning.  Speaking of moaning, their video for the track, featuring les facettes de la petite mort, was recently banned on YouTube.  But don’t fear, you can watch the banned version on their website here.

Best of 2009: Dany, FutureSounds

Who: Dany
Blog: FutureSounds
Location: LA
Twitter: @futuresounds

The OCMD Best of 2009 Questionnaire

  1. Best Album: tie between A Balloon Called Whirring by the Joy Formidable + Journal for Plague Lovers by Manic Street Preachers
  2. Most Overlooked Album: Hello Seahorse! “Bestia”
  3. Best Song: The Joy Formidable “Whirring”
  4. Best Live Show: The Joy Formidable @ The Great Escape, May 2009 in Brighton, UK
  5. Band/Artist I am most happy to have discovered: NewIslands and The Good Natured
  6. Band/Artist I kick myself for missing: Florence + the Machine (but I finally got into them a few months ago)
  7. Band/Artist everyone seems to love but I just can’t get behind: Animal Collective
  8. Favorite SF Band: LoveLikeFire
  9. One to Watch in 2010: NewIslands and The Joy Formidable (I cheated and picked two)
  10. Band that broke up that I still miss: Elle Milano