Top 5 of 2010

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To celebrate another year’s end, SLUG handpicked 13 writers to spotlight one of their favorite releases of 2010 in an extended review. Read on for Top 5 lists from SLUG’s contributors and genre-spanning reviews of artists like The Black Keys, Sleigh Bells, Acid Tiger and local artist S.L.F.M.


Jaleh Afshar – Designer
1. Four Tet – There Is Love in You
2. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
3. How to Destroy Angels – Self-Titled
4. We Are Scientists – Barbara
5. Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz

Brett Allen – SLUG Games Coordinator
1. The Cool Kids – Tackle Bo
2. The Black Keys – Brothers
3. Die Antwoord –$O$
4. The Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
5. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach

Tony Bassett – Delivery Driver
1. Autolux – Transit Transit
2. Bad Religion – The Dissent of Man
3. Nikki and Rich – Cat and Mouse
4. Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart
5. Dag Nasty – Dag With Shawn

James Bennett – Writer
1. The Hold Steady – Heaven is Whenever
2. The Weakerthans – Live At The Burton Cummings Theatre
3.  V/A – KRCL Presents: Weird You Out: Volume 1
4. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Brutalist Bricks
5.  The Fall – Your Future Our Clutter

Paden Bischoff – Designer
1. Sage Francis – Li(f)e
2. Middle Class Rut – No Name No Color
3. Kylesa – Spiral Shadow
4. Dillinger Escape Plan  – Option Paralysis
5. Torche  – Songs for Singles

Courtney Blair – Writer
1. Beach House – Teen Dream
2. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
3. Sleigh Bells – Treats
4. Twin Shadow – Forget
5. The Radio Dept. – Clinging To A Scheme


Shauna Brennan – Ad Sales Rep
1. Beach House – Teen Dream
2. Sleigh Bells ­– Treats
3. Twin Shadow – Forget
4. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
5. Wavves ­– King of the Beach

Dave Brewer – Photographer
1. Sayde Price – Wilt All Rosy
2. Isaac Russell – Isaac Russell E.P.
3. Adam Haworth Stephens – We Live On Cliffs
4. Tim Fite – Under the Table Tennis
5. Various Artists – The Sound Strike Songs

Christian Broadbent – Ad Designer
1. The Black Keys – Brothers
2. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
3. Spoon – Transference
4. Jimi Hendrix – Valleys of Neptune
5. The Dead Weather – Sea of Cowards

Angela H. Brown – Editor/Publisher
1. Grinderman – Grinderman 2 
2. Meat Beat Manifesto – Answers Come in Dreams
3. Andre Williams – That’s All I Need
4. Ceremony – Rohnert Park
5. S.L.F.M. – Affaire / Infatuation Satisfaction

Mike Brown – Sales Rep./Columnist
1. Fucktards – Christ Punchin’ Fun
2. El-P – weaareallgoingtoburninhellmegamixxx3
3  Lil Wayne – I Am Not a Human Being
4. Nephi Beh LLC – Care “E” Oakey Vol. 1
5. The Black Keys – Brothers


Ischa Buchanan – Marketing/Writer
1. Uncle Scam – Redneck Funeral
2. The Soular System – Fight the Future
3. Sara Bareilles – Kaleidoscope Heart
4. Serj Tankian – Imperfect Harmonies
5. Uncle Scam – XX

Emily Burkhart – Marketing
1. The Black Keys – Brothers
2. The Goat & The Occasional Others – The Goat Speaks
3. The Dead Weather – Sea of Cowards
4. The Delta Spirit – History from Below
5. MGMT – Congratulations

Stephanie Buschardt – Marketing Coordinator
1. Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager
2. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles II
3. Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid
4. Ratatat – LP4
5. Zion I – Atomic Clock

John Carlisle – Photographer
1. The National – High Violet
2. Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings – I Learned the Hard Way
3. Griffin House – The Learner
4. Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles – Live Singles
5. Armadillo Road – Self-Titled

Hannah Christian – Copy Editor
1. Yeasayer – Odd Blood
2. Beach House – Teen Dream
3. Gogol Bordello – Trans–Continental Hustle
4. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh
5. Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record

Rio Connelly – Writer/Copy Editor
1. Dessa – A Badly Broken Code
2. Menomena – Mines
3. Patter Stats – What Is This Beast?
4. Fang Island – Self-Titled
5. Los Campesinos! – Romance is Boring

Jessica Davis – Marketing/Intern
1. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
2. Xiu Xiu – Dear God, I Hate Myself
3. Ty Segall – Melted
4. Nobunny – First Blood
5. V/A – KRCL Presents: Weird You Out: Volume 1

Tommy Dolph – Distro Driver
1. Daniel Johnston – The Story of an Artist Disc 1
2. Daniel Johnston – The Story of an Artist Disc 2
3. Daniel Johnston – The Story of an Artist Disc 3
4. Daniel Johnston – The Story of an Artist Disc 4
5. Daniel Johnston – The Story of an Artist Disc 5

Barrett Doran – Photographer
1. Fang Island – Self-Titled
2. The Black Keys – Brothers
3. How to Dress Well –     Love Remains
4. Vampire Weekend – Contra
5. Sufjan Stevens – Age of Adz

Adam Dorobiala – Action Sports Editor
1. Nephi Beh LLC – Care “E” Oakey Vol. 1
2. Nonnon, Nolens Volens, // – Data Booty
3. The Hood Internet X Anatomy Magazine – The Great American Mixtape: Side A
4. Ratatat – LP4
5. Palace of Buddies – Super Summer Sampler


Mary Enge – Copy Editor
1. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
2. Beach House – Teen Dream
3.The Black Keys – Brothers
4. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
5. The Morning Benders – Big Echo

Bethany Fischer – Writer
1. Murs & 9th Wonder – ForNever
2. Trek Life – Everything Changed Nothing
3. Sharon Jones & the     Dap-Kings – I Learned the Hard Way
4. Aloe Blacc – Good Things
5. Roc Marciano – Marcberg

Eric Granato – Distro Manager
1. Hank III – Rebel Within
2. The Creepshow – They All Fall Down
3. The Black Angels – Phosphene Dream
4. Gogol Bordello – Trans-Continental Hustle
5. Invdrs – Electric Church

Kyla Grant – Writer
1. Judgement Day – Peacocks/Pink Monsters
2. Film School – Fission
3. Your Skull My Closet – Let’s Get Acquainted
4. Middle Class Rut – No Name, No Color
5. Marnie Stern – Self-Titled

Heck Fork Grief – Writer
1. Comeback Kid – Symptoms + Cures
2. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
3. The Ocean – Heliocentric
4. Black Anvil – Triumvirate
5. None More Black – Icons

Ryan Hall – Writer
1. Clipd Beaks – To Realize
2. Baths – Cerulean
3. Chris Rehm – Salivary Stones
4. Daughters – Self-Titled
5. A Faulty Chromosome – Craving to Be Coddled to Feel Fake Safe


Chrissy Hawkins – Marketing
1. Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
2. Weezer – Hurley
3. Taylor Swift – Speak Now
4. The Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
5. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More

Eric Hess – Writer
1. Lil Wayne ­– No Feelings
2. Lil Wayne – I Am Not A Human Being
3. Waka Flocka Flame – Flockaveli
4. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
5. B.O.B. – Adventures of Bobby Ray

Dean O Hillis – Writer
1. The Mynabirds – What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The Flood
2. Suzanne Vega – Close Up Vol. 1, Love Songs
3. Morrissey – Bona Drag 20th Anniversary Edition
4. Andy Bell – Non-Stop
5. Saint Etienne – Tales From Turnpike House Deluxe Edition

Gavin Hoffman – Writer
1. Burzum – Belus
2. Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
3. The National – High Violet
4. Thou – Summit
5. The Body – And All the Waters of the Earth Turn to Blood

Nate Housley – Writer
1. Beach House – Teen Dream
2. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
3. No Age – Everything In Between
4. Spoon – Transference
5. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles II

Cody Hudson – Writer
1. Ty Segall – Melted
2. The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt
3. Thee Oh Sees – Warm Slime
4. Menomena – Mines
5. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
 

Hailee Jacobson – Marketing
1. The Dead Weather – Sea of Cowards
2. The Black Keys – Brothers
3. Wolf Parade – Expo 86
4. Jonsi – Go
5. Vampire Weekend – Contra

Ruby Johnson – Photographer
1. The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street (reissue)
2. The Black Keys – Brothers
3. Paul McCartney & Wings – Band On The Run (reissue)
4. Bob Dylan – The Witmark Demos: 1962 - 64’ Bootleg Series Vol. 9
5. Jimi Hendrix – Valleys of Neptune

Joshua Joye – Issue Designer
1. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Dirty Shirt Rock ‘n’ Roll: The First Ten Years
2. Crocodiles – Sleep Forever
3. Deadbolt – Voodoo Moonshine
4. The Black Angels – Phosphene Dream
5. Nephi Beh LLC – Care “E” Oakey Vol. 1

Cody Kirkland – Copy Editor
1. Liars – Sisterworld
2. Joshua Payne Orchestra – Walk on the Wild Side/Break Up
3. Southerly – Champion of the Noisy Negativists
4. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening
5. Phantogram – Eyelid Movies

Joe Maddock – Copy Editor
1. White Denim – Last Day Of Summer
2. Yeasayer – Odd Blood
3. The National – High Violet
4. Maps & Atlases – Perch Patchwork
5. Menomena – Mines

Mariah Mellus – Writer
1. Belle and Sebastian – Write About Love
2. The Black Keys – Brothers
3. The Morning Benders – Big Echo
4. Spoon – Transference
5. Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart


Sam Milianta – Writer/Photographer
1. Black Mountain – Wilderness Heart
2. Nephi Beh LLC – Care “E” Oakey Vol. 1
3. The Black Angels – Phosphene Dream
4. The Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street (reissue)
5. Thee Oh Sees – Warm Slime

Lindsey Morris – Designer
1. Dangers – Messy, Isn’t It?
2. Cloudkicker – Beacons
3. This Will Destroy You – Tunnel Blanket
4. The Album Leaf – A Chorus of Storytellers
5. Young Jazz Rebels – Slave Riot

Jeanette D. Moses – Managing Editor
1. The Black Keys – Brothers
2. The Black Angels – Phosphene Dream
3. Spell Talk – Ghost Rider
4. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – I Learned The Hard Way
5. Laserfang – Mammoth

Adam Okeefe – Distro Driver
1. Covenant – Modern Ruin
2. Decoded Feedback – Aftermath
3. Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky
4. SLEEPCHAMBER – Stratocast
5. Taylor Swift – Speak Now


James Orme – Writer
1. Mad Sin – Burn and Rise
2. Kings Of Nuthin’ – Old Habits Die Hard
3. Bad Religion – The Dissent of Man
4. Th’ Legendary Shack Shakers – Agridustrial
5. The Creepshow – They All Fall Down
 

Alex Ortega – Writer/Copy Editor
1. Acid Tiger – Self-Titled
2. Against Me! – White Crosses
3. Spanish Gamble – It’s All Coming Down
4. Killbot – The Horror EP
5. Small Town Sinners – The Dirty Thirty

JP – Writer
1. Hooray For Earth – Momo
2. Beats Antique – Blind Threshold
3. Glitch Mob – Drink the Sea
4. Efterklang – Magic Chairs
5. Nymph – Self-Titled

Katie Panzer – Photographer/Copy Editor
1. Yeasayer – Odd Blood
2. Chromeo – Business Casual
3. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
4. Hip White People – Affirmations
5. Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager

Liz Phillips – Copy Editor
1. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles II
2. Broken Bells – Self-Titled
3. Fang Island – Self-Titled
4. Beach House – Teen Dream
5. RJD2 – The Colossus

Maggie Poulton – Designer
1. Adam Haworth Stephens – We Live on Cliffs
2. Beach House – Teen Dream
3. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
4. Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid
5. The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt

Todd Powelson – Designer
1. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
2. The Dead Weather – Sea of Cowards
3, The Tallest Man on Earth – Wild Hunt
4. Massive Attack – Heligoland
5. Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street (reissue)


Chris Proctor – Writer/Intern
1. Junip – Fields
2. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
3. Ratatat – LP4
4. Beach House – Teen Dream
5. Broken Bells – Self-Titled

Jon Robertson – Writer
1. Deftones – Diamond Eyes
2. Baths – Cerulean
3. Big Boi – Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
4. Kele – The Boxer
5. Jacobi Wichita – Lambsie.Divey

Mike Reff – Writer/ SLUG Games Coordinator
1. Broken Bells – Self-Titled
2. Bonobo – Black Sands
3. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
4. Caribou – Swim
5. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles II

Jeremy Riley – Marketing/SLUG Games Coordinator/Action Sports Intern
1. Spell Talk – Ghost Rider
2. Justin Bieber – My World 2.0
3. Mariah Carey – Merry Christmas II You
4. Shakira – Sale El Sol
5. The Fucktards – Christ Punchin’ Fun

Rachel Roller – Marketing
1. Daft Punk – Tron: Legacy
2. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
3. Pretty Lights – Spilling Over Every Side
4. Lil Wayne – I Am Not a Human Being
5. LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening 

Andrew Roy – Writer
1. Autolux – Transit Transit
2. Kylesa – Spiral Shadow
3. Dillinger Escape Plan – Option Paralysis
4. Various Artists – Crazy Heart: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
5. Deftones – Diamond Eyes
 

Katie Rubio – Social Networking Coordinator
1. The Ghost Inside – Returners
2. The Devil Wears Prada – Zombie EP
3. The Word Alive – Deceiver
4. Bring Me the Horizon – There Is a Hell Believe Me I’ve Seen It. There Is a Heaven Let’s Keep it a Secret.
5. Emarosa – Self-Titled

Lance Saunders – Writer
1. Delta Spirit – History From Below
2. Menomena – Mines
3. Laserfang – Mammoth
4. The Black Angels – Phosphene Dream
5. Beach House – Teen Dream

Elliot Secrist – Writer
1. The National – High Violet
2. Starkweather – This Sheltering Night
3. Knut – Wonder
4. East of the Wall – Ressentiment
5. The Black Keys – Brothers

Paige Snow – Derby Writer
1. Deer Tick – The Black Dirt Sessions
2. Stars – Five Ghosts
3. Yeasayer – Odd Blood
4. Zoroaster – Matador
5. Hillstomp – Darker the Night

Jemie Sprankle – Sales/Writer
1. Camu Tao – King Of Hearts
2. The Black Keys – Brothers
3. Hate Your Guts – Bastards Disease
4. Wale – More About Nothing
5. Royce Da 5’9” – The Bar Exam 3: Most Interesting Man

Kolbie Stonehocker – Copy Editor
1. Circa Survive – Blue Sky Noise
2. Spell Talk – Ghost Rider
3. Murder By Death – Good Morning, Magpie
4. My Chemical Romance – Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
5. In The Word of the Mute – Between the Rebel and the 40    


Kelli Tompkins – Designer
1. LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
2. Junip – Fields
3. Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
4. Spell Talk – Ghost Rider
5. Hooray For Earth – Momo

Ben Trentelman – Writer
Top 5 Movies
1. Kick Ass
2. Alice In Wonderland
3. Machete
4. Shutter Island
5.  Inception

Ricky Vigil – Editorial Assistant
1. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor
2. Look Mexico – To Bed To Battle
3. Touché Amoré/La Dispute – Searching For a Pulse/The Worth of the World
4. Ceremony – Rohnert Park
5. forgetters – Self-Titled

Bryer Wharton – Writer
1. Melechesh – The Epigenesis
2. Alcest – Écailles De Lune
3. U.S. Christmas – Run Thick In The Night
4. Severe Torture – Slaughtered
5. Mar de Grises – Streams Inwards

Jessie Wood – Writer
1. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
2. Pretty Lights – Spilling Over Every Side
3. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
4. Four Tet – There Is Love In You
5. Felix Cartal – Popular Music

Sean Zimmerman Wall – Writer/ SLUG Games Coordinator
1. The Black Keys – Brothers
2. Ratatat – LP4
3. RJD2 – The Colossus
4. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
5. Broken Bells – Self-Titled
 

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