2010 was a dull year for discovering new bands; caught between over hype and under hype, the ripe atmosphere for discovery is quickly diminishing. The Cults signed to Columbia Records, Tennis played their first New York show at the large capacity Terminal 5, Blackberry got maximum coverage out of a Tune Yards song, Best Coast and Wavves annoyed the half of us with their money-friendly philosophy on selling out. So I stuck to, for the most part, old favorites who made great new releases. As far as releases go, that Future Islands put out their first proper full length, and that Lower Dens became a band, were probably the highlights for me. I wonder whatever happened to Yellow Fever’s release, though — their new songs seemed ready to go pretty early in the year! But here it is, the top 10.
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Full list after the jump.
#10 The Books, The Way Out
#9 Thee Oh Sees, Warm Slime
#8 Callers, Life of Love
#7 Tony Castles, No Service
#6 Motel Motel, The Big Island
#5 Lower Dens, Twin-Hand Movement
#4 Dark Dark Dark, Wild Go
#3 Quiet Hooves, Saddle Up!
#2 Future Islands, In Evening Air
#1 The Tallest Man on Earth, The Wild Hunt