REVENGE OF THE WRITERS: Best & Worst of 2010 (Pt.2)

In which the folks who work in the trenches get in the last word. Hey,
nothing’s stopping you from doing your own list!

 

BY THE BLURT CRÜE

 

We continue with our Writers’ lists
for 2010. Go here for Part 1.

 

 

BILL HOLMES

FAIRPORT, NEW YORK

Bholmes_fm@msn.com

Cultural Pharmacist at Dr. Bristol’s Prescription

http://drbristol.wordpress.com/

 

Top 10 New Releases

Len Price 3 – Pictures
(Wicked Cool)

Christine Ohlman and Rebel
Montez – The Deep End (Horizon)

The Jim Jones Revue – Burning Your House Down (Pias)

The 88 – The 88 (88
Records)

The Grip Weeds – Strange
Change Machine (Rainbow Quartz)

The Mother Truckers – Van
Tour (World Records)

The Sights – Most of What
Follows Is True (Alive)

Edward O’Connell – Our
Little Secret (Oaf Ramp)

The Greenhornes – Four
Stars (Warner Brothers)

Farrah – Farrah (LoJinx)

 

Top 10 Singles

Ce Lo Green – “Fuck You”

(rest of list conceded defeat)

 

Twitter?

No – H8 Abrv8ng

 

Facebook?

No – prefer real walls and
real friends

 

Most Annoying Trend/Whatever

Being a celebretard. Or
keeping them famous. Probably both.

 

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MARY LEARY

SAN
DIEGO
, CA

www.sdentertainer.com/author/mleary/

 

Top 10 New Releases

Terry Adams Rock ‘n’ Roll
Quartet – Crazy 8’s (Clang!)

Robert Wyatt – For the
Ghosts Within (Domino)

Lake Street Dive – Lake
Street Dive (Signature Sounds)

White Noise Sound – White
Noise Sound (Alive Records)

Jaill – That’s How We Burn
(SubPop)

Kelley Stoltz – To
Dreamers (Sub Pop)

Surfer Blood – Astro Coast
(Kanine Records)

Dead Confederate – Sugar –
(Old Flame)

Unnatural Helpers –
Cracked Love and Other Drugs (Hardly Art)

Ty Segall – Help (Goner
Records)

 

Music DVD

Howard Armstrong – Louie
Bluie (The Criterion Collection)

Ghost Blues: The Story of
Rory Gallagher + The Beat Club Sessions (Eagle Rock)

Free – Free Forever –
(Eagle Rock)

Various Artists –
EarGoggles (Bull Terrior Productions)

Black Sabbath – Classic
Albums: Paranoid (Eagle Rock Entertainment)

 

Top 5 Concerts

Thee Oh Sees with So Cow
and Bare Wires (Bar Pink Elephant, San
Diego CA 3-12-10)

Gary Wilson (Bar Pink
Elephant, San Diego CA 5-30-2010)

Lyle Lovett and His Large
Band (Humphrey’s Concerts by the Bay, San
Diego CA 7-25-2010)

Marcelo Radulovich (Tin
Can Ale House, San Diego CA 6-30-10)

Golden Triangle (Bar Pink
Elephant, San Diego CA 7-11-10)

 

Top 10 Singles/Tracks

(New):

Jaill – “On the Beat”

Jaill – “Thank Us Later”

White Noise Sound –
“Sunset”

Dead Confederate – “In the
Dark”

Unnatural Helpers –
“Sunshine/Pretty Girls”

Dead Confederate – “Run
from the Gun”

Lake Street Dive – “Neighbor Song”

Coco Rosie – “Lemonade”

TV Buddhas – “Defies
Definition”

Avi Buffalo – “Truth Sets
In”

Avi Buffalo – “Jessica”

 

(Reissue/archival):

Rory Gallagher – “In This
Town”

Rory Gallagher – “Hands
Up”

Nitin Sawhney (on Gilles
Peterson: Worldwide – A Celebration of His Syndicated Radio Show) – “Tides”

Jose James (on Gilles
Peterson: Worldwide – A Celebration of His Syndicated Radio Show) – “Dreamer”

Little Dragon (on Gilles
Peterson: Worldwide – A Celebration of His Syndicated Radio Show) – “Twice”

Best Music Website

Crawdaddy! (then Blurt,
then my blog at San Diego Entertainer)

 

Best Record Label:

Get Hip

 

Coolest Trend/Whatever

(1) Lots of red-hot,
creative “garage rock.” (2) More people finally waking up to the idea that
environmental issues are real, and of critical importance.

 

Most Annoying Trend/Whatever

)1)”Dream Pop” – although
there’s hope the trend is fading. (2) Women who sound like little girls; anyone
who ends sentences with that whiny, question-mark lilt. (3) Bashing President
Obama without seeing or understanding a byzantine jungle of problems, created
by at least several previous terms of political decisions, with which he’s
confronted – and without getting it that change… takes… time…

 

Most Fucked Up

The oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

 

Best New Artists

Lake Street Dive, Heavy Hawaii,
White Noise Sound

 

Worst New Artist

(not completely new, but
still just awful in relation to the buzz he’s generated):  The Love Language

 

Best New Artist with Worst Name

Male Bonding

 

Desert Island Bliss: Artist You’d Like to be Stuck on an Island With

Danny Kirwan and the
entire Future Games/Bare Trees posse,
The Beatles, John Cage, The Ramones, Anita O’Day, The Hot Club of Cowtown,
and/or The Skatalites

 

Desert Island Dick: Artist You’d Most Like NOT to be Stuck
on an Island With

Brian Setzer and… I dunno
– tend to delete annoying people from memory banks

 

On Facebook and/or Twitter?

FB – finally broke down,
was reconnected with a slew of friends from b.i.t.d; Twitter – no, that’s one
social network too many, and it’s boring.

 

Favorite story or review you wrote for BLURT

Rory Gallagher

/news/view/4472/

 

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TIM HINELY

PORTLAND, OR

 

Top 10 New Releases

The Radio Dept- Clinging to a Scheme (Labrador)

 

Magic Kids- Memphis (True Panther Sounds)

 

Justin Townes Earle- Harlem River
Blues (Bloodshot)

 

The Fresh and Onlys- Play It Strange (In the Red)

 

Beach House- Teen Dream (Sub Pop)

 

Wavves- King of the Beach (Fat Possum)

 

Best Coast- Crazy For You (Mexican Summer)

 

Surf City- Kudos (Fire)

 

Phil Wilson- God Bless Jim Kennedy (Slumberland)

 

Titus Andronicus- The Monitor (xl)

 

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DAVE STEINFELD

NEW YORK, NY

 

Trashcan Sinatras — In
the Music (LoFive Records

Teenage Fanclub —
Shadows (Merge Records)

Mary Gauthier — The
Foundling (Razor & Tie)

The Postelles —
self-titled (Capitol)

Freedy Johnston — Rain
on the City (Bar None)

Norah Jones —
…featuring Norah Jones (Blue Note)

Apples in Stereo —
Travellers in Space and Time (Yep Roc)

Seth Glier — The
Trouble With People (MPress Records)

Joan Armatrading — This
Charming Life (429 Records)

Edward Rogers  — Sparkle Lane
 (Zip)

 

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DOMINIC UMILE

BROOKLYN, NY

http://dominicumile.wordpress.com

twitter.com/dominicumile

 

Top 10 New Releases

Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest (4AD)

Pantha Du Prince – Black Noise (Rough
Trade)

Darkstar – North (Hyperdub)

Beach House – Teen Dream (Sub Pop)

The National – High Violet
(4AD)

Teebs – Ardour (Brainfeeder)

Four Tet – There Is Love In You (Domino)

The Walkmen – Lisbon (Fat Possum)

Scuba – Triangulation (Hotflush)

School of Seven Bells – Disconnect From Desire (Ghostly/Vagrant)

 

Top
Archival/Reissues

Various – Next Stop…Soweto:
Township Sounds From The Golden Age Of Mbaqanga (Strut)

Various – Lagos
Disco Inferno (Academy Records)

Antonio Carlos Jobim – Stone Flower (CTI)

 

Top
Singles/Tracks/EPs

Four Tet – Sing (Domino)

Pariah – Safehouses (R&S)

Darkstar – Gold (Hyperdub)

Sepalcure – Love Pressure (Hotflush)

Memoryhouse – The Years (Arcade Sound Ltd.)

 

Most Fucked Up
Thing That Happened

I think my ballot for Blurt’s 2009 list is no longer online.

 

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JASON FERGUSON

 

Janelle Monae – The Archandroid

Best
Coast – Crazy for You

Earl Greyhound – Suspicious Package

Sleigh Bells – Treats

Surfer Blood – Astro
Coast

The Sword – Warp Riders

Shooter Jennings & Hierophant – Black Ribbons

Serena-Maneesh – S-M 2: Abyss In B Minor

Chemical Brothers – Further

Viernes – Sinister Devices

 

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ZACH BLOOM

SAN FRANCISCO, CA

 

Top 10 New Releases

Robyn
– Body Talk Pt. 1/Body Talk Pt. 2/Body Talk Pt. 3 (Cherry

Tree/Interscope)

Beach
House – Teen Dream (Sub Pop)

Vampire
Weekend – Contra (XL)

The
Walkmen – Lisbon
(Fat Possum)

Crystal
Castles – Crystal Castles (Motown/Universal)

Wild
Nothing – Gemini (Indie Europe/Zoom)

Kanye
West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Def Jam)

Sleigh
Bells – Treats (Mom & Pop)

Joanna
Newsom – Have One On Me (Drag
City)

LCD
Soundsystem – This Is Happening (DFA/Virgin)

 

Top 5 Concerts

Guided
By Voices, Warfield

Teenage
Fanclub, Great American Music Hall

Dean
Wareham plays Galaxie 500, Fillmore

Birds
& Batteries, Bottom Of The Hill

Hot
Chip, Fox Theater

 

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STEVE PICK

ST. LOUIS, MO

 

Top 10 Albums

Carolina
Chocolate Drops – Genuine Negro Jig (Rounder)

Elvis Costello  –
National Ransom (Hear Music)

Crowded House – Intriguer (Fantasy)

Patty Griffin – Downtown Church
(Credential)

Jamey Johnson – The Guitar Song (Mercury Nashville)

Tom Jones – Praise & Blame (Lost Highway)

John Legend and the Roots – Wake Up! (Columbia)

Raul Malo – Sinners & Saints (Fantasy)

Janelle Monae – The Archandroid (Bad Boy)

Robert Plant – Band of Joy (Rounder)

 

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JEDD FERRIS

ASHEVILLE, NC

ENTERTAINMENT CORRESPONDENT – ASHEVILLE
CITIZEN-TIMES

 

Top 10 New Releases

Justin Townes Earle –
Harlem River Blues (Bloodshot Records)
Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame (Anti)
Anders Osborne – American Patchwork (Alligator Records)
Chatham County Line – Wildwood (Yep Roc)
The Black Keys – Brothers (Nonesuch)
Cadillac Sky – Letters in the Deep (Dualtone)

Joe Pug – Messenger
(Lightning Rod)

Drive-By Truckers – The
Big To-Do (ATO)

Mumford and Sons – Sigh No
More (Glass Note)

Trampled by Turtles –
Palomino (Banjado Records)

 

Top 5 Concerts

Dave Rawlings Machine (Jefferson
Theater – Charlottesville, Virginia – June 9)

Phish (Merriweather Post
Pavilion – Columbia, Maryland – June 27)

The Low Anthem (FloydFest
– Floyd, Virginia
– July 24)

Appalachian Voices w/Jim
James, Ben Sollee, and Daniel Martin Moore (Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, Virginia
– July 27)

Avett Brothers (Charlottesville Pavilion – Charlottesville, Virginia
– October 17)

 

Best New Artist

James Justin Burke

 

2011 Releases Looking Forward To

Drive-By Truckers – Go Go
Boots

North
Mississippi Allstars –
Keys to the Kingdom

The Low Anthem – Smart
Flesh

 

Favorite Story for BLURT

Joe Pug Interview

/features/view/569/

 

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JOHN B. MOORE

PHILADELPHIA, PA

jbmoore00@hotmail.com ( /blogs/author/64)

 

Top 10 New Releases

The Riot Before (Paper +
Plastick)

Bad Religion – The Dissent
of Man (Epitaph)

The Posies – Blood/Candy
(Ryko)

Jesse Malin – Love it to
Life (SideOneDummy)

Off With Their Heads – In
Desolation (Epitaph)

The Successful Failures –
Three Nights (FDR)

Moneybrother  – Real Control (Bladen County)

Ike Reilly – Hard Luck
Stories (Rock Ridge)

Flogging Molly – Live at
the Greek Theatre (SideOneDummy)

David Ford -Let the Hard
Times Roll (Original Signal)

 

 

Most Annoying Trend/Whatever

Music publicists/record
labels sending downloads instead of actual CDs.

 

Best New Artist

Moneybrother

 

Worst New Artist 

Ke$ha

 

Best New Artist With Worst
Name 

Moneybrother

 

Clear Channel Presents: Corporate Asshole of the
Year  

Don Blankenship, Massey
Energy (a good ol’ fashioned coal mine baron)

 

Best Moustache 

Franz Nicolay

 

Desert Island Bliss: Artist You’d Like to be Stuck on an Island With

Willie Nelson

 

Desert Island Dick: Artist You’d Most Like NOT to be Stuck
on an Island With 

Kid Rock

 

On Facebook and/or Twitter?

Yes. Takes the pressure
off of actually having to call someone and have a real conversation.

 

2011 Release You Are Most Looking Forward To   

un (again, dreadful band
name)

 

Favorite story or review you wrote for BLURT

Interview with James
Williamson from The Stooges

/features/view/598/

 

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STEVE KLINGE

WILMINGTON, DE

 

Top 10 New Releases

Sam Amidon-I See A Sign (Bedroom Community)

Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan-Hawk (Vanguard)

Jonsi-Go (XL)

LCD Soundsystem-This Is Happening (DFA)

Aaron Neville-I Know I’ve Been Changed (EMI Gospel / Tell It
Records)

Robyn-Body Talk (Konichiwa)

The Roots-How I Got Over (Def Jam)

Sleigh Bells-Treats (N.E.E.T.)

Titus Andronicus-The Monitor (XL)

Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate-Ali & Toumani
(Nonesuch)

 

Top 10 Singles /
Tracks

Antony,
“Pressing On”

Arcade Fire, “Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond
Mountains)”

Cee-Lo Green, “Fuck You”

The Corin Tucker Band, “Doubt”

Free Energy, “Bang Pop”

Grinderman, “Worm Tamer”

The National, “Bloodbuzz Ohio”

Joanna Newsom, “Good Intentions Paving Company”

The Radio Dept., “Heaven’s On Fire”

Standard Fare, “Philadelphia”

 

Top 10
Archival/Reissues

All the Fela albums (Knitting Factory)

Dolly Mixture-Everything and More (Dolly Mixture)

Various– How Sweet It Was: The Sights and Sounds of
Gospel’s Golden Age (Shanachie)

Chin Chin-Sound of the Westway (Slumberland)

Bruce Springsteen-The Promise (Columbia)

Orange Juice-Coals To Newcastle
(Domino)

The Rolling Stones-Exile On Main St. (Universal Republic)

 

Coolest whatever

The Roots playing night after night on Jimmy Fallon

 

Best New Artist

Sleigh Bells

 

Best Moustache

Nick
Cave

 

Favorite Story For
BLURT

Sam Phillips interview

/features/view/577/

 

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MICHAEL TOLAND

AUSTIN, TX

 

Top 10 New Releases

The
Brought Low – 3rd Record (Small Stone)

The
Clientele – Minotaur (Merge)

Alejandro
Escovedo – Street Songs of Love (Fantasy)

Hoodoo
Gurus – Purity of Essence (Hoodoo Gurus)

Bettye
LaVette – Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook (Anti-)

Leatherbag
– Hey Day (self-released)

Janelle
Monae – The Arch Android (Wondaland/Bad Boy)

Jason
Moran & the Bandwagon – Ten (Blue Note)

Stan
Ridgway – Neon Mirage (A440)

Steve
Wynn and the Miracle 3 – Northern Aggression (Yep Roc)

 

Top 10 Archival/Reissues

Carnival
Season – Misguided Promise: Carnival Season Complete (1984-89) (Arena Rock)

Chad’s Tree – Crossing Off
the Miles (Memorandum)

The
Church – Of Skins & Heart, The Blurred Crusade, Séance, Heyday, Deep In the
Shallows: The Classic Singles Collection (Second Motion)

The
Dream Syndicate – Medicine Show (Water)

Finger
– Still in Boxes 1990-1994 (Second Motion)

The
Green Pajamas – The Complete Book of Hours (Green Monkey)

Tommy
Keene – Tommy Keene You Hear Me: A Retrospective 1983-2009 (Second Motion)

The
Plimsouls – Live! Beg, Borrow & Steal: October 31, 1981 Whisky a Go Go
(Alive)

Iggy
Pop & James Williamson – Kill
City (Bomp)

The
Rolling Stones – Exile On Main
Street (Virgin)

 

 

Music DVDs

Opeth
– In Live Concert at the Royal Albert Hall (Roadrunner)

Porcupine
Tree – Anesthetize (K Scope)

 

Music Books

Steve
Almond – Rock and Roll Will Save Your Life (Random House)

Daniel
Lanois – Soul Mining: A Musical Life (Faber & Faber)

Keith
Richards – Life (Little, Brown)

 

Top 5 Concerts

Alejandro
Escovedo/True Believers/Michael Monroe Band/Chuck Prophet & the Mission
Express/Lenny Kaye/Ivan Julian/Grady/Triple Cobra/Carrie Rodriguez (Continental
Club, Austin, TX, 3-21-10)

The
Jim Jones Revue (Mess With Texas Festival, Austin, TX
3-19-10)

 

North
Vs. South Festival (Pedaljets, Doctors’ Mob, Grand Champeen, Right or Happy, Leatherbag,
Grant Hart, et al) (Hole in the Wall, Austin,
TX 8-12-14-10)

John
Legend & the Roots )Austin City Limits
taping, Austin, TX 8-24-10)

Weird
Al Yankovic (Fun Fun Fun Fest, Austin,
TX 11-6-10)

 

Film

Alice in Wonderland

Deconstructing
Dad: The Music, Machines & Mystery of Raymond Scott

Inception

Iron
Man 2

Who
is Harry Nilsson and Why is Everybody Talkin’ About Him?

(…
man, I really didn’t see very many movies this year… at least Black Swan, True
Grit and Tron Legacy await….)

 

Best Record Label

Merge

 

Coolest Trend/Whatever

More
“heritage” artists, particularly those from the 80s, making records as good or
nearly as good as their classics, proving they’re more than nostalgia acts.
Examples: Hoodoo Gurus, Stan Ridgway, the Choir, New Model Army, Jason &
the Scorchers, Steve Wynn (admittedly he’s been pretty consistent about this
over the years), even Hawkwind.

 

Most Annoying Trend/Whatever

Mash-ups

 

Most Fucked Up

Mark
Linkous’ suicide

 

Best New Artist(s)

The
Devils Blood

The
DomNicks

Debbie
Duveen & the Millbanks

The
Gilded Palace of Sin

The
Mighty Grasshoppers

The
Mynabirds

North Atlantic Oscillation

 

Worst New Artist

I
didn’t listen to anybody I thought sucked long enough to know who the crappy
new artists were this year.

 

Best New Artist With
Worst Name

The
Mighty Grasshoppers

 

Sex Object Of the Year

Laura
Burhenn of the Mynabirds

 

Clear Channel Presents:
Corporate Asshole of the Year

I
didn’t pay enough attention to the business side of music this year. Can I just
say Irving Azoff on general principle?

 

Desert Island
Bliss: Artist You’d Like to be Stuck on an Island
With

Esperanza
Spalding

 

Desert Island
Dick: Artist You’d Most Like NOT to be Stuck on an Island
With

Kanye
West

 

On Facebook and/or
Twitter?

 

FB
originally to keep up with friends who’s recently been laid off – now it’s a
tool to get the word out about pieces I have online. Twitter is mainly a day
job thing.

 

2011 Release You Are
Most Looking Forward To

The
new Feelies record

 

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JONAH FLICKER

BROOKLYN, NY

www.illiotgould.com

 

Band of Horses – Infinite
Arms (Columbia)

Arcade Fire – The Suburbs (Merge)

Deerhunter – Halcyon
Digest (4AD)

Beach House – Teen Dream
(Sub Pop)

Das Racist – Sit Down
Man/Shut Up Dude (Mad Decent/Greedhead/Mishka)

The Drums – The Drums
(Island/Moshi Moshi)

Surfer Blood – Astro Coast
(Kanine)

The War on Drugs – Future
Weather EP (Secretly Canadian)

LCD Soundsystem – This is
Happening (Virgin/Parlophone/DFA)

Kanye West – My Beautiful
Dark Twisted Fantasy (Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella)

 

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LOGAN K. YOUNG,

WASHINGTON, DC

www.twitter.com/logankyoung

 

Top 10 New Releases

Joanna Newsom – Have One on Me (Drag City)

Robyn – Body Talk (Interscope)

Toro Y Moi – Causers of This (Carpark)

Swans – My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky (Young
God)

Titus Andronicus – The Monitor (XL)

LA Vampires & Zola Jesus – LA Vampires Meet Zola Jesus
EP (Not Not Fun)

Yellow Swans – Going Places (Type)

The National – High Violet (4AD)

Liz Phair – Funstyle (self-released)

Twig Harper & Daniel Higgs – Clairaudience Fellowship
(Thrill Jockey)

 

Top 10 Singles/Tracks

Big Freedia, “Azz Everywhere”

Coma Cinema, “Flower Pills”

Growing, “Mind Eraser”

Baby Dee, “Unheard of Hope”

Frank Black, “When I Go Down on You”

The Delta Mirror, “He Was Worse than the Needle He Gave You”

Xiu Xiu, “Dear God, I Hate Myself”

Salem,
“King Night”

Aziz Ansari, “Kanye West vs. Darwish”

Pajamaband, “Fuck You Until You Die”

 

Top 10 Archival/Reissues

Lou Reed – Metal Machine Music (RCA)

Morrissey – Bona Drag (EMI)

Les Rallizes Dénudés – Heavier Than a Death in the Family (Phoenix)

Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin – Serge Gainsbourg et
Jane Birkin (Light in the Attic)

Prurient – The History of Aids (Hospital Productions)

David Bowie – Station to Station (EMI)

Chris & Cosey – Heartbeat (Conspiracy International)

Hototogisu – Floating Japanese Oof! Gardens of the 21st
Century (Important)

U.S. Senator Robert Byrd – Mountain Fiddler (Country)

R.E.M. – Fables of the Reconstruction (Capitol)

 

Music DVDs

Animal Collective – ODDSAC (Plexifilm)  

V/A – We Don’t Care About Music Anyway

Dean Wareham & Britta Phillips – 13 Most
Beautiful…Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests (Plexifilm)

Drive-By Truckers – The Secret to a Happy Ending

Monks – Transatlantic Feedback (Play Louder)

 

Music Books

John Wiese – Drilling a Hole Through the Sky: 30 Years of
The Haters (Helicopter)

Patti Smith – Just Kids (Ecco)

Igloo Tornado – Henry + Glenn = 4-Ever (Cantankerous Titles)

Eric Davidson – We Never Learn: The Gunk Punk Undergut,
1988-2001 (Backbeat Books)

Kevin Cummins/Jay McInerney/Bernard Sumner – Joy Division
(Rizzoli)

 

Top 5 Concerts

“Hole” (9:30 Club, Washington,
DC 6/27/10)

Laundry Room Squelchers (Velvet Lounge, International Noise
Conference, Washington DC 4/27/10)

Half Japanese (Ottobar, Baltimore MD
7/23/10)

Burning Star Core (House Show, Arlington VA
9/8/10)

Merzbow & Richard Pinhas (La Maison Française, Sonic
Circuits Festival, Washington
DC 9-24-10)

 

Films

Dogtooth

Trash Humpers

Total Badass

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Putty Hill

 

Best MusicWebsite(s)

Subscription listening (Rhapsody), free listening (YouTube,
nope, I still don’t care who your Top 3 Last.fm Artists were), illegal
listening (Dirpy, R.I.P.), live streaming (WFMU), Sirius XMU’s Blog Radio blog
(It’s A Trap, before they got dropped/I canceled my subscription), reviews
(Dusted), shows (Brooklyn Vegan), gossip (The Daily Swarm), altruism
(Kickstarter), shits (Drawer B), giggles (Altered Zones), a lotta Tumblrs… and www.blurt-online.com, of course

 

Best Record Label

From 500-pound ass-raping ape to adorable, limited-run
hummingbird: EMI, Polydor, Merge, Drag City, Editions Mego, Ehse, Old English
Spelling Bee, The Curatorial Club, Space Idea Tapes, Zap Cassettes

 

Coolest
Trend/Whatever

Brion Gysin’s Dreamachine cut-outs from Important Records
AND those Ooga Booga mixtapes curated by Calvin Johnson

 

Most Annoying
Trend/Whatever

Still hearing that insipid trance song at University of South
Carolina sporting events; OR, resentment that an
indie band charted on Billboard

 

Most Fucked Up

Since death is – typically – pretty fucked, and because they
– usually – happen in threes: “Sleazy,” Pocahaunted and Mo Tucker’s political
cred

 

Best New Artist

Easy: Antoine Dodson

 

Worst New Artist

Easier: Best
Coast

 

Best New Artist With
Worst Name

Easiest: OFF!

 

Sex Object Of the
Year

Sasha Grey in aTelecine > Sasha Grey in Blurt tank top
> Sasha Grey on Entourage

 

Favorite Video Game

Still, to this day, EA’s Queen: The eYe

 

Clear Channel
Presents: Corporate Asshole of the Year

The Silver Bullet himself, for making us wait 32 goddamn
years for an authorized ringtone/ringbacktone bundle of “Still the Same” and
“We’ve Got Tonight”…or perhaps that Tony Hayward guy

 

Best Moustache

The pencil one Bieber drew on him/herself after John Waters
got her/him to sign a bottle of Proactiv

 

Desert Island Bliss: Artist You’d Like to be Stuck on an Island With

Female: Glasser (aka Cameron Mesi-Wowww!); Male: Blixa
Bargeld; Trans: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

 

Desert Island Dick: Artist You’d Most Like NOT to be Stuck
on an Island With

Male: That fey Little Lord Fauntleroy from The Decemberists
(aka Colon Gibbard?); Female: Susan Boyle; Trans: Antony

 

On Facebook and/or
Twitter?

 Well, my mom’s on FB,
so @logankyoung it is. (That, and I couldn’t give two bits and a shit how fat
so-and-so has gotten or how many illegitimate children my middle school lab
partner now has.)

 

2011 Release You Are
Most Looking Forward To

Whatever The Plums decide to release this coming fiscal
quarter

 

Favorite story or
review you wrote for BLURT

Report: Panda Bear & Deakin Live in MD

/news/view/4167/

 

 

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