BEST OF 2010


Novmber 4, 2010


2010 has been a year of fantastic cover tracks, sophomore releases and highly anticipated returns to the studio. Below are the albums and must have tracks that have blown me away.

Allison Graves – Producer & Host of Modulation


UPDATE!  2/1/2011      Grammy nominations announced in early 2011 are noted!



Broken Bells: Broken Bells    * Tracks: All of them! ** 2011 Grammy Nominee**

The National: High Violet    * Tracks: “Anyone’s Ghost” “Bloodbuzz Ohio”  “Sorrow”

Arcade Fire: The Suburbs    * Tracks: “Modern Man,” “Ready to Start,” “The Suburbs”

** 2011 Grammy Nominee  & WINNER OF ALBUM OF THE YEAR  **

Band of Horses: Infinite Arms   * Tracks: “Laredo” “Compliments” ** 2011 Grammy Nominee **

The Black Keys: Brothers   * Tracks: “Tighten Up” “Everlasting Light”  ** 2011 Grammy Nominee **



James Vincent McMorrow: “This Old Dark Machine”

Other Lives: “For 12”

Tired Pony: “Dead American Writers”

Foster the People: “Pumped Up Kicks”

Mark Ronson: “Bang bang bang”

Tom Petty: “Don’t pull me over” ** 2011 Grammy Nominee **

Delta Spirit: “Bushwick Blues”

Rocky Dawuni:  “Freefall” “Road to Destiny”

Citizen Cope: “Healing Hands”

The Bird & the Bee: Interpreting the Masters- Vol. 1: “I can’t go for that” “Kiss on my list”

Radio Citizen: “Summer Days”

Bombay Bicycle Club: I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose:  “Always Like This”

Massive Attack: “Pray for Rain” “Psyche (Flash Treatment)” “Paradise Circus” (original and Gui Boratto remix)

Robert Plant:  “Monkey”  ** 2011 Grammy Nominee **

Warpaint: “Ashes to Ashes”

Shawn Lee: “Fade Up”

Aloe Blacc:  “I Need a Dollar”

Angus & Julia Stone:  “Yellow Brick Road”

Ana Tijoux: “1977”   ** 2011 Grammy Nominee **

Midlake: “Acts of Man”

Gorillaz: “Empire Ants” (featuring Little Dragon)  ** 2011 Grammy Nominee **

Seu Jorge and Almaz: “Everybody Loves the Sunshine”



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“What are you listening to right now?” 

Arcade Fire – “Modern Man” by thesoundbandits  

Each and every day I have a soundtrack in the air playing what’s new and interesting-  I might have it streaming on my iPhone or maybe I’ve found a random station in another country that I’m hooked on.   No matter what the source, if a track catches my attention, I’m running over to figure out what it is and add it to my library. 

Pumped Up Kicks- Foster the People by bebezeva

It usually ends up on the show that week.  Most of the time it’s not a full album.  We all know how rare it is to find a good one as of late.  But if it’s good, I’m forever watching that artist.  What follows are some of the artist albums from 2010 that I can’t stop playing on my show.    Allison-

Broken Bells have been in my rotation since I found them in January!
Broken Bells – The High Road by therabble