A year in music

Thanks to the wonder of the API over at Last.fm I’ve been “running the numbers” (as it were) on my listening for 2010. It can be summarised as follows:

  • January: The xx and various works by Erlend Øye. Clearly coming down from a heavy Christmas
  • February: New Yeasayer! I am new again!
  • March: Fang Island, you say? Dramatic! Exciting! Loud! Clang!
  • April: Dangermouse is back. Broken Bells is possibly his best collaboration yet. And that whiny git from The Shins isn’t whiny anymore
  • May: Dexys Midnight Runners made a third album? And it’s really good? Blimey!
  • June: Kevin Rowland wasn’t weird enough. I need weirder. Ahhhh. CocoRosie – there you are
  • July: New Wolf Parade! I am new again!
  • August: New Arcade Fire! I am new again!
  • September: Wolf Parade! Arcade Fire! (still going)
  • October: Calm down. Don’t get overexcited. Ooh. Twin Shadow, that’ll do nicely
  • November: WHY HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF SUFJAN STEVENS BEFORE?!?!
  • December: No. Seriously. Why? He’s been around for years. His back catalogue is massive

And my best albums of the year?

  1. Expo ’86
  2. ODD BLOOD
  3. Fever