Eric Fine Poop ’10

Is it me or is it getting harder and harder to get my POOP out? Pun very much intended. I know everything seems much harder these days. One of the benefits of being on the other side of 40, I guess. Nonetheless, I somehow managed to get in it, just under the wire. My soft rock tastes of 2010…



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1. JunipFields
Can a record be both light and heavy at the same time? Deep and bass heavy with a 70’s pop/rock sensibility. Pop shines though in the lightness and the rock brings the heaviness.



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2. Sufjan StevensThe Age of Adz
The sweetness of a Sufjan Stevens record is still there, with more depth. Plenty of blips and beeps mixed in with lots of big sounds.



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3. Neil YoungLe Noise
I will be the first to admit I never expected to see a Neil Young record on my year end list ever again. More is less with this solo endeavor. I can’t remember the last time he filled so much space himself.



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4. Danger Mouse/SparklehorseDark Night of the Soul
Quite the aptly named album, this dark journey leans on its all-star cast as a vehicle for conveying the hushed, subdued sounds Mark Lindous just didn’t have in him to put on record himself.



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5. Wye OakMy Neighbor/My Creator
I broke my own rule about only including full length albums in my top ten. Sue me. Can you believe this man/woman duo wrecking crew could create such a lovely sound? I expect big things from them in 2011.



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6. Ted Leo and the PharmacistsThe Brutalist Bricks
I have no idea what the name of this record means, but it seems to make sense. Everything Ted Leo does is hard. His nonstop energy consistently shines – each record is better than the last.



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7. Broken Social SceneForgiveness Rock Record
Once I heard this album was produced by John McEntire, it made so much more sense. It’s as if Tortoise decided to hire Billy Squire as their lead singer. Stroke!



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8. Drive-By TruckersThe Big To-Do
I’ve always had a soft spot for these guys. Jay Farrar – take note: this is where you could have been. And try messing with a song called “The Fourth Night of my Drinking”. They carry the alt-country torch proudly.



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9. Belle & SebastianWrite About Love
Sure it does not sound much different from the last B&S LP, but that’s ok. I know what I am getting with them and I like it.



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10. Richard ThompsonDream Attic
I am happy to announce Richard Thompson is alive and well. Still one of the greatest musicians to ever pick up a guitar, choosing to unveil these new songs live in one take was a smart move.



HONORABLE MENTIONS
(otherwise known as “these records might be really good I just have not had the time to really sit with them”):
1. Band of HorsesInfinite Arms This is where I go if I need a new fix of My Morning Jacket.
2. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic ZerosEdward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros Again I broke my rule. This record came out in ‘09 but did not hit my radar until now.
3. Best CoastCrazy For You Not buying the hype, but not kicking them to the curb either. Its lo-fi sound grows on me.
4. The PoisesBlood/Candy This year’s Evan Dando for me. They have been around forever, but still manage to put out a solid record.
5. Mumford & SonsSign No More Lyrically, it is just a bit too smart for me. That’s ok, because they fill my need for bluegrass soul.
6. Titus AndronicusThe Monitor Silly and sophomoric… is that such a bad thing in music?
7. Beach HouseTeen Dream It takes awhile to get there, but worth the wait.
8. Flying LotusCosmogramma Astral jazz, electro-funk, and ambient noise makes for the perfect spacey, lounge around the house music.
9. The TindersticksFalling Down A Mountain It has an international flavor, sung through a whisper.
10. Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Sure, why not? Gotta give the man credit for a deep library of samples.



REISSUES, COMPILATIONS and REISSUES
(otherwise known as “the good old days”):
1. Giant SandSwerve Pick anyone you want; most were rereleased. I’ll take Swerve
2. Jimi HendrixWest Coast Seattle Boy Wow, it never ends… and I’m glad for that
3. Bruce SpringsteenThe Promise As good as hearing it for the first time
4. PavementQuarantine The Past I could not have picked better myself (yes I could)
5. The Rolling StonesExile on Main Street So many great gems. And a few duds
6. Miles DavisBitches Brew Experimental but still coherent. Stands the test of time
7. David BowieStation-to-Station 6 songs. 6 awesome songs
8. Bob DylanThe Witmark Demos Will I ever get tired of new Dylan songs? Doubt it
9. Apple RecordsBox Set No, I did not buy it, but it looks awesome
10. REMFables of the Reconstruction Can’t get there from here…



Ending my list with an REM album makes me want to say… This one goes out to the ones I love! To Andrea and Jaden… my rock and my roll… Thanks for the patience, guidance, and general tolerance. Peace Out!

Eric Fine NY, NY 10022

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