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Best of 2010: Kyle Miller

Today we have a “best of 2010” list from Kyle Miller:

Like last year, I’m posting my ten favorite songs of 2010. This year I’m excluding anything released on Churchkey since, you know, I’m biased. These are in no particular order, because that seems like a lot of work.

  • Titus Andronicus — “A More Perfect Union”: This song gets me every single time. Whether I was standing outside in a parking lot at noon at SXSW, or listening in my car, it got me every time. Equally great as both album opener and live show opener. The Monitor was without question my favorite album of 2010.
  • Mount Moriah — “Lament”: I’m going to count this as a 2010 song since it was released on that HFQ comp, and because I saw it performed live almost a dozen times this year. Holy crap. “Lament” is my favorite Mount Moriah song, but at least half a dozen others might be your favorite song. It’s going to take an incredible 2011 release from someone to top their upcoming album on my list a year from now (you know, if I was making a list of albums.)
  • The Wigg Report — “What You Don’t Know Might Kill Me”: This song, originally by the Future Kings of Nowhere, and included on the Friends of FKoN benefit comp, sounds neither  like the original, nor particularly like The Wigg Report. For some reason the lyrics never sunk in with me until this version. Maybe I’m slow? It’s both sweet and haunting at this pace. Honorable mention to HNMTF w/ Steve Oliva covering “Paper Napkins” on this same comp, which gave people goosebumps at the This Machine Kills Cancer benefit show. Really. Fucking. Good.
  • The National — “Runaway”: I haven’t yet been able to accurately describe to anyone why I love this song. And I actually tried, sitting outside a bar on a not-so-distant Tuesday night. It’s been pretty darn perfect for me all year, though. So there.
  • Harlem — “Faces”: If The Monitor wasn’t the album I played most this year, Hippies was. Tons of great songs on the album, but “Faces” gets the nod because it makes me look forward to flipping over to side 2.
  • The Goodnight Loving — “Doesn’t Shake Me”: My first exposure to The Goodnight Loving, despite Chaz’s prior urging, was a show at the Layabout House this year, where they played with The Dry Heathens. They were good, not great. A month or so later, I got The Goodnight Loving Supper Club through Chaz’s record of the month club. Somehow it didn’t do it for me on the first couple of listens, but it grew on me quickly after that. “Doesn’t Shake Me” does shake me, as does “The Pan”. Now I can’t wait to see them live again.
  • Cee-Lo Green — “Fuck You”: I’m not sure I can say much about this song that hasn’t been said already. My dad, who’s not into music at all and has never heard of Cee-Lo, saw this song performed live at a Letterman taping. Famously anti-f-bombs, my dad said “wow. that song was so rude.” and followed it with “but I gotta admit, it’s pretty darn catchy.” I’m pretty sure that’s the intended reaction from middle America. I just think it’s a damn good pop song, swear words or otherwise.
  • Superchunk — “Horror Business”: I know they meant for this to be a throwaway, but goddamn, I love Superchunk and I love the Misfits. How could this go wrong?
  • Superchunk — “My Gap Feels Weird”: “Digging For Something” was my favorite song from this album for a long time, but somehow I found myself liking this song more, which I would have considered a real dark horse on my first couple listens of Majesty Shredding. Also, the cadence of the chorus still throws me off when singing along.
  • Veelee — “Animal Dreams”: I suppose this was a common theme for me this year:  The Future Sight seemed like it wasn’t quite what I was hoping for on the first few listens, which was a bummer, since I really like Veelee. I came back to it a few weeks later, though, and it was exactly what I was hoping for. Weird how that happens. “Animal Dreams” edges out some of the other gems because it sounds so powerful live, when it crescendos into the “whoah-whoah-oh-oh, whoah-whoah”. Well done, sir and ma’am.