It was a great year for music in Seattle and there were hundreds of albums released by talented local musicians in 2010, which means there are many local records from 2010 I haven’t had the pleasure of listening to (see albums by: Perfume Genuis, Demien Jurado and many, many others). That also means this is not a definitive list of the best records to come out of the greater 206 area for the year 2010, rather it is a ranking of the 25 local albums released this year that resonated with me the most during the past 12 months. I encourage you be adventurous and click play on a few, or all, of the tracks below to get a feel for just how good the first year of this new decade was for the local music scene. I hope some of this music brings you as much pleasure as it does me. Enjoy.
25. Air 2 A Bird Crow Hill
Gabriel Teodros’ latest project is some of his best work yet.
24. Viper Creek Club Letters
The remix masters shine on their latest full-length album.
23. State of The Artist Seattlecalifragalisticextrahelladopeness
The third-wave of local hip-hop is well represented on this cameo-laden album with the dopest title of the year.
22. Drew Grow & the Pastor’s Wives S/T
A nice mix of noir, gothic folk and rock all jumbled into one nine-song package.
21. Young Evils S/T
A sunny, summery folk album with pretty harmonies and catchy songs
20. Brad Best Friends?
The fourth time is a charm for this Pearl Jam side project
The raunchy rappers return with a solid, dance-friendly sophomore release.
18. Daniel G Harmann and the Trouble Starts Risk
An awesome heartfelt rock record.
Crazy, drug-fueled, psychedelic and creative rock ‘n’ roll.
16. Brent Amaker Please Stand By
A fun and unique country-western record from one of the most fun and unique performers in Seattle.
Chris Mansfield’s debut album was well-worth the wait.
14. Mt St Helens Vietnam Band Where the Messengers Meet
MSHVB ditches some of its progressive tenancies and switches its focus to songwriting for its sophomore release.
13. Rusty Willoughby Cobirds Unite
Every song on this album is a winner.
12. The Redwood Plan Racing Towards the Heartbreak
The best new local band from 2009 delivered one hulluva full-length debut.
11. Past Lives Tapestry of Webs
Best. Blood Brothers. Offshoot. Period.
The local producer extraordinaire teams up with a Philadelphia rapper for some great hip-hop.
A mishmashing of rock subgenres blended into an excellent stew of punk rock potpourri.
08. The Posies Blood/Candy
The Posies made one of the best records of their near 25-year career.
07. Helladope S/T
Fun, party-rocking hip-hop by two of the city’s most promising young MCs.
06. The Head and the Heart S/T
Beautiful harmonies, instrumentation and songs soar on this stellar debut.
Aggressive beats paired with the flow of Common Market’s Ra Scion are a winning combination.
Campfire rock in its finest form.
03. Hobosexual S/T
Loud, dirty, bluesy garage rock done right.
Blissfully loud, aggressive and punchy punk rock goodness.
01. Head Like a Kite Dreams Suspend Night
If this record doesn’t make you dance then you have no pulse.
Sleepy Eyes of Death Towards a Damaged Horizon
Instrumental space rock that could easily be the soundtrack for a darker Tron sequel
These youthful kids from Kelso do rock the right way: fun, spunky and spirited.
Death First Fiction Turning True
An all-around excellent modern rock record.
Minus The Bear OMNI
A little less mathy and a lot more synthy