150 From 2010: The First 75

As somewhat promised last week, when I posted my Top 10 Albums from 2010, here’s the first MP3 disc of my 150 from 2010 that I put together on my iTunes over the holidays. For me, this was a great use of the downtime between Christmas and New Year, a chance to gather up as much of the music that came my way over the course of the last twelve months as possible, figure how many of the artists I’d really like to listen to again, and put them into a playlist that make some kind of sequential sense.

True to the perfectionist DJ in me, I’ve continued working on the list since completing it in time for a New Year’s Eve party. An addition here, a removal there, a change in the running order to better play with musical moods, song titles or samples. Now that it’s done, I’m busy getting stuck into a bunch of other Best of 2010 lists and being reminded of just how much more great music was released last year that for some reason didn’t show up in my iTunes. Well, I guess that’s my snow-bound January taken care of!

If you’re looking for a good starting point of albums (and artists) you may have missed in 2010, head on over to NPR for an All Songs Considered Podcast on that very subject. As co-host Robin Hilton says in talking about the superb British electronic duo Mount Kimbie (which made it into this list just under the wire).

“Has there ever been a better time to be alive and be a music fan?”

For variety, innovation, interaction, humour, and ease of access to the medium of music, I’m not sure there has been. May 2011 continue the trend.

Snow W/ Stephanie Dosen – The Chemical Brothers
The High Road – Broken Bells
Month Of May – Arcade Fire
Discoverer – R.E.M.
Go Outsidw- Cults
Solitude Is Bliss – Tame Impala
It’s Easier – John Grant
Church of No Religion – Ed Harcourt
Lifted – Lemonade
Wait and See – Diamond Rings
What’s In It For? – Avi Buffalo
You Are Not Alone – Mavis Staples
I’m Not Here – Gil Scott-Heron
Shaky – The Duke & The King
Don’t Get Hung Up In Your Soul – Richard Hawley
Am I Just A Man – Steve Mason
Write About Love – Belle & Sebastian
Wake Up the Nation – Paul Weller
Mother’s Ruin – Haight Ashbury
The Other Summer – MiniBoone
Orchards – My First Tooth
Flód – For A Minor Reflection
Best Friend – The Drums
Nothing But Clues – The Migrant
Sleep Forever – Crocodiles
Little People (Black City) (Mark E Remix) – Matthew Dear
Sixteen Shades of Black & Blue – Fujiya & Miyagi
Sabu Yerkoy – Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté
Maryan – Robert Wyatt, Gilad Atzmon, Ros Stephen
Night – Zola Jesus
Next Girl – The Black Keys
Burn it Down – Los Lobos
Crazy Car – Ólöf Arnalds
Greyhounds in the Slips – The Joy Formidable featuring Paul Draper
Rad Pitt – Egyptian Hip Hop
New Theory – Washed Out
Elephant – Warpaint
Set fire to the Forest – Voice Of The Seven Thunders
Generator 1st Floor – Freelance Whales
Phyllis – Fiction
Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People
Too Many Miracles – Badly Drawn Boy
I Think Ur A Contra – Vampire Weekend
I Feel Better – Hot Chip
I Can Change – LCD Soundsystem
Animal Arithmetic – Jónsi
Dancing On My Own – Robyn
15 to 20 (Den Haan Remix) – The Phenomenal Handclap Band
Pipedream – Lake Heartbeat
Sunshine feat. M.I.A. – Rye Rye
Let’s Go Out Tonight – Yvette Rovira
Tightrope f. Big Boi – Janelle Monáe
La Vie Moderne – Logo
1987 – DiskJokke
On Deck – Scuba
Chase The Devil (Max Romeo) – N.A.S.A.
Check It Out (Instrumental) – & Nicki Minaj
Love You Long Time – Jazmine Sullivan
Starry Eyed (Album Version) – Ellie Goulding
Baby Can’t Stop – Lindstrom & Christabell
Bergensere – Bjorn Torske
Moon In Water – Underworld
Kentish Town (Walls Remix) – Tracey Thorn
UK Jamaican – Tricky
Great Britain – Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip
Goodbye England (Covered In Snow) – Laura Marling
Adieu, England – Trembling Bells
Turn The Dirt Over – Sea Wolf
Slave Labor – Mariachi El Bronx
Street Corner Classics – The Normalites
Bop – Brandt Brauer Frick
Before I Move Off – Mount Kimbie
Robertaflack (feat. Dolly) – Flying Lotus
When I’m With You – Best Coast
Holy Saturday, Gloomy Sunday – Tigers That Talked

PS: I know I could probably find a way to make this into a playable online list. If anyone cares to recommend the perfect tool that synchronizes with my iTunes playlist and doesn’t involve much work, let me know. I’m happy to share good music in the hope it will encourage listeners to financially support those artists they like.

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