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Mike’s Top 10 of 2010 – SONGS

I’m a songs person rather than an albums person in general, so here are my favourite songs of 2010. The Naked and Famous – “Young Blood” Song of the year for me, no question. It’s everything that MGMT’s second album material should have been but wasn’t – anthemic, instantly memorable, modern and beautiful. Well deserving of the Silver Scroll for songwriting – the system occasionally works, folks. If you didn’t like this song in 2010, your ears were painted on. The Drums – “Let’s Go Surfing” Catchy as fuck, this was the instantly memorable indie pop hit of the year. Making something new and fresh from a tried and tested theme, it’s impossible not to be swept up in the psychedelic, fresh-faced, unashamed optimism of this song. Tommy Ill – “Best Damn Evening” Wellington rapper Tommy Ill captures all that is good about hip hop – well crafted, superbly delivered … Read more

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10 Great Albums From The Last Decade That You May Have Missed

An article I wrote a few months ago for MusicHype. I’d been thinking about all these great albums I had that never really took off, for whatever reason. All of them are really great albums – there was no filler to pad out the content and get numbers up to ten. The great thing about the internet age is that music is available to everyone, all the time. Musical trends are less important than they used to be – if you’re a fan of a certain type of music, chances are someone, somewhere is doing it with a sizeable internet following. One downside however is that it’s a lot easier for great albums to get lost in the sheer volume of releases available at internet users’ fingertips. Here’s my picks of a few good ‘uns that you may have missed. Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly – “The Chronicles of a … Read more

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