Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Best Folk Albums of 2010 / Best Folk Songs of 2010 (Second Half)

MMX: Year of the tiger

Top 15 Folk Albums of 2010: Year of the tiger

1) Joanna NewsomHave One on Me • Drag City
2) Mountain ManMade the Harbor • Bella Union/Partisan
3) Ólöf ArnaldsInnundir Skinni • One Little Indian
4) Elisa Randazzo • Bruises & Butterflies • Drag City
5) Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté • Ali & Toumani • Nonesuch
6) Clogs • Veil Waltz • Brassland
7) Alasdair Roberts • The Daemon Lover • Drag City
8) Various Artists • Imaginational Anthem IV • Tompkins Square
9) Jane Weaver • The Fallen by Watch Bird • Bird
10) James BlackshawAll Is Falling • Young God
11) The Tallest Man on Earth • The Wild Hunt • Dead Oceans
12) Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band • Anda Jaleo • Stillwater Limited/Fire
13) William Tyler • Behold the Spirit • Tompkins Square
14) Fursaxa • Mycorrhizae Realm • ATP
15) Faun Fables • Light of a Vaster Dark • Drag City





Honourable Mentions: Electric albums, EPs, etc. (in no particular order)

Mattias BärjedHimlen Är Oskyldigt Blå • Gravitation
Whalebone PollyTaproot and Sill EP • Dreamboat
Various Artists • Bird Songs 10-Inch • Bird
The Tallest Man on Earth • Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird EP • Dead Oceans
Mountain ManSun Dog 10-Inch • Underwater Peoples





MMX II/II: Ursell's 2010 Folksong Picks (in no particular order)

Most of these selections were culled from albums and EPs released during the second half of 2010. Get the first half's selections here.

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1) Faun Fables • "Outro: Light" • Drag City
2) Chris Forsyth • "Paranoid Cat" • Tompkins Square
3) Whalebone Polly"The Turnip Turned" • Dreamboat
4) Ólöf Arnalds • "Innudir Skinni" • One Little Indian
5) Sproatly Smith • "Spring Strathspey" • Reverb Worship
6) Ali Farka Touré & Toumani Diabaté • "Machengoidi" • Nonesuch
7) Marissa Nadler"Daisy, Where Did You Go?" • self-released
8) Junip • "Chugga-Chugga" • Mute
9) Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band • "Los Reyes de la Baraja" • Stillwater Limited/Fire
10) Highlife • "Wet Palm Trees" • Social Registry
11) William Tyler • "Ponotoc" • Tompkins Square
12) This Is the Kit • "Sometimes the Sea" • Dreamboat
13) Tyler Ramsey • "Our Home Beyond the River" • Tompkins Square
14) Mountain Man"Honeybee (10-Inch Version)" • Underwater Peoples
15) Clogs • "Colony Theme" • Brassland
16) Horse Feathers • "Starving Robins" • Kill Rock Stars
17) James Blackshaw • "All Is Falling, Pt. 7 (Edit)" • Young God
18) Isengrind • "Night Dew Call" • Blackest Rainbow

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just stumbled upon your blog... nice choices. I especially like Mountain Man's Soft Skin, thanks for introducing me to it

Peter Hennig said...

I really like your selection of music and this is a refreshing middle/end of year list. Actually the graphics and minimalist content is a great compliment to the music you spotlight. I'm looking forward to exploring some of these artists further. Thanks!