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Clem’s Cross Genre 2010 Listening “Recs” (yeah I know it’s late)

I talk to and hear from many of you who say…”just tell me what to listen to…”. So this is an effort to do just that in multiple genres. For some of you there may be a lot of unfamiliar names here but take a chance…check out a group you have never heard of…check out a genre you may not have properly exposed yourself to…EXPAND YOUR EARS!

Many folks are now renting all of the Oscar winning movies and watching them in an effort to catch up on what was good last year. Not that my opinion is definitive but you WILL be far more hip to what went on in music last year if you dig this list or even just part of it.

I used to read The Wine Spectator magazine and in it they used to have a tear out card, which listed all of the wines mentioned in that issue and previous issues so that folks would know their opinion what to buy. In that spirit, I offer you a quick checklist below of 2010 (and a couple of ’09) releases that I liked and think you will as well.


Alt/IndieAlt (rock, post punk, blues influenced)

Arcade Fire- The Suburbs

The Black Keys-Brother’s Album- (white boy blues…a force of nature)

Sleigh Bells- Treats (this will fry your head like an egg. The buzz group of Coachella’10)

Les Savvy Fav- Root For Rain (edgy, gritty unapologetic alt/post-punk rock)

The Dead Weather- Sea of Cowards (a Jack Whit production- hard driving and bluesy- GREAT vocals from Allison Mosshart of The Kills)

Against Me!- White Crosses- (if there is such a thing as positive punk here it is…makes you want to pound your fist without putting it thru a wall)

Deerhunter- Halcyon Digest

Alt/Indie (cross genre/not particularly definable but great stuff)

Mumford and Sons- Sigh No More

Florence and the Machine- Lungs

LCD Sound system-This Is Happening

Foals- Total Life Forever

The Guggenheim Grotto- The Universe Is Laughing

Passion Pit- Manners (proves alt/indie music really can be danceable)

Jonsi- GO (lead singer of Sigur Ros gives you what you might expect and then some…actually sings in English as opposed to his normal “Hopelandic”)

Yeasayer- Odd Blood

The National- High Velvet

The xx- X (an ’09 release but still continues to grow and grow in popularity)



Miranda Lambert- Revolution

The Zac Brown Band- You Get What You Give

Jamey JohnsonGuitar Song

Elizabeth Cook- The Welder

Larry Gatlin- The Pilgrimage

Justin Townes Earle- Harlem River Blues

The Carolina Chocolate Drops- Genuine Negro Jig (a very odd niche but oh so cool)

The Avett Bros.- I and Love and You and Live Vol 3

R and B

Janelle Monae- The Archandroid- (changing the face of R and B)

John Legend and the Roots- Wake Up Everybody

Mavis Staples- You Are Not Alone

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings- I Learned the Hard Way



Amos Lee- Mission Bell

Martin Sexton- Sugarcoating

Shawn Mullins- Light You Up

Brandi Carlisle- Give Up the Ghost

Elton John/Leon Russell- The Union (Elton John writes and records with HIS hero)


Eminem- Recovery

Drake- Thank Me Later

Kanye West- My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Big Boi- Sir Lucious Leftfoot



Pretty Lights- these guys had 2 releases on 2010 but check out anything they do…this is dance/electronica on a new level…much available for free download on their website  www.prettylightsmusic.com

The F*ck Buttons- Tarot Sport (totally wild sonic grooves made with archaic instruments… brain frying but it feels good)

Deadmau5- 4 x 4= 12 (a huge rising star in the mixmaster/electronica world)

Crystal Castles- 3 releases in 2010…it’s all good!

Hard Rock-

Don’t worry its not TOO hard…well sung vocals…no devil screaming…very musical.

Disturbed- Asylum

Korn- Untitled 3

Drowning Pool- Drowning Pool

Mastodon- Crack the Skye (from 2009 but still getting a lot of notice)

Alice in Chains- Black Gives Way to Blue

Godsmack- The Oracle


I will not for one minute claim to be hip to all that is going on in the jazz world but I do try and keep up with the vocalists.

Jane Monheit- Home

Kurt EllingDedicated To You (Elling’s take on the classic Johnny Hartman/Coltrane recording only a singer this gifted could pull it off)

Esperanza Spaulding- Chamber Music Society

Lizz Wright- Fellowship (soulful, Gospel-tinged, sweet vocals)

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