A Year in Review: Of Music and Midpoints

Records, Summer 2010

My Spoils of War

So, I claim this blog won’t be a masturbatory exercise and then I commit the self-aggrandizing cardinal sin of list-making. What can I say? With the month of July already winding to a close, it seems like as good a time as any to take a look back at the music that 2010 has offered us to date.

This year has seen an almost overwhelming amount of quality releases, including new long players from many of my favorite recording artists. My top picks (with audio of the year’s best singles) after the jump…

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The Cryptic Cartography of Maps & Atlases

Maps & Atlases – “Solid Ground”

I get so over-inundated with new music these days that it can be hard for anything to make much of an impression. Fortunate for me, then, that I was able to catch Chicago’s Maps & Atlases opening for Frightened Rabbit at the Southgate House a few months back.

It’s a very special thing when an opening act is actually able to cut through the mindless chatter and eager anticipation at a club and unexpectedly connect with an audience, but Shiraz Dada (bass), Dave Davison (guitar/vocals), Erin Elders (guitar), and Chris Hainey (drums) won over more than a few new fans that evening. I spent some time with the band after the show, put their You and Me and the Mountain EP into heavy rotation on my turntable, and eagerly awaited their Barsuk Records-released debut LP, Perch Patchwork.

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