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SoundsXP Writers Poll 2010 - Best Albums, Tracks and Live Acts

Article written by Paul M - Dec 22, 2010

The SoundsXP Writers Poll
The SoundsXP Writers Poll
And so we come once again to the end of a year. A time when most normal people photocopy their bottoms on the office Xerox machine or drink half their bodyweight in blue alcoholic beverages and then complain about laundry bills in the new year. But what of us specky OCD types at SoundsXP? Oh no... we rejoice in another opportunity to gather round, argue the toss about bands that will probably have split by next Summer and metaphorically, and sometimes literally, defluff our navels as we wibble on about why the twelve months were so chuffing great. Then we do a lot of clever spreadsheet jiggery pokery, involving best of lists... and only then can we finally photocopy our bottoms and retire to a cupboard to drink blue stuff.

In 2009 it was the skinny arsed fops from Brooklyn, The Pains of Being Pure At Heart, that swept away with most of our awards with their wonderful jangly indie pop. This year, it was a band from South Yorkshire's catchy powerpop and clever, heartfelt, and sometimes sinister, lyrics that has nabbed the accolades. Standard Fare, we salute you!

Best Albums:

Standard Fare - The Noyelle Beat
Standard Fare - The Noyelle Beat
1. Standard Fare - The Noyelle Beat
2. The National - High Violet
3. Swans - My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
4. Harlem - Hippies
5. Dan Michaelson and the Coastguards - Shakes
6. The Fresh & Onlys – Play It Strange
7. Betty and the Werewolves - Tea Time Favourites
8. The Humms - Lemonland
9. Sambassadeur – European
10. Frankie Rose & the Outs – s/t
11. Cloud Nothings: Turning On
12. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
13. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
14. Mynabirds – What We Lose in the Fire
15. Cinema Red and Blue: s/t
16. Vampire Weekend – Contra
17. Darren Hayman – Essex Arms
18. Shrag: Life! Death! Prizes!
19. Freelance Whales – Weathervanes
20. Beach House - Teen Dream

Best Tracks:

1. The Fresh & Onlys – Waterfall
2. Fair Ohs - Hey Lizzy
3. Standard Fare - Fifteen
4. Babies - Meet Me In The City
5. Sambassadeur – Sandy Dunes
6. Cloud Nothings - Hey Cool Kid
7. Avi Buffalo – What’s In It For?
8. Harlem – Friendly Ghost
9. Shrag - Rabbit Kids
10. Still Corners - Don’t Fall In Love
11. Forest Swords - Rattling Cage
12. Mynabirds – Let the Records Go
13. Veronica Falls - Found Love in a Graveyard
14. Dignan Porch - On A Ride
15. Thee Oh Sees – I Was Denied
16. Darren Hayman – Calling Out Your Name Again
17. Sambassadeur – Stranded
18. Best Coast - Crazy For You
19. Blanche Hudson Weekend- Crying Shame
20. Mynabirds – Numbers Don’t Lie

Best Live Acts:

Standard Fare
Standard Fare
1. Standard Fare
2. Singing Adams
3. Cate Le Bon
4. Future of the Left
5. Djanjo Django
6. Shrag
7. The Blanche Hudson Weekend
8. Thee Oh Sees
9. Caitlin Rose
10. British Sea Power
11. The National
12. Betty and the Werewolves
13. Spectrals
14. Harlem
15. Dum Dum Girls
16. Fabienne Delsol
17. Dead Models
18. Allo Darling
19. Ronnie Spector
20. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

Best Compilations/Re-issues:

Deutsche Elektronische Musik
Deutsche Elektronische Musik
1. Various Artists - Deutsche Elektronische Musik
2. Dexys Midnight Runners – Searching For The Young Soul Rebels
3. Charles Douglas - The Lives of Charles Douglas
4. Pavement - Quarantine the Past
5. Various Artists - Rough Trade Counter Culture 09
6. Iggy & The Stooges - Raw Power
7. The Jesus and Mary Chain - Upside Down (the best of)
8. Various Artists - IndieTracks 2010
9. Various Artists - Black Hole: Californian Punk 1977-1980
10. Various Artists - Broadcast One: Music Hand Picked By Dandelion Radio


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