This third installation of the year's review got quite the delay, cause it turned out 2011 wants my attention back and it's gonna keep me busy for some time (365 days? hope there will be some breaks).
Without further ado, here's last year's list of my favorite music. (sorry for the blurry pic, myOpera's fault)
So yeah... a *bit* different from 2009, no? BBC 6music is to blame, for being the AMAZINGLY AWESOME AND ECLECTIC internet radio that it is. I'm really speechless how great that radio is and how it has widened my musical tastes - it's something I've been searching for years and I'm really glad I finally found it.
This year I decided to change the format too, and select not 9 but 12 artists - there are so many new this year! And now a couple of words about the chosen:
Röyksopp - got re-introduced to them, knew only "Remind me" and "Poor Leno" from ages ago, and now spent a lot of time listening through all their albums - absolute delight, and deservingly my most-listened artist.
The Beatles - well what can I say about them that hasn't been said already? Maybe that I hesitated a lot before listenig through their WHOLE DISCOGRAPHY, thinking "What's the fuss about, they've got a couple of famous songs but that must be it?" I was of course totally wrong. Especially their later stuff is pure genius and joy to listen to, I admit - they are a MONUMENTAL music band and deserve all the generous credit they get even so many years after they disbanded. The best kind of surprise is the pleasant one.
Tool - Even in a year with so many changes Tool are always a constant. Something I can always rely on and absolutely brilliant no matter how many times I re-listen their stuff. Waiting for a new album this year... please?
Laura Marling - find of the year, and even if you ask me now - the best new thing I heard and played over and over and over again during 2010 (and still keep on it in '11). Laura's voice and lyrics are simply amazing and very evocative and good thing more will be coming in 2011. The only reason she's not #1 in the list is that she has only 2 albums and the songs are generally short-ish, but oh-la-la do they pack some punch! Once again - AMAZING artist that moved me throughout the whole year.
Gorillaz - "Plastic Beach" must be really awesome because I rarely replay their older albums (except for a single track here and there).Loved the album and especially the collaborations with Little Dragon, also their headlining concert in Glastonburry was great too.
Arcade Fire - another band I had heard good things about and finally got listening through their albums - did not disappoint, spent most of my end-of-year holidays listening to them.
MGMT - crazy crazy crazy ... "Congratulations" is so much different and more experimental album than "Oracular Spectacular", and is a crazy mix of music that I enjoed a lot through the year.
Florence + the Machine - another wonderful new find, better a year late than never? Only reason they're so down on the list is they have only 1 album - which I must have played quite feverishly to get them so high despite this handicap.
Muse - another band that I guess is here to stay - effects of their "Resistance" rippling from 2009 into 2010 too deservedly.
Rammstein - hard for them not to figure here the year THEY FINALLY CAME TO BULGARIA AND I WATCHED THEM LIVE AND IT WAS A DREAM COME TRUE (and also awesome). Nuff' said.
Vampire Weekend - one more band that made me quite happy during 2010 with their crazy mix of musical influences. Only reason they're not higher on the list is competition this year was fierce (better for me )
The Knife - a pretty gem that also featured heavily on my playlist, getting a deserved mention here, thanks for all the fish!
And since that was a lot of text and no actual music or videos - here's a playlist I made last year with other favorite new tracks I found through 6music - some of them didn't make it in the list because some artists have only a single or two, not whole albums in my favorites, but I enjoyed them just as much and played them just as frequently for more variety.