What a difference a year makes. Last year after I posted my all time favorite record labels, I went out and bought a lot more albums from labels that ranked high but had few albums. I also continue to rank music resulting in some movement.
The updated list of all time favorite record labels is posted here.
Here are the changes…
From out of the top 10 to the number 1 spot: Plan It X Records
Out of the top 10 to the number 7 spot: Bandcamp (not quite a traditional label, but close enough for this list)
Exits from the Top 10
Was Number 7. Hush Records (9.410) –> Now 16 (9.070)
WAS: I only have 6 artists, 8 full lengths, and 98 songs on Hush. What gets Hush into the top ten is the high quality of the releases that I do own. Of the 8 full lengths, 1 is a 5 star album and 3 are 4 star albums. 50% of albums good/great is one of the best ratios for any label. My favorite album is definitely a Kind of Like Spitting album (one of my favorite bands). Current stats say In the Red. The other important artist on their label is Super XX Man. I have not bought a release from Hush since 2007.
NOW: Added 1 artist, 3 full lengths, 80 new songs from Hush since last update (40 still unrated). None of the albums were 4 or 5 star albums. Dropping Hush down a few spots.
Was Number 8. XL Records (9.318) –> Now 15 (9.075)
WAS: I have 14 artists, 7 full lengths, and 94 songs from XL. My favorite album is Vampire Weekend’s self titled. My favorite artists are Vampire Weekend and Titus Andronicus. I did not buy a single album from XL in 2011.
NOW: Added 4 artists, 4 full lengths, and 48 songs. Rating of new adds brought down the overall average. Still only one 5-star album and one 4-star album.
The rest of the labels shuffled a bit, but all remained in top ten. See the whole list here.
Out of curiosity, I compared my top 22 albums of 2010 with some of the other popular lists to see how much overlap there was. The answer is not much. So, if nothing else my list could be some new music for you.
Here are my favorite songs of 2010 (top ten out of 2083 songs released in 2010) The list of favorite songs is driven by two factors: 1) must be 5 stars and 2) highest play count. The list is heavily influenced by songs that my wife or kids like. I obviously had to still rate the song high, but if the family likes it the play count will be highest. My top 8 songs were all on my kids favorites playlist. With that said, I think all 10 of these songs are awesome.
1. Finish With Starting by Hoquiam from self titled – 145 listens
2. Cynicism by Nana Grizol from Ruth – 127 listens
3. Edge of Living by RVIVR from self titled – 107 listens
4. What to Say by Born Ruffians from Say It – 105 listens
5. On and Ever Onward by Bjork & the Dirty Projectors from Mount Wittenberg Orca – 101 listens
6. Soups Whatever by Mixtapes from A Short Collection of Short Songs – 101 listens
7. Music Work Paper Work by Everyone Everywhere from self titled – 99 listens
8. Car Keys by Hoquiam from self titled – 93 listens
9. Blue Cool by Paul Baribeau from Unbearable – 89 listens
10. Galaxies by Nana Grizol from Ruth – 85 listens
I will update the site over the next few weeks with my favorite albums, songs, and labels. I am going to start with my longstanding belief that favorite album compilations should lag by two years for two primary time constraining reasons: to address the staying power of the album and to acquire a suitable number of fine albums.
I bought 48 EPs in 2010. It seemed like a lot of EPs to me. It turns out it is. It is 7 more EPs that i have from any other single year. Even more impressive is the fact that with the exception of 2009, every year is less than 27. So, 48 is a lot of EPs for me.
Also, I decided to list every EP that had average song rating greater than 4, since they would all be worthy of mentioning and buying. I have 13 EPs that earned that distinction.