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October 11, 2010 | by  | in Music | [ssba]

Sweet babes. Make lists. You read.

Kim Wheatley

Full disclosure: Jon Lemmon was my flatmate last year. But fuck your allegations of nepotism, Imma give credit where credit’s due! Dude, you made some of 2010’s most remarkable music. As for live shows, well, it’s pretty much impossible to top Dan ‘The Dean’ Deacon playing at a freakin’ 21st in Mt Cook. This was one for the ages. His set in a drained swimming pool at Campus wasn’t bad either.

top 5 albums (NZ):

  1. Jon Lemmon—Kindling
  2. The Ruby Suns—Fight Softly
  3. Glass Vaults—Glass Vaults
  4. Tommy Ill—Tommy Ill
  5. Surf City—Kudos

top 5 songs (NZ):

  1. Jon Lemmon—Steppenwolf, pg. 247
  2. Mount Pleasant—Dancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen Cover)
  3. Home Brew—Benefit
  4. So So Modern—Berlin
  5. Wet Wings—Running Like a Man

top 5 shows:

  1. Dan Deacon (with Bandicoot, Tommy Ill, Diana Rozz & The Crackhouse 5)—Mt Cook House Party
  2. Dan Deacon—The Swimming Pool @ Campus a Low Hum
  3. The Crackhouse 5, 47 Diamantes, Tommy Ill & Bang Bang Eche—The Renegade Room @ Campus a Low Hum
  4. TV DiSKO—Mighty Mighty
  5. Yo La Tengo—San Francisco Bathhouse

Seb Recordon

Whittling down a year’s worth of music to top fives is both a music geek’s love and nightmare (as the film High Fidelity will attest). Anyhow, here’s my snapshot of the year 2010 in music. Note that Bandicoot are on average 15 years younger than the others on the lists.

top 5 songs:

  1. Teengirl Fantasy—Cheaters
  2. The Knife [ft. Mt Sims and Planningtorock]—Colouring of Pigeons
  3. Gold Panda—You
  4. Marnie Stern—For Ash
  5. How to Dress Well [ft. Yüksel Arslan]—Decisions

top 5 albums:

  1. Joanna Newsom—Have One On Me
  2. Flying Lotus—Cosmogramma
  3. Deerhunter—Halcyon Digest
  4. Four Tet—There Is Love In You
  5. Owen Pallett—Heartland

top 5 shows:

  1. The Books—Monte Cristo Room, Auckland
  2. Health—Transmission Room, Auckland
  3. Bandicoot—Playing in a packed cave with Mint Chicks, then opening Big Day Out the following day
  4. Pixies—CBS Arena, Christchurch
  5. St Vincent—Shed 6, Wellington

James Beavis

top 5 songs

  1. Liars—Scarecrows On A Killer Slant / Proud Evolution
  2. Twin Shadow—Slow
  3. Teengirl Fantasy—Floor To Floor
  4. Big Boi ft. Andre 3000—Lookin For Ya
  5. Women—Eyesore

Ariel Pink’s entire album is probably the 12 best songs of the year, so for the sake of diversity, I avoided them in the songs list—Round and Round, Butt-House Blondies and Fright Night are probably three of the best songs ever though.

top 5 albums

  1. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti—Before Today
  2. Street Chant—Means
  3. Women—Public Vein
  4. Emeralds—Does It Look Like I’m Here?
  5. Teengirl Fantasy—7AM

Honorable mention goes to Male Bonding, Nude Beach, and Disasteradio (pre-emptive).

top 5 shows

  1. Health, SFBH
  2. Ponytail, SFBH
  3. Teen Hygiene/Sets/Alphabethead, 13 Garrett St
  5. Grouper, Happy

Health/Ponytail: AMAZING.

Teen Hygiene show simply for the madness that was hardcore kids vs 2nd Generation Neon Sleepers. DHDFD’s = Big Black cover + head smashing and trashing with a 40 gallon drum. Grouper: Happy was sold out on a Tuesday. ‘Nuff said. Also, I think that we can all agree that the best video of the year was Disasteradio’s “Visions”.

Jess Thompson

The animal theme in my top fives was accidental—deer, wolves, mice, horses and birds—a bit of every species in there. I’d like to think my picks have the same sort of variety. Well, apart from my top five shows, but if you were there then you’ll understand! And if you werent: shame.

top 5 albums:

  1. Halcyon Digest—Deerhunter
  2. Expo 86—Wolf Parade
  4. Lonely Avenue—Ben Folds and Nick Hornby
  5. Dark Night of the Soul—Dangermouse and Sparklehorse

top 5 songs:
1. Earthquake—Deerhunter
2. Boyfriend—Best Coast
3. Breaker—Craig Elliott
4. Not a Bird—BARB
5. The Space in Between—
How to Destroy Angels

top 5 shows:

  1. Pixies @ Vector
  2. Pixies @ Vector
  3. Pixies @ Vector
  4. Pixies @ Vector
  5. Pixies @ Vector


  1. Eve—Got What Ya Need
  2. City High—What Would You Do?
  3. Cher—Shoop Shoop Song
  4. 5ive—When the Lights Go Out
  5. B*witched—Cest La Vie

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