The Photon God’s 2010: Songs

I listened to a lot of songs this year. I’m talking A LOT. A few stuck with me, a few didn’t. This list was hard to pin down. I’m pretty sure I’ve talked each and every one of my friends’ heads off about at least one of the songs on this list. I have a habit of going “HEY EVERYBODY, LISTEN TO THIS” when I hear something I really like. Sometimes my exclamations are met with indifference, sometimes they’re met with “Yeah, we know”s. Other times they’re met with “QUIT YELLING”s. Just the same, I love these songs. Feast your ears on

The Photon God’s Top 50 Songs of 2010

50. The BabiesMeet Me In The City
49. La SeraNever Come Around
48. Kanye WestMonster [feat. Jay-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver]
47. Ba BabesHoly Ghost
46. The Soft PackAnswer To Yourself
45. Panda BearYou Can Count On Me
44. Owen PallettLewis Takes Off His Shirt
43. Lower DensCompletely Golden
42. Cee Lo GreenFuck You
41. Magic KidsSuperball
40. GirlsHeartbreaker
39. Big SurrAlright
38. El GuinchoBombay
37. Les Savy FavLet’s Get Out Of Here
36. Janelle MonaeTightrope [Feat. Big Boi]
35. The BooksThe Story Of Hip-Hop
34. WomenEyesore
33. DevoFresh
32. Jeff the BrotherhoodU Got The Look
31. Xiu XiuChocolate Makes You Happy
30. Surfer BloodFast Jabroni
29. Active ChildI’m In Your Church at Night
28. WeekendComa Summer
27. Perfume GeniusMr Petersen
26. WavvesGreen Eyes
25. VulpesGhost Dance
24. WoodsSuffering Season
23. No AgeFever Dreaming
22. The Young MathsHospitals
21. MedicationsLong Day
20. Dr. DogShadow People
19. Arcade FireEmpty Room
18. The YoungBird in the Bush
17. Best CoastWhen I’m With You
16. DeerhunterDesire Lines
15. Twin ShadowI Can’t Wait
14. Las RobertasGhost Lover
13. Someone Still Loves You Boris YeltsinSink/Let it Sway
12. The Tallest Man On EarthLove Is All
11. Local NativesCamera Talk
10. Twin SisterMilk & Honey 9. Reading RainbowWasting Time8. Dum Dum GirlsJail La La7. Beach FossilsYouth6. The VaccinesIf You Wanna5. Here We Go MagicCollector4. Beach House10 Mile Stereo3. The Morning BendersExcuses2. Ariel Pink’s Haunted GraffitiRound and Round1. Thee Oh SeesI Was Denied

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REVIEWS: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Post 30 Album Reviews At Once

I’ve been listening to a lot of new things lately. I paid a visit to the new Zach Hill record, Face Tat, had a little fun there (7/10); listened to the new We Are Scientists record–really dug that one (8/10)–hell, I’ll just post a list of the albums I’ve listened to recently and my ‘rating’ for them. Take this list as you will; it saves time for everyone. By the way, anything with a 6 and up is worth picking up. ;)

Abe VigodaCrush 4/10
Avey TareDown There 7/10
Belle & SebastianWrite About Love 5/10
The BittersEast General 8/10
The BooksThe Way Out 9/10
CarnivoresIf I’m Ancient 5/10
SALEMKing Night 5/10
Cloud NothingsTurning On 7/10
DeerhunterHalcyon Digest 9/10
DevoSomething For Everybody 7/10
EmeraldsDoes It Look Like I’m Here? 9/10
How To Dress WellLove Remains 6/10
Les Savy FavRoot For Ruin 8/10
MedicationsCompletely Removed 9/10
Miniature TigersFORTRESS 7/10
Nite JewelAm I Real? 7/10
Thee Oh SeesWarm Slime 7/10
School of Seven BellsDisconnect From Desire 6/10
Sufjan StevensAge of Adz 7/10
Twin ShadowForget 8/10
The WalkmenLisbon 8/10
The War On DrugsFuture Weather 8/10
WarpaintThe Fool 8/10
We Are ScientistsBarbara 8/10
Wild NothingGemini 7/10
WomenPublic Strain 8/10
Woven BonesIn and Out and Back Again 8/10
The YoungVoyagers of Legend 6/10
Young ManBoy EP 9/10
Zach HillFace Tat 7/10

There you have it. 30 albums. 30 seconds (probably). Now I can concentrate on all of this awesome new stuff I want to tell you all about. Expect some great music coming your way very soon. :D

Just a sample of what’s to come:(thanks to town full of losers for the mp3)


Hailing the Voyagers of Legend

This band is from Austin, Texas. Two of the members used to play in two of the greatest local bands ever to hit a note in the Rio Grande Valley, Ennui Jolt and Gallows Holier Than The Cross.

They’re called The Young and just had their debut LP, Voyagers of Legend, released on Mexican Summer this past May.

This song is called “Birds In The Bush”.

This song brings up thoughts of several bands that have long since been shaken off the mortal coil. Visions of The Clash and The Cars flash before me. It’s kind of incredible. Beyond the fact that this song appeals to the way I feel right now, this is just a great song. The simple songwriting leaves plenty of room for listeners to dive in and lose themselves amongst it’s humble chords.

I honestly can’t say that I don’t mean it when I sing along to the contemplatively-concrete hook of a lyric, “maybe I’ll just fade away”.