Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Best of 2010 - Odds and Ends

Best Album from ’09 that I bought in ‘10:
The Pains of Being Pure at HeartThe Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Worthy of mentioning here, because had I picked it up in time it would have achieved a decent position on last year's countdown. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart make pure classic indiepop that's sure to stick around. With 'Young Adult Friction' they've written a song about the best subject ever – sex in libraries.

Best Best Of:
Pavement - Quarantine The Past
There's nothing that I can say about Pavement that's not already been said by people who know far better what they're talking about. This was my introduction to them on a proper scale thanks to my Anglo-centric focus. Fantastic. Fantastic.

Best Compilation
Alcopopular 4
This is a game changer for me. A game changer in a comically large burger bun. Prior to sampling the Alcopop! menu I'd been meandering around wondering where the decent new indie bands were hiding. Now I know. Johnny Foreigner lead me here when they signed to Alcopop! this year and from Alcopop! I've come across Big Scary Monsters and a whole heap of bands that I'm going to spend the next year investigating. This is the future for KPL.

Best EP:
Johnny Foreigneryou thought you saw a shooting star but yr eyes were blurred with tears and the lighthouse can be deceiving with the sky so clear and the sea so calm
An excellent stand-alone release from one of the best bands in the world. This stretches new ground for the band, incorporating droney slower material, R&B inflicted pop and the standard shouty fight-pop. The artwork is amazing also.

Best Film:
Toy Story 3
It says something when with such high expectations no-one came away from Toy Story 3 disappointed. It forms the closer to what is a perfect trilogy. Only Pixar can make grown men shed tears at cartoons and the incinerator scene is the most tense I've felt at the cinema in my adult life. How? Because somehow we all cared about those characters. They're not just toys y'know.

Best Gig:
Supergrass’ Farewell Show @ Manchester Academy
It was sad to say goodbye to the boys. For one of their last ever gigs they performed micro-sets from each album, culminating of an encore of 'Alright' and 'Caught By The Fuzz'. No other band has sets as strong as Supergrass could put together. Pop music will miss them, but I can remember them positively.

Best Reissue:
Weezer Pinkerton Deluxe Edition
The re-issuing of what's regarded as Weezer's best album catapulted me into the band in a bigger way than I ever have been before. It's also lead me to the realisation that Weezer have more good albums than the critics will give them credit for. I don't need to say anything more about the genius of Pinkerton, so I won't – aside from complementing the bonus tracks, which are ace.

Best Soundtrack:
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World
Ah, well it couldn't have been anything else. Scott Pilgrim Vs The World may have been beaten to the KPL Film of the Year title by Toy Story 3, but boy was it a close call. Still, Scott Pilgrim had the best soundtrack, by a mile. Alongside classics by bands beginning with B (Broken Social Scene, Blood Red Shoes, The Bluetones) there featured amazing new compositions by Beck and songs by the fictional bands Sex Bob-Omb and Crash and the Boys. Oh, and the fourth best song of the year by some Canadians called Metric.

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