Yeah. We’re 1/12 of the way through 2010 and 1/120 of the way through the new decade. And surprisingly, a lot of crap happened in the music world. Vampire Weekend released their long-awaited second album, which doesn’t really win over any new fans and doesn’t really alienate any old ones. Sure, there’ll be the odd chap who hated “Oxford Comma” but really identifies with “Horchata,” just like there’s the kid whose 2008 jam was “A-Punk” but finds “Cousins” a little embarrassing. Honestly, the best thing about “Contra” is its sheer ridiculousness; really, how stupid are you when you feel that the phrase “I Think Ur a Contra” is a suitable song title?
But shit has happened in 2010. Beach House’s newest album came out (even though we all heard it in, like, November. And I semi-bashed it a few weeks ago, but I think I forgot to mention just how sweet the opening four songs are. The rest of my review still holds up.
Surfer Blood have bad timing. Surfing in January? Really? Really?
Charlotte Gainsbourg has a new LP out. Not as great as Serge, but quite delectable. Review coming soon.
But there is one part of 2010 that I really and truly enjoy, and that is Jay Electronica’s song “Suckas.” Subject material is fairly typical- it’s about wack MCs. But something about the track- Jay’s jubilant flow, the Willy Wonka samples, the ecstatic J Dilla beat- makes it the first hip-hop anthem of 2010. It’s from his mixtape “Victory.” The title is quite apt.