John Vettese’s Best Of Local Music 2010

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The Chimera’s Her

TOP TEN ALBUMS
1. The Chimeras Her (Self-Released)
2. Dr. Dog Shame, Shame (Anti-)
3. Dangerous Ponies Dangerous Ponies (Punk Rock Payroll)
4. Dumhi The Jungle (Self-Released)
5. The Lightning Bug Situation Call (Self-Released)
6. A Sunny Day in Glasgow Autumn, Again (Mis Ojos Discos)
7. Attia Taylor Short Stories and Small Glories (Self-Released)
8. The Roots How I Got Over (Def Jam)
9. BandName Breakfast (Self Aware Records)
10. Summer Fiction Summer Fiction (Self-Released)

TOP TEN SONGS
1. The Chimeras “Audrey”
2. Buried Beds “Steady Hand”
3. Birdie Busch “Joey”
4. Party Photographers “Piano Vache”
5. Free Energy “Bad Stuff”
6. The Spinning Leaves “Bridges For Free”
7. T.J. Kong and the Atomic Bomb “Everyone We Know”
8. Dr. Dog “Jackie Wants A Black Eye”
9. Reef The Lost Cauze “Get Me Outta Here”
10. Audible “The Last Thing I Remember”

BEST NEW ARTIST
1. Creepoid
2. Oh! Pears
3. The Divine Lorraine
4. Nightlands
5. Busses
6. Summer Fiction
7. Slutever
8. Party Photographers
9. Like Wild
10. The Only Ghost In Town

ARTISTS TO WATCH OUT FOR IN 2011

Hop Along: Frances Quinlan and her band Hop Along have been a massive force on the show scene this year, spinning her earlier folk-leaning songwriting into rumbly distortion pedal rock. They’re probably the Philly band I’m most stoked on at present. They’ve spent the year writing and tracking a full-length that is due out in the spring. It’s going to be explosively good.

Andrew Lipke:
He’s been hard at work on his next album, The Plague, for almost three years now. It’s going to be a song cycle of apocalyptic vignettes, and I’ve joked with him that it won’t be finished by the time the world ends 2012. But it’s looking like I’m wrong; Lipke is planning to release the record by next summer. I caught a Tin Angel show he played with The Azreal Quartet (his string section) and the new songs are sounding phenomenal. Can’t wait to hear how they sound on record once they’re dressed up with the rest of his band, The Prospects.

Moon Women:
This throwback noise rock trio blew minds with the YouTube clip for their song “Listen Closely,” a video assembled entirely of found VHS footage. Their cassingle release Tape showed that it’s not just the visual gimmick, though – the songs are strong. The band has a 7″ release early next year on new local imprint Ian Records, with a full-length to follow by year’s end, and reportedly some plum local support slots opening for Vivian Girls and Gang of Four.
Res – The eclectic rock-pop-r&b-funk singer is back in Philly, and Reset – her regular Silk City showcase of women in independent music – had some of the strongest lineups and fiercest performances I caught this fall. She’s gearing up for a big year in 2011, first with an EP of Fleetwood Mac covers called Refried Mac, and then with Reset the album. Based on the sets I saw at Silk City, her new band is sounding tight and the songs are sounding huge.


Res:
The eclectic rock-pop-r&b-funk singer is back in Philly, and Reset – her regular Silk City showcase of women in independent music – had some of the strongest lineups and fiercest performances I caught this fall. She’s gearing up for a big year in 2011, first with an EP of Fleetwood Mac covers called Refried Mac, and then with Reset the album. Based on the sets I saw at Silk City, her new band is sounding tight and the songs are sounding huge.

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  • DCTWMT

    You obviously didn’t listen to the Smash Palace CD titled “7″. Go listen then redo your list.

  • Misskit57

    Glad to see some appreciation for Chimera. Their sound is fresh and thoughtful.