Local Natives

Tadpole Audio’s Favorite 25 Albums of 2010

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t going to put a list together – it just seemed too daunting, I was bound to forget important ones, definitely haven’t gotten a chance to listen to many of the most lauded – but then a friend called me out and I naturally I had to rise to the challenge.

I don’t want to call this a “Best of 2010” list, because I feel kind of like a fraud saying that.  Music is so subjective.  To this day I still don’t really understand the mad mass love of Beach House.  Maybe I’ll discover what I’m missing in 2011, but for the moment it is not music that grabs me personally.

That being said, I now present my favorite 25 albums and 5 EPs of 2010

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Coachella 2010: If You Can’t Stand The Heat…Don’t Go To The Desert

One of the most defining characteristics about Coachella is that it takes place in the desert.  There is absolutely no shade, save for what’s created by tents or various giant sculptures, so the sun beats down hard, making the already hot climate almost unbearable.  Loose, light clothing is uniform and the key accessories that will save your trip are a water bottle, sunblock and chapstick (I promise you one of the worst parts of your body to get sunburned are your lips).

For some great tips and logistics in a nutshell, check out KROQ “Locals Only” DJ Kat Corbett’s Web In Front piece this week “Surviving Coachella”

And Classical Geek Theatre’s “Coachella Survival Tips!”

The weather also plays a big role in setting the tone of the festival – warm, lazy, relaxed and a bit sweaty.  Just like the tunes below.

Coachella 2010: Desert Heat by TAtunes

When and where to feel the heat…

The Specials – Fri April 16, Coachella Stage @ 6:20pm

Fever Ray – Fri April 16, Mojave Tent @ 11:10pm

Bad Lieutenant – Sat April 17, Gobi Tent @ 8:15pm

Flying Lotus – Sat April 17, Gobi Tent @ 10:45pm

Pretty Lights – Fri April 16, Sahara Tent @ 7:50pm

Portugal. The Man – Sat April 17, Gobi Tent @ 2:15pm

Pavement – Sun Apr 18, Coachella Stage @ 7:45pm

Local Natives – Sun Apr 18, Gobi Tent @ 2:10pm

The Soft Pack – Sun Apr 18, Mojave Tent @ 12:55pm

Jets Overhead – Fri Apr 16, Mojave Tent @ 1:00pm

And because I want to be Zooey Deschanel when I grow up…

Performing Fri April 16 on the Outdoor Stage @ 5:45pm

'Tis The Season: Summertime And The Livin' Is Easy

Ah, summer – memories of pools, popsicles, sleepaway camp, and lack of homework. What do you groove to when your lounging by the pool with a cool drink and the livin’ is easy…

1. Hockey “Put The Game Down” ♫ http://twt.fm/378357

2. G. Love & Special Sauce “Soft and Sweet (Radio Edit)” ♫ http://twt.fm/378400

3. R.E.M. “Nightswimming”

4. Ted Leo and The Pharmacists “Me and Mia” ♫ http://twt.fm/378407

5. Ted Leo and The Pharmacists “Walking to Do”

6. Feist “I Feel It All”

7. XTC “Summer’s Cauldron” ♫ http://twt.fm/378412

8. Local Natives “Sun Hands” ♫ http://twt.fm/378422

9. Brazos “Day Glo” http://twt.fm/377833

10. Stan Getz “The Girl From Ipanema” ♫ http://twt.fm/378487

11. Regina Spektor “Fidelity” ♫ http://twt.fm/378509

And other artist recommendations are The Beach Boys, Spoon, French Kicks, Television, French Miami, Morning Benders

I personally also just discovered the Morning Benders and LOVE THEM. Great stuff. What summery suggestions do you have?

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