The Morning Benders

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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Summer Lovin’: Beach Bum

With the long weekend fast approaching my mind has been entirely focused on the impending vacation and the fact that in just a few days I will be sitting by a pool in Las Vegas, preferably with a cold beer in hand and reading a girly magazine.

Which means that it’s only a matter of time until I will be enjoying the same accoutrements lounging by the ocean instead. Feeling the warm sand under my toes, listening to the waves crashing against the shore, napping AND tanning simultaneously…aw crap, I got phones to answer.

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The Circle Game: Life Moves Fast

“Life goes by pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris Bueller

What makes you a grown-up? At age 24 it’s something I’m constantly wondering these days.  Graduating college?  Getting a “real” job?  Marriage? Babies?  Honestly I’m beginning to think that there is no “a-ha” moment and you just kind of stumble into all of those things and just hope for the best – but I suppose it’s probably different for everyone.  What about you?  And if that “a-ha” moment does exist – what are some songs that reflect on that point in life when you realize that – whatever the trigger – it’s happened?

Sheryl Crow “Can’t Cry Anymore”

Joni Mitchell “The Circle Game”

Don Henley “End of Innocence”

India.Arie “I Choose”

Ben Folds “Still Fighting It”

The Mountain Goats “No Children” 

The Decemberists “The Rake’s Song”

John Mayer “Stop This Train”

The Dismemberment Plan “Come Home” 

Cat Stevens “Father and Son”

Imogen Heap “Bad Body Double”

The Morning Benders “Hand Me Downs”

'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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