The highly anticipated year-end sell-out-a-bration from Sex Sux (Amen) is finally complete! Time to hump the shark!
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Table of Contents
1. Year in Review: Likes and Dislikes
2. The 44 Concerts I Attended (with photos!)
3. Sex Sux (Amen) Awards
4. Sex Sux (Amen)’s Favorite Artists Weigh In on 2010
Year in Review
10 Favorite Records of 2010
Baths – Cerulean – Anticon
Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest – 4AD
Male Bonding – Nothing Hurts – Sub Pop
Nina Nastasia – Outlaster – FatCat
No Age –Everything in Between – Sub Pop
Spoon – Transference – Merge
Tobacco – Maniac Meat – Anticon
Tyvek – Nothing Fits – In the Red
Women – Public Strain – Jagjaguwar
Woven Bones – In and Out and Back Again – Hozac
Sex Sux (Amen) Approves
Big Troubles – Worry – Old English Spelling Bee
The Books – The Way Out – Temporary Residence
Caribou – Swim – Merge
Demon’s Claws – The Defrosting Of… – In the Red
Double Dagger – Masks EP – Thrill Jockey
Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be – Sub Pop
The Fresh and Onlys – Play it Strange – In the Red
Grinderman – Grinderman 2 – Anti-
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – I Learned the Hard Way – Daptone
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – The Brutalist Bricks – Matador
The Liminanas – S/T – Hozac
Mahjongg – The Long Shadow of the Paper Tiger – K
The National – High Violet – 4AD
Nice Face – Immer Etwas – Sacred Bones
Screaming Females – Castle Talk – Don Giovanni
Marnie Stern – S/T – Kill Rock Stars
The Strange Boys – Be Brave – In the Red
Thee Oh Sees – Warm Slime – In the Red
Titus Andronicus – The Monitor – XL
Sex Sux (Amen) Disapproves
Vampire Weekend: One word: “horchata.”
The Roots – Any record with Joanna Newsom causes nauseating fits of rage. Corny rhymes adds to the boredom.
Wolf Parade – Ahhhh I deleted it because it sucked probably.
Joanna Newsom – See: The Roots. Oh, if I could do anything in the world, I would rip a fart right into Newsom’s mouth.
M. I. A. – Self-mockery, but by mistake. Was always overrated, anyways. What they didn’t publish: where Maya was putting the truffels she was ordering (her butt).
Arcade Fire – Ben Folds already went there. He sucks, too.
Broken Social Scene – I fall asleep whenever I listen to these guys and I don’t wake up with morning wood. That tells me everything I need to know.
Sufjan Stevens – It took him five years to figure out: Illinois + Glitch-hop + Feedback = New Record = Cash Money.
Suck it you skanky trendy piece of mopey bullshit.
Beach House – Really boring. I don’t have anything else.
Best Coast – As far as I can tell, had some rather brilliant singles. The new record lost the magic, turned out tragic, lack of ambition, loss of huge talent. She says “I wish he was my boyfriend,” three thousand fucking times in two minutes on that damn dam song. Fuck that.
Let’s ponder: Is Top 40 radio better than new Best Coast? Yes.
Wavves – Seriously Pitchfork? Tobacco isn’t better than Wavves? The Fuck? Fuck you for making this guy famous. Fuck you for reporting his every movement. Fuck that stupid video where he’s getting high with his bros. Fuck you fuck you fuck you.
Sex Sux (Amen) Attended The Following Shows in 2010
#19: The National @ The House of Blues
#36: Pavement @ Central Park, NYC
#41: Halloween Show @ Castlevania, October 30: Upsidedown Cross, Hulked Out, Antietam, It’s Alive
#42: Deer Tick November 5 @ AS220, Providence
#43: Ted Leo and the Pharmacists @ The Met, Pawtucket
#44: The Wu-Tang Clan @ Lupo’s, Providence
Sex Sux (Amen) 1st Anal Awards
Imaginary Venue of the Year
17 Mules (RIP)
Imaginary Band of the Year
Shitty Break-Up of the Year
Most Torturous Form of Music Journalism
Genre of Music Most Ignored By Sex Sux (Amen)
Genre of Music Ignored on Purpose
Most Hilarious, On-Point Music Journalism/Comedy
Best Television Show
Exit Through the Gift Shop
Word of the Year
Best Live Performance
Double Dagger @ Whartscape
Best Providence Area Performance
Malakait dan Singa @ Machines with Magnets
Band I Hate the Most
Best Holiday Show (Tie)
4/20 White Mice @ 17 Mules
July 4 Liberty Fest: Viennagram
Halloween Show @ Castlevania
The Worst Show of the Year Award
Surfer Blood @ AS220
Best Place to Find Good Music Online
Record Label of the Year
In the Red
The Best TV Comedy of 2010
Check it Out! With Dr. Steve Brule
The Lost Groveling Obeisance Interview: Mike Pace, Oxford Collapse
1. Why do you make music?
I make music because it’s the most immediate form of artistic gratification for me. If I get an idea I can pick up the guitar or sit at the piano and try to figure it out. I can do it with or without collaborators, and I really enjoy the process of trying to approximate what I hear in my head, regardless of whether or not the results turn out the way I want them to.
3. Where is your favorite place to play?
4. Would you rather have the ability to jump pretty high or run realllly fast?
Might as well jump!
Musicians Weigh In On WHY 2010 SUCKED
Mike Pace, Oxford Collapse
1. What sucked the most about 2010?
2010, the year we make contact, was a time of transition for me. I moved back to New York after spending a couple years in Texas, and I spent the bulk of this year looking for consistent employment rather than reveling in the footloose and fancy-freelance lifestyle I had grown accustomed to. Not having that “anchor” definitely sucks, although not as much as the death of Father Dowling himself, Tom Bosley, at the age of 83. I also got married this year, but that rules.
2. What band/record/song sucked the most in 2010?
I was not a huge fan of “Fuck You/Forget You/_______ You” by Cee-Lo, even though it’s the type of novelty song that I could see my 13 year old self dancing around my bedroom too. The fact that it captured the mainstream’s attention they way only a non-threatening pseudo semi-rapper could made me loose a little more faith in humanity. Plus – and I hate to be this killjoy – Harry Nilsson already sang this song better in 1972.
3. What do you expect to suck in 2011?
The fact that someone will eventually get around to making the second disc of this.
Thanks for the email. I realize it is spam-ish, but you said you thought my music was amazing and robot or no I must thank you and let you know I appreciate it immensely!!!!!!
I’m not gonna do the survey, I am really sick right now, and I don’t think that much sucked in 2010.
Hopefully 2011 doesnt suck!
Here are answers from Girlfriends: