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Ok guys, without further ado, Let's Sexy Fighting's top ten albums of the year! Not any major over-arching trends this year aside from (yet again) broadening the definition of the term "indie". It's been a long week for me, and the holidays are rapidly approaching. We'll be taking a short break between xmas and new years, but look back here for us starting January!

Top 10 LPs:

10. Girl Talk - Night Ripper
This was Greg Gillis' break out year. His use of samples goes above and beyond the term mashup. Samples hang around long enough to help develop the song, and that's it! Did you know you could cram 20 songs in 3 minutes? Well now you do!
Girl Talk - Hold Up
Girl Talk - Bounce That

09. Sunset Rubdown - Shut Up I Am Dreaming
Spencer Krug has had a busy year. Between Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown, and Swan Lake, this guy is a prolific son of a bitch! Sunset Rubdown isn't as immediately accessible as Wolf Parade, but I think If you give it an honest listen, you'll appreciate it more.
Sunset Rubdown - Stadiums And Shrines II
Sunset Rubdown - They Took A Vote And Said No

08. TV On The Radio - Return To Cookie Mountain
I remember when there was a leak of this album back in February. I can say without a doubt the final version is way superior. Adding David Bowie on Province, David Sitek dropping in more texture (and horns), this CD is an experimental, yet accessible album from top to bottom.
TV On The Radio - Wolf Like Me
TV On The Radio - Dirtywhirl

07. Tapes 'n Tapes - The Loon
When it came to year end wrapup time, I had nearly forgotten about this album. A quick listen the other day affirmed why we were all so nuts about these guys back in March. It's a solid cd from top to bottom - strong and creative songwriting, catchy songs, nods to old references. Pretty much all we want in a best of year album!
Tapes 'n Tapes - Insistor
Tapes 'n Tapes - Omaha

06. Oxford Collapse - Remember The Night Parties
These guys have really grown from when I first saw them 2 years ago at the Khyber in Philly. It's amazing how dense their sound is, considering it only comes from 3 people. They graduated to Sub Pop this year with their release of this album. Their stage presence is incredible also. Please see these guys live! Slight nod from me to the second song that's posted below.
Oxford Collapse - Pleas Visit Your National Parks
Oxford Collapse - Lady Lawyers

05. Grizzly Bear - Yellow House
It was a really hard choice between "On A Neck, On A Spit" and "Knife" for my favorite Grizzly Bear song of the year. It's a little outside what I normally listen to, but the more I listened to the album, the more I got into its experimental folk vibe.
Grizzly Bear - On A Neck, On A Spit
Grizzly Bear - Knife

04. The Knife - Silent Shout
This album is almost unilaterally up for one of the top albums of the year. You can't avoid how good this album is. Experimental electronic-influences music, but with pop sensibilites. Also, some there were some amazing remixes of "We Share Our Mother's Health" by Ratatat and Trentemoller this year.
The Knife - We Share Our Mother's Health
The Knife - Forest Families

03. Beirut - Gulag Orkestar
You gotta say, how is Zack Condon only 19 and write such heartfelt songs? "Postcards From Italy" is one of the songs of the year, and the recently release Lon Gisland only shows his songwriting getting stronger!
Beirut - Postcards From Italy
Beirut - Mount Wroclai (Idle Days)

02. Band Of Horses - Everything All The Time
A solid, melancholy cd. Hit singles aside, this was a very cohesive cd, perfect for setting the mood. I know people told me they got sad listening to this cd, but it always makes be feel optimistic. These aren't depressing, or hopeless songs. These are sentimental songs with a touch of optimism.
Band Of Horses - The Great Salt Lake
Band Of Horses - The Funeral

01. Hot Chip - The Warning
Hot Chip's sound of downbeat, heartfelt electronica really resonated with a lot of people this year. Paired with a few towering singles, this was bound to be album of the year over here!
Hot Chip - Boys From School
Hot Chip - Over And Over

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