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The Best In Music 2010

Though we’ll be happy if we never hear the term “chillwave” again, we must say 2010 was another great year for music. It was an eclectic year with amazing releases from new artists like Toro Y Moi and new highlights from longtime favorites like Kanye West and Joanna Newsom. Of course, creating a numbered list of favorites is a daunting and highly subjective task — we’re the first to admit that the order of the releases below could change from week to week depending on our mood — but here’s our best shot at categorizing this year’s most accomplished music.

FREEwilliamsburg’s Favorite Records of 2010

21. Toro y Moi: Causers of This

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Big Boi vs. The Black Keys: A Mashup Album

A fair argument can be made against mashup albums. It’s easy to put together two artists of different genres and instantly seem like it is a product of deep insight and forethought. But the fair argument can also be made that this is a fun batch of songs to listen to. So…go ahead and argue.

Wick-It the Instigator mashed up Big Boi’s amazing Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty and The Black Keys Brothers to create the EP The Brothers of Chico Dusty. It’s kind of funny, and I can only hope deliberately self-effacing that the first track samples Big Boi’s “Ain’t No DJ.” Stream it below or download it here.
The Brothers of Chico Dusty (Big Boi vs. The Black Keys) by wick-it

Just To Get You In The Holiday Spirit

PHOTO GALLERY: FREEwilliamsburg + Spin Magazine Holiday Party @ Death By Audio

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Matt & Kim: Backstage Pass To Fighting Homelessness

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Leaders of the New School reunion

Pretty typical Christmas Eve Eve:  you’re in your hometown and meet up with all your high school friends to reminisce, have a beer and just hang out. Only your friends aren’t Leaders of the New School. So when these guys get back together, it is noteworthy and pretty sweet.

Tomorrow night Dinco D, Charlie Brown, and Cut Monitor Milo will take the stage of the Knitting Factory. Unfortunately, the word is that Busta Rhymes will not be there, but we all had that friend when we were home for the holidays, too. So my metaphor holds up. This will the the Long Island rap pioneers first show together in 15 years. 15 years!

Also appearing at the Knitting Factory will be Son of Bazerk featuring No Self Control and a slew of DJs hopefully playing old school and new school hip hop jams for everyone to get down to.

Posting this video for the song “Classic Material” only seems appropriate. Right?

Beach House played Conan

Wow! Teen Dream has basically been with us throughout all of 2010, so it is easy to forget sometimes how mind-blowing these songs are. Luckily we have late night television to remind us. Beach House brought “10 Mile Stereo” to Conan last night and proved that they really do deserve their high-ranking spots on so many year-end lists.

They also released a “winter/holiday” song called “I Do Not Care for the Winter Sun” available at their blog. Predictably, it also rules.