Financial hardship is a common conversation point these days, and I didn't survive 2010 unscathed. Part-time retail hours, a layoff, unemployment checks, and an unhealthy heaping of disillusion were all on my mind this year. What does that have to do with my end of the year list, you ask? Well, when you're living on PB&J sandwiches, you can't really spare money for music. But my musical drought has ended (60-hour workweeks... thank God), and I made a late run to devour as much music as I could. I didn't reach my goal of thirty albums, but twenty-five isn't a bad consolation. I know I missed some albums I'll fall in love with later, and you should tell me what I still need to pick up. Of course, if there are some albums on my list you haven't listened to yet, get on it! Cheers to the new year.
25. Travie McCoy - Lazarus
24. Good Old War - Good Old War
23. Eli Paperboy Reed - Come and Get It
22. Weezer - Hurley
21. Portugal. The Man - American Ghetto
20. I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business - The World We Know
19. Vampire Weekend - Contra
18. Butch Walker and The Black Widows - I Liked It Better When You Had No Heart
17. The Narrative - The Narrative
16. Johnny Cash - American IV: Ain't No Grave
15. A Great Big Pile of Leaves - Have You Seen My Prefrontal Cortex?
14. Jimi Hendrix - Valleys of Neptune
13. The Republic of Wolves - Varuna
12. Jakob Dylan - Women + Country
11. B.o.B. - B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray
10. Bad Books - Bad Books
09. The Gaslight Anthem - The Spirit of Jazz
08. Lakes - The Agreement
07. The National - High Violet
06. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
05. Steel Train - Steel Train
04. House of Heroes - Suburba
03. Hellogoodbye - Would It Kill You?
02. Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
01. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
20. I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business - "Rosary"
19. Bad Books - "The Easy Mark & the Old Maid"
18. The Gaslight Anthem - "Bring It On"
17. Good Old War - "While I'm Away"
16. Butch Walker and The Black Widows - "The Don't Know We Know"
15. Steel Train - "Behavior"
14. Vampire Weekend - "Giving Up the Gun"
13. The National - "Lemonworld"
12. Lakes - "The Agreement Song"
11. A Great Big Pile of Leaves - "Learn to Share"
10. Johnny Cash - "Ain't No Grave"
09. Mumford & Sons - "The Cave"
08. Jakob Dylan - "Standing Eight Count"
07. Hellogoodbye - "You Sleep Alone"
06. House of Heroes - "Somebody Knows"
05. B.o.B. - "Airplanes, Part II"
04. Moonshine Matinee - "Wrong Most of the Time"
03. Big Boi - "Shutterbug"
02. Kanye West - "Power"
01. The Republic of Wolves - "The Attic"