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Ian Walker

Written by: Ian Walker (12/01/10)
Hey everyone who's taking the time to read this. 2010 started out a bit slow for the music industry, but had an amazing second half that really pulled its weight. This is my first year as staff, and even though I've only been on the job a little while, it's been an entertaining experience. Opinions are really easy to throw around, especially in such a diverse media category, but feel free to tell me how much my taste sucks and let me know what you liked better. No sarcasm zone. Thanks a million to the other staff members here at AbsolutePunk for being such a fantastic group of people to work with and for bringing me on board. I've been pretty quiet in my first few months as a staff member, but I look forward to getting to know all you regular forum jerks. I say that with all the love in my heart. Can't wait for 2011.

So, without further ado, opinions.

My Favorite 25 Albums of 2010

Favorite Albums25. She & Him - Volume Two
24. Camu Tao - King of Hearts
23. Bad Books - Bad Books
22. Matt & Kim - Sidewalks
21. Alkaline Trio - This Addiction
20. The Roots - How I Got Over
19. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
18. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)
17. The Morning Of - The Way I Fell In
16. My Chemical Romance - Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
15. Dessa - A Badly Broken Code
14. Black Milk - Album of the Year
13. Lazerbeak - Legend Recognize Legend
12. Sufjan Stevens - The Age of Adz
11. Hellogoodbye - Would It Kill You?
10. N.E.R.D. - Nothing
09. Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
08. Big Boi - Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty
07. John Legend & The Roots - Wake Up!
06. Circa Survive - Blue Sky Noise
05. Aloe Blacc - Good Things
04. Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer
03. Brandon Flowers - Flamingo
02. Kanye West - My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
01. Foxy Shazam - Foxy Shazam


Honorable Mentions


Honorable MentionsThe Black Keys - Brothers
Curren$y - Pilot Talk II
Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip - The Logic of Chance
Daft Punk - Tron: Legacy Soundtrack
The Forecast - The Forecast
Janelle Monae - The Archandroid
Katy Perry Teenage Dream
Rihanna - Loud
Sage Francis - Li(f)e
The Black Keys - Brothers
Underoath (Disambiguation)
Vampire Weekend - Contra
Wale - More About Nothing


Biggest Disappointments

DisappointmentsChiodos - Illuminaudio
Coheed and Cambria - Year of the Black Rainbow
Eminem - Recovery
Senses Fail - The Fire


Somewhere In-Between

Sorry01. The Damned Things - Ironiclast


Album I'm Still Trying to Cope With

Deal With It01. Kid Cudi - Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager


Albums I Still Haven't Listened to That Would (Probably) Ruin My List

I'm a Procrastinating AssholeAnberlin - Dark is the Way, Light is a Place
Ghostface Killah - Apollo Kids
I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody's Business - The World We Know
Jimmy Eat World - Invented
Rick Ross - Teflon Don


Top 10 Songs of 2010

Top Songs10. Kanye West - "All of the Lights"
09. Brandon Flowers - "Was It Something I Said?"
08. John Legend & The Roots - "Compared to What?"
07. Erykah Badu - "Window Seat"
06. Daft Punk - "Derezzed"
05. Aloe Blacc - "Loving You is Killing Me"
04. Kanye West - "Blame Game"
03. Big Boi - "You Ain't No DJ"
02. Foxy Shazam - "Oh Lord"
01. Cee Lo Green - "Georgia"


Most Anticipated for 2011

Most AnticipatedBlaqk Audio
Blueprint
Bright Eyes
Glassjaw (please?)
Panic! at the Disco
Patrick Stump
Talib Kweli


Favorite Films of 2010

Favorite Films04. Inception
03. Toy Story 3
02. Tron: Legacy
01. Exit Through the Gift Shop

I love documentaries, and this one did not disappoint. Gotta love the shenanigans inside and outside the creation of this movie.


Movie I'm Planning to Use a Free Ticket on ASAP

Tron Started Half an Hour Late01. The Black Swan


Favorite Television of 2010

Favorite TV05. Parks & Recreation
04. LOST
03. Misfits
02. Mad Men
01. The Venture Brothers

I've never been able to call a show perfect before Venture Brothers came along. Jackson Publick and Doc Hammer have slowly created a universe full of silly pop culture references that I can't get enough of. Last season's finale was probably the best hour of television I have watched in my life. Don't let the fact that it's animated fool you: this show is hilarious, emotional, and fun.


Show I've Finally Almost Finished So Oh God Please Don't Spoil It


It's Just Too Fun01. Avatar: The Last Airbender


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03:20 PM on 12/01/10
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Ian Walker
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My 2009 list, because why the fuck not.

200920. Eyedea and Abilities - By the Throat
19. The Decemberists - The Hazards of Love
18. Morrissey - Years of Refusal
17. Mos Def - The Ecstatic
16. Ace Enders - When I Hit the Ground
15. Kevin Devine - Brother’s Blood
14. P.O.S. - Never Better
13. Tegan & Sara - Sainthood
12. Two Tongues - Two Tongues
11. Jay-Z - The Blueprint 3
10. mewithoutYou - it’s all crazy! it’s all false! it’s all a dream! it’s alright
09. The Protomen - Act II: The Father of Death
08. Dance Gavin Dance - Happiness
07. The Mountain Goats - The Life of the World to Come
06. Cage - Depart from Me
05. Brother Ali - Us
04. David Bazan - Curse Your Branches
03. AFI - Crash Love
02. Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything to Nothing
01. Every Time I Die - New Junk Aesthetic
10:55 AM on 12/21/10
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You're not missing much with the Anberlin album. As for Avatar, the fire lord- ... Kidding. Have fun finishing it. That series is great. Are you excited for the new Avatar series?
10:58 AM on 12/21/10
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You're not missing much with the Anberlin album. As for Avatar, the fire lord- ... Kidding. Have fun finishing it. That series is great. Are you excited for the new Avatar series?
Okay, good to know.

Yessss, I'm totally excited. Nothing wrong with being silly, but the new series seems like it will cover more mature subject matter...almost like X-Men from the 90s.
11:06 AM on 12/21/10
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You get huge points for def being the only list that will have Aloe Blacc on it.
11:13 AM on 12/21/10
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Okay, good to know.

Yessss, I'm totally excited. Nothing wrong with being silly, but the new series seems like it will cover more mature subject matter...almost like X-Men from the 90s.
Yessss I know! It looks great. I really hope they show Zuko still as fire lord. That'll be fun. Totally stoked for the premiere. 2011 is gonna be a good year.
03:09 PM on 12/21/10
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You get huge points for def being the only list that will have Aloe Blacc on it.
Thanks man. Criminally underrated, but what can you do?
03:15 PM on 12/21/10
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Thanks man. Criminally underrated, but what can you do?
I didn't even know it existed until perusing NPR's year end lists. It sounds like it could have come out in the 70's. So rad.
12:28 AM on 12/22/10
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Gorillaz. Nice. No one has that one the lists I've read. Stylo has the sickest opening to any song this year.

Why have I never heard of Venture Bros.? Recommend starting from the beginning or what?
12:51 AM on 12/22/10
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Gorillaz. Nice. No one has that one the lists I've read. Stylo has the sickest opening to any song this year.

Why have I never heard of Venture Bros.? Recommend starting from the beginning or what?

I was surprised by that, to be honest. Such a complete album.

Yes, start from the beginning or you'll be completely lost. I can't praise it highly enough.
06:38 AM on 12/22/10
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I didn't know anyone liked the new N.E.R.D. album. I should give it another spin.
10:40 AM on 12/22/10
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Foxy Shazam at 1? Nice! Great call on Black Milk too. This is my favorite of the staff lists.
11:58 AM on 12/22/10
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Foxy Shazam at 1? Nice! Great call on Black Milk too. This is my favorite of the staff lists.
That's incredibly flattering. Thanks!
08:10 PM on 12/22/10
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That's incredibly flattering. Thanks!
Ha, no problem. 9 of my top 20 are on this list. That's impressive.
11:48 PM on 12/24/10
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Lovin' your Foxy love. "Connect" still takes my breath away.
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