2010 (TOP 10)

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Check out Quiet Color’s staff picks for the ten best albums of the year. We’ve provided you with some thoughts (after the jump) on each record that made the QC cut, plus a “best of” mixtape for you to jam to. Enjoy!

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TUNE-YARDS SIDE PROJECT: BEEP!

by lonnie

Hailing from Oakland, Beep! is apparently a side project of tUnE-yArDs bassist Nate Brenner. Heavy with layered piano, bass, and upbeat percussion, you can hear some correlation to the tUne-yArds sound, confirmed when Merrill Garbus’ voice makes a cameo at the 5-minute mark of “Wolf Pantolones.”  The single is an interesting and melodic battle of noise that’s well worth a listen. Beep!’s album City of the Future is set for release on December 7th. You can peruse some more info on their website.

Artist: Beep!
Song: Wolf Pantolones

BETTER THAN MEDIUM: PYRIT MIX

by alex nelson

Here is the latest mix from Better Than Medium‘s Alex Nelson. The enigmatic Nelson has compiled a 13-track blanket of beats featuring the likes of Glasser, Teebs, Quadron, Jack Penate, and many more. Get it while it’s hot, right here.

STREAM SUFJAN STEVENS: THE AGE OF ADZ

by lola

Sufjan Stevens has already dropped a stellar EP this year in the form of All Delighted People, but he still has more in store for the musically inclined population. His full length The Age Of Adz is set for release on October 12th, but until then you can stream it in its entirity on NPR at this link.

Here’s what NPR had to say: This summer, things seemed to only get worse for fans when Stevens gave sporadic interviews implying that he might retire from music all together. He publicly questioned the point of making music and said he no longer felt the need to share it with anyone. But then he followed this news by releasing a new “EP” (its eight songs add up to an hour’s worth of music) called All Delighted People. Then, less than a week later, he announced plans to release yet another new album, The Age of Adz, on Oct. 12, and embark on a new tour.

DINOSAUR FEATHERS / THE RADIO DEPT / PLANET RUMP

by romer

Island indie rockers Dinosaur Feathers were showcased by Daytrotter this week, combining for four beautiful recordings, including personal favorites “Parallel July” and “Fantasy Memorial.” Check out the full session and the beautiful portrait of front man Greg here.

Artist: Dinosaur Feathers
Song: Fantasy Memorial

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The Radio Dept have a knack for making thoughtful and melodic jams to put on the life soundtrack. Their newest single is a statement on the Swedish government which holds elections this Sunday. Check out “The New Improved Hypocrisy” and feel solace in the fact that every country hates their elected officials.

Artist: The Radio Dept
Song: The new improved hypocrisy

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Our friends and interplanetary funketteers Planet Rump dropped their debut EP last month and it’s only free for a few more days. In addition to their NYC appearances they’ll be playing two shows at Syracuse U on 10/15 and and 10/16.  Going to a Planet Rump show is like going to an alien Strip Club on shrooms. Grab the EP here.

Artist: Planet Rump
Song: Funky In The Street

AFROCUBISM OUT 10/19

by chico

The original batch of musicians behind 1997′s Buena Vista Social Club have reassembled for a recording session entitled Afrocubism. The album is out on October 19th and is sure to be a valiant compilation of sound for those who cherish authentic music from the nations of Mali and Cuba. Check out this mini documentary released on NPR here and stream the first single “Al vaivén de mi carreta” here.

PHANTOGRAM / SCHOOL OF SEVEN BELLS REMIX

by rook thompson

Phantogram and School of Seven Bells teamed up for a remix of “I L U” which will appear on SVIIB’s Heart Is Strange digital EP coming out on Sept 14. School of Seven Bells also did an installment of The Guest Apartment for Baeble Music, which you can watch here. Meanwhile, Phantogram begins their North American tour on September 9th at Brooklyn Bowl, and has various dates scheduled with Surfer Blood.

Artist: School Of Seven Bells
Song: I L U (Phantogram Remix)

LEMONADE SERENADES

by poe

It’s always nice to have an excuse to post some sweet songs. Thankfully I’ve come across some sugary and thoughtful tracks in recent weeks, so now it’s time to share. Up first is “At Last” by The Dø. Founded in Paris in 2005, the band lists themselves as a French and Finnish indie-pop outfit. The music is touching and a wonderful soundtrack to a life in transition.

Artist: The Dø
Song: At Last

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Our second track comes from an apparently infamous and unreleased L.A. album by The Shivers titled Sunset Psalms. Fortunately the band is now free from that whole drama and are focused on the release of their album More which they recorded in Manchester last Spring and expect to have out by June 2011. In the meantime, Sunset Psalms has an incredibly produced version of “Shallow Water” among some other gems, including this sweet serenade titled “Love #2.”

Artist: The Shivers
Song: Love #2

Max Jury is a songwriting major at Berklee College of Music in Boston. I received an email which included her single “Rhythm Of The Rain” and was delighted by what I heard. A good reminder for me to actually go through random press email now and then.

Artist: Max Jury
Song: Rhythm Of The Rain

BEACH HOUSE: iTUNES SESSION

by nick

Last week, Bella Union released a preview of “White Moon,” one of six new recordings from Beach House courtesy of an iTunes session which will debut on Monday, September 13th. It’s a sweet surprise for those who yearn for more after overplaying Teen Dream for the past nine months. In truth, five of the iTunes tracks are actually reworkings of songs off the January release, but they’ll surely offer a change of pace from the original recordings. Alex Scally of Beach House notes: “We recorded these six songs after touring for 12 straight weeks. Whenever we are asked to record stripped-down versions of our songs, we cringe, because for us this means that all of the subtlety and attention to detail will be lost, and a rich song will be turned into a bland, generic song. So, when iTunes offered to have us record a stripped-down live session, we were very hesitant. We found out that we could record with our friend Chris Coady, and we agreed, believing we might be able to make it meaningful. During the week or two of sound-checks leading up to the recording, we worked through the songs and attempted to rewrite them with fewer and different tones. Listeners can judge whether or not we were able to make these ‘stripped-down’ versions mean something.”

Beach House – White Moon (i-Tunes Sessions) by Bella Union

MIA GOES HARD

by jon ledoux

All eyes are on Governor’s Island this weekend as HARD NYC comes to town, featuring a slew of DJs and bands that will take the stage with the New York City skyline as a backdrop. Sleigh Bells, Die Antwood, and Rye Rye, among others, will keep the all day-festival blazing with beats – in the heat.

The real heat, however, will be focused on MIA, the headliner of the fest who will be making her first live appearance in NYC since the summer of 2007 when she performed at Brooklyn’s McCarren Park Pool and treated her audience to a full-on dance assault drawn from her two previous albums, Arular and Kala.

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