CJSR’S Best of 2010

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Hey everyone,

It’s hard to believe we’re at the end of the year already. I still feel like I just started here in the music chair at CJSR, and almost an entire year has gone by! It’s been quite the learning experience, but I think I might just have the hang of it now, by gum.

One thing I love about this time of year is the massive amount of “best of” lists you can find everywhere. I missed seeing them at CJSR for last few years (I think the old site still had the top albums of 2006 on it) so way back in June I started compiling all of our chart data from every week since I started here, and now the fruits of that labour are here for you to enjoy.

“Best of” is a bit misleading perhaps. These records aren’t on this list because we arbitrarily decided they were the best releases this year. They’re here because they were the most-played albums at CJSR over the past year, as selected by our DJs and requested by our listeners.

CJSR’s top 100 provides a snapshot of the variety of programming available here at 88.5FM, with indie, folk, punk, metal, blues, electronic, hip hop, soul and so much more getting represented.

Any bolded artist you see is based in Edmonton.


  CJSR’s Top 100
Albums of 2010
  Artist Album Label
1 Black Keys Brothers Nonesuch
2 the Pack A.D. We Kill Computers Mint Records
3 Provincial Archive Maybe We Could Be Holy Bedrooms & Basements
4 Falklands Think About It Clamour Records
5 City Streets The Jazz Age Clamour Records
6 Black Mountain Wilderness Heart Jagjaguwar
7 Rae Spoon Love is a Hunter Self Released
8 Caribou Swim Merge
9 Wolf Parade Expo 86 Sub Pop
10 the Sadies Darker Circles Outside Music
11 Ghostkeeper Ghostkeeper Flemish Eye
12 Cygnets Bleak Anthems Self Released
13 Ty Segall Melted Goner
14 Best Coast Crazy For You Mexican Summer
15 Broken Social Scene Forgiveness Rock Record Arts & Crafts
16 Eamon McGrath Peacemaker White Whale Records
17 Grinderman 2 Anti-
18 Women Public Strain Flemish Eye
19 New Pornographers Together Last Gang
20 Let’s Dance Outta Time Beer Belly Records
21 Mark Sultan $ Last Gang
22 Library Voices Denim On Denim Young Soul
23 Forest City Lovers Carriage Out Of This Spark
24 Various CJSR FunDrive 2010 compilation CJSR
25 Old Wives See You In Hell Self Released
26 B.A. Johnston Thank You For Being a Friend Just Friends Records
27 Arcade Fire The Suburbs Merge
28 No Problem Your Eyes 7″ Handsome Dan
29 Tarantuja Do Not Resuscitate Unrest Records
30 Black Angels Phosphene Dream Blue Horizon
31 Bruce Haack Farad – The Electric Voice Stones Throw
32 the National High Violet 4AD
33 Michael Rault Ma-Me-O Pirates Blend
34 Kat Danser Passin’-A-Time Self Released
35 Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night Jagjaguwar
36 Frog Eyes Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph Dead Oceans
37 Whitsundays Saul Friendly Fire
38 Jom Comyn Balcony EP Champion City Records
39 Black Mastiff Black Mastiff EP One Line Guy
40 the Books The Way Out Temporary Residence
41 Luke Doucet & the White Falcon Steel City Trawler Six Shooter
42 Holy Fuck Latin XL
43 The Joe PLAYFIGHT Old Ugly Recording Co.
44 Ben Disaster Lloyd Tillman Is… Self Released
45 Belle & Sebastian Write About Love Matador
46 Grave Mistakes Dig Your Own Grave Self Released
47 Plants & Animals La La Land Secret City
48 Smokestack Jacks Smokestack Jacks Ghostwood
49 Mitchmatic Two Weeks Off Old Ugly Recording Co.
50 Ted Leo & the Pharmicists The Brutalist Bricks Matador
51 Hellsongs Hymns in the Key of 666 Aporia
52 Famines Syllables 7″ Mammoth Cave
53 Hot Panda How Come I’m Dead? Mint Records
54 Deerhunter Halcyon Digest 4AD
55 Rape Revenge Rape Revenge EP xTRUEx Records
56 Hang-Ten Hangmen Songs From the Scaffold Self Released
57 Dum Dum Girls I Will Be Sub Pop
58 Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings I Learned the Hard Way Daptone
59 Nu Sensae TV, Death and the Devil Nominal
60 Owen Pallett A Swedish Love Story EP For Great Justice
61 Little Miss Higgins Across the Plains Self Released
62 Outdoor Miners Disgust EP Pop Echo
63 Brazilian Money Friendly Neighbor Self Released
64 Fire Next Time Wild Rose Sorrow Self Released
65 Grimes Geidi Primes Arbutus
66 Les Savy Fav Root For Ruin Frenchkiss
67 the Acorn No Ghost Paper Bag Records
68 Krang They Came From Planet D Cassettes Records
69 Whiskey Face Our Past is Bronzed Clamour Records
70 Marshall Lawrence Blues Intervention Self Released
71 Darren Frank That Lived-In Look Self Released
72 Wavves King of the Beach Fat Possum
73 Death Toll Rising Defecation Suffocation Androgynous Worm
74 Striker Eyes In The Night Iron Kodex
75 Blue Hawaii Blooming Summer Arbutus
76 Mavis Staples You Are Not Alone Anti-
77 Diamond Rings Special Affections Secret City
78 Shad TSOL Black Box
79 Land of Talk Cloak & Cipher Self Released
80 PS I Love You Meet Me at the Muster Station Paper Bag
81 High on Fire Snakes For the Divine E1
82 Cyclist Double Dip EP Dublum
83 Sarah Harmer Oh, Little Fire Cold Snap
84 United Steel Workers Three On the Tree Weewerk
85 Lab Coast Wilding Transit
86 the Depression World Gone Mad Self Released
87 Battle Snakes On Fire ’99 Transistor 66
88 the Vaselines Sex With An X Sub Pop
89 Aloe Blacc Good Things Stones Throw
90 Silly Kissers Precious Necklace Arbutus
91 Fred Eaglesmith Cha Cha Cha Lonesome Day
92 Bloodshot Bill Git High Tonight Transistor 66
93 Dubmatix System Shakedown Renegade Rocker
94 Del Barber Love Songs for the Last 20 Broken Ground
95 Cosmetics Soft Skin 7″ Captured Tracks
96 Greg Amundson White White Shameless
97 Keep Me Safe E.P.ilogue On Opposite Day Self Released
98 Bonspiel! Dancin’ Like Your Uncle Self Released
99 F&M Sincerely, F&M Shameless
100 John Hornak A Needle, a Feather and a Rope Woodcore

You can let us know what your favourite bands, records, songs, shows, etc, were in the comments. We’d love to hear from you.

Thanks! We’ll see you in 2011!

Happy holidays.

Chad Brunet

Music Librarian

CJSR 88.5FM