Besto 2010: Flying Lotus and Wavves in the A.V. Club’s Top 25 LPs (Plus, Funny Ha Ha’s Faves)

Wavves and Flying Lotus come in at #s 15 and 22

We here at Funny Ha Ha are counting on 2011 reasons that this brand new year will be even better than the last, musically speaking, but it’s still fun to look back. The A.V. Club recently posted its Top 25 albums of the year and yours truly wrote on two greats hailing from (usually) sunny Southern California — Flying Lotus’ Cosmogramma, and Wavves’ King of the Beach. Dig into the entire list here, and when you’re done, you can check out my full ballot (which contributed to the democratically derived rankings of the main list), including blurbs on Warpaint, Glasser and Tyler the Creator.

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Besto 2010: Gorillaz are Spin’s Live Act of the Year (Plus, Damon and Jamie on their Circus)

Damon Albarn FTW. A lifer makes a masterwork.

Had the pleasure of witnessing the Gorillaz circus when it came to town back in October and among what must be close to a thousand concerts witnessed, this one is now permanently lodged in my personal top five. No joke. Damon Albarn has done something magical with music (and a huge effing budget). I had the added pleasure of speaking with him and his Gorillaz cohort Jamie Hewlett for Spin’s year-end cov’g. Here’s an excerpt:

“It’s like a juggernaut once it starts,” says Damon Albarn. The peculiar pop project he and illustrator Jamie Hewlett founded 12 years ago in a shared London flat has grown from a virtual band of comic-book characters to a traveling spectacle of Barnumesque proportions. “There’s no stopping it,” says Albarn. “The magic is in the way it mesmerizes, brings you into its world.

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Besto 2010: Wallpaper Drops #STUPiDFACEDD

Give us one more button, Ricky. Let's see that chest mane, mane.

Party jam of the year, bar none, even if it hasn’t had the opportunity to soundtrack many parties yet. (The free song dropped earlier this month, and Four Loko references aren’t really the stuff of holiday galas.) That didn’t stop me from spilling some ink on it though, via my ballot for The A.V. Club’s year-end music coverage. You can click here and scroll down to “My Effing Jam,” or just listen, read and download below:

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Besto 2010: Glasser, Ted Leo and Crystal Castles Make the Cut for Spin’s Top 40

They posed for this: Ted Leo (33), Glasser (27) and Crystal Castles (21).

It’s that time of year, folks. Bestolium 2010. Fill in the holes in yr collection before stuff yr mama buys you for the holidaze duz. You can read Spin’s entire top 40 best albums of the year, and you can also jump straight to my pieces if you’re so inclined: Ted Leo, Glasser, and Crystal Castles.

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