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Click Track: December 19, 2010 - December 25, 2010

Coda: Lists, lists, lists, lists, lists, lists, lists, Swedish Christmas carols, lists, lists, lists, lists, lists, lists, lists, lists, lists...

It was a week of non-stop list-making on Click Track. Rather than link them all here, we encourage you to simply scroll down. And while you do, enjoy "Tand Ett Ljus" above, a Swedish Christmas carol we recently discovered...

By Click Track  | December 23, 2010; 8:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lists: Chris Richards and David Malitz pick their top singles of 2010

Just hearing the snare rolls on "Soldier of Love" got us verklempt this year. (Photo courtesy of the artist) We. Can't. Stop. Making. Lists. So far, we've listed the year's best albums, best 7" singles, biggest surprises and biggest disappointments....

By Click Track  | December 23, 2010; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Foo Fighters play new tunes at secret show; The year in local music; Taylor Swift thwarts Michael Jackson on Billboard

Dave Grohl -- singer, songwriter, best drummer alive and lover of surprises -- performing at the 9:30 Club earlier this year. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) - That Dave Grohl sure loves his secret shows. The Foo Fighters frontman has given his share...

By Chris Richards  | December 23, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters, Michael Jackson, Susan Boyle, Taylor Swift  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Thursday morning

More rap videos with waterfalls in 2011, please. Souls of Mischief, "93 'til Infinity" Jawbreaker, "Oyster" Terry Callier, "What Color is Love" Danielle Peck, "Bad for Me" Herbie Hancock, "Rockit"...

By Chris Richards  | December 23, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lists: Five things in 2010 that turned out worse than we thought

It wasn't easy being M.I.A. in 2010. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) In Part One of Click Track's Great/Not So Great 2010 moments, we discussed some of 2010's most pleasant surprises. In Part Two, we look back at some of the year's biggest...

By Allison Stewart  | December 22, 2010; 2:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Band of Horses, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Kanye West, M.I.A.  
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Lists: Five things in 2010 that turned out better than we thought

Bieber: He ain't bad! (Reuters/Mario Anzuoni) It's a Best Of Times, Worst Of Times type of thing: For every great event in 2010 (Kanye West tweeting about Persian rugs, Zooey Deschanel in the year's funniest viral clip), there was an...

By Allison Stewart  | December 22, 2010; 1:25 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Atticus Ross, Diddy, Jack White, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, Trent Reznor, Wanda Jackson  
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Lists: Top indie 7"s of 2010

What's more impossible than keeping up with the onslaught of albums released in 2010? Keeping up with the onslaught of vinyl 7" singles released in 2010. Vinyl continues on the comeback trail even in this era of file-sharing, with 7"...

By David Malitz  | December 22, 2010; 12:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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UCB drops new mixtape, Sufjan Stevens drops new Christmas tunes, Velvet Revolver exists!

- Local go-go juggernaut UCB dropped its new mixtape "The Blend" on Tuesday, and celebrated with a performance alongside Wale at the 9:30 Club last night. Grab the mixtape here and check back for a review on Click Track...

By Chris Richards  | December 22, 2010; 9:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Arcade Fire, Sufjan Stevens, The National, UCB, Velvet Revolver, Wale  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Wednesday morning

I hear so many new artists aspiring to the delirious heights of Green Gartside of Scritti Politti. Noble goals! Scritti Politti, "The Boom Boom Bap" Robyn, "Hang With Me" The Dave Pell Singers, "Oh, Calcutta" Tune-Yards, "Real Life Flesh"...

By Chris Richards  | December 22, 2010; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lists: David Malitz picks his top 10 albums of 2010

If LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy is going out, he's going out on top. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) You've seen top 10 lists from Chris Richards and Allison Stewart. Here's one more, with Kanye's lowest ranking yet! 1. LCD Soundsystem - "This Is...

By David Malitz  | December 21, 2010; 3:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Drunkdriver, Glasser, Harlem, Kanye West, LCD Soundsystem, No Age, Sharon Van Etten, Spoon, Superchunk, Titus Andronicus  
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How did we do at predicting the Pitchfork top ten?

We got the top four right -- not in order, but close! Pitchfork announced its best albums of 2010 list on Friday, ( i.e. 10,000 years ago in Internet time), so please pardon this late post-mort. But way back on...

By Click Track  | December 21, 2010; 2:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Riffs  | Tags:  Big Boi, Deerhunter, James Blake, Joanna Newsom, Kanye West, LCD Soundsystem, Pitchfork, Sleigh Bells, Titus Andronicus, Vampire Weekend  
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Lists: 2010, the year in concert photos

Janelle Monae was one of our favorite photo subjects of the year. (Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) This year on Click Track we reviewed a whole lot of shows and took a whole lot pictures. Our most tireless freelancer, Kyle Gustafson, picked out...

By David Malitz  | December 21, 2010; 12:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Singles file: Kanye West, Deer Tick, Beach House

Deer Tick revs it up for the holidays. (Courtesy of Forcefield PR) A weekly playlist for the listener with a one-track mind: Super-special holiday songs edition! Kanye West featuring Cam'ron, Jim Jones, CyHi Da Prynce, Pusha T, Big Sean, Teyana...

By Allison Stewart  | December 21, 2010; 12:05 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Singles file  | Tags:  Beach House, Camron, Deer Tick, Jim Jones, Kanye West, Pusha T, The Futureheads, The Killers  
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Lost tracks: Avi Buffalo, "Avi Buffalo"

Avi Buffalo's songs are moving and strange. (Eydie McConnell) Reviews of good albums we overlooked this year... In 2010, the tape deck kids triumphed. The two biggest, Wavves' Nathan Williams and Avi Buffalo's teenage frontman Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, were more alike...

By Allison Stewart  | December 21, 2010; 11:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lost tracks: Roc Marciano, "Marcberg"

Roc Marciano's solo debut is a fantastic throwback to the mid-'90s. (Courtesy of the artist) Reviews of good albums we overlooked this year... Roc Marciano is a survivor of the roughest neighborhoods of Long Island, of the Busta Rhymes-led crew...

By Sean Fennessey  | December 21, 2010; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Lost tracks: Rangda, "False Flag"

Rangda was one of 2010's most welcome collaborations. (Courtesy of Drag City) Reviews of good albums we overlooked this year... If fame is a prerequisite for being in a supergroup, then labeling Rangda as such would be a stretch. But...

By David Malitz  | December 21, 2010; 10:50 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Actor injured at U2's "Spiderman" musical; rapper Magnolia Shorty murdered; Local Community Radio Act passes

- "Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark," the snakebitten Broadway musical with music written by U2, suffered its latest setback on Monday night when an actor in the performance fell while performing a stunt. The actor was taken away in an...

By David Malitz  | December 21, 2010; 9:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for this morning

This is one of those songs that you hear at a party, completely bust a move, then spend the next week humming it under your breath going "But who SANG that?" When you find out, it's always a great...

By Erin Williams  | December 21, 2010; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Lists: Allison Stewart picks her top ten albums of 2010

Shocker: Kanye West tops another list. (Phil McCarten/MTV/Picturegroup via AP) Last week Chris Richards shared his Top 10 albums of 2010. This week he's stranded at Heathrow Airport. But we've got plenty more end-of-year lists for you. Today, Allison Stewart...

By Allison Stewart  | December 20, 2010; 2:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Lists  | Tags:  Big Boi, Eminem, Freddie Gibbs, Girls, Kanye West, Laura Marling, Sigur Ros, Superchunk, Taylor Swift  
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In concert: Justin Townes Earle at 9:30 Club

Justin Townes Earle addressed his demons at 9:30 Club on Sunday. (All photos by Kyle Gustafson/FTWP) How to handle the Himalayan weight of famous fathers and their troubled friends? Justin Townes Earle — son of Steve Earle and namesake of...

By Scott Galupo  | December 20, 2010; 1:48 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Liz Phair at 9:30 Club

Liz Phair spent plenty of time in "Guyville" Friday at 9:30 Club. (All photos by Evy Mages/FTWP) Part of Liz Phair's charm when she came onto the indie rock scene in the early 1990s was that she couldn't sing on...

By Dave McKenna  | December 20, 2010; 12:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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In concert: Usher at Verizon Center

Usher was as smooth as ever at Verizon Center on Friday. (All photos by Josh Sisk/FTWP) There were many impressive aspects to R&B megastar Usher's sold-out concert at Verizon Center on Friday night. He glided across the stage gracefully for...

By David Malitz  | December 20, 2010; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The best albums for your holiday season - and why you should embrace them

You can't go wrong with Ray Charles's "Spirit of Christmas." As predicted on the calendar, the Christmas season has arrived yet again. Nothing sets the holiday apart more than the fact that there is an industry within itself dedicated to...

By Erin Williams  | December 20, 2010; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Remembering Captain Beefheart; Paramore loses two members; R.E.M.'s new one due in March

On Friday afternoon the music world lost a true original when Don Van Vliet, aka Captain Beefheart, passed away at the age of 69. On Friday we ran a Post story from 1971 previewing a local Beefheart concert; here's...

By David Malitz  | December 20, 2010; 10:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags:  Captain Beefheart, Paramore, R.E.M.  
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Clicky shuffle: Random songs for Monday morning

This one goes out to Chris Richards, stuck at Heathrow Airport all weekend and until further notice... The Saints, "I'm Stranded" Felt, "Red Indians" The Jesus & Mary Chain, "My Little Underground" The Slits, "Shoplifting" McCarthy, "Keep an Open...

By David Malitz  | December 20, 2010; 10:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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