As we inch closer to the midway point of 2010, the fine gentlemen over at one of Up on the Sun's favorite blogs, Electric Mustache
, have posted their top 10 records of the year. They've got two lists up there, one for each of the dudes running the site. I like that one of the guys has the Liars' record and the Surfer Blood record on there. But Sleigh Bells? Whoa, that is one shitty band.
This probably isn't news to people familiar with The Roots (which doesn't include me), but this is one whip-crackingly great rhythm section. I could listen to The Roots' drummer play all day long -- pretty badass. And though I don't usually care about "socially conscious" popular music (generally, I think that if you're all about your message, then your music's going to suffer; that's why there never has been and never will be a good Christian rock act), The Roots offer a pleasant alternative to the usual pablum we must all deal with in mainstream hip-hop.