The Atlantis Music Prize gives Newfoundlanders an idea of what the best local records are, but what records did the musicians themselves think were the best ones released in 2010?
The Telegram put the question to several nominees for the 2010 prize, which ended in a tie for “It’s Heartbreak” by the Gramercy Riffs and “Calling All Favours” by the Pathological Lovers.
“Matthew Hornell of Matthew Hornell and the Diamond Minds” — self-titled nominated album, “It’s tough for me. I work at Fred’s Records, the store there in St. John’s, so I’ve got quite a large list to draw from. I gotta throw in the Black Keys’ album, the new one. It’s called “Brothers.” It’s a rock ‘n roll record, but it hits really hard. They’ve had a couple hits off it too, I think. It’s just a great album. It’s fun, it’s fun to drive to. Daniel Romano just did an album, “Working for the Music Man,” and it’s exceptional.
But he also released an album with Julie Doiron and Fred Squires, “Daniel, Fred & Julie.” It really captures some essential core qualities of folk music that I particularly like. The albums are both pretty easy to listen to, but on “Daniel, Fred & Julie” they use really interesting harmonies.
“Hunter Hunter” by Amelia Curran — I think that’s 2009, but that album I really enjoyed, I listened to that a lot. Caribou released a new album too, called ‘Swim.’ And that’s more electronic. It’s great driving music, a little more ambient and atmospheric.”
Adam Staple of McKudo — nominated album, “Kudos:” “It’s hard not to say Arcade Fire (“The Suburbs”), because their record really is great, but the one that got stuck in my playlist longest was “Trespassers” by Kashmir. They’re a band from Denmark that sound like what would happen if Jerry Stamp kicked Chris Martin out of Coldplay, which, in my opinion, would be a vast upgrade for Coldplay.”
Rebecca Cohoe of the Subtitles — nominated album, “Quick and Painless”: “For some reason, we were listening to a lot of Swedish music this year. I can’t stop playing Robyn’s “Bodytalk” trilogy. It’s pop music for grown-ups: smart and multi-dimensional. Bryan (Power), our drummer, has been really into another Swede, Kristian Matsson’s band The Tallest Man on Earth’s new EP, “Sometimes the Blues Is Just a Passing Bird,” but he also had the Pathological Lovers’ album on heavy rotation in his car for a while there, which says something. Kirk’s (Penney) been listening to the Black Keys’ grimy-good album “Brothers.” He says it’s ‘riff-tastic’.” The Subtitles’ Darren Browne adds: “The Chieftains featuring Ry Cooder — “San Patricio.” The meeting of my two favourite countries, Mexico and Ireland. The results are very interesting, very cool.”
Jody Richardson of the Pathological Lovers — nominated album, “Calling All Favours:” “Favourite album: “Them Crooked Vultures.” I joke often that Josh Hommes’ retort to Jack White appearing in the music documentary “It Might Get Loud” was to start a band with John Paul Jones. (‘Sorry, Jack, hung around with Jimmy for an afternoon, did ya?’) Yes, that dude from Tea Party (remember them?), is probably pissed off because they took his sound and made it relevant, but that’s like saying Gordie Johnson is pissed off The Black Keys stole the blues from him. A confident collaboration from three winners who prove they still have something left to prove. This record melted my tweeters.”
Lee Hanlon of the Gramercy Riffs — nominated album, “It’s Heartbreak:” “My favourite album of the year would probably be Beach House — “Teen Dream.” All the songs are just brilliant and it has such a big sound compared to the last two awesome albums they released. Also I’m a big fan of Victoria Legrand’s voice. Great sounds, great songs, just wicked.”