Biographical Mix, 2010: Getting Better

It's January 1st, 2011 and I've already begun to notice a trend for the new year, one that actually started last night: optimism.  I was kind of taken aback by the volume of optimistic comments I saw on the various social media sites I frequent.

Yes, such optimism is generally a part of every new year, but it seemed more prevalent this year, far more so than last year, that's for sure.  Given the state of the world (not to mention a Republican controlled House of Representatives), it's hard to believe that so many people are coming out of 2010 and into 2011 expecting something better.  But that seems to be the case.

And why not?  We've all been in a very deep hole for a very long time, and while we might still be below ground, we're considerably closer to the surface than we have been in years.  For all the doom and gloom, the talking heads and spin, things are getting better.  There is a light at the end of the tunnel and it feels like we're actually moving towards it.

This was very much the case for me, personally.

A reminder for anyone new to these "Biographical Mixes" of mine: these songs are the best of what I listened to over the last calendar year, and usually includes music that was not released in said year.  I listen to a lot of music over 12 months and I'm on a fairly regular search for new bands to get into.  Because of this, the new music I listen to in any given years isn't usually from that year.

As a matter of process, I create a new mix for each quarter of the year, so when the year comes to an end I have four mixes which I then distill down to one.  Usually, any songs I deem "slow" or "sad" or the like ends up on a completely different mix, so while this is, in theory, a "Best of What I Listened To in 2010," it's is made up of only non-depressing music.  Perhaps someday I'll share my depressing stuff on this blog.

Okay, without further ado, my "Best of 2010" list...

"Mercury" by Chris Walla and J. Robbins
"Once, Twice, Again!" by DARTZ!
"Feel Good Together" by Drummer
"Living In Colour" by Frightened Rabbit
"Get Better" by Mates of State
"Bottled In Cork" by Ted Leo
"Left & Right In the Dark" by Julian Casablancas
"Up In the Dark" by the New Pornographers
"Hang On" by Weezer
"X's On Your Eyes" by +/-
"Enjoy the Silence" by Nada Surf
"Forced to Love" by Broken Social Scene
"Credible Threats" by One AM Radio
"Generator First Floor" by Freelance Whales
"Eyes On the Prize" by Eulogies
"Black Sheep" by Metric and Brie Larson
"Beat the Devil's Tattoo" by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
"Long Day" by Medications
"Perfect" by Sounds Like Violence
"How Heavy This Axe" by The Sword
"A Horse Called Golgotha" by Baroness

 Up next: Best albums actually released in 2010...