The best EPs of the year . . . After the break.
- DJ Nphared-Red October. Anything with Grynch is usually great, and “Air Max ‘Em,” the first song on the 4-song EP, is no exception–but the rest of it never gets quite as good. It’s free here.
- Zola Jesus-Stridulum. Rock that is the epitome of indie cool.
- Cold War Kids-Behave Yourself. I just love these creaky indie rockers. (Review)
- Black Rabbits-The Black Rabbits EP. It’s rare to get comments on a blog, but my rave review of this band prompted three: Two negative, one positive. But I stand by what I said: It’s not music that will change your life, it’s not fresh or innovative, but it’s solid, toe-tapping pops with great hooks and riffs that will stay in your head for days. That’s what pop is supposed to do, people! (Review)
- Balam Acab-See Birds. Atmospheric instrumentals.
THE TOP 5 EPs OF 2010:
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.-Horse Power. Light indie rock. (Review)
4. Haji P-Home Repair. Rappers usually go for mixtapes, not EPs. But like so many other things he does, Haji P does the biz his own way. A truly great rapper who also released one of the top 20 albums of the year. (Review)
3. The Details-The Original Mark EP. Alt-Country. (Review)
2. Farewell Summer-Joell Ortiz. For the first time in years, a proper studio release by Ortiz is better than anything he dropped on a mixtape. Ortiz is one of the best gangsta rappers alive, no doubt.
1. Eureka Birds EP. Indie psychedelia. (Review)