The Black Key’s “Waiting On Words” Sounds Incredibly like John Frusciante’s “Dissolve”


The title pretty much says it all (although I should probably add “to me” at the end). I just listened to the Black Key’s new album Turn Blue today and when I heard “Waiting On Words” the tune immediately shot out to me as sounding really really familiar. Like, one of my favorite John Frusciante songs (off his 2004 DC EP) “Dissolve” familiar.

I’m not by any means looking to spur any sort of weird conspiracy theory or write any dumb article on how one is ripping off the other (they’re not) but the resemblance struck me as strikingly familiar. And yes, it struck me strikingly. That much.

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Flashflooder’s Top 50 Albums of 2010

I’ve been annually making a “Best of” albums list since my college days (thanks to KALX) in order to document the albums I personally find most interesting during the year, while also conveniently creating a future reference point for all of the moments and memories associated with that music and time of my life (and for me, those often go hand in hand). Add in the fact that I like making lists of this sort, and it’s fun to put a little competition into my favorite hobby (listening to music).

This past year I made an effort to keep track of my favorite albums starting in January by creating a spreadsheet where I inputted pretty much every new album I listened to (all the way through) in rough order of liking, which allowed me to  freely move albums around as they grew on me or in some cases, got tiring and lost their pizazz.

Nonetheless, (regardless how hard I try) I’ve found that whenever I try to put this list together at the end of the year there’s always a ton of music to catch up on; and as a result, it’s hard to put in perspective the overall impact of an album upon its first few listens, and even more difficult to evaluate the lasting value of an album upon continued listens.

To be completely honest, despite my year-long spreadsheet efforts, I have still been doing a fair amount of December/January music cramming by trying to give every album that’s garnered any critical acclaim at least one solid listen through. And even though I try my best to be objective, there is no denying that personal taste plays a big factor in my album picks.

This list is by no means definitive, and proof of that is the fact that I’ve moved albums around every day I’ve opened up this list in the past two to three months. So basically, they’re all worth listening to and I’ll let you figure out the rest. With that said, if you’re interested in reading what other critics thought about 2010, go and check out Metacritic’s comprehensive summary of various end of year lists.

So after many months of deliberation, what follows are my picks for the top 50 albums of 2010 with download links this year(please note that I did not upload any of the albums, so the the links are subject to being removed or taken down). All in all, I just hope you find some new music to enjoy!

50. Lindstrom & Christabelle – Real Life Is No Cool [Smalltown Supersound]

49. Bag Raiders – Bag Raiders [Modular Records]

48. Spoon – Transference [Merge]

47. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today [4AD]

46. Oneohtrix Point Never – Returnal [Editions Mego]

45. Wolf Parade – Expo 86 [Sub Pop]

44. Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night [Jagjaguwar]

43. Avey Tare – Down There [Paw Tracks]

42. James Blackshaw – All is Falling [Young God]

41. Emeralds – Does It Look Like I’m Here [Editions Mego]

40. The Chemical Brothers – Further [Virgin/Freestyle Dust]

39. Walls – Walls [Kompakt]

38. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach [Virgin]

37. Surfer Blood – Astro Coast [Kanine]

36. Grum – Heartbeats [Heartbeats]

35. Skrillex – Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites [Mau5trap]

34. Deadmau5 – 4×4=12 [Virgin/Mau5trap Recordings]

33. Swedish House Mafia – Until One [Virgin]

32. Tame Impala – Innerspeaker [Modular]

31. Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record [Arts & Crafts]

30. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles [Fiction/Last Gang]

29. Teengirl Fantasy – 7AM [True Panther Sounds]

28. Delorean – Subiza [True Panther]

27. The Black Keys – Brothers [Nonesuch]

26. Miami Horror – Illumination [EMI]

25. Actress – Splazsh [Honest Jon’s Records]

24. Booka Shade – More! [Get Physical]

23. Broken Bells – Broken Bells [Columbia]

22. The National – High Violet [4AD]

21. Lower Dens – Twin-Hand Movement [Gnomonsong]

20. Wavves – King of the Beach [Fat Possum]

19. James Blake – CMYK EP/Klavierwerke EP/The Bells Sketch EP [R&S]

18. Pantha Du Prince – Black Noise [Rough Trade]

17. Bonobo – Black Sands [Ninjatune]

16. Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz / All Delighted People EP [Asthmatic Kitty]

15. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest [4AD]

14. Best Coast – Crazy For You [Mexican Summer]

13. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening [DFA]

12. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs [Merge]

11. Gold Panda – Lucky Shiner [Ghostly Intl]

10. Women – Public Strain [Jagjaguwar]

9. Mount Kimbie – Crooks & Lovers [Hotflush]

8. Toro Y Moi – Causers Of This [Carpark]

7. Caribou – Swim [Merge]

6. Joanna Newsom – Have One On Me [Drag City]

5. Wild Nothing – Gemini [Captured Tracks]

4. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy [Def Jam/Roc-A-Fella]

3. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma/Pattern + Grid World EP [Warp]

2. Four Tet – There Is Love In You [Domino]

1. Beach House – Teen Dream [Sub Pop]

The BLAKROC Webisodes Keep Rolling














It’s been a while since we last spoke about the amazing collaboration between The Black Keys and 11 marquee hip-hop artists to create the group and album entity known as BLAKROC. As a matter of fact, it’s been about six weeks and if you remember, webisodes of the behind the scenes making of the album have and continue to be posted at the official website every week.

In the previous post,  we saw Mos Def doing his thing in Webisode 2. Since then there have been some major high points in the webisode series (which are all worth watching by the way) including week 4 with the Rza coming into the studio, smoking some herb to “get into his spiritual zone”, dropping some lyrics, and surprising many by throwing down some licks on the guitar that would end up forming the outline of the song.

Another highlight was the week 6 webisode which features The Black Keys producing some instrumental tracks (or beats if you will) that are later followed by some impressive flows by Noe. To be honest, I don’t know very much of Noe; however, after hearing him rap, I wonder why I’ve not heard more of him before.

Lastly, the most recent week 8 webisode showed none other than Billy Danze from M.O.P. drinking some Henessy straight (because “how you gonna get it done if you don’t do it straight?”) , listening to a few tracks, and then settling down on one and dropping a solid verse.

Stay tuned in future weeks for the remaining webisodes and don’t forget that the self-titled debut BLAKROC album will be released on November 27th.