Episode #3155

John Schaefer's Top 10 of 2010

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Wednesday, January 05, 2011

For this New Sounds program, John Schaefer throws his annual, highly subjective, completely opinionated list of the ten best new-music releases of 2010 into the ring. Listen to the contenders for this year: a chamber ensemble (ahem, feat. members of the National)  in collaboration with an indie vocalist, a Genius-award-winning jazz pianist and his trio, a classical ensemble with a rock rhythm section made of members from an influential post-rock band, a singer-speaker-storyteller with an alter-ego, an indie-classical song cycle for the same vocalist as mentioned above, and an unexpectedly beautiful combination of poetry, singer-songwriter and avant-jazz ensemble.  Plus some of the usual suspects...

PROGRAM #        3155, John Schaefer’s 2010 Top Ten            (First aired on 1-5-11)                                                         





10. Jason Moran & the Bandwagon


Feedback Pt. 2 [4:54]

Blue Note

9. Valgeir Sigurðsson


Dreamland [3:45]

Bedroom Community HVALUR8

8. The Young Scamels

The Tempest

Be Not Afeard [3:41]

FT 74

7.  The Unthanks

Here's the Tender Coming

Annachie Gordon, excerpt [4:00]

Rough Trade RTRADCD548

Honorable Mention: Osvaldo Golijov

La Pasión Según San Marcos

Excerpt [1:00]

Deutsche Grammophon 477 7461

6. Steve Reich/Bang on a Can All-Stars

Double Sextet / 2 x 5

2 x 5: Fast (3), excerpt [4:30]

Nonesuch 524583

5. Sarah Kirkland Snider, SIGNAL, Shara Worden


This Is What You’re Like [5:07]


4. David Karsten Daniels & Fight the Big Bull

I Mean To Live Here Still

All Things Are Current Found [3:27]

Or download from

3. Sam Amidon

I See the Sign

How Come That Blood [3:31]

Bedroom Community Records HVALUR9  OR

2. Laurie Anderson


The Beginning of Memory [2:51]

Nonesuch 524055

1.  Clogs

The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton

Last Song (feat. Matt Berninger from the National) [3:59]

Brassland HWY 021

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Comments [5]

Kate M. Glynn from Croton on Hudson

Dear John, thank you so much for the music 9/11 program today. And for choosing "Freude schoener Goetterfunken". My comments, when calling in this piece, were poor. I apologize. I am a F/A and was in the middle of the Atlantic up in the air when I learned of the disaster. My husband survived which I learned about after returning to Munich. Beethoven's music has been a lifelong inspiration and was played at our wedding almost 40 years ago. So grateful! Thank you John.

Sep. 11 2011 04:29 PM
ike kelneck from Muskoka

John Schaefer: what would I do to send you a very interesting album I produced?...ike

May. 23 2011 02:21 PM
andrew violette

I spoke too soon---conscience is bothering me---you're entitled to your opinion. I think your opinion is a bit much but you are entitled to it. ciao AV

Mar. 03 2011 12:12 PM
John Christiano from Sugarbush ( Warren) Vermont

I can't figure out if New Sounds has a podcast. If so , clue me in. Thanks John

Feb. 02 2011 10:53 PM
Mary Ann Willoughby

I heard the show last night and loved your picks. I was trying to find the folk singer who sang that Scottish dark song. I do not see the list, is it coming up later. It was something about a sign.

Thank you for your work, always appreciated.

Happy New Year

Mary Ann

Jan. 06 2011 09:49 AM

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