Friday, December 17, 2010

Merge lands on practically every 2010 best of list, other locals get nods

It's been a great year for local music in the Triangle and easily one of the biggest, if not the biggest, ever for Durham-based record label Merge Records.

We've rounded up some of the lists from bigger publications as well as some of our favorites and they all feature Merge artists. Not surprisingly, the name that appears on every one is Arcade Fire and their latest album The Suburbs. It's great to see Superchunk's amazing album Majesty Shredding on numerous lists and The Love Language's Libraries even snuck in at the bottom of Amazon's list.

A few non-Merge, local, or partially local, artists made the lists as well. Gayngs' debut album Relayted made NME's list and Carolina Chocolate Drops' Genuine Negro Jig made NPR's.

Stay tuned as well roll out our lists as well as our readers' poll results next week.

Rolling Stone (full list HERE)
4. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
22. Spoon - Transference
25. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding

Stereogum (full list HERE)
2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

Spin (full list HERE)
3. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
18. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
31. Spoon - Transference
39. Caribou - Swim
40. Teenage Fanclub - Shadows

NPR (full list HERE)
Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
Carolina Chocolate Drops - Genuine Negro Jig

Amazon's editorial picks (check out the full list HERE)
2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
13. Spoon - Transference
100. The Love Language - Libraries

Magnet Magazine (full list HERE)
2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
5. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
8. Teenage Fanclub - Shadows

American Songwriter (full list HERE)
8. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
23. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
39. Caribou - Swim

Pitchfork (full list HERE)
11. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
17. Caribou - Swim

NME (full list HERE)
2. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
12. Caribou - Swim
13. Gayngs - Relayted

Spinner (full list HERE)
5. Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
15. Tracey Thorn - Love and its Opposite
17. Caribou - Swim
23. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding

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