IN 2010 (with links galore!):
Vinyl cat put on more lbs.
Timployee and Raysistant helped keep the HMS MUSIC SAVES afloat.
• The store was rearranged to make room for MORE VINYL!
• We won second place in Secretly Canadian's Yeasayer display contest.
Record Store Day was the best day we ever had, and it nearly killed us.
Local Natives packed 'em in for our best-attended in-store ever.
• The new National record flew off the shelves.
• Melanie got an American Analog Set tattoo.
Wolf Parade DJ'd our 6th anniversary show.
• We got to dine with our Menomena friends again. They put out an awesome record, AND finally played Cleveland again.
• The TEAM helped Matador celebrate their 21st Birthday in Las Vegas, and Melanie got her own birthday hug from Stuart Murdoch.
• We bought an awesome collection of 800 used records for the store – our biggest stash yet.
• Cleveland bands started to get some national attention (we're lookin' at you, Cloud Nothings and Herzog).
• Melanie became obsessed with chillwave.
Not coincidentally, she also became obsessed with Fleetwood Mac.
• Kevin and Melanie attempted to become the Jack and Meg White of record store owners.
• Kevin had trouble coming up with 20 records he felt worthy of his Best of 2010 list. Melanie had too many.

 

 

 

Abe Vigoda
Crush
PPM

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
a forward thinking 80's revival
towing the line between No Wave and New Wave
The Cure for the common Cure
melodious
dense

 

 

 

Baths
Cerulean
Anticon

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
Melanie's favorite album of the year!
feeling alive for the first time in your life
dancing with your bad self
a secret, romantic rendezvous
singing softly to your one true love
floating
rain
lyfe

 

 

 

Beach House
Teen Dream
Sub Pop

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
a personalized soundtrack to your dreams
heart wrenching
a starry night
wine drunk
beauteous

 

 

 

Besnard Lakes
...Are the Roaring Night
Jagjaguwar

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
epic awesomeness
awesome epicness
an eye-opening discovery
a ballroom explosion
a warm winter coat
a tidal wave

 

 

 

Bonobo
Black Sands
Ninja Tune

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
turntablism
sexy electro-soul
a hip-hop symphony
time to get down
making out




 

 

Cloud Nothings
Turning On
Bridgetown/Speaker Tree/Car Park

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
The only album to make both Melanie + Kevin's Top 10!
HAPPY! HAPPY! JOY! JOY!
teenage creative genius
a restrained freak-out
local pride
clouds



 

 

Deerhunter
Halcyon Digest
4AD

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
Kevin's favorite album of the year!
a fuzzy dreamscape
life-affirming
nostalgic
poignant

 

 

 

Four Tet
There is Love in You
Domino

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
a kaleidoscope
a meditative paradise
a homemade music box
happy robots working in a factory
color

 

 

 

Glasser
Ring
True Panther Sounds

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
glass breaking
a musical echo chamber
a tribal celebration
a colorful songbird
frighteningly beautiful

 

 

 

Land of Talk
Cloak and Cipher
Saddle Creek

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
poetry
smiling
emotional rescue
relationship catharsis
hot cocoa with marshmallows
a new friend

 

 

 

Menomena
Mines
Barsuk

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
good karma
divine inspiration
moving on with grace
the coolest church ever
driving with the moon roof open
holding hands
an old friend

 

 

 

Phantogram
Eyelid Movies
Barsuk

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
dating
solitary contentment
the depths of your heart
dancing in the dark
black, with sparkles
a gaze

 

 

Phosphorescent
Here's to Taking it Easy
Dead Oceans

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
Most of it could just sound like Matthew Houck nuzzling his beard against the microphone, but as long as "Mermaid Parade" is on the record, it's Top 20 worthy.
melancholy
triumphant
raucous

 

 

 

Radio Dept.
Clinging to a Scheme
Labrador

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
master pop craftsmen
a Swedish soiree
twinkling stars
white magic
falling softly
jangly joy

 

 

 

Small Black
New Chain + ep
Jagjaguwar

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
an impromptu dance party
swirling optimism
a synth heaven
bedroom cool
the lush life
a hip check

 

 

 

Twin Shadow
Forget
Terrible

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
80's vintage
a romantic courtship
the time of your life
a heartbeat
memories
a hug

 

 

 

Washed Out
Life of Leisure ep
Mexican Summer

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
summertime
a cool cocktail
a sensual daydream
a blissful haze
shimmering

tingling

 

 

 

Weekend
Sports
Slumberland

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
mammoth
distortion
guitar pedals
sneaky melodies
fuzz

 

 

 

Wild Nothing
Gemini
Captured Tracks

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
easy
breezy
beautiful
hypnotic
angelic

 

 

 

Women
Public Strain
Jagjaguwar

IT'S KINDA LIKE:
sparse
arty
noisy
dreamy
unforgettable

 

Honorable Mentions:
The Black Keys Brothers Nonesuch
Dum Dum Girls I Will Be Sub Pop
High Places VS Mankind Thrill Jockey
Interpol Interpol Matador
Local Natives
Gorilla Manor Frenchkiss
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings I Learned the Hard Way Dap-Tone
Sleigh Bells Treats Mom+Pop
Sun Airway
Nocturne of Exploded Crystal Chandelier Dead Oceans
Sun Kil Moon Admiral Fell Promises Caldo Verde
Teengirl Fantasy 7 AM True Panther Sounds
The Walkmen Lisbon Fat Possum
Warpaint The Fool Rough Trade