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2010 Year End Lists: Ivan Howard, The Rosebuds

2010 Year End Lists: Ivan Howard, The Rosebuds Ivan Rosebuds' Top 10 songs of 2010 10) "Lost in the World" - Kanye West This is the song where Kanye samples the Bon Iver song "Woods" and turned it into the single on his new My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy record.

Ivan Rosebuds' Top 10 songs of 2010

10) "Lost in the World" - Kanye West
This is the song where Kanye samples the Bon Iver song "Woods" and turned it into the single on his new My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy record. I remember Justin playing "Woods" for me and Kelly in our home studio when we were recording Night of the Furies and just last week I saw Kanye perform it on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

9) "Mongrel Heart" - Broken Bells
I didn't really listen to this record all year long, and finally decided to give it a go on one of my car rides from back and forth from Wilmington to Raleigh. It took about five seconds for me to decide this song was going to be on my top 10 list.

8) "Stylo" - Gorillaz
The video to this song actually made me notice it. Kind of like discovering the Afghan Whigs while watching 120 Minutes from back in the day. The Bobby Womack appearance is wonderful. He sang "Across 110th Street" for crying out loud.

7) "I Will Be" - Dum Dum Girls
This song is so good, that I want to write a reply song to it. It's like the Wipers met up with the Mama's and the Papas.

6) "Our Deal" - Best Coast
Any band that manages to put together "Everything Flows" by Teenage Fanclub with "Where Did Our Love Go" by The Supremes is okay with me. This is my favorite song on their record.

5) "The Letting Go" - Mount Moriah
I guess technically this song is not out on record yet. Not sure why. But having heard the recorded version and the fact that seeing this song performed live has yet to leave me with a single dry eye, it has to go on my list for this year.

4) "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" - Arcade Fire
Even though I had planned to listen to The Suburbs from front to back without interruption. I had to play "Sprawl II" three times in a row before I could go ahead to the next track.

3) "Anyone's Ghost" - The National
If this would have been purchased as a cassingle, I would have wore out the tape by now. I love the way the drum sounds at the beginning of the song, and seeing them open up their set at ACL festival this year with this song destroyed me.

2) "Improvisation for Connor Pass" - Megafaun
This improvised 13 minute track from their Heretofore record blew me away the first time I heard the raw tracks on Brad's bedroom floor, and still does today. It gives me the same feeling I had as a kid while watching the movie Swiss Family Robinson in elementary school. I just want to live there in the sounds.

1) "Gaudy Side of Town" - Gayngs
Full disclosure: Even though I am a member of Gayngs, I didn't contribute to the recording of this song so I think it's okay to be on my list.
I have to say that no song has affected my life this year as much as this song has. That, and it was my favorite song released. Nothing else sounds like it and it hits all of my sweet spots. It was a pleasure to perform this song on tour night after night with the group of amazing friends that collectively form Gayngs.