December is the month of lists -- when music blogs and magazines get in a tizzy about picking their Top 10, 20, or 40 Album of the Year. Today, two of the biggest names in music media, Rolling Stone and SPIN, rolled out their favorites of 2010. Predictably, Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy topped both lists, and both pubs paid special attention to some of Reverb's own 2010 favorites, like the Black Keys' Brothers, Arcade Fire's The Suburbs, and Robyn's Body Talk.
But how did Seattle music fare this year in making favorable waves with these national publications? Critics across the board praised local releases like Perfume Genius' Learning and Unnatural Helpers' Cracked Love & Other Drugs. There was that much-hyped Moondoggies record. So who from Seattle is being recognized as the best of the year?
The answer -- no one. (Well, at least when it comes to Rolling Stone and SPIN. And Rolling Stone did give Kid Rock their #16 spot, so there are matters of personal taste to consider).
At least our local labels were well-represented. Both lists named the Sub Pop release from Beach House, Teen Dream, and SPIN also liked No Age's Everything In Between.
Still, it's a Seattle snub. What gives? Same thing happened last year -- there weren't really any local releases recognized for being the best of the year, barring Neko Case's Middle Cyclone, which only kind of sort of by a stretch counts as a local. Hopefully, 2011 will shake down better for Seattle -- we've got new albums to look forward to from some of the city's best, like the Globes and, of course, the Fleet Foxes.