DMN Music Critic Mario Tarradell’s Year in Review

We’ve had a lot of fun with Mario Tarradell over the past many months. That said, I hadn’t planned on making him the subject of my first 2010 post, but then so many people got in touch to point me toward his — well, let’s say “interesting” — Top 10 lists that I suppose they forced my hand. Jump.

I know I will be (probably) be accused of snobbery. So stipulated. I mean, I’m probably not the right guy to sit in that chair either. And to answer the “where’s your list?” question, well, I don’t have one, exactly. I will say, and have said, my favorite concert of the year was My Bloody Valentine at the Palladium Ballroom in April and, in no particular order, music I enjoyed this year included: Thom Yorke’s “Hearing Damage”; the F***ed Up odds and ends compilation; No Age’s “You’re a Target”; the Dark Was the Night compilation; various things from the Atlas Sound; Joe Pernice’s soundtrack to his book It Feels So Good When I Stop; Solange Knowles’s cover of the Dirty Projectors’ “Stillness is the Move”; Telegraph Canyon’s The Tide and the Current; Times New Viking’s Born Again Revisited; the Avett Brothers’ I and Love and You; that record by the xx; and a ton of the stuff I heard on Gorilla Vs. Bear, Aquarium Drunkard, and We Shot JR. Also, the White Denim/Harlem/PVC Street Gang/Fight Bite show at the Pastime Tavern in June destroyed. Anyway, that’s off the top of my head. And that’s just me. Anyway.

Now, I’m not saying Mario has to fit in the same box as every other critic at a major daily newspaper, or the folks from various music mags. But. I haven’t seen a year-end wrap-up as weird as his since probably last year’s entry from Mario, when he gave top billing to Third Day. Seriously.

The top spot is held down by the most uneven U2 record at least since Pop, but probably since forever. Barbra Streisand ranks No. 2. Green Day’s mostly forgettable follow-up to American Idiot cracks the Top 5. The rest is filled with blah-blah country, the most uneven Wilco record in their catalog, and Adam Lambert. It’s just bizarre, is what it is. I was no fan of the previous regime at the Morning News music desk, but at least I knew I wouldn’t get a Top 10 list studded with the likes of Steve Wariner and Larry Gatlin. I couldn’t come up with something that random if you put my iPod on shuffle. And I have some really questionable stuff on my iTunes.

I’ve gone on too long, so I won’t get into his Top 10 concerts. Except: Celine Dion made the list.

Again: Hunter Hauk works for Quick. He’s awesome. It would be an easy transition. Make it happen, DMN!

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