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The 7 Best San Francisco Albums of 2010

Not to diss 2009 or jinx 2011, but this was an unusually exciting and solid year for our bustling little music scene. As the notoriously NYC-biased Pitchfork recently put it, our fair city is "slowly threatening to eclipse Brooklyn in the ranks of regional talent." Hey-yo! Listed below are seven full length releases (sorry, Girls) from the year that particularly stood out to us, along with five additional LPs too good not to mention.

The Week in Local Music News

Indie gods Pavement play their first-ever hometown show at Stockton's Bob Hope Theater; indie nerds rejoice [via Stocktown Record]

Pitchfork gives local Morrissey lovers Magic Bullets some major props [via Pitchfork]

The Week in Local Music News

The Bay Bridged announces an all-ages garage rock blowout at the woefully underutilized Sierra Bowl [via The Bay Bridged]

Lower Haight's electronic music staple Robotspeak reopens; hosts London's Gold Panda [via XL8R]

SFBG goes emo for Tim Kasher's The Good Life [via SFBG]

San Francisco blogger Ears of the Beholder puts together a must-download mixtape [via Ears of The Beholder]

Psych-rockers Sleepy Sun share some tales from the road [via SF Weekly]

Prepare for a weekend free of local indie-geeks and hippies -- they are heading in droves to Big Sur's Woodsist Festival [via Henry Miller Memorial Library]

Toronto's Holy Fuck rocks the Independent, but hipsters still refuse to dance [Via The Owl Mag]

Rising local favorites Magic Bullets stream their much anticipated sophomore LP for free [via Spinner]

The local bloggers' Outside Lands revolt continues [via Katarokkar]

The Chronicle profiles SF's trippy Moon Duo; readers request shrooms (of the illicit variety) [via SFGate]

SF Weekly writer digs Barcelona's electro-pop buzz band Delorean, but is extremely underwhelmed by the sound at Popscene [via SF Weekly All Shook Down Blog]

The Week in Local Music News

SFBG gets in-depth with local "no-fi psych-rock" quintet Young Prisms [via SF Bay Guardian]

Pitchfork highlights SF transplants Gobble Gobble and local favorites Magic Bullets [via Pitchfork]

San Francisco math-rock duo Silian Rail signs to the Bay Area-based label Park and Records [via East Bay Express]

The Bay Bridged announces the newly expanded Rock Make Street Festival dates [via The Bay Bridged]

Now-former SF Weekly Music Editor Jennifer Maerz gives her gushy goodbye [via SF Weekly All Shook Down]

Local boutique music marketing company Terrorbird celebrates their 4 year anniversary with a blowout party [The Owl Magazine]

Blowup announces their triumphant return; underage hipsters rejoice [via Blowup SF]

Spinning Platters sits down with local electro-infused Americana hybrid outfit Birds and Batteries [via Spinning Platters]

SF MusicTech conference returns and briefly dominates the local music twittersphere [via Twitter]

The Morning Benders Play On At Rickshaw Stop Despite Blood

Wrapping up a year of whirlwind performing December 6, Berkeley darlings The Morning Benders took a break from recording to perform at the Rickshaw Stop.

Miniature Tigers and the The Soft Pack, formerly The Muslims, joined The Morning Benders, led by baby-faced frontman and all around dance-inciter Chris Chu.

A Certain Ratio Plays in U.S For First Time in 25 Years

I'm headed down the Grapevine to LA for the Part Time Punks Music Festival to check out San Francisco's Magic Bullets and the brigade of punk bands playing at The Echo and The Echoplex this weekend. What I'm most looking forward to is hearing A Certain Ratio, playing in the U.S for the first time in 25 YEARS. It's gonna be out of control. Check back Monday for my photos from the weekend.

 

 

 

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