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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.

Aquarius Records Celebrates Its 40th Birthday @ Cafe Du Nord

Any San Franciscan in the know would tell you Aquarius Records on Valencia Street has the best collection of music in the city. Need Japanese psychedelia? They've got it. African field recordings? Yep! Local indie? Of course!

Weekend Must-See Show: The Mantles @ Hemlock Tavern

Imagine a balmy San Francisco day spent hitting the waves on the outskirts of town at Ocean Beach, amidst the fog. The Mantles play music that's the soundtrack to our city, a metropolis on the edge of the Pacific: raucous, sunny surf pop tinged with a quest for meaning like a malaise lurking underneath all the fun.

The Week in Local Music News

Butterfly Bones, Still Flyin', Social Studies and more scheduled to appear at the 3rd annual Rock Make Street Festival [via Rock Make]

Oakland beatmakers Elephant and Castle get some props fro Pitchfork [via Pitchfork]

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