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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

San Francisco's The Soft Moon -- the solo project of Lumerians multi-instrumentalist Luis Vasquez -- release yet another haunting epic [via Stereo Gum]

Oakland and Los Angeles based noise makers KIT premier new video on The Fader [via The Fader]

The Week in Local Music News

Local indie outpost Aquarius Records turns 40; Best Coast, Lumerians, The Mantles and more scheduled for their birthday bash [via SFBG]

San Francisco beatmakers Lazer Sword premiere new track on Altered Zones [via Altered Zones]

The Week in Local Music News

Pirate Cat Radio attempts to go legit; requests donations from listeners [via Kickstarter]

Pitchfork reviews locals Grass Widow and oOoOO [via Pitchfork]

The Week in Local Music News

XLR8R streams local witch-house producer oOoOO's highly anticipated debut [via XLR8R]

AIDS Wolf, Ganglians, The Fresh and Onlys, Wounded Lion, Mattress, Greg Ashley, Young Prisms, Psychic Reality and more lined up for the this weekend's 10th Annual Operation Restore Maximum Freedom [via The Bay Bridged]

Pitchfork has some less-than-kind words for SF's Eskmo [via Pitchfork]

The Week in Local Music News

Psychic Handbook talks Blue Velvet, inner peace and West Oakland with the San Francisco Chronicle [via San Francisco Chronicle]

San Francisco newest live music space Public Works opens in the Mission; Mount Kimbie, Mary Anne Hobbs and Party Effects and more lined up for the club's inaugural weekend [via Public Works]

The Week in Local Music News

The Fresh & Onlys give fans a taste if their soon-to-be-released full-length [via Pitchfork]

Pearl Jam, Modest Mouse, Grizzly Bear, and Neko Case and more scheduled for the 24th annual Bridge School Benefit [via Bridge School Benefit]

The Week in Local Music News

7x7 favorite Weekend earn some well-deserved Pitchfork cred [via Pitchfork]

San Francisco art blog Fecal Face celebrates its 10th anniversary with a blowout at the Luggage Store and Mezzanine [via Fecal Face]

The Week in Local Music News

The tubes love affair with Oakland's Colleen Green continues [via Pitchfork]

SF Weekly talks Disco, Daft Punk and 222 Hyde with Portland's Reporter [via SF Weekly]

Local chiller Fiveng drops his first 7" on upstart label Beach Tapes [via Pitchfork]

After a solid four year run, SF Underground's Gemini Disco party says goodbye [via SF Weekly]

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