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Most magazines and websites single out the most significant events of the year in a single article or feature. The world of popular music is so big that it begs for a closer look, however. So, let’s single out the biggest events that happened in the world of music one month at a time, starting with January 2010.

Ke$ha’s Animal begins a six-week streak at the top of the Billboard Albums chart, powered by the No.1 single in the country, “Tik Tok”.

 

Via Pitchfork: Mogwai has made the track “Rano Pano”, from the band’s upcoming record Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will., available for download.  It’s inspiring to see the group punctuate a very gloomy album title so precisely—full stop at the end and all.  Could that period signify the aforementioned death that we will all suffer?  Hmmmmm . . .

Is it weird to sympathize with bales of hay? Well, okay, the HD slow-mo target practice does nothing for me either, but here’s a chance for you to hear two of the most exciting bands out there today.  Forest Swords’s dub psychedelic spaghetti western soundtrack hybrid Dagger Paths is likely to hit many Best of 2010 lists, but is probably more likely to appear on many “Albums We Missed in 2010” lists. Remixers Pariah also cut a fantastic little EP on R&S that’s a wild slice of emotive dubstep, the likes of which have made impressions upon the Forest Swords original here.

Emulating the heart of the Midwest, Americana darlings the Giving Tree Band combine pastoral, old-time indie-folk with heartfelt narrative lyrics. The band takes their rustic sound to heart with a complete eco-friendly approach to recording, touring and performing music. Their last two albums were recorded via renewable energy at the band’s home studio, and packaged with 100 % recycled materials. Adding to their green efforts, many of the band’s instruments were hand crafted from reclaimed wood and naturally fallen trees. The acoustic octet released their third studio album The Joke, The Threat & The Obvious 21 September, 2010 on Crooked Creek Records, which debuted at number 40 on the Americana Airplay Charts. Check out the Giving Tree Band’s original song and video for “Circles” for a taste of their sweet folksy roots blend.

Turns out for all the vocal distortion and twisted beats, James Blake has quite a voice on him. This one’s mostly piano-led, with some ambient asides, and a drum beat that oddly enough does not show up until the last 30 seconds. An oddball combination for a new single, but one that may prove too affective to resist.

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