I don’t get it. Aside from a couple albums on this list the selection is pretty poor. I’ve been a big supporter of independent music since I can remember and I have a deep appreciation for artists exploring their creative ability to churn out a sound/genre that defies the norm, but 75% of the items on this list sound God awful. It seems that the attitude towards today’s independent music is that creativity, regardless of the final product, yields a good album. I understand that the term “sounds good/bad” is subjective, but come on, most of these albums are simply too much random noise and not enough music to be considered “most overlooked of 2010″…
I also recognize that Stereogum (as well as Pitchfork, Consequence of Sound, etc…) specializes in this genre and attracts the same type of crowd, but this site also frequents names like The National, Morrissey, Vampire Weekend, and The Black Keys in its articles. …even Kanye fucking West (whose new album is absolute shit imo) …so it’s obvious they don’t turn a blind a eye to the more “mainstream indie” side of things. So, in total agreement with some previous comments, why aren’t we seeing Josh Ritter, Foals, Salem, Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, Massive Attack, or Seabear (among many others) on this list?
I don’t want to squash what these artists are doing because it works for them and their following, regardless of what I think. But it’s so frustrating to me that bands who use traditional chord progressions and recording styles (WHO STILL PUT OUT BEAUTIFUL AND CREATIVE MUSIC!!!!) are being shoved aside and replaced by noisemakers, samples, and random sound effects.