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2010s in Film: Why I Love #21: Little Birds

Counting down my top 25 favorite films of the last decade and just why I love them.

#22 Little Birds (2011)

Writer / Director: Elgin James / DP: Reed Morano / Composer: Elgin James / Music Supervisor(s): Elizabeth James

Little Birds beautifully displays the physical and emotional implications of abandon and the performances and cinematography win this for me.

Ali and Lily live this adolescent existence where they have responsibilities beyond their scope and perform a role as the stable element in the unstable universes of their respective adults.

Just as Lily approaches her breaking point, on time arrives a team of boys who steal Lily’s gaze and lure the friends away from home to the desolate outskirts and onto L.A.

The boys skate in empty pools, live in an abandoned hotel, and have “abandoned society” altogether.

All these kids have escaped, and they push each opportunity to seriously dangerous limits to sustain their anarchist lifestyle. Lily finds this thrilling…while Ali just hangs, reluctantly, waiting for the whole thing to inevitably burn so she can get her friend back to town in one piece.

I enjoy this film because Ali consistently stands up for herself, no matter how many times she gets negged by Lily or by the boys for being honest, observant, and genuinely concerned.

And Lily *sigh*.

You only get a little time between a cut and knowing how deep it is.

Here’s the trailer ⬇️

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2010s in Film: Why I Love #22 “Sleeping Giant”

Counting down my top 25 favorite films of the last decade and just why I love them.

#22 Sleeping Giant (2015)

Writer / Director: Andrew Cividino / DP: James Klopko / Composer: Joey Colero / Music Supervisor(s): Misha Bower, Bruce Peninsula, Matt Cully, Neil Haverty, Chris Thronborrow. Starring: Jackson Martin, Nick Serino

From the jump, you feel the impasse.

This film explores a few elements of identity – largely class and sexuality.

The spot-on observation of social status via meals – the mere visual of arugula and lemon stuffed trout vs the hamburger and, impact-fully, the instance during Settlers of Catan.

As far as the titular Sleeping Giant, it appears as though conquering the Canadian Wonder is a known feat of human ability, accomplished only by one idolized, local legend.

Meanwhile, Dad is trying to grow his son to be a man – which means girls, and opportunities.

When it comes to figuring it all out, Adam does – in slow motion. 

With each step of bravery he crawls closer to his true self.

Until it hits.

I found the core about giving in to and resisting pressure, while the edge watchfully explores living among lack and immense possibility, like “nowhere” else.

Here’s the trailer ⬇️

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2010s in Film: Why I Love #23 “Blue Jay”

Counting down my top 25 favorite films of the last decade and just why I love them.

#23 Blue Jay (2016)

Writer: Mark Duplass | Director / DP: Alexandre Lehmann | Music by: Julian Wass. Starring: Mark Duplass, Sarah Paulson, Clu Gulager

I love this movie because of the unspoken connection between Jim and Amanda – two adults who really know each other, and at this point in their lives might be the only people for one another who truly fit that bill.

Immediately, #IYKYK they go way back with a slick reference to Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam.

Time has passed, they see each other, and all the care comes rushing back. You don’t even have to put it into words – it’s all in their eyes, smiles, and the space that’s left in conversation.

Loss is difficult, and it can throw you all over the place emotionally, so I’m pleased to see Jim experience active grief onscreen.

Then there’s Amanda, pausing to take in Jim’s childhood house – the pictures on the wall – that’s the boy I knew. Going through the closets, smelling clothes, reading letters. 

Always trying to keep it on the up, the couple staves away the looming “talk” all night, replacing it with fun trips down memory lane, dance moves, inside jokes, and playing back tapes – which the 90s kids know is a landmine waiting to happen.

Ex-couples dream of this kind of experience. Happenstance leading to resolving all of your past issues in one brisk, fun-filled day overlooking the beautiful scenics of the town that grew you both.

Blue Jay. I mean, it’s a fantasy, right?

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2010s in Film: Why I Love #24 “Lady Bird”

Counting down my top 25 favorite films of the last decade and just why I love them.

#24: Lady Bird (2017)

Writer / Director: Greta Gerwig | DP: Sam Levy | Composer: Jon Brion | Music Supervisor: Greta Gerwig

I’m writing this on the two-year anniversary of moving to the area to be with my mom when she got sick and I’m still recovering, clearly. I started a blog making playlists because music is the only thing we ever talked about and now I have no one to talk to anymore that really gets it quite the same *cue A Grand Scene for a Pandemic*

Ladybird is, thankfully, one of the last movies we got to watch together that year, before everything, and I was elated to showcase that my favorite writer, Greta Gerwig – who I’ve followed painstakingly since college, has made a story so close to our socio-economic experience with such breath of the times.

It was hard for my mother to watch. She was like “I’m not like…that…am I?” But I was like, “no, not exactly just some of the interactions. The way we fight sometimes but we love each other. It’s sweet!”

It’s not all us, but a lot of it is, and that means a lot. 

This was also the year my bf and I moved down to Atlanta, my home. I’d premiered my first feature film that summer alongside my creative partner for a group of friends and family in the city, and I was just feeling like all the stars were aligned that particular Thanksgiving weekend at the Tara. Like, this is the fuel you need to keep going. Greta’s going to inject it right now.

Aside from all that, there’s the multi-dimensional representation of catholic school teachers

#dramaclublife and the boys: the singing “Danny” that takes your breath away (former Drama Geek over here, so, know all about that).

the “Kyle” reading political non-fiction while smoking alone at a coffee house table and saying “tight” a lot.

And it’s the idolization of the rich girl, with her SUV and her experience, just wanting her to see you.

I had two friends like this in High School – one who drove a nice mid-sized, white, sports car and I thought she was a goddess, the other drove a jeep and threw all of the parties. Thankfully, they were both nice to me so I never had to deal with any bullying or ass-kissing, but I was thankful to have a mediator to relate to the preppy boys at parties who terrified me.

Yeah, for me, Ladybird pretty much nailed 2002. 

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2010s in Film: Why I Love #25 “Bachelorette”

Counting down my top 25 favorite films of the last decade and just why I love them.

#25: Bachelorette (2012)

Writer / Director: Lesley Headland | Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Rebel Wilson, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fischer. | DP: Doug Emmet | Composer: Sebastian Arocha Morton | Music Supervisor(s): Jim Black

Bachelorette follows a group of high-school friends affectionately known as the “B-faces”, played by Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher, and Rebel Wilson, on the eve of the wedding of the one in the group they used to bully.

It came to me out of nowhere one night via Netflix while I was 25, living in a basement room in Bushwick with my cat, Bloom, eating a red velvet cupcake and drinking whisky in bed.

This script is quick-witted and every character in this film is stunning. From Regan’s dress to Gena’s tangents to Katie’s eternal highness.

And, the story is made only more uniquely kettled by the unapologetic stares, portrayal of selves, and perfect matches offered by Trevor, Clyde, and Joe.

Joe as a concept makes my heart melt and Marsden is conflictingly hot; an icy depiction of how “that kind of thing” works if you, like Regan, offer the same.

Clyde and Gena’s backstory was a surprise (it was also great to see Adam Scott and Lizzy Caplan back together again after Party Down) and the fact that the Damone reference can sum up everything for that tense conversation on the train is a very comforting, generational thing to include in a story like this.

Ultimately, what I love about Bachelorette is that it’s a wedding hi-jinx movie that’s really good with presenting behaviors of true compatibility.

The B-faces approach their “demons” and meet their matches, but most importantly – due to sheer adrenaline to not fuck up in the biggest way for this accepting friend to whom they have been truly shitty – they come through for each other and themselves, solving internal and external catastrophes barely in time for the ceremony. It’s a perfect wedding.

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Top 25 Films of the 2010s

Over the next few months I’ll delve more into a JUST why I love each of these and every one of these films and the tones and music within them SO VERY MUCH. For now, check out the list and watch some trailers! Here are our Top 25 films of the 2010s!

25. Bachelorette

Writer / Director: Lesley Headland

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Rebel Wilson, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fischer.

DP: Doug Emmet

Composer: Sebastian Arocha Morton

Music Supervisor(s): Jim Black

24. Lady Bird (2017)

Writer / Director: Greta Gerwig

Starring: Saorsie Ronan, Beanie Feldstein, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts

DP: Sam Levy

Composer: Jon Brion

Music Supervisor(s): Greta Gerwig

23. Blue Jay (2016)

Writer: Mark Duplass

Director / DP: Alexandre Lehmann

Starring: Sarah Paulson, Mark Duplass

Music by: Julian Wass

22. Sleeping Giant (2015)

Writer / Director: Andrew Cividino

Starring: Jackson Martin, Nick Serino

DP: James Klopko

Composer: Joey Colero

Music Supervisor(s): Misha Bower, Bruce Peninsula, Matt Cully, Neil Haverty, Chris Thronborrow

21. Little Birds (2011)

Writer / Director: Elgin James

Starring: Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker

DP: Reed Morano

Composer: Elgin James

Music Supervisor(s): Elizabeth James

20. Dear White People (2014)

Writer / Director: Justin Simien

Starring: Tyler James Williams, Tessa Thompson, Kyle Gallner, Teyonah Parris, Brandon P. Bell

DP: Topher Osborn

Music By: Kathryn Bostic

19. Get Out (2017)

Writer / Director: Jordan Peele

Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Alison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Catherine Keener

DP: Toby Oliver

Music by: Christopher T. Mollere / Michael Ables

18. Black Swan (2010)

Writer(s): Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, John J. McLaughlin

Director: Darren Aronofsky

Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis

DP: Matthew Libatique

Editor: Andrew Weisblum

Music by: Clint Mansell

17. Everybody Wants Some!! (2016)

Writer / Director: Richard Linklater

Starring: Blake Jenner, Tyler Hoechlin, Ryan Guzman, Zoey Deutch

DP: Shane F. Kelly

Editor: Sandra Adair

Music Supervisor(s): Meghan Currier, Randall Poster

16. Tiny Furniture (2010)

Writer / Director: Lena Dunham

Starring: Lena Dunham, Laurie Simmons, Grace Dunham, Rachel Howe

DP: Jody Lee Lipes

Editor: Lance Edmands

Music by: Teddy Blanks

Music Supervisor(s): Annie Pearlman

15. Touchy Feely (2013)

Writer / Director: Lynn Shelton

DP: Benjamin Kasulke

Starring: Rosemarie Dewitt, Ellen Page, Josh Pais

Editor: Lynn Shelton

Music By: Vinny Smith

14. 50/50 (2011)

Writer: Will Reiser

Director: Johnathan Levine

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard

DP: Terry Stacey

Editor: Zene Baker

Composer: Michael Giacchino

Music Supervisor(s): Jim Black, Gabe Hilfer

13. The Future (2011)

Writer / Director: Miranda July

Starring: Miranda July, Hamish Linklater

DP: Nikolai von Graevenitz

Editor: Andrew Bird

Composer: Jon Brion

Music Supervisor(s): Margaret Yen

12. Moonlight (2016)

Writer / Director: Barry Jenkins

Starring: Mahershala Ali, Naomie Harris, Trevonte Rhodes, Alex R. Hibbert

DP: James Laxton

Editor(s): Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders

Composer: Nicholas Britell, Caetano Veloso

Music Supervisor(s): Maggie Phillips

11. Tomboy (2011)

Writer / Director: Céline Sciamma

DP: Crystel Fournier

Starring: Zoé Héran, Malonn Lévana , Jeanne Disson, Sophie Catani

Editor: Julien Lacheray

Music by: Jean-Baptiste de Laubier

10. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (2010)

Writer(s): Edgar Wright, Michael Bacall, Bryan Lee O’Malley

Director: Edgar Wright

Starring: Michael Cera, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Kieran Culkin, Anna Kendrick

DP: Bill Pope

Editor(s): Johathan Amos, Paul Machliss

Composer: Nigel Godrich

Music Supervisor(s): Kathy Nelson

9. The Social Network (2010)

Writer(s): Aaron Sorkin, Ben Merzrich

Director: David Fincher

Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara

DP: Jeff Croneweth

Editor: Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter

Music by: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross

8. Fruitvale Station (2013)

Writer / Director: Ryan Coogler 

Starring: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer

DP: Rachel Morrison

Editor(s): Claudia Castello, Michael P. Shawver

Composer: Ludwig Goransson

Music Supervisor(s): Jonathan Leahy, Manish Raval, Haroula Rose, Tom Wolfe

7. Happy Christmas (2014)

Writer / Director: Joe Swanberg

Starring: Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber, Lena Dunham

DP: Ben Richardson

Editor: Joe Swanberg

Composer: Dominic Lewis

Music Supervisor(s): Chris Swanson

6. Young Adult (2011)

Writer: Diablo Cody

Director: Jason Reitman

Starring: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt, Elizabeth Reaser

DP: Eric Steelberg

Composer: Mateo Messina, Rolfe Kent

Music Supervisor(s): Linda Cohen

5. Your Sister’s Sister (2011)

Writer / Director: Lynn Shelton

Starring: Emily Blunt, Rosemarie Dewitt, Mark Duplass

DP: Benjamin Kasulke

Editor: Nat Sanders

Composer: Vinny Smith

Music Supervisor(s): Mel Eslyn, Sandy Wilson

4. Take This Waltz (2011)

Writer / Director: Sarah Polley

Starring: Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, Luke Kirby

DP: Luc Montpellier

Composer: Jonathan Goldsmith

Music Supervisor(s): Jody Colero

3. Drinking Buddies (2013)

Writer / Director: Joe Swanberg

Starring: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston

DP: Ben Richardson

Editor: Joe Swanberg

Composer: Chris Swanson

Music Supervisor(s): Dominic Lewis

2. 20th Century Women (2016)

Writer / Director: Mike Mills

Starring: Annette Benning, Elle Fanning, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup

DP: Sean Porter

Editor: Leslie Jones

Composer: Roger Neill

Music Supervisor(s): Howard Paar

1. Frances Ha (2012)

Writer(s): Noah Baumbach / Greta Gerwig

Director: Noah Baumbach

Starring: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver, Michael Zegen

DP: Sam Levy

Editor: Jennifer Lame

Composer: Georges Delerue

Music Supervisor(s): George Drakoulias

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IndieDigs Presents: Best of the Decade – Top 50 Albums (Top 25 Reviewed)

10 years, 50 albums.

CJ the editor here with the IndieDigs Top 50 albums of the 2010s, ranked! What an incredible decade of change and growth in music. For this list, I’ve also included reviews for the top 25 – complete with my peak spiraling thoughts from the last ten years. Fun! Please enjoy the playlists on Spotify and Apple Music and share your favorites with us on social @indiedigs

Here are the IndieDigs picks for Top 50 albums of the 2010s.

50. Ariana Grande – My Everything (2014)
49. Bruno Mars – 24k Magic (2016)
48. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream (2010)
47. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (2010)
46. Alabama Shakes – Sound & Color (2015)
45. SchoolboyQ – Crash Talk (2019)
44. Parquet Courts – Wide Awake! (2018)
43. St. Beauty – Running to the Sun (2018)
42. Noname – Telefone (2016)
41. Anderson. Paak – Malibu (2016)
40. Girlpool – Before the World Was Big (2015)
39. Rae Stremmurd – SremmLife (2015)
38. Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math (2011)
37. Teenage Wrist – Chrome Neon Jesus (2018)

36. Adventures – Supersonic Home (2015)
35. DIIV – Is the Are (2016)
34. Lorde – Pure Heroine (2013)
33. Haim – Days Are Gone (2013)
32. Drug Church – Hit Your Head (2015)
31. Soccer Mommy – Clean (2018)
30. Beyoncé – Lemonade (2016)
29. James Blake – Assume Form (2019)
28. Frank Ocean – Channel Orange (2012)
27. Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint (2014)
26. Ari Lennox – Shea Butter Baby (2019)

Top 25

25. Jenny Lewis – The Voyager (2014)

Favorite Track: She’s Not Me

Where I was living: Bushwick, Brooklyn (J)

First thing that comes to mind: I bought this album alongside Taylor Swift’s 1989 for my 27th birthday. I eventually ended up selling TS back, but Jenny is an auntie of mine going back to Rilo Kiley. Starting with Head Underwater…”there’s a little bit of magic, everybody has it. There’s a little bit of sand left in the hourglass…there’s a little bit of fight left in me yet” I knew I was going to be changed, and by the time I repeated She’s Not Me, Slippery Slopes and The Voyager, like, I dunno, 75 times? I was fortified to own my shit.

24. First Aid Kit – Stay Gold (2014)

Favorite Track: Shattered & Hollow

Where I was living: Bushwick, Brooklyn (L)

First thing that comes to mind: The first song I listened to was Emmylou, on recommendation of guest curator @designjenquinn and I was totally caught off guard. When the duo released Stay Gold, I surgically attached myself to the lyrics of Shattered and Hollow, Master Pretender, and Waitress Song. From this album alone, my heart has grown three sizes, I’m three emotional inches taller, and my strength is preserved in a fortress of chilled harmonies equivalent to a 200 mph windstorm. I know, I’m being dramatic, but it’s looking backwards and forwards simultaneously then playing back your specific brand of restless, aspiration-fueled melancholy. It’s a great reset.

23. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor

Local Natives
“Gorilla Manor”
(2010)

Favorite Track: Cards & Quarters

Where I was living: Crown Heights, Brooklyn

First thing that comes to mind: From the moment I saw these guys perform at SXSW in 2010 I was locked in for life. Listening to Airplanes was one of the times in my life (alongside listening to Colombia from their album Hummingbird and watching the show Six Feet Under) that snapped me into my mortality and encouraged me to invest in my time here, the space that I encompass, and relationships with elders.

22. Jessica Lea Mayfield – Tell Me (2011) 

Jessica Lea Mayfield
“Tell Me”

(2011)

Favorite Track: Sleepless

Where I was living: Prospect Park South, Brooklyn Round #1

First thing that comes to mind: If you’ve ever felt like “damn these fuckbois” and also “shit I’m actually the fuckboi” and / or maybe you’re a slave to your bad habits in general? Then, hey! listen to this record, you might find a key to survival!  Also, seek help, phone a friend, and maybe take a solo vacation away from all the triggers? That’s definitely what every day listening to this album feels like. It’s so peaceful, and it’s so dark. it’s just this girl navigating trenches. I listened to this one while walking around the City a lot. It’s basically crystals.

21. Janelle Monáe – Dirty Computer (2018)

Janelle Monáe
“Dirty Computer”
(2018)

Favorite Track: I Like That

Where I was living: motherfucking delaware

First thing that comes to mind: *trauma / trigger warning* This album came out in April of 2018 while I was taking care of my mother who was swiftly dying of pancreatic cancer. It came out on a Friday when I was staying overnight with her in the hospital. It is all that I listened to that day, while sleeping in a chair that night, and again and again for an entire month. We were able to watch the Dirty Computer film together as a family. I Like That is an anthem for my youth experience spending elementary and junior high in the suburbs of Philly, and this album is one of the two albums (see #37) that kept me afloat at the onset of deep despair. *heavy, heavy, sigh*

20. Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit (2015)

Courtney Barnett
“Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit”

(2015)

Favorite Track: Depreston

Where I was living: Bushwick, Brooklyn (J)

First thing that comes to mind: Our friend Io & Titan has this semi-regular event called Evening Songs where we go to a different home each month and play music & sing. It can be originals, covers, didn’t matter – it just has to fit the theme and we all pitch in and sing along if we know the tune. Very lovely & 60s. I forget what the theme was this round, but I remember it was our last ability to attend before we moved to Atlanta and I prepared Depreston. This record is so solid, front to back, and this song is a rare POV of the turnover moment in gentrification – the realtor’s marketing, traipsing through the doors and down the halls of someone’s entire life history and deciding whether or not you can / will / should marry your own life story with theirs – will you build on it or knock it all down? Every time I listen, I imagine mid-day sun casting through the windows and onto a runner table near the stairs and that Courtney is crouching down in jeans and a baseball tee touring framed photos, brass trinkets and gold tins, possibly a chandelier hanging from the 1880s that’s been passed down through the homeowner’s family and feeling physically ill.

19. Kacey Musgraves – Pageant Material (2015)

Kacey Musgraves
“Pageant Material”

(2015)

Favorite Track: Late to the Party

Where I was living: Prospect Park South, Brooklyn Round #2

First thing that comes to mind: So, I loved Follow Your Arrow and Same Trailer Different Park but I did NOT expect this album.Cancelling beauty pageants on Pageant Material, speaking up on Good Ol Boys Club, calling out on This Town, and being a proud Texan and true Virgo (just like my Ma😜) in Dime Store Cowgirl! Kacey is just too much! High Time was on rotation around the time we decided to leave NYC. Fine is deep and vacant and Late to the Party was the first dance at our wedding. Here for Kacey, always.

18.  Yeasayer – Odd Blood (2010)

Yeasayer
“Odd Blood”

(2010)

Favorite Track: Madder Red

Where I was living: Marietta, Ga

First thing that comes to mind: My ATL crew was big on SXSW for three years straight and super on top of the indie onslaught of 2009 and 2011!!! Day parties with free beer and tamales? You bet your ass, Austin. We all got turned on to Yeasayer at the same time around then. Ambling Alp was the first song I heard and this record has since been in my regular rotation. Gots it on vinyl.

17. Best Coast – Crazy For You (2010)

Best Coast
“Crazy For You”
(2010)

Favorite Track: The End

Where I was living: Crown Heights, Brooklyn

First thing that comes to mind: ah yes, the first summer of my NYC life. A Brooklyn resident, I did the thing of becoming an intern for Pitchfork Video. It was honestly fucking great, and I learned a lot, but the best memory is walking from the Nassau station to the offices way up on Meeker. A long walk from the train and plenty of time to gush all my crush feelings all over the streets by repeating The End over and over again and actually crumbling inside! Music heals, people. This record came at a perfect time in my life and the sunniness of the sound matched my sunny new outlook on life as a single girl ready to find out what it all means. The record is a sundress. 

16. Paramore – After Laughter (2017)

Paramore
“After Laughter”
(2017)

Favorite Track: Fake Happy

Where I was living: Prospect Park South, Brooklyn Round #2

First thing that comes to mind: Hayley is a champion and Franklin, TN needs to erect a statue in her honor for lifting all of us out of the mud again and again for what’s going on fifteen years now. Upon first hearing After Laughter, I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the brightness against the I DON’T FEEL BRIGHT lyrics and the dance-y breaks to balance it all. In 2017, at the Fox Theater in ATL, I finally got to renew my Paramore experience since seeing them in 2008 at the Masquerade Music Park in ATL (RIP!) and after the show I bought my first ball cap that says “fake happy”. It’s really helped speak on my behalf during hard times. See what I did there?

15. Alvvays – Alvvays (2014)

Alvvays
“Alvvays”
(2014)

Favorite Track: Party Police

Where I was living: Bushwick, Brooklyn (J)

First thing that comes to mind: Dreamy eternal solitude.

14. Sleigh Bells – Treats (2010)

Sleigh Bells
“Treats”
(2010)

Favorite Track: Rill Rill

Where I was living: Crown Heights, Brooklyn

First Thing that comes to mind: Crown on the Ground ripping our skulls.

13. Wild Nothing – Nocturne (2012)

Wild Nothing
“Nocturne”
(2012)

Favorite Track: This Chain Won’t Break

Where I was living: Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

First Thing that comes to mind: waiting for the J train.

12. Real Estate – Atlas (2014)

Real Estate
“Atlas”
(2014)

Favorite Track: Past Lives

Where I was living: Bushwick, Brooklyn (J)

First Thing that comes to mind: Taking naps.

11. Daniel Caesar – Freudian (2017)

Daniel Caesar
“Freudian”
(2017)

Favorite Track: Hold Me Down

Where I was living: Virginia Highlands, Ga

First Thing that comes to mind: My brother is great at knowing good music. Listen to Hold Me Down during any of the various crucial moments that will and should occur in your relationship. Love, people!

10. Beach House – Teen Dream (2010)

Beach House
“Teen Dream”
(2010)

Favorite Track: Norway

Where I was living: Marietta, Ga

First Thing that comes to mind:
Brooklyn, babyyyyy.

9. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo (2011)

Kurt Vile
“Smoke Ring for My Halo”
(2011)

Favorite Track: On Tour

Where I was living: Prospect Park South, Brooklyn Round #1

First Thing that comes to mind: Walking around Cambridge, MA for the first time one night in March 2014 while visiting my bf who was off at work and I was left to tour the city on my own. On my way to the coffee shop I looked up on Yelp, I thought “let me check out this Kurt Vile guy”. Put this record on. Molecule shift.

8. Valerie June – The Order of Time (2017)

Valerie June
“The Order of Time”
(2017)

Favorite Track: Long Lonely Road

Where I was living: Prospect Park South, Brooklyn Round #2

First Thing that comes to mind: Where is the lie?

7. Frank Ocean – Blonde (2016)

Frank Ocean
“Blonde”
(2016)

Favorite Track: Solo

Where I was living: Prospect Park South, Brooklyn Round #2

First Thing that comes to mind: I bought this the moment it was released. So glad we have this person around making music and speaking and being.

6. Kendrick Lamar – good kid, m.A.A.d city (2012)

Kendrick Lamar
“good kid, m.A.A.d city”
(2012)

Favorite Track: Swimming Pools

Where I was living: Bay Ridge, Brooklyn

First Thing that comes to mind: 😮

5. The Internet – Ego Death (2015)

The Internet
“Ego Death”
(2015)

Favorite Track: Under Control 

Where I was living: Prospect Park South, Brooklyn Round #2

First Thing that comes to mind: 😏

4. Solange – A Seat At The Table (2016)

Solange
“A Seat At the Table”
(2016)

Favorite Track: Weary

Where I was living: Prospect Park South, Brooklyn Round #2

First Thing that comes to mind: Black Lives Matter.

3. Childish Gambino – Because the Internet (2013)

Childish Gambino
“Because The Internet” (2013)

Favorite Track: IV.Sweatpants

Where I was living: Bushwick, Brooklyn (L)

First Thing that comes to mind: #blerd.

2. Tame Impala – Currents (2015)

Favorite Track: Eventually

Where I was living: Prospect Park South, Brooklyn Round #2

First Thing that comes to mind: I’m a romantic even with my cold, cold heart! The fact that this album is a front to back tale. New Person, Same Old Mistakes.

1. Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp A Butterfly (2015)

Favorite Track: For Free? Interlude

Where I was living: Bushwick, Brooklyn (J)

First Thing that comes to mind: Black Lives Matter.

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New Spotify / Apple Music Playlist: IndieDigs Presents – Best of the Decade: Top 100 On Repeat

Our latest EOTD mix is ready for your ears! Top 100: On Repeat features the top tracks we haven’t stopped listening to for ten years… and counting! Did your favorites make the list?

Listen now on Spotify and Apple Music. 💖🔁

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IndieDigs Presents: Best of the Decade – Top 100 New Voices

We’re counting down our favorites of the decade! and kicking it off with our Top 100 New Voices.

The 2010s have been such an incredible decade. One of great change and growth in music and culture. Indie exploded and expanded into so many facets it’s nearly intangible, and we’ve thankfully gained impactful lyrical artists like Childish Gambino, Tame Impala, and Kacey Musgraves, for example, to refresh the perspective. I really feel like we’re doing the damn thing, you guys. Can’t wait to hear what’s next for music and society as a whole moving forward. Heavy… anyway!

Check out the playlist now on Spotify and Apple Music and stay tuned as we countdown more favorites of the 2010s. ✌🏾