Clem’s Cross Genre 2010 Listening “Recs” (yeah I know it’s late)

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I talk to and hear from many of you who say…”just tell me what to listen to…”. So this is an effort to do just that in multiple genres. For some of you there may be a lot of unfamiliar names here but take a chance…check out a group you have never heard of…check out a genre you may not have properly exposed yourself to…EXPAND YOUR EARS!

Many folks are now renting all of the Oscar winning movies and watching them in an effort to catch up on what was good last year. Not that my opinion is definitive but you WILL be far more hip to what went on in music last year if you dig this list or even just part of it.

I used to read The Wine Spectator magazine and in it they used to have a tear out card, which listed all of the wines mentioned in that issue and previous issues so that folks would know their opinion what to buy. In that spirit, I offer you a quick checklist below of 2010 (and a couple of ’09) releases that I liked and think you will as well.


Alt/IndieAlt (rock, post punk, blues influenced)

Arcade FireThe Suburbs

The Black KeysBrother’s Album– (white boy blues…a force of nature)

Sleigh BellsTreats (this will fry your head like an egg. The buzz group of Coachella’10)

Les Savvy Fav– Root For Rain (edgy, gritty unapologetic alt/post-punk rock)

The Dead WeatherSea of Cowards (a Jack Whit production- hard driving and bluesy- GREAT vocals from Allison Mosshart of The Kills)

Against Me!White Crosses– (if there is such a thing as positive punk here it is…makes you want to pound your fist without putting it thru a wall)

Deerhunter- Halcyon Digest

Alt/Indie (cross genre/not particularly definable but great stuff)

Mumford and SonsSigh No More

Florence and the MachineLungs

LCD Sound systemThis Is Happening

FoalsTotal Life Forever

The Guggenheim GrottoThe Universe Is Laughing

Passion PitManners (proves alt/indie music really can be danceable)

JonsiGO (lead singer of Sigur Ros gives you what you might expect and then some…actually sings in English as opposed to his normal “Hopelandic”)

YeasayerOdd Blood

The National– High Velvet

The xxX (an ’09 release but still continues to grow and grow in popularity)



Miranda LambertRevolution

The Zac Brown BandYou Get What You Give

Jamey JohnsonGuitar Song

Elizabeth CookThe Welder

Larry GatlinThe Pilgrimage

Justin Townes EarleHarlem River Blues

The Carolina Chocolate DropsGenuine Negro Jig (a very odd niche but oh so cool)

The Avett Bros.- I and Love and You and Live Vol 3

R and B

Janelle MonaeThe Archandroid– (changing the face of R and B)

John Legend and the RootsWake Up Everybody

Mavis StaplesYou Are Not Alone

Sharon Jones and the Dap-KingsI Learned the Hard Way



Amos LeeMission Bell

Martin SextonSugarcoating

Shawn MullinsLight You Up

Brandi CarlisleGive Up the Ghost

Elton John/Leon RussellThe Union (Elton John writes and records with HIS hero)



DrakeThank Me Later

Kanye WestMy Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Big BoiSir Lucious Leftfoot



Pretty Lights– these guys had 2 releases on 2010 but check out anything they do…this is dance/electronica on a new level…much available for free download on their website

The F*ck ButtonsTarot Sport (totally wild sonic grooves made with archaic instruments… brain frying but it feels good)

Deadmau54 x 4= 12 (a huge rising star in the mixmaster/electronica world)

Crystal Castles– 3 releases in 2010…it’s all good!

Hard Rock-

Don’t worry its not TOO hard…well sung vocals…no devil screaming…very musical.

Disturbed– Asylum

KornUntitled 3

Drowning PoolDrowning Pool

MastodonCrack the Skye (from 2009 but still getting a lot of notice)

Alice in ChainsBlack Gives Way to Blue

Godsmack– The Oracle


I will not for one minute claim to be hip to all that is going on in the jazz world but I do try and keep up with the vocalists.

Jane Monheit- Home

Kurt EllingDedicated To You (Elling’s take on the classic Johnny Hartman/Coltrane recording only a singer this gifted could pull it off)

Esperanza SpauldingChamber Music Society

Lizz WrightFellowship (soulful, Gospel-tinged, sweet vocals)

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Clem emerged from the underbelly of NashVegas where he began his love of ALL things musical. College found him in the commercial music program at the University of Miami where he actually learned what the hell he was doing. New York was next and whether he “made it there” is still up for debate. From playing in the honky-tonks of Nashville and the dance clubs of Miami to Broadway and theatrical stages around the country, to Carnegie Hall (while practicing one day somebody told him how to get there) and the recording studios of New York and L.A., Clem’s variety of musical experience has transcended the boundaries of genre. He owns a production company, lectures on music in colleges across the country and is on the visiting faculty of Elon Univ. He has a port-o-johns named after him at Bonnaroo, Coachella and Lollapalooza.

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