The best records of 2010 you probably never heard: Aidin Vaziri | There was so much great music that came out this year. The only problem is you probably didn’t hear any of it because Kesha and Kanye West sent you screaming to the nearest soundproof bunker. Well, it’s time to resurface and discover a dozen worthy albums you may have missed.
Foals: “Total Life Forever” (Sub Pop)
This Oxford indie-rock group’s tightly wound first album, “Antidotes,” drew a few too many Bloc Party comparisons. No such problems here. “Total Life Forever” takes a great stylistic leap forward, exploding with widescreen melodies and sweaty momentum on tracks like “This Orient” and “After Glow.” And with the epic “Spanish Sahara,” it offers seven minutes of breathless meditation.