Here's a mix of eight great songs from eight great albums that were new to me in 2010. As is plain to see, this was the year I caught up with krautrock in a big way. Aside from the five German acts here, I picked up an armload of others. The stuff that stuck with me the most (this year) were the more electronic/ambient acts associated with the genre. Right in the middle is a track from Talk Talk's Spirit of Eden—an album credited with inspiring the phrase "post-rock" prior to it being associated with Slint; in writing my book I felt duty-bound to finally hear this record, and I'm glad I did. It's terrific. The mix is bookended by two artists whose ouevres I've been consuming with great patience. I like the delayed gratification of knowing more amazing albums are still in my future. Expect to keep seeing Nilsson and Eno pop up in these parts.