It's not just albums, but people, places and things
That make us excited for what the fresh new year brings
As this rad year of "oh-nine" comes to an end
I give you my list of...

On we push forward, with a list of the artists, new albums and general bits of radness that make 2010 hot on the Beaston tip. Shall we?

The Improbable Possibles
mp3: The Knife - Neverland

On more than one occasion, a band member from major acts has noted that, yes, they are recording, and no, a new album is not out of the question at some point in the coming year. ex: Radiohead, The White Stripes, and the one that makes us gush all over...The Knife. Here's to hoping.

Outkast - new album
mp3: Outkast - B.O.B.

This might have fallen closer to the #1 spot on this list had we actually envisioned this coming to fruition. After many delays over the past two years, Big Boi stated, as recently as 2 weeks ago, that yes, there will definitely be a new Outkast album in 2010. Fingers crossed.

mp3: Flamboyant Bella - Get A Reaction (Breakdown Remix)

Go to the Introducing category on the site, and you'll find many an act we're super geeked to break out big. To name a few: Donkeyboy, Queen Kwong, Baby Monster, May 68 and Flamboyant Bella. We're on your team kiddos!

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach (new album)
mp3: Gorillaz - Feel Good Inc

No official release date, although EMI announced that it would be released during the current financial year, which ends in March 2010. Tracks already in the bag include De La Soul and Mos Def, and with 5 years since Demon Days, we're already salivating at the sounds we'll soon hear.

The Elles of England
mp3: Marina And The Diamonds - Mowgli's Road (Russ Chimes Remix)

A number of our "go-to" songs of the past year come from the ladies of London. They've all had a string of slight successes, and while we've been writing about a few of these gals since early 2008, 2010 should be huge for Marina and The Diamonds, Ellie Goulding and I Blame Coco.

Christina Aguilera - new album
mp3: Christina Aguilera - Dirrty (Mauve Mix)

The excitement I get when thinking about what this album will sound like is inexplicably outrageous. The working title is Light & Darkness, but it hasn't been confirmed. What IS solid, however, is the known fact that Ladytron, Sia, Goldfrapp, Santigold, M.I.A., and Tricky all have a hand in the production.

The Local Heroes
mp3: MNDR - Fade To Black

I'm digging on a number of the NYC new kids on the block, if you will. If recalled correctly, together, they make up one of the largest chunks of beastly words. They are: Theophilus London, MNDR, Sleigh Bells and Zambri. Each are recording, some with full debut albums due out in 2010. Color us stoked.

Goldfrapp - Head First (new album)
mp3: Goldfrapp - Eat Yourself (Live)

March 23, 2010 sees the release of the band's 5th studio album. Prior to that, new material, including lead single, Rocket, will hit our ears. Critics panned their previous effort, but our beastly love for the English electro-duo continued to grow. A new album might make our heart burst with joy.

Sia - We Are Born (new album)
mp3: Sia - Buttons (CSS Remix)

The Aussie songbird's 2009 release, Some People Have Real Problems, landed the top spot on my best albums list that year. With funky new material (see: You've Changed and Clap Your Hands), April 2010 may be the best month of the year. The anticipation is at an all-time high, and we're positive that Sia has the cred to back it up.

New Site Layout
mp3: Beastie Boys vs Matt And Kim - Good Ol Fashion Rump Shaker

It's a little egotistical to put this as the number one spot, but I feel I owe it to all the dedicated readers who have put up with the terrible template issues over the course of the past two years. That said, I'll be rolling out the all-new, super-slick, and sexily-streamlined new Sheena Beaston site layout during the first week of January 2010. Get ready to get radder!

And so concludes all of our lists for 2009. We're glad you stuck it through!

Posting will be sporadic, at best, over the course of the next week and half. So to you and all your friends and loved ones, have a very Merry Christmas and a Beastly New Year!