yes, indeed. It’s that time of year again when every publication attempts to take stock, attempting to tell their readers their version of the year. We, at Stylus, don’t really subscribe to that whole idea. In fact, there’s a strong faction of Stylus contributors that hate lists. Hates the idea of rating one album as better than another, hates the idea of forgetting something at the last minute, hates the idea of an immutable canon of music that stands as the “Stylus view” of the world. Of course, there’s an equally strong amount of writers that love lists. Love categorizing things, seeing them as they unveil throughout the week, loves creating and knocking down canons each and every year. That’s why each year, we try to split the difference by putting in safeguards to our list that make sure that it isn’t merely the most popular albums picked by all the writers. We attempt with all of our year-end lists to merely give a snapshot of what our particular passions are and the breadth of the tastes that contribute to the site.

This year was no different. Over 35 writers lists were turned in and more than 400 albums were tallied, and we’re left with 40 albums that spoke the most deeply to our collective taste this year. And each day this week we’ll be presenting ten of them, culminating in the unveiling of each writer’s individual list on Friday. So without further ado: Stylus Magazine’s Top 40 Albums of 2004:

Cam'ron's not the first MC to wax incomprehensible. But his particular brand of babble exemplifies why Killa Cam is one of the weirdest rappers in the game (O'Reilley Factor guest spot notwithstanding). "Shake, bake, skate, vroom, vroom—WE GETTIN MONEY NIGGA": boiling down his lyrics to monosyllables, with an almost childlike love of his own voice, Cam comfortably melds the infantile with illicit. Abuses glitzy-yet-hollow-eyed pop beats with gritty slang-soaked images of New York City coke deals gone right—oh yes, images. Cam and his Diplomats willfully attempt to make their tracks "like a movie": "ASCAP, put 'em in the river / I'm the sushi king / And I'm keep it fresh / Let the fish eat ya flesh / Yes, sir, please confess / Just say he's the best". There's a deep, yet subtle, Jamaican influence here, but it never sounds like trendhopping—"Shake" marries a propulsive riddim to NYC synth strings; "Killa Cam" wears dub on its sleeve; Cam's chopped-and-flipped flow bears more than a passing resemblance to ragga MCs. But the main triumph of The Man Who Made Purple The New Pink is his effortless transformation of nonsense to supreme confidence—as Cam puts it, "Buck fifty, buck quickly, who could fuck with me? Killa!"
[Gavin Mueller]
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Dripping from the same geyser first sprung last year in Villalobos' masterpiece Alcachofa, Lucien Nicolet splashes his aural canvas with expansive polyrhythms, thick melodies and an eloquently ambiguous sonic vocabulary. While it’s easy to label Blind Behaviour as another Chilean take on micro-house, it would be misguided and reductionist. Both Villalobos and Nicolet have burrowed out a sound that pays the strictest attention to the power of playing with sound itself. For Nicolet, this starts with one of the most layered rhythmic visions of vocoder-pop ("Alain Brito") and ends with the dog-woofing echo chamber of the title track. Along the way, Nicolet's sense of playfulness is disarmingly endearing and climaxes with "Madre Mother & Mere"—a song that combines cat-meow-synths, bed-time whispers and old-time cabarets effortlessly.
[Nate De Young]
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The title said it all; but instead of Calvin Coolidge’s somewhat facile definition that “patriotism is easy to understand in America; it means looking out for yourself by looking out for your country”, AMC’s first album in ten years looked to Samuel Johnson and the shores of scoundrelism to instill their message into your cranium. Lyrically aggressive yet musically beautific, this return from limbo managed to pull off the double whammy of satisfying their long-term fans yet also exciting new listeners to their cause, containing such career highlights as “Patriot’s Heart” and “Job to Do”. Far from being a band-aid for swing state voters, Love Songs…. was a record that managed to immerse the listener in the personal and political worlds of lead singer Mark Eitzel without ever resorting to the crass preaching of….well, other records. If your head was screwed on right you were listening to the last few minutes of “The Devil Needs You” on your iPod as you ticked those boxes in the voting booth—and raging along with “Rats Leaving The Sinking Ship” as you subsequently watched the results slouch in. Einstein would’ve liked this album: “Heroism on command, senseless violence and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism—how passionately I hate them!”.
[Dave McGonigle]
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The final two tracks of Dominick Fernow’s most brutal document are perhaps the most telling. A young girl, possibly recorded from an answering machine, tells the recipient that they love them. It’s a complex ending to what is, undoubtedly, an uncompromising record. But it illustrates the range of emotion that the record will incite: rage, disgust, love, hate, adoration, wonderment It’s all here in what will causally be termed a noise record, but more accurately should be described as the sound of a nuclear explosion expanding and contracting for half-an-hour in your eardrums, with only moments for respite. Amid the ferocious waves of noise that Fernow constructs to envelop listeners, though, there is something deep inside of it that provokes reaction—good or bad—making it easily one of the most vibrant, gleeful and punishing records to come out in 2004.
[Todd Burns]
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The Ramones loved girl groups. You’d be hard pressed to find a punk band that followed up on the idea, though. Until now. The Futureheads match pitch-perfect harmonies, buzz-saw guitars and a steady rototiller backbeat. Musically, it’s no accident that Andy Gill has done production work for the group—their sound owes a great deal to the minimalistic dance-punk sound perfected by the group. But it’s vocally that they make their mark: three-part harmonies are the norm rather than the exception, making the idea of singing along a group activity rather than a solitary one. Easily one of the most fun records of the year.
[Charles Merwin]
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We can babble about chav chic and subverting townie imagery as much as we want, or even sneer at their backgrounds in the UK's prime petty crime and teenage pregnancy hotspots, but whatevs: these are five talented, gorgeous young women living their dream, and every time someone calls them “council estate trash” it just sounds more and more embittered. More styles are covered in their latest opus than most artists cover in their entire careers, and each is pulled off dazzlingly—skiffle ("Love Machine"), pop metal ("Wake Me Up"), maximalist dance ("Big Brother"), buzzy electroclash which sounds like the future rather than last year's fad ("The Show") and slinky balladry situated at the point where Dusty Springfield meets Bridget Jones ("Deadlines & Diets"). Oh yeah, and also "Graffiti My Soul", a song which renders all description insufficient and redundant, such is the aplomb with which it purees all music ever into three minutes, then ties it all together with a twanging country guitar motif. It's lovingly crafted stuff (which, incidentally, probably marks songwriting team Xenomania out as pop heavyweights on a creative—and potentially commercial—par with The Matrix and The Neptunes); it's made even more heady when the Girls themselves holler, lilt and croon over the top. Music for the head, the heart and the hips. My favourite band right now.
[Alex MacPherson]
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What should be obvious to anyone by now is that Courtney Love never really cared for rock music per se, and only tolerated it in the same way than any dutiful wife would her husband’s friends. What only became clear this year however is that she’s the last man standing of 1990s rock music with anything left to prove or say. Whilst the rest of her contemporaries have become Q-canonised and watered-down VH1 versions of themselves, Courtney’s become her own personal grotesque, without even being a caricature. America’s Sweetheart is her final defiant screamed, shouted, and sneered “fuck you” to misogynistic grungers, riot grrrls, the industry, Led Zeppelin loving boyfriends, Eminem, that guy who does the “Worst and Best Dressed” list each year and pretty much 90% of the living world, her own manifesto to reclaim feminist agit-pop back from the sloganeerists and obscurists, and instead give it to those who wish to join her in her expedition to carve Joan Jett and Stevie Nicks’ faces onto Mount Rushmore.
[Dom Passantino]
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“Time stands still when I think of you.” It’s that gorgeous, simple, Daft sentiment that begins Cut Copy’s Bright Like Neon Love. A lot of bands bought Roland keyboards and spent 2004 listening to the Associates and trying to make a great keyboard-pop-glaze record, but Cut Copy actually succeeded where so many others failed. It has something for everyone: “Going Nowhere”, slow-motion rock for the poor lost souls stuck listening to Longwave; “Zap Zap,” expanding/contracting faux French filter house and “Saturdays,” meowing Sega synth-pop. Like a lost Felix Da Housecat backing band, the Copies make time stand still both with freshmen mixer jams and with 2 a.m. lullabies. So necessary.
[Erick Bieritz]
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A large part of what makes We Shall All Be Healed a career peak for John Darnielle are the people on the album not named John Darnielle. Wit, heart and powerful imagery are par for course with the Mountain Goats; warm sound and gorgeous arrangements are not. His indie all-star band and producer John Vanderslice create the perfect backdrop for Darnielle as he splits the difference between abstract beauty and literal detail. His assurance here makes the riches of his prolific past seem either tentative or gestative in comparison. One hopes the assertive folk-rock of “Palmcorder Vanja” and “Against Pollution” will make more than a few indie songwriters realize that mushmouth and grandiosity aren't necessarily the doorways to transcendence.
[Anthony Miccio]
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Michigan’s self-proclaimed “goodtime boys” might have fallen into that Sub Pop money this year, but they’ve succeeded in keeping it really fucking (sur)real. Cranking out these gut-strangled jams in the confines of their Ann Arbor dungeon instead of some squeaky-clean studio, they stepped up the production values without scrubbing off any of their trademark burnt-corpse stench. Burned Mind seethes with an unhinged intensity made even more potent by the paradoxically spacious and claustrophobic recording, and the warped track titles (“Urine Burn,” “Stabbed in the Face”) and unrelenting demon shriek attest to the trio’s singly perverse glee. It’s a zombie jubilee atop a hill of smoldering garbage, a life-affirming mass of unpleasantness that lurches and howls from beneath a mound of crippled drum machines, hotwired eight-tracks and slashed speaker cones. This is graveyard bricolage at its finest—guaranteed to blister your eardrums, scar your adrenals and haunt all your strobe-lit dreams.
[Joe Panzner]
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Lil Jon blew up this year by turning his synth-laden club bangers—and the term "banger" was never more appropriate—into equally fascinating R&B; cuts. He followed it up with Crunk Juice which expanded his sound further from its origins. But his best work this year came on an underappreciated release, The King of Crunk and BME Recordings Present Lil Scrappy and Trillville, that was actually two albums on one CD. Trillville's half is positively explosive, with each successive track, upping the ante of nightclub bombast; the three-track sequence of "Neva Eva" to "Get Some Crunk In Yo System" to "Weakest Link" might be the most intense fifteen minutes of pop music this year. Lil Scrappy's portion is decidedly more eclectic. Lil Jon explores a wide range of musical spheres, like the quivering, apocalyptically experimental sonics of "F.I.L.A." and the restrained hostility and tension of "No Problem". Lil Scrappy, a notable MC in his own right, shifts with ease from club tracks like "Head Bussa" to the 2Pac-like introspection of "Be Real". Lil Jon is the real star, however, and this album finds him delving into the depths of southern dance music and subsequently surfacing with not just his own best work of the year, but one of the best albums of 2004.
[David Drake]
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Though officially released in Australia in 2002, this golden gem took its time reaching American shores. Trading in sun-blind harmonies and visions tinged by absinthe and sleepless coastal nights, Augie March reminded us all that an album should be a singular work of art, each track as bound by its predecessor as its inheritor. Flickering with Fab Four-worthy harmonies and dimmed jazz freak-outs, Strange Bird lives up to its namesake without giving into jarring breaks in sound and mood. Glenn Richards’ hymnal, Whitmanesque lyricism would sound unearthly even backed by the hackneyed charms of your average Saturday night pub band, but when accompanied by Augie March’s glowing piano lines and soft acoustic tremors, it’s a safe bet that this may be Australia’s most identifiable export since Foster’s. But where Aussies all insist you can’t even buy that product in their homeland, nobody living out the brutal Outback summers will deny this band their rightful birthing place. Augie March is worthy of advertisement by the National Tourism Board.
[Derek Miller]
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Whether it be the insta-classic harpsichord-driven stomp of “Eve” or the cold rendering of the Yeah Yeah Yeah’s “Maps”, it became clear that this year that it might just take a woman to do a man’s job in the world of Cologne techno. Where other micro-house producers failed this year in crafting albums, Ada somehow succeeded (perhaps it has something to do with her jazz band past). Blondie is like the best Ada track: an elaborate puzzle that gradually reveals itself over time. Each element presents itself, seemingly incongruent until the next portion is shown, revealing the greater whole. Blondie proves that there is, indeed, life beyond the faceless 4/4 of the dancefloor.
[Todd Burns]
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Mash-ups were SO 2002. That’s why it came as such a surprise when Sri Lankan born/English import M.I.A and Philadelphia DJ Diplo teamed up to create the The Best Bootlegs in the World Ever two years later. But it’s no surprise that it took a woman of the unique charisma and a producer with no hang-ups to do it. New Yorker-vetted M.I.A does her best to remind why “Galang” holds up as one of the most exciting singles of the past year via lines like “"Suckin' on a Benson, tryna get me undone / Let me go, I don't want your attention", further casting herself as the cultural studies grad student wet dream, while Diplo keeps the beats bumping—pitting Timbaland vs. 80s pop producers and making sure the table’s set for M.I.A to do her thing. In a year which saw the lack of a grand unifying musical theme, Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol. 1 is perhaps its best exemplar: eclectic, confusing and altogether satisfying.
[Sarah Kahrl]
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Panda Bear's Young Prayer works for the same reasons (Stylus's #1 movie of the year) Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind does. In its unique voice, it manages to touch both heart and brain without sacrificing one to clutch the other. It's not a necessarily new or original type of appeal, but one that's certainly been lacking in recent years. Here stripped down to guitar, vocals and occasional percussion, the Collective-less Panda Bear's untitled songs of loss burrow deeper and resonate longer than the wistful avant pop of his band. As his voice falsettos around "I will not give up on you" or "This is how you will know me", it's hard (but not impossible) to simultaneously scratch your head and remove the lump from your throat.
[Mike Shiflet]
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If Franz Ferdinand's debut album is the most unanimously acclaimed rock album to achieve mainstream success since the first Strokes album, it has less to do with the album's strengths and more to do with the album's lack of weaknesses. Sure, the album is of stunningly high quality—five of the album's tracks have already successfully been released as singles, and there's at least five more where that came from—but what really sets it apart from similarly great recent modern rock releases from The Killers, Hot Hot Heat and Interpol is that at no point is the album embarrassingly bad. No filler tracks, no cringe-worthy couplets, no lapses into exceptionally poor taste—nothing to leave foul breath in your mouth while you're busy chewing on the post-punk frenzy of "Cheating on You", the deliciously faux-glamour of "Michael", or of course, the towering disco-rock hybrid of "Take Me Out". And that's why even the most staunch haters of modern rock found this album so delectable—it's the genre's first guiltless pleasure in almost half a decade.
[Andrew Unterberger]
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In which Supersilent member Helge Sten alchemizes his “Audio Virus” into four hypnotic dirges of eerie ambience. On his first Deathprod outing since 1995’s Treetop Drive, Sten sometimes worked for months to find a single sample that possessed the kind of texture and form he desired. While unified in funereal spirit, each piece exudes distinct character: “Tron” plunges the listener into a deep haze of industrial churnings and ghostly choirs, dissonant violin scrapings hover suspendedly in “Orgone Donor” and the aptly titled “Cloudchamber” unfurls reverberantly. But the eighteen-minute meditation “Dead People’s Things” remains the album’s tour de force. Underlaid by a lulling base of electrical hum, Sten conjures an epic mood of mournful grandeur through the contrapuntal interweave of a violin’s sawing strings and a harmonium’s theremin-like tones. Paradoxically hermetic and boundless, Morals and Dogma sounds unique among 2004’s releases.
[Ron Schepper]
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Four out of five hermits agree: crawling up in the fetal position is much more rewarding when you’ve got a reclusive Scandinavian chanteuse flowing through your ears. Stina Nordenstam is a woman who is very comfortable exerting her hefty melancholy with a bloodless, girly whisper and a vibraphone on top. The World Is Saved feels like a telegram from a long lost friend who lets you know how they are doing once every couple of years. Underneath the rusty string quartets, lush woodwinds, and processed guitars lay eleven ethereal pop songs that long to share their crystallized intimacy with you. And on those days when your loneliness gets the better of your solitude, this plea can be quite hard to resist.
[Michael F. Gill]
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Born Heller’s self-titled debut is easily the best folk album of the year that you haven’t heard. The duo of Josephine Foster and Jason Ajemian play mandolin/harp and upright bass. Josephine handles the bulk of the vocal duties, flexing her rich voice within songs that seem fragile in their sparseness. But what the two do with their limited instrumentation is amazing; they touch on everything from the pop-folk of “The Left Garden” to the tortured psychedelia of “No More Lamps In The Morning”, and with lyrics that thankfully avoid the clichéd subjects of folk Born Heller emerged as an obtuse and mysterious, yet captivating debut.
[Ian Johnson]
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Eno invented ambient because he realised that the music we merely hear can be just as important and beautiful as the music we listen to. We didn’t listen to Drive By all that much, but we heard it a lot, when concentrating on writing or reading, when drifting to sleep, when making love, when doing anything at all. It was there all year, galvanising our daily lives, 60 minutes of groove that shifted imperceptibly, slightly sinister if you paid it too much attention, and unarguably beautiful if you concentrated hard on its tectonic spirals or paid it no attention at all. And so this completely low-key, completely unpop album of modern, ambient jazz (not that it really fits any categories), played by three Australians who only meet up once a year, wormed its way into our affections over the months. In a world where almost everything else seems to move too fast, this was an unexpected pleasure.
[Nick Southall]
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With Chili Pepper bashing becoming a growing cottage industry, Shadows Collide with People was overlooked as the quirky vanity project of a sell-out guitarist. But anyone who has followed Frusciante’s solo career knows that the work under his own name is much more than this. The first of six releases set to be put out in the span of six months, here Frusciante is back from the brink and dipping his toes into psychedelia and the beginnings of electronic experimentation. Add some polished guitar pop with a healthy dose of prog thrown in and what emerges is his best solo record yet. While, at times, some of the more leftfield sounds and sound constructs were cold enough to keep the listener at a distance, Frusciante acts as an expert balancer, revealing an even more personal picture than he expected to give.
[Scott McKeating]
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Everyone wants to talk about how Dizzee's matured on this album, and how Showtime reveals a shift from bravado to confidence. I won't disagree with those sentiments, but I don't really care about them either. If Dizzee's more confident, that's great, if that's what enables him to bring a fuller sense of self to this one, but what really sets Showtime apart is how fun it is. Dizzee drops clever, disturbing and witty rhymes throughout the disc, hopping his way across crazy arcade beats. When he threatens to "punch you in your nostrils" and "punch you in your chin," he comes off as ridiculous, but when he demands respect at point of death, there's no winking behind the spitting grimace. Sure, he's adapting to celebrity status, but he's still a complex MC—loose enough to get silly, paranoid enough to lash out and always cool enough to entertain.
[Justin Cober-Lake]
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A given melodic sequence from Animal Collective may seem as though it were birthed from the cords and fingers of scruffy-faced, flanneled, freak-folking vets from Appalachia—not Brooklyn natives in their 20s who so happened to have crafted one of the most original sounds of the year. But it’s Sung Tongs that did the best job this year of yielding a vibrant, analog collage of rickety acoustic figures, dreamy psych landscapes, atypical melodies, endearing quirkiness and make-shift production ensembles. “Winters Love” captures the broad emotional spectrum of the album, beginning with a wispy, retrospective theme until transitioning into its major-keyed, more youthful and busier counterpart. Beautifully constructed and undeniably deep, Sung Tongs begs to be consumed in its entirety yet, by no means demands it. Fans of the Microphones—make that fans of good stuff, in general—please prescribe.
[Kyle McConaghy]
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I'm one of those people who, when I hear something that really catches my attention, can't wait to play it for friends to see what they'll think of it. No album that I've ever played for them has provoked such extreme reactions as The Milk-Eyed Mender. One friend, whom I played "Bridges and Balloons" for, responded that it was without a doubt the single most awful thing he'd ever heard in his life. Another not only said "The Book of Right On" was "creepy and...just terrible" but insisted that I turn it off because she thought that it might give her nightmares. On the other hand, the friend of mine whose musical tastes are perhaps the most opposite my own (that is, he listens almost exclusively to rock) loved it and another described Joanna Newsom's voice as "so adorable". The best I can do in describing Newsom's music to the uninitiated is to equate her to a female Tom Waits; which, I suppose, is just to say she's "an acquired taste".
[Josh Timmermann]
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Out of Nothing is an inspirational album, a set of anthems for and by people who refuse to lie down and die. Opening track “Ashes”, with its cry of defiance and pounding beat, sets the tone, and while proceedings slow down a little with the smash-hit “Gravity”, what follows is tune after astonishing tune. Nobody writes melodies like Embrace. Nobody writes songs that squeeze your heart so hard and make you want to sing along until your throat is raw. Danny McNamara is a much better songwriter than any of his famous mates, and makes it hard to pick out a standout track here. The gorgeous “Looking As You Are”? The rousing “Spell It Out”? These are songs that make you want to hug yourself with joy. Embrace are back, and they’re not going to go away this time.
[Mark Edwards]
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William Basinski The Disintegration Loops began life in the 1980s as a series of pastoral tape loops. By 2001, however, the tapes had started to disintegrate. As he remarks in the liner notes, "The music was dying". So Basinski decided to record the disintegration. He released the first disc in late 2001 in honor of the victims of 9/11, and the other three discs were released this year. The loops are very simple: lush melodies backed by atmospheric arpeggio countermelodies. As they disintegrate, however, the melodies slowly gurgle and sputter into static and noise. Boring? Depressing? Never. This is music created out of the muddled, ugly, brutal realities of life. This is pain and love and hate and fear and hope and struggle and life and death all compressed into an entropic work of found music. It is as essential as anything I've ever heard.
[Michael Heumann]
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Two Lone Swordsmen (aka Andrew Weatherall and Keith Tenniswood) have always had a sense of darkness about their music, regardless of the genre they were using at the time: bubbling electronica, dubby dancefloor techno, squelchy electro, downtempo beat abstractions, and just about everything else in-between. But on From The Double Gone Chapel, the duo added some things to the mix—namely live instrumentation and gruff vocals from Weatherall—that took that uneasy feeling that you always got listening to TLS to the next level of queasiness. Suddenly, it was all dark corners. A deep brown mixture of fear and loathing and filth and menace and sex and drugs and leather and damp and a healthy dose of PiL that sounds like nothing they (or anyone else, really) have done before, and yet is instantly identifiable as their work. No mean feat, that. And in the world of terror and general unease we all currently reside in, a soundtrack like this is awfully timely. Don't get too comfortable though, fans—the one thing that Weatherall has taught us over the years is that the only thing constant is change.
[Todd Hutlock]
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What the world needs now is: More songs that rhyme “7-11” and “Heaven”; the best track about how an atheist girl can make you believe in God the Magnetic Fields never made; whimsical a cappella’s about participating in riots for romantic, not political reasons; majestic pop about kidnapping royalty; a slightly bashful explanation of what Iggy meant all those years ago with the Stooges; a birthday wish complete with steel drums and a trumpet; ridiculously joyous pop songs about being thrown in jail and a Swedish singer-songwriter with the skill and nerve to toss all of the above together out of five years of work to make the most beautiful thing I’ve heard in years. Plus love, sweet love, of course.
[Ian Mathers]
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The College Dropout makes hash out of the dubious notion that we live in a "divided America". In songs like "Family Business" and "Spaceship", Kanye West embraces the putative values of red states (the importance of family, a strong work ethic downplayed with self-deprecating humor) while in "Get'em High" and "The New Workout Plan" he succumbs to the moral relativism for which voters punished Democratic residents of blue states. But both strains marched in step to the "Jesus Walks" a prayer as ambivalent as Tim Hardin's "Reason to Believe". In Kanye's America, temptations surround us—at our job at the Gap or around the dinner table—and his acknowledgment that they are temptations puts him in the company of self-conscious sinners Al Green and Prince rather than with the Notorious B.I.G. and Jay Z. For Kanye, getting through the wire was the easy part. But he’s got help. As even Lou Reed and L.L. Cool J knew back in the day, he can't live without the radio: he's so generous that Anita Baker matters as much as Chaka Khan (and Jamie Foxx). Even better, Kanye's aw-shucks timbre and the warm openness of his beats bespeak a refreshing lack of sanctimony.
[Alfred Soto]
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Sometimes the best thing for an artist's career can be when another similar artist lets their audience down. In 2004, Kylie Minogue's Body Language was that let down—after the unanimously celebrated Fever, we expected another album full of potential crossover smashes, lush delights and general dance-pop nirvana. After Kylie failed to deliver, we had a europop diva-shaped hole in our hearts waiting to be filled, a job that Annie was more than happy to undertake with the final quarter release of Anniemal. Here was the album of trancendental dancefloor-fillers and soul-reaching ballads, all of which continue to burrow under your skin even after dozens of listens, the way that "Can't Get You Out of My Head" and "Love At First Sight" did only a few years ago. With gems like the glistening disco of "Me Plus One" and "The Greatest Hit", the sensual rush of "Heartbeat" and the blissful electro-funk of "Chewing Gum", Annie hits all the right pressure points, and if the album hasn't quite crossed over the way Fever has, well, maybe that's just because we're not ready to share her with the world just yet. We still need our alone time.
[Andrew Unterberger]
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This was this year’s clean-in-the-burn version of Interpol or Broken Social Scene: an unforeseen album that reached itself out from cellared absence and misery and mesmerized every ear it played for. During the recording of Funeral, this Canadian band shared death en masse, from that of lead singer Win Butler’s grandfather, his wife, co-lead Regine Chassagne’s grandmother and organist Richard Parry’s aunt. With such losses backlighting the recordings, Arcade Fire toed past the crossroads of pain and the necessary redemptive glow that churns from it, reveling in the forbearance and will that winds itself through every one of this indie-masterpiece’s ten tracks. To hear Butler’s ice-softened moan as “Neighborhood #1” throttles out its own anguish and reclaims a beatific beauty, it’s a sure sign that this band has lived through a life’s worth of tragedy and glory. Its obvious power only illustrates how little we understand in comparison.
[Derek Miller]
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When an artist claims that he’s made his most accessible album yet, and at the same time, his most experimental, I’d place my bets that he’s full of shit. But that’s probably what most people already think of Xiu Xiu, yet Fabulous Muscles—proving Jamie Stewart’s underestimated judgment—stands as the most obvious evidence of the band’s substance. Meanwhile, it’s also the group’s most innovative effort, exploring menacing sonic territories with the stomping pseudo-drums of “I Luv the Valley, Oh!”, braving goth-dance with “Crank Heart” and trying on some strings for “Clowne Towne”. Sure, these are the highlights, and this album doesn’t lack in missteps, but this is a more audacious, passionate and human record than your Franz Ferdinand or your Fiery Furnaces releases, so what’s the point of holding back? Xiu Xiu, gladly, doesn’t know.
[Kareem Estefan]
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A vibrant jungle of flowers looms overhead, towering over your delicate frame and blotting out all but the wiliest pinpricks of sunlight which caress the dew-sodden petals. Soft breezes bustle their way through lightly swaying fauna, brushing giant leaves against the skin of your cheek as they lazily gust past your ear. In the middle distance, vibrations from one thousand mighty winged creatures begin to warp and distort the air, sending startling cascades of shimmering pollen crashing to the saturated ground. A sudden, piercing mating call floods your senses, forcing you to the floor as the world shifts inside out, throbbing with the persistent cries of some monstrous creation. It fades just as it had begun, in a flickering heartbeat, leaving your prone form pressed to the spongy moss parcels which cancerously infect the dense floor. As crystalline tears fall with glockenspiel grace, you catch blurred glimpses of grey beneath green. Austere, metallic hues stare coldly back from the industrial cube that encapsulates this enigmatic garden. From somewhere, you hear the gentle swell of the sea ...
[Peter Parrish]
[Stylus Review]

An all-encompassing mediator, a return to form—however you look at it Cave's efforts this year provided relief for those who thought he'd lost his way as well as those who thought he'd found it. Shrewdly, he kept the sound of the meat cleaver from that of the lute and allowed them to fester and flourish respectively. Commercially, the ...Orpheus disc is easily the more viable: it's all love songs, devotional balladry and contains the now-obligatory references to Nick Cave's wife and kids. Strange then that in amongst the first album's dedications to the Lord and to the dead ("Let The Bells Ring" is an ode to the late Johnny Cash), there stands the album's best singles; "There She Goes My Beautiful World" and "Nature Boy". Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus provides something for everybody, and only superficially keeps the two “sides” to Cave’s music separate, paving the way for a full-blown reconciliation of styles, songs, fans and psyches.
[Colin Cooper]
[Stylus Review]

Yeah, Pretty Toney sold like Heinz ketchup in Crawford, TX, but rather than mourn the Iron Man’s commercial demise, let’s just marvel that his ghettofab abstractions ever made scratch in the first place. In a horribly bleak year for the Wu, Ghost wasn’t the lone salvation (remember Masta Killa?), but he still delivered mainstream hip-hop’s best album almost wholly without the help of his fellow Clan members. For all his singular linguistics and impenetrable non-sequiturs, Ghost’s secret is simply that he’s more messily human than most of his cartoonishly a) repellent or b) huggable contemporaries. Kanye artificially positioned himself between gangbanging and edutainment, then rigged up neon billboards to congratulate himself every five miles along the way. Meanwhile, hubris, pathos and nuance seep from the pores of Tony Starks, who can stupidly stammer “we against the abortions” only to win back our hearts when he gives love to “girls with good brains on ��em”. Brutally honest about his flaws, Pretty Tony can shit-talk like his namesake (“Biscuits”, “Beat the Clock”), but won’t hide behind bluster when there’s deeper work (“Tooken Back”, “Be this Way”) to be done.
[Josh Love]
[Stylus Review]

You’ve got to hear it in order. The music is repetitive and the tracks don’t exactly work by themselves—no, wait—many do work as individual pieces. “Could Well Be In” is THE song about how flirting with success leads to love and “Fit But You Know It” is THE song about how flirting pathetically leads to hate. “Blinded By The Lights” is THE song about being painfully fucked up at a club and “Empty Cans” is THE song about waking from a state of internal confusion. “Wouldn’t Have It Any Other Way” is THE song about enjoying the casual co-dependency of a relationship, “Get Out Of My House” is THE song about the eventual cabin fever and “Dry Your Eyes” is THE song about it finally falling apart. Yes, you have to focus on the words. Yes, you have to get used to his voice. Call it grime, call it electronica, call it spoken word, yell “parklife!” after every line, do whatever it is you have to do to enjoy these definitive tales of a young man figuring out how the hell he’s going to get through life. Because judging by his self-awareness and masterful gift for narrative, Mike Skinner is somebody who deserves the effort.
[Anthony Miccio]
[Stylus Review]

Before Last Exit was even released it had secured a place in most peoples end of year lists just by word of mouth (or keyboard, to be precise). The internet hype surrounding Junior Boys was almost unbearable; a couple of EPs had revealed skinny white guys from Canada co-opting synthpop and r&b; aesthetics and applying them to understatedly observational, romantic songwriting—meaning that messageboard pop fetishists across the globe went nuts. So what exactly were people flipping their lids for? A beat that might resemble Timbaland from a certain angle here, a remix by Fennesz there, a slowly falling melody line and vocals you can barely hear above the yearning—every second had evidently been agonised over by people who cared very much about what they were doing, each tiny detail placed with infinite precision, every note a cause of furrowed brows. Broadly speaking, Junior Boys made music redolent of New Order or Talk Talk (early in sound, late in feel), delicate and angular and synthetically emotional, but it was updated and minimalised for modern consumption, made to fit in 2004 perfectly as echo, repetition and space typified the feel of the record—not in the club, but leaving it. “Bellona”, “Last Exit”, “Teach Me How To Fight”; beyond the appeal of the aesthetic these were all wonderful songs, strange and layered with quiet pathos. Last Exit was both immediately appealing and also satisfying in the long term. An instant classic.
[Nick Southall]
[Stylus Review]

Scared little boys not yet sold on the magnificence of Nellie McKay parrot off the same rote answer for why they don’t “get” this album: “She reminds me of the people I hate in real life”. Yes, women. Get Away From Me is the most accomplished, satisfying, and unexpected debut album from a solo performer (female or otherwise) since Little Earthquakes, yet comparisons are irrelevant. That’s why people make so many of them: a Lilith Fair Eminem doing showtunes, the anti-Norah, MC Paul Barman… McKay is all of this stuff, but you can’t pin her down as she plays hopscotch with genre boundaries. As the saying goes, all you find in pigeonholes is pigeon shit. Simply put, Nellie McKay is everything a pop star should be making everything pop music shouldn’t. Precocious, pretentious, literate but ditzy, childlike yet world-weary, she calls herself “the most lovable thing since fucking Eminem”, but she’s so much greater than Marshall at being Slim Shady this year, because she really is a lot of people’s worst nightmares. She treats hip-hop like a toy on the rap. She does showtunes about falling in love with her own clone and the potential of all men to become rapists. Her singer-songwriter tracks seem to lose interest in coherent storytelling halfway through and just become a showcase for bon mots. In other words, it’s ADD-core—an album for the easily bored, by the easily bored, but my God Get Away from Me is one of the few things that can hold my attention these days.
[Dom Passantino]
[Stylus Review]

It was hard to believe at first. Supergroups usually never actually happen (the new OC-inclusive Organized Konfusion) or even make an album together (The Four Horsemen with Canibus, Ras Kass, Killah Priest and Kurupt). Our group reportedly worked like clockwork in the studio, be it orange or otherwise, and it shows on record. Of course it’s MF Doom and Madlib, so there’s a further concept than just the fact that they’re working together: in fact, the subject matter sounds like the table of contents from an alt-weekly newspaper, covered with weed tutorials, tales of adultery and crime editorials. On his first of three 2004 releases, Doom is simultaneously at his sharpest and most unfocused. One minute, he's mumbling about mints and D.B Cooper; the next, he's giving the Hundred Hand Slap to sleepers: "Do not stand still, both show skills / Close but no crills, boast for po' ills, post no bills / Coast to coast Joe Schmoes flows ill, go chill / Not supposed to overdose, No Doz pills". But even while MF Doom’s lyrics sometimes confound and Madlib's production takes you from accordion-based club knock to ukelele stomp ("Meat Grinder"), you're completely grounded in the experience. Much like other instant classics, Madvillainy was perfect for every occasion, every party, every subway trip, but still left time for sparse moments of introspection and emotional severity. If it ain't better than Operation: Doomsday, it's the closest one.
[Rollie Pemberton]
[Stylus Review]

Blueberry Boat is a testament to the operatic ambitions of all of the great pop bands of the ��60’s and ��70’s. It embodies the best efforts of the megalomaniacal personalities that fueled them, figures like Ray Davies, Pete Townsend, Rick Wakeman, Alan Parsons, and Keith Emerson. Unlike these hirsute predecessors, Fiery Furnaces departed the lo-fi coastal shoals for more treacherous tropical waters, recording an album that seems beyond the depth of even their most accomplished peers, something that approaches side two of Abbey Road in terms of its complexity, scope and sweep. By escaping the three-minute verse/chorus/verse stranglehold that has long hobbled independent rock, Blueberry Boat demonstrates a willingness to limn carefully circumscribed images through intricate and alternately expansive suites, resulting in a dazzling stylistic collage pasted together with vibrant leitmotifs and arcane gestures to melodramatic pop forms.

With melodies that run from convention like fugitives, winding down back-roads, weaving in and out of the dappling daylight and bursting out of briar thickets, Fiery Furnaces’ Blueberry Boat surprised many of those who didn’t expect Matt and Eleanor Friedberger to record a Gilbert & Sullivanesque sophomore album. Unlike other great records in recent memory, Blueberry Boat imparts personality and warmth via their euphonous tones and tongue-twisting lyrics, avoiding the icy detachment common to the warmed-over esoterica too often conflated with a postmodern idyll, a notion that reeks of epater le bourgeois. Beginning with the undulating scales of the epic “Quay Cur,” Blueberry Boat provides convincing evidence that progressive rock can once again capture our imagination, be accessible, entertain and make us dance, a truth that stands in contrast to the stubborn insistence that listeners be rendered mute by passionless techniques, stunned by deafening sophistication, and awed by such impersonal monoliths.
[J T. Ramsay]
[Stylus Review]

Individual Lists

Erick Bieritz
01. Madvillain – Madvillainy
02. Lansing-Dreiden – The Incomplete Triangle
03. Your Team Ring – In Service of the Villain
04. Cut Copy – Bright Like Neon Love
05. Bark Psychosis – Codename: Dustsucker
06. Annie – Anniemal
07. Michael Mayer – Touch
08. Clinic – Winchester Cathedral
09. Todd Rundgren – Liars
10. Lil’ Scrappy and Trillville – The King of Crunk and BME Recordings Present
11. Felix Da Housecat – Devin Dazzle and the Neon Fever
12. Dykehouse – Midrange
13. Mouse on Mars – Radical Connector
14. Lucien-N-Luciano – Blind Behaviour
15. Pitbull – M.I.A.M.I.
16. Trick Daddy – Thug Matrimony – Married to the Streets
17. Boredoms – Seadrum/House of Sun
18. Viktor Vaughn – VV2 Venomous Villain
19. Dillinger Escape Plan – Miss Machine
20. The Arcade Fire – Funeral
21. Mark Lanegan Band – Bubblegum
22. Swayzak – Loops From the Bergerie
23. Ghostface – Pretty Toney Album
24. Ahvak – Ahvak
25. n.ln – Astronomy For Children
26. !!! – Louden Up Now
27. Arovane – Lilies
28. Bjork – Medulla
29. Thomas Brinkmann – Tokyo + 1
30. Dani Siciliano – Likes
31. Q and Not U – Power
32. Soft Pink Truth – Do You Want New Wave Or Do You Want the Soft Pink Truth?
33. Asobi Seksu – Asobi Seksu
34. Robag Wruhme – Wuzzelbud KK
35. Vladislav Delay – Demo(n) Tracks
36. Psyopus – Ideas of Reference
37. CocoRosie – La Maison De Mon Reve
38. David Banner – MTA2: Baptized In Dirty Water (Screwed and Chopped)
39. Dizzee Rascal – Showtime
40. Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters

Gentry Boeckel
01. Jay Munly – Munly and the Lewis Harlots
02. Junior Boys – Last Exit
03. Woven Hand – Consider the Birds
04. The Mountain Goats – We Shall All Be Healed
05. Destroyer – Your Blues
06. The Dresden Dolls – The Dresden Dolls
07. Pedro the Lion – Achilles Heal
08. Dolorean – Violence in the Snowy Fields
09. Jason Molina – Pyramid Electric Co.
10. The Paper Chase – God Bless Your Black Heart
11. Grey Delisle – The Graceful Ghost
12. Teflon Tel Aviv – Map of What Is Effortless
13. Rachael Yamagata – Happenstance
14. Lisa Gerrard/Patrick Cassidy – Immortal Memory
15. Jim White – Drill a Hole in that Substrate and Tell Me What You See

Justin Cober-Lake
01. Kanye West - The College Dropout
02. Arcade Fire - Funeral
03. The Streets - A Grand Don’t Come for Free
04. John Vanderslice - Cellar Door
05. Iron and Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days
06. Dizzee Rascal - Showtime
07. Madvillain - Madvillainy
08. Jim White - Drill a Hole in that Substrate and Tell Me What You See
09. Mountain Goats - We Shall All Be Healed
10. Nick Cave - Abattoir Blues / The Lyre of Orpheus
11. Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
12. Devotchka - How It Ends
13. Ghostface - Pretty Toney
14. David Kilgour - Frozen Orange
15. Max Richter - The Blue Notebooks
16. Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat
17. Nels Cline Singers - The Giant Pin
18. Dizzee Rascal - Boy in Da Corner
19. Wovenhand - Consider the Birds
20. Apostle of Hustle - Folkloric Feel
21. The Von Bondies - Pawn Shoppe Heart
22. Liz Janes - Poison & Snakes
23. Comets on Fire - Blue Cathedral
24. Castanets - Cathedral
25. The Velvet Teen - Elysium
26. Wiley - Treddin’ on Thin Ice
27. The Ponys - Laced with Romance
28. The Walkmen - Bows and Arrows
29. Jason Forrest - The Unrelenting Songs of the 1979 Post Disco Crash
30. Salim Nourallah - Polaroid
31. Philip Glass - Fog of War
32. Wilco - A Ghost Is Born
33. Augie March - Strange Bird
34. Xiu Xiu - Fabulous Muscles
35. Joanna Newsom - Milk-Eyed Mender
36. Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
37. Green Day - American Idiot
38. Brian Wilson - Smile
39. Dungen - Ta Det Lugnt
40. Jean Grae - This Week

Colin Cooper
01. Embrace – Out Of Nothing
02. Wilco – A Ghost Is Born
03. Super Furry Animals – Songbook: The Singles Volume One
04. Orbital – Blue Album
05. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
06. Björk – Medulla
07. Various Artists – Thai Beat A Go-Go
08. Soledad Brothers – Voice Of Treason
09. Dizzee Rascal – Showtime
10. Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand

Nate De Young
01. Panda Bear – Young Prayer
02. Junior Boys – Last Exit
03. Madvillain – Madvillainy
04. Jason Forrest – The Unrelenting Songs…
05. Marz – Wir Sind Hier
06. Annie – Anniemal
07. Phoenix – Alphabetical
08. MIA and Diplo – Piracy Funds Terrorism
09. Devendra Banhart – Rejoicing in Hands
10. Matthew Dear – Backstroke
11. Diplo – Favela on Blast
12. Ada – Blondie
13. Lucien-Luciano – Blind Behavior
14. Brooks – Red Tape
15. Ghostface – The Pretty Toney Album
16. Fennesz – Venice

David Drake
01. Trick Daddy - Thug Matrimony
02. Madvillain - Madvillainy
03. Trillville/Lil Scrappy – BME Productions Presents…
04. Annie - Anniemal
05. Ghostface Killah - Pretty Toney Album
06. Teedra Moses - Complex Simplicity
07. Michael Mayer - Touch
08. Kanye West - College Dropout
09. Devin the Dude - To the X-Treme
10. V/A - Favela Booty Beats
11. Nas - Street's Disciple
12. V/A - Ragga Ragga Ragga 2004
13. V/A - DFA Compilation #2
14. Matthew Dear - Backstroke
15. Wiley - Treddin' on thin Ice
16. Brandy - Afrodisiac
17. Superpitcher - Here Comes Love
18. Lil Jon - Crunk Juice
19. United States of Electronica - U.S.E.
20. T.I. - Urban Legend

Mark Edwards
01. Embrace - Out of Nothing
02. Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters
03. Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
04. Kings of Leon – Aha Shake Hearthbreak
05. Morrissey – You Are The Quarry
06. The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come For Free
07. Interpol – Antics
08. The Killers – Hot Fuss
09. Keane – Keane
10. Air – Talkie Walkie
11. Thirteen Senses – The Invitation
12. Razorlight – Up All Night
13. The Concretes – The Concretes
14. Auf Der Maur – Auf Der Maur
15. The Stills – Logic Will Break your Heart
16. Graham Coxon – Happiness in Magazines
17. The Libertines – The Libertines
18. Green Day – American Idiot
19. Estelle – The 19th Day
20. Courtney Love – America’s Sweetheart

Kareem Estefan
01. The Streets - A Grand Don't Come for Free
02. Xiu Xiu - Fabulous Muscles
03. Bjork – Medulla
04. Jason Forrest - The Unrelenting Sounds of the 1979 Post-Disco Crash
05. Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing in the Hands
06. Annie - Anniemal
07. Ghostface - The Pretty Toney Album
08. V/A – DFA Compilation #2
09. Junior Boys - Last Exit
10. Madvillain – Madvillainy
11. Franz Ferdinand - s/t
12. Ratatat - s/t
13. Dizzee Rascal - Showtime
14. The Arcade Fire - Funeral
15. The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike
16. Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
17. Kanye West - College Dropout
18. RJD2 - Since We Last Spoke
19. John Vanderslice - Cellar Door
20. Erlend ��ye - DJ Kicks

Peter Funk
01. Apostle of Hustle – Folkloric Feel
02. The Legends – All About The Legends
03. Court & Spark – Witch Season
04. A.C. Newman – Slow Wonder
05. Wilco – A Ghost Is Born
06. Arcade Fire – Funeral
07. Rogue Wave – Out of the Shadows
08. Unbunny – Snow Tires
09. American Music Club – Love songs for Patriots
10. Modest Mouse – Good News for People That Love Bad News
11. Our Lady of the Highway – About Leaving
12. The Faint – Wet From Birth
13. Morrissey – You Are The Quarry

Michael F. Gill
01. Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender
02. Stina Nordenstam - The World is Saved
03. Annie - Anniemal
04. Mirah - C'mon Miracle
05. Lucien-N-Luciano - Blind Behaviour
06. Michael Mayer - Touch
07. M.I.A. - Schwarzweiss
08. Francois De Roubaix - Le Monde Electronique
09. M.A.N.D.Y. - Get Physical 2nd Anniversary Compilation
10. Ellen Allien - My Parade
11. V/A - Groove On Down: Disco/Boogie Cuts
12. Moodymann - Black Mahogani
13. Oliver Hacke - Subject Carrier
14. Ada - Blondie
15. V/A - Trax 20th Anniversary Collection
16. Robag Wruhme - Wuzzelbud "KK"
17. Coco Rosie - La Maison De Mon Rêve
18. Triola - Im Fünftonraum
19. Claro Intelecto - Neurofibro
20. Roy Davis Jr. - Water for Thirsty Children
21. Charalambides - Joy Shapes
22. Pantha Du Prince - Diamond Daze
23. Joey & Norman Jay MME - Good Times 4
24. Deathprod - Morals and Dogma
25. Sebastien Tellier - Politics
26. Sing Sing - Madame Sing Sing EP
27. V/A - I Robots: Italo Electro Disco
28. Dj /Rupture - Special Gunpowder
29. Ivan Smagghe - Suck My Deck
30 The Rogers Sisters - Three Fingers
31. Raiders of the Lost ARP - 4
32. A Girl Called Eddy - A Girl Called Eddy
33. Mates of State - All Day EP
34. Akufen - Fabric 17
35. Electrelane - The Power Out
36. Teedra Moses - Complex Simplicity
37. Michael Mayer - Speicher 2
38. Ricardo Villalobos - Thé Au Harem D'Archimède
39. Triple R - Selection 2
40. Feist - Let It Die

Michael Heumann
01. William Basinski- The Disintegration Loops I-IV
02. King Tubby- In Fine Style
03. Pan Sonic- Kesto
04. Jóhann Jóhannsson- Virðulegu Forsetar
05. William Basinski- Variations: A Movement in Chrome Primitive
06. Nick Cave & the Bad Seed- Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
07. Taylor Deupree & Christopher Willits- Mujo
08. Patton Oswalt- Feelin' Kinda Patton
09. Taylor Deupree- January
10. Various Artists- Spire: Organ Works Past- Present & Future
11. Oren Ambarchi- Grapes from the Estate
12. Fennesz- Venice
13. Brian Wilson- Smile
14. William Basinski & Richard Chartier- William Basinski & Richard Chartier
15. Frank Bretschneider- Looping I-VI
16. Tu m'- Pop Involved [Version 3.0]
17. Various Artists- INstruments
18. Richard Chartier- Set or Performance
19. Björk- Medulla
20. Shoghaken Ensemble- Traditional Dances of Armenia

Ed Howard
01. Sachiko M/Nakamura/Yoshihide - Good Morning, Good Night
02. Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing in the Hands
03. Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
04. Keith Rowe/Burkhard Beins - ErstLive 001
05. Filament - BOX
06. Margarida Garcia/Mattin - For Permitted Consumption
07. Mouse On Mars - Radical Connector
08. Prurient - Shipwrecker's Diary
09. Birchville Cat Motel - Beautiful Speck Triumph
10. Wooden Wand & Vanishing Voice - XIAO
11. Yumiko Tanaka - Tautauta
12. CocoRosie - La Maison De Mon Reve
13. Devendra Banhart - Nino Rojo
14. Rollerball - Behind the Barber
15. Hair Police - Rattlers Echo
16. Philip Jeck - 7
17. Fe-Mail/Lasse Marhaug - All Men Are Pigs
18. Rowe/Dorner/Hautzinger - A View From the Window
19. Hive Mind - Sand Beasts
20. Xiu Xiu - Fabulous Muscles

Ian Johnson
01. Born Heller – Born Heller
02. Comets on Fire - Blue Cathedral
03. Charalambides - Joy Shapes
04. Wolf Eyes - Burned Mind
05. Tower Recordings - Incredible Sensual Transmission Field
06. Marissa Nadler - Ballads of Living and Dying
07. Prurient - Shipwrecker's Diary
08. Urdog - Garden of Bones
09. Sightings - Arrived in Gold
10. Black Forest/Black Sea - Radiant Symmetry

Dan Kricke
01. The Arcade Fire – Funeral
02. The Walkmen - Bows + Arrows
03. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
04. Interpol – Antics
05. The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike!
06. Air - Talkie Walkie
07. A.C. Newman - The Slow Wonder
08. Joanna Newsom - The Milk Eyed Mender
09. Eyedea & Abilities - E & A
10. Felix Da Housecat - Devin Dazzle & the Neon Fever
11. Kanye West - The College Dropout
12. The Magnetic Fields - I
13. TV on the Radio - Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes
14. !!! - Louden Up Now
15. Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
16. Stars - Set Yourself on Fire
17. Elliott Smith - From a Basement on a Hill
18. Architecture in Helsinki - Fingers Crossed
19. Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News
20. The French Kicks - The Trial of the Century

Josh Love
01. Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat
02. Ghostface - The Pretty Toney Album
03. Dizzee Rascal - Showtime
04. Gretchen Wilson - Here for the Party
05. Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose
06. Madvillain - Madvillainy
07. M.I.A. & Diplo - Piracy Funds Terrorism
08. Xiu Xiu - Fabulous Muscles
09. The Arcade Fire - Funeral
10. Kanye West - The College Dropout
11. De La Soul - The Grind Date
12. Petey Pablo - Still Writing in My Diary: 2nd Entry
13. Courtney Love – America’s Sweetheart
14. Utada - Exodus
15. Hidden Cameras - Mississauga Goddam
16. Annie – Anniemal
17. The Knife - Deep Cuts
18. Lil Scrappy/Trillville - King of Crunk and BME Recordings Present: Trillville
19. Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse
20. Dogs Die in Hot Cars - Please Describe Yourself
21. Ben Kweller - On My Way
22. Rio Baile Funk - Favela Booty Beats
23. Lil Jon and the East Side Boyz - Crunk Juice
24. Big and Rich - Horse of a Different Color
25. Cee-Lo - Cee-Lo Green is the Soul Machine
26. Tegan and Sara - So Jealous
27. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists - Shake the Sheets
28. Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
29. Los Lonely Boys - s/t
30. Clinic - Winchester Cathedral
31. Masta Killa - No Said Date
32. Devin the Dude - To Tha X-Treme
33. Erlend Xye - DJ Kicks
34. Bobby Bare, Jr. - From the End of Your Leash
35. Allison Moorer - The Duel
36. We Versus the Shark - Ruin Everything
37. Laura Veirs - Carbon Glacier
38. The Ponys - Laced with Romance
39. Teedra Moses - Complex Simplicity
40. Interpol - Antics

Alex Macpherson
01. M.I.A vs Diplo - Piracy Funds Terrorism Vol 1
02. Girls Aloud - What Will The Neighbours Say?
03. Annie - Anniemal
04. Nellie McKay - Get Away From Me
05. Courtney Love - America's Sweetheart
06. Kanye West - The College Dropout
07. Stina Nordenstam - The World Is Saved
08. Teedra Moses - Complex Simplicity
09. Emma Bunton - Free Me
10. Ciara - Goodies
11. Shystie - Diamond In The Dirt
12. Brandy - Afrodisiac
13. Nancy Sinatra - Nancy Sinatra
14. Christina Milian - It's About Time
15. Dizzee Rascal - Showtime
16. Scissor Sisters - Scissor Sisters
17. Wiley - Treddin' On Thin Ice
18. Twista - Kamikaze
19. PJ Harvey - Uh Huh Her
20. Felix Da Housecat - Devin Dazzle And The Neon Fever
21. Marianne Faithfull - Before The Poison
22. Gwen Stefani - Love Angel Music Baby
23. JC Chasez - Schizophrenic
24. Miss Kittin - I Com
25. Björk - Medúlla
26. Michael Mayer - Touch
27. Shawnna - Worth Tha Weight
28. Thalia Zedek - Trust Not Those In Whom Without Some Touch Of Madness
29. Tanya Stephens - Gangsta Blues
30. Mark Lanegan Band - Bubblegum
31. Ghostface - The Pretty Toney Album
32. Junior Boys - Last Exit
33. Lil' Jon & The East Side Boyz - Crunk Juice
34. Smoosh - She Like Electric
35. Nelly - Sweat/Suit
36. Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose
37. Estelle - The 18th Day
38. Dani Siciliano - Likes
39. Electrelane - The Power Out
40. Leonard Cohen - Dear Heather

Ian Mathers
01. Jens Lekman - When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog
02. The Delgados - Universal Audio
03. The Hives - Tyrannosaurus Hives
04. Zeebee - Chemistry
05. Clinic - Winchester Cathedral
06. Headphone Science - We Remain Faded
07. The Futureheads - The Futureheads
08. My Chemical Romance - Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
09. Raising The Fawn - The North Sea
10. Six By Seven - 04
11. Oneida - Secret Wars
12. Green Day - American Idiot
13. Woven - 8 Bit Monk
14. Nellie McKay - Get Away From Me
15. The Streets - A Grand Don’t Come For Free
16. The Unintended - The Unintended
17. At Dusk - Heights
18. Liars - They Were Wrong, So We Drowned
19. The Killers - Hot Fuss
20. Interpol – Antics

Kyle McConaghy
01. The Arcade Fire- Funeral
02. The Fiery Furnaces- Blueberry Boat
03. Xiu Xiu- Fabulous Muscles
04. Devendra Banhart- Rejoicing In The Hands
05. Dungen- Ta Det Lugt
06. The Walkmen- Bows and Arrows
07. The Go! Team- Thunder, Lightning, Strike
08. Interpol- Antics
09. Animal Collective- Sung Tongs
10. Death From Above 1979- You’re A Woman, I’m a Machine
11. Brian Wilson- SMiLE
12. Castanets- Cathedral
13. Mirah- C’mon Miracle
14. Devendra Banhart- Nino Rijo
15. Franz Ferdinand- Franz Ferdinand
16. Blonde Redhead- Misery Is a Butterfly
17. Air- Talkie Walkie
18. Madvillain- Madvillainy
19. AC Newman- Slow Wonder
20. Destroyer- Your Blues
21. Annie- Anniemal
22. Panda Bear- Young Prayer
23. Uncut- Those Who Were Hung, Hang Here
24. Bjork- Medulla
25. Comets On Fire- Blue Cathedral
26. Gravenhurst- Flashlight Sessions
27. Morrissey- Bring Your Quarry
28. Loretta Lynn- Van Lear Rose
29. Max Richter- Blue Notebooks
30. Kanye West- College Dropout
31. Junior Boys- Last Exit
32. The Legends- Up Against The Legends
33. Tom Waits- Real Gone
34. The Streets- A Grand Don’t Come for Free
35. The Futureheads- The Futureheads
36. Les Savy Fav- Inches
37. DJ/ Rupture- Special Gunpower
38. TV on the Radio- Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
39. A Cricket In Times Square- A Cricket In Times Square
40. Of Montreal- Satanic Panic In the Attic

Dave McGonigle
01. American Music Club – Love Songs For Patriots
02. Marc Lanegan Band – Bubblegum
03. Les Savy Fav – Inches
04. RJD2 – Since We Last Spoke
05. The Arcade Fire – Funeral
06. Elbow – Cast of Thousands
07. Tom Carter – Monument
08. Elliot Smith – From a Basement on The Hill
09. Earlies – These Were The Earlies
10. Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
11. Two Lone Swordsmen – Double Gone Chapel
12. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Shake the Streets
13. The Dead Texan – The Dead Texan
14. DangerMouse – The Grey Album
15. The Futureheads – The Futureheads
16. M83 - Dead Cities….
17. Califone – Heron King Blues
18. Milk Man – Deerhof
19. Beastie Boys - To The Five Boroughs
20. Wagon Christ – Sorry I Make You Lush
21. Rufus Wainright – Want Too
22. Sonic Youth – Sonic Nurse
23. Tom Waits – Real Gone
24. Of Montreal- Satanic Panic In The Attic
25. Talking Heads - The Name Of This Band is Talking Heads
26. Lali Puna – Faking The Books
27. MF Doom – MM..Food
28. Giant Sand - …Is All Over The Map
29. Squarepusher – Ultravisitor

Scott McKeating
01. Two Lone Swordsmen - From the Double Gone Chapel
02. John Frusciante - Shadows Collide with People
03. Thighpaulsandra - Rape Scene
04. Keane - Hopes and Fears
05. Various - Dead Man's Shoes OST
06. Tom Waits - Real Gone
07. Bjork – Medulla
08. Coil - Black Antlers
09. Bravecaptain - All Watched over by Machines of Loving Grace
10. Nurse With Wound - Angry Eelectric Finger (spitch'cock one)
11. Rufus Wainwright - Want Two
12. Eyvind Kang - Virginal Co-ordinates
13. Brian Wilson - Smile
14. John Frusciante and Josh Klinghoffer - A Sphere in the Heart of Silence
15. Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender
16. Ghostface - The Pretty Toney Album
17. Xzibit - Weapons of Mass Destruction
18. Ataxia - Automatic Writing
19. Soft Pink Truth - Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Soft Pink Truth?

Anthony Miccio
01. Nellie McKay- Get Away From Me
02. The Hives- Tyrannosaurus Hives
03. Bumblebeez 81- Printz
04. Trouble Everyday- Days Vs. Nights
05. The Streets- A Grand Don't Come For Free
06. Tegan and Sara- So Jealous
07. I Am The World Trade Center- The Cover-Up
08. Mountain Goats- We Shall All Be Healed
09. Travis Morrison- Travistan
10. Kimya Dawson- Hidden Vagenda
11. Big And Rich- Horse Of A Different Color
12. The Talk- It's Like Magic In Reverse
13. Hot Snakes- Audit In Progress
14. Ghostface- The Pretty Toney Album
15. Franz Ferdinand- Franz Ferdinand
16. Interpol- Antics
17. Trick Daddy- Thug Matrimony
18. Devin The Dude- To Tha X-Treme
19. Junior Boys- Last Exit
20. Wiley- Treddin' On Thin Ice
21. RTX- Transmaniacon
22. DFA- Compilation #2
23. Ted Leo/Pharmacists- Shake The Sheets
24. Killers- Hot Fuss
25. French Kicks- Trial Of The Century
26. De La Soul- The Grind Date
27. Drive-By Truckers- The Dirty South
28. Saul Williams- Saul Williams
29. TV On The Radio- Desperate Youth Bloodthirtsy Babes
30. Hott Beat- A Hott Mess
31. My Chemical Romance- Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge
32. Wilco- A Ghost Is Born
33. R. Kelly- Happy People/U Saved Me

Derek Miller
01. Augie March – Strange Bird
02. Fiery Furnaces – Blueberry Boat
03. Junior Boys – Last Exit
04. Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
05. Walkmen – Bows and Arrows
06. Arcade Fire – Funeral
07. Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters
08. Patrick Wolf – Lycanthropy
09. The Futureheads – The Futureheads
10. Bjork – Medulla
11. Madvillain – Madvillainy
12. Elliott Smith – From a Basement on a Hill
13. Cee-Lo Green – is the Soul Machine
14. Animal Collective – Sung Tongs
15. Windsor for the Derby – We Fight ��til Death
16. Entrance – Wandering Stranger
17. The Good Life – Album of the Year
18. Air – Talkie Walkie
19. Dungen – Ta Det Lugnt
20. The Standard – Wire Post to Wire
21. Annie -- Anniemal
22. Devendra Banhart – Nino Rojo
23. Mellow – Perfect Colors
24. Max Richter – The Blue Notebooks
25. Brian Wilson -- Smile
26. Iron and Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days
27. Mouse on Mars – Radical Connector
28. Interpol -- Antics
29. Phantom Planet – Phantom Planet
30. Death from Above 1979 – You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine
31. Ada – Blondie
32. Soft Pink Truth – Do You Want New Wave. . .
33. Secret Machines – Now Here is Nowhere
34. TV on the Radio – Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes
35. Andre Ethier -- . . .With Christopher Sandes Featuring Pickles and Price
36. Dios – Dios
37. Kings of Leon – A-Ha Shake Heartbreak
38. Hives – Tyrannosaurus Hives
39. Kanye West – The College Dropout
40. Solvent – Apples and Synthesizers

Gavin Mueller
01. Cam'ron - Purple Haze
02. Ghostface Killah – The Pretty Toney Album
03. DJ /Rupture - 58.46 Radio Mix
04. V/A - Rio Baile Funk
05. V/A - All Star Reggaeton 2004
06. El-P - Collecting the Kid
07. Kid 606 - Who Still Kill Sound
08. Trillville & Lil Scrappy
09. Dizzee Rascal - Showtime
10. Viktor Vaughn - Venomous Villain
11. Jadakiss - Kiss of Death
12. Pitbull - M.I.A.M.I.
13. R. Kelly - Happy People
14. DJ /Rupture and Mutamassik - The Bidoun Sessions

Joe Panzner
01. Junior Boys – Last Exit
02. Sachiko M/Toshimaru Nakamura/Otomo Yoshihide – Good Morning Good Night
03. Joanna Newsom – The Milk-Eyed Mender
04. Keith Rowe/Burkhard Beins – Erstlive001
05. Kanye West – The College Dropout
06. Radian – Juxtaposition
07. The Blood Brothers – Crimes
08. Wolf Eyes – Burned Mind
09. Dean Roberts/Radu Malfatti/Mattin/Klaus Filip – Building Excess
10. Dion Workman/Mattin – Via Vespucci
11. Sonic Youth – Sonic Nurse
12. Kevin Drumm – Impish Tyrant
13. Keith Rowe/Axel Dörner/Franz Hautzinger – A View From The Window
14. Margarida Garcia/Mattin – For Permitted Consumption
15. Oren Ambarchi – Grapes from the Estate
16. The Walkmen – Bows and Arrows
17. Mouse on Mars – Radical Connector
18. Converge – You Fail Me
19. Autistic Daughters – Jealousy and Diamond
20. Richard Chartier – Set or Performance

Peter Parrish
01. Nick Cave - Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus
02. Bark Psychosis - ///:Codename Dustsucker
03. The Sound - The BBC Recordings
04. The Fall - The Real New Fall LP
05. The Cure - The Cure
06. Morrissey - You Are The Quarry
07. The Legendary Pink Dots - The Whispering Wall
08. Amber Spyglass - Accelerating Parcae
09. Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
10. Finn Brothers - Everyone Is Here

Dom Passantino
01. Courtney Love- America’s Sweetheart
02. Caparezza- Verita Supposte
03. Nellie McKay- Get Away From Me
04. Tom Middleton- The Trip
05. Girls Aloud- What Will The Neighbours Say?
06. Big and Rich- Horse of a Different Colour
07. Ghostface- The Pretty Toney Album
08. Gretchen Wilson- Here For The Party
09. Nick Cave- The Lyre of Orpheus/Abattoir Blues
10. Pitman- Pit Closure
11. Mystro- Music Mystro
11. Phoenix- Alphabetical
13. Mr Complex- Twistd Mistr
14. Blondie- The Curse of Blondie
15. Klashnekoff- The Sagas of Klashnekoff
16. Brian Wilson- Smile
17. Richard Cheese- I’d Like A Virgin
18. Skinnyman- Council Estate of Mind
19. Shitmat- Full English Breakfast
20. Phi Life Cypher- Higher Forces

Rollie Pemberton
01. The Fiery Furnaces- Blueberry Boat
02. Madvillain- Madvillainy
03. The Streets- A Grand Don't Come For Free
04. RJD2- Since We Last Spoke
05. Ghostface- The Pretty Toney Album
06. Modest Mouse- Good News For People Who Love Bad News
07. TV On The Radio- Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes
08. Death From Above 1979- You're A Woman, I'm A Machine
09. Franz Ferdinand- Franz Ferdinand
10. Dizzee Rascal- Showtime
11. M.I.A & Diplo- Piracy Funds Terrorism
12. Interpol- Antics
13. Jason Forrest- The Unrelenting Sounds of 1979 Post-Disco Crash
14. MF Doom- MM Food
15. Ill Bill- What's Wrong With Bill?
16. Goretex- The Art of Dying
17. McLusky- The Difference Between Me And You Is That I'm Not On Fire
18. Morrissey- You Are The Quarry
19. The Arcade Fire- Funeral
20. Sonic Youth- Sonic Nurse
21. Nas- Street's Disciple
22. Wilco- A Ghost Is Born
23. Kool Keith- Diesel Truckers
24. Masta Ace- A Long Hot Summer
25. Clinic- Winchester Cathedral
26. PJ Harvey- Uh Huh Her
27. The Roots- The Tipping Point
28. The Walkmen- Bows And Arrows
29. The Killers- Hot Fuss
30. Brother Ali- Champion EP

J T. Ramsay
01. Liars - They Were Wrong, So We Drowned
02. TV on the Radio - Desperate Youths, Bloodthirsty Babes
03. Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat
04. Ghost - Hypnotic Underworld
05. The Fall - The Real New Fall LP (FCOTC)
06. Panda Bear - Young Prayer
07. Mission of Burma - onOFFon
08. Comets on Fire - Blue Cathedral
09. Mouse on Mars - Radical Connector
10. Dungen - Ta Det Lugnt
11. Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
12. Fennesz - Venice
13. Espers - s/t
14. Bjork - Medulla
15. Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing in the Hands
16. Brian Wilson presents - SMiLE
17. Dizzee Rascal - Showtime
18. Interpol - Antics
19. The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free
20. Isis - Panopticon
21. Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse
22. Wolf Eyes - Burned Mind
23. Destroyer - Your Blues
24. Kanye West - The College Dropout
25. Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
26. A.C. Newman - Slow Wonder
27. Arcade Fire - Funeral
28. Clinic - Winchester Cathedral
29. Wilco - A Ghost is Born
30. Elliott Smith - From a Basement on the Hill

Ron Schepper
01. VA- Kompakt 100
02. Twine- Twine
03. Ada- Blondie
04. Telefon Tel Aviv- Map of What is Effortless
05. Portable- Cycling
06. Deathprod- Morals and Dogma
07. Xela- Tangled Wool
08. Greg Davis- Curling Pond Woods
09. Aeroc- Viscous Solid
10. Deadbeat- Something Borrowed, Something Blue
11. Fennesz- Venice
12. Susanna & Her Magical Orchestra- List of Lights and Buoys
13. Traject- Strengir Hrynja
14. Slicker- We All Have A Plan
15. Harold Budd- Avalon Sutra
16. Pan/Tone- Newfound Urban Calm
17. The Repeat Orchestra- The Original Dimensions
18. Styrofoam- Nothing's Lost
19. Akira Rabelais- Spellewauerynsherde
20. Intricate- In Pectra

Mike Shiflet
01. Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender
02. Panda Bear - Young Prayer
03. Wolf Eyes - Burned Mind
04. Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse
05. Animal Collective - Sung Tongs
06. Madvillain - Madvillainy
07. Prurient - Shipwrecker's Diary
08. Fennesz - Venice
09. Hair Police - Obedience Cuts
10. Arcade Fire - Funeral
11. Kevin Drumm - Impish Tyrant
12. Devendra Banhart - Rejoicing/Niño Rojo
13. Joan of Arc - JOA, Dick Cheney, Mark Twain
14. LHD - Curtains
15. Xiu Xiu - Fabulous Muscles
16. Black Moth Super Rainbow - Start A People
17. Contradiction - s/t
18. David Grubbs - A Guess at the Riddle
19. Leslie Keffer - Dialectric Lull
20. John Wiese - Magical Crystal Blah
21. Rafael Toral - Harmonic Series 2
22. Keith Rowe/Burkhard Beins - Erstlive01
23. GOD - s/t
24. Black Swans - Who Will Walk in the Darkness With You?
25. Mirah - C'mon Miracle
26. Comets on Fire - Blue Cathedral
27. D. Yellow Swans - Drill Yellow Swans
28. Carlos Giffoni/Dylan Nyoukis - Chewing Smoke
29. Kouhei Matsunnaga/John Watermann split
30. Kanye West – The College Dropout

Alfred Soto
01. Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse
02. Kanye West - The College Dropout
03. Dizzee Rascal - Boy in Da Corner/Showtime
04. The Mountain Goats - We Shall All Be Healed
05. The Libertines - s/t
06. PJ Harvey - Uh Huh Her
07. De La Soul - The Grind Date
08. Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News
09 U2 - How To Dismantle An Atom Bomb
10. Prince - Musicology
11. The Streets - A Grand Don't Come For Free
12. Air - Talkie Walkie
13. Talking Heads - The Name of this Band is Talking Heads
14. Lou Reed - Animal Language
15. Jon Langford - All The Fame of Lofty Deeds

Nick Southall
01. Embrace – Out Of Nothing
02. Bark Psychosis - ///Codename: Dustsucker
03. The Necks – Drive By
04. Various – DFA Compilation #2
05. Fennesz – Venice
06. Junior Boys – Last Exit
07. The Beta Band – Heroes to Zeroes
08. Delays – Faded Seaside Glamour
09. Phoenix – Alphabetical
10. Girls Aloud – What Will The Neighbours Say
11. Can – Ege Bamyasi
12. Brian Eno – Another Green World
13. Orbital – Blue Album
14. The Blue Nile – High
15. Tonetraeger – This is Not Here
16. Ghostface – The Pretty Toney Album
17. Brian Eno – Before and After Science
18. Howie B – Mayonnaise
19. !!! – Louden Up Now
20. The Streets – A Grand Don't Come For Free
21. Mouse On Mars – Radical Connector
22. Eminem – Encore
23. Can – Monster Movie
24. Can – Tago Mago
25. Kanye West – The College Dropout
26. Lambchop – Aw C'mon / No You C'mon
27. Wilco – A Ghost is Born
28. The Mountain Goats – We Shall All Be Healed
29. Tom Waits – Real Gone
30. The Earlies – These Were The Earlies
31. Various – Moaning, Groaning, Crying
32. JC Chasez – Schizophrenic
33. Various – Kompakt 100
34. The Arcade Fire - Funeral
35. The Killers – Hot Fuss
36. Dizzee Rascal – Showtime
37. Bjork – Medulla
38. Adem – Homesongs
39. Felix Da Housecat – Devin Dazzle & the Neon Fever
40. Brian Wilson – Smile

William B. Swygart
01. The Futureheads – The Futureheads
02. The Delgados – Universal Audio
03. Annie – Anniemal
04. Jody Wildgoose – Lovely White Teeth
05. Misty’s Big Adventure – Misty’s Big Adventure And Their Place In The Solar Hi-Fi System
06. The Beautiful South – Golddiggas, Headnodders and Pholk Songs
07. Nellie McKay – Get Away From Me
08. Girls Aloud – What Will The Neighbours Say?
09. Kevin Lyttle – Kevin Lyttle
10. Emma Bunton – Free Me
11. Cathy Davey – Something Ilk
12. Neko Case – The Tigers Have Spoken
13. Dawn Of The Replicants – The Other Room
14. The Arcade Fire – Funeral
15. Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters
16. Sons & Daughters – Love The Cup
17. Bearsuit – Cat Spectacular
18. The Fiery Furnaces – Blueberry Boat
19. The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster – The Royal Society
20. The Go! Team – Thunder Lightning Strike

Josh Timmermann
01. The Fiery Furnaces- Blueberry Boat
02. Nellie McKay- Get Away from Me
03. Northern State- All City
04. Ghostface- The Pretty Toney Album
05. Keren Ann- Not Going Anywhere
06. Mirah- C'mon Miracle
07. Sahara Hotnights- Kiss & Tell
08. Big & Rich- Horse of a Different Color
09. Ashlee Simpson- Autobiography
10. Courtney Love- America's Sweetheart
11. Jay-Z vs. Linkin Park- Collision Course
12. A.C. Newman- The Slow Wonder
13. Dizzee Rascal- Showtime
14. Wiley- Treddin' on Thin Ice
15. S.- Puking and Crying
16. The Mountain Goats- We Shall All Be Healed
17. Jean Grae- This Week
18. Le Tigre- This Island
19. PJ Harvey- Uh Huh Her
20. David Banner- MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water
21. The Hold Steady- The Hold Steady Almost Killed Me
22. Sonic Youth- Sonic Nurse
23. Kanye West- The College Dropout
24. Gretchen Wilson- Here for the Party
25. The Microphones- Live in Japan
26. Joanna Newsom- The Milk-Eyed Mender
27. Bjork- Medulla
28. The Streets- A Grand Don't Come for Free
29. Neko Case- The Tigers Have Spoken
30. Eminem- Encore
31. Luomo -The Present Lover
32. The Dresden Dolls- S/T
33. Li'l Jon & the East Side Boyz- Crunk Juice
34. Destroyer- Your Blues
35. Elliot Smith- From a Basement on the Hill
36. Dirty Red- Just Me
37. Nina Sky- S/T
38. Wovenhand- Consider the Birds
39. Rachel Yamagata- Happenstance
40. JC Chasez- Schizophrenic

Andrew Unterberger
01. Junior Boys- Last Exit
02. Madvillain- Madvilliany
03. The DFA- Compilation #2
04. Erlend Oye- DJ Kicks
05. Annie- Anniemal
06. The Go! Team- Thunder Lightning Strike
07. Xiu Xiu- Fabulous Muscles
08. Air- Talkie Walkie
09. The Killers- Hot Fuss
10. Broken Social Scene- Beehives
11. Linkin Park vs. Jay-Z- Collision Course
12. The Arcade Fire- Funeral
13. Bubmblebeez 81- Printz
14. Ghostface Killah- Pretty Toney Album
15. Franz Ferdinand- Franz Ferdinand
16. Bark Psychosis- Codename: Dustsucker
17. The Walkmen- Bows and Arrows
18. Kanye West- College Dropout
19. TV on the Radio- Desperate Youth, Bloodthirsty Babes
20. DJ Green Lantern- New York State of Mind
21. The Streets- A Grand Don't Come for Free
22. Controller.Controller- History
23. Jens Lenkman- When I Said I Wanted to Be Your Dog
24. Bjork- Medulla
25. Ratatat- Ratatat
26. Felix da Housecat- Devin Dazzle and the Neon Fever
27. Dizzee Rascal- Showtime
28. Daddy G- DJ Kicks
29. Les Savy Fav- Inches
30. The Cure- The Cure

Chuck Zak
01. Citizens Here and Abroad – Ghosts of Tables and Chairs
02. Interpol - Antics
03. Aloha – Here Comes Everybody
04. Mission of Burma – ONoffON
05. Honeychurch - Makes Me Feel Better
06. Trash Can Sinatras – Weightlifting
07. Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand
08. Sonic Youth – Sonic Nurse
09. Volcano I’m Still Excited!!! – Volcano I’m Still Excited!!!
10. Minus the Bear – They Make Beer Commercials Like This
11. Guided By Voices – Half-Smiles of the Decomposed
12. The Futureheads – The Futureheads
13. Stew - Something Deeper Than These Changes
14. Jens Lekman - When I Said I Wanted to be Your Dog
15. Pleasant Grove – The Art of Leaving
16. Isis – Panopticon
17. Robyn Hitchcock - Spooked
18. David Kilgour – Frozen Orange
19. Stereolab – Margarine Eclipse
20. Bebel Gilberto – Bebel Gilberto

Todd Burns
(Alphabetical Order)

Ada – Blondie
William Basinski- The Disintegration Loops I-IV
David Banner – MTA2: Baptized in Dirty Water: Screwed and Chopped
Bark Psychosis - ///Codename: Dustsucker
Birchville Cat Motel – Beautiful Speck Triumph
The Blue Nile – High
Blut Aus Nord- The Work Which Transforms God
Booka Shade- Memento
Cam’ron- Purple Haze
The Caretaker – We’ll All Go Riding On a Rainbow
Converge – You Fail Me
Cut Copy – Bright Like Neon Love
Deathprod - Morals and Dogma
Dizzee Rascal – Showtime
Dolorean – Violence in the Snowy Fields
Eluvium – An Accidental Memory In The Case of Death
Embrace - Out of Nothing
Espers – Espers
Feist - Let It Die
Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat
The Futureheads- The Futureheads
Ghostface- The Pretty Toney Album
Girls Aloud - What Will The Neighbours Say?
Darren Hayes – The Tension And The Spark
Helios- Unomia
Isis – Panopticon
Junior Boys – Last Exit
R. Kelly – Happy People
Avril Lavigne – Under My Skin
Leviathan – Tentacles of Whorror
Lil Jon - Crunk Juice
Lucien-N-Luciano - Blind Behaviour
Sachiko M/Nakamura/Yoshihide - Good Morning, Good Night
Augie March – Strange Bird
Melchior Productions – The Meaning
MIA- Schwarzweiss
Misty’s Big Adventure – Misty’s Big Adventure And Their Place In The Solar Hi-Fi System
Moodymann – Black Mahogani
The Necks – Drive By
Neurosis – The Eye Of Every Storm
Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender
Salim Nourallah – Polaroid
Pantha Du Prince - Diamond Daze
Phoenix – Alphabetical
Radian – Juxtaposition
Robag Wruhme – Wuzzelbud KK
Jack Rose – Raag Manifestos
Anthony Rother – Popkiller
Todd Rundgren – Liars
S- Puking and Crying
Sightings - Arrived in Gold
Ashlee Simpson – Autobiography
Slipknot – Vol. 3: The Subliminal Verses
Spektrum- Enter the Spektrum
Stars - Set Yourself on Fire
Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come For Free
Sun O)))-White 2
Susanna and the Magical Orchestra- Lists of Lights and Buoys
Trick Daddy - Thug Matrimony
Trillville/Lil Scrappy – BME Productions Presents…
TV on the Radio- Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes
Ricardo Villalobos - Thé Au Harem D'Archimède
Wasteland - October
Wiley - Treddin’ on Thin Ice
Xiu Xiu - Fabulous Muscles

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