2007: favorites

  1. Mostly Other People Do the Killing: Shamokin'!!! (Hot Cup/CD Baby)
  2. Sloan: Never Hear The End of It (Yep Roc Records)
  3. Miranda Labert: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (Sony)
  4. Arcade Fire: Neon Bible (Merge)
  5. M.I.A.: Kala (XL)
  6. Against Me!: New Wave (Sire Records)
  7. Assif Tsahar/Cooper-Moore/Chad Taylor: Digital Primitives (Hopscotch)
  8. Spoon: Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)
  9. Les Savy Fav: Let's Stay Friends (French Kiss)
  10. Roisin Murphy: Overpowered (EMI)
  11. Fountains of Wayne: Traffic and Weather (Virgin)
  12. (((Powerhouse Sound))): Oslo/Chicago: (((Breaks))) (Atavistic)
  13. Youssou N'Dour: Rokku Mi Rakka (Give and Take) (Nonesuch)
  14. Rilo Kiley: Under the Blacklight (Warner Bros.)
  15. Fanfare Ciocarlia: Queens and Kings (Asphalt Tango)
  16. Lil' Wayne: Da Drought 3 (Putloined Datadisc)
  17. Billy Bang Quintet Featuring Frank Lowe: Above & Beyond: An Evening in Grand Rapids (Justin Time)
  18. Fred Anderson & Hamid Drake: From the River to the Ocean (Thrill Jockey)
  19. Tyshawn Sorey Quartet: That/Not (Firehouse 12)
  20. Burial: Untrue (Cargo)
  21. Art Brut: It’s a Bit Complicated (Downtown)
  22. Matthew Shipp: Piano Vortex (AUM Fidelity, Blue Series)
  23. No Age: Wierdo Rippers (Fatcat)
  24. Logan Richardson: Cerebral Flow (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  25. Matt Lavelle Trio: Spiritual Power (Silkheart)
  26. Wilco: Sky Blue Sky (Nonesuch)
  27. Modest Mouse: We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank (Epic)
  28. Gogol Bordello: Super Taranta (Cargo)
  29. Sonic Openings Under Pressure: Muhheankuntuk (Clean Feed)
  30. Blitzen Trapper: Wild Mountain Nation (LidKerCow/Iris)
  31. Kanye West: Graduation (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam)
  32. Adam Lane/Ken Vandermark/Markus Broo/Paal Nilssen-Love: 4 Corners (Clean Feed)
  33. Happy Apple: Happy Apple Back on Top (Sunnyside)
  34. Jill Scott: The Real Thing (Hidden Beach)
  35. David S. Ware Quartet: Renunciation (AUM Fidelity)
  36. Robert Glasper: In My Element (Blue Note)
  37. The Oohlas: Best Stop Pop (Stolen Transmission, 2006)
  38. Cool Kids: Totally Flossed Out (Fools Gold/Web)
  39. Kahil El'Zabar's Infinity Orchestra: Transmigration (Delmark)
  40. Los Campesinos!: Sticking Fingers Into Sockets (Arts & Crafts)
  41. Pissed Jeans: Hope for Men (Sub Pop)
  42. Ghostface: Big Doe Rehab (Def Jam)
  43. Bright Eyes: Cassadaga (Saddle Creek)
  44. Lucinda Williams: West (Lost Highway)
  45. Vampire Weekend: EP (download/XL)
  46. Maroon 5: It Won't Be Soon Before Long (A&M)
  47. Apples in Stereo: New Magnetic Wonder (Yep Roc Records)
  48. Lori McKenna: Unglamorous (Warner Bros./WEA)
  49. Okkervil River: Our Life is Not a Movie or Maybe (Jagjaguwar)
  50. Various Artists: Hyphy Hitz (TVT)
  51. William Parker's Raining on the Moon: Corn Meal Dance (AUM Fidelity)
  52. David Murray Black Saint Quartet: Sacred Ground (Justin Time)
  53. Buck 65: Situation (Warner)
  54. Jewels and Binoculars: Ships With Tattood Sails (Upshot)
  55. Manu Chao: La Radiolina (Nacional/Because)
  56. Common: Finding Forever (Geffen)
  57. Pharoahe Monch: Desire (Universal Motown Records)
  58. Imperial Teen: The Hair the TV the Baby & the Band (Merge)
  59. White Stripes: Icky Thump (Warner)
  60. Future of the Left: Curses (Too Pure)
  61. The Claudia Quintet: For (Cuneiform)
Some records still pending (or 6+/7- grades).
Last update: Nov./2008

  1. Arcade Fire: "Keep the Cars Running" (Merge)
  2. Against Me!: "White People for Peace" (Sire Records)
  3. Gogol Bordello: "Ultimate" (Cargo)
  4. Spoon: "Underdog" (Merge)
  5. Miranda Lambert: "Famous in a Small Town" (Sony)
  6. M.I.A.: "Jimmy" (XL)
  7. Cool Kids: "88" (Fools Gold)
  8. Fountains of Wayne: "Someone to Love" (Virgin)
  9. Rihanna: "Umbrella" (Def Jam)
  10. Roisin Murphy: "Let Me Know" (EMI)
  11. Vampire Weekend: "Ladies of Cambridge" (XL)
  12. Britney Spears: "Piece of Me" (Sony)
  13. Maroon 5: "Won't Go Home Without You" (A&M)
  14. Dude 'n Nem: "Watch My Feet" (TVT)
  15. Vampire Weekend: "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" (XL)
  16. Battles: "Atlas" (Warp)
  17. Art Brut: "People in Love" (Downtown)
  18. David S. Ware: "Ganesh Sound" (Aum Fidelity)
  19. Tegan and Sara: "Back in Your Head" (Sire)
  20. LCD Soundsystem: "North American Scum" (Capitol)
  21. Lil' Mama: "Lip Gloss" (download)
  22. Fucked Up: "Year of the Pig "(What's Your Rupture?)
  23. Pissed Jeans: "People Person" (Sub Pop)
  24. Lil' Wayne: "Something You Forgot" (Mixtape)
  25. Aly & Aj: "Blush" (Hollywood/Universal)
  26. Modest Mouse: "Dashboard" (Epic)
  27. Les Savy Fav: "Patty Lee" (French Kiss)
  28. Ghostface: "Walk Around" (Def Jam)
  29. Lori McKenna: "Your Next Lover" (Warner Bros.)
  30. No Age: "Everybody's Down" (Fat Cat)
  31. Kanye West: "Champion" (Roc-a-Fella/Def Jam)
  32. Natasha Bedingfield: "I Wanna Have Your Babies" (RCA)
  33. Okkervil River: "Our Life Is Not A Movie Or Maybe" (Jagjaguwar)
  34. Brad Paisley: "Ticks" (Arista)
  35. Kanye West: "Champion" (Def Jam)
  36. Natasha: "Hey Hey Hey" (Jive)
  37. UGK f/OutKast "International Player’s Anthem" (Rap-A-Lot)
  38. Yo Majesty: "Club Action" (Out There Recordings)
  39. Justice: "D. A. N. C. E." (Ed Banger)
  40. R. Kelly: "I'm a Flirt" ft. T.I. & T. Pain (Jive)
  41. Mouthful of Bees: "The Now" (Afternoon Records)
  42. The Noisettes: "Don't Give Up" (Universal/Motown)
  1. Culture: Two Sevens Clash (30th Anniversary Edition) (1977, Shanachie)
  2. Pere Ubu: The Tenement Year (1988/2007, Mercury)
  3. Thelonious Monk Trio: Thelonious Monk Trio (1952-54, Prestige)
  4. Pere Ubu: Cloudland (1989/2007, Mercury)
  5. Charlie Mingus: Tijuana Moods (1957, RCA Victor/Legacy)
  6. Tabu Ley Rochereau: The Voice of Light (Stern's Africa)
  7. Alber Ayler: The Hilversum Sessions (ESP)
  8. Pylon: Gyrate Plus
  9. Forster/McLennan: Intermission - The Best Of The Solo Recordings 1990-1997 (2CD) (Beggars Banquet)
  10. Ornette Coleman: To Whom Who Keeps a Record (1959-60/2007, Water)
  11. The Sly & the Family Stone: various reissues (1967-74/2007, Epic/Legacy)
  12. Andrew Hill: Compulsion (1965, Blue Note)
  13. Booker Ervin: The Freedom Book (1963, Prestige)
  14. Charles Mingus w. Eric Dolphy: Cornell 1964 (Blue Note)
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