Top-Ten-o-Matic

City Pages scribes chime in with their top tens

Bart Blasengame

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. Calla, Televise (Arena Rock)
2. Drive-By Truckers, Decoration Day (New West)
3. Elbow, Cast of Thousands (V2)
4. The Darkness, Permission to Land (Atlantic)
5. The Libertines, Up The Bracket (Rough Trade)
6. The White Stripes, Elephant (V2)
7. Calexico, Feast of Wire (Quarterstick)
8. Idlewild, The Remote Part (EMI)
9. The Long Winters, When I Pretend to Fall (Barsuk)
10. Radiohead, Hail to the Thief (Capitol)

Andrew Bonazelli

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. A Perfect Circle, Thirteenth Step (Virgin)
2. Gold Chains, Young Miss America (Pias America)
3. Denali, The Instinct (Jade Tree)
4. Pelican, Australasia (Hydra Head)
5. The Blood Brothers, Burn Piano Island, Burn (ArtistDirect)
6. The Mars Volta, De-Loused in the Comatorium (Universal)
7. Dannii Minogue, Neon Nights (Ultra)
8. Cave In, Antenna (RCA)
9. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fever to Tell (Interscope)
10. Beehive and the Barracudas, In Dark Love (Swami)

Cecile Cloutier

TOP TEN ALBUMS, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

AC/DC, Let There Be Rock (remaster) (Epic)
Tim Berne, The sublime and (Thirsty Eat)
Howe Home, The Listener (Thrill Jockey)
Steve Lacy and Mal Waldron, Live at Dreher, Vol. 1 and 2 (Hat Art)
Lamb of God, As the Palaces Burn (Prosthetic)
Noxagt, Turning It Down Since 2001 (Load)
Opeth, Damnation (Koch)
OutKast, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (Arista)
Robert Pollard, Motel of Fools (Recordhead)
Rapture, Songs for the Withering (Spinefarm/Century Media)

Mark Desrosiers

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. The Midnight Evils, Straight 'Til Morning (Estrus)
2. The Fiery Furnaces, Gallowsbird's Bark (Rough Trade)
3. Drive-By Truckers, Decoration Day (New West)
4. The Blood Brothers, Burn Piano Island, Burn (ArtistDirect)
5. The Weakerthans, Reconstruction Site (Epitaph)
6. Ted Leo/Pharmacists, Hearts of Oak (Lookout!)
7. The Handsome Family, Singing Bones (Carrot Top)
8. The Soviettes, The Soviettes LP (Adeline)
9. Deerhoof, Apple O' (Kill Rock Stars)
10. Broken Social Scene, You Forgot It In People (Arts and Crafts)

Jon Dolan

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs, Fever to Tell (Interscope)
2. The New Pornographers, Electric Version (Matador)
3. Nada Surf, Let's Go (Barsuk)
4. Bubba Sparxxx, Deliverance (BeatClub/Interscope)
5. Liz Phair, Liz Phair (Capitol)
6. The Strokes, Room on Fire (RCA)
7. The Weakerthans, Reconstruction Site (Epitaph)
8. Party of One, Caught the Blast (FatCat)
9. King Sunny Ade, The Best of the Classic Years (Shanachie)
10. Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Pig Lib (Matador)

Adam Hall

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. The Twilight Singers, Blackberry Belle (One Little Indian)
2. Kathleen Edwards, Failer (Zoe)
3. Verbena, La Musica Negra (Capitol)
4. Songs: Ohia, Magnolia Electric Co. (Secretly Canadian)
5. Arab Strap, Monday at the Hug and Pint (Matador)
6. Ryan Adams, Love is Hell, Pt. 1 (Lost Highway)
7. Josh Rouse, 1972 (Rykodisc)
8. Signal and Report, Marchlands (Augustus)
9. Paul Westerberg, Come Feel Me Tremble (Vagrant)
10. Goldfrapp, Black Cherry (Mute)

Keith Harris

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. Liz Phair, Liz Phair (Capitol)
2. Drive-By Truckers, Decoration Day (New West)
3. Bubba Sparxxx, Deliverance (BeatClub/Interscope)
4. King Sunny Ade, The Best of the Classic Years (Shanachie)
5. Dizzee Rascal, Boy In Da Corner (XL)
6. Buck 65, Talkin' Honky Blues (WEA import)
7. Basement Jaxx, Kish Kash (Astralwerks/XL)
8. Kaito U.K., Band Red (SpinArt)
9. Junior Senior, D-D-Don't Don't Stop The Beat (Crunchy Frog/Atlantic)
10. Lyrics Born, Later That Day...(Quannum Projects)

Dylan Hicks

TOP FIVE JAZZ ALBUMS:

1. Matt Wilson Quartet, Humidity! (Palmetto)
2. William Parker Violin Trio, Scrapbook (Thirsty Ear)
3. The Bad Plus, These Are the Vistas (Columbia)
4. Dave Douglas, Freak In (RCA/Bluebird)
5. David S. Ware, Threads (Thirsty Ear)

TOP FIVE OLD-SCHOOL R&B SINGLES:

1. R. Kelly, "Ignition (Remix)" (Jive)
2. Anthony Hamilton, "Comin' From Where I'm From" (Arista)
3. R. Kelly, "Step in the Name of Love" (Jive)
4. Calvin Richardson, "Keep On Pushing" (Hollywood)
5. Dr. Feelgood Potts, "Baby Here's Your Drawers" (Ecko)

Jess Harvell

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. Basement Jaxx, Kish Kash (Astralwerks/XL)
2. Michael Mayer, Fabriclive 13 (Fabric)
3. Dizzee Rascal, Boy In Da Corner (XL)
4. The Rapture, Echoes (DFA/Strummer/Universal)
5. Bubba Sparxxx, Deliverance (BeatClub/Interscope)
6. Ted Leo/Pharmacists, Hearts of Oak (Lookout!)
7. Freeway, Philadelphia Freeway (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
8. Soundmurderer and SK-1, Rewind Records (Rewind/Rephlex)
9. Animal Collective, Spirit They've Vanished, Spirit They've Gone/Danse Manatee (FatCat)
10. Bugz in the Attic, Fabriclive 12 (Fabric)

Greil Marcus

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. Fiery Furnaces, Gallowsbird's Park (Rough Trade)
2. Natalie Merchant, The House Carpenter's Daugter (Myth America)
3. John Mellencamp, Trouble No More(Columbia)
4. Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros, Streetcore (Hellcat)
5. various artists, Masked and Anonymous--Music from the Motion Picture (Columbia)
6. Hem, Rabbit Songs (Dreamworks)
7. New Pornographers, Electric Version (Matador)
8. A.R.E. Weapons, A.R.E. Weapons (Rough Trade)
9. The Kills, Keep on Your Mean Side (Rough Trade)
10. Randy Newman, The Randy Newman Songbook Vol. 1 (Nonesuch)

Steve Marsh

TOP TEN ALBUMS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER:

50 Cent, Get Rich or Die Tryin' (Shady/Aftermath)
The Distillers, Coral Fang (Epitaph)
Faux Jean, Dead Lover (Susstones)
Kings of Leon, Youth and Young Manhood (RCA)
Lucky Jeremy, Call It What You Want...But This City is Mine (Heart of a Champion)
Panjabi MC, Beware (Sequence)
The Rapture, Echoes (DFA/Strummer/Universal)
Revolver Modèle, Silhouettes (self-released)
The Strokes, Room on Fire (RCA)
The White Stripes, Elephant (V2)

Michaelangelo Matos

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. Triple R, Friends (Kompakt)
2. Basement Jaxx, Kish Kash (Astralwerks/XL)
3. The New Pornographers, Electric Version (Matador)
4. Junior Senior, D-D-Don't Don't Stop the Beat (Crunchy Frog/Atlantic)
5. The Rapture, Echoes (DFA/Strummer/Universal)
6. Luomo, The Present Lover (Forcetracks)
7. Electric Six, Fire (XL)
8. Drive-By Truckers, Decoration Day (New West)
9. Various Artists, Ragga Ragga Ragga! 2003 (Greensleeves)
10. Atmosphere, Seven's Travels (Rhymesayers/Epitaph)
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