Top-Ten-o-Matic

City Pages scribes chime in with their top tens

J. Niimi

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. The Russian Futurists, Let's Get Ready to Crumble (Upper Crust)
2. Various Artists, The American Song-Poem Anthology (Bar/None)
3. Metric, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? (Everloving)
4. Blur, Think Tank (Virgin)
5. Pernice Brothers, Yours, Mine and Ours (Ashmont)
6. The Books, The Lemon of Pink (Tomlab)
7. Howard Hello, Don't Drink His Blood (Temporary Residence)
8. Baby Dodds, Talking and Drum Solos (Atavistic)
9. The Hidden Cameras, The Smell of Our Own (Rough Trade)
10. Currituck Co., Ghost Man on First (Lexicon Devil)

HONORABLE MENTION:

The Organ, Sinking Hearts EP (Global Symphonic)

Nate Patrin

TOP FIVE ALBUMS:

1. Basement Jaxx, Kish Kash (Astralwerks/XL)
2. Atmosphere, Seven's Travels (Rhymesayers/Epitaph)
3. Dizzee Rascal, Boy in Da Corner (XL)
4. The White Stripes, Elephant (V2)
5. Jay-Z, The Black Album (Roc-a-Fella)

TOP FIVE SINGLES:

1. Panjabi MC ft. Jay-Z, "Beware of the Boys" (Sequence)
2. OutKast, "Hey Ya" (Arista)
3. Elephant Man, "Fuck U Sign" (Greensleeves)
4. Beyonce ft. Jay-Z, "Crazy In Love" (Sony)
5. Aesop Rock ft. El-P, "We're Famous" (Definitive Jux)

Nick Phillips

TOP TEN ALBUMS, NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

Hecker, Sun Pandämonium (Mego)
Postal Service, Give Up (Sub-Pop)
The Microphones, Mount Erie (K)
Kevin Drumm, Land of Lurches (Hanson)
Various Artists, New York Noise (Soul Jazz)
The Strokes, Room on Fire (RCA)
William Basinski, Disintegration Loops II (2062)
Dizzee Rascal, Boy In Da Corner (XL)
Lightning Bolt, Wonderful Rainbow (Load)
Ryoji Ikeda, Op (Touch)

Christina Schmitt

TOP EIGHT ALBUMS, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

Cat Power, You Are Free (Matador)
Various Artists, No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion (Rhino)
The White Stripes, Elephant (V2)
Caesars, 39 Minutes of Bliss (In an Otherwise Meaningless World) (Astralwerks/EMD)
Glass Candy, Love Love Love (Troubleman Unlimited)
The Kills, Keep on Your Mean Side (Rough Trade)
Radiohead, Hail To The Thief (Capitol)
Superhopper, Does This Sound Exciting Yet? (Guilt Ridden Pop)
El Punkeke and the Aliens, Mundo Rebellion (Diskos de la Sangre)

TOP TWO SINGLES, IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER:

OutKast, "Hey Ya" (Arista)
Luke's Angels, "Trains" (Sorry Charlie)

Peter S. Scholtes

TOP TEN LOCAL ALBUMS:

1. Atmosphere, Seven's Travels (Rhymesayers/Epitaph)
2. Party of One, Caught the Blast (FatCat)
3. The King of France, Salad Days (Egret)
4. The Soviettes, The Soviettes LP (Adeline)
5. Brother Ali, Shadows on the Sun (Rhymesayers)
6. Grandpaboy, Dead Man Shake (Anti)/Paul Westerberg, Come Feel Me Tremble (Vagrant)
7. Haley Bonar, The Size of Planets (Chairkickers' Union)
8. Big Ditch Road, Ring (Eclectone)
9. Various Artists, Iron Country (Spinout)
10. Various Artists, No Hold Back... All Attack!!! Twin Cities Hardcorepunkrockandroll (self-released)

Kate Silver

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. The Exploding Hearts, Guitar Romantic (Dirtnap)
2. The Clean, Anthology (Merge)
3. Ted Leo/Pharmacists, Hearts of Oak (Lookout!)
4. Giddy Motors, Make it Pop (FatCat)
5. Beulah, Yoko (Velocette)
6. M. Ward, Transfiguration of Vincent (Merge)
7. Broadcast, Haha Sound (Warp)
8. The Decemberists, Her Majesty (Kill Rock Stars)
9. Do Make Say Think, Winter Hymn Country Hymn Secret Hymn (Constellation)
10. The Shins, Chutes Too Narrow (Sub Pop)

Laura Sinagra

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. New Pornographers, Electric Version (Matador)
2. Grandaddy, Sumday (V2)
3. Drive-By Truckers, Decoration Day (New West)
4. Liz Phair, Liz Phair (Capitol)
5. The Strokes, Room on Fire (RCA)
6. Nada Surf, Let Go (Barsuk)
7. Sally Crewe, Drive It Like You Stole It (12XU)
8. Cat Power, You Are Free (Matador)
9. Bubba Sparxxx, Deliverance (BeatClub/Interscope)
10. Atmosphere, Seven's Travels (Rhymesayers)

Anders Smith Lindall

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. The Long Winters, When I Pretend To Fall (Barsuk)
2. M. Ward, Transfiguration of Vincent (Merge)
3. The Shins, Chutes Too Narrow (Sub Pop)
4. Ted Leo/Pharmacists, Hearts of Oak (Lookout!)
5. Patrick Park, Loneliness Knows My Name (Hollywood)
6. Grandaddy, Sumday (V2)
7. Brother Ali, Shadows on the Sun (Rhymesayers)
8. Bonnie Prince Billy, Master and Everyone (Drag City)
9. The Wrens, The Meadowlands (Absolutely Kosher)
10. Fruit Bats, Mouthfuls (Sub Pop)

Yancey Strickler

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. A.R.E. Weapons, A.R.E. Weapons (Rough Trade)
2. A-Frames, 2 (S-S)
3. Justin Timberlake, Justified (Jive)
4. Matthew Dear, Leave Luck to Heaven (Ghostly)
5. The Rapture, Echoes (DFA/Strummer/Universal)
6. The Strokes, Room on Fire (RCA)
7. Bubba Sparxxx, Deliverance (BeatClub/Interscope)
8. Brooks and Dunn, Red Dirt Road (Arista)
9. Beyonce, Crazy in Love (Sony)
10. FannyPack, So Stylistic (Tommy Boy)

Lindsey Thomas

TOP FIVE ALBUMS:

1. Radiohead, Hail to the Thief (Capitol)
2. Supergrass, Life on Other Planets (Island)
3. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Fever to Tell (Interscope)
4. Metric, Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? (Everloving)
5. OutKast, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (Arista)

TOP FIVE SINGLES:

1. The White Stripes, "Seven Nation Army" (V2)
2. Cat Power, "He War" (Matador)
3. The New Pornographers, "The Laws Have Changed" (Matador)
4. The Darkness, "I Believe in a Thing Called Love" (Atlantic)
5. Ima Robot, "Dynomite" (Virgin)

Jim Walsh

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. Lucinda Williams, World Without Tears (Lost Highway)
2. The Strokes, Room on Fire (RCA)
3. Al Green, I Can't Stop (Blue Note)
4. The White Stripes, Elephant (V2)
5. The Thrills, So Much For the City (Virgin)
6. Patrick Park, Loneliness Knows My Name (Hollywood)
7. Eleni Mandell, Country for True Lovers (Zedtone)
8. OutKast, Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (Arista)
9. Evan Dando, Baby I'm Bored (Bar/None)
10. Paul Westerberg, Come Feel Me Tremble (Vagrant)

Oliver Wang

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. Rufus Wainwright, Want One (Dreamworks)
2. Andre 3000, The Love Below (Arista)
3. Jay-Z, The Black Album (Roc-A-Fella)
4. Lyrics Born, Later That Day (Quannum)
5. Styles of Beyond, Megadef (Blackberry)
6. 50 Cent, Get Rich or Die Tryin' (Shady/Aftermath)
7. Lifesavas, Spirit in Stone (Quannum)
8. Bubba Sparxxx, Deliverance (BeatClub/Interscope)
9. Various Artists, Dis Jointed (Dis-Joint)
10. Chairman Mao and Citizen Kane, The Greatest Part (self-released)
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