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)

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)

Brad Zellar

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. Various Artists, Goodbye, Babylon (Dust-to-Digital)
2. John Cale, HoboSapiens (EMI Import)
3. Roswell Rudd and Toumani Diabate, Malicool (Sunny Side)
4. Various Artists, Down in the Basement: Joe Bussard's Treasure Trove of Vintage '78s, 1926-1937 (Old Hat)
5. Andrew Hill, Passing Ships (Blue Note)
6. Postal Service, Give Up (Sub Pop)
7. Damien Rice, O (Vector)
8. Basement Jaxx, Kish Kash (Astralwerks/XL)
9. Various Artists, Miami Sound: Rare Funk and Soul From Miami, Florida, 1967-1974 (Soul Jazz)
10. Atmosphere, Seven's Travels (Rhymesayers/Epitaph)

Chris Ziegler

TOP TEN ALBUMS:

1. Michael Yonkers Band, Microminiature Love (Sub Pop)
2. Deadly Snakes, Ode To Joy (In The Red)
3. Wrangler Brutes, Wrangler Brutes (self-released)
4. Various Artists, Miami Sound: Rare Funk and Soul From Miami, Florida, 1967-1974 (Soul Jazz)
5. Testors, Complete Recordings 1976-1979 (Swami)
6. Okmoniks, Rustle Up Some Action (In-Fi)
7. Mystery Girls, Mystery Girls (Drop Kick)
8. Kid Thomas, Rockin' This Joint Tonite (Norton)
9. Dios, Demo 002 (self-released)
10. Miracle Chosuke, 7/8 Wonders of the World (Dim Mak)

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