Year End Comments: 2006

This is where my year-end poll-related comments will eventually appear, once I get around to writing them. Past year's comments have been rather extensive: 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002. This year sucked as bad as the others, so presumably there's shit to write about.


The Ballot

First things first. The ballot:

  1. Ornette Coleman: Sound Grammar (Sound Grammar) 15
  2. Todd Snider: The Devil You Know (New Door) 13
  3. Public Enemy: Rebirth of a Nation (Guerrilla Funk) 12
  4. The Coup: Pick a Bigger Weapon (Epitaph) 10
  5. Jon Faddis: Teranga (Koch) 10
  6. Ghostface Killah: Fishscale (Def Jam) 10
  7. Irène Schweizer: Portrait (1984-2004, Intakt) 8
  8. The Klezmatics: Wonder Wheel: Lyrics by Woody Guthrie (JMG) 8
  9. World Saxophone Quartet: Political Blues (Justin Time) 8
  10. Jesus H Christ and the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse (jesushchristrocks.com) 6

Aside from minor point tweaking, I made one change here from the ballot I sent to Idolator's Jackin' Pop poll. That was to insert Irène Schweizer's anthology, which had the effect of bumping Adam Lane's Full Throttle Orchestra off the end. Pazz & Jop doesn't have a separate category for older music, so voters have to decide what to do with it. I generally considered everything previously unreleased regardless of age, but not compilations where everything has previously been available -- the Fats Waller and Bob Wills boxes are two examples I especially admire. Schweizer's case was more on the borderline: it all comes from older albums, but I've never heard any of them, and find that they stack up much more impressively this way than her work does otherwise.

That gives us nine A records, one A-. The latter has its weak spots, but is more fun than its near competitors. I could have picked any of the next dozen or so records, and Lane's is a real good one. More on those below. But one thing I'll comment on here is that this gives me four jazz records. That strikes me as about right, even though in fact it's a consequence of the heavy skew in my working life. I still consider myself a rock critic rather than a jazz critic, but I'm not a lit guy, which gives wordless music a break, and jazz most effectively exploits that break.

For the first time ever (I think), I have a singles list as well. I have trouble with singles for lots of reasons: don't follow lyrics very well, don't listen to radio or anything that might isolate a song from its album, don't keep track of song titles even on albums I know pretty well. I started keeping track of these during the year, and still didn't get very far, so I wound up scratching to fill out the list. I certainly didn't catch them all, and deliberately stayed away from cuts on my top albums, which probably misses the point of the poll.

  1. Tom Waits: "Road to Peace" (Orphans)
  2. Bill Sheffield: "I Don't Hate Nobody" (Journal on a Shelf)
  3. Club D'Elf: "Just Kiddin'" (Now I Understand)
  4. Chris Knight: "Dirt" (Enough Rope)
  5. Hank Williams III: "Dick in Dixie" (Straight to Hell)
  6. Ben Allison: "Tricky Dick" (Cowboy Justice)
  7. Daddy Yankee, "Gasolina DJ Buddha Remix" (Crunk Hits Vol. 2)
  8. Neil Young: "Let's Impeach the President" (Living With War)
  9. Chris Smither: "Origin of Species" (Leave the Light On)
  10. T Bone Burnett: "Blinded by the Darkness" (The True False Identity)

I can't find it now, but somewhere I saw a list of anti-Bush songs, which I would have been happy to crib further from. Also looked at some of the mainstream song lists, where I recognized virtually nothing. I did think about making a mix tape this year, since a friend sends me his. Just didn't get it done.

The Rest of the List

Of course, the good ones don't end at ten. I'm a little short this year compared to last one, but all of the following garnered A- grades this year. The list is long on jazz since that's about 80% of what I listen to -- more because that's my plum writing job and therefore what shows up in the mail than because that's an optimum mix for me.

  1. Adam Lane's Full Throttle Orchestra: New Magical Kingdom (Clean Feed)
  2. The Handsome Family: Last Days of Wonder (Carrot Top)
  3. Mario Pavone Sextet: Deez to Blues (Playscape)
  4. The Harry Allen-Joe Cohn Quartet: Hey, Look Me Over (Arbors)
  5. Odyssey the Band: Back in Time (Pi)
  6. Adam Lane Trio: Zero Degree Music (CIMP)
  7. Cabruêra: Proibido Cochilar: Sambas for Sleepless Nights (Piranha)
  8. Bob Dylan: Modern Times (Columbia)
  9. Steven Bernstein's Millennial Territory Orchestra: MTO Volume 1 (Sunnyside)
  10. Sonic Youth: Rather Ripped (Geffen)
  11. Nik Bärtsch's Ronin: Stoa (ECM)
  12. Satoko Fujii Four: When We Were There (Libra)
  13. Steve Lacy Quintet: Esteem (1975, Atavistic)
  14. Joe Morris Quartet: Beautiful Existence (Clean Feed)
  15. The Hold Steady: Boys and Girls in America (Vagrant)
  16. Tom Waits: Orphans (Anti-, 3CD)
  17. The Rakes: Capture/Release (V2)
  18. Los de Abajo: LDA V The Lunatics (Real World)
  19. The Vandermark 5: A Discontinuous Line (Atavistic)
  20. Ion Petre Stoican: Sounds From a Bygone Age Vol. 1 (1966-77, Asphalt Tango)
  21. The Roots: Game Theory (Def Jam)
  22. Toumani Diabaté's Symmetric Orchestra: Boulevard de l'Indépendence (World Circuit/Nonesuch)
  23. Ben Allison: Cowboy Justice (Palmetto)
  24. The Streets: The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living (Vice/Atlantic)
  25. Maria Muldaur: Heart of Mine: Love Songs of Bob Dylan (Telarc)
  26. KRS-One: Life (Antagonist)
  27. Zentralquartett: 11 Songs -- Aus Teutschen Landen (Intakt)
  28. Gato Libre: Nomad (No Man's Land)
  29. OutKast: Idlewild (La Face/Zomba)
  30. Hallelujah Chicken Run Band: Take One (1974-79, Alula)
  31. Sonny Rollins: Sonny, Please (Doxy)
  32. Fred Anderson: Timeless: Live at the Velvet Lounge (Delmark)
  33. Art Brut: Bang Bang Rock & Roll (Downtown)
  34. Crunk Hits Vol. 2 (2004-05, TVT)
  35. Madonna: I'm Going to Tell You a Secret (Warner Brothers)
  36. Diana Krall: From This Moment On (Verve)
  37. Journey Into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story (1978-86, Rhino, 2CD)
  38. Hank Williams III: Straight to Hell (Bruc, 2CD)
  39. Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (Domino)
  40. François Carrier: Happening (Leo, 2CD)
  41. Bob Reynolds: Can't Wait for Perfect (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  42. Ramón Díaz: Diàleg (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  43. Pink: I'm Not Dead (LaFace/Zomba)
  44. Maurice El Médioni Meets Roberto Rodriguez: Descarga Oriental: The New York Sessions (Piranha)
  45. Drive-By Truckers: A Blessing and a Curse (New West)
  46. Sound in Action Trio: Gate (Atavistic)
  47. Be Your Own Pet (Ecstatic Peace)
  48. Ignacio Berroa: Codes (Blue Note)
  49. The Rapture: Pieces of the People We Love (Universal Motown)
  50. Scott Hamilton: Nocturnes & Serenades (Concord)
  51. Ulf Wakenius: Notes From the Heart (ACT)
  52. The Gothic Archies: The Tragic Treasury: Songs From a Series of Unfortunate Events (Nonesuch)
  53. Soft Machine: Grides (1971, Cuneiform)
  54. Charles Lloyd: Sangam (ECM)
  55. Erik Friedlander: Prowl (Cryptogramophone)
  56. Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou: Éthiopiques 21: Ethiopia Song (1963-96, Buda Musique)
  57. Rabih Abou-Khalil/Joachim Kühn: Journey to the Centre of an Egg (Enja/Justin Time)
  58. Manu Katché: Neighbourhood (ECM)
  59. Jeff Healey & the Jazz Wizards: It's Tight Like That (Stony Plain)
  60. Kékélé: Kinavana (Stern's Africa)
  61. Rhymefest: Blue Collar (J/All I Do)
  62. Harry Miller's Isipingo: Which Way Now (1975, Cuneiform)
  63. The Rough Guide to Bhangra Dance (1998-2005, World Music Network)
  64. Omer Avital: The Ancient Art of Giving (Smalls)
  65. Saborit: Que Linda Es Mi Cuba (Tumi Music)
  66. Clipse: Hell Hath No Fury (Re-Up Gang/Zomba)
  67. Golem: Fresh Off Boat (JDub)
  68. Club D'Elf: Now I Understand (Accurate)
  69. Romica Puceanu & the Gore Brothers: Sounds From a Bygone Age, Vol. 2 (1964-73, Asphalt Tango)
  70. Rudresh Mahanthappa: Codebook (Pi)
  71. Chris Knight: Enough Rope (Drifter's Church)
  72. Les Primitifs du Futur: World Musette (1999, Sunnyside)
  73. Johnny Cash: Personal File (1973-82, Columbia/Legacy, 2CD)
  74. Frank Hewitt: Fresh From the Cooler (1996, Smalls)
  75. Rosanne Cash: Black Cadillac (Capitol) **
  76. Prince: 3121 (Universal) **
  77. Rachid Taha: Diwan 2 (Wrasse)
  78. Bill Sheffield: Journal on a Shelf (American Roots)
  79. Kidd Jordan/Hamid Drake/William Parker: Palm of Soul (AUM Fidelity)
  80. Nils Petter Molvaer: An American Compilation (2001-06, Thirsty Ear)
  81. Maurice Hines: To Nat "King" Cole With Love (Arbors)
  82. Sir Douglas Quintet: Live From Austin TX (1981, New West)
  83. Paul Motian: On Broadway Vol. 4 (Winter & Winter)
  84. Ghostface Killah: More Fish (Def Jam)
  85. Sonic Liberation Front: Change Over Time (High Two)
  86. Moncef Genoud: Aqua (Savoy Jazz)
  87. Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor (Atlantic)
  88. Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid: The Exchange Session Vol. 1 (Domino)
  89. Bill Carrothers: Shine Ball (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  90. Carneyball Johnson (Akron Cracker)
  91. This Moment in Black History: It Takes a Nation (of Assholes to Hold Us Back) (Cold Sweat)
  92. New York Dolls: Some Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This (Roadrunner)
  93. Hat: Hi Ha (Fresh Sound New Talent)
  94. The David S. Ware Quartet: BalladWare (Thirsty Ear)
  95. Guitar Gabriel & the Brothers in the Kitchen: Toot Blues (1991, Music Maker)
  96. The Green Arrows: 4-Track Recording Session (1974-79, Alula)
  97. Thunderbirds Are Now!: Make History (Frenchkiss)
  98. Junk Box: Fragment (Libra)
  99. Vittor Santos: Renewed Impressions (Adventure Music)
  100. T Bone Burnett: The True False Identity (DMZ/Columbia)
  101. Merle Haggard: Live From Austin TX (1985, New West)
  102. Thomas Strønen: Pohlitz (Rune Grammofon)
  103. Hazmat Modine: Bahamut (Barbès)
  104. Bruce Springsteen: We Shall Overcome: The Seeger Sessions (Columbia)
  105. Mohammed "Jimmy" Mohammed: Takkabel! (Terp)
  106. Willie Nelson: You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker (Lost Highway)
  107. Mr. Lif: Mo' Mega (Definitive Jux)
  108. Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins: Rabbit Fur Coat (Team Love)

The above list is pretty much a snapshot of my Year 2006 list, but I've moved a few items from the compilations section into it, mostly because they represent new music -- at least new to Americans. (Actually, I haven't been totally consistent about how I organize them, so this is a partial adjustment. One I was tempted to move up was Irène Schweizer, since it was all new to me. But it also would have meant cracking into my meticulously constructed ballot list.)

That leaves the following A-list compilations and reissues, again mostly straight from the 2006 file, but with the two separate lists merged together.

  1. Chuck Berry: The Definitive Collection (1955-72, Geffen/Chess/Chronicles)
  2. Night in Tunisia: The Very Best of Dizzy Gillespie (1946-49, Bluebird/Legacy)
  3. Wilson Pickett: The Definitive Collection (1961-71, Atlantic/Rhino, 2CD)
  4. The Essential George Jones (1954-99, Epic/Legacy, 2CD)
  5. Fats Waller: If You Got to Ask, You Ain't Got It (1926-43, Bluebird/Legacy, 3CD)
  6. Muddy Waters: The Definitive Collection (1948-76, Geffen/Chess/Chronicles)
  7. Buddy Holly: The Definitive Collection (1956-58, Geffen/Decca/Chronicles)
  8. Sonny Rollins: Milestone Profiles (1972-2001, Milestone)
  9. God Bless the Child: The Very Best of Billie Holiday (1935-42, Columbia/Legacy)
  10. Ska Bonanza: The Studio One "Ska" Years (1961-65, Heartbeat, 2CD)
  11. Etta James: The Definitive Collection (1954-2004, Geffen/Chronicles)
  12. Bob Wills: Legends of Country Music (1932-73, Columbia/Legacy, 4CD)
  13. Big Youth: Screaming Target (1973, Trojan/Sanctuary)
  14. New Order: Singles (1981-2005, Rhino, 2CD)
  15. Pérez Prado: The Hits (1949-59, RCA/Legacy)
  16. Ernest Tubb: The Definitive Collection (1941-67, MCA Nashville/Chronicles)
  17. Mott the Hoople: Mott (1973, Columbia/Legacy)
  18. One O'Clock Jump: The Very Best of Count Basie (1936-42, Columbia/Legacy)
  19. Thomas Mapfumo: Spirits to Bite Our Ears: The Singles Collection 1977-1986 (DBK)
  20. The Miles Davis Quintet: The Legendary Prestige Quintet Sessions (1955-58, Prestige, 4CD)
  21. Allen Ginsberg: First Blues (1971-81, Water, 2CD)
  22. The Best of Delroy Wilson: Original Eighteen Deluxe Edition (1964-70, Heartbeat)
  23. Otis Redding: Stax Profiles (1966-68, Stax)
  24. Augustus Pablo: King David's Melody (1975-82, Shanachie)
  25. Archie Shepp: The Impulse Story (1964-72, Impulse)
  26. Joe Henderson: Milestone Profiles (1967-75, Milestone)
  27. Freddie McGregor: Bobby Babylon (1980, Heartbeat)
  28. Downbeat the Ruler: Killer Instrumentals From Studio One (1966-74, Heartbeat)
  29. Andrew Hill: Pax (1965, Blue Note)
  30. Everybody's Talkin': The Very Best of Harry Nilsson (1967-77, RCA/Legacy)
  31. The Best of Studio One (1967-80, Heartbeat)
  32. John Coltrane: The Impulse Story (1961-67, Impulse)
  33. '70s Soul: Gold (1970-79, Hip-O, 2CD)
  34. Sonny Rollins: The Impulse Story (1965-66, Impulse)
  35. Rufus Thomas: Stax Profiles (1967-75, Stax)
  36. The Essential Charley Pride (1966-84, RCA Nashville/Legacy, 2CD) *
  37. Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane: The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings (1957, Riverside, 2CD)
  38. Earl King: The Sonet Blues Story (1977, Verve)
  39. Best of Luna (1992-2004, Elektra/Rhino)
  40. Buddy Guy: Can't Quit the Blues (1957-2005, Silvertone/Legacy, 3CD)
  41. African Head Charge: Off the Beaten Track (1986, Anthology)
  42. Jerry Lee Lewis: The Definitive Collection (1957-81, Hip-O/Chronicles)
  43. Mott the Hoople: All the Young Dudes (1972, Columbia/Legacy)
  44. Serge Chaloff: Boston Blow-Up! (1955, Capitol Jazz)
  45. Do You Love Him Like You Say: The Very Best of Terence Trent D'Arby (The Hits) (1987-95, Columbia/Legacy)
  46. The Staple Singers: Stax Profiles (1969-73, Stax)
  47. Fatboy Slim: The Greatest Hits: Why Try Harder (1996-2006, Astralwerks)
  48. Big Joe Williams: The Sonet Blues Story (1972, Verve)
  49. Champion Jack Dupree: The Sonet Blues Story (1971, Verve)
  50. Buck Owens: 21 #1 Hits: The Ultimate Collection (1963-88, Rhino)
  51. Pärson Sound (1966-68, Anthology, 2CD)
  52. Tom T. Hall: The Definitive Collection (1968-84, Hip-O)
  53. Waylon Jennings: Nashville Rebel (1958-95, RCA Nashville/Legacy, 4CD)
  54. Steve Earle: The Definitive Collection (1983-97, Hip-O)
  55. Fred Neil (1967, Water)
  56. Andrew Hill: Smoke Stack (1963, Blue Note)
  57. Conway Twitty: Gold (1958-91, MCA Nashville, 2CD)
  58. Pharoah Sanders: The Impulse Story (1966-73, Impulse)
  59. Marlo Thomas: Free to Be . . . You and Me (1972, Arista/Legacy)
  60. Brian Eno/David Byrne: My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1979-80, Nonesuch)
  61. The House That Trane Built: The Best of Impulse Records (1961-76, Impulse)

Numbers

To get to the lists above I worked my way through 1075 albums -- 744 new, 331 old. I haven't broken them down by genre yet, but the count below shows that 77.7% of the new records are jazz. That's because the Jazz Consumer Guide has more upside for the publicists and musicians who send me stuff. I also get some world music and a sizable quantity of reissues for Recycled Goods, but new non-jazz, non-world music has been hard to come by. A 20-week run with F5 here in Wichita helped a bit, but that's done with now -- they've gone under -- and I never got around to exploiting it much anyhow. Even as the raw numbers are up this year, I've bought fewer records than since, well, I don't know when. The main factor, aside from not having enough time or money, has been the lack of any good record stores where I live. I took one trip to Detroit this year, good for a few used things, but that's about it. Sometimes I'll pick up a new record -- rap mostly -- at Best Buy when it's on sale or cheap enough. And sometimes I'll mail order, but less so this year than any since I moved back to Wichita.

OK, the following is an initial stab at a genre/grade breakdown table. The categories are somewhat arbitrary. In particular, country and blues lean toward the alt end of the spectrum, which means they could be filed under rock. Also, Latin is divided between jazz and world. The non-jazz skews toward the left, because I buy stuff there I expect to be good. The jazz is a more normal distribution, although compared to other genres it's probably skewed left also -- I don't run into a lot of bad jazz, and I rarely knock merely competent stuff even when it doesn't catch my fancy.

GENREAA-3*2*1*BB-C+CC-TOT
Jazz 3 45 66137125 85 26 5 6 4502
Rock 1 23 7 4 5 11 2 1 54
Rap 3 8 2 1 1 15
World 1 10 7 6 6 5 2 37
Country 5 1 3 2 6 17
Blues 3 1 1 1 2 1 9
Folk 1 1 1 3
Classical 1 2 2 1 6
Soundtrack 1 2 3
TOTALS 008094086152144114029008006005646

The bottom line from this table is: whether I like it or not, the only kind of music that I really cover is jazz. The following table breaks jazz, rock, and world down into some subcategories. Again, these categories are rather arbitrarily applied:

GENREAA-3*2*1*BB-C+CC-TOT
Jazz: Avant 1 20 20 24 21 8 2 96
Jazz: Mainstream 2 10 35 87 63 51 16 2 2 1269
Jazz: Retro 4 3 6 3 16
Jazz: Fusion 5 2 2 8 3 2 1 1 24
Jazz: World 4 4 8 9 3 1 29
Jazz: Vocal 3 5 11 14 11 1 3 2 2 52
Jazz: Pop 2 4 6 4 1 17
Rock: Songwriter 1 10 6 1 3 7 28
Rock: Group 12 1 1 2 1 17
Rock: R&B 1 1 1 1 1 5
Rock: Techno 2 1 1 1 4
World: African 4 4 1 1 1 11
World: Asian 1 1 1 3
World: European 1 1 1 3 6
World: Klezmer 1 1 1 2 5
World: Latin 4 1 3 2 1 1 12
TOTALS 008094086152144114029008006005646

Old music is more evenly distributed by genre:

GENRE A+A A-3*2*1*B B-C+C C-D+D D-TOT
Rock 1 414 313101813 7 5 4 1 2 2 97
Jazz 613 8121220 3 1 2 77
World 313 8 5 6 6 2 1 44
Blues 2 4 7 5 2 3 23
Country 3 6 1 3 1 4 1 19
Folk 1 1 1 1 4
Rap 1 2 3
Gospel 1 1 1 3
Soundtrack 1 1 2
Comedy 1 1 2
Classical 1 1
TOTALS 0118523041325519100804010202275

Competitive Research

Idolator's Jackin' Pop poll came out while I was working on this. Polling 497 critics (overwhelmingly rock critics), it provides a pretty good sense of consensus critical opinion. The following are the top-ranked records (down to 50 points; in parens: points/voters) that I haven't heard -- as of when the list was compiled (5/10, 11/20, 17/30, 24/40, 33/50, and it gets worse from there):

  1. TV on the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain (1338/125)
  2. Joanna Newsom: Ys (883/84)
  3. The Knife: Silent Shout (607/56)
  4. Neko Case: Fox Confessor Brings the Flood (588/58)
  5. Belle & Sebastian: The Life Pursuit (586/54)
  6. Hot Chip: The Warning (529/54)
  7. Justin Timberlake: FutureSex/LoveSounds (470/44)
  8. Cat Power: The Greatest (444/44)
  9. The Decembrists: The Crane Wife (434/42)
  10. Girl Talk: Night Ripper (420/38)
  11. Destroyer: Destroyer's Rubies (395/37)
  12. Jay Dee aka J Dilla: Donuts (384/35)
  13. T.I.: King (367/36)
  14. Yo La Tengo: I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass (364/33)
  15. Scott Walker: The Drift (350/31)
  16. Mastodon: Blood Mountain (342/30)
  17. The Thermals: The Body, the Blood, the Machine (315/29)
  18. Band of Horses: Everything All the Time (301/31)
  19. Lily Allen: Alright, Still (291/30)
  20. Regina Spektor: Begin to Hope (284/28)
  21. Grizzly Bear: Yellow House (274/29)
  22. My Chemical Romance: The Black Parade (271/29)
  23. Scritti Politti: White Bread, Black Beer (259/23)
  24. Beirut: Gulag Orkestar (235/22)
  25. DJ Drama & Lil Wayne: Dedication 2 (226/24)
  26. Love Is All: Nine Times That Same Song (226/23)
  27. Liars: Drum's Not Dead (226/20)
  28. Junior Boys: So This Is Goodbye (218/23)
  29. Thom Yorke: The Eraser (208/22)
  30. Midlake: The Trials of Van Occupanther (200/20)
  31. M. Ward: Post-War (181/17)
  32. Peter, Bjorn & John: Writer's Block (175/18)
  33. Burial (175/15)
  34. The Raconteurs: Broken Toy Soldiers (174/18)
  35. Califone: Roots and Crowns (172/16)
  36. CSS: Cansei de Ser Sexy (164/17)
  37. Mission of Burma: The Obliterati (159/15)
  38. Beck: The Information (157/17)
  39. Brightblack Morning Light (156/15)
  40. Tim Hecker: Harmony in Ultraviolet (151/15)
  41. Camera Obscura: Let's Get Out of This Country (147/14)
  42. Matmos: The Rose Has Teeth in the Mouth of a Beast (140/14)
  43. Boris: Pink (137/14)
  44. Spank Rock: YoYoYoYoYo (136/13)
  45. Islands: Return to the Sea (134/14)
  46. The Blow: Paper Television (133/14)
  47. The Game: Doctor's Advocate (132/15)
  48. Johnny Cash: American V: A Hundred Highways (130/13)
  49. The Strokes: First Impressions of Earth (130/13)
  50. Silversun Pickups: Carnavas (122/12)
  51. Phoenix: It's Never Been Like That (120/13)
  52. Herbert: Scale (113/11)
  53. Danielson: Ships (111/11)
  54. The Long Blondes: Someone to Drive You Home (111/11)
  55. Ellen Allien and Apparat: Orchestra of Bubbles (109/12)
  56. Final Fantasy: He Poos Clouds (108/11)
  57. Nas: Hip-Hop Is Dead (105/9)
  58. The Black Angels: Passover (102/11)
  59. Scissor Sisters: Ta-Dah (100/11)
  60. The Mountain Goats: Get Lonely (98/9)
  61. Man Man: Six Demon Bag (97/9)
  62. The Ark: State of the Ark (97/8)
  63. Sunset Rubdown: Shut Up I Am Dreaming (92/10)
  64. Muse: Black Holes and Revelations (92/9)
  65. Comets on Fire: Avatar (91/10)
  66. Kelis: Kelis Was Here (90/9)
  67. Red Hot Chili Peppers: Stadium Arcadium (90/7)
  68. Pearl Jam (89/9)
  69. Wolfmother (89/9)
  70. Pernice Brothers: Live a Little (89/8)
  71. Booka Shade: Movements (88/9)
  72. Lindsey Buckingham: Under the Skin (86/9)
  73. Juana Molina: Son (84/9)
  74. LCD Soundsystem: 45:33 Nike/Original Run (84/9)
  75. Espers: Espers II (81/9)
  76. Asobi Seksu: Citrus (79/8)
  77. Damone: Out Here All Night (79/7)
  78. Beyoncé: B'Day (78/8)
  79. Shearwater: Palo Santo (76/7)
  80. Sparks: Hello Young Lovers (76/7)
  81. Calexico: Garden Ruin (75/8)
  82. Fiery Furnaces: Bitter Tea (75/8)
  83. The Walkmen: A Hundred Miles Off (75/8)
  84. Marit Larsen: Under the Surface (75/7)
  85. Basement Jaxx: Crazy Itch Radio (74/8)
  86. Converge: No Heroes (73/8)
  87. Guillemots: Through the Windowpane (73/6)
  88. Built to Spill: You in Reverse (72/7)
  89. Paris Hilton: Paris (72/6)
  90. The Format: Dog Problems (71/6)
  91. The Pipettes: We Are the Pipettes (70/7)
  92. Ricardo Villalobos: Fizheuer Zieheuer (70/6)
  93. Christina Aguilera: Back to Basics (69/8)
  94. Solomon Burke: Nashville (68/8)
  95. The Dresden Dolls: Yes, Virginia . . . (67/6)
  96. Beach House (67/6)
  97. Cursive: Happy Hollow (66/7)
  98. Mew: And the Glass-Handed Kites (66/6)
  99. Kelley Stoltz: Below the Branches (66/5)
  100. OOIOO: Taiga (65/8)
  101. The Sword: Age of Winters (65/7)
  102. Young Jeezy: Thug Motivation 102: The Inspiration (65/6)
  103. Subtle: For Hero: For Fool (64/7)
  104. Bonnie "Prince" Billy: The Letting Go (62/7)
  105. Goldfrapp: Supernature (62/6)
  106. Om: Conference of the Birds (61/6)
  107. The Twilight Singers: Powder Burns (60/6)
  108. J Dilla: The Shining (59/7)
  109. Los Lobos: The Town & the City (59/6)
  110. Melvins: (A) Senile Animal (59/6)
  111. Vetiver: To Find Me Gone (59/6)
  112. Aloe Blacc: Shine Through (58/6)
  113. His Name Is Alive: Detrola (58/6)
  114. Mogwai: Mr. Beast (58/5)
  115. E-40: My Ghetto Report Card (58/5)
  116. Van Hunt: On the Jungle Floor (57/5)
  117. The Flaming Lips: At War With the Mystics (56/6)
  118. Lindstrom: It's a Feedelity Affair (53/5)
  119. Trae: Restless (52/5)
  120. Tanya Stephens: Rebelution (52/5)

The full list runs to 1300 records.