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The best music of 2008: The Ballots

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And now, presented so you can find the writer you most closely resemble (or despise), this year's best-of-music ballots. First, some fun facts:

— Of the 30 records on the main list, 22 received a grade of B+ or higher in their initial A.V. Club review. Two were not reviewed (Flying Lotus and The Gaslight Anthem) when they came out. Three got straight Bs (Erykah Badu, Hercules And Love Affair, and Lil Wayne). Two got B-minuses (Vampire Weekend and Wolf Parade). And one got a whopping D+ (sorry, Mates Of State!).

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— Of the 19 people who voted, there were 18 different number-ones.

— We haven't heard of most of the records on Aaron Burgess' list, either.

— The Abe Vigoda and Nick Cave records were cited four times each, but didn't come anywhere near charting.

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— Please use the comments section not only to decry the lameness of our lists, but also to publish your own.

The Ballots

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Joshua Alston, freelancer

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1

Erykah Badu
New Amerykah Pt. 1
(10 pts)

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2

TV On The Radio
Dear Science
(10 pts)

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3

The Foreign Exchange
Leave It All Behind
(10 pts)

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4

Portishead
Third
(9 pts)

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Flying Lotus
Los Angeles
(9 pts)

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Raheem DeVaughn
Love Behind The Melody
(8 pts)

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Q-Tip
The Renaissance
(8 pts)

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Jazzanova
Of All The Things
(7 pts)

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Koushik
Out My Window
(6 pts)

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Black Milk
Tronic
(6 pts)

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Nicholas Payton
Into the Blue
(5 pts)

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12

Stereolab
Chemical Chords
(5 pts)

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13

Daedelus
Love To Make Music To
(3 pts)

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Peter Hadar
Well Dressed For The Art Show
(2 pts)

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15

The Sea And Cake
Car Alarm
(2 pts)

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Christopher Bahn, Minneapolis city editor

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1

Cloud Cult
Feel Good Ghosts (Tea-Partying Through Tornadoes)
(15 pts)

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2

Death Cab For Cutie
Narrow Stairs
(10 pts)

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Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby
Wreckless Eric And Amy Rigby
(9 pts)

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Kasai Allstars
In The 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into A Swimming Fish And Ate The Head Of His Enemy By Magic
(8 pts)

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The Hold Steady
Stay Positive
(8 pts)

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Ladytron
Velocifero
(8 pts)

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7

Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago
(7 pts)

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TV On The Radio
Dear Science
(7 pts)

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9

Atmosphere
When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold
(7 pts)

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10

Retribution Gospel Choir
Retribution Gospel Choir
(7 pts)

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11

Cat Power
Jukebox
(4 pts)

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12

Firewater
The Golden Hour
(4 pts)

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13

James
Hey Ma
(2 pts)

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14

Paul Westerberg
49:00
(2 pts)

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15

DeVotchKa
A Mad And Faithful Telling
(2 pts)

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Andy Battaglia, New York city editor

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1

M83
Saturdays=Youth
(12 pts)

M83's earlier albums brimmed with promise, but their comely electronic textures sounded lifeless in the end—like dramatic gestures that aspired toward grandeur but got hung up where bombast goes to live and die. Saturdays=Youth corrected for that by cleaning up the edges and leaning hard against melody. The result is an album that traffics in songs rather than atmospheres, and even if the songs sound wedded to a sort of Breakfast Club memory of the 1980s, they play as distinctly modern for the space they luxuriate in.

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Erykah Badu
New Amerykah: Part One
(10 pts)

Erykah Badu came back after a few years away with the calmest kind of vengeance, with an evocative series of R&B; sketches sung by a star so starry that she sounds most powerful when barely there.

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Luciano
Fabric 41
(10 pts)

A worldly DJ/producer (grown from a mix of Swiss and Chilean roots), Luciano reconciled dance music's appetite for ecstatic thrills and austere minimalism on a DJ mix that plays just as well on any scale—big vs. small, palpable vs. obscure, hands in the air vs. hands drawing diagrams of beats that build and recede when the mood calls for it.

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Deerhunter
Microcastle
(10 pts)

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5

Lil Wayne
Tha Carter III
(8 pts)

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6

Frightened Rabbit
The Midnight Organ Fight
(8 pts)

Indie-rock done totally right—with more passion than poise, and absolutely no anxiety-of-influence to fight against.

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Of Montreal
Skeletal Lamping
(8 pts)

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8

Los Updates
First If You Please
(8 pts)

More than any other album I loved this year, First If You Please came out as a viable candidate for what pop might sound like in 20 or 30 years. It was made in a minimal-techno mold—as fashioned by the likes of Ricardo Villalobos and Luciano, among many rustling others. But Los Updates mastermind Jorge Gonzalez upends the album's propulsive purpose with songs about sex that writhe, churn, and moan—sometimes awkwardly but also automatically, like songs about sex should.

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Blitzen Trapper
Furr
(8 pts)

It's hard to place what exactly about Blitzen Trapper can make a listener flash so hard on The Band. But it's hard to place Blitzen Trapper in almost every way—save for somewhere near the sweet spot where rootsy rock retains its formative swagger and faith in chance.

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Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago
(5 pts)

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Quiet Village
Silent Movie
(5 pts)

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12

Atlas Sound
Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
(3 pts)

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Nico Muhly
Mothertongue
(3 pts)

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14

Theo Parrish
Sound Sculptures Volume 1
(1 pts)

Maker of a magically patient kind of dance music, Theo Parrish wrings more out of the ephemeral aspects of rhythm and swing than most producers can hope to swallow in a lifetime. His slow, sensuous (and let's just say it: stoner) style of house-music is big in his native Detroit, but Parrish sounds like he'd be at home wherever a few beats can be given time to glisten.

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15

Raphael Saadiq
The Way I See It
(1 pts)

HONORABLE MENTIONS

  • 2562, Aerial
  • Amp Fiddler/Sly & Robbie, Inspiration Information
  • Carl Craig, Sessions
  • Flying Lotus, Los Angeles
  • Kid Creole, Going Places: The August Darnell Years 1976-1983
  • The Mole, As High As The Sky
  • Paavoharju, Laulu Laakson Kukista
  • Ricardo Villalobos, Vasco
  • Stefann Goldman, The Transitory State
  • Kylie Minogue, "Wow"

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Aaron Burgess, freelancer

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1

Opeth
Watershed
(15 pts)

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Meshuggah
obZen
(14 pts)

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Fucked Up
The Chemistry Of Common Life
(14 pts)

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Satyricon
The Age Of Nero
(12 pts)

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Enslaved
Vertebrae
(10 pts)

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Gojira
The Way Of All Flesh
(10 pts)

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Harvey Milk
Life… The Best Game In Town
(9 pts)

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Paint It Black
New Lexicon
(8 pts)

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Leviathan
Massive Conspiracy Against All Life
(6 pts)

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Ceremony
Still Nothing Moves You
(6 pts)

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1

Earth
The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull
(10 pts)

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DeVotchKa
A Mad And Faithful Telling
(10 pts)

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Deerhoof
Offend Maggie
(10 pts)

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Fucked Up
The Chemistry Of Common Life
(10 pts)

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Wye Oak
If Children
(10 pts)

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Bound Stems
The Family Afloat
(10 pts)

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7

Ponytail
Ice Cream Spiritual
(5 pts)

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Abe Vigoda, Skeleton
Black Mountain, In The Future
Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds, Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
The Dears, Missiles
Dengue Fever, Venus On Earth
Doomtree, Doomtree
Damien Jurado, Caught In The Trees
Flying Lotus, Los Angeles
Horse Feathers, House With No Home
Land Of Talk, Some Are Lakes
The Magnetic Fields, Distortion
The Night Marchers, See You In Magic
Oneida, Preteen Weaponry
Parts And Labor, Receivers
Retribution Gospel Choir, Retribution Gospel Choir
Shearwater, Rook
Subtle, ExitingARM
Thee Oh Sees, The Master's Bedroom is Worth Spending A Night In
We Versus The Shark, Dirty Versions
Jim White, Transnormal Skipperoo
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Marc Hawthorne, San Francisco city editor

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1

Coldplay
Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
(10 pts)

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2

American Music Club
The Golden Age
(10 pts)

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3

Sun Kil Moon
April
(10 pts)

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4

Loquat
Secrets Of The Sea
(10 pts)

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5

Kate Nash
Made Of Bricks
(10 pts)

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Sigur Rós
Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
(10 pts)

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The Teenagers
Reality Check
(10 pts)

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Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend
(10 pts)

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The Helio Sequence
Keep Your Eyes Ahead
(10 pts)

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10

Kaki King
Dreaming Of Revenge
(10 pts)

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1

Off With Their Heads
From The Bottom
(15 pts)

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2

Black Mountain
In The Future
(12 pts)

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3

Fucked Up
The Chemistry Of Common Life
(9 pts)

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The Dears
Missiles
(9 pts)

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5

Jay Reatard
Matador Singles '08
(9 pts)

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Trash Talk
Trash Talk
(9 pts)

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Vivian Girls
Vivian Girls
(8 pts)

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The Gaslight Anthem
The '59 Sound
(8 pts)

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Young Widows
Old Wounds
(6 pts)

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Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band
13 Blues For Thirteen Moons
(6 pts)

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Gentleman Jesse And His Men
Gentleman Jesse And His Men
(3 pts)

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Ponytail
Ice Cream Spiritual
(3 pts)

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U.S. Christmas
Eat The Low Dogs
(1 pts)

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Titus Andronicus
The Airing Of Grievances
(1 pts)

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15

The Estranged
Static Thoughts
(1 pts)

RUNNERS UP

Earth, The Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull
Pierced Arrows, Straight To The Heart
The Magnetic Fields, Distortion
Torche, Meanderthal
Bonnie "Prince" Billy, Lie Down In The Light
Saviours, Into Abaddon
No Age, Nouns
New Bloods, The Secret Life
R.E.M., Accelerate
Times New Viking, Rip It Off
Russian Circles, Station

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Sun Kil Moon
April
(15 pts)

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Drive-By Truckers
Brighter Than Creation's Dark
(15 pts)

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The Felice Brothers
The Felice Brothers
(10 pts)

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Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
Dig, Lazarus, Dig!
(10 pts)

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The Hold Steady
Stay Positive
(10 pts)

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Of Montreal
Skeletal Lamping
(4 pts)

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Mudcrutch
Mudcrutch
(4 pts)

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Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago
(4 pts)

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Jay Reatard
Singles 06-07/Matador Singles 08
(4 pts)

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Lupe Fiasco
The Cool
(4 pts)

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Jason Anderson
The Hopeful And Unafraid
(4 pts)

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Parts & Labor
Receivers
(4 pts)

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The Broken West
Now Or Heaven
(4 pts)

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Willie Nelson and Wynton Marsalis
Two Men With The Blues
(4 pts)

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Black Mountain
In The Future
(4 pts)

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Deerhunter, Mircocastle
Headlights, Some Racing, Some Stopping
The Championship, Midnight Golden
Beach House, Devotion
Alejandro Escovedo, Real Animal
Elusive Parallelograms, And Everything Changes
Evangelicals, The Evening Descends
The Black Crowes, Warpaint
Todd Snider, Peace Queer
Marah, Angels Of Destruction
Constantines, Kensington Heights
Conor Oberst, Conor Oberst

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Santogold
Santogold
(12 pts)

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Los Campesinos
Hold On Now Youngster
(12 pts)

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Flight Of The Conchords
Flight Of The Conchords
(10 pts)

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The Gaslight Anthem
The '59 Sound
(10 pts)

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The Cool Kids
The Bake Sale
(10 pts)

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The Hold Steady
Stay Positive
(8 pts)

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Drive-By Truckers
Brighter Than Creation's Dark
(8 pts)

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Girl Talk
Feed The Animals
(8 pts)

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Robyn
Robyn
(6 pts)

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Marnie Stern
This Is It…
(4 pts)

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Duffy
Rockferry
(4 pts)

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Jamie Lidell
Jim
(4 pts)

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Lupe Fiasco
The Cool
(4 pts)

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Fucked Up
The Chemistry Of Common Life
(15 pts)

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Why?
Alopecia
(15 pts)

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Mt. Eerie
Lost Wisdom
(12 pts)

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Subtle
Exiting Arm
(10 pts)

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Hercules And Love Affair
Hercules And Love Affair
(10 pts)

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Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago
(10 pts)

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TV On The Radio
Dear Science
(8 pts)

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Fuck Buttons
Street Horrrsing
(5 pts)

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Sebastien Tellier
Sexualityg
(5 pts)

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Beach House
Devotion
(5 pts)

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No Age
Nouns
(4 pts)

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Facing New York
Get Hot
(4 pts)

RUNNERS UP:

Lykke Li, Youth Novels
Tobacco, Fucked Up Friends
Dr. Dog, Fate
Flying Lotus, Los Angeles
Abe Vigoda, Skeleton
Nick Cave, Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!
Department Of Eagles, In Ear Park
Parenthetical Girls, Entanglements
The Cool Kids, The Bake Sale
Radiohead, In Rainbows
Vampire Weekend, Vampire Weekend
Restiform Bodies, TV Loves You Back

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BEST UNOFFICIAL RELEASES

1. Buck 65, Dirtbike 2/3
2. Buck 65, Dirtbike 1/3
3. Buck 65, Dirtbike 3/3

BEST REISSUE OF A FAMOUS PIMP DOING SPOKEN WORD:

Iceberg Slim, Reflections

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Ne-Yo
Year Of The Gentleman
(15 pts)

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Various Artists
Poplife Presents Poplife Sucks
(15 pts)

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Erykah Badu
New Amerykah Part 1
(10 pts)

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Raphael Saadiq
The Way I See It
(10 pts)

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Hercules And Love Affair
Hercules And Love Affair
(10 pts)

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Portishead
Third
(10 pts)

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Lil Wayne
Tha Carter III
(10 pts)

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Flying Lotus
Los Angeles
(10 pts)

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Fucked Up
The Chemistry Of Common Life
(5 pts)

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Solange
Sol-Angel And The Hadley St. Dreams
(5 pts)

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Jim Noir
Jim Noir
(15 pts)

Jim Noir's 2006 debut Tower Of Love was one of the best collections of songs this decade, but that's also what it felt like: a weird, wonderful mix-tape of sorts. On his follow-up, the bowler-hatted one has turned his spaced-out aesthetic into an actual album, and the result is a delightful one-two punch of songwriting and artistic cohesion. There's a surging immediacy to this set, exploding on the opening "Welcome Commander Jameson" and soaring into the stratosphere with the bouncing electronic-pop gem "All Right." By its end, Noir's sophomore effort is the embodiment of perfect pop music as opposed to pop songs.

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American Music Club
The Golden Age
(14 pts)

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TV On The Radio
Dear Science
(13 pts)

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Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
(12 pts)

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These United States
Crimes
(12 pts)

Jesse Elliott has found a good way to ensure his music never gets pigeonholed: Release two albums in seven months, each eclectic in its own right and yet starkly different. On These United States' March debut A Picture Of The Three Of Us At The Gate To The Garden Of Eden, Elliott found an unusually seamless mix of Postal Service-esque indie electronica ("First Sight") and coolly compelling psych-folk ("Burn This Bridge" and "Slow Crows Over"). Then, in September, he rounded up a full band and released Crimes, a rousing, stylistic romp through roots music and rockabilly. Recorded in Kentucky, Crimes is an ambitious throwdown at a crowded, bourbon-drinking roadhouse, a type of blues-rock not made whatsoever for fans of blues rock.

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Alejandro Escovedo
Real Animal
(10 pts)

Who knows what "rock 'n 'roll" even means anymore? You can take almost any word in the dictionary, add a hyphen and stick "rock" on the end of it, and it's a genre someone's tried to create. "Rock" may now be too ubiquitous for simple characterization, but, if there's any value left in the term's original definition, Alejandro Escovedo's Real Animal is rich indeed. On his ninth studio album, decades into his musical career, Escovedo has an astounding level of passion for the kind of rough, unapologetic rock that finds strength in focus and power in simplicity. Escovedo is not dabbling in artfulness here; Real Animal brings together the swagger of his punk roots and the emotion of his bluesier days.

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Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend
(9 pts)

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Eric Hutchinson
Sounds Like This
(7 pts)

Those looking for an obvious crack on, say, Lindsay Lohan can trust Perez Hilton to supply that to them. Serious music fans would not put much stock in his personal playlist—but after gushing about Hutchinson's Sounds Like This, it appears he at least got one right. Not that it's too hard to find merit in Hutchinson's sophomore studio effort; front to back, Sounds Like This is a playful, piano-powered pop album that brings to mind Stevie Wonder's most freewheelin' days. Sure, on first impression, Hutchinson looks like one of those dime-a-dozen sensitive pretty-boy songwriters who dominate the adult-alternative-driven soundtracks of certain TV network drama series, and, yes, the album is sure to get play in all the mainstream places that will make music snobs gag. But one can't knock the guy for putting out such an energetic, supremely catchy collection of sharply penned songs that people outside of the local independent CD shop will appreciate it.

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Zox
Line In The Sand
(5 pts)

Beginning as a sort of reggae-ska-jam-band, then turning into a sort of generic funk-rock group, Zox never merited much attention, only hinting at any break with conventional "alternative" crapola best kept at community festivals and college bars. Which makes Line In The Sand, the group's third effort, a wonderful reminder that the most unlikely bands can create something worthwhile when they earnestly push themselves to. And Zox certainly have pushed themselves here, with a show of musicianship that lasts long after the CD has stopped spinning. On Line In The Sand, reggae and ska are just diverse elements in a larger musical formula that's open and without limits—whether it's substituting lead guitar with electric violin (it works), or borrowing qualities of The Police and their '80s brethren, or grounding songs in a weepy synth hook (as on "Goodnight"), everything fits and nothing feels forced.

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Wolf Parade
At Mount Zoomer
(4 pts)

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Frightened Rabbit
The Midnight Organ Fight
(15 pts)

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Los Campesinos
Hold On Now Youngster
(15 pts)

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Death Cab For Cutie
Narrow Stairs
(12 pts)

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The Walkmen
You & Me
(12 pts)

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Wolf Parade
At Mount Zoomer
(9 pts)

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Future Of The Left
Curses
(9 pts)

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Sigur Rós
Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
(9 pts)

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Tokyo Police Club
Elephant Shell
(4 pts)

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Spiritualized
Songs In A&E;
(4 pts)

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Retribution Gospel Choir
Retribution Gospel Choir
(4 pts)

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Eef Barzelay
Lose Big
(4 pts)

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Snow Patrol
A Hundred Million Suns
(3 pts)

AWESOME SONGS FROM ALBUMS THAT DIDN'T MAKE THE LIST

Deerhunter, "Little Kids"
R.E.M., "Horse To Water"
Titus Andronicus, "My Time Outside The Womb"
Land Of Talk, "Some Are Lakes"
Forward Russia, "We Are Grey Matter"
Okkervil River, "Calling And Not Calling My Ex"
Bloc Party, "Zephyrus"
Dead Confederate, "The Rat"
Abe Vigoda, "Dead City/Waste Wilderness"
Elbow, "The Bones Of You"
Crooked Fingers, "Let's Not Pretend (To Be New Men)"
The Wombats, "Let's Dance To Joy Division"
Sun Kil Moon, "Moorestown"
Lil Mama, "Lip Gloss"
Los Campesinos, "We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed"
Cold War Kids, "Something Is Not Right With Me"
M83, "Graveyard Girl"
Coldplay, "Lost!"
The Hold Steady, "Stay Positive"
Pink, "So What"
Santogold, "L.E.S. Artistes"

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TV On The Radio
Dear Science
(10 pts)

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Fucked Up
The Chemistry Of Common Life
(10 pts)

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The Walkmen
You & Me
(10 pts)

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Department Of Eagles
In Ear Park
(10 pts)

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Shearwater
Rook
(10 pts)

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Future Of The Left
Curses
(5 pts)

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Spiritualized
Songs In A&E;
(5 pts)

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Lupe Fiasco
The Cool
(5 pts)

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Foals
Antidotes
(5 pts)

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British Sea Power
Do You Like Rock Music?
(5 pts)

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Parenthetical Girls
Entanglements
(5 pts)

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Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
(5 pts)

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These New Puritans
Beat Pyramid
(5 pts)

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Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago
(5 pts)

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Constantines
Kensington Heights
(5 pts)

NEAR MISSES:

The Fall, Imperial Wax Solvent
Wire, Object 47
DeVotchKa, A Mad And Faithful Telling
Nick Cave, Dig Lazarus Dig
Why?, Alopecia
Hercules And Love Affair, Hercules And Love Affair
Delta Spirit, Ode To Sunshine
M83, Saturdays = Youth
Atlas Sound, Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
The Childballads, Cheekbone Hollows
Mt. Eerie, Lost Wisdom
Cool Kids, The Bake Sale
The Dears, Missiles
The Kills, Midnight Boom
White Denim, Exposion
The Black And White Years, The Black And White Years
Re-Up Gang, Clipse Presents: Re-Up Gang
Hello Lovers, Gone With The Wind
Crystal Stilts, Alight Of Night
The Physics Of Meaning, Snake Charmer And Destiny At The Stroke Of Midnight
Abe Vigoda, Skeleton
31Knots, Worried Well
Blood On The Wall, Liferz

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GOOD SONGS FROM ALBUMS NOT ON THE LIST

MGMT, "Time To Pretend"
R.E.M., "Living Well Is The Best Revenge"
Kanye West, "Welcome To Heartbreak"
Cold War Kids, "Something Is Not Right With Me"
Antony And The Johnsons, "Shake That Devil"
The Cure, "This. Here And Now. With You"
Duffy, "Mercy"
Facing New York, "Cops On Bikes"
GZA, "Life Is A Movie"
The Lemurs, "Yours Mine And Ours"
Cadence Weapon, "House Music"
David Byrne/Brian Eno, "Strange Overtones"
Subtle, "The Crow"
School Of Seven Bells, "Wired For Light"
Dead Confederate, "The Rat"
Does It Offend You, Yeah?, "With A Heavy Heart (I Regret To Inform You)"

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MOST IRRITATING SONG OF THE YEAR

TIE: Katy Perry, "I Kissed A Girl" / Lil Wayne, "A Milli" / Yael Naïm, "New Soul"

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BEST REISSUE/REDISCOVERY

Arthur Russell, Love Is Overtaking Me

BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT

TIE: The Streets, Everything Is Borrowed / Of Montreal, Skeletal Lamping

ALBUM THAT DIDN'T MAKE THE LIST OUT OF PRINCIPLE, BUT WHICH IS NEVERTHELESS A LOT OF FUN TO LISTEN TO:

Girl Talk, Feed The Animals

THE ROGER MURTAUGH "I'M TOO OLD FOR THIS SHIT" AWARD:

The Death Set (and anything else from "Wham City")

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No Age
Nouns
(10 pts)

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Fleet Foxes
Fleet Foxes
(10 pts)

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Department Of Eagles
In Ear Park
(8 pts)

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Bonnie "Prince" Billy
Lie Down In The Light
(8 pts)

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Bon Iver
For Emma, Forever Ago
(8 pts)

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The Tallest Man On Earth
Shallow Grave
(8 pts)

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Various Artists
Como Now: The Voices Of Panolo Co., Mississippi
(7 pts)

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Wolf Parade
At Mount Zoomer
(6 pts)

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David "Honeyboy" Edwards
Roamin' And Ramblin'
(5 pts)

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Black Mountain
In The Future
(5 pts)

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Erykah Badu
New Amerykah, Part 1
(5 pts)

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TV On The Radio
Dear Science
(5 pts)

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Lykke Li
Youth Novels
(5 pts)

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Hercules And Love Affair
Hercules And Love Affair
(5 pts)

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Abe Vigoda
Skeleton
(5 pts)

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Los Campesinos!
Hold On Now Youngster
(15 pts)

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Mates Of State
Re-Arrange Us
(14 pts)

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The Walkmen
You & Me
(13 pts)

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TV On The Radio
Dear Science
(12 pts)

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Portishead
Third
(11 pts)

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R.E.M.
Accelerate
(7 pts)

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The Helio Sequence
Keep Your Eyes Ahead
(7 pts)

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Nada Surf
Lucky
(7 pts)

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Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend
(7 pts)

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Kanye West
808s & Heartbreak
(7 pts)

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Steinski
What Does It All Mean?
(10 pts)

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The Cool Kids
The Bake Sale
(10 pts)

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Rhymefest featuring Michael Jackson
Man In The Mirror
(10 pts)

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Nas
Untitled
(10 pts)

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The Mighty Underdogs
Dropping Science Fiction
(10 pts)

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Girl Talk
Feed The Animals
(10 pts)

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Kidz In The Hall
The In Crowd
(10 pts)

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Lupe Fiasco
The Cool
(10 pts)

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Illa J
Yancey Boys
(10 pts)

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Madlib
Beat Konducta Volume 5-6
(10 pts)

HONORABLE MENTIONS

Jake One, White Van Music
J-Zone featuring Chief Chinchilla, Live @ The Liqua Store

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The Walkmen
You & Me
(10 pts)

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David Byrne And Brian Eno
Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
(10 pts)

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Elbow
The Seldom Seen Kid
(10 pts)

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Vampire Weekend
Vampire Weekend
(10 pts)

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Beach House
Devotion
(10 pts)

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Lil Wayne
The Carter III
(10 pts)

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TV On The Radio
Dear Science
(10 pts)

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Neon Neon
Stainless Style
(10 pts)

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Sparks
Exotic Creatures Of The Deep
(10 pts)

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The Dø
A Mouthful
(10 pts)

10 GREAT SONGS FROM NON-TOP-10 ALBUMS

No Kids, "Great Escape"

Rivers Cuomo, "Can't Stop Partying"

Grand Archives, "Sleepdriving"

T.I. featuring Rihanna, "Live Your Life"

The Donkeys, "Nice Train"

Tindersticks, "The Organist Entertains"

Radar Brothers, "When Cold Air Goes To Sleep"

The Dodos, "Park Song"

Margot & The Nuclear So & So's, "I Am A Lightning Rod"

Dominique Leone, "Duyen"

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Mates Of State
Re-Arrange Us
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Death Cab For Cutie
Narrow Stairs
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The Hold Steady
Stay Positive
(9 pts)

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Flight Of The Conchords
Flight Of The Conchords
(9 pts)

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The Gaslight Anthem
The '59 Sound
(9 pts)

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Rise Against
Appeal To Reason
(9 pts)

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Parts & Labor
Receivers
(8 pts)

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TV On The Radio
Dear Science
(8 pts)

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The Roots
Rising Down
(8 pts)

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Crooked Fingers
Forfeit/Fortune
(7 pts)

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Eef Barzelay
Lose Big
(7 pts)

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Lupe Fiasco
The Cool
(3 pts)

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ohGr
Devils In My Details
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