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Best of 2009

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1. Pomegranates – Everybody, Come Outside! From the first few seconds, it was clear that this was the album where Pomegranates went from promising to amazing. 2. Grant Hart – Hot Wax Knowingly or not, Grant Hart went back and explored the influences that he poured into his work with Hüsker Dü. The results are astounding. 3. Rachel Taylor Brown… Read more »

Best of the 2000s

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Well, these are kinda, sorta in order. Well, after the top 20 or so, you can probably take the order with a grain of salt actually. The point, though, is that these are all albums from the last ten years that are worth hearing. 1. Death Cab for Cutie – Transatlanticism (2003) 2. The Velvet Teen – Elysium (2004) 3…. Read more »

Best Albums of 2008

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Baseball Project – Vol. 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying QuailsJust on the surface, this great album about baseball is worth hearing, but what it tells us on a deeper level is its (and baseball’s) case for greatness. Bigelf – Cheat the GallowsAll that’s grand gets both celebrated and criticized on this amazingly present retro album. De Novo Dahl – Move… Read more »

Top 20 (or so) of 2007

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I have to say that 2007 was a good year for my ears. I didn’t spend a lot of time scouring the pop charts, but there’s so much out there that one doesn’t have to look very hard to find some good stuff just beneath the surface in just about any genre. (I didn’t really stick to 20, because I’d… Read more »

The Worst of 2007

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While I heard a lot of really good music in 2007, the year wasn’t without its clunkers. Let’s get them out of the way today and be free to enjoy the best 2007 had to offer tomorrow. 5. Mountain – Masters of War: Why does Leslie West think Bob Dylan needs Mountain to prove his relevance? After this disaster of… Read more »