2009 Albums (scored on a 1-10 scale)
Antony and the Johnsons - The Crying Light [Secretly Canadian] - [8]

10 Best Albums Released in 2008 [alphabetical]
Air France - No Way Down [Phantom Sound]
Crystal Castles - self titled [Last Gang Records]
Fleet Foxes - self titled [Sub Pop]
Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant EP [Sub Pop]
MGMT - Oracular Spectacular [Sony]

Nat Baldwin
- Most Valuable Player [Broken Sparrow]
Portishead - Third [Mercury]
Santogold - self titled [Downtown]
Walkman - You & Me [Gigantic]
Wolf Parade - At Mount Zoomer [Sub Pop]

Music picks for 2007

January - The Good, the Bad & the Queen - self titled [Virgin]............... recommended track: "The Bunting Song"
February - Papercuts - Can't Go Back [Gnomonsong].............. recommended track: "Dear Employee"

March - Panda Bear - Person Pitch [Paw Tracks]....................... recommended track "Ponytail"
April - CocoRosie - The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn [Touch & Go]..........recommended track: "Werewolf"
May - The Clientele - God Save the Clientele [Merge Records].................. recommended track: "Winter on Victoria Street"
June - Lucky Soul - The Great Unwanted (import) [Ruffa Lane].................recommended track: "Struck Dumb"
July - Editors - An End Has a Start [Fader].........................recommended track "Spiders"
August - Mirah and Spectratone International - Share This Place [K. Records]........recommended track "Gestation Of the Sacred Beetle"
September - Nina Nastasia and Jim White - You Follow Me [Fat Cat Records]
October - Devendra Banhart - Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon [Beggars XL]......recommended track "Seashorse"
November - Nellie McKay - Obligatory Villagers [Vanguard]......................demands a complete album listen
December - Burial - Untrue [Hyperdub]..............recommended track "UK"
Best re-issue of '07 - The Modern Lovers - The Modern Lovers [Castle US-- original release '76]

10 Best Albums Released in 2006 [alphabetical]
Beirut - Gulag Orkstar [Ba Da Bing]............................................................recommended track: "After the Curtain"
Karen Dalton - In My Own Time - reissue [Light in the Attic]................recommended track: "Katie Cruel"
El Perro del Mar - self titled [Memphis Industries]................................recommended track: "Candy"
Gothic Archies - The Tragic Treasury: Songs from a Series of Unfortunate Events [Nonesuch].....recommended track: "Crows"

Jolie Holland - Springtime Can Kill You [Anti]........................... ............recommended track: "Springtime Can Kill You"
Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man: Original Soundtrack [Verve Forecast]...recommended track "If It Be Your Will" - Antony

Joanna Newsom - Ys [Drag City]..................................................... ..........recommended track: "Monkey & Bear"
Nina Nastasia - On Leaving [Fat Cat]......................................................recommended track: "Counting Up Your Bones"
Swan Lake - Beast Moans [JagJaguar]......................................................recommended track: "The Freedom"

Tom Waits - Orphans [ANTI] ................................................................. recommended track "Army Ants"

and a dozen others that I liked...
Herbert - Scale [K7]...................................................................recommended track: "Something Isn't Right"
Regina Spektor - Begin to Hope [Sire].......................................................recommended track: "Fidelity"

Arab Strap - Last Romance [Transdreamer]..................................................recommended track: "Stink"

Alejandro Escovedo - The Boxing Mirror [Back Porch]................................recommended track: "Arizona"

Sunset Rubdown - Shut Up I Am Dreaming [Absolutely Kosher]......recommended track: "The Empty Threats of Little Lord"

Josephine Foster - A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing [Locust Music].......recommended track: "Der König in Thule"
Sting - Songs from the Labyrinth [Deutche Grammophon]......................recommended track: "Wilt thou unkind thus reave me"
Sean Lennon - Friendly Fire [Capitol]...............................................................recommended track: "Friendly Fire"
Martha Wainwright - self-titled [Zoe Records]...................................................recommended track: "Far Away"
The Decemberists - The Crane Wife [Capitol].............................. recommended track: "Sons and Daughters"
Band of Horses - Everything All the Time [Sub Pop]..........................recommended track: "I Go to the Barn"
M. Ward - Post- War [Merge].........................................................recommended track: "Rollercoaster"