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Best Rock Albums
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    8/10
  1. Shit And Shine: Ladybird (Latitudes)
  2. Toby Driver: In the L..L..Library Loft (Tzadik)
  3. Mars Volta: Frances The Mute (Universal)
    7.5/10
  4. Tera Melos: Tera Melos (Sargent House)
  5. Orthrelm: OV (Ipecac)
  6. Grouper: Way Their Crept (Free Porcupine Society)
  7. Colleen: The Golden Morning Breaks (Leaf)
  8. Xiu Xiu: La Foret (5 Rue Christine)
  9. Hella: Church Gone Wild / Chirpin Hard (Suicide Squeeze)
  10. David Thomas Broughton: The Complete Guide To Insufficiency (Plug Research)
  11. Rosetta: The Galilean Satellites (Translation Loss)
  12. Eluvium: Talk Amongst The Trees (Temporary Residence)
  13. Sufjan Stevens: Illinois (Asthmatic Kitty)
  14. Shugo Tokumaru: L.S.T. (Active Suspension)
    7/10
  15. Acid Mothers Temple: Iao Chant From The Cosmic Inferno (Ace Fu)
  16. Yellow Swans: Psychic Secession (Numerical Thief)
  17. Jens Lekman: Oh You're So Silent Jens (Secretly Canadian)
  18. Decemberists: Picaresque (Kill Rock Stars)
  19. Eels: Blinking Lights And Other Revelations (Vagrant)
  20. Richard Chartier: Tracing (Non Visual Objects)
  21. Paul Dolden: Delires De Plaisirs (Empreintes Digitales)
  22. Andrew Bird: The Mysterious Production Of Eggs (Righteous Babe)
  23. Safety Scissors: Tainted Lunch (Scape)
  24. Infidel? Castro: Bioentropic Damage Fractal (Crucial Blast)
  25. Between the Buried and Me: Alaska (Victory)
  26. Akron/Family: Akron/Family (Young God)
  27. Fiery Furnaces: Rehearsing My Choir (Rough Trade)
  28. Bird Show: Green Inferno (Kranky)
  29. Harris Newman: Accidents with Nature and Each Other (Strange Attractors)
  30. Serena-Maneesh: Serena-Maneesh (Playlouder)
  31. Black Dice: Broken Ear Record (DFA)
  32. Caribou: The Milk Of Human Kindness (Leaf)
  33. Nudge: Cached (Kranky)
  34. Sunn O))): Black One (Southern Lord)
  35. Menomena: Under An Hour (Film Guerrero)
  36. System Of A Down: Mezmerize (Columbia)
  37. Lorna: Static Patterns & Souvenirs (Words On Music)
  38. Khanate: Capture & Release (Hydra Head)
  39. By The End Of Tonight: A Tribute To Tigers (Temporary Residence)
  40. Kevin Blechdom: Eat My Heart Out (Chicks On Speed)
  41. Mountains Mountains (Apestaartje)
  42. No-Neck Blues Band: Qvaris (5 Rue Christine)
  43. Corrupted: El Mundo Frio (HG Fact)
  44. Dirty Projectors: The Getty Address (Western Vinyl)
  45. Fear Falls Burning: He Spoke in Dead Tongues (Projekt)
  46. My Cat Is An Alien: The Cosmological Eye Trilogy (Last Visible Dog)
  47. Wolf Parade: Apologies To The Queen Mary (Sub Pop)
  48. Jasun Martz: The Pillory/ The Battle (Under the Asphalt)
  49. Pamela Z: A Delay Is Better (Starkland)
  50. Jan Jelinek: Kosmischer Pitch (scape)
  51. Monarch: 666 (Solitude)
  52. Earthless: Sonic Prayer (Gravity)
  53. Venetian Snares: Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett (Planet Mu)
  54. Wold: L.O.T.M.P. (Profound Love)
  55. Okkervil River: Black Sheep Boy (Jagjaguwar)
  56. Black Lips: Let It Bloom (In The Red)
  57. Daedelus: Exquisite Corpse (Ninja Tune)
  58. Gang Gang Dance: God's Money (Social Registry)
  59. Kammerflimmer Kollektief: Absencen (Staubgold)
  60. Darkspace: II (Avantgarde)
  61. Suishou No Fune: Suishou No Fune (Japanoise)
  62. Kanye West: Late Registration (Roc-A-Fella)
  63. Tape: Rideau (Hapna)
  64. Gogol Bordello: Gypsy Punks (Side One Dummy)
  65. Green Milk From The Planet Orange: City Calls Revolution (Beta-Lactam Ring)
  66. Double Leopards: A Hole Is True (Troubleman Unlimited)
  67. Psychic Paramount: Gamelan Into The Mink Supernatural (No Quarter)
  68. Combat Astronomy: The Dematerialized Passenger (Discus)
  69. Horse The Band: The Mechanical Hand (Koch)
  70. Times New Viking: Dig Yourself (Siltbreeze)
  71. Cadence Weapon: Breaking Kayfabe (Upper Class)
  72. Lil Wayne: Tha Carter II (Cash Money)
Songs
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  1. Banaroo: Dubi Dam Dam
  2. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah: The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth
  3. Gogol Bordello: Think Locally Fuck Globally
  4. Grouper: Hold A Desert Feel Its Hand
  5. Hella: Imaginary Friends
  6. Serena-Maneesh: Drain Cosmetics
  7. System Of A Down: B.Y.O.B.
  8. Bloc Party: Banquet
  9. Eels: The Stars Shine In The Sky Tonight
  10. Jens Lekman: Black Cab
  11. Chuck Bettis: Deathmetal Dancehall
  12. Nudge: Parade
  13. Harris Newman: Driving All Night
  14. Caribou: Yeti
  15. Lorna: The Last Mosquito Fight Of Summer
  16. M83: A Guitar and a Heart
  17. Animal Collective: Grass
  18. Sufjan Stevens: The Man of Metropolis Steals Our Hearts
  19. Wold: Lug-Dunum
  20. Rihanna: Pon De Replay
  21. Architecture In Helsinki: It's 5
  22. Hella: Gold Mine Gold Yours
  23. Dirty Projectors: Warholian Wigs
  24. Okkervil River: A Stone
  25. Shugo Tokumaru: Kiiro
  26. Malcolm Middleton: Devastation
  27. Safety Scissors: After Disaster
  28. Pissed Jeans: Boring Girls
  29. Vitalic: Newman
  30. Okkervil River: Song Of Our So-Called Friend
  31. We Are Wolves: Non Stop
  32. Patrick Wolf: Tristan
  33. Decemberists: The Infanta
  34. Death Cab For Cutie: Soul Meets Body
  35. M83: Teen Angst
  36. Times New Viking: Lion & Oil
  37. Sons and Daughters: Taste the Last Girl
  38. Thao Nguyen: What About
  39. Vitalic: My Friend Dario
  40. Bachelorette: My Electric Husband
  41. Maximo Park: Apply Some Pressure
  42. Shugo Tokumaru: Mist
  43. Lil Wayne: Hustler Musik
  44. Wingdale Community Singers: Rat on the Tracks
  45. Belbury Poly: Wildspot
  46. Quasimoto: Closer
  47. Roisin Murphy : Ramalama
  48. Andrew Jackson Jihad (AJJ): Ladykiller
  49. Amy Rigby: Dancing With Joey Ramone

Extended compositions
  1. Shit And Shine: Ladybird
  2. Tera Melos: Melody 8
  3. Orthrelm: OV
  4. Yellow Swans: True Union
  5. Acid Mothers Temple: OM Riff from The Cosmic Inferno
  6. Toby Driver: Kandu vs Corky (Horrorca)
  7. Mars Volta: Cygnus Vismund Cygnus
  8. Menomena: Water
  9. Khanate: Release
  10. Pelican: March To The Sea
  11. James Blackshaw: Sunshrine
  12. Rosetta: Sol
  13. Corrupted: El Mundo Frio
  14. Grouper: Close Cloak
  15. Caribou: A Final Warning
  16. Infidel? Castro: (In) Voluntary Emotional Response
  17. Wolf Eyes: A2
  18. Earthless: Flower Travelin' Man
  19. Green Milk From The Planet Orange: Concrete City Breakdown
  20. Mars Volta: Cassandra Gemini
  21. Rick Cox: Fade
  22. Richard Chartier: Tracing
  23. Sunn O))): Bathory Erzebet
  24. Necks: See Through
  25. Bird Show: Always Never Sleep
  26. Sigur Ros: Milano
  27. Boredoms: Seadrum
  28. Fiery Furnaces: Seven Silver Curses
  29. Colleen: Everything Lay Still
  30. Nadja: Autosomal
  31. Aki Peltonen: Finnish Waltz
  32. Jesu: Sun Day
  33. Fiery Furnaces: 4823 22nd Street
  34. Paul Dolden: Entropic Twilights
  35. Mountains: Paper Windmill
  36. No-Neck Blues Band: The Caterpillar Heart
  37. Toby Driver: Eptaceros
  38. Jasun Martz: The Battle/ First Movement
  39. Sunn O))): Cry For The Weeper
  40. Eluvium: Taken
  41. Out Hud: Dear Mr Bush
  42. LCD Soundsystem: Yeah
  43. Double Leopards: Out Of One Through One And To One
  44. Sunroof: Be Sure To Boogie
  45. Subarachnoid Space: Duster
  46. Mrtyu: Rites Of Death In Body Temple
  47. Dream Theater: Octavarium
  48. Pita: Like Watching Shit on a Shelf
  49. 1349: Hellfire
  50. Fursaxa: Tyranny
  51. Venetian Snares: Ketsarku Mozgalom
  52. David Thomas Broughton: Unmarked Grave
  53. DJ Koze: Brutalga Square
  54. Meshuggah: In Death Is Death
  55. Suishou No Fune: The Blue Bird - Betrayal and Freedom
  56. Monarch: Les Lumieres Have Been Blown Out
  57. Psychic Paramount: Gamelan Into The Mink Supernatural
  58. Alps: The River Lies With The The Lilies
  59. Nadja: Memory Leak
  60. Raccoo-Oo-Oon: The Canyons Long Winding Words
  61. Steven Smith: Crown of Marches
  62. Mountains: Down Under The Manhattan Bridge Overpass
  63. Monument of Urns: The Ancient Method
  64. Red Sparowes: Alone And Unaware
  65. White Rainbow: Zome
  66. Double Leopards: White Cadillac
  67. Combat Astronomy: The Dematerialised Passenger
  68. Akron Family: Italy
  69. Sunn O))): Orthodox Caveman
  70. Ascanio Borga: Bad Ground
  71. Volcano the Bear: Curly Robot
  72. Vladislav Delay: The Second Quarter
Jazz

    7.5/10
  1. Territory Band: A New Horse for the White House (october 2005)
  2. Acoustic Ladyland: Last Chance Disco (Babel)
  3. Dave Douglas: Mountain Passages (Green Leaf)
  4. Either/Orchestra: Ethiopiques 20: Live In Addis (Buda Musique)
  5. Keith Rowe: The Room (Earstwhile)
    7/10
  6. Vijay Iyer: Reimagining (Savoy)
  7. Ken Vandermark: Alchemia (Not Two)
  8. Alex Von Schlippenbach: Monk's Casino (Intakt)
  9. Michael Attias: Renku (Playscape)
  10. Edmund Welles: Agrippa's 3 Books (Self-Released)
  11. Free Music Ensemble: Cuts (Okkadisk)
  12. Mats Gustafsson: Catapult (Doubt)
  13. Wayne Shorter: Beyond The Sound Barrier (Verve)
  14. Terence Blanchard: Flow (Blue Note)
  15. Dave Holland: Over Time (Dare2)
  16. Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra: Not In Our Name (Verve)
  17. Benny Greb's Grebfruit (2005)

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