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Staff Top Tens for 2016

Andrew C.
DJ Shadow "The Mountain Will Fall" (Mass Appeal)
Angel Olsen "My Woman" (Jagjaguwar)
Kendrick Lamar "Untitled Unmastered" (Top Dawg Entertainment)
Ilian "Love Me Crazy" (Anthology Recordings)
Nxworries "Yes Lawd!" (Stones Throw)
Blind Owl Wilson "s/t" (Mississippi)
A Tribe Called Quest "We Got It From Here... Thank You 4 Your Service" (Epic)
Car Seat Headrest "Teens of Denial" (Matador)
Badbadnotgood "IV" (Innovative Leisure)
Isaiah Rashad "The Sun's Tirade"

Blake C.
Ilian "Love Me Crazy" (Anthology Recordings)
Syrinx "Tumblers From The Vault" (RVNG)
Jeffery Liberman "s/t" (Out-Sider)
Yishak Banjaw "Love Songs Vol. 2" (Teranga Beat)
Aphex Twin "Cheetah EP" (Warp Records)
Fumiya Tanaka "You Find the Key" (Perlon)
Spacetravel "Dancing Therapy" (Perlon)
Autechre "Tri Repetae" (Warp Records)
Soul Jazz Records presents: BOOMBOX (Soul Jazz)
Slapp Happy "Sort Of" (Tapete Records)

Dan M.
The Radio Dept. "Running Out of Love" (Labrador)
Chook Race "Around the House" (Trouble In Mind)
Nothing "Tired of Tomorrow" (Relapse)
Damien Jurado "Visions of Us on the Land" (Secretly Canadian)
My Disco "Severe" (Temporary Residence Recordings)
Bob Mould "Patch the Sky" (Merge)
Brian Eno "The Ship" (Warp Records)
Omni "Deluxe" (Trouble In Mind)
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds "Skeleton Tree" (Bad Seed Ltd.)
Roy Montgomery "RMHQ" (Grapefruit Records)

Dan P.
Syrinx "Tumblers From The Vault" (RVNG)
v/a "Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music" (Numero)
Durand Jones & The Indications "s/t" (Colemine)
William Basinski "92982" (Temporary Residence Recordings)
Joanna Brouk "Hearing Music" (Numero)
Merchandise "A Corpse Wired For Sound" (4AD)
Explosions in the Sky "The Wilderness" (Temporary Residence Recordings)
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith & Suzanne Ciani "FRKWYS Vol. 13: Sunergy" (RVNG)
Itasca "Open To Chance" (Paradise of Bachelors)
Chook Race "Around the House" (Trouble In Mind)

Dave R.
Pye Corner Audio "Stasis" LP (Ghost Box UK)
Cult Club "Play with Lies" LP (Domestica Spain)
Abul Mogard "Works" LP (Ecstatic UK)
Ortrotasce "Monument Of Existence" 2LP (Disko Obscura)
Carla Dal Forno "You Know What It's Like" LP (Blackest Ever Black UK)
Bill Converse "Meditations/Industry" LP (Dark Entries)
Troller "Graphic" (Holodeck)
Caroline K "Now Wait For Last Year" (Blackest Ever Black)
Boy Harsher "Yr Body Is Nothing" (DKA)
Lebanon Hanover "Hanover Babes of the 80s" 12" (Fabrika)

Judd T.
Benjamin Cissner "Birds in the Night" LP (Self Released)
Guy Clark Dublin Blues LP / Workbench Songs" LP (Dualtone)
Coil "The New Backwards LP / Ape of Naples 2-LP (Important)
Blaze Foley "The Dawg Years" LP (Fat Possum)
Gun Outfit "Winners Circle CS / About the Picture" CS (Self Released)
Emmylou Harris "Wrecking Ball 3-LP / Red Dirt Girl 2-LP (Nonesuch)
JJ Doll "s/t" 7" (Katorga Works)
Mac Dre "Ronald Dregan" & "Genie of the Lamp" (Thizz Ent)
John Prine "In Spite of Ourselves" & "For Better, For Worse" (Oh Boy)
UGK "Super Tight" (Get On Down)
Townes van Zandt "Texas Rain" (Charly)

Matt L.
Akita, Masami "Wattle" (Elevator Bath)
Charles, Leonard "Basement Donuts" (Hit+Run)
Dinosaur Jr. "Give A Glimpse Of What Yer Not" (Jagjaguwar)
Dixon, Kyle & Michael Stein "Stranger Things Vol. 1 (and Vol. 2)" (Lakeshore Records)
Fennesz, Christian & Jim O'Rourke "It's Hard For Me To Say I'm Sorry" (Editions Mego)
Gate "Saturday Night Fever" (MIE Music)
Hidden Ritual "Always" (Monofonus Press)
(Le Tout-Puissant) Orchestre Poly-Rythmo "Madjafalao" (Because Music)
The Pattern Forms "Peel Away The Ivy" (Ghost Box)
V/A "Form & Void" (Ram Horn Records)

Michelle H.
Blind Owl Wilson "s/t" (Mississippi)
Chills, The "Kaleidoscope World" (Flying Nun Records)
Conrad, Tony & Faust "Outside the Dream Syndicate" (Superior Viaduct)
Deux Filles "Silence & Wisdom/Double Happiness" (Dark Entries)
Gila "Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee" (Garden Of Delights)
Ksiezyc "Rabbit Eclipse" (Penultimate Press)
Swirlies "Blonder Tongue Audio Baton" (Taang)
This Heat "Deceit" (Modern Classics Recordings / Light In The Attic)
Trad, Gras och Stenar "Mors Mors" (Anthology)
Young, La Monte & Marian Zazeela "Dream House 78'17"" (Les Series Shandar Belgium)

Sean B.
Terry Allen "Juarez" (Paradise Of Bachelors)
David Bowie "Blackstar" (Columbia)
Leonard Cohen "You Want It Darker" (Columbia)
Harley Flanagan "Cro-Mags" (MVD)
Jesu / Sun Kil Moon "s/t" (Caldo Verde)
SSQ "Playback" (Strange Disc)
Wheeler Walker Jr. "Redneck Shit" (Pepper Hill)
Neil Young "Peace Trail" (Reprise)
v/a "Heartworn Highways" (Light In The Attic)
v/a "Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music" (Numero)

Timmy H.
The Pattern Forms "Peel Away The Ivy" (Ghost Box)
Parquet Courts "Human Performance" (Rough Trade)
Patience "The Pressure" & "The Church / My Own Invention" (Night School)
Andy Stott "Too Many Voices" (Modern Love)
Demdike Stare "Wonderland" (Modern Love)
Terry "Terry HQ" (Upset The Rhythm)
Powell "Sport" (XL)
Tuning Circuits "No Compassion" (Totally Freaked Out Power Electronics)
Mary Lattimore "At The Dam" (Ghostland International)
Framtid "The Horrific Visions" (Brain Solvent Propaganda)

Tom G.
David Colohan "A Melbourne Nocturne" (PSI Lab)
Ian William Craig "Meaning Turns To Whispers" (Aguirre)
David Bowie "Black Star" (Columbia)
DJ Shadow "The Mountain Will Fall" (Mass Appeal)
Czarface "A Fistful of Peril" (Silver Age)
Frankie Cosmos "Next Thing" (Bayonet)
Kaytranada "99.9%" (XL)
Clams Casino "32 Levels" (Columbia)
Cass McCombs "Mangy Love" (Anti)
Black Marble "It's Immaterial" (Ghostly Int.)

Travis K.
Mikael Tariverdiev "Film Music" (Earth Recordings)
Kassel Jaeger & Stephan Mathieu & Akira Rabelais "Zauberberg" (Shelter Press)
Julius Eastman "Femenine" (Frozen Reeds)
The Frightnrs "Nothing More To Say" (Daptone Records)
Abul Mogard "Works" LP (Ecstatic UK)
The Caretaker "An Empty Bliss Beyond This World" & "Everywhere At The End Of Time" (HAFTW)
Jan Eerala "Talvisatama" (Abhainn Archive)
Joanna Brouk "Hearing Music" (Numero)
Trad, Gras och Stenar "Mors Mors" (Anthology Recordings)
v/a "Wayfaring Strangers: Cosmic American Music" (Numero Group)
Heinz Becker, Karl-Heinz Stegmann, & Isabel Zeumer "s/t" (Music From Memory)

Staff Top Tens for 2015

BLAKE C
Kiss "Creatures Of The Night" (Universal)
Missing Brazilians "Warzone" (On-U Sound)
Stick Men With Ray Guns "Grave City" (End of an Ear)
Rush "2112" (Hologram Edition) (Island)
Popol Vuh "Letzte Tage, Letzte Nachte" (Wah Wah) 
Jean-Pierre Decerf "Space Oddities: 1975-1979" (Born Bad) 
Lush "Ciao! Best Of " (4AD) 
Prince Hammer "Vengeance" (Kingston Connexion) 
v/a " Trevor Jackson Presents: Science Fiction Dancehall Classics" (On-U Sound)
Blue Phantom "Distortions" (Acme)

DAN P
Ami Shavit  "In Alpha Mood" (Finders Keepers)
Joanna Newsom "Divers" (Drag City)
Laraaji "All In One Peace" 3xCS (Stones Throw)
William Basinski "The Deluge" (Temporary Residence, Ltd.)
v/a "Early Pakistani Dance Music from Original 7" Soundtracks 1967-1975" (Ovular Germany)
Jessica Pratt "On Your Own Love Again" (Drag City)
Kurt Vile "B'lieve I'm Goin' Down" (Matador)
Courtney Barnett "Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit" (Mom & Pop)
L Voag "No Way Out" (Superior Viaduct)
Ryley Walker "Primrose Green" (Dead Oceans)

DAVE R
Umanzuki "Porta" 12" (Yerevan Tapes)
Lebanon Hanover "Besides the Abyss" (Fabrika Records)
Sally Dige "Hard To Please" (Night School)
Tropic of Cancer "Stop Suffering" 12" (Blackest Ever Black)
Zone Demersale "Figura" CS (Yerevan Tapes)
Ami Shavit  "In Alpha Mood" (Finders Keepers)
Dinner "Three EP's" (Captured Tracks)
Abul Mogard  "Circular Forms" (Ecstatic)
Boan "Mentiras" (Holodeck)
Giancarlo Toniutti "La Mutazione" (Black Truffle)

ERIC B
Able Tasmans "A Cuppa Tea and a Lie Down" (Flying Nun / Captured Tracks)
Aphex Twin "Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments Pt. 2" (Warp)
Chelsea Wolfe "Abyss" (Sargent House)
D'angelo "Black Messiah" (RCA)
Death Grips "The Powers That B" (Third Worlds / Harvest)
Grimes "Art Angels" (4AD)
Krisiun "Forged in Fury" (Century Media)
Popol Vuh "Nosferatu" (Wah Wah)
Really Red "New Strings For Old Puppets" (Alternative Tentacles)
Stick Men with Ray Guns "Grave City" (End of an Ear)

JACOB G
Stephen O'Malley "Eternelle Idole" (Shelter Press France) 
Mecanica Popular "Que Sucede Con El Tiempo?" (Dead-Cert UK) 
Brian Gascoigne "Phase IV" (Waxwork Records) 
Savant (K. Leimer) "Artificial Dance" (RVNG Intl.) 
Princess Century "Progress" (Paper Bag Records) 
Mark McGuire "Beyond Belief" (Dead Oceans) 
Vainio & Vigroux "Peau Froide, Leger Soleil" (Cosmo Rhythmatic) 
Aidan Baker "The Confessional Tapes" (Pleasence Records) 
Beach House "Depression Cherry" (Sub Pop) 
Holly Herndon "Platform" (4AD) 

JUDD T
Broken Water "Wrought" (Night People)
Townes Van Zandt "Nashville Sessions" (Charly)
Gun Outfit "Dream All Over" (Paradise of Bachelors)
Ivy "A Cat's Cause, No Dog's Problem" 7" (Katorga)
Milk Music "Best of" CS (Tip Toed Tapes)
Kacey Musgraves "Pageant Material" (Mercury Nashville)
Willie Nelson "Teatro" (Modern Classics)
November Novelet "The World in Devotion" (Galakthorroe)
Sparks/Franz Ferdinand "FFS" (Domino)
Patibulum "Ninurta's Call Heeded" CS (Self-released)

LINDSEY Z
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma "We Know Each Other Somehow" (RVNG Intl)
Master Musicians of Bukkake "Further West Quad Cult" (Important Records)
Deverills Nexion "The Sinister Tarot" (The Anja Offensive)
Uncle Acid "Night Creeper" (Rise Above Records)
Racker & Orphan "Sounds of Insects" 10" (Hood Faire)
The Octopus Project "Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter" Soundtrack (Robot High School)
All Them Witches "Dying Surfer Meets His Maker" (New West)
Sufjan Stevens "Carrie & Lowell" (Asthmatic Kitty)
v/a " Blanck Mass Presents: The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears (Re-Score)" (Death Waltz Original) 
Sunn O))) "Kannon" (Southern Lord)

MATT L
Boan  "Mentiras" (HoloDeck)
Breakdancing Ronald Reagan "J.C. (Confessions Of A Cyberbully)" (CTC Records)
Esplendor Geometrico + Hijokaidan "E.G.Kaidan" (Geometrik)
51717 & Silent Servant "Jealous God 6" (Jealous God)
Guided By Voices "Suitcase 4: Captain Kangaroo Won The War" CD Box Set (Guided By Voices Inc.)
Helen "The Original Faces" (Kranky)
Merzbow "Konchuuki" (Essence Music)
Muslimgauze "Zilver / Feel The Hiss" (Staalplaat)
Oneohtrix Point Never "Garden Of Delete" (Warp Records)
Bill Orcutt & Jacob Felix Heule "Colonial Donuts" (Palilalia Records)

MICHELLE H
Myriam Gendron "Not So Deep a Well" (Feeding Tube)
Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma "We Know Each Other Somehow" (RVNG Intl)
William Basinski "The Deluge" (Temporary Residence)
Wilburn Burchette "Opens The Seven Gates Of Transcendental Consciousness" (Fifth Dimension)
Ata Kak "Obaa Sima" (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Mike Cooper "Fratello Mare" (Room40)
Kenny Knight "Crossroads" (Paradise of Bachelors)
Algarnas Tradgard "Framtiden Ar Ett Svavande Skepp, Forankrat I Forntiden" (Subliminal Sounds)
Mariah "Utakata No Hibi" (Palto Flats)
Laraaji "All In One Peace" 3xCS (Stones Throw)

SEAN B
Bolt Thrower "IVth Crusade" (Earache)
Dick Diver "Melbourne, Florida" (Trouble in Mind)
Blaze Foley "Sittin' By The Road" (Elite)
G.L.O.S.S. "Girls Living Outside Society's Shit" 7" (Total Negativity) 
Kenny Knight "Crossroads" (Paradise of Bachelors)
Red House Painters "s/t" (4AD)
Royal Headache "High" (What's Your Rupture)
Scharpling & Wurster "The Best of the Best Show" 16CD (Numero)
v/a " Ork Records. New York, New York" 4LP (Numero)
Waxahatchee "Ivy Tripp" (Merge)

TIMMY H
Royal Headache "High" (What's Your Rupture)
Drew McDowall "Collapse" (Dais)
Warhead "s/t" (540 Records)
Dick Diver "Melbourne, Florida (Trouble in Mind)
Drake "If You're Reading This It's Too Late"  
No Tolerance "You Walk Alone" (Painkiller Records)
Patibulum "Ninurta's Call Heeded" CS demo (Self-released)
Sheer Mag "II" 7" (Katorga Works)
Helm "Olympic Mess"  (Pan) 
Mgla "Exercises In Futility" (Northern Heritage) 
TOM G
Joey   Bada$$ "B4.DA.$$" (Pro Era / Cinematic Music Group)
Elephant Micah "Where In Our Woods" (Western Vinyl)
Broken Water "Wrought" (Night People)
MF Grimm & Drasar Monumental "Good Morning Vietnam 3: The Phoenix Program" (Vendetta Vinyl)
Czarface "Every Hero Needs a Villain" (Brick Records)
Knxwledge "Hud Dreems" (Stones Throw)
KMD "Bl_ck B_st_rds" (Metal Face)
Stars of the Lid "And Their Refinement Of The Decline" (Kranky)
Weyes Blood "Cardamom Times" (Mexican Summer)
Joanna Newsom "Divers" (Drag City)

TRAVIS K
Popol Vuh "Letzte Tage - Letzte Nachte" (Wah Wah) & "Kailash"  (Soul Jazz Records)
Gigi Masin "Wind" (The Bear On The Moon Records)
HTRK "Marry Me Tonight" (Ghostly International)
Kenny Knight "Crossroads" (Paradise of Bachelors) 
Alice Coltrane "Turiya Sings" 
PILL "s/t" CS (Dull Tools)
Shinichi Atobe "Ship-Scope"  (DDS)
Ksiezyc "s/t" (Penultimate Press)
Mariah "Utakata No Hibi" (Palto Flats)
Marie Davidson "Un Autre Voyage" (HoloDeck)

Staff Top Tens for 2014

Blake C
Gigi Masin "Talk To The Sea" (Music From Memory)
Yung Lean "Unknown Memory" (Sky Team)
Pye Corner Audio / Not Waving "Intercepts" (Ecstatic)
Manfredini, Harry "Friday the 13th" 1980 Original Score (Waxworks)
Nikki Sudden and the Jacobites "Dead Men Tell No Tales" (Numero Group)
Szajner, Bernard "Visions of Dune" (InFine Music)
Aphex Twin "Syro" (Warp)
Levy, Barrington & Scientist "Jah Life in Dub" (Jah Life)
Revolutionaries "Musical Dub Attack" (Well Charge)
Don Carlos "Wipe the Wicked Clean" (Kingston Sounds UK)


Dan M
Protomartyr "Under Color of Official Right" (Hardly Art)
Solids "Blame Confusion" (Fat Possum)
Bob Mould "Beauty and Ruin" (Merge)
Gold-Bears "Dalliance" (Slumberland)
Total Control "Typical System" (Iron Lung)
White Fence "For..The Recently Found Innocent" (Drag City)
Should "The Great Pretend" (Words on Music)
Merchandise "After the End" (4AD)
Swans "To Be Kind" (Young God Records)
Bonnie Prince Billy "Singer's Grave A Sea of Tongues" (Drag City)


Dan P
Ariel Kalma "An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972-1979)" (RVNG Intl)
Philip Johnson "Youth In Mourning" (Superior Viaduct)
Sirio 2222 "Il Balletto di Bronzo" (Lion)
Jock Club "After Hours" (540)
Steve Gunn "Way Out Weather" (Paradise of Bachelors)
Franco Micalizzi "Visitor" Soundtrack (Mondo)
Ned Doheny "Seperate Oceans" (Numero Group)
Angel Olsen "Burn Your Fire For No Witness" (Jagjaguwar)
Wand "Ganglion Reef" (Drag City / God?)
Hailu Mergia and The Walias "Tche Belew" (Awesome Tapes From Africa)


Dave Z
Vaniish "Memory Work" (Metropolis)
Minuit Machine "Live & Destroy" (Desire)
Lust For Youth "International" (Sacred Bones)
Croatian Amor "The Wild Palms" (Posh Isolation)
Ortrotasce "S/T" (Disko Obscura)
Dinner "Oui!" (Red Eye Transit)
Martial Canterel "Gyors, Lassu" (Dais Records)
White Hex "Gold Nights" (Felte)
Marie Davidson "Perte d'identite" (Weyrd Son)
Keluar "Vitreum" (Desire)


Eric B
Impalers "Psychedelic Snutskallar" (540 Records)
Tom Ellard "80s Cheesecake" (Dark Entries)
Rick Ulfik "Street Trash" Soundtrack (Lunaris)
Various Artists "International Vicious Society Vol. 1" (University Of Vice Spain)
Moles "Flashbacks and Dream Sequences: The Story of The Moles" (Fire Records)
Death "Leprosy" (Relapse)
Impaled Nazarene "Goat Perversion" (Osmose) 7"
Bug "Angels and Devils" (Ninja Tune)
El-P & Killer Mike "Run The Jewels 2" (Mass Appeal)
Aphex Twin "Syro" (Warp)


Jacob G
Pye Corner Audio "Black Mill Tapes Volumes 3 & 4" (Type)
Violent Squid "Day Wants Empty" (self-released)
Sinoia Caves "Beyond The Black Rainbow" Soundtrack (Jagjaguwar)
Alessandro Cortini "Sonno" (Hospital)
Wolves In The Throne Room "Celestite" (Artemisia)
Mamman Sani "Taaritt" (Sahel Sounds)
Ariel Kalma "An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972-1979)" (RVNG Intl)
Bernard Szajner "Visions Of Dune" (InFine Music)
Craig Leon "Nommos / Visiting: Anthology Of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1" (RVNG Intl)
Golden Retriever "Seer" (Thrill Jockey)


Judd T
Richard Buckner "Bloomed" LP (Merge)
Centro-Matic "Redo the Stacks" 2LP (Navigational Transmission)
Grausamkeit "Christenschmahung" (Final Agony)
HTRK "Psychic 9-5 Club" LP (Ghostly International)
M.B. "SFAG 81" LP (Recursion)
Merchandise/Milk Music/Destruction Unit-split LP (540)
NYC Mayhem "For Real!" LP (Radio Raheem)
Old 97's "Hitchhike to Rhome" 20th Anniversary" 2LP (Omnivore)
Sturgill Simpson "Metamodern Sounds in Country Music" LP (High Top Mountain)
Ultra "Delirious Elaborations" 4CD Box (Dom America)


Lindsey Z
American Sharks "s/t" Color-Your-Own Edition
Caribou "Our Love" (Merge)
Mayhem "Esoteric Warfare" (Season of Mist)
Sunn O))) & Scott Walker "Soused" (4AD)
Il Balletto di Bronzo "Sirio 2222" (Lion)
Julee Cruise "Floating Into The Night" (Plain)
Sleep "Clarity" 12" (Southern Lord)
Surf Nazis Must Die OST (Strange Disc)
Music Blues "Things Haven't Gone So Well" (Thrill Jockey)
Blut Aus Nord "Memoria Vetusta III: Saturnian Poetry" (Candlelight Records)


Matt L
Croatian Amor "Mermaids Of Jadransko / Vagina Sword" LP (Death Shadow)
Dezurik Sisters "Yodel And Sing Their Greatest Hits" (Mississippi)
Fennesz "Becs" (Editions Mego)
Grouper "Ruins" (Kranky)
Keluar "S/T" (Desire France)
Lust For Youth "International" (Sacred Bones)
Tujiko Noriko "My Ghost Comes Back" (Editions Mego)
Pye Corner Audio "Black Mill Tapes Volumes 1-4" (Type)
Xiu Xiu "Angel Guts: Red Classroom" (Polyvinyl)
Yung Lean "Unknown Death 2002" (Sad Boys)


Michelle H
Bulbous Creation "You Won't Remember Dying" (Numero Group)
Cortini, Alessandro "Sonno" (Hospital)
Crash Course In Science "Signals From Pier Thirteen" (Dark Entries)
Heldon "Allez-teia" (Superior Viaduct)
Ariel Kalma "An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972-1979)" (RVNG Intl)
Martial Canterel "Gyors, Lassu" (Dais)
Rodion G.A. "Delta Space Mission" (Strut UK)
Rudimentary Peni "Death Church" (Outer Himalayan)
Severed Heads Reissues (Medical Records) tied w/ Tom Ellard "Eighties Cheesecake" (Dark Entries)
Trek with Quintronic "Landing Plus" (Dark Entries)


Sam A
HTRK "Psychic 9-5 Club" (Ghostly)
Vladislav Delay "Visa" (Ripatti)
Gigi Masin "Talk To The Sea" (Music From Memory)
Peter Jefferies "Electricity" (Superior Viaduct)
Pip Proud "A Bird in the Engine" (Superior Viaduct)
Matthew Young "Recurring Dreams" (Drag City)
Ariel Kalma "An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972-1979)" (RVNG Intl)
Grausamkeit "Christenschmahung" (Final Agony)
Jordan de la Sierra "Gymnosphere: Song of the Rose - Music for the Well-Tuned Piano" (Numero)
Ingram Marshall "Fog Tropes / Gradual Requiem" (Arc Light Editions)


Sean B
Entombed "Wolverine Blues" (Earache)
Full of Hell / Merzbow "Full of Hell / Merzbow" (Profound Lore)
HTRK "Psychic 9-5 Club" (Ghostly)
Ralph Jones "Slumber Party Massacre" Soundtrack (Death Waltz)
Angel Olsen "Burn Your Fire For No Witness" (Jagjaguwar)
Sinoia Caves "Beyond The Black Rainbow" Soundtrack (Jagjaguwar)
Sun Kil Moon "Benji" (Caldo Verde)
Sunn O))) & Ulver "Terrestrials" (Southern)
Tycho "Awake" (Ghostly)
Wolves in the Throne Room "Celestite" (Artemisia)


Timmy H
Andy Stott "Faith In Strangers" (Modern Love UK)
Baise Ma Hache "Ab Origine Fidelis" (Tour De Garde)
Demdike Stare "Test Pressing's" #5 & #6 (Modern Love UK)
Plaga "Magia Gwiezdnej Entropii" (Societas Oculorum Arcanorum Records)
Sheer Mag "s/t" (Wilsuns Recording Company) 7"
Steve Gunn "Way Out Weather" (Paradise of Bachelors)
Sturgill Simpson "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music" (High Top Mountain)
Tercer Mundo "Ser Nosotros Mismos" (Cintas Pepe Records)
Total Control "Typical System" (Iron Lung)
Una Bestia Incontrolable "Nou Mon" (Iron Lung) 7"


Tom G
Fennesz "Becs" (Edition Mego)
Grouper "Ruins" (Kranky)
Norberto Lobo "Fornalha" (Three Four)
Hiss Tracts "Shortwave Nights" (Constellation)
Blitz the Ambassador "Afropolitan Dreams" (Jakarta)
Kyle Bobby Dunn "Infinite Sadness" (Students of Decay)
Luke Abbott "Wysing Forest" (Border Community)
Marble Sky "s/t" (Students of Decay)
Maxwell August Croy & Sean McCann "I" (Students of Decay)
Golden Retriever "Seer" (Thrill Jockey)


Travis K
Craig Leon "Nommos / Visiting: Anthology of Interplanetary Folk Music Vol. 1" (Rvng Intl)
Lust For Youth "International" (Sacred Bones)
HTRK "Psychic 9-5 Club" (Ghostly International)
Container "Adhesive EP" (Liberation Technologies)
Rowland S. Howard "Pop Crimes" (Fat Possum Records)
Madrigal "Madrigal" (Lysergia)
Ariel Kalma "An Evolutionary Music (Original Recordings: 1972 - 1979)" (Rvng Intl)
Martial Canterel "Gyors, Lassu" (Dais Records)
FKA Twigs "LP1" (Young Turks)
Sleaford Mods "Divide and Exit" (Harbinger Sound)

Staff Top Tens for 2013

Alison G
Devo "Hardcore Devo Vol. 1" (Superior Viaduct)
Devo "Hardcore Devo Vol. 2" (Superior Viaduct)
Chrissy Zebby Tembo & Ngozi Family "My Ancestors" (Mississippi)
Death SS "The Story Of Death SS 1977-1984" (Svart)
Impalers "s/t" (540)
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats "Mind Control" (Rise Above)
Sensations Fix "Fragments of Light" (Superior Viaduct)
100 Flowers "s/t" (Superior Viaduct)
Urinals "Negative Capability" (In The Red)
v/a "Michigan Meltdown Vol. 2" (Numero Group)

Blake C
Paul Chain "White Sepulchres" (Svart)
Tommy Keene "Strange Alliance" (12XU)
Steve Arrington & Dam Funk "Higher" 2LP (Stones Throw)
Sensations Fix "Fragments of Light" (Superior Viaduct)
The Knife "Shaking the Habitual" (Mute)
Holocaust "Inside the Power Cage" (High Roller)
Patrick Cowley "School Daze" (Dark Entries)
Icecross "s/t" (Rockadrome)
Maurice Deebank "Inner Thought Zone" (1972)
Three O'Clock "The Hidden World Revealed" (Omnivore)

Dan M (webmaster)
Weekend "Jinx" (Slumblerland)
Destruction Unit "Deep Trip" (Sacred Bones)
Iceage "You're Nothing" (Matador)
Human Eye "Into Unknown" (Goner)
Mikal Cronin "MCII" (Merge)
Neko Case "The Worse Things Get...(Anti)
No Joy "Wait to Pleasure" (Mexican Summer)
Black Hearted Brother "Stars Are Our Home" (Slumberland)
Merchandise "Totale Nite" (Night People)
Baptist Generals "Jackleg Devotional to the Heart" (Sub Pop)

Dan P
Hailu Mergia "& His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaya" (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Jessica Pratt "s/t" (Birth)
Holden (James) "The Inheritors" (Border Community UK)
The Knife "Shaking the Habitual" (Mute)
White Fence "Cyclops Reap" (Castle Face)
Bleached "Ride Your Heart" (Dead Oceans)
Peter Gutteridge "Pure" 2LP (540)
Patrick Cowley "School Daze" (Dark Entries)
Anna Von Hausswolff "Ceremony" (Fat Possum)
Rodion G.A. "The Lost Tapes" (Strut UK)

Dave Z
Linea Aspera "II" 12" (Weyrd Son Records)
Lebanon Hanover "Tomb for Two" LP (Fabrika Records)
TSTI "Evaluations" LP (Desire Records)
Ssleeperhold "Ruleth" LP/CS (Holodeck Records)
The KVB "Immaterial Visions" LP (Cititrax)
RU-486 "Romanian Abattoirs" CD (Destructive Industries)
GasRag "Human Rights" 7" (Beach Impediment)
Ryan Harris "Brick Road Midnight" CS (Self-Released)
Lussuria "American Babylon" LP (Hospital Productions)
Destruction Unit "Void" LP (Jolly Dream Records)
(Honorable Mention): Big Boys "Fun Fun Fun" Reissue on 540 Records

Eric B
Ash Borer "Bloodlands" (Psychic Violence)
Neko Case "The Worse Things Get...." (Anti)
The Knife "Shaking the Habitual" (Mute)
Criaturas "Espiritu de Libertad" (Residue Records)
GasRag "Human Rights" 7" (Beach Impediment)
El-P & Killer Mike "Run The Jewels" (Fool's Gold)
Lussuria "American Babylon" LP (Hospital Productions)
Impalers "s/t" (540)
Chelsea Wolfe / King Dude "Sings Songs Together" (Sargent House)
Victor Dimisich Band "s/t" (Siltbreeze)

Ilyse K
Drake "Nothing Was the Same" (Cash Money)
Deap Vally "Sistrionix" (Interscope)
Justin Timberlake "The 20/20 Experience"
Adam Green and Binki Shapiro "S/T" (Rounder)
The Knife "Shaking the Habitual" (Mute)
Daft Punk "Random Access Memories" (Columbia)
M.I.A. "Matangi" (Interscope)
Jay-Z "Magna Carta Holy Grail" (Roc Nation)
Mazzy Star "Seasons of Your Day" (Rhymes of an Hour Records)
Miley Cyrus "Bangerz" (RCA)

Jacob G
Boards of Canada "Tomorrow's Harvest" (Warp)
Watain "The Wild Hunt" (Century Media)
Patrick Cowley "School Daze" (Dark Entries)
Ichi Ni San Shi "Slow Truth" (Super Secret Records)
Hailu Mergia "& His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanaya" (Awesome Tapes of Africa)
R. Lee Dockery "Wishing Light Are On The Rise, That of the Flying..." (Marmara Records)
Raime "Quarter Turns Over A Living Line" (Blackest Ever Black)
Donato Dozzy "Plays Bee Mask" (Spectrum Spools UK)
John Carpenter "The Fog OST" (Death Waltz UK)
Ü "Great Dose of Monotonous Techno" (Digitalis)

Judd T
Milk Music "Cruise Your Illusion" LP
Gun Outfit "Hard Coming Down" LP (PPM)
Evian Christ "Kings and Them" 12" (Tri Angle Records)
Total Control Remix 12"
Cairo Pythian "Unity Mitford" 12"
Mazzy Star "Seasons of Your Day" 2LP (Rhymes of an Hour Records)
Connections "Body Language" LP (Anyway)
Townes Van Zandt "Sunshine Boy" (Omnivore Recordings)
Gene Clark "White Light Demos" (Omnivore Recordings)
Figure Study "s/t" LP (Dark Entries)

Matt L
Black Thread "Fragrant Hoof Carvings" (Turmeric Magnitudes)
Cellophane Spill "Season 2" (Night People)
Dakota Hogback "Fortunes EP" (Abject Renaissance)
Deathpile "G.R." (reissue) (Hospital Productions)
Dromez "Conflict Tactics Scale" (Abject Renaissance)
Dur Dur Band "Volume 5" (Awesome Tapes From Africa)
Ju4n "Vaporware" (Holodeck)
Merzbow - Duo (box set) (Tourette)
Pharmakon "Abandon" (Sacred Bones)
Slugbug - Truck Month (Plastic Waffle)

Michelle H
Akitsa / Ash Pool "Ripped From Death, Forced To Live, And Die Again" (Hospital)
Light House "In Their Image" (Mannequin)
Nate Young "Blinding Confusion" (NNA Tapes)
Raspberry Bulbs "Deformed Worship" (Blackest Ever Black)
Haxan Cloak "Excavation" (Tri Angle Records)
Lebanon Hanover "Tomb For Two" (Fabrika Records)
Lakes "Blood of the Grove" (Avant!)
Blitz "Second Empire Justice" (Desire) (Reissue)
Hysteria Ward "From Breakfast to Madness" (General Speech) (Reissue)
Death SS "The Story Of Death SS 1977-1984" (Svart) (Reissue)

Timmy H
Framtid "Defeat of Civilization" LP (540)
Power Trip "Manifest Decimation" LP (Southern Lord)
Merchandise "Totale Nite" LP (Night People)
Waxahatchee "Cerulean Salt" LP (Don Giovanni)
Impalers "S/T" LP (540)
Radioactivity "S/T" LP (Dirtnap)
Barwick, Julianna "Nepenthe" (Dead Oceans)
Darkside "Psychic" (Matador)
The Clean "Vehicle" (Flying Nun) tied w/ Peter Gutteridge "Pure" (540)
Steve Gunn "Time Off" (Paradise of Bachelors)