Top Albums of 2005 Reader List

Thanks to everyone who contributed their lists!

(55 total / 19 countries representing)

Alex (Sarasota, FL, USA)

  1. Alias&Ehren - "Lillian" (Anticon)
  2. Autechre - "Untilted" (Warp)
  3. Boards of Canada - "the Campfire Headphase" (Warp)
  4. Calla - "Collisions" (Beggars Banquet)
  5. Fog - "10th Avenue Freakout" (Lex)<--This is the #1 all year, I think
  6. Fourtet - "Everything Ecstatic" (Domino)
  7. Hood - "Outside Closer" (Domino)
  8. Jesu - "Jesu" (Hydrahead)
  9. Odd Nosdam - "Burner" (Anticon)
  10. Polmo Polpo - "Kiss Me Again and Again" (Intr.Version)
  11. Sam Prekop - "Who's Your New Professor" (Thrill Jockey)
  12. Red Sparowes - "At the Soundless Dawn" (Neurot)
  13. Remote Viewer - "Let Your Heart Draw a Line" (City Centre Offices)
  14. A Silver Mt. Zion - "Horses in the Sky" (Constellation)
  15. Why? - "Elephant Eyelash" (Anticon)

andreas (sthlm, sweden)

  1. ali farka toure & toumani diabate - in the heart of the moon
  2. mori chieko - jumping rabbit
  3. lungfish - feral hymns
  4. the national - alligator
  5. susumu yokota - symbol
  6. daniel lanois - belladona
  7. l'altra - different days
  8. laura cantrell - humming by the flowered vine
  9. soft hearted scientists - uncanny tales from the everyday undergrowth
  10. simone moreno - samba makossa

Andrew (Edinburgh, United Kingdom)

  1. Isole - "We Are Monster" (Playhouse)
  2. Double Leopards - "Out of One, through One and to One" (Eclipse)
  3. Grouper - "Way Their Crept" (Free Porcupine Society)
  4. Lau Nau - "Kuutarha" (Locust)
  5. Birchville Cat Motel - "Chi Vampires" (Celebrate Psi Phenomenon)
  6. Es - "Sateenkaarisuudelma" (Kraak)
  7. Kelley Polar - "Love Songs of the Hanging Gardens" (Environ)
  8. Gang Gang Dance - "God's Money" (Social Registry)
  9. Endless Boogie - "White" (Mound Duel)
  10. 4G - "Cloud" (Erstwhile)
  11. Teotihuacn - "Teotihuacn" (New Age Casettes)
  12. Ewan Pearson - "Sci.Fi.Hi.Fi Vol 1" (Soma)
  13. Broadcast - "Tender Buttons" (Warp)
  14. Mouthus - "Slow Globes" (Troubleman Unlimited)
  15. Panther Skull - "Slothwave" (Tone Filth/SNSE)

Bob Bakker (The Netherlands)

  1. The Books - "Lost and Safe" (Tomlab)
  2. Sufjan Stevens - "Illinois" (Asthmatic Kitty)
  3. Animal Collective - "Feels" (Fat Cat)
  4. Dirty Three - "Cinder" (Touch & Go)
  5. Okkervil River - "Black Sheep Boy" (Jagjaguwar)
  6. Akron/Family & the Angels of Light - "Akron/Family & the Angels of Light" (Young God)
  7. Phosphorescent - "Aw Come Aw Wry" (Misra)
  8. Wooden Wand - "Harem of the Sundrum & the Witness Figg" (Soft Abuse / Time Lag)
  9. Jack Rose - "Kensington Blues" (VHF)
  10. Six Organs of Admittance - "School of the Flower" (Drag City)
  11. Broken Social Scene - "Broken Social Scene" (Arts & Crafts)
  12. Eluvium - "Talk Amongst the Trees" (Temporary Residence Limited)
  13. Boduf Songs - "Boduf Songs" (Kranky)
  14. Smog - "A River Ain't Too Much to Love" (Drag City)
  15. My Morning Jacket - "Z" (ATO)

Jason Bunch (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA)

  1. Antony & the Johnsons - "I Am A Bird Now" (Secretly Canadian)
  2. Six Organs of Admittance - "School of the Flower" (Drag City)
  3. A Silver Mt. Zion - "Horses in the Sky" (Constellation)
  4. Jesu - "s/t" (Hydra Head)
  5. Konono No. 1 - "Congotronics" (Crammed Discs)
  6. Various Artists - "Invisible Pyramid: Elegy Box" (Last Visible Dog)
  7. Boris & Merzbow - "Sun Baked Snow Cave" (Hydra Head)
  8. (TIE) Acid Mothers Temple & the Cosmic Inferno - "Cosmic Funeral Route 666" (AMT), "Anthem of the Space (Ektro) & "IAO Chant From the Cosmic Inferno (Ace Fu)/Sigur Ros - "Takk" (Geffen)
  9. Animal Collective - "Feels" (Fat Cat)
  10. Earth - "Hex; or Printing in the Infernal Method" (Southern Lord)
  11. Zelienople - "Ink" (267 Lattajjaa)
  12. ES - "Sateenkaarisuudelma, etc." ((K-RAA-K)3)
  13. Sunn O))) - "Black One" (Southern Lord)
  14. August Born - "s/t" (Drag City)
  15. Why? - "Elephant Eyelash" (Anticon) Also Ran: OM, Richard Youngs, Wu-Tang Meets Indie Culture, Miminokoto & Double Leopards

Nick C. (Guangdong, China)

  1. God Is An Astronaut - "All is Violent, All is Bright" (Revive)
  2. B.Fleischmann - "The Humbucking Coil" (Morr)
  3. Cricket Rumor Mill - "If Only Then" (Loose Thread)
  4. Pelican - "The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw" (Hydra Head)
  5. Sigur Ros - "Takk" (Geffen)
  6. Bloc Party - "Silent Alarm" (Vice)
  7. Sciflyer - "The Age Of Lovely, Intimate Things"(EP) (Clairecords)
  8. Lasse Lindh - "Sommarens Sista Smak" (Groover)
  9. Maximilian Hecker - "Lady Sleeps" (Kitty Yo)
  10. Readymade - "All the Plans Resting" (Where Are My Records)
  11. French Teen Idol - "French Teen Idol" (Nishi Records[netlabel])
  12. Melodium - "La Tte Qui Flotte" (Moulin)
  13. Colleen - "The Golden Morning Breaks" (Leaf)
  14. Monolake - "Polygon Cities" (Monolake)
  15. Starflyer 59 - "Talking Voice Vs. Singing Voice" (Tooth & Nail)

amadeep chana (ealing, london, uk)

  1. why? - "elephant eyelash" (anticon)
  2. broken social scene - "broken social scene" (arts & crafts)
  3. sufjan stevens - "c'mon! feel the illinoise" (rough trade)
  4. vashti bunyan - "lookaftering" (fatcat)
  5. hrsta - "stem stem in electro" (constellation)
  6. deerhooof - "the runners four" (kill rock stars)
  7. jaga jazzists - "what we must" (ninja tune)
  8. wolf parade - "apologies to the queen mary" (sub pop)
  9. thee silver mt. zion memorial orchestra & tra-la-la band - "horses in the sky" (constellation)
  10. angil & the hidden tracks - "teaser for matter" (megaphone)
  11. shipping news - "flies the field" (quarter stick)
  12. animal collective - "feels" (fat cat)
  13. port royal - "flares" (resonant)
  14. the chap - "ham" (lo)
  15. sigur rs - "takk..." (emi)

Martin Couillard (Montreal, Quebec, Canada)

  1. Wolf Parade - "Apologies to the Queen Mary" (Sub Pop)
  2. Sigur Ros - "Takk..." (Geffen)
  3. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - "s/t" (self released)
  4. Caribou - "The milk of human kindness" (Domino/Leaf)
  5. Amon Tobin - "Chaos Theory" (Ninja Tune)
  6. Death From Above 1979 - "You're a woman, i'm a machine" (Last Gang/Vice)
  7. A Silver Mt.Zion - "Horses in the sky" (Constellation)
  8. Animal Collective - "Feels" (Fat Cat)
  9. Nine Inch Nails - "With Teeth" (Interscope)
  10. LCD Soundsystem - "s/t" (DFA)
  11. Karkwa - "Les tremblements s'immobilisent" (Audiogram)
  12. The Kills - "No Wow" (Rough Trade)
  13. The White Stripes - "Get Behind me Satan" (V2)
  14. Beck - "Guero" (Geffen)
  15. Four Tet - "Everything Ecstatic" (Domino)

Sean Dwyer (St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada)

  1. Bloc Party - "Silent Alarm" (Vice)
  2. Sufjan Stevens - "Illinois" (Asthmatic Kitty)
  3. Stephen Malkmus - "Face The Truth" (Matador)
  4. The Constantines - "Tournament of Hearts" (Sub Pop)
  5. Wolf Parade - "Apologies to the Queen Mary" (Sub Pop)
  6. Beck - "Guero" (Interscope)
  7. Deerhoof - "The Runners Four" (Kill Rock Stars)
  8. Caribou - "The Milk of Human Kindness" (Domino)
  9. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - "s/t" (Ind.)
  10. New Pornographers - "Twin Cinema" (Mint)
  11. Spoon - "Gimme Fiction" (Merge)
  12. Danger Doom - "The Mouse and the Mask" (Epitaph)
  13. Sigur Ros - "Takk" (Geffen)
  14. Thunderbirds Are Now - "Justamustache" (French Kiss)
  15. Broken Social Scene - "s/t" (Arts & Crafts)

Lauren Dziuban (Pittsburgh, PA, USA)

  1. Carl Craig - "The Album Formerly Known As..." (Planet E)
  2. Shawn Rudiman - "Synthesexual" (Technoir Audio)
  3. Richard Davis - "Details" (Kitty-Yo)
  4. Cristian Vogel - "Station 55" (Novamute)
  5. Signaldrift - "Set Design" (Consumers Research & Development Label)
  6. Vince Watson - "Sublimina" (Headspace)
  7. Larry Heard - "Loose Fingers" (Trackmode)
  8. Caro - "The Return of Caro" (Orac)
  9. Antony and the Johnsons - "I Am a Bird Now" (Secretly Canadian)
  10. Alan Braxe & Friends - "The Upper Cuts" (PIAS)
  11. TBA - "Annule" (Max Ernst)
  12. Various - "Chicago Acid and Experimental House 1985-1995" (Soul Jazz)
  13. Made - "Track Title" (SCSI-AV)
  14. Secede - "Tryshasla" (Sending Orbs)
  15. Alex Smoke - "Incommunicado" (Soma)

Craig Evanson (Cheshire, UK)

  1. M83 - "Before the Dawn Heals Us" (Mute)
  2. Sigur Ros - "Takk..." (EMI)
  3. Boards of Canada - "The Campfire Headphase" (Warp)
  4. The Kallikak Family - "May 23rd 2007" (Tell-All Records)
  5. Animal Collective - "Feels" (Fat Cat)
  6. Mount Eerie - "No Flashlight" (PW Elverum & Sun)
  7. A Silver Mt. Zion - "Horses in the Sky" (Constellation)
  8. Mount Eerie - "Singers" (PW Elverum & Sun)
  9. Christ - "Seeing and Doing" (Benbecula)
  10. Autechre - "Untilted" (Warp)
  11. Susanna & the Magical Orchestra - "List of Lights" (Rune Grammofon)
  12. Vitalic Ok - "Cowboy" (PIAS)
  13. Odd Nosdam - "Burner" (Anticon)
  14. Architecture in Helsinki - "In Case We Die" (Moshi Moshi)
  15. The Black Dog - "Silenced" (Dust Science)

Andrew F (Melbourne Australia)

  1. Isolee - "We Are Monster" (Playhouse)
  2. Balanescu Quartet - "Maria T" (Mute)
  3. Loughing Clowns - "Cruel, But Fair"
  4. Sigur Ros - "Takk..." (Geffen)
  5. Monk/Coltrane - "Live At Carnegie Hall"
  6. Bloc Party - "Silent Alarm" (Vice)
  7. Maximo Park - "A Certain Trigger" (Warp)
  8. Parker/Gillespie - "Live At The Town Hall"
  9. The Juan Maclean - "Less Than Human" (DFA)
  10. LCD Soundsystem - "S/T" (DFA)
  11. Konono #1 - "Congotronics"
  12. Richie Hawtin - "DE9 Transisitons" (Mute)
  13. Ladytron - "Witching Hour"
  14. Go-Betweens - "Oceans Apart"
  15. Superpitcher - "Today" (Kompakt)

Medard Fischer (Toronto, Canada)

  1. Differnet - "The Next Compensation" (Rallye)
  2. Alva Noto + Ryuichi Sakamoto - "Insen" (Raster Noton)
  3. Vitalic - "OK Cowboy" (PIAS)
  4. Ryksopp - "The Understanding" (Astralwerks/Wall of Sound)
  5. M83 - "Before The Dawn Heals Us" (Gooom/Mute)
  6. Bloc Party - "Silent Alarm" (Dim Mak/Vice)
  7. DJ Koze - "Kosi Comes Around" (Kompakt)
  8. Zvezdara - "The Dawn Of New Possibilities" (Standard Klik Music)
  9. Arc Lab - "The Nineteen Floors" (Music Made By People)
  10. 13 & God - "13 & God" (Anticon/Alien Transistor)
  11. Sufjan Stevens - "Illinois" (Asthmatic Kitty)
  12. Seven Ark - "Noise Of The New" (Neo Ouija)
  13. Sigur Rs - "Takk" (Geffen)
  14. Jackson & His Computer Band - "Smash" (Warp)
  15. Porn Sword Tobacco - "Explains Freedom" (City Centre Offices)

Frederic Foreau (Paris, France)

  1. Tod Dockstader - "Aerial #1" (Sub Rosa)
  2. Coil - "The Ape Of Naples" (Threshold House)
  3. Grouper - "Way Their Crept" (Free Porcupine Society)
  4. Skullflower - "Orange Canyon Mind" (Crucial Blast)
  5. MV/EE & The Bummer Road- "We Offer You Guru" (Child Of Microtones)
  6. Hisato Higuchi - "2004 11 2005 4" (Ghost Disc)
  7. Double Leopards - "A Hole Is True (Troubleman) + Out Of One, Through One and To One" (Eclipse)
  8. Sunburned Hand Of The Man- "Wedlock" (Eclipse)
  9. Mouthus - "Slow Globes" (Troubleman)
  10. John Fahey - "The Great Santa Barbara Oil Slick" (Water)
  11. LCD Soundsystem - "LCD Soundsystem" (DFA)
  12. Prurient - "Black Vase" (Load)
  13. Wooden Wand & The Vanishing Voice "Buck Dharma" (Time-Lag)
  14. Richard Youngs - "The Naive Shaman" (Jagjaguwar)
  15. SunnO))) - "Black One" (Southern Lord)

Chris Gramstadt (Woking, Surrey, UK)

  1. Sigur-Ros - "Takk" (EMI)
  2. Sufjan Stevens - "Illinois" (Asthmatic Kitty)
  3. Page France - "Hello, Dear Wind" (Fall)
  4. The National - "Alligator" (Beggars Banquet)
  5. Okkervil River - "Black Sheep Boy" (jagjaguwar)
  6. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah- "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah" (Clap YourHands Say Yeah)
  7. Mew - "And the glass handed kites" (Bmg)
  8. Bruce Springsteen - "devils and dust" (Columbia)
  9. Editors - "The Back Room" (Kitchenware)
  10. M83 - "Before The Dawn" (Labels)
  11. Animal Collective - "Feels" (Fat Cat)
  12. Serena Maneesh - "Serena Maneesh" (Honeymilk)
  13. Shout Out Louds - "Howl Howl Gaff Gaff" (EMI)
  14. Broken Social Scene - "Broken Social Scene" (Arts & Crafts)
  15. Neil Young - "Prairie Wind" (Reprise)

Aaron Grauer (Lincoln, NE, USA)

  1. Sufjan Stevens - "Come On! Feel The Illinoise!" (Asthmatic Kitty)
  2. Prefuse 73/Piano Overlord - "Surrounded By Silence/Reads The Books/The Singles Collection (2003-05)" (Warp/Money Studies)
  3. Jens Lekman - "Oh, Youre So Silent Jens" (Secretly Canadianl)
  4. Okkervil River - "Black Sheep Boy/Appendix" (Jagjaguwar)
  5. Seu Jorge - "Plays David Bowie/The Life Aquatic Studio Sessions" (Hollywood)
  6. Spoon - "Gimme Fiction" (Matador)
  7. Broken Social Scene - "Broken Social Scene" (Arts&Crafts)
  8. Antony & The Johnsons - "I Am A Bird Now" (Secretly Canadian)
  9. Jos Gonzlez - "Veneer" (Hidden Agendal)
  10. Stephen Malkmus - "Face The Truth" (Matador)
  11. Wolf Parade - "Apologies To The Queen Mary" (Sub Pop)
  12. Jan Jelinek - "Kosmischer Pitch" (~scape)
  13. Colleen - "The Golden Morning Breaks" (Leaf)
  14. Four Tet - "Everything Ecstatic" (Domino)
  15. Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto - "Vrioon" (Raster-Noton)

Matt Heindel (Janesville, WI / Mount Vernon, IA USA)

  1. Xiu Xiu - "La Fort" (5RC)
  2. Caribou - "The Milk of Human Kindness" (Domino)
  3. Fog - "10th Avenue Freakout" (Lex)
  4. Why? - "Elephant Eyelash" (Anticon)
  5. Mount Eerie - "No Flashlight: Songs of the Fulfilled Night" (P.W. Elverum & Sun)
  6. The Books - "Lost and Safe" (Tomlab)
  7. Hood - "Outside Closer" (Domino)
  8. Dirty Projectors - "The Getty Address" (Western Vinyl)
  9. Jens Lekman - "Oh You're So Silent Jens" (Secretly Canadian)
  10. The Chap - "Ham" (Lo Recordings)

mike jones (royal oak, michigan, us)

  1. sufjan stevens - "illinois" (asthmatic kitty)
  2. jens lekman - "oh, you're so silent jens" (secretly canadian)
  3. devendra banhart - "cripple crow" (xl recordings)
  4. the clientele - "strange geometry" (merge)
  5. jaga - "what we must" (ninja tune/smalltown supersound)
  6. broken social scene - "s/t" (arts & crafts)
  7. sigur rs - "takk" (geffen)
  8. voyager one - "dissolver" (tokyoidaho)
  9. cass mccombs - "prefection" (monitor)
  10. sam prekop - "who's your new professor?" (thrill jockey)
  11. clap your hands say yeah - "s/t" (cyhsy)
  12. richard swift - "the novelist/walking without effort" (secretly canadian)
  13. mount eerie - "no flashlight" (p.w. elverum & sun)
  14. eluvium - "talk amongst the trees" (temporary residence)
  15. the chap - "ham" (lo recordings)
  16. bright eyes - "i'm wide awake, it's morning" (saddle creek)

Josh (Airdrie, Alberta, Canada)

  1. Piano Magic - "Disaffected" (Green UFOs)
  2. Kettel - "Volleyed Iron" (Sending Orbs)
  3. Secede - "Tryshasla" (Sending Orbs)
  4. Murcof - "Remembranza" (The Leaf Label)
  5. Hood - "Outside Closer" (Domino)
  6. Julien Neto - "Le Fumeur De Ciel" (Type)
  7. Monolake - "Polygon Cities" (Monolake)
  8. Marsen Jules - "Herbstlaub" (City Centre Offices)
  9. Savoy Grand - "People and What They Want" (Glitterhouse)
  10. Funckarma - "Elaztiq Bourbon 5" (Sending Orbs)
  11. Matt Elliott - "Drinking Songs" (Ici D'Ailleurs)
  12. VNV Nation - "Matter + Form" (Metropolis)
  13. Manual & Syntaks - "Golden Sun" (Darla)
  14. Berestez - "Plokcity EP" (Kahvi.org)
  15. Solarium - "Olari" (Spezialmaterial)

brett klopp (jenkintown, pa, usa)

  1. Sufjan Stevens - "Illinois" (Asthmatic Kitty)
  2. Animal Collective - "Feels" (Fatcat)
  3. Broken Social Scene - "s/t" (Arts & Crafts)
  4. The Books - "Lost and Safe" (Tomlab)
  5. Okkervil River - "Black Sheep Boy" (Jagjaguwar)
  6. Castanets - "First Light's Freeze" (Asthmatic Kitty)
  7. Devendra Banhart - "Cripple Crow" (XL)
  8. Akron/Family - "s/t" (Young God)
  9. Wilderness - "s/t" (Jagjaguwar)
  10. Stephen Malkmus - "Face the Truth" (Matador)

Adrian Ko (Barrionorte, Buenos Aires, Argentina)

  1. Anthony And The Johnsons - "I'm Bird A Now" (Simply Canadian)
  2. Broken Social Scene - "Broken Social Scene" (Arts & Crafts)
  3. Sufjan Stevens - "Illinoise" (Asthmatic Kitty)
  4. Animal Collective - "Feels" (Fat Cat)
  5. Broadcast - "Tender Buttons" (Warp)
  6. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! - "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!" (Self Released)
  7. Deerhoof - "Runners Four" (5RC)
  8. Erasure - "Nightbird" (Mute)
  9. LCD Soundsystem - "LCD Soundsystem" (DFA)
  10. Stars - "Set Yourself On Fire" (Arts & Crafts)
  11. New Pornographers - "Twin Cinema" (Matador)
  12. New Order - "Waiting For The Siren's Call" (Virgin)
  13. Morning Jacket - "Z" (ATO)
  14. Mary Gauthier - "Mercy Now" (record label)
  15. M83 - "Before The Dawn Heals Us" (Mute)

Ralph LAVIOLETTE (VINCENNES, FRANCE)

  1. Sufjan Stevens - "Illinois" (Asthmatic Kitty)
  2. Arcade Fire - "Funeral" (Merge Records)
  3. The National - "Alligator" (Beggars Banquet Records)
  4. Death Cab For Cutie - "Plans" (Barsuk Atlantic)
  5. Antony and the Johnsons - "I am a bird Now" (Secretly Canadian)
  6. Animal Collective - "Feels" (Fat Cat)
  7. Devendra Banhart - "Cripple Crow" (XL)
  8. Sigur Ros - "Takk..." (Geffen)
  9. Gravenhurst - "Fires In Distant Buildings" (Warp)
  10. Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra - "Horses In The Sky" (Constellation)
  11. Bloc Party - "Silent Alarm" (Dim Mak/Vice)
  12. Bright Eyes - "Digital ash in a digital urn" (Saddle Creek Records)
  13. Eels - "Blinking Lights and Other Revelations" (Vagrant Records)
  14. Hot Hot Heat - "Elevator" (Sire Records)
  15. Gorillaz - "Demon Days" (Parlophone)

(Athens, Ohio, United States)

  1. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - "s/t" (no label)
  2. Rosebuds - "Birds Make Good Neighbors" (Merge)
  3. Wolf Parade - "Apologies to the Queen Mary" (Sub Pop)
  4. Feist - "Let it Die" (Interscope)
  5. Menomena - "Under an Hour" (FILMguerrero)
  6. Red Sparrowes - "At the Souless Dawn" (Neurot)
  7. Neon Blonde - "Chandeliers in the Savanah" (Dim Mak)
  8. Sigur Ros - "Takk" (Geffen)
  9. Holopaw - "Quit +/ or Fight" (Sub Pop)
  10. The Double - "Loose in the Air" (Madador)
  11. The Decemberists - "Picaresque" (Kill Rock Stars)
  12. Southeast Engine - "Coming to Terms with Gravity" (Bettawreckonize)
  13. Low - "The Great Destroyer" (Sub Pop)
  14. Iron & Wine - "Woman King EP" (Sub Pop)
  15. Bell Orchestre - "Recording a Tape the Colour of Light" (Rough Trade)

Michael Massof (Pittsburgh, PA USA)

  1. Smog - "A River Ain't Too Much To Love" (Drag City)
  2. Songs of Green Pheasant - "S/T" (Fat Cat)
  3. Bibio - "Fi" (Mush)
  4. Animal Collective - "Feels" (Fat Cat)
  5. Deerhoof - "The Runners Four" (Kill Rock Stars)
  6. The Skygreen Leopards - "Jehova Surrender" (Jagjaguwar)
  7. Colleen - "The Golden Morning Breaks" (Leaf)
  8. Vashti Bunyan - "Lookaftering" (Fat Cat)
  9. Tape - "Rideau" (Hapna)
  10. Julien Neto - "Le Fumeur de Ciel" (Type)
  11. Jane - "Berserker" (Paw Tracks)
  12. Mountains - "S/T" (Apestaartje)
  13. Lau Nau - "Kuutarha" (Locust)
  14. Broadcast - "Tender Buttons" (Warp)
  15. Silver Jews - "Tanglewood Numbers" (Drag Cityl)

Michel (St John's, Nfld, Canaday)

  1. Xiu Xiu - "La Fort" (Kill Rock Stars)
  2. Sufjan Stevens - "Illinois" (Asthmatic Kitty)
  3. Marissa Nadler - "The Saga Of Mayflower May" (Eclipse)
  4. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - "s/t" (Self Released)
  5. Espers - "The Weed Tree" (Locust)
  6. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra & Tra-La-La Band - "Horses In The Sky" (Constellation)
  7. CocoRosie - "Noah's Ark" (Touch & Go)
  8. Her Highness - "In The Neither Land" (Birdsong)
  9. Iron and Wine - "Woman King EP" (Sub Pop)
  10. Ladytron - "Witching Hour" (Rykodisc)
  11. Le Volume Courbe - "I Killed My Best Friend" (Honest Jon's)
  12. Windy & Carl - "The Dream House" (Kranky)
  13. Colleen - "The Golden Morning Breaks" (Leaf)
  14. Low - "The Great Destroyer" (Sub Pop)
  15. Wolf Parade - "Apologies To The Queen Mary" (Sub Pop)

Moka (Mexico)

  1. The Books - "Lost and Safe" (Tomlab)
  2. Paavoharju - "Yha Hamaraa" (Fonal)
  3. Andrew Bird - "The mysterious production of eggs" (Righteous Babe)
  4. Sufjan Stevens - "Illinois" (Ashmatic Kitty)
  5. Animal Collective - "Feels" (Fat Cat)
  6. Colleen - "The golden morning breaks" (Leaf)
  7. Cocorosie - "noah's ark" (Touch & Go)
  8. Idaho - "the lone gunman" (Retrophonic)
  9. Sigur Ros - "takk" (Geffen)
  10. Marsen Jules - "herbstlaub" (City Centre offices)

Carles N. (Barcelona, Spain)

  1. M.I.A. - "Arular" (XL)
  2. Deerhoof - "The Runners Four" (5RC)
  3. Sufjan Stevens - "Illinois" (Asthmatic Kitty)
  4. Isolee - "We Are Monster" (Playhouse)
  5. Matt Elliot - "Drinking Songs"
  6. Dangerdoom - "The Mouse And The Mask"
  7. Caribou - "The Milk Of Human Kindness" (Domino)
  8. Animal Collective - "Feels" (Fat Cat)
  9. Quasimoto - "The Further Adventures Of Lord Quas" (Quaanum)
  10. The New Pornographers - "Twin Cinema" (Matador)
  11. DJ Koze - "Kosi Comes Around" (Kompakt)
  12. LCD Soundsystem - "S/T" (DFA)
  13. Kanye West - "Late Registration"
  14. Andrew Bird - "The Mysterious Production Of Eggs" (Righteous Babe)
  15. Sleater Kinney - "The Woods" (Sub Pop)

Erik Nash (Milwaukee, WI, US)

  1. hood - "outside closer" (domino)
  2. 13 & god - "s/t" (anticon)
  3. hot chip - "coming on strong" (astralwerks)
  4. the books - "lost and safe" (tomlab)
  5. colder - "heat" (output)
  6. caribou - "the milk of human kindness" (domino)
  7. lcd soundsystem - "s/t" (dfa/astralwerks)
  8. audion - "suckfish" (spectral sound)
  9. nudge - "cached" (kranky)
  10. magic arrows - "sweet heavenly angel of death" (wobblyhead)
  11. cranes - "particles & waves" (manifesto)
  12. the juan maclean - "less than human" (dfa/astralwerks)
  13. kid606 - "resilience" (tigerbeat6)
  14. eats tapes - "sticky buttons" (tigerbeat6)
  15. ladytron - "witching hour" (rykodisc)

Johan Neij (Stockholm, Sweden)

  1. Majessic Dreams - "Majessic Dreams" (oscillatone.com)
  2. The Roaring - "The Famous Solo" ( beautiful & mellow pianoimprov from Malmoe)
  3. Dead Letters Spell Out Dead Words - "Now the summers gone" (deadwords.org)
  4. Midaircondo - "Shopping for images" (Type)
  5. Andrey Kiritchenko - "True Delusion" (nexsound.org)
  6. Tape - "Rideau" (hapna.com)
  7. Paavoharju - "Yha Hamaraa" (Fonal)
  8. various artists - "Rojo.Tachen.Nosordo" (nosordo.com + podcasts)
  9. Erik de Vahl - "Friendly Fire EP" (srvice.com)
  10. Sophie Rimheden - "Sophie Rimheden" (sophierimheden.com)
  11. Det Gamla Landet - "Det Gamla Landet" (a-double-a.com + podcasts)
  12. A Taste of Ra - "A Taste of Ra" (hapna.com)
  13. Audrey - "EP" (tenderversion.com)
  14. All Spec Kit - "Busy Topic" (komplott.com)
  15. Differnet - "The title of this record..." (friendlynoise.com)

Neil (Dover, UK)

  1. Nadja - "Truth Becomes Death" (Alien8 Recordings)
  2. Jesu - "Jesu" (Hydra Head)
  3. Part Chimp - "I Am Come" (Rock Action)
  4. Port-Royal - "Flares" (Resonant)
  5. Bastro - "Antlers: Live 1991" (Blue Chopsticks)
  6. Hrsta - "Stem Stem In Electro" (Constellation)
  7. Esmerine - "Aurora" (Madrona)
  8. Lightning Bolt - "Hypermagic Mountain" (Load)
  9. - "Kantamoinen" (Sahko)
  10. Noise Bitch - "Bastard" (Mentalist Association)
  11. Explosions In The Sky - "How Strange, Innocence" (Temporary Residence)
  12. Envy - "Compiled Fragments 1997-2003" (Sonzai)
  13. Hunter's Loaf - "Solomon's Radio" (Unlabel)
  14. Kate Bush - "Aerial" (EMI)
  15. Low - "The Great Destroyer" (Rough Trade)

Nicole (Asheville, NC, USA)

  1. Lucky Pierre - "Touchpool" (Melodic)
  2. Anima - Animamina (Workers Institute)
  3. Boy Robot - "Rotten Cocktails" (City Centre Offices)
  4. Bonobo - "It Came From The Sea" (Ninja Tune)
  5. Psapp - "Tiger, My Friend" (Leaf)
  6. M.I.A. - "Arular" (XL)
  7. Blindfold - "S/T" (Resonant)
  8. Deaf Center - "Pale Ravine" (Type)
  9. Marsen Jules - "Herbstlaub" (City Centre Offices)
  10. Julien Neto - "Le Fueur De Ciel" (Type)

Peter (Tielt, Belgium)

  1. Antony And the Johnsons - "I am a bird now" ( secretly Canadian)
  2. Sufjan Stevens - "Illinoise" (Asrhmatic Kitty)
  3. Jose Gonzalez - "Veneer" ( A Hidden camera)
  4. Animal collective - "Feels" (Fat Cat)
  5. David Sylvian - "The good son vs the only Daughter" (Samadhisound)
  6. Gonzales - "Solo piano" (No Format)
  7. Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto - "Insen" ( Raster-Noton)
  8. Balanesque Quartet -"Maria T" (Mute)
  9. Keith Fullerton Whitman - "Multiples" (Kranky)
  10. Supersilent - "7" (Rune Grammofon)
  11. Colleen -"The golden morning breaks" (Leaf)
  12. Susumu Yokota & Rothko -"Distant sound of summer" ( Lo recordings)
  13. Harris Newman - "Accidents with nature and each other" (Strange attractors)
  14. Tape - "Rideau" (HSpna)
  15. Marsen Jules - "Herbstlaub" ( City center offices)

Peter (Stockholm, Sweden)

  1. Animal Collective - "Feels" (Fat Cat)
  2. Eluvium - "Talk Amongst The Trees" (Temporary Residence)
  3. Sufjan Stevens - "Illinois" (Asthmatic Kitty)
  4. ES - "Sateenkaarisuudelma" (Kraak)
  5. Panda Bear - "I'm Not/Comfy In Nautica" (Uunited Acoustic Recordings)
  6. Keith Fullerton Whitman - "Multiples" (Kranky)
  7. Brian McBride - "When The Detail Lost Its Freedom" (Kranky)
  8. Marsen Jules - "Herbstlaub" (City Centre Offices)
  9. Tape - "Rideau" (Hpna)
  10. Gang Gang Dance - "God's Money" (The Social Registry)
  11. Jane - "Berserker" (Paw Tracks)
  12. Mountains - "st" (Apestaartje)
  13. Jaga Jazzist - "What We Must" (Ninja Tune)
  14. Menomena - "Under An Hour" (Filmguerrero)
  15. Suburban Kids With Biblical Names - "#3" (Labrador)

Corey Pierce (Oakville Ontario, Canada)

  1. M.I.A. - Arular
  2. The Darkness - One Way Ticket to Hell... and Back!
  3. Mike Doughty - Haughty Melodic
  4. Strapping Young Lad - Alien
  5. Annie - Anniemal
  6. Patrick Wolf - Wind in the Wires
  7. Spoon - Gimme Fiction
  8. eels - Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
  9. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
  10. System of a Down - Mezmerize/Hypnotize
  11. Stephen Malkmus - Face the Truth
  12. Jason Collett - Idols & Exile
  13. Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock and Roll
  14. Wolf Parade - Apologies to the Queen Mary
  15. Lightning Bolt - Hypermagic Mountain

risko pullerits (estonia)

  1. larsen - "play" (important)
  2. paavoharju - "yh hmr" (fonal)
  3. xxl - "ciautistico!" (important)
  4. currituck co - "sleepwalks in the garden of the deadroom" (track and field)
  5. pelican - "the fire in our throats will beckon the thaw" (hydrahead)
  6. the books - "lost and safe" (tomlab)
  7. thee silver mt. zion memorial orchestra & tra-la-la band - "horses in the sky" (constellation)
  8. a northern chorus - "bitter hands resign" (sonic unyon)
  9. dirty three - "cinder" (touch & go)
  10. animal collective - "feels" (fat cat)
  11. mice parade - "bem-vinda vontade" (bubblecore)
  12. kallikak family - "may 23rd, 2007" (tell-all)
  13. epic45 - "england fallen over" (make mine music)
  14. bonnie 'prince' billy & matt sweeney - "superwolf" (domino)
  15. kammerflimmer kollektief - "absencen"(staubgold)

raffaello (Rome, Italy)

  1. Piano Magic - "Disaffected" (Green Ufos)
  2. Sigur Rs - "Takk" (Emi)
  3. Sufjan Stevens - "Illinois" (Asthmatic Kitty)
  4. Matt Elliott - "Drinking songs" (Acuarela)
  5. Yellow 6 - "Melt Inside" (Make Mine Music)
  6. Hood - "Outside Closer" (Domino)
  7. Amandine - "This Is Where Our Hearts Collide" (Fat Cat)
  8. Espers - "The Weed Tree" (Locust Music)
  9. The Montgolfier Brothers - "All My Bad Thoughts" (Vespertine & Son)
  10. Port-Royal - "Flares" (Resonant)
  11. The Clientele - "Strange Geometry" (Pointy)
  12. Squares On Both Sides - "Dunaj" (Hausmusik)
  13. Jos Gonzlez Veneer (A Hidden Agenda)
  14. Stuart A. Staples - "Lucky Dog Recordings" (Beggars Banquet)
  15. Mi And Lau - "Mi And Lau" (Young God)

Elwin Rijken (Geldrop, Noord-Brabant, The Netherlands)

  1. Love Is All - "9 Times That Same Song" (What's Your Rupture?) *Saxophones are back and better than ever, my Favourite PopRock album of the year*
  2. Arcade Fire - "Funeral" (Merge Records) *Saw them Live and kicking and they had incredible energy, some singalong goodness!!*
  3. Sufjan Stevens - "Illinois" (Asthmatic Kitty) *Sufjan's Live performance was inspiring, sensitive and spectacular (The Human Pyramid!), just one of the best singer/songwriters right now*
  4. Bloc Party - "Silent Alarm" (Dim Mak/Vice) *Commercial and Succesful, but they also gave us great music ;)*
  5. Animal Collective - "Feels" (Fat Cat) *truely one of a kind these guys, love this album*
  6. Sigur-Ros - "Takk" (EMI) *finally saw them live and I now know what Aaron was talking about - BEST LIVE EXPERIENCE EVER
  7. Andrew Bird - "The mysterious production of eggs" (Righteous Babe) *next to Sufjan one of the most unique and best singer/songwriters out there
  8. Deerhoof - "The Runners Four" (Kill Rock Stars) *moody strange goofy beautiful little tracks*
  9. Wolf Parade - "Apologies To The Queen Mary" (Sub Pop) *Beautiful melodies, great synths and raw energy*
  10. Thee Silver Mt Zion Memorial Orchestra - "Horses In The Sky" (Constellation) *half of the album is really really great (song 1, 2 and 6 to be precise) the rest is awful.. still those great songs make it into my list*
  11. Vitalic - "Ok Cowboy" (PIAS) *Vitalic is just plain groovy and dancefloorworthy, LIVE also very good, but the CD stands on it's own*
  12. Xiu Xiu - "Mupet Face" (5RC) *no easy listening, but really grows on you and its such unique music, melancholy combined with inner screams*
  13. Blood Brothers - "Crimes" (V2) *another type of screams, but so interestingly done, with great melodies, unexpected bits and really just so much fun to listen to*
  14. Nada Surf - "The Weight Is A Gift" (Barsuk) *If you enjoy 'The New Year' type of music, you'll love this. It's not 'popular' anymore*
  15. Russian Futurists - "Our Thickness" (Upper Class) *even better than their debut, campy coolness*

Ryan (Lincoln, Nebraska, USA)

  1. The Fiery Furnaces - "Rehearsing My Choir" (Rough Trade)
  2. Caribou - "The Milk Of Human Kindness" (The Leaf Label)
  3. Islaja - "Palaa Aurinkoon" (Fonal)
  4. The Psychic Paramount - "Gamelan Into The Mink Supernatural" (No Quarter)
  5. Sufjan Stevens - "Illinois" (Asthmatic Kitty)
  6. Gang Gang Dance - "God's Money" (The Social Registry)
  7. Venetian Snares - "Rossz Csillag Alatt Szletett" (Planet Mu)
  8. Animal Collective - "Feels" (Fat Cat)
  9. Six Organs Of Admittance - "School Of The Flower" (Drag City)
  10. Keith Fullerton Whitman - "Multiples" (Kranky)
  11. Antony and The Johnsons - "I Am A Bird Now" (Secretly Canadian)
  12. The Books - "Lost & Safe" (Tomlab)
  13. M.I.A.- "Arular" (XL)
  14. Mu - "Out Of Breach (Manchester's Revenge)" (Output)
  15. Kate Bush - "Aerial" (Columbia)

Brent Sallay (Salt Lake City, Utah, USA)

  1. The Dead Science - "Frost Giant" (Absolutely Kosher)
  2. Serena Maneesh - "Serena Maneesh" (Honeymilk)
  3. Fog - "10th Avenue Freakout" (Lex)
  4. Shining - "In the Kingdom of Kitsch You Will Be a Monster" (Rune Grammofon)
  5. Caribou - "The Milk of Human Kindness" (Leaf/Domino)
  6. Goldmund - "Corduroy Road" (Type)
  7. Dirty Projectors - "The Getty Address" (Western Vinyl)
  8. Edan - "Beauty and the Beat" (Lewis)
  9. Boards of Canada - "The Campfire Headphase" (Warp)
  10. Andrew Bird - "The Mysterious Production of Eggs" (Righteous Babe)
  11. Deerhoof - "The Runners Four" (Kill Rock Stars)
  12. Isole - "Wearemonster" (Playhouse)
  13. The Drones - "Wait Long by the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By" (ATP)
  14. DraculaZombieUSA - "DraculaZombieUSA" (Serious Business)
  15. Murcof - "Remembranza" (Leaf)

Sam (London, England)

  1. Animal Collective - "Feels" (Fat-Cat)
  2. Sigur Rs - "Takk..." (EMI)
  3. Caribou - "Milk of Human Kindness" (Leaf)
  4. Four Tet - "Everything Ecstatic" (Domino)
  5. Boom Bip - "Blue Eyed in the Red Room" (Lex)
  6. Jos Gonzles - "Veneer" (Peacefrog)
  7. Venetian Snares - "Rossz Csillag Allat Szuletett" (Planet Mu)
  8. Boards of Canada - "The Campfire Headphase" (Warp)
  9. Why? - "Elephant Eyelash" (Anticon)
  10. Bloc Party - "Silent Alarm" (Wichita)
  11. Songs of Green Pheasant - "s/t" (Fat Cat)
  12. LCD Soundsystem - "s/t" (DFA)
  13. Efterklang - "Tripper" (Leaf)
  14. M83 - "Before the Dawn Heals Us" (Gooom)
  15. Odd Nosdam - "Burner" (Anticon)

Javier Santafe (Barbastro, Spain)

  1. 4g - "Cloud" (Erstwhile)
  2. Yumiko Tanaka & Ivar Grydeland - "Continental Crust" (Sofa)
  3. Keith Fullerton Whitman - "Multiples" (Kranky)
  4. Kazuo Imai - "Far and Wee" (PSF)
  5. Rowe/M/Nakamura/Yoshihide - "Erstlive 005" (Erstwhile)
  6. Annie Gosfield - "Lost Signals and Drifting Satellites" (Tzadik)
  7. Jack Rose - "Kensignton Blues" (VHF)
  8. Rova::Orkestrova - "Electric Ascension" (Atavistic)
  9. Various Artists - "Spire: Live in Geneva Cathedral Saint Pierre" (Touch)
  10. MV+EE & The Bummer Road - "We Offer you Guru" (Child of Microtones)
  11. NNCK - "Qvaris" (5 Rue Christine)
  12. Okkyung Lee - "Nihm" (Tzadik)
  13. Pelt - "Untitled" (VHF)
  14. NNCK - "The Collective Imaginings of Quantarenius, Cook and Co." (Sound One)
  15. William Basinski - "Silent Night" (MMLXII)

roger (Lincoln, NE)

  1. Durutti Column - "Keep Breathing" - When a band has released nearly 25 albums there's often a temptation when a new album appears to warn new listeners, "Don't start here." Well, start here...it's the best and most complete DC album in a long time.
  2. Andrew Bird - "The Mysterious Production of Eggs" - This is a superb effort from one of the great live performers of our day. The album is chocked full of intrinsicly magical melodies, textures, and lyrics. There's only ONE Andrew Bird...or is there?
  3. Vic Chesnutt Ghetto Bells - Vic (who actually headlined with Andrew Bird as support a couple years back) releases his most subdued effort to date and with the help of the likes of Bill Frisell and Van Dyke Parks pulls off some of his most beautiful songs ever. There's a couple songs that could have been dropped or put out as bonus tracks in the year 2018 but all in all it's a lush albeit somber trip.
  4. Joe Strummer Walker - I'm stretching a bit here as this album originally appeared in 1987 as a soundtrack for the Alex Cox film 'Walker' but seeing as how it just received its first issue on cd in 2005 I'm throwing it in anyway. The Walker soundtrack is an acoustic tapestry of Latin percussion and horns that lies somewhere between the cinematic landscape of Spaghetti Western and Tito Puente'. There's a few vocals but this one defines Strummer in a somewhat different light than the mohawked rebel of the Thatcher/Reagan-era.
  5. Kraftwerk Minimum-Maximum - Stunning complete live show comes to double cd. Recordings were lifted from nearly every continent on their 2004 tour and just as The Mix album repurposed their stuff for the 90's, this album does the same thing for the 2000's. This is one of the rare recordings where I would say the DVD version is a must have.
  6. Mouse on Mars Live 2004 - A double bill with Mouse on Mars and Kraftwerk would have been awesome but as it was I saw them separately in 2004. I'm not the world's biggest live album fan but this one is worth picking up. I've always felt most of M on M's studio material was lacking consistency and now I know where they put their best stuff -- on stage.
  7. Mice Parade Bem-Vinda Vontade - This album would actually play nicely along side my #4 pick. Once you enter into Bem-Vinda Vontade you'll soon find that there's very little chance for escape. It's a captivating album that may not rattle around in your head after your done listening and yet you'll find yourself coming back to it again and again.
  8. Beck Guero - This may or may not be the eighth best album of the year. One thing's for sure the library sometimes gets new releases before they ever appear in the Used bins. Is there a sameness to this recording? Absolutely perhaps.
  9. Brian Eno Another Day on Earth - This isn't Eno's best vocal album but it does harken to his remarkable early 90's release 'Wrong Way Up' that he did with John Cale. As for this one there's about 4-5 tracks that combine the best of Eno's atmospherics with his much underrated singing abilities. Eno may never pen the hits of an Elton John or a Sufjan Stevens but he's still two steps ahead of Sinatra in my book.
  10. Durutti Column Heaven Sent EP - This EP came out early in the year as an internet download only release. I have to bookend it with my #1 pick of the year because not only did one track wind up on the full length but most of these instrumentals would have fit perfectly on Keep Breathing. Oh yeah, and there was a lot of albums that I haven't heard yet -- now go and do likewise.

Peter Skwiot Smith (Saint Paul, MN USA)

  1. Qua - "Painting Monsters on Clouds" (Surgery, 2004)
  2. Jan Jelinek - "Kosmischer Pitch" (~scape, 2005)
  3. Dijf Sanders - "To Be A Bob" (DUB, 2005)
  4. Polmo Polpo - "Like Hearts Swelling" (Constellation, 2003)
  5. The Appleseed Cast - "Low Level Owl vol. I+II" (Deep Elm, 2001)
  6. Deadbeat - "New World Observer" (~scape, 2005)
    Loscil - "Submers" (kranky, 2002)
  7. Darkest Hour - "Undoing Ruin" (Victory, 2005)
  8. Mountains - "Mountains" (apestaartje, 2005)
    Stars of the Lid - "The Tired Sounds of..." (kranky, 2001)
  9. Mountains in the Sky - "Celestial Son" (Trifekta, 2005)
  10. Paul Duncan - "Be Careful What You Call Home" (Hometapes, 2005)
  11. vitaminsforyou - "Dsol Monsieur Soleil, C'est La Neige Qui Va Me Librer" (intr_version, 2005)
  12. gas - "pop" (mille plateaux, 2000)
  13. Mitchell Akiyama - "Mort Aux Vaches" (Staalplaat, 2005)
  14. Hood - "Outside Closer" (Domino, 2005)
  15. Marsen Jules - "Herbstlaub" (City Centre Offices, 2005)

Francois Sylvestre (Joliette, Quebec, Canada)

  1. Architecture in Helsinki - "In case we die" (Bar/None)
  2. Broken Social Scene - "Broken Social Scene" (Arts and Crafts)
  3. Death Cab For Cutie - "Plans" (Atlantic)
  4. Sigur Ros - "Takk..." (Geffen)
  5. Final Fantasy - "Has a good home" (Tomlab)
  6. Maria Taylor - "11:11" (Saddle Creek)
  7. Rogue Wave - "Descended like vultures" (Sub Pop)
  8. Martha Wainwright - "s/t" (Zoe)
  9. New Order - "Waiting for the siren's call" (Warner)
  10. T. Raumschmiere - "Blitzkrieg Pop" (Nova Mute)

Jean-Rene Sylvestre (Deux-Montagnes, Quebec, Canada)

  1. Sufjan Stevens - "Come on feel the Illinoise" (Asthmatic Kitty)
  2. The National - "Alligator" (Beggars Banquet)
  3. Caribou - "The Milk of Human Kindness" (Leaf/Domino)
  4. Calla - "Collisions" (Beggars Banquet)
  5. Bloc Party - "Silent Alarm" (Vice)
  6. American Analog Set - "Set Free" (Arts and crafts)
  7. Wolf Parade - "Apologies to the Queen Mary" (Sub Pop)
  8. Sigur Ros - "Takk..." (Geffen)
  9. Venetian Snares - "Rossz Csillag Alatt Szletett" (Planet Mu)
  10. Eluvium - "Talk Amongst the Trees" (Temporary Residence)
  11. Colleen - "The Golden Morning Breaks" (Leaf)
  12. Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-La-La Band - "Horses in the Sky" (Constellation)
  13. Animal Collective - "Feels" (Fat Cat)
  14. Paavoharju - "Yh Hmr" (Fonal)
  15. Sons and Daughters - "The repulsion box" (Domino)

Peter Tchanilou (Djibouti)

  1. Royksopp - The Understanding
  2. Isolee - We are monster
  3. James Taylor - Carthage Milk
  4. Sufjan Stevens - Illinois
  5. Nouvelle Vague
  6. Polmo Polpo - Kiss Me Again And Again
  7. Hood - Outside Closer
  8. Audion - Suckfish
  9. Explosions In The Sky - How Strange, Innocence
  10. Maximum Joy - Unlimited

Trausti (Iceland)

  1. andrew bird - "mysterious production of eggs" (righteous babe)
  2. port-royal - "flares" (resonant)
  3. broadcast - "tender buttons" (warp)
  4. edan - "beauty and the beat" (record label)
  5. animal collective - "feels" (fat cat)
  6. eluvium - "talk amongst the trees" (temporary residence limited)
  7. lightning bolt - "hypermagic mountain " (load)
  8. keith fullerton whitman - "multiples" (kranky)
  9. sufjan stevens - "illinois" (asthmatic kitty)
  10. caribou - "the milk of human kindness" (leaf)
  11. colleen - "the golden morning breaks" (leaf)
  12. boris - "pink" (diwphalanx)
  13. gang gang dance - "god's money" (the social registry)
  14. shugo tokumaru - "l.s.t" (compare notes)
  15. supersilent - "7" (rune grammofon)

uldis 2 (Latvia)

  1. fiery furnaces - rehearsing my choir (rough trade)
  2. sufjan stephens - illinois (asthmatic kitty)
  3. antony and the jonsons - i am a bird now (secretly canadian)
  4. animal collective - feels (fat cat)
  5. wolf parade - apologies to the queen mary (sub pop)
  6. sleater-kinney - the woods (sub pop)
  7. the books - lost and safe (tomlab)
  8. sigur ros - takk (geffen)
  9. the new pornographers - twin cinema (matador)
  10. mia - arular (xl)
  11. love is all - nine times that same song
  12. clap your hands say yeah - clap your hands say yeah
  13. andrew bird - the mysterious production of eggs (righteous babe)
  14. vashti bunyan - lookaftering (fat cat)
  15. fiery furnaces - ep (rough trade)

Ricardo Vicente (El Sanjo, Salamanca, Spain)

  1. Mono & world's end girlfriend - "Palmless Prayer / Mass Murder Refrain" (human highway)
  2. The evpatoria report - "Golevka" (Shayo)
  3. World's End Girlfriend - "The Lie Lay Land" (MIDI Creative)
  4. Sigur Rs - "Takk" (Geffen)
  5. A silver mt. zion - "Horses In The Sky" (Constellation)
  6. Milhaven - "bars closing down" (12 rec)
  7. Clap your hands say yeah - "Clap your hands say yeah" (self released)
  8. God is an astronaut - "All is Violent, All is Bright" (Revive)
  9. Cerberus shoal - "The Land We All Believe In" (southern)
  10. Piano Magic - "Disaffected" (Darla)
  11. Hrsta - "Stem Stem In Electro" (Constellation)
  12. Pelican - "The Fire In Our Throats Will Beckon The Thaw" (Hydrahead)
  13. LeFT - "i could stay in here" (Forty-4)
  14. Red Sparrowes - "At the soundless dawn" (Neurot)
  15. Mono/Pelican - "split" (Temporary Residence)

Mike Weis (Chicago, IL, USA)

  1. Richard Youngs - "Naive Shamen" (Jagjaguwar)
  2. Peter Wright - "Yellow Horizon" (PseudoArcana)
  3. Various Artist - "Invisible Pyramid: Elegy Box" (Last Visible Dog)
  4. Six Organs of Admittance - "School of the Flower" (Drag City)
  5. Earth - "Hex" (Sub Pop)
  6. Rameses III/North Sea - "Night of the Ankou" (267 Lattajjaa)
  7. Andrew Chalk - "River that Flows into the Sands" (Faraway Press)
  8. Various Artist - "Tone of the Universe" (PseudoArcana)
  9. Tim Coster - "Mornings" (PseudoArcana)
  10. Criterion - "La Ciudad" (Broklyn Beats)
  11. Double Leopards - "Out of One, Through One, Into One" (Eclipse)
  12. Odawas - "Aether Eater" (Jagjaguwar)
  13. Number None - "Urmerica" (Rebis)
  14. Chris Bissonette - "Periphery" (Kranky)
  15. Hush Arbors/Terracid/North Sea - "Untitled" (Barl Fire)

Sam Wigley (London, UK)

  1. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! - s/t (Self-released)
  2. Sufjan Stevens - Come On Feel the Illinoise! (Asthmatic Kitty)
  3. Animal Collective - Feels (Fat Cat)
  4. Art Brut - Bang Bang Rock N Roll (Fierce Panda)
  5. Wolf Parade - Apologies for the Queen Mary (Sup Pop)
  6. Anthony and The Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now (Simply Canadian)
  7. The Decemberists - Picaresque (Kill Rock Stars)
  8. Broken Social Scene - s/t (Arts and Crafts)
  9. Vitalic - OK Cowboy (PIAS)
  10. M.I.A. - Arular (XL)
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