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Staff Picks: Our Favorite Records of 2010

  1. Soft Pack - S/T
  2. Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
  3. Superchunk - Majesty Shredding
  4. Title Tracks - It Was Easy
  5. Gil Scott Heron - I'm New Here 
  6. Grinderman - 2
  7. Best Coast - Crazy For You
  8. Thee Oh Sees - Warm Slime
  9. Dum Dum Girls - I Will Be
  10. National - High Violet

Staff Picks: Our Favorite Records of the 2000s!
I'll give you a hint: we really love us some Yo La Tengo. 
Read it here: Staff Favorites of the Decade 

Staff Picks: Our Favorite Records of 2009
We asked everyone who works at Crooked Beat for their Top 10-ish releases of the year. 

1. Sonic Youth - The Eternal
2. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - S/T
3. Bats - The Guilty Office
4. Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs
5. Jay Reatard - Watch Me Fall
6. King Khan and BBQ Show - Invisible Girl
7. Flaming Lips - Embryonic
8. Thee Oh Sees - Help
9. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
10. Clean- Mister Pop


Breakdown By Employee
Are you wondering which records your favorite Crooked Beat staffers liked? Satisfy your curiosity below!

Angie
1. Sonic Youth - The Eternal
2. Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca
3. Yo La Tengo - Popular Songs 4. Animal Collective - Merriweather Post Pavilion
5. Jay Reatard - Watch Me Fall
6. St. Vincent - Actor
7. Neko Case - Middle Cyclone
8. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart - S/T
9. Coconut Records - Davy

Bill
1. Bats-Guilty Office
2. Vic Chesnutt- At The Cut
3. Jay Reatard- Watch Me Fall
4. The Clean- Mister Pop
5. Jonsi & Alex- ( Sigur Ros)- Riceboy Sleeps
6. Yo La Tengo- Popular Songs
7. Tom Waits- Glitter & Doom Live
8. Sonic Youth- The Eternal
9. New Model Army- Today Is A Good Day
10. Madness- The Liberty Of Norton Folgate

Clare
1. merriweather post pavilion - animal collective
2. hospice - the antlers
3. childish prodigy - kurt vile
4. s/t - the pains of being pure at heart
5. the knot - wye oak
6. guilty office - the bats
7. the eternal - sonic youth
8. outside love - pink mountaintops
9. it's blitz! - yeah yeah yeahs
10. the crying light - antony and the johnsons

Gareth
1: Pet Shop Boys, Yes
2: The Bats, The Guilty Office
3: 50 Foot Wave, Power + Light
4: The xx, s/t
5: the Clean, Mister Pop
6: Luke Haines, 21st Century Man / Actung Mutha
7: Sparks, The Seduction of Ingmar Bergman
8: the Horrors, Primary Colors
9: Dinosaur Jr., Farm
10: Art Brut, Art Brut vs. Satan

Helen
1. Flaming Lips- Embryonic
2. Yo La Tengo- Popular Songs
3. Echo & Bunnymen- The Fountain
4. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart
5. Feelies- The Good Life (reissue)
6. Sonic Youth- The Eternal
7. Jonsi & Alex- (Sigur Ros)- Riceboy Sleeps
8. Built To Spill- There Is No Enemy
9. Madness- The Liberty Of Norton Folgate
10. Dinosaur Jr- Farm

Holly
1. Soft Pack - The Muslims
2. Thee Oh Sees - Help
3. Fruit Bats - The Ruminant Band
4. King Khan & BBQ Show - Invisible Girl
5. Telekinesis! - S/T
6. Howlies - Trippin' With Howlies
7. Micachu & The Shapes - Jewellery
8. Wavves - Wavvves
9. Girls - Album
10. Sonic Youth - The Eternal

Jenn
9. Pains of Being Pure at Heart: S/T
8. Fever Ray: S/T
7. Crocodiles: Summer of Hate
6. King Khan and BBQ Show: Invisible Girl
5. Bats: Guilty Office
4. Telepathe: Dance Mother
3. Fuck Buttons: Tarot Spirit
2. Camera Obscura: My Maudlin Career
1. MGMT: Oracular Spectacular

Matt
1. Flaming Lips- Embryonic
2. Thee Oh Sees - Help
3. Mountain Goats - The Life of the World to Come
4. Lightning Bolt - Earthly Delights
5. Jay Reatard- Watch Me Fall
6. Bill Callahan - Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle
7. King Khan and BBQ Show:Invisible Girl
8. Vic Chesnutt- At The Cut
9. Baroness - Blue Album



Staff Picks: Best of 2008 
This year the list includes new releases that came out in 2008, but we've added a separate list for our favorite reissues. See how things turned out:

1. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Dig Lazarus Dig!!!
2. Jay Reatard - Matador Singles 2008
3. Deerhunter - Microcastle/ Weird Era Cont
4. Magnetic Fields – Distortion
5. Sigur Ros - Með Suð I Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust
6. Okkervil River – The Stand-Ins
7. Street Dogs - State of Grace
7. Stereolab - Chemical Chords
8. R.E.M. – Accelerate
9. Crystal Stilts – Alight of Night
10. Vampire Weekend – S/T

Our Favorite Reissues
1. Pogues - Just Look Them Straight in the Eye Boxset
2. Belle & Sebastian – BBC Sessions
3. Smiths – Sound of the Smiths
4. Yazoo - In Your Room
5. Final Solution - Brotherman Soundtrack
6. Nerves - S/T


Best of 2008: Breakdown by Employee
Are you wondering which records your favorite Crooked Beat staffers liked? Satisfy your curiosity below!

Bill

1. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Dig Lazarus Dig!!!
2. Sigur Ros - Með Suð I Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust
3. Dirtbombs – We Have You Surrounded
4. Magnetic Fields – Distortion
5. Jay Reatard - Matador Singles 2008
6. Street Dogs – State of Grace
7. Crystal Stilts - Alight of Night
8. Okkervil River – The Stand-Ins
9. King Khan – Supreme Genius
10. (Th’ Sounds of) Kaleidoscope

Top Reissues 2008
1. Pogues – Just Look Them Straight in the Eye Boxset
2. Springsteen/Suicide – Dream Baby Dream
3. Replacements – Tim
4. Clash – At Shea Stadium
5. Brotherman - Sdtrk

Helen

1. Magnetic Fields - Distortion
2. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Dig Lazarus Dig
3. Sigur Ros - Með Suð I Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust
4. National – A Skin, a Night
5. Street Dogs – State of Grace
6. Cure – 4:13 Dream
7. Fleet Foxes – S/T
8. Deerhunter - Microcastle/ Weird Era Cont. 
9. Vampire Weekend – S/T
10. R.E.M. – Accelerate

Top Reissues 2008
1. Smiths – Sound of the Smiths
2. New Order – Movement
3. U2 – War
4. Belle & Sebastian – BBC Sessions
5. Pogues - Just Look Them Straight in the Eye Boxset

Ari

1. Deerhunter - Microcastle/ Weird Era Cont. 
2. Fucked Up - The Chemistry Of Common Life
3. Flying Lotus - Los Angeles 
4. No Age - Nouns
5. M83 - Saturdays = Youths
6. Animal Collective - Water Curses EP
7. Sigur Ros - Með Suð I Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust
8. Atlas Sound - Let The Blind Lead Those Who Can See But Cannot Feel
9. Abe Vigoda - Skeleton
10. Fleet Foxes - Sun Giant EP

Top Reissues 2008
1. Final Solution - Brotherman Soundtrack
2. Nick Lowe - Jesus Of Cool
3. Dennis Wilson - Pacific Ocean Blue

Angie

1. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Dig Lazarus Dig!!!
2. Jay Reatard - Matador Singles
3. R.E.M. - Accelerate
4. Deerhunter - Crystal Castles
5. Marnie Stern - This is It
6. Stereolab - Chemical Chords
7. Crystal Castles- Crystal Castles
8. Beach House - Devotion
9. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
10. TV on the Radio - Dear Science

Top Reissues 2008
1. Belle & Sebastian -BBC
2. Magnetic Fields - Get Lost

Gareth 

1. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Dig Lazarus Dig!!!
2. Ed Kuepper - Jean Lee & the Yellow Dog
3. Nick Cave & Warren Ellis - The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
4. Neon Neon - Stainless Style
5. Sparks - Exotic Creatures of the Deep
6. Barry Adamson - Back to the Cat
7. Magnetic Fields - Distortion
8. Portishead - Third
9. Kira - The Rail Train The Meadow The Freeway And The Shadows
10. Lucky Soul - The Great Unwanted

REISSUES
1. Yazoo - In Your Room
2. Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians - Luminous Groove
3. Midnight Oil - Diesel & Dust: 20th Anniversary Legacy Edition
4. Sparks - Balls

Holly

1. Jay Reatard – Matador Singles 2008
2. Deerhunter – Microcastle
3. Beck – Modern Guilt
4. Ten Kens - S/T
5. Stereolab – Chemical Chords
6. Vampire Weekend – S/T
7. Crystal Stilts – Alight of Night
8. Vivian Girls – S/T
9. Raveonettes – Lust, Lust, Lust
10. Okkervil River – The Stand-Ins

Reissues
1. Belle & Sebastian – BBC Sessions
2. Liz Phair – Exile in Guyville

Matt

1. Jay Reatard – Matador Singles 2008
2. Okkervil River - The Stand-Ins
3. Suicide/Springsteen – Dream Baby Dream
4. Black Angels - Directions To See A Ghost
5. Nick Cave - Dig Lazarus Dig
6. Magnetic Fields – Distortion
7. Sigur Ros - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust
8. 8. Silver Jews – Lookout Mountain Lookout Sea

Reissues
1. Nerves - S/T
2. Replacements - Let It Be
3. Neil Young - Sugar Mountain



Staff Picks: Best of 2007
The results are in! This year we had a couple of ties- one for first and a three-way tie for tenth. The list includes new releases that came out in 2007 - no comps or reissues. See how things turned out:

1. The National - Boxer
Panda Bear - Person Pitch
2. Joe Lally - Nothing Is Underrated
3. Radiohead - In Rainbows
4. Big Business - Here Comes The Waterworks
5. Antelope - Reflector
6. Pissed Jeans - Hope For Men
7. Georgie James - Places
8. Black Lips - Good Bad Not Evil
9. Blonde Redhead - 23
10. Jens Lekman - Night Falls over Kortedala
Sinead O'Connor - Theology
Neil Young - Live at Massey Hall 1971 (previously unreleased)


Best of 2007: Breakdown by Employee

Just a little while ago, we posted the tally of staff favorites. Here's the breakdown by staff member:

Ian
1. Radiohead - In Rainbows
2. Ampere/Daïtro - Split
3. Kidcrash - Jokes
4. Daniel Striped Tiger - Capital Cities
5. Circa Survive - On Letting Go

Erin
1. Big Business - Here Come The Waterworks
2. Aesop Rock - None Shall Pass
3. Haram- Drescher
4. Do Make Say Think - You, You're a History in Rust

Basla
1. Antelope - Reflector
2. Battles - Mirrored
3. Des_Ark (split with Ben Davis) - Battle of the Beards
4. The Eternals - Heavy International
5. Joe Lally - Nothing is Underrated
6. Tinariwen - Aman Iman: Water is Life7. Mary Timony - The Shapes We Make
8. Bright Eyes - Cassadaga

Tariq
1. pissed jeans - hope for men 
2. lullabye arkestra - ampgrave3. pink reason - cleaning the mirror
4. warhammer 48k - an etheral oracle5. a hawk and a hacksaw - the way the wind blows 
6. sj esau - wrong-faced cat feed collapse
7. times new viking - ...present the paisley reich
8. big business - here comes the waterworks
9. pre - epic fits 
10. shellac - excellent istalian greyhound

Holly
1. jens lekman - night falls over kortedala
2. electrelane - no shouts, no calls
3. panda bear - person pitch
4. radiohead - in rainbows
5. shout out louds - our ill wills
6. black lips - good bad not evil
7. national - the boxer
8. georgie james - places
9. blonde redhead - 23
10. pelle carlberg - in a nutshell

Matt
1. neil young - live at massey hall 1971
2. national - boxer
3. panda bear - person pitch
4. thurston moore - trees outside the academy
5. baroness - red album
6. elliott smith - new moon

Bill
1. Joe Lally- Nothing Is Underrated
2. National- Boxer
3. Panda Bear- Person Pitch
4. Grinderman- S/T
5. Ian Hunter- Shrunken Heads
6. A Place To Bury Strangers- S/T
7. Shocking Pinks- S/T
8. Les Savy Favy- Let's Stay Friends
9. Black Lips - Good Bad Not Evil 
10. Blonde Redhead- 23

Helen
1. Sinead O' Connor - Theology
2. Arcade Fire - Neon Bible
3. Bjork - Volta
4. Joe Lally - Nothing Is Underrated
5. Ted Leo - Living With the Living
6.Georgie James - Places
7. Blonde Redhead - 23
8. National - Boxer
9. Antelope - Reflector
10. Panda Bear - Person Pitch


Staff Picks: Best of 2006
We tallied up all the votes on everyone's Top Ten lists & have the results!

1. Yo La Tengo - I am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
2. Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
2. Evens - Get Evens
3. Aquarium - S/T
4. Gothic Archies - Tragic Treasury
5. Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
5. Belle & Sebastian - The Life Pursuit
6. Bad Brains - Live at CBGB's 1982 DVD
7.  Joe Strummer - Let's Rock Again DVD
7. (Th' Sounds of) Kaleidoscope - From Where You Were to How You Got There 
7. Tom Waits - Orphans
8. Joe Lally - There to Here
9. Primal Scream - Riot City Blues
9. Benjy Ferree - Leaving The Nest
9. Minutemen - We Jam Econo DVD
10. The Black Angels - Passover

Most voted for:
1. Yo la Tengo - I am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
2. Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped

Best of 2006: Breakdown by Employee
We asked everyone who works at Crooked Beat for their Top Ten releases of the year. 

Andy
In No Particular Numerical Order:
Aquarium-S/T
Bad Brains-Live At CBGB's (DVD)
DC Snipers-Missile Sunset
Benjy Ferree-Leaving The Nest
Daniel Higgs-Interdimensional Song Seamstress
Daniel Johnston-The Devil and Daniel Johnston (DVD)
Melvins-A Senile Animal
Minutemen-We Jam Econo (DVD)
Sonic Youth-Rather Ripped
Tom Waits-Orphans:Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards 

Gareth
1: Luke Haines, Off My Rocker At The Art School Bop - The sound of T-Rex having sex with Girls Aloud, the sound of Gary Glitter being emasculated by his own band, the sound of the Yorkshire Ripper and Jack the Stripper skipping in the streets, the sound of the darkest moments in British history turned into pop gems, all of this is the sound of the best album of 2006 (and it's all your fault that it's not sold here).
2: Jarvis Cocker, Jarvis - Pulp frontman returns with a piece as stark as This is Hardcore, as enchanting as We Love Life, as raucous as Different Class, but featuring the beauty and heartache that has been missing in modern music. 
3: The Gothic Archies, The Tragic Treasury - Not as evil as Luke Haines, but where else will you find the lyric "Even babies kill..."
4: Stephin Merritt, Showtunes - There is no instrument on Earth that Stephin Merritt can't use to make a great song. Play In The Spring When I Was Young and Eno's Here Come The Warm Jets back-to-back, I think Merritt nicked Eno to wonderful effect.
5: Scott Walker, The Drift - Yes, this was terriffying to listen to in the dark. Nevertheless, i've never heard anything like it.
6: Decoration, Don't Disappoint Me Now - John Peel approved and the sons of the Wedding Present, this group made a solid debut of guitar-pop with biting lyrics and heart-bursting melodies. They also borrowed from Bowie's Heroes to wonderful effect on the opening track.
7: Howling Bells, Howling Bells - Setting Sun and Blessed Night are two of the best songs i've heard this year.
8: Isobel Campbell & Mark Lanegan, Ballad of the Broken Seas - Since this is one of the best sellers for Crooked Beat, I really don't have to say anything.
9: Primal Scream, Riot City Blues - Silly? Sure. As good as the last two LP's? No. Ridiculously fun? God yes.
10: Stereolab, Fab Four Suture - It may not be as great as Margerine Eclipse, but this was still pretty ace. Plus their live performace of Excursions Into Oh-A-Oh was epic.


Carmen
1. Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of This Country
2. Radio 4 - Enemies Like This
3. Primal Scream- Riot City Blues
4. Yo la Tengo - I am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
5. Isobel Campbell- Milk White Sheets
6. Neko Case- Fox Confessor Brings the Flood
7. Joanna Newsom- Ys
8. Goldfrapp- We Are Glitter
9. Sonic Youth- Rather Ripped
10. M Ward- Post War

Jay
1. the black angels "passover"
2. sonic youth "rather ripped"
3. tom waits "orphans"
4. radio birdman "zeno beach"
5. sareena maneesh "s/t"
6. quasi "when the going gets dark"
7. belle and sebastian "the life pursuit"
8. sparklehorse "dreamt for lightyears in the belly of a mountain
9. french toast "ingleside terrace"
10. yo la tengo "i am not afraid of you and i will beat your ass"


Basla
The Evens- Get Evens
The Aquarium- 11 Songs
Joe Lally- There to Here
Soccer Team- "Volunteered" Civility and Proffessionalism
Minutemen- We Jam Econo DVD
Badbrains- Live at CBGB's DVD
Link Wray- White Lightning: Lost Cadence Sessions '58
M. Ward- Post War

Holly
1. Belle & Sebastian – The Life Pursuit
Sing along to every song – it's that consistently good. No draggy, mopey parts – just a great, listen-the-whole-way-through album.
2. Sonic Youth – Rather Ripped
A return to their poppier, more melodic roots (a la Dirty).
3. Mates of State – Bring It Back
Boy/girl pop harmonies make me smile. And want to buy an electric piano.
4. Love is All – Nine Times That Same Song
Frantic, noisy Swedish pop. Tasty.
5. Peter Bjorn & John - Writer's Block
Tambourines + hand claps + a Victoria Bergman guest spot= a lovely album of pop gems.
6.Yo La Tengo – I am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass
This is all over the board, but in a good way.
7. (Th' Sounds of) Kaleidoscope – From Where You Were to How You Got There
Dreamy, swirly garagepsych pop songs with crunchy/jangly riffs and Zombies-esque vocals.
8. Aquarium – S/T
Anthemic & catchy retro-kitsch.
9. Soccer Team – "Volunteered" Civility & Professionalism
Lovely lo-fi guitar pop.
10. Essex Green – Cannibal Sea
I am a sucker for jangley pop. do we see a pattern here? 

Brendan
1. (Th' Sounds Of) Kaleidescope - From Where You Were To How You Got There
OoooOOoooo...burrrpblatzrAmllloOoOOszzninkMUHmyeyeNDND
2. OM - Conference of the Birds
Can one ride cymbal shine a light on truth? Maybe no, but this get close! Too close for comfort! JIM J. BULLOCK'S BEST WORK!
3. Archie Bronson Outfit - Der Dang
As Scum Of The Earth put it so plainly in their lyrics "Love is Murder/Murder is Love/I'm a Rock and Roll Hoodlum/With a Black Leather Glove" THE best release of the year.
4. Television Personalities - My Dark Places
The master returns from his sleep in the lake of ire. Blessed are the pop songs he's placed apon us.
5. Sonic Youth - Rather Ripped
Gooey pop gems from front to back. I like it best out of everything they've ever done. 
6. Flin Flon - Dixie
Teenbeat fashion consultant/graphic remixer Mark Robinson releases his best work in years. Loose and rough where all the Flin Flon records used to be tight and clean, the result? Chewy.
7. Benjy Feree - Leaving The Nest
Singer songwriters can often spend far too much time being too complicated, too clever, and too damn sweet. Benjy does none of this, good songs, catchy songs, good stories, great production from Dennis Kane and Brendan Canty.
8. Shortstack - The History Of Cut Nails In America
Shortstack's second record finds tehm exploring a darker territory from their first full length. Having moved over to the Gypsy Eyes label they've opened open their sound more, while holding onto the strong rockabilly backbeat. Dig.
9. Liars - Drums Not Dead
Uhm, yeah, ya like it or ya don't.n I du as you, we du, we du we doobie-doobie-du.
10. Minutemen - We Jam Econo DVD
My favorite stories about my favorite band. Great live footage, and oral tradition from Mike Watt. Realing out tour-spiel after spiel. The real story of punk rock...? Geeks with guitars...? sorta!