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Best of 2004: Staff Picks

Our favorites from the year 2004, the best we can choose on any given day.

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Claudia Marshall | Julianne Welby | Darren DeVivo | Dennis Elsas | Corny O'Connell | Rita Houston | Russ Borris | John Platt | Pete Fornatale | Chris Pergolizzi | Kim Rudolph | Harlan Jacobson (films) | George Evans | Ceol na nGael | Seamus Blake | Laura Fedele | Tara Anderson | Mary Croke | Michelle Gillan | Shari Rosen Ascher | Jennifer Guerra | Erich Rastetter

Claudia Marshall

FUV Weekday Morning Host
The Ten Best CDs Your Friends Have Never Heard:

  • Mark Erelli - Hillbilly Pilgrim
  • David Mead - Indiana
  • Dayna Kurtz - Beautiful Yesterday
  • Kings of Convenience - Riot on an Empty Street
  • Paul Thorn - Are You With Me?
  • Peter Mulvey - Kitchen Radio
  • Slaid Cleaves - Wishbones
  • Susan Werner - I Can't Be New
  • Amy Correia - Lakeville
  • Candy Butchers - Hang On Mike

Other Faves:

  • Wilco - A Ghost is Born
  • Various Artists - "The Spongebob Squarepants Movie" soundtrack
  • Mocean Worker - Enter the MoWo
  • Medseki Martin and Wood - End of the World Party
  • Tift Merritt - Tambourine
  • Bruce Hornsby - Halcyon Days
  • Joseph Arthur - Our Shadows Will Remain
  • Citizen Cope - The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
  • David Byrne - Grown Backwards
  • Elvis Costello - The Delivery Man
  • Los Lobos - The Ride
  • Old 97's - Drag it Up
  • Prince - Musicology
  • Rufus Wainwright - Want Two
  • Ray LaMontagne - Trouble

Julianne Welby

News & Public Affairs Director/FUV Weekday Morning Host
In alphabetical order:

  • Air - Talkie Walkie
  • Amy Correia - Lakeville
  • David Byrne - Grown Backwards
  • Elvis Costello - The Delivery Man
  • Gomez - Split the Difference
  • Joseph Arthur - Our Shadows Will Remain
  • Luna - Rendevous
  • Nellie McKay - Get Away From Me
  • Tom Waits - Real Gone
  • Wilco - A Ghost is Born

Darren DeVivo

FUV Weekday Host

  • The Bad Plus - Give
  • Tony Bennett - The Art Of Romance
  • Jen Chapin - Linger
  • Eric Clapton - Me And Mr Johnson
      (honorable mention: Sessions For Robert J)
  • Alice Coltrane - Translinear Light
  • Chick Corea Elektric Band - To The Stars
  • Crosby Nash - Crosby Nash
  • Jamie Cullum - Twentysomething
  • The Doobie Brothers - Live At Wolf Trap
  • Fripp & Eno - The Equatorial Stars
  • Richie Havens - Grace Of The Sun
  • Joe Jackson Band - Afterlife: Joe Jackson Band Live
  • Elton John - Peachtree Road
  • Norah Jones - Feels Like Home
  • Diana Krall - The Girl In The Other Room
  • Nick Lowe Untouched Takeaway
  • Michael McDonald - Motown Two
  • Medeski Martin & Wood - End Of The World Party (Just In Case)
  • Jane Monheit - Taking A Chance On Love
  • Graham Parker - Your Country
  • Alan Parsons - A Valid Path
  • Lou Reed - Animal Serenade
  • R.E.M. - Around The Sun
  • The Rolling Stones - Live Licks
  • Rush Feedback
  • William Shatner - Has Been
  • Richard Shindell - Vuelta
  • Tears For Fears - Everybody Loves A Happy Ending
  • Tom Waits - Real Gone
  • Brian Wilson - Smile
      (honorable mention: Gettin In Over My Head

Dennis Elsas

FUV Weekday Host

Singles remind me of kisses
Albums remind me of plans

- Squeeze, "If I Didn't Love You"

Favorite Songs of 2004 (alphabetically by artist)

  • Crosby Nash - "Lay Down," Crosby Nash
  • Finn Brothers - "Won't Give In," Everyone is Here
  • John Fogerty - "Deja Vu," Deja Vu
  • Bruce Hornsby - "Gonna Be Some Changes Made," Halcyon Days
  • Griffin House - "Tell Me A Lie," Lost and Found
  • Keran Ann - "Sailor and Widow," Not Going Anywhere
  • Buddy Miller - "Shelter Me," Universal United
  • Old 97's - "The New Kid," Drag it Up
  • Chuck Prophet - "Just to See You Smile," Age of Miracles
  • R.E.M. - "Leaving New York," Around the Sun
  • Todd Snider - "Ballad of the Kingsmen," East Nashville Skyline
  • Jill Sobule - "Cinammon Park," Underdog Victorious
  • Glenn Tilbrook - "Untouchable," Transatlantic Ping Pong
  • U2 - "Vertigo," How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
  • Brian Wilson - "Our Prayer/Gee... Heroes and Villains," Smile

Corny O'Connell

FUV Weekday Host
In alphabetical order:

  • J.J. Cale - To Tulsa and Back
  • Citizen Cope - The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
  • Ricky Fanté - Rewind
  • Jem - Finally Woken
  • Ray LaMontagne - Trouble
  • Luna - Rendezvous
  • Madeleine Peyroux - Careless Love
  • Chuck Prophet - Age of Miracles
  • Ollabelle - Ollabelle
  • The Thrills - Let's Bottle Bohemia

Rita Houston

Music Director/The Whole Wide World Host
I love these CDs more than any of the other thousands I listened to.
In no particular order:

  • Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose
    Wisdom and cool come together.
  • Nellie McKay - Get Away From Me
    Artist of the Year.
  • Candi Stanton - Album is actually titled by a series of hearts
    Closest thing to a new Shelby Lynne album.
  • Citizen Cope - The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
    Folk and hip hop together the way i like it.
  • Deathcab for Cutie - Transatlanticism
    Where I can go and turn off my brain
  • Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous
    Love it all the way. Playful, meaningful and incredibly well produced
  • Polly Paulusma - Scissors in my Pocket
    Album title of the year. Don't miss her live session in the WFUV archives
  • Amos Lee - EP, plus debut to be released in March 05
    THE one to watch
  • Ray LaMontagne - Trouble
    Polly, Amos, and this guy are simply new, (as yet) undiscovered classics.
  • David Byrne - Grown Backwards
    Great songs, great grooves.
  • Rufus Wainwright - Want Two
    Love it. All this useless beauty!

Songs of the Year (a tie!):

  • Scissor Sisters - "Take Your Mama"
  • Calexico with Nicolai Dunger - "Alone Again Or"

CDs I also really dug:

  • Elvis Costello - The Delivery Man
    Elvis gets swampy!
  • Jill Sobule - Underdog Victorious
    Once again, she creates an album worthy of repeated listens.
  • Mosquitos - Sunshine Barato
    Remember Hurrah?
  • Phoenix - Alphabetical
    So, we can dance and rock? Excellent.
  • Madeleine Peyroux - Careless Love
    With definitive Dylan cover
  • Patty Griffin - Impossible Dream
    With my favorite CD moment - Patty G's parents singing the title track in their kitchen
  • Amy Correia - Lakeville
    Astonishing full listen
  • Queen Latifah - The Dana Owens Album
    Sass wins every time
  • Nicolai Dunger - Here's My Songs You Can Have Them I Don't Want Them Anymore
    Buy it as an import, it's worth it. Listen to live session in the WFUV Archives too!

A rambling of my fave music moments:

  • Talking to Ani, Mavis, Elvis, Tony Joe, Dr. John, Bebel...
  • Every single Gomez show i was lucky enough to catch...
  • Wilco at Newport...
  • Belle and Sebastian at Coachella...
  • Van at Irving...
  • Nellie, Nellie, Nellie...
  • Oh and did i say, Nellie...
  • Bonnaroo...
  • DJing Summerstage...
  • Hanging out with Westerberg...
  • And of course all the Dylan moments...

Russ Borris

Assistant Music Director

  1. Green Day - American Idiot
  2. The Magnetic Fields - i
  3. The Damnwells - Bastards of the Beat
  4. Morrissey - You Are the Quarry
  5. The Hives - Tyrannosaurus Hives
  6. Eminem - Encore
  7. Ray LaMontagne - Trouble
  8. Dogs Die in Hot Cars - Please Describe Yourself
  9. Citizen Cope - The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
  10. Tom Waits - Real Gone

John Platt

Development and Marketing Director/Sunday Breakfast Host

This Top 10 (actually 13) could've been 50, but these are the ones that had the most staying power (in alphabetical order):

  • Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell
    The prolific Mr. A. tries his talented hand at writing unrequited love songs
  • Jamie Cullum - Twentysomething
    The brash young Brit who's equally at home with Jimi Hendrix and Cole Porter
  • Eliza Gilkyson - Land of Milk and Honey
    A breakthrough year for an underrated veteran who wowed them at Falcon Ridge and earned a Grammy nomination for this mature CD
  • Norah Jones - Feels Like Home
    Not as breathtaking as the debut, but she avoids the sophomore jinx with this confident, comfortable collection
  • Dayna Kurtz - Beautiful Yesterday
    A haunting combination of covers and originals
  • Ollabelle - Ollabelle
    What began as a pickup Sunday night hymn sing evolved into my favorite new group of the year
  • Madeleine Peyroux - Careless Love
    An eight-year wait produced this melancholy gem
  • Richard Shindell - Vuelta
    A great American songwriter adds an expatriate's perspective and an Argentine accent to the arrangements
  • Mavis Staples - Have a Little Faith
    There goes Mavis - a natural woman with the gospel truth
  • U2 - How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
    When they're flying high, no one can touch them
  • Dave Van Ronk - ...and the story ended and the tin pan bended...
    This recording of Van Ronk's last concert perfectly captures his performance and gets him a posthumous Grammy nomination
  • Susan Werner - I Can't Be New
    She evokes the spirit of Gershwin and Porter to craft new standards for the 21st century
  • Brian Wilson - Smile
    After 37 years we finally get to hear the great lost masterpiece

Among the many to honorably mention:

  • Eric Andersen, Jonatha Brooke, Slaid Cleaves, Elvis Costello, Steve Forbert, Patty Griffin, Richie Havens, Janis Ian, Lucy Kaplansky, Loretta Lynn, Nellie McKay, Jill Sobule, Little Toby Walker, Adrienne Young, Gandalf Murphy

Pete Fornatale

Mixed Bag Host
Pete's Top Ten:

  1. Smile - Brian Wilson
  2. The Art of Romance - Tony Bennett
  3. Beyond The Sea - Kevin Spacey
  4. Halcyon Days - Bruce Hornsby
  5. Genius Loves Company - Ray Charles and Friends
  6. U2 - How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb
  7. Enjoy Every Sandwich - Various Artists
  8. Limited Edition - Roger McGuinn
  9. Linger - Jen Chapin
  10. All the others that I forgot to include!

Chris Pergolizzi

The FUV Jamboree, Friday nights at Midnight
Favorite Albums:

  1. Wilco - A Ghost is Born
    It's not Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, but it's a strong enough album to remind me why Wilco is one of my absolute favorites.
  2. Brian Wilson - Smile
    I really did not expect much when I heard this album was finally being recorded. It sounded like a nice idea to go back and recreate what Wilson had originally intended this album to be, but I figured there was no way they could recapture the Beach Boys. Maybe it's not exactly what Smile would have been had it been recorded with the Beach Boys, but I was completely blown away when I heard it. They really did come close to the Beach Boys sound, and I am totally in love with this record.
  3. Jay-Z - The Black Album / Danger Mouse - The Grey Album
    Jay-Z comes out with a retirement album only to have one of the most productive years of his career. The Black Album is Jay's best work in years, with top-notch production and a lyrical return to his socially-conscious roots, now informed by years as a hip hop businessman. The album's release is followed by the now infamous release of The Grey Album, DJ Danger Mouse's mash-up of Jay-Z's Black Album lyrics set to new beats created with snippets of the Beatles' White Album. The mash-up idea is not new - what is unique about the Grey Album is that it is a concept mash-up album, taking what may arguably be the most important albums of both the Beatles' and Jay-Z's career, and turning them into a hip-hop/rock and roll Frankenstein monster. Of course, the Grey Album's release was quickly followed by the insufferable bandwagoning of hundreds of bedroom dj/producers who took any album that wasn't nailed down and set Jay-Z's a cappella lyrics over their favorite rock artists. With the official release of a Jay-Z/Linkin Park mash-up album and the Times calling the "Commercial Mash-up" one of the biggest ideas of 2004, we may have seen one of the fastest turnarounds of a cool idea into a complete sellout in music history.
  4. Deathcab for Cutie - Transatlanticism
    This sits uncomfortably somewhere between the difficult to define categories of indie rock and emo, but Deathcab appears to be one of the best bands to find a home in mainstream rock in quite a while.
  5. Gomez - Split the Difference
    I can't believe it took me this long to get into Gomez, but I really dig this record. "Nothing is Wrong" is a rock anthem, and they completely destroy Junior Kimbrough's "Meet Me in the City" and rebuild it from the ground up.
  6. Jeff Buckley - Grace [Legacy Edition]
    One of the best rock records of all time, plus extra songs, and a DVD bonus. I loved it before, and I still love it.
  7. Bob Marley - Roots of a Legend
    This album is basically another greatest hits collection, but it's all the greatest hits Legend missed, and a lot of them are not really hits so much as great Marley that has gotten lost in the shuffle somewhere.
  8. Citizen Cope - The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
    Citizen Cope has a weird fusion of styles that I didn't enjoy so much on his first record, but this one is great. "Son's Gonna Rise," "Pablo Picasso," and "Bullet and a Target" are absolutely incredible.
  9. Phish - Undermind
    By no means their best record, but far better than the previous one, Phish end their career with a solid and interesting studio effort and a tear-jerking goodbye (for me at least).
  10. Phoenix - Alphabetical
    I don't know how to describe this record, but I have found myself listening compulsively to it.
  11. Umphrey's McGee - Anchor Drops
    Umphrey's McGee is a great jam band out of Chicago, and this record is their best to date. There's some really out-there weirdness, but they don't sacrifice songwriting and they don't lose the groove even when they venture off into weird time signatures and rhythms.
  12. Gilles Peterson - Gilles Peterson in Brazil
    Awesome compilation. First disc is old stuff, very chill vibe, second disc is new stuff, dancefloor vibe.
  13. Wu-Tang Clan - Disciples of the 36 Chambers
    It's a greatest hits with a bunch of remixes. Wu-Tang is one of the greatest hip hop groups of all time, with some of the strangest MC's and the most unique production. RIP ODB.
  14. Nas - Street's Disciple (Disc 2)
    Much like Jay-Z, Nas is one of the best rappers around and has been releasing boring albums for quite a while. This one is an epic two-disc effort, and Disc 2 in particular has caught my attention. I was sold when I heard the a cappella song with Doug E. Fresh beatboxing. It's got an old-school sound, but it isn't nostalgic.

Plus:

  • Honorable mention: William Shatner - Has Been
    Crazier all the time. Awesome.
  • Best Concert Experience: Prince

Kim Rudolph

The FUV Jamboree, Friday nights at Midnight
In no particular order:

  • Wilco - A Ghost is Born
  • Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Love Bad News
  • Gomez - Split the Difference
  • Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
  • Ray LaMontagne - Trouble
  • Dogs Die in Hot Cars - Please Describe Yourself
  • Railroad Earth - The Good Life
  • Air - Talkie Walkie
  • Umphrey's McGee - Anchor Drops
  • Cake - Pressure Chief

Harlan Jacobson

FUV Weekday weekly film critic

  • Kinsey
  • Sideways
  • Moolaade
  • The Aviator
  • Vera Drake
  • Kitchen Stories
  • Osama
  • Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter... and Spring
  • Motorcycle Diaries
  • Birth / The Woodsman (a tie!)

And then a perfectly fine Alternative 10 Best list:

  • The Incredibles
  • Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • The Saddest Music in the World
  • Lemony Snickett's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Ray
  • Hotel Rwanda
  • Million Dollar Baby
  • Primer
  • The Agronomist
  • The Story of the Weeping Camel

And then what about...

  • Spiderman 2
  • Maria Full of Grace
  • Goodbye, Lenin!
  • The Corporation
  • Riding Giants
  • Since Otar Left
  • The Return
  • The Sea Inside
  • Super Size Me
  • Fahrenheit 9/11 / The Passion of the Christ (another tie!)

George Evans

Director of Technical Operations/FUV Weekday Host
George's Best of 2004
or 31 Flavors and then some...

  • Jem - Finally Woken - ATO
  • Bjork - Medulla - Elektra
  • Norah Jones - Feels Like Home - Blue Note
  • A Girl Called Eddy - A Girl Called Eddy - ANTI/Epitaph
  • Finn Brothers - Everyone is Here - Nettwerk
  • Cake - Pressure Chief - Columbia
  • Jamie Cullum - Twentysomething - Verve
  • Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News - Sony
  • Madeleine Peyroux - Careless Love - Rounder
  • Elvis Costello - The Delivery Man - Lost Highway

Plus:

  • Luna - Rendezvous - Jetset
  • Bebel Gilberto - Bebel Gilberto - Six Degrees
  • Steve Earle - The Revolution Starts...Now - E Squared/Artemis
  • Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous - Brute/Beaute/WB
  • David Byrne - Grown Backwards - Nonesuch
  • G. Love - The Hustle - Brushfire Records/Universal
  • Tom Waits - Real Gone - ANTI/Epitaph
  • Los Lobos - The Covers EP - Mammoth
  • Los Lobos - The Ride - Mammoth/Hollywood
  • Patti Smith - Trampin' - Columbia

And don't forget:

  • Ron Sexsmith - Retriever - Nettwerk
  • Elliott Smith - From a Basement on the Hill - ANTI/Epitaph
  • The Thrills - Let's Bottle Bohemia - Virgin
  • Big Head Todd and the Monsters - Crimes of Passion - BIG/Sanctuary
  • Jill Sobule - Underdog Victorious - Artemis
  • Ani DiFranco - Educated Guess - Righteous Babe
  • Cowboy Junkies - One Soul Now - Zoe/Rounder
  • Luka Bloom - Before Sleep Comes - Bar/None
  • Morrissey - You Are the Quarry - Attack/Sanctuary
  • Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose - Interscope
  • William Shatner - Has Been - Shout Factory

Ceol na nGael

Celtic Sunday afternoons with Maggie Dolan and Liz Noonan, Noon-4pm

  1. Heidi Talbot - Distant Future
  2. Teada - Give us a Penny and Let us be Gone
  3. Lunasa - The Kinnitty Sessions
  4. The Saw Doctors - Live in Galway
  5. Shilelagh Law - Good Intentions
  6. Sharon Shannon - Libertango
  7. The Screaming Orphans - Circles
  8. The Hothouse Flowers - Into your Heart
  9. Eleanor McEvoy - Early Hours
  10. Gaelic Storm - How Are We Getting Home?
  11. Black 47 - New York Town

Seamus Blake - Mile Failte

Celtic Saturday mornings, 8-9am

  • Caitriona O'Leary, "Duil, Irish Songs of love and Nature," Virgin classics
  • Doiminic Mac Giolla Bhride, "Saol na Suailce, Sean-Nos as Tir Chonaill," RTE: Raidio na Gaeltachta
  • Tadhg Mac Dhonnagain, "Imionn an t-Am, Rogha Amhrain, Selected Songs," Futa Fata Records
  • "Skara Brae," digitalized re-issue, Gael-linn
  • "Caitlin Maude," digitalized re-issue, Gael-linn
  • Brid Ni Mhaoileoin, "Ar Mhuin na Muice," www.brid.at
  • "Seoltai Seidte, Setting Sail, Ceolta Gael 1957-1961 - Forty-three historic recordings, Traditional Songs in Irish and tunes on fiddle, flute, accordian, and uilleann pipes," Gael-linn
  • "Sceilin o Bheilin, Scealta Traidisiunta don Aols Og le Ceol ar Dhluthdhiosca," Oidhreacht Chorca Dhuibhne

Laura Fedele

Web Site Director

Loved 'em before, still love 'em:

  • Gomez - Split the Difference
  • Ani DiFranco - Educated Guess
  • Citizen Cope - The Clarence Greenwood Recordings
  • Finn Brothers - Everyone is Here
  • Paul Weller - Studio 150
  • Toots & the Maytals - True Love

New to me this year:

  • Nellie McKay - Get Away From Me
  • Ray LaMontagne - Trouble
  • Polly Paulusma - Scissors in My Pocket
  • Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous
  • Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
  • Deathcab for Cutie - Transatlanticism

Shari Rosen Ascher

Corporate Sponsorship Representative
(and Biggest Elvis Costello Fan Ever)

  • The Delivery Man - Elvis Costello
    No big surprise here. I am one of the biggest Elvis fans ever and this is one brilliant piece of work! Elvis is one of the only singers in the past 25 years who has improved with age. His vocal quality, his lyrical poetry and his live performances are better than they have ever been. He is the George Clooney of musicians.
  • American Idiot - Green Day
    The only thing I don't like about this CD is that we don't play any of it on WFUV. This is a seamless work of genius from start to finish. It is political, lyrical, poignant and makes you want jump right into a mosh pit and dance!
  • True Love - Toots and the Maytals
    Even my sons like this one. It is pure fun and my favorite song changes each time I listen to it.
  • Twentysomething - Jamie Cullum
    Even as a twice-twentysomething, I can enjoy this CD. After seeing him at a FUV show at J&R, I was hooked. His singing style and piano playing is unique and energetic. He is Harry Connick for Generation Y (and a bunch of us boomers).
  • All that we Let In - Indigo Girls
    I love everything they do.
  • Your Country - Graham Parker
    He is an underrated artist who is just as provocative as he has ever been.

Tara Anderson

Assistant Program Director
In alphabetical order:

  • The Bad Plus - Give
  • Amy Correia - Lakeville
  • Bebel Gilberto - Bebel Gilberto
  • Indigo Girls - All That We Let In
  • Patty Griffin - Impossible Dream
  • Dayna Kurtz - Beautiful Yesterday
  • Ray LaMontagne - Trouble
  • Sondre Lerche - Two Way Monologue
  • Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose
  • Nellie McKay - Get Away From Me

Michelle Gillan

Development/Major Giving Maven
In alphabetical order:

  • Mary Chapin Carpenter - Between Here and Gone
  • The Clarks - Fast Moving Cars
  • Slaid Cleaves - Wishbones
  • Amy Correia - Lakeville
  • Steve Forbert - Just Like There's Nothin' To It
  • Indigo Girls - All That We Let In
  • Lucy Kaplansky - The Red Thread
  • Keb' Mo' - Keep It Simple
  • Mark Knopfler - Shangri-La
  • Alison Krauss & Union Station - Lonely Runs Both Ways
  • k.d. Lang - Hymns of the 49th Parallel
  • Old 97's - Drag It Up
  • Madeleine Peyroux - Careless Love
  • Nerissa & Katryna Nields - This Town Is Wrong
  • Richard Shindell - Vuelta
  • Jill Sobule - Underdog Victorious
  • John Wesley Harding - Adam's Apple

Mary Croke

Music Department Manager
Albums:

  • Wilco - A Ghost is Born
    Believe the Wilco hype!
  • Loretta Lynn - Van Lear Rose
    Chills every time.
  • Franz Ferdinand - Franz Ferdinand
    Shake what your mama gave you.
  • Interpol - Antics
    Excellent production, great songs.
  • The Walkmen - Bows & Arrows
    Two words: The Rat
  • Morrissey - You Are the Quarry
    He's back! He's still funny! He's still hurtin'!
  • Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Love Bad News
    Top 40?? Good for them.
  • Dios - Dios
    Underrated. Wonderful, cohesive record.
  • Sondre Lerche - Two Way Monologue
    As-good-as-it-gets indie pop.
  • Joseph Arthur - Our Shadows Will Remain
    Always a favorite...more great songs.

5 Hit Singles (or those that should have been):

  • Calexico (w/Nicolai Dunger) - "Alone Again Or"
  • Loretta Lynn / Jack White - "Portland, Oregon"
  • Franz Ferdinand - "Take Me Out"
  • Scissor Sisters - "Take Your Mama"
  • Modest Mouse - "Ocean Breathes Salty"

A few more albums it hurt me to keep off my top 10:

  • The Concretes - The Concretes
  • The Magnetic Fields - i
  • Neko Case - The Tigers Have Spoken

Jennifer Guerra

Morning Producer
Top 10 from A to Z:

  • Adem - Homesongs
  • Joseph Arthur - Our Shadows Will Remain
  • Blanche - If We Can't Trust the Doctors...
  • Neko Case - The Tigers Have Spoken
  • Ray LaMontagne - Trouble
  • David Mead - Indiana
  • Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News
  • Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous
  • Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans
  • Tom Waits - Real Gone

Erich Rastetter

Weekend DJ Psychiatrist and IT Guy

  1. Modest Mouse - Good News For People Who Love Bad News
    [Best Song: "Float On"]
  2. Wilco - A Ghost Is Born
    [Best Song: "Hummingbird"]
  3. M. Ward - Transconfiguration of Vincent
  4. My Morning Jacket - It Still Moves
    [Best Song: "One Big Holiday"] (technically 2003)
  5. Magnetic Fields - I
  6. Calexico - Convict Pool EP
    [Best Song (ever) - Cover of Love's "Alone Again Or"]
  7. U2 - How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb
    [Best Song - "City of Blinding Lights"]
  8. Tom Waits - Real Gone
    [Best Song - "Hoist that Rag"]
  9. Rufus Wainwright - Want Two
    [Best Song - "Old Whore's Diet"]
  10. Bjork - Medulla
  11. Danger Mouse - The Grey Album
  12. Jesse Harris and the Ferdinandos - While the Music Lasts