10. The White Stripes – Icky Thump
Enjoyable White Stripes singles. Nothing new, but still solid.
Choice cut: You Don't Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You're Told)
9. Devendra Banhart – Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon
Its not as cohesive as Cripple Crow, but its still my number nine. Choice cuts: The Other Woman, Shabop Shalom and Saved
8. Peter Bjorn and John – Writer’s Block
Choice cut: Amsterdam. Can't get enough of this song.
7. Jens Lekman – Night Falls Over Kortedala
Ahh… Sweet, sincere Scandinavian rock and roll. I love Jens Lekman’s production… I wish Jens Lekman would produce a rap album. Choice cut: A Postcard to Nina
6. Black Lips – Good Bad Not Evil
Retro blues-rock addressing current issues such as hurricane Katrina and how to tell children about death. Will bring a smile to Mick and Keith's stretched out, wrinkly lips.
5. LCD Soundsystem – Sound of Silver
This year’s token inde rock dance album. Seriously though, it is good. Choice cut: North American Scum and New York I Love You, But You’re Bringing Me Down
4. St. Vincent – Marry Me
My love affair with Feist is officially over. What red blooded heterosexual male can say no to a beautiful woman with a guitar? Choice cut: Marry Me
3. Panda Bear – Person Pitch
This is what the inside of Brain Wilson’s head sounds like right now.
2. Elvis Perkins – Ash Wednesday
Dudes trying to channel John Lennon with those glasses. Choice cuts: While You Were Sleeping and All The Night Without Love
1. Radiohead – In Rainbows
You know their steez. I have never been a Radiohead enthusiast and I think this album is amazing. I am finally on the bandwagon. Choice cut: Body Snatchers
Honorable Mentions (Including a more interesting hip hop selection):
11.Kid Acne – Romance Ain’t Dead
This is whimsical British hip hop with a fat old school boom-bap feel. Eric B & Biz Markie meets Mike Skinner. This guy got his chops as a talented graf writer.
12.Buck 65 – Situation
Buck 65 returns to sharp drums and sophomoric humor on his newest “Situation”. This is a mediocre album, but I can’t stop listening to it. Track 1 is Buck 65’s best intro ever. Choice cut: 1957
13.El-P – I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead
El-P caliber production that is as dense as ever. Wonderful sound, but the songs are not as digestible or as fresh sounding as those on Fantastic Damage.
14.Field Music – Tones of the Town
Tapes ‘n Tapes meets Billy Joel. Choice cut: A House is Not a Home
15. Elvis Costello – 30 yr Re-release of My Aim Is True
You must get this album. The re-release contains paired down acoustic demo versions of pretty much every song on this album. Choice cut: Blame It On Cain (acoustic demo)