National Top 10s

National Top 10s

GREG BEETS

1) Los Campesinos!, Hold on Now, Youngster ... (Arts & Crafts)

2) Randy Newman, Harps and Angels (Nonesuch)

3) High Places (Thrill Jockey)

4) The Love Me Nots, Detroit (Atomic a Go Go)

5) Al Green, Lay It Down (Blue Note)

6) The Hold Steady, Stay Positive (Vagrant)

7) Deerhunter, Microcastle/Weird Era Cont. (Kranky/4AD)

8) Los Campesinos!, We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed (Arts & Crafts)

9) Thee Oh Sees, The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In (Tomlab/Castle Face)

10) Various Artists, Little Steven's Underground Garage Presents Christmas a Go Go (Wicked Cool)

JIM CALIGIURI

1) Drive-by Truckers, Brighter Than Creation's Dark (New West)

2) Bob Dylan, The Bootleg Series Vol. 8: Tell Tale Signs, Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 (Columbia/Legacy)

3) Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, Rattlin' Bones (Sugar Hill)

4) Aimee Mann, @#%&*! Smilers (SuperEgo)

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5) Tift Merritt, Another Country (Fantasy)

6) Shelby Lynne, Just a Little Lovin' (Lost Highway)

7) Justin Townes Earle, The Good Life (Bloodshot)

8) The Whigs, Mission Control (ATO)

9) Liam Finn, I'll Be Lightning (Yep Roc)

10) Delta Spirit, Ode to Sunshine (Rounder)

THOMAS FAWCETT

1) Erykah Badu, New Amerykah Part One: 4th World War (Motown)

2) Al Green, Lay It Down (Blue Note)

3) Don Cavalli, Cryland (Everloving)

4) Raphael Saadiq, The Way I See It (Columbia)

5) TV on the Radio, Dear Science (DGC/Interscope)

6) Curumin, Japan Pop Show (Quannum Projects)

7) Metaform, Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (Just)

8) Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80 (Disorient)

9) The Heavy, Great Vengeance and Furious Fire (Counter)

10) Bun B, II Trill (Rap-a-Lot)

DOUG FREEMAN

National Top 10s

1) Blitzen Trapper, Furr (Sub Pop)

2) Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop)

3) Vampire Weekend (XL)

4) Beck, Modern Guilt (Interscope)

5) Dr. Dog, Fate (Park the Van)

6) Drive-by Truckers, Brighter Than Creation's Dark (New West)

7) Old Crow Medicine Show, Tennessee Pusher (Nettwerk)

8) Justin Townes Earle, The Good Life (Bloodshot)

9) Thao With the Get Down Stay Down, We Brave Bee Stings and All (Kill Rock Stars)

10) Jared Mees & the Grown Children, Caffeine, Alcohol, Sunshine, Money (Tender Loving Empire)

MELANIE HAUPT

1) Sigur Rós, Með Suð í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust (EMI)

2) Mates of State, Re-Arrange Us (Barsuk)

3) Ray LaMontagne, Gossip in the Grain (RCA)

4) Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Dig!!! Lazarus Dig!!! (Anti-)

5) Nada Surf, Lucky (Barsuk)

6) Earlimart, Hymn and Her (Shout! Factory)

National Top 10s

7) Ra Ra Riot, The Rhumb Line (Barsuk)

8) Crooked Fingers, Forfeit/Fortune (Constant Artists)

9) Devotchka, A Mad & Faithful Telling (Anti-)

10) Amadou & Mariam, Welcome to Mali (Because)

CHASE HOFFBERGER

1) The Black Keys, Attack & Release (Nonesuch)

2) Delta Spirit, Ode to Sunshine (Rounder)

3) Bun B, II Trill (Rap-a-Lot)

4) The Roots, Rising Down (Def Jam)

5) The Wood Brothers, Loaded (Blue Note)

6) Raphael Saadiq, The Way I See It (Columbia)

7) Dr. Dog, Fate (Park the Van)

8) Q-Tip, The Renaissance (Universal Motown)

9) Dizzee Rascal, Maths + English (Definitive Jux)

10) Beck, Modern Guilt (Interscope)

DANIEL MEE

1) Torche, Meanderthal (Hydra Head)

2) Parts & Labor, Receivers (Jagjaguwar)

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3) Boris, Smile (Southern Lord)

4) Wilderness, (K)no(w)here (Jagjaguwar)

5) Awesome Color, Electric Aborigines (Ecstatic Peace)

6) Magnetic Morning, A.M. (Friend or Faux)

7) Marnie Stern, This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That (Kill Rock Stars)

8) GZA, Pro Tools (Babygrande)

9) Thee Oh Sees, The Master's Bedroom Is Worth Spending a Night In (Tomlab/ Castle Face)

10) Indian Jewelry, Fake and Cheap (Deleted Art)

MARGARET MOSER

1) Felix Cavaliere & Steve Cropper, Nudge It Up a Notch (Stax)

2) Lucinda Williams, Little Honey (Lost Highway)

3) Caroline Herring, Lantana (Signature Sounds)

4) Gnarls Barkley, The Odd Couple (Atlantic)

5) Davie Allan & the Arrows, Moving Right Along (Spinout)

6) Oasis, Dig Out Your Soul (Big Brother/Reprise)

7) Cowboy Junkies, Trinity Revisited (Zoe)

8) Dash Rip Rock, Country Girlfriend (Abitian)

National Top 10s

9) Death Cab for Cutie, Narrow Stairs (Atlantic)

10) Chip Taylor, New Songs of Freedom (Trainwreck)

DARCIE STEVENS

1) Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago (Jagjaguwar)

2) The Walkmen, You & Me (Gigantic)

3) Portishead, Third (Mercury/Island)

4) Beach House, Devotion (Carpark)

5) Meshuggah, Obzen (Nuclear Blast America)

6) Vampire Weekend (XL)

7) TV on the Radio, Dear Science (Interscope)

8) Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop)

9) Fucked Up, The Chemistry of Common Life (Matador)

10) Elbow, The Seldom Seen Kid (Geffen)

JAY TRACHTENBERG

1) Orchestra Baobab, Made in Dakar (World Circuit/Nonesuch)

2) Michael Franti & Spearhead, All Rebel Rockers (Anti-)

3) Thievery Corporation, Radio Retaliation (ESL)

4) Bobby Previte & the New Bump, Set the Alarm for Monday (Palmetto)

5) Rudresh Mahanthappa, Kinsmen (Pi)

6) Brad Mehldau Trio, Live at the Village Vanguard (Nonesuch)

7) Firewater, The Golden Hour (Bloodshot)

8) Various Artists, Miles From India: A Celebration of the Music of Miles Davis (Times Square)

9) Al Green, Lay It Down (Blue Note)

10) The Krayolas, La Conquistadora (Box)

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