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2009: Dean's List


  1. Brad Paisley: American Saturday Night (Arista Nashville) 17
  2. Franco: Francophonic Vol. 2 (Sterns Africa) 15
  3. Loudon Wainwright III: High Wide & Handsome: The Charlie Poole Project (161) 15
  4. Leonard Cohen: Live in London (Columbia) 15
  5. The Black Eyed Peas: The E.N.D. (Interscope) 10
  6. The Baseball Project: Vol 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails (Yep Roc '08) 6
  7. K'naan: Troubadour (A&M) 6
  8. Amadou & Mariam: Welcome to Mali (Nonesuch) 6
  9. tUnE-yArDs: BiRd-BrAiNs (4AD) 5
  10. Wussy: Wussy (Shake It) 5
  11. The xx: The xx (XL/Young Turks)
  12. Mos Def: The Ecstatic (Downtown)
  13. Serengeti: Dennehy (Lights, Camera, Action!) ( '08)
  14. Oumou Sangare: Seya (Nonesuch)
  15. Nellie McKay: Normal As Blueberry Pie--A Tribute to Doris Day (Verve)
  16. Nirvana: Live at Reading (DGC)
  17. Lily Allen: It's Not You, It's Me (Capitol)
  18. Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel: Willie and the Wheel (Bismeaux)
  19. Marianne Faithfull: Easy Come Easy Go (Decca)
  20. Miranda Lambert: Revolution (Columbia)
  21. Ghostface Killah: Ghostdini the Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City (Def Jam)
  22. DJ /Rupture: Uproot (The Agriculture '08)
  23. Mulatu Astatke/The Heliocentrics: Inspiration Information (Strut)
  24. Moby: Wait for Me (Mute)
  25. Sonic Youth: The Eternal (Matador)
  26. Doom: Born Like This (Lex)
  27. White Denim: Workout Holiday (Full Time Hobby '08)
  28. Neil Young: Fork in the Road (Reprise)
  29. Richard Hell: Destiny Street Repaired (
  30. The Coathangers: Scramble (Suicide Squeeze)
  31. The Hold Steady: A Positive Rage (Vagrant)
  32. Regina Spektor: Far (Sire)
  33. Bobby Pinson: Songs for Somebody (Cash Daddy '07)
  34. Glasvegas: Glasvegas (Columbia)
  35. Death Cab for Cutie: The Open Door (Atlantic)
  36. Modest Mouse: No One's First, and You're Next (Epic)
  37. Wilco: Wilco (The Album) (Nonesuch)
  38. Fruit Bats: The Ruminant Band (Sub Pop)
  39. Patterson Hood: Murdering Oscar (and Other Love Songs) (Ruth St.)
  40. Now That's What I Call Party Hits! (Capitol '07)
  41. Dark Was the Night (4AD)
  42. A Place to Bury Strangers: Exploding Head (Mute)
  43. Fever Ray: Fever Ray (Mute)
  44. Goran Bregovic: Alkohol (Wrasse)
  45. Art Brut: Art Brut vs. Satan (Downtown)
  46. Jay-Z: The Blueprint 3 (Roc Nation)
  47. African Pearls: Senegal 70: Musical Exuberance (Syllart)
  48. PJ Harvey & John Parish: A Woman a Man Walked By (Island)
  49. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: It's Blitz! (Interscope)
  50. Girls: Album (True Panther/Fantasy Trashcan)
  51. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: The Pains of Being Pure at Heart (Slumberland)
  52. Tegan and Sara: Sainthood (Vapor/Sire)
  53. White Denim: Fits (Downtown)
  54. Rhett Miller: Rhett Miller (Shout! Factory)
  55. Allen Toussaint: The Bright Mississippi (Nonesuch)
  56. The Rough Guide to Tango Revival (World Music Network)
  57. Deer Tick: Born on Flag Day (Partisan)
  58. They Might Be Giants: Here Come the 123s (Disney Sound '08)
  59. Jay Reatard: Watch Me Fall (Matador)
  60. God Help the Girl: God Help the Girl (Matador)
  61. An Horse: Rearrange Beds (Mom & Pop)
  62. Jozef van Wissem: A Rose by Any Other Name: Anonymous Lute Solos of the Golden Age (Incunabulum '06)
  63. The Rough Guide to Merengue Dance (World Music Network)
  64. New York Dolls: 'Cause I Sez So (Atco)
  65. The Avett Brothers: I and Love and You (American)
  66. The Living Things: Habeas Corpus (Jive)
  67. Veda Hille: This Riot Life (Ape House '08)
  68. The Flaming Lips: Embryonic (Warner Bros.)
  69. Occidental Brothers Dance Band International: Odo Sanbra (Occidental Brothers)
  70. Shakira: She Wolf (Epic)
  71. Béla Fleck: Throw Down Your Heart: Tales From an Acoustic Planet Vol. 3: Africa Sessions (Rounder)
  72. The Panic Is On (Shanachie)
  73. Mulatu Astatke: New York-Addis-London: The Story of Ethio Jazz 1965-1975 (Strut)
  74. Kronos Quartet: Floodplain (Nonesuch)
  75. The Lonely Island: Incredibad (Universal Republic)
  76. Lady Sovereign: Jigsaw (Midget)
  77. Group Bombino: Guitars From Agadez Vol. 2 (Sublime Frequencies)
  78. The Dead Weather: Horehound (Third Man)
  79. Abe Vigoda: Skeleton (PPM '08)
  80. Rail Band: Rail Band 2: Mansa (Belle Epoque '08)
  81. Panama! 2 (Soundway)
  82. Jonatha Brooke: The Works (Bad Dog '08)
  83. Staff Benda Bilili: Tres Tres Fort (Crammed Discs)


  1. Brad Paisley: "Then" (Arista Nashville)
  2. Black Eyed Peas: "Rock That Body" (Interscope)
  3. tUnE-yArDs: "Fiya" (Marriage)
  4. Brad Paisley: "Welcome to the Future" (Arista Nashville)
  5. Taylor Swift: "You Belong With Me" (Big Machine)
  6. Miranda Lambert: "Me and Your Cigarettes" (Columbia)
  7. K'Naan: "ABCs" (A&M)
  8. Black Eyed Peas: "Boom Boom Pow" (Interscope)
  9. Neil Young: "Fork in the Road" (Reprise)
  10. The xx: "VCR" (XL)

Jan. 12, 2010

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