Top Ranking Albums of October 2014

Various ArtistsTake It Easy Riddim [Ranch Entertainment 2014]

Robert Plantlullaby and … The Ceaseless Roar [Nonesuch 2014]

HozierHozier [Columbia 2014]

GroundationA Miracle [Young Tree Records 2014]

Trent Reznor & Atticus RossGone Girl [Columbia 2014]

SizzlaChampion Sound [Muti Music 2014]

Daniel Lanois Flesh and Metal [Anti/Epitaph 2014]

Ali Campbell Silhouette [Metropolis 2014]

Sleater-Kinney No Cities To Love [Sub Pop 2015]

Jah Mason Miss Your Love [Flava McGregor Records 2014]

Marty Stuart and His Fabulous SuperlativesSaturday Night/Sunday Morning [Superlatone Records 2014]

Elle VarnerDon’t Wanna Dance [RCA 2014]

EtanaI Rise [VP Records 2014]

Various Artists Junction Riddim [Lustre Kings 2014]

Leonard CohenPopular Problems [Columbia 2014]

U2Songs of Innocence [Interscope 2014]

Marcia Ball The Tattooed Lady and the Alligator Man [Alligator Records 2014]

George EzraDid You Hear The Rain [Columbia 2013]

Adam Carroll Let It Choose You [Adam Carroll 2014]

TweedySukierae [Anti/Epitaph 2014]

Magic! Don’t Kill the Music [Sony 2014]

SPMSon of Norma [Dope House Records 2014]

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Top Ranking Albums of October 2014

Top Ranking Albums of September 2013

Top Ranking Albums of September 2013

Bob Dylan Another Self Portrait (1969-1971): The Bootleg Series, Volume 10 [Columbia 2013]

Various ArtistsDub Rockers, Volume 1 [VP Records 2013]

Nine Inch Nails Hesitation Marks [Columbia 2013]

Lutan FyahLife of a King [Grillaras 2013]

Various ArtistsLaba Laba Riddim, Volume 3 [Bizzarri Records 2013]

Over the Rhine Meet Me At the Edge of the World [Great Speckled Dog 2013]

BeckGimme [Fonograf Records 2013]

Jack Johnson From Here to Now to You [Republic Records 2013]

Neko Case The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You [Anti/Epitaph 2013]

Janelle MonaeThe Electric Lady [Bad Boy 2013]

Elvis Costello and the RootsWise Up Ghost [Blue Note 2013]

Best Coast Fade Away [Jewel City 2013]

PepperPepper [Island Records 2013]

North Mississippi All StarsWorld Boogie Is Coming [Songs of South Records 2013]

Top Ranking Albums of September 2013

Top Ranking Albums of October 2012

TOP RANKING ALBUMS OF OCTOBER 2012 

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Jerry DouglasTraveler [eOne Music 2012]

Neil YoungPsychadelic Pill [Reprise Records 2012]

Beres HammondOne Love, One Life [VP Records 2012]

Jimmy LaFaveDepending on the Distance [Music Road Records 2012]

Cocoa TeaIn A Di Red [Roaring Lion Records 2012]

Iris DementSing the Delta [FlariElla Records 2012]


Richie SpiceSoothing Sounds [Tad’s Records 2012]

Dwight Yoakam3 Pears [Via Records 2012]

GyptianSLR – EP [VP Records 2012]

Ry CooderElection Special [Nonesuch Records 2012]

The CoupSorry to Bother You [Anti/Epitaph 2012]

Cody ChesnuttLanding on a Hundred [Vibration Vineyard 2012]

Gary Clark, Jr. – Black and Blu [Warner Brothers 2012]

John HiattMystic Pinball [New West 2012]

Various ArtistsThe Man With the Iron Fists [Soul Temple Entertainment 2012]

The Mountain GoatsTranscendental Youth [Merge Records 2012]

Jamey JohnsonLiving For A Song: A Tribute to Hank Cochran [Mercury Nashville 2012]

Solo BantonHigher Levels [Reality Shock Records 2012]

John Brown’s BodyJBB in Dub [Easy Star Records 2012]

General DegreeSnapple Dapple Vol. 1 [Size 8 Records 2012]

Prezident Brown and Axx of JahpostlesI Sound Is From Creation [Tad’s Records 2012]

Top Ranking Albums of October 2012

The Top 40 Albums of May 2010!!!

Distant Relatives

May 2010 has been a fruitful month for music. Reggae, country, jazz, and rock music have been well represented. The Junior Gong aka Damian Marleydropped his long anticipated album Distant Relatives with rap legend Nas. The album features reggae, sick African beats, hip-hop, and spot on guest appearances by k’naan and Lil Wayne.

On the country side, Texan outlaw Willie Nelson strikes again with Country Music and Merle Haggard makes one of his best records in recent memory with the album I Am What I Am (Amazon Exclusive Version). And the Preservation Hall Jazz Band made an amazing album An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program (Deluxe Version) with guests like Louis Armstrong, Andrew BirdSteve Earleand Jim James aka Yim Yames from My Morning Jacket. And on the rock scene, new albums from Cornershop, LCD Soundsystem, and Broken Social Scene add balance to a nice month in music.

From Latin rappers Cypress Hill to African drummer Tony Allen (part of Fela Kuti‘s legendary band) to Texan musicians Court Yard Hounds(part of the Dixie Chicks) this months selection is diverse and full of wonderful sounds. Here are the Top 40 albums of May…

The Best of May 2010

  1. Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & NasDistant Relatives [Universal 2010]
  2. Merle Haggard I Am What I Am [Vanguard Records 2010]
  3. Willie Nelson Country Music [Rounder 2010]
  4. Various ArtistsAn Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program [Preservation Hall Recording 2010]
  5. Toots & the MaytalsFlip and Twist [D and F Music 2010]
  6. Jakob Dylan Women And Country [Columbia 2010]
  7. Tony Allen Secret Agent [Nonesuch Records 2010]
  8. Cornershop Judy Sucks A Lemon For Breakfast [Ample Play Recordings 2010]
  9. Peter Wolf Midnight Souvenirs [Verve 2010]
  10. The PhysicsFuture Talk [The Physics 2007]
  11. Pretty LightsMaking Up A Changing Mind [Pretty Lights Music 2010]
  12. V.V. BrownTravelling Like The Light [Capitol 2010]
  13. Winston JarrettBushwhackers Gangbangers [Bigmore Productions 2010]
  14. Various Artists Something Old, Something New, Volume 5 [Penthouse Records 2010]
  15. Various Artists Big Stage Riddim [Penthouse Records 2010]
  16. Very Be Careful Escape Room [Barbes Records 2010]
  17. Various ArtistsSpecial Request, Volume 3 [Penthouse Records 2010]
  18. Mulatu Astatke Mulatu Steps Ahead [Strut Records 2010]
  19. Dr. DogShame Shame [Anti 2010]
  20. Radar Bros. The Illustrated Garden [Merge Records 2010]
  21. The Apples in Stereo Travellers In Space And Time [Yep Roc Records 2010]
  22. MGMTCongratulations [Sony 2010]
  23. Court Yard Hounds Court Yard Hounds [Columbia 2010]
  24. Caribou Swim [Merge Records 2010]
  25. LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening [Virgin Records 2010]
  26. Broken Social Scene Forgiveness Rock Record [Arts & Crafts Records 2010]
  27. The Kissaway Trail Sleep Mountain [Bella Union 2010]
  28. Passion Pit Manners [Columbia Records 2010]
  29. The Hold Steady Heaven Is Whenever [Vagrant Records 2010]
  30. Various ArtistsJoe Gibbs 12” Disco Showcase Volume 4 [VP Records 2010]
  31. The Dead Weather Sea Of Cowards [Third Man 2010]
  32. Gogol BordelloTrans-Continental Hustle [American Recordings 2010]
  33. Cypress HillRise Up [Priority Records]
  34. Solomon BurkeNothing’s Impossible [E1 Music 2010]
  35. GinjahNever Lost My Way [Digital Release 2010]
  36. Alan Jackson – Freight Train [Arista 2010]
  37. Judgement Day Peacocks / Pink Monsters [Judgement Day 2010]
  38. The RaftersAnimal Feelings [Asthmatic Kitty Records 2010]
  39. Jeff Beck Emotion & Commotion [Atco/Rhino 2010]
  40. SlashSlash [Dik Hayd 2010]
The Top 40 Albums of May 2010!!!

Top 30 Albums of July 2009! – HOT SUMMER MUSIC for JULY 2009

July 2009

  1. Major Lazer Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do [Explicit] [Downtown 2009]
  2. Chali 2na Fish Outta Water [Decon 2009]
  3. Slaid CleavesEverything You Love Will Be Taken Away [Music Road 2009]
  4. Zee AviZee Avi[Brushfire Records 2009]
  5. Lady Saw Extra Raw: The First Lady of Dancehall [VP Records 2009]
  6. AswadCity Lock [Rhythm Riders 2009]
  7. Rhett MillerRhett Miller [Shout! Factory 2009]
  8. Mishka Above The Bones [J.K. Livin Records 2009]
  9. Bob DylanTogether Through Life [Columbia 2009]
  10. MicachuJewellery [Rough Trade 2009]
  11. ScientistInternational Heroes Dub [Tameki Wambesi Dove 2009]
  12. Mojo Morgangot Mojo? [Gedion Soldiers 2009]
  13. The LemonheadsVarshons [The End Records 2009]
  14. The AggrolitesIV [Hellcat 2009]
  15. The Low Anthem Oh My God Charlie Darwin [Nonesuch 2009]
  16. Various Artists Riddim Driven: Sweet [VP Records 2009]
  17. Dinosaur Jr.Farm [Jagjaguwar 2009]
  18. Ryan Bingham & the Dead HorsesRoadhouse Sun (Amazon MP3 Exclusive Version) [Lost Highway Records 2009]
  19. EminemRelapse [Explicit] [Aftermath Records 2009]
  20. Jason LytleYours Truly, The Commuter [Anti/Epitaph 2009]
  21. Todd SniderThe Excitement Plan [Yep Roc Records 2009]
  22. Son VoltAmerican Central Dust [Rounder Records 2009]
  23. Mos DefThe Ecstatic [Downtown 2009]
  24. Levon HelmElectric Dirt [Amazon Exclusive] [Vanguard 2009]
  25. Tanya MorganBrooklynati [Explicit] [Independent Media/iM Culture 2009]
  26. DoomBorn Like This. [Explicit] [Lex Records 2009]
  27. Laura IzibiLet The Truth Be Told [Deluxe] [Atlantic 2009]
  28. J Dilla Jay Stay Paid [Explicit] [Nature Sounds 2009]
  29. St. Vincent Actor (Amazon Exclusive) [4AD 2009]
  30. Matthew Sweet & Susanna HoffsUnder The Covers: Vol. 2 [Shout! Factory 2009]
  31. WilcoWilco [The Album] [Nonesuch 2009]

Diplo and Switch present Major Lazer‘s Guns Don’t Kill People…Lazers Do with special guests Santogold, Mr. Lex, Vybz Kartel, T.O.K., Mr Vegas, and many more. The creative DJ/producer duo amalgamates and mashes up tunes sampling from soca, calypso, merengue, and reggae, dropping fat beats, gun blasts, reggae air horns, and choice samples. An example of one of the more interesting and creative cuts is “Baby,” which adds an auto-tune to a crying baby. The killer reggae track on this work is “Can’t Stop Now,” which features Mr. Vegas and Jovi Rockwell. The harmonic Rockwell and Mr. Vegas create an easy-sounding classic reggae track among the hard-pounding dance jams. The track “Hold The Line” samples surf guitars from Dick Dale And His Del-Tones classic “Misirlou,” adding heavy beats and the vocal duo of Mr. Lex and Santogold. Some of my personal favorites on this album include the rough shod “Bruk Out” featuring T.O.K and Ms. Thing; “Cash Flow” featuring the roots reggae flavor of Jah Dan; “Anything Goes” with chaotic verses from Turbulance; and the dancehall sensation Vybz Kartel working “Pon De Floor.”

Chali 2Na‘s Fish Outta Water snap, crackles, and pops. A guest appearances by the Marley Brothers, Damian Marley and Stephen Marley, on the cut “Guns Up” piles deep booming funky fresh rhymes over a sweet melodic reggae chorus peppered by a Jr. Gong flow. The King of the Dancehall Beenie Man joins Chali 2Na on the tune “International” for searing dancehall reggae/hip-hop fusion. I found the single “Lock Shit Down” with Talib Kweli appealing and the track “Comin’ Thru” to be a hip-hop jam.

Texas songwriters Slaid Cleaves, Rhett Miller, and Ryan Bingham made the list this month. The Austin-based musician Slaid Cleaves sings heart-wrenching ballads playing Texas country music like it should be played. The song “Cry” on the album Everything You Love Will Be Taken Away will rip out your heart and have you reaching for the bottle of whiskey. American folk legend Bob Dylan dropped the new album Together Through Life featuring the ominous dark-sounding hit single “Beyond Here Lies Nothin’.

Zee Avi and Mishka add international flavors to the best albums of July, providing fun flip-flop rock and reggae sounds for the summertime. Jack Johnson‘s Brushfire Records handpicked Zee Avi for the label where she fits well with the laid back surfer motive. The Malaysian-born ukulele player’s new album is self titled Zee Avi. Reggae-drenched Canadian/Bermudian seafarer Mishka is the new artist appearing on Matthew McConaughey’s record label JK Livin Records. Mishka’s new album Above The Bones provides good summer tunes and positive vibes.

Top 30 Albums of July 2009! – HOT SUMMER MUSIC for JULY 2009