Top Ranking Albums of May 2014

RebelutionCount Me In [Easy Star 2014]

Sturgill SimpsonMetamodern Sounds in Country Music [High Top Mountain Records 2014]

JoMersa – Comfortable [Ghetto Youths International 2014]

Conor Oberst Upside Down Mountain [Nonesuch Records 2014]

SeeedSeeed [Seeed Records 2014]

SOJAI Believe [ATO Records 2014]

Dub Thompson9 Songs [Dead Oceans 2014]

Tune-Yards Nikki Nack [4AD 2014]

Kelly Willis and Bruce Willis Our Year [Premium Records 2014]

EelsThe Cautionary Tales of Mark Oliver Everett [PIAS America 2014]

Thievery CorporationSaudade [ESL Music 2014]

BugleAnointed [Zojack World Wide 2014]

Various ArtistsPeace and Love Riddim [TJ Records 2014]

DubmatixIn Dub [Echo Beach 2014]

Various ArtistsKing Size Dub Dub Visionist Special [Echo Beach 2014]

Ziggi Recado Therapeutic [Zion High 2014]

Anthony Cruz Inna Di Dance [Shan Shan Music 2014]

Ivan and the ParazolMode Bizarre [Gold Record Music 2014]

Ana TijouxVengo [Nacional Records 2014]

Rodney CrowellTarpaper Sky [New West 2014]

PressureThe Sound [I Grade Records 2014]

SizzlaRadical [VP Records 2014]

SizzlaNuh Worry Unu Self [John John Records 2014]

SizzlaBorn A King [Muti Music 2014]

FutureHonest [Epic 2014]

The Secret SistersPut Your Needle Down [Universal Records 2014]

G. Love and Special SauceSugar [Brushfire Records 2014]

Johnny CashOut Among the Stars [Columbia 2014]

KelisFood [Ninja Tune 2014]

The Roots…and then you shoot your cousin [Def Jam 2014]

CunninlynguistsStrange Journey Volume Three [Bad Taste Records 2014]

Various ArtistsA Tribute to Bob Dylan in the 80s: Volume 1 [ATO Records 2014]

Ernest RanglinBless up [Avilla Street Records 2014]

Danilo PerezPanama 500 [Mack Avenue Records 2014]

Duck SauceQuack [Fool’s Gold 2014]

Chris Robinson BrotherhoodPhosphorescent Harvest [Silver Arrow Records 2014]

Young MoneyRise of an Empire [Cash Money Records 2014]

Mikey SpiceI Am I Said [Joe Fraser Records 2014]

Joan OsborneLove and Hate [eOne Music 2014]

Various ArtistsRagga Ragga Ragga 2014 [VP Records 2014]

Eliza GilkinsonNocturne Diaries [Red House Records 2014]

Mykal RoseCrucial World [John John Records 2014]

Top Ranking Albums of May 2014

Top Ranking Albums of June 2013

Jimmy CliffThe KCRW Sessions [Universal 2013]

SizzlaThe Messiah [VP Records 2013]

Bob Marley & the WailersLegend Remixed [Tuff Gong 2013]

Various ArtistsLove for Levon [Time 2013]

Various ArtistsLet Us In Americana [Reviver Records 2013]

Steve EarleThe Low Highway [New West 2013]

Sean NelsonMake Good Choices [Really Records 2013]

Slaid CleavesStill Fighting the War [Music Road Records 2013]

Bob SchneiderBurden of Proof [Kirtland Records 2013]

Dale Watson & His TroopersEl Rancho Azul [Red House Records 2013]

Shiny Ribs Gulf Coast Museum [Nine Mile Records 2013]

Patty GriffinAmerican Kid [New West Records 2013]

Billy BraggTooth and Nail [Essential Music 2013]

John FogertyWrote A Song For Everyone [Vanguard 2013]

Warren Hood BandWarren Hood Band [Red Parlor Records 2013]

The Carper FamilyOld-Fashioned Gal [The Carper Family 2013]

Mavis Staples One True Vine [Anti/Epitaph 2013]

Booker TSound the Alarm [Stax 2013]

Top Ranking Albums of June 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

Top Ranking Albums of August 2011

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Top Ranking Albums of August 2011

  1. Various ArtistsWe Remember Gregory Isaacs [VP Records 2011]
  2. Digitaldubs#1 [ROIR 2011]
  3. Robert Earl Keen, Jr. Ready For Confetti [Lost Highway 2011]
  4. Fyah T & Next Generation Family – Familywise [Family Music 2011]
  5. Various ArtistsMaximum Sound 2011 [Maximum Sound 2011]
  6. Red Hot Chili Peppers I’m With You [Warner Brothers 2011]
  7. Various Artists Steely & Clevie Presents Memories [VP Records 2011]
  8. 10 Ft. Ganja PlantShake Up The Place [ROIR 2011]
  9. BassnectarDivergent Spectrum [Amorphous Music 2011]
  10. I-WayneLife Teachings [VP Records 2011]
  11. Guy Clark Songs And Stories [Dualtone Records 2011]
  12. J BoogBack Yard Boogie[Washouse Records 2011]
  13. John Hiatt Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns [New West 2011]
  14. Shaggy  – Summer In Kingston [Ranch Entertainment 2011]
  15. Kanye West & JayZWatch The Throne [Roc-A-Fella 2011]
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Top Ranking Albums of August 2011

The Best Albums of January 2010

  1. Ryan Bingham and Various Artists Crazy Heart [New West 2010]
  2. Vampire WeekendContra [XL 2010]
  3. Various ArtistsDub Like An Antelope – Legends of Reggae Celebrate Phish [Red Hillz Music 2010]
  4. SpoonTransference [Merge Records 2010]
  5. SizzlaCrucial Times [VP Records 2010]
  6. Dave Rawlings MachineA Friend Of A Friend [Acony 2009]
  7. Snoop DoggMalice ‘N Wonderland [Capital Records 2009]
  8. Corinne Bailey RaeThe Sea [EMI 2010]
  9. Souls of MischiefMontezuma’s Revenge [Hieroglyphics Imperium 2009]
  10. Julian CasablancasPhrazes For The Young [RCA/Jive 2009]
  11. Animal Collective Fall Be Kind EP [Domino 2009]
  12. Two High String Band – Hot Texas Bluegrass Burrito [THSB 2009]
  13. Ray Wylie HubbardA: Enlightenment B: Endarkenment (Hint: There Is No C) [Bordello 2010]
  14. Them Crooked Vultures Them Crooked Vultures [Interscope 2009]
  15. Various Artists The Princess And The Frog [Disney 2009]
  16. Young Money We Are Young Money [Cash Money 2009]
  17. Works Progress AdministrationWPA [Signature Sounds 2009]
  18. Chris SmitherTime Stands Still [Signature Sounds 2009]
  19. Rosie Flores & the Pine Valley CosmonautsGirl of the Century [Bloodshot 2010]
  20. Mark E Works 2005 – 2008: Selected Tracks & Edits [Merc 2010]
  21. Lee “Scratch” Perry Alien Starman [Secrets 2009]

The Best Albums of January 2010

Top Albums of November 2009

This month’s music selection varies from twangy country to roots reggae to experimental jazz-hip-hop and dub. Robert Glasper‘s Double Booked is chalk-full of creativity and musicianship.  Glasper, a pianist originally from Houston, Texas has performed with Erykah BaduThe Roots, Maxwell, and Mos Def. On this new album Glasper mixes hip-hop, jazz, and experimental music into a beautiful soundscape.
Conrad Crystal and Suga Roy have put together a fine album with help from some of reggae’s icons. The legendary Toots & The Maytals joins the duo on “God Bless You.” The singjay Gyptian performs “Jah Jah See Dem”  in tribute to Joseph Hill and Culture. The dancehall jam “She Call Mi Phone” features “king of the dancehall” Beenie Man and the amazing vocalist Barrington Levy. Deejays U Roy, Dillinger, and Big Youth join the fray while Reggae superstars Lee “Scratch” Perry, Max Romeo, Eek-A-Mouse, Marcia Griffiths, Dennis Brown, The Congos, and Inner Circle all lend their vocals. Even the amazing danechall duo Chaka Demus & Pliers makes an appearance on “Girl You Rock My World.”
The Stephen Marleyalbum Mind Control originally dropped more than a year ago. Now a newer acoustic version of the disc has been released called Mind Control Acoustic. The smooth beautiful track “Chase Dem” features Capleton layering rhymes through the original tune. Brothers Damian Marley and Julian Marley appear on the record as does rude boy Spragga Benz.
  1. Robert GlasperDouble Booked [Blue Note 2009]
  2. Conrad Crystal & Suga RoySuga Roy, Conrad Crystal and the Great Reggae Icons [Fire Ball 2009]
  3. Stephen MarleyMind Control Acoustic [Tuff Gong 2009]
  4. Danny BarnesPizza Box [ATO Records 2009]
  5. Corb LundLosin’ Lately Gambler [New West 2009]
  6. Beres HammondSomething Old, Something New [Penthouse Records 2009]
  7. Morgan HeritageThe Journey Thus Far [VP Records 2009]
  8. DrakeSo Far Gone [Young Money/Cash Money 2009]
  9. B.B. SeatonReady For The World [Soul Beat/Roots International 2009]
  10. Various Artist Joyful Noise [I Grade Records 2009]
  11. Geoff Maldaur & the Texas Shieks – Texas Sheiks [Tradition & Moderne 2009]
  12. James Hand – Shadow on the Ground [Rounder 2009]
  13. Jack Johnson En Concert [Brushfire Records 2009]
  14. SeraniNo Games [Phase One 2009]
  15. The Soothsayers Meet Red Earth Collective One More Reason [Red Earth Music 2009]
  16. Del Tha Funkyhomosapien & Tame OneParallel Uni-Verses [Gold Dust 2009]
  17. Mike Zito Pearl River [Eclecto Groove Records 2009]
  18. Nitty Gritty Dirt BandSpeed Of Life [Sugar Hill 2009]
  19. Various Artists Riddim Driven: Clearance [VP 2009]
  20. LorenzoMovin’ Ahead [Irie Ites 2009]
Top Albums of November 2009

The Top Albums of October 2009

Never Give Up” with Screw Driverand Inner Circle is one of those uplifting songs that inspires and makes you want to take on all comers. It has the punch and message of the Jimmy Cliff classic “The Harder They Come.” This song is my new motto: “Never Give Up, Never Surrender.” Inner Circle’s State Of Da World deserves the attention of the world. This new album includes collaborations with reggae megastars Junior ReidGramps Morgan of Morgan Heritage, Bushman and Luciano.  Slightly Stoopid appears on “Mary Collie Weed” and Damian Marley and  Stephen Marley make guest appearances on “Smoke Gets In My Eyes.”

Texas musicians James McMurtryLyle Lovett, and Robert Earl Keen all released new albums this month. McMurty’s Live In Europe features rocking versions of “Ruby And Carlos” and “Just Us Kids.” Lyle Lovett‘s Natural Forces has a beautiful cover of Townes Van Zandt‘sLoretta.” And Robert Earl Keen has a Townes Van Zandt tune “Flyin’ Shoes” on his new album The Rose Hotel. The single “The Rose Hotel” is free and loose and classic Robert Earl.

On the rap/hip-hop scene Wu-Tang Clan Alumni Raekwon and Ghostface Killah released new albums. The sequel to Raekwon’s classic album Only Built 4 Cuban Linx has been released. Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, Part II features killer solo tracks like “Ason Jones.” Method Man, Inspectah Deck, and Ghostface Killah guest on “House Of Flying Daggers” and on “The New Wu.” Old School maestro Slick Rick joins Raekwon, GZA, and Masta Killa onWe Will Rob You.”  And new school rapper Lyfe Jennings appears on the track “Catalina.” Ghostface Killah’s album Ghostdini Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City includes the notable tracks “Baby,” “Back Like That (Remix),” and “Do Over.” Also on the rap scene A Tribe Called Quest emcee Q-Tip released Kamaal The Abstract with the jazzy single “Even If It Is So.”

Greensleeves released two solid reggae compilations this month: The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2009 and The Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009. Great songs on this year’s one drop anthems include Beres Hammond’s Can’t Say I Never Tried” and Marcia Griffith and Busy Signal’s Automatic (Keeping It Real). The outstanding track is Romain Virgo’s tribute to the legendary Alton Ellis entitledAlton’s Medley: Breaking Up / Ain’t That Loving You / My Willow Tree.” Also Peetah and Assassin’sHot A Road,” Mr. Williamz’s No Cigarette” and Ziggi’sGonna Leave You” make this easy-going reggae collection worth the listen.

On the dancehall side of things with The Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009 Black Ryno’sBend Over” and Vybz Kartel and Gaza Indu’sVirginity” induce the booty shaking while the catchy “Never Change (From Mawning)” by Chino will have you singing along. This newest addition to the dancehall anthems collection stocks up on heavy hitting dancehall singjays like Busy Signal, Demarco, Mavado, Jah Vinci, Laden, and Konshens.

  1. Inner CircleState Of Da World [Shanachie 2009]
  2. James McMurtry Live In Europe [Lightning Rod 2009]
  3. Lyle LovettNatural Forces [Curb/Lost Highway 2009]
  4. Monsters of FolkMonsters Of Folk [Shangri-La 2009]
  5. Various Artists The Biggest Reggae One-Drop Anthems 2009 [Greensleeves 2009]
  6. RaekwonOnly Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 [EMI 2009]
  7. Robert Earl KeenThe Rose Hotel [Lost Highway Records 2009]
  8. Various ArtistsJah Live Riddim [Joe Frasier 2009]
  9. International Observer Felt [Dubmission 2009]
  10. Roseanne CashThe List [Manhattan 2009]
  11. Various ArtistsPenthouse Showcase Volume 4 [Penthouse 2009]
  12. Various ArtistsPenthouse Showcae Volume 5 [Penthouse 2009]
  13. Kiddus IGreen Fa Life [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
  14. Breakestra Dusk Till’ Dawn [Strut Records 2009]
  15. Danny MaloneCuddlebug [Township Records 2009]
  16. Kid CudiMan On The Moon: The End Of Day [Dream On/G.O.O.D./Universal Motown 2009]
  17. The XX xx [Young Turks 2009]
  18. Various ArtistsThe Biggest Ragga Dancehall Anthems 2009 [Greensleeves 2009]
  19. MuseThe Resistance [Warner Brothers 2009]
  20. Ghostface Killah – Ghostdini Wizard Of Poetry In Emerald City [Island/Def Jam 2009]
  21. Various Artists5: Five Years of Hyperdub [Hyperdub 2009]
  22. Gossip Music For Men [Columbia 2009]
  23. The Avett Brothers I And Love And You [Columbia 2009]
  24. Chuck FendaFulfillment [VP Records 2009]
  25. Omar Perry –  Can’t Stop Us [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
  26. Tribal SeedsThe Harvest [Tribal Seeds 2009]
  27. Toddla TSkanky Skanky [1965 2009]
  28. Masta Ace & Edo GArts & Entertainment [Traffic 2009]
  29. Mark Stuart and the Bastard SonsBend In The Road [Dualtone 2009]
  30. Q-Tip Kamaal The Abstract [Jive 2009]
  31. Doveman –  The Conformist [Brassland Records 2009]
  32. DawesNorth Hills [ATO 2009]
  33. Kris KristoffersonCloser To The Bone [New West 2009]
  34. Mark KnopflerGet Lucky [Rerprise 2009]
  35. Takana ZionRappel à l’ordre [Makasound/Makafresh 2009]
The Top Albums of October 2009