Top Ranking Albums of March 2012

Busy SignalReggae Music Again [VP Records 2012]

Bruce SpringsteenWrecking Ball [Columbia 2012]


SizzlaIn Gambia [VP Records 2012]


Lyle LovettRelease Me [Lost Highway 2012]

Damian MarleyAffairs of the Heart [Tuff Gong 2012]

Dr. JohnLocked Down [Nonesuch 2012]

SizzlaThe Chant [VP Records 2012]


BassnectarVavoom [Amorphous Music 2012]

RuskoSongs [Mad Decent 2012]

B.B. KingLive at Royal Albert Hall 2011 [Shout! Factory 2012]

KonshensMental Maintenance [VP Records 2012]

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Top Ranking Albums of March 2012

The Best of Albums of August 2010

Lazers Never Die [Explicit]

The Best of August 2010

  1. Busy SignalD.O.B. [VP Records 2010]
  2. John Prine In Person & On Stage [Oh Boy 2010]
  3. Pokey LaFarge and the South City ThreeRiverboat Soul [Free Dirt Records 2010]
  4. Major LazerLazers Never Die [Explicit] [Mad Decent 2010]
  5. Gappy Ranks Put The Stereo On [Greensleeves 2010]
  6. The Black Crowes Croweology [Silver Arrow 2010]
  7. Dennis Brown Reggae Sensation! [Delta 2010]
  8. Asleep at the Wheel & Leon Rausch It’s A Good Day [Bismeaux Records 2010]
  9. Die Antwoord5 – EP [Explicit] [Cherrytree/Interscope 2010]
  10. Lee “Scratch” Perry Sipple Out Deh: Best Of The Black Ark [Trojan 2010]
  11. Peter Case Wig! [Yep Roc 2010]
  12. April Smith & The Great Picture Show Songs For A Sinking Ship [Little Roscoe 2010]
  13. Los Lobos Tin Can Trust [Shout! Factory 2010]
  14. Inna De Yard All Stars Live in France [Makasound 2010]
  15. Various Artists Stand & Give Praise: Roots Reggae [Trojan 2010]
  16. The Sadies Darker Circles [Yep Roc 2010]
  17. Gov’t Mule By a Thread [Evil Teen 2010]
  18. Red Horse Red Horse [Red House 2010]
  19. Midnite Momentum [Fifth Son Records 2010]
  20. Various Artists – Neccesary Mayhem Presents Sess Retro & Electro Agony Riddim [Necessary Mayhem 2010]
  21. Pinteop Perkins & Willie “Big Eyes” Smith Joined at the Hip [Telarc Records 2010]
  22. Dangermuffin Moonscapes [Dangermuffin 2010]
  23. John Hartford Stringband Memories of John [Red Clay 2010]
  24. Jackie Greene Till the Light Comes [429 Records 2010]
  25. John Mellencamp No Better Than This [Rounder 2010]
  26. Irie Maffia What’s My Name?! [Shiftin Gears 2010]
  27. Various Artists Melody Life: Trojan Sisters [Trojan 2010]
  28. Sting Symphonicities [Deutsche Grammaphon 2010]
  29. Cornadoor Without Restrictions [SoundQuake 2010]
  30. Tim O’Brien – Chicken and Egg [Howdy Sky 2010]
  31. Markscheider Kunst Utopia [Eastblok 2010]
  32. Wavves King of the Beach [Fat Possum Records 2010]
  33. Maikal X Genesis [Rock N’ Vibes 2010]
  34. Ariel Pink’s Haunted GraffitiBefore Today [4AD 2010]
  35. Turbulence The Journey [Sajay Production 2010]

D.O.B.

Riverboat Soul

Croweology

Sipple Out Deh: Best Of The Black Ark

The Best of Albums of August 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