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Best of 2010 | 88Nine Staff Picks

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Starting tomorrow on New Year's Eve, 88Nine will be counting the top 100 albums of 2010 as voted by you, our listeners.  In the meantime, check out what we were digging on all year.

Adam Carr, Producer & DJ

1. Axel Boman - "Purple Drank"
2. LCD Soundsystem - "This Is Happening"
3. Actress - "Splazsh"
4. Storm Queen - "Look Right Through"
5. Flying Lotus - "Cosmogramma"
6. Art Department - "Without You"
7. James Blake - "CMYK"
8. Caribou - "Swim"
9. Moody - "It's 2 Late 4 U And Me"
10. Darkstar - "North"

Marcus Doucette, DJ

1. Mulatu -  "Mulatu Steps Ahead"
2. Konono No. 1 - "Assume Crash Position"
3. Ska Cubano - "Mambo Ska"
4. El Guincho - "Pop Negro"
5. Lengualerte - "Resonante"
6. Prince Fatty - "Supersize"
7. Seu Jorge and Almaz - "Seu Jorge and Almaz"
8. Luisa Maita - "Lero-lero"
9. Quantic Presents Flowering Inferno "Dog With A Rope"
10. Afrocubism - "Afrocubism"

Elizabeth Egan, Membership Director
Favorite songs

1. Eels - "End Times"
2. Sleigh Bells - "Infinity Guitars"
3. Sufjan Stevens - "All Delighted People"
4. Rogue Wave - "Solitary Gun"
5. Broken Bells - "The High Road"
6. Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros - "40 Day Dream"
7. The Whigs - "Hundred Million"
8. Watson Twins - "Give me a Chance"
9. The Magnetic Fields - "You Must Be Out of Your Mind"
10. Ratatat - "Party with Children"

Sarah Fierek, Underwriting Specialist and DJ

1. AUTOmatic - Transistor (MKE)
2. Corrine Bailey Rae - The Sea
3. Erykah Badu - New Amerykah, Part II
4. Ikarus Down - Ikarus Down (MKE)
5. I'm Not A Pilot - Need Money for Rocket Fuel (MKE)
6. Janelle Monae - Archandriod
7. John Legend & The Roots - Wake Up!
8. Lissie - Catching A Tiger
9. The Roots - How I Got Over
10. Villagers - Becoming A Jackal  

Kat Froehlich, DJ

1. Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings - "I Learned The Hard Way"
2. Kings Go Forth - "The Outsiders Are Back"
3. Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros - "Up From Below"
4. Broken bells - "Broken Bells"
5. The Wildbirds - "Sunshine Blues"

Mark Keefe, Program Director

1. Junip - "Fields"
2. Villagers – "Becoming A Jackal"
3. The Black Keys - "Brothers"
4. The National – "High Violet"
5. Band Of Horses – "Infinite Arms"
6. Cee Lo Green – "The Lady Killer"
7. Los Lobos – "Tin Can Trust"
8. Widespread Panic – "Dirty Side Down"
9. Anders Osborne – "American Patchwork"
10. Beach House – "Teen Dream"

Kristy Kramer, Adminstrator

1. Titus Andronicus - "The Monitor" 
2. Kanye West - "My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy"
3. Deerhunter - "Halcyon Digest"
4. LCD Soundsystem - "This is Happening"  
5. Arcade - "The Suburbs" 
6. Sleeping In The Aviary - "Great Vacation!" 
7. Joanna Newsome - "Have One On Me"
8. Big Boi - "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty"
9. The Walkmen - "Lisbon" 
10. Broken Social Scene - "Forgiveness Rock Record"

Jordan Lee, DJ & Promotions

1. Junip – "Fields"
2. Gorillaz – "Plastic Beach"
3. Ethan Keller – "Profit"
4. Chromeo – "Business Casual"
5. Decibully - "World Travels Fast"
6. Minus The Bear – Omni
7. Big Boi – "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty"
8. Rusko – "OMG"
9. Faux Fir - "Faux Fir"
10. !!! - "Strange Weather, Isn’t It"

Vicki Mann, Station Manager

1. Mumford & Sons - "Sign No More"
2. Jackson Browne - "Love is Strange"
3. Los Lobos - "Tin Can Trust"
4. Lissie - "Catching A Tiger"

Tarik Moody, DJ & Digital/Online Community Manager

1. Flying Lotus - "Cosmogramma"

2010's best album of the year comes Alice Coltrane's nephew Steve Ellison aka Flying Lotus. He brings a jazz sensiblities to electronic music and hip hop for that matter. Cosmogramma is one of the most original releases in 2010 that will be look upon as a classic many years from now. 

2. Janelle Monae - "Archandroid"

What can I say about this album other than DAMN!!! I have been following Janelle since her single "Lettin' Go" that appeared on Big Boi's "Purple Ribbon All-Stars" back in 2007. An another Atlanta artist that is breaking the mold. Archandroid is soul record with a broadway musical foundation. Then it is her live shows that solidifies her place in history. Think Bjork meets James Brown.

3. James Blake - "CMYK & Klavierwerke EPs"

He is electronic music answer to Bon Iver. He produced one of my favorite tracks of 2010 called CMYK, which used samples of Aaliyah and Kelis. His productions are minimal, lush, and soulful all at the same time. He not only produces, but he has an amazing voice that conjurs the haunting voice of Justin Vernon. His forthcoming debut album is one the most anticipated releases for 2011. Check out his cover of Feist's "Limit to Your Soul."

4. Cee Lo - "Lady Killer"

Cee Lo just can't do know wrong. He is the second artist from my hometown of Atlanta. From his days with Atlanta's Goodie Mob to being part of the very successful Gnarls Barkley, Cee Lo is one of the most versatile artists in the 21st century. He is probably the only artist that could take a four letter word and make it fun for all. Lady Killer is what a pop album should be.

5. Quadron - "Quadron"

Who would have thought that such an amazing futuristc R&B record would come from Denmark. This duo created a lush and sensual record. Quadron's singer Coco voice should be a contender for best soul or jazz vocalist at the Grammy's. It is an album you can play all the way through many times over.

6.Sleigh Bells - "Treats"

One of the most hyped duo of 2010, and they definitely lived up to that hype with their crunchy, hip hop infused sound. The duo's background is also interesting. One is from a girl pop band and the other from a punk band - a match made in heaven.

7. Andreya Triana - "Lost Where I Belong"

When I first heard the lovely, talented Andreya's voice it was on Flying Lotus' track "Tea Leaf Dancers." The song blew me away and it was on repeat in 2008. Her debut release is one of the best and most refreshing soul releases of 2010. Produced by one of my favorite producers Simon Green aka Bonobo.

8. Big Boi - "Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty"

This has to be best hip hop album of 2010. Big Boi did not stray from his Atlanta roots on this album. Big Boi's delivery skills is one of the most underrated.

9. Gayngs - "Relayted"

Next up is the midwestern supergroup Gayngs. I couldn't get their sultry, sex-filled sounds out of my head. Seeing them live at Turner Hall secured them in my top 10 of 2010. Also the fact that I played a show with its founder Ryan Olson's former band Digitata when I lived in Minneapolis.

10. Maximum Balloon - Maximum Balloon

I have to say this has to be one of 2010's most overlooked albums. How can you go wrong with an album by TV On The Radio's producer Dave Sitek. The album is an impressive mixture of sounds and genres with an guest vocalist roster. David Bryne,
Little Dragon, Karen O, Theophilus London, Tunde Adimpe and others brings Dave Sitek productions to a whole new level.

Mary Louise Mussoline, Executive Director
Favorite songs

1. Arrested Development - "La La La"
2. The Constellations - "Felicia"
3. Cee  Lo Green - "Forget You"
4. VV Brown - "Shark in the Water"
5. Michael Franti - "The Sound of Sunshine"
6. The New Pornographer - "Crash Years":
7. Keane - "Stop for a Minute"
8. Australia: JP, Chrissie and the Fairground Boys
9. Cake - "Sick of You"
10. Herman Astro - "Sambawete"

Aimee Rae, DJ

1. A Storm-A Tree-My Mother's Head, Bobby Bare, Jr.
2. Foundling, David Gray
3. Dream Attic, Richard Thompson
4. Street Songs of Love, Alejandro Escovedo
5. Fidelity! JP, Chrissie & The Fairground Boys
6. Love It To Life, Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social
7. Heaven Is Whenever, The Hold Steady
8. Georgia Warhorse, JJ Grey & Mofro
9. Mobile Chateau, Matt Costa
10. Sugarcoating, Martin Sexton  

Rachel Rose, DJ and Music Director

1. Matt Costa - "Mobile Chateau"
2. Cee-Lo Green - "Lady Killer"
3. KT Tunstall - "Tiger Suit"
4. Arcade Fire - "The Suburbs"
5. John Legend & The Roots - "Wake Up!"
6. Janelle Monae - "The Archandroid"
7. Trapper Schoepp & The Shades
8. Delta Spirit - "History From Belove"
9. Black Dub - Black Dub
10. Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. - "The Record Collection"

Ben Wick, Assistant Producer

1. The Intelligence - ‘Males’
2. Grinderman - ‘Grinderman 2’
3. Black Angels - ‘Phosphene Dream’
4. Black Keys - ‘Brothers’
5. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - ‘Beat the Devil’s Tattoo’
6. The Strange Boys - ‘Be Brave’
7. High on Fire - ‘Snakes for the Divine’
8. Isobel Campell and Mark Lanegan - ‘Hawk’
9. Sleigh Bells - ‘Treats’
10. Highlonesome - ‘In Life We Can’t Be Free’ (Milwaukee)