DECEMBER PICKS:

Chet Baker-MY FUNNY VALENTINE (Pacific Jazz '51-'55)

Big Boi-VICIOUS LIES AND DANGEROUS RUMORS (Def Jam)

Emeralds-JUST TO FEEL ANYTHING (Mego)

Greg Foat Group-GIRL WITH ROBOT AND FLOWERS (Jazzman)/DARK IS THE SUN (Jazzman)

Holly Herndon-MOVEMENT (RVNGL)

Lonnie Liston Smith-COSMIC FUNK & SPIRITUAL SOUNDS (BGP '73-'76)

T. Rex-TANX (Fat Possum '73)

Scott Walker-BISH BOSCH (4AD)



NOVEMBER PICKS:

A.R. Kane-COMPLETE SINGLES COLLECTION (One Little Indian)

Cut Hands-BLACK MAMBA (Very Friendly)

Deftones-KOI NO YOKAN (Reprise)

English Beat-SPECIAL BEAT SERVICE (Go Feet/Shout Factory '82)

Brian Eno-LUX (Warp)

Iron Maiden-THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST (Sanctuary '82)

Judas Priest-SCREAMING FOR VENGEANCE (Columbia '82)

Pink-"Blow Me (One Last Kiss)"/"Try" (RCA)

X-TG-DESERTSHORE/THE FINAL REPORT (Industrial)

Neil Young with Crazy Horse-PSYCHEDELIC PILL (Reprise)


OCTOBER PICKS:

Kevin Ayers-BANANAMOUR (EMI '73)

Jimmy Cliff-REBIRTH (Universal)

fun.-SOME NIGHTS (Fueled By Ramen)

Gong-YOU (Virgin '74)

Kendrick Lamar-GOOD KID, M.A.A.D. CITY (Aftermath)

Residents-ESKIMO (MVD Audio '79)

Savages-"Husbands" (self-released)/I AM HERE (Pop Noire)

Sinister Servant-NEGATIVE FASCINATION (Hospital)

Terror Danjah-THE DARK CRAWLER (Hyperdub)

Titus Andronicus-LOCAL BUSINESS (XL)


SEPTEMBER PICKS:

Animal Collective-CENTIPEDE HZ (Domino)

David Byrne/St. Vincent-LOVE THIS GIANT (Todo Mundo/4AD)

Bob Dylan-TEMPEST (Columbia)

Factrix-SCHEINTOT (Superior Viaduct '81)

Gaslmap KIller-BREAKTHROUGH (Brainfeeder)

Various Artists-GO GO GET IT DOWN (ZRecords)

How To Dress Well-TOTAL LOSS (Acephale)

Various Artists-KANYE WEST G.O.O.D. MUSIC PRESENTS CRUEL SUMMER (G.O.O.D. Music)

Korpiklaani-MANASA (Nuclear Blast)

Alfonso Lovo-LA GIGANTONA (Numero Group '76)

LV-SEBENZA (Hyperdub)

Aimee Mann-CHARMER (Superego)

Jessie Ware-DEVOTION (Island)

Matthew E. White-BIG INNER (Spacebomb)




JULY PICKS:

Baroness-YELLOW & GREEN (Relapse)

Dirty Projectors-SWING LO MAGELLAN (Domino)

Gaslight Anthem-HANDWRITTEN (Mercury)

Ihsahn-EREMITA (Candlelight)

Imagination-NIGHT DUBBING (BR '82)

Frank Ocean-CHANNEL ORANGE (Def Jam)

Purity Ring-SHRINES (4AD)

Various Artists-RICHARD SEN PRESENTS THIS AIN'T CHICAGO (Strut '87-'91)

Riff Raff-SUMMER OF SURF (self-released)

Rodriguez-COLD FACT (Light in the Attic '70)

Shintaro Sakamoto-HOW TO LIVE WITH A PHANTOM (Other Music Recording Co.)

Spectrum Road-s/t (Palmetto)



JUNE PICKS:

Fiona Apple-THE IDLER WHEEL... (Epic)

Blues Control-VALLEY TANGENTS (Drag City)

Chubby Checker-CHEQUERED (Sunbeam '72)

Neneh Cherry/The Thing-THE CHERRY THING (Smalltown Supersound)

Donnie & Joe Emerson-DREAMIN' WILD (Light in the Attic '79)

George Faith-SUPER EIGHT (Island/Spectrum '76)

Flaming Lips-AND HEADY FWENDS (Warner Bros.)

Gotye featuring Kimbra-"Somebody That I Used To Know" (Universal)

Laurel Halo-QUARANTINE (Hyperdub)

Japandroids-CELEBRATION ROCK (Polyvinyl)

Omar Khorshid-GUITAR EL CHARK (Sublime Frequencies '73-'77)

Shackleton-MUSIC FOR THE QUIET HOUR/THE DRAWBAR ORGAN (Woe To the Septic Heart)

Patti Smith-BANGA (Columbia)

Neil Young-TRANS (Geffen '82)


MAY PICKS:

Beach House-BLOOM (Sub Pop)

Carter Tutti Void-TRANSVERSE (Mute)

El-P-CANCER4CURE (Fat Possum)

Various Artists-HARMONY, MELODY & STYLE (Soul Jazz '75-'92)

Killer Mike-R.A.P. MUSIC (Williams Street)

Michael Kiwanuka-HOME AGAIN (Polydor)

Paul & Linda McCartney-RAM (Hear/Concord '71)

Annette Peacock-I'M THE ONE (Future Days '72)

Sleep-DOPESMOKER (Southern Lord)

Swans-WE ROSE FROM THE BED WITH THE SUN IN OUR HEAD (Young God)

UFO-THE CHRYSALIS YEARS (Chrysalis '73-'79)


APRIL PICKS:

Amadou & Mariam-FOLILA (Nonesuch)

Burial-"Kindred" (Hyperdub)

Cleaners From Venus-A VICTORY FOR COMMON SENSE (Captured Tracks '81-'82)

Death Grips-THE MONEY STORE (Epic)

Various Artists-DISCO DISCHARGE: EXOTICA (Harmless)

Dolphins Into the Future-...ON SEA-FARING ISOLATION (Fonal '09)

Dr. John-KNOCKED DOWN (Nonesuch)

Ramsey Lewis-FUNKY SERENITY (R2 '72)/SALONGO (R2 '76)

Nicki Minaj featuring 2 Chainz-"Beez in the Trap (Young Money)

Orbital-WONKY (Downtown)

Dawn Richard-ARMOR ON (Our Dawn/Chartbreaker)

Various Artists-SAIGON ROCK & SOUL: VIETNAMESE CLASSIC TRACKS 1968-1974 (Sublime Frequencies)

Spiritualized-SWEET HEART, SWEET LIGHT (Fat Possum)

Traxman-DA MIND OF TRAXMAN (Planet Mu)

Jack White-BLUNDERBUSS (Third Man/Columbia)



MARCH PICKS:

Drudkh-ETERNAL TURN OF THE WHEEL (Season of Mist)

Headhunters-STRAIGHT FROM THE GATE (R2 '77)

Zebra Katz-"Ima Read" (Jeffrees)

Men-OPEN YOUR HEART (Sacred Bones)

Meshuggah-KOLOSS (Nuclear Blast)

Georgia Anne Muldrew-SEEDS (Someothaship Connection)

Photek-DJ KICKS (K7)

Shins-PORT OF MORROW (Columbia)

Bruce Springsteen-WRECKING BALL (Columbia)

THEE satisfaction-awE naturalE (Sub Pop)

Various Artists-TREVOR JACKSON PRESENTS METAL DANCE (Strut '80-'88)

Unsane-WRECK (Alternative Tentacles)

Zapp-s/t (Get On Down '80)



FEBRUARY PICKS:

Caretaker-PATIENCE (AFTER SEBALD) (HAFTW)

Christian Mistress-POSSESSION (Relapse)

Alice Coltrane-HUNTINGTON ASHRAM MONASTERY (Impulse '69)/WORLD GALAXY (Impulse '72)

Grimes-VISIONS (4AD)

Patten-GLAQJO WAACSSO (Nomin Inpop)

Porter Ricks-BIOKINETICS (Type '96)

Frankie Rose-INTERSTELLAR (Slumberland)

Shearwater-ANIMAL JOY (Sub Pop)

Sound-JEOPARDY (1972 '80)

Donna Summer-BAD GIRLS (Casablanca '79)

Various Artists-VOGUING (Soul Jazz '76-'96)

Various Artists-WEST INDIES SOUL (Trans Air)



JANUARY PICKS:

Chairlift-SOMETHING (Columbia)

Michael Chapman-RAINMAKER (Light in the Attic '69)

Leonard Cohen-OLD IDEAS (Columbia)

Diamond Head-s/t (Castle '81)

Escort-s/t (Escort)

Guided By Voices-LET'S GO EAT THE FACTORY (Guided By Voices Inc.)

Internet-PURPLE NAKED LADIES (Odd Future)

Thelonious Monk-STRAIGHT, NO CHASER (Columbia '67)

Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross-THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO (Mute)