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Nathan Amundson (in alphabetical order)
Antony & The Johnsons | I Am A Bird Now
If Thousands | I Have Nothing
Jesu | s/t
Jonathan Kane | February
Low | The Great Destroyer
Mi and L'au | s/t
Annelies Monseré | Helder
Scout Niblett | Kidnapped By Neptune
Sigur Ros | Takk...
Xiu Xiu | La Forët

- Reissue/Single Artist Compilation -
Belle & Sebastian | Push Barman To Open Old Wounds
The Cure | Pornography
Slowdive | Pygmalion


Laurence Arnold
1. Josh Rouse | Nashville
2. Kate Bush | Ariel
3. Clem Snide | The End of Love
4. Hem | Eveningland
5. Stars | Set Yourself On Fire
6. Lorna | Static Patterns and Souvenirs
7. Grand Drive | Being Alive
8. Son Volt | Okemah and the Melody of Riot
9. Robyn Hitchcock | Obliteration Pie
10. Half Man Half Biscuit | Achtung Bono  

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
Neutral Milk Hotel | In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
Yo La Tengo | Prisoners of Love  


Anthony Auston (in alphabetical order)
Amadou & Mariam | Dimanche a Bamako
Antony & The Johnsons | I Am A Bird Now
Andrew Bird | The Mysterious Production of Eggs
Edan | Beauty and the Beat
Low | The Great Destroyer
Annelies Monseré | Helder
Scout Niblett | Kidnapped By Neptune
Sigur Ros | Takk
Sufjan Stevens | Illinois
Wolf Parade | Apologies To The Queen Mary

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
Can | Future Days
Bob Dylan | No Direction Home
Grateful Dead | Fillmore West, 1969
Stooges | Fun House
Yo La Tengo | Prisoners of Love


Jeff Bell (in alphabetical order)
Bell Orchestre | Recording a Tape the Colour of the Light
Calexico / Iron & Wine | In The Reins
Carissa's Wierd | I Before E
Dolorean | Violence In Snowy Fields
Ida | Heart Like A River
Norfolk & Western | If I Were Born Overseas
Brian Michael Roff & the Deer | Inventory
Sigur Ros | Takk
Rosie Thomas | If Songs Could Be Held
Yo La Tengo | Prisoners of Love


Paul Brill
1. Andrew Bird | The Mysterious Production of Eggs
2. M. Ward | Transistor Radio
3. MIA | Arular
4. Isolée | We Are Monster
5. Pajo | Pajo
6. Deadbeat | New World Observer
7. Akron/Family | Akron/Family
8. Fiery Furnaces | EP
9. The Books | Lost and Safe
10. Keren Ann | Nolita


Christopher Browning
1. Richard Hawley | Cole's Corner
2. Sufjan Stevens | Illinois
3. The Lucksmiths | Warmer Corners
4. Damon and Naomi | The Earth is Blue
5. Songs of Green Pheasant | s/t
6. Kate Bush | Aerial  
7. The Bats | At the National Grid
8. Denison Witmer | Are You a Dreamer?
9. Half Man Half Biscuit | Achtung Bono  
10. The Clientele | Strange Geometry

- Various Artists compilation -
Welsh Rare Beat 1
The Sounds of Monsterism Island: Volume One


Jeff Cotton (in alphabetical order)
Fiona Apple | Extraordinary Machine
Arcade Fire | Funeral
Andrew Bird | The Mysterious Production of Eggs
Elbow | Leaders of the Free World
Kingsbury Manx | The Fast Rise and Fall of the South
Minus the Bear | Menos El Oso
Nada Surf | The Weight is a Gift
Nickel Creek | Why Should the Fire Die?
Sufjan Stevens | Illinois
Maria Taylor | 11:11

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
Talking Heads | Brick


Mick Dillingham
1. Eels | Blinking Lights and Other Revelations
2. Michael Penn | Mr. Hollywood Jr. 1947
3. Winterpills | s/t
4. Gus Black | Autumn Days
5. Switchfoot | Nothing is Sound
6. Wilco | Kicking Television
7. The Pillbugs | Happy Birthday
8. Jon Brion | I Love Huckabees (OST)
9. Aimee Mann | The Forgotten Arm
10. Sufjan Stevens | Illinois

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
Yes | The Word is Live
The Merry-Go-Round | Complete


Brian Doherty
1. The Mountain Goats | The Sunset Tree
2. Death Cab for Cutie | Plans
3. Jandek | Glasgow Sunday
4. Low | The Great Destroyer
5. Rilo Kiley | More Adventurous
6. Iron and Wine and Calexico | In the Reins
7. Bright Eyes | Digital Ash in a Digital Urn
8. The New Pornographers | Twin Cinema
9. Decemberists | Picaresque
10. My Morning Jacket | Z

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
Yo La Tengo | Prisoners of Love
Bob Dylan | No Direction Home (Bootleg Series Vol. 7)


Matt Dornan (in alphabetical order)
The American Analog Set | Set Free
Fiona Apple | Extraordinary Machine
BC Camplight | Hide, Run Away
Aimee Mann | The Forgotten Arm
matt pond PA | Several Arrows Later
Mark Mulcahy | In Pursuit of Your Happiness
The New Pornographers | Twin Cinema
Archer Prewitt | Wilderness
Rogue Wave | Descended Like Vultures
Teenage Fanclub | Man Made

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
Bruce Springsteen | Born To Run 30th Anniversary Edition
Yes | The Word Is Live
Sloan | A Sides Win

- Various Artists compilation -
Stubbs The Zombie OST


Tjeerd van Erve
1. 65daysofstatic | One Time For All Time
2. Antony & The Johnsons - I Am A Bird Now
2. Andrew Bird | The Mysterious Production of Eggs
2. Early Day Miners | All Harm Ends Here
2. Efterklang | Tripper
2. Hood | Outside Closer
2. Murcof | Remembranza
2. Sleater-Kinney | The Woods
2. Matt Sweeney & Bonnie Prince Billy | Superwolf
2. Windsor for the Derby | We Fight Till Death

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
Lali Puna - I Thought I Was Over That

- Various Artists compilation -
Everything Comes & Goes : Tribute to Black Sabbath


Jon Falcone
And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead | Worlds Apart
Animal Collective | Feels
Brakes | Give Blood
Gogol Bordello | Gypsy Punks (Underdog World Strike)
Mice Parade -|Bem-Vinda Vontade
Sam Prekop | Whos Your New Professor
Sleater Kinney | The Woods
Aoki Takamasa & Tujiko Noriko | 28
The Tenderfoot | Save the Year
Neil Young | Prarie Wind

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
Sonic Youth | Goo

- Various Artists compilation -
Public Broadcast Service 7 (Smalltown America)


Erik Fossen
1. Laura Veirs | Year of Meteors
2. The Arcade Fire | Funeral
3. The Magic Numbers | s/t
4. Teenage Fanclub | Man-Made
5. Josh Rouse | Nashville
6. The Clientele | Strange Geometry
7. Sgt. Petter | Monkey Tonk Matters
8. Rilo Kiley | More Adventurous
9. My Morning Jacket | Z
10. The National | Alligator

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
The Band | A Musical History

- Various Artists compilation -
Children of Nuggets


Joe Handford (in alphabetical order)
Peter Bruntnell | Ghost in a Spitfire
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | s/t
Bill Janovitz & Crown Victoria | Fireworks on TV!
Low | The Great Destroyer
Mark Mulcahy | In Pursuit of your Happiness
Pajo | Pajo
Archer Prewitt | Wilderness
Silver Jews | Tanglewood Numbers
Son Volt | Okemah and the Melody of Riot
Steve Wynn & The Miracle 3 | ...tick...tick...tick

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
Neutral Milk Hotel | In the Aeroplane Over the Sea

- Various Artists compilation -
Comes With A Smile Volume 15: Gloved Hands in a Squeeze


James William Hindle
1. Currituck Co. | Sleepwalks in the Garden of the Deadroom
2. Feathers | Feathers
3. Annie Hayden | The Enemy of Love
4. Devendra Banhart | Cripple Crow
5. Smog | A River Ain't Too Much To Love
6. Antony & The Johnsons | I Am A Bird Now
7. Vashti Bunyan | Lookaftering
8. Currituck Co. | Ghost Man on Second
9. Bonnie Prince Billy and Matt Sweeney | Superwolf 8
10. Espers | The Weed Tree

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
Gary Higgins | Red Hash
Bill Fay | Bill Fay

- Various Artists compilation -
Bread, Beard & Bear's Prayers  


Mark Hogg (in alphabetical order)
Arcade Fire | Funeral
Christopher Bissonnette | Periphery
Elbow | Leaders Of The Free World
José González | Veneer
Low | The Great Destroyer
Brian McBride | When The Detail Lost Its Freedom
Murcof | Remembranza
Port-Royal | Flares
Sigur Rós | Takk
Sufjan Stevens | Illinois

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
William Basin ski | The River
The Fall | Peel Sessions
Kraftwerk | Maximum Minimum


Chris Horkan (in alphabetical order)
The Arcade Fire | Funeral
Devendra Banhart | Cripple Crow
Broadcast | Tender Buttons
Eels I Blinking Lights & Other Revelations
Herman Dune | Not On Top
King Creosote | KC Rules OK
M. Ward | Transistor Radio
The Montgolfier Brothers | All My Bad Thoughts
Sigur Rós | Takk
Sufjan Stevens | Illinois

- Reissue/Single Artist Compilation -
Belle & Sebastian | Push Barman to Open Old Wounds
Explosions In The Sky | How Strange Innocence
Stereolab | Oscillons from the Anti-Sun


Leigh Kelsey
1. Jason Anderson | The Wreath
2. Death Cab for Cutie | Plans
3. The Lucksmiths | Warmer Corners
4. Hood | Outside Closer
5. Super Furry Animals | Love Kraft
6. The Hold Steady | Separation Sunday
7. M83 | Before the Dawn Heals Us
8. Worksop | The Understanding
9. Damien Jurado | On My Way to Absence
10. The American Analog Set | Set Free

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
The Field Mice | For Keeps
Orange Juice | Glasgow School

- Various Artists compilation -
A House Full of Friends


David Love
1. Gorillaz | Demon Days
2. King Creosote | KC Rules OK
3. The Clientele | Strange Geometry
4. James William Hindle | Town Feeling
5. Lucky Luke | Patrick The Survivor
6. Magnetophone | The Man Who Ate The Man
7. Fruit Bats | Spelled in Bones
8. King Creosote/Lucky Luke/South Downs/Immigrant | The Whisper EP
9. Michael Gira | I Am Singing To You From My Room
10. Espers | s/t

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
The Lilac Time | Astronauts


Stephen McEntee (in alphabetical order)
Birdie | Morning Kills The Dark
The Boy Least Likely To | The Best Party Ever
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | s/t
Clor | s/t
The Diskettes | Weeknights at Island View Beach
matt pond PA | Several Arrows Later
Saxon Shore | The Exquisite Death of Saxon Shore
Sufjan Stevens | Illinois
M. Ward | Transistor Radio
Denison Witmer | Are You A Dreamer?

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
Jens Lekman | "Oh you're so silent Jens"


Leo Meijer (in alphabetical order)
Antony & The Johnsons | I Am A Bird Now
Coco Rosie | Noah's Ark
Earlies | These Were the Earlies
El Camino | At Jenny Richee
Sage Francis | A Healthy Distrust
Low | The Great Destroyer
Alasdair Roberts | No Earthly Man
Silver Jews | Tanglewood Numbers
Sin Fopas | Fire Prizes
Tunng | Mother's Daughter


Bill Miller
1. Jim Yoshii Pile Up | Picks Us Apart
2. Low | The Great Destroyer
3. Pernice Brothers | Discover a Lovelier You
4. Elbow | Leaders of the Free World
5. My Morning Jacket | Z
6. Death Cab for Cutie | Plans
7. The American Analog Set | Set Free
8. Mercury Rev | The Secret Migration
9. The National | Alligator
10. Editors | The Back Room


Moondog (in alphabetical order)
Arcade Fire | Funeral
Ronnie Artur and His Orkestrio | Get This!
Vic Chesnutt | Ghetto Bells
Flophouse Jr. | Houseboat
Great Aunt Ida | Our Fall
Immaculate Machine | Ones and Zeros
Tolan McNeil | There Will Always Be Another Salesman
The New Pornographers | Twin Cinema
Herald Nix | Soul of a Kiss
The Violet Archers | The End of Part One


Sindre Ness
1. Antony & the Johnsons | I Am A Bird Now
2. Ryan Adams | Jacksonville City Nights
3. Geoff Berner | Whiskey Rabbi
4. My Midnight Creeps | MMC
5. Serena Maneesh | s/t
6. Sons and Daughters | The Repulsion Box
7. Adjágas | s/t
8. Richard Hawley | Cole's Corner
9. Baby shambles | Down in Albion
10. Joakim Thåström - Skebokvarnsv. 209

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
Violent Femmes | Permanent Record
Bruce Springs teen | Born to Run (30th anniversary)


Jane Oriel
1. Viarosa | Where The Killers Run
2. Acoustic Ladyland | Last Chance Disco
3. Arab Strap | The Last Romance
4. Ryan Adams | 29
5. Lilium | Short Stories
6. Rufus Wainwright | Want Two
7. Ryan Adams | Cold Roses
8. Christopher Rees | Alone On A Mountain Top (Ty Bach Twt sessions)
9. Magnolia Electric Co. | What Comes After The Blues
10. Richmond Fontaine | The Fitzgerald


Laurent Orseau
1. Smog | A River Ain't Too Much To Love
2. Half Asleep | Just Before We Learned To Swim & (We Are Now) Seated In Profile
3. Devendra Banhart | Cripple Crow
4. José González | Veneer
5. CocoRosie | Noah's Ark
6. Mi And L'Au | s/t
7. Jack Rose | Kensington Blues
8. Anamude | Pentimento
9. Charlie Parr | Rooster
10. Norfolk & Western | If You Were Born Overseas

- Various Artists compilation -
American Primitive Vol. 2 -- Pre-War Revenants (1897 - 1939)

Chris Pusinelli
1. Okkervil River | Black Sheep Boy
2. Sufjan Stevens | Illinois
3. M. Ward | Transistor Radio
4. Bright Eyes | I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
5. Iron & Wine/Calexico | In The Reins
6. Clap Your Hands Say Yeah | s/t
7. Norfolk & Western | If You Were Born Overseas
8. The Decembrists | Picaresque
9. The National | Alligator
10. Andrew Bird | The Mysterious Production of Eggs


Stephen Ridley
1. The Cardigans | Super Extra Gravity
2. Pernice Brothers | Discover A Lovelier You
3. Rogue Wave | Descended Like Vultures
4. Lucinda Williams | Live At the Fillmore
5. Teenage Fanclub | Man-Made
6. Beck | Guero
7. Josh Rouse | Nashville
8. E.S.T | Viaticum
9. Low | The Great Destroyer
10. Alberto Iglesias | The Constant Gardener OST

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
Donovan | Sunshine Superman

- Various Artists compilation -
Strangely Strange But Oddly Normal


Ali Safavi
1. Saul Williams | s/t
2. 65daysofstatic | One Time For All Time
3. Your Code Name Is: Milo | Ignoto
4. Low | Great Destroyer
5. José González | Veneer
6. Boards Of Canada | Campfire Headphase
7. Elbow | Leaders Of The Free World
8. Matt Elliott | Drinking Songs
9. Jeniferever | Iris
10. Oceansize | Everyone Into Position

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
At The Drive-In | Anthology
Stereolab | Oscillons From The Anti-Sun
Toots & The Maytals | Roots Reggae
Deftones | B/Sides & Rarities

- Various Artists compilation -
Comes With A Smile Vol 14: Words Worn Down To Nothing
Check The Water: 10 Years Of Leaf Label


Mark Spall (in alphabetical order)
Andrew Bird | The Mysterious Production of Eggs
Death Cab For Cutie | Plans
The Kingsbury Manx | The Fast Fall & Rise of the South
The Lucksmiths | Warmer Corners
matt pond PA | Several Arrows Later
The Mountain Goats | The Sunset Tree
The National | Alligator
Radar Bros. | The Fallen Leaf Pages
Rogue Wave | Descended Like Vultures
The Tenderfoot | Save The Year


Adrian Pannett (in alphabetical order)
The Arcade Fire | Funeral
Devendra Banhart | Cripple Crow
The Decembrists | Picaresque
Iron & Wine | Woman King
Jeff Parker | The Relatives
Mark Mulcahy | In Pursuit of Your Happiness
Piano Magic | Disaffected
Saint Joan | One At Twilight
Kevin Tihista | Home Demons Vol. 1
Sufjan Stevens | Illinois

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
Stereo lab | Oscillons From The Anti-Sun
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | B-Sides & Rarities
Luke Haines & The Auteurs | Luke Haines Is Dead
The Fall | Hex Enduction Hour

- Various Artists compilation -
Comes With A Smile Vol. 15: Gloved Hands In A Squeeze


Stav Sherez
1. Richmond Fontaine | Richmond Fontaine
2. Tom Russell | Hotwalker
3. Fiery Furnaces | Rehearsing My Choir
4. Ryan Adams | Jacksonville City Nights
5. Silver Jews | Tanglewood Numbers
6. Ryan Adams | 29
7. Omar Rodriguez | s/t
8. The Wedding Present | Take Fountain
9. Eels | Blinking Lights & Other Revelations
10. Ryan Adams | Cold Roses


Andy Slocombe
1. Low | The Great Destroyer
2. Broadcast | Tender Buttons
3. Emiliana Torrini | Fisherman's Woman
4. Richard Hawley | Coles Corner
5. José González | Veneer
6. Antony & The Johnsons | I Am A Bird Now
7. Lunz | Reinterpretations
8. Matt Elliott | Drinking Songs
9. Vitalic | OK Cowboy
10. Arcade Fire | Funeral

- Reissue/Single Artist compilation -
Luke Haines & The Auteurs | Luke Haines is Dead


John Stacey (in alphabetical order)
Ambulance Ltd | Ambulance Ltd
Devendra Banhart | Cripple Crow
Clem Snide | End of Love
Fruit Bats | Spelled In Bones
Magnolia Electric Co. | What Came After The Blues
Chris Mills | The Wall To Wall Sessions
Snow & Voices | Snow & Voices
Sufjan Stevens | Illinois
Gina Villalobos | Rock & Roll Pony
Danny George Wilson | The Famous Mad Mile  


Hannah Stephenson
1. Andrew Bird | The Mysterious Production of Eggs
2. Damien Jurado | On My Way to Absence
3. Sufjan Stevens | Illinois
4. Lucinda Williams | Live at the Fillmore
5. M. Ward | Transistor Radio
6. Scout Niblett | Kidnapped by Neptune
7. The White Stripes | Get Behind Me Satan
8. Jens Lekman | Oh You're So Silent, Jens
9. Richard Swift | Vol 1: The Novelist and Walking Without Effort
10. P:ano | Ghost Pirates Without Heads

- Various Artists compilation -
This Bird Has Flown: A 40th Anniversary Tribute to the Beatles' Rubber Soul


Doug Thomas (in alphabetical order)
Ambulance Ltd. | s/t
American Analog Set | Set Free
Howie Beck | s/t
Death Cab For Cutie | Plans
Paula Frazer | Leave the Sad Things Behind
The Magic Numbers | s/t
Pernice Brothers | Discover a Lovelier You
Josh Rouse | Nashville
Sufjan Stevens | Illinois
Neil Young | Prairie Wind


Matt Thorne
1. Scout Niblett | Kidnapped By Neptune
2. Edith Frost | It's a Game
3. Lightning Bolt | Hypermagic Mountain
4. Howling Hex | You Can't Buy Tomorrow
5. Silver Jews | Tanglewood Numbers
6. Fiona Apple | Extraordinary Machine
7. Devendra Banhart | Cripple Crow
8. Smog | A River Ain't Too Much to Love
9. The Fall | Fall Heads Roll
10. Sleater-Kinney | The Woods  

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
Forgotten Foundation | Smog
Shinola Vol. 1 | Ween


Daniel Werner
1. Scout Niblett | Kidnapped By Neptune
2. Broadcast | Tender Buttons
3. Bonnie Prince Billy & Matt Sweeney | Superwolf
4. Smog | A River Ain't Too Much To Love
5. Decembrists | Picaresque
6. The Fall | Fall Heads Roll
7. Piano Magic | Disaffected
8. Editors | The Black Room
9. Grandaddy | Excerpts from the Diary of Todd Zilla
10. Hood | Outside Closer

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
Cocteau Twins | Lullabies To Violaine
King Crimson | Live in Brighton, 1971
The Fall | Peel Sessions
Robert Wyatt | Royal Drury Lane
Andy Partridge | Fuzzy Warbles 5&6


Torbjorn Wickman (in alphabetical order)
Fiona Apple | Extraordinary Machine
Andrew Bird | The Mysterious Production of Eggs
Clem Snide | End of Love
Death Cab For Cutie | Plans
Dave Douglas | Keystone
Eric Matthews | Six Kinds of Passion
Mark Mulcahy | In Pursuit of Your Happiness
Michael Penn | Mr. Hollywood Jr. 1947
Pinetop Seven | The Night's bloom
Sufjan Stevens | Illinoise

- Reissue/Single artist compilation -
Talking Heads | Brick (Box Set)

- Various Artists compilation -
Comes With A Smile Vol.15 : Gloved Hands in a Squeeze


Andy Williamson
1. Sufjan Stevens | Illinois
2. Bright Eyes | I'm Wide Awake It's Morning
3. Sigur Rós I Takk
4. Josh Rouse | Nashville
5. Ryan Adams | Cold Roses
6. Arcade Fire | Funeral
7. Brendan Benson | The Alternative To Love
8. Richmond Fontaine | The Fitzgerald
9. Duke Special | Adventures in Gramophone
10. The Mountain Goats | The Sunset Tree