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Dedicated to "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott, 1966-2004

And so here is my top 10 of 2004:

01. Nellie McKay - Get Away From Me (Columbia)

02. Drive-By Truckers - The Dirty South (New West)
03. Ted Leo & The Pharmacists - Shake the Sheets (Lookout)
04. Rogue Wave - Out of the Shadow (Sub Pop)
05. Smoosh - She Like Electric (Pattern 25)
06. Green Day - American Idiot (Reprise)
07. The Go! Team - Thunder, Lightning, Strike (Memphis Industries)
08. Mastodon - Leviathan (Relapse)
09. Brian Wilson - SMiLE (Nonesuch)
10. Death From Above 1979 - You're a Woman, I'm a Machine (Last Gang/Vice)

Next 25 (not in any order):

Sonic Youth - Sonic Nurse (Geffen)
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti 2 - Doldrums (Paw Tracks)
Courtney Love - America's Sweetheart (Virgin)
David Cross - It's Not Funny (Sub Pop)
The Futureheads - s/t (Sire)
Neko Case - The Tigers Have Spoken (Anti-)
Franz Ferdinand - s/t (Epic)
Loretta Lynn (+ Jack White) - Van Lear Rose (Interscope)
Tegan and Sara - So Jealous (Vapor)
The Ditty Bops - s/t (Warner Brothers)
Avril Lavigne - Under My Skin (Arista)
A.C. Newman - The Slow Wonder (Matador)
Dungen - Ta Det Lugnt (Subliminal Sounds)
Visqueen - Sunset on Dateland (Blue Disguise)
Dogs Die in Hot Cars - Please Describe Yourself (V2)
Guided By Voices - Half Smiles of the Decomposed (Matdor)
Modest Mouse - Good News for People Who Love Bad News (Epic)
Saturday Looks Good To Me - Every Night (Polyvinyl)
Scissor Sisters - s/t (Universal)
Rilo Kiley - More Adventurous (Brute/Breate)
The Fountaine Toups - TFT (Teenbeat)
Fiery Furnaces - Blueberry Boat (Rough Trade)
A Girl Called Eddy - s/t (Anti-)
Joanna Newsom - The Milk-Eyed Mender (Drag City)
Interpol - Antics (Matador)

Next 50 (not in any order):

The Arcade Fire - Funeral (Merge)
Elliot Smith - From a Basement on the Hill (Anti-)
Patton Oswalt - Feelin' Kinda Patton (United Musicians)
Probot - s/t (Southern Lord)
Mirah - C'mon Miracle (K)
Keren Ann - Not Going Anywhere (Blue Note)
Tift Merritt - Tambourine (Lost Highway)
The Cinema Eye - Some Nerve (Sound Virus)
Mark Lanegan - Bubblegum (Beggars Banquet)
Viva Voce - The Heat Can Melt Your Brain (Minty Fresh)
Carina Round - The Disconnection (Interscope)
Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter - Oh, My Girl (Barsuk)
The Like Young - So Serious (Parasol)
Killswitch Engage - The End of Heartache (Roadrunner)
Le Tigre - This Island (Strummer/Universal)
Auf der Maur - s/t (Capitol)
The Magnetic Fields - i (Nonesuch)
Lansing-Dreiden - The Incomplete Triangle (Kemado)
The Walkmen - Bows + Arrows (Record Collection)
The Elected - Me First (Sub Pop)
Iron & Wine - Our Endless Numbered Days (Sub Pop)
PJ Harvey - Uh Huh Her (Island)
Architecture in Helsinki - Fingers Crossed (Bar-None)
Jolie Holland - Escondida (Anti-)
Phantom Planet - s/t (Epic/Daylight)
TV on the Radio - Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes (Touch & Go)
Secret Machines - Now Here is Nowhere (Reprise)
Shadows Falls - The War Within (Century Media)
Sufjan Stevens - Seven Swans (Sounds Familyre)
Lamb of God - Ashes of the Wake (Epic)
Sondre Lerche - Two Way Monologue (Astralwerks)
Sahara Hotnights - Kiss and Tell (RCA)
REM - Around the Sun (Warner Brothers)
Ben Kweller - On My Way (ATO/RCA)
Sparta - Porcelain (Geffen)
Tilly and the Wall - Wild Like Children (Team Love)
S - Puking and Crying (Suicide Squeeze)
The Thermals - Fuckin' A (Sub Pop)
The Casual Dots - s/t (Kill Rock Stars)
Q And Not U - Power (Dischord)
Mission of Burma - ONoffON (Matador)
Robert Pollard - Fiction Man (Fading Captain)
Wilco - A Ghost is Born (Nonesuch)
Comets on Fire - Blue Cathedral (Sub Pop)
Laura Veirs - Carbon Glacier (Nonesuch)
Travis Morrison - Travistan (Barsuk)
Grant-Lee Phillips - Virginia Creeper (Zoe)
The Killers - Hot Fuss (Island)
Bjork - Medulla (Elektra)
Annie - Anniemal (679)
Marissa Nadler - Ballads of Living and Dying (Eclipse)


Mates of State - All Day (Polyvinyl)
50 Foot Wave - s/t (4AD)
Jucifer - War Bird (Velocette)

Best Re-issues/Compilations:

Nirvana - With the Lights Out (Geffen)
Pavement - Crooked Rain Crooked Rain: L.A.'s Desert Origins (Matador)
Left of the Dial: Dispatches from the 80's Underground (Rhino)
Weezer - s/t (aka Blue): Deluxe Edition (Geffen)
Bob Dylan - The Bootleg Series Vol. 6, Live 1964 (Columbia/Legacy)
Old Enough To Know Better: 15 Years of Merge Records (Merge)
Saint Etienne - Travel Edition 1990-2005 (Sub Pop)
Freaks and Geeks - Original Soundtrack and Score (Shout! Factory)
Fastbacks - Truth, Corrosion and Sour Bisquits (Book)
The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou - Original Soundtrack (Hollywood)

Best Discovery of an Older Release:

K. McCarty - Dead Dog's Eyeball: The Songs of Daniel Johnston (1992, Bar/None)

Top 3 Singles:

Kelly Clarkson - "Since U Been Gone" (RCA)
David Brent - "If You Don't Know Me By Now" (Juxtaposition)
Borat Sagdiyev - "Throw the Jew Down the Well" (aired on HBO; clips here)