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1 The Weather Station – Loyalty (Paradise Of Bachelors)

2 Townes Van Zandt – The Nashville Sessions (Charly)

3 Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band – Velvets In The Dark/Koala Bears (Violette)

4 Bonnie Stillwatter – The Devil Is People (Temporary Residence)


5 Leon Bridges – Lisa Sawyer (Columbia)

6 Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love (Jagjaguwar)

7 10,000 Maniacs – Twice Told Tales (Cleopatra)

8 Gnod – Infinity Machines (Rocket)

9 Daniel Bachman – River (Three-Lobed)

10 Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress (Constellation)

11 Gong – Camembert Electrique (Actuel/Charly)

12 Mbongwana Star – From Kinshasa (World Circuit)


14 Sun Kil Moon – Ali/Spinks 2 (Caldo Verde)

15 Tav Falco & Panther Burns – Hip Flask: An Introduction To Tav Falco & Panther Burns (Frinzy)

16 Booker T & The MGs – Hip Hug Her/Doin’ Our Thing (Rhino)

17 Thee Oh Sees – Mutilator Defeated At Last (Castle Face)

18 Procol Harum – Shine On Brightly (Regal Zonophone)

19 My Morning Jacket – The Waterfall (ATO)

20 Blanck Mass – Dumb Flesh (Sacred Bones)

21 Holly Herndon – Platform (4AD)

22 Rob St John – Surface Tension (Surface Tension)

23 Thurston Moore?John Moloney – Full Bleed (Northern Spy)

24 Vince Matthews & Jim Casey – The Kingston Springs Suite (Delmore Recordings)

25 Matthew E White – Fresh Blood (Domino)

26 Danny Kroha – Angels Watching Over Me (Third Man0

27 Todd Rundgren/ Emil Nikolaisen/Hans-Peter Lindstrøm – Runddans. (Smalltown Supersound.)

28 Jimmy Page – Soundtracks (Jimmy Page Productions)

29 Terakaft – Alone (Outhere)


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