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In an effort to maintain some level of continuity, each album has been categorized by its year of release in the US or the UK. If an album never receives a US or UK release, it’s given a “five year buffer period” before it becomes eligible the year of its earliest release anywhere in the world. —SCM


  1.   2011 Yearbook Entry

  2.   Zs: New Slaves (2010) 

  3.   James Blackshaw: The Cloud of Unknowing (2007)

  4.   Charalambides: A Vintage Burden (2006)

  5.   J Dilla: Donuts (2006)


  1.   Blackout Beach: Fuck Death

  2.   James Blake: James Blake

  3.   Braids: Native Speaker

  4.   Burial: Street Halo EP

  5.   Destroyer: Kaputt

  6.   Gang Gang Dance: Eye Contact

  7.   Tim Hecker: Ravedeath, 1972

  8.   Humcrush with Sidsel Endresen: Hal

  9.   Jenny Hval: Viscera

  10.   Julianna Barwick: The Magic Place

  11.   Oneohtrix Point Never: Replica

  12.   Shabazz Palaces: Black Up

  13.   St. Vincent: Strange Mercy

  14.   Colin Stetson: New History Warfare, Vol. 2: Judges

  15.   Robag Wruhume: Thora Vukk


  1.   Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Before Today

  2.   Beach House: Teen Dream

  3.   Emeralds: Does It Look Like I’m Here?

  4.   Flying Lotus: Cosmogramma

  5.   Four Tet: There Is Love in You

  6.   Frog Eyes: Paul’s Tomb: A Triumph

  7.   Menomena: Mines

  8.   Nina Nastasia: Outlaster

  9.   Joanna Newsom: Have One On Me

  10.   Oneohtrix Point Never: Returnal

  11.   Swans: My Father Will Guide You Up a Rope to the Sky

  12.   Sharon Van Etten: Epic

  13.   Women: Public Strain

  14.   Yellow Swans: Going Places

  15.   Zs: New Slaves

Decade—2009 - 2000:

01. Radiohead: Kid A

02. Modest Mouse: The Moon & Antarctica

03. Panda Bear: Person Pitch

04. Boredoms: Vision Creation Newsun

05. Sigur Rós: Ágætis byrjun

06. Boards of Canada: Geogaddi

07. The Microphones: The Glow, Pt. 2

08. Fennesz: Endless Summer

09. Black Dice: Beaches & Canyons

10. Liars: Drum’s Not Dead

11. Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennae to the Heavens

12. Burial: Untrue

13. Scott Walker: The Drift

14. Joanna Newsom: Ys

15. Fugazi: The Argument

16. Keith Fullerton Whitman: Playthroughs

17. The Fiery Furnaces: Blueberry Boat

18. Animal Collective: Sung Tongs

19. Supersilent: 8

20. William Basinski: The Disintegration Loops I-IV


  1.   Animal Collective: Merriweather Post Pavilion

  2.   Burial/Four Tet: Moth/Wolf Cub 12”

  3.   Circulatory System: Signal Morning

  4.   Emeralds: What Happened

  5.   Dirty Projectors: Bitte Orca

  6.   The Flaming Lips: Embryonic

  7.   Tim Hecker: An Imaginary Country

  8.   Viviane Houle: Trieze

  9.   Mount Eerie: Wind’s Poem

  10.   Marissa Nadler: Little Hells

  11.   Polvo: In Prism

  12.   OOIOO: Armonico Hewa

  13.   Sunn O))): Monoliths & Dimensions

  14.   A Sunny Day in Glasgow: Ashes Grammar

  15.   Sunset Rubdown: Dragonslayer


  1.   Fennesz: Black Sea

  2.   Flying Lotus: Los Angeles

  3.   Fuck Buttons: Street Horrrsing

  4.   Gang Gang Dance: Saint Dymphna

  5.   Grouper: Dragging a Dead Deer Up a Hill

  6.   Lindstrøm: Where You Go I Go Too

  7.   Paavoharju: Laulu Laakson Kukista

  8.   Portishead: Third

  9.   Subtle: ExitingARM

  10.   Max Tundra: Parallax Error Beheads You

  11.   Chad VanGaalen: Soft Airplane

  12.   The Walkmen: You & Me

  13.   WHY?: Alopecia

  14.   Wolf Parade: At Mount Zoomer

  15.   Women: Women


  1.   Animal Collective: Strawberry Jam

  2.   Battles: Mirrored

  3.   James Blackshaw: The Cloud of Unknowing

  4.   Burial: Untrue

  5.   Deerhunter: Cryptograms

  6.   The Field: From Here We Go Sublime

  7.   Frog Eyes: Tears of the Valedictorian

  8.   Kemialliset Ystävät: Kemialliset Ystävät

  9.   Nina Nastasia & Jim White: You Follow Me

  10.   Panda Bear: Person Pitch

  11.   Pantha du Prince: This Bliss

  12.   Jessica Rylan: Interior Designs

  13.   Shining: Grindstone

  14.   Stars of the Lid: And Their Refinement of...

  15.   Supersilent: 8


  1.   Califone: Roots and Crowns

  2.   Charalambides: A Vintage Burden

  3.   Destroyer: Destroyer’s Rubies

  4.   Tim Hecker: Harmony in Ultraviolet

  5.   J Dilla: Donuts

  6.   The Knife: Silent Shout

  7.   Liars: Drum’s Not Dead

  8.   Mission of Burma: The Obliterati

  9.   Joanna Newsom: Ys

  10.   OOIOO: Taiga

  11.   Subtle: For Hero: For Fool

  12.   Sunset Rubdown: Shut Up I am Dreaming

  13.   TV on the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain

  14.   Scott Walker: The Drift

  15.   Keith Fullerton Whitman: Lisbon


  1.   Akron/Family: Akron/Family

  2.   Animal Collective: Feels

  3.   Antony and the Johnsons: I Am a Bird Now

  4.   Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy: Superwolf

  5.   David Thomas Broughton: The Complete Guide to Insufficiency

  6.   Deerhoof: The Runners Four

  7.   Eluvium: Talk Amongst the Trees

  8.   The Mountain Goats: The Sunset Tree

  9.   Orthrelm: OV

  10.   Paavoharju: Yhä Hämärää

  11.   Sufjan Stevens: Illinois

  12.   Sunn O))): Black One

  13.   Chad VanGaalen: Infiniheart

  14.   Keith Fullerton Whitman: Multiples

  15.   Wolf Parade: Apologies to the Queen Mary


  1.   Animal Collective: Sung Tongs

  2.   Devendra Banhart: Rejoicing in the Hands

  3.   Björk: Medulla

  4.   Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds: Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus

  5.   Charalambides: Joy Shapes

  6.   Excepter: KA

  7.   Fennesz: Venice

  8.   The Fiery Furnaces: Blueberry Boat

  9.   Iron & Wine: Our Endless Numbered Days

  10.   Magma: KA

  11.   Mirah: C’mon Miracle

  12.   Joanna Newsom: The Milk-Eyed Mender

  13.   Zeena Parkins & Ikue Mori: Phantom Orchard

  14.   The Walkmen: Bows + Arrows

  15.   Xiu Xiu: Fabulous Muscles


  1.   Ellen Allien: Berlinette

  2.   Animal Collective: Here Comes the Indian

  3.   William Basinski: The Disintegration Loops I-IV

  4.   The Books: The Lemon of Pink

  5.   Broken Social Scene: You Forgot It in People

  6.   Califone: Quicksand/Cradlesnakes

  7.   Cat Power: You Are Free

  8.   Deerhoof: Apple O’

  9.   The Exploding Hearts: Guitar Romantic

  10.   Lightning Bolt: Wonderful Rainbow

  11.   Manitoba: Up in Flames

  12.   Menomena: I am the Fun Blame Monster

  13.   Mu: Afro Finger & Gel

  14.   The Shins: Chutes Too Narrow

  15.   The Wrens: The Meadowlands


  1.   Black Dice: Beaches & Canyons

  2.   Boards of Canada: Geogaddi

  3.   The Books: Thought for Food

  4.   Deerhoof: Reveille

  5.   The Fire Show: Saint the Fire Show

  6.   Interpol: Turn On the Bright Lights

  7.   Liars: They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument On Top

  8.   Mclusky: Do Dallas

  9.   The Notwist: Neon Golden

  10.   Sleater-Kinney: One Beat

  11.   Songs: Ohia: Didn’t It Rain

  12.   Sonic Youth: Murray Street

  13.   Max Tundra: Mastered by Guy at the Exchange

  14.   Keith Fullerton Whitman: Playthroughs

  15.   Wilco: Yankee Hotel Foxtrot


  1.   Circulatory System: Circulatory System

  2. Constantines: Constantines

  3.   Destroyer: Streethawk: A Seducation

  4.   The Dismemberment Plan: Change

  5.   Fennesz: Endless Summer

  6.   Fugazi: The Argument

  7.   Tim Hecker: Haunt Me, Haunt Me, Do It Again

  8.   Herbert: Bodily Functions

  9.   Life Without Buildings: Any Other City

  10.   The Microphones: The Glow, Pt. 2

  11.   Radiohead: Amnesiac

  12.   Stars of the Lid: The Tired Sounds of...

  13.   The Strokes: Is This It

  14.   Ted Leo & the Pharmacists: The Tyranny of Distance

  15.   Unwound: Leaves Turn Inside You


  1.   The Avalanches: Since I Left You

  2.   Boredoms: Vision Creation Newsun

  3.   Clinic: Internal Wrangler

  4.   Enon: Believo!

  5.   Gas: Pop

  6.   Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennae to the Heavens

  7.   Les Savy Fav: Rome (Upside Down) EP

  8.   The Microphones: It Was Hot, We Stayed in the Water

  9.   Modest Mouse: The Moon & Antarctica

  10.   The New Pornographers: Mass Romantic

  11.   Radiohead: Kid A

  12.   Sigur Rós: Ágætis byrjun

  13.   Sleater-Kinney: All Hands On the Bad One

  14.   Smog: Dongs of Sevotion

  15.   Yo La Tengo: And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out


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