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Down to One Hoodlum

Friday, October 12th, 2012

“Have you ever thought about opening a record store?”\n\n“Uh, ambulance site not really.”\n\nThe question was posed by the Assistant Director of Arizona State University’s Student Union, recipe and although I had been managing record stores for over ten years, cure my answer was truthful.\n\n“Well,” he said, “The store that is in here now is leaving suddenly, and we’re going to need to find a new tenant.  We’d like it to be another record store.”\n\nWhile my initial response had been truthful, my situation had changed drastically over the past week: A week prior, my wife and I didn’t have any kids, and I had a good job.  A week later, I sat in my living room holding our newborn son… without a job at all.  I was what you might call desperate.\n\nSo the rest of my response went like this: “… but I’m going to start thinking about it now.”\n\nCan’t Do It By Myself\n\nI hung up the phone and tried to control my already-racing mind.  I had spent a weekend of sheer joy (new kid) and total anxiety (having my position “eliminated”) all at once, and it had been pretty tough to figure out why I was suddenly in such a situation (the no-job part, not the kid part, I knew how I did that).  Perhaps this was the way the universe was taking me.\n\nI have always believed in myself, but I wasn’t exactly sure about opening my own business.  However, if necessity is the mother of invention, she was nagging me to move forward.\n\nBut wow, what a huge task.\n\nThe ASU area was loaded with record stores.  Napster was exploding.  The corporate appliance stores were giving away hit CDs and DVDs for under cost.  More specifically, the current ASU record store had not been doing well (I knew, because it was one of eight stores under my general management just one week earlier).\n\nOne thing I knew for sure: I couldn’t do it alone.\n\nWe’re Gonna Need Another Hoodlum \n\nSo I started thinking about potential partners.  Wow, what a huge thing to think about suddenly.  What a monster relationship.  Who did I know that possessed the talent, drive, and trustworthiness necessary to even have a chance at helping pull off such a task?\n\nLuckily, I had just the guy in mind: Lloyd Hummel, my very good friend and the chief buyer and promotions wonderboy at my now-former employer (that’s Lloyd and I in L.A. meeting B.B. King).\n\n\n\nLloyd and I had worked together for the past six years, at two different employers.  He didn’t just have the characteristics needed, he had them to spare: Intelligent, creative, likeable, innovative, you name it… Lloyd had it.\n\nThe question was would he be interested.  We’d had many conversations about the direction of our current company, and I hoped that he would be.\n\nWhen I approached him about it, to my relief he was instantly ready to go.  We talked about how to approach it in terms of selection and service, and what we felt would be a general business strategy necessary to succeed in such a seasonal environment.  We both had worked closely with the store over the past few years, but we were restrained within the corporate structure of our employer, and we felt like we had some great ideas to make the store fun and profitable.\n\nThen we talked about what it would take in terms of money.\n\nWe didn’t have enough.\n\nBetter Make That Two Hoodlums\n\nWe needed another partner.\n\nAmazingly, we both knew one other guy that was intelligent, hard working, ethical, musically-knowledgeable… and cool to boot: Kristian Luce.\n\nKristian was also working with Lloyd and I at the time (and at our prior employer as well).  He was our friend and we both believed in him.\n\nHowever, we once again faced the question of whether or not he’d be interested.  It was a lot bigger mystery than it had been with Lloyd.\n\n\n\nYou see, Kristian was a laid-back kind of a dude. He did things his own way, and although he was a dependable, efficient worker in every sense of the word, he was a young man who preferred to spend his time following his muses… like the Grateful Dead.\n\nAs his manager in our previous store, I had offered to promote him into management on numerous occasions.  Even though the job meant more money, he had turned me down each time.\n\nIn short, he did things that made him happy, and he was more than happy with his below-the-radar responsibility level.  Lloyd and I were pretty sure he’d pass.\n\nBut we had to ask.  We needed one more partner.\n\nA Key Moment in Hood History\n\n\n\nI remember standing in my garage and proposing the idea to Kristian… essentially waiting to see which direction my own life might be moving.\n\nHe didn’t just like the idea.  He loved it!\n\nIt turns out that Kristian was the only one of us that had ever previously thought about opening a store.  Who knew?\n\nSo we formed a company and submitted our proposal to ASU.  It was accepted on August 17th.  On August 24th, 1998, we opened Hoodlums New and Used Music (that’s the original picture from the New Times article about it).\n\nLucky For Me, We Needed Three Hoodlums\n\nThe store started strong, and it was obvious very early on that although we already had roughly 25 years of collective experience, we had a lot to learn.\n\nIt was also obvious that it was a damn good thing Lloyd and I had needed one more partner.  Kristian, the once “reluctant-about-work-pressure” Deadhead, was a machine.\n\nIt turns out in addition to all the music-biz qualities we had already known about, the kid was super sharp with numbers and financial planning.  We soon scrapped the idea of sharing bookkeeping duties, and our puka-wearing pseudo-accountant, and turned the money matters over to him.\n\nFrom Three Hoods Down to Two\n\nWhile the store continued to grow, it was obvious that it might not be a big enough footprint to support three partners.\n\nHowever, that was OK because our partner Lloyd had grown restless.  He had spent most of his life in the Valley, and he and his lovely wife were ready for a change.  Universal music was ready to give him the opportunity to let his inner label guy out, and he was ready to move on.\n\nWe negotiated a buy-out, wished our old pal the best of luck as he headed off to L.A.… and the next thing you know Hoodlums was just Steve and Kristian.  That was the year 2000.\n\n\n\nTwelve Wild Years\n\nOver the next twelve years, Kristian and I were part of a co-dependent relationship second only to the relationship I have with my wife.  We put every bit of our heart and soul into making Hoodlums a great record store.\n\nWe expanded.  We joined the Coalition of Independent Music Stores.  We broke sales records and we hosted tons of different musicians and artists.  We became part of the ASU community.  We saw flooding.  We were part of a fire.  We closed.\n\n\n\nHoodlums New and Used Music & DVDs became Hoodlums Music and Movies.  We reinvented.  We reopened.  We joined a new community.  We won some awards, made some more money, and made some new friends.  We closed again.\n\nDuring that time, although we always had to maintain a safe distance with respect to the business partnership, we became better friends.  We helped each other through some bad personal times, and celebrated through some great ones.\n\nDown to One Hood\n\nNow, after fourteen years in business together, Kristian has decided to move on.  He’s ready for a change, and it’s the right time to do it.\n\n\n\nHoodlums Music and Movies will give way to something else.  Our little record store will be no more.  Whatever direction the company takes, whatever reinvented entity emerges, I know one thing for sure: I’ll never be able to make up for all of the amazing things my partner brought to the table.\n\nHe worked like a truck.  He came up with some of our greatest ideas.  He drove us, and planned for us, and kept us in line in so many ways.  He allowed me to be my Record Store Geek self (which can occasionally be controversial) in spite of whether or not it was the way he would have done it.  Together, we used the different parts of our different personalities to run a successful business.\n\nI can never thank him enough for helping me live such a great life over the past fourteen years, selling something I believe in with all my heart.\n\n\n\nBack to Just Being Friends\n\nThe record store we built together may have closed its doors, but we’ve got a ton to be proud of, and our friendship will live on.  That’s a beautiful thing.\n\nStay tuned.\n\n 

If Someone Had to be the Last Customer…

Saturday, August 25th, 2012

I managed to keep my emotions in check until the last hour or two.\n\nWhen Ray called from Flagstaff, mind viagra it was about 6:30. He said he wanted to make sure we know that he’s been all over the state shopping at record stores throughout his life… and that we were by far the best he’d ever visited. If you know how deep into music Ray is – then you know that’s some high praise from a confirmed record store geek.\n\nTo our delight and honor, generic cialis purchase we’ve been getting a lot of high praise and feedback in the past five weeks since we announced our \”hibernation\”, and as I’ve said in our videos and emails, it’s means the world to us. But we’ve had tons of work to do, and I’ve been able to thank people and move on without letting the emotion well up.\n\nMaybe it’s because we only had a few hours of business left, and there wasn’t much else we could do to sell product or help customers (since we successfully sold off an enormous amount of our stuff and couldn’t do special orders), but as I started to say \”that means a lot to us\”… I had to stop and take one of those \”slow the emotion\” breaths.\n\nThen came Emma.\n\n\n\nEmma is one of our very best customer-friends (that’s her up there with Andy). She is the youngest of three sisters, all of whom have a passion for music, all of whom have shopped at Hoodlums since our ASU days.\n\nShe applied for a job as a hoodlum back in 2007, and made it to the finalists before we chose Andy (also pictured), the last hired hoodlum standing. The ASU talent pool was deep, and we were always lucky enough to get a ton of qualified applicants, so we told Emma that although she was ultra-qualified (plus she did great on the test), we just didn’t need that many people. We promised we would keep her \”in mind\”, but unfortunately, the danger of interviewing good customers and not hiring them often means they stop shopping at the store, so we figured we may not see her again.\n\nNot Emma. She just kept shopping.\n\nWhen we re-opened (after the M.U. fire) in 2008, there was Emma (along with her sisters, Mimi and Alison) at the grand opening. I asked her if she’s still like to be considered if we eventually hired again, and she responded with an enthusiastic \”yes\”. She showed up for nearly all of our in-stores, our art shows, even the movie screenings (the picture is from our 13th birthday party). Every time I’d ask her if she was still available, hoping we’d grow slowly but surely, and she’d still say \”yes\”.\n\nBut we never hired. While we found a way to pay our bills and make it through the lease, the economy and the industry stayed stagnant, and we just didn’t grow. We found ways to streamline and improve our efficiency, to get creative and cover each other’s vacations and appointments, and we simply didn’t need anyone.\n\nBut Emma kept shopping.\n\nEarlier in my final shift, I had looked up to see Mimi, Emma’s sister (that’s her over there), come through the door. Mimi has been an equally awesome Hoodlums’ supporter, and she had that same \”sorry to hear about your closing\” look that most of our regulars were wearing. We hugged each other, and I told her to stay tuned (like I told so many of you). When I was ringing her up, I asked about Emma. She said she thought she’d be in later.\n\nA hour or so later, in walked Alison (I’m sure there’s an Alison picture somewhere, but I can’t find it), and the scene repeated itself. Same look, same well-wishes, same \”thanks for your amazing support\”.\n\nBut still no Emma.\n\nThen, with less than an hour to go, shortly after Ray had called, in walked Emma.\n\nDon’t get me wrong, it’s not like I didn’t think she’d make it. As I said, she’s a great kid, and she’s been one of our most reliable supporters, so I was prepared to see her. Plus, as I said, I had talked to many customer-friends of equal emotional status to me without losing my composure, so I didn’t think it would be over-emotional.\n\nBut for whatever reason, seeing Emma was about all the ol’ Record Store Geek could take.\n\nI made it through the hug, but I had to head to the backroom so I didn’t lose my composure in front of the customers. Upon discovering my old pal and pseudo-employee, Sari, back there, I had to suck it up big time to keep from out-and-out crying (well, I probably didn’t have to, but my North Dakota upbringing manifests itself in a few macho hang-ups).\n\nIt turns out that even though my outlook is positive, even though both Kristian and I feel like the store did not fail, after putting every bit of my heart and soul into building up \”my baby\”, it was impossible not to be a little bit sad about shutting her down.\n\nEventually, I made it back out to the floor. I was OK from that point on.\n\nSomewhere after 8PM, I put on Paul Pena’s \”New Train\”, the first album played when we opened (see the post Thank God It’s Finally Opening Day) and the final album I wanted to play as we closed (see the Last Song Facebook post from last week) and locked the door. Emma was still in the store.\n\nSo I rang up Emma. Our final customer of the store.\n\nIt could have been anybody that happened to be last.  It could have been any number of classic customers that set me off.  The last day (and the entire run) was filled with so many loyal customers. So many friends. So many tremendous conversations, memories, and relationships. I could write stories about so many of you (and you never know, I just might).\n\nBut someone had to be the final customer.\n\nI’m glad it was Emma.

Ten Great Things About 2011 at Hoodlums

Thursday, January 5th, 2012

Happy New Year to you and your family!  We are looking forward to hanging out and talking music, viagra levitra art, pharmacy medicine and movies with you in 2012.\n\nBut first we wanted to thank you for your part in making 2011 such a great year for us.  Your support feeds our families, and it puts more of your hard-earned spending money back into the community… and to say we appreciate it is beyond an understatement.  Thanks.\n\nWhat was so great about 2011?  There were a huge amount of happy Hood-happenings in 2011, but these are our Top 10 (we love making lists):\n

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  • Celebrating our 13th Birthday in October (10 at ASU, 3 at Tempe Square).
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  • Rejoining our friends (and the best indie record stores in America) in the Coalition of Independent Music Stores.
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  • Achieving our single biggest sales day ever on Record Store Day.
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  • Shattering our weekend record for Black Friday (thanks to Indie Black Friday).
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  • Raising $3,200 for the kids of Broadmor Elementary with our Hoodstock Festival (our second year over $3K).
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  • Being awarded a New Times \”Best of Phoenix\” for our Hoodstock Festival.
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  • Being voted \”Best Record/Music Shop\” in the East Valley Tribune’s Best of East Valley poll
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  • Successfully hosting in-store performances with Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers, Abigail Washburn, and over 25 tremendous local artists.
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  • Tripling our previous year’s sales record for local art sales (almost 300 pieces sold, including our biggest single-artist show with Jeff McDaniel).
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  • Setting a new special order record with over 1,300 special orders filled in 2011 (and not one extra charge).
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\nWe hope your 2011 was equally awesome… and that both of our 2012s will be even better.  Again, our thanks to you.  Steve, Kristian, and the hoodlums at Hoodlums.\n

Andy’s Top 10 of 2011

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

As usual, pills malady when I asked the kid for his Top 10, search buy he came up big.  Not only did he list his favorite albums, sickness but we got his favorite songs, TV shows, and even a revised version of last year’s picks.  Without further adieu, here they are…\n\nFavorite Albums of 2011 \n\n1. Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit – Here We Rest\n\n2. Manchester Orchestra ­­- Simple Math\n\n3. The Horrible Crowes  – Elsie \n\n4. City & Colour – Little Hell\n\n5. Nick 13  – Nick 13 \n\n6. Ryan Adams  – Ashes & Fire\n\n7. Kasey Anderson + The Honkies – Heart Of A Dog\n\n8. Frank Turner – England Keep My Bones\n\n9. Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong\n\n10. Kinch – The Incandenza\n\nTop Songs of 2011\n\n1. Jason Isbell – \”Codeine\”\n\n2. Manchester Orchestra – \”Simple Math\”\n\n3. Ryan Adams – \”Lucky Now\”\n\n4. Jason Isbell + the 400 Unit- \”Stopping By\”\n\n5. Moonshine Matinee – \”Postcards From Salem\”\n\n6. Kasey Anderson + the Honkies – \”Exit Ghost\”\n\n7. Nick 13 – \”Carry My Body Down\”\n\n8. The Horrible Crowes – \”Behold The Hurricane\”\n\n9. Ladylike – \”Cinema Kiss\”\n\n10. Ryan Adams – \”Invisible Riverside\”\n\n11. Dawes – \”Fire Away\”\n\n12. Dead Man Winter – \”Nicotine\”\n\n13. Less Than Jake – \”Life Lived Out Loud\”\n\n14. My Morning Jacket – \”Holding On To Black Metal\”\n\n15. David Bazan – \”Wolves at The Door\”\n\n16. City & Colour – \”Little Hell\”\n\n17. Kinch – \”That’s Just The Mess That  We’re In\”\n\n18. Abigail Washburn – \”Burn Thru\”\n\n19. Big Talk – \”Katzenjammer\”\n\n20. Ben Harper – \”Don’t Give Up On Me Now\”\n\n21. Childish Gambino – \”Firefly\”\n\n22. The Head & The Heart – \”Down In The Valley\”\n\n23. City & Colour – \”Weightless\”\n\n24. Dave Hause – \”Melanin\”\n\n25. Frank Turner – \”Redemption\”\n\n26. Decemberists – \”January Hymn\”\n\n27. Blink-182 – \”Up All Night\”\n\n28. Social Distortion – \”Machine Gun Blues\”\n\n29. Dropkick Murphys – \”Going Out In Style\”\n\n30. Death Cab For Cutie – \”Underneath The Sycamore\”\n\nTV Shows\n\nCommunity\n\nWorkaholics\n\nWilfred\n\nLouie\n\nSouth Park\n\nThe League\n\nTop 10 of 2010 Redux\n\n1.  The Gaslight Anthem – American Slang\n\n2. Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues\n\n3. The National – High Violet \n\n4. Punch Brothers – Antifogmatic\n\n5. Jakob Dylan – Women + Country\n\n6. AM Taxi – We Don’t Stand  A Chance\n\n7. Trampled By Turtles – Palomino\n\n8. Eminem – Recovery\n\n9.  Josh Ritter – So Runs The World Away\n\n10.  Fitz & The Tantrums – Pickin’ Up The Pieces

Kristian’s Top Ten of 2011

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

What do you know?  Kristian has submitted his Top Ten the earliest of all the hoodlums at Hoodlums!\n\nHe won’t add a bunch of rambling like I do, ask prostate but he’s as serious about his Top 10 as anyone, purchase capsule especially because 2011 had so much great music.  The only thing he included beyond the list was the note that it was listed alphabetically.\n\nRYAN ADAMS – ASHES & FIRE\n\nDECEMBERISTS – KING IS DEAD\n\nGOAT RODEO SESSION – THILE/MEYER/MA/DUNCAN\n\nJASON ISBELL – HERE WE REST\n\nSARAH JAROSZ – FOLLOW ME DOWN\n\nLOW ANTHEM – SMART FLESH\n\nNOAM PIKELNEY – BEAT THE DEVIL & CARRY A RAIL\n\nCHRIS THILE & MICHAEL DAVES – SLEEP W/ ONE EYE OPEN\n\nABIGAIL WASHBURN – CITY OF REFUGE\n\nGILLAIN WELCH/DAVID RAWLINGS – HARROW & HARVEST\n\nStay tuned for more Hoodlums lists soon.  Happy Holidays

Reflections on 13 years of Record Store Ownership

Monday, November 28th, 2011

malady viagra and you are invited to our party.\” src\=\”http://www.hoodlumsmusic.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/13th-Birthday-Email-226×300.gif\” alt\=\”\” width\=\”226\” height\=\”300\” />Hoodlums is having our 13th Birthday Party on Saturday, remedy so New Times‘ Jason Woodbury asked me to provide some impressions on thirteen years of Record Store ownership for his Up On The Sun blog.\n\nWow, thumb that’s a big task.  But if you’ve followed Hoodlum’s social media sites, or my little Random Babblings of a Record Store Geek blog, you’ve probably read blogs or seen video explaining \”why I own a record store\”… and you know I’m constantly analyzing my whacky little world… so I’ll give it a shot.\n\nRandom observations and opinions from a Record Store Geek:\n\nIt takes more than one hoodlum to run an indie business in a corporatocracy.  Luckily, my partner Kristian has been here for thirteen years to share the load.  Because I write, tweet, post, and do the marketing, I tend to be the more-visible of the hoods, but anyone who really knows the store knows that Kristian is a music-lovin’ force-of-nature. I could do a whole article on his talents and hard work alone.  I can never thank him enough.   (Big thanks also to Joe, Andy, and the many other hoodlums who make up our Hood Hall of Fame.)\n\nThe rise of digital music has had a far-less negative affect on the music industry than the idiotic decision-making of the record labels. High-prices, customer lawsuits, substandard artist development, corporate-retail subsidies, and a continual overdose of hype have killed off a ton of indie record stores and an entire generation of potential customers.  If the major labels would have embraced digital music, and found a way to monetize it, rather than waiting for Apple to change the rules of the game, the music business would be infinitely more healthy.\n\nI personally think digital-only music is a rip-off.  Although Kristian and I have never been on a crusade to stop illegal downloading, I don’t do it.  So if I want to own a piece of music, I pay for it by buying the CD or the LP/mp3 combo.  I’m a collector.  If I like an album, I want to have it in my collection, and to me \”owning\” a file is like owning air. The music in my iTunes, iPhone, and iPod is an important part of my collection, but that part is about convenience.  I still get the files with a CD, so to me it’s a win-win.  When Hoodlums was on hiatus after the M.U. Fire, I went to the other indie stores to shop, because I need a record store.  Kristian did too.  That’s why we reopened… because we’re not the only ones that feel like this.\n\nNot giving in to the fear of a digital future has allowed us to feed our families for thirteen years.  Thanks, thanks, thanks to each and every person that has spent a cent in our store for making that possible. I still recall our Sony rep warning us about Napster before we started.  Little did he know that Napster was just the tip of the digital iceberg… and yet we are still here.\n\nI wish I could have another conversation with Brad Singer.  Brad was my old boss at Zia; the guy who started it.  As GM, I would go into his office daily and report on the stores, and then he and I would discuss/debate/argue about our ideas for the company.  A lot of our debate centered around my opinion that some of the things he felt most strongly about applied to owning/running one store, but not eight.  His unfortunate passing led to the formation of Hoodlums, and since then, as the co-owner of one store, I have come to understand his feelings a lot better.  I wish I could tell him that, as well how thankful I am for saving me from corporate hell (and a thousand other things).\n\nDownloading has weened the \”lightweight\” music fans out of record stores.  You know, people that just want singles, the ones who \”like the song but don’t know who sings it\”… that sort of music fan.  Don’t get me wrong, we don’t have anything against music lightweights (every good party needs lightweights), in fact we understand.  The labels have falsely inflated album sales for years by not giving them the option to just buy the song, so the new digital world is perfect for them.  If they get turned on and want the album (or they don’t want to download for whatever reason), we’re here to help them, but the majority of the people we serve these days are serious music fans.  Junkies like us.\n\nMost of my fellow record store geeks feel that at this point the economy is tougher to deal with than the industry and technology.  We feel that way too.  Ask almost any other type of shopkeeper, and they’ll tell you how much of a battle it is these days.  The only good side of the sad economy is that the guys in the Ivory Towers (Label bean counters, errr, Presidents) have finally started dropping prices.\n\nI still love music more than any non-human thing on this Earth.  It is my passion. It is a part of my soul and my spirituality. I feel that spreading music to my fellow Earthlings is a very important job, because without it this would be a pretty sad place to live.  I couldn’t sell you cars, or homes, or clothes… because although those things are important, I’m not passionate about them.  But I can sell you music, because I believe in music.  I spread it around when I was younger, so Hoodlums is just a \”business continuation\” of what I was already doing.\n\nI’ll stop there, although I could give you impressions all day (buy me a drink after the birthday party and I’ll answer whatever questions you’ve got).  Thanks again to everyone for your support.\n\nRandom Hood Facts: \n\nSteve/Favorite In-store: Michael Franti and Spearhead (although I was radically hung over from the Bowie show the night before… I loved the album, my 6-year old son was in the front row, and Michael was a free-spirited champ.)\n\nKristian/Favorite in-store: Ben Kweller (playing piano in the store with Jason Schwartzmann of Phantom Planet, making up songs and goofing around)\n\nAndy’s Favorite in-store: Greg Graffin of Bad Religion (hanging with Professor Graffin was super-cool, especially for the store’s biggest BR fan).\n\nMost people in an autograph line at an in-store: Weezer (650 preorders was all we could do in their allotted time)\n\nBiggest single-day sales on a record: Format – Dog Problems (500 copies, all we had, during a street-date in-store performance).\n\nBiggest single sales day: Record Store Day 2011.\n\n \n\n \n\n 

Music 101: Major Label Stupidity

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Nearly every mainstream media article we’ve ever read has attributed the past decade’s loss of over a thousand indie record stores to the rise in digital music. In our opinion, capsule cialis short-sighted, corporate-favoring, customer-be-damned decisions by the the major labels have been a far bigger factor in the demise.\n\nSome things never change… and the poor major label decision-making continues with the new Kanye/Jay-Z release (in this case, exclusivity windows for corporate joints).  As the video says, it’s not like we think things are going to change now… but we got a package in the mail this week that was just too stupid not to mock.  I threw on the glasses and made it \”Music 101\” because I’m a goof.\n\n\n\nTo those of you that have only shopped at our current location, and haven’t heard us speak out on industry issues, a small explanation:\n\nWe used to speak out all the time about crazy industry decisions and policies (some examples are still linked on our press page) .  While our complaints and observations, and those of our fellow outspoken indie friends, often garnered attention and perhaps even slowed down the complete corporate takeover of our industry, they really didn’t stop any of the practices we opposed (inflated list prices, exclusive releases, multiple versions, suing customers, not monetizing file-trading, etc.)\n\nAt the time, we were a member of the Coalition of Independent Music Stores (CIMS), so we were more involved in the industry.  When our ASU store closed, we were no longer in CIMS, so when reopened as a \”coalition-less\” indie, we were sort of \”not in the industry\”.  That was totally fine, because as I said, the industry hadn’t shown any signs of sanity, and we had thrown our hands up in terms of trying to change things.  We figured we’d just do our thing and take care of the customers in the store.\n\nThree years later, we’re back in the Coalition (see the blog for more info).  That puts us back in the industry.  As our industry \”reps\”, our leaders at CIMS made us aware of the Kanye/Jay-Z hilarity, or I’m not sure we’d have even known, to be honest.  Of course, we instantly said we were in agreement with the indie-store letter to the label and artists… but we didn’t have any plans to speak out directly.\n\nThen we got that silly banner in the mail… and I couldn’t contain myself.\n\nHave a great day.\n\nSteve, Kristian, and the hoodlums at Hoodlums\n\nMusic: \”Move on Up\” by Curtis Mayfield.  Available at Hoodlums.

Customer Picks – Best Music of 2010

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

Hey Gang, online help\n\nHere are the Top Ten of 2010 lists that we received from our wonderful, sick creative, opinionated customers.  Just like our Hoodlums’ Staff Picks for 2010, if the list picker numbered ‘em, we left the numbers.  If not, we used bullets.  If our customer wrote comments, we left ‘em.\n

\nWe hope you enjoy looking at ‘em as much as we do.  We certainly do appreciate the participation from each and every one of you… and we absolutely appreciate the tremendous music that we had to choose from in 2010.\n\nCongratulations to Ian Murphy, the winner of a $50 Hoodlums’ Gift Card in our Top 10′s of 2010 Contest.  We’ll start with his Top 10 and then do ‘em in the order they were received.  Please excuse the formatting \”differences\”, but just had to do a straight \”cut and paste\” to save time.  As it is… it took long enough this way.  Oh well, it’s great to get so many, and you live and learn (next year, they’ll ALL be Facebook comments).\n\nIan Murphy\n\n1- Titus Andronicus: \”The Monitor\”\n\n2- The National: \”High Violet\”\n\n3- Sufjan Stevens: \”All Delighted People EP\”\n\n4- Jonsi: \”Go\”\n\n5- Mumford & Sons: \”Sigh No More\”\n\n6- Gaslight Anthem: \”American Slang\”\n\n7- Sufjan Stevens: \”Age of Adz\”\n\n8- The Roots:\”How I Got Over\”\n\n9- Gorillaz: \”Plastic Beach\”\n\n10- Balkan Beat Box: \”Blue Eyed Black Boy\”\n\nKenneth Ballard\n\n1.  Ben Folds/Nick Hornby – Lonely Avenue\n\n2.  Good Old War – Self Titled\n\n3.  Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s – Buzzard\n\n4.  Jonsi – Go\n\n5.  The Black Keys – Brothers\n\n6.  The Coral – Butterfly House\n\n7.  Circa Survie – Blue Sky Noise\n\n8.  Guster – Easy Wonderful\n\n9.  Aqualung – Magnetic North\n\n10.  The Dear Hunter – The Branches EP\n\nDean Ballard\n\n1) Harlem River Blues — Justin Townes Earle\n\n2) Come Around Sundown — Kings of Leon\n\n3) The Big To-Do — Drive-By Truckers\n\n4) You Get What You Give — Zac Brown Band\n\n5) The Guitar Song — Jamey Johnson\n\n6) Sea of Cowards — The Dead Weather\n\n7) Heaven Is Whenever — The Hold Steady\n\n8) Country Music — Willie Nelson\n\n9) The Promise — Bruce Springsteen\n\n10) The Suburbs — Arcade Fire\n\nKerry Ann\n\n10. Gaslight Anthem \”American Slang\”, only thing I don’t like about this album is that I can’t listen to it all at once, it starts to sound poundy and monotonous. As singles, it’s great. They really remind me of the Replacements (but not as good).\n\n9. Florence + the Machine, \”Lungs\”, I agree she sounds like Bjork (who I think is tolerable) and Kate Bush (who I like a lot) and overall, I really like this album. Fun mash up of Florence with Dizzee Rascal (\n\nhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v\=vhCfnw3vlxM)\n\n8 Avett Brothers I and Love and You makes me want to get in the car and drive for a long time by myself, makes me feel twenty years younger. Now I have to go back to the beginning and get Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions\n\n7 Broken Bells: Broken Bells, electronic great beats, different from most other albums on this list. Just picked this up today after trying it out on Pandora ready to get to know it better.\n\n6 Mavis Staples \”You are not Alone\” I don’t like to listen to it in it’s entirety, too much of the same thing but mixed up in playlists it is great. She performed with Jeff Tweedy at the Rally to Restore Sanity.\n\n5 Ryan Bingham and the Dead Horses \”Junky Star\” love the song Hallelujah the best. This is probably not his best album, but I want to learn more about this artist. He is talented and has qualities I love, country, spare, great lyrics, can’t put my finger on it with words but when I listen to Hallelujah the short story journey this song takes me on is unique, very cool and magical.\n\n4. Glee 4: Love Gwyneth Paltrow’s cover of Cee Lo Green, Forget You, it’s still catchy and I can play it around my kids. Love \”one love\” love Glee\n\n3. Kanye My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy listen to it from start to finish, love to hear an album as an album instead of a collection of singles\n\n2. Vampire Weekend: Contra Love this group, love them, love the bits that remind me of Paul Simon, world beat and Talking Heads. Super group. Totally worth the hype.\n\n1. Mumford and Sons \”Sigh No More\” this album has not gotten old. Love it. Play it all the time.\n\nGarrett Neese\n\n1. Titus Andronicus – The Monitor\n\n2. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot … The Son of Chico Dusty\n\n3. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest\n\n4. Roc Marciano – Marcberg\n\n5. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists – The Brutalist Bricks\n\n6. LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening\n\n7. Ty Segall – Melted\n\n8. Marnie Stern – s/t\n\n9. Das Racist – Sit Down, Man\n\n10. Ceo – White Magic\n\nGerald Schoenherr\n\n1 – Grinderman \”2\” LP\n\n2 – Sparklehorse, etc \”Dark Night of the Soul\” LP\n\n3 – Gospel Claws \”C-L-A-W-S\” (full disclosure, I was assistant engineer on this but that doesn’t stop it from being awesome) CD\n\n4 – Neil Young \”Le Noise\” CD\n\n5 – Budos Band \”Cobra (III)\” LP\n\n6 – Sharon Jones & the Dapkings \”I Learned the Hard Way\” LP\n\n7 – Various \”Said I Had a Vision: Songs & Labels of David Lee 1960-1988\” LP\n\n8 – Snake! Snake! Snakes! \”self titled\” (another full disclosure situation) CD\n\n9 – LCD Soundsystem \”This Is Happening\” CD\n\n10 – Boris & Ian Astbury – \”BXI\” CD\n\nZach Mitchell\n\n10. Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More\n\n9. Dr. Dog – Shame, Shame\n\n8. Broken Bells – Broken Bells\n\n7. Bad Books – Bad Books\n\n6. Vampire Weekend – Contra\n\n5. The Avett Brothers – I And Love And You\n\n4. Blitzen Trapper Destroyer of the Void\n\n3. Good Old War – Good Old War\n\n2. 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  • Kanye West \”My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy\”
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  • Best Coast \”Crazy For You\”
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  • Robyn \”Body Talk\”
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  • The Roots \”How I Got Over\”
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  • Black Keys \”Brothers\”
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  • Erykah Badu \”New Amerykah Part Two\”
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  • Bruno Mars \”Doo-Wops and Hooligans\”
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  • Cee Lo Green \”The Lady Killer\”
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\nTop 10 Worst Movies to Willingly Pay Money to See\n

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  • The Last Airbender
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  • Jonah Hex
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  • The Nutcracker 3D
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  • Vampires Suck
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  • Burlesque
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  • Extraordinary Measures
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  • Sex and the City 2
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  • Prince of Persia
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  • Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore
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  3. Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager – Kid Cudi
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  5. Sigh No More- Mumford & Sons
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  7. Have One On Me- Joanna Newsom
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  9. The Suburbs- Arcade Fire
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  11. The Colossus- RJD2
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  13. Habits-Neon Trees
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  15. …Featuring Norah Jones- Many artists
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  17. To The Sea- Jack Johnson
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  19. Transference- Spoon
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10.  Fistful of Mercy \”Fistful of Mercy\”

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9. Drive By Truckers \”The Big To-Do\”

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8. Black Crowes \”Crowology\”

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7. Heart \”Red Velvet Car\”

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6. Black Country Communion \”Black Country Communion\”

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5. The Gracious Few \”The Gracious Few\”

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4. Robert Plant   \”Band of Joy\”

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3. Rob Zombie \”Hellbilly Deluxe II\”

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2. Dave Matthews Band \”DMB Live in New York City\”

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1. Tom Petty \”Mojo\”

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1. Punch Brothers – Antifogmatic

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2. Pain of Salvation – Road Salt One

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3. The Black Crowes – Croweology (despite it being a compilation, I count it because the tracks are reworked)

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4. Josh Ritter – So Runs The World Away

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5. Oceansize – Self Preserved While The Bodies Float Up

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6. Robert Plant – Band of Joy

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7. Johnny Flynn – Been Listening

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8. Blue Giant – Blue Giant

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9. The Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

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10. La Strada – New Home

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TOP TEN ALBUMS (Released in 2010):

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10) My Best Friend Is You // Kate Nash

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9) Fang Island // Fang Island

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8) Something for Everybody // DEVO

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7) B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray

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6) I’m Having Fun Now // Jenny and Johnny

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5) My Dinosaur Life // Motion City Soundtrack

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4) Romance is Boring // Los Campesinos!

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3) Contra // Vampire Weekend

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2) Scott Pilgrim vs the World OST

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1) Sidewalks // Matt and Kim

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TOP TEN ALBUMS (older but new to me in 2010)

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10) Grand // Matt and Kim

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9) The Con // Tegan  and Sara

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8) Far // Regina Spektor

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7) Voxtrot // Voxtrot

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6) Say Anything // Say Anything

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5) It’s Never Been Like That // Phoenix

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4) Sticking Fingers into Sockets EP // Los Campesinos!

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3) Aim and Ignite // fun.

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2) Rockin’ the Suburbs // Ben Folds

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1) Leaving Through the Window // Something Corporate

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Mason Thompson

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1. Deerhunter: Halcyon Digest

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2. LCD Soundsystem: This is Happening

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3. The National: High Violet

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4. Sleigh Bells: Treats

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5. Beach House: Teen Dream

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6. Twin Sister: Color Your Life

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7. Morning Benders: Big Echo

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8. Twin Shadow: Forget

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9. Wild Nothing: Gemini

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10. Arcade Fire: The Suburbs

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Tammy H.

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#1  Wolf Parade – Expo 86

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#2  The Besnard Lakes – The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night

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#3  Arcade Fire – The Suburbs

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#4  LCD Soundsytem – This Is Happening

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#5  Autolux – Transit Transit

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#6  Deerhunter – Halycon Digest

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#7  Weekend – Sports

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#8  Lower Dens – Twin Hand Movement

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#9  Beach House – Teen Dream

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#10 Women – Public Strain

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1. Welcome to the Riley’s

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2. The Kids are All Right

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3 Need You Now; Lady Antebellum

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4. Sigh No More : Mumford and Sons

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5.30 Years Live: Bad Religion

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6. Final Frontier: Iron Maiden

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7.A Christmas Cornucopia  : Annie Lenox

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8. Laws of Illusion : Sarah MacLachlan

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9 :Valley Neptune : Jimi Hendrix

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10 :God Willing and Creek Rising: Ray Lamontagne

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James Karcher

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1. Broken Bells – Broken Bells

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2. Brothers – The Black Keys

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3. OMNI – Minus the Bear

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4. Dark Night of The Soul – Dangermouse and Sparklehorse

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5. Come Around Sundown – Kings of Leon

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6. Sigh No More – Mumford and Sons

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7. The Suburbs – Arcade Fire

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8. This Is Happening – LCD Soundsystem

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9. Treats – Sleigh Bells

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10. High Violet – The National

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  1. Menomena - Mines
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  3. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and The Cairo Gang – The Wonder Show of the World
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  5. Altar Eagle – Mechanical Gardens
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  7. Brian Eno – Small Craft on a Milk Sea
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  9. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
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  11. Flying Lotus - Cosmogramma
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  13. Women – Public Strain
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  15. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest
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  17. Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock record
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  19. Neil Young – Le Noise
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  • Inception (movie)
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  • The Walkmen (show)
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  • Gorillaz \”Plastic Beach\”
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  • Sonic Youth (show)
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  • Exit Through The Gift Shop (movie)
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  • The Walkmen \”Lisbon\”
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  • The Inbetweeners (tv show)
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  • Arcade Fire \”The Suburbs\”
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  • Broken Bells \”Broken Bells\”
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  • The Black Keys \”Brothers\”
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\nShannon Hadley\n\n1. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs\n\n2. Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest\n\n3. Tame Impala, Innerspeaker\n\n4. Best Coast, Crazy For You\n\n5. Kanye West, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy\n\n6. Broken Social Scene, Forgiveness Rock Band\n\n7. Abe Vigoda, Crush\n\n8. Jonsi, Go\n\n9. Foals, Total Life Forever\n\n10. M.I.A., Maya\n\nMatt Bradley\n

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  • Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
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  • Beach House – Teen Dream
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  • Best Coast – Crazy For You
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  • Wavves – King of the Beach
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  • Zola Jesus – Stridulum II
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  • Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
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  • Sleigh Bells – Treats
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  • Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be
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  • Beach Fossils – Beach Fossils
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\nTony Pellum\n\n1. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy\n\n2. Robyn – Body Talk\n\n3. Belle and Sebastian – Write About Love\n\n4. Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz\n\n5. Wild Nothing – Gemini\n\n6. Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty\n\n7. Janelle Monáe – The ArchAndroid\n\n8. Dum Dum Girls – I Will Be\n\n9. Love Is All – Two Thousand and Ten Injuries\n\n10. The Walkmen – Lisbon\n\nJake Calegari\n\n1. Sea of Cowards – The Dead Weather\n\n2. Congratulations – MGMT\n\n3. Under Great White Northern Lights – The White Stripes\n\n4. Broken Bells – Broken Bells\n\n5. Dark Night of the Soul – Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse\n\n6. Treats – Sleigh Bells\n\n7. Survival Story – Flobots\n\n8. Astro Coast – Surfer Blood\n\n9. Brothers – The Black Keys\n\n10. Contra – Vampire Weekend\n\nMarisa Calegari\n\n1. The Dead Weather – Sea of Cowards\n\n2. Sleigh Bells – Treats\n\n3. Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles II\n\n4. The White Stripes – Under Great White Northern Lights\n\n5. Broken Bells – Broken Bells\n\n6. Robert Plant – Band of Joy\n\n7. The Black Keys – Brothers\n\n8. Kid Cudi – The Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager\n\n9. The Dirty Heads – Any Port in a Storm\n\n10. Atmosphere – To All My Friends, Blood Makes the Blade Holy\n\nMitch Goyette\n\n1. Breed 77 – Insects\n\n2. Kamelot – Poetry for the Poisoned\n\n3. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More\n\n4. Avenged Sevenfold – Nightmare\n\n5. Circa Survive – Blue Sky Noise\n\n6. Deftones – Diamond Eyes\n\n7. Anathema – We’re Here Because We’re Here\n\n8. Menomena – Mines\n\n9. Turin Brakes – Outburst\n\n10. The River Empires – Epilogue\n\nAnd a handful of Honorable Mentions for good measure: \n\nBlack Country Communion – s/t\n\nCloverSeeds – The Opening\n\nMutiny Within – s/t\n\nKaren Elson – The Ghost Who Walks\n\nEvelyn Evelyn – s/t\n\nMichael Pang\n\nFavorite New Albums of 2010\n\n1. The Budos Band – The Budos Band III\n\n2. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy\n\n3. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs\n\n4. Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record\n\n5. Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh\n\n6. Das Racist – Sit Down, Man\n\n7. Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma\n\n8. Sharon Van Etten – Epic\n\n9. Hot Chip – One Life Stand\n\n10. MGMT – Congratulations\n\n\”Papa\” Fred Hill\n

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  • Black Dub – (Daniel Lanois, Trixie Whitely, and Darryl Johnson)
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  • Natalie Merchant – Leave Your Sleep
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  • Robert Plant – Band of Joy
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  • Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone
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  • Afrocubism – featuring Eliades Ochoa, Kasse Mady Diabate, Toumani Diabate, Djelimady Tounkara,
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  • KIng Sunny Ade – Baba mo Tunde
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  • Charles Lloyd Quartet – Mirror
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  • Dawes – North Hills
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  • Robert Randolph & the Family Band – We Walk This Road
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  • Christian Scott – Yesterday You Said Tomorrow
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  • John Hiatt – The Open Road
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  • Jason Moran – Ten
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  • Lee Scratch Perry – ‘Sipple Out Deh’ The Black Ark Years
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  • The Uniques – Absolutely Rock Steady
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  • Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
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  • Bob Dylan – the Witmark Demos: 1962-1964
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  • Jr. Murvin – Police and Thieves Deluxe Edition
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  • Buce Springsteen Darkness on the Edge of Town box set
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  • How Sweet It Was – The Sights and Sounds of Gospel’s Golden Age CD plus DVD
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\nPlus a great read was ‘Just Friends’ Patti Smith’s memoir about her life with Robert Mapplethorpe I haven/t heard Le Noise by Neil I have it on order on vinyl, also I should have put on the vinyl issue of Tom Petty & Heartbreakers Damn the Torpedoes – ahh it just goes on & on so much good music to upllift the spirit.\n\nEmma Ringness\n\n1)     Write About Love, Belle and Sebastian\n\nBelle and Sebastian is such a reliably good band—they also craft some of the most timeless records I’ve ever heard. Write About Love is no exception and does not disappoint on any count.\n\n2)     Transference, Spoon\n\nThe album has a William Eggleston photograph on the cover. So, you know, if Spoon weren’t an amazing band they’d at least be really, really cool. Turns out they’re both. (If you couldn’t tell, this probably wins my vote for best album cover of the year.)\n\n3)     This Is Happening, LCD Soundsystem\n\nOn a whim I listened to this album on NPR as part of their exclusive first listen series. Then I had to hear it again. And again. By the third or fourth listen I was wondering why I hadn’t bought it already. James Murphy’s lyrics are unexpectedly smart and searing with honesty.\n\n4)     Record Collection, Mark Ronson and the Business Intl.\n\nOnce again, I heard this online first. I was instantly hooked and came to Hoodlums to buy it a few days later. It’s ridiculously catchy and vastly underrated.\n\n5)     The Boxer, Kele\n\nEven more underrated than Record Collection, The Boxer is such a solid solo album from Bloc Party frontman Kele Okereke—the power of his voice alone is enough to have me hooked.\n\n6)     Age of Adz, Sufjan Stevens\n\nThough many weren’t fond of the departure from “Mr. Strummy-Strum,” I think the Age of Adz shows Stevens’ true strength as a songwriter.\n\n7)     Contra, Vampire Weekend\n\nI was not a huge fan of Vampire Weekend until this year (my friends finally broke me…who am I kidding, I was broken of my own volition). Contra made me reconsider writing off their self-titled debut…and for that matter, the band overall.\n\n8)     Champ, Tokyo Police Club\n\nFrenetic, energetic, concise, indie, post-punk…there are a ridiculous amount of adjectives journalists use to describe this Canadian band. Honestly, they just make really fun records that my young heart goes crazy for.\n\nTop 5 albums new to me in 2010:\n\nIt’s a little embarrassing that these were new to me this year, but hey, it’s never too late to acknowledge exceptional albums.\n\n1)     Kid A, Radiohead\n\n2)     The Boy with the Arab Strap, Belle and Sebastian\n\n3)     Is Is (EP), Yeah Yeah Yeahs\n\n4)     Modern Guilt, Beck\n\n5)     Underachievers Please Try Harder, Camera Obscura\n\nTop 5 songs of 2010 that aren’t off my top albums:\n\n1)     “Heat Rash in the Shape of the Show Me State; or, Letters From Me to Charlotte,” Los Campesinos!\n\n2)     “Walls,” Shout Out Louds\n\n3)     “First Date Kit” Tokyo Police Club feat. Luke LaLonde\n\n4)     “Boy From School (Hot Chip Cover),” Grizzly Bear\n\n5)     “Heirloom,” Sufjan Stevens\n\nTop 5 Music Videos:\n\nThis is really subjective—I’m not a connoisseur of music videos or anything, I just really liked these five (plus the songs that go with)!\n\n1)     “Last Leaf,” OK Go\n\n2)     “VCR,” the XX\n\n3)     “The Bike Song,” Mark Ronson\n\n4)     “Giving Up the Gun,” Vampire Weekend\n\n5)     “Do Wah Doo,” Kate Nash\n\nBest Concert of 2010: Sufjan Stevens\n\nSufjan Stevens’ show at the Mesa Arts Center was, hands down, the best concert I saw all year and one of the best concerts (if not the best) I have ever seen in my life.  I could sit and detail every way it was awesome, but you’d be here all day if I did.  Just trust me on this one.\n\nRunner up concert: Phoenix\n\nIf Sufjan Stevens hadn’t been so amazing Phoenix would have won out.  I did not expect this concert to have the energy that it did; this band can really connect with their audience.\n\nJason Franz\n\nHere’s my very conventional list:\n\n1.       Sufjan Stevens, The Age of Adz/All Enlightened People\n\n2.       Vampire Weekend, Contra\n\n3.       Arcade Fire, The Suburbs\n\n4.       LCD Soundsystem, This Is Happening\n\n5.       Cee Lo Green, The Lady Killer\n\n6.       Junip, Fields\n\n7.       Spoon, Transference\n\n8.       The Black Keys, Brothers\n\n9.       The Dead Weather, Sea of Cowards\n\n10.   Daft Punk, Tron: Legacy Soundtrack\n\nKerry Howe\n

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  • Karen Elson – The Ghost Who Walks
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  • Herbie Hancock – The Imagine Project
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  • Laura Veirs – July Flame
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  • Janelle Monae – Archandroid
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  • The Black Keys – Brothers
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  • LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
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  • Rihanna – Loud (good gravy I know its pop, but that girl is taking over the world one single at a time!)
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  • Cloudkicker – Beacons
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  • Burzum – Belus
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  • Max Richter – Infra
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  • Matthew Dear – Black City
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  • William Ryan Fritch – Music for Honey and Bile
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  • Kammerflimmer Kollektief – Wildling
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  • Maserati – Pyramid of the Sun
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  • Olafur Arnalds – …And They Have Escaped The Weight of Darkness
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  • Beach House – Teen Dream
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\nStefin Sun Hehman\n

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  • Robyn – Body Talk
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  • Sleigh Bells – Treats
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  • Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
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  • LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
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  • Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
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  • Big Boi – Sir Lucious Left Foot The Son of Chico Dusty
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  • MGMT – Congratulations
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  • Sufjan Stevens – The Age of Adz
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  • Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
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  • Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
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\nMarc Hansen\n\n1. The National – High Violet\n2. Tame Impala – Innerspeaker\n3. Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest\n4. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs\n5. Beach House – Teen Dream\n6. The Walkmen – Lisbon\n7. Spoon – Transference\n8. Radio Dept. – Clinging to a Scheme\n9. Surfer Blood – Astro Coast\n10. Vampire Weekend – Contra\n\nCesar \”Astro\” Ruiz\n

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  • No Age – Everything In Between
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  • Infinite Body – Carve Out The Face Of My God
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  • Taylor Swift – Speak Now
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  • Owen Pallett – Heartland
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  • Girl Talk – All Day
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  • Grinderman – Grinderman 2
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  • Titus Andronicus – The Monitor
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  • Girls – Broken Dreams Club EP
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  • Flying Lotus – Cosmogramma
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  • Various Local Musicians – The Chronicles of Sheriff Joe Arpaio
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\nBret Helm\n\n10. Current 93 – Baalstorm, Sing Omega\n09. Katy Perry – Teenage Dream\n08. Beach House – Teen Dream\n07. Best Coast – Crazy For You\n06. Brandon Flowers – Flamingo\n03. Of Montreal – False Priest\n04. Les Savy Fav – Root For Ruin\n03. Robyn – Body Talk\n02. The National – High Violet\n01. James – The Morning After The Night Before\n\nJoshua Buckley\n

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  • Frightened Rabbit – The Winter of Mixed Drinks
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  • Minus the Bear – Omni
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  • Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
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  • Wolf Parade – Expo 86
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  • Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – I learned the Hard Way
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  • Good Morning Magpie – Murder by Death
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  • The Dark Leaves – Matt Pond PA
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  • Los Campesinos! – Romance is Boring
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  • Castevet – The Echo and the Light
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  • The Extra Lens – Undercard
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\nJoe Milanes\n

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  • lcd soundsystem-this is happening
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  • caribou-swim
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  • gil scott heron-im new here
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  • arcade fire-the suburbs
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  • deerhunter-halcyon digest
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  • menomena-mines
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  • royksopp-senior
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  • laettia sadier-the trip
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  • sufjan stevens-age of adz
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  • the black keys-brothers
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\nAdam Studer\n

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  • Band of Horses
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  • Kings of Leon
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  • The Roots
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  • Ray LaMontagne
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  • Black Keys
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  • Widespread Panic
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  • Tom Petty
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  • Neil Young
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  • She & Him
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  • The Beatles Remasters
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\nKeith Dellinger\n\n1. Kirkwood Dellinger, Gold\n2. Shakira, Sale el Sol\n3. The Necronauts, Gauche et Droite\n4. Bruno Mars, Doo-Wops and Hooligans\n5. Gorillaz, Plastic Beach\n6. Gin Blossoms, No Chocolate Cake\n7. Juanes, P.A.R.C.E.\n8. Dirty Filthy Mugs, All Yobs In\n9. Elvis Costello, National Ransom\n10. Devo, Something for Everybody\n\nThomas P.\n\n1. Dinosaur Feathers – Fantasy Memorial\n\n2. Corpus Callosum – Corpus Callosum\n\n3. Fang Island – Fang Island\n\n4. Maps & Atlases – Perch Patchwork\n\n5. MGMT – Congratulations\n\n6. Holy F*ck – Latin\n\n7. Arcade Fire – The Suburbs\n\n8. Tera Melos – Patagonian Rats\n\n9. Tame Impala – Innerspeaker\n\n10. The Tallest Man on Earth – The Wild Hunt

Hoodlums Top 100 LPs of 2010

Sunday, January 2nd, 2011

This is our list of the top selling LPs of the past year.  It is interesting to compare it to the Top 100 CDs.  Check it out for yourself.\n\nHoodlums’ Top 100 LPs of 2010\n

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  1. Bad Religion – The Dissent of Man (in-store appearance)
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  3. Beatles – Abbey Road
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  5. Jimi Hendrix – Live at Clark University (Record Store Day limited LP)
  6. \n

  7. Gorillaz – White Flag (Record Store Day limited LP)
  8. \n

  9. Phoenix – Fences (Record Store Day limited LP)
  10. \n

  11. Black Keys – Brothers
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  13. Muse – Exogenesis (Record Store Day limited LP)
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  15. Flaming Lips – Dark Side of the Moon (Record Store Day limited LP)
  16. \n

  17. R.E.M. – Chronic Town (Record Store Day limited LP)
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  19. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
  20. \n

  21. National – High Violet
  22. \n

  23. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
  24. \n

  25. Fela Kuti – My Lady Frustration (Record Store Day limited LP)
  26. \n

  27. MGMT – Siberian Dreams (Record Store Day limited LP)
  28. \n

  29. Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
  30. \n

  31. XX – XX
  32. \n

  33. Arcade Fire – Suburbs
  34. \n

  35. Radiohead – Kid A
  36. \n

  37. Jimi Hendrix – Merry Christmas (Indie Black Friday limited LP)
  38. \n

  39. Fun – Aim & Ignite (Record Store Day limited LP)
  40. \n

  41. Rolling Stone – Exile in Main Street (cover artist autographed)
  42. \n

  43. Jimi Hendrix – Valleys of Neptune
  44. \n

  45. Modest Mouse – Moon and Antarctica
  46. \n

  47. Vampire Weekend – Contra
  48. \n

  49. Broken Bells – Broken Bells
  50. \n

  51. Velvet Underground – Andy Warhol (Record Store Day limited LP)
  52. \n

  53. Cure – Disintegration
  54. \n

  55. Bob Dylan- Highway 61 Revisited
  56. \n

  57. Fleet Foxes – S/T
  58. \n

  59. Vampire Weekend – S/T
  60. \n

  61. Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today
  62. \n

  63. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  64. \n

  65. Them Crooked Vultures – Mind Eraser (Record Store Day limited LP)
  66. \n

  67. Pantera – Far Beyond Driven (Record Store Day limited LP)
  68. \n

  69. Beach House – Teen Dream
  70. \n

  71. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion
  72. \n

  73. Dr. Dre – The Chronic
  74. \n

  75. Velvet Underground – Loaded
  76. \n

  77. Clash – London Calling
  78. \n

  79. Bon Iver – For Emma Forever Ago
  80. \n

  81. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
  82. \n

  83. Panda Bear – Person Pitch
  84. \n

  85. Radiohead – OK Computer
  86. \n

  87. Radiohead – In Rainbows
  88. \n

  89. Roky Erickson/Okkervil River – True Love Cast Out All Evil
  90. \n

  91. George Harrison – All Things Must Pass (Indie Black Friday Exclusive)
  92. \n

  93. Doors – Doors (Indie Black Friday Exclusive)
  94. \n

  95. Josh Ritter – So Runs the World Away
  96. \n

  97. Monsters of Folk – S/T
  98. \n

  99. Drive-By Truckers – Thanksgiving Filter (Indie Black Friday)
  100. \n

  101. Dr. Dog – Shame Shame
  102. \n

  103. Black Keys – Thickfreakness
  104. \n

  105. Ramones – Ramones Mania
  106. \n

  107. Pantera – Cowboys from Hell (Record Store Day limited LP)
  108. \n

  109. Shins – Oh Inverted World
  110. \n

  111. Shines – Chutes Too Narrow
  112. \n

  113. Band of Horses – Everything All The Time
  114. \n

  115. Sonic Youth – Hits are for Squares (Record Store Day limited LP)
  116. \n

  117. Strokes – Room on Fire
  118. \n

  119. MGMT – Oracular Spectacular
  120. \n

  121. Joe Strummer – Streetcore (Record Store Day limited LP)
  122. \n

  123. Metallica – Live at Grimeys (Indie Black Friday)
  124. \n

  125. Blackroc – Blackroc
  126. \n

  127. Velvet Underground – Loaded (Colored Vinyl)
  128. \n

  129. Velvet Underground – S/T
  130. \n

  131. Grandmaster Flash – Message
  132. \n

  133. Black Keys – Attack and Release
  134. \n

  135. T-Rex – Electric Warrior
  136. \n

  137. Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power (Record Store Day limited LP)
  138. \n

  139. Sonic Youth – Evol (Record Store Day limited LP)
  140. \n

  141. Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
  142. \n

  143. Arcade Fire – Funeral
  144. \n

  145. Spoon – Transference
  146. \n

  147. New Pornographers – Together
  148. \n

  149. Animal Collective – Fall Be Kind
  150. \n

  151. Budos Band – Budos Band II
  152. \n

  153. Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
  154. \n

  155. MGMT – Congratulations
  156. \n

  157. Ray LaMontagne – God Willin’ and the Creek Will Rise
  158. \n

  159. Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
  160. \n

  161. Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here
  162. \n

  163. Mississippi John Hurt – Today
  164. \n

  165. Tom Waits – Mule Variations (Record Store Day limited LP)
  166. \n

  167. Devo – Fresh (Record Store Day limited LP)
  168. \n

  169. Beach House – Zebra
  170. \n

  171. Soundgarden – Telephantasm (Record Store Day limited LP)
  172. \n

  173. Yeasayer – O.N.E.
  174. \n

  175. Deerhoof – Green Cosmos (Record Store Day limited LP)
  176. \n

  177. Velvet Underground – S/T (colored vinyl)
  178. \n

  179. Otis Redding – Pain in My Heart
  180. \n

  181. Velvet Underground – Andy Warhol (colored vinyl)
  182. \n

  183. Black Sabbath – Paranoid
  184. \n

  185. Velvet Underground – White Light White Heat
  186. \n

  187. Meat Puppets – Meat Puppets II
  188. \n

  189. Misfits – Compilation
  190. \n

  191. Spoon – Kill the Moonlight
  192. \n

  193. Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
  194. \n

  195. Sonic Youth – Confusion is Sex (Record Store Day limited LP)
  196. \n

  197. Iron & Wine – Creek Drank the Cradle
  198. \n

  199. Iron & Wine – Woman King
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\nThank you for buying your LPs at Hoodlums.  Have a great 2011!

Hoodlums Top 100 CDs of 2010

Saturday, January 1st, 2011

The following list contains Hoodlums’ Top 100 Selling CDs of 2010. We like to print up these sorts of lists and scrutinize on ‘em a bit. We figured just in case you like to see what you and your fellow Hoodcustomers were buying, viagra buy salve we’d post ‘em for you as well. There’s some really great titles on the list… feel free to come down and grab some today.\n\nHoodlums’ Top CDs of 2010\n

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  1. Black Keys – Brothers
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  3. Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
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  5. Arcade Fire – Suburbs
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  7. Broken Bells – S/T
  8. \n

  9. Jimi Hendrix – Valleys of Neptune
  10. \n

  11. JJ Grey and Mofro – Georgia Warhorse (in-store performance)
  12. \n

  13. National – High Violet
  14. \n

  15. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Mojo
  16. \n

  17. Ray LaMontagne – God Willin’ and the Creek Will Rise
  18. \n

  19. Florence & The Machine – Lungs
  20. \n

  21. Spoon – Transference
  22. \n

  23. Bad Religion – Dissent of Man (in-store performance)
  24. \n

  25. Dry River Yacht Club – Ugliest Princess (in-store performance)
  26. \n

  27. LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
  28. \n

  29. She & Him – Volume Two
  30. \n

  31. Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues
  32. \n

  33. Jack Johnson – To the Sea
  34. \n

  35. What Laura Says – Bloom Cheek (in-store performance)
  36. \n

  37. Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street (cover artist autographed)
  38. \n

  39. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
  40. \n

  41. Vampire Weekend – Contra (special edition)
  42. \n

  43. Vampire Weekend – Contra (not special edition)
  44. \n

  45. Fun – Live at Fingerprints (Record Store Day)
  46. \n

  47. Mgmt. – Congratulations
  48. \n

  49. Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
  50. \n

  51. Bruce Springsteen – Promise
  52. \n

  53. Sufjan Stevens – Age of Adz
  54. \n

  55. Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
  56. \n

  57. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
  58. \n

  59. Johnny Cash – American VI
  60. \n

  61. Sharon Jones and Dap-Kings – I Learned the Hard Way
  62. \n

  63. Norah Jones – Featuring Norah Jones
  64. \n

  65. Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeroes – Up From Below
  66. \n

  67. John Legend and The Roots – Wake Up
  68. \n

  69. Dead Weather – Sea of Cowards
  70. \n

  71. Ryan Bingham & The Mescaleros – Junky Star
  72. \n

  73. Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown
  74. \n

  75. Sade – Soldier of Love
  76. \n

  77. Carolina Chocolate Drops – Genuine Negro Jig
  78. \n

  79. Cee-Lo Green – Lady Killer
  80. \n

  81. Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
  82. \n

  83. Ray LaMontagne – Trouble (our highest charting catalog CD)
  84. \n

  85. Drive-By Truckers – Big To-Do
  86. \n

  87. Grace Potter and The Nocturnals – Live in Skowhegan (Record Store Day)
  88. \n

  89. Robert Plant – Band of Joy
  90. \n

  91. Jimmy Eat World – Invented
  92. \n

  93. New Pornographers – Together
  94. \n

  95. Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
  96. \n

  97. Manchester Orchestra – Live at Park Avenue (Record Store Day)
  98. \n

  99. Neil Young – Le Noise
  100. \n

  101. Sleigh Bells – Treats
  102. \n

  103. B. B. King – Indianola Mississippi (Blues Blog)
  104. \n

  105. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – S/T
  106. \n

  107. Bob Dylan – Witmark Demos
  108. \n

  109. Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone
  110. \n

  111. Roots – How I Got Over
  112. \n

  113. Dr. Dog – Shame Shame
  114. \n

  115. Devo – Something for Everybody
  116. \n

  117. Massive Attack – Heligoland
  118. \n

  119. Rolling Stones – Exile Deluxe (Cover artist autogaphed)
  120. \n

  121. Belle & Sebastian – Write About Love
  122. \n

  123. Metric – Fantasies
  124. \n

  125. Big Mama Thornton – With the Muddy Waters Blues Band (Blues blog)
  126. \n

  127. Roky Erickson/Okkervil River – True Love Cast Out All Evil
  128. \n

  129. Beach House – Teen Dream
  130. \n

  131. Peter Gabriel – Scratch My Back
  132. \n

  133. Yeaslayer – Odd Blood
  134. \n

  135. Budos Band – Budos Band III
  136. \n

  137. Cage the Elephant – Cage the Elephant
  138. \n

  139. Crazy Heart – O.S.T.
  140. \n

  141. Jeff Beck – Emotion and Commotion
  142. \n

  143. Jerry Garcia – Jerry Garcia Collection, Volume Two: Let it Rock
  144. \n

  145. Lady Gaga – Fame Monster
  146. \n

  147. Elton John/Leon Russell – Union
  148. \n

  149. XX – XX
  150. \n

  151. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Irm
  152. \n

  153. Ray LaMontagne – Till the Sun Turns Black (big year for Ray on our charts!)
  154. \n

  155. Derek Trucks – Roadsongs
  156. \n

  157. Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Butterfield Blues Band (Blues blog)
  158. \n

  159. They Might Be Giants – Here Comes the Science
  160. \n

  161. Jenny & Johnny – I’m Having Fun Now
  162. \n

  163. White Stripes – Under Great White North
  164. \n

  165. Eric Clapton – Clapton
  166. \n

  167. Hold Steady – Heaven is Whenever
  168. \n

  169. National – Boxer
  170. \n

  171. Ratatat – LP4
  172. \n

  173. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
  174. \n

  175. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion
  176. \n

  177. Los Campesinos – Romance is Boring
  178. \n

  179. Mgmt. – Oracular Spectacular
  180. \n

  181. Ozzy Osbourne – Scream (in-store autographs next door)
  182. \n

  183. Gogol Bordello – Trans-Continental Hustle
  184. \n

  185. Jakob Dylan – Women and Country
  186. \n

  187. Preservation: Album To Benefit Preservation Hall
  188. \n

  189. Susan Boyle- Dreamed a Dream
  190. \n

  191. Cee-Lo Green – F**k You (Record Store Day)
  192. \n

  193. Weezer – Weezer Ratitude (Record Store Day)
  194. \n

  195. Robert Plant/Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
  196. \n

  197. Frank Zappa – Hot Rats
  198. \n

  199. Grinderman – Grinderman 2
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\nI’d add a bunch of cool graphics and things like that, but I’ve got to go type the Top LP list.  Happy New Year.  Thanks for the biz.