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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 

New Career Choice: Not Construction

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Here’s a piece of advice: Never start a remodeling project while you are moving your record store into storage.\n\nYeah, check look you haven’t heard from me in about three weeks since the store closed. It’s not because I’m sitting around watching Cartoon Network.\n\n\n\nI’ve been framing, best viagra tadalafil roofing, doing concrete… and a whole cornucopia of vicious physical work in the eight zillion degree Valley heat.\n\nThis is the kind of work I haven’t taken on since back in my teenage days with the Ward County Highway Department (you want to talk about characters… that place was a reality show in itself).  Not exactly the kind of work I’m used to doing: Peddling music to you guys.\n\nI didn’t realize it, but those long days on the rural North Dakota roads must have been the motivation for being a retail geek in the first place (admittedly, I had Record Store Geek tendencies, but Budget Tapes and Records never had any openings).  Even then, while the work was hard, it was done in the relatively decent Nodak summers, where all we had to worry about was pterodactyl-sized mosquitos, not Africa-heat.\n\n(Hood Hat Tip: Before I go any further I gotta take my hat off to those of you that kick ass in this stuff every day.  Seriously boys and girls… you cats are tough as hell.  Insane, but tough.)\n\nEr, Not A Mover Either\n\nI may have just had an epiphany about construction, but I did realize that movers were insane long ago.\n\n\n\nWhy? Because I’m insane with empathy. I’ve lived in the Valley 25 years, and I’ve managed to move (or help family) in the summer about 16 times. I literally can’t seem to do it in the fall or winter.  I know the pain.\n\nThis time was no different.  A full week’s worth of dirt and sweat.\n\n(Hoodnote: While packing trucks and fixtures is relentless, the break down and clean up of all the little stuff might be worse).\n\nSo why move and remodel in the same two weeks?\n\nMy neighbor, Mark – that’s him  on the roof with my sons (they must not have read the signs about being on the site without a hard hat) – was ready to help me, and he had to do it start during the last week of August.\n\n(Hoodnote: Mark was a Hoodlums’ customer before we became friends and neighbors. Both he and his wife were official Music Junkies at the ASU store) \n\nAnyway, in addition to being cool enough to help a neighbor, Mark is really awesome at construction, and I’m totally green. Plus, he’s a lot cheaper than a general contractor.\n\nSo basically, I had no choice.\n\n\n\nLuckily, the double duty only last about ten days… and my new boss didn’t work me more than ten hours a day on the site after that.\n\nIt’s Lookin’ Good Though\n\nThe cool thing about that kind of hard, manual work is that you can really stand back and see the results of what you’ve done. Check it out. What used to be outdoor is now totally waterproof and enclosed.  That’s my daughter getting in the action (she must not have seen the \”wear shoes on the site\” sign).\n\n\n\nCool, huh?  As a hobby maybe, just not enough to beat up my middle-aged body on a daily basis.\n\nSo while I’m not entirely ready to reveal which direction Hoodlums will go (soon, my friend, soon), I know this much:\n\nWe aren’t going to be a construction company.\n\nHope all is well with you. Stay tuned…\n\n(Note: We do have to finish the job when Mark gets back in town, so wish me luck.)\n\n 

Hoodlums Top 99 Vinyl Titles of 2011

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012

Hey vinyl lovers, cialis generic viagra check out Hoodlums’ best-selling vinyl titles from 2011.\n\nWe think it’s a pretty cool list of stuff, pills and we are really proud of (and thankful to) our great customers for buying such quality art from their local hoods.  Like the Top-selling CDs of 2011 List, this one is loaded with a diverse group of titles (I love to see the differences and similarities between the two configurations).  If you are a fan of the art, there’s probably something on here you need to add to your collection.\n\nAs you can see from the numbers, CD still outsells vinyl… but we are still selling more vinyl all the time (especially as more titles hit the market).\n\nNote: RSD means the title is from Record Store Day or Indie Black Friday.\n\nHoodlums Top 99 Vinyl Titles of 2011\n

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  1. Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
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  3. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
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  5. Bruce Springsteen – Gotta Get That Feeling (RSD)
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  7. Black Keys – El Camino (one of the only stores in the US to get a bunch)
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  9. White Stripes – Let’s Shake Hands (RSD)
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  11. Beatles – Abbey Road (amazingly, the only Beatles LP available)
  12. \n

  13. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  14. \n

  15. Roger Clyne & Peacemakers – Unida Cantina (in-store performance)
  16. \n

  17. Rolling Stones – Brown Sugar/Bitch (RSD)
  18. \n

  19. Mumford and Sons – Dharohar Project  (RSD)
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  21. White Stripes – LaFayette Blues (RSD)
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  23. Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
  24. \n

  25. Foo Fighters – Medium Rare (RSD)
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  27. Wilco – Whole Love
  28. \n

  29. Ryan Adams – Ashes and Fire
  30. \n

  31. Bob Dylan – Bob Dylan in Concert
  32. \n

  33. Doors – Riders on the Storm (RSD)
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  35. Kings of Leon – Holy Roller Novocaine (RSD)
  36. \n

  37. Red Hot Chili Peppers – Havana Affair (RSD)
  38. \n

  39. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
  40. \n

  41. Tom Petty – Kiss My Amps
  42. \n

  43. Black Keys – Brothers
  44. \n

  45. Decemberists – King is Dead
  46. \n

  47. Clash – London Calling
  48. \n

  49. Florence & The Machine – Lungs
  50. \n

  51. Radiohead – OK Computer
  52. \n

  53. Black Keys – Lonely Boy (RSD)
  54. \n

  55. Beatles – Singles (RSD)
  56. \n

  57. Ray LaMontagne – Live Fall (RSD)
  58. \n

  59. Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other
  60. \n

  61. Bon Iver – For Emma
  62. \n

  63. Radiohead – King of Limbs
  64. \n

  65. Radiohead – In Rainbows
  66. \n

  67. Adele – 21
  68. \n

  69. Wu-Tang Clan – Enter Wu-Tang
  70. \n

  71. Black Angels – Another Nice Pair (RSD)
  72. \n

  73. Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
  74. \n

  75. Bright Eyes – I’m Wide Awake It’s Morning
  76. \n

  77. Pixies – Doolittle
  78. \n

  79. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over The Sea
  80. \n

  81. What Laura Says – Talk
  82. \n

  83. Regina Spektor – Four from Far (RSD)
  84. \n

  85. Sharon Jones & Dapkings – Soul Time (RSD)
  86. \n

  87. Social Distortion – Hard Times & Nursery Rhymes
  88. \n

  89. Black Keys – Magic Potion
  90. \n

  91. Strokes – Is This It?
  92. \n

  93. Godspeed You Black Emperor – F#A# (infinity)
  94. \n

  95. Perfect Circle – Thirteenth Step
  96. \n

  97. Strokes – Angles
  98. \n

  99. Jimi Hendrix – Are You Experienced?
  100. \n

  101. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
  102. \n

  103. John Coltrane – Love Supreme
  104. \n

  105. Built to Spill – Ripple
  106. \n

  107. Rush – Caravan Blues (RSD)
  108. \n

  109. Shins – Oh! Inverted World
  110. \n

  111. Fleet Foxes – Fleet Foxes
  112. \n

  113. Amy Winehouse – Back to Black
  114. \n

  115. TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light
  116. \n

  117. Tool – Opiate
  118. \n

  119. Pixies – Surfer Rosa
  120. \n

  121. She & Him – Volume one
  122. \n

  123. Elliot Smith – Either/Or
  124. \n

  125. Pearl Jam – Vs.
  126. \n

  127. Nas – Illmatic
  128. \n

  129. Black Angels – Phosgene Nightmare
  130. \n

  131. Mayall/Clapton – Lonely Years (RSD)
  132. \n

  133. Beach Boys – Good Vibrations (RSD)
  134. \n

  135. Sonic Youth – Oz Tour 1993 (RSD)
  136. \n

  137. Lady Gaga – Born This Way (RSD)
  138. \n

  139. Velvet Underground – Loaded
  140. \n

  141. Black Keys – Thickfreakness
  142. \n

  143. Ryan Adams – Gold
  144. \n

  145. Tool – Undertow
  146. \n

  147. Flaming Lips – In a Priest-Driven Ambulance
  148. \n

  149. Cursive – Ugly Organ
  150. \n

  151. Arcade Fire – Suburbs
  152. \n

  153. Guns N’ Roses – Appetite for Destruction
  154. \n

  155. Radiohead – Kid A
  156. \n

  157. Radiohead – Bends
  158. \n

  159. Jason Isbell & 400 Unit – Here We Rest
  160. \n

  161. Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker
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  163. Johnny Cash – American VI: Ain’t No Grave
  164. \n

  165. Junior Kimbrough – All Night Long
  166. \n

  167. O’ Brother Where Art Thou? Soundtrack
  168. \n

  169. Bad Brains – Pay to Cum
  170. \n

  171. John Lennon – Imagine 40th Anniversary box (RSD)
  172. \n

  173. Soundgarden – Before the Doors Live (RSD)
  174. \n

  175. Phish – Party Time? (RSD)
  176. \n

  177. Dream Theater – Metropolis 2 (RSD)
  178. \n

  179. Gil Scott-Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised
  180. \n

  181. Air – Moon Safari
  182. \n

  183. Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
  184. \n

  185. Bob Dylan – Highway 61 Revisited
  186. \n

  187. Tom Waits  – Heart of Saturday Night
  188. \n

  189. White Stripes – White Blood Cells
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  191. Iron & Wine – Creek Drank the Cradle
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  193. Shins – Chutes Too Narrow
  194. \n

  195. Beach Boys – Smile Session
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  197. Whiskeytown – Stranger’s Almanac (8 copies!)
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\n(RSD) \= Record Store Day or Indie Black Friday\n\n 

Hoodlums Top 99 CDs of 2011

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

Contrary to media-fueled misconception, medical ampoule people are still buying lots of CDs (and LPs). In fact, cure 2011 was a good year for Hoodlums (and music in general). Of course, thumb we thank all of you for buying so many of your CDs (and LPs) here.\n\nWanna take a look at what you bought? Let’s do it. As a store owner, I’m pretty proud of you guys. That’s a solid list of quality music (as is the Top-selling Vinyl List) and you should be proud of your taste and diversity.\n\nWhat influences the chart? In addition to noted in-store performances, I’ve included a little \”legend\” of a few of the notable influences, namely the opinions of the hoodlums at Hoodlums (click here for our Top 10 of 2011 lists), at the bottom.\n\nHoodlums Top 99 CDs of 2011\n

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  1. Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers – Unida Cantina (in-store performance)
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  3. Adele – 21
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  5. Decemberists – King is Dead (S, K)
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  7. Black Keys – El Camino (S)
  8. \n

  9. Mumford and Sons – Sigh No More
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  11. Abigail Washburn – City of Refuge (in-store performance, K)
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  13. Ryan Adams – Ashes and Fire (A, K)
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  15. Tom Waits – Bad As Me
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  17. Black Keys – Brothers
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  19. Foo Fighters – Wasting Light
  20. \n

  21. Wilco – Whole Love
  22. \n

  23. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
  24. \n

  25. Danger Mouse/Daniele Luppi – Rome (S)
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  27. Bon Iver – Bon Iver
  28. \n

  29. Jason Isbell and 400 Unit – Here We Rest (A, S, K)
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  31. Gillian Welch – Harrow and the Harvest (K)
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  33. Social Distortion – Hard Times and Nursery Rhymes (A)
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  35. Radiohead – King of Limbs
  36. \n

  37. Florence & the Machine – Lungs
  38. \n

  39. Dawes – Nothing Is Wrong (A)
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  41. Cake – Showroom of Compassion
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  43. Paul Simon – So Beautiful or So What
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  45. Sarah Jarosz – Follow Me Down (K)
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  47. Ma/Duncan/Meyer/Thile – Goat Rodeo Sessions (K)
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  49. Iron & Wine – Kiss Each Other Clean
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  51. My Morning Jacket – Circuital
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  53. Tedeschi/Trucks – Revelator
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  55. Fitz & The Tantrums – Pickin’ Up the Pieces
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  57. Amos Lee – Mission Bell
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  59. Florence & The Machine – Ceremonials
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  61. Foster the People – Torches
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  63. Civil Wars – Barton Hollow
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  65. Chris Isaak – Beyond the Sun
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  67. REM – Collapse Into Now
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  69. M83 – Hurry Up We’re Dreaming
  70. \n

  71. Adele – 19
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  73. Small Leaks Sink Ships – Oak Street Basement (in-store performance)
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  75. Gregg Allman – Low Country Blues
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  77. Charles Bradley – No Time for Dreaming (S)
  78. \n

  79. Death Cab for Cutie – Codes and Keys
  80. \n

  81. Neil Young – Treasure
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  83. Flogging Molly – Speed of Darkness
  84. \n

  85. Bright Eyes – People’s Key
  86. \n

  87. Primus – Green Naugahyde
  88. \n

  89. She & Him – Very She & Him Christmas (in a post… who knew?)
  90. \n

  91. Red Hot Chili Peppers – I’m With You
  92. \n

  93. Amy Winehouse – Lioness: Hidden Treasures
  94. \n

  95. Bill Evans – Piano Player
  96. \n

  97. Daptone Gold – Various Artists
  98. \n

  99. Beastie Boys – Hot Sauce Committee
  100. \n

  101. Ben Harper – Give Till It’s Gone
  102. \n

  103. Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below
  104. \n

  105. Arctic Monkeys – Suck It and See
  106. \n

  107. Bruno Mars – Doo Wops & Hooligans
  108. \n

  109. John Hiatt – Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns
  110. \n

  111. Drive-By Truckers – Go Go Boots
  112. \n

  113. Kooper/Bloomfield – Fillmore East: Lost Tapes
  114. \n

  115. Strokes – Angles
  116. \n

  117. Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math (A)
  118. \n

  119. Taj Mahal – Taj Mahal
  120. \n

  121. Avett Brothers – I & Love & You
  122. \n

  123. Aloe Blacc – Good Things
  124. \n

  125. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake
  126. \n

  127. Eddie Vedder – Ukulele Songs
  128. \n

  129. Feist – Metals
  130. \n

  131. St. Vincent
  132. \n

  133. Vaccines – What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?
  134. \n

  135. Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers – Rare Bird Alert
  136. \n

  137. Black Carl – Borrowed (in-store performance)
  138. \n

  139. Jayhawks – Mockingbird Time
  140. \n

  141. Nick 13 – Nick 13 (A)
  142. \n

  143. Tinariwen – Tassili
  144. \n

  145. Beach Boys – Smile Sessions
  146. \n

  147. Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto
  148. \n

  149. TV on the Radio – Nine Types of Light
  150. \n

  151. Delaney & Bonnie – D & B Together
  152. \n

  153. Cults – Cults
  154. \n

  155. Wanda Jackson – Party Ain’t Over
  156. \n

  157. Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’ (S)
  158. \n

  159. Loudon Wainwright III – Album 3
  160. \n

  161. Rave on Buddy Holly – Various Artists
  162. \n

  163. Decemberists – Live at Bull Moose (RSD)
  164. \n

  165. Sharon Jones & Dapkings – Soul Time (RSD)
  166. \n

  167. Dry River Yacht Club – Family Portraits
  168. \n

  169. William Elliot Whitmore – Field Songs
  170. \n

  171. Old Crow Medicine Show – OCMS
  172. \n

  173. Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
  174. \n

  175. Fucked Up – David Comes to Life
  176. \n

  177. Kills – Blood Pressures
  178. \n

  179. Ryan Adams – III & IV
  180. \n

  181. Warren Haynes – Man In Motion (S)
  182. \n

  183. Miles Davis – Kind of Blue
  184. \n

  185. Etta James – At Last
  186. \n

  187. Ahmad Jamal – Pittsburgh
  188. \n

  189. Taj Mahal – Natch’l Blues
  190. \n

  191. Mergence – Those Vibrant Young People Are Dead (S)
  192. \n

  193. City and Colour – Little Hell (A)
  194. \n

  195. Kinch – Incandenza (A)
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  197. Beatles – Abbey Road (15 copies!)
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\nS \= Steve’s Top 10 of 2011 pick\n\nK \= Kristian’s Top 10 of 2011 pick\n\nA \= Andy’s Top 10 of 2011 pick\n\nRSD \= Record Store Day or Indie Black Friday title

Why I Own a Record Store – Customer Friends

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

One of the things that I love most about owning a neighborhood record store is making friends out of customers.  Here’s how it’s done:\n\nYou start helping a guy or girl by asking questions, viagra sale stuff and you find out some info about them.  You throw out some info of your own (usually more rambling than is necessary in my case), and they find out a bit about you.\n\nUsually it’s music-based info, but you can find out a lot about a person by talking music.  Hell, ever since I was a wee pup, one of the first things I did when I got to know someone was take a look at their record collection (or their CD collection, although I must note that I’ve never taken a look at someone’s hard drive… but that’s another blog).  After all these years of record store geekdom, I’m like Sherlock Holmes in terms of tying personality traits to musical tastes.\n\nAnyway, if a person likes your service, and your conversation, or whatever, they come again.  And again.  And you bullshit some more with each visit.  You discuss the last purchases and play some music.  Maybe the guy burns you something to listen to… or you bring something in from your house… and maybe you talk a little politics or sports.. and the next thing you know, a bond is built.  A person that was originally just some dude (or dudette) that walked in to check out the store with the MUSIC sign has become your friend.\n\nSince I write once in a while, and make videos more than I probably should, I sometimes think in terms of \”you should write about this\” or \”you should do a video about that\”.  When our old customer-turned-friend Ben Erlandson graduated (see pic, congrats Ben) and headed for Northern Cal last year after shopping at our store for almost the duration of our existence, I decided to write a blog about how Ben had grown into a friend.  How much he had gotten to know all of the main hoodlums, how we had a nickname for him (based on biking accidents), how much fun we had interacting with him online, and how much we were going to miss him… most of all how that missing went beyond the loss of a great customer.\n\nA Tribute To One of Our All-time Champion Customer-Friends\n\nSo here I am with that my \”customer-friend\” blog, but it isn’t about Ben.  Sorry pal, but there’s a good reason for it:\n\nA few months before Ben left, I had already put another \”I should do this customer video\” thought in progress.  I had the ol’ video camera in the store so I could record Record Store Geek: The Reason It’s Always Me in the Videos, and one our great customer-friends, Craig Pinson, happened to be in the store shopping (and bullshitting about music). In addition to helping spice up the RSG video with his fantastic and supportive laughter, he allowed me to turn the camera on him to make a testimonial about our special order service at Hoodlums. I told him I was going to edit it and put it up on the website next to our special order info.  He loved it.\n\nOf course, I didn’t get on it right away… meaning as I begin to write this it still isn’t on the website.\n\nCraig kept coming, and the friendship continued to grow.  Not only with me, but with Kristian and Andy as well.  Every once in a while, I’d say \”Eventually I’m going to get that special order video up\”, and he’d say \”no biggie\” or something to that extent.  It wasn’t like it was a big deal, and in our relationship the most important thing was the music.  This is the Savoy Brown you should try next.  When is that deluxe version of Derek and the Dominoes coming out?  The new Drive-By Truckers is excellent, as is the Jason Isbell.\n\nWhen the extra Elton John/Leon Russell tickets showed up on the day of the show, we knew who to call.  And Craig (and his wife Mary) were ready.  We were able to hook them up, and we all went to the whatever-it’s-called Arena to verify that Elton can still jam (he can).\n\nCraig ordered the Vanilla Fudge box set through Hoodlums, even though it was a Rhino Handmade product (just like the Delaney and Bonnie in the video), and when we called to tell him it was in, he apologized and said he was laid up and that it might be a while.  We assured him it was no big deal and we told him we hoped he would get feeling better.  It took about a month, maybe longer, but eventually he came in and grabbed his stuff.\n\nHe said he was feeling better.  We talked for a long time.  About his purchases.  About the music.  And Craig did what he always would do… he’d finish up the discussion, and he’d say he had to go, and then somehow, someway, the thought of music would take over… and Craig would stop… and fire up the discussion again.  I’d give him shit about it (no, not you, Steve) and we’d laugh.  Eventually he would leave, awesome music in hand.\n\nThen in early May, I received a call from Kristian.  Craig’s wife had called to tell us that Craig had passed away during the night.  She explained to Kristian that Hoodlums had played such a big part in Craig’s life, had provided him with so much enjoyment, that she felt we needed to be told.\n\nShe knew that we were friends.  Through Hoodlums… but mostly, through the music.\n\nKristian and I were both able to attend Craig’s funeral.  During the service, Craig’s love of music was mentioned prominently, along with his awesome kindness, his loving manner, and his terrific laugh.  On the way home, we talked about how lucky we were that this was the first funeral we’ve had to attend during our 13 years of building relationships with customers, and how much we were going to miss our friend Craig.\n\nI knew the video was at home in my Mac.  I knew I had to at least finish it and post it.  In honor of our friend, Craig.  I checked with Mary, and she said it was O.K.\n

So here’s to ya Craig.  I added Derek and the Dominoes for the music, and I listened to it while writing this.  Lord knows I’ll think about ya every time it plays.

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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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  • 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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  • Jonah Hex
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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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  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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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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  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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  • Gorillaz \”Plastic Beach\”
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  • The Walkmen \”Lisbon\”
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
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  • Frazey Ford – Obadiah
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  • Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here
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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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\nRuss Baurichter\n

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  • State Champion – Stale Champagne
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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)
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  7. Gorillaz – White Flag (Record Store Day limited LP)
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  9. Phoenix – Fences (Record Store Day limited LP)
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  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)
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  17. R.E.M. – Chronic Town (Record Store Day limited LP)
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  19. Pink Floyd – Dark Side of the Moon
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  21. National – High Violet
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  23. Mumford & Sons – Sigh No More
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  25. Fela Kuti – My Lady Frustration (Record Store Day limited LP)
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  27. MGMT – Siberian Dreams (Record Store Day limited LP)
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  29. Smashing Pumpkins – Siamese Dream
  30. \n

  31. XX – XX
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  33. Arcade Fire – Suburbs
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  35. Radiohead – Kid A
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  37. Jimi Hendrix – Merry Christmas (Indie Black Friday limited LP)
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  39. Fun – Aim & Ignite (Record Store Day limited LP)
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  41. Rolling Stone – Exile in Main Street (cover artist autographed)
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  43. Jimi Hendrix – Valleys of Neptune
  44. \n

  45. Modest Mouse – Moon and Antarctica
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  47. Vampire Weekend – Contra
  48. \n

  49. Broken Bells – Broken Bells
  50. \n

  51. Velvet Underground – Andy Warhol (Record Store Day limited LP)
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  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)
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  69. Beach House – Teen Dream
  70. \n

  71. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion
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  73. Dr. Dre – The Chronic
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  75. Velvet Underground – Loaded
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  77. Clash – London Calling
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  79. Bon Iver – For Emma Forever Ago
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  81. Neutral Milk Hotel – In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
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  83. Panda Bear – Person Pitch
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  85. Radiohead – OK Computer
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  87. Radiohead – In Rainbows
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  89. Roky Erickson/Okkervil River – True Love Cast Out All Evil
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  91. George Harrison – All Things Must Pass (Indie Black Friday Exclusive)
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  93. Doors – Doors (Indie Black Friday Exclusive)
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  95. Josh Ritter – So Runs the World Away
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  97. Monsters of Folk – S/T
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  99. Drive-By Truckers – Thanksgiving Filter (Indie Black Friday)
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  101. Dr. Dog – Shame Shame
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  103. Black Keys – Thickfreakness
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  105. Ramones – Ramones Mania
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  107. Pantera – Cowboys from Hell (Record Store Day limited LP)
  108. \n

  109. Shins – Oh Inverted World
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  111. Shines – Chutes Too Narrow
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  113. Band of Horses – Everything All The Time
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  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)
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  123. Metallica – Live at Grimeys (Indie Black Friday)
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  125. Blackroc – Blackroc
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  127. Velvet Underground – Loaded (Colored Vinyl)
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  129. Velvet Underground – S/T
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  131. Grandmaster Flash – Message
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  133. Black Keys – Attack and Release
  134. \n

  135. T-Rex – Electric Warrior
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  137. Pantera – Vulgar Display of Power (Record Store Day limited LP)
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  139. Sonic Youth – Evol (Record Store Day limited LP)
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  141. Beach Boys – Pet Sounds
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  143. Arcade Fire – Funeral
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  145. Spoon – Transference
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  147. New Pornographers – Together
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  149. Animal Collective – Fall Be Kind
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  151. Budos Band – Budos Band II
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  153. Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
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  155. MGMT – Congratulations
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  157. Ray LaMontagne – God Willin’ and the Creek Will Rise
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  159. Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
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  161. Gil Scott-Heron – I’m New Here
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  163. Mississippi John Hurt – Today
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  165. Tom Waits – Mule Variations (Record Store Day limited LP)
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  167. Devo – Fresh (Record Store Day limited LP)
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  169. Beach House – Zebra
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  171. Soundgarden – Telephantasm (Record Store Day limited LP)
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  173. Yeasayer – O.N.E.
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  175. Deerhoof – Green Cosmos (Record Store Day limited LP)
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  177. Velvet Underground – S/T (colored vinyl)
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  179. Otis Redding – Pain in My Heart
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  181. Velvet Underground – Andy Warhol (colored vinyl)
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  183. Black Sabbath – Paranoid
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  185. Velvet Underground – White Light White Heat
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  187. Meat Puppets – Meat Puppets II
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  189. Misfits – Compilation
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  191. Spoon – Kill the Moonlight
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  193. Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
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  195. Sonic Youth – Confusion is Sex (Record Store Day limited LP)
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  197. Iron & Wine – Creek Drank the Cradle
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  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
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  9. Jimi Hendrix – Valleys of Neptune
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  11. JJ Grey and Mofro – Georgia Warhorse (in-store performance)
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  13. National – High Violet
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  15. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Mojo
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  17. Ray LaMontagne – God Willin’ and the Creek Will Rise
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  19. Florence & The Machine – Lungs
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  21. Spoon – Transference
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  23. Bad Religion – Dissent of Man (in-store performance)
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  25. Dry River Yacht Club – Ugliest Princess (in-store performance)
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  27. LCD Soundsystem – This is Happening
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  29. She & Him – Volume Two
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  31. Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues
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  33. Jack Johnson – To the Sea
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  35. What Laura Says – Bloom Cheek (in-store performance)
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  37. Rolling Stones – Exile on Main Street (cover artist autographed)
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  39. Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
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  41. Vampire Weekend – Contra (special edition)
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  43. Vampire Weekend – Contra (not special edition)
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  45. Fun – Live at Fingerprints (Record Store Day)
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  47. Mgmt. – Congratulations
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  49. Band of Horses – Infinite Arms
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  51. Bruce Springsteen – Promise
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  53. Sufjan Stevens – Age of Adz
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  55. Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
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  57. Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
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  59. Johnny Cash – American VI
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  61. Sharon Jones and Dap-Kings – I Learned the Hard Way
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  63. Norah Jones – Featuring Norah Jones
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  65. Edward Sharpe & Magnetic Zeroes – Up From Below
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  67. John Legend and The Roots – Wake Up
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  69. Dead Weather – Sea of Cowards
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  71. Ryan Bingham & The Mescaleros – Junky Star
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  73. Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown
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  75. Sade – Soldier of Love
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  77. Carolina Chocolate Drops – Genuine Negro Jig
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  79. Cee-Lo Green – Lady Killer
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  81. Gaslight Anthem – American Slang
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  83. Ray LaMontagne – Trouble (our highest charting catalog CD)
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  85. Drive-By Truckers – Big To-Do
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  87. Grace Potter and The Nocturnals – Live in Skowhegan (Record Store Day)
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  89. Robert Plant – Band of Joy
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  91. Jimmy Eat World – Invented
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  93. New Pornographers – Together
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  95. Avett Brothers – I and Love and You
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  97. Manchester Orchestra – Live at Park Avenue (Record Store Day)
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  99. Neil Young – Le Noise
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  101. Sleigh Bells – Treats
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  103. B. B. King – Indianola Mississippi (Blues Blog)
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  105. Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – S/T
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  107. Bob Dylan – Witmark Demos
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  109. Mavis Staples – You Are Not Alone
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  111. Roots – How I Got Over
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  113. Dr. Dog – Shame Shame
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  115. Devo – Something for Everybody
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  117. Massive Attack – Heligoland
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  119. Rolling Stones – Exile Deluxe (Cover artist autogaphed)
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  121. Belle & Sebastian – Write About Love
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  123. Metric – Fantasies
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  125. Big Mama Thornton – With the Muddy Waters Blues Band (Blues blog)
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  127. Roky Erickson/Okkervil River – True Love Cast Out All Evil
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  129. Beach House – Teen Dream
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  131. Peter Gabriel – Scratch My Back
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  133. Yeaslayer – Odd Blood
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  135. Budos Band – Budos Band III
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  137. Cage the Elephant – Cage the Elephant
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  139. Crazy Heart – O.S.T.
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  141. Jeff Beck – Emotion and Commotion
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  143. Jerry Garcia – Jerry Garcia Collection, Volume Two: Let it Rock
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  145. Lady Gaga – Fame Monster
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  147. Elton John/Leon Russell – Union
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  149. XX – XX
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  151. Charlotte Gainsbourg – Irm
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  153. Ray LaMontagne – Till the Sun Turns Black (big year for Ray on our charts!)
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  155. Derek Trucks – Roadsongs
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  157. Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Butterfield Blues Band (Blues blog)
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  159. They Might Be Giants – Here Comes the Science
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  161. Jenny & Johnny – I’m Having Fun Now
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  163. White Stripes – Under Great White North
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  165. Eric Clapton – Clapton
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  167. Hold Steady – Heaven is Whenever
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  169. National – Boxer
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  171. Ratatat – LP4
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  173. Bon Iver – For Emma, Forever Ago
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  175. Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion
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  177. Los Campesinos – Romance is Boring
  178. \n

  179. Mgmt. – Oracular Spectacular
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  181. Ozzy Osbourne – Scream (in-store autographs next door)
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  183. Gogol Bordello – Trans-Continental Hustle
  184. \n

  185. Jakob Dylan – Women and Country
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  187. Preservation: Album To Benefit Preservation Hall
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  189. Susan Boyle- Dreamed a Dream
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  191. Cee-Lo Green – F**k You (Record Store Day)
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  193. Weezer – Weezer Ratitude (Record Store Day)
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  195. Robert Plant/Alison Krauss – Raising Sand
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  197. Frank Zappa – Hot Rats
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  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.

Why I Own A Record Store: First-Listen Jealousy

Saturday, September 25th, 2010

Michael has been shopping at our new location since we opened two years ago.  He and his brother Matthew often times come in together. It took me a while to get his name down; I had to write down an entry in my \”customer remembering\” notes area (the entry: \”Michael and Matthew – Brothers\”), treat remedy but he comes in with enough regularity that it didn’t take too long.  He’s a young guy, for sure a child of the digital age, so he doesn’t have to be in here.  He’s been trained not to pay for music by all the hilarious marketing and pricing decisions of the corporate geniuses that now run the record labels (don’t get me started).  He undoubtedly knows nine ways to acquire music files for free.\n\n\n\nBut the guy is a music fan.  He’s a collector.  Like me.  Like Kristian. Like many of you. He studies, appreciates, and searches out new music. Not just new music like \”this week’s new releases\”, but things he hasn’t heard.  From whatever era… whatever genre.\n\nAnyway, today Michael was in and I noticed that he had Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book CD in his hand.  I said something about it being a great choice, and he said, \”Actually, I was also looking for Songs in the Key of Life.\” \n\n \n\nI knew it was hit or miss.  While I love the Songs album enough to have written a separate blog about it (I’m Not a Conductor, But I Play One on the Treadmill), it’s still a $21.99 double CD, and although millions of people know what I mean when I say the album is a true classic, when it comes people buying it for that price, they usually say, \”That Greatest Hits CD for $14.99 will just do fine.\”  So we make it a special order title. It hurts, but that’s the sort of practical decision making you have to make to survive twelve years in a digital universe. Plus, we usually have it around on vinyl, and a lot of people grab it that way.\n\nSure enough, I was right.  The CD had sales, but mainly on special orders. It was not in stock. Now, Michael has ordered plenty of things from us, so I told him we could get it by Tuesday. However, he winced at the price. I told him we could put in a used special order.\n\nThen he held up \”Talking Book\” and said, \”You’re not going to believe this, but I just heard him for the first time yesterday.\” \n\n\”Wow, really?\”\n\n\”Yeah.\”\n\n\n\nHe went on to say that he had heard Innervisions and completely loved it, and Andy jumped in to ramble poetic about Talking Book.  We talked about how powerful Stevie was, and customer Rick (the Zonal Wonderboy) said he had seen Stevie with the Stones on Exile on Mainstreet tour (PS.  Do not fail to buy the DVD reissue of Ladies and Gentlemen… the Rolling Stones, it rages).  Then I rambled back to the Tom Moon story (during our \”1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die\” interview) about how Stevie was fed the lyrics via headphones about ten seconds before he was going to sing them.\n\nThen Andy said, \”Will an LP work?\”  Michael said yes, and Andy went to look.  Not one stinkin’ copy on the floor.  \”Check backstock\”, I said. Andy went back and returned with a \”bargain basement\” copy from the backroom.  He said it was hidden.  The price: $1.\n\nWow.  One dollar for an absolute piece of art!  Just a tiny little bit of daily revenue, but I was literally excited for him to get it.  He’s a real fan like me, and I knew it was going to move him (hell, I’m listening to Talking Book right now for inspiration, and it’s moving me again). I rambled on about the amazing history lesson that is \”Black Man\”, and the collaboration with George Benson and Bobbie Humphries on \”Another Star\”, and how \”As\” was worth twenty bucks all by itself.\n\nAnd then I thought the thought that I think all the time: Wow, I wish I could hear that album for the first time again.\n\nI thought it when I sent Tom the James Gang Rides Again.  I thought it when Paul bought four titles from the Blues for Rockers blog.  I think about it almost every time I know I am putting a classic piece of music in the hands of anyone, old or young, man or woman, that is going to be hearing it for the very first time.\n\nI labeled it as \”first-listen jealousy\” in the title, but that’s only to a tiny little extent.  Mainly, turning people on to something that can potentially resonate positively with them throughout the remainder of their life is a pretty good feeling.\n\nBecause great music is good for your soul.  An investment in your soul.  And I may not have written the music (and by \”may\”, I mean not a chance), but I can sure as hell help spread it around.  And even though I do it because I believe in music, even though I did it for free in high school and college, and even though I’m sure I’ll spread it around long after there ain’t no more record stores… for now, if I can spread it around and make a living for my family, then I’ll keep owning a record store.\n\nHave a good time Michael.  That was a buck well spent.\n\n\n\nPost Record Store Geek Note: I couldn’t help but listen to \”As\” during the editing process (yeah, I do occasionally cut some rambling).  It’s like an instant burst of pure goodness.  In the middle, there’s the beautiful choruses of humming by the back-up singers, and then Stevie bursts in with the rough Stevie voice, and then the smooth Stevie voice.  I’m telling you this, I don’t know what God is, but at that point… when Stevie assures you that in spite of your troubles \”God knew exactly where he wanted you to be placed\”, it sure feels like something pretty powerful had to make that guy. One way or the other, that’s my kinda preacher.

The Greatest Chicago Blues – By Guest Blogger Bob Corritore

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

pilule sovaldi DVDs, buy cialis prostate LPs.\” src\=\”http://www.hoodlumsmusic.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/Blues-Month-Poster-2010-Web.jpg\” alt\=\”\” width\=\”180\” height\=\”281\” />\n\nSeptember is Blues Month at Hoodlums.  That means that all Blues CDs, DVDs, and LPs are 10% off the regular price throughout the month. New and used.  Special orders too.\n\nIt also means we are going to have some fun with the Blues.  In addition to a free live show with J.J. Grey (of J.J. Grey and Mofro), we will be featuring great blues titles in most of our listening posts.\n\nLast but not least, we are going to talk about the Blues.  As a Blues lover myself, I wrote a little blog called Blues for Rockers, which you are of course encouraged to check out.  I’ve been hanging around for a while, and I’ve learned about some really classic, cheap CDs… so I’m mildly qualified for such a task.\n\nOn the other hand, THIS blog is from perhaps the most qualified Bluesman in Phoenix: Mr. Bob Corritore.\n\n\n\nThat’s right… the guy that does Those Lowdown Blues on KJZZ.  The guy who owns the Rhythm Room.  The guy who’s played the harp with everyone on either side of the muddy water.  Here’s a couple more relevant links:\n\nBob’s Webpage\n\nBob’s Allmusic.com Page\n\n\n\nSee what I mean?  I am but a mere Blues fan. This guy lives the Blues.\n\nWe asked him – but we didn’t think he’d have time to do it.  He did it.  He submitted his list of Essential Chicago Blues CDs. Check it out and see what you think.  We used it to fills some little holes in our blues section.  (That means that Bob is going to cost me some money personally too).\n\nAnyway, check ‘em out.  Don’t forget, they are all on sale throughout September.  In addition, we’ve got Bob’s new CD (pictured), as well as a whole bunch of other great Phoenix Blues CDs… provided by, you guessed it, Bob himself.\n\nThanks again, amigo.\n

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Bob Corritore’s Essential Chicago Blues CDs\n\n1) Little Walter / The Complete Chess Masters / Hip-O Select\n\n2) Muddy Waters – His Best Vols 1 & 2 / Chess\n\n3) Howlin Wolf – His Best Vols 1 & 2 / Chess\n\n4) Robert Nighthawk / Bricks In My Pillow / Delmark\n\n5) Chicago The Blues Today Vols 1 2 & 3 / Vanguard\n\n6) JB Hutto & The Hawks / Hawk Squat / Delmark\n\n7) Junior Wells / Hoodoo Man Blues / Delmark\n\n8) Johnny Young / Chicago Blues / Arhoolie\n\n9) The Essential Sonny Boy Williamson / Chess\n\n10) Blues Masters / The Very Best Of Jimmy Reed / Rhino\n\n11) Big Walter Horton with Carey Bell / Alligator\n\n12) Koko Taylor / I Got What It Takes / Alligator\n\n13) Snooky Pryor / Shake A Hand / Blind Pig\n\n14) Eddie Taylor / Feel So Bad / HighTone\n\n15) Magic Slim / Scufflin’ / Blind Pig\n\n16) Elmore James / The Sky Is Crying / Rhino\n\n17) Jimmy Rogers / The Complete Chess Recordings / Chess\n\n18) Essential Magic Sam / Fuel\n\n19) Essential Otis Rush / Fuel\n\n20) Bo Diddley / His Best / Chess