Thursday, January 31, 2008


Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Continuing our music history theme this week, your One Cup of Java Challenge question asks about Aerosmith. In 1977, they had a Top Ten single with “Walk This Way.” Your question this morning – what Mel Brooks movie, now a successful Broadway show, inspired the title of the song?

Answer: Young Frankenstein (the famous bit with Marty Feldman's Igor, to be exact).

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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge

Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: A little music history for today’s One Cup. On this date in 1973, 35 years ago today, KISS made their stage debut with a concert in Queens, New York. Two weeks later they had a record deal, and before long, comic books, pinball machines, lunch boxes, board games and a live-action TV movie, among about a 1000 other pieces of merchandise. And yes, they’re still out there – you can catch them in March in Australia. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning, especially for the Kiss Army: name the original four members of the band.

Answers: Gene Simmons, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley, and Peter Criss.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: A little music history for today’s One Cup of Java Challenge question. On this date in 1996, country musician Garth Brooks refused to accept his American Music Award for Favorite Overall Artist, leaving it on the podium after saying that another band had done more for music that year than he did. Keeping in mind that this was 1996 – your One Cup question this morning – what band, whose most recent studio album was 2005’s Looking For Lucky – did Garth think should have been honored?

Answer: Hootie and the Blowfish

Bonus Blog Trivia: 1996 was the first and only year the AMAs awarded this particular category.

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Monday, January 28, 2008

Monday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Yesterday, Tiger Woods won the Buick Invitational in San Diego, giving him 62 career PGA tournament wins and moving him into a tie with Arnold Palmer for fourth on the all-time wins list. He’s still twenty behind the all-time PGA tournament winner. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning – with 82 career tournament wins, who is the all-time PGA wins leader?

Answer: Sam Snead. Also between Tiger and the top spot are #2 Jack Nicklaus (73 wins) and #3 Ben Hogan (64 wins).

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Sunday, January 27, 2008

Membership Drive Hits Goal

The KXCI membership drive hit its $67,000 goal Sunday morning on The Gospel Truth!

Thank you to everyone who made a new or renewing pledge of support to Community Radio. Your support is invaluable!

If you didn't get a chance to give, you still can with a web pledge at

Now it's time to pick up your premium gifts! The KXCI membership office is open weekdays from 8:30am to 5pm at 220 South Fourth Avenue (1 1/2 blocks south of Broadway). We'll also be open this Thursday night, January 31st, until 7pm to give you extra time to stop by!

Thanks again for your generous support of YOUR Community Radio!

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Newest Public Service Messages

The newest public service announcements airing at your listener-supported Community Radio!

BIKE RIDE: The KONA 24 Hours In The Old Pueblo Bike Ride is one of the largest 24-hour bike events in North America. 3,000 participants ride in mid-February over President’s Day Weekend. Volunteers are needed to make this charity event as successful as possible. To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the 24 Hours In The Old Pueblo ride, visit

FLUTE: The Old Fort Lowell Neighborhood Association hosts an evening with Native American flute player Scott August in a benefit for San Pedro Chapel and the Tucson Native American Flute Circle. The concert is February 7th at 7pm at San Pedro Chapel, 5230 East Fort Lowell. For tickets and information, call Penny at 325-3843.

MOBILE MEALS: You can help to drive away hunger! Mobile Meals of Tucson needs volunteers to deliver meals to homebound adults in our community. Deliveries are made at noontime Monday through Friday. A route takes about 90 minutes to drive. A valid driver’s license and insurance is required. Mobile Meals also needs office volunteers. To learn more, call 622-1600.

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Membership Drive Update: 78% Of The Way There

As of 11am Friday, we've raised $52,185 toward our goal of $67,000, making it likely that the January membership drive will end this weekend (yay!).

That depends of course on your support - please make a pledge right now at (520) 623-1000 or online through our secured server at Each and every gift gets us closer to our goal and closer to the money we need to continue the operation of your non-profit Community Radio.

Thanks in advance!!!

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Thursday, January 24, 2008

The Mother Truckers - Live@5 Friday, Jan. 15th

Tune in to The Homestretch for a Live@5 performance from alt-country rockers The Mother Truckers this Friday. The notes below are from th Club Congress website.

The Mothers Truckers
are blasting their way through the west and are stopping by their old watering/rocking hole to kick out some of that old style rock n’ country roll. We ain’t talking about some old timey, porch-sipping, string-plucking music, we’re talking about beer-swigging, dance floor-popping, sweat-pouring, country deep-fried rock n’ roll!

Warming things up are two headlining acts in their own right, Fourkiller Flats and The Wyatts.

But most of all…

The show is FREE, you read us right, FREE.

And ALSO, the first 100 people in get a free
copy of The Mother Truckers’ album Broke Not Broken.

Club Congress - Friday, January 25, 2008 - 9:00 pm

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Sofia ***CANCELLED***

Tonight 's Sofia show and today's Live@5 are cancelled.
Their van broke down today and they won't be able to make it to town.
Look for them back in the group Po' Girl later this spring.

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Sofia Live@5 - Thursday 1/24

KXCI heard the sweet and stark music of Sofia and decided to help bring them to town in co-production with Solar Culture Gallery. KXCI is proud to sponsor this intimate acoustic show.
They will be performing for Live@5 on the Homestretch and at Solar Culture tonight at 8pm.

Sofia is a duo that features Canadian singer songwriters Allison Russell and Awna Teixeira from celebrated folk group Po’ Girl. They make music that is hard to categorize- call it 21st century roots. They are "folk" in the way that Edith Piaf, Elizabeth Cotton and Billy Holiday are folk- modern torch bearers of an ongoing and vital tradition.
Barely two years old, Sofia has already toured extensively playing shows in Canada, the USA, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Mexico and Australia.
They come through Tucson Thursday night in a show sponsored by KXCI.

Thursday, January 24; 8 PM
Solar Culture
31 East Toole

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Sunday, January 20, 2008

Membership Drive Update

As of 2pm Sunday afternoon, KXCI has raised $34,146 in membership support during our January membership drive. This is more than half way to our $67,000 goal - an impressive start that will continue to build momentum with YOUR gift right now.

Please call (520) 623-1000 to make your tax-deductible gift to KXCI Community Radio, or pledge online at our web store - just click "Pledge Now" at the top of any page at

Thanks in advance for your support!

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Friday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

Friday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Our question today features the star of this week’s featured album of the week, Ringo Starr. In the film A Hard Day’s Night, Ringo is asked at one point if he is a “mod” or a “rocker.” Your One Cup question this morning – what does Ringo reply that he is?

Answer: A mocker.

Be sure to catch our Beatles' covers special, Wednesday on the Music Mix (10-Noon, 1-3pm) with Anne and Paul!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge

Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Bond, James Bond, is the subject for today’s One Cup of Java Challenge question. Desmond Llewellyn holds the record for appearing in the most James Bond movies – 17 – in his role as Q. Your One Cup of Java question this morning – what did the one letter designation “Q” stand for?

Answer: Quartermaster

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Friday, January 11, 2008

Newest Public Service Messages

DESERT MUSEUM: The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum offers a “walk with the keeper” program on Thursday mornings. This behind-the-scenes tour lets you see the Desert Museum through the eyes of an animal keeper. The walking tour is about 90 minutes long and guests will be able to meet animals up close while learning about animal care. Tickets are sold first come, first serve, on Thursday mornings. Learn more at

TAX HELP: The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program provides free tax preparation for low- to moderate-income families and individuals in the Tucson area. The program allows people to receive tax benefits available to them, including the Earned Income Tax Credit, increasing refunds by up to $4,700 depending on family size and earned income. The United Way has 14 free tax prep sites in Tucson. Learn more at

BOOK SALE: The next Friends of the Pima County Public Library book sale is February 2nd through the 19th. Sales are held at the Book Barn, 2230 North Country Club. Proceeds benefit the public library system. Learn more at

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Friday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

Friday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in 1987, the Bangles’ “Walk Like An Egyptian” was on top of the Billboard pop singles charts for the fourth and final week – making The Bangles (at the time) only the fourth girl group to have a single top the charts for four weeks in a row. We’ll give our final pairs of Bob Dylan movie tickets to each of the people who can name another girl group who topped the singles charts for four weeks or more in a row. To help you out, it happened in 1963, 1964 and 1977, and we don’t need the name of the song, just the name of the group.

Answer: The Chiffons with 63's “He’s So Fine” The Supremes in 1964 with “Baby Love” and The Emotions in 1977 with “Best Of My Love."

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

BEATLES SPECIAL: Wednesday, Jan. 23rd

Two of our Wednesday Music Mixers, Anne Shivers and Paul Fisher, have spent "eight days a week" putting together a Beatles music special for your enjoyment - extra special because they aren't going to play any music BY The Beatles!

Tune in Wednesday, January 23rd from 10am-noon (Anne) and 1-3pm (Paul) for four great hours of the songs you love and remember - but not the versions put out by John, Paul, George and Ringo. Instead, we'll be focusing on covers, both classical and rare, of The Beatles catalog, as well as covers of solo material from the boys' post-breakup careers.

We invite you to "come together" for this unique look at the Fab Four - Wednesday, January 23rd and obviously - only on YOUR Community Radio KXCI.

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BOB DYLAN DAY: Sunday, Jan. 20th

Those great Bob Dylan specials that KXCI aired in October and November, talking about the different aspects of Bob's long career, are back again on BOB DYLAN DAY at your Community Radio - Sunday, January 20th from 10am to 3pm.

BOB DYLAN DAY radio documentaries feature Dylan performances and include interviews and recollections about Bob with keys folks like John Hammond, Dave Von Ronk, John Hiatt and Roger McGuinn. All the documentaries are hosted by Patti Smith.

Each can't miss documentary focuses on a different aspect of Dylan's storied career: the young folk troubador; the "electric" transformation; his religious period; and his return to folk/blues roots.

Tune in for 5 great hours of music from a living legend, and tune in for special premiums as well! BOB DYLAN DAY comes during the KXCI membership drive, and we'll be offering opportunties to grab Dylan music, documentaries, books and more.

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Thursday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge: A little ancient history for today’s One Cup of Java Challenge. On this date in 49BC, the Roman civil war was ignited when Julius Caesar reentered Roman lands with a legion of troops. Specifically, he crossed over the river that was the northern boundary for Roman lands, and in the process gave us an idiom meaning “to go past a point of no return.” Your One Cup question this morning – what river did Julius Caesar cross 2057 years ago today?

Answer: Caesar “crossed the Rubicon.”

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Early Renewal Update: $8439.30 and counting!

KXCI's next membership drive starts Thursday, January 17th, but you don't have to wait to make a gift to the station you love!

In fact, we encourage early renewals because they help shorten the on-air portion of our drive. Each $232 or so raised "early" becomes one less hour that includes asking for money... and that means one more hour filled with great music!

So far we've raised $8439.30 in early renewal funds, cutting more than 36 hours off of the drive. We're aiming to hit $12,000 in early renewals (and additional gifts by current members!).

To make your show of support right now, visit

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17th Street Band, January 15th

The 17th Street Band returns to Barrio Brewery (800 East 16th St.) on Tuesday, January 15th for their montly gig in support of KXCI.

$5 gets you in the door for two hours of great music, starting at 7pm. The 17th Street Band is a "who's who" of local musicians specializing in rock, soul, blues and jazz covers and originals. Learn more about the band at

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Happy Birthday Jimmy Page!

Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Jimmy Page is celebrating his 64th birthday today. Our One Cup of Java Challenge question asks you to provide the name under which the band Led Zeppelin completed their first concert tour.

Answer: The New Yardbirds, a temporary name born out of Page's need to fulfill a touring contract for The Yardbirds.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Win "I'm Not There" tickets to The Loft Cinema!

Beginning Tuesday, January 8th, KXCI will be giving away 25 pairs of tickets to see the new Bob Dylan biopic "I'm Not There," currently playing The Loft Cinema on Speedway.

All you have to do to win is tune in to the station and be the correct caller when the contest is announced. Tickets will be given away on Your Morning Brew (7-10am), the Music Mix (10am-noon, 1-3pm), Democracy Now! (noon-1pm) and The Home Stretch (3-6pm).

The film features a great, must-have soundtrack, too, with covers of Dylan tunes by Cat Power, Willie Nelson, Roger McGuinn, Jack Johnson and dozens of other KXCI favorites. You can buy the album by clicking the link below - and part of your purchase through Amazon will support KXCI!

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Don't Let The Kids See This Post!

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: A little American history for today’s One Cup of Java Challenge, concerning a certain significant number in our country’s history. The very first number, on January 1st, 1791, was calculated at $75,463,476.52. But on this date in history, January 8th, 1835 – it was calculated at zero, the only day in U.S. history that it has been zero. Today it’s much larger than zero. Your One Cup of Java Challenge: based on the clues provided, what number are we describing, a number that stood at zero exactly 173 years ago today.

Answer: The national debt

The Outstanding Public Debt as of 8am local time today is $9,203,120,473,964.93, or roughly $30,271 per person. Of course, that was as of 8am - to see where the debt is now, keep watching the debt clock spin:

The Gross National Debt

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Monday, January 07, 2008

It's A Small World After Aaaaaggghhh!!!!

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Artists Joyce Carloson died Friday at the age of 84. You might not know her name but it's probable you've been part of her most famous work, created for the 1964 World's Fair but now found in Florida, California, Tokyo, Paris and Hong Kong. To her credit, she's NOT responsible for the song that plays over and over and over. Your One Cup question this morning - name the attraction designed by Joyce Carlson, meant to promote world peace but which leaves Randy wanting to scream.

Answer: Disney's It's A Small World ride.

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Friday, January 04, 2008

Tennis, Anyone? / One Cup of Java Challenge

Friday's One Cup of Java Challenge: The Olympics aren’t until August, but we’ve got a little Olympic trivia for you for this morning’s One Cup of Java Challenge – asking you to name the first Olympic sport in which women were allowed to participate. It occurred at the 1900 Summer Olympics, and the first woman to win gold was named Charlotte Cooper.

Answer: Tennis (Cooper had already won Wimbledon 3 times!)

Bonus Blog Trivia: The 1900 Summer Olympics also featured a tug-of-war, won by the combined Sweden/Denmark team. Kite flying was a non-medal demonstration sport as well.

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: A little invention history for today’s One Cup. On this date in 1888, Marvin C. Stone received a US patent for his only famous invention, which really was a modern take on an item with historic usage. That item, still commonly used today, helps in the transfer of liquids from one location to another. I keep one in my glove box in case they forget to give me one when they should, and I once wrote an angry letter to the city of Tucson because they wouldn’t let me have one at a hockey game. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning – name this item patented by Marvin Stone on this date in 1888, whose successful usage depends an awful lot on the size of its bore.

Answer: The drinking straw

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Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Monday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: In terms of U.S. ticket sales, four films raked in more than $300 million at the box office in 2007. Only one of them was not a sequel. Your One Cup question this morning – name the only film to make both an initial impression and $300 million last year. One clue: the film had more than meets the eye.

Answer: Transformers

The take for the top four films (domestic box office): Spider-Man 3, $336,530,303; Shrek 3, $321,012,359; Transformers, $319,071,806; and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, $309,420,425.

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Tuesday, January 01, 2008

10... 9... 8... The Top Albums Countdown Continues!

We're in the Top 10 of our Top 100 Albums of 2007 Countdown - the cream of the musical crop, counted out for you below.

We've added convenient Amazon links for you to pick up new or used copies of these great albums for your personal collection, as well as links to pick up albums that don't appear on Amazon (you'll see!) Remember: a percentage of every purchase you make through supports Community Radio, but only if you follow the links we've provided here (otherwise we don't get credit!). Thanks and read on!!!

#10 Peter Bjorn And John, Writer's Block

#9 Feist, The Reminder

#8 Andrew Bird, Armchair Apocrypha

#7 Bright Eyes, Cassadaga

#6 The Shins, Wincing The Night Away

#5 Spoon, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

#4 Modest Mouse, We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank

#3 KXCI Presents Locals Only Volume 4

Obviously, available from us! If you don't already own a copy, pick up up for $10 at

#2 Kevin Pakulis, Mockingbird Radio

Other great local artist not available on Amazon, but you can pick up this album (and his earlier one) at CD Baby:

#1 KXCI Presents Live From Studio 2A, Volume 7

Another great KXCI CD to add to collection, featuring tracks from other artists in this countdown including Laura Veirs, The Clientele, and Willy Mason:

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Top 100 Albums: #25 - #11

We're in The Home Stretch... in more ways than one. Amber is spinning the Top 25 albums in our Top 100 Albums of 2007 Countdown, a New Year's Day tradition at KXCI Community Radio.

Beginning at #25, we've added convenient Amazon links for you to pick up new or used copies of these great albums for your personal collection. Remember: a percentage of every purchase you make through supports Community Radio, but only if you follow the links we've provided here (otherwise we don't get credit!). Thanks and read on!!!

#25 Keller Williams, Dream

#24 Wilco, Sky Blue Sky

#23 Calexico, Tool Box
A tour only CD not available at Amazon - but now available through their website!

#22 Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, Like, Love, Lust & The Open Halls of the Soul

#21 The Polyphonic Spree, The Fragile Army

#20 various artists, I'm Not There soundtrack

#19 Lelia Lopez, The Roots and the Crops
Another great local artist who isn't available at Amazon, but try CD Baby:

#18 Mavis Staples, We'll Never Turn Back

#17 Lucinda Williams, West

#16 Amy Winehouse, Back to Black

#15 Elvis Perkins, Ash Wednesday

#14 Iron & Wine, The Shepherd's Dog

#13 Arcade Fire, Neon Bible

#12 Willy Mason, If The Ocean Gets Rough

#11 The New Pornographers, Challengers

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Top 100 Albums: #50 - 26

The countdown of the top 100 albums of 2007 at KXCI continues:

#50 Patty Griffin, Children Running Through
#49 Deerhoof, Friend Opportunity
#48 Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Lifeline
#47 The Good, The Bad, And The Queen, self-titled
#46 Bonobo, Days To Come

#45 Chuck Prophet, Soap And Water
#44 The Decemberists, The Crane Wife
#43 Josh Rouse, Country Mouse City House
#42 Los Lobos, The Town And The City
#41 Rilo Kiley, Under The Blacklight

#40 Ryan Adams, Easy Tiger
#39 The Cat Empire, Two Shoes
#38 Steve Earle, Washington Square Serenade
#37 Manu Chao, La Radiolina
#36 Rainer, The Westwood Sessions Volume 1

#35 Over The Rhine, The Trumpet Child
#34 Angelique Kidjo, Djin Djin
#33 The Slip, Eisenhower
#32 Lee Hazelwood, Cake or Death
#31 Radiohead, In Rainbows

#30 Suzanne Vega, Beauty And Crime
#29 Cake, B-Sides and Rarities
#28 Po Girl, Home To You
#27 Jose Saavedra, Ver Cada Ver
#26 Ozomatli, Don't Mess With The Dragon

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Top 100 Albums: #75-#51

The countdown of KXCI's Top 100 Albums of 2007 continues through The Home Stretch, when Amber will play the entire #1 album!

Here are albums #75 - #51






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Top Albums of 2007: #100 - #76 plus some "almost" albums

KXCI is spending New Year's Day with our annual tradition of counting down the top albums of the previous year (based on number of spins). The countdown continues through The Home Stretch this afternoon, stay tuned to find out where your favorites landed in the countdown...

Here's a recap of the first 25 albums (#100 - #76) followed by a list of about ten albums that "almost" made the countdown, missing the top 100 by only a spin or two...

#100 Ted Leo And The Pharmacists, Living With The Living
#99 Jon Rauhouse, Steel Guitar Heart Attack
#98 The Ike Reilly Assassination, We Belong To The Staggering Evening
#97 Robert Plant and Alison Krauss, Raising Sand
#96 Luca, Fractions

#95 The Broken West, I Can't Go On, I'll Go On
#94 Lila Downs, La Cantina
#93 Shout Out Louds, Our Ill Will
#92 Okkervil River, The Stage Names
#91 Jens Lekman, Night Falls Over Kortedala

#90 The Real Tuesday Weld, The London Book of the Dead
#89 Bruce Springsteen, Magic
#88 Ian Moore, To Be Loved
#87 Laura Veirs, Saltbreakers
#86 Andy Palacio and The Garifuna Collective, Watina

#85 The Wayback Machine, Welcome To The Family
#84 Moe., The Conch
#83 Beck, The Information
#82 Greyhound Soul, Tonight And Every Night
#81 The Apples In Stereo, New Magnetic Wonder

#80 The Clientele, God Save The Clientele
#79 Dirty Martini, Tea And Revenge
#78 Poncho Sanchez, Raise Your Hand
#77 The Tryst, Thirsty World
#76 Great Northern, Trading Twilight For Daylight

Ten great albums that just missed the Top 100:
LCD Soundsystem, Sound of Silver
Howe Gelb, Upside Down Home
VHS or Beta, Bring On The Comets
Joan Armatrading, Into The Blues
Ceu, Ceu
Air, Pocket Symphony
Son Volt, The Search
Old Crow Medicine Show, Big Iron World
Lily Allen, Alright Still
Jose Gonzalez, In Our Nature

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