2010 Staff Picks

December 17th, 2010

Alsarah Abunama-Elgadi

Andreas Zettlmeissl
Ben-David Fenwick
Cameron Maher
Corey Galotta
Elias Kassatly
Erik Schneider
George Xanthopoulis
Jay Yee
Jessica Blackman (formerly Sagert)
Maurice Bernstein

Staff Picks of 2009
Staff Picks of 2008

Alsarah Abunama-Elgadi

Erykah Badu - Return of the Ankh
Tricky - Mixed Race
Laura Lopez Castro and Don Philippe - Optativo (NESOLA)
V/A - Pomegranates Persian Pop, Funk, and Psychedelic Rock of 60s -70s (Finder’s Keepers)
Aloe Blacc - Good Things

Andreas Zettlmeissl

Top 5 Records
Fitz & the Tantrums – Picking up the Pieces
Edward Sharp & the Magnetic Zeros – Up From Below
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr – Horse EP
Marina & the Diamonds – The Family Jewels

Top 6 Shows
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros @ Governors Island, NYC
Fools Gold (the band not the label) @ SXSW
Matt & Kim @ Siren Music Festival
Fitz & the Tantrums @ Mercury Lounge
Keys n Krates @ Bell House (CMJ)
Die Antwoord @ Hardfest NYC

Top 5 DJ sets
Robag Wruhme (Freude am Tanzen) all vinyl set @ a warehouse, Brooklyn
Moby @ Electric Zoo, NYC
Kruder & Dorfmeister @ Best Buy Theatre, NYC
Richie Hawtin @ Highline Ballroom, NYC
Rusko @ Webster Hall, NYC

Ben-David Fenwick

Janelle Monae – The Archandroid
Kelis – Flesh Tone
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Robyn – Body Talk
Yeasayer – Odd Blood

TV Shows
Doctor Who
Modern Family
True Blood
The Walking Dead

Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/
The Hype Machine http://hypem.com/
Joe.My.God. http://joemygod.blogspot.com/
Regretsy http://www.regretsy.com/
SoundCloud http://soundcloud.com/

Cameron Maher


Dessa – A Badly Broken Code
Janelle Monáe – The ArchAndroid
Big Boi – The Return of Sir Lucious Leftfoot
Erykah Badu – Return of the Ankh
Andreya Triana – Lost Where I Belong
Esperanza Spalding – Chamber Music Society
José James – Blackmagic
Kanye West – My Dark Beautiful Twisted Fantasy
Sia – We Are Born
Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer

Corey Galotta

Jose James – Blackmagic
Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Beach House – Teenage Dream
Ray LaMontagne and The Pariah Dogs – God Willin’ & The Creek Don’t Rise
The XX – XX

Erykah Badu – “Window Seat”
Aloe Blacc – “I Need A Dollar”
Broken Bells – “The High Road”
Jose James – “Love Conversation”
Ray Lamontagne – “Like Radio and Rock & Roll”

Elias Kassatly

Commercial Releases

Andreya Triana – Lost Where I Belong
Benny Tones – Chrysalis
Bilal – Airtight’s Revenge
Bonobo – Black Sands
Erykah Badu - Return Of The Ankh
José James - Blackmagic
Onra – Long Distance
Quadron – Quadron
SilHOUETTE Brown – Two
Ty – Special Kind of Fool

Free Releases
Aabaraki – The Pre-Release EP
Olivier Daysoul – Mr. Saint Louis EP
Sene & J57 – Eye Don’t Dream… But I Do
Sonnymoon – Golden Age
Tall Black Guy – Tall Black Guy Vs Michael Jackson

Ahu: To: Love
Albert Vargas: LoveLoveLove
Amerie: Fall In Love (Sam Champ Remix)
Das Racist: Coochie Dip City
Flako: I Want You feat. Dirg Gerner
George Levin: The Better Life Ft. Clara Hill (Restless Soul Vocal Mix)
Lusine: Twilight
Mark Ronson & The Business INTL: Somebody To Love
Miles Bonny x The Ins: J Birly
Pretty Lights: Look Both Ways
Slum Village: Scheming (Feat. J Dilla, Posdnuos & Phife)
Stray: You Seem So Far Away
Taylor McFerrin Feat. Ryat: A Place In My Heart
The Beatmaking Housewife feat. Reggie B: The Kingdom
Zhane: Crush (K15 Remix)

Erik Schneider

5 Year-Defining Singles:
Aloe Blacc – “I Need A Dollar” <Youtube>
Big Boi – “Shutterbugg” <Youtube>
Gil Scott-Heron – “New York Is Killing Me” <Youtube>
Gyptian – “Hold Yuh” <Youtube>
Miguel – “All I Want Is You” ft. J Cole <Youtube>

5 Albums To Enjoy In-Full:
Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two: Return of The Ankh [Motown]
Onra – Long Distance [All City]
Prince Fatty – Supersize [Mr Bongo]
Sharon Jones - I Learned The Hard Way [Daptone]
The Roots – How I Got Over – [Def Jam]

5 EPs In The Crate:
Basement Freaks – Disco Life EP [Jalapeno]
DJ Smash – Hollaphonics EP [Mobile Global Trax]
Jayson Brothers – The Game EP [Compost]
Mophono’s Halftone Society – The Sinicism EP [Bastard Jazz]
Space Invadas – Done It Again EP [BBE]

George Xanthopoulis

1. The Sword – “Arrows In The Dark”
2. Yeasayer – “Madder Red”
3. Mark Ronson – “Lose It (In The End)”
4. Crystal Castles – “Baptism”
5. Tunng – “Don’t Look Down Or Back”
6. Major Lazer & La Roux – “Hold Yuh” (Double Dubplate) ft. Gyptian

1. Tricky – Mixed Race
2. Broken Bells – Broken Bells
3. Mark Ronson & The Business Intl – Record Collection
4. Major Lazer & La Roux – Lazerproof
5. Yeasayer – Odd Blood
6. Optimo – Optimogeddon – 25 April 2010

Oldies Refound
1. Yeasayer – “2080″
2. Galt Mac Dermot – “The Flesh Failures / Let The Sunshine In”
3. This Mortal Coil – “Song To The Siren”
4. Primal Scream – “Accelerator”
5. Mazzy Star – “She’s My Baby”
6. Dead Disco – “The Treatment (Metronomy Mix)”

Free iPhone Apps
1. Pulse News
2. Epicurious
3. Kayak
4. News 360
5. Sandpit

Jay Yee
Enter The Void – Trailer
Night Slugs
Ciara’s “Ride”
James Dela Cruz Podcast #11 – Download (right-click, save as…) + Tracklist

Jessica Blackman

Alecia Chakour & The Osrah – Loomi <bandcamp>
Andreya Triana – Lost Where I Belong <youtube>
Aloe Blacc – Good Things <youtube>
Chromeo – Business Casual <youtube>
Corinne Bailey Rae – The Sea <youtube>
Erykah Badu - Return of the Ankh <youtube>
Janelle Monae – The ArchAndroid <youtube>
Quadron – Quadron <youtube>
Robyn – Body Talk Pt 1 <youtube>
Sade – Soldier of Love <youtube>
Sia – We are Born <youtube>
Yvette Rovira – Yvette Rovira <youtube>

Maurice Bernstein

Best of 2010
Janelle Monáe – The ArchAndroid
Mark Ronson Business INTL – Record Collection
John Legend and The Roots – Wake Up!
Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh
Sade – Soldier of Love
N*E*R*D – Nothing
Aloe Blacc - Good Things
Jose James - Blackmagic

Best TV Shows
Mad Men
Boardwalk Empire
World Cup Coverage

Best Movies
Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Toy Story 3

Best Books
Medium Raw – Anthony Bourdain
Life – Keith Richards
All Hopped Up & Ready To Go – Tony Fletcher
Imperfectionists – Tom Rachman