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Our Writers Top Picks of the Year

Josh Spencer

  • The Autumns - Winter in a Silver Box EP
  • Ballydowse - The Land, the Bread, & the People
  • Days of the New II
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers - Californication
  • Zao - Liberate te ex Inferis


Michial Farmer

  • Wilco - Summerteeth
  • Luxury - s/t
  • Vigilantes of Love - Audible Sigh
  • Lost Dogs - Gift Horse
  • Starflyer 59 - Everyone Makes Mistakes


Shari Lloyd

  • Bruce Cockburn - Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu
  • Ballydowse - The Land, the Bread, & the People
  • Creed Human Clay
  • Iona Woven Cords
  • Lost Dogs - Gift Horse


Alex Klages

  • Adam Again- WW Favorites
  • Havalina Rail - America
  • Tri-danielson  - Omega
  • Five O'clock People - The Nothing Venture
  • Luxury - Luxury


Steve White

  • Moby: Play
  • Vigilantes of Love: Audible Sigh
  • Fleming & John: The Way We Are
  • Joy Electric: CHRISTIANsongs
  • Vigilantes of Love: 'Cross the Big Pond


Trish Patterson

  • This Train - The Emperor's New Band
  • Beki Hemingway - Too Much Plenty
  • Fleming & John - The Way We Are
  • Vigilantes of Love - Audible Sigh
  • Pegtop - Live


Israel Kloss

  • Seventy Sevens - EP
  • Stickman Jones - Blinding Bright
  • Pegtop - Live
  • Starflyer 59 - Everybody Makes Mistakes
  • Havalina Rail Co - America


Josh Marihugh

  • Creed - Human Clay which is by far and away the best thing I've heard this year.
  • Stavesacre - Speakeasy
  • Any Given Day - Passionate Worship for the Soul
  • Supertones - Chase the Sun
  • Sonicflood - s/t


Aaron Bell

  • Innocence Mission - Birds of My Neighborhood
  • Collective Soul - Dosage
  • Five O'Clock People - The Nothing Venture
  • Jars of Clay - If I Left the Zoo
  • Creed - Human Clay
Janet Friesen 
  • Julie Miller - Broken Things (definitely the best cd I bought all year!)
  • Buddy Miller - Cruel Moon
  • Iona - Woven Chord
  • Vigilantes of Love - Audible Sigh
  • This Train - The Emperor's New Band

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    Honorable mentions go to The Return of The Greivous Angel (various) and VoL's 'Cross The Big Pond.  (5 is just never enough!)


Justin Jones

  • Zao - Liberate te ex infernis
  • twothirtyeight - Even Matter Has It's Breaking Point
  • Spitfire - Dead Next Door
  • Pedro the Lion - The only reason I feel Secure
  • Joy Electric- Christiansongs


Eric Daams

  • All Star United - International Anthems
  • Beanbag - Free Signal
  • Simeon with Ivan Smith - Into the Mirror
  • Paul Colman Trio - Serious Fun
  • My Friend Stephanie - One of Those Days


Jeffrey Overstreet

  • The Innocence Mission - Birds of my Neighborhood
  • Tom Waits - Mule Variations
  • David Bowie - Hours
  • Bruce Cockburn - Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu
  • Over the Rhine - Amateur Shortwave Radio

  • runners-up:  I just started listening to Moby's "Play".  Wow.  Brilliantly fun stuff.  Wasn't Pedro the Lion's "It's Hard to Find a Friend" a '99 release?  It's pretty great as well.


Steve Stockman

  • Vigilantes of Love - Audible Sigh
  • Bruce Cockburn - Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu
  • Tonio K - Yugoslavia
  • Tom Waits - Mule Variations
  • Kate Campbell - Rosaryville 


Brett I MacAlpine 

  • Wilco - Summerteeth
  • Julie Miller - Broken Things
  • Old 97s: Fight Songs
  • Rage Against the Machine - The Battle of Los Angeles
  • Waterdeep - Everyone's Beautiful
and because it's just impossible to limit it to just 5...
  • Starflyer 59 - Everybody Makes Mistakes
  • Luxury - Luxury
  • Charlie Peacock - Kingdom Come
  • Poole - Among Whom We Shine
  • Switchfoot - New Way to Be Human


Jim Laverty

  • U2 - The B-Sides & The Best of 1980-1990
  • Sam Phillips - Zero Zero Zero
  • Vigilantes of Love - Audible Sigh
  • Various -  The Awakening Compilation, Vol. 2
  • Mike Scott - Still Burning
  • Wilco - Summerteeth
  • Havalina Rail Co. - America
  • Pegtop - Live
  • Seventy Sevens - EP
  • Billy Bragg and Wilco - Mermaid Avenue
  • The Latin Playboys - Dose
  • Bruce Cockburn - Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu (I haven't had a chance to listen to it yet but I know it will be good!)
  • Billy Lamont - Into the 21st Century


Tommy Jolly

  • Moby - Play
  • Tom Waits - Mule Variations
  • Havalina Rail Co. - America
  • Cassandra Wilson - Traveling Miles
  • Chasing Furies - With Abandon


Steve S Baldwin

  • Bruce Cockburn - Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu
  • Vigilantes of Love - Audible Sigh & Cross the Big Pond
  • Wilco - Summerteeth
  • Fleming & John - The Way We Are
  • Innocence Mission - Birds of My Neighborhood
Honorable mention to the following:
  • Havalina Rail Co - America 
  • Los Lobos - This Time
  • Cesar Rosas - Soul Disguise
  • This Train - Emperor's New Band
  • XTC - Apple Venus Volume One 


Glenn Harper

  • Wilco - Summerteeth
  • Dream Theater - Metropolis Part 2: Scenes from a Memory
  • Vigilantes of Love - Audible Sigh
  • Opeth - Still Life
  • Amorphis - Tuonela (tie) In Flames - Colony

  • honorable mentions: Luxury - s/t, Katatonia - Tonight's Decision, Old 97's - Fight Songs
    best live album: Metallica - S&M
Dave Draeger
  • Tom Waits - Mule Variations
  • Old 97's  - Fight Songs
  • Vigilantes of Love - Audible Sigh
  • Wilco - Summer Teeth
  • This Train - The Emperor's New Band


Aaron Pierce

  • Vigilantes of Love - Audible Sigh
  • Vigilantes of Love - 'Cross the Big Pond
  • Buddy Miller - Cruel Moon
  • Julie Miller - Broken Things
  • Tom Petty - Echo


James Stewart

  • Bruce Cockburn - Breakfast in New Orleans, Dinner in Timbuktu
  • Vigilantes of Love - Audible Sigh
  • Iona - Woven Cord
  • Julie Lee - Stones
  • Fleming and John - The Way We Are


Todd Ballard

  • Mr. Bungle - California
  • Two Thirty Eight - Matter Has a Breaking Point
  • Fugazi - Instrument
  • Beck - Midnite Vultures
  • Zao - Save Yourself from Hell 


Mattias G. Hembruch

  • 1) Mattie Grove - ??? (I forget the title)
  • DA - Our Personal Favourite World Famous Hits
  • Miranda Stone - 1 2 ... Trash a Few ... 99 100 (pullin' for the local band)
  • Vigilantes of Love - Audible Sigh
  • Barnabas - Hear the Light/Find Your Heart a HomeYes, I know these came out in 1979/81 (I think), but the CD re-release shipped about December 29th, 1999, and I got mine yesterday. I love it! Can't wait for Approaching Light Speed and Feel the Fire!
Albums I still need to/want to check out:
    Carolyn Arends - This Much I Understand 
    Chasing Furies - With Abandon
    Iona - Woven Cord
    Tonio K - Yugoslavia
    Lost Dogs - Gift Horse
    Mack the Coffee Man - Light Pours Through
    Julie Miller - Broken Things
    REZ - Hostage CD re-release
    Third Day - Time
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