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B3SCI TOP 50 ALBUMS OF 2011

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Although we’ve come to the end of the road, still Adele we can’t let you go. We’ve reached 2011’s closing hour and now it is time: b3sci presents it’s Top 50 Albums of 2011. No one’s even come close to having the year Adele’s had. The most albums sold in a single year since 2004, two of the biggest singles of the year, etc, a truly international breakthrough both commercially and critically on a level we haven’t seen in a long time. Adele, our girl, the crown is yours. 21 is b3sci’s Album of the year.

So where the fuck is Adele on many of these respected-indie-press-dude best of lists? That period between Nov 2010 when “Rolling in the Deep” first broke and the lead up to the album’s release in late January, Adele ruled the blogosphere, the fold was united. Then “RITD” got overplayed to the point of absurdity, your mom bought the record, probably your grandma bought it too; those bros that listen to Foo Fighters and Deadmau5 started bumping “Someone Like You” out their trunk. Soon, the “wrong people” liked 21 and Adele’s brief moment atop the indiesphere was over. Right.

Thanks for reading this year, y’all. We’ve got some big plans for 2012. Stay tuned. Much love.

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01. Adele – 21 (Buy It) (Read)

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02. The Weeknd – House of Balloons (Buy It) (Read)

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03. Drake – Take Care (Buy It) (Read)

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04. James Blake – James Blake (Buy It) (Read)

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05. Kendrick Lamar – Section.80 (Buy It) (Read)

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06. Gil Scott-Heron & Jamie xx – We’re New Here (Buy It) (Read)

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07. WU LYF – Go Tell Fire on the Mountain (Buy It) (Read)

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08. Jay-Z & Kanye West – Watch the Throne (Buy It) (Read)

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09. The Horrors – Skying (Buy It) (Read)

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10. M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming (Buy It) (Read)

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11. Wye Oak – Civilian (Buy It) (Read)

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12. Girls – Father Son, Holy Ghost (Buy It) (Read)

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13. Real Estate – Days (Buy It) (Read)

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14. A$AP Rocky – Live Love A$AP (Buy It) (Read)

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15. Sepalcure – Sepalcure (Buy It) (Read)

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16. PJ Harvey – Let England Shake (Buy It) (Read)

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17. The War on Drugs – Slave Ambient (Buy It) (Read)

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18. Charles Bradley – No Time For Dreaming (Buy It) (Read)

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19. Metronomy – The English Riviera (Buy It) (Read)

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20. SBTRKT – SBTRKT (Buy It) (Read)

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21. Oneohtrix Point Never – Replica (Buy It) (Read)

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22. The Vaccines – What Did You Expect From the Vaccines (Buy It) (Read)

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23. Destroyer – Kaputt (Buy It) (Read)

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24. The Antlers – Burst Apart (Buy It) (Read)

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25. tUnE-yArDs – w h o k i l l (Buy It) (Read)

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26. Beyonce – 4 (Buy It) (Read)

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27. Wild Flag – Wild Flag (Buy It) (Read)

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28. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds (Buy It) (Read)

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29. Big K.R.I.T. – Return of 4eva (Buy It) (Read)

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30. Clams Casino – Instrumentals (Buy It) (Read)

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31. Gillian Welch – The Harrow and the Harvest (Buy It) (Read)

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32. Low Roar – Low Roar (Buy It) (Read)

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33. AraabMUZIK – Electronic Dream (Buy It) (Read)

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34. Active Child – You Are All I See (Buy It) (Read)

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35. Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues (Buy It) (Read)

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36. Raphael Saadiq – Stone Rollin’ (Buy It) (Read)

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37. Cults – Cults (Buy It) (Read)

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38. Radiohead – The King of Limbs (Buy It) (Read)

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39. Florence + The Machine – Ceremonials (Buy It) (Read)

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40. Alex Clare – The Lateness of the Hour (Buy It) (Read)

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41. Nicolas Jaar – Space Is Only Noise (Buy It) (Read)

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42. Jhene Aiko – Sailing Soul(s) (Buy It) (Read)

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43. The Stepkids – The Stepkids (Buy It) (Read)

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44. Freddie Gibbs – Cold Day in Hell (Buy It) (Read)

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45. Gardens & Villa – Gardens & Villa (Buy It) (Read)

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46. Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know (Buy It) (Read)

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47. Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo (Buy It) (Read)

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48. Foster the People – Torches (Buy It) (Read)

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49. Explosions in the Sky – Take Care, Take Care, Take Care (Buy It) (Read)

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50. Friendly Fires – Pala (Buy It) (Read)

reviewed by
12-27-11

B3SCI TOP 50 SONGS OF 2010

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Compiling a year end Best of Songs list is not exactly the easiest ask. There are SO MANY great songs. And ‘the line’ between making one’s list a true Best of list vs. a Favorite songs of the year list can be quite the thin one. Here’s our best go at it. Also, if you’ve yet to check out our Top 50 Albums of 2010 list then you can get familiar HERE. Happy Holidays, and thanks for reading! We’ll see y’all in 2011…

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01. Adele – Rolling in the Deep (Buy It)

02-kanye-west-power
02. Kanye West -Power (Buy It)

03-cee-lo-green-fuck-you
03. Cee-Lo Green – Fuck You (Buy It)

04-aloe-blacc-i-need-a-dollar
04. Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar (Buy It)

05-tinie-tempah-pass-out
05. Tinie Tempah – Pass Out (Buy It)

06-alicia-keys-unthinkable-im-ready
06. Alicia Keys – Unthinkable (I’m Ready) (Buy It)

07-the-black-keys-tighten-up
07. The Black Keys – Tighten’ Up (Buy It)

08-beach-house-norway
08. Beach House – Norway (Buy It)

09-janelle-monae-tightrope-feat-big-boi
09. Janelle Monae – Tightrope (Feat. Big Boi) (Buy It)

10-james-blake-cmyk
10. James Blake – CMYK (Buy It)

11-far-east-movement-like-a-g6-feat-the-cataracts-and-dev
11. Far East Movement – Like a G6 (Feat. The Cataracts & Dev) (Buy It)

12-drake-fireworks-feat-alicia-keys
12. Drake – Fireworks (Feat. Alicia Keys) (Buy It)

13-bob-airplanes-feat-hayley-williams
13. B.o.B. – Airplanes (Feat. Hayley Williams) (Buy It)

14-arcade-fire-ready-to-start
14. Arcade Fire – Ready to Start (Buy It)

15-mia-born-free
15. M.I.A. – Born Free (Buy It)

16-swedish-house-mafia-one-feat-pharrell
16. Swedish House Mafia – One (Feat. Pharrell) (Buy It)

17-jose-james-made-for-love
17. Jose James – Made for Love (Buy It)

18-ski-beatz-cream-of-the-planet-feat-mos-def
18. Ski Beatz – Cream of the Planet (Feat. Mos Def) (Buy It)

19-the-fresh-onlys-waterfall
19. The Fresh and Onlys – Waterfall (Buy It)

20-rick-ross-super-high-feat-ne-yo
20. Rick Ross – Super High (Feat. Ne-Yo) (Buy It)

21-cassius-i-love-you-so
21. Cassius – I Love You So (Buy It)

22-gil-scott-heron-new-york-is-killing-me
22. Gil Scott-Heron – New York Is Killing Me (Buy It)

23-the-national-terrible-love
23. The National – Terrible Love (Buy It)

24-deadmau5-right-this-second
24. Deadmau5 – Right This Second (Buy It)

25-phantogram-as-far-as-i-can-see
25. Phantogram – As Far As I Can See (Buy It)

26-washed-out-you-i-feat-carolyn-polachek
26. Washed Out – You and I (Feat. Carolyn Polachek) (Buy It)

27-deerhunter-helicopter
27. Deerhunter – Helicopter (Buy It)

28-erykah-badu-window-seat
28. Erykah Badu – Window Seat (Buy It)

29-wiz-khalifa-black-yellow
29. Wiz Khalifa – Black & Yellow (Buy It)

30-big-boi-shutterbugg-feat-cutty
30. Big Boi – Shutterbugg (Feat. Cutty) (Buy It)

31-katy-b-katy-on-a-mission
31. Katy B – Katy On A Mission (Prod. by Benga) (Buy It)

32-mount-kimbie-field
32. Mount Kimbie – Field (Buy It)

33-lcd-soundsystem-oh-you-christmas-blues
33. LCD Soundsystem – Oh You (Christmas Blues) (Buy It)

34-jesse-rose-you-know-it
34. Jesse Rose – You Know It (Original Mix) (Buy It)

35-band-of-horses-laredo
35. Band of Horses – Laredo (Buy It)

36-kelis-4th-of-july-fireworks
36. Kelis – 4th of July (Fireworks) (Buy It)

37-funeral-party-just-because
37. Funeral Party – Just Because (Buy It)

38-the-soft-pack-more-or-less
38. The Soft Pack – More or Less (Buy It)

39-jeremy-messersmith-tatooine
39. Jeremy Messersmith – Tatooine (Buy It)

40-klaxons-echoes
40. Klaxons – Echoes (Buy It)

41-chapel-club-o-maybe-i
41. Chapel Club – O Maybe I (Buy It)

42-king-reign-money-feat-saukrates-and-kardinal-offishall
42. King Reign – Money (Feat. Saukrates and Kardinal Offishall) (FREE Download)

43-grinderman-worm-tamer
43. Grinderman- Worm Tamer (Buy It)

44-mona-listen-to-your-love
44. Mona – Listen To Your Love (Buy It)

45-the-sand-band-set-me-free
45. The Sand Band – Set Me Free (Buy It)

46-the-vaccines-blow-it-up
46. The Vaccines – Blow It Up (Buy It)

47-beady-eye-bring-the-light
47. Beady Eye – Bring the Light (Buy It)

48-lykke-li-get-some
48. Lykke Li – Get Some (Buy It)

49-shad-yaa-i-get-it
49. Shad – Yaa I Get It (Buy It)

50-professor-green-just-be-good-to-green-feat-lily-allen
50. Professor Green – Just Be Good To Green (Feat. Lily Allen) (Buy It)

Honorable Mentions:
Corinne Bailey Rae – Are You Here
Fat Joe – Ha Ha (Feat. Young Jeezy)
Chris Turner – Liquid Love
Flying Lotus – And The World Laughs With You (Feat. Thom Yorke)
Lissie – Record Collector
Crookers – Cooler Couleur
Dale Earnhardt jr jr – Simple Girl
J. Cole – Premeditated Murder
Cee Lo Green – I Want You (Demo)
Small Black – Weird Machines
NERD – Hypnotize You
Eliza Doolittle – Skinny Genes
Usher – OMG (Feat. Will.i.am.)
First Aid Kit – Ghost Town
Foals – Spanish Sahara
Nicos Gun – Dirty Girl
Flying Lotus – And the World Laughs With You (Feat. Thom Yorke)
Sia – Clap Your Hands
Taio Cruz – Dynamite
Flight Facilities – Crave You (Feat. Giselle)
Ciara – Ride the Beat (Feat. Ludacris)
Tinchy Stryder – Game Over (Feat. Giggs, Professor Green, Tinie Tempah, Example, Devlin, Chipmunk)
Crystal Castles – Celestica
Gayngs – The Gaudy Side of Town
Big K.R.I.T. – Country Shit
Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know
Everest – Let Go
E-Train – Never Love You
Breton – The Well
Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)
Badio – Kiss the Sky
Dylan LeBlanc – If Time Was for Wasting
Flux Pavilion – I Can’t Stop
Freddie Joachim – Transistors
Great Lake Swimmers – Gonna Make It Through This Year
Gorillaz – Empire Ants (Feat. Little Dragon)
Groove Armada – Paper Romance (Feat. Fenech-Soler)
Karen Elson – The Ghost Who Walks
Manic Street Preachers – I’m Leaving You For Solitude
Mark Ronson & The Business Int’l – Somebody to Love
PS I Love You – Facelove
Menomena – TAOS
Sleigh Bells – Kids
STS – Fuck A Hook (Prod. By Don Cannon)

reviewed by
12-25-10

B3SCI Top 50 Albums of 2010

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2010! What a year! We laughed, we cried, we got into it! It’s mid to late December, so you know what time it is, the presents are being wrapped, the tree is being trimmed, and all the world’s music writers are popping champagne and slapping each other fives, cause it’s Best of list season! So here goes the b3sci staff’s picks for the Top 50 LPs of the year. P.S. Many thanks to our readers for a super cool 2010, the blog has grown in ways we never could’ve imagined really. 2011 is going to be massive (unveiling the now under-construction site redesign!) so stay tuned to b3sci in the new year!

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Kanye West – All of The Lights (Feat. Elton John, Alicia Keys, Fergie, The-Dream, Tony Williams, Rihanna, Kid Cudi, John Legend, Charlie Wilson, Ryan Leslie, Elly Jackson)

02-gorillaz-plastic-beach
Gorillaz – Stylo (Feat. Bobby Womack and Mos Def)

03-flying-lotus-cosmogramma
Flying Lotus – Mmmhmm (Feat. Thundercat)

04-arcade-fire-the-suburbs
Arcade Fire – Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)

05-erykah-badu-new-amerykah-part-2-the-return-of-the-ankh
Erykah Badu – Fall in Love (Your Funeral)

06-cee-lo-green-the-lady-killer
Cee-Lo Green – Bright Lights Bigger City

07-foals-total-life-forever
Foals – Spanish Sahara

08-sade-soldier-of-love
Sade – The Moon and the Sky

09-tame-impala-innerspeaker
Tame Impala – Alter Ego

10-the-national-high-violet
The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio

11-the-black-keys-brothers
The Black Keys – The Next Girl

12-aloe-blacc-good-things
Aloe Blacc – You Make Me Smile

13-deadmau5-4-x-4-12
Deadmau5 – A City in Florida

14-the-tallest-man-on-earth-the-wild-hunt
The Tallest Man on Earth – A Lion’s Heart

15-janelle-monae-the-archandroid
Janelle Monae – Neon Valley Street

16-bonobo-black-sands
Bonobo – Stay the Same (Feat. Andreya Triana)

17-gil-scott-heron-im-new-here
Gil Scott-Heron – Me and the Devil

18-agalloch-marrow-of-the-spirit
Agalloch – They Escaped the Weight of Darkness

19-beach-house-teen-dream
Beach House – 10 Mile Stereo

20-big-boi-sir-lucious-left-foot-the-son-of-chico-dusty
Big Boi – General Patton

21-jose-james-blackmagic
Jose James – Lay You Down

22-first-aid-kit-the-big-black-and-the-blue
First Aid Kit – Hard Believer

23-salem-king-night
Salem – Frost

24-the-walkmen-lisbon
The Walkmen – Lisbon

25-band-of-horses-infinite-arms
Band of Horses – Infinite Arms

26-deerhunter-halcyon-digest
Deerhunter – Desire Lines

27-big-krit-wuz-here
Big K.R.I.T. – Hometown Hero

28-the-roots-how-i-got-over
The Roots – Dear God 2.0 (Feat. Monsters of Folk)

29-four-tet-there-is-love-in-you
Four Tet – Plastic People

30-the-morning-benders-big-echo
The Morning Benders – Excuses

31-mount-kimbie-crooks-and-lovers
Mount Kimbie – Adriatic

32-phantogram-eyelid-movies
Phantogram – When I’m Small

33-raheem-devaughn-the-love-war-masterpeace
Raheem DeVaughn – I Don’t Care

34-broken-bells-broken-bells
Broken Bells – The High Road

35-currensy-pilot-talk
Curren$y – Breakfast

36-corinne-bailey-rae-the-sea
Corinne Bailey Rae – I’d Do It All Again

37-tinie-tempah-disc-overy
Tinie Tempah – Snap

38-bob-the-adventures-of-bobby-ray
B.o.B. – Past My Shades (Feat. Lupe Fiasco)

39-grinderman-grinderman-2
Grinderman – Mickey Mouse and the Goodbye Man

40-the-soft-pack-the-soft-pack
The Soft Pack – Answer to Yourself

41-rick-ross-teflon-don
Rick Ross – Maybach Music III (Feat. T.I., Jadakiss, and Erykah Badu)

42-surfer-blood-astro-coast
Surfer Blood – Harmonix

43-massive-attack-heligoland
Massive Attack – Splitting the Atom (Feat. Horace Andy)

44-seu-jorge-seu-jorge-and-almaz
Seu Jorge – The Model

45-example-wont-go-quietly
Example – Kickstarts

46-delphic-acolyte
Delphic – Clarion Call

47-laura-marling-i-speak-because-i-can
Laura Marling – Blackberry Stone

48-futurebirds-hamptons-lullaby
Futurebirds – Johnny Utah

49-mia-maya
M.I.A. – XXXO

50-best-coast-crazy-for-you
Best Coast – Crazy For You

Honorable Mention:
TOKiMONSTA – Midnight Menu
UNKLE – Where Did the Night Fall
Crookers – Tons of Friends
Neil Young – Le Noise
Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings – I Learned the Hard Way
Broken Social Scene – Forgiveness Rock Record
Darker My Love – Alive As You Are
Lissie – Catching a Tiger
Ty Segall – Melted
Avi Buffalo – Avi Buffalo
Kings of Leon – Come Around Sundown
Summer Fiction – Summer Fiction
Small Black – New Chain
Freddie Joachim – Midway
Reflection Eternal – Revolutions Per Minute
Warpaint – The Fool
Nas & Damian Marley – Distant Relatives
Magnetic Man – Magnetic Man
Sleigh Bells – Treats
Local Natives – Gorilla Manor
Belle & Sebastian – Write About Love
Gayngs – Relayted
Professor Green – Alive Til I’m Dead
Deftones- Diamond Eyes
Ellie Goulding – Lights

reviewed by
12-17-10

b3SCI mixtapes: Halloween II

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HALLOWEEN.. AWWW YEAH!!! and this years mixtape kills it. so again we ask is the monster mash played out? yeah! do we give a fuck? no!

01. Curtiss King – Are You Afraid of the Dark
02. Smashing Pumpkins – Zero (Le Castle Vania Remix)
03. Colin Munroe – Bulletproof Monster (Feat. Nicki Minaj and La Roux)
04. Green Go – Brains for Breakfast
05. Grinderman – Hyper Tapeworm (UNKLE Remix)
06. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Heads Will Roll
07. The Diamonds – Batman, Wolfman, Frankenstein or Dracula
08. Roky Erickson – I Walked With A Zombie
09. O. Children – Dead Disco Dancer
10. Outkast – Dracula’s Wedding
11. NASA – Chase The Devil (Max Romeo Cover)
12. The Sonics – The Witch
13. Bobby “Boris” Pickett – Monster Mash
14. Death in Vegas – Aisha (Feat. Iggy Pop)
15. Swede:art – I’m A ROBOT (TOKiMONSTA Remix)
16. Natalia Kills – Zombie (Does It Offend You, Yeah Remix)
17. Screamin Jay Hawkins – I Hear Voices
18. The Cramps – Zombie Dance
19. The Misfits – Halloween
20. Autolux – Headless Sky
21. LAWS – Hold You Down (Feat. Big K.R.I.T. and Emelio Rojas)
22. Small Black – Weird Machines
23. The Specials – Ghost Town

download the full mixtape here

check last year’s mixtape here

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reviewed by
10-27-10