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To create CKUA’s Essential Albums of 2016 list, we wanted tap on the musical tastes of our programmers and beyond. We invited more than 30 CKUA hosts and programming staff, 10 musicians of various genres and disciplines, and 10 pillars of Alberta’s music community to be a part of our year-end poll.

Nearly 35 of the folks we invited to be part of our jury stepped up to provide their favourite albums of the year. We gave each expert 100 points to divide over the albums on their list. Each album could be assigned a maximum of 30 points (for future classics) and a minimum of 5 (for a strong showing.)

You can see each jurors personal essentials list below. Be sure to see the master list we’re calling CKUA’s Essential Albums of 2016.

Adam Fox

Director of Programs: National Music Centre

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Blood Orange

Freetown Sound:  20 points    

Mangy Love

Cass McCombs:   20 points

Retribution

Tanya Tagaq:   20 points

Feelin Kinda Free

The Drones:   10 points

Kompakt

Weeval:   10 points

Hope 6 Demolition Project

PJ Harvey:   10 points

Blackstar

David Bowie:   5 points

You Want It Darker

Leonard Cohen:   5 points

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Adam Hicks

aka DJ Cosm of Dragon Fli Empire

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We Got it From Here… Thank You For Your Service

A Tribe Called Quest : 15 points

99.90%

Kaytranada: 10 points

And the Anonymous Nobody…

De La Soul: 10 points

Atrocity Exhibition

Danny Brown: 10 points

Food Chain

Dillon & Paten Locke: 10 points

IV

Badbadnotgood: 10 points

Malibu

Anderson Paak: 10 points

Save Yourself

Elucid: 10 points

The Impossible Kid

Aesop Rock: 10 points

Everything In Between

Ugly Heroes: 5 points

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Allison Brock

Host: Wide Cut Country

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Colvin & Earle

Colvin & Earle: 10 points

Dori Freeman

Dori Freeman: 10 points

Everyday Life

Carter Felker: 10 points

I Was So Fond Of You

Matt Patershuk: 10 points

Kings & Kings

Blackie And The Rodeo Kings: 10 points

Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry: 10 points

Silverhill

Scott Nolan: 10 points

The Bird & The Rifle

Lori McKenna: 10 points

Weight Of The World

Western Centuries: 10 points

You’re Dreaming

Cactus Blossoms: 10 points

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Amy van Keeken

Guest Host/Musician

 

Mangy Love

Cass McCombs: 30 points

Echoes of the Dreamtime

Miranda Lee Richards : 20 points

Human Performance

Parquet Courts: 10 points

Introducing Karl Blau

Karl Blau: 10 points

Still Holding

The Highest Order: 10 points

Strange Country

Kacy & Clayton: 10 points

The Long Shadow

Shuyler Jansen : 10 points

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Andy Donnelly

Host: The Celtic Show

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Doolin

Doolin: 20 points

Gathering

Maria Dunn: 20 points

Oysterband

This House Will Stand: 20 points

The Story

Runrig: 20 points

Whalebone

Mirabilia: 20 points

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Arthur Fafard

owner of Blackbyrd

You Want It Darker

Leonard Cohen: 25 points

Skeleton Tree

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: 20 points

Blackstar

David Bowie: 15 points

22, A Million

Bon Iver: 10 points

A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

Sturgill Simpson: 10 points

Boots No. 1: Official Revival Bootleg

Gilliam Welch: 10 points

Sirens

Nicolas Jaar: 10 points

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Baba Singh

Host: Mid-Morning Mojo

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You Want It Darker

Leonard Cohen: 25 points

Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998 – 2016

Jack White: 20 points

57th And 9th

Sting: 15 points

A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead: 15 points

Remember Us To Life

Regina Spektor: 15 points

Keep Me Singing

Van Morrison: 10 points

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Cam Hayden

Host: Friday Night Blues Party

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Aki Goes to Bollywood

Aki Kumar: 20 points

Blues and Ballads: A Folk Singers Songbook; Vol 1&2

Luther Dickensen: 20 points

Devil You Know

Big Dave McLean: 20 points

Wash My Horse in Champagne

Big Harp George: 20 points

You Think It’s Hot In Here

Mike Henderson Band: 20 points

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Cindy McLeod

Calgary Blues Fest A.D.

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Blue Highways

Colin James: 10 points

Devestatin’ Rhythm

David Vest: 10 points

Even Redheads Get The Blues

Debra Power: 10 points

Jawbreaker

Dawn Tyler Watson: 10 points

Oop!

Al Muirhead: 10 points

Ride the One

Paul Reddick: 10 points

So Low

Tim Williams: 10 points

Time To Roll

MonkeyJunk: 10 points

Words

Amanda Tosoff: 10 points

You Want it Darker

Leonard Cohen: 10 points

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David Ward

Host: Freeway

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A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead: 5 points

case/lang/veirs

case/lang/veirs: 5 points

Day Of The Dead

Various artists: 5 points

Dig In Deep

Bonnie Raitt: 5 points

Ghost Light

Royal Wood: 5 points

Good Advice

Basia Bulat: 5 points

I Was So Fond Of You

Matt Patershuk: 5 points

Love Letter For Fire

Sam Beam, Jesca Hoop: 5 points

Magic Fire

The Stray Birds: 5 points

Matadora

Danny Michel: 5 points

Never Twice

Nick Waterhouse: 5 points

Secular Hymns

Madeleine Peyroux: 5 points

Some Curious Birds

Danielle Knibbe: 5 points

Song and Dance Man

Jason Collett: 5 points

Soul Run

Tanika Charles: 5 points

Stadium Cake

Oh Pep!: 5 points

Stranger To Stranger

Paul Simon: 5 points

The Family Album

Matthew and Jill Barber: 5 points

The Northern South, vol.1

Whitehorse: 5 points

True Sadness

The Avett Brothers: 5 points

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Elliott Garnier

CKUA Sr. Producer

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Ape in Pink Marble

Devendra Banhart: 10 points

Blackstar

David Bowie: 10 points

Blonde

Frank Ocean: 10 points

For Evelyn

Hannah Georgas: 10 points

Javelin

Jordan Klassen: 10 points

Still Holding

The Highest Order: 10 points

The Long Shadow

Shuyler Jansen: 10 points

The Party

Andy Shauf: 10 points

Waltzed in from the Rumbling

Plants and Animals: 10 points

You Want It Darker

Leonard Cohen : 10 points

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Grant Stovel

Host: Alberta Morning

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(I Don’t Want to Hear Your) Break Up Songs

Ayla Book & the Sound Men: 5 points

Abandoned Mansion

Dr. Dog: 5 points

Call Me Back if You Can Dig the Music

Mariya May: 5 points

Day Of The Dead

Various artists: 5 points

Down Below, The Status Quo

Erin Costelo: 5 points

Dragonz

The Apples: 5 points

Durand Jones & the Indications

Durand Jones & the Indications: 5 points

In The Magic Hour

Aoife O’Donovan: 5 points

IV

BADBADNOTGOOD: 5 points

Live in Berlin

Gregory Porter: 5 points

Love Yes

TEEN: 5 points

Seasons Are Circling

Colleen Brown: 5 points

Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit

Royal Canoe: 5 points

Strange Country

Kacy & Clayton: 5 points

The Long Shadow

Shuyler Jansen: 5 points

True Blue

Jesse and the Dandelions: 5 points

Waltzed In From the Rumbling

Plants and Animals: 5 points

We Are the Halluci Nation

A Tribe Called Red: 5 points

Wildflower

The Avalanches: 5 points

You Want It Darker

Leonard Cohen: 5 points

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Hayley Muir

Host: The Spot

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A Seat At The Table

Solange: 10 points

Ancient Shapes

Ancient Shapes: 10 points

Call Me Back If You Can Dig The Music

Mariya May: 10 points

Changes

Charles Bradley: 10 points

Lemonade

Beyonce: 10 points

Miss Sharon Jones!

Sharon Jones: 10 points

Never Twice

Nick Waterhouse: 10 points

Sea Of Noise

St. Paul & The Broken Bones: 10 points

Special Night

Lee Fields: 10 points

The Columbia Years 1968-1969

Betty Davis: 10 points

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Holger Petersen

Host: Natch’l Blues

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Better The Devil You Know

Big Dave McLean: 10 points

Blue Highways

Colin James: 10 points

God Don’t Ever Change The Songs of Blind Willie Johnson

various: 10 points

Hold ON!

James Hunter Six: 10 points

Jumpin’ and Boopin’

Kenny Blues Boss Wayne: 10 points

Let It Roll

MonkeyJunk: 10 points

Livin’ On A High Note

Mavis Staples: 10 points

Porcupine Meat

Bobby Rush: 10 points

The Happiest Man in the World

Eric Bibb: 10 points

The Last Waltz 40th

The Band and guests: 10 points

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Jason Flammia

Executive Director of UP+DT Music & Arts Festival

Hold/Still

Suuns: 15 points

Paradise

White Lung: 14 points

A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead: 12 points

Eternally Even

Jim James: 12 points

Heads Up

Warpaint: 12 points

The Bones of a Dying World

If These Trees Could Talk: 11 points

Wildflower

The Avalanches: 10 points

IV

Black Mountain: 9 points

Something Got Lost Between Here and the Orbit

Royal Canoe: 5 points

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Kathryn Calder

Guest host/Musician

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Heavy Feather

Rolla Olak: 8 points

Premium

Sam Evian: 8 points

A Hot Second with The Velveteins

The Velveteins : 7 points

As If Apart

Chris Cohen: 7 points

Cult Following

Little Scream: 7 points

Emotional Mugger

Ty Segall: 7 points

For Evelyn

Hannah Georgas: 7 points

For The Sun

Layten Kramer: 7 points

Home Wrecking Years

Brendan Canning: 7 points

Preoccupations

Preoccupations: 7 points

Singing Saw

Kevin Morby: 7 points

Still Holding

The Highest Order: 7 points

Sun City Eater in the River of Light

Woods: 7 points

You Want It Darker

Leonard Cohen: 7 points

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Kodi Hutchinson

Host: A Time for Jazz

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This Happy Madness

Cory Weeds & The Jeff Hamilton Trio: 20 points

Live In Berlin

Gregory Porter: 15 points

Twenty

Metalwood: 15 points

Countdown

Joey Alexander: 10 points

Duopoly

Kris Davis: 10 points

Oop!

Al Muirhead: 10 points

Quietly There

Cheryl Fisher: 10 points

Steppin’ Up

Kent Sangster’s Obsessions Octet: 5 points

Upward Spiral

Branford Marsalis Quartet with Kurt Elling: 5 points

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Lark Clark

Host: World Spinning

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Imarhan

Imarhan: 18 points

Jamal

Alkibar Junior: 18 points

Heritage

Richard Bona & Mandekan Cubano: 17 points

Lema Lema

Eva Salina: 9 points

Fly Home

Mohsin Zaman: 8 points

Manara

Alsarah & the Nubatones: 8 points

One For The Hunter, One For The Prey

Leyla McCalla: 8 points

Bird Dance

Farnaz Ohadi: 7 points

Magnetismo

La Yegros: 7 points

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Leeroy Stagger

Musician

Who Will Be Next?

Joe Purdy: 30 points

American Band

Drive By Truckers: 20 points

Soulrocker

Michael Franti and Spearhead: 15 points

American Fork

Tim Easton: 10 points

Man Machine Poem

Tragically Hip: 5 points

The Bird & The Rifle

Lori Mckenna: 5 points

The Party

Andy Shauf: 5 points

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Lionel Rault

Host: Somethin’ Else / Lionel’s Vinyls

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Heart Like a Levee

Hiss Golden Messenger: 10 points

Little Seeds

Shovels and Rope: 10 points

Magic Fire

The Stray Birds: 10 points

Paging Mr Prousr

The Jayhawks: 10 points

Resistor

Lera Lynn: 10 points

Rise Above

Bill Evans: 10 points

Side Pony

Lake Street Dive: 10 points

Spit, Sputter and Sparkle

Ron Hawkins: 10 points

We’re All Gonna Die

Dawes: 10 points

West End Coast

Young Gun Silver Fox: 10 points

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Lisa Wilton

(Host: The Takeaway)

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Good Advice

Basia Bulat: 25 points

For Evelyn

Hannah Georgas: 15 points

We Made It Through the Wreckage

AHI: 15 points

Hope

The Strumbellas: 13 points

See It Through

The Youngest: 12 points

Burn Something Beautiful

Alejandro Escovedo : 10 points

Until the Hunter

Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions: 10 points

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Marco Visconti

CKUA Library Coordinator

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A Seat At The Table

Solange: 30 points

My Woman

Angel Olsen: 15 points

Nothing’s Real

Shura: 15 points

Puberty 2

Mitski: 15 points

Stadium Cake

Oh Pep!: 15 points

Spooky Action At A Distance

Frederick Squire: 5 points

What A Tease

Nico Yaryan: 5 points

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Mitch Holtby

aka Mitchmatic

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Awaken, My Love!

Childish Gambino: 15 points

Blackstar

David Bowie: 15 points

Lemonade

Beyonce: 15 points

Malibu

Anderson Paak: 15 points

99.90%

Kaytranada: 10 points

Blonde

Frank Ocean: 10 points

Good Will Come to You

Un Blonde: 10 points

Heavy Metal Sunshine

Diamond Mind: 10 points

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Monica Miller

Host: How I Hear It

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ABUC

Roberto Fonseca: 10 points

You Want It Darker

Leonard Cohen: 10 points

Blackstar

David Bowie: 8 points

22, A Million

Bon Iver: 7 points

Livin’ On A High Note

Mavis Staples: 7 points

Love Letter For Fire

Sam Beam and Jesca Hoop: 7 points

Matadora

Danny Michel: 7 points

Moura

Ana Moura: 7 points

The Party

Andy Shauf: 7 points

Down Below, The Status Quo

Erin Costelo: 6 points

Emotions And Math

Margaret Glaspy: 6 points

Family Dinner, Volume 2

Snarky Puppy: 6 points

Song And Dance Man

Jason Collett: 6 points

Wonderland

Coco Love Alcorn: 6 points

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Nils Mikkelsen

Musician, AM Static

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Lemonade

Beyonce: 25 points

99.90%

Kaytranada: 20 points

A Moon Shaped Pool

Radiohead: 20 points

Blonde

Frank Ocean: 15 points

Are You Serious

Andrew Bird: 10 points

My Woman

Angel Olsen: 10 points

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Oskar Zybart

Guest Host

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Blackstar

David Bowie: 20 points

Statea

Murcof & Vanessa Wagner: 20 points

You Want It Darker

Leonard Cohen: 20 points

case/lang/veirs

case/lang/veirs: 15 points

Lovers

Nels Cline: 15 points

Atmospheres

Tigran Hamasyan, Arve Henriksen, Eivind Aarset, Jan Bang: 10 points

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Reuben Bullock

of Reuben and the Dark

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Blackstar

David Bowie: 20 points

Good Will Come to You

Un blonde: 20 points

You Want it Darker

Leonard Cohen: 20 points

Dawn

Ry x: 15 points

Ruminations

Conor Oberst: 15 points

Skeleton Tree

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: 10 points

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Scott Franchuk

Producer, Riverdale Recorders

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A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

Sturgill Simpson: 10 points

The Long Shadow

Shuyler Jansen: 10 points

American Band

Drive-by Truckers: 8 points

Dori Freeman

Dori Freeman: 8 points

Everyday Life

Carter Felker: 8 points

Hectic

Jaxon Haldane: 8 points

Long Walk Home

Scenic Route to Alaska: 8 points

Lovers and Leavers

Hayes Carll: 8 points

Moon of Honey

Billie Zizi: 8 points

Strange Country

Kacy & Clayton: 8 points

The Puck Drops Here

Del Barber & The No Regretzkys: 8 points

True Blue

Jesse and the Dandelions: 8 points

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Shuyler Jansen

Musician, Producer

Eyes on the Lines

Steve Gunn: 15 points

Hold ON!

The James Hunter Six: 15 points

My Woman

Angel Olson: 15 points

Until the Hunter

Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions: 15 points

Fallen Angels

Bob Dylan: 10 points

Give a Glimpse of What Yer Not

Dinosaur Jr.: 10 points

Mangy Love

Cass McCombs: 10 points

Other Peoples Songs (2016 Reissue)

Damien Jurado & Richard Swift : 10 points

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Steve Dawson

Musician, Producer

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Why The Mountains Are Black

Various: 20 points

American Tunes

Allen Toussaint: 15 points

Case/lang/veirs

case/lang/veirs: 12 points

The Ghosts of Highway 20

Lucinda Williams: 12 points

Livin’ On A High Note

Mavis Staples: 9 points

Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad

Billy Bragg and Joe Henry: 8 points

A Sailor’s Guide to Earth

Sturgill Simpson: 6 points

Acoustic Recordings

Jack White: 6 points

Arclight

Julian Lage: 6 points

Let Me Get By

Tedeschi Trucks Band: 6 points

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Sue Panning

Canmore Folk Music Festival A.D.

Are You Serious

Andrew Bird: 13 points

The Wild Swan

Foy Vance: 13 points

Boots No. 1: Official Revival Bootleg

Gillian Welsh: 11 points

Honest Man

Matt Andersen: 10 points

Wondrous Traveler

The Small Glories: 10 points

Young As The Morning Old As The Sea

Passenger: 10 points

Good Advice

Basia Bulat: 9 points

The Northern South Vol. 1

Whitehorse: 9 points

Side Pony

Lake Street Dive: 8 points

Strange Country

Kacy & Clayton: 7 points

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Terry Mulligan

Host: Mulligan Stew

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Fairweather

Roger Roger: 15 points

Blue Highways

Colin James: 10 points

case/lang/veirs

case/lang/veirs: 10 points

Side Pony

Lake Street Drive: 10 points

The Northern South Vol. 1

Whitehorse: 10 points

True Sadness

The Avett Brothers: 10 points

Wonderland

Coco Love Alcorn: 10 points

You Want It Darker

Leonard Cohen: 10 points

I Still Do

Eric Clapton: 5 points

In The Magic Hour

Aoife O’Donovan: 5 points

Let Me Get By

Tedeschi Trucks Band: 5 points

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Tom Coxworth

Host: Folk Routes

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Empty Train

David Francey : 10 points

Hiraeth

100 Mile House : 10 points

75th Birthday Celebration

Joan Baez : 5 points

Aupres du Poele

Ten Strings & A Goat String: 5 points

Bravery

Poor Nameless Boy : 5 points

case/lang/veirs

case/lang/veirs: 5 points

Dori Freeman

Dori Freeman : 5 points

For Better, or Worse

John Prine : 5 points

Gathering

Maria Dunn: 5 points

Little Windows

Teddy Thompson & Kelly Jones : 5 points

Long Way Home

Show of Hands: 5 points

Love Letter for Fire

Sam Beam & Jesica Hoop: 5 points

Real Midnight

The Birds of Chicago: 5 points

Secret Victory

The Eastpointers: 5 points

Shine A Light: Field Recordings From The Great American Railroad

Billy Bragg & Joe Henry : 5 points

Wondrous Traveler

Small Glories : 5 points

You Want it Darker

Leonard Cohen : 5 points

Young As The Morning Old As The Sea

Passenger : 5 points

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Tony King

Host: Stardust

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Harlequin

Alex Izenberg: 20 points

Intertwined EP

dodie : 20 points

Lunar Love

Mop Mop: 20 points

We Are the Halluci Nation

A Tribe Called Red: 20 points

You Want It Darker

Leonard Cohen: 20 points

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