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Wes Bower, Corporate Business Support Representative

Top Ten Albums
1. The Pretenders - Break up the Concrete
2. Lucinda Williams - Little Honey
3. Old 97's - Blame It on Gravity
4. Kathleen Edwards - Asking for Flowers
5. Ryan Bingham - Mescalito
6. Alejandro Escovedo - Real Animal
7. Old Crow Medicine Show - Tennessee Pusher
8. The Felice Brothers - The Felice Brothers
9. The B-52's - Funplex
10. The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing

Top Ten Songs
1. Drive By Truckers - "The Righteous Path"
2. The Pretenders - "Love's a Mystery"
3. Kathleen Edwards - "The Cheapest Key"
4. John Doe - "Golden State"
5. Kathleen Edwards - "Asking For Flowers"
6. The Pretenders - "Break up the Concrete"
7. Alejandro Escovedo - "Always a Friend"
8. The Ting Tings - "That's Not My Name"
9. The B-52's - "Funplex"

Tess-a-phonic-Tess Coffey, Assistant to the GM

Top Ten Albums
1. Ryan Bingham - Mescalito
2. Duffy - Rockferry
3. Santogold - Santogold
4. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
5. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
6. Amos Lee - Last Days at the Lodge
7. The Airborne Toxic Event - The Airborne Toxic Event
8. Ben Sollee - Learning to Bend
9. Kings of Leon - Only By the Night
10. Greg Laswell - Three Flights from Alto Nido

Top Ten Songs
1. Joseph Arthur - "Faith"
2. The Airborne Toxic Event - "Sometime Around Midnight"
3. Duffy - "Distant Dreamer"
4. Cold War Kids - "Something Is Not Right With Me"
5. Santogold - "L.E.S. Artistes"
6. Ryan Bingham - "South Side of Heaven"
7. Vampire Weekend - "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa"
8. Melody Gardot - "Worrisome Heart"
9. Teddy Thompson - "In My Arms"
10. Langhorne Slim - "Rebel Side of Heaven"

Mike Daly, Director, Corporate Business Support

Top Ten Albums
1. The Kooks - Konk
2. Kings of Leon - Only By the Night
3. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
4. Delta Spirit - Ode To Sunshine
5. Okkervil River - The Stand Ins
6. Old 97's - Blame it on Gravity
7. Joe Jackson - Rain
8. Ryan Bingham - Mescalito
9. David Byrne & Brian Eno - Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
10. Various Artists - XPN Local Volume 2

Top Ten Songs
1. The Kooks - "Sway"
2. Brett Dennen - "Make You Crazy"
3. The Airborne Toxic Event - "Sometime Around Midnight"
4. David Byrne/Brian Eno - "Strange Overtones"
5. Devotchka - "The Clockwise Witness"
6. Ben Folds w/ Regina Spektor - "You Don't Know Me"
7. Black Kids - "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You"
8. Liz Wright - "My Heart"
9. Hayes Carll - "Bad Liver and Broken Heart"
10. Newton Faulkner - "Dream Catch Me"

Andrew Davis, Broadcast Engineer

Top Ten Albums
1. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
2. Girl Talk - Feed The Animals
3. Santogold - Santogold
4. Dr. Dog - Fate
5. TV On the Radio - Dear Science
6. Does It Offend You Yeah? - You Have No Idea What You're Getting Yourself Into
7. Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
8. Black Landlord - Munf ta Munf Lease
9. Glasvegas - Glasvegas
10. Kings Of Leon - Only By The Night

Top Ten Songs
1. My Morning Jacket - "Evil Urges"
2. TV on the Radio - "Crying"
3. Al Green - "Just You Take Your Time"
4. The Hold Steady - "Sequestered in Memphis"
5. The Felice Brothers - "Frankie's Gun"
6. MGMT - "Electric Feel (Justice Remix)"
7. Lil Wayne - "Lolipop"
8. Kings of Leon - "Sex is on Fire"
9. Hot Chip - "Wrestlers"
10. Dr. Dog - "The Breeze"

Brian Divver, Web Content Developer

Top Ten Albums
1. The Black Crowes - Warpaint
2. North Mississippi Allstars - Hernando
3. The Black Keys - Attack and Release
4. Zappa Plays Zappa - Zappa Plays Zappa
5. Drive-By Truckers - Brighter Than Creation's Dark
6. Electric Apricot - Quest For Festeroo Original Soundtrack
7. Joe Jackson - Rain
8. Judas Priest - Nostradamus
9. Exodus - Let There Be Blood
10. Guns n Roses - Chinese Democracy

Top Ten Songs
1. The Black Crowes - "Good Bye Daughters of the Revolution"
2. North Mississippi Allstars - "Shake"
3. Drive-By Truckers - "The Righteous Path"
4. The Black Keys - "Strange Times"
5. Zappa Plays Zappa - "Cheepnis"
6. Electric Apricot - "Hey Are You Going to Burning Man? "
7. Joe Jackson - "Invisible Man"
8. Judas Priest - "Nostradamus"
9. Snoop Dogg - "My Medicine"
10. Exodus - "Metal Command"

Mandy Dollar, Traffic Coordinator/ Business Support Assistant

Top Ten Albums
1. Dr. Dog - Fate
2. Santogold - Santogold
3. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
4. Nicole Reynolds - Unordinary Mine
5. Laura Marling - Alas I Cannot Swim
6. Man Man - Rabbit Habits
7. She & Him - Volume One
8. Kings of Leon - Only By the Night
9. Jeremy Messersmith - The Silver City
10. Various Artists - The Juno Soundtrack

Top Ten Songs
1. Dr. Dog - "Uncovering the Old"
2. Nicole Reynolds - "Wonderin'"
3. The Duhks - "Mighty Storm"
4. Ben Folds - "Hiroshima (B B B Benny Hit His Head)"
5. Laura Marling - "My Manic and I"
6. Santogold - "Shove It"
7. Rachael Yamagata - "Elephants"
8. My Morning Jacket - "Highly Suspicious "
9. Ben Sollee - "Dear Kanye "
10. Man Man - "Top Drawer "

Jeanne Griffin, Web Producer

Top Ten Songs
1. Yael Naim - "New Soul"
2. Firewater – "Borneo"
3. Kathleen Edwards - "I Make The Dough, You Get The Glory"
4. Sharon Little - "Follow that Sound" - XPN Local, Volume 2
5. Sheryl Crow – Shine On Babylon"
6. Melody Gardot - "Worrisome Heart"
7. Kate Nash - "Foundation"
8. Alejandro Escovedo - "Sister Lost Soul"
9. Susan Tedeschi - "True"
10. The Brakes - "Into the Ground" - XPN Local, Volume 2

Cathy Heard, Web Content Developer

Neither list is in a particular order

Top Ten Albums
TV on the Radio - Dear Science
Jay Reatard - Matador Singles '08
Goldfrapp - Seventh Tree
She & Him - Volume One
Santogold - S/T
Santogold/Diplo - Top Ranking
Neon Neon - Stainless Style
Jean Grae - Jeanius
Portishead - Third
Vampire Weekend - S/T

Top Ten Songs
MGMT - "Time to Pretend"
Delta Spirit - "Trashcan"
Hercules & Love Affair - "Blind"
Duffy - "Mercy"
Los Campesinos - "You! Me! Dancing!"
The Duke Spirit - "The Step and The Walk"
The Ting Tings - "Shut Up and Let Me Go"
Love is All - "I Ran"
Robyn - "Konichiwa Bitches" (2008 U.S. release)
Riskay - "Smell Yo ****"

Ken Mueller, Marketing & Membership Coordinator, Central PA

Top Ten Albums
1. Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
2. Cold War Kids - Loyalty to Loyalty
3. The Shackeltons - The Shackeltons
4. Joe Jackson - Rain
5. Bob Dylan - Tell-Tale Signs
6. She & Him - Volume One
7. Farewell Flight - Sound.Color.Motion
8. The Sleeping World - The Sleeping World
9. O'Death - Broken Hymns, Limbs, and Skin
10. R.E.M. - Accelerate

Top Ten Songs
1. Death Cab for Cutie - "I Will Possess Your Heart"
2. Ben Folds w/ Regina Spektor - "You Don't Know Me"
3. Jim White - "Crash Into the Sun"
4. Cold War Kids - "Something is Not Right With Me"
5. Perkasie - "Ginger Sobs"
6. Gnarls Barkley - "Run"
7. Phantom Planet - "Do the Panic"
8. Joe Jackson - "Invisible Man"
9. The Shackeltons - "The Breaks"
10. Farewell Flight - "Begin Again"

Lauren Roccia, Production Assistant, WXPN/Kids Corner

Top Ten Albums
1. Phantom Planet - Raise The Dead
2. Ours - Mercy (Dancing For the Death of an Imaginary Enemy)
3. Mumford & Sons - Lend Me Your Eyes EP
4. Carney - Nothing Without You EP
5. Margot & The Nuclear So and So's - Animal!
6. Johnny Flynn & The Sussex Wit - A Larum
7. Laura Marling - Alas, I Cannot Swim
8. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
9. Matt Duke - Kingdom Underground
10. Jesse Ruben - Aiming for Honesty

Top Ten Songs
1. Phantom Planet - "Do The Panic"
2. Nada Surf - "See These Bones"
3. Passenger - "Night Vision Binoculars"
4. Vampire Weekend - "One (Blake's Got A New Face)"
5. Wild Sweet Orange - "Ten Dead Dogs"
6. Cold War Kids - "Something Is Not Right With Me"
7. Bon Iver - "Skinny Love"
8. Justin Roberts - "From Scratch"
9. Death Cab For Cutie - "No Sunlight"
10. DeVotchKa - "The Clockwise Witness"

Liz Scott, WXPN Member Services

Top Ten Albums
1. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
2. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
3. Kathleen Edwards - Asking For Flowers
4. Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
5. Ryan Bingham - Mescalito
6. Levon Helm - Dirt Farmer
7. The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing
8. She & Him - Volume One
9. The Watson Twins - Fire Songs
10. The Raconteurs - Consolers of the Lonely

Top Ten Songs
1. My Morning Jacket - "Highly Suspicious"
2. Brazilian Girls - "Good Time"
3. Jotto - "Young in the City"
4. Kathleen Edwards - "Asking For Flowers"
5. Kate Nash - "Foundations"
6. Santogold - "Lights Out"
7. Death Cab for Cutie - "Cath..."
8. Vampire Weekend - "Bryn"
9. The Ting Tings - "That's Not My Name"
10. Devendra Banhart - "Lover"

Paul Severin, Events Producer

Top Ten Albums
1. The Mars Volta - The Bedlam in Goliath
2. Dr. Dog – Fate
3. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
4. These Arms Are Snakes - Tail Swallower and Dove
5. Radiohead - In Rainbows
6. TV on the Radio - Dear Science
7. Russian Circles - Station
8. Maps & Atlases - You And Me And The Mountain
9. The Dead Science - Villainaire
10. Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend

Top Ten Songs
1. My Morning Jacket - "Evil Urges"
2. Dr. Dog - "The Ark"
3. Radiohead - "All I Need"
4. The Ting Tings - "That's Not My Name"
5. TV on the Radio - "Family Tree"
6. One Day As A Lion - "Last Letter"
7. Matisyahu - "Smash Lies"
8. The Roots - "Get Busy"
9. Past Lives - "Strange Symmetry"
10. The Kooks - "Mr. Maker"

Patti Singer, Corporate Business Support Representative

1. Joe Jackson - Rain
2. Kathleen Edwards - Asking for Flowers
3. R.E.M. - Accelerate
4. Los Campesinos - Hold On Now, Youngster
5. Santogold - Santogold
6. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
7. The Black Kids - "I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You"
8. The Duhks - Fast Paced World
9. Radiohead - In Rainbows
10. Steve Winwood - Nine Lives

Tracey Tanenbaum, Producer, A Musician's Life

Top Ten Albums
1. Sam Phillips - Don't Do Anything
2. Liam Finn - I'll be Lightening (released in US in early 2008)
3. Joan Osborne - Little Wild One
4. Billy Bragg - Mr. Love & Justice
5. Justin Townes Earle - The Good Life
6. Flight of the Conchords - Flight of the Conchords
7. Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs
8. Aimee Mann - @#%&*! Smilers
9. Joseph Arthur - Temporary People
10. Ben Taylor - The Legend of Kung Folk, Vol. 1

Top Ten Songs
1. Sam Phillips - "No Explanations"
2. Sam Phillips - "Shake it Down"
3. Liam Finn - "Better to Be"
4. Bob Mould - "Again & Again"
5. Justin Townes Earle - "Who Am I to Say"
6. Aimee Mann - "Freeway"
7. Death Cab for Cutie - "I Will Possess Your Heart"
8. Ben Taylor - "Wicked Way or After it's Over it's Over"
9. Joan Osborne - "Sweeter than the Rest"
10. China Forbes - "78"

Erica Zito, Business Support

Top Ten Albums
1. Duffy - Rockferry
2. Jack Johnson - Sleep through the Static
3. Nicole Reynolds - Unordinary Mine
4. Adele - 19
5. Santogold - Santogold
6. The Ting Tings - We Started Nothing
7. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
8. Rachael Yamagata - Elephants...
9. Coldplay - Viva La Vida
10. Thievery Corporation - Radio Retaliation

Top Ten Songs
1. Duffy - "Stepping Stone"
2. Nicole Reynolds - "Wonderin"
3. Jack Johnson - "Go On"
4. MGMT - "Electric Feel"
5. Coldplay - "Lost- acoustic"
6. Ani Difranco - "Red Letter Year"
7. Keane - "Spiralling"
8. The Virgins - "Rich Girls"
9. Nicole Reynolds - "Heavy Sleeper"
10. The Ting Tings - "Be The One"

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