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Friday Charts - 3/17/06

Here is the latest entry in the Friday Charts, showing you the most popular albums as decreed by members of an internet forum. Links indicate a place to sample music or read more about an album.

1. The Flaming Lips - At War With The Mystics
2. Ghostface Killah - Fishscale
3. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones
4. Tapes 'n Tapes - The Loon
5. The Fiery Furnaces - Bitter Tea
6. David Gilmour - On An Island
7. Ben Harper - Both Sides Of The Gun
8. Morrissey - Ringleader Of The Tormentors
9. Calexico - Garden Ruin
10. Jedi Mind Tricks Presents Army Of The Pharaohs - The Torture Papers

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Ghostface Killah's "Fishscale" makes the biggest splash this week. As a former huge fan of the Wu, (I once made a pilgramage to the Wu-Wear store on Victory Blvd on Staten Island to get the shirt depicted in the cartoon on the San Diego Serenade logo), I am glad that members of the Clan are still respected. Ghostface would not have been my first pick to be the member of the Wu with the most staying power, especially after his "Who the fuck knocked our buildings down?" verse on Iron Flag's "Rules." I probably would have put him below Method Man, the GZA and maybe even Raekwon, but he seems to be the top dog these days. I listened to a few songs from the album, and thought that "9 Milli Bros." which features the whole Clan including ODB was a highlight. There's something about hearing all nine of those familiar voices on the same track that is oddly nostalgic for me.

As an additional note for the curious, I learned today that Fishscale means "high quality cocaine and has subsequently been assimilated to be descriptive of anything of high quality or good."

Other new additions include the Army of the Pharoahs, described as a underground hip hop supergroup, and Morrissey, whose work with The Smiths taught me that it was just a fact of life that I was never going to like every artist that is critically acclaimed.

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