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Animal Collective, John Frusciante, Atmosphere, and Lady GaGa are Just Some of What's Selling at Zia Record Exchange

Do y'all smell that?

No, it's not the repulsive scent of the titanic dump those Pittsburgh Steelers bastards dropped on the PHX's collective hopes and dreams for Super Bowl championship. I'm talking about something much, much better: The glorious smell of freshly released albums.

The post-Christmastime drought of new discs ended within the past few weeks, resulting in a flood of releases flowing into record stores and your iTunes library. In fact, a majority of the top 10 best selling titles at Zia Record Exchange, 105 West University Drive in Tempe, for the week of January 28-February 2 made their debut in 2009. That includes Merriweather Post Pavilion, the latest effort from freak folk/indie/experimental/ psych-pop foursome Animal Collective. I've been listening to its songs off and on over the past couple weeks and can honestly say it's my personal fave of 2009 (But maybe that's just because I dig whacked-up experimental jams).

The rest of the list, which includes a fresh solo album from Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, follows the break.

1. Animal Collective, Merriweather Post Pavilion (Domino)
2. Bruce Springsteen, Working on a Dream (Columbia)
3. Franz Ferdinand, Tonight (Sony)
4. Fleet Foxes, Self-titled (Sub Pop)
5. Atmosphere, God Loves Ugly (Fatbeats)
6. MGMT, Oracular Spectacular (Sony)
7. John Frusciante, The Empyrean (Record Collection)
8. Andrew Bird, Noble Beast (Fat Possum)
9. City and Colour, Bring Me Your Love (Dine Alone)
10. Lady GaGa, The Fame (Def Jam)

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.