The best debut and the general lists have nothing to do with each other. I wanted to make a completely separate list for best debuts so that people could check out some new bands. Does that make sense? I haven't mixed the two lists at all. Every band that's in my Top 70 has been around for a while and released a 2nd / 3rd / 4th etc, album this year.
Glad you like the list! Did you make one?
Ahh - that makes sense, sorry I should've caught onto that.
The other reason I realized why I like your list so much is that I can't seem to find Brand New on it anywhere, and I think you're the only staff member brave enough to not include it. As someone who loved their first three releases, I have to say I thought this year's was an utter failure on all fronts and I cannot believe the respect it's given around these parts by most of the staff - seems like a bit of nostalgia to me.
As far as my own list - I haven't been able to put an order together, but have about 60 albums or so that stood out above the rest also.
Built to Spill
Rural Alberta Advantage (if p4k says its 09, so do i)
Great Lake Swimmers
The Bird and The Bee
Emmanuel And The Fear ep
Bon Iver ep
A Fine Frenzy
Dashboard Confessional (the acoustic version only)
Anthony and The Johnsons
Anchor and Braille
Noah and The Whale
Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
God Help The Girl
The Daredevil Christopher Wright
Thao With The Get Down Stay Down
Bombay Bicycle Club
Death Cab ep
Dan Mangan EP
All The Day Holiday
Casiotone For The Painfully Alone
Cymbals Eat Guitars
Probably a bunch of familiars to you :)