Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Robert Christgau's Is It Still Good to Ya?

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Robert Christgau's Is It Still Good to Ya? is a finalist for NBCC Criticism Award

The National Book Critics Circle Board of Directors has announced its finalists for 2018 awards. There are six categories, and Robert Christgau's Is It Still Good to Ya? Fifty Years of Rock Criticism, 1967-2017 has been selected as one of the five finalists in Criticism. The NBCC Awards have been awarded annually since 1975.

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New questions and answers were posted Tuesday, January 15: Xgau Sez.

Expert Witness: The Delines' Depth and Kacey Musgrave's Quiet Sell

New in Expert Witness:

  • The Delines: The Imperial (Decor/El Cortez) A-
  • Kacey Musgraves: Golden Hour (MCA Nashville) B+
  • Marianne Faithful: Negative Capability (Panta Rei/BMG) ***
  • Brandi Carlile: By the Way, I Forgive You (ATO) **

Robert Christgau lists his favorite albums of 2018 in this year's annual Dean's List.

New questions and answers will be posted Tuesday, January 15: Xgau Sez.

Expert Witness: Robert Christgau Takes on Mitski's Disquieting Angst

New in Expert Witness:

  • Mitski: Be the Cowboy (Dead Oceans) A-
  • Soccer Mommy: Clean (Fat Possum) A-
  • Adrianne Lenker: Abysskiss (Saddle Creek) *
  • Nice as Fuck: Nice as Fuck (Loves Way) *

New questions and answers were posted Tuesday, January 1: Xgau Sez.

Lupe Fiasco, Meek Mill, Lil Wayne, and Vince Staples

New in Expert Witness:

  • Lupe Fiasco: Drogas Wave (1st & 15th) A-
  • Meek Mill: Championships (Maybach Music Group) B+
  • Lil Wayne: Tha Carter V (Young Money) ***
  • Lupe Fiasco: Drogas Ligh (1st & 15th) **
  • Vince Staples: FM! (Def Jam) *

New questions and answers were posted Tuesday, December 18: Xgau Sez.

CupcakKe's Literotica and Leikeli47's Smokescreens

New in Expert Witness:

  • Cupcakke: Ephorize (Cupcakke) A-
  • Leikeli47: Acrylic (Hardcover/RCA) A-
  • Cupcakke: Queen Elizabitch (Cupcakke) B+
  • Leikeli47: Wash and Set (Hardcover/RCA) B+
  • Cupcakke: Eden (Cupcakke) ***

New questions and answers west will be posted on Tuesday, December 18: Xgau Sez.

The Goon Sax's Humble Reflections

New in Expert Witness:

  • The Goon Sax: We're Not Talking (Wichita Recordings) A-
  • Mad Crush: Mad Crush (Upon This Rock) B+
  • Flasher: Constant Image (Domino) ***
  • Weakened Friends: Common Blah (Don Giovanni) **

New questions and answers west posted on Tuesday, December 4: Xgau Sez.

Events, interviews, and reviews of Robert Christgau's recent book, Is It Still Good to Ya? Fifty Years of Rock Criticism 1967-2017:

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New in Expert Witness:

  • Sons of Kemet: Your Queen Is a Reptile (Impulse!) A-
  • Doctor Nativo: Guatemaya (Stonetree) A-
  • Celestial Blues (Ace) ***
  • Sons of Kemet: Burn (Naim) **

New questions and answers on Tuesday, December 4: Xgau Sez.

L7's Feedback-Drenched, Feminist Aggro

New in Expert Witness:

  • L7: Fast andFrightening (Easy Action) A-
  • Joan Jett: Bad Reputation (Blackheart) A-
  • The Beths: Future Me Hates Me (Carpark) ***
  • Lala Lala: The Lamb (Hardly Art) *

New questions and answers last Tuesday: Xgau Sez.

Also note that the website now has a RSS 2.0 feed. It is (for now anyway) updated manually as new articles and/or significant revisions are made to the website.

Expert Witness: Some Inventive, Alternative Hip-Hop

New in Expert Witness:

  • Homeboy Sandman & Edan: Humble Pi (Stones Throw) A-
  • Open Mike Eagle: What Happens When I Try to Relax (Auto Reverse) A-
  • Atmosphere: Mi Vida Local (Rhymesayers) **
  • 2Mex: Lospital (Water the Plants) *
  • Red Pill: Instinctive Drowning (Mello Music) *

New questions and answers will be published on Tuesday, November 20: Xgau Sez.

Christgau's new book, Is It Still Good to Ya? Fifty Years of Rock Criticism 1967-2017, was published October 26 by Duke University Press.

Website was updated on Thursday, including all Expert Witness reviews from January to last week.

Expert Witness: Pistol Annies' Sharp 'Interstate Gospel'

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  • Pistol Annies: Interstate Gospel (RCA) A
  • Becky Warren: Undesirable (self-released) A-
  • Mandy Barnett: Strange Conversation (Dame Productions/Thirty Tigers) A-
  • Robbie Fulks/Linda Gail Lewis: Wild! Wild! Wild! (Bloodshot) ***

New questions and answers were published on November 6: Xgau Sez.

Christgau's new book, Is It Still Good to Ya? Fifty Years of Rock Criticism 1967-2017, was published October 26 by Duke University Press. Some recent reviews and discussion:

Christgau also wrote a new essay about the new book:

Expert Witness: Rich Krueger's Ambition and Paul Simon's Farewell

New in Expert Witness:

  • Rich Krueger: NOWThen (Rockink) A-
  • Paul Simon: In the Blue Light (Legacy) A-
  • The Chandler Travis Three-O: Backward Crooked From the Sunset (Iddy Biddy) *
  • Rich Krueger: Overpass (CDBaby) *

New questions and answers will be posted on Tuesday, November 6, before the polls open: Xgau Sez.

Christgau's new book, Is It Still Good to Ya? Fifty Years of Rock Criticism 1967-2017, was released last week (October 26) by Duke University Press.

Expert Witness: A Tribute to Blue Lu Barker (and Blue Lu Herself)

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  • Maria Muldaur: Dont You Feel My Leg: The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker (Last) A
  • Blue Lu Barker: Remastered Collection (J. Joes J. Edizioni Musicali) A-
  • George Jones & the Jones Boys: Live in Texas 1965 (Ace) ***
  • Duke Robillard and His Dames of Rhythm (M.C.) **
  • Willie Nelson: My Way (Legacy) *

New questions and answers were posted on Tuesday, October 23: Xgau Sez.

Christgau's new book, Is It Still Good to Ya? Fifty Years of Rock Criticism 1967-2017, was released today (October 26) by Duke University Press.

Expert Witness: Riton and Kah-Lo's Unrap

New in Expert Witness:

  • Riton & Kah-Lo: Foreign Ororo (Last Gang) A-
  • I'm Not Here to Hunt Rabits (Piranha) A-
  • Next Stop Soweto Vol. 4 (Strut) ***
  • Seun Kuti & Egypt 80: Black Times (Strut) *
Expert Witness: Ed Hamell's Brutal, Bastard-Bashing Fantasies

New in Expert Witness:

  • Hamell on Trial: The Night Guy at the Apocalypse: Profiles of a Rushing Midnight (Saustext) A
  • Lyrics Born: Quite a Life (Mobile Home) A-
  • Mudhoney: Digital Garbage (Sub Pop) ***
  • Will Hoge: My American Dream (Thirty Tigers/EDLO) **

New questions and answers were posted on Tuesday, October 9: Xgau Sez.

Expert Witness: On Noname's Poetic Breakthrough

New in Expert Witness:

  • Noname: Room 25 (self-relesed) A
  • The Internet: Hive mind (Columbia) A-
  • Blood Orange: Negro Swan (Domino) ***
  • Medhane: Ba Suba, Ak Jamm (Grand Closing) *
Expert Witness: On Eminem

New in Expert Witness:

  • Eminem: The Marshall Mathers LP 2 (Aftermath/Shady/Interscope) A
  • Eminem: Kamikaze (Aftermath/Shady/Interscope/Goliath) B+
  • Jean Grae & Quelle Chris: Everything's Fine (Mello Music) ***
  • E-40: The Gift of Gab (HTS) **
  • Rae Sremmurd: SR3MM (Eardruma/Interscope) *

New questions and answers were posted on Tuesday, September 18: Xgau Sez.

Expert Witness: Some Raggedy-Ass Rock and Some Tropical Fuck Storm

New in Expert Witness:

  • The Mekons 77: It Is Twice Blessed (Slow Things) A-
  • Tropical Fuck Storm: A Laughing Death in Meatspace (Tropical Fuck Storm/Mistletone) A-
  • Ceramic Dog: YRU Still Here? (Northern Spy) ***
  • Ike Reilly: Crooked Love (Rock Ridge) **
  • Marc Ribot: Songs of Resistance 1942-2018 (Anti-) *

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Expert Witness: John Kruth's Broad Compass

New in Expert Witness:

  • John Kruth & La SocietÓ del Musici: Forever Ago (Ars Spoleteum) A-
  • Clay Harper: Bleak Beauty (self-released) B+
  • Sam Baker: Land of Doubtr (self-released) **
  • Chris Butler & Ralph Carney: Songs for Unsung Holidays (Smog Veil) **

New questions and answers were posted on Tuesday, September 4: Xgau Sez.

Expert Witness: Hinds' Good-Hearted Chops

New in Expert Witness:

  • Hinds: I Don't Run (Mom + Pop) A-
  • Bali Baby: Baylor Swift (Twin) A-
  • Kali Uchis: Isolation (Virgin EMI) ***
  • Primo!: Amici (Polyester) *

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