Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Robert Christgau's Is It Still Good to Ya?

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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'

New in Expert Witness:

  • 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)

New in Expert Witness:

  • 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-) *

Also new:

Also old, but new here:

Expert Witness: John Kruth's Broad Compass

New in Expert Witness:

  • John Kruth & La Società 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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New questions and answers on Tuesday, August 21: Xgau Sez.

Expert Witness: Methodist Hospital's Goofy Apocalypse

New in Expert Witness:

  • Methodist Hospital: Giants (self-released) A-
  • Rolling Blackouts C.F.: Hope Downs (Sub Pop) B+
  • Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks: Sparkle Hard (Matador) ***
  • Low Cut Connie: "Dirty Pictures" (Part 2) (Contender) **
  • Young Fathers: Cocoa Sugar (Ninja Tune) **
  • Okkervil River: In the Rainbow Rain (ATO) *
  • Eyelids: or (Jealous Butcher/Schizophrenic) *

Also:

Expert Witness: Amanda Shires's Powers of Observation

New in Expert Witness:

  • Amanda Shires: To the Sunset (Silver Knife) A-
  • Lori McKenna: The Tree (CN/Thirty Tigers) B+
  • Sarah Shook & the Disarmers: Years (Bloodshot) **
  • Ashley Monroe: Sparrow (Warner Bros.) *

The second batch of answers to Xgau Sez was posted on Tuesday, at the top of the usual page.

Expert Witness: Three Cutting, Politically Minded Records

New in Expert Witness:

  • Chicago Farmer: Quartet Past Tonight (chicagofarmer.com) A-
  • AD the Voice: Maxi-Single (Statik Entertainment) A-
  • American Aquarium: Things Change (New West) B+

Expect a second batch of answers to Xgau Sez sometime Tuesday. It will be posted at the top of the usual page.

Expert Witness: Elza Soares's Disruptive Brilliance

New in Expert Witness:

  • Elza Soares: Deus É Mulher (Deck) A-
  • Tom Zé: Sem Você Não A (Irara) B+
  • Iara Rennó: Arca (YB Music) ***
  • Tom Zé: Tribunal do Feicebuque (Irara) ***
  • Iara Rennó: Flecha (YB Music) *

We've done a partial update of the website. This includes a page for Robert Christgau's new essay collection to be published October 26 by Duke University Press: Is It Still Good to Ya? Fifty Years of Rock Criticism 1967-2017. The book contract requires that we embargo 70% of the book's content for three months before and two years after publication, so you will notice that a number of essays (59) will now link to the book page.

These changes are happening at a time when lots of things on the website are in process of being revamped, so it's quite possible for a partial update to introduce new bugs. If you encounter any problems, please notify the webmaster.

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