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Robert Christgau's Going Into the City

News

Expert Witness:

New in Expert Witness:

  • Run the Jewels: RTJ3 (self-released) A-
  • T.I.: Us or Else: Letter to the System (Grand Hustle/Roc Nation) A-
  • Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman: Lice Two: Still Buggin' (Rhymesayers/Stones Throw download) ***
  • Fantastic Negrito: The Last Days of Oakland***
  • Death Grips: Bottomless Pit (Harvest/Third Worlds) **
  • YG: Still Brazy (Def Jam) *

Also new:

Expert Witness: Sheer Mag and Sleigh Bells

New in Expert Witness:

  • Sheer Mag: III 7" (Wilsuns RC/Katorga Works) A-
  • Sleigh Bells: Bitter Rivals (Mom + Pop) A-
  • Sleigh Bells: Jessica Rabbit (Torn Clean) B+
Expert Witness: End of 2016 Blues

New in Expert Witness:

  • David Bromberg: The Blues, the Whole Blues, and Nothing but the Blues (Red House) A-
  • Dues Paid: The Blues Time Story (Ace) B+
  • The Rough Guide to Blues Women (World Music Network) ***
  • Buddy Guy: Born to Play Guitar (Silvertone) **
  • The Rough Guide to Delta Blues (World Music Network) **

A couple of other pieces by Robert Christgau appeared recently in The Village Voice:

Expert Witness: Choral Clatter and Savannah Sounds

New in Expert Witness:

  • Populous: Night Safari (Band Panda/Folk Wisdom) A-
  • Arca: Entranas (self-released) A-
  • Charlie Haden Music Liberation Orchestra: Time/Life (Impulse!) ***
  • The Avalanches: Wildflower (Astralwerks) **
  • Burial: "Young Death"/"Nightmarket" (Hypoerdub) **
  • Horse Lords: Interventions (Northern Spy) *
  • Bon Iver: 22, a Million (Jagjaguwar) *
  • Earth, Wind & Fire: The Classic Christmas Album (Legacy) *
Expert Witness: Deap Vally, Nots, and "Punk"

New in Expert Witness:

  • Deap Vally: Femejism (Nevado) A-
  • The Nots: Cosmetic (Goner) A-
  • Warehouse: Super Low (Bayonet) ***
  • Sneaks: Gymnastics (Merge) *
Expert Witness: Country Livin'

New in Expert Witness:

  • Margaret Glaspy: Emotions and Math (ATO) A-
  • Miranda Lambert: The Weight of These Wings (Epic) B+
  • Kacey Musgraves: A Very Kacey Christmas (Mercury Nashville) **
  • Amanda Shires: My Piece of Land (Silver Knife) **
  • John Prine: For Better, or Worse (Oh Boy) **
  • Margaret Glaspy: If & When (Storysound) *
  • Southern Family (Low Country Sound) *
Expert Witness: Ominous If You Know the Ending

New in Expert Witness:

  • Mose Allison: I'm Not Talkin': The Song Stylings of Mose Allison 1957-1971 (BGP) A-
  • Hoagy Carmichael: Mr. Music Master (Coral) A-
  • Johnny Mercer: The Capitol Collectors Series (Capitol) ***
  • Professor Longhair: Live in Chicago (Orleans) *
Expert Witness: We the People

New in Expert Witness:

  • A Tribe Called Quest: We Got It From Here . . . Thank You 4 Your Service (Epic) A+
  • Alicia Keys: Here (RCA) A-
  • Common: Black America Again (Def Jam) **
  • De La Soul: And the Anonymous Nobody (A.O.I.) **
Expert Witness: Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win

New in Expert Witness:

  • Tanya Tagaq: Retribution (Six Shooter) A-
  • Pussy Riot: xxx (Nice Life) A-
  • Mekons: Existentialism (Bloodshot) ***
  • Raury: All We Need (Love Renaissance/Columbia) **
  • PJ Harvey: The Hope Six Demolition Project (Island) *

Also new:

Expert Witness: Songs of Experience

New in Expert Witness:

  • Elza Soares: The Woman at the End of the World (A Mulher Do Fim Do Mundo) (Mais Um Discos) A
  • Peter Stampfel and the Brooklyn & Lower Manhattan Fiddle/Mandolin Swarm: Holiday for Strings (Don Giovanni) A-
  • Barbara Dane With Tammy Hall: Throw It Away . . . (Dreadnaught) ***
  • Lonnie Holley: Keeping a Record of It (Dust-to-Digital) ***
  • Willie Nelson: For the Good Times: A Tribute to Ray Price (Legacy) *
Expert Witness: Reinvention, Response, and "Redemption Song"

New in Expert Witness:

  • Regina Spektor: Remember Us to Life (Deluxe Edition) (Sire) A-
  • Macy Gray: Stripped (Chesky) A-
  • The Wainwright Sisters: Songs in the Dark (PIAS America) ***
  • Tanya Tagaq: Animism (Six Shooter) ***
  • Jamila Woods: HEAVN (Closed Sessions) **
  • Neneh Cherry: Blank Project (Smalltown Supersound) *
Expert Witness: A Taste of the Highlife

New in Expert Witness:

  • Pat Thomas: Coming Home (Strut) A-
  • Urgent Jumping!: East African Musiki Wa Dansi Classics (Sterns) B+
  • Pat Thomas and Kwabishu Area Band: Pat Thomas and Kwabishu Area Band (Strut) B+
  • Zomba Prison Project: "I Will Not Stop Singing" (Six Degrees) ***
Expert Witness: Self-Esteem as Bollix

New in Expert Witness:

  • Jinx Lennon: Past Pupil Stay Sane (Septic Tiger) A-
  • Jinx Lennon: Magic Bullets of Madness to Uplift the Grief Magnets (Septic Tiger) A-
  • Sleaford Mods: T.C.R. (Rough Trade) ***
  • Kate Tempest: Let Them Eat Chaos (Lex) **
  • L.A. Salami: Dancing With Bad Grammar: The Director's Cut (Pias America) *
Expert Witness: Flyover Drawl

New in Expert Witness:

  • American Honey (UME download) A
  • Travis Scott: Birds in the Trap Sing McKnight (Epic) B+
  • Dreezy: No Hard Feelings (Interscope) ***
  • T.I.: Us or Else (T.I./Roc Nation) ***

Also new:

Also, here's a recent interview with Christgau:

Expert Witness: Teasured Transcendence

New in Expert Witness:

  • Youssou N'Dour: Senegaal Rekk (unknown) A
  • 75 Dollar Bill: Wood/Metal/Plastic/Pattern/Rhythm/Rock (Thin Wrist) A-
  • Vieux Kanté: The Young Man's Harp (Sterns) A-
  • 75 Dollar Bill: Wooden Bag (Other Music) ***
  • Bombino: Azel (Nonesuch) **

Also new:

Expert Witness: America on the Tip of the Tongue

New in Expert Witness:

  • Drive-By Truckers: American Band (ATO) A
  • Dogbrain: Blue Dog (dogbrain) B+
  • Watkins Family Hour: Watkins Family Hour (Thirty Tigers) ***
  • The Handsome Family: Unseen (Carrot Top) ***
  • The Haymarket Squares: Light It Up (The Haymarket Squares) **
  • Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch) *
Expert Witness: Enjoy, However Bad This Shit Gets

New in Expert Witness:

  • M.I.A.: AIM (Interscope) A
  • Macklemore and Ryan Lewis: This Unruly Mess I've Made (self-released) A-
  • Yoni & Geti: Testarossa (Joyful Noise) B+

Also added to the website: Sandra Newman's novel, The Country of Ice Cream Star (July 2015).

Expert Witness: Frank Ocean's Candidness and the Ambitious Blood Orange

New in Expert Witness:

  • Blood Orange: Freetown (Domino) A-
  • Blood Orange: Cupid Deluxe (Domino) B+
  • Frank Ocean: Blond/Blonde (self-released) B+
Expert Witness: 'Prima Donna' and Young Thug's Name Is Actually Jeffery

New in Expert Witness:

  • Vince Staples: Prima Donna (Def Jam) A-
  • Young Thug: Jeffery (300/Atlantic) A-
  • Young Thug: Slime Season 3 (300/Atlantic) **
  • Young Thug: I'm Up (300/Atlantic) **
  • Rae Sremmurd: SremmLife 2 (Eardrum/Interscope) *
Expert Witness: It's Britney, Bitch

New in Expert Witness:

  • Britney Spears: Glory (Deluxe Edition) (RCA) A-
  • Tegan and Sara: Love You to Death (Warner Bros.) A-
  • Bibi Bourelly: Free the Real (Pt. #1) (Circa 13/Def Jam) **
  • Ravyn Lenae: Moon Shoes (Atlantic) **
  • Empress Of: Me (Terrible) *
  • Tegan and Sara: Heartthrob (Warner Bros.) *

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