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2011: Dean's List


  1. Das Racist: Relax (Greedhead) 12
  2. Wussy: Funeral Dress II (Shake It) 12
  3. Paul Simon: So Beautiful or So What (Hear Music) 12
  4. Frank Ocean: Nostalgia, Ultra (free download) 12
  5. tUnE-yArDs: w h o k i l l (4AD) 11
  6. Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Tell My Sister (Nonesuch) 11
  7. Blaqstarr: The Divine EP (N.E.E.T.) 8
  8. Wussy: Strawberry (Shake It) 8
  9. Teddybears: Devil's Music (Big Beat) 8
  10. Pistol Annies: Hell on Heels (Columbia) 6
  11. Jens Lekman: An Argument with Myself (Secretly Canadian)
  12. The Plastic People of the Universe: Magical Nights (Munster '10)
  13. Carolina Chocolate Drops/Luminescent Orchestrii: Carolina Chocolate Drops/Luminescent Orchestrii (Nonesuch)
  14. Withered Hand: Good News (Absolutely Kosher)
  15. Rave On Buddy Holly (Fantasy)
  16. Mekons: Ancient & Modern: 1911-2011 (Sin)
  17. Jay Z Kanye West: Watch the Throne (Roc-A-Fella)
  18. Pietra Montecorvino: Napoli Mediterranea (Taranta Power/Rai Trade)
  19. Oneohtrix Point Never: Replica (Software)
  20. Gil Scott-Heron and Jamie xx: We're New Here (XL)
  21. The Baseball Project: Volume 2: High and Inside (Yep Roc)
  22. Fountains of Wayne: Sky Full of Holes (Yep Roc)
  23. Miranda Lambert: Four the Record (RCA)
  24. Todd Snider: Todd Snider Live--The Storyteller (Thirty Tigers/Aimless)
  25. Merle Haggard: Working in Tennessee (Vanguard)
  26. Afro Latin Via Dakar (Syllart Productions/Discograph)
  27. Afro Latin Via Kinshasa (Syllart Productions/Discograph)
  28. Aaron Neville: I Know I've Been Changed (EMI Gospel/Tell It '10)
  29. Wild Flag: Wild Flag (Merge)
  30. Street Sweeper Social Club: The Ghetto Blaster EP (SSSC '10)
  31. Lady Gaga: Born This Way (Streamline/Interscope/KonLive)
  32. TV on the Radio: Nine Types of Light (Interscope)
  33. Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton: Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton Play the Blues: Live from Jazz at Lincoln Center (Reprise Jazz)
  34. Poly Styrene: Generation Indigo (Future Noise Music)
  35. Low Cut Connie: Get Out the Lotion (
  36. Mates of State: Mountaintops (Barsuk)
  37. Ry Cooder: Pull Up Some Dust and Sit Down (Nonesuch)
  38. Raphael Saadiq: Stone Rollin' (Columbia)
  39. Those Darlins: Screws Get Loose (Oh Wow Dang)
  40. SebastiAn: Total (Big Beat/Atlantic/Because/Ed Banger)
  41. Emperor X: Western Teleport (Bar/None)
  42. Shabazz Palaces: Black Up (Sub Pop)
  43. Generation Bass Presents: Transnational Dubstep (Six Degrees)
  44. Steve Cropper: Dedicated: A Salute to the 5 Royales (429)
  45. Bachata Roja: Amor y Amargue (iASO)
  46. The Extra Lens: Undercard (Merge '10)
  47. Eric Church: Chief (EMI)
  48. Deer Tick: Divine Providence (Partisan)
  49. Let's Wrestle: Nursing Home (Merge)
  50. Superchunk: Majesty Shredding (Merge '10)
  51. Lobi Traore: Bwati Kono "In the Club" (Kanaga System Krush)
  52. Brad Paisley: This Is Country Music (Arista Nashville)
  53. Garland Jeffreys: The King of In Between (Luna Park)
  54. Note of Hope (429)
  55. Group Doueh: Zayna Jumma (Sublime Frequencies)
  56. Saigon: The Greatest Story Never Told (Suburban Noize)
  57. The Russian Futurists: The Weight's on the Wheels (Upper Class '10)
  58. Gurf Morlix: Blaze Foley's 113th Wet Dream (Rootball)
  59. Vieux Farka Touré: The Secret (Six Degrees)
  60. Gang of Four: Content (Yep Roc)
  61. Bombino: Agadez (Cumbancha)
  62. Battles: Gloss Drop (Warp)
  63. Buck 65: 20 Odd Years (WEA)
  64. Terakaft: Aratan N Azawad (World Village)
  65. Fruit Bats: Tripper (Sub Pop)
  66. Drive-By Truckers: The Fine Print (A Collection of Oddities and Rarities) 2003-2008 (New West '09)
  67. Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Odditties (Querbeservice '10)
  68. The B-52's: With the Wild Crowd! (Eagle)
  69. Peter Stampfel and Jeffrey Lewis: Come on Board (no label)
  70. Drive-By Truckers: Go-Go Boots (New West)
  71. Childish Gambino: Culdesac (free download '10)
  72. Serengeti: Family & Friends (Anticon)
  73. Dave Alvin: Eleven Eleven (Yep Roc)
  74. Stephin Merritt: Obscurities (Merge)
  75. David Bowie: Station to Station (Special Edition) (EMI '10)
  76. Nigeria 70: Sweet Times: Afro-Funk, Highlife & Juju From 1970s Lagos (Strut)
  77. Ravid Kahalani: Yemen Blues (GlobaLev)
  78. Mayer Hawthorne: How Do You Do (Universal Republic)
  79. Tom Waits: Bad as Me (Anti-)
  80. Beastie Boys: Hot Sauce Committee Part Two (Capitol)
  81. Rihanna: Talk That Talk (Deluxe Edition (Def Jam)
  82. 19 Classic Blues Songs From the 1920's: Vol. 9 (Blues Images)
  83. Wire: 14 September 2002, Metro, Chicago ( '10)
  84. Lykke Li: Wounded Rhymes (Atlantic)
  85. Middle Brother: Middle Brother (Partisan)
  86. Sofrito: Tropical Discotheque (Strut)
  87. Jill Scott: The Light of the Sun (Blues Babe/Warner Bros.)
  88. Shabazz Palaces: Of Light (Switchblade Music/Templar '09)
  89. Thurston Moore: Demolished Thoughts (Matador)
  90. M.I.A.: Vicki Leekx Mixtape ( download '10)
  91. The Lonely Island: Turtleneck & Chain (Universal Republic)
  92. Sorry Bamba: Volume One 1970-1979 (Thrill Jockey)
  93. Childish Gambino: Camp (Glassnote)
  94. Nine 11 Thesaurus: Ground Zero Generals (The Social Registry)
  95. Yuck: Yuck (Fat Possum)
  96. Jeffrey Lewis: A Turn in the Dream-Songs (Rough Trade)
  97. Pusha T: Fear of God II (GOOD/Decon/Re-Up Gang)
  98. Shabazz Palaces: Shabazz Palaces (Switchblade Music/Templar '09)
  99. The Klezmatics: Live at Town Hall (Klezmatics Disc)
  100. Tinariwen: Tassili (Anti-)
  101. Scott Miller: Christmas Gift (FAW)
  102. Nils Petter Molvaer: Baboon Moon (Thirsty Ear)
  103. Neil Young International Harvesters: A Treasure (Reprise)
  104. BLNRB: Welcome to the Madhouse (Out Here)
  105. Rainbow Arabia: Boys and Diamonds (Kompakt)
  106. Jazmine Sullivan: Love Me Back (J '10)
  107. Gold Panda: Lucky Shiner (Ghostly International '10)


  • Das Racist: "Michael Jackson"
  • Jens Lekman: "An Argument With Myself"
  • Garland Jeffreys: "Til John Lee Hooker Calls Me"
  • Low Cut Connie: "Shit, Shower and Shave"
  • Mamani Keita: "Gagner l'Argent Français"
  • Teddybears: "Rocket Scientist"
  • Jackson Browne: "You Know the Night"
  • Kate & Anna McGarrigle: "Saratoga Summer Song"
  • Poly Styrene: "Beautiful Sneakers"
  • Wussy: "Don't Leave Just Now"

Barnes & Noble Review, Jan. 12, 2012

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