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2018: Dean's List


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  1. Noname: Room 25 (self-released) 17
  2. Mast: Thelonious Sphere Monk (World Galaxy/Alpha Pup) 15
  3. Bettye LaVette: Things Have Changed (Verve) 12
  4. Parquet Courts: Wide Awaaaaake! (Rough Trade) 11
  5. Pistol Annies: Interstate Gospel (RCA) 10
  6. Rich Krueger: Life Ain't That Long (Rockink) 9
  7. Hamell on Trial: The Night Guy at the Apocalypse: Profiles of a Rushing Midnight (Saustex) 7
  8. Black Panther The Album (TDE/Aftermath/Interscope) 7
  9. Tierra Whack: Whack World (self-released) 6
  10. Cardi B: Invasion of Privacy (Atlantic) 6
  11. Mount Eerie: Now Only (P.W. Elverum & Sun, Ltd.)
  12. Superchunk: What a Time to Be Alive (Merge)
  13. Pusha T: Daytona (G.O.O.D Music)
  14. Rich Krueger: NOWThen (Rockink)
  15. The Paranoid Style: Rock & Roll Just Can't Recall + 3 (Bar/None)
  16. Maria Muldaur: Don't You Feel My Leg: The Naughty Bawdy Blues of Blue Lu Barker (Last)
  17. Willie Nelson: Last Man Standing (Legacy)
  18. Riton & Kah-Lo: Foreign Ororo (Last Gang)
  19. Ezra Furman: Transangelic Exodus (Bella Union)
  20. Wussy: Getting Better (Shake It)
  21. Janelle MonŠe: Dirty Computer (Atlantic)
  22. Elza Soares: Deus … Mulher (Deck)
  23. Amy Rigby: The Old Guys (Southern Domestic)
  24. The Mekons 77: It Is Twice Blessed (Slow Things)
  25. Amanda Shires: To the Sunset (Silver Knife)
  26. tUnE-yArDs: I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life (4AD)
  27. Wussy: What Heaven Is Like (Shake It)
  28. No Age: Snares Like a Haircut (Drag City)
  29. Hinds: I Don't Run (Mom + Pop)
  30. Sophie: Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides (Transgressive/Future Classic)
  31. John Kruth & La Societŗ del Musici: Forever Ago (Ars Spoleteum)
  32. Youssou N'Dour: Raxas Bercy 2017 (self-released '17)
  33. Mary Gauthier: Rifles and Rosary Beads (In the Black)
  34. Sons of Kemet: Your Queen Is a Reptile (Impulse!)
  35. Tyler Childers: Purgatory (Hickman Holler '17)
  36. Superorganism: Superorganism (Domino)
  37. Bali Baby: Baylor Swift (Twin)
  38. John Prine: The Tree of Forgiveness (Oh Boy)
  39. The Rolling Stones: On Air (Deluxe Edition) (Polydor/Abkco/Rolling Stones '17)
  40. Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba: Routes (Twelve Eight)
  41. Ry Cooder: The Prodigal Son (Fantasy)
  42. L7: Fast and Frightening (Easy Action '16)
  43. Soccer Mommy: Clean (Fat Possum)
  44. Mitski: Be the Cowboy (Dead Oceans)
  45. Methodist Hospital: Giants (self-released '17)
  46. The Goon Sax: We're Not Talking (Wichita Recordings)
  47. Wynton Marsalis Septet: United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas (Blue Engine)
  48. Lupe Fiasco: Drogas Wave (1st & 15th)
  49. Speedy Ortiz: Twerp Verse (Carpark)
  50. Jon Hassell: Listening to Pictures (Pentimento Volume 1) (Ndeya)
  51. Homeboy Sandman & Edan: Humble Pi (Stones Throw)
  52. Becky Warren: Undesirable (self-released)
  53. Tracey Thorn: Record (Merge)
  54. CupcakKe: Ephorize (Cupcakke)
  55. The Internet: Hive Mind (Columbia)
  56. Doctor Nativo: Guatemaya (Stonetree)
  57. Imarhan: Temet (City Slang)
  58. The Coup: Sorry to Bother You: The Soundtrack (Interscope)
  59. Chicago Farmer: Quarter Past Tonight (
  60. Perfume Genius: No Shape (Matador '17)
  61. Tal National: Tantabara (Fat Cat)
  62. Lyrics Born: Quite a Life (Mobile Home)
  63. Rapsody: Laila's Wisdom (Roc Nation '17)
  64. I'm Not Here to Hunt Rabbits (Piranha)
  65. Blue Lu Barker: Remastered Collection (J. Joes J. Edizioni Musicali '15)
  66. Idles: Joy as an Act of Resistance (Partisan)
  67. Frankie Cosmos: Vessel (Sub Pop)
  68. Mandy Barnett: Strange Conversation (Dame Productions/Thirty Tigers)
  69. Paul Simon: In the Blue Light (Legacy)
  70. Open Mike Eagle: What Happens When I Try to Relax (Auto Reverse)
  71. Yo La Tengo: There's a Riot Going On (Matador)
  72. Beats Antique: Shadowbox (Beats Antique '16)
  73. Leikeli47: Acrylic (Hardcover/RCA)
  74. Tropical Fuck Storm: A Laughing Death in Meatspace (Tropical Fuck Storm/Mistletone)
  75. Fever Ray: Plunge (Mute)
  76. Jinx Lennon: Grow a Pair!!! (Septic Tiger)
  77. Wreckless Eric: Construction Time & Demolition (Southern Domestic)
  78. Courtney Barnett: Tell Me How You Really Feel (Mom + Pop)
  79. Thelonious Monk: Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960 (Saga/Sam '17)
  80. Car Seat Headrest: Twin Fantasy (Matador)
  81. AD the Voice: Maxi-Single (Statik Entertainment '07)
  82. Kanye West & Kid Cudi: Kids See Ghosts (G.O.0.D. Music)
  83. Shopping: The Official Body (Fat Cat)

Jan. 12, 2019

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