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Pazz & Jop 2004: Dean's List


  1. Brian Wilson: SMiLE (Nonesuch) 22
  2. Papa Wemba: 1977-1997 (Stern's Africa) 16
  3. Kanye West: The College Dropout (Roc-A-Fella) 14
  4. Youssou N'Dour: Egypt (Nonesuch) 12
  5. Rilo Kiley: More Adventurous (Brute/Beaute) 10
  6. Eminem: Encore (Aftermath) 6
  7. Jon Langford: All the Fame of Lofty Deeds (Bloodshot) 5
  8. Todd Snider: East Nashville Skyline (Oh Boy) 5
  9. Courtney Love: America's Sweetheart (Virgin) 5
  10. Mountain Goats: We Shall All Be Healed (4AD) 5
  11. Nas: Street's Disciple (Columbia)
  12. Sonic Youth: Sonic Nurse (DGC)
  13. McEnroe and Birdapres: Nothing Is Cool (Peanuts & Corn)
  14. Gogol Bordello vs. Tamir Muskat: J.U.F. (Stinky)
  15. The Rough Guide to the Music of Ethiopia (World Music Network)
  16. Rokia Traoré: Bowmboï (Nonesuch)
  17. The Rough Guide to the Music of Kenya (World Music Network)
  18. Boban Markovic Orkestar: Boban I Marko (Piranha '03)
  19. Mos Def: The New Danger (Geffen)
  20. Joanna Newsom: The Milk-Eyed Mender (Drag City)
  21. Caetano Veloso: A Foreign Sound (Nonesuch)
  22. Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Raise Your Spirit Higher (Heads Up)
  23. Nellie McKay: Get Away From Me (Columbia)
  24. Prince: Musicology (NPG)
  25. Northern State: All City (Columbia)
  26. Drive-By Truckers: The Dirty South (New West)
  27. Hound Dog Taylor: Release the Hound (Alligator)
  28. Mory Kante: Sabou (Riverboat)
  29. Peter Stampfel and the Bottle Caps: The Jig Is Up (Blue Navigator)
  30. Ozomatli: Street Signs (Concord)
  31. Oumou Sangare: Oumou (Nonesuch)
  32. Party of One: Caught the Blast (Fat Cat '03)
  33. Z-Man: Dope or Dogfood (Refill/Hiero Imperium)
  34. The Rough Guide to Salsa Colombia (World Music Network '03)
  35. Ray Charles: Genius Loves Company (Concord)
  36. Matthew Shipp: Harmony and Abyss (Thirsty Ear)
  37. Jaojoby: Malagasy (World Village)
  38. Automato: Automato (Coup de Grace)
  39. DNA: DNA on DNA (No More)
  40. The Ponys: Laced With Romance (In the Red)
  41. The Arcade Fire: Funeral (Merge)
  42. Buddy Miller: Universal United House of Prayer (New West)
  43. The Reputation: To Force a Fate (Lookout)
  44. Eddie Palmieri: Ritmo Caliente (Concord '03)
  45. Faces: Five Guys Walk Into a Bar (Warner Bros./Rhino)
  46. Thelonious Monster: California Clam Chowder (Lakeshore)
  47. The Rough Guide to the Music of Morocco (World Music Network)
  48. Dizzee Rascal: Boy in Da Corner (XL)
  49. Super Mama Djombo: Super Mama Djombo (Cobiana '03)
  50. Capital D: Insomnia (All Natural)
  51. Kimya Dawson: Hidden Vagenda (K)
  52. Arto Lindsay: Salt (Righteous Babe)
  53. Freedy Johnston: The Way I Were (Bar/None)
  54. The Rough Guide to Brazilian Hip-Hop (World Music Network)
  55. Madvillain: Madvillainy (Stones Throw)
  56. The Streets: A Grand Don't Come for Free (Vice/Atlantic)
  57. Yohimbe Brothers: The Tao of Yo (Thirsty Ear)
  58. Pipi Skid: Funny Farm (Peanuts & Corn)
  59. Tinariwen: Amassakoul (World Village)
  60. Beautiful Dreamer: The Songs of Stephen Foster (Emergent)
  61. The Roots: The Tipping Point (Geffen)
  62. Jill Scott: Beautifully Human (Hidden Beach)
  63. Bobby Bare Jr's Young Criminals' Starvation League: From the End of Your Leash (Bloodshot)
  64. Nils Petter Molvaer: NP3 (Universal '02)
  65. The Libertines: The Libertines (Rough Trade)
  66. Modest Mouse: Good News for People Who Love Bad News (Epic)
  67. The Willowz: The Willowz (Dionysus)
  68. UTD: Manifest Destiny (Illson Media)
  69. African Underground Vol 1: Senegal Hip-Hop (Nomadic Wax)
  70. The Allman Brothers Band: One Way Out: Live at the Beacon Theatre (Sanctuary/Peach)
  71. Viktor Vaughn: (VV:2) Venomous Villain (Insomniac, Inc.)
  72. Septeto Rodriquez: Baila! Gitano Baila! (Tzadik)
  73. Unity: The Official Athens 2004 Olympic Games Album (Capitol)
  74. The Third Unheard Connecticut Hip Hop 1979-1983 (Stones Throw)
  75. Tarika: 10: Beasts, Ghosts & Dancing With History (Triloka/Artemis)
  76. Beastie Boys: To the 5 Boroughs (Capitol)
  77. The Mekons: Punk Rock (Quarterstick)


  1. Andre Tanker: "Food Fight" (Honest Jon's Records, UK/Astralwerks)
  2. Rilo Kiley: "It's a Hit" (Brute/Beaute)
  3. Randy Travis: "Raise Him Up" (Curb/Warner Bros.)
  4. Buddy Miller: "Worry Too Much" (New West)
  5. Moby and Public Enemy: "MKLVFKWR" (Capitol)
  6. Eminem: "Mosh" (Interscope)
  7. Jay-Z: "99 Problems" (Roc-A-Fella)
  8. Kanye West Featuring Syleena Johnson: "All Falls Down" (Roc-A-Fella)
  9. Silkworm: "Don't Look Back" (Touch and Go)
  10. Nas: "Bridging the Gap" (Columbia)

Village Voice, Feb. 15, 2005

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