Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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2006: Dean's List


  1. New York Dolls: One Day It Will Please Us to Remember Even This (RoadRunner) 17
  2. Bob Dylan: Modern Times (Columbia) 15
  3. Todd Snider: The Devil You Know (New Door) 12
  4. Crunk Hits Vol. 2 (TVT) 12
  5. Sonic Youth: Rather Ripped (Geffen) 10
  6. Maria Muldaur: Heart of Mine--Love Songs of Bob Dylan (Telarc) 8
  7. Ornette Coleman: Sound Grammar (Sound Grammar) 8
  8. Ghostface Killah: Fishscale (Def Jam) 8
  9. The Klezmatics: Woody Guthrie's Happy Joyous Hanukkah (JMG) 5
  10. OutKast: Idlewild (LaFace) 5
  11. Romica Puceanu & the Gore Brothers: Sounds From a Bygone Age: Vol. 2 (Asphalt Tango)
  12. Tom Waits: Orphans (Anti-)
  13. Clipse: Hell Hath No Fury (Zomba/Star Trek/Re-Up Gang)
  14. The Coup: Pick a Bigger Weapon (Epitaph)
  15. The Streets: The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living (Vice/Atlantic)
  16. The Klezmatics: Wonder Wheel: Lyrics by Woody Guthrie (JMG)
  17. Africa Remix: Ah Freak Iya (Milan)
  18. Frank London's Klezmer Brass Allstars: Carnival Conspiracy (Piranha)
  19. Lupe Fiasco: Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor (Atlantic)
  20. Golden Afrique Vol. 2 (Network)
  21. TV on the Radio: Return to Cookie Mountain (Interscope)
  22. Nils Petter Molvaer: Streamer (Thirsty Ear)
  23. Mariem Hassan con Leyoad: Mariem Hassan con Leyoad (Nubenegra '03)
  24. Public Enemy: Rebirth of a Nation (Guerrilla Funk '05)
  25. Jenny Lewis With the Watson Twins: Rabbit Fur Coat (Team Love)
  26. Rhymefest: Blue Collar (J/All I Do)
  27. Sir Douglas Quintet: Live From Austin TX (New West)
  28. Lee "Scratch" Perry: Panic in Babylon (Narnack)
  29. The Handsome Family: Last Days of Wonder (Carrot Top)
  30. Crunk Hits (TVT '05)
  31. Nils Petter Molvaer: An American Compilation (Thirsty Ear)
  32. Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (Domino)
  33. Ion Petre Stoican: Sounds From a Bygone Age: Vol. 1 (Asphalt Tango)
  34. Fats Domino: Alive and Kickin' (
  35. The Rough Guide to Bhangra Dance (World Music Network)
  36. Beyoncé: B'Day (Sony Urban Music/Columbia)
  37. Golem: Fresh Off Boat (JDub)
  38. From Bakabush: The First Ten Years of Stonetree (Stonetree)
  39. Nils Petter Molvaer: ER (Thirsty Ear)
  40. The Knife: Silent Shout (Mute)
  41. The Hold Steady: Boys and Girls in America (Vagrant)
  42. Grandaddy: Just Like the Fambly Cat (V2)
  43. Kimya Dawson: Remember That I Love You (K)
  44. The David S. Ware Quartets: Live in the World (Thirsty Ear '05)
  45. DJ Bootsie: The Silent Partner (Ugar)
  46. The Gothic Archies: The Tragic Treasury (Nonesuch)
  47. Thunderbirds Are Now!: Make History (Frenchkiss)
  48. Prince: 3121 (Universal)
  49. Be Your Own Pet: Be Your Own Pet (Ecstatic Peace!)
  50. The Rakes: Capture/Release (V2)
  51. Jamie Lidell: Multiply (Warp '05)
  52. Pink: I'm Not Dead (LaFace/Zomba)
  53. Tom Zé: Estudando O Pagode (Luaka Bop)
  54. Tropicália (Soul Jazz)
  55. Yo La Tengo: I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass (Matador)
  56. Burning Spear: Creation Rebel: The Original Classic Recordings From Studio One (Heartbeat '04)
  57. Bell Orchestre: Recording a Tape the Colour of the Light (Rough Trade '05)
  58. Congotronics 2 (Crammed Discs)
  59. Tartit: Abacabok (Crammed Discs)
  60. Tokyo Police Club: A Lesson in Crime (Paper Bag)
  61. Love Is All: Nine Times That Same Song (What's Your Rupture?)
  62. Rhett Miller: The Believer (Verve Forecast)
  63. Teddybears: Soft Machine (Big Beat/Atlantic)
  64. Jesus H. Christ and the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse: Jesus H. Christ and the Four Hornsmen of the Apocalypse (
  65. Hamell on Trial: Songs for Parents Who Enjoy Drugs (Righteous Babe)
  66. Dr. John: Right Place, Right Time (Hyena)
  67. The McKay Brothers: Cold Beer and Hot Tamales (Medina River)
  68. Odyssey the Band: Back in Time (Pi '05)
  69. Kékélé: Kinavana (Stern's Africa '05)
  70. The Rapture: Pieces of the People We Love (Motown/Vertigo)
  71. James Carter Organ Trio: Out of Nowhere (Half Note '05)
  72. Ghostface Killah: More Fish (Def Jam)
  73. Taraf de Haďdouks: The Continuing Adventures of Taraf de Haďdouks: The DVD (Crammed Discs)
  74. Toumani Diabate's Symmetric Orchestra: Boulevard de l'Indépendance (Nonesuch)
  75. Journey Into Paradise: The Larry Levan Story (Rhino)
  76. Buck 65: Secret House Against the World (WEA '05)
  77. The Rough Guide to Planet Rock (World Music Network)
  78. Placebo: Meds (Virgin)
  79. Run the Road 2 (Vice)
  80. KRS-One: Life (Antagonist)
  81. The Mighty Sparrow: First Flight (Smithsonian Folkways '05)


  1. Todd Snider: "You Got Away With It" (New Door)
  2. Justin Timberlake featuring T.I.: "My Love" (Jive)
  3. New York Dolls: "Dance Like a Monkey" (Roadrunner)
  4. Ice Cube: "Go to Church" (Lench Mob)
  5. B.G.: "Move Around" (Chopper City)

Feb. 14, 2007

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