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Updated the website today. It now includes consumer guide entries for all Expert Witness reviews, plus articles up to the current date, plus a few golden oldies. For details, see Changelog.

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This Week in Expert Witness

New posts this week in Robert Christgau's Expert Witness blog:

  • Odds and Ends 037:
    • Afuche: Highly Publicized Digital Boxing Match (Cuneiform '11) ***
    • Sun City Girls: Funeral Mariachi (Abduction '10) ***
    • Ben Folds/Nick Hornby: Lonely Avenue (Nonesuch '10) ***
    • Jenny Owen Youngs: An Unwavering Band of Light (self-released '12) **
    • The Wailing Wall: The Low Hanging Fruit (JDub '10) **
    • Ashton Shepherd: Where Country Grows (MCA Nashville '11) **
    • The Superions: Destination . . . Christmas! (Fanatic '10) **
    • Toby Keith: Clancy's Tavern (Show Dog/Universal '11) *
This Week in Expert Witness

New posts this week in Robert Christgau's Expert Witness blog:

Also at MSN Music:

These, by the way, are the last posts scheduled to appear in the Expert Witness blog at MSN Music.

This Week in Expert Witness

New posts this week in Robert Christgau's Expert Witness blog:

  • Odds and Ends 036:
    • Femi Kuti: No Place for My Dream (Knitting Factory) ***
    • Nona Hendryx: Mutatis Mutandis (Righteous Babe) ***
    • Firewater: International Orange! (Bloodshot) **
    • Steve Earle & the Dukes (& Duchesses): The Low Highway (New West) **
    • Kobo Town: Jumble in the Jukebox (Cumbancha) **
    • Roger Knox and the Pine Valley Cosmonauts: Stranger in My Land (Bloodshot) *
    • 121212: The Concert for Sandy Relief (Columbia) *
    • Frank Turner: England Keep My Bones (Xtra Mile/Epitaph) *
  • Nuggets/Flamin Groovies:
    • Nuggets (Rhino) A-
    • Flamin Groovies: Supersnazz (CBS Special Products '90) A

Also at MSN Music:

Christgau also wrote a note on the late Marshall Berman, published in Dissent.

Christgau also wrote the following notice in the comment section of the Expert Witness blog:

Just woke up so I won't go into too much detail at the moment, but now I can make it official. As rumored, Expert Witness will be no more at MSN as of October 1. As I understand it, Microsoft is shutting down the entire MSN freelance arts operation at that time, including its film coverage, where the estimable Glenn Kenny has done so much good work, as well as my music colleagues Maura Johnston, Alan Light, and the other bloggers. I got this news 12 days ago, at which time I'd stockpiled enough reviews to get me through my last scheduled post on September 27, and since I do write for money stopped all CG-style writing at that time. I'll have more to say in the hours and days to come, but that's the nub of it. Thanks to all who comment here and all who lurk and all who never look at the comments because in the online world that's usually such a waste of time, as it has never been here.

This Week in Expert Witness

New posts this week in Robert Christgau's Expert Witness blog:

  • ZZK Sound:
    • ZZK Sound Vol. 3 (ZZK/Waxploitation) A-
    • ZZK Sound Vol. 1--Cumbia Digital (ZZK '08) B+
  • No Age/Burial:
    • No Age: An Object (Sub Pop) A-
    • Burial: Truant/Rough Sleeper (Hyperdub) A-

Also at Barnes and Noble Review:

This Week in Expert Witness

New posts this week in Robert Christgau's Expert Witness blog:

  • The Julie Ruin/Neko Case:
    • The Julie Ruin: Run Fast (TJR) A
    • Neko Case: The Worse Things Get, the Harder I Fight, the Harder I Fight, the More I Love You (Anti-) A-
  • Lloyd Price:
    • Lloyd Price: Greatest Hits (MCA '94) A-
    • Lloyd Price: Specialty Profiles (Specialty '06) B+
This Week in Expert Witness

New posts this week in Robert Christgau's Expert Witness blog:

  • Odds and Ends 035:
    • The Pozniaks: Pozniak Street (Jamrag) ***
    • Ezra Furman & the Harpoons: Mysterious Power (Minty Fresh '11) ***
    • The Child of Lov: The Child of Lov (Domino) ***
    • Crazy & the Brains: Let Me Go (Baldy Longhair) **
    • Kreayshawn: Somethin 'Bout Kreay (Columbia) **
    • Land of Pines: The Long Defeat 12" EP (Fin) *
    • Billy Hough & the X-Loves: Venice (Garagedog) *
    • Wavves: Afraid of Heights (Mom + Pop) *
  • Sam Baker/James McMurtry:
    • Sam Baker: Say Grace (self-released) A-
    • James McMurtry: Live in Aught-Three (Compadre '04) A-

Also at Barnes and Noble Review:

This Week in Expert Witness

New posts this week in Robert Christgau's Expert Witness blog:

  • Sam Baker:
    • Sam Baker: Mercy (Music Road '04) B+
    • Sam Baker: Pretty World (Music Road '07) A-
  • Clay Harper/Superchunk:
    • Clay Harper: Old Airport Road (Terminus) A-
    • Superchunk: I Hate Music (Merge) A-
This Week in Expert Witness

New posts this week in Robert Christgau's Expert Witness blog:

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We've moved the website to a new server. The new service plan eliminates disk quotas, which have caused us problems in the past. It also promises fewer bandwidth restrictions, and at least initially seems to be running on a faster machine, so response should be improved.

The move involves a migration to (much) more recent software revisions, especially of the PHP scripting language and the MySQL database. Among other things, that means some things may break. We're not seeing much wrong at this point, but this is a pretty large site so it is impossible to recheck everything. If you see anything wrong, please send email to webmaster at robertchristgau.com and we'll look into it.

For now, some changes:

  • In the left nav box, "Last CG" has been removed. It no longer links to anything useful.
  • In the left nav box, "Text Search" has been removed. This is probably temporary, but it depends on some underlying technology that hasn't been ported yet. "Google Search" still allows you to search for text inside articles, using Google's search engine.
This Week in Expert Witness

New posts this week in Robert Christgau's Expert Witness blog:

  • Turn Around Bright Eyes:
    • Rob Sheffield: Turn Around Bright Eyes: The Rituals of Love & Karaoke (It Books)
  • Hailu Mergia/Spoek Mathambo:
    • Hailu Mergia & His Classical Instrument: Shemonmuanay (Awesome Tapes From Africa) A-
    • Spoek Mathambo: Escape From '85 (free download) B+
This Week in Expert Witness

New posts this week in Robert Christgau's Expert Witness blog:

  • Odds and Ends 034:
    • Shemekia Copeland: 33 1/3 (Telarc) ***
    • Tricky: False Idols (!K7) ***
    • Moby: Destroyed (Mute) ***
    • David Murray Infinity Quartet: Be My Monster Love (Motema) **
    • LL Cool J: Authentic (429) **
    • Big Boi/Killer Mike: Trackstar the DJ Presents the Shoes for Running Tour Mixtape (free Trackstar download) **
    • Iggy and the Stooges: Ready to Die (Fat Possum) **
    • John Fogerty: Wrote a Song for Everyone (Vanguard) *
  • Gogol Bordello:
    • Gogol Bordello: Pura Vida Conspiracy (ATO) A
    • Gogol Bordello: Multi Kontra Culti Vs. Irony (Rubric '02) A-

Also at Barnes and Noble Review:

This Week in Expert Witness

New posts this week in Robert Christgau's Expert Witness blog:

  • Lil Green/Dionne Warwick:
    • Lil Green: Why Don't You Do Right? 1940-1942 (Historic '96) B+
    • Dionne Warwick: The Dionne Warwick Collection: Her All-Time Greatest Hits (Rhino '89) A
  • Odds and Ends 033:
    • Bettie Serveert: Oh, Mayhem! (Second Motion) ***
    • Mariem Hassan: Shouka (Nubenegra) ***
    • Kiran Ahluwalia: Aam Zamen: Common Ground (Avokado Artists) ***
    • Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Mosquito (Interscope) ***
    • Ana´s Mitchell: Hadestown (Righteous Babe) **
    • Nikki Lane: Walk of Shame (IAmSound) **
    • Bahar Movahed & Ali Akbar Moradi: Goblet of Eternal Light: Maqams of Kurdish Tanbour Music of Iran (Traditional Crossroads) **
    • Lana Del Rey: Paradise (Interscope) **
This Week in Expert Witness

New posts this week in Robert Christgau's Expert Witness blog:

This Week in Expert Witness

New posts this week in Robert Christgau's Expert Witness blog:

  • Odds and Ends 032:
    • Frikstailers: En Son De Paz (ZZK/Waxploitation) ***
    • DJ Koze: Amygdala (Pampa) ***
    • Foals: Tapes (!K7) ***
    • Future Sounds of Buenos Aires (Waxploitation/ZZK) **
    • Major Lazer: Free the Universe (Secretly Canadian) **
    • Fac. Dance 02: 12" Mixes & Rarities 1980-1987 (Strut) *
    • Disclosure: Settle (Cherrytree/Interscope) *
    • Daft Punk: Random Access Memories (Columbia) *
  • Sing Me the Songs/Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer:
    • Sing Me the Songs: Celebrating the Works of Kate McGarrigle (Nonesuch) A-
    • Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer: Child Ballads (Wilderland) B+

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