Pazz & Jop Product Reports, 2020

As I explained just over a month ago about 2019 (and I’ll repeat verbatim here because laziness) Pazz & Jop Product Report was a monthly feature in the Village Voice music section in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Approximately ten critics a month (not always the same ones, and never including music editor Robert Christgau) graded mostly (but not always) new releases according to the following guidance: “Each critic votes up to 10 ‘yea’ records per month and awards each one 10 [masterpiece], 8, 7 [shades of recommended], 5 [borderline], 3, 2, or 1 [shades of listenable] votes….Each critic gets up to five ‘nay’ votes of between 1 and 4 minus points per month.” The column was topped by an aggregated and cumulative top-10 tally in which “a record is current in any month any critic names it a ‘yea’ for the first time”; “yea”s were added, “nay”s subtracted.

For the past couple years, I’ve been posting my own version of the Product Report on my facebook wall — first monthly, then twice monthly — as a means of keeping tabs on new releases even if (at least for now) I pretty much never write about them anymore. Below are lists I posted in 2020, starting in February since before that I was still just catching up with 2019 releases. I undoubtedly overrated some, and underrated others. I’ll add reports below as long as I’m primarily focused on music that came out in 2020, and will eventually attempt to include later ’20 discoveries in a comment footnote.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT – early Feb 2020

YEA: Ke$ha: High Road (Kemosabe/RCA) 5; BigKlit: 2028 (Rot$ Worldwide EP ’19) 5; Nct 127: We Are Superhuman – The 4th Mini Album (SM Entertainment EP ’19) 5; BigKlit: Klitorious B.I.G. (BigKlit ’19) 3; Ceraadi: Ceraadi’s Playlist (Roc Nation EP ’19) 3; Lil Debbie: Bay Chronicles (Lil Debbie EP ’19) 2; Ashley All Day: Plug Diaries (Riveting EP ’19) 2; Pet Shop Boys: Hotspot (x2 Entertainment) 2; Taylor Girlz: No Cap (Taylor Boi Entertainment EP ’19) 1; Doja Cat: Hot Pink (Kemosabe/RCA ’19) 1.

NAY: Selena Gomez: Rare (Interscope) -1; BigKlit: Big Klitoris (BigKlit EP ’18) -1; Bliss Bliss: 3 (Diff’rent Wirld EP ’18) -1; Blossom: Maybe (Eyrst ’19) -1; Kaash Paige: Parked Car Convos (Se Lavi/Def Jam EP ’19) -2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT  – late Feb 2020   

YEA: Mike and the Moonpies: Cheap Silver and Solid Country Gold (Prairie Rose ’19) 5; Hailey Whitters: The Days (Hailey Whitters EP ’19) 5; Phil Vassar: Stripped Down (American Soul) 5; Drive-By Truckers: The Unraveling (ATO) 5; Tenille Townes: Road to the Lemonade Stand (Columbia Nashville EP) 5; Terry Allen & the Panhandle Mystery Band: Just Like Moby Dick (Paradise of Bachelors) 3; Midland: Let It Roll (Big Machine ’19) 3; Luke Combs: What You See is What You Get (River House/Columbia Nashville ’19) 2; Sturgill Simpson: Sound & Fury (Elektra ’19) 2; Little Big Town: Nightfall (Capitol Nashville) 2.  

NAY: Paul Cauthen: Room 41 (Lightning Rod ’19) -1; Black Lips: Sing in a World That’s Falling Apart (Fire) -1; Old Dominion: Old Dominion (RCA Nashville ’19) -1; Lady Antebellum: Ocean (BMLG ’19) -1; Tyler Childers: Country Squire (Hickman Holler/RCA ’19) -2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT  – early March 2020

YEA: The Neptune Power Federation: Memoirs of a Rat Queen (Cruz Del Sur ’19) 7; Intronaut: Fluid Existential Inversions (Metal Blade) 5; Midnight: Rebirth By Blasphemy (Metal Blade) 5; Haunt: Mind Freeze (Shadow Kingdom) 5; Blood Incantation: Hidden History of the Human Race (Dark Descent ’19) 3; Thor: Rising (Deadline) 3; Lunar Shadow: The Smokeless Fires (Cruz Del Sur ’19) 2; Monte Luna: Drowners’ Wives (Argonauta ’19) 2; Ravensire: A Stone Engraved in Red (Cruz Del Sur ’19) 2; Devil To Pay: Forever, Never or Whenever (Ripple ’19) 2.  

NAY: Jail Weddings: Wilted Eden (Tru-Vow ’19) -1; Magnum: The Serpent Rings (Steamhammer) -1; Dalton Wayne and the Warmadillos: Foul-Mouthed & Fool Hearted (Dalton Wayne ’19) -1; Hungry Mother: The Big Sad (Hungry Mother ’19) -1; Days Gone By: As If It Makes a Difference (Days Gone By EP ’19) -2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT – late March 2020

Shabaka and the Ancestors

YEA: Shabaka and the Ancestors: We Are Sent Here By History (Impulse!) 8; Miguel Zenón: Sonero – The Music of Ismael Rivera (Miel ’19) 7; Carla Bley/Andy Sheppard/Steve Swallow: Life Goes On (ECM) 7; Tim Berne’s Snakeoil: The Fantastic Mrs. 10 (Intakt) 7; Abdullah Ibrahim: The Balance (Gearbox ’19) 7; The Third Mind: The Third Mind (Yep Roc) 5; Areni Agbabian: Bloom (ECM ’19) 5; Steven de Bruyn: The Eternal Perhaps (Dox) 3; Aaron Diehl: The Vagabond (Mack Avenue) 3; Robert Glasper: Fuck Yo Feelings (Loma Vista ’19) 2.

NAY: Switch Summer: Afropia (BSKCollective ’19) -1; Erthling: Infloresco (1020220 DK ’19) -1; Juju Rogers: 40 Acres N Sum Mula (Jakarta ’19) -1; Sean Anonymous: Anti/Social (Sean Anonymous ’19) -1; Santpoort: The Art of Being Empty (Friends of Friends EP) -1.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT  – early April 2020

YEA: Peter Laughner: Peter Laughner (Smog Veil ’19) 8; Heathen Apostles: Dust to Dust (Ratchet Blade ’19) 7; The Ex: 27 Passports (Setanta ’18) 5; Shopping: All Or Nothing (FatCat) 5; Heathen Apostles: Born By Lightning (Ratchet Blade EP ’19) 3; Various Artists: Brown Acid — The Eighth Trip (Riding Easy ’19) 3; Porridge Radio: Every Bad (Secretly Canadian) 2; Facs: Void Moments (Trouble In Mind) 2; Cornershop: England is a Garden (Ample Play) 1; Wire: Mind Hive (Pinkflag) 1.

NAY: Poppy: I Disagree (Sumerian) -1; Giant Sand: Recounting the Ballads of Thin Line Men (Fire ’19) -1; Bliss Bliss: 3 (Diff’rent Wirld EP ’18) -1; Benee: Stella & Steve (Republic EP ’19) -2; Little Quirks: Cover My Eyes (Runaway EP) -2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT  – late April 2020

YEA: Jungle Brothers: Keep It Jungle (J Beez) 5; R.A.P. Ferreira and the Jefferson Park Boys: Purple Moonlight Pages (Ruby Yacht) 5; 14KT: For My Sanity (First Word ’19) 5; Ultra Magnus: Muziki Mzuri (Hand’solo ’19) 5; Shabazz Palaces: The Don of Diamond Dreams (Sub Pop) 3; Raw Poetic & Damu the Fudgemunk: Moment of Change (Redefinition) 3; Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad: Jazz is Dead 001 (Jazz is Dead) 3; Kay the Aquanaut and Maki: The Nautical Blue (646892 DK) 3; Psypiritual & the Lasso: Kirlian (Mello Music Group) 3; A$AP Ferg: Floor Seats (A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds/RCA ’19) 3.

NAY: Ambjaay: It Co$t to Live Like This Pt. 2 (Columbia EP) -1; In Kind: From a Star (Young Heavy Souls EP) -1; L’Orange: Complicate Your Life With Violence (Mello Music Group ’19) -1; Kadesh Flow: Motivated (Kadesh Flow EP) -1; Czarface: Dog Days of Tomorrow (Silver Age EP ’19) -1.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT  – early May 2020

YEA: SSQ: Jet Town Je T’aime (Synthicide) 7; Ashley McBryde: Never Will (Warner Nashville) 7; Tone Bringsdal: Prologue (Mother Likes It EP ’19) 5; Ingrid Andress: Lady Like (Atlantic/Warner Nashville EP) 5; Brandy Clark: Your Life is a Record (Warner) 5; Kelsea Ballerini: Kelsea (Black River Entertainment) 5; Maddie & Tae: The Way It Feels (Mercury Nashville) 5; Mandy Moore: Silver Linings (Verve Forecast) 3; Pam Tillis: Looking for a Feeling (Stellar Cat) 3; Fiona Apple: Fetch the Bolt Cutters (Epic) 1.

NAY: Tami Neilson: Chickaboom! (Outside EP) -1; Dua Lipa: Future Nostalgia (Warner) -1; Sarah Lee Langford: Two Hearted Rounder (Cornelius Chapel ’19) -1; The Haden Triplets: The Family Songbook (Trimeter) -1; Jessie Reyez: Before Love Came to Kill (Island) -2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT   – late May 2020

YEA: Meredith Monk: Memory Game (Cantaloupe) 5; Northern Haze:  ᓯᕿᓐᓈᕈᑦ / Siqinnaarut (Aakuluk/Six Shooter ’18) 5; Nik Turner: The Final Frontier (Purple Pyramid ’19) 3; Adult: Perception Is/As/Of Deception (Dais) 3; X: Alphabetland (Fat Possum) 3; Sparks: A Steady Drip, Drip, Drip (BMG) 3; Jah Wobble: The Electro Dub Extravaganza (Jah Wobble EP ’19) 3; Tanya Tagaq: Toothsayer (Six Shooter EP ’19) 2; Art Alexakis: Sun Songs (BMG ’19) 2; Man Man: Dream Hunting in the Valley of the In-Between (Sub Pop) 1.

NAY: The Boomtown Rats: Citizens of Boomtown (BMG) -1; Early James: Singing for My Supper (Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch) -1; Will Beeley: Highways & Heart Attacks (Tompkins Square ’19) -1; Dramarama: Color TV (Pasadena) -1; Mark Lanegan: Straight Songs of Sorrow (Heavenly) -2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT  – early June 2020

YEA: Bible of the Devil: Feel It (Bible of the Devil ’19) 7; My Dying Bride: The Ghost of Orion (Nuclear Blast) 5; The Night Flight Orchestra: Aeromantic (Nuclear Blast) 5; Cirith Ungol: Forever Black (Metal Blade) 5; Wolf: Feeding the Machine (Century Media) 5; Axel Rudi Pell: Sign of the Times (Steamhammer) 5; Lucifer: Lucifer III (Century Media) 3; Elder: Omens (Armageddon) 3; Havok: V (Century Media) 3; Smoulder: Dream Quest Ends (Cruz Del Sur) 3.

NAY: Torgeir Waldemar: Love (Jansen) -1; Wayward Jane: Old Train (Wayward Jane ’19) -1; My Darling Clementine: Country Darkness Vol. 1 (Fretsore EP ’19) -1; Mike Oberst: Six Feet of Earth (Reggieville ’19) -1; Reid Moriarty: Slightly Country (Reid Moriarty) -2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT  – late June 2020

YEA: Archie Shepp/Raw Poetic/Damu the Fudgemunk: Ocean Bridges (Redefinition) 8; Run the Jewels: RTJ4 (BMG) 7; Megan Thee Stallion: Suga (300 Entertainment EP) 5;  Skyzoo: Milestones (Mello Music Group EP) 3; Pugs Atomz & Inkswel: The Moon (Sonar Kollektiv) 3; Uncommon Nasa & Kount Fif: City as School (Man Bites Dog ’19) 3; R.A. the Rugged Man: All My Heroes Are Dead (Nature Sounds) 3; Lyrics Born & Custo: Rapp Nite (Mobile Home Recordings EP ’19) 3; Young T & Bugsey: Plead the 5th (Black Butter) 3; Ka: Descendants of Cain (Iron Works) 2.

NAY: Backxwash: God Has Nothing to Do With This Leave Him Out of It (Grimalkin EP) -1; Dope Knife x Factor Chandelier: Kill Factory (Side Road EP) -1; Mickey O’Brien: Twin Flame – The Honeybear Saga (Hand’solo EP) -1; Ivan Ave: Double Goodbyes (Playground) -2; 645AR: 645AR (SoS EP ’19) -2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — early July 2020

YEA: Caitlin Cannon: The TrashCannon Album (Caitlin Cannon) 7; Hailey Whitters: The Dream (Pigasus) 7; Corb Lund: Agricultural Tragic (New West) 5; Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit: Reunions (Southeastern) 3; Jaime Wyatt: Neon Cross (New West) 2; Bob Dylan: Rough and Rowdy Ways (Columbia) 2; John Anderson: Years (BMG) 2; Sam Hunt: Southside (MCA Nashville) 2; Neil Young: Homegrown (Reprise) 2; Joe Ely: Love in the Midst of Mayhem (Rack’em) 1.

NAY: Gabby Barrett: Goldmine (Warner Nashville) -1; Phoebe Bridgers: Punisher (Dead Oceans) -1; Ali Harter: Near the Knuckle (Little Mafia) -1; Rachael Fahim: Iconic (Top Dog EP ’19) -1; Cowboy Troy: Galaxy – Hypnotic Hyperspace Quadrant 2 (Hick Hop Federation/SRG/ILS Group EP) -2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT – late July 2020

79ers Gang

YEA: 79rs Gang: Expect the Unexpected (Sinking City) 5; Chromeo: Quarantine Casanova (Chromeo EP) 5; Tuxedo: Tuxedo III (Funk on Sight ’19) 3; Harriett: Harriett (DAMCAM ’19) 3; Coco Wade: Get Up and Dance (Smallwood Studio Productions) 3; Chloe x Halle: Ungodly Hour (Parkwood Entertainment/Columbia) 2; Montell Jordan: Masterpeace (Masterpeace ’19) 2; Will Downing: Romantique Part Two (Sophisticated Soul) 2; Mike Phillips: Pulling Off the Covers (SoNo) 2; Keiyaa: Forever, Ya Girl (KEIYA) 1.

NAY: 6lack: 6pc Hot (LVRN/Interscope EP) -1; The Bonfyre: Love, Lust, & Let Downs Chapter One (HITCO EP) -1; Emotional Oranges: The Juice Vol. II (Island EP) -1; Chiiild: Synthetic Soul (Avant Garden EP) -2; Nnamdi: Brat (Sooper) -2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT  – early Aug 2020 

YEA: Mekong Delta: Tales of a Future Past (Butler) 7; Night Demon: Vysteria (Centrury Media EP) 5; Jonathan Hultén: Chants from Another Place (Kscope) 5; Circus of Power: The Process of Illumination (Static Era EP) 5; Raspberry Bulbs: Before the Age of Mirrors (Relapse) 5; Oranssi Pazuzu: Mestarin Kynsi (Nuclear Blast) 5; Old Man Gloom: Seminar IX — Darkness of Being (Profound Lore) 3; Old Man Gloom: Seminar VIII — Light of Meaning (Profound Lore) 3; Tokyo Motor Fist: Lions (Frontiers) 3; Inter Arma: Garbers Days Revisited (Relapse) 3.

NAY: Daedelus: What Wands Won’t Break (Dome of Doom) -1; Tokimonsta: Oasis Nocturno (Tokimonsta) -1; Machine Girl: U-Void Synthesizer (1818199 DK2) -1; Tribade: Las Desheredadas (Propaganda Pel Fet! ’19) -1; AcidBrain: Herbgrinder Returns to Crush the Evil Empire (Acidbrain EP) -2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT – late Aug 2020

YEA: Gid Tanner and his Skillet Lickers: Anthology – The Deluxe Collection (Master Tape) 8; RaeLynn: Baytown (Round Here EP) 7; Haley Georgia: Lonestar Mixtape (Haley Georgia EP ’19) 7; Caylee Hammack: If It Wasn’t For You (Capitol Nashville) 5; Ashley Ray: Pauline (Ashley Ray) 5; Taylor Swift: Folklore (Taylor Swift) 3; The Chicks: Gaslighter (Columbia) 3; Cassadee Pope: Rise and Shine (AwSSake) 3; Clare Dunn: Honestly – A Personal Collection (Big Yellow Dog EP) 3; Alyssa Trahan: Alyssa Trahan (Skyfall EP) 3.

NAY: Mike and the Moonpies: Touch of You – The Lost Songs of Gary Stewart (Prairie Rose) -1; Kalyn Fay: Good Company (Horton ’19) -1; Mary and Brianna: Whiskey and Lust (Vivaio EP ’19) -1; Bailey Bryan: Perspective (300 Entertainment EP ’19) -1; Hayley Reardon: Where I Know You (Hayley Reardon EP ’19) -1.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT – early Sep 2020

YEA: Lucian Ban/John Surman/Mat Maneri: Transylvanian Folk Songs – The Bela Bartok Field Recordings (Sunnyside) 8; 47soul: Semitics (Cooking Vinyl) 7; Wanlov the Kubolor: Red Card – The Minstrel Cycle (Trumu ’19) 7; Sharhabil Ahmed: The King of Sudanese Jazz (Habibi Funk) 7; Nubya Garcia: Source (Concord Jazz) 7; Semi Tee: I’m Only Tweentyone (Jozi Entertainment) 5; Carlinhos Brown: Axé Inventions – Àjààlà (Candyall EP) 5; Jyoti: Mama, You Can Bet! (Eone Canada) 5; La Rue Ketanou: 2020 (Irfan Le Label) 5; Carlinhos Brown: Umbalista (Candyall) 3.

NAY: Zoo Heist: Zoo Heist (Fort Ancient) -1; Key Elements: Key Elements (Sonar Kollektiv) -1; Terrace Martin: Dinner Party (Sounds of Crenshaw/Empire EP) -1; Akon: Ain’t No Peace (Konvikt Kulture) -1; Various Artists: Freedom — The Declaration of Rights (White Stone Productions) -2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT – late Sep 2020

YEA: Jessie Ware: What’s Your Pleasure? (Virgin EMI) 5; Rumer: Nashville Tears (Cooking Vinyl) 5; T.A.T.U.: Truth – Live in St. Petersburg (T.A. Music) 5; Haiku Hands: Haiku Hands (Mad Decent) 5; The Aces: Under My Influence (Red Bull) 3; Yelle: L’Ère du Verseau (Recreation Center) 3; Haim: Women in Music Pt. III (Columbia) 3; Various Artists: Birds of Prey – The Album (Atlantic) 2; Stella Donnelly: Beware of the Dogs (Secretly Canadian ’19) 2; Cyn: Mood Swings (Unsub EP ’19) 2.

NAY: Hailee Steinfeld: Half Written Story (Republic EP) -1; Emily Weisband: Identity Crisis (Warner EP ’19) -1; Megan McCauley: Such Fun! (Megan McCauley) -2; Angel Olsen: Whole New Mess (Jagjaguwar) -2; Tate McRae: All the Things I Never Said (RCA EP) -3.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT  – early Oct 2020

YEA: Sault: Untitled – Rise (Forever Living Originals) 8; Kem: Love Always Wins (Motown) 7; Lenny Williams: Fine (Bridle Ridge) 7; Steve Arrington: Down to the Lowest Terms – The Soul Sessions (Stones Throw) 7; Ledisi: The Wild Card (Listen Back Entertainment) 5; Sault: Untitled – Black Is (Forever Living Originals) 5; St. Panther: These Days (Nice Life/How So EP) 3; Syleena Johnson: Woman (eOne) 2; Swamp Dogg: Sorry You Couldn’t Make It (Joyful Noise) 2; Thundercat: It Is What It Is (Brainfeeder) 1.

NAY: Kamauu: TheKammauu-Cassette – Mixd Greens (Atlantic EP ’19) -1; Celeste: Lately (Polydor EP ’19) -1; Tobe Nwigwe: The Pandemic Project (Tobe Nwigwe EP) -1; Yves Tumor: Heaven to a Tortured Mind (Warp) -1; Cowboy Troy: Galaxy – Vortex Chronicles Quadrant 4 (Hick Hop Federation EP) -2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT – late Oct 2020

YEA: Open Mike Eagle: Anime, Trauma and Divorce (Auto Reverse) 7; Open Mike Eagle: What Happens When I Try to Relax (Auto Reverse EP ’18) 5; Sa-Roc: The Sharecropper’s Daughter (Rhymesayers) 5; Third Root: Passion of the Poets (Third Root) 5; Public Enemy: What You Gonna Do When the Grid Goes Down? (Public Enemy PS/Def Jam) 5; Black Thought: Streams of Thought Vol. 3 – Cane and Able (Republic) 5; Nas: King’s Disease (Mass Appeal) 5; City Girls: City on Lock (Quality Control/Motown) 3; Flo Milli: Ho, Why is You Here? (RCA) 3; A$AP Ferg: Floor Seats II (A$AP Worldwide/Polo Grounds/RCA) 3. 

NAY: Raekwon: The Appetition (Ice H2O EP) -1; Doseone: G is for Job (A Purple 100) -1; Rod Wave: Pray 4 Love (Alamo) -1; Big Baby Gucci: Dead After Teen Spirit (Forever World EP) -2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT —  early Nov 2020

YEA: Plastic Bertrand: The Human Experience (Sing Or Swing) 7; The Dirty Denims: Ready Steady Go! (Handclap) 5; The Magnet Hearts: Complicated Cats (JoZeee) 5; Public Practice: Gentle Grip (Wharf Cat) 5;  Idles: Ultra Mono (PTKF) 5; The Nude Party: Midnight Manor (New West) 3; Dream Wife: So When You Gonna… (Lucky Number) 3; The Psychedelic Furs: Made of Rain (Cooking Vinyl) 2; The Cheats: Cussin’, Crying ‘n’ Carrying On (Screaming Crow) 2; Drive By Truckers: The New OK (ATO) 2. 

NAY: Gulch: Impenetrable Cerebral Fortress (Closed Casket Activities EP) -1;  The Pathetx: 1981 (Third Man) -1; Secret Emchy Society: The Chaser (Secret Emchy Society) -1; Ohmme: Fantasize Your Ghost (Joyful Noise) -1; The Mysterines: Take Control (Pretty Face EP ’19) -1.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT – late Nov 2020

YEA: Mickey Guyton: Bridges (Capitol Nashville EP) 7; Elizabeth Cook: Aftermath (Agent Love) 7; Tara Thompson: Hillbilly Christmas (TDT Enterprises ’19) 5; Karen Jonas: The Southwest Sky and Other Dreams (Yellow Brick) 5;  Cam: The Otherside (RCA) 3; Parker McCollum:  Hollywood Gold (MCA Nashville EP) 3; Kathleen Edwards: Total Freedom (Dualtone) 3; Brothers Osborne: Skeletons (EMI Nashville) 3; Waylon Payne: Blue Eyes, the Harlot, the Queer, the Pusher & Me (Carnival) 3; Hot Country Knights: The K is Silent (Capitol Nashville) 3. 

NAY: Billy Ray Cyrus: The Singin’ Hills Sessions – Mojave (Broken Bow EP) -1;  Joachim Cooder: Over That Road I’m Bound – The Songs of Uncle Dave Macon (Nonesuch) -1; West of Eden: Cabin Songs (West Of EP) -1;  Bobbo Byrnes: The Red Wheelbarrow (Songs & Whispers ’19) -1; Rachel Gleddie: Silhouette (Rachel Gleddie EP) -2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT – early Dec 2020

Spillage Village

YEA: Spillage Village: Spilligion (Dreamville/SinceThe80s/ Interscope) 8; Sun Ra Arkestra: Swirling (Strut) 8; ONO: Red Summer (American Dreams) 8; Mr. Lif & Stu Bangas: Vangarde (Fat Beats) 7;  Various Artists: Habibie & Ainun 3 (MD Musik Indonesia ’19) 7; The Twilite Tone:  The Clearing (Stones Throw) 7; Goodie Mob: Survival Kit (Organized Noize/Goodie Mob Worldwide) 7; SSQ: The Return of the Living Dead (Synthicide) 7; Ill Scholars, Madwreck, Mattic: Blue Ill Scholars (Fonetap) 7; Lea Bertucci: Resonant Field (NNA Tapes ’19) 7. 

NAY: Zebra Katz: Less is Moor (ZFK) -1;  Horse Meat Disco: Love and Dancing (Glitterbox) -1; John Tucker: Summertape (Radium Can EP) -1;  The Shotgun Wedding Quintet: Cab Calloway Reimagined (JM Collective Recordings EP) -1.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — late Dec. 2020

YEA: Voivod: Lost Machine – Live (Century Media) 8; Blue Öyster Cult: The Symbol Remains (Frontiers) 7; Armored Saint: Punching the Sky (Metal Blade) 7; White Magician: Dealers of Divinity (Cruz Del Sur) 7; Dark Quarterer: Pompeii (Cruz Del Sur) 5; Slift: Ummon (Vicious Circle) 5; Thy Catalfalque: Naiv (Season of Mist) 5; High Spirits: Hard to Stop (High Rolller) 5; Thunderslave: Unchain the Night (Zero) 5; My Dying Bride: Macabre Cabaret (Nuclear Blast EP) 5.

NAY: Warrior Soul: Cocaine and Other Good Stuff (Livewire) -2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — early Jan. 2021

YEA: Mars Williams: Presents an Ayler Xmas Vol. 4 Chicago vs. NYC (Astral Spirits) 8; Mars Williams: Presents an Ayler Xmas Vol. 3 Like In Kraków (Nottwo) 7; Kahil El’Zabar: America the Beautiful (Spiritmuse) 7; Mark Lomax II & the Urban Art Ensemble: 400 Years Suite (CFG Multimedia) 7; Fire! Orchestra: Actions (Rune Grammofon) 7; Chicago Underground Duo: Good Days ( Monofonus Press/Astral Spirits) 5; Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge: Azymuth 4 – Jazz is Dead (Jazz is Dead) 5; James Brandon Lewis/Chad Taylor: Live in Willisau (Intakt) 5; Salaam Remi: Black on Purpose (Louder Than Life) 5; Chico Trujillo: Mambo Mundial (Barbés ’19) 5.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — late Jan. 2021

YEA: Moonchild Sanelly: Nüdes (Transgressive) 5; Miley Cyrus: Plastic Hearts (RCA) 5; Bree Runway: 200and4eva (EMI EP) 5; The Dirty Denims: Ready Steady Go! (Handclap) 5; Taylor Swift: Evermore (Republic) 5; Zoë Nutt: How Does It Feel (Zoë Nutt) 3; Kate NV: Room for the Moon (RVNG Intl.) 3; Lianne La Havas: Lianne La Havas (Warner/Nonesuch) 3; Nena: Licht (Sony/The Laugh and Peas Company) 3; Aly & AJ: We Don’t Stop (Aly & AJ) 2.

NAY: Jazmine Sullivan: Heaux Tales (RCA) -1.


PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT early Feb. 2021

YEA: Various Artists: Hanging Tree Guitars (Music Maker) 8; Brennen Leigh: Prairie Love Letter (Brennen Leigh) 5; Brett Eldredge: Sunday Drive (Warner Nashville) 5; Joshua Ray Walker: Glad You Made It (State Fair) 5; Willie Jones: Right Now (The Penthouse/Empire ’21) 5; Kidd G: Teenage Dream – 1000 Miles From Georgia (Jay Rebel) 5; The Texicana Mamas: The Texicana Mamas (The Texicana Mamas) 3; Erin Enderlin: Faulkner Country (Black Crow Productions ’19) 3; Kristen Grainger & True North: Ghost Tattoo (Kristen Grainger & True North) 3; Breland: Breland (Bad Realm/Atlantic EP) 2.

NAY: Kerri Watt: Neptune’s Daughter (Cooking Vinyl ’21) -1; Reb Fountain: Reb Fountain (Flying Nun) -1; The Ebony Hillbillies: Trimmin’ Da Fat (Eh Music) -1.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — late Feb 2021

YEA: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs: Viscerals (Rocket Recordings) 5; Gösta Berlings Saga: Konkret Music (InsideOutMusic) 5; Churchwood: Plenty Wrong to Go Awry (Saustex Media) 5; Molchat Doma: Monument (Sacred Bones) 5; Pounder: Breaking the World (Shadow Kingdom ’21) 3; Crack the Sky: Tribes (Carry On Music ’21) 3; Lord Fowl: Glorious Babylon (Small Stone) 3; Raven: Metal City (Steamhammer) 3; Bloody Hammers: Songs of Unspeakable Terror (Napalm ’21) 3; Witchtrap: Evil Strikes Again (Hells Headbangers) 3.

NAY: Fractal Generator: Macrocosmos (Everlasting Spew ’21) -1.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — early March 2021

YEA: Requin Chagrin: Sémaphore (KMS Disques ’19) 7; The Barettas: All is Fair in Love and Rock & Roll (The Barettas ’21) 5; Cabaret Voltaire: Shadow of Fear (Mute) 5; Bohren & Der Club of Gore: Patchouli Blue (Ipecac) 5; Lucidvox: We Are (Glitterbeat) 3; Baby Queen: Medicine (Polydor EP) 3; Sleaford Mods: Spare Ribs (Rough Trade ’21) 3; Eisbrecher: Schicksalsmelodien (Metropolis) 3; Miss Guilty: Busted (Miss Guilty EP ’19) 3; Róisín Murphy: Róisín Machine (Skint) 2.

NAY: Rabies Babies: Rabies Babies (Damaged Goods EP) -1; Everything Everything: Re-Animator (Everything Everything) ‘1; Julien Baker: Little Oblivious (Matador ’21) -2; Deli Girls: Boss (Deli Girls) -2; Gang of Four: Anti Hero (Gill Music Ltd EP) -2.

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  1. 2020 releases I, for lack of a better term, “discovered” later in 2021 (or even 2022!):

    YEAs

    7: Rebecca Saunders: Musica Viva #35 (BR-Klassik)

    5: Hayden Joseph: The Only One Who’s Prayin’ (Loud & Proud); Robyn Ottolini: The I’m Not Always Hilarious EP (Warner Nashville EP); Keith Urban: Speeding Ticket (UMG Recordings EP); Skipp Whitman/Animal Milk: Struggle Raps (Whitman Industries EP)

    3: Ewigkeit: XXIII (Death to Music Productions EP); Heathen Apostles: Prayers Before the Plague (Ratchet Blade EP); Lil Cherry: Chef Talk (Artra EP); James Steinle: Cold German Mornings (Shotgun House)

    2: Various Artists: A Fistful More of Rock & Roll Vol. 3 (Screaming Cow)

    NAYS

    -1: Jarvis Jacob: To Geaux Plate (GentLyfe EP); K1ng Eljay: Writing Prompts III (RDFND EP); Brittney Spencer: Compassion (Common Exchange EP)

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