Pazz & Jop Product Reports, 2021

Frank Kogan recently emailed out a tentative 2021 top not-yet-10 album list for something initiated on facebook called the Pazz & Jop Ripoff Poll (which election I had voted in myself and actually told him about — his eventual final ballot is here); he wrote that “I’d probably give these B-PLUSes in the Christgau rating system (equivalent to a ‘5’ in Chuck’s Pazz & Jop Product Reports, which Xgau originally invented)”. Which comment came as a bit of a blow to me, since it made my wonder to what extent I’ve been “grading on a curve” in the twice-monthly (and originally facebook-posted) “product reports” below; i.e., if this was say 1979 or 1981, would the 8’s below be more like 7’s, or even 5’s, and so on? Very possible (and might also apply to my annual 150-best-album lists, in the sense that albums need to be better to score higher or even at all in the best years, and mediocre LPs in less-great years might get cut slack), but I’ll try not to sweat it.

Even beyond that, as always, I was already certain I’d either undergraded or overgraded some of the albums below. For what it’s worth, my own December-submitted Pazz & Jop Ripoff Poll ballot (with points adding up to 100) looked like this: Squid Bright Green Field (17); Sons of Kemet Black to the Future: (16); Anthony Joseph The Rich Are Only Defeated When Running For Their Lives: (13); William Parker Mayan Space Station (13); Fire in Little Africa Fire in Little Africa (10); Thy Catafalque Vadak (8); Cave of Swimmers Aurora (7); Carly Pearce 29 – Written in Stone (6); Richard Dawson & Circle Henki (5); James Brandon Lewis Jessup Wagon (5.) Ten honorable mentions (alphabetical): Airport 77s EP, Walker Hayes EP, Hertzel, Vijay Iyer, Jordsjø, Rae Lynn, Riders Against the Storm, Archie Shepp/Jason Moran, Skyzoo, Omar Sosa. This was after I’d listened to almost all of those way more than when I first rated them.

So obviously, take my original grades below with a shaker or two of pink Himalayan sea salt. As Frank suggested, 10 (not that I gave any) = A+, 8 = A, 7 = A-, 5 = B+, 3 = B, 2 = B-, 1 = C+, -1 = C, -2 = C-, -3 = D, -4 = F or E, depending on whether you went to parochial or public school. (There are no 9’s, 6’s, 4’s or 0’s in Pazz & Jop Product Report Land.) For more context on the history of the concept and/or more recommendations and dismisals, by all means feel free to check out my collected product reports from 2020 and 2019 as well.

Oink oink oink oink oink oink oink.


YEA: Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs: Viscerals (Rocket Recordings ’20) 5; Gösta Berlings Saga: Konkret Music (InsideOutMusic ’20) 5; Churchwood: Plenty Wrong to Go Awry (Saustex Media ’20) 5; Molchat Doma: Monument (Sacred Bones ’20) 5; Pounder: Breaking the World (Shadow Kingdom) 3; Crack the Sky: Tribes (Carry On Music) 3; Lord Fowl: Glorious Babylon (Small Stone ’20) 3; Raven: Metal City (Steamhammer ’20) 3; Bloody Hammers: Songs of Unspeakable Terror (Napalm) 3; Witchtrap: Evil Strikes Again (Hells Headbangers ’20) 3.

NAY: Fractal Generator: Macrocosmos (Everlasting Spew) -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) 5; Cabaret Voltaire: Shadow of Fear (Mute ’20) 5; Bohren & Der Club of Gore: Patchouli Blue (Ipecac ’20) 5; Lucidvox: We Are (Glitterbeat ’20) 3; Baby Queen: Medicine (Polydor EP ’20) 3; Sleaford Mods: Spare Ribs (Rough Trade) 3; Eisbrecher: Schicksalsmelodien (Metropolis ’20) 3; Miss Guilty: Busted (Miss Guilty EP ’19) 3; Róisín Murphy: Róisín Machine (Skint ’20) 2.

NAY: Rabies Babies: Rabies Babies (Damaged Goods EP ’20) -1; Everything Everything: Re-Animator (Everything Everything ’20) -1; Julien Baker: Little Oblivious (Matador) -2; Deli Girls: Boss (Deli Girls ’20) -2; Gang of Four: Anti Hero (Gill Music Ltd EP ’20) -2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT – late March 2021

YEA: Julius Hemphill: 1939-1995 – The Boyé Multi-National Crusade for Harmony (New World) 8; William Parker: Trencadis – A Selection From Migration of Silence Into and Out Of the Tone World (Centering) 8; Archie Shepp & Jason Moran: Let My People Go (Archieball) 7; Omar Sosa: An East African Journey (Ota) 7; Carlinhos Brown: Umbalista Verão – Au Vivo (Carlinhos Brown) 5; Various Artists: Allen Ginsberg’s The Fall of America – A Fiftieth Anniversary Musical Tribute (Ginsberg Recordings) 5; Klangforum Wien: Toshio Hosokawa Solo (Kairos Austria) 5; Yoshie Ueno: Toshio Hosokawa – Works for Flute (Kairos Austria) 3; Victor Gould: Thoughts Become Things (Blue Room ’19) 3; Bixiga 70: Sosseões Selo Sesc #5 (Tratore ’19) 3.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT – early April 2021

YEA: Carly Pearce: 29 (Big Machine EP) 7; Willie Nelson: That’s Life (Legacy) 5; Miko Marks & the Resurrectors: Our Country (Redtone) 5; Jason Ringenberg: Rhinestoned (Courageous Chicken Entertainment) 5; Diamond Dixie: Growing Wings (Diamond Dixie) 5; Melissa Carper: Daddy’s Country Gold (Mae Music) 3; Peter Stampfel: 20th Century in 100 Songs (Louisiana Red Hot) 3; Blanco Brown: Honeysuckle & Lightning Bugs (Broken Bow ’19) 3; Charley Crockett: 10 For Slim — Sings James Hand (Son of Davy) 3; James Steinle: Cold German Mornings (Shotgun House ’20) 3.

NAY: Midland: The Sonic Ranch (Big Machine) -1; Callista Clark: Real to Me (Big Machine EP) -1; Brittney Spencer: Compassion (Common Exchange EP ’20) -1; Veronica Lewis: You Ain’t Unlucky (Blue Heart) -1; Hege Brynildsen: Blue Birds Black Knights (WM Sweden) -1.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT – late April 2021

YEA: The Airport 77s: Rotation (The Airport 77s EP) 7; Suzi Quatro: The Devil in Me (Steamhammer) 5; The Hold Steady: Open Door Policy (Positive Jams) 5; 3hattrio: Lost Sessions (Okehdokee) 3; Heathen Apostles: Prayers Before the Plague (Ratchet Blade EP ’20) 3; Rye Mountain Revelry: Rye Mountain Revelry (Rye Mountain Revelry EP ’19) 3; The Stone Coyotes: Hit the Ground Running (Red Cat EP ’19) 3; Lake Street Dive: Obviously (Nonesuch) 3; Various Artists: A Fistful More of Rock & Roll Vol. 3 (Screaming Cow ’20) 2; Alice Cooper: Detroit Stories (Earmusic) 2.

NAY: Fruit Bats: The Pet Parade (Merge) -1; Tramp for the Lord: Black Cows and Slo Pokes (Tramp for the Lord EP ’19) -1.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT – early May 2021

YEA: Cave of Swimmers: Aurora (Bloomtune) 7; Lunar Shadow: Wish to Leave (Cruz Del Sur) 7; Herzel: Le Dernier Rempart (Gates of Hell) 7; Hot Breath: Rubbery Lips (The Sign) 5; Haunt: Beautiful Distraction (Iron Grip) 5; Wheel: Preserved in Time (Cruz Del Sur) 5; Acid Mammoth: Caravan (Heavy Psych Sounds) 5; Yellowtooth: The Burning Illusion (Orchestrated Misery) 5; Ewigkeit: XXIII (Death to Music Productions EP ’20) 3; Ewigkeit: Depopulate (Death to Music Productions EP) 2.

NAY: Conan: Live at Freak Valley (Napalm) -1.


YEA: Various: Ballerman Megamix 2021 (More Music) 7; Various: Wellerman Präsentiert: Drunken Sailor Sea Shanty Sauf Und Party Hits (Update-Media-Group) 7; Venus VNR: Idéal Turfu (Etic System EP) 5; NiziU: Take a Picture/Poppin’ Shakin’ (Sony EP) 3; Various: Aprés Ski Hits 2019 (Universal Vertrieb ’18) 3; Aly & AJ: A Touch of the Beat Gets You Up on Your Feet Gets You Out and Then Into the Sun (Aly & AJ) 3; Itzy: Gue?? Who (JYO Entertainment EP) 3; Lil Cherry: Chef Talk (Artra EP ’20) 3; The Notwist: Vertigo Days (Morr Music) 2; Elliphant: Rocking Horse (Elliphant) 2.

NAY: Diamante: American Dream (Anti-Heroine) -1; Tate McRae: Too Young to Be Sad (RCA EP) -1; Cakeboy: Hard Offer (Sony EP) -1; Sara Bug: Sara Bug (Egghunt EP) -2.

Little Africa aren’t so little!

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — early June 2021

YEA: Fire in Little Africa: Fire in Little Africa (Motown) 7; Passalacqua: Passalacqua (Passalacqua) 5; Charmaine: Hood Avant-Garde (WM Canada EP) 5; Qwazaar + Batsauce: Stoned Giant (Full Plate EP) 5; Skipp Whitman/Animal Milk: Struggle Raps (Whitman Industries EP ’20) 5; YelaWolf x DJ Paul: Slumafia (Slumarican) 5; R.A.P. Ferreira/Scallops Hotel: Bob’s Son (Ruby Yacht) 3; Team Dynamite: Respect the Process (Team Dynamite) 3; Cadence Weapon: Parallel World (Cadence Weapon EP) 3; Madlib: Sound Ancestors (Madlib Invasion) 3.

NAY: Morray: Street Sermons (Pick Six) -1; K1ng Eljay: Writing Prompts III (RDFND EP ’20).

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — late June 2021

YEA: Sons of Kemet: Black to the Future (Impulse!) 8; Anthony Joseph: The Rich Are Only Defeated When Running For Their Lives (Heavenly Sweetness) 8; Skyzoo: All the Brilliant Things (Mello Music Group) 7; James Brandon Lewis: Jessup Wagon (Tao Forms) 7; Vijay Iyer/Linda May Han Oh/Tyshawn Sorey: Uneasy (ECM) 7; Alfa Mist: Bring Backs (Anti/Epitaph) 7; Toumani Diabaté and the London Symphony Orchestra: Kôrôlén (World Circuit) 7; Rebecca Saunders: Musica Viva #35 (BR-Klassik ’20) 7; Vincent Herring: Preaching to the Choir (Smoke Sessions) 5; Genesis Owusu: Smiling With No Teeth (House Anxiety/Ourness) 5.

NAY: Georgia Anne Muldrow: VWETO III (Fourseen Entertainment) -1; The Lasso: 2121 (Mello Music Group) -1; Ebhoni: X (Harvest EP) -1; Lava La Rue: Butter-Fly (Marathon Artists EP) -1.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — early July 2021

YEA: Gary Allan: Ruthless (EMI Nashville) 7; Walker Hayes: Country Stuff (Monument EP) 7; Olivia Ellen Lloyd: Loose Cannon (Brooklyn Basement) 5; Jack Ingram/Miranda Lambert/Jon Randall: The Marfa Tapes (Vanner/RCA Nashville) 5; Priscilla Block: Priscilla Block (Mercury Nashville EP) 5; Hayden Joseph: The Only One Who’s Prayin’ (Loud & Proud ’20) 5; Eric Church: Heart & Soul (EMI Nashville) 5; Various: The Ice Road (Big Machine) 5; Laura Bell Bundy: Women of Tomorrow (ONErpm) 5; Keith Urban: Speeding Ticket (UMG Recordings EP ’20) 5.

NAY: Jason Charles Miller: From the Wreckage, Pt. 1 (Haunted Mill EP) -1; KC Jones: Queen of the In Between (Free Dirt) -1; Bhi Bhiman: Substitute Preacher II (Boocoo EP) -1; Son of the Velvet Rat: Solitary Company (Fluff and Gravy) -2.

Cephalopod rockers Squid, washed ashore. Watch out for the ink!

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT – late July 2021

YEA: Squid: Bright Green Field (Warp) 7; Die Krupps: Songs From the Dark Side of Heaven (SPV/Cleopatra/Oblivion) 7; Black Midi: Cavalcade (Rough Trade) 5; Black Country New Road: For the First Time (Ninja Tune UK) 5; Roger Chapman: Life in the Pond (Ruf Germany) 5; The Scientists: Negativity (In The Red) 5; Cheap Trick: In Another World (BMG) 5; Der Plan: Les Fanuks – Save Your Software!! (Bureau B Germany) 5; :Wumpscut:: Fledermavs 303 (Metropolis) 5; Måneskin: Teatro D’ira – Vol. 1 (Sony/RCA Italy) 5.

NAY: Joywave: Every Window is a Mirror (Cultco EP) -1; Hey Violet: Problems (Ultraviolet EP) -1; Bo Burnham: Inside [The Songs] (Imperial Distribution) -1; Dirty Honey: Dirty Honey (Dirt) -1; Sons of Raphael: Full-Throated Messianic Homage (Because UK) -1.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — early August 2021

YEA: Riders Against the Storm: Flowers for the Living (Divide and Conjure) 8; U-Roy: Solid Gold (Trojan Jamaica/BMG) 7; Akil Pratt & K1ng Eljay: Perfect Timing (Akil Pratt & K1ng Eljay) 7; Scuare: Phenomenal (Exociety) 7; Sault: Nine (Forever Living Originals) 5; Chromeo: Date Night – Chromeo Live! (Last Gang) 5; Magna Carda: To the Good People (Magna Carda) 5; MC K-Swift: Pottery Class Volume 1 – the Clay (New Rap Order) 5; ; Udababy: Udababy(Why? EP) 5; Melonyx: Black Elixer (Tru Thoughts EP) 5.

NAY: Def 3 & Late Night Radio: Weddings and Funerals (Urbnet/Fontana North) -1; Fousheé: Time Machine (Trackmasters/RCA) -1; Hiatus Kayote: Mood Valiant (Brainfeeder) -1; Jarvis Jacob: To Geaux Plate (GentLyfe EP ’20) -1; Pastor Mike Jr.: LiveFree (Worldwide Music ’19) -1.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — late August 2021

YEA: Broken Shadows with Tim Berne/Chris Speed/Reid Anderson/Dave King: Broken Shadows (Intakt Switzerland) 7; Klangforum Wien: Georges Aperghis Solo (Kairos Austria) 7; Klangforum Wien: Rebecca Saunders Solo (Kairos Austria) 7; Klangforum Wien: Olga Neuwirth Solo (Kairos Austria) 7; Klangforum Wien: Salvatore Sciarrino Solo (Kairos Austria) 5; Jazz At Lincoln Center Orchestra Septet with Wynton Marsalis: The Democracy! Suite (Blue Engine) 5; Rey Sapienz & the Congo Techno Ensemble: Na Zala Zala (Nyege Nyege Tapes Uganda) 5; Nathaniel Cross: The Description is not the Described (First Word) 5; Wau Wau Collectif: Yaral Sa Doom (Sahel Sounds) 3; Shez Raja: Tales From the Punjab (Ubuntu Music) 3.

NAY: Brian Jackson: Jazz Is Dead 8 (Jazz Is Dead) -1.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — early September 2021

YEA: Robyn Ottolini: The But I’m Not Always Sad Either EP (Warner Nashville EP) 7; Parker McCollum: Gold Chain Cowboy (MCA Nashville) 5; Mark Rubin Jew of Oklahoma: The Triumph of Assimilation (Rubinchik) 5; JP Harris: Don’t You Marry No Railroad Man (Free Dirt) 5; Robyn Ottolini: The I’m Not Always Hilarious EP (Warner Nashville EP ’20) 5; Lainey Wilson: Sayin’ What I’m Thinkin’ (Broken Bow) 5; Croy and the Boys: Of Course They Do (Spaceflight/Speaker Bump EP) 5; Sierra Ferrell: Long Time Coming (Rounder) 5; Charlie Worsham: Sugarcane (Warner Nashville EP) 5; The Flatlanders: Treasure of Love (Rack ‘Em) 5.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — late September 2021

YEA: Olivia Rodrigo: Sour (Geffen) 7; Liz Phair: Soberish (Chrysalis) 5; L Devine: Near Life Expectations Part One (Warner Bros. EP) 5; Pale Waves: Who Am I? (Dirty HIt) 3; Tinashe: 333 (Tinashe Music/Equity Distribution) 3; HyunA: I’m Not Cool (P. Nation EP) 3; Debbie Gibson: The Body Remembers (Stargirl) 3; Saweetie: Pretty Summer Playlist Season 1 (ICY/Warner Bros EP) 3; Kacey Musgraves: Star-Crossed (MCA Nashville/Interscope) 2; Billie Eilish: Happier Than Ever (Darkroom/Interscope) 2.

NAY: Carmen Rodgers: Hello Human Vol. 1 (Candigirl EP) -1; MK XYZ: Sweet Spot (Epic EP) -1; Maeta: Habits (Roc Nation EP) -1; Lion Babe: Rainbow Child (Lion Babe EP) -1; Sarah Barrios: Conversations With Myself (Visionary/Arista EP) -1.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — early October 2021

YEA: Thy Catafalque: Vadak (Season of Mist) 8; Monster Magnet: A Better Dystopia (Napalm) 7; Cirith Ungol: Half Past Human (Metal Blade EP) 5; Pharaoh: The Powers That Be (Cruz Del Sur) 5; Vreid: Wild North West (Season of Mist) 5; Marta Gabriel: Metal Queens (Listenable) 3; Josephus and the George Jonestown Massacre: Heirs of the Dog (Saustex) 3; Wardruna: Kvitravn (By Norse) 3; Motorjesus: Hellbreaker (AFM) 3; Wolverine: A Darkened Sun (Sensory EP) 3.

NAY: Dalriada: Öszelö (H-Music) -1; Jinger: Wallflowers (Napalm) -1; Boisson Divine: Bonus Tracks From Lahala (Boisson Divine EP) -1; Moon Unit: Differences in Language and Lifestyle (Moon Unit) -2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — late October 2021

YEA: Carly Pearce: 29 – Written in Stone (Big Machine) 8; RaeLynn: Baytown (Round Here) 8; Mickey Guyton: Remember Her Name (Capitol Nashville) 7; Kalie Shorr: I Got Here By Accident (Tmwrk EP) 7; Olivia Lane: Heart Change (LWP) 5; Adrian + Meredith: Bad For Business (Vertigo Productions) 5; Kidd G: Down Home Boy (Rebel/Geffen) 5; Connie Smith: The Cry of the Heart (Fat Possum) 3; Nelly: Heartland (Columbia EP) 3; Miko Marks: Race Records (Redtone EP) 2.

NAY: Sasha Dobson: Girl Talk (Sasha Dobson) -1.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — early November 2021

YEA: William Parker: Mayan Space Station (AUM Fidelity) 8; Elvis Costello: Spanish Model (UMe) 7; Knuijt and Dellebeke: Another Koek (Zefir) 7; William Parker: Painters Winter (AUM Fidelity) 7; Wild Up: Julius Eastman, Vol. 1 – Femenine (New Amsterdam) 7; Cookers: Look Out! (Gearbox) 7; David Sanford Big Band featuring Hugh Ragin: A Prayer for Lester Bowie (Greenleaf) 7; Arturo O’Farrill: …Dreaming in Lions… (Blue Note) 5; Cha-Wa: My People (Single Lock) 5; Gregg Belisle-Chi: Koi – Performing the Music of Tim Berne (Relative Pitch) 3.

Who is that Mached man?

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — late November 2021

YEA: Mach Hommy: Pray for Haiti (Griselda) 7; Little Simz: Sometimes I Might be Introvert (Age 101 UK) 5; Jamael Dean: Primordial Waters (Stones Throw) 5; Solemn Brigham: South Sinner Street (Mello Music Group) 5; Damu the Fudgemunk: Conversation Peace (Def Pressé) 5; Tanya Morgan: Don & Von (Hipnott) 5; Timbuktu: It’s Alright in the Daylight (Urbnet) 5; Pink Siifu: Gumbo’! (Dynamite Hill) 5; Pressure Fit/Darius Christian: Wake and Tape (Pressure Fit EP) 5; Rita J: The High Priestess (Neak Imprints/2nd Life Recordings/Gold Standard Collective) 3.

NAY: Moor Mother: Black Encyclopedia of Air (Anti-) -1.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — early December 2021

YEA: The Pop Group: Y In Dub (Mute UK) 7; The Halluci Nation: One More Saturday Night (Radicalized Canada) 7; Little Big: Covers (Warner Music Russia EP) 5; Maggotron: It Came From Planet Rock (Jamarc Enterprises EP) 5; MØtrik: Moon – The Cosmic Electrics of MØtrik (Jealous Butcher) 5; DMX Krew: Loose Gears (Hypercolour UK) 5; Joaquin Joe Claussell: Raw Tones (Rekids UK) 5; Maggotron: Just Cluckin’ Around (James McCauley Music EP) 5; Car Culture: Dead Rock (Lighthead) 5; Househead Samira: Radio Safia (Moveltraxx UK EP ’20) 5.

NAY: FM Skyline: Illuminations (100% Electronica) -1; Boys Noize: +/- (Boysnoize) -1; Krautrocka: Der Karneval Der Tierre (Phoner Germany) -1; Oliver Tree/Little Big: Welcome to the Internet (Atlantic EP) -2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — late December 2021

YEA: Side Pony: Lucky Break (Mule Kick) 7; Pistol Annies: Hell of a Holiday (RCA Nashville) 5; Ashley Monroe: Rosegold (Mountainrose Sparrow) 5; Legendary Shack Shakers: Cockadoodledeux (Alternative Tentacles) 5; Joshua Ray Walker: See You Next Time (State Fair) 5; Asleep at the Wheel: Half a Hundred Years (Home) 5; Natalie Hemby: Pins and Needles (Fantasy) 5; The Boxmasters: Christmas in California (Keentone) 3; Lori McKenna: Christmas is Right Here (CN EP) 3; Amanda Shires: For Christmas (Thirty Tigers/Silver Knife) 2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — early January 2022

YEA: Amyl and the Sniffers: Comfort to Me (ATO) 5; Silk Sonic: An Evening With Silk Sonic (Aftermath Entertainment/Atlantic) 3; Idles: Crawler (Partisan) 3; Robert Plant / Alison Krauss: Raise the Roof (Rounder) 3; Remi Wolf: Juno (Island/Virgin EMI) 3; Dry Cleaning: New Long Leg (4AD) 2; Illuminati Hotties: Let Me Do One More (Hopeless/Snack Shack) 2; Felice Brothers: From Dreams to Dust (Yep Roc) 2; Abba: Voyage (Polar) 2; Los Lobos: Native Suns (New West) 2; Lindsey Buckingham: Lindsey Buckingham (Reprise) 1.

NAY: Playboi Carti: Whole Lotta Red (Interscope ’20) -1; King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard: Butterfly 3000 (KGLW) -1; No-No Boy: 1975 (Smithsonian Folkways) -1; Myriam Gendron: Ma Deliré — Songs of Love, Lost & Found (Feeding Tube) -1; Turnstile: Glow On (Roadrunner) -2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — late January 2022

YEA: Richard Dawson & Circle: Henki (Domino) 8; Jordsjø: Pastorialia (Karisma Norway) 7; The Body and Big/Brave: Leaving None But Small Birds (Thrill Jockey) 7; Elder & Kadavar: Eldovar – A Story of Darkness & Light (Robotor Germany) 7; Count Raven: The Sixth Storm (I Hate Sweden) 7; Larman Clamor: Ink Fo’ Blood (Larman Clamor Germany) 7; Apostle of Solitude: Until the Darkness Goes (Cruz Del Sur Italy) 5; Heathen Apostles: Bloodgrass Vol. 3 (Ratchet Blade EP) 3; Johnny Flynn & Robert MacFarlane: Lost in the Cedar Wood (Transgressive Europe) 3; Kadavar: The Isolation Tapes (Robotor/Pelagic Germany ’20) 2.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT – early February 2022

YEA: Chrome: Scaropy (Cleopatra) 7; Michael Beach: Dream Violence (Goner/Poison City) 5; Divine Horsemen: Hot Rise of an Ice Cream Phoenix (In The Red) 5; Audiobooks: Astro Tough (Heavenly Recordings) 5; Folk Devils: Forever (Optic Nerve UK EP ’20) 5; G.G King: Remain Intact (Total Punk) 5; Onetwothree: Onetwothree (Kill Rock Stars) 5; Elvis Costello & the Imposters: The Boy Named If (Capitol ’22) 5; Geese: Projector (Partisan/Play It Again Sam) 5; Tropical Fuck Storm: Deep States (Joyful Noise Recordings) 5.


PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT — late February 2022

YEA: The Tiptons Sax Quartet & Drums: Wabi Sabi (Sowiesound/Zoot!/Spoot/Red Cedar) 8; Vasconcelos Sentimento: Furto (Far Out ’21) 7; Natural Information Society with Evan Parker: Descension – Out of our Constrictions (Eremite) 7; Andy Akiho and Sandbox Percussion: Seven Pillars (Aki Rhythm Productions) 5; Sara Serpa/Emmanuel Iderma: Intimate Strangers(Biophilia) 5; Brandon Seabrook with Cooper-Moore & Gerald Cleaver: Exultations (Aural Spirits ’20) 5; Omar Sosa/Seckou Keita: Suba (Bendigedig) 5; Patricia Brennan: Maquishiti (Valley of Search) 5; Sam Gendel/Sam Wilkes: Music for Saxofone & Bass Guitar More Songs (Leaving) 5; Frank Dupree/Rosanne Philippens/ Wurttemburg Chamber Orchestra of Heilbronn: Kasputin – Orchestral Works (Capriccio) 5.

PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT – early March 2022

YEA: Babes Wodumo: Crown (West Ink) 8; Fulu Miziki: Ngbaka (Moshi Moshi EP) 8; Equiknoxx: Basic Tools Mixtape (Equiknoxx) 7; Kaygee Daking: Kwasuka Lokho (Ziki Media) 5; Owiny Sigoma Band: The Lost Tapes (Brownswood) 5; Hello Psychaleppo: Jismal (Hello Psychaleppo EP) 5; Tia Maria Produçoes: Angusita Nos Corações Da Tia (Principe EP) 5; Tia Maria Produçoes: Lei Da Tia Maria (Principe EP ’20) 5; Voilaaa: Voicii (Favorite Recordings) 3; Semi Tee & MDU aka TRP: Tales of the 2 Peers (Jozi Entertainment) 3.


  1. via facebook:

    Marty Lederman
    Chuck Eddy When (what) was your most recent “10”?

    Chuck Eddy
    At least since I started posting these, I don’t think I’ve had any.


  2. 2021 releases I graded/ranked/discovered later in 2022, or beyond:


    8: The Kahil El’Zabar Quartet: A Time For Healing (Spiritmuse)

    7: Isaiah Collier & the Chosen Few: Cosmic Transitions (Division 81); Mexstep: Vivir (Mexstep); Mustasch: A Final Warning – Chapter One (Tritonus Sweden EP); Sexyy Red: Ghetto Superstar (Jay Rebel).

    5: Tenille Arts: Girl to Girl (19th & Grand); Audiobooks: Astro Tough (Heavenly UK); BabyTron: Bin Reaper 2 (The Hip Hop Lab/Empire); Bareto: El Amor No Es Para Los Débiles (Agogo Germany); Carpe Diem String Quartet: Erberk Eryilamz – Dances of the Yogurt Maker, New Music for String Quartet and Turkish Folk Percussion (MSR Classics); The Bug: Fire (Ninja Tune UK); Crazy Lixx: Street Lethal (Frontiers); Erin Enderlin: Barroom Mirrors (Black Crow Productions EP); Fanfare Ciocarlia: It Wasn’t Hard to Love You (Asphalt Tango Germany); Gudrun Gut + Mabe Fratti: Let’s Talk About the Weather (Umor-Rex Mexico); Toby Keith: Peso in My Pocket (Show Dog Nashville); Kentucky Headhunters: …That’s a Fact Jack! (Practice House); Lady Beast: Omens (Reaper Metal EP); Mdou Moctar: Afrique Victime (Matador); Cassadee Pope: Thrive (Awake); Model Home: Both Feet En Th Infinite (Don Giovanni); Rage: Resurrection Day (Steamhammer/SPV); Shayla Spradley: Dryland (Shayla Spradley EP).

    3: Beast In Black: Dark Connection (Nuclear Blast); Heathen Apostles: The Goodbye Family (Ratchet Blade EP); Mach-Hommy: Balens Cho – Hot Candles (Mach-Hommy EP); R4pc4mp, Dug & Happy Tooth: Just Outside America’s Test Market (Neon Autumn); Slant: 1집 (Iron Lung EP); Brooke Taylor: Romeo Boy (Brooke Taylor EP); Too Much Joy: Mistakes Were Made (People Suck); Morgan Wade: Reckless (Thirty Tigers/Ladylike/Arista Nashville) .


    -1: Nicole Atkins: Memphis Ice (Single Lock); Control Freaks: Get Some Help (Dirty Water); Dewey Defeats Truman: The Way You Shatter (Silver Girl EP); Lady A: What a Song Can Do (BMLG); Eddie Spaghetti & Frank Meyer: Motherfuckin’ Rock ‘n’ Roll (Kitten Robot); Rosegarden Funeral Party: In the Wake of Fire (Young and Cold); Twin Kennedy: Homebound (Twin Kennedy EP).


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