150 Best Albums of 2011

Maura Johnston, at that time holding down my old job as music editor of the Village Voice, designated 2011 “the Year of the Bro” after reassuring readers that “of course it wasn’t” “the worst year for music ever” (she was making a point there actually, about headline clickbait.) Katherine St. Asaph, participating in the same… Continue reading 150 Best Albums of 2011

Best Albums of 2022 So Far

(A list in perpetual flux, I hope it goes without saying — expect a few additions, maybe some subtractions and plenty of transpositions. I include a couple very-late-in-2021 titles, though release dates in the streaming age can sometimes be amorphous. 2022 Product reports here; I’ve reconsidered some scores. And clearly, the below tally could go… Continue reading Best Albums of 2022 So Far

150 Best Albums of 2007

In October 2007 Sasha Frere-Jones published a 3500-word essay titled “A Paler Shade of White” in The New Yorker, lamenting how indie rock had forfeited the rhythmic and vocal inspiration from Black music that had made rock’n’roll special in the first place and later distinguished the post-punk Frere-Jones himself had fallen for during his own… Continue reading 150 Best Albums of 2007

Pazz & Jop Product Reports, 2022

A post in progress, for however many months are left. See also (and for explanation and/or comparison): 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021. PAZZ & JOP PRODUCT REPORT – early February 2022 YEA: Chrome: Scaropy (Cleopatra ’21) 7; Michael Beach: Dream Violence (Goner/Poison City ’21) 5; Divine Horsemen: Hot Rise of an Ice Cream Phoenix (In… Continue reading Pazz & Jop Product Reports, 2022