150 Best Albums of 1980

Less than three weeks ago, Rolling Stone‘s website ran an 80 Greatest Albums of 1980 listicle, making the case that the first year of the 20th Century’s penultimate decade was “arguably, the greatest year for great albums ever.” Personally, “great” albums make me nervous — they’re just, y’know, intimidating or something. But when it comes… Continue reading 150 Best Albums of 1980

Pazz & Jop Product Reports, 2019

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… Continue reading Pazz & Jop Product Reports, 2019