Music Tracking 2021

These are 2021 releases that I've taken note of, listed alphabetically by artist, with VA comps at the bottom. My grades, where available, are in brackets at the end of the line (stars in B+ range). Lines in blue indicate that I have a physical copy (albeit sometimes just a promo CDR); in green are records that I graded based on a Rhapsody stream or other such source. Most records have release dates and a brief generic note.

Unheard records are prioritized 0-3 (graded records are 4-5). The priotization is based subjectively on personal interests, reviews I've noticed, reviewers I particularly respect, what I know about the artists, etc. Roughly speaking: 0 is something I have no reason to consider (default page omits 0); 1 has been noted as having some cred somewhere; 2 is something I have some specific reason to search out; 3 is something I'll listen to ASAP.

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New Releases

  • Joshua Abrams' Cloud Script: Cloud Script (RogueArt) - jazz
  • Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society: Mandatory Reality (Eremite) [01-01] - jazz
  • Abstract Orchestra: Madvillain Vol 1 (ATA) [03-12] - jazz
  • Lea Bertuci: A Visible Length of Light (Cibachrome Editions)
  • Block Ensemble: Hugs & Bugs (Clean Feed) [10-00] - jazz
  • Bone Cutter: Bone Cutter (-EP)
  • David Borden: Heaven-Kept Soul (Cuneiform) [03-19] - electronic
  • Gabriel Borden: Borden on Borden: Gabriel Borden Plays David Borden (Cuneiform) [03-19] - jazz
  • Christer Bothen 3: Omen (Bocian) [01-30] - jazz
  • Cabaret Voltaire: BN9Drone (Mute) [04-23]
  • Edmar Castaneda: Family (Arpa y Voz) [05-21] - jazz
  • Eric Church: & (EMI Nashville -EP) [04-20] - country
  • The Coast Jazz Orchestra: The Temp (Music by Taylor Ho Bynum, Words by Matthea Harvey) (self-released) [02-17] - jazz
  • Larry Coryell: Jazz at Berlin Philharmonic XI: The Last Call (ACT Music) [03-19] - jazz
  • Elisabeth Coudoux: Emiszatett: Earis (Impakt) [05-14] - jazz
  • Marilyn Crispell/Eddie Prevost/Harrison Smith: ConcertOTO (Matchless) - jazz
  • Jeremiah Cymerman: Citadels & Sanctuaries (5049) [08-20] - jazz
  • Christopher Dell/Christian Lillinger/Jonas Westergaard: Beats (Plaist) [01-29] - jazz
  • Bertrand Denzler/Phil Durrant/Mark Wastell: What Do You See When You Are Sleeping? (Conront) [01-31] - jazz
  • William Doyle: Great Spans of Muddy Time (Tough Love) [03-19] - art pop
  • Paul Dunmall/Matthew Shipp/Joe Morris/Gerald Cleaver: The Bright Awakening (RogueArt) - jazz
  • EABS: Discipline of Sun Ra (Astigmatic) [02-05] - jazz
  • Jason Eady: To the Passage of Time () - country
  • Mats Eilertsen: Solitude Central (Hemli) [02-05] - jazz
  • Mats Eilertsen: Hymn for Hope (Hemli) - jazz
  • Mark Feldman: Sounding Point (Intakt) [03-05] - jazz
  • Fucked Up: Year of the Horse () [05-07] - post-hardcore
  • Champian Fulton: Live From Lockdown (Champian) [09-14] - vocal jazz
  • Marta Gabriel: Metal Queens (Listenable) [07-16] - metal
  • Gel: Violent Closure (-EP)
  • The Vinny Golia Quartet: Left, Outside . . . ! (Nine Winds -19) [2019-11-30] - jazz
  • Pasquale Grasso: Solo Ballads (Sony Masterworks) [04-09] - jazz
  • Milford Graves/Jason Moran: Live at Big Ears (Yes) [04-02] - jazz
  • Andrew Green: Dime Dancing: The Music of Steely Dan (Shifting Paradigm -20) - jazz
  • Mats Gustafsson/Joachim Nordwall: Shadows of Tomorrow/The Brain Produces Electric Waves (Astral Spirits -EP) [05-14] - jazz
  • Mary Halvorson Quartet: John Zorn's Bagatelles Vol 1 (Tzadik) - jazz
  • Joel Harrison: Guitar Talk (AGS) - jazz
  • Christopher Hoffman: Asp Nimbus (Out of Your Head) [03-26] - jazz
  • Kang Tae Hwan/Kang Hae Jin: Circle Point (Dancing Butterfly) [02-02] - jazz
  • ICP Septet + Joris Roelofs + Terrie Ex: Komen & Gaan (ICP) - jazz
  • Ikizukuri + Susana Santos Silva: Suicide Underground Orchid (Multikulti) [04-02] - jazz
  • ILoveMakonnen: My Parade (Timeless Magic) [04-13] - pop rap
  • IPA: Bashing Mushrooms (Cuneiform) [09-07] - jazz
  • Ayumi Ishito: Ayumi Ishito & the Spacemen Vol 1 (577) - jazz
  • Jah Wobble: Metal Box - Rebuilt in Dub (Cleopatra) [12-17] - reggae
  • Jose James: New York 2020 (Rainbow Blonde) [02-19] - jazz
  • Jazzrausch Bigband: Techne (ACT Music) [04-30] - jazz
  • Darius Jones: Raw Demoon Alchemy (A Lone Operation) (Northern Spy) [11-05] - jazz
  • Norah Jones: 'Til We Meet Again (Live) (Blue Note) [04-16] - vocal jazz
  • Theo Jorgensmann/Christopher Dell/Christian Ramond/Klaus Kugel: At the Fields Edge (Not Two) - jazz
  • Judson Trio [Joelle Leandre/Mat Maneri/Gerald Cleaver]: Light and Dance (RogueArt) - jazz
  • Charlotte Keefe: Right Here Right Now (Discus) [06-11] - jazz
  • Eli Keszler: Icons (LucyMe) [06-25] - jazz
  • Sinikka Langeland: Wolf Rune (ECM) [04-09] - Norwegian folk/jazz
  • Joelle Leandre: Beauty/Resistance (Not Two -3CD) - jazz
  • Pablo Ledesma/Paula Shocron/Mono Hurtado/Pablo Diaz: Inmanencia (Nendo Dango) [08-20] - jazz
  • Jinx Lennon: Liferafts for Latchicos (Septic Tiger) [04-23] - punk
  • Allen Lowe: A Love Supine: Ascension Into the Maelstrom (ESP Disk) - jazz
  • Shannon McNally: The Waylon Sessions (Compass) [05-28] - country
  • Joe McPhee/Michael Bisio/Fred Lonberg-Holm/Juma Sultan: The Sweet Spot (RogueArt) - jazz
  • Melting Mind: Melted Mind (Troglosound) - jazz
  • Adi Meyerson: I Want to Sing My Heart Out in Praise of Life (Adi Meyerson) [08-06] - jazz
  • Migos: Culture III (Capitol/Motown/Quality Control) [06-11] - hip-hop
  • Matt Mitchell & Kate Gentile: Snark Horse (Pi -6CD) [07-30] - jazz
  • Roscoe Mitchell/Sandy Ewen/Damon Smith/Weasel Walter: A Railroad Spike Forms the Voice (Balance Point Acoustics) [05-14] - jazz
  • Monster Magnet: A Better Dystopia (Napalm) [05-21]
  • Jason Moran: The Sound Will Tell You (Yes) - jazz
  • Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real: A Few Stars Apart (Fantasy) [06-11] - country rock
  • Maggie Nicols: Creative Contradiction: Poetry, Story, Song & Sound (Takuroku -20) [2020-12-07]
  • Nova Twins: Supernova (Marshall) [06-17] - noise rock
  • Evan Parker Electroacoustic Quartet: Concert in Iwaki (Uchimizu) - jazz
  • Jeff Parker/Rob Mazurek: Some Jellyfish Live Forever (RogueArt) [04-00] - jazz
  • William Parker: Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World (Centering/AUM Fidelity -10CD) [01-29] - jazz
  • Nicholas Payton: Quarantind With Nick (Paytone -20) [2020-03-03] - jazz
  • Enrico Pieranunzi & Bert Joris: Afterglow (Challenge) [01-22] - jazz
  • Pieranunzi Fonnesbaek Duo: The Real You: A Bill Evans Tribute (Stunt) [01-29] - jazz
  • Diego Pinera: Odd Wisdom (ACT Music) [03-05] - jazz
  • Ran Cap Duoi: Ngu Ngay Ngay Ngay Tan The (Subtex) [07-16]
  • Dave Rempis/Avreeayl Ra: Bennu (Aerophonic) - jazz
  • George Riley: Interest Rates: A Tape (self-released) - r&b
  • RXK Nephew: Slitherman Activated (Towhead) [05-28] - hip-hop
  • Samo Salamon/Dominique Pifarely/Michel Godard/Dejan Terzic: Live Ones: Vol 1 (self-released) [01-06] - jazz
  • Sao Paulo Underground and Tupperware: Saturno Magico (Keroxen) - jazz
  • Seth Sentry: Super Cool Tree House (High Score)
  • Matthew Shipp/Evan Parker: Leonine Aspects (RogueArt) - jazz
  • Leanne Betasamosake Simpson: Theory of Ice (You've Changed) [03-12] - spoken word
  • Somi: Zenzile: The Reimagination of Miriam Makeba (Salon Africana) - vocal jazz
  • Craig Taborn: 60 X Sixty (Pyroclastic) [09-14] - jazz
  • Three Layer Cake [Brandon Seabrook/Mike Watt/Mike Pride]: Stove Top (RareNoise) [05-14] - jazz
  • Thurst: I'm Gen X () [09-24]
  • Twice: Taste of Love (JYP/Republic -EP) [06-11] - K-pop
  • Uptown Jazz Tentet: What's Next (Irrabagast -20) [2020-10-01] - jazz
  • Ken Vandermark/Istvaan Grencso/Robert Benko: Burning River Melting Sea (Systems vs Artifacts/Audiographic) - jazz
  • Vasconcelos Sentimento: Furto (Far Out) [07-30] - experimental
  • Alex Ward: Gated (Discus Music) [07-13] - jazz
  • Andreas Willers: Haerae (Evil Rabbit -20) [2020-12-12] - jazz
  • Nate Wooley: Mutual Aid Music (Pleasure of the Text -2CD) [04-16] - jazz
  • John Zorn: Gnosis: The Inner Light (02-12) [J|jazz]
  • John Zorn: Teresa Da Avila (Tzadik) [03-19] - jazz
  • John Zorn: Chaos Magic (Tzadik) [04-16] - jazz
  • John Zorn: Heaven and Earth Magick (Tzadik) - jazz
  • John Zorn: New Masada Quartet (Tzadik) [10-29] - jazz
  • John Zorn: Parables (Tzadik) [07-22] - jazz
  • John Zorn: Nostradamus: The Death of Satan (Tzadik) [08-06] - jazz

Reissues, Etc.

  • Curtis Amy & Dupree Bolton: Katanga! (1963, Blue Note) [06-04] - jazz
  • Louis Armstrong: The Complete Louis Armstrong Columbia & RCA Victor Studio Sessions 1946-66 (Mosaic) - jazz
  • The Art Ensemble of Chicago: Manewry Jazzowe '82 (1982, OMX) [02-05] - jazz
  • The Art Ensemble of Chicago: Jazz Jamboree '91 (1991, OMX) [02-02] - jazz
  • Albert Ayler Quartet With Don Cherry: European Recordings Autumn 1964 Revisited (Ezz-thetics) - jazz
  • Chris Barber: A Trailblazer's Legacy (1951-2018, Last Music -4CD) [04-24] - jazz
  • BBQ [Bergisch-Brandenburgisches Quartett]: Vorwiegend Blaus Gezwitscher (SAJ) [03-02] - jazz
  • BBQ With Fred Frith: Free Postmodernism USA 1981 (SAJ -20) [2020-10-17] - jazz
  • The Beach Boys: Feel Flows: The Sunflower & Surf's Up Sessions 1969-1971 (Capitol) [08-27] - rock
  • Arthur Blythe: Katowice 2003 (OMX -2CD) [01-29] - jazz
  • Anthony Braxton: Freedom Years (1969-76, Freedom) - jazz
  • The Dave Brubeck Quartet: Live in Indiana 1958 (American Jazz Classics) [04-21] - jazz
  • The Dave Brubeck Trio: Live at the Wiener Konzerthaus 1967 (Derry Music) [02-13] - jazz
  • Can: Live in Brighton 1975 (Mute) [12-03] - krautrock
  • Doug Carn: Revelation (1973, Black Jazz/Real Gone Music) [05-28] - jazz
  • Johnny Cash: Live at the Carousel Ballroom April 24 1968 (BMG) [06-29] - country
  • Dave Douglas/Misha Mengelberg: Buenos Aires 2000 (OMX) [01-26] - jazz
  • Bill Evans Trio: On a Friday Evening (1975, Craft) [06-25] - jazz
  • Bill Evans: Everybody Still Digs Bill Evans: A Career Retrospective (1956-1980) (1956-80, Concord -5CD) [06-25] - jazz
  • Free Fall: Alchemia 2006 (2006, OMX -2CD) [01-12] - jazz
  • Frazey Ford: Indian Ocean (Nettwerk -14) [2014-10-14] - folk
  • The Gangsters: The Gangsters (1970s, Albina Music Trust -18) [2018-11-16] - jazz
  • Georg Graewe/Kjell Nordeson/Jon Raskin Trio: Live at NIR Studios (2009, Temescal) - jazz
  • Hideto Kanai & King's Roar: Ode to Birds (1975, Three Blind Mice/Craftman) [08-18] - jazz
  • Hans Koch & Paul Lovens: Nephlokokkygia 1992 (Ezz-thetics) [04-00] - jazz
  • Eero Koivistoinen: The Original Sin (Svart) [03-12] - jazz
  • Bill Laswell/Jack DeJohnette/Graham Haynes/Elliott Sharp: Saalfelden (1998, self-released) [02-06] - jazz
  • Wes Montgomery: The NDR Hamburg Studio Recordings (1965, Jazzline) [03-19] - jazz
  • No Safety: Spill (1991-92, Cuneiform) [07-23] - jazz
  • No Safety: Live at the Knitting Factory (1993, Cuneiform) [07-23] - jazz
  • No Safety: Live in Italy 1994 (1994, Cuneiform) [07-23] - jazz
  • Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou Dahomey: Orchestre Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou Dahomey (Superfly)
  • Evan Parker ElectroAcoustic Ensemble With Sainkho Namtchylak: Fixing the Fluctuating Idea (1996, Victo) [03-19] - jazz
  • Art Pepper: Unreleased Art Pepper Volume Eleven: Atlanta (1980, Widow's Taste) - jazz
  • Lee Scratch Perry & Friends: Black Art From the Black Ark (Pressure Sounds) - reggae
  • Gregory Porter: Still Rising (Blue Note) [11-05] - jazz
  • Tom Prehn: Centrifuga & Sohlverv (1964, Corbett vs Dempsey) - jazz
  • Marc Ribot: Plays Solo Guitar Works of Frantz Casseus (1989-93, Knockwurst) [06-25] - jazz
  • The Roots: Do You Want More?!!!??! [Deluxe Edition] (1995, Geffen/UMe) [03-12] - hip-hop
  • The Rootsman: Essentials 1996-1998 (Akuphone) - dub
  • Pharoah Sanders/Charles Lloyd: Billy Higgins Tribute (2001, OMX) [01-08] - jazz
  • Nancy Sinatra: Boots (1966, Light in the Attic) [09-17] - rock
  • Steve Slagle: Nascentia (Panorama) [02-25] - jazz
  • Special Interest: Trust No Wave: The 2016 Demos (2016, Disciples -EP) [05-14] - noise rock
  • Sun Ra and His Outer Space Arkestra: A Fireside Chat With Lucifer (Modern Harmonic) [02-05] - jazz
  • Phuong Tam: Magical Nights: Saigon Surf, Twist & Soul (1964-1966) (Sublime Frequencies -20) [2020-10-26] - Vietnamese
  • Horace Tapscott & Pan Afrikan Peoples Arkestra: Live at Century City Playhouse 9/9/79 (Nimbus West -20) [2020-12-00] - jazz
  • Horace Tapscott: The Call (Nimbus West) - jazz
  • Cecil Taylor: Music From Two Continents: Live at Jazz Jamboree '84 (Fundacja Sluchaj) [11-30] - jazz
  • Cecil Taylor: Mixed to Unit Structures Revisited (Ezz-thetics) [08-10] - jazz
  • TP Orchestre Poly Rythmo De Cotonou: Rep Pop Du Benin Unite Africaine (Acid Jazz) - African
  • Blue Gene Tyranny: Degrees of Freedom Found (Unseen Worlds -6CD) [06-11]
  • Ken Vandermark/Free Music Ensemble: Warszawa 2006 (OMX) [01-19] - jazz
  • Muddy Waters: The Montreux Years (BMG) [08-27] - blues
  • Barney Wilen & Alain Jean-Marie: Montreal Duets (1993, Elemental) [02-12] - jazz
  • Leo Wright: Blues Shout + Suddenly the Blules (Essential Jazz Classics) [04-09] - jazz
  • Lester Young Quartet: Collates (1949-51, Essential Jazz Classics) [04-09] - jazz
  • For the Good Times: The Songs of Kris Kristofferson (Ace -20) [2020-12-19]
  • The Rough Guide to Avant-Garde Japan (World Music Network) [01-29] - jazz
  • Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap (Smithsonian -9CD) [08-20] - hip-hop
  • Sum 10 (Second State Audio)

Priority Counts

  • Priority 2: 164
  • Priority 3: 1

Total: 165