2017 Metafile Legend

Two data files, meta.txt and rmeta.txt, the former for new releases, the latter for reissues, compilations, vault music. Fields separated by '|':

  1. Points: Make does a numeric sort on this field as first key.
  2. Artist: Last name '_' first name, such that make can do an alpha sort on this as second key.
  3. Title: Album title.
  4. Label: Label; may be preceded by dates (e.g., 1972 or 1972-74) and comma; may be followed by format (e.g., EP, or 2CD).
  5. Release date: Written as MM-DD, including '0' to pad to two digits. "-2016" indicates a 2016 release date.
  6. Flags: Used to specify genre, also whether I have heard the record. More than one may be set:
    • 1: I own a hard copy of the album (could be CDR).
    • 2: I've heard the record from a streaming or download source.
    • B: Blues/Gospel/R&B
    • C: Country/Americana/Folk
    • E: Electronica
    • H: Hip-Hop/Rap
    • J: Jazz
    • K: Classical
    • M: Metal
    • W: World, both pop and folk, including Latin
  7. Data: Multiple segments, each separated by comma (','), preferably sorted alphabetically. Each segment consists of a key (alpha abbreviation), optionally followed by colon (':') and a number, which is the rank position of the record on the list, or a plus ('+'), which indicates an unranked point, or '*N' for N points. There are two series of data: one from major sources which are scored 5 (1st place), 4 (2-5th), 3 (6-10th), 2 (11-20th), 1 (anything above 20th); then following a semicolon, one from minor sources which are generally scored 3 (1st place), 2 (2-5th), 1 (anything above 5th). The keys are listed in the legend data file (legend-data.txt). Ties aren't marked this year (in previous years they were marked '*'; sorry, I screwed up). If a list contains multiple records in a numeric slot (often by same artist), each are credited (subject to notes below). The distinction between major and minor is somewhat arbitrary, but long lists tend to count as major (even if by idiots), and short and/or unranked lists as minor.
  8. Comment: Anything else considered a comment. These appear in the output, but aren't counted.

The legend-data.txt file also consists of fields separated by '|'. They are:

  1. Key: The key for the list, used in data above.
  2. Type: How the list is counted, if any rank in the list gets more than one point: empty means everything gets one point; extra points are noted by the cutoff rank, with comma separating each tier -- e.g., "20,1" gives 2 points to everything ≥ 20 except 3 points ≥ 1.
  3. Name: The plain name for the list.
  4. URL: Where to find the list (often just the top of the list.
  5. Alt URL: An alternate (unofficial) source for the list (often these are easier to work with than the actual URL.)
  6. Comment: Any additional comments. Within this the following subfields (comma-separated) are noted:
    • RC:# Robert Christgau letter grades (1-3 stars are divisions of B+)
    • TH:# Tom Hull letter grades

Since I don't have corresponding lists to work off of, and since I value their reviews highly, I've decided to score RC, MT, and TH as: A/A+ 5, A- 4, B+/*** 3, ** 2, * 1; omitting the 2014 (and earlier) releases. I haven't sucked up all of TH's letter grades -- only those mentioned by others.

Some general guidelines on which lists were counted (and which not):

  • Where separate "international" and "national" lists are provided, only "international" is counted. Similarly, "local" (state or city) lists are not counted.
  • Most genre lists are counted, except classical, soundtracks, Christian. I have virtually no interest in metal but have almost always counted metal lists.
  • Honorable mentions or unranked extras added to lists are generally counted, with '+' instead of rank numbers. Same for unranked lists (although unless explicitly stated, unnumbered lists are generally assumed to be top-down).
  • Format-specific lists (e.g., EPs, mixtapes) are usually ignored. EPs occurring in general lists are counted, but singles are generally not.
  • Don't bother with lists that are aggregates of other lists, figuring they're just approximations of this aggregate. Also don't bother with reader polls (although I make a couple exceptions).

Lists

The following lists have been counted:

  1. [405] The 405 [UK] (,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  2. [ABC] ABC News (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  3. [Al] Albumism (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  4. [Alt] The Alternative (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  5. [AS] American Songwriter [US] (25,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  6. [AV] AV Club [US] (,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  7. [Bae] Baeble [US] (30,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  8. [BB] Billboard (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  9. [Bbx] The BoomBox [US]: rap (25,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  10. [BIW] Bird Is the Worm (Mark Sumner) (50,20,10,5,1) [link]
  11. [C] Crack [UK] (100,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  12. [Cl] Clash [UK] (100,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  13. [CM] Chris Monsen (Perfect Sounds Forever) (77,20,10,5,1) [link] -- sampled 2017-12-26
  14. [Cmp] Complex [US] (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  15. [CS] Consequence of Sound [US] (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  16. [D] Dazed [UK] (,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  17. [Df] Diffuser (25,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  18. [DJB] DJ Booth (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  19. [DJM] DJMag (50,20,10,5,1) [link]
  20. [Dr] Drift Record Shop [UK] (100,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  21. [DS] Drowned in Sound [UK] (100,20,10,5,1) [ref link] -- initial list, seems volatile
  22. [DT] Digital Trends [US] (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  23. [DW] Dan Weiss [Ask a Guy Who Likes Fat Chicks] (93,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  24. [Eb] Earbuddy [US] (100,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  25. [Esq] Esquire [US] (,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  26. [EW] Entertainment Weekly [US] (25,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  27. [Ex] Exclaim! [Canada]: Pop/Rock (,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  28. [F] Fact (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  29. [FO] Far Out [UK] (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  30. [Fp] Fopp [UK] (100,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  31. [G] Guardian [UK] (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  32. [GB] Gorilla Vs Bear [US] (60,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  33. [GTV] God Is in the TV (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  34. [Gw] Gigwise [UK] (51,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  35. [HDX] HipHopDX [US] (,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  36. [HS] Highsnobiety (25,20,10,5,1) [ref link] -- + underrated
  37. [HV] Humanizing the Vacuum [US] (35,20,10,5,1) [link]
  38. [I] The Independent [UK] (30,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  39. [Id] Idolator [US] (,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  40. [JC] NPR Jazz Critics Poll (100,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  41. [JW] Jazzwise [UK] (,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  42. [JY] Jazz Week (100,20,10,5,1) [link]
  43. [LBF] The Line of Best Fit [UK] (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  44. [LQ] Loud and Quiet [UK] (40,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  45. [Mg] Magnet [US] (25,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  46. [Mix] Mixmag [UK] (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  47. [Mj] Mojo [UK] (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  48. [MO] MusicOMH [UK] (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  49. [MR] Matt Rice (Memorize Your Lines) (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  50. [N] Noisey (100,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  51. [NDN] New York Daily News: Amy Rowe/Spencer Dunoff (25,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  52. [Ne] The Needle Drop (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  53. [NME] NME [UK] (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  54. [NPR] NPR (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  55. [NR] No Ripcord [UK] (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  56. [P] Paste (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  57. [PA] Pretty Much Amazing [US] (,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  58. [Pc] Piccadilly Records [UK] (100,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  59. [PCr] Pop Crush (24,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  60. [Pf] Pitchfork (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  61. [Pg] Pigeons & Planes [US] (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  62. [PM] PopMatters (60,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  63. [PO] Phil Overeem (110,20,10,5,1) [link]
  64. [PW] Passion of the Weiss (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  65. [Q] Q [UK] (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  66. [Qt] The Quietus [UK] (100,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  67. [RM] Resident Music [UK] (100,20,10,5,1) [link]
  68. [RS] Rolling Stone [US] (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  69. [RT] Rough Trade [UK] (100,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  70. [RU] Rap-Up (20,5,1) [ref link]
  71. [S] Spin [US] (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  72. [SC] Spectrum Culture (,20,10,10,5,1) [ref link]
  73. [Sg] Stereogum [US] (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  74. [Sk] The Skinny [UK] (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  75. [Sl] Slant [US] (25,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  76. [SR] Sister Ray [UK] (505,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  77. [St] State [Ireland] (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  78. [Su] The Sun [UK] (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  79. [TL] Tom Lane (62,20,10,5,1) -- email
  80. [TMT] Tiny Mix Tapes (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  81. [TN] Time Out New York (29,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  82. [TOC] Time Out Chicago (29,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  83. [Tr] Treblezine [US] (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  84. [U] Uncut [UK] (75,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  85. [Up] Uproxx: The Smoking Section (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  86. [UR] Under the Radar [US] (100,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  87. [W] Wire (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  88. [WHP] The Wild Honey Pie (30,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  89. [YF] Young Folks (50,20,10,5,1) [ref link]
  90. [am] AllMusic [US] ()
  91. [am_a] AllMusic [US]: folk/Americana ()
  92. [am_b] AllMusic [US]: blues ()
  93. [am_c] AllMusic [US]: country ()
  94. [am_e] AllMusic [US]: electronic ()
  95. [am_h] AllMusic [US]: rap/hip hop ()
  96. [am_i] AllMusic [US]: indie pop/indie rock ()
  97. [am_j] AllMusic [US]: jazz ()
  98. [am_k] AllMusic [US]: rock ()
  99. [am_o] AllMusic [US]: compilations and reissues ()
  100. [am_p] AllMusic [US]: pop ()
  101. [am_q] AllMusic [US]: punk ()
  102. [am_r] AllMusic [US]: r&b ()
  103. [am_s] AllMusic [US]: singer/songwriter ()
  104. [am_w] AllMusic [US]: latin and world ()
  105. [ath] Austin Town Hall () [ref link]
  106. [atl] The Atlantic (10,5,1) [ref link]
  107. [bb6] BBC Radio 6 [UK] (10,5,1) [ref link]
  108. [bbn] BBC News (10,5,1) [ref link]
  109. [bl] Bleep [UK] (10,5,1) [ref link]
  110. [ct] Chicago Tribune [US]: Greg Kot (20,5,1) [ref link]
  111. [cuk] Complex [UK] (15,5,1) [ref link]
  112. [db_s] Daily Beast: Marlow Stern (10,5,1) [ref link]
  113. [de_d] Dead End Hip-Hop: Deezy430 (10,5,1) [ref link]
  114. [de_f] Dead End Hip-Hop: Feefo247 (10,5,1)
  115. [de_k] Dead End Hip-Hop: Kinge (10,5,1)
  116. [de_m] Dead End Hip-Hop: Myke C-Town (10,5,1)
  117. [df] The Digital Fix () [ref link]
  118. [dw] Dan Weber (10,5,1) -- Facebook
  119. [e_uk] Esquire [UK] (20,5,1) [ref link]
  120. [ei] El Intruso: writers (,5,1) [link]
  121. [ex_c] Exclaim [Canada]: Folk and Country (10,5,1)
  122. [ex_e] Exclaim [Canada]: Electronic (10,5,1)
  123. [ex_h] Exclaim [Canada]: Hip-Hop (10,5,1)
  124. [ex_i] Exclaim [Canada]: Improv/Avant-Garde (10) [link]
  125. [ex_m] Exclaim [Canada]: Metal/Hardcore (10,5,1)
  126. [ex_s] Exclaim [Canada]: Soul/R&B (10,5,1)
  127. [fd] Francis Davis (10,5,1) [link]
  128. [gl] Glide [US] (h,a) [ref link] -- alphabetical, ++ for main list, + for honorable mentions
  129. [hmv] HMV [UK] (,,1) [ref link]
  130. [ir] In Review [US] (15,5,1) [ref link]
  131. [it] Irish Times [Ireland] (10) [ref link]
  132. [jap] FJC: Antonio Poscic (10,5,1)
  133. [jch] FJC: Chris Haines (10,5,1)
  134. [jck] FJC: Connor Kurtz (10,5,1)
  135. [jdbk] FJC: Daniel Boeker (8,5,1)
  136. [jdme] FJC: David Menestres (10,5,1)
  137. [jds] FJC: Dan Sorrells (10)
  138. [jdst] FJC: Derek Stone (10,5,1)
  139. [jeh] FJC: Eyal Hareuveni (10)
  140. [jem] FJC: Eric McDowell (10,5,1)
  141. [jfn] Fotis Nikolakopoulos (10,5,1)
  142. [jgl] FJC: Gustav Lindqvist (10,5,1)
  143. [jjc] John Chacona (10,5,1) [link]
  144. [jjs] JJA: John Szwed (18,5,1) [link]
  145. [jkf] Ken Franckling (10,5,1) [link] -- + historical, etc
  146. [jlre] FJC: Lee Rice Epstein (12,5,1)
  147. [jmsc] FSC: Martin Schray (10,5,1)
  148. [jmsk] FSC: Martin Selkelsky (10,5,1)
  149. [jnn] FJC: Nicola Negri (10,5,1)
  150. [jpa] FJC: Paul Acquaro (10,5,1)
  151. [jrj] FJC: Rick Joines (10)
  152. [jrm] JJA: Ralph Miriello (24,5,1) [link]
  153. [jsb] FJC: Stuart Broomer (10)
  154. [jsf] JJA: Steve Feeney (10,5,1) [link]
  155. [jsg] FJC: Stef Gijssels (11,5,1)
  156. [jtb] FJC: Tom Burris (11,5,1)
  157. [jtd] FJC: Troy Dostert ()
  158. [les] London Evening Standard (10,5,1) [ref link]
  159. [ljs] Lincoln Journal Star: L Kent Wolgamott (20,5,1) [ref link]
  160. [nap] The New Yorker: Amanda Petrusich (10) [ref link]
  161. [nod] No Depression () [ref link]
  162. [nt] Northern Transmissions (10,5,1) [ref link]
  163. [nw] Newsweek (17,5,1) [ref link]
  164. [ny_c] New York Times [US]: Jon Carmanica (25,5,1)
  165. [ny_p] New York Times [US]: Jon Pareles (10,5,1)
  166. [ny_u] New York Times [US]: Giovanni Russonello (20,5,1)
  167. [nyl] Nylon [US]: Hayden Manders (11,5,1)
  168. [owh] Omaha World Herald: Kevin Coffey (10,5,1) [ref link] -- + 15 hm
  169. [owl] The Owl (20) [ref link]
  170. [p] People (10,5,1) [ref link]
  171. [pm_a] PopMatters: Americana (15,5,1) [link]
  172. [pm_b] PopMatters: Ambient (11,5,1)
  173. [pm_h] PopMatters: Hip-Hop (10,5,1)
  174. [pm_i] PopMatters: Indie Pop (10,5,1)
  175. [pm_j] PopMatters: Jazz (13,5,1)
  176. [pm_k] PopMatters: Indie Rock (10,5,1)
  177. [pm_m] PopMatters: Metal (20,5,1)
  178. [pm_p] PopMatters: Pop (15,5,1)
  179. [pm_r] PopMatters: Progressive Rock and Metal (10,5,1)
  180. [pm_w] PopMatters: World (10,5,1) [ref link]
  181. [ra] Resident Advisor () [ref link]
  182. [ri] The Ringer: Rob Harvilla (10,5,1) [ref link]
  183. [rx] Radio X (25) [ref link]
  184. [scm] Saving Country Music () [link] -- ++ for aoty, + for essential
  185. [sdu] San Diego Union Tribune: George Varga (17,5,1)
  186. [sjm] San Jose Mercury News: Jim Harrington (10,5,1) [ref link] -- + HM
  187. [sl_w] Slate: Carl Wilson (25) [link]
  188. [spt] Splice Today (10) [ref link]
  189. [st] Sunday Times (10,5,1) [ref link] -- full list 100 but couldn't find transcription
  190. [ti] Time: Kaisa Bruner (10,5,1) [ref link]
  191. [tn] Tim Niland [Music & More] (10,5,1) [link]
  192. [tr_e] Treblezine [US]: Electronic (10,5,1)
  193. [tr_h] Treblezine [US]: Hip-Hop (10)
  194. [tr_j] Treblezine [US]: Jazz (10)
  195. [tr_r] Treblezine [US]: Reissues (10)
  196. [usw] US Weekly (10,5,1) [ref link]
  197. [ust] USA Today (10,5,1) [ref link]
  198. [v] Variety () [ref link]
  199. [vib] Vibe (25) [ref link]
  200. [xab] Expert Witness: Austin Brown (10,5,1)
  201. [xbl] Expert Witness: Brad Luen (10,5,1)
  202. [xbs] Expert Witness: Bartosz Suchecki (10)
  203. [xbw] Expert Witness: Barrett Whitener (10,5,1)
  204. [xce] Expert Witness: Chuck Eddy (10,5,1)
  205. [xdc] Expert Witness: David Cohen (10)
  206. [xde] Expert Witness: David Everall (10,5,1)
  207. [xeb] Expert Witness: Erik Best (10,5,1)
  208. [xgh] Expert Witness: Glen Hadwen (10,5,1)
  209. [xgm] Expert Witness: Greg Morton (10,5,1)
  210. [xhs] Expert Witness: Hardin Smith (10,5,1)
  211. [xis] Expert Witness: Ioannis Sotirchos (10,5,1)
  212. [xism] Expert Witness: Ian Smith (10,5,1)
  213. [xjc] Expert Witness: Jimmy Cook (10,5,1)
  214. [xjd] Expert Witness: Joey Daniewicz (10,5,1)
  215. [xjdc] Expert Witness: Jeffrey D Callahan (10,5,1)
  216. [xjdo] Expert Witness: Jay Dodge (10,5,1)
  217. [xjl] Expert Witness: Jon R LaFollette (10,5,1)
  218. [xjm] Expert Witness: Jeffrey Melnick (10,5,1)
  219. [xjsm] Expert Witness: John Smallwood (10,5,1)
  220. [xjsp] Expert Witness: John Speranza (10,5,1)
  221. [xjy] Expert Witness: Joe Yanosik (10,5,1)
  222. [xkm] Expert Witness: Kenny Mostern (10,5,1)
  223. [xmb] Expert Witness: Michael Biggs (10,5,1)
  224. [xml] Expert Witness: Michael Lach (10)
  225. [xmr] Expert Witness: Mark Rosen (10,5,1)
  226. [xms] Expert Witness: Michael B Swallop (10,5,1)
  227. [xmv] Expert Witness: Mongolfier Vauche (10,5,1)
  228. [xpa] Expert Witness: Paul Albone (10,5,1)
  229. [xpb] Expert Witness: Philip Brasor (10,5,1)
  230. [xrc] Expert Witness: Richard Cobeen (10,5,1)
  231. [xrm] Expert Witness: Ryan Maffei (10,5,1)
  232. [xsa] Expert Witness: Steve Alter (10,5,1)
  233. [xsc] Expert Witness: Scott Coleman (10,5,1)
  234. [xscw] Expert Witness: Sidney Carpenter-Wilson (10,5,1)
  235. [xsp] Expert Witness: Stan Piccirilli (10,5,1)
  236. [xss] Expert Witness: Seppe Sandra (10,5,1)
  237. [xtj] Expert Witness: Tomand Jerry (10,5,1)
  238. [xtw] Expert Witness: Thomas Walker (10,5,1)
  239. [xlr] XLR8R () [ref link]
  240. [xxl] XXL [US] (50) [ref link]
  241. [yh] Yahoo [US] (10,5,1) [ref link]

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