2022 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.
    • 3: I've done limited sampling of the record.
    • 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 (points: A:5, A-:4, B+/***: 3, **: 2 *:1, B or less: 0)
    • TH:# Tom Hull letter grades (points same as RC)

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. [45] The Forty-Five [UK] () -- AOTY 80+(05-28)
  2. [AAJ] All About Jazz () -- +4 stars (09-06)
  3. [AC] Austin Chronicle () -- MC 80+()
  4. [AD] The Arts Desk () -- AOTY 80+(05-28)
  5. [Al] Albumism () -- AOTY 80+(05-25)
  6. [AM] AllMusic Guide [US] () -- AOTY 80+(05-25), excl classical
  7. [AS] American Songwriter [US] () -- AOTY 80+(05-25)(07-04), mid-year
  8. [AV] AV Club [US] () -- AOTY 80+(05-25), mid-year
  9. [BA] Burning Ambulance () -- mid-year
  10. [BB] Billboard () -- mid-year
  11. [BPM] Beats Per Minute () -- AOTY 80+(05-25)
  12. [BV] Brooklyn Vegan () -- 30 great albums from Q1
  13. [C] Crack [UK] () -- AOTY 80+(03-27)
  14. [Cl] Clash [UK] () -- AOTY 80+(05-25)
  15. [ClR] Classic Rock [UK] () -- AOTY 80+(05-25)
  16. [CM] Chris Monsen (Perfect Sounds Forever) () -- Facebook mid-year
  17. [Cmp] Complex [US] () -- mid-year
  18. [CS] Consequence [of Sound] [US] () -- MC 80+(07-09) mid-year
  19. [D] Dork () -- AOTY 80+(05-25)
  20. [DB] Downbeat () -- 4+ stars (04-08); editor's picks {1-5}
  21. [DIY] DIY () -- AOTY 80+(05-25)
  22. [Dus] Dusted () -- MC +80(07-25)
  23. [DW] Dan Weiss () -- Facebook mid-year list
  24. [Esq] Esquire [US] () -- mid-year
  25. [Ev] Evening Standard () -- AOTY 80+(05-25)
  26. [EW] Entertainment Weekly [US] () -- AOTY 80+(05-25), mid-year
  27. [Ex] Exclaim! [Canada] (50,20,10,5,1) -- AOTY 80+(05-25)
  28. [FJ] Free Jazz Collective () -- 4+ stars (06-22), grades increasingly infrequent
  29. [G] Guardian [UK] () -- AOTY 80+(05-28), mid-year
  30. [GB] Gorilla Vs Bear [US] () -- mid-year
  31. [Gl] Glide [US] () -- MC 80+(05-27)
  32. [GQ] GQ [UK] () -- mid-year
  33. [GTV] God Is in the TV () -- AOTY 80+(05-25)
  34. [Gw] Gigwise [UK] () -- AOTY 80+(05-25)
  35. [HDX] HipHopDX [US] () -- AOTY 80+(05-25), mid-year
  36. [HV] Humanizing the Vacuum [US]: Alfred Soto () -- mid-year list
  37. [I] The Independent [UK] () -- AOTY 80+(05-28)
  38. [IT] The Irish Times () -- AOTY 80+(05-28)
  39. [K] Kerrang () -- AOTY 80+(05-25)
  40. [LAT] Los Angeles Times () -- MC 80+(05-29)
  41. [LBF] The Line of Best Fit [UK] () -- AOTY 80+(05-28)
  42. [LQ] Loud and Quiet [UK] () -- AOTY 80+(05-26)
  43. [LW] Louder Than War [UK] () -- AOTY 80+(05-26)
  44. [Mj] Mojo [UK] () -- AOTY 80+(05-26)
  45. [MO] MusicOMH [UK] ()
  46. [ND] No Depression () -- mid-year
  47. [Ne] The Needle Drop () -- AOTY 80+(05-25)(09-05), mid-year
  48. [NME] NME [UK] () -- AOTY 80+(05-26), mid-year
  49. [NN] New Noise [France] () -- AOTY 80+(05-26)
  50. [NPR] NPR () -- mid-year
  51. [NR] No Ripcord [UK] () -- AOTY 80+(05-26)
  52. [NT] Northern Transmissions [CAN] () -- AOTY 80+(05-26)
  53. [NYT] New York Times () -- MC 80+(05-29)
  54. [O] The Observer () -- AOTY +80(05-21)
  55. [OC] Our Culture () -- mid-year
  56. [P] Paste () -- AOTY 80+(05-26)
  57. [Pf] Pitchfork () -- AOTY 80+(05-21), mid-year
  58. [PM] PopMatters () -- AOTY 80+(09-01), mid-year
  59. [PO] Phil Overeem () -- lists (03-06)
  60. [Qt] The Quietus [UK] () -- MC 80+(07-09), mid-year
  61. [R] RIOT () -- AOTY 80+(05-27)
  62. [RA] Resident Advisor [UK] () -- MC 80+(09-06)
  63. [RC] Record Collector [UK] () -- AOTY 80+(05-26)
  64. [Rev] Revolver [US] () -- mid-year
  65. [RR] RapReviews () -- MC 80+(08-23)
  66. [RS] Rolling Stone [US] () -- AOTY 80+(05-25), mid-year
  67. [S] Spin [US] () -- MC +80(07-04), mid-year
  68. [SC] Spectrum Culture () -- AOTY 80+(05-27)
  69. [Sg] Stereogum [US] () -- + mid-year list; * "album of the week" [06-13]
  70. [Sk] The Skinny [UK] () -- AOTY 80+(05-25)
  71. [Sl] Slant [US] () -- AOTY 80+(05-28), mid-year
  72. [SMH] Sydney Morning Herald () -- AOTY 80+(05-28)
  73. [Sp] Spill () -- AOTY 80+(05-28)
  74. [Spk] Sputnik Music [US] () -- AOTY 80+(05-28)
  75. [T] The Telegraph [UK] () -- AOTY 80+(05-28)
  76. [TL] Tom Lane () -- Facebook mid-year
  77. [TN] Tim Niland [Music & More] () -- no grades, but everything he reviews is notable (07-02)
  78. [Tr] Treblezine [US] () -- mid-year
  79. [U] Uncut [UK] () -- AOTY 80+(05-28)
  80. [Ups] Upset () -- AOTY 80+(05-28)
  81. [UR] Under the Radar [US] () -- AOTY 80+(05-28)
  82. [V] Variety () -- MC 80+(05-25), mid-year
  83. [W] The Wire () -- MC 80+(06-18)
  84. [YF] Young Folks () -- AOTY 80+(05-28)
  85. [bc_j] Bandcamp Daily: Jazz [Dave Sumner] () -- {1-5,8}
  86. [js] PJRP: John Smallwood () -- Facebook mid-year
  87. [mc] Marie Claire () -- mid-year
  88. [scm] Saving Country Music () -- 8+/10, or 1.75+ guns up (09-12)
  89. [scw] Sidney Carpenter-Wilson () -- EW monthly listening reports: A-list {1-8}
  90. [sg_j] Stereogum [US]: Jazz [Phil Freeman] () -- This Month in Jazz {3-4}
  91. [ti] Time [US] () -- mid-year
  92. [ts] Toronto Star () -- mid-year
  93. [vce] Chuck Eddy () -- Pazz & Jop Product Report: 7+ (4-5)
  94. [vu] Vulture: Craig Jenkins () -- mid-year
  95. [xci] PJRP: Christian Iszchak () -- Medium {1-4; 5-7 * or higher}
  96. [xgh] Expert Witness: Glen Hadwen ()
  97. [xhs] PJRP: Hardin Smith (10,5,1) -- Facebook mid-year
  98. [xjdc] PJRP: Jeffrey D Callahan (10,5,1) -- Facebook mid-year
  99. [xsp] Expert Witness: Stan Piccirilli () -- Facebook mid-year
  100. [xwb] PJRP: William Boyd () -- Facebook (07-06)
  101. [ysp] Steve Pick () -- FB: best new records {1-7}

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