Music Tracking 2015

These are 2015 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 (usually taken from AMG).

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.

Option selectors:

Genre switches (selection not implemented yet):

Notes also include scores from review sources:

And after a semicolon:

  • RC: Robert Christgau's Expert Witness: letter grades, 1-2-3 * for HMs

New Releases

  • Gregg Allman: Greg Allman Live: Back to Macon, GA (Rounder) [08-07] - album rock [***]
  • Daniel Bachman: River (Three Lobed) [05-19] - acoustic blues
  • ERR: stream no grade: Perry Beekman: S'Wonderful: Perry Beekman Sings and Plays Gershwin
  • ERR: stream no grade: Ann Hampton Callaway: The Hope of Christmas
  • ERR: stream no grade: Kenny Carr: Exit Moon
  • ERR: stream no grade: Francois Carrier/Steve Beresford/John Edwards/Michel Lambert: Outgoing
  • Tommy Castro & the Painkillers: Method to My Madness (Alligator) [10-23] - blues-rock
  • Gary Clark Jr: The Story of Sonny Boy Slim (Warner Bros) [09-11] - modern electric Texas blues
  • ERR: stream no grade: Tom Collier: Across the Bridge
  • ERR: stream no grade: Colours Jazz Orchestra: Home Away From Home: Plays the Music of Ayn Inserto
  • Shemekia Copeland: Outskirts of Love (Alligator) [09-11] - modern electric blues
  • ERR: stream no grade: Cuir: Chez Ackenbush
  • Guy Davis: Kokomo Kidd (MC) [09-18] - blues -- RC:** [*]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Benoit Delbecq/Miles Perkin/Emile Biayenda: Ink
  • Ronnie Earl & the Broadcasters: Father's Day (Stony Plain) [07-17] - modern electric blues
  • Tinsley Ellis: Tough Love (Landslide) [02-03] - blues
  • ERR: stream no grade: Charles Evans: On Beauty
  • George FitzGerald: Fading Love (Domino/Double Six) [04-28] - 2-step/British garage
  • Robben Ford: Into the Sun (Provogue) [03-31] - modern electric blues
  • Chris Foreman: Now Is the Time (The Sirens) [01-08] - blues
  • ERR: stream no grade: Free Jazz Group Wiesbaden: Frictions/Frictions Now
  • Duke Garwood: Heavy Love (Heavenly) [02-10] - modern blues -- PM:60
  • Rhiannon Giddens: Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch) [02-10] - piedmont blues -- PM:90, RS:70 [**]
  • Buddy Guy: Born to Play Guitar (RCA) [07-31] - blues
  • Beth Hart: Better Than Home (Provogue Music Productions) [04-14] - modern electric blues
  • Pete Herzog/Dennis Walker: Waiting for the Rain (self-released) [01-03] - blues
  • ERR: stream no grade: Andrew Jamieson: Heard the Voice
  • ERR: stream no grade: Jeff Jenkins Organization: The Arrival
  • ERR: stream no grade: Per Texas Johansson: De Langa Rulltrapporna I Flemingsberg
  • ERR: stream no grade: Kansas: Miracles Out of Nowhere
  • ERR: stream no grade: Tyler Kaneshiro & the Highlands: Amber of the Moment
  • The Kentucky Headhunters: Meet Me in Bluesland (Alligator) [06-02] - blues-rock
  • ERR: stream no grade: Martin Kuchen/Johan Berthling/Steve Noble: Night in Europe
  • ERR: stream no grade: Nancy Lane: Let Me Love You
  • ERR: stream no grade: Jon Lindberg/Anil Eraslan: Juggling Kukla
  • ERR: stream no grade: Mundell Lowe/Lloyd Wells/Jim Ferguson: Poor Butterfly
  • John Mayall: Find a Way to Care (Forty Below) [09-04] - blues revival
  • ERR: stream no grade: Tobias Meinhart: Natural Perception
  • ERR: stream no grade: Noertker's Moxie: Simultaneous Windows
  • ERR: stream no grade: Larry Novak: Invitation
  • Charlie Parr: Stumpjumper (Red House) [04-28] - trad blues [**]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Kim Pensyl: Foreign Love Affair
  • ERR: stream no grade: Ivo Perelman/Mat Maneri/Tanya Kalmanovitch: Villa Lobos Suite
  • ERR: stream no grade: Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp: Complementary Colors
  • ERR: stream no grade: Ivo Perelman/Matthew Shipp/Whit Dickey: Butterfly Whispers
  • ERR: stream no grade: Oscar Perez: Prepare a Place for Me
  • The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band: So Delicious (Shanachie) [02-27] - contemporary blues -- PM:80
  • ERR: stream no grade: Jeff Richman: Hotwire
  • Boz Scaggs: A Fool to Cure (429) [03-31] - modern blues -- RC:A-, MT:A [A-]
  • ERR: stream no grade: Matthew Shipp: Matthew Shipp Plays the Music of Allen Lowe
  • ERR: stream no grade: Herb Silverstein: Younger Next Year
  • Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown: The Devil to Pay (Ruf) - blues
  • Pops Staples: Don't Lose This (1999, dBpm) [02-17] - southern gospel -- PM:80, RS:80; MT:** [**]
  • ERR: stream no grade: The Dan Trudell Trio: Dan Trudell Plays the Piano
  • ERR: stream no grade: Ramana Veiera: Fado Da Vida
  • Joe Louis Walker: Everybody Wants a Place (ADA/Provogue) [10-09] - blues
  • Leo Welch: I Don't Prefer No Blues (Big Legal Mess) [03-24] - blues gospel [***]
  • The Word: Soul Food (Vanguard) [05-05] - blues gospel

Reissues, Etc.

  • Eric Clapton: Forever Man (GC/Reprice/Rhino, 2CD) [04-28] - British blues
  • JB Hutto and His Hawks: Hawk Squat [Expanded Edition] (1968, Delmark) - blues
  • Lead Belly: Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection (Smithsonian Folkways) - folk blues -- Pf:90
  • Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll (Yep Roc, 2CD) [10-30] - Memphis blues
  • JB Smith: No More Good Time in the World for Me (1965-66, Dust-to-Digital) [04-09] - blues [**]
  • The Staple Singers: Freedom Highway Complete (1965, Legacy) - -- Pf:87

Priority Counts

  • Priority 1: 24
  • Priority 2: 0
  • Priority 3: 0
  • Priority 4: 8
  • Priority 5: 0

Total: 32