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

  • Albare: Albare Plays Jobim Vol 2 (Alfi) [01-08] - jazz [*]
  • Gabriel Alegria Afro-Peruvian Sextet: Social Distancing (Saponegro) [01-29] - jazz [**]
  • Franco Ambrosetti Band: Lost Within You (Unit) [01-29] - jazz [**]
  • The Anchoress: The Art of Losing (Kscope) [03-12] - art rock [***]
  • Tamar Aphek: All Bets Are Off (Kill Rock Stars) [01-29] - rock [**]
  • Julien Baker: Little Oblivions (Matador) [02-26] - singer-songwriter [*]
  • Baker's Brew: New Works (Psychosomatic, 2CD) [02-12] - jazz [*]
  • Rossano Baldini: Humanbeing (RareNoise) [05-28] - jazz [U]
  • Yaala Ballin: Sings Irving Berlin (SteepleChase LookOut) [01-15] - vocal jazz [***]
  • Rahsaan Barber: Mosaic (Jazz Music City, 2CD) [04-09] - jazz [U]
  • Nik Bartsch: Entendre (ECM) [03-19] - jazz [**]
  • Jon Batiste: We Are (Verve) [03-19] - r&b [**]
  • Benny the Butcher: The Plugs I Met 2 (Black Soprano Family -EP) [03-19] - hip-hop [**]
  • Dan Blake: Da Fe (Sunnyside) [03-12] - jazz [**]
  • Theo Bleckmann and the Westerlies: This Land (Westerlies Music) - jazz
  • Jakob Bro/Arve Henriksen/Jorge Rossy: Uma Elmo (ECM) [02-12] - jazz [B]
  • John Butcher/Veryan Weston/Øyvind Stonesund/Dag Erik Kriedal Andersen: Mapless Quiet (Motvind -20) [2020-12-22] - jazz [**]
  • Cabaret Voltaire: Dekadrone (Mute) [04-09] - post-industrial [*]
  • Nick Cave & Warren Ellis: Carnage (AWAL) [02-25] - art rock [B]
  • Sarah Mary Chadwick: Me and Ennui Are Friends, Baby (Ba Da Bing!) [02-05] - singer-songwriter [**]
  • Joe Chambers: Samba De Marcatu (Blue Note) [02-26] - jazz [B]
  • Ian Charleton Big Band: A Fresh Perspective (none) [03-16] - jazz [***]
  • Emmet Cohen: Future Stride (Mack Avenue) [01-29] - jazz [**]
  • Cowboys & Frenchmen: Our Highway (Outside In Music) [02-26] - jazz [*]
  • Charley Crockett: 10 for Slim: Charley Crockett Sings James Hand (Son of Davy) [02-26] - country [**]
  • Damata: What's Damata (Dugnad) [04-16] - jazz [U]
  • Dan Ex Machina: Bail Shag EP (self-released -EP) [01-02] - alt/indie [*]
  • Michael Dease: Give It All You Got (Posi-Tone) [02-26] - jazz [*]
  • Lana Del Rey: Chemtrails Over the Country Club (Polydor/Interscope) [03-19] - singer-songwriter [**]
  • Benoit Delbecq: The Weight of Light (Pyroclastic) [02-12] - jazz [**]
  • The Dynamic Les DeMerle Band Featuring Bonnie Eisele: Hot Night in Venice: Live at the Venice Jazz Club (Origin) [01-15] - jazz [*]
  • Randal Despommier: Dio C'e (Outside In Music) [02-06] - jazz [B]
  • Ani DiFranco: Revolutionary Love (Righteous Babe) [01-29] - singer-songwriter [**]
  • Pat Donaher: Occasionally (self-released) [04-09] - jazz [**]
  • Nahawa Doumbia: Kanawa (Awesome Tapes From Africa) [01-29] - Africa
  • Dry Cleaning: New Long Leg (4AD) [04-02] - alt/indie [**]
  • Rebecca Dumaine and the Dave Miller Trio: Someday, Someday (Summit) [03-12] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Paul Dunmall/Percy Pursglove/Olie Brice/Jeff Williams: Palindromes (West Hill) [02-12] - jazz [***]
  • Steve Earle & the Dukes: JT (New West) [01-04] - country [A-]
  • Yelena Eckemoff: Adventures of the Wildflower (L&H Production -2CD) [03-19] - jazz [**]
  • Mats Eilertsen: Solitude Central (Hemli) [02-05] - jazz
  • Elephant9: Arrival of the New Elders (Rune Grammofon) [02-19] - jazz [**]
  • Eminem: Music to Be Murdered By: Side B (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope -20) [2020-12-18] - pop rap [***]
  • Signe Emmeluth: Hi Hello I'm Signe (Relative Pitch) [01-29] - jazz [B]
  • Yoav Eshed/Lex Korten/Massimo Biolcati/Jongkuk Kim: A Way Out (Sounderscore) [02-19] - jazz [*]
  • Joe Fahey: February on Ice (Rough Fish) [02-26] - singer-songwriter [***]
  • Jared Feinman: Love Is an Obstacle (West of Philly) [02-12] - singer-songwriter [U]
  • RAP Ferreira: Bob's Son: RAP Ferreira in the Garden Level Cafe of the Scallops Hotel (Ruby Yacht) [01-01] - hip-hop [***]
  • Floating Points/Pharoah Sanders & the London Symphony Orchestra: Promises (Luaka Bop) [03-23] - jazz [**]
  • For Those I Love: For Those I Love (September) [03-26] [***]
  • Michael and Peter Formanek: Dyads (Out of Your Head) [01-29] - jazz [A-]
  • Amit Friedman: Unconditional Love (Origin) [03-19] - jazz [B]
  • David Friesen & Bob Ravenscroft: Passage (Origin) [04-16] - jazz [U]
  • Satoko Fujii: Hazuki: Piano Solo (Libra) [03-19] - jazz [***]
  • Futari: Beyond (Libra) [01-21] - jazz [*]
  • Ghetts: Conflict of Interest (Warner) [02-19] - grime [*]
  • The Grasso-Ravita Jazz Ensemble: Jagged Spaces (Grassvita Music) [01-15] - jazz [*]
  • Frank Gratkowski/Achim Kaufmann/Wilbert de Joode/Tony Buck: Flatbosc & Cautery (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [A-]
  • Barry Guy: Irvin's Comet (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [*]
  • Frode Haltli: Avant Folk II (Hubro) [03-19] - jazz [**]
  • Roderick Harper: Evolving (R.H.M. Entertainment) [01-04] - jazz [*]
  • George Haslam/Joao Madeira/Padro Catello Lopes/Mario Rua: Ajuda (Slam -20) [2020-04-20] - jazz [***]
  • Alexander Hawkins: Togetherness Music: For Sixteen Musicians (Intakt) [01-15] - jazz
  • Hennessy Six/Colorado Springs Youth Symphony: The Road Less Traveled (Summit) [01-22] - jazz [*]
  • Christopher Hoffman: Asp Nimbus (Out of Your Head) [03-26] - jazz
  • The Hold Steady: Open Door Policy (Positive Jams) [02-19] - alt/indie [**]
  • Joseph Howell Quartet: Live in Japan (Summit) [02-05] - jazz [**]
  • Kari Ikonen: Impressions, Improvisations and Compositions (Ozella) [01-08] - jazz [***]
  • In Layers: Pliable (FMR -20) [2020-10-11] - jazz [***]
  • Ethan Iverson/Umbria Jazz Orchestra: Bud Powell in the 21st Century (Sunnyside) [01-29] - jazz [**]
  • Yvette Janine Jackson: Freedom (Fridman Gallery) [01-29] - electroacoustic [*]
  • Jazz Worms: Squirmin' (Capri) - jazz [*]
  • Marcus Joseph: Beyond the Dome (Jazz Re:freshed) [02-21] - jazz [B]
  • Jonathan Kane and Dave Soldier: February Meets Soldier String Quartet (EEG) [02-01] - jazz [**]
  • Katarsis 4: Live at the Underground Water Reservoir (NoBusiness -20) [2020-12-25] - jazz [*]
  • Achim Kaufmann/Ignaz Schick: Altered Alchemy (Zarek) [02-13] - jazz [**]
  • Reza Khan: Imaginary Road (Painted Music) [03-26] - jazz [B-]
  • Kuzu: The Glass Delusion (Astral Spirits) [03-05] - jazz
  • La Femme: Paradigmes (Disque Pointu) [04-02] - art pop [**]
  • Andy LaVerne: Rhapsody (SteepleChase) [03-12] - jazz [**]
  • Mark Lewis Quartet: Naked Animals (Audio Daddio) [04-02] - jazz [*]
  • Lukas Ligeti: That Which Has Remaind . . . That Which Will Emerge . . . (Col Legno) [03-26] - jazz [**]
  • Johan Lindstrom Septett: On the Asylum (Moserobie) - jazz [*]
  • Charles Lloyd & the Marvels: Tone Poem (Blue Note) [03-12] - jazz [***]
  • Joe Lovano: Trio Tapestry: Garden of Expression (ECM) [01-29] - jazz [B]
  • Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas: Soundprints: Other Worlds (Greenleaf Music) [05-07] - jazz [U]
  • A Love Electric: Permanent Immigrant (Imagination Demand -20) [2020-10-02] - jazz [*]
  • Loretta Lynn: Still Woman Enough (Legacy) [03-19] - country [A-]
  • Joao Madeira/Hernani Faustino: dB Duet (FMR) [01-29] - jazz [***]
  • Madlib: Sound Ancestors (Madlib Invazion) [01-29] - hip-hop [*]
  • Doug MacDonald Duo: Toluca Lake Jazz (Doug MacDonald Music) [02-05] - jazz [**]
  • Shai Maestro: Human (ECM) [01-29] - jazz [*]
  • Magnet Animals: Fake Dudes (RareNoise) [03-26] - jazz [A-]
  • Roberto Magris & Eric Hochberg: Shuffling Ivories (JMood) [03-01] - jazz [**]
  • Mai-Liis: Mai-Liis on Life (OA2) [03-26] - vocal jazz [**]
  • Wu Man/Kojiro Umezaki: How (In a Circle) [02-19] - jazz [*]
  • Mast: Battle Hymns of the Republic (World Galaxy) [01-29] - jazz [**]
  • Meridian Odyssey: Second Wave (Origin) [01-15] - jazz [*]
  • Pat Metheny: Road to the Sun (BMG Modern) [03-05] - jazz [B]
  • Yoko Miwa Trio: Songs of Joy (Ubuntu Music) [02-12] - jazz [**]
  • Hafez Modirzadeh: Facets (Pi) [03-05] - jazz [***]
  • Ben Monder/Tony Malaby/Tom Rainey: Live at the 55 Bar (Sunnyside) [02-26] - jazz [***]
  • Ali Shaheed Muhammad & Adrian Younge: Jazz Is Dead 6: Gary Bartz (Jazz Is Dead) [04-01] - jazz [***]
  • Sana Nagano: Smashing Humans (577) [03-19] - jazz [***]
  • Gary Negbaur: You've Got to Be Carefully Taught (BluJazz) - jazz [*]
  • Willie Nelson: That's Life (Legacy) [02-26] - country [B]
  • Larry Newcomb Quartet: Love, Dad (Essential Messenger) [02-05] - jazz [*]
  • Nubiyan Twist: Freedom Fables (Strut) [03-12] - jazz [B]
  • Palberta: Palberta 5000 (Wharf Cat) [01-22] - alt/indie [*]
  • William Parker: Migration of Silence Into and Out of the Tone World (Centering/AUM Fidelity -10CD) [01-29] - jazz
  • Ben Patterson: Push the Limits (Origin) [03-19] - jazz [*]
  • Rich Pellegrin: Solitude: Solo Improvisations (OA2) [04-16] - jazz [U]
  • Ivo Perelman Trio: Garden of Jewels (Tao Forms) [01-22] - jazz [A-]
  • Dax Pierson: Nerve Bumps (A Queer Divine Dissatisfaction) (Dark Entries) [02-16] - techno [**]
  • Charlie Porter: Hindsight (OA2) [02-19] - jazz [B]
  • Reggie Quinerly: New York Nowhere (Redefinition) [03-12] - jazz [*]
  • R+R=Now: Live (Blue Note) [02-12] - jazz [B]
  • RED Trio & Celebration Band: Suite 10 Years Anniversary (NoBusiness -2CD -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [***]
  • Jason Ringenberg: Rhinestoned (Courageous Chicken) [03-05] - country [**]
  • Dan Rose/Claudine Francois: New Leaves (Ride Symbol) [03-05] - jazz [**]
  • The Justin Rothberg Group: Hurricane Mouse (self-released) [01-01] - jazz [*]
  • Schapiro 17: Human Qualities (Summit) [03-12] - jazz [**]
  • Ignaz Schick/Oliver Steidle: Ilog2 (Zarek) [02-13] - jazz [A-]
  • Jacques Schwarz-Bart: Sone Ka-La 2: Odyssey (Enja) [05-21] - jazz [*]
  • Zoe Scott: Shades of Love (Zoe Scott Music) [10-02] - vocal jazz [*]
  • Charlie Sepulveda: Charlie Sepulveda & the Turnaround (HighNote) [03-26] - jazz [**]
  • Serpentwithfeet: Deacon (Secretly Canadian) [03-26] - r&b [*]
  • Archie Shepp & Jason Moran: Let My People Go (Archieball) [02-05] - jazz [***]
  • Idit Shner: Live at the Jazz Station (OA2) [02-18] - jazz [**]
  • Skarbo Skulekorps: Dugnad (Hubro) [03-26] - jazz [**]
  • Grete Skarpeid: Beyond Other Stories (Origin) [01-15] - jazz [**]
  • Sleaford Mods: Spare Ribs (Rough Trade) [01-15] - post-punk [***]
  • Slowthai: Tyron (Method) [02-12] - hip-hop [*]
  • Dr Lonnie Smith: Breathe (Blue Note) [03-26] - jazz [**]
  • Wadada Leo Smith/Douglas R Ewart/Mike Reed: Suns Beans of Shimmering Light (Astral Spirits) [04-16] - jazz
  • Jim Snidero: Live at the Deer Head Inn (Savant) [03-26] - jazz [**]
  • Peter Stampfel: Peter Stampfel's 20th Century in 100 Songs (Louisiana Red Hot) [02-05] - folk [**]
  • John Stowell/Dan Dean: Rain Painting (Origin) [02-19] - jazz [B]
  • Veronica Swift: This Bitter Earth (Mack Avenue) [03-19] - vocal jazz [***]
  • Aki Takase/Christian Weber/Michael Griener: Auge (Intakt) [01-15] - jazz [A-]
  • Natsuki Tamura/Satoko Fujii: Keshin (Libra) [04-09] - jazz [U]
  • Thumbscrew: Never Is Enough (Cuneiform) [02-26] - jazz [***]
  • Three-Layer Cake: Stove Top (RareNoise) [05-28] - jazz [U]
  • Tony Tixier: I Am Human (Whirlwind -EP) [02-05] - jazz [*]
  • Sabu Toyozumi/Mats Gustafsson: Hokusai (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [*]
  • Yuma Uesaka/Cat Toren/Colin Hinton: Ocelot (577) [03-26] - jazz [***]
  • Ken Vandermark/Istan Grencso/Robert Benko: Burning River Melting Sea (Systems vs Artifacts/Audiographic) - jazz
  • Michael Waldrop: Time Frames (Origin) [04-16] - jazz [U]
  • Theo Walentiny: Looking Glass (self-released) [04-02] - jazz [*]
  • The Weather Station: Ignorance (Fat Possum) [02-05] [**]
  • Amber Weekes: My Romance: A Special Valentin (Amber Inn Productions -EP) [02-14] - vocal jazz [C]
  • Ruth Weiss: We Are Sparks in the Universe to Our Own Fire (Edgetone) [01-26] - jazz poetry [A-]
  • Rodney Whitaker With the Christ Church Cranbrook Choir: Cranbrook Christmas Jazz (Origin) [01-15] - jazz [B]
  • Rodney Whitaker: OutroSpection: The Music of Gregg Hill (Origin) [04-16] - jazz [U]
  • Chris White/Lara Driscoll: Firm Roots (self-released) [01-21] - jazz [**]
  • Nate Wooley/Liudas Mockunas/Barry Guy/Arkadijus Gotesmanas: NOX (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [*]
  • Greg Yasinitsky Yazz Band: New Normal (Origin) [01-15] - jazz [B]
  • Miguel Zenon & Luis Perdomo: El Arte Del Bolero (Miel Music) [01-07] - jazz [***]
  • Miguel Zenon/Ariel Bringuez/Demian Cabaud/Jordi Rossy: Law Years: The Music of Ornette Coleman (Miel Music) [03-12] - jazz [A-]

Reissues, Etc.

  • Derek Baiey/Mototeru Takagi: Live at FarOut, Atsugi 1987 (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [**]
  • Don Cherry: Cherry Jam (1965, Gearbox) [02-26] - jazz [*]
  • Hal Galper Quintet: Live at the Berlin Philharmonic 1977 (1977, Origin -2CD) [01-15] - jazz [***]
  • Emmylou Harris and the Hot Band: Hot Night in Roslyn: 1976 Radio Broadcast Recording (Hobo) [03-11] - country [***]
  • Julius Hemphill: The Boye Multi-National Crusade for Harmony (1977-2007, New World -7CD) [01-29] - jazz
  • Juju: Live at 131 Prince Street (1973, Strut) [03-05] - jazz [A-]
  • Byard Lancaster: My Pure Joy (1992, Strut) [02-26] - jazz [***]
  • Gary Lucas: The Essential Gary Lucas (Knitting Factory -2CD) [01-29] - rock [*]
  • Juozas Milasius/Tomas Kulavicius/Dalius Naujokaitis/Lithuanian Young Composers Orchestra: Live at Willisau, 1993 (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [C+]
  • Roberto Miranda's Home Music Ensemble: Live at Bing Theatre: Los Angeles, 1985 (Dark Tree) [03-05] - jazz [***]
  • Sun Ra: On Jupiter (1979, Enterplanetary Koncepts) [01-01] - jazz [***]
  • Sam Rivers Quartet: Braids [Sam Rivers Archive Project, Volume 4] (1979, NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [A-]
  • Schlippenbach & Johansson: Onkel Pos Carnegie Hall Hamburg 1978 (SAJ) [01-03] - jazz [A-]
  • Nancy Sinatra: Start Walkin' 1965-1976 (Light in the Attic) [02-05] - rock [**]
  • Joe Strummer: Assembly (1986-2002, Dark Horse) [03-26] - rock [**]
  • Masauyki JoJo Takayanagi/Nobuyoshi Ino/Masabumi PUU Kikuchi: Live at Jazz Inn Lovely 1990 (NoBusiness -20) [2020-11-15] - jazz [**]
  • Neil Young: Way Down in the Rust Bucket (1990, Reprise -2CD) [02-26] - rock [**]
  • Neil Young: Young Shakespeare (1971, Reprise) [03-26] - rock [**]
  • Allen Ginsberg's The Fall of America: A 50th Anniversary Musical Tribute (Ginsberg) [02-05] - spoken word [**]
  • Edo Funk Explosion Vol 1 (1980-85, Analog Africa) [03-03] - African [**]
  • J Jazz Volume 3: Deep Modern Jazz From Japan (BBE) [02-26] - jazz
  • La Ola Interior: Spanish Ambient & Acid Exoticism 1983-1990 (Bongo Joe) [03-05] - electronic [*]
  • Now That's What I Call Music: Outlaw Country (NOW) [01-29] - country [***]

Priority Counts

  • Priority 1: 0
  • Priority 2: 11
  • Priority 3: 0
  • Priority 4: 83
  • Priority 5: 88

Total: 182