Music Year 2001


I guess we can knock the "(So Far)" off the title: As of mid-January 2002 the list has grown to 35 new records, and I've at least smelled most of the reputed competitors. I expect the list to grow to 50+ as I pick up some hard-to-find titles and get wind of the more leftfield contenders. Not much jazz below -- seems to be another piano year, which is always tougher to suss out than a big sax year like 2000. Got some Notes too -- almost tempted to call 'em reviews.

Figure this list to evolve throughout 2002.

New Records:

  1. The Coup: Party Music (75 Ark).
  2. Manu Chao: Proxima Estacion: Esperanza (Virgin).
  3. Lucinda Williams: Essence (Lost Highway).
  4. David Murray: Like a Kiss That Never Ends (Justin Time).
  5. Maria Muldaur: Richland Woman Blues (Stony Plain).
  6. Tricky: Blowback (Hollywood).
  7. Bob Dylan: Love and Theft (Columbia).
  8. Buck 65: Man Overboard (Metaforensics).
  9. The Highlife Allstars: Sankofa (Network).
  10. Orlando Cachaito Lopez: Cachaito (World Circuit/Nonesuch).
  11. Shakira: Laundry Service (Epic).
  12. The Moldy Peaches: The Moldy Peaches (Rough Trade).
  13. Nils Petter Molvaer: Solid Ether (ECM).
  14. New Order: Get Ready (Reprise).
  15. Wadada Leo Smith/Thomas Mapfumo: Dreams and Secrets (Anonymous Web '00).
  16. The Strokes: Is This It (RCA).
  17. Atmosphere: Lucy Ford (Rhymesayers Entertainment).
  18. Drive-By Truckers: Southern Rock Opera (SDR).
  19. Gillian Welch: Time (The Revelator) (Acony).
  20. Select Cuts from Blood & Fire Chapter 2 (Select Cuts).
  21. Pink: Missundaztood (Arista).
  22. Archie Shepp and Roswell Rudd: Live in New York (Verve).
  23. De La Soul: AOI: Bionix (Tommy Boy).
  24. Tea in Marrakech (Earthworks).
  25. Ludacris: Word of Mouf (Def Jam).
  26. Le Tigre: Feminist Sweepstakes (Mr. Lady).
  27. Leonard Cohen: Ten New Songs (Columbia).
  28. Ghostface Killah: Bulletproof Wallets (Epic).
  29. Black Box Recorder: The Facts of Life (Jetset).
  30. Aceyalone: Accepted Eclectic (Ground Control).
  31. Nortec Collective: The Tijuana Sessions Vol. 1 (Palm).
  32. The White Stripes: White Blood Cells (Sympathy for the Record Industry).
  33. Chief Stephen Osita Osadebe: Sound Time (IndigeDisc).
  34. St. Lunatics: Free City (Uptown/Universal).
  35. Samba Mapangala: Ujumbe (Earthworks).
  36. Chris Knight: A Pretty Good Guy (Dualtone).
  37. Old 97's: Satellite Rides (Elektra).
  38. Bullfrog: Bullfrog (Ropeadope).
  39. Missy Elliott: Miss E . . . So Addictive (Gold Mind/Elektra).
  40. Rodney Crowell: The Houston Kid (Sugar Hill).
  41. Mush Filmstrip (Frame 1) (Shadow).
  42. Aceyalone, et al.: Haiku D'Etat (Meanstreet).
  43. Alicia Keys: Songs in A Minor (J-Records).
  44. Jason Moran: Black Stars (Blue Note).
  45. Baaba Maal: Missing You (Mi Yeewnii) (Palm Pictures).
  46. Vandermark 5: Acoustic Machine (Atavistic).
  47. Fred Eaglesmith: Ralph's Last Show (Signature).
  48. Bluiett/Jackson/El'Zabar: The Calling (Justin Time).
  49. Basement Jaxx: Rooty (Astralwerks).
  50. Burnt Sugar: The Arkestra Chamber: Blood on the Leaf, Opus No. 1 (Trugoid).
  51. Aesop Rock: Labor Days (Def Jux).
  52. Timeless: Hank Williams (Lost Highway).
  53. Stephen Malkmus: Stephen Malkmus (Matador).


Currently unrated, as well as a few things I've rated B+ or below (maybe they'll grow on me):


Stuff that has shown up on year-end lists and/or received good reviews. ***, **, * indicates some serious interest on my part; # indicates that I've heard at least a taste and am not likely to pursue further.


  1. Girl Group Greats (1960-65, Rhino).
  2. Orchestra Baobab: Pirates Choice (1982, World Circuit, 2CD).
  3. Reverend Gary Davis: Demons and Angels (1958-66, Shanachie, 3CD).
  4. Marvin Gaye: The Very Best of Marvin Gaye (Motown, 2CD).
  5. The Rough Guide to Franco (World Music Network).
  6. The Doors: The Very Best of the Doors (Rhino).
  7. Holy Modal Rounders: I Make a Wish for a Potato (1975-99, Rounder).
  8. Eric B. & Rakim: The Best of Eric B. & Rakim: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection (Hip-O).
  9. Lightnin' Hopkins: Lightnin' and the Blues: The Herald Sessions (1954, Buddha).
  10. Chitlin Circuit Soul (1972-2000, Rhino).
  11. Orchčstre Vévé: Vintage Verckys (RetroAfric).
  12. The Velvet Underground: Bootleg Series, Vol. 1: The Quine Tapes (1969, Polydor 3CD).
  13. The Best of the Memphis Jug Band (1927-34, Yazoo).
  14. Afrika Bambaataa: Looking for the Perfect Beat: 1980-1985 (Tommy Boy).
  15. Etta James: Tell Mama: The Complete Muscle Shoals Sessions (1968, Chess).
  16. Muddy Waters: Muddy Waters at Newport (1960, Chess).



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