YEAR END! Top Records of 2022

So, anyway. I didn’t technically close up shop here until until June. I had already listened to so many records by then. It would be a shame not to drop (at least) one more year end list. The funny thing is that I have listened to more records this year than I have in recent years. All told, I ended up listening to around 125 new releases this year. I kept pretty detailed notes about most of them. I could have easily turned that into reviews or content. I would have stopped listening to new records had I done that though. Turing my enjoyment of music into a thing was a mistake. Anyway. Here is the list. It’s 40 records. A good amount of these are jazz. Just be aware. If you’re looking for dope punk rock records, this probably won’t be the list for you.

In alphabetical(ish) order:

Alice Sandahl – “Bright & Blue”
Alison Shearer – “View From Above”
Alvvays – “Blue Rev”
Angel Olsen – “Big Time”
Anthony Coleman & Brian Chase – “Arcades”
Barrie – “Barbara”
The Beths – “Expert In A Dying Field”
The Bogie Band & Joe Russo – “The Prophets In The City”
Camilla George – “Ibio-Ibio”
Chicago Soul Jazz Collective – “On The Way To Be Free”
Dave Gisler Trio – “See You Out There”
David Hillyard & The Rocksteady 7 – “Plague Doctor”
Georgia Harmer – “Stay In Touch
High Alpine Hut Network – “727 / 16 EP”
Jeanines – “Don’t Wait For A Sign”
Jobber – “Hell In A Cell EP”
Julieta Eugenio – “Jump”
Kate Bollinger – “Look At It In The Light”
Kit Downes, Petter Eldh, James Maddren – “Vermillion”
Kristine Leschper – “The Opening, Or Closing Of A Door”
Lisa Ullén, Elsa Bergman, & Anna Lund – “Space”
Little Low – “Reasons To Grow”
Lupe Fiasco – “Drill Music In Zion”
Marta Sanchez – “SAAM (Spanish American Art Museum)”
Mary Halvorson – “Amaryllis” / “Belladonna”
Melissa Aldana – “12 Stars”
Nectar – “No Shadow”
The New York Second – “Music At Night”
ORD – “Hemligheter På Vägen”
Otoboke Beaver – “Super Champon”
Perennial – “In The Midnight Hours”
Potsa Lotsa XL & Youjin Sung – “Gaya”
Quelle Chris – “Deathfame”
R.A.P. Ferreira – “5 To The Eye With Stars”
Renata Zeiguer – “Picnic In The Dark”
Tender Slit – “Tender Slit”
Tomberlin – “I Don’t Know Who Needs To Hear This…”
Walking Cliché Sextet – “Micro-Nap”
Westbound Train – “Dedication”
Widowspeak – “The Jacket”

And, as always, here is a Spotify playlist:

Maybe I’ll throw something up in 2023? Who knows. It’s what it’s

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