Dominique Fils-Aimé            
Nameless        
Contemporary Soul/R&B Influenced by Billie Holiday, Etta James, Nina Simone



Marisa Anderson       
Cloud Corner
Serene Folk Guitar Instrumentals from Portland



Mark Applebaum      
Speed Dating
Experimental Spoken Word Music / Contemporary Classical Music




Typh Barrow
Raw     
The Belgian Amy Winehouse



Thomas Bartlett and Nico Muhly   
Peter Pears: Balinese Ceremonial Music    
Gamelan Transcriptions and Contemporary Songs Inspired by Them



Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin   
Awase
Zen Funk



Laila Biali        
Laila Biali        
Jazz Vocals (with Pop-Rock Flavoring)



Brickwork Lizards    
Haneen           
British Pop with Arabic Ingredients



Leon Bridges
Good Thing    
Retro Soul




Philippe Bronchtein  
Me and the Moon      
Country



Brooklyn Youth Chorus        
Silent Voices  
Contemporary Choral Music from Nico Muhly, Caroline Shaw, Jeff Beal and others



Cedric Burnside        
Benton County Relic
Raw Hill Country Blues



Capella Prolationum / Ensemble La Danserye     
Gaspar Fernandes & Alonso de Bonilla: Chanzonetas       
Latin American Music from Guatemala in the 1600s



Cat Power      
Wanderer      
Singer-Songwriter



John Coltrane            
Both Directions at Once: The Lost Album   
Previously Unreleased John Coltrane Album from 1963



Kizzy Crawford/Gwilym Simcock/Sinfonia Cymru            
Birdsong / Cân Yr Adar          
Bilingual Welsh Chamber Pop (Spiced with Jazz and Bird Songs)



David Crosby
Here If You Listen     
Singer-Songwriter



Darlingside    
Extralife         
Polyphonic Folk Pop



Sarah Davachi           
Let Night Come On Bells End The Day       
Late Night Drones for Mellotron, Organ and Other Keyboards




Kris Davis and Craig Taborn           
Octopus         
Two-Piano Progressive Jazz



Miles Davis & John Coltrane            
The Final Tour: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 6  
First Authorized Release of Live Jazz Performances from 1960



Les Divas Dugazon    
Shelter            
Chant- and Polyphony-Based Belgian Pop



Kit Downes    
Obsidian         
Contemporary Improvised Music for Church Organ



Joshua Dumas           
Night Songs for the Birds of North America           
Improvised Ambient Soundscapes for Birds




Jeremy Dutcher        
Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa          
Contemporary Music Inspired by (and Incorporating) 1907 Wax Cylinders of Wolastoq First Nation Music



Anderson East           
Encore            
Nashville-Flavored Soul Music



Tanya Ekanayaka      
Twelve Piano Prisms            
Contemporary Piano Music from Sri Lankan-British Composer, Pianist and Musicologist



Kurt Elling (with Branford Marsalis)   
The Questions           
Jazz Vocals



Tommy Emmanuel (with guests)   
Accomplice One         
Fingerstyle Guitar



Brian Eno       
Music for Installations         
6 Album Box Set Featuring New, Rare and Previously Unreleased Ambient Music



Ensemble Gilles Binchois, Dominique Vellard        
Fons Luminis: Codex Las Huelgas   
Anonymous Music from a Spanish Monastery (Circa 1300)



Ensemble Naya & Yaniv d'Or          
Exaltation      
Medieval and Baroque Music from Europe, Turkey and the Near East



Erroll Garner
Nightconcert  
Previously Unreleased Live Recording from 1964



Joe Garrison   
The Broken Jar          
Hybrid of Contemporary Chamber Music and Cool West Coast Jazz




Mary Gauthier           
Rifles and Rosary Beads       
Singer-Songwriter Collaborates with Veterans and Their Families



Jonny Greenwood     
Soundtrack to Phantom Thread      
Film Soundtrack



Sameer Gupta            
A Circle Has No Beginning    
Soul Music Masquerading as Jazz / World Music Fusion




Bruce Haack   
Preservation Tapes   
Avant-Garde Christian Electronica



Ross Hammond and Jay Nair           
Songs Of Universal Peace     
Spiritual Music Fusing the Traditions of India and Appalachia



Kitsos Harisiadis        
Lament In A Deep Style 1929-1931           
Haunting Greek Clarinet Music from the 1920s



Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite           
No Mercy In This Land         
Blues



Jon Hassell     
Listening To Pictures (Pentimento Volume One)
First Album in 9 Years from Visionary Electronic Music Composer



Anna von Hausswolff            
Dead Magic    
Mystical Organ-Driven Drone Pop



Catherine Christer Hennix   
Selected Early Keyboard Works      
Experimental Archival Recordings for Well-Tuned Just Intonation Fender Rhodes and Sine Wave Drone



Fred Hersch   
Live In Europe           
Jazz Piano Trio



Keith Jarrett
After the Fall  
Previously Unreleased Live Jazz Recording from 1998



Martin David Jones  
Friedrich Gulda: Piano Works          
Concert Piano Music Composed by a Genre-Crossing Keybaord Virtuoso



Henry Kaiser (with Bill Laswell and Rudresh Mahanthappa)     
Mudang Rock
Ritualistic Improvised Music Inspired by Korean Shamanism



Kim Kashkashian     
Bach: Six Suites For Viola Solo         
Bach Cello Suites Performed on Viola



Khruangbin   
Con Todo el Mundo
Texas Country Instrumentals with Thai and Surf Flavors



Arat Kilo, Mamani Keita, Mike Ladd            
Visions Of Selam        
Hip-Hop Meets Afrobeat



Gus La Casse  
Windstorm     
Young Maine Fiddler Plays Acadian and Cape Breton-Inspried Music with Fierce Energy



Julian Lage     
Modern Lore  
Jazz Guitar Trio




The Lazy Lies
Less Talk More Action           
Retro 1960s Rock from Barcelona



Matteo Liberatore     
Solos   
Contemporary Guitar Music



Joe Lovano & Dave Douglas (Sound Prints)
Scandal           
Jazz



The Low Anthem       
The Salt Doll Went To Measure The Depth Of The Sea    
Hypnotic Folk-Pop from Rhode Island



Fernando de Luca    
Handel: Complete Preludes & Toccatas from the Bergamo Manuscript
Previously Unknown/Unrecorded Keyboard Music by Handel



Anne Akiko Meyers   
Mirror in Mirror        
Ethereal Contemporary Music for Violin



Mid-Air Thief   
Crumbling           
Unconventional Hybrid of Electronic and Acoustic Folk Music from Korea




Nils Petter Molvaer/ Sly & Robbie  
Nordub           
Jamaican Reggae Meets Norwegian Chamber Jazz



Janelle Monáe            
Dirty Computer         
Contemporary Pop/R&B



Mountain Man           
Magic Ship     
Three-Voice Appalachian Rural Polyphony



David Myles   
Real Love        
Retro Rock & Roots from Nova Scotia




Meshell Ndegeocello
Ventriloquism            
Alternative R&B


Nordic Raga   
Nordic Raga   
Fusion of Nordic Folk Music and South Indian Carnatic Music



Adam Nussbaum       
The Leadbelly Project           
Jazzy Tribute to Folk-Blues Legend Leadbelly



Ohmme          
Parts   
Unconventional Chicago Pop-Rock Duo



øjeRum           
Selected Organ Works          
Ambient Music for Pump Organ



Miles Okazaki
Work:  The Complete Compositions of Thelonious Monk, Vol. 1-6          
Entire Corpus of Thelonious Monk Compositions Performed on Solo Guitar




Prince
Piano & a Microphone 1983            
Unreleased Prince  Solo Tracks from 1983



Tuomo Puranen & Timo Kaukolampi         
Soundtrack to Euthanizer    
Noir/Ambient Film Soundtrack Featuring the Jouhikko, an ancient Finnish Bowed Lyre



Steve Reich    
Pulse/Quartet           
Contemporary Minimalism



Gyan Riley      
Sprig   
Genre-Crossing Guitar and Ukulele Music



Cécile McLorin Salvant         
The Window  
Vocal Jazz



The Shacks     
Haze    
Mellow Pop for Slackers



Wayne Shorter          
Emanon          
Jazz (with Graphic Novel)




Paul Simon     
In the Blue Light       
Singer-Songwriter with Jazz Accompaniment



Sons of Kemet           
Your Queen Is a Reptile       
Caribbean-Flavored Dance Jazz from London



Bobo Stenson
Contra La Indecisió   
Jazz



Carl Stone      
Electronics Music from the Eighties and Nineties             
Fin de Siècle Los Angeles Electronic Music



Sunwatchers  
Sunwatchers II          
Thai Folk Melodies + Free Jazz + Mutant Funk



Theotis Taylor           
Something Within Me          
Unfinished 1979 Project by the Georgia Gospel Legend Completed by Young Collaborators



Dan Tepfer    
Natural Machines      
Video Album Featuring the Real-Time Intersection of Improvised Piano and Computer Algorithms



3hattrio         
Lord of the Desert     
American Desert Music from Utah



Tigue  
Strange Paradise       
Brooklyn Percussion Trio



Tirzah
Devotion        
Ultra-Laidback, Strange and Very Slow Electropop



Toto Bona Lokua       
Bondeko         
Afro-French Trio (An African Crosby, Stills & Nash)




Tune-Yards   
I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life             
Art Pop



Various Artists           
The Music of the Secret Society That Owns Belgrade     
Hot New Bands from Serbia



Various Artists           
I'm Not Here To Hunt Rabbits         
Guitar Music from Botswana



Vilja-Louise    
Singing from the Source       
Traditional Folk Music for Solo Voice



Ben Walker    
The Fox on the Downs          
Intricate Folk/Celtic Fingerstyle Guitar with a Sprinkling of Renaissance Music



Colter Wall     
Songs of the Plain     
Traditional Cowboy-Style Country Music



Joanna Wallfisch       
Blood & Bone
Contemporary Pop/Art Songs



Kamasi Washington  
Heaven and Earth     
Jazz (and More)



Walter Wolfman Washington          
My Future is My Past            
Under-Produced Soul Music from 74-Year-Old New Orleans Singer



The Yearning             
Take Me All Over the World            
Brill Building-Influenced Contemporary Pop Music



Zeal & Ardor  
Stranger Fruit            
Black Metal Meets Black Folk Music



Denny Zeitlin
Wishing on the Moon           
Jazz Piano Trio
The 100 Best Albums of 2018


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Here are my picks for the 100 best albums of 2018 (in alphabetical order this year). These are
drawn from all styles and all genres. Happy listening!
HONORABLE MENTION

Here are another 100 albums from 2018 that deserve your attention.


Theo Alexander: Broken Access            
Piano Music (with Sound Manipulation)


Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet: Landfall          
Contemporary Chamber Music with Storytelling


Ichiko Aoba: qp       
Experimental Chill-Folk-Pop from Japan


Aqueduct Ensemble: Improvisations on an Apricot          
If ECM Had Its Headquarters in Akron, Ohio…


Angelo Arciglione & Eleonora Turtur: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Exotica          
World Premiere Recording of 1934 Music for Piano and Violin


Maya Beiser & David Lang: The Day          
Contemporary Classical Music for Cello and Spoken Word


The Beths: Future Me Hates Me
Power Pop for Road Trips


Kadhja Bonet: Childqueen    
Unconventional Orchestral R&B


Brasil Guitar Duo/Delaware Symphony Orchestra: Leo Brouwer: The Book of Signs;
Paulo Bellinati: Concerto Caboclo       
Cuban/Brazilian Classical Music for Guitar


Till Brönner & Dieter Ilg: Nightfall         
Trumpet/Bass Jazz Duets


David Byrne: American Utopia       
Singer-Songwriter


Brent Cobb: Providence Canyon   
Country & Western Funk


Anat Cohen & Fred Hersch: Live in Healdsburg    
Clarinet/Piano Duets


Sara Colman: What We're Made Of            
Unconventional British Singer-Songwriter


Shemekia Copeland: America's Child         
Blues/Roots/Soul


Sylvie Courvoisier: Trio D'Agala   
Jazz


Kyle Craft: Full Circle Nightmare            
Dylan-ish Singer-Songwriter


Dingonek Street Band: Primal Economics      
Street Brass Band from Brooklyn


Dolce Suono Trio: American Canvas      
Contemporary Chamber Music (by Jennifer Higdon, Shulamit Ran, Andrea Clearfield, and Zhou Tian)


Monsieur Doumani: Angathin        
Activist Dance Music from a Hot 3-Piece Cypriot Band


Niño de Elche: Antología del Cante Flamenco Heterodoxo            
Heterodox Flamenco


Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir / Kaspars Putnins: Schnittke: Psalms of
Repentance; Pärt: Magnificat & Nunc Dimittis       
Modern Choral Music


Everything is Recorded (Richard Russell with Guest Artists)" Everything is Recorded        
All-Star R&B / Hip-Hop / EDM / Pop


Sullivan Fortner: Moments Preserved  
Jazz Trio Album from New Orleans-Born Pianist


Jeffrey Foucault: Horse Latitudes Solo / Acoustic Demos      
Minimalist Acoustic Country


Nils Frahm: All Melody      
Maximalist Ambient


Fretwork: John Jenkins: Complete Four-Part Consort Music
Seventeenth Century British Chamber Music


Bill Frisell: Music Is          
Solo Guitar


Jim Ghedi: A Hymn for Ancient Land     
North Yorkshire Ambient


Tigran Hamasyan: For Gyumri     
Armenian-Influenced Jazz


John Hardin/Tin Can Luminary & the Orchestra of the Unwanted: Nightmare Castle      
Horror Film Music Played on an Orchestra Made from Recycled and Found Materials


Stefon Harris + Blackout: Sonic Creed    
New Millennium Hard Bop


Beth Hart: Front and Center: Live from New York      
Blues-and-Soul Inflected Singer-Songwriter


Jonathon Heron: Half Penny Ballard's
Mystical Folk Music


James Hunter Six: Whatever It Takes    
Otis Redding-ish Retro Soul/R&B


José James Lean on Me    
Tribute to Soul Singer Bill Withers


Keith Jarrett: La Fenice        
Previously Unreleased Live Solo Piano Recording from 2006


Roy Lee Jones: Devil's in the Whiskey          
Down Home Blues


Er-Gene Kahng/ Janacek Philharmonic: Florence Price: Violin Concertos      
Early 20th Century Classical Music from Pioneering African-American Composer


Ryan Keberle & Frank Woeste: Reverso - Suite Ravel            
Ravel-Inspired Contemporary Jazz Suite


David Kechley: The Walbrzych Project         
Rhythmically-Charged Contemporary Orchestral Music


Angélique Kidjo: Remain in Light         
Afrobeat


David Lang: Mystery Sonatas        
Contemporary Music for Solo Violin


Aaron Larget-Caplan: John. Cage. Guitar.     
Music of John Cage Arranged for Guitar


LA Phil New Music Group: Lou Harrison: Young Caesar            
Gamelan-Inspired Modern Opera


The Louvin Brothers: Love and Wealth: The Lost Recordings      
Previously Unreleased Country Music Demos from 1951-1956


Heather Lowe/The Joyful Company of Singers: Ralph Vaughan Williams:
Beyond My Dream        
Previously Unrecorded Music for Greek Drama by Ralph Vaughan Williams


Melaní Luraschi: Lumbral         
Peruvian Folk Pop


Shai Maestro: The Dream Thief       
Chamber Jazz


Gabacho Maroc: Tawassol        
North African Trance Music


Jako Maron: The Electro Maloya Experiments of Jako Maron   
Contemporary Electronica Influenced by the Folk Traditions of Réunion, an Island near Madagascar


Anne-Marie McDermott: Haydn: Piano Sonatas, Vol. 2            
Classical Music


Kate McGarry/Keith Ganz/Gary Versace: The Subject Tonight is Love
Jazz Vocals


Jim McNeely/The Frankfurt Radio Big Band: Barefoot Dances and Other Visions            
Contemporary Big Band Jazz


Brad Mehldau: Seymour Reads the Constitution!    
Jazz Piano Trio


Hailu Mergia: Lala Belu        
Ethiopian Retro Funk


Midlife: Phase  
Daft Punk Meets Steely Dan


Father John Misty: God's Favorite Customer      
Singer-Songwriter


Moontribe: Moontribe      
Ritualist Percussion-Driven Music by Anonymous Performer


Wolfgang Muthspiel (with Brad Mehldau & Ambrose Akinmusire): Where The River Goes          
Jazz


Willie Nelson: Last Man Standing    
Country


Thandi Ntuli: Exiled
Genre-Defying Jazz/R&B Fusion from South Africa


Nu Guinea: Nuova Napoli Afro-Disco
Italian Funk from Naples


Shuggie Otis: Inter-Fusion   
Rock Guitar Recluse /Legend Releases First Studio Album in 44 Years


Rhia Parker: Ghosts Contemporary
Music for Two Recorders


Philadelphia Orchestra / Yannick Nézet-Séguin: Leonard Bernstein: Mass     
Modern Liturgical/Theatrical Music


Noah Preminger: Genuity           
Jazz Saxophony


Red Dog Guitars: Cigar Box Old Time Americana 3 and 4 String Bottleneck Recordings   
Cigar Box Guitar Old-Timey Blues


Joshua Redman: Still Dreaming            
Jazz


The Re-Stoned: Stories of the Astral Lizard   
Russian Psychedelic Trance Music


Max Richter: Soundtrack to Hostiles          
Film Soundtrack


The Rileys: Way Out Yonder       
Genre-Crossing Contemporary Music from Terry Riley and Gyan Riley


Renee Rosnes (with Chris Potter): Beloved of the Sky    
Jazz


Curtis Salgado & Alan Hager: Rough Cut      
Blues


Joe Satriani: What Happens Next
Guitar-Driven Rock


Jordi Savall: Venezia Millenaria 700-1797          
One Thousand Years of Venetian Music (comes with a 300-page book)


Seasick Steve: Can U Cook?   
Raw and Cooked Blues


Trygve Seim: Helsinki Songs           
Nordic Jazz


Sibarg Ensemble: Cipher            
Traditional Iranian Music/Jazz


Silesian Quartet: Mieczyslaw Weinberg: String Quartets 8-10         
Soviet Chamber Music of the Cold War Period


Brinton Averil Smith/Houston Symphony: Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Cello Concerto          
First Performance and Recording in More Than 80 Years of MCT's Neo-Romantic Cello Concerto


Dr. Lonnie Smith: All in My Mind           
Jazz Organ


Luciana Souza: The Book of Longing
Jazz-Inflected Art Song Settings of Poetic Texts


Colin Stetson: Soundtrack to Hereditary    
Innovative Horror Film Soundtrack Featuring Unpitched Clarinet Music, Electronically Altered Voice, Drones, Etc.


John Surman: Invisible Threads      
Jazz


Richard Swift: The Hex          
Mix-and-Match Tapestry of Mid-1960s Pop Music Tropes


They Might Be Giants: I Like Fun       
Rock


Linda Thompson (with Guest Artists): My Mother Doesn't Know I'm On the Stage          
British Music Hall Songs


Mark Turner & Ethan Iverson: Temporary Kings      
Piano/Saxophone Duets


Various Artists: J-Jazz - Deep Modern Jazz from Japan 1969-1984           
Rare Japanese Jazz Tracks from 1969-1984


Various Artists: Moondog        
Contemporary Musicians Pay Tribute to Street Musician/Composer Moondog (1916-1999)


Various Artists: Navegando: Un Tributo a Guillermo Anderson     
Tribute Album Dedicated to Pioneering Honduran Music Guillermo Anderson


Various Artists: Strange Angels: In Flight With Elmore James        
Blues Tribute Album


Various Artists: We Out Here  
Compilation of Current-Day London Jazz


Martinho da Vila: Alô Vila Isabeeel!!!     
Samba


Chester Watson: Project 0         
Hip-Hop for Meditation


Doc Watson: Live at Club 47          
Previously Unreleased Traditional Folk Music from 1963


Norma Winstone: Descansado: Songs for Films            
Jazz Interpretations of Cinematic Music


Miguel Zenón: Yo Soy la Tradición   
Music for String Quartet and Saxophone Drawing on Jazz and  Puerto Rican Folkloric Traditions


Zohastre: Pan and the Master Pipers  
Punk Ambient Bagpipe Drone Music
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The 100 Best Albums of 2015
The 100 Best Albums of 2014
The 100 Best Albums of 2013
The 100 Best Albums of 2012
The 100 Best Albums of 2011


BACKGROUND  

I am often asked how I compile my
annual list of the 100 best albums.
Here is some background information.  

What is different about this year's list?

I am listing my top 100 and honorable
mention albums for 2018 in alphabetical
order, rather than ranking them. This
marks a change from pre-2017 lists. I
am doing this because each of these
albums deserves recognition and the
sequential ranking tended to focus
too much attention on just a few
recordings.

What styles of music do I include in my
listening?
 

I listen to all genres and all styles of
music. I like to listen to music that is
fresh and different, and this spurs me
to search outside the dominant
commercial categories and hit
releases. But I also listen to the
heavily promoted albums from the
major labels.    

How much music do I listen to?   

I like to hear new music every day.   
During 2018 I listened to more
than 1,000 new  album releases.
(The exact number was 1,028.)  

Why do I compile this list?

Like any music lover, I enjoy
sharing my favorite music with others.
But in the last few years, a different
motivation has spurred me. I believe
that the system of music discovery is
broken in the current day. There is
more music recorded than ever before,
but it is almost impossible for listeners
to find the best new recordings. The
most creative work in music is
increasingly found on self-produced
projects and releases from small
indie labels— to an extent hardly
conceivable only a decade ago. Very
little of this music ever shows up on
the radio or the heavily-promoted
playlists, where formats seem to get
narrower and narrower with each
passing year. Music fans once heard
good new music at indie record stores,
but most of them have closed. Or
they could read reviews in the
newspaper, but both the newspapers
and the music reviews are shrinking or
disappearing. And the big record
labels are the worst culprits of all,
picking acts for their looks or their
potential appeal to fourteen-year-olds,
or some other egregious reason, and
in general jumping on the most trivial
passing fads. On the other hand,
the Internet presents an almost
infinite amount of music and music
commentary—yet where do fans
even begin to separate the good from
the bad and ugly?  My personal solution
to this dilemma has been to listen to
lots and lots of music, and try to
identify recordings of quality and
distinction. I share my list because
I know, from past experience, that
many other listeners are frustrated
with the broken system of music
discovery, and are also looking for
good new music.  

What criteria do I apply?  

I have no axe to grind. My list is
filled with music I enjoy, and suspect
others will too—especially if they
have a reasonably good ear, and
an open mind. I like recordings that
show some flair and creativity, a
sense of style, solid musicianship,
and an emotional commitment to
the moment of performance. I
appreciate it when an artist
possesses a sense of musical
tradition; on the other hand, I don’t
want to see slavish imitation of the
past. When music strikes me as
too formulaic or contrived or cold,
I start to lose interest. Like any critic,
I want my readers to think that I am
cool and hip and oh-so-up-to-date,
but I learned some time ago that
many of the best recordings are
decidedly uncool and unhip. So if
you want to laugh at me for honoring
some superannuated country star or
unfashionable bagpipe album,
go right ahead. But also check
out some of the lesser-known titles on
the list...you might just be pleasantly
surprised by what you hear.

Happy listening!


Note: Any album that represents a conflict of
interest (for example my brother's recent
collaboration with jazz pianist Helen Sung,
which I heartily recommend), is excluded
from  consideration for this best of year ranking
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Music: A Subversive History
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The Rise of the Fragmented Novel
Why Are Music Scholars Ignoring Musical Universals?
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The Backlash Against Jazz
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Slaves for Love: How Bondage Shaped the Love Song
A Conversation About Jazz with Ted Gioia
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Lecture on the History of Love Songs
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A History of New Orleans Music in 100 Tracks
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The Alt Reality Nobel Prize
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Robert Heinlein at One Hundred
The Fourteen Skies of Michael Chabon
Is Bird Dead?
Philip K. Dick's VALIS
Why Lester Young Matters
Vladimir Nabokov's Pale Fire
Making a Case for Clark Ashton Smtih
Italo Calvino's Winter's NIght
Jonathan Lethem's The Fortress of Solitude
Could Chet Baker Play Jazz?
Thomas Pynchon's Gravity's Rainbow
The Jazzy Side of Frank Zappa
Fritz Leiber at 100
Günter Grass's The Tin Drum
John Coltrane: Prophet and Seer (video)
David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas
Harlem Jazz: 12 Essential Tracks
Mark Z. Danielweski's House of Leaves
The Postmodern Mystery: 50 Essential Works
Art Tatum at 100: 12 Essential Tracks
Fringe Guitar
J.G. Ballard's Crash
Interview with Dana and Ted Gioia
The Puzzling Case of Robert Sheckley
Robert Johnson and the Devil
Fear and Self-Loathing in Scandinavia
Herbie Hancock: 12 Essential Tracks
Remembering Drums of Passion
Three Existential Horror Novels
Keith Jarrett: 12 Essential Tracks
In Defense of The Hobbit
Brad Mehldau: 12 Essential Tracks
David Foster Wallace's The Pale King
The South Asian Tinge in Jazz
Assessing Brad Mehldau at Mid-Career
Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian
Can Clubs Legally Ask Musicians to Play for Free?
Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones
Lennie Tristano: 12 Essential Tracks
Virginia Woolf's Orlando
Why Cool is Dead
A Tribute to Richard Matheson
The Pianism of Denny Zeitlin
The Chronicles of Narnia
David Bowie's Jazz-Oriented Valedictory
Tito Puente: The Complete 78s (1949-1955)
Toni Morrison's Beloved
The Tragedy of Richard Twardzik
Michael Chabon's Telegraph Avenue
The Science Fiction of Samuel Delany
Can Tarzan Survive in a Post-Colonial World?
Duke Ellington's Sacred Music
Ian McEwan's Atonement
Can a Dictionary be a Novel?
New Details About the Young William Gaddis
Interview with Ted Gioia (on Delta Blues)
William Gaddis's JR
Roberto Bolaño's 2666
Talking to Myself About the State of Jazz
Harper Lee and Her Great Southern Novel
Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain
Italo Calvino's Neglected Sci-Fi Masterpiece
Philip Roth's American Pastoral
Ken Kesey's Novel-in-a-Box
How I Learned I Was a Jazz Fan
Ted Gioia