2022 in Music

I have done a terrible job listening to new music over the last 7 years. This is a list of albums that were released in 2022 that I have somehow managed to listen to.

1. The Joe Policastro Trio: Sounds Unheard (8/10)

Yeah, I have a rarities collection of post bop ranked above some new music. What are you going to do? Read the review of Sounds Unheard.

2. Trevor Dunn’s Trio-Convulsant avec Folie à Quatre: Séances (7/10)

An enjoyable chamber jazz album I can’t quite make up my mind about. Read the review of Seances.

3. Archers of Loaf: Reason in Decline (6/10)

A decent reunion record. Read the review of Reason in Decline. Or, read all of my Archers of Loaf reviews.

4. Wilco: Cruel Country (6/10)

A six-person band playing songs that could have been performed by a trio or quartet. I enjoyed the live show I went to much, much more. Read the review of Cruel Country. Or, read all my Wilco album reviews.

5. South Park 25th Anniversary Concert (6/10)

Not an album. I know. But a one-off concert that was televised internationally. That’s something. Read the review of the South Park 25th Anniversary Concert.

6. Jazz Sabbath, Vol. 2 (6/10)

I just didn’t like this as much as the first one. Read the review of Jazz Sabbath, Vol. 2.

7. The Mars Volta (5/10)

A bold left-turn which I don’t particularly like. Read the review of The Mars Volta’s self-titled album.

Shows I went to in 2022:

Godspeed You! Black Emperor Live at the Phoenix Concert Theatre Thursday May 5, 2022

Third time seeing them.

The Chicks Live at Budweiser Stage, Friday June 24, 2022

Not a fan, as you know.

Billy Joel Live at Comerica Park, Saturday July 9, 2022

One of my least favourite famous musicians.

Wilco Live at Budweiser Stage Thursday August 18, 2022

My first Wilco show in 13 years.

The Mars Volta Live at Massey Hall, Wednesday October 5, 2022

They played “The Hits.” Well, actually, a substantial chunk of their debut album.

The Joe Policastro Trio Live at The Rex October 26, 2022

My first experience of this band.