best-of list Archive

Musoscribe’s Best of 2023: New Releases

As I often say, the canard that “there’s no good music today” is just that: 2023 has brought with it some great music. One often needs to look hard to […]

Musoscribe’s Best of 2023: Books

From my perspective, 2023 has been another great year for books about music. It wasn’t easy limiting my selections of the year’s favorites to just four, but these titles all […]

Musoscribe’s Best of 2023: Archival

Reissues, compilations and archival releases are of particular interest here at Musoscribe World HQ. And this year has seen a bumper crop of excellent titles in these categories. Here are […]

Musoscribe’s Best of 2022: Archival/Reissue

Because I tend toward archival material – expanded and/or overlooked reissues, previously unreleased live and studio collections – a good bit of those kind of releases find their way to […]

Musoscribe’s Best of 2022: New Releases

2022 has been another great year for new music. Even with everything else going on, I’ve reviewed nearly 120 new albums this year on Musoscribe. And in compiling my annual […]

Musoscribe’s Best of 2022: Books

2022 has been a stellar year for music-related books. For much of the pandemic era( and a good chunk of this year) it looked as if the well had, if […]

Musoscribe’s Best of 2021: New Releases

Picking my favorite new releases for 2021 has been exceedingly difficult. I have no way of knowing to what degree (if any) the infernal and tragic pandemic had the silver-lining […]

10 Albums That Changed My Life: Emilio “Mimi” Castillo

For more than 50 years, Tower of Power has been bringing its soulful brand of funk to hit records and energetic live shows. In 2018 the nine-man band – plus […]

Musoscribe’s Best of 2020

Happy Last Day of 2020. What a strange, unprecedented, generally awful year. But it certainly had its high points, and music is among them. In a year when it soon […]

(My) Best of the Decade

Like many critics and serious followers of music, from time to time I compile my own “personal bests” lists. Almost exactly a decade ago today – this blog’s been around […]