best-of list Archive

(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 a long time – I wrote an entry called “Musoscribe’s Best of the Naughties.” Looking back at that list, I see albums that today I’d

Musoscribe’s Best of 2019: Interviews

I lost count of how many interviews I conducted in 2019. I think the number is right around 175. I enjoyed ever single one of them, but as is typical, a few will go down among my all-time favorites. Here’s a quick roundup of ten of those, with links to the full features (and often

Musoscribe’s Best of 2019: Concerts

I attended slightly fewer concerts in 2019 than in previous years. But quality more than offset quantity. Below are brief recaps of my favorites, with links to further reading. (all photos ©  Bill Kopp and/or Audrey Hermon Kopp) Lake Street Dive – Jan 8, The Orange Peel I take special interest in artists whose work

Musoscribe’s Best of 2019: New Music

Today’s Christmas. Whether you observe the religious traditions of the holiday or not, Quit reading this and go spend time with loved ones! Okay, before you go, a very brief post. There were some great albums released this year as well. Some of my favorites include: Watermelon Slim – Church of the Blues Luther Russell

Musoscribe’s Best of 2019: Books

I’ve read ten music-related books this year (one of those, Billy Vera’s Rip it Up: The Specialty Records Story I’m still reading and will review soon). I enjoyed all of them to varying degrees, but a few stood out. If you’re thinking of a belated Christmas gift for someone – or just a good read

Musoscribe’s Best of 2018

Even having shifted my focus these last few years toward interviews and feature writing, I still manage to listen to and review quite a few albums. In one form or another, I covered some 170 albums of new music in 2018. It’s no surprise that a few have risen to the top, deemed worthy of

The Top 10 Syd Barrett Songs, Part Two

Continued from Part One… “In the Beechwoods” studio track recorded late 1967, produced by Norman Smith Quite possibly the Great Lost Syd Barrett/Pink Floyd track, the existence of “In the Beechwoods” was confirmed around 2001, when persons unknown leaked a cassette dub of the instrumental track to an online fan group. That version suffered from

The Top 10 Syd Barrett Songs, Part One

When viewed against the backdrop of the influence he would exert upon popular music, Syd Barrett’s recorded body of work is remarkably small. The earliest studio session of which he was a part took place in very late 1964, when his band was still called The Tea Set. Those sessions would be followed up in

2017’s Top Ten You Might Not Have Heard/Heard Of

My brow furrows a bit when I read “Best of” lists published in November or early December; are December releases set aside for consideration in the following year? Or are they ignored? A look at albums released in the last month of 1967, for example, includes Jimi Hendrix’s Axis: Bold as Love, Traffic’s Mr. Fantasy,

A Look Back at 2017

2017 has been a busy year for me. Between May and September my focus was primarily on writing Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon. That book – published by Rowman & Littlefield – will be out in less than seven weeks. But I still managed to conduct nearly