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An occasional blog about populist politics and popular music, not necessarily at the same time.
Underground beats, so understated you're never quite sure what's up."Kimberly-Clark, maker of paper products like Kleenex, Viva paper towels, Cottonelle bathroom tissue and Huggies diapers, announced earlier this month it would use its tax cut windfall to pay the costs of closing 10 factories and dumping as many as 5,500 workers." I also want to link to a piece by Dean Baker, which provides a bit of plausible corrective to expectations of financial collapse under Trump (like yesterday's link to Nomi Prins): It Actually Doesn't Feel at All Like 2006: Refusing to Learn the Lesson of the Housing Bubble.I've come to similar conclusions based on a few less informed hunches: we're beginning to see a small housing bubble, but I doubt anything comparable to 2006 is possible now -- partly because banks are a bit better regulated (although Republicans hope to change that), but more importantly because I can't see that ordinary Americans will again be willing (or, perhaps more important, able) to take on the extraordinary debt they did in the run up to 2008.As I do every year, I just copied off my working Year 2017 list to keep a frozen copy (the former list will continue to collect 2017 releases for another year).My 2017 list currently includes 1037 new albums, by grade: A: 0; A-: 139; ***: 167; **: 290; *: 275; B: 117; B-: 39; C : 7; C: 2; C-: 0; D : 1, ungraded: 8. This is actually up a bit from 2016 (1074) and 2015 (1110, but down from the last few years, like 2014 (1166).Maybe one of the reasons I haven't found as much good non-jazz this year as usual is that I've spent too much time listening to stuff other people seem to like.
Most of these are short notes/reviews based on streaming records from Napster (formerly Rhapsody; other sources are noted in brackets).
More evidence: looking at my 2017 EOY lists for Jazz and Non-Jazz, the A-list split between Jazz/Non-Jazz is 81/56.
In most years the Jazz/Non-Jazz split is relatively even (e.g., 81/83 in 2015, although they diverged a bit more in 2016: 75/67).
It also includes 97 old music albums, by grade: A: 1; A-: 20; ***: 25; **: 21; *: 18; B: 8; B-: 2; C : 1. The main source for my list suggestions is my EOY Aggregate, which currently lists 2615 records from 281 lists.
This is down quite a bit from 2016, which probably has something to do with my own shorter-than-usual non-jazz A-list.
Aside from some random statistical noise, I assume these changes are mine and not the world's.