Eli's 2021 Record Weekly Diary

This is a list to record all the new records I listened throughout the year, on a weekly basis. This definitely would require dedication and consistency (both I do not have), but ayehu, let's see how this goes.

This list would include both new releases and past releases, just a general summary of what I listened throughout the week, and what I think is the best of the bunch. The record that's on the cover of the week is my favorite record I discovered during the week.

Most importantly, a huge thank you to @Toasterqueen12 for letting me use her list's idea. If you for some reason still haven't checked her list out yet, here's a link: https://www.albumoftheyear.org/user/toasterqueen12/list/11638/2020-album-diary/

吴兆基 (Wu Zhaoji) - 吳門琴韻 (Wumen Qin Music)
83
Week 1 (1/1/2021 - 7/1/2021)

General summary: The first week of 2021. Got a few recommendations here and there, discovered a few by myself, and overall, pretty good! Exams are coming within a week, so I've listened to a lot of instrumentation records to keep focused. I'm stressed as all hell.

Happiness-o-meter: Slight 3

Total records listened: 27 (3.9 per day)
(1989) [Traditional Chinese] 吴兆基 (Wu Zhaoji) - 吳門琴韻 (Wumen Qin Music): 83
(1967) [Psychedelic rock] The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced: 82
(2007) [Modern classical] Kaishiwa Daisuke - program music I: 80
(2011) [Jazz] Koichi Sugii - Japanese Jazz & Salon Music, Vol. 1: 1936-1941: 79
(1980) [Citypop] Miki Matsubara - Pocket Park: 78
(2000) [Turntablism] Amon Tobin - Supermodified: 76
(2013) [Future Funk] Saint Pepsi - Hit Vibes: 75
(2019) [Jazz pop] Ana Frango Eletrico - Little Electric Chicken Heart: 75
(1982) [Citypop] Makoto Matsushita - FIRST LIGHT: 74
(1953) [Piano jazz] Toshiko Akiyoshi - Toshiko's Piano: 73
(1978) [Citypop] Tatsuro Yamashita - Pacific: 69
(2016) [Singer-songwriter] Cass McCombs - Mangy Love: 68
(1961) [Jazz] Hideo Shiraki - In Fiesta: 65
(1977) [Disco] Bee Gees - Saturday Night Fever: 56
(2019) [Pop] Adoy - Vivid: 55
(2006) [Pop rock] John Mayer - Continuum : 50
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2021 Records:
[Art pop] Another Sky - Music For Winter Vol. I: 71
[Cloud rap] Fax Gang - AETHERNET: 69
[UK hip-hop] Sainte - Local MVP: 68
[Alternative Rock] In The Pines - Slow Blink: 68
[Folk] Graeme James - The Weight of Many Winters: 67
[Ambient] Katia Krow - i've called off the search i know exactly where you are - 64
[Latin pop] Anavitória - COR: 56
[Jazz] Louie Zong - pigeon! - 56
[Abstract hip-hop] R.A.P. Ferreira - bob's son: 54
[Instrumental hip-hop] Sun Thru Trees - One Won Now: 52
[Synthpop] Ängie - Heartburn: 30

Average rating of the batch: 66/100 (Pretty nice.)
Tatsuro Yamashita - Ride On Time
88
Week 2 (8/1/2021 - 14/1/2021)

General summary: Fucked up 2 subjects in the exams and it got postponed. Oh well. Right, about music. Due to severe stress, I've strayed much further from listening to music this week, but there's this absolute jam called Ride On Time which made my week less worse.

Happiness-o-meter: Decent 5

Total records listened: 13 (1.9 per day)
(1980) [Citypop] Tatsuro Yamashita - Ride On Time: 88
(1970) [Canterbury Scene] Soft Machine - Third: 83
(1988) [Post-rock] Talk Talk - Spirit of Eden: 80
(1975) [Prog rock] Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here: 78
(1978) [Citypop] Makoto Matsuhita - First Light: 74
(2018) [Wonky] river water analysis group - 5-29-16 Mycosocial: 70
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2021 Records:
[Instrumental hip-hop] si!va - fo-li: 71
[Post-punk] LICE - Wasteland: What Ails Our People Is Clear: 65
[Midwest Emo] Hospital Bracelet - South Loop Summer: 62
[K-pop] (G)I-DLE - I burn: 55
[Drum & Bass] The Bread Scientists - Amidst Radiances: 54
[Post-punk] Viagra Boys - Welfare Jazz: 47
[Neo-soul] Jazmine Sullivan - Heaux Tales: 43

Average rating of the batch: 67/100 (Really nice!)
Caravan - In the Land of Grey and Pink
84
Week 3 (15/1/2021 - 21/1/2021)

General summary: "Ain't it funny how it happens" - Danny Brown
Anyways, I should be taking a short break due to exams. Yeah, it got rescheduled and it's coming up 4 days later. FUN!
Happiness-o-meter: Light 2

Total records listened: 28 (4 per day)
(1971) [Canterbury Scene] Caravan - In the Land of Grey and Pink: 84
(1994) [Modern classical] Arditti String Quartet / Dawn Upshaw - Arnold Schoenberg 2: Streichquartette I-IV: 83
(2004) [Modern classical] Emerson String Quartet - Shostakovich: The String Quartets: 80
(1967) [Symphonic prog] The Moody Blues - Days Of Future Passed: 80
(1972) [MPB] Novos Baianos - Acabou Chorare: 80
(1971) [MPB] Chico Buraque - Construcao: 76
(1965) [Bossa Nova] Astrud Gilberto - The Astrud Gilberto Album: 74
(2016) [Psychedelic rock] Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - High Visceral, Pt. 1: 70
(1972) [Progressive rock] Yes - Close to the Edge: 68
(2018) [Jazz-rap] Sen Morimoto - Cannonball!: 67
(2013) [Ambient] Nils Frahm - Spaces: 67
(1984) [Minimalism] Arvo Part - Tabula Rasa: 75
(1973) [MPB] Edu Lobo - Missa Breve: 66
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2021 Records:
[Baroque] Evgeni Koroliov - Partitas Part 1: BWV 825, 826, 830: 78
[Post-punk] shame - Drunk Tank Pink: 74
[R&B] BAEKHYUN - Baekhyun: 73
[Psych folk] Tasos Halkias - Divine Reeds: 70
[Soft rock] Pearl Charles - Magic Mirror: 69
[Hip-Hop] Kota the Friend - Lyrics to GO Vol. 2: 67
[Jazz pop] Fievel Is Glauque - God's Trashmen Sent to Right the Mess: 66
[Hip-hop] Nyck Caution - Anywhere But Here: 65
[Pop rap] Ashnikko - DEMIDEVIL: 65
[J-Pop] Hiroki Moriuchi - Sing;est: 64
[Doom metal] Gatecreeper - An Unexpected Reality: 60
[Baroque pop] Daniel Knox - Won't You Take Me With You: 52
[K-Pop] Epik High - Epik High Is Here (Part 1): 50
[Pop] ZAYN - Nobody Is Listening: 50

Average rating of the batch: 62.7 (Nice)
John Coltrane - Giant Steps
85
Week 4 (22/1/2021 - 28/1/2021)

General summary: In a constant rush to study. Not much else to say because I'm trying to use every bit of my time to revise. This week ain't too good for my mental health, but pretty good for music. Ya like jazz? *laughter rumbles*
Happiness-o-meter: Strong 4

Total records listened: 23 (3.3 per day)
(1960) [Hard bop] John Coltrane - Giant Steps: 85
(1961) [Jazz] John Coltrane - Africa/Brass: 82
(1967) [Bossa nova] Antonio Carlos Jobim - Wave: 80
(1974) [Jazz-rock] Pekka Pohjola - Harakka Bialoipokku: 80
(1974) [Jazz] Charles Mingus - Changes One: 79
(1998) [Jazz] Fascinating Rhythm - The Broadway Gershwin 1919-1933: 78
(1975) [Jazz] Charles Mingus - Changes Two: 77
(1962) [Modal jazz] Bill Evans & Jim Hall: Undercurrent: 76
(1957) [Jazz] Miles Davis - 'Round About Midnight: 76
(1971) [Jazz fusion] Miles Davis - A Tribute to Jack Johnson: 76
(1961) [Jazz] John Coltrane - My Favorite Things: 75
(1981) [Jazz] Bill Evans - You Must Believe In Spring: 75
(1970) [Bossa nova] Antonio Carlos Jobim - Stone Flower: 74
(1958) [Hard bop] Miles Davis - Milestones: 71
(2019) [Psychedelic rock] King Gizzard - Fishing for Fishies: 71
(1963) [Jazz] Duke Ellington & John Coltrane - Duke Ellington & John Coltrane: 70
(1959) [Jazz] The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Out: 67
(1977) [Art rock] Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel: 66
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2021 Records:
[Hip-hop] Doctor Destruction - Planetory Destruction: 78
[Alt. R&B] Lexie Liu - 上线了 GONE GOLD: 72
[Chiptune] Subpixel Rendering - #828f8f: 67
[Downtempo] Yu Su - Yellow River Blue: 63
[Lofi hip-hop] Morriarchi - Geography of Peace: 59

Average rating of the batch: 73.8 (Good!)
Charles Mingus - Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus
77
Week 5 (29/1/2021 - 4/2/2021)

General summary: I epically bombed my exams with swagger fashion, but music-wise, it's been all hits no misses.
Happiness-o-meter: Light 4

Total records listened: 21 (3 per day)
(1963) [Post-bop] Charles Mingus - Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus Mingus: 82
(1969) [Pop rock] The Beatles - Abbey Road: 81
(1969) [Prog rock] King Crimson - In The Court of the Crimson King: 80
(1960) [Hard bop] Charles Mingus - Blues and Roots: 80
(1968) [Jazz] Thelonious Monk - Palo Alto: 79
(1958) [Hard bop] Miles Davis Quintet - Relaxin': 78
(1962) [Post-bop] Duke Ellington/Charles Mingus/Max Roach - Money Jungle: 78
(1962) [Post bop] Herbie Hancock - Takin' Off: 77
(1957) [Hard bop] Miles Davis Quintet - Cookin': 76
(1959) [Hard bop] Miles Davis Quintet - Workin': 75
(1961) [Jazz] The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Time Further Out: 74
(2001) [Ambient techno] Jan Jelinek - Loop-finding-jazz-records: 72
(2018) [Hip-Hop] Vince Staples - FM!: 71
(1977) [Prog rock] Happy the Man - Happy the Man: 67
(2018) [Singer-songwriter] Lucy Dacus - Historian: 67
(2003) [Electronic] M83 - Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts: 65
(1963) [Merseybeat] The Beatles - Please Please Me: 64


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2021 Records:
[Bedroom pop] Arlo Parks - Collapsed In Sunbeams: 72
[Indie-rock] Nature of Things: 72
[Instrumental hip-hop] Madlib - Sound Ancestors: 68
[K-Pop] Colde - Idealism: 63

Average rating of the batch: 73.4 (Good)
Deca Joins - Go Slow
80
Week 6 (5/2/2021 - 11/2/2021)

General summary: I finally finished my exams, which turned me into a procrastinating master. Didn't hear much music this week.
Happiness-o-meter: Slight 6

Total records listened: 5 (0.7 per day)
(2018) [Indie rock] Deca Joins - Go Slow: 78
(2012) [Industrial hip-hop] Death Grips - The Money Store: 78
(2019) [Pop rock] Jonas Brothers - Happiness Begins: 27

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2021 Records:
[Experimental rock] Black Country, New Road - For the first time: 68
[Psychedelic rock] Psychedelic Porn Crumpets - SHYGA! The Sunlight Mound: 68

Average rating of the batch: 63.8 (Nice)
Charles Mingus - The Clown
81
Week 7 (12/2/2021 - 18/2/2021)

General summary: In a complete state of procrastination, music became pretty prominent in this week. Nothing much happened this week, which is better than a lot of things happening.
Happiness-o-meter: Strong 7

Total records listened: 17 (2.4 per day)
(1957) [Post-bop] Charles Mingus - The Clown: 81
(1978) [Bossa nova] Herb Ellis & Remo Palmier - Windflower: 80
(2009) [Mongolian Traditional Music] HAYA 樂團 - 寂靜的天空 (Silent Sky): 80
(1960) [Post-bop] Charles Mingus - Mingus Dynasty: 80
(2003) [Art rock] Ween - Quebec: 80
(2008) [Neofolk] Bai Shui - Time: 80
(1965) [Vocal jazz] Nina Simeone - Pastel Blues: 77
(1973) [Progressive rock] Pink Floyd - The Dark Side of the Moon: 76
(2015) [Chamber folk] Cheng Bi - I want to waste time with you: 74
(1974) [Jazz] Duke Jordan - Flight To Denmark: 70
(2013) [Future Garage] Mount Kimbie - Cold Spring Fault Less Worth: 66
(1980) [Jazz] Chet Baker Quartet - No Problem: 63

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2021 Records:
[Dream pop] Piana - raula: 67
[K-Pop} Chung Ha - Querencia: 65
[K-Pop] NCT 127 - LOVEHOLIC: 63
[UK hip-hop] slowthai - TYRON: 58
[Severely defies the purpose of music] Rita Ora & Imanbek - Bang: 27

Average rating of the batch: 69.8 (Pretty nice)
Trio Pasquier - Quatuor pour la fin du temps
85
Week 8 (19/2/2021 - 25/2/2021)

General summary: Nothing big much this week, the usual school, procrastination, all that jazz, or rock should I say?
Happiness-o-meter: Decent 7

Total records listened: 28 (4 per day)
(1957) [Modern classical/Masterpiece] Trio Pasquier - Quatuor pour la fin du temps: 90
(1969) [Jazz fusion] Frank Zappa - Hot Rats: 85
(1982) [City pop] Tatsuro Yamashita - For You: 83
(1981) [Pop rock] Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record: 81
(1963) [Romanticism] Berliner Philharmoniker/Herbert von Karajan - Symphony No. 9: 80
(1958) [Modern classical] New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein - Le sacre du printemps: 80
(1975) [Prog rock] Mike Oldfield - Ommadawn: 80
(1993) [Sokyoku] Koto Ensemble Of The Ikuta School - Japanese Koto Orchestra: 80
(1971) [Avant-garde jazz] Alice Coltrane - Journey in Satchidananda: 79
(1977) [Pop rock] Electric Light Orchestra - Out of the Blue: 78
(1993) [New Age] Takashi Kokubo - Oasis of the Wind II: 78
(1966) [MPB] Walter Wanderley - Rain Forest: 78
(1993) [New Age] Takashi Kokubo - 虹を見た日: 77
(2018) [Jazz fusion] Stagg - SWF Session 1974: 76
(1974) [Jazz-rock] Exmagma - Goldball: 76
(1965) [Pop rock] The Beatles - Rubber Soul: 75
(1959) [Sōkyoku] Kimio Eto - Koto Music: 75
(2020) [J-pop] Fujii Kaze - HELP EVER HURT NEVER: 74
(1965) [Pop rock] The Beatles - Help!: 71
(2019) [Psych pop] Crumb - Jinx: 71
(1977) [Prog rock] Styx - The Grand Illusion: 70
(2015) [K-Pop] SHINee - Odd: 68
(1966) [Psych pop] The Beatles - Revolver: 67
(1968) [Noise rock] The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat: 64

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2021 Records:
[K-Pop] SHINee - Don't Call Me: 71
[Space ambient] Pauline Anna Strom - Angel Tears in Sunlight: 70
[Indie folk] Cassandra Jenkins - An Overview On Phenomenal Nature: 68
[Indie rock] Carame/ - No Please: 64

Average rating of the batch: 75.3 (Pretty damn good)
Satin Whale - Desert Places
86
Week 9 (26/2/2021 - 4/3/2021)

General summary: School's back so I heard fewer records this week. This is one of those forgettable weeks that I just can't really recall anything special.
Happiness-o-meter: Decent 6

Total records listened: 13 (1.9 per week)
(1974) [Prog rock] Satin Whale - Desert Places: 86
(1997) [Film score] Joe Hisaishi - Princess Mononoke: 83
(1967) [Blues rock] Jimi Hendrix Experience - Axis: Bold As Love: 82
(1965) [Romanticism] Frederic Chopin, Arthur Rubinstein: 82
(1968) [Hard rock] Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland: 79
(2019) [Free improvisation] 非/密閉空間 - Flow, Gesture and Spaces: 78
(1984) [Romanticism] Pascal Roge - Satie: 3 Gymnopedies & Other Piano Works: 75
(1994) [Techno] Underworld - Dubnobasswithmyheadman: 68
(1993) [New Age] Shigeru Nagata - Umi ga kikoeru/Ocean Waves: 65
(1967) [Psychedelic rock] The Doors - The Doors: 55
(2017) [Bedroom pop] Jakob Ogawa - Bedroom Tapes: 53
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2021 Records:
[Heavy psych] King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard - L.W.: 76
[Art pop] Otay:onii - Ming Ming: 75
Average rating of the batch: 73.6 (Good)
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
83
Week 10 (5/3/2021 - 11/3/2021)

General summary: Tenth week of doing this. Again, nothing much, but I'm starting to think the lockdown has caused me to lose my memories on a consistent basis. Seriously, there must be something that I've done over the week but I have no idea or memories of. Aside from a couple of headaches, this week's been a blur.
Happiness-o-meter: Decent 5

Total records listened: 18 (2.6 per day)
(1970) [Heavy metal] Black Sabbath - Paranoid: 83
(1984) [Romanticism] Maurizio Pollini: 82
(2004) [Zeuhl] Magma - K.A: 81
(1972) [Prog rock] Nektar - A Tab in the Ocean: 81
(1973) [Prog rock] Nektar - Remember the Future: 80
(1967) [Classical] New yorker Philharmoniker/ Leonard Bernstein - Eroica: 80
(1970) [Prog rock] King Crimson - In the Wake of Poseidon: 75
(1973) [Zeuhl] Magma - Mëkanïk Dëstruktïẁ Kömmandöh: 74
(1978) [Jazz fusion] Auracle - Glider: 73
(1972) [Jazz funk] Donald Byrd: Ethiopian Knights: 72
(1969) [Jazz fusion] Miles Davis - In a Silent Way: 70
(2008) [Free folk] Lau Nau - Nukkuu: 68
(1976) [Jazz fusion] Lockwood - Jazz-Rock: 68
(2016) [Alt. R&B] Frank Ocean - Endless: 67
(2020) [Psychedelic rock] Khruangbin - Mordechai: 62
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2021 Records:
[Psybient] Shpongle - Carnival of Peculiarities: 71
[Neo-soul] Genesis Owusu - Smiling With No Teeth: 56
[Pop] Zara Larsson - Poster Girl: 52

Average rating of the batch: 71.9 (Good)
Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney - Ram
80
Week 11 (12/3/2021 - 18/3/2021)

General summary: Yeah yet again, nothing much happened this week. Really uninspiring, was hoping to get going with some revision but procrastination yet again took the W away from me.
Happiness-o-meter: Decent 4

Total records listened: 10 (1.4 per day)
(1971) [Pop rock] Paul McCartney & Linda McCartney: 80
(1971) [Prog rock] Gentle Giant - Acquiring the Taste: 80
(2012) [Ambient] Grouper - A I A: Alien Observer: 78
(2020) [Spiritual jazz] Dezron Douglas & Brandee Younger: 75
(1974) [Prog rock] Gentle Giant - The Power and the Glory: 75
(2016) [Math rock] Elephant Gym - Work: 66
(1970) [Pop rock] Paul McCartney - McCartney: 62
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2021 Records:
[Art punk] Do Nothing - Glueland: 74
[Jazz fusion] Pino Palladino & Blake Mills: Notes With Attachments: 67
[Latin pop] Selena Gomez - Revelacion: 33
Average rating of the batch: 62.3 (Nice)
George Harrison - All Things Must Pass
82
Week 12 (19/3/2021 - 25/3/2021)

General summary: I got back my exam results and let's just say, it wasn't ideal. All things must pass I guess.
Happiness-o-meter: Low 3

Total records listened: 7 (1 per day)
(1970) [Rock] George Harrison - All Things Must Pass: 82
(1967) [Psyche pop] The Beatles - Magical Mystery Tour: 79
(2017) [Lo-fi] Joji - Chloe Burbank Volume 1: 70
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2021 Records:
[K-Pop] IU - LILAC: 80
[Chamber jazz] Bell Orchestre - House Music: 72
[Hardcore punk] SLANT - 1집: 65
[Pop] Justin Bieber - Justice: 41

Average rating of the batch: 69.9 (Nice nice)
Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders & The London Symphony Orchestra - Promises
83
Week 13 (26/3/2021 - 1/4/2021)

Happiness-o-meter: Decent 4

Total records listened: 11 (1.6 per day)
(1991) [Post-rock] Slint - Spiderland: 81
(1960) [Modern classical] London Symphony Orchestra/Antal Dorati: The Firebird (Complete Ballet): 80
(1997) [Art pop] Stereolab - Dots and Loops: 78
(1972) [Latin rock] Santana - Caravanserai: 76
(2013) [Art rock] 二手玫瑰 - 一枝独秀: 70
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2021 Records:
[Ambient] Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, London Symphony Orchestra - Promises: 83
[K-Pop] Baekhyun - Bambi: 74
[Neo-soul] Jon Batiste - WE ARE: 72
[K-Pop] KIMSEJEONG - I'm: 67
[Hip-hop] Quadeca - From Me To You: 66
[R&B] Gallant - Neptune: 65
Average rating of the batch: 73.8 (Good)
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1mo
very detailed and stellar list, gravely dissapointed, 100/100
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