Friday, April 08, 2022

The Movies, Books, Theater, Concerts, CDs I've Seen/Read/Heard So Far In 2022

Updated as of  June 25, 2022 


KEY: star rating is on the four star scale
          meaning of "/" or "\"
          *** is three stars out of four
          ***/ is three stars leaning towards  3 1/2
          ***\ is three stars leaning towards 2 1/2


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(Increasingly, I am sampling books, reading 10%, 20% even 40 or 50% before deciding to move on. The books below are only the ones I've read completely. That also explains what looks like generous grading -- more and more, if I sense a book is not going to be among my favorites, I stop reading. Too many books; too little time!)


1. A Great Deliverance (Inspector Lynley #1) by Elizabeth George 
2. The Method: How The Twentieth Century Learned To Act by Isaac Butler *** 1/2 
3. The Tiger In The Smoke  by Margery Allingham *** 1/2 
4. I Was Better Last Night by Harvey Fierstein *** 
5. The Monkey's Raincoat by Robert Crais *** 
6. Happy-Go-Lucky by David Sedaris *** 
7. Still Alright by Kenny Loggins 
8. The Covenant by James Michener *** 1/2 
9. The Johnstown Flood by David McCullough (read by Edward Herrmann) *** 1/2 /
10. The Steam Pig by James McClure *** 1/2 
11. Lud-In-The-Mist by Hope Mirrlees *** 1/2 
12. Them by Joyce Carol Oates *** 
13. Black Water by Joyce Carol Oates *** 
14. Blonde by Joyce Carol Oates 
15. Babysitter by Joyce Carol Oates 
16. 



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1. Cat Stevens -- Harold & Maude soundtrack ** 1/2 
2. The Cactus Blossoms -- One Day ** 1/2 
3. Judy Garland -- The Letter (1959) * 
4. Elvis Costello -- The Boy Named If ***/ 
5. Studio Electrophonique -- Happier Things ** 
6. Punch Brothers -- Hell On Church Street ** 1/2 
7. Frank Turner -- FTHC *** 
8. Fleetwood Mac -- Rumours *** 1/2 
9. Del McCoury Band -- Almost Proud ** 1/2 
10. Natalie Cole -- Unforgettable...With Love ** 1/2 
11. Aoife Donovan -- Age of Apathy ** 1/2 
12. Judy Collins -- Spellbound ***/ 
13. Keb Mo -- Good To Be... ** 
14. Spoon -- Lucifer On The Sofa ** 
15. North Mississippi Allstars -- Set Sail ** 
16. Dhruv -- Rapunzel ** 1/2 
17. Janis Ian -- The Light At The End Of The Line ** 
18. Various Artists -- Ocean Child: The Songs Of Yoko Ono *** 
19. Bastille -- Give Me The Future ** 1/2 
20. Various Artists -- The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Season Four soundtrack ***  
21. Irma Thomas -- Wish Someone Would Care (1964) *** 1/2 
22. John Mellencamp -- Strictly A One-Eyed Jack ** 1/2 
23. Toots and the Maytals -- Sweet and Dandy (1969) *** 
24. Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg -- Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg ** 
25. Gal Costa -- Gal aka Cinema Olympia (1969) *** 
26. Don McLean -- Christmastime! The Complete Collection * 
27. Phil Ochs -- I Ain't Marching Anymore * 1/2 
28. Dolly Parton -- Run, Rose Run ** 
29. Pentangle -- The Pentangle (1968) *** 
30. Judy Garland -- Miss Show Business (1955) ** 1/2 
31. John Luther Adams -- Become River (2020) *** 1/2 
32. Bryan Adams -- So Happy It Hurts ** 1/2 
33. Gilberto Gil -- Gilberto Gil (1971) ***/ 
34. Michael Feinstein -- Gershwin Country ** 
35. Milton Nascimento -- Courage ** 1/2 
36. John Luther Adams -- Lines Made By Walking (2020) *** 
37. Dave Van Ronk -- Folksinger (1962) ** 
38. Françoise Hardy -- Comment te dire adieu *** 
39. Cecile McLorlin Salvant -- Ghost Song ***/ 
40. The Monks -- Black Monk Time (1966) *** 
41. Koobas -- The Koobas (1969) *** 
42. Novos Baianos -- Acabou Chorare (1972) **** 
43. Micky Dolenz -- Dolenz Sings Nesmith EP (2022) *** 
44. Eddie Harris -- The In Sound (1965) *** 1/2 
45. John Moreland -- LP5 (2020) *** 
46. Joan Jett -- Changeup ** 1/2 
47. Patty Waters -- Sings (2009) ** 1/2 
48. Michael Buble -- Higher ** 
49. Kenny Loggins -- Leap of Faith (1991) ***/ 
50. Utopia/Todd Rundgren -- Oops! Wrong Planet (1977) *** 1/2 
51. Utopia/Todd Rundgren -- Adventures in Utopia (1980) ***/ 
52. Daniela Cotton -- Good Day ** 1/2 
53. Loggins & Messina -- Sittin' In aka Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin' In (1972) *** 
54. Colin Hay -- Now And The Evermore *** 1/2 
55. Kenny Loggins -- Return To Pooh Corner (1994) **
56. Loggins & Messsina -- Loggins & Messina (1972) *** 
57. Kenny Loggins -- December (1998) ** 1/2 
58. Kenny Loggins -- More Songs From Pooh Corner (2000) ** 1/2 
59. Loggins & Messsina -- Full Sail (1973) ** 
60. Poco -- Pickin' Up The Pieces (1969) *** 
61. Little Freddie King -- Goin' Upstairs *** 
62. Jon Cleary -- So Swell *** 
63. Barbra Streisand -- Release Me 2 * 
64. Melody Gardot -- Sunset In The Blue ** 1/2 
74. Karen Dalton -- In My Own Time ** 1/2 
75. Lady Blackbird -- Black Acid Soul *** 1/2 
76. Sonny Red -- Out Of The Blue (1960) *** 1/2 
77. Margo Timmins -- The Ty Tyrfu Sessions (2021) *** 1/2 
78. Kenny Loggins -- Keep The Fire (1979) ** 1/2 
79. Kenny Loggins -- Nightwatch (1978) ***
80. Kenny Loggins -- High Adventure (1982) ***
81. Kenny Loggins -- Vox Humana (1983) * 
82. Loggins & Messina -- On Stage (1974) ***
83. Charles Mingus -- Mingus Three (1957) ** 1/2 
84. Horace Andy -- Midnight Rocker *** 
85. Jason Aldean -- Georgia ***\ 
86. Kiki Dee -- The Long Ride Home ** 
87. Joshua Hadley -- Neon Blue ** 1/2 
88. Miles Davis -- In A Silent Way (1969) **** 
89. Taj Mahal and Ry Cooder -- Get On Board ***\ 
90. Brad Mehldau -- Jacob's Ladder ** 1/2 
91. Maren Morris -- Humble Quest ***/ 
92. Chanticleer -- Chanticleer Sings Christmas (2020) *** 
93. The Saints -- (I'm) Stranded (1977) *** 1/2 
94. Daryl Hall -- Before After *** 
95. Rumer -- B Sides & Rarities Vol. 2 *** 
96. Judy Garland -- That's Entertainment! (1960) ** 
97. George Winston -- Night ** 
98. Willie Nelson -- A Beautiful Time *** 
99. Miranda Lambert -- Palomino ***/ 
100. Grant Green -- Idle Moments (1965) **** 
101. John Luther Adams -- Arctic Dreams (2021) ** 1//2 
102. Wet Leg -- Wet Leg *** 1/2 
103. Tord Gustavsen Trio -- Opening ** 1/2 
104. Trombone Shorty -- Lifted ** 1/2 
105. Midlake -- For The Sake Of Bethel Woods *** 
106. Lyle Lovett -- 12th Of June ** 1/2 
107. Brennen Leigh w Asleep At The Wheel -- Obsessed With The West ** 
108. Kevin Morby -- This Is A Photograph ** / 
109. The Waterboys -- All Souls Hill *** 
110. Big Thief -- Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe In You ** 
111. The Beach Boys -- Pet Sounds **** 
112. John Scofield -- John Scofield ** 
113. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever -- Endless Rooms ** 
114. Altameda -- Born Losers *** 1/2 
115. Ella Fitzgerald -- Easy Living (w Joe Pass) (1986) *** 1/2 
116. Eslabón Armado -- Nostalgia *** 1/2 
117. Irma Thomas -- Take A Look (1966) **** 
118. Irma Thomas -- In Between Tears (1973) *** 1/2 
119. Harry Styles -- Harry's House *** 1/2 
120. The Lickerish Quartet -- Threesome (3 eps over two years) *** 1/2 
121. Melody Gardot -- Entre eux deux (w Philippe Powell) ** 1/2 
122. Mavis Staples -- Carry Me Home (live album w Levon Helm) *** 
123. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band -- Dirt Does Dylan ** 1/2 
124. Binker & Moses -- Feeding The Machine *** 1/2 
125. Son House -- Forever On My Mind ** 1/2 
126. Freddie Hubbard -- Ready For Freddie (1961) *** 1/2 
127. Ray Wylie Hubbard -- Co-Starring Too ** 
128. Various Artists -- A New Orleans Christmas (1997) ** 1/2 
129. Oumou Sangaré -- Timbuktu ***/ 
130. Alec Benjamin -- (Un)Commentary ***/ 
131. Steve Earle -- Jerry Jeff *** 
132. Wilco -- Cruel Country ** 1/2 
133. Terry Riley -- In "C" (1968) **** 
134. Kenny Loggins -- The Essential Kenny Loggins (2002) *** 1/2 
135. Kenny Loggins -- Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow (1997) *** 1/2 
136. Erroll Garner -- Concert By The Sea (1955) *** 1/2 
137. Rosalía -- Motomami ** 1/2 
138. Arcade Fire -- We *** 
139. Frank Sinatra -- Watertown (1970) ** 
140. Chic -- Real People (1980) ** 
141. Tomberlin -- I Don't Know Who Needs To Hear This **/ 
142. Judy Garland -- Alone (1957) **** 
143. Charlie XCX -- Crash ** 1/2 
144. Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers with Thelonius Monk (1958) *** 1/2 
145. The Wild Tchoupitoulas -- The Wild Tchoupitoulas (1976) *** 
146. Let's Eat Grandma -- Two Ribbons ** 
147. Randall King -- Shot Glass ** 
148. Irma Thomas -- The Story Of My Life (1997) ** 
149. Mary Gauthier -- Dark Enough To See The Stars ** 1/2 
150. The Linda Lindas -- Growing Up ** 
151. Carrie Underwood -- Denim and Rhinestones * 1/2 
152. Kate Bush -- 50 Words For Snow ***/ 
153. Elvis Presley -- His Hand In Mine (1960) **** 
154. Rufus Wainwright -- Rufus Does Judy At Capitol ** 
155. Odetta -- Odetta Sings Dylan (1965) ** 1/2 
156. Elvis Costello -- The Resurrection of Rust (w Rusty) ***/ 
157. Amber Mark -- Three Dimensions Deep ***\ 
158. The Everly Brothers -- Hey Doll Baby (WB compilation) ***/ 
159. Paul Winter Consort -- Concert in The Park ** 
160. Lucky Daye -- Candydrip ** 1/2 
161. Ibibio Sound Machine -- Electricity ** 1/2 
162. Elvis Presley -- Peace in The Valley ep (1957) *** 
163. Elvis Presley -- How Great Thou Art (1967) *** 
164. Elvis Presley -- He Touched Me (1972) ** 1/2 
165. Drake -- Honestly, Nevermind *** 
166. Puseletso Seema -- Mofata Seliba No. 3 (2000) ***/ 
167. Angel Olsen -- Big Time ** 1/2 
168. Jack White -- Fear Of The Dawn ** 
169. Irma Thomas -- Live! At New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival 1976 *** (great perf; mic a mile) 
170. Michael McDermott -- St. Paul's Boulevard ** 1/2 
171. Ralfi Pagan -- With Love (Spanish Version) (1972) ** 1/2 
172. Waylon Jennings -- Honky Tonk Heroes (1973) ** 1/2 
173. Bad Bunny -- Un Verano Sin Ti *** 1/2 
174. Regina Spektor -- Home, Before And After ** 1/2 ("What Might Have Been" a keeper) 
175. 


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(Not TV movies, of course, but movies and TV -- and TV movies if it comes to that. Mostly I only list TV shows when I've tackled an entire season at once or reappraising an entire series after it's over This doesn't really capture my ongoing watching of current TV.)


1. Downstairs (1932) ** 
2.  The River (1951) ** 1/2 
3. Jazz Fest: A New Orleans Story ** 1/2 
4. The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? (2020) *** 1/2 
5. Everything Everywhere All At Once *** 1/2 
6. Doctor Strange in The Multiverse Of Madness ** 
7. Petite Maman ***/ 
8. Downton Abbey: A New Era ** 1/2 
9. Pleasure *** 1/2 
10. Top Gun: Maverick ** 
11. Heartstopper S1 *** 
12. Sherlock Jr. (1924) **** 


THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS THEATER CONCERTS
(The names after the shows are the people who joined me at the performance.)


1. Retrospectrum -- Bob Dylan exhibit of artwork at Frost Museum in Miami at FIU *** 


Updated as of June 3, 2022 

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