Albums I Discovered Last Year

A happy byproduct of the fracturing of popular culture distribution models due to the prevalence of the internet is that I have come across some great music that has been out for longer than a month. I now have somewhere else to go to find music that does not involve radio station hopping to avoid the adverts or inane DJs, or flicking through the limited video playlist on music TV channels. And no it is not Spotify, which is great for the listener (not that good for the artist as they get very little out of the deal), but the rise of access to really wonderful podcasts from around the world. So thank you to Sound Opinions, a podcast from WBEZ Chicago that either introduced me to or reminded me that I should go and seek out the following:

Raising Sand by Robert Plant and Alison Krause

Writer's Block by Peter Bjorn and John


The Gift by Sons and Daughters

This Is Happening by LCD Soundsystem

Crazy For You by Best Coast