At this time of the year my music concentration focuses on the releases since January 1. I'll spend the next few weeks listening to nothing but this music, culled from the curated Spotify playlist Radio Hannibal's Albums of 2014.
That list is massive, containing not only new material but live recordings, re-issues, etc. As long as they came out this year and I thought them worthy of inclusion on that list. This was done by reading reviews, hearing a track or two and past performance.
The amount of music that's released these days is simply staggering. Just yesterday a friend told me his wife would love to stream music but just doesn't know how to pick what to listen to as far as new music goes. It's the need for "gatekeepers" in this deluge of music. I told him that's what I do, turn people on to good music.
I have the aforementioned album collection and there's my daily Radio Hannibal session that features a mix of old and new music. I told him she should read my blog and check out the daily playlist. If a new song interests her it's easy to just click on the album itself and play it. She should then begin curating her own playlist of things she enjoys.
Now I've created a short list of albums from 2014 that will contend for my end of the year list, Radio Hannibal Contenders 2014. It's an inside look as to what I've been digging this year. Of course, the daily playlist reflects that as well.
So check out these linked playlists and make your own list. You can compare it to mine in early December.