Again this year my music buying was mostly online, free tracks from NoiseTrade, Google Play, and Amazon as well as preordering mp3s and CDs from Kickstarter and PledgeMusic.
||If Great Big Sea is no more, we’ll be sad, but Alan solo is still great.
||Charli XCX & Bleachers
||Bleachers released a free album, collaborating with other artists on all the songs off 2014’s Strange Desire. This was one of the best originals.
||In Every Window
||Gary Louris has a new Jayhawks album with a classic lineup coming out next year (and produced by Peter Buck), but he still found time to start another band with Django Haskins (from The Old Ceremony).
||I’m With Her
||Crossing Muddy Waters
||Aoife O’Donovan (from Crooked Still) and Sara Watkins (from Nickel Creek) are joined by Sarah Jarosz. It sounds as good as you can imagine.
||Mark Erelli and the Armerding brothers with a touch of country.
||That Home Far Away
||Their Christmas album was a must buy after one listen, and so was this.
||I Can’t Stop It
||Anthony da Costa has a power trio. ‘Nuff said.
||Great song, production, and harmonies.
||Former 4 Out of 5 Doctors frontman is back.
||The Boat Song (Gondolier)
||The slowest tempo of any song here (I love a pop tempo), but couldn’t get it out of my head.
||Delicate chamber pop, reminded me of Winterpills.
||A Todd Wright discovery and co-write.
||I found them because they mashed up Sam Smith/Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (see this for more info), but it turned out they had good songs too.
||Watkins Family Hour
||Steal Your Heart Away
||Sara Watkins’ second appearance here, this time with her brother (and some killer pedal steel from Greg Leisz) on an amazing Fleetwood Mac cover.
||A nice Mumford/Lumineers vibe.
||The Empty Pockets
||Find Or Fail
||A Facebook ad that worked on me.
||The Sea The Sea
||How Will We Know
||FRFF folks making a joyful noise.
||The Pine Hill Project
||Richard Shindell & Lucy Kaplansky reunite years after Cry, Cry, Cry for a new album with this fine U2 B-side cover. I also liked their cover of “Farewell To Saint Dolores”, but not as much as this one.
||The Boxcar Lilies
||Tight harmonies from these FRFF vets.
||Wasn’t Expecting That
||Ed Sheeran’s first signing to his label for obvious reasons.
||Powerful pop found via Luke Brindley.
||Matt Pond was having issues with his label and manager, so started a new band and released an album better that the other one he put out this year.
||Somebody Call The Doctor
||One Doctor? Three Doctors? Five Doctors? You decide.
||Going Back To Llanfairpwll-gwyngyllgogerych-wyrndrobwllllanty-siliogogogoch
||Eddie From Ohio singer/songwriter back with his first solo album in 10 years.