Earlier this month the NPR podcast All Songs Considered released their annual year in review episode, which made me realize I have been listening to the show for 2 years now. I remember finding their 2005 year in review episode and getting caught up in their opening track: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s “The Skin of My Yellow Country Teeth”. I’ve been listening ever since and its been a great treat to look forward to on Thursday evenings. All Songs Considered does a pretty good job of sampling the latest in contemporary music and had helped me shape and refine my musical tastes. So in honor of two years of good podcasts and great music, here are some of the artists and albums I discovered through the show.
I could have listed many more, but I tried to limit myself to artists or albums I heard for the first time on the show. The exception to that is The Decemberists’ The Crane Wife because I probably would not have bought the album if I hadn’t heard it on All Songs. It’s also worth noting that I downloaded more than half of these albums from eMusic, a DRM-free music download service that’s great for discovering independent artists. I look forward to hearing All Songs’ listetener’s picks for best albums of 2007 this week.