When my cousin is in town, the visit turns into a music exchange. For the holidays, she flew into Dulles to visit my aunt and uncle for about a week. And we were headed down to their house for Christmas and a fondue feast a few days later. So it was a given that music would be a subject thrown onto the table. Between my immediate family and theirs, this is always a topic that comes about. Both my cousin and I grew up with parents that placed music in the forefront-- music always on the stereo, actually listening to and talking about it rather than being something that is played in the background.
Before we headed down toward DC for our Christmas meal, my cousin requested I bring some music. I felt it fitting to grab the stack of albums that has been sitting on top of our stereo-- the albums that have gotten the most airtime over the last year. And thinking about these albums, it also seems fitting to share some of them with you.
As this year closes, a look back on some of our favorite albums that we've listened to this year (whether they be new or old releases).
The Black Keys - Brothers
Umphrey's McGee - Death by Stereo
Alison Krauss & Union Station - Paper Airplane
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Revelator
J Roddy Walston & the Business - J Roddy Walston & the Business
Foster the People - Torches
And a few worth noting that were also taken from the stack for the music exchange pre-photo op.
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals - Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
The Jayhawks - Mockingbird Time
Ra Ra Riot - The Orchard
Delta Spirit - History from Below
Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers - Levitate
The Bridge - National Bohemian