The trend of the year seems to be "not really keeping up." At least half of my time spent listening to music this year has been listening to albums that put me in mind of the 80s and early 90s for purposes of being the proper headspace for the book I'm writing. That's putting a crimp in my new-to-me purchases, especially those not considered "work" in some way. So, here are the albums I bought in the last three months that I purchased purely for the pleasure of hearing music I haven't heard before. Five albums from 2009, one album from 2008, one from 2003, and three from the 60s or 70s. Though the ratio skews toward new releases, my listening time hasn't really followed. There's some good stuff here—come back a bit later today and I'll write up my favorites of the bunch—but in truth I haven't had a 2009 album really sink its teeth into me since March. Fingers crossed that the year is going to end strong. (Recommendations for new releases I might have missed are welcome in the comments.)
As just mentioned, I'll have a write-up of the best of this bunch later today; tomorrow I'll finish up with the rest; and I'll fill out the week with a couple of mixes of favorite random new-to-me downloads.