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I am not a New Year’s Resolution kind of person.

But in 2022, inspired by the formidable Doretta Lau, I listened to 365 new-to-me albums.


Levellers – Lockdown Sessions
James Rhodes – Fire On All Sides
Altın Gün – Yol
Cindy Wilson – Change
King Sunny Adé – Juju Music
The Dukes of Stratosphear – 25 O’Clock
Thundercat – It Is What It Is
Cyndi Lauper – She’s So Unusual
Juliana Hatfield – Weird
Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert
Toro Y Moi – Causers of This
Freedy Johnston – Rain On The City
Shye Ben Tzur, Jonny Greenwood and the Rajasthan Express – Junun
Gorillaz – Song Machine, Season One
Pantayo – Pantayo
Crowded House – Dreamers Are Waiting
Brooklyn Rider – Healing Modes
Etta Jones – Don’t Go To Strangers
Biig Piig – The Sky Is Bleeding
Mike Doughty – Ghost of Vroom 1
Lord Huron – Strange Trails
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3 – Goodnight Oslo
Tame Impala – The Slow Rush
Paper Kites – Twelvefour
Rowland S. Howard – Teenage Snuff Film
Amythyst Kiah – Wary+Strange
Sean O’Hagan & Jean Pierre Muller – The Musical Paintings
Sinead O’Connor – The Lion and the Cobra
Tortoise – Beacons of Ancestorship
Fionn Regan – Meetings of the Waters
Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins


Goanna – Spirit of Place
Aretha Franklin – Lady Soul
Flying Lotus – 1983
Röyksopp – Melody A.M.
King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Butterfly 3001
Simon & Garfunkel – Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme
Janet Jackson – Rhythm Nation 1814
Junior Boys – So This Is Goodbye
Morcheeba – Blackest Blue
M. Ward – Transfiguration of Vincent
Mild Orange – Foreplay
Gruff Rhys – Babelsberg
Andy Partridge and Harold Budd – Through the hill
Kate Nash – Yesterday Was Forever
Jazmine Sullivan – Heaux Tales, Mo Tales: The Deluxe
They Might Be Giants – Book
Dope Lemon – Rose Pink Cadillac
Neneh Cherry – Broken Politics
Cerys Matthews – Don’t Look Down
Cerys Matthews – Paid Edrych I Lawr
Zoë Keating – One Cello x 16: Natoma
Neil Finn & Liam Finn – Lightsleeper
Eddie Vinson & Jay McShann – Jumpin’ the Blues
Jana Horn – Optimism
Sloan – 12
Billie Holliday – Velvet Mood
Erykah Badu – Mama’s Gun


Amerigo Gazaway – Yasiin Gaye: The Departure
The Pursuit of Happiness – The Downward Road
The Turtles – Happy Together
Emily Wells – Regards to the End
Sonny Rollins – What’s New?
James Newton – Echo Canyon
Beanpole – All My Kin
The Go-Go’s – Beauty and the Beat
Winston Surfshirt – Apple Crumble
G. Love & Special Sauce – Electric Mile
NAO – And Then Life Was Beautiful
Eric Dolphy – Out To Lunch
Cake – Showroom of Compassion
Solange Knowles – A Seat At The Table
Damon Albarn – The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows
Orbital – Monsters Exist
Wayne Shorter – Speak No Evil
Ryo Fukui – A Letter From Slowboat
Boo Radleys – Keep On With Falling
Jessica Mauboy – Hilda
Vashti Bunyan – Just Another Diamond Day
Daft Punk – Human After All
Kojey Radical – Reason to Smile
Stephen Pigram – Solfish
Roxette – Look Sharp
Odds – Good Weird Feeling
Deerhunter – Microcastle
James Yorkston and the Second Hand Orchestra – The Wide Wide River
Carmen Sandim – Play-Doh
Paul Bley – Footloose


Helen Sung – Sungbird
Y Niwl – 4
Various Artists – Verve Remixed 2
Grant Green – Idle Moments
Tkay Maidza – Last Year Was Weird, Vol. I
Ornette Coleman – The Shape of Jazz To Come
Fatboy Slim – Back To Mine
Chick Corea – The Sun
Rilo Kiley – Takeoffs and Landings
Brian Eno – Ambient 1: Music for Airports
Kilo Kish – American Gurl
Dua Lipa – Future Nostalgia
Bacao Rhythm & Steel – The Serpent’s Mouth
Koffee – Gifted
Art Tatum – Piano Starts Here
Keith Jarrett – The Koln Concert
Mark Lanegan – Field Songs
Arooj Aftab – Vulture Prince
100 gecs – 1000 gecs
Architecture in Helsinki – Fingers Crossed
Cleo Sol – Rose In The Dark
Genesis Owusu – Smiling With No Teeth
Lou Reed – Transformer
PitchBlak Brass Band – You See Us
Dolly Parton – Jolene
Wendy Rene – After Laughter Comes Tears: Complete Stax & Volt Singles + Rarities 1964-1965
Daniel Merriweather – Love & War
Spit Syndicate – Exile
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra – Ellington Uptown
Donna Summer – Love to Love You Baby


George Harrison – Wonderwall
Donny Benet – Electric Love
The Whitlams – Sancho
Suburban Lawns – Suburban Lawns
Kelly Lee Owens – LP.8
Charlotte Adigéry & Bolis Pupul – Topical Dancer
Yumi Zouma – Present Tense
Ches Smith and We All Break – Path of Seven Colours
Alice Coltrane – World Galaxy
Bill Fay – Time of the Last Persecution
Blue Öyster Cult – Agents of Fortune
Gotye – Making Mirrors
Ruth Goller – Skylla
Kylie Minogue – Golden
Herbie Hancock – Maiden Voyage
The Smile – A Light For Attracting Attention
Ibrahim Maalouf – Levantine Symphony No. 1
Clark – Kiri Variations
Custom Kings – At Sea
Omar Shariff – The Raven
Morphine – Like Swimming
Jihye Lee Orchestra – Daring Mind
Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
Ibibio Sound Machine – Electricity
Bill Withers – Just As I Am
Johnny Cash – Orange Blossom Special
Alexandra Savior – Belladonna of Sadness
Nora Van Elken – Skyforest
Midnight Oil – Resist
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen
Ball Park Music – Weirder & Weirder


Tricky – Fall to Pieces
Tim Berne – Fractured Fairy Tales
Rage Against the Machine – Rage Against the Machine
Ed O’Brien – Earth
Joan Baez – Sound of Thunder
UMI – Forest in the City
Tierra Whack – Whack World
Oso Oso – Sore Thumb
Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer – Bass & Mandolin
Lucky Daye – Candydrip
Underworld – Drift Series 1 – Sampler Edition
Underworld & Iggy Pop – Tea-Time Dub Encounters
Cate Le Bon – Pompeii
Rudimental – Home
Leikeli47 – Shape Up
Chiiild – Hope For Sale
Babe Rainbow – Changing Colours
The Undertones – The Undertones
Michael Wollny – Mondenkind
Pinegrove – 11:11
Gurrumul – Rrakala
Palace – Shoals
Myst Milano – Shapeshyfter
Amy Shark – Cry Forever
Eels – Hombre Lobo
Bonobo – Fragments
Doechii – Oh The Places You’ll Go
Mr. Jukes & Barney Artist – The Locket
Goose – Dripfield
Tanya Tagaq – Tongues


Elizabeth Cotten – Freight Train and Other North Carolina Folk Songs and Tunes
Regina Spektor – Home, before and after
Yaeji – What We Draw
Bing & Ruth – Tomorrow Was The Golden Age
Maxwell – Embrya
Obongjayar – Some Nights I Dream Of Doors
Anohni – Hopelessness
Madlib – Sound Ancestors
Pat Metheny – Side-Eye NYC (V1.IV)
Ernest Hood – Neighborhoods
Psychedelic Furs – Made of Rain
Tyshawn Sorey – Koan
Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio – I Told You So
Ombiigizi – Sewn Back Together
Biosphere – Substrata
Trombone Shorty – Lifted
John Wiese – Seven of Wands
Dorothy Ashby – Hip Harp
Incognito – 100° And Rising
Hank Mobley – Soul Station
Esperanza Spalding – Songwrights Apothecary Lab
Pauline Oliveros – Accordion & Voice
k.d. lang – Ingenue
Nick Drake – John Peel Sessions
The Strokes – Is This It
Medicine Singers – Medicine Singers
Urthboy – The Signal
Big Joanie – Sistahs
K. Freund – Hunter on the Wing
Eliane Radigue – Triptych
Michael Nyman – Decay Music


Fennesz – Endless Summer
Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Gospel Train
The Caretaker – An Empty Bliss Beyond This World
Gas – Pop
Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Philadelphia Orchestra – Florence Price Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3
Supergrass – In It For The Money
Booker Little – Out Front
Beyoncé – Renaissance
Amen Dunes – Freedom
Sheku Kenneh-Mason & Isata Kenneh-Mason – Muse
Nils Schweckendiek and the Helsinki Chamber Choir – Pärt: Passio
Faith Evans – Keep The Faith
Meg Baird & Mary Lattimore – Ghost Forests
Yard Act – The Overload
Gretchen Parlato – Flor
Vitamin String Quartet – The String Quartet Tribute to The Cure
Taylor Swift – Folklore
Flume – Palaces
Sia – We Are Born
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five – The Message
Plastics – Welcome Back
David Bowie – Blackstar
Les Paul and Mary Ford – The Hit Makers!
Big Brother & The Holding Company – Cheap Thrills
Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – Crossover
Nicola Benedetti and the Philadelphia Orchestra – Wynton Marsalis: Violin Concerto; Fiddle Dance Suite
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – Bad Reputation
Jaimie Branch – Fly or Die
Bret McKenzie – Songs Without Jokes
Graham Parker – Squeezing Out Sparks
Michael Farneti – Good Morning Kisses


Dengue Dengue Dengue – Semillero
Gabriel Olafs – Piano Works
Nu Genea – Bar Mediterraneo
Ben Lee – I’m Fun!
Jembaa Groove – Susuma
Leon Russell – Will O’ The Wisp
Missy Elliott – Miss E … So Addictive
Iceblink – Carpet Cocoon
Lars Vogt – Chopin
Sonny Clark – Cool Struttin’
John Coltrane – My Favourite Things
Paul Desmond – First Place Again
The Zombies – Odessey And Oracle
Aloe Blacc – All Love Everything
Feist – The Reminder
Backsliders – Bonecrunch
Ramsey Lewis and his Gentle-men of Swing
La Roux – Supervision
Omar Apollo – Ivory
Pierre Kwenders – José Louis and the Paradox of Love
Death Cab for Cutie – Asphalt Meadows
Asa – V
Kali Malone – Living Torch
The Avalanches – Wildflower
Leo Takami – Felis Catus and the Silence
Auragraph – Memory Tracer
Geike – Lost in Time
Buffy Sainte-Marie – Moonshot
Leftfield – Alternative Light Source
Jeremy Dutcher – Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa


Susan Enan – Plainsong
Atrium Musicae – Codex Gluteo
Regina Carter – Paganinin: After A Dream
Lana Del Rey – Born To Die
BRONCHO – Bad Behaviour
Best of Billy Bragg at the BBC 1983-2019
Ennio Morricone – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly OST
Jarvis Cocker – This Is Going To Hurt OST
Pharoah Sanders – Welcome to Love
Bobby Hutcherson – Patterns
Chaka Demus & Pliers – All She Wrote
Mazzy Star – So Tonight That I Might See
Santigold – Spirituals
J. Rawls – #jazzhop
They Might Be Giants – They Might Be Giants
Miloe – gaps
Night Shop – Forever Night
Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media – Funky Stuff
Arushi Jain – Under the Lilac Sky
Ryan Dugré – Three Rivers
Arctic Monkeys – The Car
The Geri Allen Trio – Twenty One
Joanne Brackeen and Ryo Kawasaki – Trinkets and Things
Sloan – Steady
Kelela – Take Me Apart
Roxy Coss – Disparate Parts
Movits! – They Tried To Bury Us, They Didn’t Know We Were Seeds
The Phantom Band – Fears Trending
Terry Pollard – Classics
David Gray – Skellig
Woody Guthrie – Struggle


Cold Legistics – Northern Star
Nigel Kennedy – Blue Note Sessions
Electric Hippies – Electric Hippies
Toshiko Akiyoshi – The Many Sides of Toshiko
Carey Bell – Blues Harp
Lubomyr Melnyk – Fallen Trees
M. Geddes Gengras – Expressed, I Noticed Silence
Jane Ira Bloom – Picturing the Invisible: Focus 1
Holly Hofmann – Low Life
Mary Lattimore – Hundreds of Days
Vi Redd – Bird Call
Melba Liston And Her ‘Bones
Gigi Masin – Kite
Phoenix – Alpha Zulu
A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders
Marian McPartland – Sweet and Lovely
Wild Nothing – Nocturne
Hawa – Hadja Bangoura
Cavetown – worm food
Don Cherry – Symphony for Improvisers
Beabadoobee – Beatopia
Coco & Clair Clair – Sexy
Jim Moginie & Howlin’ Wind – The Night Garden
Built to Spill – Untethered Moon
Hazel Scott – Relaxed Piano Moods
Gregory Porter – Be Good
Cactus Channel – Stay a While
Loshh – akọle
Andrew Tuttle – Fleeting Adventure
Art Tatum – Moonglow


Vladimir Horowitz – Horowitz Plays Chopin
Lil Nas X – Montero
Joan Armatrading – Back To The Night
Mary Lou Williams – In London
Saba – Few Good Things
Flora Purim – If You Will
Raveena – Asha’s Awakening
Leyla McCalla – Breaking The Thermometer
Hank Mobley – Another Workout
Julian Lage – World’s Fair
McCoy Tyner – The Real McCoy
Aaron Diehl – Space, Time, Continuum
The Cat’s Miaow – Songs for Girls to Sing
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Playing the Piano 12122020
The Pastels – Truckload of Trouble
Alabaster dePlume – Gold
Chris Potter – There Is A Tide
Rezz – Certain Kind Of Magic
Suzanne Ciani – LIVE Quadrophonic
Emily Wurramara – Milyakburra
Advantage Lucy – Fanfare
Get The Blessing – Astronautilus
Makaya McCraven – In These Times
Chet Baker – Chet
Naoko Sakata – Dancing Spirits
Marc Johnson & Eric Longsworth – If Trees Could Fly
Sten Sandell & Lisa Ullén – Double Music
Surya Botofasina – Everyone’s Children
Rival Consoles – Now Is
Carmen McRae – Blue Moon
Dean Blunt – The Narcissist II

When was the last time

you did something kind for yourself every day for a year? I recommend it.

What daily treat could you pick?