It's December, so as per annual tradition at LTA Headquarters, the episodes are dedicated to discussing the best albums we heard for the first time over the year, regardless of when they were released.

I break this up into two episodes. This first one will feature me speaking to music journalists and authors Jeff Jenkins and Ian McFarlane. As well as first time listens, we also venture into musicians we lost this year, and some rediscoveries of albums past. I had a great time chatting with these fine gentlemen, and I hope you not only enjoy our conversation, but choose to follow up on their recommendations.

You can read Jeff's weekly Howzat column at

You can read articles by Ian or order a copy of The Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop at

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