My College-Aged Self Is In Heaven With Unearthed Peel Sessions
When you're a certain age, your appetite for new music is ravenous. I can remember discovering the Ramones and The Seeds in the same year at Illinois State. And while working at the college radio stations, the greatest discovery for me was the John Peel sessions.
Peel worked at BBC1 and recorded musicians as they played live in their studios. I couldn't get enough of them, but at the time the only way to get them was to convince your local record swap store to barter with their overseas contacts (Thank-you Mother Murphy's!) Due to their cost, I only ever owned one: Joy Division.
The Peel collection is a 3-decade long collection of some of the greatest bands ever, raw and electric. My first was Joy Division, and the last I heard was Nirvana. Now they are all available for streaming, just when you happen to have the most time to listen!