I’m a musical person. I used to play the viola (in grade school), I can play some mean Rock Band drums, and I like to think I can sing (alone, in the car, just like everyone else… but I really can! Really!), but usually I let the professionals handle it. I love the discovery of new and amazing music that I can appreciate now or add to my ever growing library of personal favorites. 2010, so far, has been another great year for music, with great albums coming down the pike every day it seems.

CokeMachineGlow, a music blog I sometimes read, used to have a feature about this time each year called Halfstravaganza, where they would look back at the first half of the year as well as look forward to what the year had left to give. I title this in honor of that, but as this is a design blog, I’ll be noting the album covers that have been coming out that catch my eye. Some favorites of my favorite artists:

Surfer Blood - Astro Coast

The Morning Benders - Big Echo

Vampire Weekend - Contra

Dozens - Dozens EP

Phantogram - Eyelid Movies

Jónsi - Go

Owen Pallett - Heartland

The National - High Violet

Tame Impala - Innerspeaker

Gorillaz - Plastic Beach

Beach House - Teen Dream

LCD Soundsystem - This Is Happening

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts, your favorites. I know of only so much music, and this just plays out as a who’s who of a hipster, Pitchfork music (due largely to the fact that I am that target audience… ahem…). So please, what are your favorite album covers?