1. サカナクション 360
My 'new' discovery this year. Two years ago, 『バッハの旋律を夜に聴いたせいです。』 was on my top listened tracks of the year. I really loved that song, and that song only, from Sakanaction. I liked documentaLy well enough - it was technically good, but it wasn't a favorite. It wasn't until this year's most recently album that I grew obsessed. I attribute that to 1) my Japanese skills improving. Sakanaction's lyrics are way more interesting than the average J-pop song. 2) Getting older and finding fewer and fewer 'new' and 'Interesting' points about musicians. Sakanaction's fusion of dance and rock isn't something I've heard before, and the result is just 'good' music.
2. SOUL'd OUT 149 (#3 Last Year)
Errr, they didn't release anything outside of a best album this year (which I did not acquire since I am holding out for the 10,000 yen remix 4 disc version). I do not know how this happened. Still playing the shit out of so_mania I guess.