The August 2009 @MOJOmagazine covermount, New Harvest, mimics the sleeve of Neil Young's 1972 classic album. While the disc's liner describes it as a "compendium of North American song," a strong sub-theme here is roots-based music: Fleet Foxes, Vetiver, Bill Callahan, and the like aren't alt-country acts but they share a rustic approach that matches the spirit of the cover art. Here and there the disc branches out to other genres; Animal Collective's "My Girls" is my pick for top song on the disc, and it's hardly Americana (I've opted not to pick it because it's gotten plenty of exposure elsewhere). California singer-songwriter Alela Diane turns in another favorite of mine, "White as Diamonds," but ultimately I've gone with another tune I've loved for a long time, a song from Brooklyn-originating combo Akron/Family's fourth album Set 'em Wild, Set 'em Free. New Harvest is one of my favorite covermounts in recent memory.