Lo and behold ye blessed of fiber optic! I cometh to you bearing gifts: 59 tracks of beatific audio for your pleasure and enjoyment. Listen, love, and share. If anything in particular strikes your fancy, feel free to let me know.
I know that I’m a month late. Trust me, I know. The summer has been a trench battle with enormous collateral damage. The month of July was forfeit entirely. Completely lost to the hallmark indulgences of the twilight of my youth. Mired in excess, I press on. Each night I collapse into bed clad in my sweat and sneakers. Each morning I wake up on the set of the same low budget disaster film. I’m managing as best I can. Forgiveness please. Enjoy.
The rules as always:
- Must be a song I fell in love with in 2013. Simple enough. Not an authoritative “best of” list. Just music that caught my ear for one reason or another.
- Must have been released RELATIVELY recently. Somehow even more simple than the previous rule. I try to keep everything on my mixes published within the last few years. Under extraordinary circumstances, exceptions will be made.
- Must not repeat artists from previous mixes. I try to keep the line up fresh. A few exceptions this time – I’m sure you’ll forgive me. Might downgrade this from “rule” to “guidance from an ineffective federal regulator.”
- No Western Art Music. If you’d like to hear some of my WAM playlists, feel free to write me.
Laura Mvula – Green Garden
Kimbra – Settle Down
Lorde – Royals
Phantogram – When I’m Small
Gotye – Learnalilgivinanlovin
Tame Impala – Apocalypse Dreams
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – FFunny FFriends
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Windshield Smasher
Tobacco – Hairy Candy
Divine Fits – Would That Not Be Nice
Hudson Mohawke – Cbat
Koreless – 4D
xxyyxx – Pay Attention
Martyn – Miniluv - Original Mix
Gesaffelstein – Opr - Original Mix
Big Boi – CPU
Robin Thicke – Blurred Lines
J. Cole – Power Trip
Jay Rock – Hood Gone Love It
Jay-Z – Tom Ford
Kanye West – New God Flow.1
Little People – Moon
Evenings – Babe
Shlohmo – Wen Uuu (Evenings Remix)
Kidkanevil – Harmonics Pt1
Spirit Animal – I’m Around
School Of Seven Bells – Half Asleep - Lusine Remix
Choir Of Young Believers – Hollow Talk
Sleep Party People – A Dark God Heart
Deadmau5 – Telemiscommunications
Baths – Maximalist
Bon Iver – Towers - Stop The Car Remix
Bondax – Gold
CHVRCHES – Recover
AlunaGeorge – Analyser
Poolside – Harvest Moon
Rhye – Open
Ra Ra Riot – Can You Tell
Local Natives – You & I
James Blake – Retrograde
Chet Faker – No Diggity
Daughter – Landfill
Michael Kiwanuka – Home Again
Dawes – If I Wanted Someone
Netherfriends – Chicago, IL
Fink – This Is The Thing
Actress – Ascending
Lindstrøm – Rà-àkõ-st
Omodaka – Hohai Bushi
Rustie – Surph
Moderat – Rusty Nails
Apparat – Circles
Outputmessage – Bernard’s Song
Disasterpeace – Adventure
Dirk Rugged – Krunch
Balam Acab – Motion
Kiln – Flycatcher
El Huervo – Escalator
Kyson – Remi - Essáy Remix
(Photo By David Hanjani)
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Despair.
"My sun is your sun. Your sun is our sun."
Official video, and my favorite song off the new album. 5:40 reminds me why I love living in New York City.
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Sacrilege.
New video. They’re back and pulling out the punches.
Chet Faker - No Diggity
The Postal Service - A Tattered Line of String.
Hey, a new song!
ICYMI, a few guys and I had fun making this thing and we want to share it with you.
(and maybe share it too. we can win things if you do)
1988 Paddleball World Championship (by campusmoviefest)
Jeffro approved comedy. Check it out.
Arts & Crafts 10th Anniversary Field Trip Festival - video trailer (by FIELDTRIPLIFE)
Among a series of event and releases intended to commemorate this milestone is the Field Trip Music & Arts Festival, to be held in Toronto on Saturday, June 8 at Fort York and Garrison Common.
The inaugural one-day event will feature two stages curated entirely from Arts & Crafts’ diverse artist roster, co-headlined by a one-night-only return from hiatus for flagship collective Broken Social Sceneand 11-time JUNO Award and 2012 Polaris Music Prize winner Feist.
Who wants to go to Toronto?
Metric - Breathing Underwater.
"They were right when they said we should never meet our heroes."
Your afternoon jam.
Purity Ring - Fineshrine.
"Get a little closer, let fold. Cut open my sternum, and pull…"
Some witch house for lunch. Sand-witch house?
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito Teaser.
A teaser for YYY’s upcoming album, “Mosquito.” ABOUT TIME THEY RELEASED SOME NEW STUFF (April 16th).
And not to mention… a blonde Karen O?!
2012 has come to a close. Once again I have awoken from a haze of champagne and cold pizza to perform my sacred ancient custom: publishing a mixtape of popular music I enjoyed in some capacity or another during the past twelve months.
Those have been paying attention will notice the following: (1) I actually already published a “midway mix” for 2012 in July. (2) This “second half” of the annual mix was particularly bountiful; weighing in with an impressive 46 tracks of rumpshakery. (3) The mix has been entirely curated on Spotify; which means that many meritorious musical efforts from the past year (e.g. Disasterpeace’s EXCEPTIONAL score to Fez) have been excluded. A tragic but necessary sacrifice in the name of expediency.
As always, here are the rules:
- Must be a song I fell in love with in 2012. This doesn’t really aspire to be a “best of” mix for the year but rather tracks that caught my ear through exposure by friends, circumstance, and my own exploration.
- Must have been released RELATIVELY recently. I did bend this rule a bit. Nonetheless the majority of these songs were released in the last 2 years and all within the last decade.
- Must not repeat artists from previous mixes. Two minor exceptions this time: Dan Deacon and Prefuse 73. No regrets.
- No Western Art Music. If you’d like to hear some of my WAM playlists, I’d love to share! Feel free to write me.
I have dutifully assembled and organized the tracks below:
- Breakbot Feat. Irfane – Baby I’m Yours
- Metronomy – A Thing For Me (Breakbot Remix)
- Cody Chesnutt – Til I Met Thee
- Miike Snow – Animal - Mark Ronson Remix
- Timber Timbre – I Get Low
- Paul Banks – The Base
- Active Child – Hanging On
- Rosie Thomas – Much Farther To Go
- HOTEL MEXICO – Its Twinkle
- Monster Rally – Lava Flows
- Teebs – LSP
- LCD Soundsystem – Home
- Gayngs – The Gaudy Side of Town
- How To Dress Well – Running Back
- Shigeto – Huron River Drive - Evenings Remix
- Nicolas Jaar – Colomb
- John Talabot – So Will Be Now… feat. Pional
- Pional – Where Eagles Dare
- Benoit & Sergio – Midnight People
- Blood Diamonds – Ritual
- Prefuse 73 – Storm Returns (A Prefuse/Tommy Guerrero Interlude)
- Ada – Happy Birthday
- Pogo – Go Out And Love Someone
- Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Thrift Shop - feat. Wanz
- BJ The Chicago Kid – Sex X Money X Sneakers
- The Foreign Exchange – Happiness
- WZRD – Teleport 2 Me, Jamie
- Killing Skills – Van Dijck Brown
- Groundislava – Creeper Shit
- Clark – Vengeance Drools
- El-P – Drones Over Bklyn
- Dirty Art Club – Full Metal Jacket
- Blockhead – Which One Of You Jerks Drank My Arnold Palmer
- Vincil From Ummo – Chicago
- Dan Deacon – Lots
- Darondo – 2012 - Feat. The Park
- Sun Araw – Deep Cover
- Onra – Tape This
- M|O|O|N – Crystals
- Koreless – MTI
- CFCF – Exercise 5 (September)
- Schneider Tm – The Light 3000
- I Am Robot And Proud – 401 Circuit
- Johann Johannsson – Radio
- Ólafur Arnalds – Near Light
- Riceboy Sleeps – Boy 1904
Hope you enjoy.
Scott “ataxiwardance” Kane
Death Cab For Cutie - The New Year.
"So this is the New Year, and I don’t feel any different…"
Still a relevant song for 2013 when it was released a decade ago.
Los Campesinos! - My Year In Lists.
"On your request, I compile a list of my top five resolutions for this year. I declined ‘cause I decided that I do not believe in the new year anymore."
Can’t have a proper New Years without this song.