ChrisMix is complete. Most won't get it in time for Christmas, so my apologies. You'll get it before New Years.
Below are 18 songs that didn't make it. The reasons why are delineated. All songs are linked to youtube videos.
Category 1 - Band known previous to 2011
1. Rox in the Box - The Decemberists.
I quite liked this album. You'll probably like it to. Go get it!
2. Blue Spotted Tail - Fleet Foxes
On the surface this is just a pretty little ditty. Below the surface it's an interesting commentary on atheism, happiness, astronomy and Carl Sagan. Also, it's pretty.
3. Immigrant Song - Trent Reznor/Atticus Ross/Karen O
Holy hannah. Liked the original, love this cover.
4. You Make It So Hard - Ivy
I know that you needed something to wipe the dirt of the Reznor away from your synapses.
5. Second Chance - Peter Bjorn and John
Like that Youngfolks song, it's almost incomprehensibly catchy, but not as overplayed.
6. Lotus Flower - Radiohead
I didn't love love love this album at first, but I've worked my way up to 1.5 loves. I think by March when I go to the show I'll be up to 3. At the very least, Thom's dancing has "improved" over the years.
Cateogry 2 - Band known before 2011, and song is profane
7. Rocket Scientist - Teddybears
The swearing is of the tamer variety, but is fairly consistent throughout. But if you can see through that flaw, it's got some dang good beats.
8. Make Some Noise - Beastie Boys
This particular video bleeps out their hijinks, but you know they're being rowdy. But I also think it's their strongest single since Hello Nasty. And the video is a who's who of comedic cameos.
Category 3 - Just profane (suggest skipping if sensitive to such things)
9. Snapped - Jhene Aiko
One of my favorite songs of the year, hands down. But the description of romantic cruelty begs for expletives. Too bad.
10. Das Racist - Michael Jackson
I hated this song at first listen. Why did I change my mind? I couldn't tell you honestly. It just seems like some ridiculousness spouted by drunk guys at 4 in the morning, and the ridiculousness is contagious.
11. Eid Ma Clack Shaw - Bill Callahan
I love this song. Curse you one curse word! It's a simple piece about dreaming, imagination, remembrance and gibberish phrases. All great things.
12. Felicia - The Constellations
This song is dirty. Most every line is a euphemism, or at times not even a euphemism, just an outright description. So while there is no actual swearing, I couldn't help but classify it as profane. And uber-catchy.
Category 4 - Overplayed
13. Call It What You Want - Foster the People
The degree to which Pumped Up Kicks was overplayed was quite remarkable. We haven't seen the likes since, I don't know, maybe Umbrella. Especially considering it's about a school shooting, it was just an all around odd bit of zeitgeist acceptance. Which is unfortunate, as the whole album is quite good.
Category 5 - A 2nd (or 3rd) song after another was chosen for the ChrisMix
14. Love Out of Lust - Lykke Li
I was asked who my favorite artist of the year is, and I'd have to say Lykke. She has two other songs on the ChrisMix, but this one is fantastic as well, as is Youth Knows No Pain. And I Follow Rivers. And Jerome. And every other song on the album.
15. Kinda Outta Luck - Lana Del Rey
There's a surprising amount of internet contention regarding Lana, but I for one think she's da'bomb.com.
Category 6 - Just not the best
16. Keep on Trying - Lanterns On the Lake
I like the video as much as the song. They're saturated with lazy-day nostalgia of events that I never experienced.
17. Amor Fati - Washed Out
I quite liked this whole album, it just all fades into background music for me. But very good background music.
18. Normal - Ximena Sarinana
I'm sure the song isn't terribly profound, but I'm going to pretend it is.