Monday, December 31, 2012

Another way to hear 2012's music

I like this a lot better than last year's.

Saturday, December 29, 2012

This Is Not a ChrisMix (2012)

I really blame this all on the Alabama Shakes. Everybody loves that album and I just kept listening over and over and couldn't get into it. In the end I only listened to maybe 1/3 of the music I usually listen to in a year, if not less.  So here is an approximation of a ChrisMix, but I am not going to count it as one. As always, these are songs I liked from new artists that I don't think you've heard, but there was much less competition to get onto the list and I have literally dozens of albums yet to be evaluated from this year. So enjoy, but remember this is NOT a ChrisMix.

I've made a youtube playlist of all but one of the songs. I can email you a copy of the CD if you ask me for one.

1. Intro - The xx
2. White Coats - Foxes
3. The Fox - Niki & The Dove
4. Transamerica Pyramid - The Corner Laughers
5. Crave You - Flight Facilities
6. Genesis - Grimes
7. Child - The Maccabees
8. When I'm Small - Phantogram
9. The Mother We Share - Chvrches
10. Mama Do the Hump - Rizzle Kicks
11. Default - Django Django
12. Lay Your Cards Out - POLICA
13. Lookout, lookout - Perfume Genius
14. Zombie - Natalia Kills
15. Gets Me Low - Big Hurry
16. Knot In My Heart - The Zolas
17. Do It All Again - Little Brutes
18. Synthesizers - Butch Walker and the Black Widows
19. Comme des enfants - Coeur de Pirate
20. Pretty Face - Soley
21. Only Skin - The Spring Standards
22. Let it Go - Fossil Collective

The songs are not in ranked order, just one that seemed nice to me. Folky acoustic and modern psychedelic predominate; I didn't get to much rock, hip-hop or pop this year. I've shared a lot of the videos previously, and you can see them all on the youtube playlist, but here are a few nice ones: