Thursday, January 1, 2009

Mix CD: Favorite Songs of 2008 (#1 of 4)

So for the past 5 years it has been a tradition of mine to make a mix CD with all my favorite songs from albums that were released. It can be difficult to choose, as well as make song cuts so everything is under 80 minutes. I try to stay up to date with current well received releases and on average listen to about 25 to 30 new albums a year. Well this year was different, though only over the last few months. After being initially disappointed by the start of this year, I payed little attention to new music for most of 2008, instead looking to to past for bands I had yet to discover. Then around the end of the summer I begun to feel a bit out of the loop in terms of the present. I begun to play catchup. I now have listened to so many new albums this year, one mix simply wouldn't suffice, and instead four were needed. I've been working on ranking all the albums that I've heard this year - a list that will be complete very soon. Still, I have a good 15 albums that I still need to give a listen. My year end list will be near 80 albums. It's insane...I have no idea how I have listened to this much. Maybe that's why Christmas seemed to sneak up so quickly this year- no time for x-mas music! Crazy crazy.

Anyways, here's four mixes of my favorite songs of the year. I'm very happy with how these turned out. I put a bit of effort into them to make sure all the songs flowed into one another well and worked together as a whole. I also made sure not to use more than two songs from the same album. Links via megaupload.

So yes, enjoy! Albums and concerts of 2008 is forthcoming.

Mix #1

1. Grizzly Bear - While You Wait For the Others
2. Bon Iver - Skinny Love
3. Deerhunter - Nothing Ever Happened
4. Fleet Foxes - White Winter Hymnal
5. Blitzen Trapper - Furr
6. The Walkmen - In the New Year
7. Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Dig Lazarus Dig
8. Frightened Rabbit - The Modern Leper
9. Hot Chip - Ready for the Floor
10. Hercules & Love Affair - Blind
11. Gang Gang Dance - House Jam
12. Portishead - The Rip
13. Spiritualized - Soul on Fire
14. Department of Eagles - No One Does It Like You
15. Vivian Girls - Where Do You Run To
16. Marnie Stern - Transformer
17. No Age - Teen Creeps
18. The Breeders - Bang On
19. Magnetic Fields - Too Drunk to Dream
20. Animal Collective - Water Curses
21. Mount Eerie - You Swan, Go On


Anonymous said...

<3 white winter hymnal... and it´s cool to listen to some stuff i missed out on.

Shaun said...

Man, I'm totally out of touch with all recent releases. (2008 is still recent for me!)

So I'm going to check out these mix CDs - get a little more up to date. Thanks for putting the time and energy into compiling them!

Arleen said...

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