I went into the yearly tradition of going over the last 12 months worth of tuneage with the same intentions of last year… spend far too much of my time (Christmas gifts for loved ones be damned) trying to arrange and cut and then re-arrange and put back in and then cut some more, until I was finally happy enough with an 8tracks mix tape that was 100 songs long. But I ran into a couple issues.
The first, and biggest issue, was that too many good tracks were going to get left off if I set a 100 song limit. I mean, I did have it narrowed down to 100 at one point. But there were too many tracks that I couldn't bring myself to remove in order to make room for too many songs that I couldn't bring myself to leave off. So the idea of a bigger list came into play.
Which brought up another issue. 150 songs in a mix is pretty hard to get all the way through. Not everybody has a 9+ hour stretch in their day to listen to tunes. And when you take into account the nature of listening on 8tracks (i.e. you can only skip a few songs and the full track list is not revealed) there's a good chance that a good portion of the mix would never find itself in anyone's headphones. Which would be a shame.
But 3 mixes of 50 tracks each? Well that seems like the perfect compromise.
So here is the first part of this three part ‘Favourites Of 2013’ series. These mixes are not ordered in any really sense of 'favouritism', I just worked on getting my list down to 150 songs/artists and then made 3 sweet mix tapes out of those tunes. I realize that not being a countdown is a bit anti-climatic, but really, saying something is 44 and something else is 43 is a little bit daft.
Below you'll find the track listing for Part 1. Links will either go to where the track is available to listen/get on Bandcamp or it'll send you over to Bop.Fm (which is a newish site that makes it easier to listen to music no matter what country you are in, by pulling from either Youtube / Soundcloud / Spotify / Rdio / Deezer - and it includes buy links for iTunes and/or Amazon). So if you hear something you like (which will hopefully be an ongoing thing), you should folllow the links and go investigate the artist/album further.
My Favourite Tracks From 2013 (PART 1)
Advanced Falconry - mutual benefit | Durga II - Generationals | North Of Greytown - Tiny Ruins | Hey-Mami - Sylvan Esso | Food For Clouds - Brian Jonestown Massacre | No Good! - ScotDrakula | Impersonator - Majical Cloudz | Ride On / Right On - Phosphorescent | Evergreens - the Cave Singers | The Only One - Los Angeles Police Dept | Brook and Branch - The Weather Station featuring Baby Eagle | Sometimes Life's Cool - Mi Mye | Ms. Dot - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin | Orchids - Monster Rally | You Put The Flame On It - Charles Bradley | Strangers - Futurebirds | Comfort - ARMS | Supermoon (The Sounding Line) - Wooden Wand | The Time Leaves So Soon - Wes Tirey | Borrowed Time - Parquet Courts | The Sing - Bill Callahan | Open - Rhye | Ohm - Yo La Tengo | Late March, Death March - Frightened Rabbit | Alaskans - Volcano Choir | Waiting For Some Drunk - Big Harp | Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High? - Arctic Monkeys | Under the Night Sky - old amica | The Way We Fall - Alela Diane | Water Me - FKA twigs | Won't You Come Over - Devendra Banhart | Love's Gonna Blow My Way - Steve Earle, The Dukes (and Duchesses) | Here I Am - Adam Green & Binki Shapiro | Distant Light - Dr Dog | Leaf Stricken - Haiku Salut | Purple - Day Joy | A Silver Line - Grapell | Common Sentiments - TYPHOON | Saint Valentine - Gregory Alan Isakov | Wakin On A Pretty Day - Kurt Vile | I Need You Closer - LadyFace | Diane Young - Vampire Weekend | holy cross - Fog Lake | Vibrasonics - MoonLasso | Will "The Thrill" - Cayucas | Frightened Face - The Everywheres | #07 - HAPPY TRENDY | Intern - Nerves Junior | Thick as Thieves - Widowspeak | Geography of Nowhere - William Tyler
And like last year, I will still be posting about my 'Favourite EPs' (here's last years list) and my 'Favourite Albums' (here's last years list), as well as an even bigger Spotify playlist (here's last years). And I will do a similar post for Part 2 and Part 3 later this week (although, if you want, you can get an early listen now, as both are up on 8tracks already).