Share Your 2007 Music Mix

Continuing in the tradition of this post from last year, I’m posting my/our personal 2007 music mix and asking for yours.

The rules (slightly modified from last year):

  1. You can only include songs that you purchased or that were purchased for you in 2007 (or since your list from last year, if you made one then). No free downloads or songs from magazine samplers or anything like thatâ?¦ Yes, you can only list Radiohead’s In Rainbows album if you paid for it.
  2. You cannot include more than one song from any album.
  3. Your list of songs must be able to conceivably fit on a standard-length CD, 80 minutes maximum.
  4. List like this to make it clear: Artist â?? Song Name â?? Album Title.
  5. Feel free to leave a brief comment after each choice if you want.
  6. Track sequencing is extra credit.

Alas, there is no time for sequencing this year either, and there are fewer links to be found, but here is our list in alphabetical orderâ?¦

  • Ryan Adams – To Be Young (Is To Be Sad Is To Be High) – Heartbreaker : Tough choice between this and Come Pick Me Up
  • Arcade Fire – (Antichrist Television Blues) – Neon Bible : I love these guys
  • Billy Bragg & Wilco – California Stars – Mermaid Avenue
  • Califone – A Chinese Actor – Roots & Crowns
  • Alela Diane – The Rifle – The Pirate’s Gospel
  • Feist – 1 2 3 4 – The Reminder : Great album
  • Iron and Wine – The Devil Never Sleeps – The Shepherd’s Dog : I love Iron & Wine, but this one has taken some time to grow on me
  • Loney, Dear – I Am John – Loney, Noir
  • The Long Winters – Teaspoon – Putting The Days To Bed
  • Margot and the Nuclear So And So’s â?? Skeleton Key – The Dust of Retreat : I just got this one recently, and I’m still deciding how much I like it…
  • Over The Rhine – Faithfully Dangerous – Good Dog Bad Dog : One of the best purchases of this past year
  • Over The Rhine – Trouble – The Trumpet Child : A fun song, but the album was a bit of a disappointment
  • REM – Pretty Persuasion – And I Feel Fine (Best of the IRS Years 1982-1987)
  • Radiohead – Jigsaw Falling Into Place – In Rainbows
  • The Replacements – Alex Chilton – Don’t You Know Who I Think I Was?
  • Josh Ritter – The Temptation Of Adam – The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter
  • Snow Patrol – Tiny Little Fractures – Final Straw : Thanks, Wyatt!
  • Spoon – Fitted Shirt – Girls Can Tell : I like their later albums better…
  • Spoon – The Way We Get By – Kill The Moonlight : You can stream this song and others on their Songs page
  • Spoon – Don’t You Evah – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
  • White Stripes – Little Cream Soda – Icky Thump : Another hard choice…several good ones on this album
  • Yo La Tengo – You Can Have It All – And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside Out

Total play time: 79:58 (pretty good, huh?)

A few songs that didn’t make the cut for various reasons:

  • Bob Dylan – Not Dark Yet – Time Out Of Mind : Ended up being too long for this mixtape…
  • Stereolab – Brakhage – Serene Velocity : A great song, but Stereolab didn’t really fit in with the rest of the songs here…
  • Wilco – Airline To Heaven – Kicking Television : Also on the long side…just too many other songs to fit in

I’m just now noticing that the theme seems to be songs with religious-sounding titles by non-religious artists…interesting. Anyway, share your lists below…I’d love to see what you’ve been listening to this year!

—Bret (accidentally logged in as Andrea…)

Andrea, Tuesday 18 December 2007 at 01:39 am One comment
Andrea, - 19-12-’07 14:21

I’m officially adding a CD of this mix to my stocking-stuffer wish list, Bret. Hint hint :) I’m ashamed to say that I have not heard most of these albums (at least not all the way through) this year.

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