It’s getting near the end of the year, so it’s time to do all that “end of year” stuff. Here’s a mix I made a while ago and meant to upload sooner. Now’s as good a time as any, though. When I was working on the mix, something felt ‘off’ for a long time. Eventually, I figured out that I wasn’t putting any SoCal in it. Anyway, this is what it feels like to live in SoCal to me, despite missing out on all the nofi (No Age, Crocodiles, etc.) that I listen to.

1. Miles Davis – Summertime
2. Washed Out – Get Up
3. Crystal Castles – Alice Practice
4. The Jezabels – Disco Biscuit Love (Dept. remix)
5. Miles Davis – Boplicity
6. The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Young Adult Fiction
7. The Drums – Lets Go Surfing
8. Lilofee – Lock and Key
9. Ella Fitzgerald & Duke Ellington – I’m Beginning to See the Light
10. Oh Darling – Shoulda Never
11. The Teenagers – Love, No (Delorean Remix)
12. The Voyces – Let Me Die In Southern California
13. Delorean – Deli
14. Miles Davis – Time After Time
15. Brasstronaut – Requiem for a Scene
16. Soko – I’ll Kill Her
17. Ros Sereysothea + Seang Vanthy – The Jam 5 Kai Thiet “Wait 5 More Months”

[zip of the full album]

January Music Bests

To catalogue my musical experiences for the month, I’m going to present my three favorite singles and my favorite CD that I found this month. I think the theme for the month was “folk/country”, surprisingly. A lot of the singles that I enjoyed (and found on hypemachine) were in that vein. I, of course, have my horrible taste on display at hypem to make it easy for everyone to judge me.

3. Jay-Z – My President Is Black [mediafire]
I think Obama’s inauguration is obscuring my better judgment, but hey, if there was any month to listen to this song, it was this January. Runner-up was the not-incredibly-inspired but incredibly-fun Royksopp remix, “What Else Is There (Thin White Duke Remix)” [mediafire].

2. Frontier Ruckus – Orion Town 2 [mediafire]
I love me some country/folk. And how can you not appreciate a band that will name themselves “Frontier Ruckus”?

1. Soko – I’ll Kill Her [mediafire]
A song by an obsessive, murdering ex-girlfriend with an adorable french accent. How can you not love it?

Deerhunter, Microcastle
Yeah, I’m finally jumping on the Deerhunter bandwagon. I don’t think it was as great as some other people do, but the soft vocals and tinkling music just kept drawing me in.

In other news, the Coachella lineup is out and once again it is awesome. Also, Lil’ Wayne is going to make a rock CD and the leaked songs are terrible.