The 2012 mix is here!

The 2012 mix — my take on the best music of the year — is finished! And rather early this year, if I do say so myself. It was a fantastic year for music, which made things a bit easier.

The best and fastest way to get the mix is to download it via bittorrent, here. If you live in the dark ages and haven’t gotten on the bittorrent bandwagon yet, you can download it directly, as a .zip file, here. (Right-click and choose “save target as,” or whatever.)

Thanks to a friendly volunteer, the sets are also available as Spotify playlists: side one, side two. (It’s missing one song, which Spotify apparently doesn’t have.)

If you are really in the dark ages and prefer to listen to CDs, well, that’s just good sense, because CDs sound way better than lossy, tinny mp3 files. Just let me know your address and I’ll mail you one. (You can email me at realish at gmail dot com.)

If you’d like to download mixes from years past, going all the way back to 2003, you can do so, via bittorrent, here. If you don’t bittorrent you can download directly, 2011 and 2010.

The mix is meant to be heard as an album. Song order matters. As always, the only thing I ask of you, dear listeners, is that you listen to it all the way through, in the right order, at least once, before it becomes a bunch of scattered singles in your iTunes library.

Here’s the set list:

side one.
1. shovels & rope: hail hail
2. cory branan: yesterday
3. rizzle kicks: down with the trumpets
4. alabama shakes: i ain’t the same
5. tame impala: elephant
6. bruno mars: locked out of heaven
7. regina spektor: don’t leave me (ne me quitte pas)
8. japandroids: the house that heaven built
9. alt-j: breezeblocks
10. k’naan: waiting is a drug
11. hacienda: veronica
12. jake bugg: lightning bolt
13. wintersleep: zones
14. a.c. newman: encyclopedia of classic takedowns
15. fun.: some nights
16. hospitality: the right profession
17. the coup: the guillotine
18. jack white: i’m shakin’
19. dr. john: getaway
20. rye rye: sunshine (f. m.i.a.)
21. fiona apple: hot knife

side two.
01. the beach boys: think about the days
02. bahamas: lost in the light
03. cory branan: the corner
04. first aid kit: emmylou
05. father john misty: hollywood forever cemetery sings
06. the avett brothers: the once and future carpenter
07. the tallest man on earth: little brother
08. the lumineers: classy girls
09. miguel: do you…
10. edward sharpe and the magnetic zeros: that’s what’s up
11. kopecky family band: my way
12. trampled by turtles: alone
13. dr. dog: that old black hole
14. macklemore: same love (f. mary lambert)
15. midtown dickens: this is my home
16. woods: cali in a cup
17. lord huron: the ghost on the shore
18. the david mayfield parade: sea of heartbreak
19. mumford & sons: i will wait
20. cat power: 3.6.9
21. gotye: somebody that i used to know