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

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  • scott olson

    Psyched! Downloading now – Thanks, David!

  • Tattered Remnant

    Thanks again,

    I’ve made a Rdio playlist of these tracks and, as is the usual, I’m lovin’ it.


  • Wonderful stuff, sir. Thanks!

  • E

    Where does “Call Me Maybe” go? It’s in the zip file but not on your ordered playlist.

    And it’s an awesome selection. Well done.

    • It’s the “hidden track” at the end of side one.

  • Ben

    Thanks man!! Its wonderful to have access to these playlists that you clearly put a lot of effort into creating!

  • Hooray! I look forward to this every second week of January. Thanks for putting it together — and sharing!

  • Miles Digby

    Hey D,

    I am so glad I started following you on Twitter. This is awesome. I plan of buying some of these artist CDs. I hate not owning something non-digital.

    I am old 45 and just trying to catch up on Prince CD’s. I just bought Frank Ocean “Chanel Orange” it is like 1970’s Steve Wonder and Prince with Ocean’s (Dylan? like) amazing lyrics.

    I am currently listening too your 2012 list I heard a fantastic song by a new artist? Turns out it is Dr. John “Getaway”, I had him pegged as the guy from SCTV’s best episode ever “Polynesian Town”, a great OLD talent. Hell no this cat has a lot left to create. Feel bad for my ageism.

    Thanks you made my weeks to come!

    M. D.

  • Mark Tercek

    Hey Dave,

    Please send me a disc. I’ll boost my gift to Grist.

    My address:

    3203 R Street NW
    Washington, DC 20007

    Thanks very much. Keep up the great music blogs (the energy/climate ones are good too).



  • Greg C

    Gracias Senor. Playing now.

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