For each of the last two years, I’ve posted here a copy of the CD I had made for that year’s mix exchange on Skyway, the long-running Replacements email list. Unfortunately, through some sort of mix-up, I didn’t end up participating in the exchange this time around, but the year doesn’t feel complete anymore if I haven’t made my mix*!
This year’s was the hardest I can remember, in terms of making my final cutdown; when I took my first pass, I ended up with something like 150 tracks. As with previous years, I’ve left off any big radio hits. That proved much more painful this time out than it did last year – there were a bunch of chart toppers I absolutely loved in 2012 (fun., I’m looking your way; you too, Bieber). But I still had such a glut of tracks to choose from that I don’t feel like I’m losing much by leaving off songs that will still be ubiquitous a decade from now. (OK, maybe we won’t be listening to “Gangnam Style” much in 2022, but we certainly won’t have forgotten it!)
The end goal for me is always to wind up with a mix of tracks I love which both flow together well and paint a reasonably accurate picture of what I was listening to during the year, accounting for genre and style and taste, while also highlighting songs that might have not gotten the notice they deserved during the year. I feel like I managed it well this time out**. But in the end, you get to be the judge: download***, listen, enjoy!
Makeup For The Silence – Best Of 2012
- Everyone Knows – Vacationer
- The Descent – Bob Mould
- I Guess We’re Cool – Cassadee Pope
- Happy As Fuck (feat. Pat Brown) – MOD SUN
- Deadheads (Demo) – Cold Crows Dead
- Timelines – Motion City Soundtrack
- As Good As It Gets (Rollerskate Remix) – States
- Find Our Way – Our Lady Peace
- Nothing At All – Steven Padin
- Scarlett (Tokyo) – William Beckett
- Ima Read (feat. Njena Reddd Foxxx) – Zebra Katz
- Head In The Ceiling Fan – Title Fight
- Maybe Our Days Are Numbered – Happy Body Slow Brain
- Oh. Hi. – Now, Now
- 25 To Life – Masked Intruder
- Street Spirit (Fade Out) – The Darkness
- There Is A Light That Never Goes Out – Citizen
- Good Love – The Maine
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Stay tuned; the yearly Top Ten will begin on Monday!
*you can always find the complete collection of mixes which have appeared on Makeup For The Silence right over here
**There’s one noticeable gap this time out; I spent a lot more time listening to pop-punk this year than shows up on this mix. Unfortunately, for as much as I heard, not much of it really stood out to me; I feel like this year the genre reached a plateau, with a large number of decent-to-good releases that sounded a little too much (or a lot too much) like each other to really stand out. Some of those will still get a nod on my Albums list, but it felt like there was a dearth of great singles among them.
***Just like last year, I’ve also gone ahead and made a Spotify version of the playlist; unfortunately, this time around a few of the tracks aren’t available, so you won’t get the full experience that way. But hey, if you really want to go that route regardless, who am I to stand in your way?