Saturday, January 18, 2014

JFRO'S BEST OF 2013 MIX






This was a pretty diverse year for my music listening, so I hope people enjoyed their New Year's mix CDs. For those who didn't get one (free by request), here's a mix of recent stuff (2012-2013).


This was a year where my taste actually matched the general public at a few points (Daft Punk, M.I.A., Janelle Monae). Shoegaze continued to be big, with new bands (Chatham Rise, A Place to Bury Strangers), a new album by the codifiers (My Bloody Valentine), and even an all-Japanese cover of Loveless. Speaking of covers, DJing in Johnny Urgh's 3-D House of Covers on the late, lamented Turntable.fm got me back into my weird covers obsession (SHONEN Knife, Melvins, Martha Wash). I hope to get back into it on Plug.dj

Stoner rock continued to be big (Windhand, Vista Chino, Dark Earth, Devil to Pay, Orange Goblin, The Quill, Nightstalker). I was glad to discover Red Desert, the Twin Cities' own contribution to the genre. I hope to see them live in 2014.

I now have Pandora access on my living room media system via both networked Blu-ray and Chromecast, but it just doesn't do it for me, I still prefer human-curated radio. Listening to internet radio has not been publicized as a big selling point for Apple TV, but I do it all the time. Mostly Radio K and Sanctuary Radio, but I also discovered Heavy Handed Radio via the Tunein app. Tunein has become my favorite radio app on the iPod Touch, it has the most stations and the least drop-outs.


Spotify has improved this year, allowing web access with no download, making the app more useful for non-subscribers, and eliminating listening limits for the free version. I'm still mostly using it to try out albums to see if they are worth buying, as I hate the commercials, but not enough to pay for it. I did make some playlists, which is always fun. Here's the Spotify version of Jfro's 2013 for Spotify fans. It's missing a few songs (Why no mbv, Spotify?)


I uploaded all my music to Google Music, since my 13,000 songs don't all fit on my iPod. It's also always nice to have another backup.






Track Listing:
 
  • M.I.A: "Y.A.L.A." 
  • Janelle Monae: "Q.U.E.E.N." 
  • Daft Punk: "Get Lucky"
  • Pomdexter: "Call Me a Hole" 
  • Zynic: "Dead End"
  • Diana: "Perpetual Surrender"
  • Windhand: "Orchard"
  • Vista Chino: "Dargona Dragona"
  • Dark Earth: "Time Warp"
  • Red Desert: "Slow Kill"
  • Devil To Pay: "Yes Master"
  • Orange Goblin: "Aquatic Fanatic"
  • Nightstalker: "Soma"
  • The Quill: "Freak Parade"
  • Tar: "Walking the King (Peel Session)"
  • Ted Leo: "Return to Crap Kingdom"
  • My Bloody Valentine: "Only Tomorrow"
  • A Place To Bury Strangers: "Leaving Tomorrow"
  • Chatham Rise: "Oncoming Daze"
  • SHONEN Knife: "When You Sleep"
  • Melvins: "Female Trouble"
  • Martha Wash: "Dream On"











1 comment:

JethSeux said...

You covered it pretty well as usual my dear. Also cool this year for me was Alabama Thunderpussy's Rise Again and various material by Rocket From the Crypt.