I’ve been inspired by all the new music released this year. In July, I put together a mix featuring music I was listening to in the first half of the year. Earlier this week, I wrote about the new music that I discovered by reading other people’s year-end lists. Here’s the rest of the music that made me happy in 2014.
A cocktail hour mix for a wedding at Normandy Farm Hotel
These Were My Jams in 2013
About a year ago, I saw a post on facebook from producer-friend which had a link to a song with the preface, “This is my jam.” Intrigued, I clicked through and discovered a new social service called — wait for it — This Is My Jam. It prompts you to select a song once a week. I’ve been doing it for the past year, sharing my weekly jams through my Facebook page and Twitter feed. I even made a few new friends on This Is My Jam where I look forward to seeing what my friends will post next, and who might like my current jam.
Sometimes I miss making mixes on CDs. The process and the output were very creative. Mixing the disc and peppering it with samples from movies, culture and television made those discs unique. The disc art was another opportunity for expression, even with the built in challenges of designing a round graphic with space for a hole in the middle. For packaging, I used printed labels on envelopes or hand folded paper CD cases. Some of those mixes are available here on this site. You can download or stream them on your computer, smartphone, tablet or other connected devices. Speaking of connected devices…
This Spotify playlist has high energy indie music that will help keep your heart rate up. Great for running, treadmills or just getting pumped. Artists include White Denim, Vampire Weekend, Maximo Park, Wolfmother, The Strokes, The Black Keys, The Tough Alliance, Phoenix and Sleater-Kinney.
Get your mind right as you volunteer!
This mix is for people on their way to or from a volunteer project, or perhaps just reflecting on how to make the world a better place. Using musical genres as diverse as grunge, hip-hop, reggae, rock, soul and house, this thought provoking mix touches on issues like poverty, homelessness, hunger, and the environment.
Highlights include Bob Marley’s War Based on Haile Selassie’s address to the UN General Assembly in 1963, John Mellencamp’s Scarecrow about the experience of losing the family farm, and William Shatner’s cover of Blur’s Common People, which might sound cheesy and overproduced, but it gets the point across.
Not only a workout mix, this mix is also appropriate for people who like to go out on Wednesday nights, drink cheap beer, and dance to dark music from the 80s. The songs contain inappropriate themes, foul language and a bad attitude. Whether you’re on the treadmill, the dance floor or drinking alone in your basement, this charming runner will get you moving.
This Charming Runner features music by Joy Division, The Bravery, She Wants Revenge, The Cure, Berlin, The Killers, Peaches and The Smiths.
Indie tunes to help you keep your legs churning.
Whether you’re running toward something, or away from something, this energetic workout mix will put a spring in your step. It features music from Gnarls Barkley, Editors, Vampire Weekend, Justice, CHVRCHES, Yeasayer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cheers Elephant, The Thermals, Nervo, White Stripes, Empire of the Sun, Holy Ghost, Grouplove, The Love Language, Surfer Blood, Royal Teeth, Black Lips, Black Kids, and The Dandy Warhols.
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This playlist starts off jazzy and switches to some beautiful live tracks.
Great for entertaining friends at home. Artists include: Lou Donaldson, Milt Jackson, Wes Montgomery, Dr. Lonnie Smith, The Peddlers, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton and Neil Young.
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