A week ago on Monday, while most other bloggers were posting their year end lists I was lucky enough to get to share mine on a live radio show.
Every other Monday night, Hunnypot Radio hosts a live show at a local venue with two industry professional guest “DJs” and two live acts. I was invited to participate as an “industry professional” “DJ” in the last show of the year. Whenever I hear my name mentioned as a professional in the music industry, I feel like I’ve somehow pulled one over on them, hence the quotes. And thankfully, DJing in this case just means choosing ten songs and burning two CDs, hence the second use of quotes.
Still though, even without doing my own spinning, it was pretty cool to hear my song picks played at a club. And everyone seemed to enjoy.
Since I am unable to put together a collection of songs without some sort of connection, I thought it was only appropriate to assemble some of my favorites of the year.
These aren’t just my favorite songs of 2012, though many of them fall into that category, but songs attached to great experiences, festivals, discoveries, local concerts and so forth.
I posted my tracklist below, as well as a link to stream on Spotify. You can hear the whole set, bookended by interviews with yours truly, plus a DJ set and interview with Balthazar Getty, here.
Thank you so much again to the folks at Hunnypot for having me!
1. Grace Potter and The Nocturnals “The Lion The Beast The Beat”
Not only was this one of my favorite albums of the year, but she completely blew me (and my boyfriend) away at Coachella.
2. Willy Moon “Yeah Yeah”
Easily my favorite song and new artist of the year. I am so inundated with music daily that sometimes even good tracks don’t stand out. This song had to be immediately shared with everyone I know, and not just via social media. Personally.
3. Lianne La Havas “Is Your Love Big Enough?”
Another one of my favorite albums this year, and by far my favorite song on it. I love the dirty-sounding guitar and the way it builds. And it’s surprisingly a pretty motivating spin song.
4. Haim “Don’t Save Me”
I came across Haim during the Milo Greene residency this past February, the night featuring special guests, Cold War Kids. I had never heard of them, but my friend told me I’d better get there early to beat the crowds. The sisters were so explosive that I left in the middle of Cold War Kids, nothing could have topped them.
5. Kishi Bashi “Bright Whites”
A delightful album, and perhaps my favorite set at FYF Fest. And I only saw the last fifteen minutes. I cannot wait until this violinist comes back to Los Angeles.
6. Escort “Sailboat in the Moonlight”
Not only was this disco-funk collective my performance of SXSW 2012, but my step-cousin plays trumpet in the band! Read the full run down of that crazy night here.
7. The Outfit “Release The Bulletproof”
Unfortunately this one isn’t on the Spotify playlist, as it was created for Pitch Perfect and never commercially released. Fortunately the DVD just came out so you can watch it (in the film) whenever you want!
8. Robert DeLong “Global Concepts”
I don’t usually like kind of dubby electronic club tracks, but this one is a winner. I was first introduced to this by my favorite spin teacher, and then fell in love again when it was submitted for my annual “fancy festive feasting” mix.
9. Jhameel “Collision”
One of the most prolific, creative and unique artists that deserves more attention. His Waves EP was one of my favorites this year.
10. AWOLNATION “People”
Speaking of unique artists and genres I typically don’t gravitate towards. He is both aggressive and melodic, and this song is actually kind of catchy. Also this: