I love making mixtapes. Since I was a angsty teen I recorded tapes, then CDs, for unsuspecting friends and lovers. It was to my delight that in June of 2012, some friends started the San Diego Mixtape Society as a way to create and share mixtapes based on predetermined themes. Every other month, the group meets at a place with good drinks and conversation. At the end of the “meeting” you walk away with a mixtape of another member. The requirement is to bring a CD, USB or actual tape of your 1-hour mix based on the theme. I have always meant to share the mixes on a broader basis, but until now I never made the time.
The theme for the December 2015 San Diego Mixtape Society was “Holiday”. Since there is a ton of Christmas albums out there, I decided to create a holiday album for a holiday that I have no albums for. I wanted a mix that was timeless, to be listened to year after year. And now that Christmas is over, it is time to ring in the new year with this New Year Mix.
Death Cab for Cutie, “The New Year”
The Breeders, “New Year”
Nina Gordon, “New Year’s Eve”
Tom Waits, “New Year’s Eve”
The Walkman, “In the New Year”
Violent Femmes, “Happy New Year Next Year”
Lightnin’ Hopkins, “Happy New Year”
NOFX, “New Year’s Revolution”
Foo Fighters, “Next Year”
Counting Crows, “A Long December”
U2, “New Year’s Day”
Jeff Buckley, “New Year’s Prayer”
Tori Amos “Our New Year”
The Head and the Heart, “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?”
First Aid Kit, “New Year’s Eve”
Bright Eyes, “First Day of My Life”
Andrew Bird, “Auld Lang Syne”
Note: You must have a Spotify account to listen. If you want an actual CD copy, send me an email, text, or direct message and I will get on that.