It’s the end of the year! Can you believe it? I swear each year goes by faster and faster. The end of the year is a time consolidating the past memories and preparing yourself for new ones. The year end activity is of course, making new year’s resolutions…new ones, improving on old ones, or ditching the whole process in generaaaal.

I discovered a pretty cool site for you goal-oriented folks called 43 Things where you share your goals with other people, your progress, and at the same time, you can cheer each other on! The most popular goals (from most popular to least) have no surprises: lose weight, stop procrastinating, write a book, fall in love, be happy, get a tattoo, drink more water, go on a road trip with no predetermined destination, get married, and travel the world…

For me, I still have to master c-walking ’cause I think it’s amazing and one day I hope to c-walk as good as this guy. I wanna master Traktor too. And, not be late all the time.

New Year’s resolutions aside, in the end, it’s all about having no regrets and having a good time despite the rollercoaster of ups and downs  throughout the year. NYE parties are the epitome of this. It’s a celebration, bitches! whether it’s filled with 24 hour inebriated debauchery, a chilled quiet night in with wine and friends, a romantic rendez-vous with your Xbox (jajajaja!), ooooooorrrr all of the above!

I’ve compiled two mixtapes briefing memorable ’08 live shows, more of my fave ’08 albums/artists as well as older ones, and artists to watch for in 2009! One mixtape (NYE) is for the fun fun fun of NYE and the other is a more chilled softer beat mixtape (NYD) catering to pending headaches, both of which, I hope you’ll dig! =)

So, in the words of Justice:

Let’s get this party started right
Let’s get drunk and freaky fly

You with me so it’s alright
We gonna stay up the whole night…

MIXTAPE 1: CIAO NYE

MIXTAPE 2: HOLA NYD

MIXTAPE: CIAO NYE

New Year’s Eve Playlist:

01 Hercules and Love Affair – Hercules Theme

A lot of people don’t “get” HLA’s self-titled album. What’s not to get? One of my faves of the year for sure, and this song, is my favorite off it. HLA brings back the retro pop, the disco beats, the instrumental dance. Let’s not forget Antony Hegarty’s voice either. The Antony of Antony and Johnsons aka the makers of the monumental album, I Am A Bird Now. It’s too bad their live shows don’t include him but with Nomi Ruiz and Kim Ann Foxman replacing the vocals, it’s not so bad. The show is intense, magnetic… you just can’t help but dance!!! Damn, Ruiz and Foxman sure can shake it too! Definitely one of my concert highlights of ’08. Check out a fantastic remix of “Blind” by Frankie Knuckles.

02 Aeroplane ft Kathy Diamond – Whispers

OK Aeroplane if not already remixers of ’08 along with Fake Blood, will be in ’09. Check out their Caramella and Pacific Air Race EPs. Fantastic. HLA did a remix of “Whispers” but I wasn’t that impressed with it. So here is the original…ugh so good!

03 Clubfeet – BrightLightsBigCity

Will be making the 2009 lists for sure. It took me many listens to their LP Gold on Gold to finally decide these guys are contenders. “Teenage Suicide” was the song that had me hooked…and from there it only went uphill. Upbeat, uncomplicated pop along with soothingly inviting vocals and synths produce the big picture: an ambiance of great reveries.

04 Passion Pit – Better things

Chunk of Change is awesome.

05 Ou Est Le Swimming Pool – Dance The Way I Feel

Ou Est le Swimming Pool are gonna blow up in ’09  along with Chester French and Passion Pit. It looks like ’09 is gonna be another fantastic pop year.

06 Empire of the Sun – We Are the People (Burns Remix)

Love Walking on the Sun and LOVE BURNS!!! Perfect match. Ok this dude is also gonna be remixer of ’09. I just don’t find his own stuff to be that great…but his remixes are fantastic!

07 Bell Biv Devoe – Poison

Classic.

P.S. Never trust a big butt and a smile. =)

08 Public Enemy – Public Enemy No. 1

PE rocks mics in ways you can’t even conceive. I’ve been getting back into old school rap/hip-hop lately and it is good. Real good. MY 98! OLDSMOBILEEE SOOOO!

09 Amadou & Mariam – Sabali

Amadou and Mariam are a blind couple from Mali and make pretty much amazing music together. Their latest album Welcome to Mali is another of my faves of ’08. “Sabali” is easily the best track on the album…probably because it was produced by Damon Albarn (I will be gushing about him more later…in the NYD Mixtape), or maybe because it is the perfect blend of enlightening post modern pop with the fundamentals of Mariam’s vocals. AANND they got invited to perform for BARACK OBAMA’s inauguration on Jan 20th, 2009. HIP HIP!

10 Gorillaz – Last Living Soul
11 Parov Stelar – Chambermaid Swing

This man can do no wrong. The Daylight LP and The Flame of Fame EP are easy favorites for me this year. I don’t think nu-jazz has ever sounded this good. He doesn’t stop there! Oh no! All his EPs and LPs are crazy unthinkably fantastic fusions of pop, electronic, funk, DNB, downtempo, lo-fi, jazzy goodness. Yessssss!

12 Little Boots – Stuck on Repeat

She is the Annie of 2005.
She is the Robyn of 2007.
Maybe it’s a an every two year thing…like the winter and summer olympics or something, when greatness gets a chance to show itself. Correct me if I’ve forgotten someone in between but it’s pretty clear that Little Boots, already heavily adored in late ’08 is gonna be rocket-launched forward into ’09 as one of the most anticipated artists to watch. This song really DOES have me stuck on repeat. I love love love it and can’t wait for an LP.  Her Arecibo EP isn’t bad and has the Fake Blood remix of “Stuck on Repeat” which most people seem to love but I find the original to be much better.

Some remixes of Little Boots you should check out are done by DJs that are sure gonna get big big big props in ’09.  Fake Blood blew up this year, especially ’cause of his remix of Hot Chip’s “Touch Too Much” which is pretty solid. Check out Designer Drugs and Treasure Fingers too.

13 Fat Phaze – It’s Magic (Lottie and Serge Santiagos Remix)
14 Dub Pistols – Soul shaking (Touché Vocal Mix)

Love the Dub Pistols. Mixing hip hop together with hard soul hitting breakbeats can create nothing other than a beloved DP track. Man, I’m STILL looking for a mix they did with AC/DC’s “Highway to Hell”. It’s been hmmm…four years and I still can’t find this song jajaja! Holla if you have it. Please. It is killller! The 50 second bootlegg is not enough!

15 Cool Kids – I Rock

The title says it all. Plus, they did a remix with Kenna and you can get the version for free at their blog. It’s not bad. Unfortunately I missed the free Toronto show with Tiga by one day, but did get to see them at Coachella. I remember they brought out water NERF guns and sprrrrritzed us with water to help us all cool off ’cause they played in the afternoon. Then, Ice Cube’s “It Was a Good Day” was sampled and it pretty much epic. They rock (riiiiiiiiight).

16 Young Jeezy ft Kanye West – Put On

One of my favorite tracks of ’08 hands DOWN. Damn Kanye kills it! His autotuning never sounded so good. By the end of this song y’all should be singing with a lisp like thissssssss:

“I put on for my city! On, on for my city!
Put ooooon (East Side!)
Put ooooon (South Side!)
Put ooooon (West Side!)!”
*hands going from side to side, bounce, bounce bounce*

Combine it with Lil’ Waynes “Got Money”:

“If you got money and you know it!
Take it out your pocket and show it!
Like, this a way (aaaah) that a way (aaah)
this a way (aaaah), that a waaaY…!!!”
*hands going from side to side, bounce, bounce bounce*

LOOOVES it. Well, at least this is what I do. Don’t laugh.

17 Lil’ Wayne – Mrs. Officer

I la-la-la-la-la-la-la-la-loooove Tha Carter III. It’s post-sub-core gangster rap with “Got Money”,  “A-milli”, to dirty with “Lollipop”  but has it’s soft sides too like “Comfortable”, “Shoot Me Down” and this one. If you’re not convinced then this is your answer: BET Awards 2008.  Big names big names. I’ve watched the performances on that show so many times and Lil’ Wayne TOPS them all…even Al Green (whom I loooove!) couldn’t top this performance. Anyways, “Mrs. Officer” defs one of my faves on this LP. Wwweeeee ooo weeee ooo weeee oooo weeee ooo weee.

Hip hop’s alive dun worry he’s gooot it.

18 Madcon – Wholehearted

Madcon is short for mad conspiracy. They are from Norway. And they overflow of awesomeness. It makes me jump up jump up and get down, a lot. It has the subtleties of oldies like Frankie Valli, Dion and the Belmonts, and Four Seasons mixed in with modern Architecture in Helsinki-esque instrumental hootenanny to create a consistency that passes for hip pop ‘n’ B. This, plus the lyrical soulfulness of John Legend, rapping prowess of The Rascalz, and a little sugar in between makes An InCONvenient Truth another favorite for me this year. Their former albums It’s All A Madcon and  So Dark the Con of Man are also wikkid. Buy them. =)

19 Esau Mwamwaya and Radioclit – Kamphopo

I’ve only had The Very Best for less than a week but have listened to it as many times as I would have in a year already! It is SOLID! You got sampling from Architecture in Helsinki, Aaliyah, M.I.A., Vampire Weekend, and many many others. I love the mix of the more modern backdrop with traditional Malawi vocals. “Kamphopo” is almost better than AIH’s original “Heart it Races”. Almost.

20 PNAU – Baby (Breakbot Remix)
21 Weird Tapes – Party Trash
22 Hail Social – No Paradise (Weird Tapes Remix)
23 Zeigeist – Tar Heart

The Jade Motel is an incredible album as I’ve said before,  and is the closest sounding thing to The Knife we will get until Karin Dreijer Andersson’s Fever Ray releases the muuuuch expected album in March ’09.

24 The Knife – We Share Our Mother’s Health
25 The Juan Maclean – Happy House

Does no one else like Juan Maclean? Less Than Human people! He’s done a lot of remixes in between that time and I was severely hoping for another album but to no avail. Finally this year DFA gives me soooooomething, releasing the Happy House (DFA 2191). It is wikkid.

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MIXTAPE: HOLA NYD

New Year’s Day Playlist:

01 Gui Boratto – Acróstico

If my previous mixtapes haven’t shown you how awesome this Paulisto is…maybe third time’s a charm. Chromophobia is incredible as are the kajillion EPs/remixes he has out there.  He makes the sweetest and smoothest beats that make you wanna lie on grassy hilltops and reminisce or show off your fancy footwork in Pacha like fashion. It’s all so effortless. It’s straight up amazing.

02 Memory Cassette – 50mph

Heard of Hail Social?! Weird Tapes?! Yeah? Well all these guys are featured in these mixtapes and they’re pretty much the same people making their own music and also collarborating together (HS+WT=Memory Cassette) forming, probably, the most savory musical menagé à trois in a long long long time. You wanna know the BEST part? All of it is free on their blog. PREPARE YOURSELF! for all the freebies, and of course, the wondrous dream pop capable of knocking you unconcious it’s soooo oooh oooh good. Put this threesome in your 2009 to watch list.

03 Chris Lake – Carry Me Away
04 Sébastien Tellier – Roche

Produced by the infamous Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo aka half of Daft Punk aka Gods, the whole Sexuality album is spine tingling body grindingly good. This is the opener and it. is. sexy.

05 Keane – Everybody’s Changing
06 Mother Mother – Arms Tonite (…mmm more!)
07 Blur – Coffee & TV

OK PEOPLE! OUTSIDE OF OASIS THIS IS PROBABLY MY NEXT FAVORITE UK GROUP EVER EVER EVER!!! AND GUESS WHAT?!?!?! THEY ARE REUNITING!!! AAAAAAAAAH HAPPY HAPPY JOY JOY!!! &^#%&%^@!!! *TEARS!*OMFG COACHELLA?!?! POSSIBILITIES!! POSSIBILITES!! I WILL DO EVERYTHING IN MY POWER TO SEE DAMON AND CREW. Wouldn’t it be SO crazy if Gorillaz and Blur were on the SAME bill? I would die. Anyways, this is one of my faves from them…and their video for this is probably one of the best videos ever made. Period.

P.S. I despise Goldenvoice for moving Coachella up a week…smack in the middle of exams.  Rumored: BLUR, PRODIGY, THE KNIFE, OUTKAST. Oh God the 10 year anniversary is going to be GOLD EFFIN’ GOLD!!! I could talk about this forever but, I digress…

08 Islands – Where There’s a Will There’s a Whalebone

I miss The Unicorns. “Tuff Ghoststill holds a spot in my Top X song list of all time jaja. But, their breakup birthed The Islands. And I think I can live with that.

09 Kanye West – Roses

Kanye Kanye Kanye. What more can I say that hasn’t already been said? I love 808s (check out Sal’s wikkid review) and honestly, if it wasn’t for “Roses” and “Addiction” on Late Registration, 808s would have made it to the top of my fave Kanye albums.

10 Lupe Fiasco feat. Kanye West and Pharrell – US Placers

Just look at the title. Greatness. Pharrell kills it!!!

11 MC Solaar – Le belle et le bad boy

MC Solaar has released soooo many LPs I can’t seem to keep up anymore. He is fanastic. Defs one of the my fave French rappers delivering hip hop and rap in a new light with catchy beats and meaningful lyrics. He keeps it fresh despite being in the game for over 15 years.

12 Pawa Up First – Big Freeze

One of my fave Montreal bands. Both their albums, Introducing New Details and The Scenario are so so so solid. Their hip hop post rock experimental electronic sound is pretty awesome to listen to and you end up listening them looped over and over again without wanting anything different.

13 Emancipator – Shook (Mobb Deep And Sigur Ros remix)

This song is just too ridiculously good. Awesomeness ooooooozes… there’s just not enough space in the world for something this magnificent. It remains one of my top remixes eva, for eva eva.

14 Suprême NTM – Tout n’est pas si facile
15 Tribalistas – Velha Infância

I’ve sprinkled my mixtapes with a few Tribalistas tracks. I love these guys so much it’s ridiculous. Tribalistas manages to encompass Brazil’s indescribably vast culture into something so basic, so wonderful. I’m sure in the 90’s every single Brazilian owned a copy and probably still do.

16 Asa – 360° (…oOOoo more!)
17 Jet Tricks ft Adefunke – Love Hangover (acoustic)

You’ll be someplace warm and sunny soon listening to this…

18 Imogen Heap – Just For Now
19 Au Revoir Simone – Backyards Of Our Neighbors
20 Flying Lotus – Camel

OOO man this dude is a genious and cannot be described in any other way. His great aunt is married to some bloke named John Coltrane…yeah, no big deal. Listen. Los Angeles is incredible! His video for “Parisian Goldfish (NSFW) ” is so wrong that it’s right.

21 Hot Chip – Crap Kraft Dinner

I looooove Coming on Strong and think it’s slightly better than Made In the Dark and The Warning. Saw them at Coachella in the Sahara tent and they ripped. it. apart. Absolute dance fever of apocalyptic proportions. Definitely one of the best acts I’ve seen this year.

22 Emancipator – Good Knight

“Dangerous music for adventurous people.
Emancipator bleeds ambrosia. He discovered Iceland. He can breathe underwater.
Emancipator lives in a fortress made of moon rock. His presence attracts songbirds. He can recite all the digits of pi.”

23 Radiohead – No Surprises

I know my most memorable ’08 concert is Radiohead. I’ve waited a super super long time to see them and managed to snag tickets to both shows in LA. It was perfect. You know, you hear of Radiohead being fanastic live. It’s easy to agree after listening to their bootlegged live shows, watching youtube clips of their live performances, vicariously living through the screaming adoring singing fans. Despite this disconnectedness through the computer or whatever medium it may be, you get a sense of elation anyways because they are THAT amazing. They are in my top five bands of all time.  So, I had high expectations. Really super high. Like, Pluto-to-Eath distances high. And you know what? I don’t think any band has ever been able to surpass my expectations so extensively, to blow my mind into shards that minuscule, ever. And I’m a tough critique. Plus, it helped that Hollywood Bowl is such a fanastic venue. Radiohead is epic. I really didn’t think they were going to play “No Surprises”, my all time favorite Radiohead song. When they did, omfg I lost it…

24 The Flaming Lips – Feeling Yourself Disintegrate

I wish I lived in Oklahama so I could see them like, 5 times a year.

25 The Clientele – Losing Haringey

— , December 31, 2008    5 Comments
Comments:

Coffee and TV is one of the greatest songs and videos ever. Period. I found a net of the milkman online, put it together and he’s been sitting on my desk for many years. I’m incredibly stoked for the reunion. (Blur tops Oasis, BTW.)

— Kevin, January 1, 2009

Great mixtape! Very eclectic!

— Taha, January 1, 2009

kevin: ssssssssssssssssssssssting! i could have a very long debate with you on this “blur tops oasis” comment…but i’ll just leave it at i think they’re both amazing…and blur are better live performers for sure ’cause all liam does is stand there…but in terms of albums/hits/songs/lyrics/rockstar-dom, oasis has the top.

taha: thanks =) y gracias for the esau recommendation…defs wouldn’t have listened to it as quickly without your props! you rock! (riiiiiiight)

— dona, January 1, 2009

Holy shit Dona … this is the best mix you’ve ever made … of the mixes of yours that I’ve seen.

I’m obsessed. Thank you! (oh and thanks for the big-up)

— Sal, January 1, 2009

thanks Sal! =)

— Dona, January 2, 2009