Mighty Life List
Jan 2 2013

Top 15 Songs of 2012

These are my favorite songs that came out last year, many of which I found because of your comments. I hope you find a few new loves here, and that when you hear one of these songs years from now, you think of this time in your life fondly.

Top 15 Songs of 2012 on Spotify
50 Best Songs of 2012 on Spotify
(This includes the 15 featured here and more, for the completists among us.)


1. The Lumineers – Ho Hey
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2. Fiona Apple – Hot Knife
Photo by Jason LaVeris


3. Sarah Jaffe – Shut It Down
Photo by Felicia Graham.


4. Audra Mae & The Almighty Sound – Little Red Wagon
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5. Daughter – Candles
Photo by Geoff Lung


6. Mat Kearney – Hey Mama
Photo by Abby Gillardi


7. Ben Howard – Black Flies
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8. Band Of Skulls – Sweet Sour
Photo from Corner Shop Studios


9. Frank Ocean – Bad Religion
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10. Delta Rae – Bottom Of The River
Photo by Dennis Pillion


11. Dry the River – New Ceremony
Photo by Kristen Winter.


12. Die Antwoord – Fatty Boom Boom
Photo by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.


13. Keaton Henson – You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are
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14. Michael Kiwanuka – I’m Getting Ready
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15. FOE – The Black Lodge
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What did I miss? What was your favorite song of 2012?

Dec 14 2012

Weekend Soundtrack: All is Calm All is Bright, Christmas 2012 Mix

All is Calm, All is Bright: Christmas 2012 Mix

One of the things that can be irritating about piped-in holiday music is that my tastes are so specific to how I grew up. I made this Christmas mix for me, so I could hear just the right thing over cocoa. It can be a starting point for your own mix, or an easy collection for cocktails.

My top-ten favorite Christmas songs:

1. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas, Judy Garland
2. Silent Night, Holy Night, Frank Sinatra
3. Santa Baby, Eartha Kitt
4. Silver Bells, Stevie Wonder
5. It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas, Michael Bublé
6. Frosty the Snowman, Fiona Apple
7. Go Tell it On the Mountain, Dolly Parton
8. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Gene Autry
9. What Child is This, Kristen Chenowith
10. O Holy Night, Kelly Clarkson

That last one especially.

What songs put you in the mood for decking the halls?

Nov 30 2012

Weekend Soundtrack: Yeah Girl Yeah 2012

Five girls gathered around one mirror, getting ready for a night on the town — doing each other’s eye makeup, doing the robot, laughing until champagne comes out our noses. WHAT! I love this song. Turn it up.

Yeah Girl Yeah on Spotify
Yeah Girl Yeah on Rdio

Playlist:
(I’ve recommended some of these before, but I wanted them all in one place.)

Hey Mama, Matt Kearney
Something Good Can Work, Two Door Cinema Club
What I Like About You, The Romantics
You Be Killin Em, Fabolous
W-O-M-A-N, Etta James
Hey Sexy, Die Antwoord
Girls on The Dance Floor, Far East Movement
Short Skirt/Long Jacket, Cake
No Duh, K.FLay
P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing), Michael Jackson
Like the Way, Aer
Take it Off, The Donnas
Polite Dance Song, the bird and the bee
Gold Digger, Kanye West and Jamie Fox
Rill Rill, Sleigh Bells
Groove Me, King Floyd
Little Red Wagon, Audra Mae & The Almighty

What do you listen to when you’re getting ready to go out?

Oct 12 2012

Weekend Soundtrack: Treasure Island Music Festival Mix, 2012

This weekend will be my first Treasure Island Music Festival, a two-day concert held on an island just outside San Francisco. Here are some songs from the bands I’m most looking forward to seeing.

Playlist:

Messin’ With My Head from K.Flay
Golden Touch from araabMUZIK
10 Mile Stereo from Beach House
No One Like You from Best Coast
Steamboat to Concord from Dirty Ghosts
My Love is Real from Divine Fits
Play Your Part (Pt. 1) from Girl Talk
Heavy Cross from Gossip
Friends of Friends from Hospitality
Runaway from Imperial Teen
By Your Hand from Los Campesinos
Midnight City from M83
Language — Original Mix from Porter Robinson
Hold On (feat. Sampha) from Subtrkt
Islands from The xx
17 from Youth Lagoon
Infinite Love Without Fulfillment from Grimes
Fight the Power from Public Enemy

Treasure Island Music Festival Mix, 2012 on Spotify
Treasure Island Music Festival Mix, 2012 on Rdio

It goes without saying, I’m jealous of the folks attending Austin City Limits this weekend. What musician would you most like to see live, or see live again?

Oct 5 2012

Weekend Soundtrack: Put This in Your Ears

A few songs that have been on heavy rotation with me lately:


The Black Lodge from Foe


Ten-Twenty-Ten from the Generationals


Like Me Meaner from Lanie Lane


New Ceremony from Dry the River
Great lyrics, “It’s anybody’s guess how the Angel of Doubt laid down sand beneath our house.”


Dance Without You from Skylar Grey

What song do you have on repeat? Let us know in the comments.

Sep 28 2012

Weekend Soundtrack: Put This in Your Ears

Five songs I’ve had on repeat loop:


Ben Howard, Black Flies


Fallulah, Out of it


Regina Spektor, Small Town Moon


Bottom of the River, Delta Rae


Perfume Genius, Hood

Put This in Your Ears on Spotify
Put This in Your Ears on Rdio

What song has you obsessed right now?

Sep 14 2012

Weekend Soundtrack: XOXO Fest, Hotel Room Dance Party

Weekend Soundtrack: XOXO Festival, Hotel Dance Room Party | Mighty Girl

It’s late, and I think you guys might be drunk. The bars are closed, but the minibar never closes. Bring your friends back to dance on the bed.

XOXO Fest, Hotel Room Dance Party on Spotify
XOXO Fest, Hotel Room Dance Party on Rdio (partial)

Feeling Good, Telephunken
It’s Tricky, Run DMC
Lonely Boy, The Black Keys
Everybody Needs Somebody to Love, Joilet Jake Blues
Evil Boy, Die Antwoord
Never Gonna Get It, En Vogue
Dead Animals, The Young Evils
Carry Out, Timbaland Featuring Justin Timberlake
212, Azealia Banks and Lazy Jay
Blow, Ke$ha
Can’t Say No, Connor Maynard
If I Was Your Girl, Janet Jackson
Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved, James Brown, The Original J.B.s
Check Up On It, Beyonce: Featuring Slim Thug

I’m at XOXO Festival in Portland, hosted by my friend Andy Baio. We will be eating from food trucks, buying handicrafts, and dancing on beds with smart people all weekend long.

What do you play when you’re up for a cheesy after-hours dance party?

More music for the weekend:
Maximum Fun Mix |  Breakup: Mix for the Brokenhearted | You Got This