As we stand at the threshold of 2006, I have been playing around with some songs and have made up a mix of music for you all to start the new year off RIGHT. These are not all overtly “New Year’s” themed, I left off a lot of the typical holiday songs and instead focused on the way a new year feels to me.
Lots of leitmotifs here surrounding topics such as fresh starts, new beginnings, and music that just feels unsullied and pure (such as the Eels bookend tracks at the start and end). Then to top it all off, a healthy dose of positive thinking and optimism. Hopefully something you can listen to throughout January and beyond.
Since you should listen to the whole thing as a comprehensive unit, and not individually (mix order is serious stuff!) there is just one link to download the zip mix with all the songs at the end of the post.
1. Theme From Blinking Lights – Eels (buy)
2. Good Day – Luce (buy)
3. Up All Night – Counting Crows (buy)
4. Next Year, Baby – Jamie Cullum (buy)
5. Throw It All Away – Toad The Wet Sprocket (buy)
6. Auld Lang Syne – Brian Wilson (buy)
7. Brand New Start – Paul Weller (buy)
8. Yes I Will – Michael Franti & Spearhead (buy)
9. January Rain – David Gray (buy)
10. Happy New Year – Camera Obscura (buy)
11. This Could Be My Moment – The Verve (buy)
12. Pretty Good Year – Tori Amos (buy)
13. Start Again – Teenage Fanclub (buy)
14. What A Year For a New Year – Dan Wilson (of Semisonic) (buy)
15. Champagne From a Paper Cup – Death Cab for Cutie (buy)
16. A Clean Pair of Eyes – David Gray (buy)
17. Change Is Gonna Come – Otis Redding (buy)
18. Better Things – The Kinks (buy)
19. Blinking Lights (For You) Eels (buy)