This year’s holiday mixes

This is the third year in a row I’ve made a mix called “Artists To Watch” to give away for our holiday party. It’s a nice way for our friends to find out about our favorite new music.

Band Song Next appearance Why them
01. Quitter UK Young Again 1/13/06 9:30 Club Members of emmet swimming and Smartbomb, great chorus.
02. Queen + Paul Rodgers I Want It All 3/9/06 MCI Center Ok, not exactly a new band, but my favorite concert of 2005 and should be another good show in March (from their new live CD/DVD).
03. Crooked Still Orphan Girl We discovered them at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival last year, but didn’t get the CD until this year’s fest. A spirited update of the Gillian Welch song.
04. Marwood Name To Me No More Haven’t seen these guys yet, but they’ve opened for emmet swimming and I like the falsetto.
05. Jenny Lewis Handle With Care My ears perk up for the Traveling Wilburys (who will finally have their CDs go back into print in 2006). Jenny Lewis is the lead singer of Rilo Kiley, who opened for Coldplay in 2005. She’s joined here by the lead singers of Death Cab For Cutie and Bright Eyes to form an indie supergroup to cover this classic.
06. Jim Boggia Once 1/14/06 Birchmere The nicest love song I’ve heard in a while.
07. Nellie McKay The Big One 1/22/06 Birchmere She’s got a lot of influences and puts them all into her music.
08. O.A.R. Love And Memories The guys from Maryland with a more poppier song then their usual rock jams.
09. Girlyman Kittery Tide I know you were wondering when we’d get to some banjo.
10. Alternate Routes Who Cares 12/23/05 Jammin’ Java
11. Paul and Storm A Better Version Of You They’ve got a great new funny CD out, but I had to go with this web only track.
12. Tracy Grammer Gypsy Rose A new CD from Tracy with the remaining songs the late Dave Carter wrote.
13. Joseph Parsons Good Or Bad Like Jim Boggia , another 4 Way Street alumnus.
14. We’re About 9 Brooklyn 12/31/05 1st Night Alexandria Great harmonies.
15. Erin McKeown To The Stars 3/30/06 Birchmere We saw her open for Ani DiFranco last summer.
15. Getaway Car Big Time Lullabye 12/23/05 Jammin’ Java Todd has to be the funniest frontman around, but he still rocks out when he’s not amking you laugh.
17. Michael Penn On Automatic The “No Myth” guy is still around churning out pop gems like this.
18. Beth Patterson Darlin’ Please 2/12/06 The Old Brogue A nice twist.
19. Arrogant Worms Carrot Juice Is Murder Funny Canadiens, recorded live at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival
20. Spoon I Summon You Stephen King’s pick for best single, and I like it too.
21. Sufjan Stevens Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing From his 2nd Christmas EP, a moving version of a hymn.

Leftovers (best with gravy):
Ben Arthur – Mary Ann
James Blunt – You’re Beautiful
Tracy Bonham – Something Beautiful
Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Over and Over Again
Kris Delmhorst – Broken White Line
Greencards – Time
Juniper Lane – Apology
Anna Nalick – Breathe
Okkervil River – Black
Beth Orton – Conceived
Razorlight – Somewhere Else
Adam Richman – Mary-Anne
Waifs – Waitress

I also made a Christmas mix CD for the first time. I’ve already got enough songs left over to make volume 2, but that’ll wait for next year. Jill asked why I ended with two depressing songs, but my logic is keep it happy for as long as you can – just like life. Besides, they’re catchy.

  1. Christmas All Over Again – Tom Petty
  2. Do They Know It’s Christmas? – Barenaked Ladies
  3. 2000 Miles – Coldplay
  4. Blue Christmas – Collective Soul
  5. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) – U2
  6. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town – Bruce Springsteen
  7. Christmas At Ground Zero – ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic
  8. Holly Jolly Christmas – Marah
  9. I Saw Three Ships – Sting
  10. Christmas Song – Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds
  11. Happy Xmas – John Lennon
  12. Please Come Home For Christmas – Eagles
  13. Christmas Song – Biohio
  14. I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus – John Mellencamp
  15. Step Into Christmas – Elton John
  16. Thank God It’s Christmas – Queen
  17. Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24 – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  18. Little Drummer Boy – GrooveLily
  19. Joseph Was A Carpenter – eddie from ohio
  20. O Holy Night – Sufjan Stevens
  21. Silver Star – emmet swimming
  22. You’re A Mean One, Mr Grinch – Whirling Dervishes
  23. Christmas – Getaway Car