Holidays = mixes

If it’s the night of our annual holiday party, it’s also time for my Artists To Watch mix, featuring the music I think you should keep an eye out for in 2008 (guests of the Freys receive a complimentary copy).

Band Song Next area appearance Why them
01. Blackfield Once Steven Wilson’s side project from his regular band, an early choice for best song and remained unsurpassed.
02. Mika Lollipop 1/31/08 Electric Factory So many choices off his debut to choose from, but this is the catchiest (and shows off his range).
03. The Feeling Love It When You Call My fave new Britpop act.
04. Kay Hanley It Hurts Former lead singer of Letters To Cleo, currently doing backup on the Hannah Montana tour (is that why it hurts, Kay?).
05. Jeremy Fisher Scar That Never Heals Maybe I was in a Paul Simon mood this year, first of two to call him to mind.
06. Jenny Owen Youngs Drinking Song 1/9/08 Kennedy Center Millennium Stage A potty mouth reminiscent of Liz Phair, she puts on a fun show.
07. The Sketches Dizzy 1/4/08 Black Cat Local group with a talent for a melody.
08. Regina Spektor Better Kind of a cross between Tori Amos and Norah Jones.
09. Dan Wilson All Kinds The former Semisonic frontman releases his first solo album a year after winning a Grammy for cowriting the Dixie Chicks’ “Not Ready to Make Nice”.
10. The Frames Falling Slowly The movie “Once” features Glen Hansard (of The Frames) & Marketa Irglova, and this is the original version of one of the songs.
11. Dick Prall The Cornflakes Song Catchiest song I found through Paste this year.
12. Little Big Town Vapor 2/28/08 Richmond Coliseum A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll (can you tell they’re mostly influenced by Fleetwood Mac and The Eagles?).
13. Ben’s Brother Time Another British group, softer sound like Keane.
14. Antje Duvekot Pearls Jill’s fave new artist.
15. Mark Olson Poor Michael’s Boat Former Jayhawks bandmate Gary Louris co-wrote and sang on this.
16. Brett Dennen Darlin’ Do Not Fear The other one with the Paul Simon vibe.
17. The Strangelings Johnny Come Down To Hilo Three folk duos form a band.
18. Matt Nathanson Car Crash 1/31/08 Recher Theatre Singer/songwriter going for a grandiose moment.
19. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss Gone Gone Gone (Done Moved On) Ok, you’ve heard of them, but never heard them together. It’s not Zep or Union Station, but it’s good.
20. Stephen Kellogg Why Are You Talking To Me 12/31/07 Jammin’ Java One of the best live acts around.

Leftovers (in no particular order):
The Last Town ChorusModern Love
Queen + Paul RodgersSay It’s Not True
Georgie JamesCake Parade
Orba SquaraPerfect Timing (This Morning)
The PietastersDon’t Wanna Know
Ari HestRight Of Way
Gin BlossomsLong Time Gone
Lucy KaplanskyManhattan Moon
Luke BrindleyDon’t Want To Lose You
Miranda LambertGunpowder And Lead
Pat McGee BandMaybe It’s Time
Paula ColeComin’ Down
Thea GilmoreTeacher, Teacher
Vienna TengHarbor
Porcupine TreeFear Of A Blank Planet
Pepper’s GhostHow ‘Bout It Now
Sick PuppiesMy World
SpoonThe Underdog
Dream TheaterForsaken
The FrustrationsNerdy Little Secret
Eric HutchinsonRock And Roll
Ingrid MichaelsonKeep Breathing
Priscilla AhnRain

And I made a third Christmas mix CD. I ultimately decided not to use any songs that I’ve had on the other two (even though I’ve got two other great versions of “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas”) as I had an abundance of choices without them. I also limited myself to one artist per CD (that means years of fun to come from BNL). And there’s still a number of classic tunes that haven’t been represented yet – haven’t found versions that really spoke to me. Maybe next year!

  1. Snow Song (It’s Coming Down) – Groovelily
  2. Let It Snow – Dar Williams
  3. Christmas – Blues Traveler
  4. Donde Esta Santa Claus – Guster
  5. Baby, It’s Cold Outside – Marah
  6. Oi To The World – No Doubt
  7. Rockin’ Around The Christmas Tree – Ronette Spector and Darlene Love
  8. Mary XMess – Sun 60
  9. Jingle Bell Rock – Katie Mac
  10. Merry Christmas Baby – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
  11. All I Want For Christmas Is You – My Chemical Romance
  12. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen/We Three Kings – Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan
  13. Fairytale Of New York – Stars
  14. Chiron Beta Prime – Jonathan Coulton
  15. Santa Baby – Michelle Malone
  16. Christmas Wrapping – The Waitresses
  17. On Christmas Day – Pete Droge
  18. Away In A Manger – Mindy Smith with Alison Krauss
  19. I’ll Be Home For Christmas – Aimee Mann
  20. Angels We Have Heard On High – Sufjan Stevens
  21. Lo, How A Rose E’er Blooming – Feist
  22. Christmas Canon – Trans-Siberian Orchestra
  23. ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas – Various artists