And, Finally, I present to you the results of my Mix CD. I really hope that I didn't build it up so much that you'll be disappointed.
I decided to go with a theme of "Songs of '04." (In fact, the title of the CD is "20 Favorites of 04." How original.) (Want to see a photo, so you can enjoy the title and the pink all together? It's here.)
The problem with a year in review CD is that by the end of the year (and a few weeks burning the CD), you end up kind of tired of the songs. But I think it's a nice thing to have, and a year or two down the road you can pop it in and remember a good year. I wanted to pick a few of the Pop songs, because even if they annoyed me this year, I think someday I'll hear them and say "Yeah, that reminds me of Summer of 04 when that song was all over the radio..." I also wanted to pick a few more obscure songs, partly to keep this from being "Totally Hits 2004" and also because, well, that's the kind of stuff I generally enjoy more.
A Side (No, it's not some kind of 2 sided CD. I was just reminiscing for the days of good old fashioned mix tapes, so I broke the CD up into two "sides." Live with it.)
1. U2 - Vertigo - Uno, Dos, Tres, Catorce. Yeah, I dunno, I don't get it either. I'm not a big U2 fan, but I think of this as a great driving song. I like to turn the song up and shout "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah!"
2. Modest Mouse - Ocean Breathes Salty - I first heard of Modest Mouse in '04. How could you miss "Float On?" It was everywhere this year. I'd like them to not be a one hit wonder, and I like this song, it's kinda catchy.
3. Kevin Lyttle - Turn Me On - I first heard this song when I went to Philadelphia for a friend's bachelorette party. All of the ladies were piled into a car, dressed to the 9s and headed for a night on the town. When this song came on, my friend cranked the volume and everyone started singing along. And I hadn't heard it yet. A few weeks later, it was playing in my hometown and it'll always remind me of a fun night out with friends.
4. Ashlee Simpson - LaLa - That poor girl took so much flack this year. But I think she's cute, and I like her show. I like the CD and I think this is a great "turn it loud, dance in your underwear, and sing into your hairbrush" tune. P.S. I think "LaLa" means sex.
5. Gavin Degraw - I Don't Wanna Be - That's a good message. You don't have to be anything other than what you've been trying to be lately.
6. JKwon - Tipsy - "Teen drinking is very bad." "Yo, I got a fake ID though." This is a great fun catchy happy song. Errrybody in da club get tipsy. (And where did I first hear this song? From my clients in a cell, of course.)
7. Fefe Dobson - Everything - Fefe is Canadian. She strikes me a pop chick with a good voice who isn't overly mass produced or anything. And this is a cool song. Also, I think that this is the album version, which I liked better than the radio version, so if you already decided to dislike this song on the basis of what you heard on the radio, at least give this version a chance.
8. Carbon Leaf - Life Less Ordinary - I really really dig this song. I just loove it. I've tried listening to a few other Carbon Leaf songs, but they just didn't do it for me. I don't know what their background is, but it's very different to anything else I listen to. This song is just so fun to listen to.
9. Counting Crows - Accidentally In Love - Purely pop, this is just a cute song, that, of course, reminds me of Shrek 2. And it's good to hear something good from Counting Crows.
10. Lazyboy - Underwear Goes Inside The Pants - This just just cracked me up the first time I heard it, and it still puts a smile on my face. And I agree with so much of what is expressed here. ("And then I thought, 'That's what I'm going to use it on.'") If you haven't heard it yet (and if you read my blog, I told you to listen to this months ago), here's your chance.
(And this concludes Side A.)
Side B (See, doesn't it feel nice to have that break between sides? Didn't you miss that on your newfangled CDs?)
11. Kanye West - Jesus Walks - I think this is a great song, and really groundbreaking in the genre. Kanye West is a great artist (he previously produced for Alicia Keys and Jay-Z) and I think we'll be hearing more from him in '05.
12. G. Love - Astronaut - I've been a G. Love fan back since "Cold Beverage" was on regular rotation at college parties, and I think this is another fun song.
13. Eminem - Just Lose It - Every year needs a new Eminem hit, and this was probably the best of '04. Love him or hate him, he makes catchy songs. Not to mention the videos.
14. Ryan Cabrera - On The Way Down - Perhaps best known as Ashlee Simpson's boyfriend, here's your serving of the boy pop of '04.
15. Dashboard Confessional - Vindicated - This was the year I also discovered Dashboard Confessional. I chose this song, because it's a good '04 release (but my favorite Dashboard Confessional songs would be Hands Down or Screaming Infidelities, which were released earlier).
16. Vanessa Carlton - White Houses - I was never a Vanessa Carlton fan (I think I got her confused with Michelle Branch and some of those other girls), but this song reminds me of summers spent at the beach. I originally called it "Pink Houses" on this list, but it's definitely "White Houses." See the comments.
17. Jay-Z - 99 Problems - How can a defense attorney not love this song? From the first time I heard this song, I hoped that maybe one of my clients would learn something from this song about their rights. ("I aint passed the bar but I know a little bit, Enough that you won't illegally search my shit.") And this song is just a little too catchy - try to keep yourself from walking around the office singing, "I got 99 problems, but a bitch aint one."
18. Maria Mena - You're The Only One - A cute song with a great attitude. She's Norwegian, and this girl is beautiful.
19. Frou Frou - Let Go - The Garden State Soundtrack was, by far, my favorite CD of '04. So, it was only right to pick a representative tune. I chose this one with the assistance of my ever-helpful blog commenters.
20. Ray Charles featuring Natalie Cole - Fever - I decided that it was right to remember the '04 passing of a great artist, and I will definitely miss Ray Charles. I chose this off the Genius Loves Company CD because I figured that made it an '04 release. (Sticking with the theme, get it?)
(This concludes Side B.)