12.31.13

Carbon8's Best Music 2013 Mix!

BY ERIN BEHRENHAUSEN

I love New Year's Eve. But not because it's an excuse to toss back a billion glasses of champagne (although I do enjoy that). New Year's Eve is the one holiday that practically everyone around the world, regardless of cultural or religious creed, celebrates together. And music, being the universal language, is the perfect way to join in the global party.In honor of tonight's festivities, we've compiled a mix of songs that we love from 2013. Enjoy and Happy New Year! -Erin B.

Chris’ Picks:

Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke

It's played out, sure. But it gets my butt movin' and my mouse clickin' when I feel groggy.

The Stars Are Ours - Mayer Hawthorne

I love the groove, and the vocals remind me of those old school jams from the late 70’s

Kristi’s Picks:

Get Lucky - Daft Punk

I love this because it just makes me want to rollerskate in disco clothes. It’s even better when paired with this video

or this video

Royals - Lorde

So good. This girl is badass.

Shay’s Picks:

Little Too Late - Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers

I just found her this year and love her Grace Potter, classic American soulful rock, okay a little bit country, feel. It reminds me of barefoot New Hampshire summers driving on back roads with the windows down.

The Mother We Share - CHVRCHES

Thanks to Neil, I listen to this album all the time at work. It’s got enough pep to keep me going, but isn’t so distracting that I can’t think.

Erin’s Picks:

Open - Rhye

This guy has the most amazing, androgynously-luscious voice. And this song is super smooth. Recommended for ultra sexy times (80% of the time it works every time).

Shut Up - Savages

This song is the perfect metaphor for the times, with all of our tweeting, face-booking and texting BS. Did I mention Savages are an all-girl band? Yeah, and they kick ass - especially yours, if you go see them live, which you should.

Shucks - Dungeonesse

I love this whole album by former Wye Oak front-woman Jen Wasner, because it’s what pop should sound like. It’s fun, it’s pretty and perfect for your meager car sound system.

* Erin also recommends: Toe Cutter-Thumb Buster by Thee Oh Sees, Nono/Yoyo by Standish/Carlyon

Jeff’s Picks:

The Moment - Toad the Wet Sprocket

One of my favorite bands of all time reunited and funded a new album on Kickstarter. It was worth the wait.

Can't Complain - Relient K

I don't typically love pop, reggae beats or happy songs. This is all of those, but it makes me happy.

Jimmy’s Picks:

Wake Me Up - Aloe Blacc

This was an amazing song released in 2013, every-time I listen to this song I get a little more inspired throughout the day.

If I lose Myself - One Republic

My favorite Album of 2013! It was hard to choose my favorite song from this album, but "If I lose Myself" is definitely one of my favorites.

Mirrors - Justin Timberlake

Great meaning in this song if you have a special someone in your life. Plus, the music video has a great story and meaning to it.

Neil’s Picks:

So So Slowly - American Tomahawk

One of my favorite albums of the year from an old Denver friend but now another LA transplant. This album features an ode to a Denver favorite, Sputnik. But this track captures the essence of the album which can be summarized by the feeling of a late winter’s night spent drinking at your favorite haunt, having a few too many, ending up on an acquaintance’s couch to be awaken a couple hours later by the early sunrise and the desire to leave before you have to acknowledge said acquaintance only to step out in the cold to realize you have nothing to do and nowhere to go. Yes, that good.

Shout It Out - Mikal Cronin

A nice garage punk track with some surf rock elements. This may take you back to middle school or high school when you found that awesome track you wanted to learn how to play the chords to on guitar and, if it was easy enough to sing, that just maybe, if you got it down good enough, you would sign up for the talent show and impress some chicks. 11 years later, that still remains one of my New Year’s resolutions. One of these days...

Providence - Foals

Foals proves that maybe math rock isn’t dead. Oh, and it can be heavy. Here is how to listen to this track: 1. Set volume at 11. 2. Find some breakable objects that you aren’t going to miss. 3. Push play. 4. Sing along: “I'm an animal just like you, I know just what I do? Oh Lord, what can I do? Oh Lord, what can I do? I'm an animal just like you, I'm an animal just like you. 5. Throw breakable objects. 6. Smash the pieces not yet obliterated. 6. Finish song and catch your breath. 7. Clean up. 8. Have a nice day!

* Neil also recommends: Chamakay by Blood Orange, Miko by The Chain Gang of 1974, Old Skin by Olafur Arnalds and Fuckers by the Savages.

Mark’s Picks:

Suit and Tie - Justin Timberlake

Lisa’s Picks:

Work B**ch - Britney Spears

In addition to being a real toe-tapper, this song truly embodies the “Lean In” philosophy so enthusiastically espoused by working ladies this year.

Joan of Arc - Arcade Fire

Not only did Arcade Fire pay homage to my favorite martyr, their doo-wop treatment inspires me to don a poodle skirt and do the gorilla.

Loretta - Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin

Part “Obla Di Obla Da” and part “Cecilia,” this song is two minutes and forty seconds of sheer, unadulterated joy.

Listen to the mix on Spotify:

https://play.spotify.com/user/1242115484/playlist/28XR5Rz4sExQqyUbncc1FR

Listen to the mix on RDIO:

http://rd.io/x/QWlBnjMqkno/

**BONUS TRACK!!

For those of you living in Colorado, the new year also hails the institution of some pretty 'dope' legislation that passed in 2013. Here’s a tune we recommend listening to while lighting up legally on 1-1-14.

La La La - Snoop Lion

Erin Behrenhausen
written by ERIN BEHRENHAUSEN

Erin Behrenhausen is Art Director for Carbon8, and has over 15 years of experience as a designer in the Denver area. Erin is passionate about strong, clean design that creates an emotional impact, and believes that typography and balance are the foundation of good design.

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