Mixtapes 2012 & In Memoriam

Jim and Greg close out 2012 with their annual Mixtapes.

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What does it say about the music industry when 2011’s highest-earning musician didn’t release any new music? Dr. Dre tops Forbes’ annual list of music industry earners with an income of $110 million, beating out industry heavyweights like Bieber and Macca. But fans are still waiting for Detox - Dre’s highly anticipated follow up to 2001 and The Chronic. So how’d Dre do it? By selling a ton of headphones.

Throughout the year Jim and Greg have paid homage to the musical greats we’ve lost. There were some big names in 2012 - Whitney Houston, Etta James, Levon Helm, Donna Summer, and Davy Jones just to name a few. With the year coming to a close, Jim and Greg take a moment to recognize more artists they didn’t get to earlier this year: DC’s own Godfather of Go-go Chuck Brown, and Eastern music ambassador Ravi Shankar. They play Brown’s Bustin’ Loose and Shankar’s Dhun (Fast Teental) from the sitar master’s 1967 Monterey Pop Festival performance in appreciation.

The Best Songs of 2012 - Mixtapes

As 2012 comes to a close, it’s a great time to think about the songs that defined the year. And what better way to do that than with mixtapes? During the show you’ll hear a small selection of Jim and Greg’s compilations of the year, but you can stream both mixes in their entirety below. And you can make your own.

Happy New Year from Sound Opinions!

Greg Kot’s 2012 Mixtape: Ways of the World

  1. Kelly Hogan, Ways of the World
  2. Neneh Cherry and the Thing, Cashback
  3. Killer Mike, Untitled
  4. Nick Waterhouse, Some Place
  5. Django Django, Default
  6. Santigold, Disparate Youth
  7. The Hood Internet, One for the Record Books
  8. Wild Belle, Keep You
  9. Radar Eyes, I Am,
  10. Chromatics, Kill for Love
  11. Miguel, Where’s the Fun in Forever
  12. Japandroids, The House that Heaven Built
  13. Ty Segall Band, Tell Me What’s Inside Your Heart
  14. Divine Fits, Would That Not Be Nice
  15. Frank Ocean, Bad Religion
  16. Cat Power, Cherokee
  17. Jack White, Hysterical Kiss
  18. Bobby Womack, The Bravest Man in the Universe

Jim DeRogatis’ 2012 Mixtape

  1. Jessie J, Domino
  2. Bob Mould, Star Machine
  3. Best Coast, Why I Cry
  4. Bassnectar, Pennywise Tribute
  5. The dB’s, That Time is Gone
  6. DIIV, Past Lives
  7. El-P, For My Upstairs Neighbor (Mums the Word)
  8. Lupe Fiasco, ITAL (Roses)
  9. John Cale, I Wanna Talk 2 U
  10. Andre Williams & The Sadies, I Gotta Get Shorty Out of Jail
  11. Miguel, Adorn
  12. Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Jesus’ Chariot (She’ll Be Coming Around the Mountain
  13. Passion Pit, I’ll Be Alright
  14. Jack White, Hip Eponymous Poor Boy
  15. Sinead O’Connor, 4th and Vine

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