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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!

Featured Songs

  1. Dr. Dre, Fuck wit Dre Day (And Everybody's Celebratin'), The Chronic, Death Row, 1992
  2. Whitney Houston, The Greatest Love of All, Whitney Houston, Arista, 1985
  3. Chuck Brown and the Soul Searchers, Bustin' Loose, Bustin' Loose, Source Records, 1979
  4. Ravi Shankar, Duhn: Fast Teental (excerpt), Monterey International Pop Festival, Razor & Tie, 2007
  5. Kelly Hogan, Ways of the World, I Like to Keep Myself in Pain, ANTI-, 2012
  6. Django Django, Default, Django Django, Because Music, 2012
  7. Santigold, Disparate Youth, Master of My Make-Believe, Atlantic, 2012
  8. Bobby Womack, The Bravest Man in the Universe, The Bravest Man in the Universe, XL Recordings, 2012
  9. The Hood Internet, One for the Record Books, FEAT, Decon, 2012
  10. Wild Belle, Keep You, single, Columbia, 2012
  11. Radar Eyes, I Am, Radar Eyes, HoZac, 2012
  12. Rhye, The Fall, The Fall EP, Innovative Leisure, 2012
  13. Bob Mould, Star Machine, Silver Age, Merge, 2012
  14. DJ Tripp, Love is Young (Fun. Vs. Pat Benatar), single, self released, 2012
  15. Jessie J, Domino, Who You Are, Lava, 2011
  16. Andre Williams & The Sadies, I Gotta Get Shorty Out of Jail, Night & Day, Yep Rock Records, 2012
  17. Bassnectar, Pennywise Tribute, Vava Voom, Amorphous Music, 2012
  18. Jack White, Hip Eponymous Poor Boy, Blunderbuss, Third Man, 2012
  19. Andy Stott, Numb, Luxury Problems, Modern Love, 2012
  20. Nick Lowe, Switchboard Susan, Labour of Lust, Radar, 1979
  21. The Shins, No Way Down, Port of Morrow, Aural Apothecary, 2012
  22. Dirty Projectors, Temecula Sunrise, Bitte Orca, Domino, 2009

Footnotes Forbes' Annual List of Top Earners

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