Mixtapes for 2013

2013 Mixtapes & Ask the Critic

Jim and Greg bid a final farewell to 2013 with Mixtapes featuring their favorite songs of the year. And they take questions from listeners during the“Ask the Critic”segment.

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Ask the Critic

  • In the New Year Jim and Greg resolve to answer more of your questions starting with Pete who asks,“How do you tell the difference between and album that's bad, and one that just isn't made for you?”Lee on Facebook adds,“Can you fairly review an artist you may think sucks. (This is meant as a serious question).” To make a long story short…yes (if you're a good critic). See Greg's Yanni reporting below.

  • Thomas in Maine leaves a voicemail asking about the best psychedelic bands of 2013. Greg recommends Wooden Shjips, Darkside, The Warlocks and Besnard Lakes.

  • Jonathan asks on Facebook,“Why such a preference for the underground?” Jim doesn't think they really have such a preference, especially now that underground music is so accessible online. But Greg admits that mainstream, major label acts are expected to appeal to as large a population as possible, and that often means buffing out the good edges.

  • "Chili Mac Klein" also posts: "How awkward is it to have to meet with a musician after you have slammed his/her work in the past?" Greg describes an interesting conversation with Neil Young in which he asks the singer why he kept doing this. But, for the most part, artists are good sports, especially if a critic does his or her homework and gives critiques with confidence.

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The Best Songs of 2013 - Mixtapes

We‘ve said goodbye to 2013, and now we want to salute the tunes that wowed us. There’s no better way than with a personal mixtape from Jim and Greg to you.

Featured Songs

  1. B.B. King, Ask Me No Questions, Indianola Mississippi Seeds, MCA, 1970
  2. Yanni, Santorini, Yanni Live at the Acropolis, Private Music, 1994
  3. Darkside, Paper Trails, Psychic, Matador/Other People, 2013
  4. The Besnard Lakes, And Her Eyes Were Painted Gold, Until in Excess Imperceptible UFO, Jagjaguwar, 2013
  5. Neil Young, F*!#in' Up, Ragged Glory, Reprise, 1990
  6. Lorde, Royals, Pure Heroine, Universal, 2013
  7. Ylvis, The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?), The Fox (Single), Parlophone, 2013
  8. Savages, Husbands, Silence Yourself, Matador, 2013
  9. B. Schoolio/Robin Thicke, Blurred Lines (ft. Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids), N/A, freely available on YouTube, 2013
  10. Daft Punk, Get Lucky, Random Access Memories, Daft Life, 2013
  11. Badfinger, Baby Blue, Straight Up, Apple, 1971
  12. Justin Timberlake, Take Back the Night, The 20/20 Experience—2 of 2, RCA, 2013
  13. Neko Case, Night Still Comes, The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You, Anti, 2013
  14. Oblivians, Call the Police, Desperation, In the Red, 2013
  15. Palma Violets, Best of Friends, 180, Rough Trade US, 2013
  16. Sam Phillips, Things I Shouldn't Have Told You, Push Any Button, Littlebox, 2013
  17. Guards, Not Supposed To, In Guards We Trust, Black Bell Records, 2013
  18. Eleanor Friedberger, I Am the Past, Personal Record, Merge, 2013
  19. Rustie, Terra Star, Terra Star (Single), LuckyMe, 2013
  20. Lou Reed, New York Telephone Conversation, Transformer, RCA, 1972
  21. Bubble Puppy, Hot Smoke & Sassafras, A Gathering of Promises, International Artists, 1968
  22. Sleep, Dopesmoker, Dopesmoker, Tee Pee Records, 2003
  23. Van Halen, Eruption, Van Halen, Warner Bros., 1978
  24. Van Halen, I'm the One, Van Halen, Warner Bros., 1978
  25. Gnarls Barkley, Run (I'm A Natural Disaster), The Odd Couple, Atlantic-Downtown, 2008


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