2021: The Year In Review (A Mix)
Yes, I got an itchy trigger finger and burned my annual year-end mix a few weeks early. Hopefully there won't be any great new releases in the last few weeks of the year. That said, I always circle back after year-end with a personal 2-CD mix that picks up the stuff that didn't make the cut, some last-minute entries, and music I only discover through others' year-end mixes. (You can see all my annual mixes from 1966 to the present on my home page.)
As is typical, my mix tends to cherry-pick the more upbeat tunes, as it's a disc I like to play in the car and on the go. Which doesn't mean there wasn't a lot of great but quieter music I've been listening to just as much; some of those tracks will end up on the extended cut. I did opt to end the mix on an unusually quiet note, but if there's one song that best captures 2021, it's Phoebe Bridgers' gorgeous cover of "That Funny Feeling," from Bo Burnham's Inside. Burnham's dark litany of current memes and events, a sort of Gen Z "We Didn't Start The Fire" or "It's The End Of The World As We Know It," gets hushed, loving treatment from Bridgers. It's pretty damn striking.Anyway, here's the playlist. Enjoy!
The longer running playlist for 2021, which will be used for the longer 2-CD extended mix, is here: