We Sing and Dance As We Go: The Singles 2013

For your listening/viewing pleasure, here’s my year’s end best-of compilation.  Enjoy!

Tape 1

Side A
1. The Neighbourhood, “Afraid”
2. Bastille, “Pompeii”
3. Small Black, “Free At Dawn”
4. Cayucas, “High School Lover”
5. Foals, “My Number”
6. MS MR, “Hurricane”
7. Dutch Uncles, “Fester”
8. The National, “Don’t Swallow the Cap”
9. San Cisco, “Awkward”
10. Rogue Wave, “College”
11. Tame Impala, “Elephant”

Side B
1. My Bloody Valentine, “In Another Way”
2. Nightmare Air, “Escape”
3. Capital Cities, “Safe and Sound”
4. Chvrches, “Recover”
5. The Boxer Rebellion, “Diamonds”
6. Johnny Marr, “Generate! Generate!”
7. Cold War Kids, “Miracle Mile”
8. Editors, “A Ton of Love”
9. Trails and Ways, “Como Te Vas”
10. Depeche Mode, “Heaven”
11. The London Suede, “Barriers”
12. Wire, “As We Go”

Tape 2

Side A
1. Dropkick Murphys, “The Boys Are Back”
2. Gary Clark Jr, “Ain’t Messin’ Round”
3. Placebo, “Loud Like Love”
4. Django Django, “Default”
5. Sleigh Bells, “Tiger Kit”
6. Christian McNeill & Sea Monsters, “Zero”
7. Beck, “I Won’t Be Long”
8. Arctic Monkeys, “Do I Wanna Know?”
9. Imagine Dragons, “Radioactive”
10. AWOLNATION, “Not Your Fault”
11. The Airborne Toxic Event, “Hell and Back”
12. Ra Ra Riot, “Dance with Me”

Side B
1. My Bloody Valentine, “New You”
2. Alison Moyet, “When I Was Your Girl”
3. Fitz & the Tantrums, “Out of My League”
4. The Polyphonic Spree, “Popular By Design”
5. Tegan and Sara, “Closer”
6. Panda Riot, “Good Night, Rich Kids”
7. Gold Fields, “Dark Again”
8. Local Natives, “Heavy Feet”
9. Little Green Cars, “Harper Lee”
10. Sara Bareilles, “Brave”
11. Frank Turner, “Recovery”

Tape 3

Side A
1. Yeah Yeah Yeahs, “Sacrilege”
2. Franz Ferdinand, “Right Action”
3. Pearl Jam, “Sirens”
4. Cut Copy, “Free Your Mind”
5. Dale Earnhardt Jr Jr, “If You Didn’t See Me (You Weren’t on the Dancefloor)”
6. The History of Apple Pie, “Mallory”
7. Atoms for Peace, “Ingenue”
8. Eels, “New Alphabet”
9. Johnny Marr, “I Want the Heartbeat”
10. Phoenix, “Trying to Be Cool”
11. The Postal Service, “A Tattered Line of String”

Side B
1. Tired Pony, “All Things All At Once”
2. Wire, “Re-Invent Your Second Wheel”
3. Goldfrapp, “Drew”
4. Low, “Plastic Cup”
5. David Bowie, “Where Are We Now?”
6. How to Destroy Angels, “Ice Age”
7. Beady Eye, “Soul Love”
8. Boards of Canada, “Reach for the Dead”
9. Placebo, “Too Many Friends”
10. World Order, “Machine Civilization”

End Notes:

1. Yes, I made Tape 3 Side 2 quiet and reserved on purpose.  A sort of winding down, like one does at the end of the year.  I balanced it out with the last two songs, meant to be one of my personal views of the year (the Placebo track), and an uplifting final track (the World Order track).  I do this with a lot of my multi-tape compilations, and is meant sort of like a detachment before seeing everything in a fresh light again.

2. I will also be doing a much shorter WSaDAWG:TS13 addendum playlist focusing solely on reissue/box set highlights from this year.  More on that in a later post.

3. My year end review will be posted at my Live Journal blog as always, and will post it here as well.

Walk in Silence: End of Year Wrap-Up and Plans for 2014

Hi Gang!

I’m sure you all are awaiting the next few Blogging the Beatles posts from me, and granted, I will definitely get to them in the next week or so.  You know how the last few weeks of the year are…a lot of last-minute running around, catching up on things, holiday errands and whatnot, and the end-of-year/end-of-quarter insanity that happens at work.

Over the last day or so I’ve also been building up a classic old-fashioned best-of-year compilation: I may not be committing this music to tape or cd like in the past, but considering it’s been twenty-five years since the first year end compilation I did, I felt it prudent to work within the confines of the original: I’d work in batches of forty-five minutes, as if I were creating this mix on ninety-minute tapes like the ones I’d buy at Radio Shack.  I’d also focus more on the sequencing–over the past few years, I’d basically build a file full of mp3s, jumble them up using random shuffle, and do some final tweaking with songs I wanted in certain positions.  This time out, I’m building the playlist song by song, with specific placement for certain songs.

I’d mentioned on Twitter that I’d chosen We Sing and Dance As We Go: The Singles 2013 for this year’s compilation; this is actually a nod to the first one I made in 1988.  The title comes from Wire’s “As We Go” from their Change Becomes Us album from this year, which closes out Tape 1 at 89 minutes 20 seconds.  The first one had the title of Does Truth Dance? Does Truth Sing?: The Singles 1988, which comes from Wire’s “A Public Place” from their A Bell Is a Cup Until It Is Struck album, which ends Tape 1 on that year’s compilation.  This past year has definitely been one of retromania–college rock bands from the 80s releasing new product, new bands from today releasing sounds very similar to the 80s vibe, and a hell of a lot of impressive reissues and box set retrospectives as well.  I will most likely cover a number of these at the start of the new year.

But yes…as noted on Twitter, I will be posting the playlist for We Sing and Dance As We Go: The Singles 2013 as soon as I complete it.  I will also be working on a year-end post as well.


So!  In other news, I have a few more posts to go for the BtB series:

No One’s Gonna Change Our World (featuring “Across the Universe”) and The Beatles’ Seventh Christmas Record

–“Let It Be”/”You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)” and Let It Be

–The new songs “Free As a Bird” and “Real Love” (of course I was going to include those!)

Once those are done, I will, as mentioned previously, be ramping up on the music posts here at Walk in Silence.  I plan on posting some kind of record review, whether it’s from the 80s heyday of college rock or something new that just came out.  I’m hoping to get at least one post up per week, but if I can manage another one at some point, that’s fine too.  I’m looking forward to writing up some new articles in the new year, and I hope you’ll enjoy them.


Happy Holidays! 🙂