In late December of 2006 the BTA members' circle of friends threw the inaugural year end "best of" mix CD party and it was a resounding success. Not only was it a great excuse for creating the ultimate personal mix to share with dozens of fellow music lovers in the Christmas spirit, it also exposed each of us to amazing music we had somehow missed during the year.
As I'm currently working on the 2007 edition I figured it would be interesting to take a trip down memory lane and post my 2006 mix. My mixtape was designed to expose friends to bands and tracks that might have slipped under the radar, so there are some obvious exclusions in order to include lesser-known 2006 gems. Nevertheless, it's a great bunch of tracks.
Download the zip file to get all the mp3s at once or grab individual tracks. They're all mixed together in high-tech style in an effort to make the sum greater than its parts.
By the way - what's on everyone's list for 2007?
The Year In Review: 2006 From Me To You
01 Belle & Sebastian - For the Price of a Cup of Tea
02 The Knife - We Share Our Mother's Health (Ratatat Remix)
03 Phoenix - One Time Too Many
04 Kallioinia - Castle Pop
05 The Strokes - Heart in a Cage
06 The Format - If Work Permits
07 We're From Barcelona - I'm From Barcelona
08 Ghostface - Be Easy (featuring Trife)
09 Think About Life - Serious Chords
10 Tapes 'n Tapes - Insistor
11 Built to Spill - Liar
12 The Sounds - Painted by Numbers
13 Ellen Allien and Apparat - Rotary
14 Junior Boys - In the Morning
15 The Thermals - I Need You to Kill
16 Dosh - Um, Circles and Squares
17 My Latest Novel - The Reputation of Ross Francis
18 Arctic Monkeys - Mardy Bum
19 Hot Chip - Boys from School
20 Camera Obscura - Let's Get Out of this Country
21 Figurines - All Night
22 Final Fantasy - This Modern Love (live)
23 Band of Horses - St. Augustine
(thanks to tapedeck.org for the image)