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Making Mix CDs - My Favourite Albums

Feeling the pressure to make good mix CDs that introduce musically-savvy friends to new music, I'm browsing my library quite thoroughly. There are a lot of individual tracks I love, and then there are the artists that have whole albums I love.

These are the albums. Some old, some new. Some I found on my own, but mostly other people introduced me to their favourites. Either way, they've become my favourites and I think everyone should have them.

Owl City - Maybe I'm Dreaming (thanks, Jonathan)
William Fitzsimmons - Goodnight - and really, everything he's done
Great Lake Swimmers - Ongiara (via Wendy!)
Damien Rice - O (from Amy Lee)
Headwater - Lay You Down (Laura, of course)
Sufjan Stevens - Avalanche, Seven Swans
Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More (Alasdair)

Rock/Indie Pop
The Killers
- Sawdust
Florence + the Machine
- Lungs (Alasdair, I think)
Anberlin - Cities, Never Take Friendship Personal, New Surrender (JC)
Jack's Mannequin - Glass Passenger (Manuela)
MuteMath - MuteMath, Reset (D-Ray)
The Format - Dog Problems
Paolo Nutini - These Streets, Sunny Side Up (Joy-bagoy)
- In Our Bedroom After the War

Adele vs Mick Boogie
- 1988 (Nadine, and available free online)
Coldplay vs Mick Boogie - Viva La Hova (explicit...available free online)
Chromeo - Fancy Footwork (Kiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiirsten)
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend, Contra (possibly Alasdair, again)
Beast - Beast (Jonathan!)
M.I.A. - Kala (Joy-bagoy)
Sergio Mendes Feat. - Timeless

Jesus Music
Shawn MacDonald - Shawn MacDonald (Heather)
Jon Foreman - Limbs & Branches (Alasdair. You win.)
Leeland - Sound of Melodies (thank you, Steph)
Phil Wickham - Singalong (was free online)
Brooke Fraser - Albertine, What to Do With Daylight (Steph!)


Nadine said…
You should give Brooke Fraser credit for introducing you to William Fitzsimmons :)
J.r. Fisher said…
I like knowing I have influence on your musical selection.

Side note I think the BEAST song your thinking of is actually Mr. Hurricane, mebe?
Kirsten said…
seeing that this is what i made it on for was funny :)
Terra said…
I made some youtube play lists for those of us who want to sampling of Beth's compilation talents. Just one song from each suggested album.

here's Beth's Mellow mix:

Beth's Indie Pop mix:

Beth's Dance Mix:
Katy said…
Do you ever listen to Waterdeep?
Beth said…
katy - i was just introduced to them a month or two ago! i almost put them on the list, but haven't had them on the regular rotation enough to know if they're going to stick out the six-week infatuation phase...

but if you have any other recommendations for new Jesus-music, please share. i'm running low there.

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