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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

This Might Be the Perfect 2015 New Year's Eve Playlist

Posted By on Tue, Dec 29, 2015 at 6:30 AM

click to enlarge What does it take to get a New Year's party rocking? Well, a good playlist, for one thing. - PHOTO COURTESY OF FLICKR/JIRKA MATOUSEK
  • Photo courtesy of Flickr/Jirka Matousek
  • What does it take to get a New Year's party rocking? Well, a good playlist, for one thing.

As 2015 comes to a close, everybody is feverishly making best of lists — favorite songs, albums and artists we give one final shot of praise to in an attempt to get others to listen.

But rather than just tell you what I felt was worth listening to in 2015, why not set up a whole night around the most memorable albums of 2015? Here's a playlist for your New Year's Eve celebration featuring some of my favorite albums of this past year.

7 p.m. 
Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit

After your mid-twenties, you might well find yourself asking “why am I doing this” before attending any social gathering. As you ponder that question preparing for whatever New Years party invitation you accepted either out of guilt, obligation or intoxication, may I suggest Courtney Barnett? Not only did her sophomore album Sometimes I Sit and Think… manage to live up to the hype she created with her 2014 double EP debut, it also features “No One Really Cares if You Don’t Go to the Party” — a spot-on recounting of pre-party jitters.

The album also manages to swing from the upbeat “Pedestrian at Best” and “Debbie Downer” to the quieter “Depreston” and “Boxing Day Blues” — allowing a match for the gamut of pre-soiree emotions, from the positive (maybe I’ll Meet Someone!) to the negative (Ugh, I have to talk to someone) to the rational (Whatever, at least I have booze… and UBER!)

8 p.m.
Mac McCaughan: Non-Believers

The press that accompanied McCaughan’s first official solo album described it as “the soundtrack for an '80s movie which was never made.” With that in mind, Non-Believers might also be considered the best release of 2015 with which to open a party. Upbeat but never noisy (with the exception of “Box Batteries,” which comes closest to resembling McCaughan’s Superchunk), Non-Believers floats around in a way that manages to be welcome without distraction — musical compliment for people arriving at a party, saying hello and catching up.

That’s not to say the album only serves as background music — when initial conversation dies as you wait for other people to arrive, Non-Believers presents itself as the kind of album that will have friends asking “What is this? I like it,” without being so poppy that your friend’s wife who had one too many cocktails at dinner begins singing along.

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9 p.m.
Run The Jewels: Meow the Jewels

OK, the majority of people have arrived, so it’s time to let everyone know the party has begun in earnest. Having taken one of the best hip-hop albums of 2014 to the groomers and giving it the Cat Fancy treatment, Run the Jewels re-released Run the Jewels 2 this year as Meow the Jewels — a collaboration of producer re-mixes and cat sounds.

And while the album itself is worthy of being on any playlist, the cat sounds are the party secret weapon. Awkward pause in a conversation? What better way to fill it than saying “Oh man? Is that a cat? Haha, how funny is that? Do you like cats? Remember Toonces?” Yeah, it’s not the best party conversation but it super beats asking about someone’s ex.

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