2012: The Original Soundtrack

For the second year in a row, I’ve taken it upon myself to boil down some of what I feel is the year’s best music and boil it down to an accessible CD-80-friendly package, with the additional challenge of accompanying them with clips from some of the year’s more notable films. I pushed myself to the limits of my time-cruching abilities this time around; I still fell just shy of my 40-track goal, but I did cram in more movies this year, thanks partially to the brilliant idea of including some choice soundtrack snippets as well.

It’s also a more eclectic bunch than last year: this time around, there’s a little more punk, a little more folk, a little more metal, and a little more hip-hop and r n’ b. I hope you’ll enjoy it. Below, you’ll find a download link with split tracks (which should play seamlessly in Winamp or iTunes), a one-track stream via SoundCloud, and the complete tracklist. Where applicable, the films being excerpted are indicated in italics.

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1. Field Music – A Prelude to Pilgrim Street (Damsels In Distress) (1:45)
2. Kendrick Lamar – Good Kid (2:55)
3. Ty Segall – You’re the Doctor (1:59)
4. Shlohmo – Rained the Whole Time (Looper) (0:41)
5. Ladyhawk – Rub Me Wrong (1:23)
6. Django Django – Default (2:12)
7. Broadcast – The Equestrian Vortex (The Cabin in the Woods) (0:51)
8. Metz – Headache (2:04)
9. The Bootleggers ft. Emmylou Harris – Fire in the Blood (Lawless OST) (0:54)
10. Mark Eitzel – The Bill Is Due (3:02)
11. Rah Rah – 20s (2:54)
12. Lilacs & Champagne – Battle in the City (1:25)
13. Jonny Greenwood – Baton Sparks (The Master OST) (The Deep Blue Sea) (1:53)
14. Frank Ocean – Bad Religion (2:51)
15. Flying Lotus – Only If You Wanna (Sightseers) (1:26)
16. Tame Impala – Elephant (2:56)
17. Angel Haze – Werkin’ Girls (2:35)
18. White Lung – The Bad Way (2:01)
19. The Mountain Goats – White Cedar (2:57)
20. Entr’Acte (Holy Motors) (2:05)
21. Goat – Run To Your Mama (2:10)
22. Chromatics – Kill for Love (3:33)
23. Quakers – War Drums (ft. MC Phat Kat and Guilty Simpson) (2:01)
24. Nude Beach – Radio (2:11)
25. The Luyas – Talking Mountains (2:11)
26. Mount Eerie – The Place Lives (1:53)
27. Chilly Gonzales – Epigram In E (The Sessions) (0:50)
28. Father John Misty – O I Long To Feel Your Arms Around Me (2:11)
29. Clinic – King Kong (2:01)
30. The Invisible – Wings (3:17)
31. Torche – Walk It Off (1:24)
32. Songs of Green Pheasant – For People (How To Survive a Plague) (1:19)
33. Thee Oh Sees – Lupine Dominus (2:34)
34. El-P (ft. Despot and Killer Mike) – Tougher Colder (2:58)
35. From the Mouth of the Sun – Color Loss (The Grey) (1:24)
36. Spiritualized – Life Is a Problem (1:58)
37. Amelia Curran – In a Town (200 Days) (4:07)
38. Will C. x The Beach Boys – Keep My Skill Different (0:43)

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Simon is a roving writer and editor who has been crawling slowly Westward across Canada for the last decade. (He currently resides in Toronto.) He obtained a BFA in Film Studies from Concordia University in the spring of 2012 and a Graduate Certificate in Technical Writing from Algonquin College in 2015. He is a former co-host of the Sound on Sight and Televerse podcasts. His favorite films include F for Fake, Brazil, Stroszek, The Fog of War, Grave of the Fireflies and In a Lonely Place.