Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Twisted Mix Tape Tuesday - It's New to Me

This week's Twisted Mix Tape theme is the best new songs you heard in 2013.  Jen has been very kind an allowed us to include songs that we heard for the first time in 2013, even if they came out before that.  This is a good thing, because I almost never listen to the radio anymore, and when I do it's usually an "oldies" station.  In the car I generally listen to audiobooks on my ipod and if I'm in the mood for music it's usually off my ipod as well.  So I really had to think about this one, but here's what I've come up with, for better or worse.

Blurred Lines - Robin Thicke 

I have to admit I heard ABOUT this song first and went and tracked it down on YouTube.  I liked the song a lot initially.  I like it a little less after the whole Miley Cyrus thing on whatever awards show that was.  I generally pay no attention to entertainment news, but the Miley thing was all over the place so I finally went and watched part of the video of it just out of curiosity.  Anyway, that incident diminished my enjoyment of this song somewhat, but it's still a pretty good song.

Jolene - Miley Cyrus

Speaking of Miley...  I am NOT a Miley fan.  She annoys me and I really can't stand to look at her facial expressions when she sings.  Nonetheless, this is actually a good remake of this Dolly Parton song.  Miley is actually wearing clothes in this video, but she still had annoying mannerisms, so just close your eyes and listen to the song.

Roar - Katy Perry

I don't dislike Katy Perry, I just wouldn't say I'm a fan.  In fact, this is the only song I think I know of hers.  I actually heard this song first on a video someone posted on Facebook of a little girl singing to the song in the car.  But it's a great sing at the top of your lungs song, and it has a great stand up for yourself message.

Wagon Wheel - Darius Rucker

This is probably the only album I bought all year.  Mainly because I've been a Darius Rucker groupie since way back when he was the lead singer for Hootie and the Blowfish and they were still playing bars all over North and South Carolina.  The man absolutely has one of the best voices I have ever heard.  This song was originally done by Old Crow Medicine Show, and I love that version too, but there's just something about Darius.

Carolina - Parmalee

Just heard this one towards the end of the year.  I'm a sucker for just about any song that has a singer longing for his Carolina home.  This is a new to me group that I'm going to be checking out a little more soon.
    Think I'm missing something great?  Let me know in the comments!


  1. Great picks! I like the first song (though I've never seen this version of it) but my mom hates it for some reason. As for Miley, I kind of like some of her songs... mostly the older ones. I don't listen to them independently, but I used to sometimes listen to them when the kids I babysat were in the car. That was back when Miley was still cute and wholesome though! ;)

  2. You are just like me. Really. If it wasn't for mixtape I probably would never hear any new music. And my husband. He listens to it....
    Anyway, I agree about everything, and it's funny because I do think that Miley does a great Jolene, and I am guessing, based on her roots she has sung that song her whole life, which is why she can do such an amazing version of it. Have you ever watched the video for wrecking ball? It's just her face, with red lipstick and tears rolling down her face while she sings. REALLY?? Can't stand it!
    Anway.... love your list because I also love Darius, and even though I'm not from the Carolinas we spend every summer in South Carolina and once we get home we start the countdown all over again!