Every December for the past five years, I've spent a majority of my non-holiday shopping/drinking hours obsessing over my annual holiday mix. At some point I decided a mix for my friends would be better than a cheesy Christmas card. As such, I let out much of my Christmas anxieties by finding my favorite songs of the year, packaging them in a photo from the year, and distributing them to my loved ones (if you don't receive one, it doesn't mean you're unloved... just unlucky).
Recently, the first person to whom I gave a "best of" mix asked me where his was. It is, as he politely pointed out, January of 2011 and he never received his 2010 mix. In order to make up for this awful mistake, I made two promises.
(1) For him, an extra disc of tunes from 2010
(2) For everyone else, drink pairings for each song on the 2010 mix
And so it is... The Audible ImBible 2010 Mix
Track: Giving Up the Gun - Vampire Weekend
Drink: Piña Colada
It's as close to an Horchata as one can get without being too obvious.
Track: Boyfriend - Best Coast
Drink: Peach Bellini
I'm admittedly a little off-base here. This song reminds me of 70's sunshine and Don Draper visiting his old life in LA.
Track: You Must Be Out of Your Mind - The Magnetic Fields
Drink: Glögg from Simon's
This band is the essence of the holidays without being overtly Christmassy (see also, certain songs from Sufjan Stevens' Michigan). Nothing better to go with this memory than Glögg from my favorite Swedish bar in Chicago.
Track: Fuck You - Cee Lo Green
Drink: Four Loko
That's right. Four Loko. Nothing says fuck you like "Blackout In a Can." This was the summer song of 2010 and Four Loko was the summer drink of 2010. And if you're listening to "Forget You," then I've got a Smirnoff Ice waiting for you.
Track: Burning Stars - Mimicking Birds
Drink: White Russian
I'm not saying The Dude would dig this tune. I'm just saying drinking a Caucasian while laying in bed listening to this tune wouldn't be bad.
Track: Ambling Alp - Yeasayer
Drink: Brooklyn Brewery Lager
Drinkable. Summer without being fruity. Originally Brooklyn.
Track: Kind of Guy -YAWN
Drink: Metropolitan Krankshaft
See above. Remove Brooklyn, insert Chicago.
Track: Feel It All Around - Washed Out
Drink: Seagram's Wild Berry Wine Cooler
Totally 80's. And totally rad. And like totally a fad. However, great summer music/drink combo for you and your hipster friends. Just don't expect it to be around in 2012. And definitely don't see the band live. Very disappointing.
Track: Norway - Beach House
Drink: Bell's Hopslam
This beer seriously has medicinal powers with the sweetness and comfort of Beach House singer Victoria Legrand's voice. Norway, the song, and Hopslam are both essential January.
Track: All Around and Away We Go - Twin Sister
Drink: Bar Deville's Songbird
It's no mistake this track came immediately after Beach House. Twin Sister's lead singer's voice is similarly eerie, haunting, and unbelievably sexy. This song, with its loungy sex appeal, must be accompanied by a hip drink of yesteryear.
Track: Maneater - The Bird and the Bee
How could I not?
Track: Swim Until You Can't See Land - Frightened Rabbit
Drink: Three Floyds Robert the Bruce
Favorite Scottish Ale to drink with my favorite Scottish band (sorry Franz).
Track: Bang Pop - Free Energy
Drink: Yuengling Lager
Though this beer doesn't quite have the bang nor the pop, it is probably the beer of choice of these Philadelphia residents. If you need more bangity poppitiness, add some Chipotle peppers to the beer and let them sit for a couple of days.
Track: Good Intentions Paving Co. - Joanna Newsom
Drink: Anne Amie 2007 Pinot Noir
Really, any red wine would do. And a fire, or some candles.
Track: Tighten Up - The Black Keys
Good summertime beer. Great playground video.
Track: Silver Rider - Robert Plant
Drink: Surly Furious
Every once in a while you just have to go with personal experience and this song will always remind me of a Low show in Minneapolis last Thanksgiving. As such, this Minneapolis American IPA is the drink of choice.