Planning a New Year's Eve party? After more than 60 years of widespread refrigeration technology, everybody knows to stockpile more ice than you can imagine using. But we're just a couple years into Generation i (i for "iPod"), and even with iTunes at your disposal, making the perfect party mix is still nearly as difficult as ever: Instead of being limited to whatever songs you can beg, borrow, or steal, now you have instant access to nearly everything. Worry not. We have done the heavy lifting for you.
To help prepare for your New Year's Eve gathering -- or just to set the mood on the drive to your Big Night Out -- we polled some of Northeast Ohio's top DJs, beatmakers, and tastemakers. Each reached across nearly 50 years of popular music, choosing one song from each of the past five decades. To assemble Cleveland's Ultimate Mixtape, just legally download their choices from the authorized online music retailer of your choice. Remember: Friends don't let friends listen to Now That's What I Call Music!
'60s: The Rolling Stones, "Paint It Black"
'70s: Bauhaus, "Bela Lugosi's Dead"
'80s: New Order, "Bizarre Love Triangle"
'90s: Revolting Cocks, "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?"
'00s: VNV Nation, "Chrome"
New Year's Eve, Cable hosts Violent Playground, a retro-goth/industrial New Year's Eve spectacular at the Phantasy Nite Club (11802 Detroit Avenue).
DJ Mick Boogie
'60s: Marvin Gaye, "Your Precious Love"
'70s: Cherryl Lynn, "To Be Real"
'80s: Run-DMC, "Peter Piper"
'90s: Notorious B.I.G., "Hypnotize"
'00s: Jay-Z, "I Just Wanna Love You"
Visit Mick Boogie online at www.mickboogie.com, or catch him at an official Cavaliers after-game party at Traffic (1296 West Sixth Street).
DJ Mike Filly
'60s: The Moments, "Girls"
'70s: Anything by James Brown
'80s: Todd Terry, "Bango"
'90s: Bob Sinclar, "Ultimate Beats"
'00s: Jugoe, "Talkin' Shit (Driving Cap Edit)"
Enter 2006 with Mike Filly at Mercury Lounge (1392 West Sixth Street).
Joe Minadeo, producer-musician
'60s: The Meters, "Sissy Strut"
'70s: Can, "Vitamin C"
'80s: 1000 Homo DJs, "Supernaut"
'90s: Camp Lo, "Say Word"
'00s: Built to Spill, "Carry the Zero"
New Year's Eve at midnight, Minadeo's label, Pattern Based, will release a free 10-song sampler, featuring new tracks from Racermason, Low in the Sky, Honeypot, and others at www.patternbased.com.
'60s: Eddie Bo, "Hook & Sling"
'70s: Minnie Riperton, "Adventures in Paradise"
'80s: Stevie Wonder, "Do I Do"
'90s: Brian Jonestown Massacre, "Oh Lord"
'00s: Recloose, "Dust"
Misterbradleyp and friends bid 2005 a fond adieu at the New Year's Eve Masquerade Get Down at the B-Side Liquor Lounge (2785 Euclid Heights Boulevard, lower level, Cleveland Heights, 216-321-5588).
DJ Mario Nemr
'60s: The Beatles, "Day Tripper"
'70s: Stevie Wonder, "Superstition"
'80s: Tones on Tail, "Go"
'90s: George Michael, "Freedom '90"
'00s: The Rapture, "Out of the Races and Onto the Track"
Hear the swingin' sounds of DJ Mario Nemr at the New Year's Eve party at Thursday's Lounge (306 East Exchange Street, Akron).
Ryan Weitzel, musician and partner in Exit Stencil Recordings
'60s: Bob Dylan, "Rainy Day Woman, #12 & 35."
'70s: Parliament, "Up for the Down Stroke"
'80s: Michael Jackson, "Billy Jean"
'90s: Digital Undergroud, "The Humpty Dance"
'00s: LCD Soundsystem, "Yeah Yeah Yeah"
Weitzel turns 26 New Year's Eve. Congratulate him if you see him out.