September 2014 Mix

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September 2014: great month for live music…not the best month for new shit hitting my iPod.  Hopscotch was a lot of fun (War on Drugs, Spoon, St. Vincent, De La Soul, the Tills, Last Year’s Men, Spider Bags, Flesh Wounds, Phosphorescent) and I also got to see War on Drugs (again), Dam-Funk, King Khan & BBQ Show, and the Black Lips.  All that, and I missed the Wand/Ty Segall show due to illness, and Apache Dropout due to being old and not wanting to be out late on a weeknight.

As for the recorded stuff, here were the albums I enjoyed:

  • Ty Segall – Manipulator: Took me a couple of listens to get into it as it leans a lot more “classic rock” sounding than “face-shredding garage mayhem” sounding.
  • Apache Dropout – Heavy Window: Not quite face-shredding…more deranged garage mayhem.
  • The-Dream – Royalty - The Prequel:  Your favorite R&B singer’s favorite R&B singer.

On to the mix:

1) Ty Segall – Tall Man Skinny Lady
2) Allah-Las – Had It All
3) Ty Segall – Feel
4) Apache Dropout – Left the Nest
5) Tommy McCook – The Right Track
6) Leroy Smart – Pride and Ambition
7) Armand Hammer – CRWNS
8) Dilated Peoples – The Dark Room (feat. Vince Staples)
9) Common – Speak My Piece
10) Declaime – Cops Ain’t Ishh
11) Ghetto Ghouls – My Hands
12) Plague Vendor – Black Sap Scriptures
13) Ty Segall – The Connection Man
14) Ghetto Ghouls – Simple C
15) Apache Dropout – Movie Magic
16) Busta Rhymes – Calm Down
17) Cam’ron – Sweetest (Feat. Rod Rhaspy)
18) Young Thug, A$AP Ferg & Freddie Gibbs – Old English
19) BeatKing – Too Much Lean 2014
20) The-Dream – Duet
21) DaM-FunK – R I D E
22) The-Dream – Outkast
23) Common – Rewind That

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August 2014 Mix

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Sunbathing Animal

Sunbathing Animal

July and August of 2014 provided me with a summer to forget, from a personal standpoint, but was fairly memorable musically, with several good releases.  Here are the albums that will cause me to think back to that boring, uneventful summer of 2014:

  • Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal: If I were new to Parquet Courts, I’d start with Light Up Gold, but this is a great album, too.
  • Hamilton Leithauser – Black Hours: The Walkmen frontman’s first solo album doesn’t stray too far from the sound of the band that made him famous, but strays enough that it took a bit for this one to grow on me.
  • Tijuana Panthers – Wayne Interest: Rock-solid garage rock album.  Dare I say, garage-rock-solid?
  • Total Control – Typical System: Might seem a bit unfocused on first listen, but is probably my favorite of this bunch.  Best description I can think of is a slightly less-strange version of Liars.

Several other very good albums worth checking out this summer from Peter Matthew Bauer, The Fresh & Onlys, Lee Fields, Your Old Droog, and Popcaan.

On to the mix:

1) The Fresh & Onlys – Animal of One
2) Peter Matthew Bauer – You Are the Chapel
3) Hamilton Leithauser – I Don’t Need Anyone
4) Lee Fields – Stone Angel
5) Your Old Droog – Droog’s Anthem
6) Price Stylez – This Thing of Ours
7) Protoje – Who Knows (feat. Chronixx)
8) Mavado – Never Believe You
9) Popcaan – The System
<= jam of the summer, btw
10) Popcaan – Everything Nice
11) Jeremih ft YG – Dont Tell Em
12) Ab-Soul – Tree of Life
13) Smoke DZA – Ghost Of Dipset (feat. Cam’ron)
14) Slim Thug – Off the Corner Remix (ft. Meek Mill & Rick Ross)
15) G-Side – Dead Fresh (feat. Kristmas & Grilly)
16) Meyhem Lauren – Honey Champagne Sorbet
17) White Fence – Paranoid Bait
18) Total Control – Expensive Dog
19) Tijuana Panthers – Dark Matter
20) Parquet Courts – Black and White
21) Tijuana Panthers – Fired

June 2014 Mix

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Sorry I had to skip over May.  Work + a World Cup = not a lot of time for blogging.  But I still heard some excellent albums these past two months:

  • The Antlers – Familiars: I don’t normally like music that’s so slow and pretty, but the Antlers do it for me.
  • Phosphorescent – Muchacho: Actually came out in 2013…shouts to my buddy Kurt for the recommendation.
  • Future Islands – Singles: Wasn’t crazy about On the Water, so glad to see them bounce back and get the acclaim they deserve with this one.
  • Childbirth – It’s a Girl!: Hands-down the funniest album I’ve ever heard…plus the music is actually good.
  • Future – Honest: Drags in a few spots, but still damn good.

Honorable mention goes to Thee Oh Sees and Woods.  On to the mix:

1) The Antlers – Hotel
2) Phosphorescent – Song for Zula
3) Thee Oh Sees – King’s Nose
4) Future Islands – Back In The Tall Grass
5) Future Islands – Seasons (Waiting On You)
6) Tink – Don’t Tell Nobody (Feat. Jeremih)
7) Shlohmo & Jeremih – No More
8) Starlito – Paranoia..Music (5:30AM)
9) Young Thug – OMG
10) 2 Chainz – Trap Back
11) Future – My Momma (feat. Wiz Khalifa)
12) Gucci Mane & Young Thug – Stoner 2 Times
13) Chuck Inglish – Game Time (Feat. Action Bronson)
14) De La Soul – Dilla Plugged In
15) Ausmuteants – Bad Day
16) Childbirth – I Only Fucked You as a Joke
17) Thee Oh Sees – Penetrating Eye
18) Woods – With Light and with Love
19) Phosphorescent – A Charm / A Blade
20) The Antlers – Parade

April 2014 Mix

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Just when I thought I might be getting tired of new music, this past month comes along and drops 6 excellent albums on my earholes:

  • The War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream: Probably my indie-rock album of the year.
  • Mac Demarco – Salad Days: Sad I wasn’t able to make it to Durham before his show at Duke Coffeehouse was already sold out.
  • Madlib & Freddie Gibbs – Pinata: Probably my hip-hop album of the year.  Instant classic.
  •  Black Milk – Glitches in the Break:  Black Milk getting a little bit weird, but it works wonderfully.
  • Real Estate – Atlas:  The soundtrack for laying on your hammock on a warm spring day.
  • Denmark Vessey – Cult Classic: Mad slept on.  I’ve heard absolutely zero internet chatter about this one.

Hell, I even liked Jon Dwyer’s Damaged Bug album pretty well.

On to the mix:

1) Wand – Screaming Eye
2) Black Lips – Funny
3) Mac DeMarco – Chamber of Reflection
4) Damaged Bug – Eggs At Night
5) Jay-Z & Jay Electronica – We Made It
6) Freddie Gibbs – Harold’s
7) Denmark Vessey – Cult Classic
8) Sean Price – Barbituates (ft. Labba, Rim & Illa Ghee)
9) Freddie Gibbs – High feat Danny Brown
10) The Alchemist – The G Code (Feat. Action Bronson, Domo Genesis & Blu)
11) Black Milk – G (feat. Guilty Simpson)
12) Mac DeMarco – Passing Out Pieces
13) Real Estate – Talking Backwards
14) New Bums – Your Bullshit
15) Real Estate – Horizon
16) The War On Drugs – Red Eyes
17) Black Milk - Silence
18) 100s – Ten Freaky Hoes (feat. Redinho)
19) Snoop Dogg – Cadillacs
20) Kevin Gates – Get Up On My Level
21) Rich Homie Quan ft Young Thug – Get TF Out My Face
22) YG – Bicken Back Being Bool
23) Schoolboy Q – Los Awesome (Feat. Jay Rock)

March 2014 Mix (for real this time)

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OK, while Future clearly has my favorite jam of the month, I still wanted to put together a proper mix.  A bunch of pretty good albums this month (Sharon Jones, Quilt, Morgan Delt, Magic Trick, Step Brothers), but only one that really tickled my fancy:

  • Pow! – High-Tech Boom: A poor man’s Thee Oh Sees = still really good

On to the (real) mix:

1) Painted Ship – And She Said Yes
2) Dogs – Don’t Try to Help Me
3) Charles Bradley – Changes
4) Andre Tanker – River Come Down
5) Major Lazer & Mungo’s Hi Fi – Smooth Sailing ft. Mr Williamz
6) Morgan Delt – Barbarian Kings
7) Temples – Colours to Life
8) Quilt – Tired & Buttered
9) Magic Trick – The Store
10) Gap Dream – Fantastic Sam
11) Blaqstarr – Kiss Me On My Lips (ft. Mos Def)
12) P-Money + Gappy Ranks – Baddest
13) QQ – One Drop
14) Future – Move That Dope (Feat. Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino)
15) Mike WiLL – Never Be A G (Feat. Project Pat & Juicy J)
16) Mike WiLL – Faded (Feat. Future)
17) Fat Trel – Love My Gang (Feat. Sluttyboyz)
18) A$AP Ferg – VMA Tale (Man of the Year)
19) Step Brothers – Tomorrow (feat. Rakaa and Blu)
20) Pow! – Switchboard Scientists
21) Pow! – @ the Station

March 2014

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Fuck a prelude or album recs…let’s get right to the mix:

1) Future – Move That Dope (Feat. Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino)
2) Future – Move That Dope (Feat. Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino)
3) Future – Move That Dope (Feat. Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino)
4) Future – Move That Dope (Feat. Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino)
5) Future – Move That Dope (Feat. Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino)
6) Future – Move That Dope (Feat. Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino)
7) Future – Move That Dope (Feat. Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino)
8) Future – Move That Dope (Feat. Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino)
9) Future – Move That Dope (Feat. Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino)
10) Future – Move That Dope (Feat. Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino)
11) Future – Move That Dope (Feat. Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino)
12) Future – Move That Dope (Feat. Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino)
13) Future – Move That Dope (Feat. Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino)
14) Future – Move That Dope (Feat. Pharrell, Pusha T, & Casino)

February 2014 Mix

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Great picture "borrowed" from Brooklyn Vegan. Hope they don't mind.

Great picture “borrowed” from Brooklyn Vegan. Hope they don’t mind.

Been slackin’ on the blogging and the show-going. But I had to brave the snow last Wednesday to catch the incomparable Sharon Jones.  So happy she’s healthy and on the road again.

Also, happy that my iTunes is healthy again.  I almost lost all my playlists in what would have been a tragedy on the level of Sharon Jones’ cancer.  Was hoping to have put this mix out about two weeks ago, but I had to fix my technology  issues first.

Anyways, here’s what I was listening to since I last checked in:

Honorable mention to Cate LeBon, Yellowbirds, Cheap Time, and Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla.

On to the mix:
1) Wooden Shjips – Other Stars
2) The Oscillation – No Place To Go
3) Thee Oh Sees – What You Need
4) Cheap Time – Exit Smiles
5) Gino And The Goons – Hit It!
6) Willie The Kid – Glasses Of Water
7) Roc Marciano (feat. Ka)Confucius
8) Boldy James – What’s the Word
9) Roc Marciano (feat. Action Bronson)456
10) Cate Le Bon – No God
11) Yellowbirds – The Ceiling
12) Thee Oh Sees – Wait, Let’s Go
13) Cate Le Bon – Wild
14) Kevin Gates – 4:30AM
15) Fat Trel – Niggaz Dying
16) Starlito (feat. Troy Money)Keep the Change
17) Juicy J (feat. Pimp C)Smokin’ Rollin’
18) Roach Gigz – Don’t Forget The Gigz
19) G Mane (Feat. ST 2 Lettaz) - Streets 
20) Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla (ft. Tha Dogg Pound) - Systamatic
21) Droop-E (Feat. Nite Jewel & J-Stalin) - N the Traffic
22) Kingdom (feat. Kelela)Bank Head