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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JAB

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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Felix Magath

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

2013 Year in Review / Losers Mix

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2013, aka the year I started losing steam on this music shit.  Was it a relatively lame year for music, or am I getting old (and relatively lame)?

So which albums were my favorites?  Without thinking about it too hard (and generally from most favorite to least):

  • Kurt Vile – Wakin On A Pretty Daze
  • Parquet Courts – Light Up Gold
  • Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin
  • Shannon & the Clams – Dreams In The Rat House
  • Bass Drum Of Death – Bass Drum Of Death
  • Kelela – Cut 4 Me
  • Deerhunter – Monomania
  • Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire – Kismet
  • Sonny & the Sunsets – Antenna to the Afterworld
  • Prodigy – Albert Einstein
  • Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels
  • Action Bronson - SAAB Stories
  • Charles Bradley – Victim of Love

Best Show
Whatever Brains, The Blind Shake, OBN III’s, and Thee Oh Sees at Krankie’s Coffee in Winston-Salem, 10/31

Most Overrated Album/Human
Kanye

Best New Band
Parquet Courts

Best New Rapper
Young Thug

Producer of the Year
Alchemist

Funniest Musical Event
Those couple of weeks people were pretending they gave a shit that Daft Punk was dropping a new album.

Am I Too Old For…
Music festivals?  (yes)

Trying Too Hard Award
Camel Joe’s “Picasso Baby” performance at MOMA.

Best Band
Thee Oh Sees

2013 Losers Mix
This is always one of my favorite mixes of the year…the best of the best of those songs that just missed the cut from making it onto any of the other monthly mixes:

1) Mazes – Sucker Punched
2) Kurt Vile – Pure Pain
3) Lady – Sweet Lady
4) Toro y Moi – Say That
5) Kelela – Cut 4 Me 
6) Gucci Mane – Extacy Pill (feat. Young Thug)
7) Future – Chosen One
8) Rihanna – Pour It Up
9) Pusha T – Millions (Feat. Rick Ross) 
10) Danny Brown – The Return Feat. Freddie Gibbs
11) Sugar Billy Gardner – I Got Some
12) Rob Elliot, Shez Cross – Loose Up Yourself
13) Deerhunter – Dream Captain
14) Dead Ghosts – You Don’t Belong
15) Ruby Andrews – You’ve Made a Believer Out of Me
16) Cults – Always Forever
17) The Tonettes – I Gotta Know
18) Shannon And The Clams – Into the River
19) Parquet Courts – Borrowed Time
20) Thee Oh Sees – I Come From The Mountain
21) Thee Oh Sees – Sewer Fire
22) Don Trip & Starlito – 4×4 Relay
23) Quelle Chris – Hot n Crusty (feat. Cavalier, Fresh Daily, Chay)