Spring 2018 Mix

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Whoops. Meant to post this about a month ago. Here’s what I was listening to in Spring 2018, which was highlighted by a long-distance visit from a great friend and a trip to Austin for the Levitation music festival (A Giant Dog, Parquet Courts, Ty Segall, Tijuana Panthers, Stonefield, The Garden, Omni, La Luz, Amplified Heat, Pow!, Thee Oh Sees):

  • Car Seat Headrest – Twin Fantasy: Does so many things that can turn me off (wordy, intelligible lyrics, long song lengths, abrupt song transitions), but for some reason it still works for me.
  • Hailu Mergia – Lala Belu: Hand me my NPR tote bag because now I apparently like Ethiopian jazz
  • Shannon & the Clams – Onion: I imagine it’s hard to keep improving when your band is wedded to a specific aesthetic, but this might be the best Shannon & the Clams album yet.
  • Sonny Smith – Rod For Your Love: Probably the most consistent Sonny Smith album, and has a vibe that meshes nicely to play right after you’re done listening to that Shannon & the Clams album. Recommended for Mac DeMarco fans.

On to the mix:
1) Car Seat Headrest – Bodys (no outro)
2) Spike Vincent – Lie In The Dust
3) Hailu Mergia – Addis Nat
4) The Teardrop Explodes – Sleeping Gas (Zoo 7″ Version)
5) The Fall – Repetition
6) Lars Finberg – Benevolent Panic
7) Shannon & the Clams – I Never Wanted Love
8) A. Savage – Frightened
9) Breanna Barbara – Nothin’ But Your Lovin’
10) Shannon & the Clams – Tryin’
11) Sonny Smith – Rod for Your Love
12) Cliff Curry – Let Love Come In
13) Black Milk – Foe Friend
14) Westside Gunn – Part Deux
15) Zaki Ibrahim – Diamond Time
16) A$AP Ferg – Kisti YamaGucci (ft. Denzel Curry & IDK)
17) Chaka Demus – Teach Them
18) Shabba Ranks – Dem Bow
19) Beta Boys – Brick Walls
20) Booji Boys – Sister

March 2018 Mix

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What I was listening to while chilling with Uncle Ho:

On to the mix:
1) Evidence – Jim Dean
2) Conway – RODNEY LITTLE (Featuring Prodigy)
3) Dabrye – Lil Mufukuz (feat. DOOM)
4) A$AP Ferg – Family
5) Elucid – A 1000 Faces feat. Psychic Twin
6) Starlito – Insomnia Addict 2
7) Evidence – Throw It All Away
8) The Alchemist – Barriere d’Enfer
9) Ty Segall – Alta
10) Des Demonas – The South Will Never Rise Again
11) Omni – After Dinner
12) Naomi Punk – Cookie
13) Des Demonas – Brown Rooster
14) The Alchemist – Rock Spatial
15) Lil Uzi Vert – Mood
16) Tay-K – After You
17) Smokepurpp – Krispy Kreme
18) Lil Wayne – Fly Away
19) BeatKing – Throw Her Away
20) Migos – Stir Fry
21) Travis Scott & Quavo – Black & Chinese
22) Nef the Pharaoh – Kenan & Kel
23) Migos – BBO (Bad Bitches Only) (ft. 21 Savage)
24) Drake – God’s Plan
25) Electric Wire Hustle – They Don’t Want
26) Durand Jones and The Indications – Make a Change
27) Ty Segall – Rain

January 2018 Mix

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Only a couple of hot albums during this cold month:

  • Kamaiyah – Before I Wake: Every Kamaiyah album should come out in May so you’ve got it for all your summer cookouts.
  • Armand Hammer – Rome: The exact opposite of Kamaiyah. This album can only be listened to in the winter. 2017 Cold Vein vibes.

On to the mix:
1) Cortijo & Su Combo Original Con Ismael Rivera – Oriza
2) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – Just Give Me Your Time
3) Angel Olsen – Special
4) Girlpool – 123
5) OCS – On and On Corridor
6) Ty Segall – The Main Pretender
7) Konvoi – Matador
8) Miguel – Criminal (feat. Rick Ross)
9) Lil’ Peep – Girls (Martorialist Edit)
10) Quality Control & Migos – Too Hotty
11) Lil Uzi Vert – Clout
12) Kamaiyah – Dope Bitch
13) Action Bronson – All I Wanna Do
14) Black Thought – The Learning (Freestyle)
15) Armand Hammer – Carnies feat. Mach Hommy
16) Oh No & Tri-State – Write Wrongs feat. Gangrene
17) Curren$y – Long As It Lasts (ft. Young Roddy)
18) Starlito – Stir Crazy (ft. Don Trip & Killa Kyleon)
19) Kamaiyah – Playa in Me
20) OMB Peezy – Go Down

December 2017 Mix

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Albums:

  • A. Savage – Thawing Dawn: Excellent solo album from one of the dudes from Parquet Courts.
  • Meyhem Lauren – Gems From The Equinox: Excellent NYC boom-bap from that guy on Fuck That’s Delicious who isn’t Action Bronson, Big Body Bes, or Alchemist.
  • Flat Worms – Flat Worms: Does the idea of a band that sounds like a revved up version of The Intelligence get you excited?

Honorable mentions to Kurt Vile & Courtney Barnett, Danilele Luppi, Las Rosas, Rips, and Gucci Mane.

On to the mix:
1) A. Savage – What Do I Do
2) Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts – Mount Napoleon
3) Las Rosas – The Silver Lining
4) Steve Gunn – Heavy Sails
5) A. Savage – Winter in the South
6) The Steoples – From the Otherside
7) Cohenbeats – Daily Affirmations (ft. Quelle Chris)
8) Smoke DZA – Albany
9) Homeboy Sandman – Pina Colada
10) Meyhem Lauren – Shea Stadium (feat. Action Bronson)
11) A$AP Ferg – Our Streets
12) Smoke DZA – The Club (feat. Westside Gunn, Conway)
13) AraabMUZIK & !llmind – Selda
14) Flat Worms – Accelerated
15) Rips – Losing
16) OMB Peezy – Talk My Shit feat Yhung TO
17) Rick Ross – TipToeN
18) Gucci Mane – Changed (Feat. Big Sean)
19) 21 Savage, Offset & Metro Boomin – Still Serving
20) Giggs – Gangstas & Dancers feat. Lil Duke & Young Thug
21) Cyhi da Prynce – Dat Side (feat. Kanye West)

October 2017 Mix

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October rules. Here’s what I was listening to:

  • Kevin Morby – City Music: At first, I thought I preferred 2016’s Singing Saw, but now I think I prefer 2017’s City Music. Either way, you all should be Kevin Morby fans.
  • Kelela – Take Me Apart: Love her so much…so pissed I didn’t get tix to her Durham show before it sold out.
  • Wand – Plum: Took my a while to adjust to their new sound, since I love their first two albums so much. But Plum is great, too. Recommended for people who wish Radiohead still used guitars. They rock live, too (see above).
  • Solange – A Seat at the Table: Extreme late-pass. Still can’t get over how great her Hopscotch show was.

On to the mix:
1) Kevin Morby – Crybaby
2) Ted Leo – Gray Havens
3) Wolf Parade – Baby Blue
4) Wand – Bee Karma
5) Kevin Morby – City Music
6) Moses Sumney – Lonely World
7) Solange – Cranes in the Sky
8) Jeanjass & Caballero – Monte Suisse
9) Corner Boy P – Hella Girls
10) Acid Baby Jesus – Love Has Left My House Today
11) DUDS – Reward Indifference Pt. 2
12) METZ – Lost in the Blank City
13) Kelela – LMK
14) Kelela – Blue Light
15) PARTYNEXTDOOR – Best Friends
16) Juicy J – Freaky (ft. A$AP Rocky & $uicideBoy$)
17) Rich the Kid – Moon Walkin (ft. Famous Dex & Jay Critch)
18) Young Dolph – Preach
19) Young Thug – Homie (ft. Meek Mill & Carnage)

September 2017 Mix

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September is always the best month, and this one was no exception. It started with the incredible Downtown Boys, was followed by a great Hopscotch (Solange killed it), which was followed by a trip to Asheville for Broken Social Scene. There were some great new albums to listen to along the way:

  • The War on Drugs – A Deeper Understanding: Arguably the best band not named Thee Oh Sees (or whatever derivative of that name they’re using this month).
  • Oh Sees – Orc: Oh, hey, speaking of! Do you like to get your face melted?
  • Downtown Boys – Cost of Living: Anyone asking where the good political anthems of the Trump era have been…point them this way.
  • El Michels Affair – Return to the 37th Chamber: Probably the last time I enjoyed an instrumental funk album this much was when the same band put out some Wu covers back in 2009.
  • Action Bronson – Blue Chips 7000: Not his best album, but not his best album is still among the best hip-hop albums of the year.
  • Kevin Morby – Singing Saw: Had never heard of him til I was researching Hopscotch bands. Very recommended for fans of War on Drugs, Phosphorescent, and Yellowbirds.

Also really enjoyed new ones from Liars, Tanya Morgan, Lil Uzi Vert, Sean PriceAesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman, Corner Boy P, A$AP Mob, and A$AP Ferg. Any other month and any of those albums might be highlighted as among the best.

On to the mix:
1) Downtown Boys – I’m Enough (I Want More)
2) Oh Sees – Drowned Beast
3) Downtown Boys – Violent Complicity
4) Oh Sees – Jettisoned
5) Liars – Cliche Suite
6) El Michels Affair – Tearz (feat. Lee Fields & The Shacks)
7) Action Bronson – Chop Chop Chop
8) Lil B – Bad Mf
9) A$AP Mob – What Happens (Feat. Joey Bada$$, Kirk Knight, Nyuk Caution, Meechy Darko & Zombie Juice)
10) Sean Price – Ape in His Apex feat. Ruste Juxx
11) Tanya Morgan – Filthiest aka LESSLOWITT!! (ft. Ilyas)
12) Aesop Rock & Homeboy Sandman – Pins and Needles 
13) The War On Drugs – Holding On
14) Kevin Morby – Black Flowers
15) Corner Boy P – Look At Us (Feat TY)
16) Lil Uzi Vert – 444+222
17) A$AP Ferg – Mad Man (feat. Playboi Carti)
18) Tay-K – The Race
19) Corner Boy P – Lit
20) A$AP Ferg – Nandos
21) Rae Sremmurd – Perplexing Pegasus
22) Syd – Bad Dream-No Looking Back

August 2017 Mix

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Here’s what I was listening to while spending two great weeks in Scotland, then two weeks sweltering in NC. The good albums:

  • Dream Machine – The Illusion: Slightly campy organ-and-guitar-driven psych-rock.
  • Ty Segall – Fried Shallots: A fantastically tight EP raising money for the ACLU.
  • Devo – Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!2017 is the year of me discovering (with the help of some great friends) all the amazing late 70s / early 80s punk stuff that I had been missing all these years.

Honorable mention to BSS. On to the mix:
1) Action Bronson – Let Me Breathe
2) French Montana – Bring Dem Things (ft. Pharrell)
3) Curren$y – 1942
4) Mr. Muthafuckin eXquire – A Pigeon Ain’t Shit but a Ghetto Dove
5) Jay-Z – 4:44
6) Westside Gunn – A Thousand Birds (ft. Conway)
7) A$AP Twelvvy – Strapped
8) Budgie – In-N-Out feat. Emmavie, Chris O’Bannon & Buddy
9) Cannibale – Carribean Dream
10) Ty Segall – Another Hustle
11) Devo – Uncontrollable Urge
12) Devo – Gut Feeling / (Slap Your Mammy)
13) Thee Oh Sees – The Freak Was Clean
14) Dream Machine – Caught in a Trap
15) Ty Segall – Dust
16) Dream Machine – Weeping Statue
17) Lil’ Wayne – Fireworks (ft. Young Jeezy)
18) Downtown Dion – Only
19) The Cool Kids – Checkout
20) Lil’ Wayne – Loyalty (ft. Gudda Gudda & HoodyBaby)
21) Marty Baller – Send Em My Way (ft. A$AP Ferg)
22) Fat Trel – Bachelor
23) Broken Social Scene – Towers and Masons