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

July 2017 Mix

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Here are some good albums I was listening to as the weather became unbearable:

  • Gang of Four – Entertainment!: Yes, I should have been up on this long ago, but this kid who grew up listening to nothing but hip-hop is just now discovering all the amazing late 70s/early 80s punk stuff.
  • The Feeling of Love – Reward Your Grace: From 2013, but another one I had missed. Do you like weird French dudes who sing in English and sound kinda like Thee Oh Sees?
  • Thee Oh Sees – The Master’s Bedroom Is Worth Spending A Night In: Speaking of the greatest band ever, how did I sleep on this one from 2008? Had been digging through all of their old stuff recently through all their naming conventions, but this is the album when they became Thee Oh Sees, greatest band in the world.

Honorable mention to Nick Hakim, 2 Chainz, Suicide, Ausmuteants, and all the old King Jammy compilations.

On to the mix:
1) Suicide – Cherree
2) Nick Hakim – Roller Skates
3) Pinchers – Bandelero
4) Chrissy Zebby Tembo – Born Black
5) The Raincoats – Fairytale In The Supermarket
6) Gang of Four – Guns Before Butter
7) Cococoma – Messenger (The Wipers)
8) Minutemen – This Ain’t No Picnic
9) Ty Segall – Do It Clean
10) ZenSoFly – Palm Sweat Trees ft. YouthfulJodi
11) A$AP Ferg – Plain Jane
12) Big Boi – Kill Jill (ft. Killer Mike & Young Jeezy)
13) Gucci Mane – Finesse the Plug Interlude
14) Gunplay – Ya’ll Know Where I’m From (ft. Mozzy)
15) 2 Chainz – 4 AM (feat. Travis Scott)
16) Timaya – I Like the Way
17) Young Thug – Tomorrow Til Infinity
18) The Feeling of Love – Mostly Pet Semen Unit
19) Thee Oh Sees – The Coconut
20) Ausmuteants – New Planet
21) Cannibale – Mama
22) Pere Ubu – Street Waves
23) Ausmuteants – I Hate You
24) Thee Oh Sees – You Will See This Dog Before You Die

June 2017 Mix

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So much good stuff this past month, including Mac DeMarco in Asheville. Here were the albums I liked:

Honorable mention to Future Islands and CFM.  On to the mix:
1) Playboi Carti – Magnolia
2) Gucci Mane – Coachella
3) Valee – Shell 
4) Playboi Carti – Lookin (ft. Lil Uzi Vert)
5) J Hus – Did You See
6) Island Connectz – Pepper Pot
7) Level – I Bet You Wont (feat. Mouse On da Track)
8) Meek Mill – $lay (ft. A$AP Ferg)
9) Obnox – Hardcore Matinee
10) Future Islands – North Star
11) Mac DeMarco – On The Level
12) Vanity – Let’s Keep Drinking
13) Thee Oh Sees – Ship
14) Bunny Wailer – Troubles Is On the Road Again
15) Big Grams – Born to Shine (ft. Run the Jewels)
16) Shabazz Palaces – Shine a Light (feat. Thaddillac)
17) Wire – 12XU
18) The Intended – The Ineffable
19) The Blind Shake – Reasonable World
20) Low Culture – Head in a Blender
21) Vanity – Don’t Be Shy
22) CFM – Rise and Fall
23) The Blind Shake – Society of Plants
24) Banana Man – Musical Murder
25) Gappy Ranks – Run Up
26) Tonto Irie – Ram Up Every Corner

May 2017 Mix

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Hi, I’m Nordy. I’m good at taking shitty concert pics (see above) and forgetting to update my blog. Anyways, here were the albums that caught my attention this spring:

  • Roc Marciano – Rosebudd’s Revenge: A typically great Roc Marciano album, but Roc Marciano albums are too grimy for spring. Will have to remember to revisit once it gets cold and the sun disappears.
  • Tyvek – On Triple Beams: After hearing the fantastic Origin of What, I had to go back and listen to these guys’ older albums. They might be my favorite band not named Thee Oh Sees.
  • Natural Causes – Natural Causes: If you like your garage-punk snotty and paranoid…
  • Real Estate – In Mind: If you like your indie-rock soothing and consistent…
  • Paul Cary & the Small Scarys – Coyote: A 2014 album, reminiscent of the Deadly Snakes.

Honorable mention to Your Old Droog and Rick Ross.  On to the mix:
1) Raekwon – Nothing
2) Roc Marciano – Marksmen (feat. Ka)
3) Your Old Droog – G.K.A.C.
4) Tyvek – Scaling
5) Damaged Bug – Unmanned Scanner
6) Natural Causes – I Say Nothing
7) Tyvek – Little Richard
8) Natural Causes – Gun
9) Crisis – Kanada Kommando
10) Drake – Skepta Interlude
11) Mike Will Made-It – Bars Of Soap (featuring Swae Lee)
12) Mike Will Made-It – Come Down (featuring Chief Keef and Rae Sremmurd)
13) 12 Guage Shotie & Lil Blood – Codeine Fein
14) Starlito & Don Trip – Good Cop Bad Cop
15) Drake – Ice Melts (feat. Young Thug)
16) Wailing Souls – Penny I Love You
17) John Holt – Strange Things
18) Thee Oh Sees – Cool Deaths
19) Real Estate – Two Arrows
20) Paul Cary & the Small Scarys – Lost Jump
21) Your Old Droog – My Girl Is A Boy
22) Rick Ross – Santorini Greece

March 2017 Mix

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Great month for my life, but crap month for music.  No great albums this month, though Future’s FUTURE and Meatbodies’ Alice were both pretty good.

On to the mix:
1) Half Pint – Greetings
2) Michie One & Louchie Lou – Rich Girl
3) Gappy Ranks – Pon Di Lawn
4) Future – Zoom
5) Juelz Santana – Ds Up (ft. Migos & Jim Jones)
6) Don Trip & Starlito – Whistle Blowers
7) Sonny Digital & Black Boe – Bentley Truck
8) Future – Mask Off
9) Playboi Carti – Woke Up Like This (ft. Lil Uzi Vert)
10) POW! – Color the System
11) Meatbodies – Disciples
12) Meatbodies – Gyre
13) Paul Cary & The Small Scarys – Born with a Tail
14) Westside Gunn – Brains Flew By
15) Juelz Santana – Dipd In Coke (ft. Cam’ron & French Montana)
16) Future – Hallucinating
17) Quelle Chris – Pendulum Swing (feat. Homeboy Sandman)
18) Westside Gunn – Don’t Trust a Soul
19) Paul White – Lion’s Den (feat. Danny Brown)
20) Starlito – Serenity (feat. Kevin Gates)
21) Sampha – (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano