2016 End of the World Mix

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Fuck it all.  Some albums:

Some songs:
1) Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – A 1000 Times
2) The Frightnrs – Purple
3) Danny Brown – Lost
4) A$AP Mob – Crazy Brazy
5) Curren$y – Treat Em The Same (ft. Corner Boy P)
6) Dam Funk – Hazy Stomp
7) Useless Eaters – Relaxing Death
8) The High Curbs – Lame Sloth
9) ORB – First and Last Man
10) Useless Eaters – Electrical Outlet
11) Male Bonding – Hole
12) Big Scoob – Bitch Please (ft. B-Legit & E-40)
13) Ezale – Stop Come On
14) Gucci Mane – Out The Zoo
15) DJ Mustard – Lil Baby (feat. Ty Dolla $ign)
16) Gucci Mane – Last Time (Ft. Travis Scott)
17) D.R.A.M. – Cash Machine
18) Yuppies Indeed – Amazing Teen Girl
19) The Keggs – To Find Out
20) Allah-Las – Warmed Kippers
21) The Few – Escape
22) White Fence – To The Boy I Jumped In The Hemlock Alley
23) Call Me LIKE – Mission Road Ft. Anderson.Paak
24) Jamie Lidell – Don’t Let Me Let You Go
25) Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – You Ain’t That Young Kid

Early Fall 2016 Mix

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Early fall = the best time of the year.  The weather is perfect, and Hopscotch comes to Raleigh.  And this year, a few decent albums dropped:

  • Thee Oh Sees – A Weird Exits:  The world’s greatest rock band continues to be the world’s greatest rock band.
  • Ka – Honor Killed the Samurai: The world’s greatest rapping fireman continues to be the world’s greatest rapping fireman.  Actually, I think this is my favorite of his albums.
  • Gensu Dean & Denmark Vessey – Whole Food: The world’s most underrated rapper from Detroit continues to be the world’s most underrated rapper from Detroit.  Denmark Vessey makes albums that are lyrically/topically as ambitious as any Kendrick Lamar album, but Denmark actually makes good songs.

Honorable mentions to Angel Olsen, French Montana, Morgan Delt, Rae Sremmurd, and Gap Dream.  On to the mix:
1) Thee Oh Sees – Ticklish Warrior
2) De La Soul – Whoodeeni (ft. 2 Chainz)
3) French Montana – I’m Heated
4) Too Short – Burn Rubber
5) Corner Boy P – New Warleans
6) Thee Oh Sees – The Axis
7) Morgan Delt – Some Sunsick Day
8) Frank Ocean – Pink + White
9) PARTYNEXTDOOR – Not Nice
10) E-40 – Petty (feat. Kamaiyah)
11) Nef The Pharaoh – Everything Big
12) Gucci Mane – At Least a M
13) Rae Sremmurd – Black Beatles (ft. Gucci Mane)
14) Gap Dream – Judy Let Me Roam
15) Krondon – Black Sabbath
16) Ka – Ours
17) Roc Marciano – All for It
18) Gensu Dean & Denmark Vessey – Black Love (7eventhirty And Iman Omari)
19) Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me
20) Rolling Blackouts C.F. – Clean Slate

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Late Summer 2016 Mix

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Here are the albums that got me through 800 consecutive days where the temp went past 90 degrees:

Honorable mention to Smoke DZA.

And here are the songs:
1) Whitney – No Woman
2) Courtney Barnett – New Speedway Boogie
3) Charles Bradley and Menahan Street Band – Cumberland Blues
4) Michael Kiwanuka – One More Night
5) Patti Jo – Make Me Believe In You
6) Nite-Funk – Let Me Be Me
7) Take Three – Tonite’s the Night (All Right)
8) StoneBwoy – Choices (E-40 Ragga Mix)
9) Young Thug – Turn Up
10) Fam-Lay – Rock N’ Roll (Remix) (ft. Lil Flip)
11) Jimmy Wopo – Elm Street
12) YG – Why You Always Hatin? (feat. Drake & Kamaiyah)
13) Rae Sremmurd – Do Yoga
14) Nite-Funk – Love x2
15) Whitney – Light Upon the Lake
16) Curren$y – Game Tapes
17) Your Old Droog – White Rappers (A Good Guest)
18) Smoke DZA – Don’t Pass Trump The Blunt 
19) Westside Gunn – Summer Slam 88 (ft. WS Pootie)
20) Super FM – Dad Clone
21) K9 Sniffies – Bill’s Block

Early Summer 2016 Mix

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King KhanAlbums I’ve been digging as I researched ways to add AC to my bike:

  • Various Artists – Wake Up You! The Rise and Fall of Nigerian Rock, vol. 1 (1972-1977): It’s been a while since I’ve heard any “new” Nigerian music from the 70s (aka, the best type of music there is).
  • Parquet Courts – Human Performance: More of a grower than previous efforts like Sunbathing Animal or Light Up Gold, but might ultimately be their album with the longest shelf life for me (time will tell.).
  • Car Seat Headrest – Teens of Denial: Album I’m most likely to be embarrassed about liking five years from now.  I’m not normally too high on rock that’s this lyrical and not normally too high on long songs, but this one’s the exception to the rule.

Honorable mentions to Zack Mexico and Egyptian Lover.  Just wasn’t the month for musicians with country-based names to crack through to the top.

On to the mix:
1) OT Genasis – Cut It (ft. Young Dolph)
2) Willie Joe – I Wonder 
3) The Egyptian Lover – I Cry (Night After Night)
4) Man Friday – Love Honey, Love Heartache (A Larry Levan Mix)
5) Drake – With You (feat. PARTYNEXTDOOR)
6) Homeboy Sandman – Heart Sings
7) Curren$y – Cement 4s
8) Che Grand – Mental (ft. Von Pea)
9) Meyhem Lauren – Bonus Round (Feat. Action Bronson, Roc Marciano & Big Body Bes)
10) Waves – Mother
11) Barrington Levy – Good Loving
12) The Apostles – Never Too Late
13) Parquet Courts – Paraphrased
14) Car Seat Headrest – 1937 State Park
15) Meyhem Lauren – Sweet Chick
16) Black Milk – For 4ever
17) Med – Joy Road (feat. Sirplus)
18) Radiohead – The Numbers
19) Zack Mexico – Time To Move

May 2016 Mix

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Albums I liked as life got super busy again:

That’s it.  Well, that and how had I slept on Kurt Vile’s Childish Prodigy?  Lack of good albums made up for with great shows.  Phuzz Phest was super fun.  And I finally got to see Parquet Courts. And La Luz was awesome, too.

On to the mix:
1) Young Thug – Problem
2) French Montana – Lock Jaw feat. Kodak Black
3) 2 Chainz – Bounce (feat. Lil Wayne)
4) Smoke DZA – Heard Dat
5) French Montana – All Over feat. Chinx
6) The Snails – Tight Side of Life
7) Car Seat Headrest – Vincent (Edit)
8) Westside Gunn – Mr. T
9) MC Eiht – Any Means (ft. Spice 1)
10) Westside Gunn – Dudley Boyz (feat. Action Bronson)
11) J-Live – Pay It Forward
12) Oddisee – Slow Groove
13) KING – The Greatest
14) dvsn – Too Deep
15) Kamaiyah – How Does It Feel
16) Dam Funk – Won’t Stop
17) Kamaiyah – Out the  Bottle (ft. Zay)
18) Follin – Roxy
19) Reigning Sound – If You Gotta Leave
20) La Luz – What Good Am I?
21) Kurt Vile – Freak Train
22) The Blind Shake – Salt

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March 2016 Mix

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Albums I was listening to while contemplating how to become Kurt Vile’s personal guitar valet:

  • Future – Purple Reign/EVOL:  Why do rappers always have to go for quantity over quality?  These two projects could have easily been combined to make one album full of nothing but bangers.  Luckily iTunes lets me do for Future what Future should have done for Future.  #Technology.
  • Ty Segall – Emotional Mugger: Dude’s still melting faces and leaving newscasters flabbergasted.
  • Television – Marquee Moon: I missed a lot by listening to nothing but hip-hop til approximately 2001.
  • Curren$y – Carollton Heist: Curren$y + Alchemist = high-quality.

Honorable mention to Tijuana Panthers and Night Beats.  Dishonorable mention to Kanye (maybe instead of continually fucking with an album with 3 good songs, he should focus on making more good songs?).

On to the mix:
1) Ty Segall – Diversion
2) Ty Segall – Mandy Cream
3) Night Beats – Power Child
4) Tijuana Panthers – Foolish
5) Television – Elevation
6) Tijuana Panthers – I Hate Saturday Nights
7) Television – Marquee Moon
8) Boone – Pop a Perc
9) Future – Perkys Calling
10) Future – Xanny Family
11) Future – Run Up
12) Future – Lil Haiti Baby
13) Milano – 38 Snub-Nose
14) Freddie Gibbs – Cocaine Parties in L.A.
15) Isaiah Rashad – Smile
16) Kanye West – Real Friends (ft. Ty Dolla $ign)
17) Curren$y – Inspiration feat Action Bronson
18) Mr. Lif – Whizdom (feat. Blacastan)
19) Curren$y – Mallory Knox (DatPiff Exclusive)
20) Your Old Droog – 42 (FORTY DEUCE)
21) Tate Kobang – Bank Rolls (Remix)

February 2016 Mix

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Pretty crap month, but got to end it by taking in this view yesterday, so can’t complain too much!  Also, good tunes never hurt.  Albums I enjoyed:

  • Pusha T – King Push – Darkest Before Dawn: The Prelude:  Solidifying his place in my all-time top 5.  He’d be my number 1 if he slapped the shit out of Kanye.
  • NxWorries – Link Up & Suede:  Short EP about 100x better than Malibu.
  • Sean Price – Songs In the Key of Price:  Speaking of top 5 MCs.  RIP!
  • Martin Courtney – Many Moons: Solo project from Real Estate frontman sounds like a Real Estate album and is therefore excellent.
  • Milk Lines – Ceramic:  Former guy from Demon’s Claws, released on In the Red.  You know it’s gotta be good.

Other pretty good releases this past month or two from Curren$y, Erykah Badu, Jeremih, the Brainstems, and I finally got around to last year’s Alabama Shakes, which I liked more than their seemingly more lauded debut.

On to the mix:
1) Pusha T – Untouchable
2) Rob Cave – Crackrocks & Jumpshots
3) NxWorries – Droogs
4) Sean Price – Fei Long
5) Pusha T – F.I.F.A.
6) Future Fambo – Bloodclaute Song
7) Mavado – A Boy Like Me
8) Busy Signal – Text Message
9) Young Pappy – iPhone Freestyle
10) Bankroll Fresh – Walked In [feat. Street Money Boochie & Travis Porter]
11) Timbaland – THIS ME, FUCK IT Ft. 2 Chainz
12) Migos – Look at My Dab
13) Jidenna – Long Live the Chief
14) Curren$y – Cruzin…
15) Alabama Shakes – Gimme All Your Love
16) Martin Courtney – Airport Bar
17) Milk Lines – Crystal Crown
18) The Brainstems – Simple Joys
19) Male Gaze – Gale Maze
20) The Brainstems – Warm Skin
21) Erykah Badu – Phone Down
22) Jeremih – Pass Dat
23) The Weeknd – The Hills
24) ILoveMakonnen – Trust Me Danny