January 2018 Mix


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



  • 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


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


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


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


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


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