November 2009 Mix


Another month with not-too-many albums that I really thought were good. Oh well. Thanksgiving > my desire to listen to even more new music. So November still wins.

Good albums this month included:

  • Dam Funk – Toeachizown: If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve already heard a lot of this album. If you haven’t been paying attention, and you’re looking for music that makes you feel about 20x cooler when you’re walking around listening to it in your headphones, this is your shit right here.
  • Lil’ Wayne – No Ceilings: This is the greatness that occurs when Weezy F. drops the guitar, (mostly) drops the Autotune, gets in the booth, and raps his ass off.
  • Alton Ellis – Sunday Coming:   Part of my ongoing quest to expand my collection of 70s reggae artists who can actually sing.

On to this month’s mix. As always, let me know if there’s something you think I missed.

1) Damon – Don’t You Feel Me
Creepy psych-rock dug up by the good people at Now-Again.

2) The East St. Louis Gospelettes – Have Mercy On Me
You probably recognize this song from Raekwon’s “Have Mercy.” You probably downloaded it from Hip-Hop is Read.

3) Big Boi (ft. Gucci Mane) – Shine Blockas
Isn’t it about time Sir Luscious Left Foot dropped? This is easily my song of the month.

4) Buckshot (ft. Sean Price) – The Feeling

5) Clipse (ft Cam’ron) – Popular Demand (Popeyes)

6) Jay Electronica – Exhibit C (radio rip)
I still maintain that Jay Elec is a vastly overrated rapper, but as long as he keeps deciding to rap over beats like this (well done, Mr. Blaze) then I’ll happily call myself a fan.

7) Lil’ Wayne (ft. Baby) – No Ceilings
“swagga just dumb, call it Sarah Palin” — Even weird little drug-addled aliens know that Sarah Palin is a dumbass.

8) Alton Ellis – Breaking Up is Hard to Do
As great of a singer as Alton Ellis is, it’s his background singers who do it for me on this one. I love that “aw-awwwww.”

9) Orchestre Poly Rythmo – Malin Kpon O
Who cares what the lyrics are when you’ve got a killer song like this.

10) Lil’ Wayne – Banned From TV
“smoke weed, talk shit like Lane Kiffin / whole country in a recession, but Wayne different.”

11) Max Minelli – Whateva-eva
A strong addition to my “stripclub anthems” playlist.

12) Young Dro – Start Trappin’ for Life
One of the best rappers in the South when he’s focused. Here, he’s focused.

13) The Very Best – Julia
Some rapper needs to jack this for his next mixtape.

14) Chauffeur – Soles of Fire
The first drop from Mark Ronson, Sam Sparro & Theophilus London.

15) Sean Price – Figure Four
“Peace…sincerely pyrex pot Sean / cook it cut it and spit it on

16) Guicci Mane – No No No
Sadly, not a Sister Nancy remake. One of those songs that’s so annoying (extra annoying-points courtesy of DJ Drama shouting all over the track), but such an ear-worm, that you’ll eventually grow to love it.

17) Wale (ft. Gucci Mane) – Pretty Girls
Another song that mostly made it on the mix for being ridiculously catchy rather than ridiculously good. For what it’s worth, I was pretty disappointed in Wale’s Attention:Deficit. It wasn’t so much bad (in a Kid Cudi kinda way) as just very mediocre (in a Blueprint 3 kinda way).

18) New Edition – Hide and Seek
While re-watching that old video of Baron Davis on rollerskates, I realized I didn’t have any New Edition. WTF?

19) Johnny Rivera and the Tequila Brass – Run Run Run
Tequila + brass + some crazy narrative about going home with a broad = awesome (courtesy of Soul Sides)

20) Alton Ellis – Joy in the Morning
Kind of reminds me of John Legend’s “Slow Dance.”

21) Thao with the Get Down Stay Down – Body
Interesting thought (maybe): why are guys less apt to be into songs sung from a woman’s point of view than women are to be into songs sung from a man’s point of view?

22) The Soft Pack – Answer to Yourself
Easily one of my favorite new bands in 2009. Proper debut dropping February 2!

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