#0094 – The Eratosthenes Mix

A mostly 2010 wintery mix named in honor of the ancient Greek scholar from the 3rd century BC who correctly determined the circumference of the Earth using his brain, eyes, feet, and a few sticks. As Carl Sagan asked…why are there no monuments to people like this?

Who the hell was Eratosthenes? You may or may not know it, but Eratosthenes was a guy that lived 2,200 years ago that correctly estimated the circumference of the Earth without leaving Egypt using nothing but sticks, his eyes to observe the sun’s shadows, feet for walking measured distances, and his brain. He was the first person to measure the size of a planet, before people even thought it was round. He argued that India could be reached by sailing westward from Spain. He invented geography. He invented a system of latitude and longitude. He correctly estimated the distance from the Earth to the Sun. Let me say that again. He correctly estimated the distance from the Earth to the sun! Long before they even had telescopes. I think about that and just think, “Holy crap.” I can barely pay my bills on time or figure out an Excel sheet.

What do the songs on this mix have to do with this ancient Greek scholar from the third century BC? Not a damn thing. Except that when’s the last time you saw a statue of Eratosthenes? Or flew into Eratosthenes Airport? Or went to go see your favorite football team beat the crap out of another team at Eratosthenes Memorial Stadium? Instead we go see an event in the Viagra Dome or suffer some other indignity. We have buildings named after every jackweed you can think of, mainly politicians and the wealthy people that built the buildings — which is okay, but do we need 15 buildings named after the same person? Maybe name the first one after yourself, then search around to find an opportunity to honor someone else, eh? Why not? We can see when something has some meaning, and when we do we usually stop and read it. Maybe you get your kid to read it, and maybe s/he’s inspired by what they learn. Maybe you take the time to look the person up and think, “Wow, this person really did some great things.”

I don’t have enough monetary value built up yet to build my own giant office building, or airport, or sports stadium and put Eratosthenes’ name on there with a big descriptive plaque. But I do have the feeble and insignificant power of naming my own mix tapes. So blammo — I dub thee “The Eratosthenes Mix” in your honor, Sir, and pledge that if I’m ever in a position to build something, I’ll consider putting the name Eratosthenes on there.

Most of these are from 2010. As usual, lots of songs on here I heard first on Seattle KEXP. Several bands from an Iceland podcast — Iceland has some great bands. I had no idea. They also have a big annual music festival up there, I think it was last month. They have a thing in Iceland where the bands have to sound unique, or people won’t go see them…pretty good standard.

Anyway, hope you enjoy.  If you like a band, please download their songs and support them on tour. And if you check out KEXP podcasts, consider making a donation to support them as well.

  1. Long Time, No See – Massy Ferguson
  2. I Know You Sleep – Bang Gang
  3. Dear Moses – Turbo Fruits
  4. Lawless Lands – The Sword
  5. Gold Guns Girls – Metric
  6. Western Haunts – silOHs
  7. I Don’t Love You No More – Kings Go Forth
  8. Swim (To Reach the End) – Surfer Blood
  9. Musow – Bassekou Kouyate and Ngoni Ba
  10. Hot Topic Woman – The Company Band
  11. 1977 – Ana Tijoux
  12. Forevermore – Luna Mortis
  13. War Again – Balkan Beat Box
  14. Western Hospitality – Club 8
  15. Made Belief – Who Knew
  16. Namania – Habib Koite
  17. Halleluja! – [ingenting]
  18. Wolfboy – Seabear

#0093 – Anthropological Series – Summers 1986-7

Music from my summers of 1986-7 while living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

The idea behind the Anthropological Series is to capture what the DJ and those around her/him were listening to at the time, perhaps in a particular location or phase in life. RG had posted something about summer music on Facebook, and it reminded me that I had this mix in the works, so I put it together all formal-like. This mix includes some songs that I listened to during the summers of 1986 and 1987, when I lived on the Eastern Shore in Maryland. I worked at a local restaurant/bar/pool/marina complex there as a poolside cook, expediter, barback, dining room oyster shucker, and boat takeout delivery guy. Once a month or so all the restaurant, marina, and bar staff would have a cookout/kegger at night at the pool and play music and water volleyball.  I’d work 12-18 hour shifts Wed-Sat with a shorter Sunday, and hang out with bar staff Fridays and Saturdays after 2AM close. I drove my new used Subaru 4X4 hatchback to work, met lots of fun people, and wound up dating a fabulous lifeguard, much to my surprise. It was a great damn couple of summers! When I put this mix together I was surprised how strongly the music worm-holed me back to those days that I’d mostly put on the memory shelf.

Naturally, the music will not do that for you. However, the other thing is that, as much as we all love new music, old music is still good. Sometimes I forget this. Then I find an old cassette or LP that I forgot about and play it and I’m blown away all over again. However, I’ve also made this “anthropological,” so it’s not scrubbed for just the cool songs I heard then. It also includes a few that just remind me of the time period that symbolize stuff you’d hear at parties or on the radio, things like “I Wanna Be a Cowboy” or “Lean on Me.” So when I first made this mix it was just for me, but then I thought about the music on it, and figured at least one other person would like it, so am posting it.

Plus, with it being anthropological, I’m doing science a huge favor by capturing what a 19-year old was listening to in 1986. Musicologists living in their underground bunkers in 3056 will thank me. I don’t talk on it but threw in some movie and TV samples from the time.

  1. *On the Hunt – Lynyrd Skynyrd – There was a lot of Skynyrd around the Eastern Shore then, and I was listening a good bit to Nuthin’ Fancy and Skynyrd’s First and Last at the time as well. This reminds me of a dive bar called the Silver Dollar (I think), a place that, if you’d harnessed the misery there at the time, you could have powered a small town or maybe an amusement park.
  2. Planet of Women – ZZ Top – I know the old ZZ is the best and Fandango was one of my first cassettes, but I really dug Afterburner. I still love the whole release.  I had picked up the cassette for whatever reason and ended up playing it till it broke by the end of the summer of ’87.
  3. The Boy in the Bubble – Paul Simon – Of course the video for Call Me Al was hilarious, and I think I got this LP as one of my Columbia House 9 LPs for a penny thing. I ended up really liking this song.
  4. I Believe – REM – I was hooked on REM when I first heard Chronic Town, and didn’t slow down until Green. Back then they were underground alternative, and those early 5 or 6 releases were just insane.
  5. I Wanna Be a Cowboy – Boys Don’t Cry –  I first heard it at some party I went to. I picked it up on 45 an it’s just sort of stuck with me.
  6. **Light of Day – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts – Don’t remember much from the movie, but hell, Michael J. Fox and Joan Jett, I mean, c’mon! I picked up this 45 back then and it’s not a bad little song.
  7. Nice Boys – Rose Tattoo – I bought this cassette used at college in North Carolina in spring of 1985, and played the hell out of it. It busted too.
  8. ***Secret Agent Man – Johnny Rivers – I barbacked at Redeye’s lounge when it was part of the restaurant, before it was a huge outside dock bar. The bar was packed three deep in this tiny room, where, nearly every weekend, the same band played. This was the only song I could remember that they played because I always thought the guitar part was the highlight of their set.
  9. Red Rain – Peter Gabriel – Another Columbia House selection that really had some great songs on it.
  10. Stand By Me – Ben E. King – Stephen King’s story The Body was summer reading in his book Different Seasons, and this story was made into Stand By Me, a film for which this original song was re-released in 1986, so it was on the radio a lot. One of the all-time greats.
  11. Welcome to the Boomtown – David & David – Anyone alive with ears in 1987 remembers this song, just because it was always on the radio and was pretty different from everything else you heard. One hit wonders, but not a bad tune.
  12. Like a Song… – U2 – Had heard it before but acquired the War cassette and listened to it much more during this time period, along with insanely good Wide Awake in America live EP.
  13. Lean on Me – Club Nouveau – This is one of those mid-80s songs that you just couldn’t escape as that dance mix craze was ramping up. Somehow, I can tolerate it and actually enjoy it.
  14. It’s Tricky – Run DMC – What can you say? Sure, we’ve all heard it, but it’s still a blockbuster.
  15. ****I’m Goin’ Down – Bruce Springsteen – Born in the USA is a great album, and though I’d been hearing it for years, there were a few songs that I really liked, as they applied to my life in one way or another at the time. This is one of those.
  16. Learn How to Live – Billy Squire – I like Billy Squire dammit. Emotions in Motion is an excellent LP, and this is one of my favorites off that one that you don’t hear much.
  17. Don’t Care / Live Fast Die Young – Circle Jerks – I got turned on to the Circle Jerks and other punk in college, and this is one of the few punk cassettes I owned that I could listen to when away from college.
  18. Fire Still Burns – Twisted Sister – Ah, the death of early phase metal. The only band that stayed true through the 80s was Motorhead, and perhaps Maiden and Accept. The rest of my metal icons got lost along the way, and Twisted Sister was one of the brightest burnouts of all them. Come out and Play was a horrifically bad release. I bought it thinking it would be good, and it was just a huge let down. This was the only song of any merit on the whole thing. Metallica had been on my radar since Kill ‘Em All in ’84, and Accept’s Metal Heart had come out and was good along with Motorhead’s Orgasmatron, but really, for me, I was about to take a metal break for a few years.

Samples:

  1. *Evil Dead 2
  2. **Light of Day
  3. ***Jay Leno on David Letterman. This is when Letterman was new and good and everyone watched it. Leno was funny in the mid 80s, regardless of his status today.
  4. ****Raising Arizona
  5. Michelob Light Genesis commercial that was all over late night TV back then…

Music Talk: 22 March

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Yes, it’s over a month old. It’s been a busy month.  It’s not Jim’s fault — it’s definitely Aaron’s.  That said, before everything got busy, we did try to get another show in before job change chaos ensued.  We did it on William Shatner Day. We were set up to include our first guest on the show, Brian — who couldn’t make it at the last minute.  We also did it while imbibing. Listen to the silly ramblings at your peril.

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William Shatner Day

This show features..

New Music

  • Jim’s pick — “Glass Printer” by The Besnard Lakes — 3:55
  • Aaron’s pick — “Bang Pop” by Free Energy — 3:41

Resurrected Tracks

  • Brian’s pick — “California’s Dark” by The Nightwatchman — 4:00
  • Aaron’s pick — “Carpet Crawlers” by Genesis — 5:01
  • Jim’s pick — “(I Hope U) Don’t Survive” by Silkworm — 3:25

Closet Track

  • Aaron’s pick — “Midnight Blue” by Lou Gramm — 3:56

Shatner Track

  • “I Can’t Get Behind That” by William Shatner & Ben Folds

Ska Talk – 08 Mar

We are talking and playing a lot of Ska today, with recent shows on our minds by Fishbone, The English Beat and The Aquabats (with Mustard Plug).

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Fishbone at House of Blues
We are talking and playing a lot of Ska today, with recent shows on our minds by Fishbone, The English Beat and The Aquabats (with Mustard Plug).
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  • Desmond Dekker — Get Up Edina — 2:40
  • Bob Marley — Simmer Down — 2:50
  • The Ethiopians — Train to Skaville — 2:42
  • The Specials — Little Bitch — 2:34
  • Madness — One Step Beyond — 3:35
  • The English Beat — Mirror in the Bathroom — 3:10
  • The Clash — Wrong’em Boyo — 3:11
  • Fishbone — Lyin’ Ass Bitch — 4:16
  • The Toasters — Don’t Let the Bastards Grind You Down — 2:51
  • The Slackers — Dave’s Friend — 4:55
  • Mighty Mighty Bosstones — Someday I Suppose — 3:27
  • Operation Ivy (ska-core) — Sound system — 2:14
  • Hepcat — Goodbye Street (3:37)
  • MU330 – La (3:02)
  • The Pietasteres- Out All Night — 3:17
  • Mustard Plug — Mr. Smiley — 2:45
  • The Aquabats — Ska Robot Army — 2:12

Music Talk 22 Feb

Our first discussion format show includes tracks by High on Fire, Gil Scott-Heron, The Editors, OK Go, Motorpsycho, Notorious B.I.G. and The Urge. You’ll like it!

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We’ve started a new format on Radio Gen1us.  We’re not ditching our mixtapes — but we’re trying to be a bit more regular about podcasting.  Quite frankly, doing a discussion format is a lot easier to do, and it’s a bit more timely.  So if you’re jonesing for some nerd-out over music, then you’ll like this.

We’ve also consolidated our categories on the blog to channels.  Mixtapes is one, Music Discussion another (this means there may be other channels to come, eventually).

In the meantime, Jim and I had a lot of fun doing this show. We’re definitely going to do this more often (likely every other week) and still, sporadically put out playlists.  So if you like this, please give us some comment love and let us know what you think.  We’re always interested in having others participate and with this format, it’s really really easy to Skype in and rock out.

Music featured on our show today includes:

  1. High on Fire – Fire, Flood & Plague
  2. Gil Scott-Heron – New York is Killing Me
  3. The Editors – Papillon
  4. OK Go – End Love
  5. Motorpsycho – Mr. Victim
  6. Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
  7. The Urge – Closer

#0091 – The Mossback Mix

[Kevin] A mix of insanely good northwest bands, spanning Washington and Oregon. Nothing heavy.

[Kevin] Winter’s a great time for a mix of northwest bands. These mostly span Washington and Oregon. Not all songs are what they seem, so before you write something off, give it a listen.

I started off just trying to round up enough Pacific Northwest bands to make a mix, but I ended up with way too many original, insanely good songs and got turned on to a bunch of new bands in the process.  Hope you do too.

We Sing in Time The Lonely Forest
Good Friend, Yr HungerCastanets
911Man Plus
BananasBlue Scholars
I Say FeverRamona Falls
I’m a F*cking GeniusSupersuckers
Black River KillerBlitzen Trapper
Two MinutesThe Blows
Beep BeepBig World Breaks (featuring Godspeed, Jerm, Lia Brown & Toni Hill)
You Only Believe Me When I’m LyingZoe Muth and the Lost High Rollers
Little SlickersThe Globes
Better Than LiesBeehive
Now We Can SeeThe Thermals
Wall of a SongThe Whore Moans
WardVisqueen
Clear as DayNorth Twin
OthersideMacklemore and Ryan Lewis
The Wanting Comes in Waves/RepaidThe Decemberists

If you like any of these bands be sure to support them by downloading their music or picking up a CD, and check them out when they tour near you.  Special thanks to KEXP in Seattle for great podcasts…check them out and support KEXP, their releases,  and/or the music you love.

# 0090 – Recast

[Kevin] This is a mix of covers that recasts the originals. It looks heavier than it really is.

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[Kevin] This is a cover mix that looks heavier than it really is. Essentially, it’s a rock / alternative / metal / country mix.

It started with my friend Don Heeter’s “Goofy Sh*t” play list that was basically a list of covers he liked where the original had been redefined by the cover band putting their own spin on the song. The list started with Crowbar’s recasting of Gary Wright’s 1976 radio classic “Dreamweaver” as a cauldron of churning sludge that still sounds pleasing to the ears. If you listen to nothing else on this mix, check out Dreamweaver.

Heeter’s list also had “The Ghost of Tom Joad,” “Orion” (which is a great acoustic version of the Metallica original), “Simple Man,” “Buick McKaine,” and “I Never Dreamed.” One night while drinking we added “I’ve Got the Fire,” “Imagine,” and “Run Like Hell.” Then to round it out I added the rest. Hope you enjoy it.

As always, if you like a song or a band, please support them by purchasing their CDs, LPs, mp3s, or DVDs, and by going to see them when they tour…

  1. DreamweaverCrowbar, original by Gary Wright
  2. Sounds of Silence Ascension of the Watchers, original by Simon and Garfunkel
  3. *Ghost of Tom JoadRage Against the Machine, original by Bruce Springsteen
  4. ImagineA Perfect Circle, original by John Lennon
  5. I’ve Got the FireIron Maiden, original by Montrose
  6. OrionRodrigo Y Gabriela, original by Metallica
  7. Simple Man Deftones, original by Lynyrd Skynyrd
  8. Three DaysL7, original by Willie Nelson
  9. CrossroadsRush, original by Robert Johnson
  10. Buick McKaineGuns’n’Roses, original by T. Rex
  11. Get a Grip (on Yourself)Prong, original by The Stranglers
  12. Run Like HellKitty, original by Pink Floyd
  13. Slip KidAnvil & Franky Perez, original by The Who
  14. Evil Hearted YouThe Pixies, original by The Yardbirds
  15. Rated XNeko Case, original by Loretta Lynn
  16. I Never DreamedBlack Label Society, original by Lynyrd Skynyrd

*Grapes of Wrath (1940)

#0089 – Beat This

So goes a nonstop mix that will goes out to all you head nodders. Don’t dare turn this mix down — keep it turned up.

One of the best things about the friends I’ve made online in the last couple of years has definitely been the music I’ve been exposed to.  Just the mere mention of any genre, like this mix and Hip Hop, and everyone comes out of the woodwork with their favorites.  Once in a while, you end up in a bar with some of your online friends, and you crack out your Shazam application, and you capture some long lost beat that you never knew existed but now can’t escape your brain.  So goes a nonstop mix that will goes out to all you head nodders.  Don’t dare turn this mix down — keep it turned up.

With much respect:

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#0088 – All Over the Place

My mix, based on what iTunes thinks I like with the random selection of Nick Lowe…

Many moons ago, Kristen (who is among my oldest friends) made the suggestion that I put my iTunes on random and just make a mix of the first load of songs that come up.  For reasons unclear (mostly laziness I suspect), I never got around to it until last week, where I specifically just threw the iPhone into a frenzy as I scrolled through my 32GB library and decided to hit shuffle, which resulted in the wonderful “Cruel to be Kind” by Nick Lowe.  I then pressed Genius to see what it’d recommend and the result was…. well, it was all over the place, but it actually sounded pretty good.  I didn’t change the order or anything.

So here you go.  My mix, based on what iTunes thinks I like with the random selection of Nick Lowe…

  • Nick Lowe – Cruel to be Kind
  • John Hiatt – Ethylene
  • William Shatner – Ideal Woman
  • Aimee Mann – Put Me On Top
  • Hall & Oates – Did It In A Minute
  • Sleep Out –  Three Towns
  • Electronic – Getting Away With It
  • The Dead Weather – Treat Me Like Your Mother
  • Mexican Institute of Sound – Sinfonía Agridulce
  • Prince – She’s Always In My Hair
  • Saul Williams – The Ritual
  • Jellyfish – The Glutton of Sympathy
  • Santigold – Say Aha
  • The Go! Team – Get It Together
  • Prodigy – Memphis Bells
  • Street Sweeper Social Club – Fight! Smash! Win!
  • The Roots – No Great Pretender
  • Squirrel Nut Zippers – It Ain’t You
  • Astrud Gilberto – Light My Fire
  • Tom Jones – Green, Green Grass of Home

Please… also let me know how my voice sounds.  I was so pissed off with my last show that I plunked down for a Blue Snowball and I think it’s a marked improvement.  You tell me…

#0087 – Lollapalooza 2009

Music culling my favorite performances from Lollapalooza 2009!

So many pleasant and welcome surprises this year.  Acts I thought might just be “okay” were insanely, life-changing phenomenal.  Acts I had high hopes for — some delivered better than my high expectations; others faltered.  At the end of the three days, I surmized a few things: I’m getting too old for this sh*t; new music is totally awesome and no matter how mild the summer is, Lollapalooza will always land on the hottest weekend of the summer.

Lollapalooza 2009

I had the BEST time hanging out with my buddy Michael (@romacafe) the entire weekend.  I was so happy to hang out as much as we could with my old pal Dennis and even with twitter friend (and major huge Tool fan) Lisa (@kavka).  Everyday we seemed to make friends around us, despite inclement weather.

I hope you like this mix.  Santigold brought something more than an A-game with her this year.

  • Depeche Mode – A Question of Time
  • Souja Boy Tell ‘Em – Turn My Swag On
  • Hold the Line – Major Lazer
  • Brooklyn Go Hard – Jay Z
  • Shove It – Santigold
  • The ’59 Sound – The Gaslight Anthem
  • Fitz and the Dizzyspells – Andrew Bird
  • Wolf Like Me – TV On the Radio
  • Everyday I Love You Less and Less – Kaiser Chiefs
  • We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed – Los Campesinos!
  • Little Secrets – Passion Pit
  • This Tornado Loves You – Neko Case
  • Jambi – Tool
  • The General Specific – Band of Horses
  • Creator – Santigold
  • Unstoppable – Santigold
  • Red F – Dan Deacon
  • Vampires – Thievery Corporation