#107 – 2012 in Repose

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Jim and I return from extended hiatus with a swift (for us) overview of our favorite music from 2012. In a triumphant return-to-form, we illuminate some little known music geekery and go off on tangents.

Aaron's notebook with a Protomen sticker is ironic as he didn't put them on his best-of list.

Aaron’s notebook with a Protomen sticker is ironic as he didn’t put them on his best-of list.

Tracks featured:
The House That Heaven Built” by Japandroids
45” by Gaslight Anthem
I’m Gonna Try” by The Maldives
True Thrush” by Dan Deacon
I Want to Break Free” by The Protomen
WAVIP” by The Coup (with Das Racist and Killer Mike)
Watch the Corners” by Dinosaur Jr.

Show Notes:
Jim’s favorite albums of 2012
Paper Bag Records vs. David Bowie
Aaron’s Best-of-2012 Playlist

#0087 – Lollapalooza 2009

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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

#0069 – Waiting on a Revelation

We’re living in serious times, but we’re reminded every now and again that there’s a strong case for some optimism.  This mix is a reflection on this idea.

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Jim and I attended the rally in Grant Park, Chicago on election night last week, and it was a very moving experience.  People hugged each other — a woman came up to me on the street and offered a hug — a real, warm, longer-lasting full bodied hug.  The city of Chicago was just glowing on Tuesday night.  People have been walking taller, noticing their neighbors more — I mean, it’s not all Pollyana and people still drive like a bunch of assholes — and Cubs fans?  Well, they’re the worst (present company excluded, Jim).

Despite all the good times, the economy is showing signs that we’re still headed for shit.  We’re no closer to getting out of Iraq or avoiding further confrontation in Afghanistan than we were before.  Poverty, Health Care, Cancer, AIDS, Gay Marriage — I mean, there’s a lot of issues that require serious action and attention — yet even without doing anything, we’re reminded that as a nation whose wealth dwarfs that of almost every other nation, where the black community is a shrinking minority, we elect a minority to the highest office — something that all the other “western” nations have yet to do.

For the first time in a very long time, I actually have some sense that no matter what, we’re all going to be okay.

Some notes about this mix: The Lucero track was contributed by Jim, and it’s been one of my favorites for almost a year now. Since he never played it, I figure I have dibs on it. A fellow by the name of John Campbell suggested The Gossip after a Twitter discussion about Shazam (he used the service as he got a haircut and this cover of Wham! was what it pulled up). I had to throw a new one by The Cure, because it’s probably their best album since Kiss Me Kiss Me Kiss Me. And I don’t talk anywhere on this mix, so just pop it in your car on your long commute or drive and just enjoy.

This mix includes…

  • Lucero – Tonight Ain’t Gonna Be Good
  • R.E.M. – Supernatural Superserious
  • INXS – Don’t Change a Thing
  • Mark Ronson – You’re All I Need to Get By
  • Stars – Take Me to the Riot
  • Band of Horses – Is There a Ghost?
  • ColdPlay – Lovers in Japan
  • Keane – Spiralling
  • Frightened Rabbit – I Feel Better
  • The Cure – Only One
  • Travis – Sing
  • Radiohead – Reckoner
  • Kings of Leon – Sex on Fire
  • The Gossip – Careless Whisper
  • Muse – Map of the Problematique
  • Liam Finn – Better to Be
  • Deerhoof – Offend Maggie
  • Beck – Gamma Ray
  • Dan Deacon – The Crystal Cat
  • Say Hi To Your Mom – The Twenty-Second Century
  • The Arcade File – Rebellion (Lies)