#0071 – UnEighties


Jim recently mocked me (he’ll tell you it was just an “observation”) that I’m stuck in the 80s.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  I’m a child of the 80s and no doubt influenced by the cheesy pop-rock that dominated Casey Kasum’s American Top Forty.  Starting in college, and most notably attending the ZooTV tour for U2, I was exposed to Public Enemy and Big Audio Dynamite II and that pushed me down the Indie/Alternative path that would weave through the fabric of growing up 90s.

This led to a fervent and strong love of hip hop, beyond LL Cool J, Run DMC or even Digital Underground.

This mix is a heavy blend of progressive hip hop and electronica and some trip-hop.  There’s no other theme here other than to serve notice that I’m not stuck in some scene in a John Hughes film.

That said, there are often moments I hear Wang Chung’s “Fire in the Twilight” — pretty much everyday.

  1. Thievery Corporation – Sound the Alarm
  2. DJ Danger Mouse – Encore
  3. Ladytron – Tomorrow
  4. Q-Tip – Work It Out
  5. Moby – I Love to Move In Here
  6. Santogold – I’m a Lady
  7. The Foreign Exchnage – Let’s Move
  8. Blackalicious – Make You Feel That Way
  9. The Roots – Guns Are Drawn
  10. Method Man – Release Yo’Delf (Prodigy Mix)
  11. Common – Universal Mind Control (UMC)
  12. Portishead – Machine Gun
  13. Massive Attack & Mos Def – I Against I
  14. Propellerheads – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
  15. The Streets – Turn the Page
  16. Talib Kweli & Mos Def – Joy

#0010 – File under: Chicago, Party


Part deux of a two-part theme music set, this asskicking mix will get you ready for some straight-up g’n. We’re including harder but fun-as-shit tracks by the Gza, Ghostface Killah, Method Man and Redman, Corrosion of Conformity, DJ Danger Mouse and Jay-Z, Eric B. and Rakim, Run DMC, LL Cool J, Snoop Dogg, Chevelle, Tool, System of a Down, Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Röyksopp and the Beastie Boys. Tell your crew to be easy, peoples.