#0078 – Get Up to Get Down

In another first for Radio Gen1us, Jim and Aaron tag-team to bring you the most awesomest mix so far this… month! No voiceover. No explicit lyrics (or hardly recognizable). You can’t help but move to your own beat listening to this mix.


In another first for Radio Gen1us, Jim and Aaron tag-team to bring you the most awesomest mix so far this… month!  No voiceover.  No explicit lyrics (or hardly recognizable).  You can’t help but move to your own beat listening to this mix.

Aaron:  We wanted to do something stemming from all the excitement and joy around the Inauguration.  And even though the times are certainly getting tight for us and everyone we know, we’re doing our best to keep spirits up.  We started each with a set of songs with the premise of being positive, but not love songs or not overly sappy songs. This was a challenge for me, because I have a certain leaning to going ironic and witty.  Fortunately, when it came time to actually get together we scrapped that.  There could easily be an entire episode with just us talking about how we collaborated on this mix, working off each other and how we generally approach putting together mixes, but this time we’re just going to make you shake your money maker.

Jim:  He should have called it “Jim and Aaron at Tanagra.”  2 playlists met in the vasty deep and their captains could only communicate in the language of music.  We didn’t have time to put together any voiceovers but the mix doesn’t need it ’cause I think if you check it out you’ll be feeling us by the end.  Like Aaron said, we started out trying to do an upbeat celebrational inaugurational mix, but the conversation ended up in other places.  Darmok, baby.  Darmok.

  1. The Beach Boys – Dance, Dance, Dance
  2. Was, Not Was – Walk the Dinosaur
  3. The Spinners – Rubberband Man
  4. Creedence Clearwater Revival – Up Around the Bend
  5. The Submarines – You, Me and the Bourgeoisie
  6. The Hold Steady – How a Resurrection Really Feels
  7. The Call – Let the Day Begin
  8. The Beastie Boys – Stand Together
  9. A Tribe Called Quest – Scenario (Young Nation Mix)
  10. Junior Senior – Move Your Feet
  11. Depeche Mode – Just Can’t Get Enough
  12. Luther Allison – You Can’t Always Get What You Want
  13. Fishbone – Everyday Sunshine
  14. Al Green – Take Me to the River
  15. Matisyahu – King Without a Crown
  16. The Pogues – Fiesta

#0037 – McRib Discontinuations and Other Heartbreakers


Guest DJ Scott: I don’t know about you, but the long distance dedications made me sick to my stomach. Except for the one to Kevin.  That was sweet. Valentine’s Day is really about pain and loathing. I’m talking about unrequited love, unending regret, burning jealousy. In this playlist, we’ll celebrate life’s tragedies. 

So cuddle up with your favorite woobie, grab a box of Kleenex, and listen to some of my favorite agonizing tunes.

Tracklist (click a song title to buy the high quality, DRM-free MP3 from Amazon):

  1. Everything Happens To Me – Chet Baker
  2. It Makes No Difference – The Band
  3. Wild World – Cat Stevens
  4. Cheers Darlin’ – Damien Rice
  5. I Don’t Believe In The Sun – The Magnetic Fields
  6. For No One – The Beatles
  7. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart? – Al Green
  8. Crying – Roy Orbison
  9. One Of My Turns – Pink Floyd
  10. Tell Me A Lie – Griffin House
  11. Doorsteps – Lodger
  12. Promising Light (Album) – Iron & Wine
  13. Red-faced & Blue – A Victimless Crime 

#0013 – File under: Motown Soul


Rain Delay. Actually, a weekend with mild temperatures and low humidity forced everyone out of the house and in a festive mood, which is reflected by this very tight mix of some of my favorte h-d-h soul tunes (that’s holland-dozier-holland). We got The Isley Brothers, The Jackson 5, Sly & the Family Stone, Sam Cooke, The Four Tops, Edwin Starr, The Temptations, Wilson Pickett, Bill Withers, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes, Lamont Dozier (who helped write over half the songs in this mix), Barrett Strong, Solomon Burke and Otis Redding. If this mix won’t make you happy — nothing will.