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.
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- Thievery Corporation – Sound the Alarm
- DJ Danger Mouse – Encore
- Ladytron – Tomorrow
- Q-Tip – Work It Out
- Moby – I Love to Move In Here
- Santogold – I’m a Lady
- The Foreign Exchnage – Let’s Move
- Blackalicious – Make You Feel That Way
- The Roots – Guns Are Drawn
- Method Man – Release Yo’Delf (Prodigy Mix)
- Common – Universal Mind Control (UMC)
- Portishead – Machine Gun
- Massive Attack & Mos Def – I Against I
- Propellerheads – On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
- The Streets – Turn the Page
- Talib Kweli & Mos Def – Joy
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…in which I take you on a trip… through the mind, inner space and time itself. In the past few weeks, I’ve had the good fortune of recovering some first blog entries going back to 2003 where Suzy and I took a long-delayed honeymoon to Amsterdam for two glorious weeks. I could regale you with my writings forever, but instead, let us take the quest to enlightenment, self-discovery as we travel through giddiness, joy, peace, love, bemusement, reflection, questioning, anxiety, paranoia, panic, anger, badassery and ultimately resolution — the kind that generally leads to three grand slam breakfast skillets at Denny’s around 2am and about 13 boxes of Nerds.
This extra-special mix includes:
- Electric Light Orchestra – I’m Alive
- Elmore James – Hawaiian Boogie
- Poi Dog Pondering – Living With the Dreaming Body
- VHS or Beta – Heaven
- Duran Duran – New Moon on Monday
- The Verve – Sonnet
- The High Llamas – Painters Paint
- The Clash – Lost in the Supermarket
- Gordon Lightfoot – If You Could Read My Mind
- Lou Reed – How Do You Think It Feels
- The Police – Does Everyone Stare?
- Soul Coughing – True Dreams of Witchita
- Super Furry Animals – Run! Christian, Run!
- Grandaddy – A.M. 180
- Godspeed You Black Emperor! – Kicking Horse on Broken Hill
- Shriekback – The Reptiles and I
- System of a Down – X
- Cypress Hill – Cock the Hammer
- Danger Mouse – What More Can I Say? (Jay Z / Beatles Mashup)
- The White Stripes – Your Southern Can Is Mine
- Queen – All Dead, All Dead
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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.