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…
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It had to happen, as it does just about everywhere this time of year: a year-in-review show. I’ve been through several iterations of this mix with a few different approaches to get to here. It’s been difficult. I thought about highlighting music that I discovered this year, not necessarily stuff that came out this year, but anything I discovered you’ve heard in the previous episodes. We also got in about another 43 shows of Radio Gen1us this year, which is huge.
So I decided to highlight songs you’ve not heard (probably) on albums that came out this year:
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