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…
Music culling my favorite performances from Lollapalooza 2009!
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.
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
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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We’re back to being connected, so you get a dose of easy like Sunday morning with some help from The Aquabats, Cornershop, Beatfanatic and Thievery Corporation, David Byrne, Jamiroquai, the Red Elvises, Fine Young Cannibals, The Smiths, The Finn Brothers, Van Morrison, Old Crow Medicine Show, Gordon Lightfoot, The Replacements, Pearl Jam and Three Dog Night. Enjoy that second cup of coffee, kids.
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