This all vinyl mix was spun live at State Park Bar in Cambridge, MA one week after the tragic loss of Prince. It’s a tribute to him and is a mix of deep funk, soul, a touch of rock, and of course the man himself.
RIP Prince Rogers Nelson. 1958-2016
1. Prince – Kiss
2. Earth, Wind & Fire – Shining Star
3. Toro y Moi – Lily
4. RJD2 – 1976
5. Bullion – I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
6. Prince – When Doves Cry
7. Jimi Hendrix – The Wind Cries Mary
8. Funkadelic – Good To Your Earhole
9. Rikki Ililonga – Working On The Wrong Thing
10. Fuji – Revelations
11. The Dirtbombs – Livin’ For The City
12. Devo – Praying Hands
13. David Bowie – Panic In Detroit
14. Prince – Pop Life
15. Michael Jackson – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
16. Ohio Players – Jive Turkey (Part 1)
17. African Music Machine – Never Name A Baby (Before It’s Born)
18. Maceo – Soul Power ’74
19. Georgia Soul Council – Costanza
20. James Brown – I’ll Go Crazyby
21. Prince – Head
22. Parliament – Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)
23. Slave – Son Of Slide
24. Marvin Gaye – Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
25. Blo – It’s Gonna Be A Good Day
26. Mebusas – Grooving Out On Life
27. Prince – Controversy
28. Chris Mba – Funky Situation
29. Bernard Wright – Just Chillin’ Out
30. Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Baby You Give Me A Feeling
31. Madlib – Robes (Instrumental)
32. Flying Lotus – Massage Situation
33. Frankie Smith – Double Dutch
34. James Brown – Blind Man Can See It
35. Prince – When You Were Mine
36. Parliament – Handcuffs
37. Jimi Hendrix – Crosstown Traffic
38. Os Brazões – Volksvolkswagen Blue
39. Dug Dug’sIt’s Over
40. Warren Zevon – Nighttime In The Switching Yard
41. King Curtis – We Funk (Low Down And Dirty)
42. Skull Snaps – Trespassing
43. Prince – Raspberry Beret
44. The Brothers Johnson – Strawberry Letter 23
45. William DeVaughn – Be Thankful For What You Got
46. The Blackbyrds – Rock Creek Park
47. B.T. Express – Peace Pipe
48. James Brown – Talking Loud And Saying Nothing
49. Prince – 1999
50. Curtis Mayfield – Superfly
51. Al Green – It Ain’t No Fun To Me
52. Sly & The Family Stone – Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
53. Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke
54. The NIght Trippers – Did She Mention My Name
55. Nu Shooz – I Can’t Wait
56. DâM-FunK – I Like Your Big Azz (Girl)
57. Prince – Little Red Corvette
58. Funkadelic – Can You Get To That
59. Parliament – Flashlight
60. James Brown – Doing It To Death
61. Afro Funk – Obanya Special
62. The Rolling Stones – Let’s Spend The Night To Together
63. Redbone – Chant – 13th Hour
64. Wilson Pickett – You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover
65. Bill Doggett – Honkey Tonk Pt. 1
66. Prince – Purple Rain
I’m currently 30,000 or so feet above the ground – reflecting on a week in Paradise with good friends, while listening to that new Kendrick Lamar. During the week I jumped behind my digital decks a couple of times and this is the mix that turned into a winner. I threw down at Villa de Don Vito in Tamarindo Costa Rica, basically a gated mansion surrounded by plush, and minutes away from the beach and other shenanigans. The mix was inspired by my good peeps, the incessant sun, surfing, and of course…..guaro. Enjoy.
Last Thursday I spun records at State Park in Cambridge – and the night saw me spinning an eclectic mix of deep soul, funk, hip hop, and indie. This all vinyl set is over four hours long with 70+ tracks and is now available via mixcloud. Let it guide you into your week.
Growwing Pains play what they describe as “anxiety pop” – and speaking as someone who loves music and needs prescription drugs coupled with an aggressive amount of wine just to get on a plane, I concur. The playing is loose, succinct, and hazily perfect.
Recommended If You Like: The Mantles, Woolen Men, Free Pizza
Getting old can be a drag. Body parts ache that didn’t exist a decade ago, time is commandeered with adult chores, and creativity becomes blunted. The routine of the race can lead many to either vice or complacency – and this is especially true when it comes to art, be it painting, music, or what have you. I’m on the downslope of my 30’s, which feels ancient for someone writing a music blog – let alone the podcast’s & DJ mixes I do in addition to my “real job”. I often feel crazy striving forward and pouring so much of myself into a painting, song, or mix – as I’ve grown older the significance of art has crept off my peers radar, and been passed down to a younger generation with seeming indifference with others my age.
That’s likely why so much music circles around young ideals – and it’s these realizations that make Gladiola’s new album, This Year’s Storm, hit hard for me. The music will make any fan of 80’s college jangle in approval – but it’s the lyrics that strike me like a hammer.
are you still writing? are you haunted by the amp in the basement?
Bill Madden-Fuoco makes each song a story – and the stories, each of them, center around very adult themes. The album kicks off with “We’re Never Going Back” (below) which was mixed by Mitch Easter [R.E.M., Wilco, Pavement] and the rest of the album was mixed by Dave Minehan, who recently toured with The Replacements. Those two names tell you everything you need to know about the music, as not only have the themes of the songs grown up, but so has the music and overall production – making This Year’s Storm an early favorite for 2016.
Recommended If You Like: The Replacements, Son Volt, The Longwalls
The snow outside Boston falls heavy & wet – but the sound inside Volume 4 of the 25 To Life Series series by Grandmaster Flash Drive & The Furious Files falls heavy & hot. Grandmaster Flash Drive is the brain child of acclaimed street poet Monte Smith – and with assistance from Zac Trainor – the fierce mix-tapes they meld together slay with an aggressive underground hip-hop tilt that’s turning heads in both the States and Overseas. When a Wu-Tang Clan affiliate – in this case, Killah Priest, is dropping your intro you know something’s in the wind, and this breeze is more than warm – it’s hot.
Recommended If You Like: Mixtapes, Organic Hip Hop, Action Bronson
Galavant with Dead Trains & cohorts in their newest video as they get off the chain gain and into your basement hearts. There’s tons of SouthWest swagger from this Boston trio – with concrete grit and dirty jean vibez permeating off of their new single, “County Road Bound/Mean Town Blues” – it’s the perfect accompaniment to listen to while working on a serious hangover.