Author: D. Hixon

Recommended Song: Ben Morey & The Eyes – New Life

Ben Morey & The Eyes - Mt. Doom

Ben Morey & The Eyes – Mt. Doom

For fans of the Rochester, NY based indie pop band Howlo, the announcement of a Ben Morey solo album is big news. Known primarily for punchy indie rock, Mt. Doom finds Morey exploring more of a cosmic country sound. Featuring the efforts of nearly 30 members of the Rochester indie rock community, including turns from members of Pleistocene, Green Dreams, Maybird, Northern Spies, and of course, Howlo – Mt. Doom is a bold and lush soon to be classic.

To celebrate the release, Visions of the Unexcused was granted an exclusive stream of the tune “New Life” – which finds Morey’s folk sound enhanced by ghostly steel guitar & mournful back-up harmonies.

Recommended If You Like: Phosphorescent, Bill Callahan, Smog, Howlo

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Episode 93 – Music Detectives Listen To After Making Love

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Episode 93 - Music Detectives Listen To After Making Love

Episode 93 – Music Detectives Listen To After Making Love (Artwork – D. Hixon)

I have an affinity for Detectives. I gravitate strongly towards the label of hopeless dreamer – and am enamored by both the Detectives search for truth as well as their beautiful flaws – they’re such a hyperbolic yet real manifestation of what it means to be a walking talking breathing human. These are songs I think those with Detective hearts would enjoy listenings to.

1. Isaac Hayes – Walk From Regio’s
2. Frank Zappa – Twenty Small Cigars
3. Sun Ra – Plutonian Nights
4. Piero Piccioni – Traffic Boom
5. Quiet Village – Circus Of Horror
6. The Ventures – The Fourth Dimension
7. Los Destellos – Pasión Oriental
8. The Hippy Boys – Seven Heaven
9. Adriano Correia De Oliveira – Rosa De Sangue
10. Focus – Janis
11. The Avalanches – Colours
12. Pantha Du Prince – Lions Love
13. DJ Shadow – Dark Days (Spoken For Mix)
14. King Curtis – Central Park

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Episode 92 – Top 21 Albums of 2016

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Episode 92 - Top 21 Albums of 2016

Above is a collage of all 21 albums artwork. (Artwork – D.Hixon)

2016 was a weird, surreal, and at times beautiful year. It side swiped us with the loss of Demigods who couldn’t escape Death’s undefeated grip. Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen – they’ll never share the same air as you again – and that’s a damn shame.

And now, history will remember 2016 for the the election – whose aftershocks have me cow eyed and slow to speak in the weeks since that fateful Tuesday. I’m scared, sad, and sullen with what it means – but 2016 was more than one day in November, and the music that was released leading up to the results hinted at where we are now. Good art is often ahead of the curve.

Politics and uncertain fate aside – below are my 21 favorite albums of 2016. Aside from the opening sequence, the entire set was done  live in the Mojo – and per every mix I put out – I hope you discover something new you love.

As for 2017….the weird and surreal will morph into something different, and the music will as well, and that I can’t wait for. Keep your head up Unexcused Brethren – Visions pertain to the future, and our actions today must make that bright despite the dark in our current eyes.

Per always, thank you for the support – Peace & Love. ~Mint Pillow

Samiyam – Animals Have Feelings
“paddle boat”
Stones Throw Records


Terry Malts – Lost At The Party
“When The Nighttime Comes”
Slumberland Records


Whitney – Light Upon The Lake
“No Woman”
Secretly Canadian


Tony Molina – Confront The Truth
“See Me Fall”
Slumberland Records


Woods – City Sun Eater In The River Of Light
“Sun City Creeps”
Woodsist Records


White Night – Weird Night
“Dr. Bellows”
Burger Records


Wilco – Schmilco
“Normal American Kids”
Wilco.net


The Avalanches – Wildflower
“If I Was A Folkstar”
XL Recordings


Aphex Twin – Cheetah EP
“2X202-ST5”
Warp Records


A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
“Melatonin”
okayplayer.


Angel Olsen – My Woman
“Shut Up Kiss Me”
Secretly Canadian


Oh Boland – Spilt Milk
“Doctoring”
Volar Records


Real Numbers – Wordless Wonder
“This Happy Sadness”
Slumberland Records


Nice As Fuck – Nice As Fuck
“Door”
JennyLewis.com


Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
“Decks Dark”
amoonshapedpool.com


Mozes And The Firstborn – Great Pile Of Nothing
“Till The Feeling’s Gone”
Burger Records


Cool Ghouls – Animal Races
“Time Capsule”
Empty Cellar Records


Morgan Delt – Phase Zero
“I Don’t Wanna See What’s Happening Outside”
Sub-Pop Records


Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial
“(Joe Gets Kicked Out of School for Using) Drugs With Friends (But Says This Isn’t a Problem)”
Matador Records


Gap Dream – This Is Gap Dream
“Modern Rhythms”
Burger Records


Mndsgn – Body Wash
“Cosmic Perspective”
Stones Throw Records

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Episode 91 – NOCtoberfest 2016

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NOCtoberfest 2016 Playlist

NOCtoberfest 2016 Playlist

DJing G2 Tech Group’s annual NOCtoberfest is always a good time – and last night was no exception. I played a funk to hip-hop to electro set that allotted for things to go off in an elegantly weird fashion. Also, T-Rex overtook the dance floor to the delight of my airhorn.

TRex can't dapp

TRex can’t dapp

Al Barry and The Cimerons Morning Sun
Ranking Slackness Give Me One Of Your Gal Friends
Yellowman Versus Josey Wales Society Party
Jorge Ben Meus Filhos Meu Tesouro
C.S. Crew Doin’ The Good Thing
William Onyeabor Fantastic Man
Funkadelic Can You Get to That
Frank Ocean Sweet Life
Kendrick Lamar You Ain’t Gotta Lie (Momma Said)
Freddie Gibbs & Madlib High
Gap Dream Greater Find
Ty Segall Mister Main
Gramatik Make You Better
Mndsgn Cosmic Perspective
Toro Y Moi Lilly
Metronomy A Thing For Me (Breakbot remix)
Empire Of The Sun Walking On A Dream
PNAU With you forever
The Avalanches Because I’m Me
De La Soul Eye Know
Beastie Boys Root Down
Run-D.M.C. Beats To The Rhyme
DJ Shadow Organ Donor
Nas The World Is Yours
James Pants Cosmic Rapp
Beck Wow
Sleigh Bells A/B Machines
Run The Jewels Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)
RJD2 Exotic Talk
Joey Bada$$ Black Beetles
Heems Tell Me (Feat. Childish Gambino)
Gorillaz Rock The House
RJD2 1976
Cornelius Count Five Or Six
Nostalgia 77 The Goat
Flying Lotus Camera Day
Samiyam dartgun
The Poets Of Rhythm More Mess On My Thing
The Pharcyde Passin’ Me By (Video Remix)
Lushlife She’s a Buddhist, I’m a Cubist (ft. Cities Aviv)
Chance The Rapper Favorite Song (ft. Childish Gambino)
Company Flow Vital Nerve
Cypress Hill When The Shit Goes Down
Baron Zen BZ Theme (Danny Breaks Remix)
Flying Lotus Massage Situation
Madlib The Beat Konducta Chrome Dreams
Flume Sleepless ft. Jezzabell Doran
The Avalanches Flight Tonight
Buffalo Daughter Socks, Drugs and Rock’n’roll
Simian Mobile Disco I Got This Down
LCD Soundsystem Get Innocuous!
Aphex Twin 2X202-ST5
Plaid Dett
Mr. Oizo Flat Beat
RUN DMT Bass Drum
Fort Romeau Insides
YG & Nipsey Hussle Fuck Donald Trump
Gold Panda You
Floating Points Vacuum Boogie
Carbon Chic A Broken Man (Redux)
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So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (Artwork - D.Hixon)

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish – nearly 5 hours of vinyl mixin’. (Artwork – D.Hixon)

This is a vinyl mix spun live from the Art Life Expo on Saturday 9.24.16. I was in the front of the room, with the nights lights of Broadway in Somerville bouncing off my back as I was flanked in all other directions by the art from local Artists – showing off what they do on their unexcused time. The festive night had a wistful tilt to it as it was also the last night that East End Grille, the establishment all this was going down in, would be open. Safe to say, East End Grille went out with a bang, or…..at least in a cloud of smoke – and I was lucky enough to provide the soundtrack to a night flipped in all sorts of weird ways of Surreal. Thanks to the artists for having me (Dave/Rachel), and long live East End Grille – East End Grille is dead (Peace to Kris & Clay).

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish.

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Live Mint Pillow Vinyl Set: Afro Funk Psych Garage JAMZ

Mint Pillow - Live from State Park 8.25.16

Mint Pillow – Live from State Park 8.25.16

The above is Mint Pillow’s live vinyl set from State Park Bar on 8.23.16 and features FOUR HOURS of hot jams from around the planet Earth. Focusing on afrobeat, psychedelic, funk, garage, & reggae – Pillow traipses across the planet, playing tracks from Ghana, South Africa, Singapore, UK, Nigeria, Jamaica, Turkey, Thailand, Mexico, France, the US and all points in between.

 

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Episode 90 – Summer Sweat Sticks

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Episode 90 - Summer Sweat Sticks (Artwork - D.Hixon)

Episode 90 – Summer Sweat Sticks (Artwork – D.Hixon)

This is a little over an hour of a live vinyl set I spun at State Park Bar in Cambridge on 7.28.16, and it perfectly represents who I am as a DJ. In just over an hour I bounce across numerous genres in Mint Pillow style inspired by the lack of rain & summer heat. Don’t think there’s too many who throw down like I do, and am happy with how this snippet turned out, hopefully you’re exposed to a new favorite band or song here.

1. Yeasayer – Silly Me (Amen & Goodbye – 2016)
2. The Avalanches – Because I’m Me (Wildflower – 2016)
3. Ariel Pink – Lipstick (Pom Pom – 2012)
4. Toro Y Moi – Blessa (Causers Of This – 2010)
5. Washed Out – New Theory (Life of Leisure – 2009)
6. Y▲CHT – Psychic City [Classixx Remix] (Psychic City 7″ – 2010)
7. Chance The Rapper – Everybody’s Something (Acid Rap – 2013)
8. Bullion – Are You the One? (Young Heartache – 2008)
9. Games – Heartland (Everything Is Working 7″ – 2010)
10. Peaking Lights – Infinite Trips (Cosmic Logic – 2014)
11. Howlo – Blanka (Howlo – 2015)
12. White Night – Dr. Bellows (Weird Night – 2016)
13. Surfer Blood – Floating Vibes (Astrocoast – 2010)
14. Beastie Boys – The Move (Hello Nasty – 1998)
15. RJD2 – Ring Finger (Since We Last Spoke – 2004)
16. Ratatat – Seventeen Years (Seventeen Years 12″ – 2003)
17. Car Seat Headrest – Fill in the Blank (Teens Of Denial – 2016)
18. Brian Eno – I’ll Come Running (Another Green World – 1975)
19. Cowboys International – Thrash (Thrash 7″ – 1979)
20. Gap Dream – College Music (This Is Gap Dream – 2016)

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