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Episode 89 – Election Year 2016 Mix (Gold Must Die)

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Episode 89 – Election Year 2016 Mix (Gold Must Die)

Episode 89 – Election Year 2016 Mix (Gold Must Die)

This election season & violent Summer has seen the shadows of ugly shine a dark light on how slow progress is – and as the mirror reflects back with a face of de-evolution – we sit cow faced while hate steals the headlines & votes.

I couldn’t ask for anyone better than Gold Must Die to do a guest podcast to capture the anxiety, fear, and sorrow that dances off of satellites as we flick and like our privacy & dignity away. Hope still lives though, and Gold Must Die helps expose the shadow back into light.

More sounds from Gold Must Die on Soundcloud

1. The Gentle People – Journey (Aphex Twin Care Mix) Excerpt
2. Cage The Elephant – It’s Always Something
3. Son Lux – You Don’t Know Me
4. Vince Staples – Birds and Bees
5. Sufjan Stevens – Impossible Soul (Stupid Man Excerpt)
6. Fifty Grand – Oh Well
7. Glass Animals – Wyrd
8. Clouddead – Dead Dogs Two (Boards Of Canada Mix)
9. Modeselktor feat Thom Yorke – Shipwreck
10. Radiohead – 33.3 Recurring (GMD Industrial Complex Mix)
11. Gil-Scott Heron – Work For Peace
12. Meat Beat Manifesto – STS 2006 (High Priest Anti Pop Consortium Mix)
13. Beck – Wow
14. M.I.A. Warriors
15. Lesser of Two Evils / Kids Show Interlude (Gold Must Die MashMix)
16. Economy – Underneath Me
17. Yasiin Bey – Niggas In Poorest (Gold Must Die Mix)
18. Saul Williams – Black History Month
19. DJ Vadim + Street Poet Monte Smith (a.k.a. King Poetic) – Bathe In Bleach
20. U.N.K.L.E. – Lonely Soul
21. Blur – The Universal
22. Jocelyn Pook – Masked Ball Eyes (Gold Must Die Secret Society Mix feat. Dead Famous) 

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Episode 86 – Easy On Yourself

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Episode 86 - Easy On Yourself

Episode 86 – Easy On Yourself (Artwork – D.Hixon)

The energy within me is circling in a swift & positive direction. I expect many good things in 2016, and episode 86 is an auditory springboard into that optimistic ether. I spun the mix live late last weekend in my West Medford Mojo. I traverse on many styles while providing thoughtful transitions that’ll sprain your tape deck as you hopefully nod in enthusiastic accordance.

1. Cookies – The Dream (Music For Touching – 2014)
2. Boards of Canada – Nothing Is Real (Tomorrow’s Harvest – 2013)
3. Panda Bear – Principe Real (Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper – 2015)
4. Indoor Voices – Still (Indoor Voices – 2012)
5. Dog Bite – Wonder Dark (Tranquilizers – 2014)
6. Tomorrows Tulips – When (When – 2014)
7. Ty Segall – Swag (Swag – 2009)
8. The Sweets – Sister (The Sweets – 2014)
9. Woolen Men – Temporary Monument (Temporary Monument – 2015)
10. The Sound Barrier – Groovin’ Slow (She Always Comes Back To Me – 1968)
11. Pugh Rogefeldt – Love, Love, Love (Ja, Dä Ä Dä! – 1969)
12. Tony Allen Plays With Afrika 70 – Afro Disco Beat (Progress – 1977)
13. Floating Points – J&W Beat (J&W Beat 12″ – 2009)
14. Flying Lotus – MmmHmm ft.Thundercat (Cosmogramma – 2010)
15. Panda Bear – Tropic Of Cancer (Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper – 2015)
16. McKay – This Road (Into You – 1978)
16. Beck – Mattress (One Foot In The Grave – 1994)
17. Kurt Vile – Life Like This (b’lieve i’m goin down – 2015)
18. Ranking Slackness – Bath Room Sex (Slackest LP – 1979)
19. Yellowman Versus Josey Wales – Society Party (Two Giants Clash – 1984)
20. Winston Edwards & Blackbeard – Behind Closed Doors Of The House Of Commons (At 10 Downing Street – Dub Conference – 1980)
21. Starshine – All I Need Is You (All I Need Is You – 1983)
22. DâM-FunK – When I’m With U I Think Of Her (Adolescent Funk – 2010)
23. Gregory James Edition – Make It Easy On Yourself (Prophets Of Soul – 1973)
24. Ornette Coleman – C.O.D. (Ornette At 12 – 1969)
25. Weldon Irvine – Here’s Where I Came In (Sinbad – 1979)

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Episode 82 – I See Ossipee

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Episode 82 - I See Ossipee

Episode 82 – I See Ossipee

We clutch Summer as the sun sets – yet despite these efforts, it inevitably slips away. Last weekend I ended a vacation by spinning a set with Summer sitting as my muse. Overlooking gorgeous Ossipee Lake in New Hampshire I let the sun and water guide me – the live set, epic in length and diverse in tones, is one I’m proud of.

1. Gilligan’s Island Theme Song
2. François Lougah – Bravo Sotra (Ivory Coast Soul 2 Afro Soul In Abidjan From 1976 To 1981 – 2012)
3. Mebusas – Do You Know (Mebusas Vol 1 – Blood Brothers – 1973)
4. Toots & The Maytals – 54-46 Was My Number (54-46 Was My Number – 1968)
5. Max Romeo – Give To Get (Reconstruction – 1977)
6. I-Roy – Dr. Phibbs (Hell And Sorrow – 1973)
7. The Clash – Revolution Rock (London Calling – 1980)
8. Free Pizza – Net Babes (Boston, MA – 2014)
9. Ty Segal – Who’s Producing You? (Manipulator – 2014)
10. Mozes And The Firstborn – Peter Jr. (Mozes And The Firstborn – 2014)
11. T.Rex – Bang a Gong [Get It On] – (Electric Warrior – 1971)
12. Wilson Pickett – You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover (A Funky Situation – 1978)
13. Ali Ibrahim – La Ilaha Illalahou (Ali Ibrahim – 1975)
14. Rory Gallagher – Whole Lot Of People (Deuce – 1972)
15. Los Orientales De Paramonga – Lobos Al Escape (Cumbia Beat Vol. 1 – 2010)
16. Niagara – City Walk (Niagara – 1970)
17. Dead Meadow – Dusty Nothing (Howls from the Hills – 2007)
18. The Mothers of Invention – Willie The Pimp Part One (Fillmore East – 1971)
19. Funkadelic – Cholly [Funk Getting Ready To Roll!] (One Nation Under A Groove – 1978)
20. King Curtis – Wet Funk [Low Down And Dirty] (Everybody’s Talkin’ – 1972)
21. Sugar Hill Gang – Kick It Live From 9 To 5 (Kick It Live From 9 To 5 – 1983)
22. Mebusas – Son of Mr. Bull Dog (Mebusas Vol 1 – Blood Brothers – 1973)
23. The Rosnah Dengan Siglap Five – Gembira Ria (Steam Kodok – 1965)
24. The Orange Machine – Real Life Permanent Dream (Three Jolly Little Dwarfs – 1968)
25. The Sweets – Coffee In The Morning (BG073 – 2014)
26. Teddy Robin & The Playboys – What I’d Say? (Magic Colours – 2006)
27. Them – Turn On Your Love Light (Turn On Your Love Light – 1964)
28. The Soft Pack – Answer To Yourself (The Soft Pack – 2010)
29. Joanna Gruesome – Jerome [Liar] (Peanut Butter – 2015)
30. Wilco – King Of You (Star Wars – 2015)
31. Sex Dream – Gods (Gods / Tundra – 2013)
32. Marc Desse – Video Club (Video Club – 2012)
33. The Sweets – He Is My Neighbor (BG073 – 2014)
34. Steve Gunn – Lurker (Time Off – 2013)
35. Mac Demarco – Annie (Mac DeMarco 2 – 2012)
36. The Woolen Men – Rain Shapes (Rain Shapes EP – 2015)
37. The Jesus And Mary Chain – Why’d You Want Me (The Sound Of Speed – 1993)
38. The Unleashed – My Flash On You (She Was So Bad! Unissued Sixties Garage Acetates / Volume Two – 1965)
39. The Lovin’ Spoonful – Blues In A Bottle (Do You Believe In Magic – 1965)
40. The Kinks – Johnny Thunder (Are The Village Green Preservation Society – 1968)
41. Flamin’ Groovies – I Can’t Hide (Shake Some Action – 1976)
42. Beck – Whiskey Can Can (One Foot In The Grave [Expanded Edition] – 2009)
43. Mac Demarco – Hoso Boyo (SOME OTHER ONES – 2015)
44. Air – La Femme D’argent (Moon Safari – 1998)
45. The Juan MacLean – Accusations (The Future Will Come – 2009)
46. Toro y Moi – Lilly (What For? – 2015)
47. Panda Bear – Boys Latin (Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper- 2015)

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Episode 78 – Covered

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Episode 78 - Covered

Episode 78 – Covered

Cover Songs are a lot like coffee. If made poorly and with bad product then it’s warm brown sludge that I want nothing to do with – however, when made properly with fresh ground goodness everything around me becomes sharpened and turned for the good. The satisfaction of a well made cup of coffee is similar to that of  good cover song. It depends who’s covering who and what the song actually is, for sure – but how they’re covering is most important. You don’t want anything too rote from the coveree, an ideal cover will give a knowing nod to the original as the artist imparts his own style & self into it. The songs played in Episode 78 first aired on WEMF Radio, and are all covers that perk me up like a sensible cup of joe – I hope you feel similarly sharpened as well.

1. Minutemen – Have You Ever Seen the Rain? (3-Way Tie for Last – 1985)
2. Uncle Tupelo – I Wanna Be Your Dog (I Wanna Be Your Dog 7″ – 2013)
3. Chauncey – Suffragette City (Live EP – 2003)
4. The Pets – Este Es El Fin (The Pets – 1968)
5. Otis Redding – [I Can’t Get No] Satisfaction (Otis Blue – 1965)
6. Townes Van Zandt – Dead Flowers (Roadsongs – 1994)
7. Jimi Hendrix – Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Hendrix In The West – 1972)
8. Stereophonics – Don’t Let Me Down (I Am Sam – 2001)
9. Esso Steel Band – My Sweet Lord (Front Street – 1970)
10. Jah Malla – Bad Moon Rising (Jah Malla – 1981)
11. Toots & The Maytals – Take Me Home Country Roads (Funky Kingdom – 1973)
12. Don Sornrabeab – Mao [Drunk] (Thai Funk Volume 2 – 2011)
13. The Black Seeds – Black Magic Woman (The Black Seeds – The Sound Trek – 1972)
14. Hugh Masekela – I Just Wasn’t Meant For These Times (Hugh Masekela’s Latest – 1987)
15. The Standells – Sunny Afternoon (Dirty Water – 1966)
16. Condo Fucks – With A Girl Like You (Fuckbook – 2009)
17. Sneakers – Let’s Live For Today (Sneakers – 1976)
18. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Everybody Wants to Rule the World (Av Club Undercover – 2010)
19. Mastodon – A Spoonful Weighs A Ton (A Spoonful Weighs A Ton 7″ – 2012)
20. Jay Reatard – Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle (R.I.P.  Jay – 2010)
21. Sonic Youth – No Garage (Hang Them All / No Garage 7″ – 2009)
22. Beck – Green Light (Pay No Mind / Green Light 7″ – 2009)
23. The Jesus and Mary Chain – My Girl (Peel Sessions – 2000)
24. Thievery Corporation – Light My Fire (Sounds From The Verve Hi-Fi – 2001)
25. Low – Stay (Stay/Novacane – 2013)
26. Atlas Sound – Freak Train (Bedroom Databank Vol. 1  – 2010)
27. WAVVES – Hybrid Moments (nathan williams’s Album – 2012)
28. Brick Mower – Exit Flagger (Box Turtle flexi 7”  – 2010)
29. Soundgarden – Girl U Want (Superunknown: The Singles – 2014)
30. Ryan Adams – Wonderwall (Bristol Flyer; England – 2000)

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Episode 57 – Vinyl Daze

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Episode 57 – Vinyl Daze (Artwork – D. Hixon)

Episode 57 – Vinyl Daze (Artwork – D. Hixon)

Earlier this year I decided to digitize my 45 records. It was a labor of love I embraced as well as  preparation for DJ-ing my collection out. On many a night I’d hover over my record player with album art in hand, a drink near by, and a best friend even closer as we vanished together into sound. My cat Yaz loved music, and I couldn’t listen to it without him nearby. He was my Assistant Music Director and constant companion throughout the arduous task of digitizing, categorizing, and cataloging the records heard on Vinyl Daze.

A couple months ago Yaz unexpectedly passed away and he’s been heavily missed since, therefore, this Podcast is dedicated to Yaz, vinyl, the eternal quest for more music, and life with surface noise. To Episode 57, Vinyl Daze.

1. Juan Wauters – Sanity (Side A – Sanity 7″ – 2013)
2. Mood Rings – 333 (Side B – Pathos Y Lagrimas 7″ – 2013)
3. Ariel Pink & Jorge Elbrecht – Hang On To Life (Side A – Hang On To Life 7″ – 2013)
4. Games – Heartland (Side B – Everything Is Working 7″ – 2010)
5. Dirty Beaches – Sweet 17 (Side B – True Blue 7″ – 2010)
6. Jacuzzi Boys – Strange Hand (Side A – Desert Mile / A Strange Hand 7″ – 2008)
7. Kids On A Crime Spree – Creep The Creeps (Side A – Creep The Creep 7″ – 2013)
8. Nodzzz – I Don’t Wanna [Smoke Marijuana] (Side A – I Don’t Wanna [Smoke Marijuana] 7″ – 2007)
9. Kurt Vile – Take Your Time (Side B2 – He’s Alright 7″ – 2009)
10. Beck – Vampire Voltage No. 6 (Side B – Chemtrails 7″ – 2008)
11. Wounded Lion – Walrus (Side A – Singles Going Home Alone 4 – 7″ – 2012)
12. Jay Reatard – Painted Shut (Side A – Painted Shut 7″ – 2008)
13. Wet Illustrated – Born Stoked (Side A – Born Stoked – 2010)
14. Automatic Children – Johnny (Side A – Johnny 7″ – 2012)
15. Yuck – The Base Of A Dream Is Empty (Side B – Georgia 7″ – 2010)
16. Cian Nugent & The Cosmos – Hire Purchase [Part I] (Side A – Singles Going Home Alone 3 – 7″ – 2013)

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Soul Of A Man – Review of Beck at Bank of America Pavilion

Beck on stage at Bank of America Pavillion. (Photo - D.Hixon)

Where it’s at. Beck on stage at Bank of America Pavilion. (Photo – D.Hixon)

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Bank of America Pavilion, Seaport District, 08/02/13

I’ve grown up with Beck, and have been a fan since first hearing that sloppy slide guitar on “Loser” back in 1993. The timing was perfect for that song and me. It mashed together a plethora of cultures I was exploring and was so different than the classic rock I grew up with or the “serious” alternative that encircled it back in the early 90’s. For a 14 year old kid living in the suburbs it was weird enough, funky enough, and punk enough to peak my interest – and more importantly, it was fun. “Loser” was also a popular adjective for me and my crew at the time, made famous by Sub Pop’s iconic t-shirt which became a uniform of sorts for a best friend of mine. That song cracked open the door to Beck for me, and after walking through I’ve never really looked back.

I quickly dove into Becks other work, buying Steropathetic Soul Manure and One Foot In The Grave, both of which I love today more than ever. And as I went deeper into Becks catalog I was floored by how diverse his music was. Everything was present. Folk-slop acoustic songs? Check. Punked-Out screamers? Check. Weird Lo-Fi Field Recordings? Check. Funky White Boy Soul? Check. Beck seemed to have no fear of what to explore or play which I connected very strongly with. He belonged to no clique and his music was his own. I’ve always been all over the map with what I listen to, never pinning myself to a single genre, and think I owe Beck a lot for that, he’s bent genres more than any other solo performer I can think of, staying relevant and contemporary throughout it all.

Each album of his is like a unique watermark. Odelay and Mutations helped me get through a move in the middle of High School, while Midnight Vultures provided the party soundtrack for my college years. After getting my degree I struggled with weird work and no money and reflected with Sea Change. Then as my 20’s moved on I finally settled into my life and celebrated with Guero and The Information. Modern Guilt brought me into my 30’s and led to this past Friday’s show at Bank of America Pavilion, which I have to say, I was a little disappointed in.

This isn’t the first time I’ve seen Beck and I’ve never seen him so docile on stage. I knew he’d be touching on his entire catalog so I expected a bit more of a performance from him and not just playing. Instead he stood fairly complacent on stage dressed all in black and played his songs, which did sound great mind you – but it all seemed….I don’t know, a little too grown-up for me. The fun which I’ve always loved and associated with Beck seemed to be a little sapped from what I’ve come to expect from a Beck performance. It wasn’t a bad show, it just seemed restrained to me. The concert was fine enough for 34 year-old Derek, but I’m pretty sure 14 year old Derek would have been bored, or maybe I’m just a loser for not really growing up – choking on the splinters.

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Freakin’ Weekend: Beck – Vampire Voltage No. 6

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Beck plays rope a dope on “Vampire Voltage No. 6”.

“Vampire Voltage No. 6” is the B-Side of “Chemtrails”, which was on Beck’s stellar 2008 LP Modern Guilt. It’s one of my favorite Beck tracks because of it’s Jekyll/Hyde approach. Starting off with a gentle whisper, while ending in an urgent shout – matching my mixed mood, on this Freakin’ Weekend.



Recommended If You Like: 
Brian Eno meets Syd Barrett meets Jay Reatard

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New Album: Chelsea Light Moving – Chelsea Light Moving

Chelsea Light Moving

Chelsea Light Moving

Thurston Moore’s new band, Chelsea Light Moving, are releasing their self-titled debut on 03/05/13 via Matador Records, and it’s now streaming over at NPR. The band consists of Thurston Moore (Sonic Youth), Keith Wood (Hush Arbors), Samara Lubelski (Hall of Fame), and John Moloney (Howlin’ Rain) and the album’s a total rocker. When Moore and Kim Gordon divorced in 2011 Sonic Youth was effectively disbanded, although they’re officially saying the group’s on a hiatus. The divorce bummed out Sonic Youth-heads and left them in worry about what was next for the group and its members.

Both Thurston and Lee Renaldo have released excellent solo efforts since the “hiatus” of Sonic Youth, Moore with his outstanding 2011 Beck produced Demolished Thoughts. While Demolished was a beautiful effort, it was in large part a melancholy, acoustic, and reflective record, which makes sense given where Moore was in his personal life at the time. Enter Chelsea Light Moving. There’s nothing soft about this record. It’s searing with Thurston’s signature attacking guitar and sing-song snarl, and fits neatly with any of Sonic Youth’s more raucous efforts. It appears Moore’s through mourning, and with the help of a very adept new band, he’s finding his familiar voice in a new way, which should make any Sonic Youth-head happy.

The first single (located below), “Burroughs”, was recorded and mixed May 18-20, 2012, by Justin Pizzoferrato at Sonelab, Easthampton, MA.

Chelsea Light Moving will be playing at The Sinclair in Cambridge on 04/07/13. You can pre-order Chelsea Light Moving here.

Recommended If You Like: Sonic Youth, Thurston Moore, Feedback Rock

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