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Mint Pillow Schedule Late October / Early November 2017

Mint Pillow Dates Late October / Early November

Mint Pillow Dates Late October / Early November (Collage – D.Hixon)

Pasted_Image_10_24_17__8_37_AMMint Pillow will be busy over the coming weeks. First DJ’ing the annual NOCtoberfest party at G2 Tech Group this Thursday (10/26) in Boston’s innovation district – one of his favorite parties of the year. This year will be a Dead Rock Star Ball and the costume party will be accompanied by a very special VJ set as Pillow mixes some of his favorite videos of musical heroes who’ve gone onto the next journey. Registration required for attendance, and you can peep the available costume list here.

State Park Halloween Social

State Park Halloween Social

Come Sunday (10/29) it’s State Park’s Halloween Social – which is a free rock show with CreaturosBeware the Dangers of a Ghost Scorpion!, and Mint Pillow spinning indie/garage/psych jamz before, in-between, and after, an all vinyl affair. Party kicks off at 8pm.

Next Saturday (11/4) is a private event for Pillow in Burlington, MA – and on 11/11 he’ll be out at Cold Harbor Brewing Co.  in Westborough, MA from 4pm – 9pm for a kickin’ party for the release of their first ever can.

See ya’ll around!

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Mint Pillow Mix: Nuggets Of Wisdom

Set done at State Park Bar in Cambridge, MA on 9/28/17 – Hip Hop with touches of nu-jazz, funk-soul, electro, and a dash of some light house.

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Mint Pillow Mix: Love or Money

All vinyl set by Mint Pillow recorded live at State Park Bar in Cambridge, MA on 7.27.17 with two Technics 1200’s & a Pioneer DJM-250MK2 mixer and two crates full of waxy goodness.

Afrobeat, Jazz, Funk, Latin, & Groove

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Mint Pillow Mix: Summer Madness

All vinyl live mix from State Park Bar in Cambridge, MA on 6.29.17. Jazz, Funk, Soul, Electro, & Hip Hop. Felt like a full moon this night, people were wonderful, weird, and feisty, myself included.

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Episode 90 – Summer Sweat Sticks

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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Lost While Found: Visions of the Unexcused at State Park Bar

Mint Pillow enjoying the night with friends. (Photo - K.Chandler)

Derek (aka, Mint Pillow) enjoying the night with friends. (Photo – K.Chandler)

Last Wednesday I had the fortune to spin vinyl at State Park Bar in Cambridge. State Park is the Sister restaurant to the highly revered and loved Hungry Mother – and is quickly becoming one of many reasons you should spend more time in Kendall Square.

The faithful sit during the congregation. (Photo - K. Chandler)

The faithful sit during the Mint Pillow’s congregation. (Photo – K. Chandler)

Located on the same block as West Bridge, Friendly Toast, & Cambridge Brewing Company – State Park offers a sophisticated & laid back vibe that’s disguised as a dive bar. This said, the food, cocktails, and staff exhume the opposite of dive – and pump out A+ Southern inspired dishes, drinks, & charm that leave mouths happy and hearts content.

State Park offers and affordable menu that's both creative and fun. (Photo - K. Chandler / J. Nguyen)

An affordable menu that’s creative & fun. (Photo – K. Chandler / J. Nguyen)

The scene offered the perfect compliment to the music featured on Visions of the Unexcused, making for a fit that was seamless, ideal, & preferred. I spun a set that included favorites from Garage, Indie, African, Funk, and Hip Hop – many that can be heard on previous podcasts – and as the tunes echoed throughout the bar – smiling ears and eyes couldn’t deny the symmetry between music and location.

Garage, Indie, Post, and Funk 45's & LP's provided the night's soundtrack. (Photo - K. Chandler)

Garage, Indie, Post, & Funk 45’s & LP’s provided the soundtrack. (Photo – J. Nguyen)

As a cherry on top we had a New England staple, which also doubles as a favorite, Narragansett Beer, be a generous sponsor, providing the Unexcused Faithful (that’s you!) with some drinks sans charge in support of our Visions. This is hopefully the first of many nights we get lost together- and I hope we find each other with the music next time around.

Once your delicious meal's complete activities such as shuffle board demand your attention. (Photo - K. Chandler)

After food, activities like shuffle board demand attention. (Photo – K. Chandler)

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