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Episode 73 – Sudden Sun

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Episode 73 - Sudden Sun

Episode 73 – Sudden Sun

Episode 73, Sudden Sun, is a near two hour improvised set of electo, house, pysch, and weird done live in the DJ Cave at WEMF Radio by Mint Pillow. Inspired by the hope a crisp spring day can inspire, Pillow approached the show as he would a late night night DJ gig, with minimal talking, maximum grooving, and a heavy dose of experimentation.

1. Flying Lotus – colemans groove . andreya 2 (Ideas+drafts+loops – 2013)
2. Gramatik – DreamBIG (Beatz & Pieces Vol. 1 – 2011)
3. The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist (Since I Left You – 2001)
4. Madlib – Robes [Instramental] (Piñata Instrumentals – 2014)
5. Etienne de Crécy – Morpheus (Super Discount 2 – 2004)
6. Kraftwerk – Boing Boom Tschak (Electric Cafe – 1986)
7. Vincent Markowski – Dirty Capsules (Dirty Capsules 12″ – 2008)
8. Mr. Oizo – Flat Beat (Flat Beat – 1999)
9. The Juan Maclean – The Sun Will Never Set On Our Love (In A Dream – 2014)
10. John F. Kennedy – Nomination Acceptance Speech / Oath (The Voice Of President John F. Kennedy 7″ – 1963)
11. Desire – Ageispolis (After Dark 2 – 2013)
12. !!! – Me And Giuliani Down By The School Yard [A True Story] (Me And Giuliani – 2003)
13. Cornelius – Mic Check (FANTASMA – 1997)
14. The Glimmers – Esta Si, Esta No [Asi Me Gusta A Mi] (Are Gee Gee Fazzi – 2008)
15. Eric B. & Rakim – Don’t Sweat The Technique [Funky Ginger Club Version] (Don’t Sweat The Technique 12″ – 1992)
16. Cibo Matto – Beef Jerky (Viva! La Woman – 1996)
17. Buffalo Daughter – Socks, Drugs and Rock’n’roll (New Rock – 1998)
18. Edan – Smile (Beauty And The Beat – 2005)
19. DJ Shadow – The Number Song [Cut Chemist Party Mix] (Endtroducing [Deluxe Edition] – 2005)
20. Four Tet – Sun Drums And Soil (Everything Ecstatic – 2005)
21. Moondog – No. 15 – This Student Of Life (Moondog – 1956)
22. Peaking Lights – Key Sparrow (936 – 2011)
23. Dosh – Undo Certainty (Milk Money – 2013)
24. Shintaro Sakamoto – Future Lullaby (Let’s Dance – 2014)
25. Jonquil – Sudden Sun (Lions – 2007)
26. Tortoise – almost always is nearly enough (TNT – 1998)
27. Circle, Yes – A Cup of Tea (Liverpool Sound City – 2009)
28. Butthole Surfers – Let’s Talk About Cars (Electriclarryland – 1996)
29. The Future Sound Of London – The Far Out Son Of Lung And The Ramblings Of A Madman (Isdn [Live] – 1994)
30. Bullion – Time for Us All to Love (Young Heartache EP – 2008)
31. Panda Bear – You Can Still Count On Me (You Can Count On Me 7″ – 2010)
32. The Mothers Of Invention – Wowie Zowie (Freak Out! – 1966)
33. Battles – Rainbow (Mirrored – 2007)
34. The Fugs – Life Is Funny (It Crawled Into My Hand, Honest – 1968)
35. The Freak Scene – Butterfly Dream (Psychedelic Psoul – 1967)

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Episode 71 – Many Rivers

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Episode 71 - Many Rivers

Episode 71 – Many Rivers

Episode 71 is meant to celebrate life. As a newly minted Father, Pillow finds himself heavily sleep deprived, raspy voiced, and most of all happy as hell to be a Dad. As a result a funktified set is played in honor of his less than week old baby boy Dylan – AKA: Junior Mint Pillow / Soul Baby #1. The set takes a somber note at the end as Derek remembers a co-worker who left this world far too soon. Please, if you can, click below if you’d like to donate to help John’s Family during this trying time.

John Ohrt Memorial Relief Fund

1. Madlib – Untitled (Filthy Ass Remixes – 2011)
2. Generation – Kon Muan Khan [People Are The Same] (Thai Funk Volume 2 – 2011)
3. Ohio Players – Jive Turkey [Part 1] (Jive Turkey (Part 1) / Streakin’ Cheek To Cheek – 1974)
4. Gil Scott-Heron – Lady Day and John Coltrane (Pieces of a Man – 1971)
5. Cymande – The Message (Cymande – 1972)
6. The Brothers Johnson – The Devil (Look Out For #1 – 1976)
7. Dr. John – Zu Zu Man [Version 1] (Zu Zu Man – 1973)
8. Isaac Hayes – Need To Belong To Someone (Black Moses – 1971)
9. Irene Reid – Dirty Old Man (Dirty Old Man / I Keep Forgetting 7″ – 2014)
10. The Blackbyrds – Rock Creek Park (City Life – 1975)
11. The Poets Of Rhythm – Serengeti Stroke (Anthology – 2013)
12. The Meters – Sophisticated Cissy [Instrumental] (Sophisticated Cissy / Sehorns Farms – 1968) 13. Madlib – Funky Blue Note (Shades Of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note – 2003)
14. Dam-Funk – Mirrors (Toeachizown – 2009)
15. Parliament – Unfunky UFO (Mothership Connection – 1975)
16. Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Higher (Vibrations – 1976)
17. Edan – Funky Voltron (Beauty And The Beat – 2005)
18. Kool And The Gang – Who’s Gonna Take The Weight (Live at the Sex Machine – 1971)
19. Amel Addmore – Jane (Brand New Wayo – Funk, Fast Times & Nigerian Boogie Badness 1979-1983 – 2011)
20. Chuck Carbo and The Soul Finders – Can I Be Your Squeeze? (Can I Be Your Squeeze? – 1970) 21. Slave – Separated (Slave – 1977)
22. Funkadelic – Red Hot Momma (Standing On The Verge Of Getting It On – 1974)
23. Os Mutantes – Ave Genghis Khan (Os Mutantes – 1968)
24. Os Brazões – Volksvolkswagen Blue (Os Brazões – 1969)
25. Jack Wilkins – Red Clay (Windows – 1973)
26. Thundercat – Lotus and the Jondy (Apocalypse – 2013)
27. Ann Peebles – I Can’t Stand The Rain (I Can’t Stand The Rain – 1974)
28. Kendrick Lamar – How Much a Dollar Cost [feat. James Fauntleroy & Ronald Isley] (To Pimp a Butterfly – 2015)
29. Jimmy Cliff – Many Rivers To Cross (The Harder They Come – 1972)

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Episode 66 – Lens Flare

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Episode 66 – Lens Flare – 01/18/15

Episode 66 – Lens Flare – 01/18/15

Episode 66 is the practice set I did in my apartment the day before my 1/18 show on WEMF Radio. Due to technical difficulties at the beginning the broadcasted set was a little jumbled from the jump, I found my feet, but not with the original mix I wanted to present. As a result, I’m posting this “practice version” that actually turned out pretty darn good. This is only the second time I’ve used my brand spanking new controller (Reloop Beatpad), therefore you hear me feeling some things out – thus the Lens flare title – a common filter any n00b just learning Photoshop typically abuses. Hopefully this mix isn’t too glaring though, as I tried to loosely form a connecting path of funk, jazz, & hip-hop.

1. Bualuang OST – “Singto (Lion)” (Thai Funk Volume 2 – 2011)
2. Jorge Ben – “Meus Filhos Meu Tesouro” (Africa Brasil – 1976)
3. Rikki Ililonga – “Working On The Wrong Thing” (Sunshine Love – 1976)
4. Aceyalone & Rjd2 – “All For U” (Magnificent City – 2006)
5. The Poets Of Rhythm – “More Mess On My Thing” (Practice What You Preach – 1993)
6. Chance The Rapper – “Favorite Song (ft. Childish Gambino)” (Acid Rap – 2013)
7. Warren Zevon – “Nighttime in the Switching Yard” (Excitable Boy – 1978)
8. Toots & The Maytals – “Will You Be Kind” (Knock Out! – 1981)
9. Los Ecos – “Aquí En La Fiesta (I Don’t Want To Spoil The Party)” – (Cumbia Beat Vol. 1 (Experimental Guitar-Driven Tropical Sounds From Perú 1966/1976) – 2010)
10. Flying Lotus – “Never Catch Me (feat. Kendrick Lamar)” (You’re Dead – 2014)
11. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe – “How Fine Is That” (The Bridge – 2002)
12. King Geedorah – “Next Levels (featuring Lil’ Sci, ID 4 Winds & Stahhr)” (Take Me to Your Leader – 2003)
13. Madlib – “Please Set Me At Ease” (Shades Of Blue: Madlib Invades Blue Note – 2003)
14. DJ 2-Tone Jones – “Killa Tape/Astral C.R.E.A.M. (The Pharaoh Jarel Beatdown Remix)” (Shaolin Jazz: The 37th Chamber – 2011)
15. The Pharcyde – “Passin’ Me By” (Bizarre Ride II the Pharcyde – 1992)
16. Brian Auger – “Happiness Is Just Around the Bend” (Happiness Is Just Around The Bend / Inner City Blues – 1973)
17. Jaco Pastorius – “Come On, Come Over” (Jaco Pastorius – 1976)
18. Gal Costa – “Relance” (Índia – 1982)
19. Kool A.D. – “The Robbery [prod. by Amaze 88]” (51 – 2012)
20. MF Doom – All Outta Ale (The Doomilation Bootleg – 2003)
21. Talib Kweli – “Ain’t Waiting feat. Outasight” (Gutter Rainbows – 2011)
22. The Mothers Of Invention – “My Guitar Wants To Kill Your Mama” (Weasels Ripped My Flesh – 1970)
23. Edan – “Making Planets” (Beauty And The Beat – 2005)
24. Demon Fuzz – “Another Country” (Afreaka! – 1970)
25. Ace Creator – “Odd Toddlers Feat. Casey Veggi” (Odd Future Tape – 2008)
26. DJ Shadow – “What Does Your Soul Look Like (Part 4)” (Endtroducing – 2005)

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Episode 60 – The White House Sessions: Volume 1

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Episode 60 - The White House Sessions: Volume 1

Episode 60 – The White House Sessions: Volume 1

Creating podcasts for Visions of the Unexcused has been a solitary art. I’ve always enjoyed the process, but recently I wanted to do something different, organic, and more importantly – with friends. Inspired by the sonic champions at Doodcast I decided to create a podcast live and with my fellow comrades. For this task I ventured to the “The White House” – a continuation of the legendary “Sydney Street” apartment; which has hosted some of the finest tech-heads, freaks, and drunks in the greater Cambridge-Somerville-Boston area. So on a Saturday Night not too long ago I put on my Mint Pillow hat as we got weird spinning music while getting lost. The White House Sessions is the result – and this is Volume 1 of 2.

1. Herbie Hancock – “Chameleon (’83 Dance Mix)” (Autodrive 12″ – 1983)
2. The Poets Of Rhythm – “Smilin While You’re Crying” (Anthology – 2013)
3. !!! – “Me And Giuliani Down By The School Yard (A True Story)” (Me And Giuliani 12″ – 2003)
4. Holy Ghost! – “Dumb Disco Ideas” (Dumb Disco Ideas 12″ – 2013)
5. DJ Format (Featuring Edan) – “Spaceship Earth” (Spaceship Earth / Terror 12″ – 2012)
6. Childish Gambino – “American Royalty (ft. RZA and Hypnotic Brass Orchestra)” (R O Y A L T Y – 2012)
7. Heems – “Cowabunga Gnarly [Prod. By Harry Fraud]” (Wild Water Kingdom – 2012)
8. Aesop Rock – “Daylight” (Daylight – 2002)
9. Vincent Markowski – “Dirty Capsules” (Dirty Capsules 12″ – 2008)
10. MillionYoung – “Sunn Dreamm” (Sunndreamm EP – 2009)
11. Memoryhouse – “Sleep Patterns” (The Years E.P. – 2010)
12. Gap Dream – “Chill Spot” (Chill Spot 7″ – 2013)
13. Les Sins – “Fetch” (Les Sins 7” – 2012)
14. Jurassic 5 – “Action Satisfaction” (Jurassic 5 EP – 1997)
15. Method Man – “Tical” (Tical – 1994)
16. Doom – “Still Dope (Featuring Empress Starhh)” (Born Like This – 2009)
17. Quasimoto – “Greenery” (The Further Adventures Of Lord Quas – 2005)
18. Dangerdoom – “Old School (Featuring Talib Kweli)” (The Mouse and the Mask – 2005)
19. The Phenomenal Handclap Band – “Baby” (The Phenomenal Handclap Band – 2008)
20. Cymande – “Brothers On The Slide” (Cymande – 1972)
21. Os Mutantes – “Top Top” (Jardim Elétrico – 1971)
22. Mulatu Astatke – “I Faram Gami I Faram” (Mulatu Steps Ahead – 2010)
23. Hawkwind – “Space Is Deep” (Doremi Fasol Latido – 1972)
24. Meat Puppets – “Look At The Rain” (Huevos – 1987
25. The Zombies – “What More Can I Do” (Begin Here – 1965)
26. The Shins – “So Says I” (Chutes Too Narrow – 2003)
27. Donovan – “Hey Gyp (Dig The Slowness)” (Fairytale – 1965)
28. Daniel Johnston – “Joy Without Pleasure” (Songs of Pain – 2003)
29. Kraftwerk – “Boing Boom Tschak” (Electric Cafe – 1986)
30. Flying Lotus – “Wake me” (Ideas+drafts+loops – 2013)
31. Gramatik – “DreamBIG” (Beatz & Pieces Vol. 1 – 2012)
32. The Slickers – “Johnny Too Bad” (The Harder They Come – 1972)
33. Shadow – “Ah Didn’t Want To” (Doh Mess Wid Meh Head – 1980)
34. Ralph MacDonald – “The Path” (The Path – 1978)

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Lets Be Friends: Review of Edan the DJ at Lilypad

Edan in his element. (Photo - D. Hixon)

Edan in his element. (Photo – D. Hixon)

Edan the DJ
Lilypad, Union Square, 09/08/12

Edan is one of my favorite MC’s. Edan is one of my favorite Producers. Edan is one of my favorite DJ’s. Edan…well, he’s a favorite, and is someone who’ll forever roam in the fictional halls of my Honor Roll High School. When I caught wind he’d be DJ’ing down the street at Lilypad, I circled the date with a red felt tip pen, for if a favorite’s in town, attendance is mandatory.

Edan in the mix. (Photo - D.Hixon)

Edan in the mix. (Photo – D.Hixon)

What makes Edan standout is his unconditional love and respect for music. His taste is impeccable, and his skills as a true and traditional DJ make me want to forever hang my headphones. Edan can juggle an obscure psychedelia B-Side between tables with the precision of a master chef, and once you’re entranced with the smell, he’ll drop a perfectly matched Soul track that takes you further down the rabbit hole, leaving you salivating for more.

Lilypad was at capacity and youthful, and from the moment Edan dropped the needle the dancing was incessant. I drunkenly walked up to Edan halfway through his set, mumbled some type of appreciation, bowed like an obedient Monk, and swiftly creeped away. It’s never a good idea to be too close to a hero, especially when they’re a favorite.

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Review of Edan’s Echo Party Screening


Edan’s Echo Party Screening
Brattle Theater, Harvard Square, 11/30/10

“Keep an eye out for us, and – that’s it, because there’s not a lot people who like – try this hard. I mean, I’m not saying we’re good, but we try really hard. Ya’ know what I mean?” -Edan

Those were Edan’s last words of the night, given to a lifted Brattle Theater crowd, seconds after spitting an inspired acapella rhyme that rung every bell in the room. And you know what, I couldn’t agree more, Edan tries, he tries really hard – and it was evident in everything presented last night.

The evening began with a 30 minute screening of Edan’s latest project, Echo Party, which is a psychedelic romp that weaves through found footage from Bollywood, 80’s Hip-Hop scenes, and more, all edited over the masterful auditory production of Edan. Edan collaborated with Tom Fitzgerald for Echo Party, and they were a perfect match for each other. Both the video and audio complimented each other in a swirl of old-school beats and hyper edited footage that left your head bobbed and brain fuzzy. It was hard not to smile while being barraged with this mind-bending presentation, and I couldn’t help but notice the intense work put into the project by both Fitzgerald and Edan. The whole film just dripped with a heavy brush that was wet with cool, and for me at least, it was a true inspiration. You can get a copy of the DVD for yourself over at his site, and can peep a snippet of the film below.

The cover of each DVD is completely unique and hand-made by Edan, going to further prove the hard work and attention to detail  Edan puts into everything he does. Like he said, he tries hard, and it shows in everything he gets behind.

After the screening of Echo Party there was a brief “intermission” – which provided just enough time to get another beer, before Edan took the stage with Dagha where they killed their live set, stalking about the stage in a blissful attack. First and foremost, what was most noticeable to me was again the work and time they both put into their routine. From their choreographed movements, back-and-forth rhyming, and instrument swapping, Dagha and Edan blended as seamlessly together as he did with Fitzgerald in Echo Party.

This was the first time I’ve seen Edan live, and I never realized how complete of a performer and artist he is. His DJ, MC, and production skills are top notch – and he’s weird, talented, and fearless enough to do freakish things like switch from the decks and mic to an acoustic guitar and kazoo, all in the matter of seconds.

I hope Edan continues to try hard, because his effort sure as hell shows in all he does, and nights like the Echo Party screening don’t come around too often. See below for audio from the last song he performed and to also hear his quote on “trying hard” – which he obviously does, man’s a professional.

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Episode 36 – Hip Hop Is Dead

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Episode 36 - Hip Hop is Dead (Artwork - D. Hixon)

Episode 36 – Hip Hop is Dead (Artwork – D. Hixon)

  1. Wise Blood – B.I.G. E.G.O. (`+` – 2010)
  2. Cannibal Ox – Iron Galaxy (The Cold Vein – 2001)
  3. Gravediggaz – Constant Elevation (6 Feet Deep – 1997)
  4. Mr. Lif – Earthcrusher (I Phantom – 2002)
  5. President Obama – Single Flash of Light
  6. J Dilla – Two Can Win (Donuts – 2006)
  7. Santigold – Lights Out (Diplo’s Panda Bear Mix) (Top Ranking – 2008)
  8. Cut Chemist – What’s The Altitude (Feat. Hymnal) (The Audience’s Listening – 2006)
  9. King Geedorah – Anti-Matter (MF DOOM & Mr. Fantastik) (Take Me to Your Leader – 2003)
  10. Lil Wayne – I Feel Like Dying (Flying Lotus Remix – 2009)
  11. Guilty Simpson – Money Motivated Movements – Produced by Four Tet (Chrome Children 2 – 2007)
  12. DJ Shadow – Organ Donor (Endtroducing – 2005)
  13. Bullion – I’m Waiting For The Day (Pet Sounds: In The Key Of Dee – 2007)
  14. Quasimoto – Low Class Conspiracy (The Unseen – 2000)
  15. Aesop Rock – Coordinates (Music For Earthworms – 1997)
  16. Das Racist – rapping 2 u (featuring lakutis) (produced by sha-leik the engineer) (Sit Down, Man – 2010)
  17. Edan – Let’s B. Friends (Sprain Your Tapedeck – 2001)
  18. Aceyalone & Rjd2 – A Sunday Mystery (Magnificent City – 2006)
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Episode 4 – Hiptronic Beat Poetry

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Episode 4 - Hiptronic Beat Poetry

Episode 4 – Hiptronic Beat Poetry (Artwork – D. Hixon)

1. Digital-Derek Mix – RJD2 – Seven Light Years (In Rare Form – 2004)
2. Baron Zen – BZ Theme (Chrome Children 2 – 2007)
3. Lawrence Ferlinghetti – Overpopulation (Unknown)
4. Bullion – Wasn’t Made (Songs In The Key Of Dee – 2004)
5. Spoon – I Turn My Camera On (Gimme Fiction – 2005)
6. Cut Chemist – Storm ft. Mr. Lif & Edan (The Audience’s Listening – 2006)
7. Mr. Lif – Welcome to the Plantation (I Phantom – 2002)
8. Jack Kerouac – Speaking of On the Road
9. Air – Dead Bodies (Virgin Suicide Soundtrack – 1999)
10. Dosh – MPLS Rock and Roll (The Lost Take – 2006)
11. Charles Bukowski – The Secret To My Endurance
12. Röyksopp – Elpe (Melody A.M. – 2001)
13. Allen Ginsberg – HOWL
14. Clark – Ted (Body Riddle – 2006)
15. Nathaniel Merriweather – Koala’s Lament (Loveage: Music To Make Love To You Old Lady By – 2001)
16. Charles Bukowski – The Genius of the Crowd
17. Madvillian – Strange Ways (Mad Villianry – 2004)
18. Quasimoto – Civilization Day (The Further Adventures of Lord Quas – 2004)
19. Johnny Depp as Hunter Thompson – The High Watermark, from “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas”

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