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Mint Pillow Debut EP – Terms & Conditions

Mint Pillow - Terms & Conditions (Artwork - D. Hixon)

Mint Pillow – Terms & Conditions (Artwork – D. Hixon)

I released my debut “solo” EP last week called “Terms & Conditions” – I placed solo in quotes because I had heavy collaboration from talented artists I happen to call friends.

I’ve been listening to so much music due to DJ-ing and have been digging pretty deep in the record bins, so I wanted to put some of that to use in my own music. The album has a skeleton that’s based on samples I pulled from favorite tracks – and then looped and freaked with those samples further. Adding live instruments, drums, and synths and then passed on to my collaborators for them to rap, sing, or play their own instruments over.

The result is “Terms & Conditions” an eclectically weird EP that balances between electronic, hiphop, breaks, and left-field indie.

Contributing Artists:

Recommended If You Like: Dr. Dundiff, Glad2Mecha, James Pants, Boards

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Episode 94 – Top 21 Albums of 2017

Top 21 Albums of 2017 (Artwork - D.Hixon)

Top 21 Albums of 2017 (Artwork – D.Hixon)

2017 was a challenging year. The bad guys won, and hate became law while our Manchurian President’s toddler tendencies numbed the World into being surprised by nothing and aghast at everything.

Still there was music – and these 21 albums helped me get through too many long days.

The mix was made live in the Mojo and is in reverse chronological order, going from #21 down to #1. The album art is a collage of all 21 album covers. Albums and songs posted in comment section.

Alex Cameron
Forced Witness
“The Chihuahua”


The Woolen Men
Lucky Box
“In Time”


Mac DeMarco
This Old Dog
“On The Level”




LCD Soundsystem
American Dream
“Change Yr Mind”


L.A. Law
Law & Order


Ariel Pink
Dedicated to Bobby Jameson


Who Told You To Think​?​?​!​!​?​!​?​!​?​!


Tyler the Creator
Scum Fuck Flower Boy


Love Is Love
“Lost In A Crowd”


Ben Morey & The Eyes
Mt. Doom
“Finger Trap”


Japanese Breakfast
Soft Sounds From Another Planet
“Body Is A Blade”


Childish Gambino
Awaken, My Love!
“Have Some Love”


Toro y Moi
Boo Boo
“Don’t Try”


“Sugar For The Pill”


Kamasi Washington
Harmony of Difference


Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile
Lotta Sea Lice
“Over Everything”


Chaz Bundick Meets The Mattson 2
Star Stuff
“Steve Pink”


Washed Out
Mister Mellow
“Floating By”


Jamila Woods


Kendrick Lamar

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Episode 91 – NOCtoberfest 2016

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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Episode 84 – NOCtoberfest 2015

Episode 84 - NOCtoberfest 2015

Episode 84 – NOCtoberfest 2015

I’m lucky to have been asked to DJ the annual NOCtoberfest Party at G2 Tech Group since it’s inception – and this year I was tasked with putting together an electro / lounge set. The following is the live set I played during this years festivities – and is a perfect mix to listen to as you boogie into the Fall.

1. RJD2 – One Day (In Rare Form: Unreleased Instrumentals – 2004)
2. Mark Farina – Hot Banana’s [Scienz Of Life] (Mushroom Jazz, Vol. 4 – 2001)
3. Gramatik – Skylight (Beatz & Pieces Vol. 1 – 2011)
4. Bibio – Fire Ant (Ambivalence Avenue – 2009)
5. Ratatat – Tropicana (Classics – 2006)
6. Quantic – The 5th Exotic (5th Exotic – 2001)
7. Carbon Chic – Deep Affection (A Broken Man – 2014)
8. Fort Romeau – Insides (Insides – 2015)
9. Alina Baraz & Galimatias – Fantasy (Urban Flora – 2015)
10. Flying Lotus – Do The Astral Plane (Cosmogramma – 2010)
11. Floating Points – Vacuum Boogie (Vacuum – 2009)
12. Flight Facilities – Crave You (Crave You – 2010)
13. The Chemical Brothers – Das Spiegel (We are the Night – 2007)
14. Vanden Plas – Santa Margherita [Guerrilla Pop Edit] (Santa Margherita The Complete Mixes – 2003)
15. Toro Y Moi – Sweet (Freaking Out – 2011)
16. Shit Robot – Space Race (DFA2336 -2012)
17. Lindstrom & Christabelle – Lovesick (Real Life Is No Cool – 2010)
18. Metronomy – A Thing for Me (Nights Out – 2008)
19. Flying Lotus – Kill Your Co-Workers (Pattern+Grid World – 2010)
20. Les Sins – Lina (Lina – 2010)
21. Neon Indian – Suns Irrupt (Era Extraña – 2011)
22. The Juan Maclean – Accusations (The Future Will Come – 2009)
23. Fort Romeau – Folle (Insides – 2015)
24. LCD Soundsystem – Sound Of Silver (Sound Of Silver – 2007)
25. Daft Punk – High Fidelity (Homework – 1997)
26. Holy Ghost! – Dumb Disco Ideas (Dumb Disco Ideas – 2013)
27. Junior Boys – Work (Begone Dull Care – 2009)
28. Bullion – Crazy Over You (Say Goodbye to What – 2010)

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Episode 75 – Space Lounge

Episode 75 - Space Lounge

Episode 75 – Space Lounge

This is not the complete set from Episode 75, but enough of a taste to get lost in the cosmic boondocks. Mint Pillow has been awed by the miracle of life with the recent birth of his son Dylan, and was also sideswiped by a recent viewing of Interstellar, a movie he expected nothing of, and got a lot from. With these states of mind Pillow delved into a space lounge set that’d be fit for any journey into the deep unknown – and is a palette he’ll likely revisit at a later date – for the time being though, enjoy this draft.

1. Sound Effects – Star Encounters (Space Invaders: Sound Effects From A Fantasy Space Mission – 1995)
2. Dan Deacon – Woody Woodpecker (Spiderman of the Rings – 2007)
3. Carl Sagan – Man in his arrogance
4. Quantic – Time is Enemy (5th Exotic – 2001)
5. Daedelus – Endless Sea (Looking Ocean – 2012)
6. Sun Ra And His Arkestra – Space Is The Place (The Other Side Of The Sun – 1979)
7. Four Tet – And They Look Broken Hearted (Rounds – 2003)
8. HAL 9000 – I’m Sorry Dave, I’m Afraid I Can’t Do That
9. Thievery Corporation – Marching The Hate Machines Into The Sun [Feat The Flaming Lips] (The Cosmic Game – 2005)
10. Washed Out – You and I (Within and Without – 2011)
11. Aphex Twin – Analogue Bubblebath 1 (Classics – 1995)
12. CaligEars – Jaguar Intention Side B2 Edit (Jaguar Intention – 2013)
13. Air – La Femme D’Argent (Moon Safari – 1998)
14. Houses/Teen Daze – Bikes (Destiny – 2010)
15. Bullion – Are You the One? (Young Heartache – 2008)
16. CFCF – Half Dreaming (Continent – 2009)
17. Caribou – Leave House (Swim – 2010)
18. Neil deGrasse Tyson – The Most Astounding Fact
19. Sound Tribe Sector 9 – Possibilities (Artifact – 2005)
20. Anthony Hopkins Reads Dylan Thomas – Rage Against The Dying Of The Light
21. Clark – Ghosted (Iradelphic – 2012)

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Episode 73 – Sudden Sun

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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Recommended Album: Zac Trainor – ATUOTS

Zac Trainor's Debut EP will be dropping 01/30/15.

Zac Trainor’s Debut EP,  ATUOTS, will be dropping 01/30/15. (Photo – K. Chasteen)

Zac Trainor is one of the most versatile & ambitious artists I know – what sets him apart is that he’s as comfortable behind a canvas as he is behind a guitar, keyboard, or laptop. This ambidexterity allows his art to evolve together instead of being compartmentalized within each medium, creating a mosaic path that weaves consistent & familiar textures through his paintings, sculptures, and music.

On his debut EP, ATUOTS (At The Uprising Of The Sun), Trainor’s music sounds exactly like his most recent works look – ghostly, layered, & nostalgic. There’s a confident loneliness to the EP that lends the listener to self reflection. Negative space is as important as the synths – and the droning blending of textures leads to a mediative and peaceful state.

Zac is a Massachusetts native who now resides in Winston-Salem where he’s a collective member at Delurk Gallery and also teaches mixed-media painting techniques and abstract painting courses/workshops at the Sawtooth School for Visual Arts. Zac and I have made noise together in the past with Cold Bazooka – and our Iron Elbows project continues to evolve despite distance.

  • ZacTrainor.com
  • ATUOTS will be available via BandCamp on Friday, 01/30/15.

Recommended If You Like: Chris Clark, Bibio, Dosh, Holy Other

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Why Don’t You Like The Flying Lizards?

The Flying Lizards are vastly underappreciated. (Photo - D.Hixon)

The Flying Lizards are vastly under appreciated. (Photo – D.Hixon)

By: Derek Hixon – Cambridge, MA USA

The Flying Lizards need the rose of history glasses gleamed their way. Cornered in the late 70’s and early 80’s as a novelty and experimental act, they’ve seen themselves remembered by time as a joke band, something like Weird Al covering Kraftwerk – but jokes they’re not, and listening to tracks like “Her Story” help me understand why I never got the joke – they’re incredible.

Labels such as DFA and Italians Do It Better are born from the same branch The Flying Lizards grew on. Their weirdo brand of punk, electronic, and new wave are what Lou Reed would have banged out of the Factory if he’d had access to synthesizers. The simple music’s off-putting, haunting, and endlessly vibing – leaving you in a stoned out hazy trance (“The Window, “Trouble”). Get strange with their deadpan & droning vocals, a four-to-the-floor beat, and enough wink, nod, and weird to make their brief catalog a pleasure to dream down.

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