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)
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.
My Wife and I are expecting the birth of our first child any day now, and as Tom Petty once sang – “the waiting is the hardest part”. The nursery’s been built out and prepped, shower and diaper parties have been had, and with our due date being this Thursday (!!!!) – all that’s left is for our little homie to come out and hang. So in honor of his impending birth – each track for Episode 70 contains the word “baby” – can’t wait to hang with my little man.
Episode 56 – Zachelor Weekend (Watercolor – D. Hixon)
In late April I organized a Bachelor Party for one of my best friends, Zac. We’ve worked together, jammed together, jammed together some more, and have been consistent partners in mischief and art. In celebration of his upcoming wedding we rented a house with friends in New Hampshire on Lake Winnipesaukee – and lived free while not dying for a long weekend in the Spring. A lot of music was made, played, and listened to – and this live mix was spun while overlooking the deep blue waters of the lake and snow capped mountains in the distance – during a weekend dedicated to getting lost with friends to a beat our own. The diversity speaks volumes for the company I was with. Live Free or Die indeed. Killer Weekend. Killer Company.
P-Funk are here to help you party on the Mothership. Swing low, and move on.
Last weekend at the New England Record Show I was digging through a vendor’s Funk/Soul section and immediately pulled Parliament’s seminal record Mothership Connection. As I continued to flip through the records I had numerous vinyl heads ask if I was purchasing it. When replying “Yes” they sighed with respectful regret and let me know how good of a record it was, and my reply each time was “I know.”
It can’t be understated how influential George Clinton and P-Funk are, and as I continue to connect the dots with their complex and rewarding discography certain things become clear. For example, early 90’s West Coast Rap would sound a hell of a lot different without P-Funk. You can easily see a young Dr. Dre in the early 70’s grooving with over-sized headphones to a copy of his Mom’s Mothership Connection. The title track is the DNA of his seminal album, The Chronic, which helped propel the Rap Game to the next level and expose a whole new generation and class to President Clinton and his band of fearless freaks. So on this Easter Freakin’ Weekend celebrate the forever contemporary sound of one of the greatest bands to ever get weird and reclaim those pyramids.
Recommended If You Like:Funk, Soul, Star Child, Maggots, George Clinton
Episode 53 – Tears in the Rain (Mixed Media – D.Hixon)
The slow but steady transition from Winter to Spring in New England is an interesting time. One day I’ll find myself despondent and dour, then within 24 hours I’ll be filled with reverie and hope. Such is the duality of the Region and this Mix.
Visions of the Unexcused album art through the years.
To commemorate the first fifty episodes I’ve created a master mix containing songs played in podcasts over the past six years. It was a trip to dive down memory lane like this, and it was a fun challenge. There’s 51 tracks for the 51st Episode, which is a mosaic of where the Unexcused have been, and where they’re going. If someone asked me the type of music I listened to, I’d play them this mix. Here’s to Visions.
Episode 51 Intro (Episode 51 – 2013)
Let’s Wrestle – I Won’t Lie To You (Episode 10 – 2008)
Velvet Underground – White Light, White Heat (Episode 22 – 2009)
LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls (Episode 51 – 2013)
Joy Division – Disorder (Episode 15 – 2008)
Washed Out – Feel It All Around (Episode 21 – 2011)
DJ Shadow – Walkie Talkie (Episode 23 – 2009)
Cannibal Ox – Iron Galaxy (Episode 36 – 2010)
Porcelain Raft – Tip (Episode 42 – 2011)
Big Lebowski – Where’s the Money (Episode 23 – 2009)
Yo La Tengo – You Can Have It All (Episode 35 – 2010)
M83 – Kim and Jesse (Episode 21 – 2008)
U.N.K.L.E. – Hold My Hand (Episode 2 – 2007)
Queens of the Stone Age – Monsters in the Parasol (Episode 19 – 2008)
Big Lebowski – Bunch of Amateurs (Episode 23 – 2009)
Blobs On Tour, Vol. 1: World Wide Funk (Artwork – R. Sariego)
In the very first installment of Blobs On Tour, your humble guest host – Goop – takes the gang to South America for a crash course in exotic ways. Listen in wonderment as Goop effortlessly mashes stylings from around the world and takes a truly foreign land along for the ride. No Latin soul will be spared; no booty will go un-funked. This is Blobs On Tour.