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Episode 84 – NOCtoberfest 2015

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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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I Was There – Review of James Murphy at The Sinclair

James Murphy on stage at The Sinclair. (GIF - D.Hixon)

James Murphy on stage at The Sinclair. (GIF – D.Hixon)

James Murphy DJ Set
The Sinclair, Harvard Square, 07/26/13

The ability to walk away from something good before it becomes bad is something most of us don’t have the foresight or control to do. But on April 2nd, 2011 James Murphy did just that in front of a sold out Madison Square Garden crowd – and as the last white balloon careened to the Garden floor, James Murphy and LCD Soundsystem went out on top.

A year earlier I was lucky enough to see them play at the Orpheum Theatre and it was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to, and I’ve been to my fair share. I felt like I was seeing The Talking Heads at their peak – and was amazed at how much their records came to life on stage. I was bummed when I heard he was breaking up the band, but was also relieved to know the name wouldn’t be cheapened by sub-par singles or albums.

The crowd reacting to Murphy. (Photo - D.Hixon)

The crowd reacting to Murphy. (Photo – D.Hixon)

James Murphy has come to epitomize cool over the past decade, fashioning himself into the ultimate taste maker. He very well may have been the first guy playing Daft Punk to the rock kids at CBGB’s – and if people found him crazy then, they now just find him crazy good. This was brought to the forefront this past Friday at The Sinclair as a ravenous crowd ate everything he played up, dancing deep into the early morning.

Coralcola opened up for Murphy, representing New England well – spinning an eclectic set that concluded with a rare and all time favorite of mine, Units “High Pressure Days”. This led perfectly into James’ set as he started off to a loud roar that reverberated throughout The Sinclair. He was getting away with playing things most us wouldn’t even dare spin, but James Murphy can do things us mere mortals can’t – such as taking a tribal twist at the halfway point – only to turn everything on it’s head – finishing the set with some gnarly & deep house.

The spirited crowd willfully let James take them wherever he wanted, and I was supremely impressed with how much of a master he is with his taste and choice in music. I also realized that while Murphy left on top with LCD Soundsystem – he’s now just riding on top of a different crest – because apparently this is James Murphy’s world, and we’re just living in it – but thankfully, it sounds pretty damn good.

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Episode 51 – Mechanical Found Dreams

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For each podcast the cover art was important for Visions.

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.

  1. Episode 51 Intro (Episode 51 – 2013)
  2. Let’s Wrestle – I Won’t Lie To You (Episode 10 – 2008) 
  3. Velvet Underground – White Light, White Heat (Episode 22 – 2009)
  4. LCD Soundsystem – Drunk Girls (Episode 51 – 2013)
  5. Joy Division – Disorder (Episode 15 – 2008)
  6. Washed Out – Feel It All Around (Episode 21 – 2011)
  7. DJ Shadow – Walkie Talkie (Episode 23 – 2009)
  8. Cannibal Ox – Iron Galaxy (Episode 36 – 2010)
  9. Porcelain Raft – Tip (Episode 42 – 2011)
  10. Big Lebowski – Where’s the Money (Episode 23 – 2009)
  11. Yo La Tengo – You Can Have It All (Episode 35 – 2010)
  12. M83 – Kim and Jesse (Episode 21 – 2008)
  13. U.N.K.L.E. – Hold My Hand (Episode 2 – 2007)
  14. Queens of the Stone Age – Monsters in the Parasol (Episode 19 – 2008)
  15. Big Lebowski – Bunch of Amateurs (Episode 23 – 2009)
  16. LCD Soundsytem – I’m Losing My Edge (Episode 15 – 2008)
  17. Holy Fuck – Red Lights (Episode 33 – 2010)
  18. Cush – Arching Heart (Episode 18 – 2008)
  19. Beta Band – Dry the Rain (Episode 3 – 2007)
  20. The Horrors – Sea Within A Sea (Episode 28 – 2009)
  21. MBTA – Next Stop, Central Square (Episode 40 – 2011)
  22. Yo La Tengo – We’re An American Band (Episode 18 – 2008)
  23. Mr. Lif – Earthcrusher (Episode 36 – 2010)
  24. President Obama – Single Flash of Light (Episode 36 – 2010)
  25. J Dilla – Two Can Live (Episode 36 – 2010)
  26. Dan Deacon – Big Milk (Episode 19 – 2008)
  27. Fear & Loathing – Maybe You Should Drive (Episode 4 – 2007)
  28. Fear & Loathing – Getting the Fear (Episode 4 – 2007)
  29. The Chromatics – Running Up That Hill (Episode 7 – 2008)
  30. Floating Points – Vacuum Boogie (Episode 43 – 2012)
  31. D/R/U/G/S – Love (Episode 34 – 2010)
  32. JJ – Ecstasy (Episode 27 – 2009)
  33. Boards of Canada – ROYGBIV (Episode 14 – 2008)
  34. Mint Pillow Cart (Episode 23 – 2009)
  35. Sleigh Bells – Ring Ring (Episode 30 – 2010)
  36. Wu Lyf – Spitting Blood (Episode 41 – 2011)
  37. Devon Harris – Follow Your Dreams – (Episode 41 – 2011)
  38. Deerhunter – Desire Lines (Episode 38 – 2010)
  39. Tame Impala – Island Walking (Episode 39 – 2011)
  40. Joy Formidable – Icarus (Episode 12 – 2008)
  41. Millionyoung – Day We Met (Episode 32 – 2010)
  42. Cornelius – Mic Check (Episode 13 – 2008)
  43. Frank Ocean – Super Rich Kids (Episode 46 – 2012)
  44. Daft Punk – Something Abo  ut Us (Episode 35 – 2010)
  45. Fort Romeau – Theo (Episode 47 – 2012)
  46. Max Romeo – It Sipple Out Deh (Episode 49 – 2012)
  47. Cut Chemist – What’s The Altitude (Episode 36 – 2010)
  48. Animal Collective – My Girls (Episode 24 – 2009)
  49. Episode Number One Intro (Episode 1 – 2007)
  50. Pela – 7th & 17th (Episode 1 – 2007)
  51. Episode 51 Outro – (Episode 51 – 2013)
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Episode Election Day – Pyramid Ghost

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Episode Election Day - Pyramid Ghost (Artwork - Z. Trainor)

Episode Election Day – Pyramid Ghost (Artwork – Z. Trainor)

I’m blessed to have another close friend submit their Visions to the Unexcused. Zac Trainor, aka Pyramid Ghost, brings an intensely layered and relevant mix, on this First Tuesday of November, 2012. The mix is a mosaic filled socio political banger, heavily influenced by campaign shenanigans, attitudes, & rhetoric – all done with a knowledgable wink, and an unfortunate nod. Happy Election Day. Our gift, to you.

1. Boards of Canada – Melissa Juice / Howl – Allen Ginsberg
2. The Drunkk Machine – Thom Yorke
3. Al Green – Dr.Octagon
4. Nuclear War – Sun Ra
5. Baiafro – The Gaslamp Killer
6. I Feel My Stuff – Brian Eno and David Byrne
7. Oh You (Christmas Blues) – LCD Soundsystem

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Episode 37 – Top 21 Albums of 2010

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Episode 37 - Top 21 Albums of 2010

Episode 37 – Top 21 Albums of 2010 (Artwork – D. Hixon)

This is always a fun mix to make, and like every year, it’s a difficult one to piece together. After much deliberation, the below 21 albums are what made the cut, and they represent the albums I enjoyed the most in 2010, and from what I’ve seen from other lists thus far, I think this one may have some legs. Regardless, lemme know what I missed, or what you agree with, or what you never heard of until now, and may this serve as a soundtrack to close out your holiday season, as we wish the best for a prosperous 2011. Thanks for listening – Salud.

#21 Pantha du Prince – Black Noise (Song: A Nomads Retreat)
#20 Holy Fuck – Latin (Song: Silva & Grimes)
#19 The Hold Steady – Heaven Is Whenever (Song: The Sweet Part of the City)
#18 The Soft Pack – The Soft Pack (Song: Pull Out)
#17 Sleigh Bells – Treats (Song: Riot Rhythm)
#16 Mystery Roar – Mystery Roar (Song: Mayhem)
#15 Let’s Wrestle – In the Court of the Wrestling Let’s (Song: Diana’s Hair)
#14 Spoon – Transference (Song: Out Go the Lights)
#13 Tame Impala – Innerspeaker (Song: Exception)
#12 The Radio Dept. – Clinging to a Scheme (Song: David)
#11 Phosphorescent – Here’s To Taking It Easy (Song: The Mermaid Parade)
#10 Male Bonding – Nothing Hurts (Song: Franklin)
#9  Surfer Blood – Astrocoast (Song: Floating Vibes)
#8  Woods – At Echo Lake (Song: Deep)
#7  Avi Buffalo – Avi Buffalo (Song: Five Little Sluts)
#6  Here We Go Magic – Pigeons (Song: Old World United)
#5  Harlem – Hippies (Song: Tila And I)
#4  Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti – Before Today (Song: Bright Light Blue Skies)
#3  LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening (Song: One Touch)
#2  Kurt Vile – Square Shells EP (Song: Hey, Now I’m Movin’)
#1  Deerhunter – Halcyon Digest (Song: Helicopter)

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Episode 33 – Memorial Finals

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Episode 33 - Memorial Finals (Artwork - D. Hixon)

Episode 33 – Memorial Finals (Artwork – D. Hixon)

  1. Johnny Depp as Hunter – A King-Hell Bastard of a Speech, Jimmy Carter (Gonzo – 2008)
  2. Bob Dylan – Maggie’s Farm (Bringing It All Back Home – 1965)
  3. Jonquil – Parasol (Whistle Low – 2008)
  4. Broken Social Scene – All to All (Forgiveness Rock Record – 2010)
  5. Hemingway Nobel Speech / MF Doom – Burdock Root – Digital-Derek Mix (Special Herbs Volumes 9 and 10 – 2005)
  6. Stereolab – Black Ants in Sound-Dust (Sound-Dust – 2001)
  7. Holy Fuck – Red Lights (Latin – 2010)
  8. The Radio Dept. – Heaven’s On Fire (Clinging to a Scheme – 2010)
  9. Woods – Blood Dries Darker (At Echo Lake – 2010)
  10. Harlem – Friendly Ghost (Harlem – 2010)
  11. Male Bonding – Years Not Long (Male Bonding – 2010)
  12. The Moles – Bury Me Happy (Untune The Sky – 1991)
  13. LCD Soundsystem – All I Want (This Is Happening – 2010)
  14. The National – Lemonworld (High Violet – 2010)
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Episode 15 – Feature Presentation

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Episode 15 - Feature Presentation

Episode 15 – Feature Presentation (Artwork – D. Hixon)

1. Visions Open
2. Quiet Village – Circus of Horror (Silent Movie – 2008)
3. Joy Division – Disorder (Unknown Pleasure – 1979)
4. R.E.M. – Radio Free Europe (Eponymous – 1988)
5. Nico – I’ll Keep It Mine (Chelsea Girl – 1967)
6. Looper – Treehouse (Up A Tree – 1999)
7.  The Beatles – I’m Only Sleeping: Rehearsal (Anthology Disc Two – 1966)
8.  The Beatles – I’m Only Sleeping (Anthology Disc One – 1966)
9. Big Star – Thirteen (#1 Record – 1972)
10. The Velvet Underground – Pale Blue Eyes (The Velvet Underground – 1969)
11. The Kinks – Lola (Lola Versus Powerman and Moneyground, Part One – 1970)
12. The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Castles Made Of Sand (Axis: Bold As Love – 1967)
13. LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge (LCD Soundsystem – 2006)

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Episode 11.2 – Hearts of the Unexcused

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Episode 11.2 - Hearts of the Unexcused

Episode 11.2 – Hearts of the Unexcused (Artwork – D. Hixon)

1. Cats In Paris – Terrapins (Cats In Paris – 2007)
2. The Whigs – Right Hand On My Heart (Mission Control – 2008)
3. LCD Soundsystem – Yr City’s A Sucker (LCD Soundsystem – 2006)
4. Guided By Voices – A Salty Tribute (Alien Lanes – 1995)
5. Pavement – Gangsters & Pranksters (Wowee Zowee Sorid Sentinels Edition – 2006)
6. The French Kicks – Abandon (Swimming – 2008)
7. Nada Surf – Happy Kid (91.7 WEEM 10/18/07 – 2007)
8. The Accidental – Illuminated Red (There Were Wolves – 2008)
9. Mark Kozelek – What’s Next To The Moon (What’s Next To The Moon – 2001)
10. Wilco – How To Fight Loneliness (Summerteeth – 1999)
11. Yo La Tengo – Blue-Green Arrow (7” Version Digital-Derek NCFOM RMX – 2007)

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