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Episode 81 – The Beat Will Always Save Us

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Episode 81 - The Beat Will Always Save Us

Episode 81 – The Beat Will Always Save Us

Mint Pillow’s first all Hip Hop podcast since Episode 36.

1. Intro
2. Emma Stone – Birdman Speech (2014)
3. Shabazz Palaces – Gunbeat Falls (Of Light – 2009)
4. Four Tet – As Serious as Your Life [Jay Dee remix] (Remixes – 2006)
5. Talib Kweli – Country Cousins (Ear Drum – 2007)
6. Big K.R.I.T. – Dreamin’ (Return Of 4Eva – 2011)
7. Lushlife – Big Sur (Plateau Vision – 2012)
8. Captain Murphy – Drive Thru (Duality – 2013)
9. Kendrick Lamar – Alright (To Pimp a Butterfly – 2015)
10. Chance The Rapper – Everybody’s Something (Acid Rap – 2013)
11. KOOL A.D. – The Robbery (51 – 2012)
12. Madlib – Untitled (Filthy Ass Remixes – 2011)
13. Childish Gambino – American Royalty (R O Y A L T Y – 2012)
14. OFWGKTA – Everything Thats Yours (Radical – 2010)
15. MF Doom – People Places and Things (The Doomilation Bootleg – 2003)
16. BJ The Chicago Kid – His Pain (Pineapples Now & Laters – 2012)
17. Kurtis Blow – Super Sperm (America – 1985)
18. Madlib – Untitled (Filthy Ass Remixes – 2011)
19. Gorillaz – Rock The House (Gorillaz – 2001)
20. De La Soul – I Am I Be (Buhloone Mindstate – 1993)
21. Danny Brown – Thank God (The Hybrid – 2010)
22. Quasimoto – Am I Confused? (Yessir Whatever – 2013)
23. Earl Sweatshirt – solace (2015)

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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 63 – Top 21 Albums of 2014

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Episode 59 – Top 21 Albums of 2013 (Artwork - D.Hixon)

Episode 59 – Top 21 Albums of 2013 (Collage – D.Hixon)

These are my 21 favorite albums of 2014. When I look back on a year that saw me truly start a Family of my own these song’s will echo in the hallways of my memory. Consider it a groovy growth notch written in No. 2 pencil on the back of a progression door. Happy New Year to you and yours – may the music continue to find you.

21Madlib – The Beats (Our Vinyl Weighs a Ton Soundtrack)
“Cue 3 /  Cue 4”
Buy via Stones Throw Records


20The Juan Maclean – In A Dream
“Running Back To You”
Buy via DFA Records


19Tiger High – Inside the Acid Coven
“Mania”
Buy via Volar Records


18The Real Kids – Shake … Outta Control
“Got It Made”
Buy via Ace of Hearts Records


17Cool Ghouls – A Swirling Fire Burning Through The Rye
“What A Dream I Had”
Buy via Empty Cellar Records


16

Mean Creek – Local Losers
“Hangover Mind”
Buy via Old Flame Records


15 Ariel Pink – Pom Pom
“One Summer Night”
Buy via 4AD


14 Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Wig Out at Jagbags
“Lariat”
Buy via Matador Records


13Guided By Voices – Cool Planet
“Bad Love Is Easy To Do”
Buy via Rockathon Records


12Kurt von Stetten – Animals
“Saved, Because Of This Tree”
Buy via Static Motor Recordings


11Flying Lotus – You’re Dead
“Moment of Hesitation”
Buy via Warp Records


10Cookies – Music For Touching
“Music For Touching”
Buy via Bandcamp


9

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Piñata
“Robes (feat. Domo Genesis & Earl Sweatshirt)”
Buy via Stones Throw Records


8

Shintaro Sakamoto – Let’s Dance Raw
“Let’s Dance Raw”
Buy via Other Music Recording Co.


7

Cherry Glazerr – Haxel Princess
“Sweaty Faces”
Buy via Burger Records


6

Mac DeMarco – Salad Days
“Passing Out Pieces”
Buy via Captured Tracks


5

Terror Of The Deep – Death Of The Gideon
“Model Train Village”
Buy via Selection Records


4

Real Estate – Atlas
“How Might I Live”
Buy via Domino USA


3

The Men – Tomorrow’s Hits
“Pearly Gates”
Buy via Sacred Bones Records


2

Mozes And The Firstborn – Mozes And The Firstborn
“Skinny Girl”
Buy via Burger Records


1

Ty Segall – Manipulator
“Mister Main”
Buy via Drag City

 

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Must Watch: Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton – the best Music documentary of 2014. Essential.

I have the habit, especially while driving, of gradually turning up the volume of an album I’m feeling, track by track. It may start at a four but’ll be cranked up to ten halfway through if it’s hitting home. I’ve never ever done this with a movie, well…until I watched Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton. I found myself continually reaching for my remote to bump the volume as if I was listening to a banging album or mix, this was a documentary I was most certainly feeling, and it hit all sorts of places with me. Having Madlib provide the soundtrack didn’t hurt either.

Stones Throw may be the most important record label in America today, and if you see one documentary this year make it Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton. Stones Throw founder, Peanut Butter Wolf, is a personal hero of mine. His musical taste is impeccable – and his ability to cultivate, promote, and nurture new music and musicians is beyond admirable. He’s also fearless, not scared of getting weird or pimping something he knows won’t profit. I find his “misses” just as important, if not more, than his “hits” – as I think too often record labels only get behind what they deem to be a “sure thing” – which is not good for art and progresses nothing.

Our Vinyl Weighs A Ton goes from the origins of Stone’s Throw to where it is today with all sorts of deliciously funky non-sequiturs, and it was more inspiring than anything for me. Wolf has created such an amazing culture with Stones Throw – he’s a true champion of sound – and I hope nothing but continued success and failures for them as they help shape what good music is and can be. Turn it up.



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New Album: Captain Murphy – Duality

Captain Murphy - Duality

Captain Murphy – Duality

A mysterious character calling himself Captain Murphy surfaced on Twitter and YouTube a few months ago and with each track released he excited and perplexed those following him. The music was reminiscent of the jazzy cartoon inspired production of Madlib, and when Earl Sweatshirt appeared on a track people began theorizing that this was a collaboration between Madlib and Odd Future. Last week, at the experimental hip hop and electronic LA club Low End Theory, Captain Murphy literally took off his mask to reveal his true identity, and to the delight of the crowd, it was the critically acclaimed producer Flying Lotus.

Hats off to Flying Lotus. Mystery is a hard thing to pull off in this hyper connected social age, and his ability to build a mythology around this alter ego was well played, especially given that he’s never rapped on record before. The music and production is top notch and stand toe-to-toe with some of MF Doom’s best work.

“Planet Earth – about to be recycled – your only chance to – survive, or evacuate – is to leave, with us.” Captain Murphy – Mighty Morphin Foreskin

Leave with us. This type of abandonment is needed to appreciate what Flying Lotus is doing on Duality. On “Mighty Morphin Foreskin” (below) there’s 70’s inspired soul, elephant horns, Homer Simpson dohs, Street Fighter II samples, and the above warning from a cult leader – and that’s not even half of what’s audible. Duality is d-e-n-s-e.

The theme of joining a cult is the wrapping paper that engulfs the entire album and is revisited throughout. Duality reeks of late night smoked out twisted television, and is a rewarding gift when opened. Experimental. Weird. Psychedelic. Paranoid. Bold. Fun. All these adjectives fit. It isn’t for everyone, but if you get it, you’ll love it, that’s part of the duality enshrouding this now revealed mystery.

Recommended If You Like: Madlib, Quasimoto, MF Doom, Madvillain, Flying Lotus, Stones Throw

Thanks to Pyramid Ghost for turning me on to this!

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Episode 47 – Money Guns

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Episode 47 - Money Guns

Episode 47 – Money Guns (Artwork – D. Hixon)

Mint Pillow greets the Late Summer with a Heartfelt Mix.

1. Tim Crouse & George McGovern – 220 Million Used Car Salesmen (Gonzo – 2008)
2. NIGO – Ape Sounds Opening (APE SOUNDS – 1999)
3. Holy Other – Know Where (With U – 2010)
4. Fort Romeau – Theo (Kingdoms – 2012)
5. Flight Facilities – Crave You ft. Giselle (Crave You – 2010)
6. Madlib – Chrome Dreams (Chrome Children – 2007)
7. Gramatik – Friday (Beatz & Pieces Vol. 1 – 2011)
8. Teen Daze – Treten (All Of Us, Together – 2012)
9. Baths – Aminals (Cerulean – 2010)
10. Jam & Spoon – Stella (Tripomatic Fairytales – 1993)
11. Les Sins – Fetch (Les Sins 7” – 2012)
12. Disclosure – Boiling ft. Sinead Harnett (The Face EP – 2012)
12. CFCF – Invitation To Love (Continent – 2009)

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