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Episode 94 – Top 21 Albums of 2017

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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”

 

Suncruiser
Suncruiser
“Movie”

 

LCD Soundsystem
American Dream
“Change Yr Mind”

 

L.A. Law
Law & Order
“Shivers”

 

Ariel Pink
Dedicated to Bobby Jameson
“Acting”

 

Milo
Who Told You To Think​?​?​!​!​?​!​?​!​?​!
“Sorcerer”

 

Tyler the Creator
Scum Fuck Flower Boy
“Glitter”

 

Woods
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”

 

Slowdive
Slowdive
“Sugar For The Pill”

 

Kamasi Washington
Harmony of Difference
“Humility”

 

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
Breadcrumbs
“Heavn”

 

Kendrick Lamar
Damn.
“XXX.”

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Episode 93 – Music Detectives Listen To After Making Love

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Episode 93 – Music Detectives Listen To After Making Love (Artwork – D. Hixon)

I have an affinity for Detectives. I gravitate strongly towards the label of hopeless dreamer – and am enamored by both the Detectives search for truth as well as their beautiful flaws – they’re such a hyperbolic yet real manifestation of what it means to be a walking talking breathing human. These are songs I think those with Detective hearts would enjoy listenings to.

1. Isaac Hayes – Walk From Regio’s
2. Frank Zappa – Twenty Small Cigars
3. Sun Ra – Plutonian Nights
4. Piero Piccioni – Traffic Boom
5. Quiet Village – Circus Of Horror
6. The Ventures – The Fourth Dimension
7. Los Destellos – Pasión Oriental
8. The Hippy Boys – Seven Heaven
9. Adriano Correia De Oliveira – Rosa De Sangue
10. Focus – Janis
11. The Avalanches – Colours
12. Pantha Du Prince – Lions Love
13. DJ Shadow – Dark Days (Spoken For Mix)
14. King Curtis – Central Park

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Episode 92 – Top 21 Albums of 2016

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Episode 92 - Top 21 Albums of 2016

Above is a collage of all 21 albums artwork. (Artwork – D.Hixon)

2016 was a weird, surreal, and at times beautiful year. It side swiped us with the loss of Demigods who couldn’t escape Death’s undefeated grip. Bowie, Prince, Leonard Cohen – they’ll never share the same air as you again – and that’s a damn shame.

And now, history will remember 2016 for the the election – whose aftershocks have me cow eyed and slow to speak in the weeks since that fateful Tuesday. I’m scared, sad, and sullen with what it means – but 2016 was more than one day in November, and the music that was released leading up to the results hinted at where we are now. Good art is often ahead of the curve.

Politics and uncertain fate aside – below are my 21 favorite albums of 2016. Aside from the opening sequence, the entire set was done  live in the Mojo – and per every mix I put out – I hope you discover something new you love.

As for 2017….the weird and surreal will morph into something different, and the music will as well, and that I can’t wait for. Keep your head up Unexcused Brethren – Visions pertain to the future, and our actions today must make that bright despite the dark in our current eyes.

Per always, thank you for the support – Peace & Love. ~Mint Pillow

Samiyam – Animals Have Feelings
“paddle boat”
Stones Throw Records


Terry Malts – Lost At The Party
“When The Nighttime Comes”
Slumberland Records


Whitney – Light Upon The Lake
“No Woman”
Secretly Canadian


Tony Molina – Confront The Truth
“See Me Fall”
Slumberland Records


Woods – City Sun Eater In The River Of Light
“Sun City Creeps”
Woodsist Records


White Night – Weird Night
“Dr. Bellows”
Burger Records


Wilco – Schmilco
“Normal American Kids”
Wilco.net


The Avalanches – Wildflower
“If I Was A Folkstar”
XL Recordings


Aphex Twin – Cheetah EP
“2X202-ST5”
Warp Records


A Tribe Called Quest – We got it from Here… Thank You 4 Your service
“Melatonin”
okayplayer.


Angel Olsen – My Woman
“Shut Up Kiss Me”
Secretly Canadian


Oh Boland – Spilt Milk
“Doctoring”
Volar Records


Real Numbers – Wordless Wonder
“This Happy Sadness”
Slumberland Records


Nice As Fuck – Nice As Fuck
“Door”
JennyLewis.com


Radiohead – A Moon Shaped Pool
“Decks Dark”
amoonshapedpool.com


Mozes And The Firstborn – Great Pile Of Nothing
“Till The Feeling’s Gone”
Burger Records


Cool Ghouls – Animal Races
“Time Capsule”
Empty Cellar Records


Morgan Delt – Phase Zero
“I Don’t Wanna See What’s Happening Outside”
Sub-Pop Records


Car Seat Headrest – Teens Of Denial
“(Joe Gets Kicked Out of School for Using) Drugs With Friends (But Says This Isn’t a Problem)”
Matador Records


Gap Dream – This Is Gap Dream
“Modern Rhythms”
Burger Records


Mndsgn – Body Wash
“Cosmic Perspective”
Stones Throw Records

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Episode 90 – Summer Sweat Sticks

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Episode 90 – Summer Sweat Sticks (Artwork – D.Hixon)

This is a little over an hour of a live vinyl set I spun at State Park Bar in Cambridge on 7.28.16, and it perfectly represents who I am as a DJ. In just over an hour I bounce across numerous genres in Mint Pillow style inspired by the lack of rain & summer heat. Don’t think there’s too many who throw down like I do, and am happy with how this snippet turned out, hopefully you’re exposed to a new favorite band or song here.

1. Yeasayer – Silly Me (Amen & Goodbye – 2016)
2. The Avalanches – Because I’m Me (Wildflower – 2016)
3. Ariel Pink – Lipstick (Pom Pom – 2012)
4. Toro Y Moi – Blessa (Causers Of This – 2010)
5. Washed Out – New Theory (Life of Leisure – 2009)
6. Y▲CHT – Psychic City [Classixx Remix] (Psychic City 7″ – 2010)
7. Chance The Rapper – Everybody’s Something (Acid Rap – 2013)
8. Bullion – Are You the One? (Young Heartache – 2008)
9. Games – Heartland (Everything Is Working 7″ – 2010)
10. Peaking Lights – Infinite Trips (Cosmic Logic – 2014)
11. Howlo – Blanka (Howlo – 2015)
12. White Night – Dr. Bellows (Weird Night – 2016)
13. Surfer Blood – Floating Vibes (Astrocoast – 2010)
14. Beastie Boys – The Move (Hello Nasty – 1998)
15. RJD2 – Ring Finger (Since We Last Spoke – 2004)
16. Ratatat – Seventeen Years (Seventeen Years 12″ – 2003)
17. Car Seat Headrest – Fill in the Blank (Teens Of Denial – 2016)
18. Brian Eno – I’ll Come Running (Another Green World – 1975)
19. Cowboys International – Thrash (Thrash 7″ – 1979)
20. Gap Dream – College Music (This Is Gap Dream – 2016)

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Episode 89 – Election Year 2016 Mix (Gold Must Die)

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Episode 89 – Election Year 2016 Mix (Gold Must Die)

Episode 89 – Election Year 2016 Mix (Gold Must Die)

This election season & violent Summer has seen the shadows of ugly shine a dark light on how slow progress is – and as the mirror reflects back with a face of de-evolution – we sit cow faced while hate steals the headlines & votes.

I couldn’t ask for anyone better than Gold Must Die to do a guest podcast to capture the anxiety, fear, and sorrow that dances off of satellites as we flick and like our privacy & dignity away. Hope still lives though, and Gold Must Die helps expose the shadow back into light.

More sounds from Gold Must Die on Soundcloud

1. The Gentle People – Journey (Aphex Twin Care Mix) Excerpt
2. Cage The Elephant – It’s Always Something
3. Son Lux – You Don’t Know Me
4. Vince Staples – Birds and Bees
5. Sufjan Stevens – Impossible Soul (Stupid Man Excerpt)
6. Fifty Grand – Oh Well
7. Glass Animals – Wyrd
8. Clouddead – Dead Dogs Two (Boards Of Canada Mix)
9. Modeselktor feat Thom Yorke – Shipwreck
10. Radiohead – 33.3 Recurring (GMD Industrial Complex Mix)
11. Gil-Scott Heron – Work For Peace
12. Meat Beat Manifesto – STS 2006 (High Priest Anti Pop Consortium Mix)
13. Beck – Wow
14. M.I.A. Warriors
15. Lesser of Two Evils / Kids Show Interlude (Gold Must Die MashMix)
16. Economy – Underneath Me
17. Yasiin Bey – Niggas In Poorest (Gold Must Die Mix)
18. Saul Williams – Black History Month
19. DJ Vadim + Street Poet Monte Smith (a.k.a. King Poetic) – Bathe In Bleach
20. U.N.K.L.E. – Lonely Soul
21. Blur – The Universal
22. Jocelyn Pook – Masked Ball Eyes (Gold Must Die Secret Society Mix feat. Dead Famous) 

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Episode 88 – Rest In Purple

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Episode 88 – Rest In Purple

Mint Pillow in da mix.

Mint Pillow in da mix.

This all vinyl mix was spun live at State Park Bar in Cambridge, MA one week after the tragic loss of Prince. It’s a tribute to him and is a mix of deep funk, soul, a touch of rock, and of course the man himself.

RIP Prince Rogers Nelson. 1958-2016

*Another fine mix to put in your queue is done by good friend DJ Beef Camp over at The Sleepaway Show – a beautiful all Prince tribute.

Setlist:

1. Prince – Kiss
2. Earth, Wind & Fire – Shining Star
3. Toro y Moi – Lily
4. RJD2 – 1976
5. Bullion – I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times
6. Prince – When Doves Cry
7. Jimi Hendrix – The Wind Cries Mary
8. Funkadelic – Good To Your Earhole
9. Rikki Ililonga – Working On The Wrong Thing
10. Fuji – Revelations
11. The Dirtbombs – Livin’ For The City
12. Devo – Praying Hands
13. David Bowie – Panic In Detroit
14. Prince – Pop Life
15. Michael Jackson – P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
16. Ohio Players – Jive Turkey (Part 1)
17. African Music Machine – Never Name A Baby (Before It’s Born)
18. Maceo – Soul Power ’74
19. Georgia Soul Council – Costanza
20. James Brown – I’ll Go Crazyby
21. Prince – Head
22. Parliament – Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof Off the Sucker)
23. Slave – Son Of Slide
24. Marvin Gaye – Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology)
25. Blo – It’s Gonna Be A Good Day
26. Mebusas – Grooving Out On Life
27. Prince – Controversy
28. Chris Mba – Funky Situation
29. Bernard Wright – Just Chillin’ Out
30. Roy Ayers Ubiquity – Baby You Give Me A Feeling
31. Madlib – Robes (Instrumental)
32. Flying Lotus – Massage Situation
33. Frankie Smith – Double Dutch
34. James Brown – Blind Man Can See It
35. Prince – When You Were Mine
36. Parliament – Handcuffs
37. Jimi Hendrix – Crosstown Traffic
38. Os Brazões – Volksvolkswagen Blue
39. Dug Dug’sIt’s Over
40. Warren Zevon – Nighttime In The Switching Yard
41. King Curtis – We Funk (Low Down And Dirty)
42. Skull Snaps – Trespassing
43. Prince – Raspberry Beret
44. The Brothers Johnson – Strawberry Letter 23
45. William DeVaughn – Be Thankful For What You Got
46. The Blackbyrds – Rock Creek Park
47. B.T. Express – Peace Pipe
48. James Brown – Talking Loud And Saying Nothing
49. Prince – 1999
50. Curtis Mayfield – Superfly
51. Al Green – It Ain’t No Fun To Me
52. Sly & The Family Stone – Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin)
53. Stevie Wonder – Sir Duke
54. The NIght Trippers – Did She Mention My Name
55. Nu Shooz – I Can’t Wait
56. DâM-FunK – I Like Your Big Azz (Girl)
57. Prince – Little Red Corvette
58. Funkadelic – Can You Get To That
59. Parliament – Flashlight
60. James Brown – Doing It To Death
61. Afro Funk – Obanya Special
62. The Rolling Stones – Let’s Spend The Night To Together
63. Redbone – Chant – 13th Hour
64. Wilson Pickett – You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover
65. Bill Doggett – Honkey Tonk Pt. 1
66. Prince – Purple Rain

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Episode 87 – Dreamed

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Episode 87 – Dreamed (Artwork – D.Hixon)

A survey on FaceBook asking the genre of my next podcast ended up a tie between DREAMY and HOUSE. I teamed those inspiration points together & careened towards the inside of my dreams – with the aim to make a podcast that was as familiar, surreal, gratifying, spooky, and strange as any dream I’ve ever had.

1. Episode 87 Intro – Follow You Dreams
2. Flying Lotus – MmmHmm ft. Thundercat (Cosmograma – 2010)
3. Tortoise – Why We Fight (Why We Fight – 1995)
4. Mac Demarco – DON JUAN (SOME OTHER ONES – 2015)
5. Sore Eros – In My Heart (Second Chants – 2009)
6. Dirty Beaches – Belgrade (Drifters / Love Is The Devil – 2013)
7. Carbon Chic – A Broken Man (A Broken Man – 2014)
8. Les Sins – Youth Gone (Lina – 2010)
9. Thievery Corporation – A Warning (Sounds From The Verve Hi-Fi – 2001)
10. DJ Shadow – What Does Your Soul Look Like (Endtroducing… – 1996)
11. Floating Points – Peroration Six (Elaeina – 2015)
12. Linda Perhacs – Spoken Intro To Leonard Rosenman (Parallelograms – 1970)
13. McKay – Know That I’m Not Alone (Into You – 1978)
14. The Dark City Sisters – Kulelo Lizwe (Soweto Never Sleeeps: Classic Female Zulu Jive African- 1986)
15. The Velvet Underground – I Found A Reason (Loaded – 1970)
16. Crispy Ambulance – Simon’s Ghost (The Plateau Phase – 1982)
17. Dosh – We are the Worst (Milk Money – 2013)
18. Sun Ra – The Golden Lady (The Nubians Of Plutonia – 1969)

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Episode 86 – Easy On Yourself

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Episode 86 – Easy On Yourself (Artwork – D.Hixon)

The energy within me is circling in a swift & positive direction. I expect many good things in 2016, and episode 86 is an auditory springboard into that optimistic ether. I spun the mix live late last weekend in my West Medford Mojo. I traverse on many styles while providing thoughtful transitions that’ll sprain your tape deck as you hopefully nod in enthusiastic accordance.

1. Cookies – The Dream (Music For Touching – 2014)
2. Boards of Canada – Nothing Is Real (Tomorrow’s Harvest – 2013)
3. Panda Bear – Principe Real (Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper – 2015)
4. Indoor Voices – Still (Indoor Voices – 2012)
5. Dog Bite – Wonder Dark (Tranquilizers – 2014)
6. Tomorrows Tulips – When (When – 2014)
7. Ty Segall – Swag (Swag – 2009)
8. The Sweets – Sister (The Sweets – 2014)
9. Woolen Men – Temporary Monument (Temporary Monument – 2015)
10. The Sound Barrier – Groovin’ Slow (She Always Comes Back To Me – 1968)
11. Pugh Rogefeldt – Love, Love, Love (Ja, Dä Ä Dä! – 1969)
12. Tony Allen Plays With Afrika 70 – Afro Disco Beat (Progress – 1977)
13. Floating Points – J&W Beat (J&W Beat 12″ – 2009)
14. Flying Lotus – MmmHmm ft.Thundercat (Cosmogramma – 2010)
15. Panda Bear – Tropic Of Cancer (Panda Bear Meets The Grim Reaper – 2015)
16. McKay – This Road (Into You – 1978)
16. Beck – Mattress (One Foot In The Grave – 1994)
17. Kurt Vile – Life Like This (b’lieve i’m goin down – 2015)
18. Ranking Slackness – Bath Room Sex (Slackest LP – 1979)
19. Yellowman Versus Josey Wales – Society Party (Two Giants Clash – 1984)
20. Winston Edwards & Blackbeard – Behind Closed Doors Of The House Of Commons (At 10 Downing Street – Dub Conference – 1980)
21. Starshine – All I Need Is You (All I Need Is You – 1983)
22. DâM-FunK – When I’m With U I Think Of Her (Adolescent Funk – 2010)
23. Gregory James Edition – Make It Easy On Yourself (Prophets Of Soul – 1973)
24. Ornette Coleman – C.O.D. (Ornette At 12 – 1969)
25. Weldon Irvine – Here’s Where I Came In (Sinbad – 1979)

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