Category Archives: Friday Music Day

Friday Music Day: July 8, 2011

Long awaited, my summer 2011 mix:

Perfect for little ears
1. Adele "Set Fire to the Rain"
2. WU LYF "Dirt"
3. Shakira f. El Cata "Rabiosa"
4. Tristen "Baby Drugs"
5. Battles "Ice Cream"
6. Katy B "Louder"
7. Hooray For Earth "No Love"
8. Ha Ha Tonka "1928"
9. Jonti "Firework Spraying Moon"
10. Fleet Foxes "Helplessness Blues"
11. Buraka Som Sistema "Hangover (BaBaBa) (Radio Edit)"
12. JKR70 presents Clay Hughes "Love I Gave You"
13. Dionne Bromfield f. Lil Twist "Foolin'"
14. EMA "Milkman"
15. LMFAO f. Lauren Bennet and Goon Rock "Party Rock Anthem (Radio Edit)"
16. Thurston Moore "Benediction"
17. Zammuto "YAY"
18. My Morning Jacket "Holdin On To Black Metal"
19. Chris Brown f. Benny Benassi "Beautiful People"
20. Beyoncé "End Of Time"

Dirty Addendum
1. The Weeknd "Wicked Games"
2. Beyoncé "Countdown"
3. Rihanna "Man Down"
4. Nicki Minaj f. Ester Dean "Super Bass"
5. Vybz Kartel "Go Go Wine"
6. Frank Ocean "Novacane"
7. Shabazz Palaces "Swerve... The reeping of all that is worthwhile (Noir not withstanding)"

See if you can tell which ones I've got dedicated to Chuck James in my heart.

Friday Music Day: June 24, 2011

Busy, busy work week for me. I think I've got my summer mix done; I just need to cut one or two tracks and sequence it. But I haven't had time for that yet, and my new "hip hop for my 8-year-old daughter" project is taking a lot of my listening time. What is that human instinct that makes us add more projects when we're already swamped?

One track that sure as heck is going to make the cut for my summer mix is "Dirt" by WU LYF. I caught the video on pitchfork (mostly just listened to it) and really, really dug it. Tribal drums, electric organ drones, and post-comprehensible barked vocals. It reminds me a lot of the good songs on the first and third Animal Collective albums. But where the "other" tracks on the Animal Collective albums were noisy and impenetrable, I find that the other tracks by Wu LYF err in the other direction: it sounds like mid-90's shoegaze, but with those same guttural vocals. The results on 90% of the album are disappointing, but the mix on this one song is just perfect, and I hope to hear more songs like that on any future releases. Give it a listen.

If you search for the video, it flashes they lyrics above B&W images of riots. Avoid it, and imagine your own lyrics. I've got "No matter what they said, Ja Rule is not your friend"* at 2:20.

*Probably because he "F--- you crazy, then [he's] gone."[1]

Now spit yr wicked randomness.

Friday Music Day: June 17, 2011

I'm almost done with my summer mix. I've got about 105 minutes and CDs are only 80 minutes long. I might do like one 60 minute disc and one 35 minute disc to cover songs with cursing (like the Weeknd and Shabazz Palaces). Then I won't have to cut so much.

When previewing some of the songs last night, CER asked me about rapping. What is rapping? How is it different from singing? &c. I didn't really know how to explain it: singing without melody but more rhythm, talking with a beat. I figured it'd be easier to show her, so I filtered my iTunes to Hip-hop*, sorted by year. The earliest I have imported is Eric B and Rakim's Paid in Full, and that's all I have for the 80's (somewhere, my Slick Rick is sitting on a shelf, waiting to be imported). So I pulled up the title track and showed her the prototypical rap flow. After that, I skipped forward to Das EFX "They Want EFX", the Pharcyde "Passing Me By", and Cypress Hill "Loco en el Coco"**.

*I'm very diligent about genres in my iTunes. I keep it under a dozen. So, no distinctions between indie rock, classic rock, country rock, lo fi rock, prog rock, punk rock, folk rock, modern rock, etc. Just rock. (Though country rock might end up in country.)

**No need to screen for lyrical content if it's in Spanish.

I'd like to share more with her, maybe with a CD I could burn, or an iPod playlist (she borrows my wife's iPod -- full of P&W and folk-rock -- from time to time). It should all be clean in lyrics and subject (so nothing like the radio edit of "I Want to Get High"). I'm not even sure if what I played was halal enough. You got any suggestions? (It doesn't need to be stuff 20 or more years old like my first few there, newer stuff is just as good, I just don't know any of it by heart enough where I can make it to the skip button about two lines before the cussing, violence, drugs, or sex begins.)

Or, if you've got nothing (Cheaptoy, Rob, Beau), just drop your own random dozen.

Friday Music Day: June 10, 2011

I think this is the best song I've heard all year: "Wicked Games" by Canadian R&B singer the Weeknd. (Warning! Foul language!)
I love that it nearly shares a title with the Chris Isaak song, which had a foreboding feel, but never went this dark. This is so dark it's evil. If any other R&B sounded like this, I'd actually give the genre a better chance.

I left my girl back home
I don't love her no more

I keep listening over and over and over, dreaming about CJ.

You can get the whole album for free direct from him. Nothing else this great on one inattentive listen through.

There's a video on vimeo, too, which is pretty awesome, but it's got nudity and drug use, so you'll have to put in the legwork.

What've you got?

[PS. Soundcloud embeds don't seem to work, or this would have been even cooler.]

Friday Music Day: June 3, 2011

It's been a busy week for me, with only four days to get everything done. I haven't had time yet to read free's Pretenders review nor to take in any of Chuck James's greatness. This weekend should lighten up, but I've yet to see my "honeydew" list.

Got any music thoughts? Or just send your random list.

Friday Music Day: Memorial Weekend, 2011

For the past 7 or so summers, I've pieced together a mix CD for my wife and our sisters that's my attempt at, well, a Summer mix for that summer. I try to put together a pop collection of stuff I think is good and will be popular with all of us. (And I try to keep the lyrics kid-friendly.) I generally stick to broadly-defined "Pop," but that has included everything from Bonnie 'Prince' Billy to Buju Banton, White Stripes to Kanye West, Justin Timberlake to Zola Jesus, Taylor Swift to Sleigh Bells, and Grizzly Bear to Gang Gang Dance.

I'm just putting my thoughts together for this year (mix usually ready for the 4th of July), but here's what I've got so far:
EMA "Milkman"
Hooray for Earth "No Love"
Nicki Minaj "Super Bass"
Eric Copeland "Puerto Rican"
JKR70 presents Clay Hughes "The Love I Gave Ya"
I'm also thinking of maybe some Current 93, Fovea Hex, Andy Stott, and Gang Gang Dance, but that's already way too much weird for a year's worth of summers. I'm going to look into Adele (I haven't heard anything other than that she's HUGE), and maybe find good summer songs of the new Thurston Moore and Low LPs, but I'm very short on actual pop. I tried listening to about 15 minutes of KDWB and whatever became of B96, but that was difficult and those songs stunk.

So, you got any suggestions of upcoming new things that would be good? (I can especially use some help finding my obligatory country single.) Thanks much!