Archive for the 'mixes everyone should hear' Category

08
Mar
12

mixes everyone should hear: coyote – play your dulcimer, i’ll play my guitar

AOR posted this little mix the other day from Coyote, and after finally giving it the listen it deserved, I feel I can give it the AESO seal of approval and recommend it to all.

What really caught my ear was the vibe, Coyote makes one great selection after another and they all feel similar…yet different at the same time.  There are some tracks on here you may never have heard of, and some that you might know a little( probably not,) but the overall listening experience is mellow, smooth and highly enjoyable.  Like an impromptu wine party that starts around six and ends with you waking up on the floor the next morning wondering where your pants are.  Here’s the set list:

judy tzuke….for you
michael franks….when blackbirds fly
lucio battisti….amarisi un po
gypsy kings…..trista pena
jonathan wilson….can we really party today?
boz scaggs….hercules
the souther hillman furay band….border town
mink deville….spanish stroll
johhny bristol….woman woman
supertramp….child of vision
ORS….Indian reservation
george accrue….rock your baby
jerry williams….easy on yourself
china crisis….king in a catholic stance
Personally, I went a little gaga for that Michael Fransk number in the beginning.  What a tune!
Download it over at AOR: HERE!
28
Dec
11

mixes everyone should hear: dj neil armstrong – music for when nobody’s looking

And, I’m back.  I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday, because I got an extra present for all of you.

Do you have any guilty pleasures of the musical variety?  Of course you do.  We all do.  I may get somewhat snobbish about my Led Zeppelin collection, but part of me still pines for Def Leppard.  Luckily DJ Neil Armstrong came along and made this mix full of nothing but guilty pleasures called “Music for When Nobody’s Looking.”

On a personal note, I have been desperately awaiting a new mix from Neil for some time because, as those of you who read this blog may have figured out, I simply love his dirty drawers.  As far as I am concerned the man can do no wrong, and he has a real knack for mining my formative years for tunes that hit all the right spots, mixed with style and reverence.  I discovered this mix last night, and immediately bought, downloaded and digested the entire thing within an hour.

Why?

Because I wouldn’t waste your time if the mix sucked.

It doesn’t, and here’s a little sample of what you’ll be getting:

And while I wish I could float you a free download, I can now honestly tell you that the $6.50 I spent via PayPal for the download was totally worth it.  Check the set list:

Good Bad Music

1) introduction – guilty as charged
2) Say Say Say Michael Jackson & Paul McCartney
3) Everything She Wants – Wham
4) The Right Stuff – New Kids on the Block
5) Ladies Night – Kool & the Gang
6) The Rhythm of the Night – El Debarge
7) Give me the Night – George Benson
8) Stay with me Tonight – Jeffrey Osborne
9) Caribbean Queen – Billy Ocean
10) She’s Fresh – Kool & the Gang
11) Say It Isn’t So – Hall & Oates
12) Time – Culture Club
13) You Are – Lionel Richie
14) Never Gonna Give You Up – Rick Astley

The Kareoke Section

15) Eternal Flame – Bangles
16) I Can’t Fight this Feeling Anymore – REO Speedwagon
17) Keep on Loving You – REO Speedwagon
18) Home Sweet Home – Motley Crue
19) Hey There Delilah – Plain White T’s
20) I Want It That Way – Backstreet Boy’s
21) LFO (Lyte Funkie Ones)- Summer Girls
22) I’ll Be Loving You Forever – New Kids on the Block
23) Faithfully – Journey
24) Against All Odds = Phil Collins

The Sleazy 80’s

25) Boom Boom (Let’s Go Back to My Room) – Paul Lekakis
26) We Don’t Have to Take Our Clothes Off- Jermaine Stewart
27) He’s So Shy – Pointer Sisters
28) Heat of the Moment – Asia
29) Your Love – The Outfield
30) Easy Lover – Philip Bailey & Phil Collins
31) Private Eyes – Hall & Oates
32) Jesse’s Girl – Rick Springfield
33) Photograph – Def Leppard
34) You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi

The Pretty 80’s

35) Total Eclipse of the Heart – (The Dan Band / Bonnie Tyler )
36) Time After Time – Cyndi Lauper
37) We Belong – Pat Benatar

HunkaBunkas, Club Abyss, Joey’s in Clifton…

38) Another Night – Real McCoy
39) This Is your Night – Amber
40) This Is the Rhythm of the Night – Corona
41) Rhythm Is A Dancer – Snap!
42) Where Do You Go – No Mercy
43) Better Off Alone – Alice DeeJay song
44) Blue (Da Ba Dee) – Eiffel 65
45) SandStorm – Darude
46) All Night Long – Lionel Richie

If this sounds like the kind of shit that would tickle your fancy, or maybe the fancy of an important audiophile in your life, then grab yourself a copy from Neil’s site HERE!  Hard copy CD is $10, but digital download is only $6.50.  That’s a fuckin bargain.

05
Dec
11

artists everyone should follow: psychemagik

It is no easy task to DJ for other people.  Imagine going to work at your job and every five minutes some complete stranger walks up to you to tell you how they think you should do your job.  Because, at their core, most DJ’s aren’t interested in being your personal jukebox.  They don’t want to play the new Britney Spears for you, they want to play things you’ve never heard before and make you freak out on them.

This is not an easy task because most people don’t want to hear music they don’t already recognize, let alone try and dance to it. They want to hear the same top 40 crap the radio shits out every day. I don’t think I’ll ever understand this, but thats just me.

But one group that manages to play a lot of obscure old tracks and actually make them feel accessible is Psychmagik.  I worship at the alter of these guys and every remix, re-edit or mix they put out is pure gold…as the remix they did of Fleetwood Mac above can testify to.  Also check out their “Blackout ’77 Mix” below.  This is some top notch ear food here.

There is also this little gem of a two hour mix called “Sunrise” that they dropped the other week.  Pure magic!  Download it over at Test Pressing HERE.  Below you’ll also find their amazing remix of Tony Joe White, who you may recall also rocks.

Or this little psychedelic beat heavy number:

If these tracks don’t hook you then I can’t be of any more assistance today.  Good day.

Follow them on SOUNDCLOUD HERE.

Or FACEBOOOK HERE.

10
Nov
11

mixes everyone should hear: blood bros – first blood & heaven 2 hell

If you were at all like myself back in the eighties and early nineties, you probably enjoyed some fantastic shlock action films like the Rocky series, Over the Top and The Last Dragon.  And if you admit to enjoying great cinema like that, you also have to admit to enjoying thehair band power tracks that usually accompanied said films.  Well Dirty South Joe and DJ A enjoyed these things as well…so much so that they took some of their favorite tracks and made a mix that follows the general story line of film like this: training, the fight and eventual victory.  It will make you feel pumped, excited and a little ashamed all at once and that is no rare feat.

And they are kind enough to provide a free download as well!


Now fast forward a few months and our DJ duo are back with part 2 (Also free download! There is also an apparent part three on the way BTW)

This one follows the same formula as the first, but with tracks from Scarface, Top Gun and Gleaming the Cube to name a few.  Personally, I enjoy any mix with Kenny Loggin’s “Danger Zone” in it.  To be honest, I picked these up a few months ago and finally got around to listening to them the other day.  I didn’t want to drop em on you before I gave them a good listen to ensure you got the highest quality available.

They are associated with Hypetrak magazine, which can be found HERE, and on Soundcloud HERE.  Check em out, there is a lot of good stuff up in there!  Keep an eye out for part three coming soon!

27
Sep
11

music sites everyone should visit: resident advisor

I am constantly amazed at what can be found on the internet for free.  Free maps, free information, free pictures…free porn.  But my all time favorite is the amount of free music you can find with a simple click of the mouse, and one of my favorite places to do this is over at Resident Advisor.

Founded in 2001 as a site to cover the Australian dance music scene, it quickly outgrew it’s regional focus within a year and began a more global focus on electronic music from all over.  The site is full of all kinds of articles, reviews,  information, DJ charts, upcoming event listings, tickets and most notably podcasts.

(Note: try googling podcasts sometime.  You’ll find all kinds of stuff)

It’s the podcasts that really set RA apart from other music sites because they get some of the best and brightest musicians, DJs and producers to make mixes for them every week.  and if you sign up with them, you get em all for free.  I know what you’re thinking.  Another site that wants my info…blah blah blah.  They’ll send me emails, and spam and everything will suck.

True…maybe.  But that’s why you open a separate email account just for these purposes, because the music is worth it.

Previous podcast mixes of note came from such luminaries as Greg Wilson, DJ Harvey, Trus’me, The Orb, Todd Terje and Richie Hawtin.  But aside from the guys you know and love, you’ll discover a slew of names and styles you may never have heard of.  There’s also a Soundcloud page where it appears they are posting mixes of their monthly picks.

Here is one of my favorite mixes from 2008 from Aeroplane, which still gets played in my car from time to time. Download em, check em out…and then head over to RA for more.

RA 114 – Aeroplane

Because there’s always more.

21
Sep
11

mixes everyone should hear: dj same – rock edits for aor disco

Yeah…I know I kind of bow at the alter of AOR Disco these days, but they do kind of deserve it and you should visit their site, book mark it and check that shit regularly.  And I still believe that Adult Oriented Rock is the new Heavy Metal.

DJ Same really kills it here with smooth transitions and blends that are on point as well as in key.  That, and his selection is top notch.  Check the set list.

01. Whistle Test
02. Two Tribes – Frankie Goes to Hollywood(Annihilation)(Wu Tang Edit)
03. The Isley Brothers Don’t Live Here Anymore – Heavenly Mash
<<The Isley Brothers – Footsteps in the Dark (Vins Edit)
<<Rose Royce – Love Don’t Live Here Anymore (LNTG Rework)
04. The Eagles – Tell Me Why (Tony Jacolone Edit)
05. Thunderclap Newman – Something in the Air (DeepSoundDesignRemix)
06. Saint Etienne – Sun in my Morning (The Starkiller’s I Love The Smell Of Balearic Piano Disco In The Morning Remix)
07. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On (A Jimmy Michaels Mix)
08. James Taylor – Something In The Way She Moves (BP’s ‘Feelin’ Fine In The Countryside’ Dub)
09. Amy Holland – Strengthen my Love (Northern Rascal Stronger Edit 2011)
10. Dr. Hook – Sexy Eyes (BP’s Edit)
11. Carole King – It’s Too Late (Tony Jacalone Edit)
12. Jaye P Morgan – Let’s Get Together (Ole Smokey’s Looking For Love Edit)
13. Rayko_Em_Vee_-_All_Around_The_Watchtower
14. Young Edits – Smiling At You (Young Edits Going Home Version)
15. Chicken Lips – Sweet Cow (mikeBurns Twisted Disco Version)
16. Talking Heads – Take Me To The River (AC’s Live Jam Re-Edit)
17. ZZ Top – Gimme all your Lovin’ (Scratchandsniff’s Beardy Rerub)
18. Christopher Cross – Ride like the Wind (Henry’s Lost Disco Mix)
19. Ace – How Long (Tony Jacolone Edit)
20. Fleetwood Mac – Hypnotized (Zambon Edit)

This mix is free to download (just click on the arrow on the right side of the play window for the download link) and will make you happier than any commercial garbage out there.  Better yet, if you find a specific remix on here that you like…chances are you can also download it from Soundcloud.

Don’t sleep, this one is pretty special.

 

16
Sep
11

mixes everyone should hear: amerigo gazawa – fela soul

This is so genius that I am smacking the side of my head right now for not thinking of it sooner.

Gummy Soul artist Amerigo Gazawa took a slew of Fela Kuti samples and mashed them up with a handpicked selection of De La Soul accapellas to create “Fela Soul.” 8 tracks and 33 minutes of musical awesome sauce. Here’s what the man had to say:

“I came up with the concept for this project in fall of 2010. I wanted to follow through with it not only because it was a good idea, but because of the powerful impact both these artists have had on me and my music. Afrobeat, jazz, funk, and hip-hop are already so interconnected, and I always thought it would be exciting to work on a project that combined all of these elements together.”

“I hope this project will help to bridge the gap between hip-hop and afrobeat, and serve an introduction for hip-hop fans and music fans alike who are unfamiliar with Fela Kuti or De La Soul’s music.”

-Amerigo Gazaway

So if you are having a shit week, and you were quietly asking yourself what could possibly make things better AND you also had a deep love of both Afro-Beat and De La Soul…well then, dear listeners, this one goes out to you!

And do you know what puts the cherry on top of this musical sundae?  It’s fucking free!

That’s right, thank you internets…free music for all!  Download it HERE.  You will need to sign up your email for the Gummy Soul mailing list, but the worst thing that could happen is that they send you music news and maybe more mixtapes.




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