by Ubikkidus

Hello Friday!  We’ve got another 30 great songs for ya- some known, not so known, and totally unknown.

You can see all of our playlists at this link:   http://wp.me/p7oYBz-4d

We call it the archive, in case you need some musical ideas.  Let’s say you have a party that lasts 8 hours–you can combine our 4 lists and you’re 80% of the way there (as confident as we are, we do realize there are some songs you won’t want, and other songs you will).

Chiswick Radio–some for all, all for us.  Enjoy!

 

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Happy Friday!  Below is our Spotify playlist for the week.    We’re always happy when we have artists we’re not familiar with great tunes, and some fo them are below (including Bass Drum of Death, Preoccupations, Fantastic Negrito, K Check, Oberhofer, Ex Cops and Spencer Ludwig)

The Spencer Ludwig song “Diggy” we caught while watching the NFL on Thursday night, as it was featured in a Target commercial.  I hardly shop at Target, but appreciate the good tunes.

You can access our playlists by following our Spotify account (chiswickradio) or clicking on the archive link (http://wp.me/p7oYBz-4d) which takes you to a list of all the playlists.

Enjoy!

 

 

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Here are links to all of our playlists.    Will keep these updated (or at least try!).   These are all on Spotify as well at the account chiswickradio. Follow us!

 

Jukebox 5 release (Oct 20th 2016: http://wp.me/p7oYBz-4y

Oct 14th: http://wp.me/p7oYBz-4u

Oct 7th: Siesta

Sept 30th: http://wp.me/p7oYBz-4o

Sept 23rd: http://wp.me/p7oYBz-4l

Sept 16th: http://wp.me/p7oYBz-4e

Sept 9th: http://wp.me/p7oYBz-49

Sept 2nd: http://wp.me/p7oYBz-43

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Another week up here in the Boston area—sun is going down earlier, and football is here.  Still bringing the tunes here as the playlist below shows what we played on Twitter over the last week.  Lot more r&b/dance/hip hop, we will shake it up a little next week.

Unintentionally had “Let Love Rule” by Lenny Kravitz and “Cause I’m a Man” by Tame Impala together.  It’s pretty eerie listening to the two back to back.

Take a look at our quick write up on rock bands doing disco tunes.  Obviously, there have been more attempts at this but these are the ones we like.

It can be found here: http://wp.me/p7oYBz-47

Enjoy! And have a good weekend.

 

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It felt like a home was needed, or compartmentalized- – – for disco songs by rock bands.  Why did classic rock bands do disco songs? No one is going to confuse “Sympathy for the Devil” with “Miss You”–it’s totally different styes.  Here are my takeaways:

  • It was likely a hedge–there were people who did believe that disco was going to eviscerate rock music.  Consider a couple of disco songs an insurance policy against a band’s rock portfolio.  You know in case, disco armageddon came along.
  • A band wanted to prove that it could evolve it’s style with the times. Lets get out of Sgt Pepper  / Woodstock land for a few minutes.
  • Some of these guys (looking you at Mick Jagger) lived the disco lifestyle, the one I’ve always dreamed about. Wearing a white suit at Studio 54 with lots of cocaine.
  • They just wanted to dance a little.

With all of that said, here are a few of our favorites:

Rolling Stones – Dance Pt. 1

 

Rolling Stones – Miss You

Rod Stewart – Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?

Grateful Dead – Shakedown Street

I Was Made for Loving You – Kiss

Goodnight Tonight – Wings

Trampled Under Foot – Led Zeppelin (ok, it’s not disco but it’s close)

 

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The greatest playlist ever created in the first week of September 2016.

 

Heading into the labor day weekend, below is the 2 hour playlist that played out over Twitter this week.  We received some good feedback on the flow and direction and will look to keep churning this out on a weekly basis.

Hope you enjoy the playlist, some for all, all for us. Have a good weekend, stay off the roads.

 

 

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Every week, Spotify creates a playlist for it’s listeners based on it’s listening habits. In other words, it’s trying to figure out our musical algorithm.  For a while it had been serving me up a lot of retro sounding songs, so when Babe Ruth’s “The Mexican” came up, I figured it was another newish song paying tribute to the good ol’ days.

There were some hints in here that the song was older though, the 70’s style progressive guitar work and the sound of a keyboard that didn’t sound retro, just old. But it had a lot of funky elements to it, like the bass line, the beat and even the vocals that sounded like something you would hear today.

After hearing it 2-3 times, I finally looked it up.  The song is almost 45 years old and I’m wondering how it got by my radar all this time.

Not only that, but the song has been covered and sampled many times in dance and hip hop music, including Wu-Tang Clan, N.E.R.D, and even the metal band Helloween (I think I had to list this one because that is a great retro name for a metal band).

Wikipedia even says that a portion of “Planet Rock” by Afrika Bambaataa uses it, but it doesn’t seem material after listening to it for the umpteenth time.  Here is a writeup on the song and those who have used it.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Mexican_%28song%29

The Mexican is getting at least weekly play on one of our playlists and it is a nice changeup you can throw in with a batch of music.

 

 

 

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We are kickin it into the weekend, and not just the J.Cole Remix of the Tribe’s tune (the last song on the playlist, which is a good remix, but stay away from the Pharrell remix of Bonita Applebaum).

We’re bringing back the Player / Nicolette Larson era, plus the Philly/SoCal connection of The War on Drugs, and the line that goes from REO Speedwagon to Drake.

A lot of retro stuff here, time to freshen it up for next week.

Enjoy the weekend.

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Upon first hearing “Under The Pressure”, the 2014 song by the Philadelphia-based band The War on Drugs, a picture comes to mind.

But the immediate first thought was that this was the best Jackson Browne song I never heard. And that’s meant as a compliment.

It has that feeling of Southern California emptiness and dysfunction you read about (or Hollywood portrays).   The reality is that emptiness and dysfunction occur everywhere, but hey, it’s better presented in a convertible, going down the 101, with a beautiful sunset over the Pacific.

This song is a perfect complement to the FM rock of Fleetwood Mac, Jackson Browne, and The Eagles.  And these guys are from Philly!!!

Rock on.

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I really don’t have much to say on this one. I’ll just say these songs are ubiquitous.  You can hear them anywhere—YouTube, the car, Spotify, Pandora, Apple Music, the supermarket, the dentist’s office, ahem, the elevator.   OK that’s enough. .

There is a time and place for this music and everyone’s is different.   That’s what makes music amazing, and that is why these nuggets will always be on one of my playlists.

 

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