We kind of went off-roading this week on various tracks. Our love for hockey (Fluxland), new stuff, (Empire of the Sun, Beach Slang, Against Me!) classic stuff (Elton John, AC/DC, Run-DMC), a mini-deep dive on Urge Overkill, sampled music and other stuff. Enjoy and remember we keep all the playlists here:(http://wp.me/p7oYBz-4d) which are at 150 songs and counting. You can also follow us on Spotify (chiswickradio) and access all our playllsts.
Enjoy the weekend!
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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.
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
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.
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).
A lot of retro stuff here, time to freshen it up for next week.
Enjoy the weekend.
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!!!
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.
This won’t take long. These songs are about 35 years a part, and it’s possible (depending on your demographic and taste) you might like either, both or neither.
Rarely do we get into lyrics here, but both of these songs go into undefined intimate relationships. There is something going on here–we don’t know if it’s love, but there is DEFINITELY something up. Some might call it sketchy, friends with benefits, adulterous, we just don’t know. It’s the murk that many of us don’t experience but all of us are 1 degree of separation away from someone in that mode.
In both “Hotline Bling” by Drake and “Take It On The Run” by REO Speedwagon, the message is:
There’s something going on between us (undefined), something has changed, and now you’re doing something with someone or some other people, I don’t know exactly what’s going on, I’m not officially condemning it, but at one point my passive aggressiveness will plummet this whole relationship if it keeps up.
Someone else can do the psychology around it, I just found it interesting the whole half-committed shot across the bow that both of these songs provide.
It’s hot and sticky here in Boston, so we cranked this playlist real quick and find some cold water to jump into. Great mix of stuff here, including the internationally known, on the surface and lurking in the murky.
Hope you enjoyed our pieces this week on Fantastic Negrito and Tacocat who are headlining our playlist. Always a joy to come into contact with new sounds that get us going. Also had to throw in some Unknown Mortal Orchestra (the friggin UMO was on Conan recently!!) and “Coffin Nails” from MF Doom (again, a 10 second instrumental played 17 times).
Have a great weekend (unless you’re Tacocat).
I’ve got a lot of respect for the blues, but don’t carry much in the arsenal. The main reason is I’m a song guy, and a lot of the blues are based on one riff that keeps plowing throughout the song. I do like it, and especially like it in a live setting but it doesn’t necessarily make it one of my playlists.
Which brings me to Fantastic Negrito. I can listen to his material all day. If you haven’t heard “Lost in a Crowd” or “An Honest Man”, click on the link above and below.
This to me, is blues, but they are well crafted songs as well, not just a jam. There are 3 things done great by the Fantastic One (can I call you that?): 1) Excellent soulful vocals with intensity–nothing casual here, 2)Nice riffs, and 3) my favorite- well written lyrics and the composition of a song.
This all sounds obvious like the ABC’s of making a great song, but it’s great to hear it in a blues setting. Needless to say the Fantastic Negrito is in my playlists now.