February 9th, 2017 by Ubikkidus

I will keep this very brief.   I did a deep dive of the Strokes catalog on Spotify, and pulled the songs that I thought merited being on this Stokes playlist (I like to call it a “digital box set”).

Admittedly, this list is weighed heavy on the first album “This Is It”—- as almost every song appears on it.  I’m sure I will get it from someone for the two songs I left off (and don’t get me started on “New York City Cops”) .

But there is some balance here with songs from every album, including an independent single and the recent EP.

The Strokes have been a great band, the last 15 years. The only issue was their first album will be the most highly regarded fom now until eternity—there was no rising action—we were at the top of the mountain from the beginning.   But, the entire catalog is definitely worth going through a few times.

There are 31 songs here that come in a little under two hours. Enjoy.

 

 

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September 30th, 2016 by Ubikkidus

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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September 16th, 2016 by Ubikkidus

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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August 29th, 2016 by Ubikkidus

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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