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July’s Music Mindblower

Beach Blanket Boom Box

Remember when you loaded your sweet boom-box up with 8 D batteries and lugged it down to the beach so that you could listen to your favorite jams while getting your Hawaiian Tropic SPF 4 tanning oil covered body just one more shade darker?  Ah, those were the days.  With Summer now in full swing, I can’t help but look back on those beach days when all you needed was a towel and some tunes.  In honor of those lazy days in the sand, sun, and surf, I have put together a few playlists with some of my old and new favorites.  Enjoy and share some of your favorites, too!

Bypass Backspin (songs of my youth)

Summertime: DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince

Scenario: A Tribe Called Quest

Hip-hop Junkies: Nice and Smooth

Saturday: De La Soul

Rebirth of Slick (Cool like Dat): Digable Planets

Passin’ me by: Pharcyde

Vivrant Thing: Q-Tip

Here Come the Lords: Lords of the Underground

Born to Roll: Master Ace

Posse on Broadway: Sir-Mix-A-Lot

Get it Together: Beastie Boys

Country Grammar: Nelly

Around the Way Girl: LL Cool J

Party Up: DMX

Deja Vu: Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz

Everyday People: Arrested Development

Misterdobalina: Del Tha Funky Homosapien

Breathe: Fabulous

Where the Road Ends (songs of my no-so-youth)

Awake my Body: Alexander

Windows are Rolled Down: Amos Lee

Daydreaming: Middle Brother

Sydney (I’ll Come Running): Brett Dennen

Once and Future Carpenter: The Avett Brothers

Old Before Your Time: Ray Lamontagne

Cornbread and Butterbeans: Carolina Chocolate Drops

Rebel Side of Heaven: Langhorne Slim

Getting Over Your Love: Holy Ghost Tent Revival

Raise a Rukus: Old Crow Medicine Show

Time Spent in Los Angeles: Dawes

Little Silver Ring: The Samples (an oldie but a goodie)

Lost in my Mind: The Head and the Heart

My Baby Don’t Lie: Nicole Atkins

Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa: Vampire Weekend

Marlene: Lightspeed Champion

Breath of Love: David Mayfield Parade

At the Beach: The Avett Brothers

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March’s Music Mindblower

Shake ya bones!

Although I am pretty sure I am way behind on this bandwagon, I am officially naming March’s Music Mindblower as Girl Talk’s “All Day” master-mix.  This 71 minute mash-up of rock, rap, Motown, R&B, country, and everything in between solidifies my love for a great remix.  While the entire 71 minutes can be broken down into 12 separate tracks, it is best listened to as a completely fluid creation.  For each track, Girl Talk almost effortlessly lays down sample on top of sample to create a polished product that leaves you dancing in your seat while scratching your head and saying, “How the hell did he think of putting those tracks together?”  For example, the first track, titled “Oh No” is a tapestry of 22 different songs ranging from Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” to Jay-Z and Alicia Keys “Empire State of Mind“.  The sixth track, “On and On“, starts with James Brown’s “Funky Drummer” and King Floyd’s “Groove Me” sandwiched in between slices of Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love” and Notorious B.I.G’s “Nasty Boy“.  Seriously?  While I could live without all of the explicit lyrics, Girl Talk makes up for all of that by bringing musical genres together in a way just makes your day better.  Do yourself a favor and check it out.  Hopefully I am not the last person on earth to have experienced this masterpiece.  For a little extra bonus, check out the Mashup Breakdown to see the arrangement of the samples in each track.  This took someone some serious time.  Enjoy!

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