July 2022 Mix

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Spider Bags

Another good month for good music. Also a good month for trying to move your iTunes library and accidentally deleting half your playlists :-(

  • Dehd – Bad Love: Evocative of the 80s without being derivative. Can’t wait to see them at Hopscotch.
  • Quelle Chris – Deathfame: A rapper who crafts albums that seem to capture the current zeitgeist (things kinda suck!) but does so with a sense of humor and an eye for detail. Can’t wait to see him at Hopscotch.
  • Tha God Fahim – Dump Gawd: Shot Clock King Vol. 3 / One Thousand And One Nights: Two EPs = a good album. Fahim’s a funny one for me as he’s not super technical, but something about his voice/deliver/content still does it for me.
  • Elucid – I Told Bessie: Last month we had Billy Woods’ solo album, now we’ve got the other half of Armand Hammer with a great solo effort.
  • The Intelligence – Un-Psychedelic in Peavey City: 2019 album that I missed from a dramatically underrated band.
  • Conway – What Has Been Blessed Cannot Be Cursed / Organized Grime 2: 2 mixtapes/mini-albums that I enjoyed more than his “official” album from earlier this year.

Honorable mention to Angel Olsen, Duke Deuce, Knucks, Boldy James & Real Bad Man, The Smile, Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon, and Martin Courtney.

On to the mix:

1) Dehd – Bad Love
2) The Intelligence – Auteur Detour
3) Shark Toys – Advice On Arrest
4) The Smile – You Will Never Work in Television Again
5) Mr. 2-17 – Strong Arm Flexin
6) Duke Deuce – JUST SAY THAT (feat. Glorilla)
7) Maxo Kream – JIGGA DAME
8) Pharrell Williams – Cash In Cash Out (feat. 21 Savage & Tyler, The Creator)
9) Duke Deuce – I GET CRUNK
10) P-Lo – Good (feat. Larry June)
11) Knucks & Stormzy – Die Hard
12) Dehd – Empty In My Mind
13) Michael Rault – All Night Long
14) Green Sahara – Set 2 Expire
15) Spike Vincent – Get Over It
16) E L U C I D – Betamax
17) Trillmatic x Conway – Chop 22
18) E L U C I D, Billy Woods – Mangosteen
19) Conway & Big Ghost Ltd – Sunday Sermon feat. Jae Skeese
20) Armand Hammer – Codex Giga (prod. by August Fanon)
21) Lord Jah-Monte Ogbon – THE SNEAKY LINK PART 2
22) Tha God Fahim x Nicholas Craven – Mr. Microphone Menace
23) The Greys – Stay Focused (feat. Quelle Chris)
24) Quelle Chris – So Tired You Can’t Stop Dreaming (feat. Navy Blue)
25) Martin Courtney – Outcome
26) Angel Olsen – Right Now

June 2022 Mix

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War on Drugs

Lots of good albums this past month

  • Billy Woods – Aethiopes: Dark, challenging, boundary-pushing, yet still dope.
  • Black Star – No Fear of Time: Did it live up to my sky-high expectations? Probably not, but I’m hungry enough for new Yasiin that I’ll put up with Kweli and a recycled Madlib beat or two.
  • Kurt Vile – (watch my moves): The last four or so tracks of Vile just dicking around almost ruined the album for me. Then I remembered I can just delete those songs and have a pretty amazing 11-track album.
  • Kevin Morby – This is a Photograph: Probably not my favorite Morby album, but still fantastic. Can’t wait to see him in October.
  • Dreamville – D-Day: A Gangsta Grillz Mixtape: I’m by no means a big Dreamville guy, but every song on here’s at least pretty good (and many are very good). And I’m a sucker for DJ Drama. If I were a billionaire, I’d hire him to narrate my life.
  • Pusha T – It’s Almost Dry: I am, by every means, a huge Pusha T guy, and I think it’s Pusha’s strongest solo album yet. Can’t wait to see him in October, too.

On to the mix:

1) Action Bronson – Jaguar
2) Tha God Fahim – Iron Mic (Prod. By Camoflauge Monk)
3) Billy Woods – Wharves
4) Black Star – My favorite band
5) Billy Woods – Versailles (feat. Despot)
6) Chronixx – Never Give Up
7) Kurt Vile – Palace of OKV in Reverse
8) Kevin Morby – This Is a Photograph
9) Kurt Vile – Like Exploding Stones
10) Black Star – o.G.
11) Tha God Fahim – Love N Hate (Prod. By Nicholas Craven)
12) Mach-Hommy – Trigonometry
13) Flee Lord & Mephux – Out the Mud
14) Oswin Benjamin & Demrick – 25TH HR
15) Ibeyi & Jorja Smith – Lavender & Red Roses
16) Cookiee Kawaii – Is U Mad!?
17) Knucks & Sl – Nice & Good
18) Dreamville & Bas – Lifestyle (feat. A$AP Ferg)
19) Big K.R.I.T. & Girl Talk – Fly The Coop
20) Pusha T – Let The Smokers Shine The Coupes
21) Gunplay – Pull Da Mask Up (feat. Young Breed & Spook loc)
22) Dreamville, JID & J. Cole – Stick (feat. Kenny Mason & Sheck Wes)
23) Pusha T – Diet Coke
24) Real Bad Man, The Alchemist & Boldy James – Pot of Gold (feat. Stove God Cooks & Evidence)

New Jersey

May 2022 Mix

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Some albums I liked when I got to kick it in Spain

  • Curren$y x The Alchemist – Continuance: Two greats tastes that taste great together.
  • Holy Wave – Interloper: Some laid back psych rock.
  • Cate LeBon – Crab Day: Somehow I never realized LeBon put out this album in 2016. Like everything else she does, it’s weird and great.
  • Tanya Morgan – Don & Von: Grown-man rap can be boring, or it can scratch my grown-man sweet spot. This is very much the latter.

Honorable mention to Isaiah Rashad, Homeboy Sandman, and Fly Anakin.

On to the mix:

1) Bandmanrill – Heartbroken
2) Pharrell Williams, A$AP Ferg & Nigo – Paper Plates
3) The Cool Kids & Larry June – ALL OR NOTHING
4) Isaiah Rashad – RIP Young (feat. Project Pat & Juicy J) (Remix)
5) Denzel Curry – Walkin
6) Isaiah Rashad – Lay Wit Ya (feat. Duke Deuce)
7) Curren$y x The Alchemist – Corvette Rally Stripes (feat. Havoc & Wiz Khalifa)
8) Benny The Butcher – Weekends In The Perry’s (feat. Boldy James)
9) Homeboy Sandman – Feels so Good to Cry
10) Tanya Morgan; Nappy Nina – A-Team
11) Fly Anakin – Class Clown (Interlude)
12) Your Old Droog & Mach-Hommy – Scooby Snacks
13) Elzhi x Georgia Anne Muldrow – Strangeland
14) Homeboy Sandman – Epiphany
15) Mello Music Group – Going Swell (feat. Quelle Chris)
16) Tanya Morgan – Von P Scratch Interlude
17) Tony Touch – No, No, No feat Heltah Skeltah & Starang Wondah
18) Kip – Lump Sums (feat. Jayy Grams)
19) Fly Anakin & Madlib – No Dough
20) Tha God Fahim – Stuck In My Dumpin Ways
21) Khruangbin & Leon Bridges – B-Side
22) Holy Wave – Schmetterling
23) Cate Le Bon – Crab Day
24) Cate Le Bon – What’s Not Mine

March 2022 Mix

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Some albums that came off the top rope:

  • WifiGawd – CHAIN OF COMMAND: After making a drop-in during Earl Sweatshirt’s set up in DC, my vote for must underrated rapper (Heat Check Vol. 2 stays on repeat) dropped another good one.
  • Cate Le Bon – Pompeii: She’s weird, she’s Welsh, and she makes great music (also puts on a great live show).

Honorable mention to Spoon, Earl Sweatshirt, and Cat Power. Also shout out to Mixtape Riot…one of the few remaining music blogs for consistently dropping amazing tunes that are outside my radar. If you hear a funky song that makes you want to dance (including three from this mix), I probably got it from Chuck Wild.

On to the mix:

1) WiFiGawd – Fuck What Ya Heard
2) $Not & A$AP Rocky – Doja
3) 2 Chainz – Million Dollars Worth of Game (feat. 42 Dugg)
4) Earl Sweatshirt – Titanic
5) Nardo Wick – Baby WYD (Feat. Lekyah)
6) King Von & 21 Savage – Don’t Play That
7) Nigo & A$AP Rocky – Arya
8) WiFiGawd – 4 My Skaters
9) Honey Dijon & Tim K – Why (feat. Nomi Ruiz)
10) Social Lovers – Higher
11) Falana – Joy
12) Amber Mark – One
13) Cate Le Bon – Remembering Me
14) Earl Sweatshirt – 2010
15) Cate Le Bon – Moderation
16) Mama Llama – Wrecked The Jaguar
17) 2 Chainz – Vlad TV (feat. Stove God Cooks, Symba & Major Myjah)
18) Nicholas Craven & Evidence – Breaking Atoms
19) Tha God Fahim x Nicholas Craven – Shot Clock Legend
20) Buckwild – Drop Kick (feat. Boldy James & Soll Badd)
21) Your Old Droog & Tha God Fahim – Wall St With Briefcase
22) Spoon – My Babe
23) Cat Power – Bad Religion
24) Spoon – Held
25) Kotomichi – Waiting For You

February 2022 Mix

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Earl

Albums I was digging to start the year:

Honorable mention to some 2021 releases I had missed: Clinic, Curren$y, and Conway. On to the mix:

1) Monaleo – Beating Down Yo Block
2) Chief Keef – See Through
3) OMB Bloodbath – Don’t Do It
4) Cochise – Sanji
5) Trippie Redd / Playboi Carti – Miss The Rage
6) Big Boi & Sleepy Brown – Sucka Free (ft. Killer Mike)
7) Rick Ross – Warm Words in a Cold World (feat. Wale & Future)
8) Clinic – Fantasy Island
9) Smirk – Death To Smirk
10) Night Beats – Outta Mind
11) Smirk – So Original
12) Chris Crack – Squirting Just Pee
13) Curren$y x Harry Fraud – Key West Classic (feat. Styles P)

14) Nicholas Craven & Boldy James – Yzerman
15) Earl Sweatshirt – Tabula Rasa (feat. Armand Hammer)
16) Mach-Hommy – Toothsome (feat. Tha God Fahim)
17) Tha God Fahim x Nicholas Craven – Bitter End
18) Conway the Machine – 6:30 Tip Off
19) Sean Price – Freestyle Feat. Thirstin Howl III & Master Fuol
20) 2 Hungry Bros – Greater Love (feat. Homeboy Sandman)
21) Joel Gion – Yes

22) Elephant Stone – Setting Sun
23) Clinic – Take A Chance
24) Holy Wave – Interloper
25) Mach-Hommy – Closer

Bam Bam

2021 Top Albums/Losers Mix

2021 Favorite Hip-Hop Albums

  • Armand Hammer x The Alchemist – Haram
  • Boldy James x Real Bad Man – Real Bad Boldy
  • Navy Blue – Song Of Sage: Post Panic!
  • Westside Gunn – Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Sincerely Adolf
  • YL – Jesus Is My Homeboy

2021 Favorite Garage/Punk Albums

  • Clamm – Beseech Me
  • Meatbodies – 333

2021 Favorite Indie Rock Albums

  • Cory Hanson – Pale Horse Rider
  • Alex Bleeker – Heaven On the Faultline
  • The War on Drugs – I Don’t Live Here Anymore

2021 Other Faves

  • Lee Paradise – The Fink
  • Yves Tumor – Heaven To A Tortured Mind
  • Madlib – Sound Ancestors

2021 Best Mach-Hommy Albums

  • Mach-Hommy – Pray for Haiti
  • Mach-Hommy – Bulletproof Luh
  • Mach-Hommy – Balens Cho (Hot Candles)

2021 Losers Mix

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The 2021 songs that just missed the cut of the monthly mixes and still deserve some shine:

1) Bad Boy Chiller Crew – German Engineering
2) Travis Porter – Like Dat
3) Lil Gray – Talkin Fly feat Lil Dude
4) Eatem – Go Get Yo Fuckin Brotha
5) Bizzy Banks – Cool Off
6) Pop Smoke – AP
7) Pink Siifu x Fly Anakin x Liv.E – Mind Right
8) Yves Tumor – Gospel For A New Century
9) The Peacers – Ghost of a Motherfucker
10) Acid Dad – 2 Face
11) Clamm – Liar
12) Meatbodies – Cancer
13) Westside Gunn; Boldy James – 716 Mile
14) Your Old Droog x Tha God Fahim x Pharoahe Monch – Slam Dunk Contest
15) Boldy James x Real Bad Man – Good Foot (feat. Mooch & Rigz)
16) Flee Lord; Roc Marciano – Trim the Fat (feat. Stove God Cooks)
17) Fiend – Legacy
18) Southside Hoodlum – SLIDE
19) Cory Hanson – Paper Fog
20) La Luz – In the Country
21) Alex Bleeker – Twang
22) Chris Crack – Sheesh Lets Go Joe
23) Curren$y – Easy Hard (feat. Guapdad 4000)
24) Larry June – Matcha Wit Harry
25) 1k. – Bikes (feat. Sylvan Lacue) (Remix)
26) Theravada – I Keep Having Visions
27) Navy Blue – Sea Bass

December 2021 Mix

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Albums I was thinking about when I got to do some New Mexico hikes:

Honorable mentions to Parquet Courts, La Luz, Your Old Droog, Maxo Kream, and YL.

On to the mix

1) YL – Beef (feat. Starker)
2) Southside Hoodlum – T.H.U.G.
3) Kodak Black – Killing The Rats
4) Key Glock – Bill Gates
5) YL – Chelsea (feat. Papo2oo4)
6) Lukah – GLASSHOUSES
7) Maxo Kream – GREENER KNOTS
8) Key Glock – Juicemane
9) Southside Hoodlum – GOSPEL
10) Mach-Hommy – LABOU
11) Minus Group – Black Shadow
12) The War On Drugs – Victim
13) Parquet Courts – Walking at a Downtown Pace
14) La Luz – Metal Man

15) Dry Cleaning – Magic of Meghan
16) Parquet Courts – Homo Sapien
17) Your Old Droog – 2001: A Space Yodyssey
18) Nolan The Ninja – Kool (Feat. Homeboy Sandman)
19) Solemn Brigham – My Way
20) Mach-Hommy – LAJAN SAL
21) J-Live – Eleven Nine
22) Solemn Brigham – Dirty Whip
23) Lukah – ERMINE (feat. Estee Nack)
24) Roc Marciano & Nicholas Craven – 1000 Mile Stare
25) Your Old Droog – Cosmonaut

November 2021 Mix

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Not sure there were many great albums for me in November. Amyl and the Sniffers and Westside Gunn (Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Side B) were pretty good.

On to the mix:

1) Amyl and The Sniffers – Guided By Angels
2) Kurt Vile – Run Run Run (Radio Edit)
3) Westside Gunn – 99 Avirex feat. AZ & Stove God Cooks
4) Grafh & DJ Shay – Very Different (feat. Benny the Butcher)
5) Cypress Hill – Hand On the Pump (DJ MUGGS 2021 Remix)
6) Kurious – Snake Charmer 2
7) E L U C I D & Von Pea – The Utmost
8) Wiki – Can’t Do This Alone (feat. Navy Blue)
9) The Alchemist – 6 Five Heartbeats (Feat. Vince Staples)
10) Alicia Keys & Swae Lee – LALA (Unlocked) (feat. Swae Lee)
11) Larry June x Cardô – Saturday Night Interview
12) Candy Bowma
n I Wanna Feel Your Love
13) Stimulator Jones – Water Slide
14) Gloster Williams & Master Control – No Cross No Crown
15) Larry June x Cardô – Either Way
16) Stimulator Jones – Suite Luv
17) DJ Swet & Milano Constantine – Slick Talk
18) Asun Eastwood & Wavy Da Ghawd – WHERE’S DA MAYO?! (feat. SmooVth)
19) Westside Gunn – Hell On Earth Pt. 2 feat. Benny The Butcher & Conway
20) Bronze Nazareth x Roc Marciano – Papayas ’21 (ft. Roc Marciano, Killah Priest)
21) All Hail Y.T. – Dealer Plates (feat. Boldy James)
22) Amyl and The Sniffers – Maggot

October 2021 Mix

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Duke Massive
Telepathetics
Osees
Big Freedia

Here are some albums as live shows returned to my life with a vengeance, and I said goodbye to a great dog:

  • Black Bats – Psychic Retreat: Found this one poking around Bandcamp…perfect soundtrack for Halloween.
  • Meatbodies – 333: Short and sweet, but the best garage rock album I’ve heard this year.
  • Westside Gunn – Hitler Wears Hermes 8: Sincerely Adolf: Sometimes it’s as simple as being a decent rapper who only raps over good beats and lets other rappers shine.

Honorable mentions to Shannon and the Clams, Chubby and the Gang, and Acid Dad.

On to the mix:

1) Drake – You Only Live Twice (feat. Lil Wayne & Rick Ross)
2) Nolan The Ninja – Sp1200 Freestyle
3) Benny The Butcher – Fly With Me (feat. Conway the Machine)
4) Shannon & the Clams – Midnight Wine
5) Black Bats – Mild Heat
6) Chubby and the Gang – Pressure
7) Meatbodies – Reach For The Sunn
8) Westside Gunn; Boldy James; Sauce Walka; Stove God Cooks – Westheimer
9) Boldy James & The Alchemist – Turkey Noodle Soup (feat. Bandgang Lonnie Bands)
10) The Musalini & O FINESS – Box Apple
11) Westside Gunn; Stove God Cooks – Vogue cover
12) Flee Lord; Roc Marciano – This What Ya Want?
13) dvsn x Ty Dolla $ign – Fight Club
14) Drake – Way 2 Sexy (feat. Future & Young Thug)
15) Injury Reserve – Knees

16) quickly, quickly – Shee
17) Steve Gunn – Protection
18) Shannon & the Clams – Crawl
19) Acid Dad – RC Driver
20) Black Bats – Tell Me
21) Meatbodies – Hybrid Feelings

Kevin Morby
Hamilton Leithauser
RIP

September 2021 Mix

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Albums I was listening to as I recklessly start attending live shows again:

  • Ka – A Martyr’s Reward: By this point, you either like Ka’s minimal take on mostly drumless, hip-hop blues music, or you don’t
  • Liars – The Apple Drop: Never know what you’ll get from these wierdos, but this time around, they’ve dialed it down to the point of almost being too normal sounding.
  • Boldy James – Bo Jackson: Boldy and Alchemist…I’ll take as many albums with these two together as they’ll give me.

On to the Mix:

1) Thriller U – My Sound Is The Ruling Sound
2) Doug Shorts – Get With The Program
3) Larry June – Recaro Seats
4) Maxo Kream – Local Joker
5) Darkside – Liberty Bell
6) Liars – Big Appetite
7) Cookiee Kawaii x Tyga – Vibe (If I Back It Up)
8) IDK & Offset – Shoot My Shot
9) Ohgeesy; YG – Big Bad Wolf (feat. YG)
10) BeatKing, 2 Chainz & Juicy J – SDAB (feat. 2 Chainz & Juicy J)
11) dvsn & Ty Dolla $ign – I Believed It (feat. Mac Miller)
12) Pink Siifu; Maxo – Call tha Bro (Tapped In)
13) Ka – Like Me
14) Larry June – Consistent
15) Liam Bailey – Champion
16) Boldy James; The Alchemist – First 48 Freestyle
17) Stove God Cooks – Run It Up
18) Wordup; Conway the Machine; Roc Marciano – Barbershop Freestyle #1
19) Homeboy Sandman; Aesop Rock – Lice Team Baby
20) Ty Segall – Erased
21) Liars – My Pulse to Ponder
22) Ka – Be Grateful
23) Boldy James; The Alchemist; Stove God Cooks – Diamond Dallas