Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Up until this year, I got most of my new music recommendations from end of the year blog lists. This meant that on a good year, I'd find 5 to 10 albums I actually liked. This year I made a commitment to actively seek out new releases for myself, which was quite a huge undertaking. I've been seriously listening to everything I've been able to get my hands on, which has amounted to me sifting through roughly a thousand albums this year.

I can't tell if it's the fact that I've listened to so much or if we've just hit a high point, but this has been an exceptional year for music. I've compiled a list of albums that have resonated with me the most. They are listed alphabetically as opposed to a rating system because how am I supposed to rate Charles Bradley in the same category as Thee Oh Sees or The Caretaker? This is just a list of great albums, all of which should be listened to with as much enthusiasm as the other.

I try to limit my mixes to an hour and 20 minutes, so only half of the 50 albums below made it into the mix, but don't let that deter you from checking out the rest.

A.A. Bondy - Believers

The Advisory Circle - As The Crow Flies

Alabama Shakes - Alabama Shakes EP

Amen Dunes - Through Donkey Jaw

Atlas Sound - Parallax

A Winged Victory For The Sullen - A Winged Victory For The Sullen

Bass Drum Of Death - GB City

Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2

Björk - Biophilia

The Black Angels - Phosgene Nightmare EP

Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears - Scandalous

Black Lips - Arabia Mountain

Booker T. Jones - The Road From Memphis

The Caretaker - An Empty Bliss Beyond This World

Cass McCombs - Humor Risk

Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band - No Time For Dreaming

Danger Mouse & Daniel Luppi - Rome

Dávila 666 - Tan Bajo

Eric Copeland - Waco Taco Combo

Feist - Metals


The Flaming Lips - The Flaming Lips With Neon Indian EP

Frank Fairfield - Out On The Open West

J Mascis - Several Shades Of Why

Joseph Arthur - The Graduation Ceremony

Kitty, Daisy & Lewis - Smoking In Heaven

Kurt Vile - Smoke Ring For My Halo

Michael Kiwanuka - Tell Me A Tale EP

Mikal Cronin - Mikal Cronin

Nirvana - Live At The Paramount Theatre

Noveller - Glacial Glow

Other Lives - Tamer Animals

Paley & Francis - Paley & Francis

Radiohead - The King Of Limbs: Live From The Basement

Raphael Saadiq - Stone Rollin'

The Raveonettes - Raven In The Grave

Richard Swift - Walt Wolfman EP

Ryan Adams - Ashes & Fire

Seasick Steve - You Can't Teach An Old Dog New Tricks

Secret Cities - Strange Hearts

Son Lux - We Are Rising

The Strange Boys - Live Music

Thee Oh Sees - Carrion Crawler/The Dream

Thee Oh Sees - Castlemania

Tim Hecker - Dropped Pianos

Tom Waits - Bad As Me

Ty Segall - Goodbye Bread

Various Artists - Fania Records 1964-1980

Wilco - The Whole Love

Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile - The Goat Rodeo Sessions


Monday, November 28, 2011

An Olde Fashioned Christmas

I'm a huge fan of Christmas time, and even more so, the time leading up to Christmas. Here's a 3-disc mix of must-have Christmas music to add to your holidays. Merry Christmas!

There's 77 tracks here, so I'm not going to list them all like I usually do, but artists include:

Aretha Franklin, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby, Bob Atcher & The Dinning Sisters, Booker T. & The MG's, Burl Ives, Darlene Love, Dean Martin, Diana Ross & The Supremes, Dinah Washington, Donny Hathaway, Ella Fitzgerald, Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Glen Campbell, Jackie Wilson, The Jackson 5, James Brown, John Lennon, Julie London, June Christy, Louis Armstrong, Loretta Lynn, Marvin Gaye, Nancy Wilson, Nat King Cole, Neil Diamond, Peggy Lee, Perry Como, Ray Charles, The Ronettes, Sammy Davis Jr., Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, The Ventures, Vince Guaraldi Trio, and Wayne Newton.


Friday, July 29, 2011

The Golden Trip

Here's a new mixtape for you guys.  This one's more on the psych side of things, with a few that don't really belong in the genre, but I felt they fit so nicely that I decided to include them anyways.  Some really cool stuff on here, some well known and a handful of rarities.  Starlites, Human Expression, and Tempters were all pulled from 1967 45's. The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band is a new one to me.  Even being the shortest track on this mix, it still stands out as one of the most interesting, especially considering it's release was in 1968.  That's it from me.  Enjoy.

01. Starlites: I Can't See You
02. The Electric Prunes: I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)
03. Grateful Dead: Cream Puff War
04. The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band: As Kind As Summer
05. The Seeds: Pushin' Too Hard
06. 13th Floor Elevators: Levitation
07. Grace Slick & The Great Society: Grimly Forming
08. The Fire Escape: Love special Delivery
09. Lalo Schifrin: The Golden Trip
10. Kaleidoscope: Dive Into Yesterday
11. Patsy Cline: I Love You So Much It Hurts
12. Hugo Montenegro: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
13. David Axelrod: Merlin's Prophecy
14. Leonard Cohen: Suzanne
15. France Gall: Laisse Tomber Les Filles
16. Serge Gainsbourg & Brigitte Bardot: Bonnie And Clyde
17. Can: Vitamin C
18. J Girls: Yellow World
19. Human Expression: Optical Sound
20. Tempters: Tell Me More
21. Alexander Spence: All Come To Meet Her
22. Shadows Of Knight: Someone Like Me
23. The Kaleidoscope: You Don't Love Me
24. The Velvet Underground: The Murder Mystery
25. Fairfield Parlour: I Will Always Feel The Same

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


I posted a few of these videos a couple weeks back.  Here are the rest of them.  These are videos I shot of FIDLAR live on KXLU.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Summer Time In The Promised Land!!!

Summer is here, which means the beach, BBQs, and good, classic music.
Typically, I try to post stuff that is (for the most part) more obscure.  But, in the case of a summer mix, you gotta stick with what you know.  But even still, I'm hoping there might be a couple surprises on here.  This mix pretty much makes me want to take a looooong break from work and go drive up the coast or into the desert with a cooler of cold beer in the passenger seat.  It's a windows down, turn it up loud, bang your hand on the roof of the car type thing.  Enjoy.

01. J.J. Cale: Call Me The Breeze
02. Neil Young: Walk On
03. Bob Dylan: New Morning
04. The Doors: Soul Kitchen
05. Link Wray: Rumble
06. The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Hey Joe
07. Creedence Clearwater Revival: Born To Move
08. Jefferson Airplane: Volunteers
09. Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show: Carry Me, Carrie
10. Bruce Springsteen: The Promised Land
11. George Harrison: Wah Wah
12. Led Zeppelin: Traveling Riverside Blues
13. Lynyrd Skynyrd: Needle And The Spoon
14. The Rolling Stones: Can't You Hear Me Knocking
15. Jackson Browne: Red Neck Friend
16. Johnny Cash: Blistered
17. The Band: Just Another Whistle Stop
18. Kris Kristofferson: Gettin' By, High, And Strange
19. Procol Harum: A Whiter Shade Of Pale
20. Thunderclap Newman: Something In The Air

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Flaming Lips!!!!!!!

My wife & I had the INCREDIBLE PRIVILEGE of getting to see The Flaming Lips, not one, but two nights in a row at The Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

Night 1 was The Soft Bulletin in it's entirety and night 2, Pink Floyd's: Dark Side of the Moon.  Soft Bulletin is my favorite Lips album and Dark Side of the Moon is my favorite album of all time.  To say it was a special couple of nights just doesn't give it justice.  But, I'm still at too much of a loss of words to say anything else.

Alice took a handful of photos.  I'm gonna let her save the majority for her blog, but I couldn't resist posting a couple here.  Thank you to The Flaming Lips for the best two nights of my life.  Seriously.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

FIDLAR - Wait For The Man

Here's another video from the FIDLAR: Live On KXLU series.
This is another track off their DIYDUI 7" release.

Wait For The Man

More FIDLAR videos HERE and a whole lot more HERE

Monday, June 13, 2011

FIDLAR - Videos

My brother-in-law is in a band called FIDLAR.  They kick ass.  I've had a great time doing some videos for them recently and thought I'd post them.

Here's one I did for their 1st single, "Max Can't Surf" off their 7", "DIYDUI."

And a couple from a live set on KXLU.

White On White

No Waves

There are more from this set on their way, so I'll continue to post them as they are released.
You can check more of them on BandCampTumblrYouTubeMyspace & Facebook

Sunday, June 12, 2011

She Cuts So Fresh

Here's another soul mix for you guys. Lot's of great stuff here.
Quite a few of these out of print records have been re-issued on vinyl recently.
I don't feel like looking to see exactly which ones, but I know for sure that the Little Beaver, Marva Whitney, David Axelrod, Funkadelic, Al Green, and The Meters albums have all been re-issued and are all pretty easy to find at this point, so keep an eye out. They're all fantastic. Enjoy.

01. Ennio Morricone - Eva Alone
02. Parliament - Moonshine Heather
03. Dorothy Ashby - Soul Vibrations
04. Little Beaver - Let The Good Times Roll
05. Marva Whitney - Unwind Yourself
06. Smith - Baby, It's You
07. David Axelrod - The Smile
08. Alemayehu Eshete - Téy Geryéléshem
09. The Turtles - I'm Chief Kamanawanalea (We're The Royal Macadamian Nuts)
10. Graham Central Station - We Be's Gettin' Down
11. Clarence Carter - Till I Can't Take It Anymore
12. Dee Dee, Barry & The Movement - Get Out Of My Life Woman
13. Rhetta Hughes - Light My Fire
14. Funkadelic - I Bet You
15. The Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band - Pimp
16. Betty Wright - It's Hard To Stop (Doing Something When It's Good To You)
17. Al Green - Hangin' On
18. David Porter - The Way You Do The Things You Do
19. The Meters - Pungee
20. Samuel Bélay - Aynotchesh Yeréfu
21. Luther Ingram - I'm Trying To Sing A Message To You
22. Junior Parker - Tomorrow Never Knows

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Happy Cinco De Mayo

This is a collection of songs I got last year. Can't remember where I got it, but it's some pretty fantastic 60's garage rock from Mexico. Standout tracks to me are "Hey Joe" by Los Locos Del Ritmo and "La Noyia De Mi Mejor Amigo" by Los Sinners. Alright, back to drinking. Have a good day, everybody.

01. Chica Alberetada (Los Locos Del Ritmo)
02. Satisfaction (Los Apson)
03. El Mongol (Los Locos Del Ritmo)
04. Chapoteando (Los Santos Del Rock)
05. Suzie Q (Los Apson)
06. El Fantasma (Los Locos Del Ritmo)
07. Danny Boy (Los Rockin Rebeldes)
08. La Noyia De Mi Mejor Amigo (Los Sinners)
09. Hey Joe (Los Locos Del Ritmo)
10. Perro Lanudo (Los Rockin Devils)
11. El Hombre Frio (Los Apson)
12. Sueno De Amor (Los Crazy Boys)
13. Por Que Soy Rebele (Los Boppers)
14. Yo No Soy Rebelde (Los Locos Del Ritmo)
15. Hello, I Love You (The Pets)

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

This Will Get You From Santa Monica To Pasadena (In Traffic)

I'm not a huge huge fan of newer music, to be honest. The more I delve into the '60s and '70s, the more I feel like there's not a whole lot of new stuff that's truly new. But then again, the more I immerse myself into any decade, the more I realize I don't know what the hell I'm talking about and the amount of interesting and inspiring music that is waiting to be discovered is endless. So, I decided to put together a compilation of "newer" music that I think is worth sharing. This is all stuff from 2009 to present. Have fun.

01. The Black Angels - Telephone
02. Ty Segall - Girlfriend
03. Richard Swift - The Atlantic Ocean
04. Black Lips - Drugs
05. Fidlar - Wait For The Man
06. Charles Bradley - The World (Is Going Up In Flames)
07. Grinderman - Palaces Of Montezuma
08. The Secret Sisters - I've Gotta Feeling
09. A.A. Bondy - When The Devil's Loose
10. Fistful Of Mercy - Fistful Of Mercy
11. Sara Watkins - Long Hot Summer Days
12. Clinic - Bubblegum
13. Jason Lytle - Rollin' Home Alone
14. Deerhunter - Desire Lines
15. Sparklehorse - Revenge (Feat. Wayne Coyne)
16. Sonic Youth - La Cabane Au Zodiac
17. Davila 666 - Esa Nena Nunca Regreso
18. Dax Riggs - You Were Born To Be My Gallows
19. Thee Oh Sees - Warm Slime
20. Swans - Reeling The Liars In