1. Dark Night / El Perro Del Mar
2. Imperial Motors / Lives of Angels
3. Going to a Go-Go / The Miracles
4. Nowhere to Run / Martha Reeves & The Vandellas
5. My Time / Roberto Cacciapaglia
6. Soul Tamasheq / Lakal Kanaye
7. Dreadlock Holiday / 10cc
8. In Another Way / My Bloody Valentine
9. 2000 Light Years from Home / The Rolling Stones
10. Society’s Child (Baby I’ve Been Thinking) / Janis Ian
11. Tell Me (What’s on Your Mind) / Allah-Las
12. I Follow You / Melody’s Echo Chamber
13. Ce Weeti / Hamadth Kah
So winter’s breaking. For you that may mean your last tussle with snow, or what you hope is the last. For me it means the heat’s starting to rise, a degree or two every couple days, nudging its way up into the 80s more often than not. Swimming weather. Given that Nathan’s experiencing one set of conditions and I’m in the other, I think it’s no mistake that these songs hover somewhere between spring iceflows and driving with the top down.
They also hover between the 60s and the 70s, with a stronger foot in the former. Even the most recent songs here seem to be time-traveling to ’66 or ’79. A little bit psychedelic go-go, with sharp Saharan detours, and a little robotic rock and roll.
As with most of our mixes, these are songs we emailed back and forth to each other over the last month or two, so to some degree they reflect current listening patterns. I’ve been reading pop-saturated memoirs by Andy Warhol and Richard Hell; Nathan intersected with those sounds when he sent me the Allah-Las track to kick off this round. He’s also been kind enough to introduce me to the brilliant Saharan cellphone compilations from Sahel Sounds. (This one too.) Duane had a hand in it. In all ways and at all times, give thanks to the Internet. And pledge to WFMU.
FROM THE CUTTING ROOM FLOOR
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