The Less Than Traditional Holiday Playlist + New Classic!

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Once upon a time not long ago, I made this little list when time got slow,

The holidays abound and the mood wasn’t good, ’cause everybody acting like you expect they would…

There are holiday songs that seem rarely played,

That are just as good as ones previously said…

Okay, let me not finish that.  So yea, I made a Spotify playlist mixes a couple of the Holy Triumv with some…inspired choices. I even added a couple of recent ones to it for good measure.

Have fun with that.

But FIRST, a modern classic in its own right! A while back, someone thought it was a brilliant idea to ask DMX if he knew any Christmas songs…AND HE DID! And I do hope that person who asked him got a raise.

You know it, you love it. A true modern classic (and easy stand-in for one of the Triumv)!

DMX – Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer 

Tossed Up Christmas playlist (Not the greatest name, so what?)

Cupid’s Hunt 2012 – Downside

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[Editor’s note: Yes. This is days late, but I have it on official authority to post this anyway]

Fun Fact: every year of my participation in the annual Cupid’s Hunt event, I end up putting together enough music for at least two different playlists. I only end up posting one (even with the threat of wanting to post multiple). The reason is irrelevant at the moment. Usually, my contributions tend to fall towards the happier sides of love, even though I know there is always yang to the yin. That being said, I’m coming at this one from the other side of the spectrum. After all, there are different phases to love and different levels of love. There is that uncertain part where you know something’s wrong which starts the downward spiral to the end of the relationship. There are as many people going through this part of the cycle as there are those past and beyond it. This too, is sadly part of the hunt. The torturous part of the love cycle that no one cares to be in. This list goes through(I hope) some of the feeling that might come up at this time. This goes out to those that are going into as well as coming out of this phase, to those that feel stuck there, and those who never believe they will ever get there.

I encourage you all to go check out the other entries into this year’s event by going here. Thank you to the One T. Grundy again for allowing me entry into this fine affair.

Cupid’s Hunt 2012 – Downside

Vivian Green – Emotional Rollercoaster
Brian McKnight – Is The Feeling Gone?
Tony Toni Tone – Pain
Corinne Bailey Rae – Til It Happens To You
Tisha Campbell – Broken Hearted
Chante Moore – As If We Never Met
Zhane – Piece It Together
Expose – Season’s Change
Gladys Knight and the Pips – Neither One Of Us(Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)
Blackgirl – Where Did We Go Wrong
Mint Condition – Nothing Left To Say
Vanessa Williams – What Will I tell My Heart

Download or listen to it below.

Randomosity 02: The Happy mix

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A couple of weeks late (by my clock), but still relevant, this mix was born from me messing around on Spotify. At the same time, I realize that we all need the motivation to out our own happiness. I’m pretty certain this mix won’t do it, but I do hope you have fun listening to it as much as I had putting it together. There’s no Topically segment this week. Ok, no one knew there was such a thing, but aren’t you happy that you know of it now?  As always, comments, concerns, criticisms, etc. can be filed here. And with that, here’s this….

Towa Tei w/ Vi & Bahamdia – Happy
Outkast – Happy Valentine’s Day
Tamia – Happy
Cal Tjader – I Want To Be Happy
Maysa – Happy Feelings
Troop – Happy Relationship
Cherelle – Happy That You’re Happy With Me
R. Kelly – Happy People
Surface – Happy
Ashanti – Happy
Notorious B.I.G – Happy (freestyle)
Mary J. Blige – Be Happy
Michelle Branch – Are You Happy Now
Maze feat. Frankie Beverly – Happy Feelin’s

Bonus Track:
The Boys – Happy

You can download or listen to it below.

5 for 5: August 2011

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So every month, the folks over at Amazon put about 100 albums on sale for $5 which are chosen by their editors (or whoever does their copy in the mp3 store) for said whole month. Believe it or not, there’s some good stuff in the offerings. With that, I’ve had the notion to highlight a few of them that should be considered for your collection. I’m going to try to do this ever month to coincide with when they put it up. So let’s get started, shall we?

The Police – Every Breath You Take: The Classics:

Message In A Bottle, Roxanne, Don’t Stand So Close To Me, the title cut of the album….need I say more? If you know about these songs and don’t have them in your collection, well something is wrong with you first of all. Outside of that, or if you don’t already own them, now’s your chance. That’s all I’m saying.

Dangermouse and Daniele Luppi – Rome

You may or may not have heard of this concept album earlier in the year and may have passed it up. Now would be a good time to pick this up. The spaghetti western influence of the album is undeniable, and there are some good turns throughout the album by the likes of Norah Jones and Jack White on several tracks. It’s pretty good from what all i’ve listened to.

Miles Davis – Kind Of Blue

Classic albums are such for a reason. You can’t go too far into the realm of jazz and not run across this album or artist. If you are new to jazz or to the works of Miles Davis, this would be one of the albums to start with. The first track, So What, is a much noted (and sampled) intro the man called Miles and should be in any jazz lover’s collection. I go so far as to say anyone’s collection, but that might be stretching things.

Erykah Badu – New Amerykah Part Two: Return Of The Ankh

I’m a fan of Erykah Badu but, up until recently, I’ve been sitting on this album since it came out.having finally listened to it, i’ve embraced this album along with the others in Ms. Badu’s catalog. Songs like “Love”, the Sylvia Striplin influenced “Get MuNNy”, and the constantly bumped first single “Window Seat” are treats that should be experienced. Oh, and “Fall In Love (Your Funeral)”, too!

Jay-Z – The Blueprint

I hear rumors that Jay-Z has come out with some little album with another cat recently. Haven’t heard too much about it….yea. Anyway, I almost made this a bonus instead of an actual pick. Why? While I am a fan of Hov’s works, the Blueprint albums and I have a wanna like/kinda don’t like relationship. Ringing endorsement, right? Later for that, the first Blueprint is the more solid of the three albums that bear the name from this artist. It’s kind hit ridden with the likes of “Girls, Girls, Girls,”, Izzo (H.O.V.A.)”, “Heart Of The City (Ain’t No Love)”, and “Song Cry”. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying the true gems such as “Takeover”, “U Don’t Know”, and “Never Change”.

These are the goods I’ve come across this time, but that doesn’t mean there’s not more (or different) ones for you to come across. These aren’t to your liking, check this link ( and peep out what’s being offered for yourself. Happy hunting!

Randomosity 01: It took a turn

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Welcome to the first official Randomosity. The thing to really know about this is that while random is in the name, it’s not always going to necessarily be in the the execution…though you can bet there will be. Case in point, sometimes I start off with an idea for a playlist based on something on my mind. Might even have some tracks in prep, but somewhere between then and putting it out…it switches gears. See if you can figure out where that really happened here. Also, there should have been a (rant) bit or two added in that I didn’t get to record at the time I put this together. Some other time, perhaps. There is a nice, fresh Sample Moment for you dig on, in the meantime. I am shooting for every two weeks for these on a Tuesday. Well see how that goes, as well. Point is, you never really know what all you’ll get with these….at least, I don’t know what you’ll really get. Regardless, I do hope you enjoy the offering. And with that, here it is. [Edit] Not that it matters, but the addition of the Otis Redding was well before the whole “Otis” hysteria.

Sy Smith – Fa Sho
Erykah Badu – Love of my life
D’Angelo feat. Redman & Method Man- Left and Right
Musiq feat. DJ Aktive & Carol Riddick – Soulstar
Otis Redding – Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa (sad Song)
Tony Toni Tone – If I had no loot
Myron – Free
Aaliyah – Hot Like Fire
Bobby Brown – Pretty Little Girl
Sir Mix-a-lot – My Posse’s on Broadway
Masta Ace – Born to Roll
Whodini – I’m a ho
Easy E – Boyz in the Hood (remix)

Sample (and song of the) Moment:
Michael Wycoff – Lookin’ up to you

You can download or listen to it below.

Randomosity: A trip inside my mind

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I believe pretty much everybody has that constantly running jukebox of music running through their minds. With some, it just happens to spill out into the unsuspecting worlds at odd times.

*raises hand*

One night at work a few moons ago, I was talking with a coworker about all the songs that come to mind during the course of the night. I also tried to postulate whether what pops up has anything to do with what is usually going on around you at the time. That study has still so far been inconclusive, but that’s another post for another time. I decide to write down all of the songs that naturally came to mind during the course of the night. Some stayed with me during the whole night (those usually are the basis for songs of the moment) and some ended up being a bridge to another song. All…well most were written down and this is where this post comes in.

The set below represents what was playing in my head’s jukebox that night and could possibly give some clue to how my mind operates musically. While I am doubting that last part, maybe some light while be shed on something worthwhile. So with that, I present to you the remnants of that list of songs from memory. Not all of the tracks came from that night as at least one hadn’t existed then. I will give no excuses for the content, but I will say that this should not be taken as mix in the traditional sense. If anything, it’s an extension of how I make initially made tapes back in the day or playlists now, when I do. An experiment, if you will. One I hope you will enjoy or at least be amused by. Either way, let me know how you feel about it in the comments or by email, if you want. If you get to the end of the playlist and have enjoyed it, then maybe this little experiment will be far from over.


Chante Moore – Loves taken over
Sweetback & Bahamadia – Au Natural
Incognito – Change
Soul II Soul – Jazzy’s Groove
Tony Toni Toné – Couldn’t keep it to myself
Outkast – She lives in my lap
Prince – She lives in my head
Pete Rock – #1 Soul Brother
Erykah Badu – Window seat
India.Arie – Butterfly
Intro – Funny how time flies

Download or play it below.

Soundtracking: L.A. Noire

So late last night on a whim, I attempted to start playing the Rockstar Games detective fiction, L.A. Noire. As I stated on Getglue at the time, I didn’t get any farther than the start menu for listening to the music that was playing on at the time. It is a beautiful, jazzy (natural, given the game’s overall tone) piece that now reminds me of another classic piece I love to death, John Coltrane’s Naima. Now, Rockstar is always good for putting great music into their games, licensed or not, so this is no surprise. What was the surprise, or maybe it shouldn’t have been, was what I found out after doing a little digging on the piece in question.

After sitting in my office for probably a good five to ten minutes listening to the song simply called L.A. Noire Main Theme, I went straight to see if there was an official soundtrack to buy. Of course, there is one available on Amazon and itunes (I think you know which one I went for). There is also a six song ep of classic jazz songs remixed by some notable producers available as well. Looks as though it’s only on itunes, though. Boo. Anyway, if you care to hear the song I’ve been digging on the last few hours, you can check it out below from Soundcloud. Apparently, Rockstar has uploaded it and 8 other tracks for people to listen to. Peep it out, I’ll wait.

L.A. Noire “Main Theme” Andrew Hale by RockstarGames

So, after buying said soundtrack but before actually going to play the game, I noticed that the guy who composed the soundtrack was one Andrew Hale. At first second, the name didn’t really strike me as familiar off the bat, but as I thought about it, I felt like I should know the name. And sure enough, I did and so do a lot of you. This Andrew Hale is a member from from a little known, highly underrated band named Sweetback, also known as the backup band for one Sade Adu. And it appears dude has been doing more than I thought, because in the course of looking into this, I also found that Hale composed songs for the movie “Scott Pilgrim Versus the World”, which is a video game in itself (both in visually and actually, really) and a few other movies. Pretty awesome from where I sit! So, if you get a chance, go check it out from the Soundcloud link above. Or better yet, go buy the soundtrack if you are into the jazzy moody vibe or have played and liked this game. You will NOT be sorry.

Mystery solved!

Cupid’s Hunt 2011 – All About You

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The Hunt is on once again. The Cupid’s Hunt, that is. That time when your favorite music podcast collective (and I) celebrate love in it’s many forms through song. Surely you know what is by now, don’t you? This marks my third year participating in the event and I can assure you I get as much pleasure out of doing it as listening to the goodness that comes out of it. So to get right down to it, this mix started between thinking about an old mix of mine (that I keep saying I’ll post) and an amalgamation of a couple of ideas I’d been thinking about lately. I will let you be the judge on how successful I was in bring them across. I would also invite you to partake of all mixes that have and will be thrown down for this occasion. I guarantee there is something for everyone…unless you don’t like good music. Oh, and if you care to follow the event, please check out and follow the Twitter and Facebook pages for the event. The only other thing to say is, while Valentine’s Day is set aside to celebrate love, please make sure you realize that love should be celebrated every day, not just one a year. And with that, here we go…

Cupid’s Hunt – All About You
  • Raphael Saadiq – Oh Girl
  • Linda Jones – Hypnotized
  • Enchantment – Silly Love Song
  • Lakeside – I Want To Hold Your Hand
  • Teddy Pendergrass – Your My Latest Greatest Inspiration
  • L.T.D. – We Both Deserve Each Other’s Love
  • Brandy – I’m Yours
  • Kem – I Can’t Stop Loving You
  • Corinne Bailey Rae – Breathless
  • Luther Vandross – It This World Were Mine
  • Wayman Tisdale – You
  • Tamia – You Put A Move On My Heart
  • Anita Baker – Whatever It Takes
  • Patti LaBelle – Somebody Love you (You Know Who It Is)

You can listen to the mix below, or you can download it and check it out later. Which ever you do, please enjoy.

Cupid Hunt 2010 – Love and Hip-Hop

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Once again it’s here, the Cupid Hunt. The annual gathering of music lovers (podcasters and the like) to celebrate Valentine’s Day. This is my second year participating in the event masterminded by Todd Grundy and I’m more than happy to do so. You can find more info in the event here. And you can also follow the event on Facebook and Twitter. Now, let’s get to it.

When you think of Valentine’s Day or even love music in general, you rarely think of Hip-Hop. This is probably with good reason. You will definitely not find many, if any, rappers talking about love on the radio nowadays. They’re really not talking about anything these days, but that’s beside the point. There was a point in history where rappers were tacking the subject of love in forms and ways. The mix below only touches on the different ways and subjects. In addition, you really can’t speak on the entity that is the Hip-Hop love song without mentioning the two most notable figures, LL Cool J and The Prince of Darkness Big Daddy Kane. So it is with that honor that they get an extra track as mini tributes to them. So without further ado…

De La Soul – Talkin’ Bout Hey Love
Gangstarr – Lovesick
Bahamadia – I Confess
The Pharcyde – Passing Me By
Common – Come Closer(remix)
The Fat Boys – Falling In Love (7 Inch Version)
Jean Grae – Love Thirst
Whodini – One Love
The Roots – You Got Me (feat. Erykah Badu)
Big Daddy Kane – The Day You’re Mine
Big Daddy Kane – I’m Not Ashamed ft. Alyson Williams
LL Cool J – You’re in My Heart
LL Cool J – I Need Love
Doc Box and B Fresh – Slow Love
World Class Wrecking Crew – Before You Turn Off The Lights

You can listen below or you can download it below.

If you’ve enjoyed this mix(or even if not), please go check out the other mixes that are floating around the internet from a bunch of great podcasters and music loving folks for this occasion. You can find the master list here.

Funny happy accidents

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So i’m sitting here trying to finger a remix to song a certain song I’ve been looking for. I find the song, but no traces of where it’s from or if it’s legit or not. I decide to go whip out my phone start up Shazam to help me find it. Just like U2, I still haven’t found what i’m looking for. What I did find, in this case at least, that if you play a certain part of a song you might get an unexpected gem. So, while the song I was looking for didn’t come up, the sample the song used did. Now, I don’t know or believe this would work with every song, but I’m glad it did here. If I find a good clip of the song i’m looking, I’ll post it here. Until then, here is originally sampled song (First twenty second is the sample, if you were wondering)