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Song of the Day #57: Mann’s Fate

Jorma Kaukonen & Jack Casady (Hot Tuna) – Mann’s Fate

I didn’t know of Hot Tuna until a few years ago when my Dad mentioned in them in passing. Turns out, they’re great. They’re also super hippies (check out Jack Cassady). Great music though, especially Jorma on the acoustic. That’s some mean finger pickin’.

Published on March 18, 2011
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Song of the Day #56: 6 Foot 7 Foot

Lil Wayne (ft. Cory Gunz) – 6 Foot 7 Foot

To me, this is one of those rare tracks that has commercial appeal as well as artistic integrity in mainstream hip hop (Kanye’s recent album was like this, also). What makes this special is that the format of the song is so unconventional – instead of alternating between rap verses and sing-along choruses, the entire thing is rapping. The beat is by Bangladesh.

“Real G’s move in silence like lasagna” – Has to be the best Lil Wayne line I’ve heard.

My only criticism is that I don’t like Cory Gunz at all. The track would be better off ending with Wayne’s verses.

Published on March 14, 2011
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Song of the Day #55: Rendez Vous

Basement Jaxx – Rendez Vous

I remember when this song was brand new, out on the Remedy album by Basement Jaxx. Classic house track that I remember buying on vinyl early on after I began DJ’ing. I hadn’t heard this song in a year or more until I hear it playing in background in my office – turns out Kevin (a respected colleague of mine) was playing it on his computer. After years in Asia, I was genuinely shocked and surprised to hear him playing it. Basement Jaxx ordinarily gets no love in China.

Published on March 11, 2011
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SOTD #54: Dictaphone’s Lament

Tycho – Dictaphone’s Lament

This is on the tracklist for Downtempo Pilots: Fly Again. So far there’s a small collection of about 20 cuts for this mix cd which I haven’t recorded yet. Love this song though, reminds me of Boards of Canada.

Published on March 8, 2011
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Visa Processing

It’s that time of year already? You can see how worn and tattered my passport is. This is the last visa that it will hold before it gets replaced later this upcoming winter.

Published on March 8, 2011