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Options June 22, 2005

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments New
Kool DJ EQ  Death of hip-hop   Options Return of the DJ Vol. 1 V/A  BOMB Hip-Hop  1995  CD     
Sun Ra  snippets of various tracks off vinyl version   Options Media Dreams      Vinyl  snippets of various tracks off vinyl version mixed in backwards and sidewayz,,,,   
Blackalicious  Rhythm Sticks   Options     2005    Brand new single from forthcoming album from NorCali's finest sons: Chief Xcel and Gift of Gab, aka Blackalicious from the long revered Quannum/Solesides crew  *  
The Fall  Totally Wired   Options       Vinyl  Mark E Smith is God or least he was God or at least a God who turned his back on his live audiences but managed to crank out such classics as this which two decades plus later still hold strong..."I'm totally wiraaard...Cant U see?"   
Buzzcocks  What do I get?   Options       Vinyl  from the Peel sessions 12" 3 song 45RPM   
No Empathy  Ben Weasel Don't Like It   Options       Vinyl  Just played short (several seconds) but funny-as-fuck spoken word intro off this track   
Dillinger  Cocaine in my brain   Options       CD  "A knife, a fork, a bottle and a cork. That's how we spell New York" - those lyrics for some reason recently got stuck in my head so I had to dig up this reggae classic ('79 I believe was release) out of the FMU library and play it...especially since - when recently -with that chorus stuck in my brain... I would start singing it to my friends (read: subjecting) - only to find none of them knew the damn song....So it was play it and make them learn it or make new friends...and I dont have time for new friends...only new music!   
C Rayz Waltz  Blackout   Options Year of the Beast    2005    While I don't think the new album is as strong as this particular track, "Blackout" with its irrestible chantalong chorus ("we're black and we wanna be white" and of course "we're white and we wanna be black") is both at once fun and very socially observant of this hip-hop era in which we dwell   
Los Bravos  Black is black   Options         a classic but its still good...right?   
Only Ones  Another Girl, Another Planet   Options         sure its a "college hit parade" staple...but fuck it, I love it....only regret is that I didnt have time to dig up the Neurotic Arseholes' "In Love" to follow it up with...since it has same vibe   
Camper Van Beethoven  Where the hell is Bill?   Options            
Basehead  Better Days   Options         if these guys came out today they would be bigger than........(FILL IN THE BLANK)...too bad their best work is curse-laden and non radio playable....songs like Ode to my Fave Beer   
Minutemen  Jesus and Tequila   Options Double Nickles on the Dime        sure its a classic....but thats coz its so good....how good?....if I was on that desert island...this, along with A Tribe Called Quest's first or second album, would be in my Top Five Disks   
Cat Power  Free (remix)   Options         Skratch Pisstolz remix of Cat Power's loved song   
Baldhead Slick 2/Mex  I Win You Lose   Options     2005    Guru in disguise?....jeyeah......BTW 2Mex is one of LA's most underrated hip-hop acts....NOTE to self....play 2Mex on next weeks show....  *  
LCD Soundsystem  Losing my edge   Options         sure it was a hit when it came out on 12" two years ago or so....and garnered repeated play when it was featured on the more recent double CD (which is pretty lame except for this one and the Daft Punk at my house song)...but dammit....our mainman in LCD manages to sum up the history of popular music in one song better than anyone I have ever heard   
Mobius Plank Nuemier  Speed Display   Options Zero Set           
Dukey Man  Hood Rat   Options         DJ Technics' clubtrax version 0.1   
Rod Lee  Fam   Options         DJ Technics' clubtrax version 0.1   
Petty Tom  Girl My Comes Here   Options         as contest question I played this song backwards for someone to identify and win tix to Sleater Kinney show......   
Z-Trip/Freestylers  Check the Skills   Options Tektonics compilation  OM      the melding of DJs (of the hip-hop scratch nature) with electronic acts...put out by San Fran's OM label under the name "Tektonics - overall a so-so album....so dont go wasting your money!   
Lee Scratch Perry  Party Time   Options       Vinyl  Lee Scratch Perry is GOD....its true!.....and this 12" helps prove it....albeit only "scratches" the surface.....that was a joke....but even now...seconds after I type it ...it sounds trite...which in turn makes it funny again!...made you half-smile!   
Ultravox  Hiroshima Mon Amour   Options         which came first? the movie or the song? in pop culture the song is what turns people onto the movie that inspiires the song....dems the rules of pop culture....dude   
Big Black  Kerosene   Options         I am partial to this song and the album it comes form (inc. Jordan Minnesota track which is equally profound and unnerving in its delivery) for several reasons...first off I bought when it first came out...and second I interviewed Big Black back in those heady late eighties right before they called it quits (they told me they would be pompus assholes but they were really nice).....and I went to see one of their final shows later that same night (I Beam in San Francisco) and they literally gave me goosebumps....Fucking A!....Staring at the walls....nuthin to do   
The Mice  Not Proud of the USA   Options         when was this released? 2005? it could have been.....the presidents may have changed but the song remains the same....Goddammit!   
Immortal Technique  Bin Laden   Options     2005  CD  "Bin Laden didnt blow up the projects" - this has to be the best political hip-hop song of the year so far.....Harlem's finest is a fuckin prophet in our time.....give the man respect and support...and go out and buy everything he has released to date...Revolutionary music indeed!  *  
Dubya  quotes from speeches   Options         this guy is so ridiculous that you dont even have to edit his speeches to make them funny   
Hank WIlliams  Why Dont You Love me?   Options            
Frankie Lowery & the Golden Rockers  Goin to Louisianna   Options            
The Gnoua Brotherhood of Marrakesh  Sidi Musamar   Options         from another great Rough Guide comp...this one marketed as Moroccan trance....hey eat some hashish in the hills of Fez and listen to this music and it is TRANCE...I am speaking from experience....for reals :)   
Was Not Was  Dad I'm in jail   Options            
No Means No  Stop It   Options   Alternative Tentacles    Vinyl     
Buzzcocks  you know you cant help it   Options            
Meat Beat Manifesto  Hallucination Generation   Options 99%        fucking classic track from Jack Dangers...who I always considered "hip-hop" even if the purists didnt and hit me when I used to play this back in the day at dem ol skool Cali hip--hop jams ...."Please Hammer dont hurt me"   
The Nomads  Five years ahead of my time   Options            
Robert Fripp  some song backwards....   Options         even backwards Fripp makes sense.....   
Dynamo & Grace  You have no money + You stole from Bill   Options The Crazy Adventures of Little Dynamo & Amazing Grace        Episode One in this weekly (around mid-show/2 hour mark) adventure in the 1995 "reality" radio assault   
Americaa & Chocolate  Sow de preto   Options     2005      *  
Vulga Select  Trance   Options           *  
Giorgio Moroder  Percussive   Options            
Kid 606  Luke Vibert can kiss my indie punk whiteboy ass   Options            
Supercute  Jamie Tha........(La Casa Azul Remix)   Options Teen Anthems           
Roll Deep Live  several from underground party/pirate UK grime mix   Options            
Minor Threat  Seeing Red   Options            
The Vibrators  into the future   Options            
Sunnyland Slim  got to get to my baby   Options            
Mary Lou WIlliams  Old Time Spirituals   Options            
T Rex  jeepster (live)   Options            
Mr Dibbs/1200 Hobos            Return of DJ Vol 2   
Quasimotto  greenery   Options further adventures of lord quas        he is a genius....i mean this....i'm in this to win this.....WHAT?....I dont know....I am just danked out following Quas' lead   
Med  the offering interulde   Options         in my opinion this interlude is best thing on MED's overhyped new album...dont buy it!  *  
Stranglers  Tank   Options Black and white           
AA Allen  excerpts from this man of God   Options            
Butthole Surfers  22 going on 23   Options            
Yat Fu  Art Attendam   Options         Senegal hip hop rocks!   
Dawgisht  Onell Knows   Options         Alameda, CA artist delivers another fuckin amazing underground gem (unreleased)   
Mac Dre  Thizzle Dance   Options DJ Hyphy's New Bay Classics        late great Vallejo CA rapper Mac Dre was a lyrical genius with a great sense of humor and love of life (RIP Andre Hicks)   
Dawgisht  The 51 bus stops here   Options         Alameda, CA artist delivers another fuckin amazing underground gem (unreleased)   
Live Human    Breakseven remixed           
Adonis  No Way Back   Options            
The Prunes  Mute   Options            
Charlotte the Baroness  various in the mix   Options         San Francisco's favorite daughter, DJ Charlotte the Baroness., in a live mix from the city by the Bay's END UP club (May 2004)   
Ian Dury and the Blockheads  Wake Up and Make Love   Options            
Pigeon John  Nothing without you   Options         It is hard to be original in hip-hop these days....but PJ manages it very well  *  
Fairport Convention  Reno, Nevada   Options            
Semilla  wistu vida   Options         from Rough Guide to the Andes/Bolivia  *  
Amnesty  free your mind   Options Cold Heat compilation      CD    *  
Ry Cooder  Feeling bad blues   Options Crossroads soundtrack           

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