10 Mixes Worth Listening to This Week

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You either get it or you don't, or you check your iPhone and sniffle nervously when he mentions debt collection.

-Really great post at the Good Records blog. You hear an ill mix of breakbeats on the radio, you have no idea who is DJing but you know you have to tape it. Fifteen years and about a million listens later, it will live on forever on the Internet.

-We can't live without our radios: Chairman Mao's latest pays tribute to the 80s rap heroes of the ridiculously obscure and all-around face-melting Dutch documentary Big Fun in the Big Town. (Reminder: it's screening tonight as part of "under the influence of ego trip" film series.)

-Related, somewhat, but not a mix: a mega Q&A with Dave Tompkins about his upcoming history of the vocoder, How to Wreck a Nice Beach.

-Over at Ripped in Glasgow, two Fuck Buttons-related mixes---a BBC Radio 6 collaboration with Andrew Weatherall and an Andrew Hung mix for Vessel

-A splendid mix of woozy, ethereal and melodic from the Meatskull blog: Another Angle #52

-A bit late on this one but Test Pressing has a mix of dub/post-punk producer Dennis Bovell's essential tunes

-Also on Test Pressing: a springtime-themed mix by Cosmo, for those of you actually experiencing springtime right now

-Low plains drifting: Arthur Magazine offers a Bobby Bouzoki selection of "desert music"

-A DJ Spinna jack-of-all-trades tribute mix at Phatrick's blog (probably wouldn't have fit the mood, but it's missing this)

-Another Dreams in Audio winner: Afromentals (Afro-rock/funk/jazz instrumentals). Also spotted there: a new Peanut Butter Wolf soul mix.

-Pretty enjoyable disco jams worth the click-through effort at flavorsavor (you'll eventually want the 3/21 archive of "merely for amusement")

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Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. More

Hua Hsu teaches in the English Department at Vassar College and writes about music, sports, and culture. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Bookforum, Slate, The Village Voice, The Boston Globe Ideas section and The Wire (for whom he writes a bi-monthly column). He is on the editorial board for the New Literary History of America.

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