12 Mixes Worth Listening to This Week


Taking a break from World Cup blogging to post some new mixes...

No season inspires DJs quite like the summer: Mick Boogie and Jazzy Jeff with nothing but outdoor grilling anthems, Matthew Africa pays tribute to "Warm Weather" with some disco, boogie and Cassiano's phenomenal "Onda,"  and an eclectic "Express Yourself" from Dreams in Audio. (d/l, stream, d/l)

If you have twenty minutes, listen to this tropical funk/cumbia mix from Geko Jones. (stream)

Soul-Sides blogger O-Dub's "They Call Me Mr. Lonely" mix is streaming at Galactic Fractures. It's really good and, despite its title, not all that sad. (stream)

Derek, of Derek's Daily 45s, offers a great live set of 60s soul (the opener, Sam Dees' "Lonely For You Baby," is a scorcher), garage and psych nuggets and, weirdly, the Stooges "I Wanna Be Your Dog." (d/l)

The Midnite Soulstice radio show/podcast with a Blue Note jazz mix. (stream)

Andrew Kuo of NY Times review-chart and Smiths googly-eye t-shirt fame with a mix from "the era when you alphabetized compact discs, drove an hour for the new Bedhead (sold out) and rewarded yourself that Unwound record after a week's work." For the purposes of this 1990s-themed mix, we'll refer to him as Andrew Kuo of the great Trash Heap. (stream)

The gloriously unpredictable Meatskull links to a mix from Fuck Yeah Goths and another of Dennis Hopper (R.I.P.) related tunes. (d/l both)

Chicago's fantastic Numero Group label selects some of their favorite reissues (their own, naturally) for Self Titled Magazine's Needle Exchange series. (stream)



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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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