Mid-Day Mixup Tuesday

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by Ricardo Gutierrez

Today is a bit like yesterday, but the BPMs get pushed up just a touch. I'll be switching it up tomorrow. I had to start with the Bobby Womack song, because it's a great song, but also in honor of the the finishing touches being put on my new studio in Harlem @ Stadium Red. I spent the afternoon and evening there helping a friend with some room calibration, so it's on my mind.

I know I'll catch some heat from some of y'all for The Stones song from their disco-rock era. Their stuff has really grown on me and I have a special place in my heart for danceable rock music. I may also catch some heat from all you real Clash fans on here, for playing a track from their later electro phase. Personally, I like there stuff from this era as much as their earlier punk roots. It felt to me like they were earnestly experimenting with music.

I had to include another Talking Heads song, plus this one is always a crowd fav, no matter the crowd. My one regret is that I quickly chose this Cure song and not something from their earlier efforts, something more sparse and edgy that would've fit well with the other songs around it. Plus I didn't really like how that blend worked out. I tried getting a Smiths song on there, but there just isn't enough time. 

As for the St. Germain track, I recently re-discovered this track from a Jazzy Jeff mix on his website (which I only went to after Hua Hsu pointed to a different mix of his last week). I'm starting to feel like, and I've already told my girl, if we get married Jazzy Jeff might have to spin the wedding. I should start saving my money now.

I'm placing it all below, so as not to ruin your listening experience if you want to comment.

Hope you enjoy!

On Deck:

Across 110th Street - Bobby Womack
Peachfuzz - KMD
Emotional Rescue - Rolling Stones
This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) - Talking Heads
Run - Vampire Weekend
High - The Cure
Cavern - Liquid Liquid
The Magnificent Seven - The Clash
Rose Rouge - St. Germain




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Born in 1975, the product of two beautiful parents. Raised in West Baltimore -- not quite The Wire, but sometimes ill all the same. Studied at the Mecca for some years in the mid-'90s. Emerged with a purpose, if not a degree. Slowly migrated up the East Coast with a baby and my beloved, until I reached the shores of Harlem. Wrote some stuff along the way.

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