Category Archives: The Listening Room

Get to know my musical taste as I get to know yours. Most of these playlists were created for fun. So enjoy them!

Music For Social Action

Get your mind right as you volunteer!

This mix is for people on their way to or from a volunteer project, or perhaps just reflecting on how to make the world a better place. Using musical genres as diverse as grunge, hip-hop, reggae, rock, soul and house, this thought provoking mix touches on issues like poverty, homelessness, hunger, and the environment.

Highlights include Bob Marley’s War Based on Haile Selassie’s address to the UN General Assembly in 1963, John Mellencamp’s Scarecrow about the experience of losing the family farm, and William Shatner’s cover of Blur’s Common People, which might sound cheesy and overproduced, but it gets the point across.

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This Charming Runner

this-charming-runnerNot only a workout mix, this mix is also appropriate for people who like to go out on Wednesday nights, drink cheap beer, and dance to dark music from the 80s. The songs contain inappropriate themes, foul language and a bad attitude. Whether you’re on the treadmill, the dance floor or drinking alone in your basement, this charming runner will get you moving.

This Charming Runner features music by Joy Division, The Bravery, She Wants Revenge, The Cure, Berlin, The Killers, Peaches and The Smiths.

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Up & Running

Indie tunes to help you keep your legs churning.

Whether you’re running toward something, or away from something, this energetic workout mix will put a spring in your step.  It features music from Gnarls Barkley, Editors, Vampire Weekend, Justice, CHVRCHES, Yeasayer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Cheers Elephant, The Thermals, Nervo, White Stripes, Empire of the Sun, Holy Ghost, Grouplove, The Love Language, Surfer Blood, Royal Teeth, Black Lips, Black Kids, and The Dandy Warhols.
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This playlist includes music from Dent May, STRFKR, The Colourist, POLIÇA, Pure Bathing Culture, Valerie June, In The Valley Below, La Femme Absofacto, Jagwar Ma, Postiljonen, The 1975, Ski Lodge, Empire of the Sun, Montag, Boris, Fractures, and new music from old favorites like Belle & Sebastian, Edward Sharpe, Gov’t Mule, Black Joe Lewis, Beck and Camera Obscura.

The sounds are diverse and the playlist is long.  Great for dinner parties!

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Groove Box 2013

Funky tunes for an international audience

wpid-IMG_20131226_231227.jpgFor the past few years, I’ve had an annual guest appearance on a radio show called the Groove Box.  It’s broadcast from a independent college station in Tel Aviv and is hosted by a talented, knowledgeable, worldly and effervescent DJ named Daniel Kisluk.  I listen to his show through the magic of streaming media grooving to his sets every Tuesday at noon.
Throughout the year, whenever I hear something incredibly groovy, funky or soulful, I deposit into a Groove Box of my own, which I bring with me to the studio for our show.

What’s in the Groove Box this time?

In 2013 I brought breakbeats, soul, old-school hip-hop, classic funk and some Afro-beat. Artists include Hannah Williams, Charles Bradley, Grand Puba, Souls of Mischief, Fred Wesley, the Shaolin Afronauts and more.

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Avocado Foot

Artists include Foals, Phoenix, Classixx, Daft Punk, Capital Cities, John Grant, Gold & Youth, Miami Horror, Tennis, Wild Nothing, Kisses, Pretty Lights, Sweet Valley, Michael Kiwanuka, Savoir Adore, Young Galaxy and a really laid back cover of No Diggity.

Avocado Foot Playlist

This 52 song Spotify playlist was my constant companion in the summer of 2013.  The songs are not confined to a single genre and encompass many moods, thoughts, feelings, and activities: fun, contemplative, adventurous, edgy, skinny dipping, driving, dancing, watching the sunset, watching the sunrise, cooking with fresh herbs, and catching up with old friends.

Foals – My Number
Phoenix – Trying To Be Cool
Classixx – All You’re Waiting For (feat. Nancy Whang)
The Phoenix Foundation – The Captain
Ski Lodge – Just To Be Like You
Capital Cities – Chartreuse
J.Views – Far Too Close – 2013 Edit
Bleached – Dead in Your Head
Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Bulletproof Girl
Washed Out – It All Feels Right
Gold & Youth – Daylight Colours
Miami Horror – Summersun
Daft Punk;Pharrell Williams;Nile Rodgers – Get Lucky – Radio Edit
Cayucas – High School Lover
HAIM – Falling
Kurt Vile – KV Crimes
Bright Moments – Behind the Gun
Phosphorescent – Ride On / Right On
Kisses – Up All Night
Pretty Lights – Finally Moving
Tennis – My Better Self
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Like a Sundae
Tamaryn – I’m Gone
Wild Nothing – Nocturne
Gravenhurst – Circadian
NEU! – Hallogallo
Lukid – Bless My Heart
Wild Nothing – Shadow
Wild Cub – Wishing Well
Phoenix – Don’t
Breakbot – Programme
Sweet Valley – Where Will I Go
Michael Kiwanuka – Tell Me A Tale
Phosphorescent – Song For Zula
Austra – Painful Like
Tove Lo – Habits
John Grant – Black Belt
Chet Faker – No Diggity
Savoir Adore – At the Same Time
Alpine – Villages
The Funklovers – Elegant Pleasure
Miles Fisher – Reset
Daft Punk;Pharrell Williams – Lose Yourself to Dance
Medicine – Long As The Sun
Blouse – No Shelter
Opossom – Watchful Eye
Young Galaxy – New Summer
El Michels Affair – Glaciers Of Ice
Javelin – Light Out
MS MR – Hurricane
Pretty Lights – Yellow Bird
DIIV – How Long Have You Known

What’s with the title?

The odd title, Avocado Foot, is dedicated to my baby daughter who likes to put her tiny foot up on the table and mash food into it.

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T-Top Cruising Jams

t-top-cruising-jamsBefore the first oil crisis in the 1976, when gas was cheap, Detroit manufactured cars made of steel with powerful gas-guzzling engines. Turning the key to start the ignition was exciting, because the car would roar to life with a healthy motor sound. Seat belts were optional and there might have been beer involved.

Conditions on today’s roads are a lot safer. Seat belts are mandatory, and drunk driving is illegal, strictly enforced, and socially unacceptable. Our cars are made of lighter materials and our engines are much more fuel efficient, even though they sound more like sewing machines than classic cars.

T-Top Cruising Jams is an homage to the muscular cars of the 70s, and the deep tracks blaring from their primitive mobile hi-fi systems.

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