Turns up this was an optional show given that this is finals week here at the University of Iowa. I didn’t know this, and, subsequently, spit nothing but straight fire. This show was really, really good. Too bad no one probably heard it. I think it was my best show of the semester by far.
I have a habit of not relistening to shows (this blog only exists to tell me how long it’s been since I’ve played particular songs and informational purposes), but I would listen to this show again. I think I’ll smooth mix this show before I leave Iowa City and post it up here.
This show was inspired by two things. The first is Yacht Rock, the web series that satirizes the musical genre of the same name. In particular, this is inspired by Episode Two. In said episode, Loggins & Messina along with their fictional svengali Captain Koko are getting drunk and being shirtless around a fire. They have to write a song for their alley songwriting battle with Hall & Oates (If this all sounds weird, please click the link and watch. Have your life changed in the process as well). Loggins proposes that they need a hard riff. In a boozy fashion, Koko hits him and reminds the two of them to never lose the smooth.
The second influence is a song that was played at the beginning of the actual show (Al B. Sure was a bonus cut): Careless Whisper by George Michael. If you have ever watched Sexy Sax Man Sergio Flores, you know this song. If you haven’t, go watch that video. NOW. The actual song where that horn comes from gets in your mind. As well, it has, maybe, the prettiest George Michael shots in it. As well, that song is relentlessly smooth. If you wonder how something can be relentlessly smooth, you’re not thinking hard enough.
This playlist was the result. And, I must say, it was really smooth. If you like getting high, this would be a good show to do it to.
Al B. Sure - Night & Day - In Effect Mode
George Michael - Careless Whisper - Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of…
Blue States - Your Girl - Nothing Changes Under The Sun
Jorge Ben - Errare humanum est - A Tabua de Esmeralda
Quiet Village - Gold Rush - Silent Movie
Donnie & Joe Emerson - Baby - Dreamin’ Wild (NEW)
Chris Isaak - Can’t Do A Thing (To Stop Me) - San Francisco Days
TOPS - Double Vision - Tender Opposites (One of My Fave Albums of 2012)
Ducktails - Letter of Intent - Single (BRAND NEW; Like maybe a week & a half old)
Mtume - Juicy Fruit - Juicy Fruit
The Dells - I Miss You - The Chess Story (V/A)
Sofa Surfers - Sofa Rockers - The K&D Sessions (V/A)
Barrington Levy - Under Mi Sensi - The Best of…
DJ Cam - Free Your Turntable and Your Scratch Will Follow - Mad Blunted Jazz
Nicola Conte - Aphrodite’s Dream - Other Directions
Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five - Time Out
Chet Baker - Let’s Get Lost - The Best of Chet Baker Sings
DJ Greyboy - Bath Music - Mastered The Art
Thievery Corporation - So Com Voce - The Mirror Conspiracy
Clutchy Hopkins - 3:34 - The Life of Clutchy Hopkins
Peaking Lights - Cosmic Tides - Lucifer (NEW-ish)
Everything But The Girl - Protection - Like The Deserts Miss The Rain (I KNOW THAT THIS IS A MASSIVE ATTACK TRACK!!!!!!!! THIS IS WHERE I GOT IT FROM!!!!!!)
Portishead - Glory Box - Dummy