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Welcome to the 9th annual X-MIX, an end of the year mixtape celebration. As always, these aren’t necessarily songs released this year, but just a collection of the favorite things I’ve been listening to in 2012. Merry X-MIX Internet!


Track listing:
- Chelsea Peretti: Wolf Blitzer
- Iggy Azalea: My World
- SBTRKT: Trials of the Past
- Curren$y: Showroom
- Clams Casino: Palace
- Waka Flocka Flame: Triple F Intro
- Purity Ring: Fineshrine
- Amerigo Gazaway: Runnin’ (Bizarre Tribe)
- Kanye West, Jay-Z & Big Sean: Clique
- Purity Ring, Obedear
- Beastie Boys, Pass the Mic
- Dolly Parton, Puppy Love
- Angel Haze, Wicked Moon
- Stevie Wonder, Village Ghetto Land
- Boldy James, I Sold Dope All My Life
- XXYYXX, Alone
- SBTRKT, Wildfire
- Chelsea Peretti: Wolf Blitzer

Ghosts of X-MIX past: 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004

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Posted on December 14, 2012


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I spent most of this year working at Wax Poetics, where I got introduced to a lot of these 2009 releases through promos sent to the magazine for review. The synths were big again this year, and merited a few repeat artists from ’08, notably Stones Throw’s Dam Funk and James Pants. While certainly I seek out electronic music as part of a well-balanced breakfast, this mix came out extra fortified, with programmed drums and sine-wave arpeggios melted into the nooks and crannies of other genres I was listening to. It was all put to good use in afrobeat (Chico Mann), dub (Major Lazer), grown-man-Steely-Dan-mellow (9dw), library kitch (Douglas Wood), breezy tropicalia (Antena), and sex jams (Chin Chin). The older and reissued material lends some context via a smattering of house (Lil Louis) and unreleased bedroom tapes from a maestro of Hi-NRG (Cowley). Hope you like.

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# Artist – Song (Year Label)

1. Harald Grosskopf – So Weit So Gut (1980 Sky)
2. Patrick Cowley & Jorge Socarras – Memory Fails Me (2009 Macro)*
3. Nite Jewel – What Did He Say (2009 Gloriette)
4. James Pants – Sky Warning (2009 Stones Throw)
5. Junior Boys – Work (2009 Domino)
6. Hercules and Love Affair – You Belong (2008 DFA)
7. Lil Louis & The World – I Called U (1989 Epic)
8. Chico Mann – Go to that Place (2009 Furious Panther)
9. Subway – Jupiter (2009 Soul Jazz)
10. Major Lazer – Pon de Floor feat. Vybz Kartel (2009 Downtown)
11. Lykke Li – Complaint Department (2008 EMI)
12. Dam Funk – Searchin’ 4 Funk’s Future (2009 Stones Throw)
13. x
14. 9dw – Synthetic Avenues (2008 Catune)
15. Brian Bennett – Spiv (2009 Wax Poetics)*
16. Chin Chin – GG and The Boys (2009 Def Jux)
17. Antena – Bye Bye Papaye (2004 Numero)*
18. Douglas Wood – Moon Nightclub (2009 Trunk)*
(*reissues. original release dates may vary.)

Here in the future, the combination of promotional platforms like Myspace and the ubiquity of mp3s (and their $0 production cost) hardly give geographically local music scenes a chance to marinate into something distinct. Pre-internet, you had bounce in NOLA, go go in DC, and Detroit techno, but with the aid of digital distribution, noise bands in Providence sound like noise bands in Baltimore, and nationally, all music eventually distills into Lady Gaga. The geographic distinctions are melting, and while I’m not necessarily advocating for a locavore movement for music, it has had me searching for a new outlet for amateur, self-released, DIY sounds.
Luckily those same self publishing tools have allowed millions of other people (musicians and otherwise) to record themselves doing any number of things and upload it to YouTube, aka the Dollar Bins of the 21st Century. This year I tried to get omnivorous, and realized that for me, “digging” for YouTube videos is just as legit as LPs. Why prioritize one format over another? I get just as much satisfaction coming across some amazing vid with under 500 views as I do finding some bizzaro local LP (and now CDs and tapes too!) in a thrift store. And I want to play it for people.
This is my first attempt at a YouTube-sourced mix – a proof of concept. Putting together an audio mix from video material was a good exercise in keeping my ears open to good sounds in unexpected places, and I think the result has a sometimes radio-drama effect, mixing music, narration, and field recordings into a cohesive whole. I have more favorites where these came from, so expect something bigger down the line.

bennett4senate youtube finds mix

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1. dog malfunction
2. Miami HEAT Fan Conduct Announcement Slow Jammed
3. Computer Teacher Beatdown
4. Spanish Rap Project
5. mathematics (independent) – math rap
6. The Slope Formula Snoop Dogg Style “Math Rap”
7. I show how to make trance in Fl studio (by Sonix 1241) #4
8. beamz Music Performance System
9. american girl music video – The Best Burrito I’ve ever had – parry gripp
10. Avatar Makeup tutorial
11. Epic Slow Clap and double OT victory
12. Pancho the singing parrot
13. Brookline is My Lady pt. 1
14. manualist plays young holt unlimited – soulful strut – on his hands!

2009 Shoutouts:
Lets Get Serious, my other blog, and home of Mike McGill and Tackleberry of A Downtown Affair.
DJ Ghostdad (& the Fully Fitted family) who had Sober1, my main homey Josh Dunn, and myself on Mofo Radio this fall for a really fun show.
Trent, for having me as a guest on the special 45s and 40z edition of Sound and Safe.
WFMU in general, and for their dedication to quality!

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Posted on January 2, 2010


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An alternate take on the end of year FAT mix posts.
Post the top 5 mixes/mixtapes/dj-sets that have rocked your world in 2009!

Theo’s 5:

1) Nueva Cumbia mix:
2) Uproot Andy – Guacharaca Migration Mix
3) Uproot Andy – Diesel Umusic Radio
4) Rico Uno & Erik Devereux – Swag Surfing Mix
5) Solitude – Ambient Dubstep Volume 2

Jdubs recommends

1) Kid Cudi: A Kid Named Cudi
2) Chris Macro – King Tubby vs. Wu-Tang Clan – Macro Dubplates vol. 1
2) Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa – How Fly

bennett4senate reccommends:

1) Stones Throw Podcast 49: Dam Funk’s Spiritual Flight
2) Javelin – Andean Ocean Mixtape
3) WFMU – Ken’s 2nd Annual Krampus Special
4) Josh Dunn – Chapter Verse
5) Bennett4$enate – Wine Coolers (cheating, I know :)

Geraldine’s Top 5 (dutty artz fan mix mix):

1) Outras Terras Mixtape
Maga Bo – Outras Terras Mixtape
2) s3cr3t-kn0w13dg3 – Matt Shadetek
s3cr3t-kn0w13dg3 mix – Matt Shadetek
3) Famata Was Here – Lamin Fontana (Lamin marry me plz?)
Famata was Here
4) Solar Life Raft – Dj Rupture and Matt Shadetek
Solar Life Raft. (available in the internets)
5) Slayers Mix by Dj Ripley
Dj Ripley at Taringa

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Posted on January 2, 2010


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This mix is of epic proportions – some might even say (in a bellowing and echoing voice) a “Mega-Mix P-P-Power Jam.” 28 tracks and over 2 hours! Some fffffat mixes may have better transitions, be more consistent genre-wise, hell – even have songs you like better. But I’ll tell you this, none are longer. …and if they are, they did it to spite me.

I combed the earth and the internet for 365 days for y’all and this is the result. You got your ancient rock songs, hillbilly country, early reggae, ethiopian jazz, hendrix samples, and drunk Tracy Morgan. And that’s just the tip of the iceburg.

Listen using the still great OpenTape player just a link away on my site or download the whole thing as a TGZ!! (yeah .tgz, who’s more punk rock now?)

If you like this, you’ll probably like the Tremendous Jamz of 2008 and the Tremendous Jamz of 2007 as well. If you don’t like it, by all means get in touch with an otologist.

All the best in 2010. I got a feeling it’s gonna be a good one.

Steve Lambert's Tremendous Jamz of 2009

  1. I Feel Alright (Dance All Night)
  2. gimme gimme good lovin’ – crazy elephant
  3. Do It – Pink Fairies
  4. Fire – Lupe Fiasco
  5. bombs over baghdad – Dr Ring Ding
  6. Wake Up – Missy Elliot
  7. We Can Work it Out – Stevie Wonder
  8. Seven Years – The Impressions
  9. Giggin’ Down 103rd – The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band –
  10. Right On – Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers
  11. Goose It Up – Cookin’ On 3 Burners
  12. Rien Ne Va Plus – Funk Factory
  13. I Keep Forgettin’ – Michael McDonald
  14. Festival Wise – Trojan D.J. Box Set
  15. Double Six – Lee Perry
  16. Make Me Yours – Phyllis Dillon
  17. Runnin’ Out Of Fools – Aretha Franklin
  18. House Guest – Jim Gaffigan
  19. Before I Grow Too Old – Fats Domino
  20. Long Time in the Ground – Carl Sonny Leyland
  21. Don’t Push Me Too Far – Skeets Mcdonald
  22. Cuanto Cuestasm Cuanto Vales (Morenada) – Banda Conmoción
  23. Mulatu – Mulatu Astatke
  24. Fumando – Captain Planet
  25. Nobody Waits – TrackNField
  26. Here’s What’s Left – RJD2
  27. sports talk radio – Tracy Morgan
  28. Tom Scharpling and Paul F. Tompkins – Best Show on WFMU excerpt

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Posted on December 31, 2009


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