Another weekly mixtape…..
First up, a new song from a new group. Don’t let the band name fool you — the track is completely safe for work, and sharply clever as well. I laughed out loud at some of the lyrics on this one. Fuck Dress – “Suburban Nietzsche Freak.”
Had to post this, given that he died earlier this week. As infectious and brilliant as the day it was released: Bo Diddley – “Bo Diddley.”
As you’ve probably seen on the news, today is the 40th anniversary of the death of Bobby Kennedy. and I saw Emilio Estevez’ directoral debut, Bobby, earlier this week, and really liked it. Well worth renting. The music used in the film was all 1968, with the exception of the closing credits, which was a new gospel-tinged song (written by, of all people, Bryan Adams). I fell in love with the song immediately. Powerful stuff: Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige and the Harlem Boys Choir – “Never Gonna Break My Faith.”
I only just discovered that Hooverphonic (whom I’ve posted tracks from before) did a trip-hop single in the late 90s based on a sample from my favorite Isaac Hayes track (his version of “Walk On By”). This song might as well be titled “Stuff Gareth Really Likes.” Hooverphonic – “2Wicky.”
At last — the time has come ’round again for an indie-garage-band of white boys to dabble in Jamaica’s dub reggae style, following in the footsteps of the Clash, the Police, 311 and Sublime. Cage The Elephant – “Aint No Rest For The Wicked (wicked devil remix).”
The multi-psuedonymed RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan has a new album coming out, this time using his “Bobby Digital” identity. Typical brilliant RZA production, razor-sharp rhymes — high-quality hip-hop. RZA as Bobby Digital – “”U Can’t Stop Me Now (feat. Inspectah Deck).”
Lastly, a slick of grade-A cheese from 1985: Cyndi Lauper – “Goonies R Good Enough.”
Enjoy your weekends, kids.