Weekly Mix: 2/21/21

It’s Sunday, and you know what that means: time to Chill. Today is the day to hang and kick it and so forth. Oh, and I have more songs for you.

Speaking of chill, we’ll start with Samantha James’s Amber Sky and move on to Sweet Trip’s Milk, which is probably the most mindblowing thing I’ve heard in the past two weeks. Then a killer Alchemist production in Step Brothers’ Tomorrow. All Donuts fans (I know you’re out there) will recognize Dionne Warwick’s You’re Gonna Need Me. Some classic Little Brother recently came to streaming, including their genius Mos Def collab Let It Go. Next, the very smooth I Try from Angela Bofill. After that, Project Pablo asks Why, Though? and then things get very twee very quickly with Saturday Looks Good To Me’s Meet Me By the Water. The late Allen Toussaint’s Southern Nights is the penultimate track today, with Aphrodite’s Child’s ballad It’s Five O’Clock to finish this week’s playlist additions off. Take care all.

And listen here.

Weekly Mix: 2/7/21

Hip-hop. Rap. Same thing. My favorite genre. This week it’s all rap rap rappity-rap mickey mouse cheese hip-hop walt disney.

We begin with the A.B.N. (Assholes by Nature) Z-Ro and Trae, who need No Help. Following that is a similar statement of independence from another great duo, 8Ball & MJG with Nobody But Me. Young Thug celebrates fatherhood on Daddy’s Birthday before we take it back to ’94 with Ill Al Skratch’s Where My Homiez? (sick beat on this one). Then Souls of Mischief producer Long Beach’s Domino gets funky on Sweet Potatoe Pie. Staying in California we revisit L.A.’s Bloods & Crips (composed of real gang members) with Steady Dippin’. Coolin’ is Chief Keef in the sublime Valley, then Cam’ron provides a proletariat anthem in (I Hate) My Job. Next is an underrated track from Migos’ Quavo, South Africa. We round things out this week with Cities Aviv’s cathartic Worlds of Pressure.

Ch-check it out here.

Weekly Mix: 1/24/21

Hey there, we’re back after a break and a holiday weekend. This week brings some welcome additions to the playlist from two of the greatest living American artists, Chief Keef and Bob Dylan, among others.

We begin a capella with Ellen McIlwaine’s Farther Along followed by the late Bill Withers’ Can We Pretend. Then, Отношения (“Relationship” ?) from the Ukranian artist Luna. Then throwing it back with Bay Area classic Playaz Club from Rappin’ 4 Tay and Les McCann’s Sometimes I Cry. Women’s Black Rice is next, then Roger Eno & Kate St. John’s tender ballad The Blue Sea. Similarly dark is Migos’ early tribute to lost ones, R.I.P.. A brilliant Chief Keef track Green Light and Bob Dylan’s take on My One and Only Love close this week’s selections.

Check ’em out here.

Weekly Mix: 1/10/21

What day is it? What year is it? What’s happening? Oh… it’s Sunday. Right. Okay, here we go:

Ever heard of Day 26? Me neither, but their song Co Star is really good. So is Don’t You Worry by Freestyle Fellowship’s Myka 9. And rest in peace to John Prine man, I recently heard Hello in There and loved it, so it’s on here. I put a Chris Bell song earlier in the playlist but today I’m including This Mortal Coil’s version of You and Your Sister. After that, Italian synth dudes Sensations’ Fix with Acudreaming, from a great RVNG compilation of their material. Then, one of my favorite (and one of the most ominous) songs by the great Shangri-Las, Past, Present and Future. Sic Alps (whatever happened to them?) are next with Wake Up, It’s Over II. Following this, everyone’s favorite Grateful Dead with Mountains of the Moon from Aoxomoxoa. Then, Marvin Gaye’s She Needs Me and Phoebe Snow’s All Over conclude this week’s additions.

We’ve hit 250 songs this week! Celebrate with me by listening here.

Weekly Mix: 1/3/21

Welcome to 2021 my people.

We enter the year with Bowie’s ballad Win, followed by Hieroglyphics’ Casual with Be Thousand (no relation to the GBV album as far as I can tell). Then South African “Om” Alec Khaoli’s jam Say You Love Me. Next, Organ Tapes’ banger Stunna and soul man Lee Dorsey’s Sneakin’ Sally Thru the Alley. Yoshio Suzuki’s chill Kane, Jadakiss’ By Your Side and Toni Braxton’s Talking in His Sleep come after that. Concluding this week’s additions to the playlist are Thomas Dolby’s Screen Kiss and Sibylle Baier’s I Lost Something in the Hills.

Happy new year to all, and check out the playlist here.

Weekly Mix: 12/20/20

Hi folks, it’s your pal Ethan Reis here for what will probably be the last GSG playlist update of 2020. Thanks for tuning in and happy holidays and new years to you and yours.

This week we begin with an early Ciara jam in Field Mob’s So What, before South African artist Yvonne Chaka Chaka sings Sangoma. Then one of the most brilliant songs of 2020, Open Mike Eagle’s Wtf is Self Care? Next, T.I. affiliate Big Kuntry King is coolin’ with Young Dro on Focus, and Wild of Night hosts a Video Party (recommended for all you Kate Bush fans). Been listening to so much Willie Nelson that I couldn’t help but throw in the original Three Days, then one of my favorite bands Lambchop with If Not I’ll Just Die. An absolute classic follows in Broadcast’s Come On Let’s Go, then we turn to Memphis for Eightball & MJG’s Friend or Foe (the MJG verse near the end is perfection). Rounding things out this week is a 2020 favorite, Shabason, Krgovich & Harris’s Friday Afternoon.

Listen up here.

Weekly Mix: 12/13/20

Wow. The songs this week are really good. I mean really good! Damn. What the hell.

So here we go y’all. Jon Lucien’s Lady Love kicks things off, followed by the heal theme from Ico (never played it, but seems cool!). Then a throwback track from one of my favorite albums, Magnetic Fields’ Josephine (from Wayward Bus). Quelle Chris’s beautiful Living Happy is next, along with Gene Clark’s One in a Hundred. Luther Vandross brings a jam in See Me and Catherine Howe sings My Child. Then we have overlooked British folk-rockers Heron with Yellow Roses, and Supermarket Blues from Eugene McDaniels’ brilliant Headless Heroes of the Apocalypse. Closing things out this week is Cat Power’s Back of Your Head.

Listen to the playlist on Spotify.

Weekly Mix: 12/6/20

It’s December. Wow! This week we add some folk songs to the mix. Well, not all of them are, but it’s a more analog than usual update to the GSG playlist. Check the songs below.

I’ve been on a big Hugh Masekela kick recently, and especially enjoying his live recordings. Abangoma from Hope (1994) still blows me away, so I’m starting this week’s mix with it. Next is Tim Hardin’s It’ll Never Happen Again, which I discovered by way of Gary Burton (who appears on Hardin’s album). The Louvin Brothers’ Satan Is Real got a lot of plays this year, and not just for its amazing cover art. I’ve included their Dying From Home, and Lost here. Then perennial favorite Julia Holter’s fantastic cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Gold Dust Woman. After that, the late Lhasa’s Pa’llegar a Tu Lodo. Then, gospel singer Tessie Hill’s Take a Day. The brilliant weirdness of Otis G Johnson follows with Are You Cleansed Annexus. Folk legend Phil Ochs is next with Rehearsals for Retirement. Rounding things out this week is recent favorite Tomberlin with Self-Help.

Check out the playlist on Spotify.

Weekly Mix: 11/22/20

The GSG playlist has hit 200 songs! Here’s what’s on deck this week. I actually picked 11 tracks today, since “Sunnyside Up Luck” was deleted from Spotify.

We begin with a major throwback from my childhood in Bow Wow’s Let Me Hold You (feat. Omarion). Then the smooth sounds of Onra with Love Tip. Hugh Masakela leads us Grazing in the Grass, Willie Nelson asks Can I Sleep in Your Arms, and Nailah Hunter envisions a White Flower, Dark Hill. The Montclairs then attempt to Make Up for Lost Time, and a 60s one-hit wonder follows in John Fred’s Judy in Disguise (With Glasses). Vallejo’s Mac Mall is up next with Young N Da Game. Then two lovely odes to song in Donny Hathaway’s I Believe in Music and Ahmad Jamal’s classic I Love Music. Rounding things out is my favorite song right now, Mickey Newbury’s Write a Song a Song / Angeline.

I may take a break for a week or two, but if you have 14 hours to spare, check out all 200 wonderful songs on Spotify.

Weekly Mix: 11/15/20

Greetings friends, it’s me Ethan Reis. Back with more music for your cranium.

This week’s addition to the playlist begins with the Supreme Jubilees’ It’ll All Be Over, Stina Nordenstam’s Little Star and Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions’ Drop. Then the great pianist Ahmad Jamal’s Jeff, before things speed up a tad with Yo La Tengo’s Can’t Forget. O.C. drops jewelz on Far From Yours and Vickie & The Van Dykes sing True Love. Then some French monkeying around with Brigette Bardot and Serge Gainsbourg’s Bonnie and Clyde. Rounding things out this week is Outkast’s spectral 13th Floor / Growing Old, followed by Lyfe Jennings’ fantastic ballad Let’s Do This Right.

Stream the playlist on Spotify.