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.

Weekly Mix: 11/8/20

Howdy folks. After an eventful week in America I can finally relax a little bit. Of course, I can’t relax too much, because that would mean not updating my site every week. And like Obama said after sinking a 3 the other week, “That’s what I do!”

Things get started with Zlatan’s Wake Up, then Philly singer Barbara Mason’s biggest hit, Yes I’m Ready. Next, a cut from Blu’s underrated NoYork! project with an incredible game-show referencing guest verse in Annie Hall. Reggae legend Alton Ellis covers Procol Harum’s Whiter Shade of Pale and Massive Attack mash up the sound with Five Man Army. Then Cocteau Twins amazing b-side Ice-Pulse (which I discovered via Jonathan Caoutte’s Tarnation), followed by Del’s goofy Sleepin on My Couch. A gem amongst many 2010s Migos tracks, Zaytoven and Quavo’s Stars in the Ceiling is next, followed by Sarah Vaughan’s classic Lullaby of Birdland. Rounding things out this week is a great one from the major dudes Steely Dan, Katy Lied‘s Your Gold Teeth II.

As always, check out the playlist on Spotify.

Weekly Mix: 11/01/20

It’s officially November, and in Pennsylvania it kinda feels like there’s nothing to do but focus on the election. While this will definitely define the upcoming week, there’s still an abundance of music out there to relax the nerves during this tense time. This week’s addition to the playlist is quite mellow.

Grant Green’s Idle Moments is probably the longest single addition to the playlist at almost 15 minutes, followed by T-Pain’s underrated album cut Time Machine. Rema’s hit Dumebi is next, with John Holt’s optimistic Reality after that. Then we have Yo La Tengo with their lovely ballad Nowhere Near and another indie stalwart, Bill Callahan with Too Many Birds. Then the gospel instrumental Blessed Quietness by Pastor T.L. Barrett and the Youth for Christ Choir, followed by R.E.M.’s gentle Star Me Kitten. If you’ve never heard it, Planet Caravan will take you by surprise as it is extremely out-of-character for Black Sabbath (with amazing results). Rounding things off is Nico’s wonderful cover of Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams.

And friends, you can stream the playlist on Spotify.

Weekly Mix: 10/25/20

Looks like Judee Sill’s fantastic Dreams Come True compilation has been removed from Spotify so we no longer have the 45th entry in the mix, “Sunnyside Up Luck” – big SMH. Not replacing it for now, so this week we reach a weird-numbered 159 tracks in the mix. More rap and upbeat stuff in this one!

Big Homie from the short-lived Future Brown project and Sicko Mobb starts things off, followed by the sick AJ Tracey and Mabel track West Ten. Then Tyga’s emo Down For a Min and Jhené Aiko’s brilliant P*$$Y Fairy (OTW). From Method Man’s debut Tical we get Sub Crazy, then Etta James sings her version of Stormy Weather. After that, the first track on Arthur Russell’s classic World of Echo, Tone Bone Kone. Following this is Talk Talk with I Believe in You. Rounding things out this week, Funkadelic’s creepy Atmosphere and Dum Dum Girls’ Coming Down.

As always, check out the playlist on Spotify.

Weekly Mix: 10/18/20

Loving life this morning as we reach 150 songs on the GSG playlist.

We begin with Andy Stott’s wonderful Faith in Strangers, then turn back in time for Patsy Cline’s Crazy. The Brazilian duo of Nelson Ângelo and Joyce follow with Comunhão, and after that is Abbey Lincoln’s spooky Lonely House. Next is underrated producer Suzi Analogue’s BeachCruiser, Shackleton’s Touched, and Trippie Redd’s Feel Good. The eternal dude Lee Hazlewood sings Friday’s Child, and Grover Washington Jr. plays the magnificent Lover Man. We round out this week’s selection with a track that really blew me away this past week, the veteran trumpeter Jon Hassell’s Dreaming.

As always, check out the playlist on Spotify.

Weekly Mix: 10/11/20

Got rained on a bit last week, so this week starts off with some rainy songs.

Margie Joseph starts things off with How Beautiful the Rain, then Margo Guryan with Think of Rain from one of my favorite albums of all time, Take a Picture. Next, Morphine tells you You Look Like Rain and The Rain Parade (band of late Mazzy Star guitarist David Roback) declare This Can’t Be Today. The Rentals bring us out the rain with My Head is in the Sun (featuring Maya Rudolph on the chorus). Then Big Mello will Funkwichamind and the incredible Suga Free gets Angry Enough on one of his most brilliant tracks. Things get v relaxing after that with Gaussian Curve’s Ride, before moving back to rap with Artifacts’ Collaboration of Mics. 80s R&B singer Sybil closes things out with her cover of Burt Bacharach’s Don’t Make Me Over.

Check out the playlist on Spotify.

Weekly Mix: 10/4/20

After a much-needed vacation I am back to update this possibly endless playlist of mine.

We begin this week’s addition with a gem from the Music From Memory label’s excellent compilation Uneven Paths, Violet Eves’ Listen Over the Ocean. Houston’s Screwed Up Click (Southside Playaz) then revels in the delight of Drought Season, before Brazilian legend Tim Maia delivers the equally joyous Jurema. Next, relax with Roxy Music’s classic More Than This. Following that, one of my favorite types of music, emotional E-40 (I Hope U Get This Kite). The super-talented Caroline Says is next with I Tried, then things get mystical with the Bone-Thugs classic “Eternal”. The great Strawberry Switchblade are after that with the wistful 10 James Orr Street. Then we go wayyy back to 1942 with Glenn Miller’s (I’ve Got a Gal in) Kalamazoo (peep the 1942 flows). Wrapping up, a Babyface classic in The Deele’s Shoot ‘Em Up Movies.

Listen on Spotify.

Weekly Mix: 9/20/20

As September slips away I have to continually remind myself not to spend so much time on social media before the most wonderful time of the year (election season). Barring that, the series of tubes we call the internet remains a great place for music. Here are ten more additions to my boundless canon.

Björk’s classic Come to Me seemed to fit in with my selection of mostly dreamy tracks, and following that is a great exotica instrumental from The Beach Boys, Diamond Head. Then, my favorite sound out of Nashville, Lambchop with We Never Argue. I recently started listening to Tortoise and was impressed by Along the Banks of Rivers, so that’s here. P-Funk has also been in heavy rotation, so I’m including the incredibly underrated I Just Got Back by Parliament. Next is Shy Glizzy, probably my favorite rapper right now, with the classic White Girl (bonjour to you all). Dungeon Family member Joi doesn’t get a lot of shine, so I included her sexual Narcissa Cutie Pie. After that, Ulla with I Think My Tears Have Become Good. Pharoahe Monch’s amazing Queens comes next, and I round things out with the effortlessly cool Alté Cruise by the young Nigerian star Odunsi the Engine.

As always, “pree” the Spotify playlist here.

Weekly Mix: 9/13/20

Back at it again, folks. A month ago, after I reached 100 songs on the GSG playlist, I wondered what the hell else I could add. But alas, there are more than 100 great songs in this beautiful world! And so, we reach the next 10.

Have you ever been asked for a lighter, only to never get it back? Well, Vybz Kartel has too, and he was so pissed about it that he made the song Lighter in which he implores his friend to get their own lighter. Like most of his songs, it’s amazing. Speaking of light, Love would love to show you some Orange Skies (probably my favorite track by this great band). Then, Cody Chestnutt is all about Boylife in America, a brilliant and weird song that inspired Kanye’s “Hell of a Life”. Next up, Sly & The Family Stone riff on the thought of Babies Makin’ Babies, and Duke Ellington keeps it lovely with The Single Petal of a Rose. The Japanese artist Piana gets transcendent with early in summer. Following this is Charles Mingus’s Flamingo, from the masterful Tijuana Moods. Then a heartbreaking Astrud Gilberto ballad in If (The Biggest Little Word), followed by a recent track from the underrated songwriter Laura Groves, M6 North. Laurel Halo rounds out the playlist this week with the spacey, brilliant Do U Ever Happen.

As always, check the playlist on Spotify.