Archive: Summer Mixtape

Summer Mixtape, Track 12: "That Summer Feeling" - Jonathan Richman

We've sort of slacked off on the whole Summer Mixtape thing but what do you expect? It's summer, the perfect time for slacking. We'll start it back up today with a slight mood shift. Most of the songs featured so far have played to the hot and steamy summer vibe....

By David Malitz | July 22, 2008; 01:54 PM ET | Comments (2)

They Played What, Where? Vol. 1, No. 4/Summer Mixtape, Track 11- "Can You Get to That" - Funkadelic

Hearing good music in retail stores has become such a regular occurrence these days that it's pretty much put an end to this feature. Some recent examples include: - Spoon's "The Underdog" in CVS (much better than that damn "Give Me the Beat Boys" Doobies song that makes me want...

By David Malitz | July 14, 2008; 07:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Summer Mixtape, Track 10: 'Doo Wop (That Thing)' - Lauryn Hill

You remember L-Boogie, right? The Fugees centerpiece who became a solo star with the 1998 release of "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill" album ... and then basically stopped making music, save for that raggedy MTV Unplugged session, a few appearances with the Fugees and a random track here (the "Surf's...

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 14, 2008; 09:54 AM ET | Comments (0)

Summer Mixtape, Track 9: 'On a Sunday Afternoon' - Lighter Shade of Brown

Based on the old Young Rascals tune, "Groovin'," this is a delicious nothingburger of a pop-rap song about hanging in the park, drinking beer, grilling carne asada and bumping lowrider-worthy oldies with your homeys on a carefree Sunday afternoon - which may or may not make LSOB the Latin-rap equivalent...

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 10, 2008; 07:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

Summer Mixtape, Track 8: "Paper Planes" - M.I.A.

Who were the geniuses who decided to release M.I.A.'s "Kala" on Aug. 21 of last summer? If any album was meant to be blasted at full volume during the hottest and most humid days of the year it was Ms. Arulpragasam's world-tour-de-force. As it was, it was almost an entire...

By David Malitz | July 9, 2008; 04:47 PM ET | Comments (3)

Summer Mixtape, Track 7: 'American Boy' - Estelle featuring Kanye West

Though it's not a massive hit - at least not in America itself, where it's barely inside the Top 40 on Billboard's singles chart - this is my favorite new song of the summer. (It's apparently one of Jay-Z's, too.) A breezy, will.i.am-produced electro-pop jam with a thumping disco beat...

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 8, 2008; 05:31 PM ET | Comments (2)

Summer Mixtape, Track 6: "Ghetto Superstar" - Pras (f. Ol' Dirty Bastard and Mya)

Back in 1998 this song was inescapable. I certainly couldn't escape it, at least. I did that thing where, after graduating high school, I went to the beach for a week. (Well, I only went for a few days because I came back early for a Caps/Sabres Eastern Conference Finals...

By David Malitz | July 7, 2008; 01:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Summer Mixtape, Track 5: "Fourth of July" - Galaxie 500

Hope you enjoyed all that island funkiness. Today's track comes from a band that is just about the polar opposite of island funkiness: '80s dream-pop favorites Galaxie 500. I think the reason this song makes the cut is pretty obvious. It does make for good fireworks watching music. Happy Fourth....

By David Malitz | July 4, 2008; 08:48 AM ET | Comments (0)

Summer Mixtape, Track 4: "Don't Touch That Thing" - Sylvia Hall

You could -- and maybe should -- spend the whole summer listening to the entire Numero Records catalog. Every time I think that they can't possibly dig up any more lost, funky greatness, they drop something like the latest addition to the Eccentric Soul series or "Soul Messages From Dimona."...

By David Malitz | July 3, 2008; 09:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Summer Mixtape, Track 3: 'Nah Goin Home' - Biggie Irie

In keeping with the island theme, we turn to Barbados, home of the reggae-loving British crooner Carlton Cordle, better known as the international soca star Biggie Irie. This is his biggest hit - the one that won him the awesomely named title of International Groovy Soca Monarch. (It's a huge...

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 2, 2008; 07:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Summer Mixtape, Track 2: 'Now That We Found Love' - Third World

Well before Heavy D, producer Teddy Riley and their hired hook singer, Aaron Hall, put a hip-hop spin on this Gamble and Huff tune, the funky Jamaicans in Third World cut the definitive cover. Whereas the O'Jays original was a sweet slice of easy-listening early-'70s soul, Third World cranked up...

By J. Freedom du Lac | July 1, 2008; 08:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Summer Mixtape, Track 1: "Uptown Top Ranking" - Althea and Donna

Summer deserves a good soundtrack. So we thought we'd give you one. Every day over the next few weeks J. Freedom and I will offer up a song that sounds especially great cranked up on a hot day. We'll kick things off with what may be the perfect summer song,...

By David Malitz | June 30, 2008; 02:23 PM ET | Comments (3)

 

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