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The Waiting Is The Hardest Part

10 Nov


The Waiting – Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

Where Y’at – Trombone Shorty

Here it Comes – Modest Mouse

Baby Baby Baby – Anna King

Push it Along – Tribe Called Quest

Cross Eyed and Painless (Live @ Milwaukee 1984) – Talking Heads

Here Comes My Baby (Cat Stevens Cover)- Yo La Tengo

Push It – Salt-N-Pepa

Here Comes my Girl (Live @ Oxford, 1980) – Tom Petty

It’s a Boy (Live at Leads) – The Who

Baby I Love You – Aretha Franklin

We’re a Happy Family – The Ramones



15 Aug


Soul Finger – The Bar-Kays

Swing Low Sweet Cadillac – Dizzy Gillespie

I’m Waiting for the Man – The Velvet Underground

Medley (seriously, listen to the whole thing) – The Kinks

Chicken Fat – Mel Brown

>Tramp – Otis Redding & Carla Thomas

Madame George (ok, just discovered that this was recorded in 1968, but this sloppy and soulful live version is so awesome I decided to include it) – Van Morrison

Heinz Baked Beans – The Who

Sisters of Mercy – Leonard Cohen

Don’t Answer the Door – B.B. King

Too Much Sunshine

26 Apr


This mix was inspired by two different conversations this week. One friend recently ended a long relationship. Rather than wallow in the blues, or play Marvin Gaye’s Here my Dear over and over again, he’s decided to listen to unabashedly happy music. Another is suffering the effects of too much sunshine. These songs are for them.

Heavy Makes You Happy – Staple Singers

Bang the Drum All Day – Todd Rundgren

I Missed The Bus Again – Skankin’ Pickle

Mr. E’s Beautiful Blues – The Eels

Punchdrunk – Béla Fleck

The Golden Road – The Bobs

note: there’s also this awesome live version by Yo La Tengo

Wooly Bully – Sam The Sham And The Pharaohs

Woo Hoo – Five Six Seven Eights

Sunshine on My Shoulder (Superpose Remix) – John Denver

And then, of course, there’s this annoying yet entirely catchy ditty…

Erika’s Mixtape

21 Mar


Respect – Norma Fraser

Shave – Enon

Positive Walk – DJ Moule

Buddy – De La Soul

Cavern – Liquid

How I Got Over – The Roots

Marz – Woima Collective

Lo-Fi Nu Jazz #6 – Rubin Steiner

Crystalised – The XX

Dream Baby Dream – Neneh Cherry & The Thing

Who am I? I am…

6 Feb












Songs for the Golden State

12 Sep

I made a preliminary version of this mix for a road trip down Rt. 1 to Santa Cruz with my friends Hal and Emily. Growing up in the suburbs of Buffalo, I never thought that I would one day be a Californian. But, somewhere along the way, with the top down, the Ocean on my right, and some pesticide-free organic veggies in my bag, I realized that I’ll be out here for a very long time. (note, this is a re-post of a very old entry).

Going Back to Cali – LL Cool J
“Her bikini – small; heels – tall
She said, she liked, the ocean”

California Love – TuPac
My white version would have different shout outs at the end of the song…
“Mill Valley in tha house, uh yeah. Atherton, Atherton definately in tha house hahaha. Walnut Creek, The Creek. Hey, you know Humbolt is up in this. Humbolt, where you at? Yeah, La Jolla, La Jolla always Hoe Ya. Even Malibu tryin to get a piece baby. Rancho Cucamonga where ya at? yeah”

Goodbye California – Jolie Holland
As were driving down the coast, Hal asked “does she talk in that voice too?” I sure hope so.

California Uber Alles – Dead Kennedys
I doubt Jello Biafra would have guessed that Jerry Brown (his aura smiles and never frowns) would one day be Mayor of Oakland, not President of the United States, let alone Governor again years later.

California – Joni Mitchell

A friend once played me this song, quoting her collage friend who said “Everyone should listen to Joni Mitchell’s Blue before falling in love.”

That’s Why I Came to California – Leon Ware
A soulful tour of the major cities of California

Estimated Prophet – Grateful Dead
The song is actually about the tripped out folks hanging out by the stage door at Dead shows. Without the band to follow around, they are now scattered throughout California, talking to themselves.

California English – Vampire Weekend
You’ve got to read all the lyrics. Any band that references Toms of Maine toothpaste is OK in my book.

Do-Re-Mi – Woody Guthrie
California is a garden of Eden, a paradise to live in or see;
But believe it or not, you won’t find it so hot
If you ain’t got the do re mi.
Seventy years later and the lyrics still apply

California Stars – Billy Bragg and Wilco
Also from Woodie Guthrie.


10 Aug

Click here for delicious stone fruit recipes from the good folks over at KQED’s “Bay Area Bites”.

Plumb Dumb – Dead Milkmen

Peach Tree Blues – Eddie Duncan

Dreaming of the Plum Trees – White Hinterland

Peach, Plum, Pear – Joanna Newsom

Cherry – Nostalgia 77

Quetzalcoatl Eats Plums – Mountain Goats

Plum Nellie – Booker T and the MGs

Peaches and Diesel – Eric Clapton

Peaches En Regalia – Frank Zappa

Peach – Prince

(Extra Special Bonus Song)
Shake Your Groove Thing – Peaches and Herb