Playlist for July 2014

I may not blog about my playlists every month, but I want to brag because I think this is the best one I’ve ever made. I’ve used two basic techniques in making playlists over the years: going on impulse and choosing quickly, and thinking very hard and scrutinizing every choice. The first technique is much faster, of course. It’s what I do when I pick music for parties, and when I work that way I just try to enjoy the unexpected contrasts. But last month I went with the second strategy. I wanted everything to flow perfectly and I fiddled with songs two through six a ton of times. The result is a mix that’s unusually serious at the beginning, then becomes more dreamier and then fun and then soulful and contemplative. I’ve never been able to shift moods this clearly. As part of the fun, I interpolated 3/4ths of the closing suite from The Roots’ “Undun” album out of order.


2014 07July Mix


“That’s How Strong My Love Is” – Little Milton

“Redford (For Yia-Yia & Papou)” – The Roots

“I’d Swear There Was Somebody Here” – David Crosby

“Pyramid Song” – Radiohead

“Fleurette Africaine” – Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus & Max Roach

“Little Wing” – Jimi Hendrix

“Sierra Leone” – Derek Trucks Band

“Aratan N Tinariwen” – Tamikrest

“Farm Song” – Leon Gardner

“Super Cool Brother” – L.A. Bare Faxx

“Funky Nassau, Pt. 2” – The Beginning of the End

“Milestones” – Bill Evans

“Finality (4th Movement)” – The Roots

“Please Let Me Hold You” – Mike Mattison

“Possibility (2nd Movement)” – The Roots

“Fire and Rain” – Bobby Womack

“Hey Jude” – Wilson Pickett

“Celebrated Walkin’ Blues” – Taj Mahal

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