Valentine’s Day Mix 2013 “Inspiration Information”

Posted in music, Records with tags , , , , , on February 11, 2013 by blogstoryshort

DJ Mix, Vinyl, Funk, Soul, Love, Valentine's Day, Twinpeaks DJs, Kyle Hodges

The theme/title for the third annual V-Day mix is “Inspiration Information” and emphasizes some of the people who have been an inspiration or influence to me.  This mix follows under the same guideline as previous Valentine’s Day mixes, only vinyl 45’s purchased in the previous calendar year can be used.  No exceptions.

Curating and producing this mix is something I look forward to the entire year.  As I have moved to different cities, meet new people, shared experiences, etc, it’s important to let my family, friends and even strangers know how much they inspire me.  Society doesn’t always allow us the pleasure of knowing how our actions affect others in a positive way.  It’s a shame really, positive energy and acknowledging its existence helps cultivate people’s best intentions.

Below the song list are the people who influenced me this year for one reason or another.  Some of these songs I’ve never heard before, while others were just simple reminders that it should be included. There were numerous 45s that I couldn’t find or were very expensive and had to excluded.  Additional songs were not included in this mix because of time consideration.  I plan on releasing another mix, “Leftover Chocolates”, in the near future.

Feel free to share it and thanks for taking the time to listen.

Stream the mix at Mixcloud  or here via Dropbox

This is dedicated to the memory of my friend, coworker and roommate Eric Radin, RIP.

Candi Staton – “I’d Be An Old Man’s Sweetheart”

Etta James – “Tell Mama”

Mickey Murray – “I Can’t Tell You”

Ike & Tina Turner – “Bold Soul Sister”

Dorthy Moore – “Here It Is”

The Emotions – “Blind Alley”

Betty Everett – “The Shoop Shoop Song”

Soulphonics & Ruby Velle – “Heartlite”

Barbara Acklin – “Love Makes A Woman”

T Bird and The Breaks – “The Piano Joint”

Mable John – “Running Out”

Charles Bradley – “Heartaches and Pain”

Ray Charles – “Georgia On My Mind”

Tony Bennett – “I’ll Only Miss Her When I Think of Her”

Jeanine and Janie – “Under Your Spell Again”

Squirrel Nut Zippers – “Anything But Love”

Wax Poetic ft. Norah Jones – “Angels”

The Playmates – “What is Love”

Mickey & Sylvia – “Dearest”

Buddy Holly – “Love Is Strange”

Roy Orbison – “Only The Lonely”

Soul Survivors – “Expressway To Your Heart”

George McCrae – “Rock Your Baby”

The O’Jays – “Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby”

Gladys Knight & The Pips – “On And On”

Lou Rawls – “Bring It On Home”

Queen – “Somebody To Love”

Betty Everett  “The Shoop Shoop Song”  My friend Amber “Ginger” posted this on Facebook one day and it just screamed ADD ME TO THE MIX!

Mickey & Sylvia  “Dearest”  When Mickey died this year, Aquarium Drunkard blog posted a great story on Mickey, his interesting relationship with Sylvia and this song: one of the greatest love songs that I’ve ever heard.  Mmmhhh, yeah…

Ray Charles  “Georgia On My Mind” – To my home state of Indiana.  Although it is not under the same circumstances as Mr Charles, the “lost love” feeling I have for both Indianapolis and the state of IN is the same.

Wax Poetic ft Norah Jones “Angels” – This is a song that my boy Dalton Finney introduced me to back in ’04, when he called my record store wanting the 12″ single.  I flipped my lid when I found it on 7″ this year!  Fate my friends.

T Bird And The Breaks “The Piano Song” – A shout to my Austin, TX boys.  These guys are the REAL DEAL and it’s only a matter of time before you see their name in BIG lights.

Charles Bradley “Heartaches And Pan” – This is for Neal Sugarman, Tom Brenneck, Mikey Post and the rest of the Daptone family.  About 7 years ago I was lucky enough to do my first show with the crew, it still inspires me to this day.

Mable John “Running Out”  – This is for my friend Eric who runs the blog Record-Racks.  An accomplished writer, he is the type of man who keeps music alive for all the right reasons.

Gladys Knight & The Pips “On And On” – For my friend/coworker at Reckless, Dan Malone.  Known for dishing out nicknames and good tunes as both a DJ and lead singer of Death Ships, he played this one Saturday night extra loud.

Candi Staton “I’d Rather Be An Old Man’s Sweetheart” – When I heard first heard this song her compilation (Honest Jons Records partially owned by Damon Alburn) it was a game changer.  I became obsessed with collecting 45’s instead of LPs and the rest as they say, is in the mix.

The O’Jays “Darlin’ Darlin’ Baby” – I heard a remix of this tune in the fall of 2011 by a cat name JKriv aka Deep & Disco from Philly and it blew my mind.  In July of last year my friend Brendan O’Connell and I were driving around Chicago listening to the new remixes of  “Call Girl” a single from his band, The Right Now.  (Best Soul band in Chicago.)  Wouldn’t you know that it would feature a remix by JKriv and would be released on his label, Deep & Disco in 2013.  It’s a small world out there.

Squirrel Nut Zippers “Anything But Love” – Whenever I think of this band, I think of my Uncle John and how he wold talk about them way back in the mid 90’s.  I saw this at Other Music in NYC and couldn’t help but add it to this year’s mix.

Mickey Murray “I Can’t Tell You”- Known as James Brown’s protege, Murray’s album was completed but got shelved after King Records was purchased.  Another friendship I’ve developed because of music is with Eric Foss.  Eric runs Secret Stash Records in Minneapolis and put this album out in April 2012.  Secret Stash does an amazing job of finding lost gems of music that have never been published before and gives them a proper release.  The label deserves your attention.

Buddy Holly “Love Is Strange” – This is a shout to DJs, Rob Fearless and Action Pat.  Two guys who welcomed me with open arms to their city and gave me a chance to have some fun, swap some records and gain new friendships.  Both of you helped me to expand my sound and this track just reminds of my time in Baltimore.


Top Music Releases of 2012

Posted in music, Records, Reviews with tags , , , , , , , on January 27, 2013 by blogstoryshort

Here are my top releases for the year 2012, listed in no particular order or ranking but separated between new albums and compilations/reissues.  Enjoy

A Place To Bury StrangersWorship 

They do no wrong and you should listen to every release.

Matthew E WhiteBig Inner

Take bits of James Taylor and Cat Stevens, throw in some great r&b and you have brother White.

Ondatropica S/T

A tropical exploration brought to us by Will Holland, aka Quantic, that has bits of hip-hop mixed in and a Black Sabbath cover.

Nenah CherryThe Thing 

She should win a Grammy for this wonderful album, a mixture of jazz, lounge and pop that is superb.

Oreo JonesBetty

The best hip-hop to come out of Indianapolis, period!  Seriously, do yourself a favor and jump on the train now.

Exit MusicPassage 

Lush vocals, haunting music and a connection with Boardwalk Empire?  Yes, it’s all there in the record.


Great guitar rock album that drops vocals in at just the right time.

Melody’s Echo ChamberS/T

Produced by a member of Tame Impala, adding in glorious reverb drenched vocals into a sonic landscape of sunny bliss.

Tame ImpalaLonerism 

I worship the ground these guys walk on.

TerranovaHotel Amore

After years of pumping out great releases, this was the biggest surprise I had this year.  A symbolic electronica album with just enough dance undertones.

The Orb & Lee Scratch PerryThe Observer in the star house  

Ok, two landmarks in the electronic/dub/ambient world got together, smoked A LOT of ganga and pumped out a CLASSIC!

The Hundred In The HandsRed Night

This is how I like my “EDM” if you want to label it that way.  Blissful beats, layers of synths, warm textures, simmering drums, punch bass, yup.

The Right NowGets Over You

Modern Chicago Soul, R&B that hits it right every.single.time.

T-Bird & The Breaks Dancehall Freakin EP 

The masters of a Texas thing that I still can’t put my finger on.  A superb mix of soul, hip-hop and honky-tonk boozed swagger.

The Gossip A Joyful Noise

They do it again.  Just buy it already


An afro-psych voodoo magic laced album with fuzzy guitars and just enough hook to keep you around for hours.  An absolute MONSTER of an album that has me thinking of a new religion.


LegoweltParanormal Soul 

For anyone who loves electronic music this should be an album to pick up indeed.  Utilizing a great concept with a depth of layers, this album enters through your ears to massage your frontal lobes into repeatedly listening experiences.  Sound like too much?  Have another listen then.

V/A – Personal Space Electronic Soul 1974 – 1984 (Chocolate Industries)

This is why you have to look deeper than the radio/blogs/internet these days.  These tracks were pushing boundaries and bending genres in their day and still sound as fresh in 2012.

V/A – Twin Cities Funk & Soul (Secret Stash)

Who knew that it could go this deep and funky in MN?  Secret Stash, that’s who.  For all you who like REAL Saturday night style Funk & Soul, gritty, punchy and just enough sass to make yo mama want to slap you for not making it to church on Sunday.

DJ Food, Moneyshot & ChebaRemaking Paul’s Boutique mixtape

The Dust Brothers changed the game, LITERALLY, when they produced this album.  As genius as it still is today, DJ Food & Crew give a wonderful new twist to this classic.

V/A – Eccentric Soul Omnibus 45″ boxset (Numero Group)


Mickey MurrayPeople Are Together (Secret Stash)

James Brown’s protege (seriously) that was never released because King Records was sold and the album was shelved.  Thanks Secret Stash, yet again!

InterpolTurn on the Bright Lights 10th Anniversary (Matador)

They never made a better album, solo or otherwise.

V/A – Man Chest Hair (BMusic/Finders Keepers)

This is the ultimate rock compilation of the last decade.  I’m a Manchester junkie, so I’m biased but this, this album is so f*@king good!  Garage, punk, rock, greasy r&b, early heavy metal, it’s got all the substance you need.  Just add beer for THE party rocker!

Turkey Day DJ Mix – No Lumps In The Gravy

Posted in Food, music, Records with tags , , , , , , , , on November 20, 2012 by blogstoryshort

To make your holidays more fun or to help get you through those mind-numbing family dinners, here is a special Turkey Day mix.  There are current bands like Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and T-Bird & The Breaks but mostly a heaping-helping of old funk and soul vinyl 45s that I have collected over the years.  To put it in cooking terms, this mix was made-from-scratch, as I recorded all of the songs straight from vinyl.  An organic mix with no artificial ingredients!

I tried to think back to all the holiday meals with my large family and what happened while we hung out all day. There was usually the first portion of the meal, followed by “family time”- which included napping, gossiping around the table, and of course, watching football. Then we repeat the cycle all over again.  And I didn’t forget about the awkward moments.  You know the ones, going to a girlfriend/boyfriend’s house for the first time, bringing home the friend from college or when I lived in a different city and couldn’t make it home.  Don’t worry, there’s a song in here for all of those ‘special’ times.  The most important song in this bunch is a tribute to my grandmothers, what would Turkey Day be without them?

I’m very honored to pair with Sara Croft and her food blog Solid Gold Eats.  She’s a dedicated food junkie with knack for good tunes.  Make a point to check her blog often for reviews, recipe ideas and cool stories about all things food.

Now sit back, strap in and pass the gravy!

The track selection goes in three phases:
1. Food
2. Family – gossiping aunts, a family member that likes to drink a little too much or the weird situations.
3. More food!

The mix is available in two convenient ways, just pick the appropriate link below.

Mixcloud:  Just click this link to stream the mix only.  (There are apps for iPhone & Android)

Soundcloud:  You can either stream or download the mix by hitting this link.  (Click the arrow pointing down to download the mix to your computer.  iPhone & Android apps)

Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, James Brown, Funk, Soul, Vinyl, Thanksgiving, Turkey, Organic, T-Bird & The Breaks

Track List: (Artist –  Song)

1.  Chuck Womack & The Sweet Souls – “Ham Hocks & Beans” (Pt 1)
2.  The Best Of Both Worlds – “Mama Bakes Biscuits”
3.  Freddie And The Kinfolk – “Mashed Potato, Pop Corn”
4.  The Meters – “Chicken Strut”
5.  The Jive Turkeys – “Straight Fire”
6.  The JB’s – “Pass The Peas”
7.  Andre Williams And His Orchestra – “Rib Tip’s”
8.  Brother Soul – “Cookies”
9.  Tony Alvon & The Belairs – “Sexy Coffee Pot”
10. Cyril Neville – “Gossip”
11. Ohio Players – “Jive Turkey” (Pt. 1)
12. T Bird & The Breaks – “Blackberry Brandy”
13. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings – “Mama Don’t Like My Man”
14. Marion Gaines Singers – “Grandma’s Hands”
15. Booker T. & The MG’s – “Green Onions”
16. Jimmy Smith – “Pork Chop” (Pt 1)
17.  Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez – “Belly Rub” (Pt 1)

Thanks for listening, if you enjoy it feel free to share it.  You can hit up Twinpeaks DJs on Facebook and my Twitter.  Happy Turkey Day!

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