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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.


It Takes Two to Make a Pair

Posted in Art, music, Records with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 14, 2012 by blogstoryshort

Alright Kats & Kittens, Kittens & Kittens, Kats & Kats,

It’s that time of year again, my annual Valentine’s Day DJ mix hits the “airwaves”.  (If you missed last years, just click this link to read/download.)  This is my salute to love and all the joy, pain, sorrow it brings but most of all its acceptance.  Love is such an easy concept that many people have a hard time accepting.  My hope is that you listen, embrace the message and pass the love along to others to whom you have any differences with.

A quick reminder of the guidelines and some quick facts from the making of this genre-bending statement from my soul.

1. The song is originally from a 45″ vinyl record. (Later transferred in real-time to mp3.)

2. Every song can be purchased ONLY in the year 2011.

5,038 Miles (trains, plains and automobiles to visit/buy records)

1600 + songs (Close estimate) listened to before purchasing

700+ records listened to before purchasing (Close estimate)

367 records purchased

365 – Days (to acquire all the records)

13 – Record Stores that felt the presence of Kyle in their fine establishment

7 – States visited to shop for records

6 – Websites I bought from

5 Days, 7 Hours, 32 minutes (roughly)  to record, mix, master, upload, write this blog

3 – Countries vinyl was purchased from other than the US

– Turntables (Self explanatory)

1 Mix – For all the people in the world

I would love to hear feedback on your favorites and recommendations for next year’s mix.  And I also appreciate your Facebook, Tweets or emails to others about this mix, it’s meant to share!

Stream the mix (work friendly) from Twinpeaks’  Mix Cloud , or Soundcloud  will allow you to stream and download OR download zip file here.

Vinyl, Funk, Soul, Lillie Bryant, Ella Mae Morse, Kitty Kallen, Julia Lee, Lesley Gore, Mel Torme, Linda Laurie, The Stereos, The 4 Seasons, The Marvelettes, The Crystals, Etta James, Koko Taylor, Soul Sisters, Glenn Johnson, Lenny Williams, The McCoys, Tulula Babies, The Zombies, Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Carla Thomas, The Dells, Eddie Kendricks, The Box Tops, THEM, Bob Seger, R.E.M.

Lillie Bryant – “Good Good Morning Baby”
Ella Mae Morse – “Lovey Dovey”
Kitty Kallen – “Little Things Mean A lot”
Julia Lee – “Snatch and Grab it”
Lesley Gore – “You Don’t Own Me”
Mel Torme – “Comin’ Home Baby”
Linda Laurie – “Ooh What a Lover!”
The Stereos – “I Really Love You”
The 4 Seasons – “Big Girls Don’t Cry”
The Marvelettes – “Please Mr. Postman”
The Crystals – “Then He Kissed Me”
Etta James – “Good Rockin’ Daddy”
Koko Taylor – “Tell Me The Truth”
Soul Sisters – “I Won’t Be Your Fool Anymore”
Glenn Johnson – “Oh Pretty Baby”
Lenny Williams – “Feelin’ Blue”
The McCoys – “Fever”
Tulula Babies – “Hurtin’ Kind”
The Zombies – “She’s Not There”
Stevie Wonder – “I Don’t Know Why”
Otis Redding & Carla Thomas – “Let Me Be Good to You”
The Dells – “I Miss You”
Eddie Kendricks – “Girl You Need A Change of Mind” (pt. 1)
The Box Tops – “The Letter”
THEM – “Baby, Please Don’t Go”
Bob Seger – “Night Moves”
R.E.M. – “The One I Love”

Coffee Breaks: Cup #1

Posted in Food, music with tags , , , , , , on May 10, 2011 by blogstoryshort

*Now, I don’t know about you but over the years but I’ve worked my funky white fingers to the bone. One of these jobs was working as a janitor while in college. Twice a day we were allowed two, ten minute ‘coffee breaks’. I think that ‘smoke breaks’ was more appropriate but whatever, I was glad for it.

Coffee breaks are for those times when you need that break from work, the walk around the block, the cup of coffee because the hangover is THAT bad. There are two videos, Vimeo & Youtube so that pesky IT guy won’t freak out on you.

The annoying lady at work won’t stop talking about her bunions? Your jealous coworker just crop-dust you? Or just a case of the Mondays? COFFEE BREAKS!

It’s music, it’s medicine, it’s therapy. JUST.PUSH.PLAY

The U.S. Department of Labor does not require lunch, let alone coffee breaks. Well, I won’t stand for that and neither should you. I say STAND UP people, grab your phone, put in your ear phones and press play to one of the videos below. Fight the man with the power of FUNK & SOUL!!

And for you Vimeo kids……

Coffee Breaks-Cup #1 from Kyle Hodges on Vimeo.

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