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Playboy and me

April 11th, 2013 Leave a comment Go to comments

Many people have said nice things about this blog (and sometimes they say very little; were the Swingin’ London and Saved Vol. 4 mixes really that bad?). And once in a while, a kind opinion gets amplified. So it was when this little corner of the blogosphere was featured in Playboy’s 2013 Music Guide, published in the US version’s April edition.

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The Playboy 2013 Music Guide’s editor, Rob Tannenbaum, featured this halfhearted dude among such emerging luminaries as Caitlin Rose (who has featured on this blog before), José James, Elle Varner, Kendrick Lamar, Richard Hell, and the rather more established David Grohl, Richard Thompson and My Bloody Valentine. And…this is the only music blog highlighted in the feature. I do feel validated. Read the whole guide HERE. You will have read Rob’s if you’ve ever been in the habit of reading Rolling Stone (he also features in the US April 11 edition), Spin, Blender, GQ

And to celebrate I have banged together this mix. I shall leave it to you to work out what connects all of these tracks, though the answer is revealed in the file you can download. It is a pretty good (and certainly eclectic) mix, I think. For once, it is not timed to fit on a standard CD-R — it will fit if you cut the last two tracks — and includes no homestripped covers.

1. Paolo Conte – Via con me (1981)
2. O’Donel Levy – Everything I Do Gonna Be Funky (1974)
3. Jimmy McGriff – The Bird (1971)
4. Jimi Hendrix – Gypsy Eyes (1968)
5. Yuya Uchida & the Flowers – White Room (1969)
6. Cochise – Velvet Mountain (1970)
7. Ben Harper – Diamonds On The Inside (2003)
8. Josh T. Pearson – Drive Her Out (2011)
9. Belle & Sebastian – My Wandering Days Are Over (1996)
10. Terry Callier – Ho Tsing Mee (A Song Of The Sun) (1973)
11. Tomorrow’s People – Let’s Get With The Beat (1976)
12. Kool and the Gang – Funky Man (1971)
13. Chocolate Milk – Action Speaks Louder Than Words (1975)
14. Houston Person – Do It While You Can (1977)
15. Leon Ware – Body Heat (1976)
16. Ohio Players – Alone (1975)
17. James Gilstrap – Hello, It’s Me (1976)
18. Marie Laforêt – Henri, Paul, Jacques et Lulu (1974)
19. Martha Wainwright – Bloody Mother Fucking Asshole (2005)
20. Black Tape For A Blue Girl – Tell Me You’ve Taken Another (2009)
21. Jennifer Terran – Grand Canyon (2002)
22. Aidan John Moffat – End Of The Night (2010)
23. Daniel Lanois – For The Beauty Of Wynona (1993)

GET IT!
(PW in comments)

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  1. halfhearteddude
    April 11th, 2013 at 07:29 | #1

    PW = amdwhah

  2. peerke
    April 11th, 2013 at 09:04 | #2

    Congrats on your blog being mentioned in Playboy.
    Your compilations deserve this kind of mayor exposion.
    I esepecially love your country cd’s.

    PS. Is it possible to refresh the links to those soul comps?

  3. Lisa
    April 11th, 2013 at 09:35 | #3

    I may not have ANY clue as to the connecting factor of the songs but simply had to give you a (nother) tip of my hat to kick if off with “Via Con Me” by Paolo Conte. On a long-planned and very special family trip to France in the summer of 2009, for some reason the local radio there was playing it quite a bit (and I don’t believe it had just come out). As soon as I heard it I was captivated, and forced more than the usual amount of channel surfing while driving around Provense and en route from Provence to Monte Carlo and back those few days (the only days we were car bound). I figured out the title when we got back stateside and downloaded it immediately. To this day, this is the song that brings back the most vivid memories of a wonderful family trip.

  4. JohnnyDiego
    April 11th, 2013 at 12:06 | #4

    I’ve been a fan for quite a while and am happy to see you get a write-up in such an esteemed publication.
    Funny, I had just finished reading The Playboy Interview with John Lennon and Yoko Ono (Sept. 1980) right before I clicked over to your site. Life’s little connections.
    I suspect that now you will get an even higher volume of readers and listeners to your site so I’m very happy that I have opted to be notified by email as soon as a new post comes up. I will be among the first to enjoy your now World Famous site.
    Thanks again.

  5. halfhearteddude
    April 11th, 2013 at 15:07 | #5

    Thanks, Johnny (and LIsa and peerke). Actually, the Playboy write-up did not really create a huge increase in hits; more like a brief spike. I will take “world famous” though.

  6. Theo Matthies
    April 11th, 2013 at 16:52 | #6

    Thanks Dude, what a great idea: i laughed a lot (but eventually I shouldn’t laugh, maybe I should love a bit more)! Especially the Kool and the Gang-Cover is great.
    Herzliche Grüße from a follower from Germany

  7. RonNasty64
    April 11th, 2013 at 20:31 | #7

    FYI nobody reads Playboy for the articles. I thought everybody knew that.

  8. April 11th, 2013 at 20:37 | #8

    Very subtle cover art. :0)
    Great mix as ever.

  9. Dave
    April 12th, 2013 at 08:29 | #9

    A perfectly witty response! I would expect no less.

  10. Josh
    April 12th, 2013 at 21:01 | #10

    Thanks and congrats Dude. I Lov all of the Saved! gospel mixes. More gospel (and gospel inspired/related) mixes Please!

  11. dogbreath
    April 14th, 2013 at 01:15 | #11

    Any mix including Hendrix, Cochise & Martha Wainwright can’t be all bad :-) And I happily confess to buying the Cochise album because of the cover. Another choice mix – thanks!

  12. sw2boro
    April 15th, 2013 at 00:05 | #12

    Great stuff, Dude – no toilet reading time is ever wasted, eh?

  13. jsuk
    April 16th, 2013 at 00:32 | #13

    congratulations and thanks for all the comps, especially the history of country and the in memorium ones. the playboy thing is well deserved.

  14. Hugh Candyside
    April 25th, 2013 at 05:42 | #14

    Now I really regret iTunes getting rid of Cover Flow.

  15. PL44
    May 3rd, 2013 at 21:00 | #15

    Always loved your blog, Dude. I hope this does not turn the wrong people’s eyes to your labour of love, though. It would be sad if some record industry guys took this as just another opportunity…
    All the best from Germany.

  16. HW
    May 9th, 2013 at 16:35 | #16

    I only downloaded this for the music ;) On an unrelated note, can someone recommend strong anti-inflammatories?
    Congrats dude, recognized at last!

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