I don’t get in here much, but I hope this contribution will be welcome. In bed with a summer cold, looking for a summer music cure to enable me to get up and make some long-awaited rhubarb and ginger jam (yes, SatanKidneyPie, it’s coming, really it is) I found this…
Slate magazine has included a page about what they called ‘McSweeney’s mix CD for the Obama era’ - WE BUMPED OUR HEADS AGAINST THE CLOUDS enclosed with the July/August print issue of Believer: “THE 2010 BELIEVER MUSIC ISSUE CD”
Notes by Chuck Lightning: “For black artists, our new president has meant the start of a different age. This music aims to capture it” and others.
Most of it is great, which – coming from someone who mostly doesn’t ‘get’ hip-hop – suggests easier listening than most. (A couple sounded dreadful to my ears first time round, but you never know until you try a few times). I’ve tried to find all the available free plays of these tracks, some videos, some downloads and a spotify. I’ll add the 5 missing tracks when I find them – or you can if you do. I particularly like Nina Simone covering Alice Cooper, but then I’m an old fashioned girl.
1. DEEP COTTON – SELF! [link missing]
2. OF MONTREAL – HYDRA FANCIES
3. ROMAN GIANARTHUR (FEAT. KEVIN BARNES) – DEPRAVED VALET
4. CODY CHESNUTT - COME BACK LIKE SPRING
5. SAUL WILLIAMS -B.S. IN A TAMPON [link missing]
6. JANELLE MONÁE - COLD WAR (WONDAMIX)
7. BLK JKS – IIETYS
8. SPREE WILSON – CHAOS [link missing]
9. SCAR – REWIND
10. ROB ROY - VELVET ROPE BLUE [download]
11. HOLLYWEERD – HAVE YOU EVER MADE LOVE TO A WEIRDO?
12. FEAR & FANCY – OFF THE GRID
13. GEORGE 2.0 – TURN OFF THE TV [close enough]
14. M.I.A. – BORN FREE
15. HOT HEAVY & BAD (JOI) – ONE [link missing]
16. TENDABERRY<- COLD BOY
17. MOTHER NOVELLA – CLOSER 9 1/2 [link missing]
18. NINA SIMONE – I NEVER CRY
Also, while looking for these tracks online, found this by ekua adisa, which I liked a lot.