I’m a hundred miles and running right now so I have no choice but to make this a quick one.
Ryan sent me a brand spanking new mixtape over the weekend and talk about perfect timing! My BB won’t stop buzzing with emails, I have music to produce, restaurants to curate, DJ sets to finish and all in the before Friday when I fly out to DR to spin at a beach party. Life is going fast right now and I have no intention on slowing up. Anyways, Ryan says this is a pensive tape but for those of us in the fast lane it’s more like the perfect balance. Gotta run but here are the notes I was sent regarding this tape, pretty much says it all, enjoy.
For all those who live in the fast lane, the new Anti-day series
THE HARD SELL
Ok so this week, I was hoping we could drop my SUMMER NIGHTS MIX: anti-day 1a. It’s a departure from the norm and could be a nice way to “mix up” the feature/series. The theme is a little more pensive and dare I say even a bit sensitive? I would suggest a WARNING to only play this thing at night when the mood is right. It’s sort of like in the movie Gremlins but opposite I guess. LOL. And anyways- Space Age Bachelor Pads only really come alive at night right? Mine does! HAHAHA!
Below is a short anecdote about my own personal experience with the mix:
I recently took my girl out in my 1983 Gold Datsun 280zx (“Goldie”) for a moonlight drive all over the hills and valleys of Los Angeles. I couldn’t think of a more appropriate moment to kick on my SUMMER NIGHTS MIX 1A.
It was a very hot day in LA so we also had the luxury of an unusually warm evening. We drove up the 110 freeway from Downtown to Pasadena and beyond, weaving in and out of side streets and neighborhoods unknown. The bright, white moon was low in the sky, drifting behind the tall palm tree silhouettes- sometimes disappearing behind a hill of pine trees- only to reappear across a valley of orange street lamps and blinking buildings.
Halfway through the mix I realized that my acceleration and turning were being less directed by me and more by the beats and melodies of the music. The mix completely took over the steering wheel just like in Knight Rider or Iron Eagle!
s u m m e r n i g h t s: anti-day 1A
1. I Look To You – MIAMI HORROR (TIM FUCHS MAKE OUT REMIX)
2. Arcadia – APPARAT
3. Blood Bank – BON IVER (DUOSSEUDO REMIX)
4. We Are The People – EMPIRE OF THE SUN
5. Roll On – DNTL (FT. JENNY LEWIS)
6. Golden Age – BECK
7. The Night – FRANKIE VALLEY
8. A Fond Farewell – ELLIOT SMITH
9. E-bow The Letter – R.E.M.
10. Codex – RADIOHEAD
11. Life Is A Gamble – MARVIN GAYE
12. To The Lighthouse – MEMORY HOUSE
13. Was – VINCENT GALLO
14. I Wanna be Adored – STONE ROSES
15. I Cried Like A Silly Boy – DEVOTCHKA
I think releasing Ryans mixtapes on Monday’s has completely altered my perception of this previously dreaded day. I don’t know about you guys but everything in my life revolves around music, it’s my bread & butter, my hobby, basically all of the above. I love it so there are no complaints, however I’m a fan of music before anything but since I’m always behind the scenes I rarely get to play that role. That’s why these mixtapes are such a treat for me. Once a week, I get to totally kick back and just enjoy someone else’s work on and vision and that’s mastercard priceless to me. By now you all know these tapes are predictably amazing so I don’t have to sell it to you, just Ryan Radler mixing up styles and genres like clockwork. That said, I’m gonna order some grub and chill out for the entirety of this tape before getting back to work, a much needed break. Enjoy.
SUMMER: a n t i – w i n t e r 3b
Everything Good – JENSON SPORTAG (TEEEL REMIX)
Pumpked up Kicks – FOSTER THE PEOPLE (THE KNOCKS SPEEDING BULLET REMIX)
Kilometer – SéBASTIAN TELLER (A-TRAK REMIX)
Drinking in L.A. – BRAN VAN 3000
Kiwi Maddog 20/20 – ELLIOT SMITH
And So I Know – STONE TEMPLE PILOTS
Ghost In My Head – NIVA
Bicycle – MEMORY TAPES
Another Time – BRAHMS
Social Studies – BODY LANGUAGE (PLASTIC PLATES REMIX)
Nova – THE SOUND OF ARROWS
Sleepwalk (Extended Version) – SANTO & JOHNNY
Somebody to Love Me – MARK RONSON AND THE BUSINESS INTL. (FT. BOY GEORGE & MIIKE SNOW)
Fail Forever – WHEN SAINTS GO MACHINE
Salty Air – J. VIEWZ
So Long – RILO KILEY
Kevin Casey left us with a sample-less Saturday yesterday so I thought I’d do one myself and answer a request I got about an old RJD2 post I did last year. The question was,
Do you by any chance know where I can find which songs were sampled for this song? Thanks =D”
The answer to Sara’s question is yes and no, there are so many little obscure samples in this song that unless we asked RJD2 himself it would be impossible to track. However, there are a few main songs that you will easily recognize, those are Betty Wright’s Secrecy and Elliot Smith’s captivating acapella I Didn’t Understand. Both are great songs in their own right and RJ has combined them to make one my favorite productions of all time. I’ve praised Ghostwriter before but I have to note how impressive RJD2’s transformation work on this is. I Didn’t Understand is a rather sad song about lost love and the confusion and rejection people experience when their significant other does an emotional 180 on them..
You once talked to me about love
And you painted pictures of a Never-Never Land
And I could’ve gone to that place
But I didn’t understand…
At this point in my life I’m pretty frozen to these emotions but even so I can feel the extreme melancholy this song creates when listening. Somehow RJD2 managed take a hopeless, depressing and somewhat dark song and transform it into an energetic and upbeat instrumental full of hope and optimism, fresh.
It’s very ordinary for the secretary to take a man away from his wife.
Girls we make it necessary for the secretary to put a little joy in his life.
She takes the time to listen to what he has to say, while all you is nag him a thousand time a day.
Her hair is always pretty and he clothes are always stylish
But you great him with your hair in rollups but that’s outdate and so childishâ€¦”
Betty Wright’s Secrecy is a song about a guy whose having an affair with his Secretary because his women at home is a square.Â This song is about women, but dudes should take note because its the classic story of taking what you have for granted and being boring in general. When you hold something back, aren’t adventurous, create rules and limits in your relationships be it sexual or emotional or whatever don’t be surprised if that guy or gal goes somewhere else to fill the void.
And when he tries to love you, do you find something else to do?”
Aside from the entertaining lyrics this is just another great feeling soul track with an incredibly catchy horn arrangement, enjoy.