Episode 67: Closer to Heaven

Sometimes I wonder how people will perceive my opinions in these shows.  It’s not because I’m unsure of them, it’s that I don’t want to be that hipster who trash entire albums (or an artist’s entire career!) after listening to only a few songs.

I don’t want to claim I’m above such behavior or stake my identity in not being those pretentious guys.  (That just creates another problem, right?)  But rest assured that I usually do my homework before spouting off, criticising an important pop icon like Diana Ross in this episode.  Just look at my record collection, and you’ll see what I mean.

Pretty Lights' Making Up a Changing MindAt any rate, you know I’m a fan of getting awesome music for free.  I start this week’s show with a Pretty Lights* track from one of the three (!) EPs it released last year.  Pretty Lights is Derek Vincent Smith’s sample-crazy project, and he gives away all his music, in exchange for an email address.  Trust me, while the songs may start like RJD2, Jay Z or Moby, Smith turns your expectations on their head with some insane beats and just flat-out sick synth lines.  The music is mind-blowing, and the price is right.  Enjoy.

  1. “Total Fascination” – Pretty Lights (Making Up a Changing Mind / Pretty Lights Music / 2010 )
  2. “Up the Ladder to Roof” – The Supremes (Right On / Motown / 1970)
  3. “Cheap Lovin'” – The Supremes (The Supremes Produced and Arranged by Jimmy Webb / Motown / 1972)
  4. “Throw Me Over” – Common Children (Skywire / Tattoo / 1996)
  5. “Wildflower” – Cee-Lo Green (The Lady Killer / Elektra / 2010)
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/1415312/67radiofreeraytown.mp3″

Radio Free Raytown – Episode #67 (1/14/11)

*I’m listening to this show as I type, and I realized that I introduced the first artist as Pretty Things, not Pretty Lights.  The Pretty Things were, indeed, an awesome band, but not this band.  Sorry for the confusion.

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One thought on “Episode 67: Closer to Heaven

  1. Buckley says:

    Great episode. Love your picks, as usual.

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