Friday Mix-Tape Vol. 1

Since I generally only update this thing when I publish something, or when a basketball player I don’t particularly like dunks on a pre-teen, I’ve decided to add a little Friday feature to this highly unnecessary blog. In short: these are the songs that should, supposing you aren’t a total lame-o, be the soundtrack to the weekend ahead. To boot:

1. The Ramones — “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”

The Ramones, of course, were one of the first punk bands. They were also about a decibel away from being a doo-wop band.

2. The Giving Tree Band — “Eventually”

These guys are pioneers of green recording technology: their albums are made in solar-powered studios, played on recycled instruments and art-ed up using soy inks. Their music, too, is really earthy, and more importantly, earnest. Check this band out live; they put on a hell of a show.

3. Gladys Knight and the Pips — “Didn’t You Know”

It’s really unfair how good this is.

4. Masta Killa — “Grab the Microphone”

MK isn’t as well-known a Wu-Tang grad as guys like Ghostface Killah or Ol’ Dirty Bastard, but this one from his 2004 album is just plain good.

5. Railroad Jerk — “All Down Hill”

If I ever hop a train, this is what I’ll listen to.

6. The Distillers — “City of Angels”

Listen to that growl.

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About Eric Lutz

Eric Lutz is a Chicago-based writer. His work frequently appears in Newcity magazine. He has also written for the Chicago Reader, Welter and a number of newspapers. View all posts by Eric Lutz

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