Scene & Heard -- wherein local music scene makers give you the lowdown on the soundtrack to their lives.
Danny Spence, aka Spence, recently released his Planet Pluto album. In addition, Spence also recently graduated from the University of Kansas. So, he's a man with a lot to celebrate.
He also DJ'd with the Unknown Souldier at Harbour Lights last night, and despite all the excitement of an album release, graduation, and rocking the decks, he still found time to put together this mix, which runs the gamut from Beach House to Sam Cooke.
Download Spence's new album, Planet Pluto (right click, Usershare).
Beach House, "Lover of Mine"
The piano riff on this one lodges itself into my head periodically. Haunting yet calming vocals...I'm into her voice.
Best Coast, "When I'm With You"
A good summer jam that puts me in a nice daze with its surf guitar. I like how she starts off slow and picks it up to head-nodding speed.
The Coasters, "Down in Mexico" (1970 version)
A great one from one of my favorite doo-wop/rock & roll groups, which gained recent notoriety after Tarantino used it in the lap-dance scene of "Death Proof." The vintage jukebox that plays this cut was the highlight of that excessively self-indulgent film. The re-recorded version of "Down in Mexico" is more epic than the original, and it makes me want to head south.
Ian Langley, "Chicano Chaser"
This jazzy blaxploitaition-esque cut was sampled by Danger Mouse on a Gnarls Barkley record by virtue of a funky break that you can't deny. Classic!
J Dilla , "Anti-American Graffiti"
Donuts is a masterpiece I've been listening to again lately and its quickly becoming my favorite instrumental hip hop album of all time. When you hear how he sampled the original Tin Tin song for this record, it's a glimpse into just how diverse of a producer Dilla was. He heard that tune and thought hip hop.
Martha Reeves & the Vandellas, "Your Love Makes It All Worthwhile"
A bouncy soul number that gets people swinging every time I play it at a bar or party. Feel good music at its finest.
Sam Cooke, "Basin Street Blues"
Quite possibly my favorite singer of all time croons about the Big Easy.