Let’s Get Together

I was running in my neighborhood, Flatbush, Brooklyn, listening to “Stay Free: The Story of the Clash” on Spotify. I’d always wondered about punk’s relationship to reggae. “The first sounds I remember hearing were reggae, really.” — Paul Simonon, Clash bassist, who grew up in Brixton, London.

“I used to pass by a lot of houses where there was West Indian music playing.”Song: One love, one heart …

“.. Let’s get together and feel all right.” Paul Simonon: “A lot of parties going on in the evening, when I was supposed to be going home.”

“35 years since the dawn of punk, and we take it for granted that reggae and punk are best mates … with roots as the music of youth rebellion and social action.” — Afropunk website

January is a Tough Time to Watch Buffy Season 6: Mixtape 3

Finally watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer! And Season 6 was tough. Here were the tunes that got us through.

Click here for the Spotify playlist

1 Use Me, Bill Withers — My wife and I finally ate cronuts at the Dominique Ansel Bakery last Monday, a few years after the original frenzy. We didn’t have to wait in line, though, a perk to living in New York all the time. We could wait out the crazes. It was calm and light inside. They played “bands similar to Bill Withers.” I told Rachel how, when I worked in coffee shops, one owner would have been happy if I played rockabilly and punk for my double shift, another Americana. The only balm for my burnout ears was Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Bill Withers.

2 Grandma’s Hands, Bill Withers — Atlanta Season 1, Ep. 2

3 Walk it Talk it, Migos (fea. Drake)

What an intro to The Migos, that part in Atlanta Season 1, Ep. 3, where Paper Boi’s drug overlords are back in the Georgia woods with a rifle trained on some weeping guy in his underpants. (As backdrop to some hilarious jokes, eg Darius forgetting the key to the handcuffs locking his wrist to the gangster’s money case.) “What you all call your group, man?” Paper Boi asks.
“The Migos.”
I thought they were actors, since I’m not part of the 21st century when it comes to music or shows (which is why I’m just watching Atlanta now). Article about their cameo in Complex.

4 Home Again, Michael Kiwanuka — Atlanta, Season 1, Ep. 4

5 Bonzo Goes to Bitburg, Ramones — Part of my Jan. 14 Spotify “Discover” playlist. I hadn’t heard it in forever. I first listened to the Ramones blasting from my Golf’s tape deck while I toodled around Greenville SC.

6 Dance With Me, Alphaville — Our Brooklyn supermarket, Stop and Shop, weirdly plays lots of B-side-sounding 90s top 40 for a mostly Caribbean neighborhood. I imagine it’s the tyranny of a Gen X marketer in the New Hampshire HQ who can quote all of Strange Brew. But once in a blue moon, the B-52s ring out “Roam” to take you hip to hip through the paper aisle. Alphaville asks you to prom over the avocadoes.

7 Black Smoke Rising, Greta Van Fleet — I thought LED ZEPPELIN too when they played Saturday Night Live, but that doesn’t make them not great.

8 Full of Grace, Sarah McLachlan — I know Prayer of St. Francis was her Buffy Season 6 finale song but hey, “The winter here’s cold and bitter.
It’s freakin’ chilled us to the bone.”

9 The Boxer, Simon and Garfunkel — For my wife, who had never heard it and would appreciate, “laying out my winter clothes and wishing I was gone, going home. Where the New York City winters aren’t bleeding me, leading me — going home.”

10 Bad Reputation, Freedy Johnston — From my Spotify Jan. 21 Discover Playlist. I always liked this song, but never knew who sang it.

Cool photo from theĀ Voice Project’s production of Freedy Johnston covering The Replacement’s “I Will Dare.”

11 Touch of Gray, Grateful Dead — A little winter sunshine

12 Everybody Wants to Rule the World, Weezer — Because, of course