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Summer 2007 volume 9

I never wanted to stop listening to volume 8 (see previous post). While packing for August vacation, I slapped this together, no longer worrying about not repeating an artist or using a song that’s already on the radio. This turns out to be wifey’s and Alina’s favorite (some people like things to be familiar). I was happy to have a place to put some Albert Hammond Jr., whose CD came to my attention right after I burned volume 8.

Here’s a different track from his CD. It’s called “In Transit (Obstinate):

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Or, just right-click HERE for the player to play all of volume 9 (open in a new tab or new window) which will also allow you to download.

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Volume 8, 1/2007

The best DJs play for themselves (back me up on this guys); this one is my fave. Some hit radio playlists, months after this January ’07 compilation; some are being released as ‘new’ as you read this; some will never be played on air. How did THIS song not become a HUGE hit?

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September 2006, volume 7

Even I admit this one was ‘out there’. I made it a goal that I would not include anything that I’d heard anywhere; only stuff I read about and sought out. Alsation is an exception, as it played over Entourage credits. I probably would have heard some of these songs if I still went to cool clubs. Oh well…. Here’s one no one seemed to like but me:


To play (or download) the whole thing, right-click HERE for the player (open in a new tab or new window) which will also allow you to download.

May 2006 volume 6

Volume 6 was controversial: nobody (but me) liked it all. Many said it was all over the map. I say, if the crowd loves your whole set, you didn’t push them hard enough. Notable here was Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy, which was so obviously going to be the song of the summer, it made me rush this out, so I could be the one that told you (check the charts). This CD is still G’s fave, especially Chicago; me, I like Scattered Pearls:

To play (or download) the whole thing, right-click HERE for the player (open in a new tab or new window) which will also allow you to download.

Xmas 2005, volume 5

Most of these songs ended up getting radio airplay, some huge, but not as early as 12/05. I still love this CD, especially Cobra Verde’s cover of New Order’s Temptation (I made that a ringtone too). If I could have one do-over, I’d have used a different Arctic Monkey’s song. I think they’re great, But “dancefloor” was everywhere. If that’s the only Arctic Monkey’s song you know, listen to this:


To play (or download) the whole thing, right-click HERE for the player (open in a new tab or new window) which will also allow you to download.

July 2005 volume 4

Great music was everywhere in summer ’05, with Sia on Six Feet Under and Jane’s Addiction on Entourage. Fall Out Boy had yet to become massive teen idols. The OK Go song was a particular fave; much better than their later big (video) smash, Here It Goes Again, which was to follow in 2006.

To play (or download) the whole thing, right-click HERE for the player (open in a new tab or new window) which will also allow you to download.

Spring 2005, volume 3

Volume 2 had great legs for me, lasting six months (of course, I had all that Christmas music in the middle). Spring 2005 was great for alternative rock, as most of these songs got radio airplay. One notable exception is The Futureheads Hounds of Love. I used it as my cellphone ringtone, but never heard it on commercial radio. Here’s a fun remix (not the one I included in ’05):


To play (or download) the whole thing, right-click HERE for the player (open in a new tab or new window) which will also allow you to download.