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Playlist: IMPACT

March 11, 2009

Last weekend I went down to the University of Maryland for the IMPACT Conference, a national conference for college students who want to make a difference in the world through service, activism, and advocacy.

My friend Heather, who organized the conference, asked me to make a 30-minute “soundtrack” that would be played before and after the opening and closing sessions of the conference, as people were walking in and out, and waiting for the program to begin. She said the vibe should be “more M.I.A. than Jack Johnson.” So I looked for songs that were positive and energizing, with thoughtful lyrics and good beats. Here’s what I came up with:

  1. M.I.A. – “Galang”
  2. Santogold – “Creator”
  3. K’naan – “In the Beginning”
  4. TV On the Radio – “Dancing Choose”
  5. The Roots – “The Next Movement”
  6. A Tribe Called Quest – “Can I Kick It?”
  7. M.I.A. – “Pull Up the People”
  8. Emmanuel Jal – “Warchild”
  9. Santogold – “Unstoppable”
  10. OK Go – “This Will Be Our Year” (covering the Zombies)

Another place to listen

January 19, 2009

I’m trying out another site called where you can “be a DJ” by deciding which songs to broadcast under your name. Check out my page to listen to all the songs I’ve “blipped.”

Now you can listen to my playlists!

December 21, 2008

Check out my new page on 8tracks, a cool website where members can create and share playlists.

So far I’ve only finished the Back 2 school mix from September, but I hope to put in more soon.

8tracks is pretty easy to use, but has some quirky features due to the legal restrictions of sharing music online.

Playlist: On the bus to New York City

October 20, 2008
  1. DJ Cappel & Smitty –
    Biggie @ 5 Pointz in Queens

    Biggie @ 5 Pointz in Queens

    “Juicy/New York, New York” (from Blue Eyes Meets Bed-Stuy, the Notorious B.I.G./Frank Sinatra mix)

  2. Jay-Z featuring Lil Wayne – “Hello Brooklyn”
  3. Kevin So – “New York City” (gotta love the cheesy lyrics by this man)
  4. Pete Miser – “From the 718” (interlude)
  5. Mos Def – “Brooklyn”
  6. Vampire Weekend – “A-Punk” (“I saw Joanna down in the subway/She took an apartment in Washington Heights”)
  7. Joni Mitchell – “Chelsea Morning”
  8. Suzanne Vega – “New York Is a Woman”
  9. LCD Soundsystem – “New York I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down” (I don’t really listen to LCD Soundsystem, but the title of this song is pretty irresistible.)
  10. Talib Kweli & Jean Grae – “New York Shit” (better than the Busta Rhymes version, I think)
  11. Mobb Deep – “Best of Queens” (I have trouble finding songs to represent my borough.)
  12. Grandmaster Caz – “South Bronx Subway Rap” (from Wild Style, the best movie about NYC ever)
  13. La Bruja – “Nuyorico” (“And if you’re in the mood to view the city lights/Of paradise, you don’t even have to go to Paris/You can go out on the Rosie Perez Terrace/Where tropical sounds can be found”)

Playlist: Rally for Obama

October 1, 2008

This is for Anne and Julia and all the other volunteers and supporters working to get the man elected!

  1. J Dilla – “Two Can Win”
  2. The Roots – “The Next Movement” (“You listeners, stop what you’re doing and/Set it in motion, it’s the next movement”)
  3. Santogold – “Unstoppable”
  4. OK Go – “This Will Be Our Year” (covering the Zombies)
  5. Yes – “I’ve Seen All Good People”
  6. Elliott Smith – “L.A.” (“If patience started a band/I’d be her biggest fan”)
  7. Nina Simone – “Just in Time”
  8. Mos Def – “There Is a Way” (“This is the song people need to be singing right now/When they tell you you can’t, you shouldn’t, you won’t/Tell ’em this:”)
  9. Lauryn Hill – “Everything Is Everything” (“What is meant to be will be/After winter must come spring/Change, it comes eventually”)
  10. Talib Kweli featuring Jean Grae – “Say Something”
  11. Rage Against the Machine – “People of the Sun”
  12. A Tribe Called Quest – “Can I Kick It?” (“Yes you can!”)

Playlist: Back 2 school

September 11, 2008

The new school year has already begun! Whether you’re a teacher or a student, here are some songs to listen to while you crunch through the fall leaves. I had trouble coming up with this list, and some of these might be a stretch. So please help add to it!

  1. The White Stripes – “We’re Going to Be Friends”
  2. J-Live – “School’s In”
  3. Mos Def – “Mathematics”
  4. Special Ed – “I Got It Made”
  5. Vampire Weekend – “Campus”
  6. Elliott Smith – “Thirteen”
  7. Jurassic 5 – “After School Special”
  8. Dangerdoom featuring Talib Kweli – “Old School Rules”
  9. Izza Kizza – “Afternoon Delight”
  10. Gym Class Heroes – “Scandalous Scholastics”

What am I missing? Or, if you can’t think of any scholastic songs, what was your favorite after-school or nursery school snack? I always loved ants on a log.

Playlist: Ladies’ night

July 30, 2008

Let’s face it: every night is ladies’ night for me. But for those of you who like to make a special thing out of it, here’s my suggested playlist!

  1. Santogold – “I’m a Lady” – the original is great, but try this version too
  2. M.I.A. – “M.I.A.”
  3. Mala Rodríguez – “Por La Noche”
  4. Bahamadia – “Commonwealth”
  5. Girlyman – “Young James Dean”
  6. Indigo Girls – “Closer to Fine” – the only Indigo Girls song I like
  7. Lauryn Hill – “Everything Is Everything”
  8. Polyrhythm Addicts – “Big Phat Boom”
  9. Roxanne Shante & UTFO – “The Real Roxanne” – really, really old school
  10. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Mysteries”
  11. Nickel Creek – “Beauty and the Mess”
  12. The Be Good Tanyas – “Ootishenia”
  13. TLC – “Waterfalls”
  14. La Bruja – “Unstoppable”
  15. Jean Grae – “Not Like Me”
  16. Ivy Queen – “Yo Quiero Bailar”

What am I missing?