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Turntable Kitchen :: March 2011 Mix

Here it is, the Turntable Kitchen March 2011 mix.  It came together surprisingly quickly, and yet I feel like it is one of my favorite mixes I’ve put together in awhile.  It is certainly eclectic, but that undoubtedly reflects the fact that my mind has been suffering from musical attention deficit disorder.  I’ve been listening to more than my usual share of underground hip hop recently (because I’ve been exposed to a lot of good underground hip hop recently) which is reflected on the mix below with great tracks by Mainframe, Johnson & Jonson (which is Blu + Mainframe), Shabazz Palaces, Phred Diamond, and Das Racist. But I also can’t quit listening to the latest albums by Radiohead and Motel Beds, and the same goes for the latest tracks from Work Drugs.  Also, I’ve been receiving some great new finds in the inbox including the tracks featured here by Hong Kong in The 60s, Alexander and the Eureka Birds.  And I’ve spent a lot of time going through old used vinyl records having recently scored a number of great records by David Bowie, Elvis Costello and The Miracles.  So eclectic this may be, but it definitely is a snapshot of what has been filling the space between my ears this month.

And you may also notice that it is a relatively upbeat mix.  And why shouldn’t it be?  After all, things have been good for Turntable Kitchen recently: we partnered with our favorite print magazine (Wired) for a podcast, we co-hosted two nights of culinary and musical tribute (and our first physical events) for Noise Pop, and this past weekend we finished filming our TV debut with a segment for the Cooking Channel (we’ll be on (Food)ography!).  Sure, I’m growing a little impatient waiting for that email from Radiohead offering us the exclusive on their next album, but I’m sure it will come any day now.

Turntable Kitchen – March 2011 Mix (.zip file)

01. Motel Beds – Obey Your Lunch
02. Johnson & Jonson – Anything Is Possible
03. Work Drugs – Rad Racer
04. Alexander – Truth
05. Toro y Moi – Still Sound (KNIGHT STALKER Remix)
06. Mainframe – Dum Dum Dum
07. Shabazz Palaces – An Echo From The Hosts That Profess Infinitum
08. Radiohead – Lotus Flower
09. Hammocks and Honey – Toolz (Faux Pas Remix)
10. Generationals – Greenleaf
11. tUnE-yArDs – Bizness
12. Das Racist – Nutmeg
13. Phred Diamond – Once Again
14. Loch Lomond – The Chain (Fleetwood Mac Cover)
15. Elvis Costello – You Belong To Me
16. Eureka Birds – That Mountain Is a Volcano
17. Hong Kong in The 60s – You Can Take a Heart But You Cannot Make It Beat

Don’t forget to “heart” our songs on hypem if you like what you hear!  Photo by Neil Krug.

Posted by Matthew Hickey


Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • Melle van Buren

    Thanks a lot!!

  • Matthew

    Why, thank YOU Melle!

  • tracy

    i listened to this ALL afternoon. THANK YOU!!!

  • Matthew

    Thanks Tracy! I’m thrilled to hear that you enjoyed it! It was so great meeting you this weekend.

  • Fabian

    great tape !!!

  • Matthew

    Thanks Fabian!

  • patricia miranda

    wonderful sellection!!

  • Matthew

    Thanks so much Patricia!

  • Lynne

    Nice write, nice website design, continue the great work

  • Holly

    Luurvvee eit

  • Victor Altavilla

    Nice TK. Have also been getting into a nice mix. Found Elvis Costello “When I was Cruel” and I never new just how great Warren Zevon was. “The Genius”

  • Marc Eade

    Dear TK,
    firstly i would like to congratulate and thank you for a great site. Food and music..two of my most favourite things!! love the mix tapes.great taste all round.
    enough of the fawning :), i would like to ask for your opinion, suggestion and help on a task i`ve been set to do in the not too distant future. My sister has asked me to make a music mix for the 3 hour dinner servive at her wedding. I would really appreciate any help whether its the structure of the mix, genres or even just a few tracks that you`d recommend.
    Its probably extremely cheeky of me to ask this of you and ill understand if you are far too busy.

    All the best,


  • Matthew

    Hey Marc,

    I actually put together most of the music for our entire wedding day. Or rather, I gave the DJ nearly three hours of music I liked and then asked him to supplement as necessary. It seemed to be a huge success. I’d be happy to give you some pointers. This is only for the dinner service portion right? In other words, I’m presuming you don’t need dance music. First, and this part may be obvious, but definitely focus on music that you think your sister and her husband-to-be will like. For ours, I tried to sample a number of different genres so as to please ourselves and friends, but also not alienate the older guests. A few genres that I used and/or think would be perfect for the occasion included using acoustic versions of tracks that might have otherwise been too rock n roll, a good amount of classic Motown R&B and soul (cause it has nearly universal appeal: Jackson Five, The Temptations, the Supremes, etc.), a bit of old jazz (i.e. Louis Armstrong, Ella Fitzgerald), a heavy hand of artists like Sufjan Stevens, Beirut, Feist, Grizzly Bear, We Are Trees, today’s pairing – Steffaloo would be great, Raphael Saadiq, the Shins, etc., and even a few hip hop instrumentals (we didn’t use anything with any actual rapping during the dinner) which blended in very well. Generally I kept the tempo slow to medium – allowing it to pick up occasionally. I hope that helps!

  • Marc Eade

    Hi Matthew,
    really great advice and tips which i`ll definitely be using.

    Thanks Again,


  • Lisa

    I’m sitting at work listening to this mix, and it’s absolutely perfect. Mellow, good tunes, and not overly distracting, so that I can still get work done. Thank you!

  • Matthew

    Thanks Lisa! So glad you are enjoying it :) April Mix is coming soon so stay tuned!

  • sarah

    love it. i’m on 4th track now, and i’ve heard it once before (probably through you), it’s great.

  • Matthew

    Sarah: I played this mix in the background when we were driving around Sonoma. Miss you.

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