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My Mixtape

What's your favorite song? Or a song that holds meaning for you? KALW News has been asking these questions to people all around the Bay Area and here's what we've found.

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My Mixtape: "STOP TRYING TO BE GOD," by Travis Scott

Dec 8, 2018

Rapper, writer, and educator Maddy "MADlines" Clifford, part of the Oakland based hip-hop duo FR333 and teacher of hip hop lyricism, history, and performance, picks "STOP TRYING TO BE GOD," by Travis Scott. She thinks everyone needs to hear it, including you. Give it a listen and see what you can learn about being attached to control.

My Mixtape: "Golden," by Jill Scott

Dec 7, 2018

Artist Karen Seneferu, founder and co-curator of the exhibit and movement-building platform The Black Woman Is Godfinds inspiration in "Golden," by Jill Scott, and explains why it reminds her of her father.

My Mixtape: "En el Úlitmo Escalón," by Trio Los Condes

Nov 29, 2018

 

Local writer, performer, and three-time "Best of the Bay" Comedian Award winner Marga Gomez shares a song that is written by her father, Wille Chevalier, and is very close to her heart. Listen to what "En el Último Escalón" has to say about her family's lessons on love.

Meg Norse from Indiana gets nostalgic with this early 2000's song from Broken Social Scene. She says the androgynous vocals paired with the raw lyrics are enough to break any adolescent's heart.

My Mixtape: "Saviour," by Jacob Collier

Nov 28, 2018

Oakland born percussionist, singer, and actress Sheila E. shows her respect for 24 year old Jacob Collier, who plays all of the instruments in his dynamic song "Saviour."

My Mixtape: "Rock Steady," by Aretha Franklin

Nov 27, 2018

Local actor, writer, and comedian Don Reed says "Rock Steady" is an Aretha Franklin song that's guaranteed to get you moving. He memorized it back in the 70's so that he could impress his childhood crush. Does it work on you, too?

My Mixtape: "If I'm Unworthy," by Blake Mills

Nov 27, 2018

Lewis Gallardo of Sweet Lew and the Sweet and Lows breaks down one of his favorites from Blake Mills. He says the song reminds him of this idea he had, which is that "you take your guitar and you don't try and emulate other guitarists, you try to emulate other artists. Whether they be vocalists or pianists or horn players...[Mills's] guitar playing has such a weird perspective, it's pulling from so many different things."

My Mixtape: "Foggy Mountain Breakdown," by Earl Scruggs

Nov 23, 2018

Turntablist, composer, and San Francisco native DJ Qbert shares some of his best inspiration with us. Listen to Earl Scruggs jam on the banjo and see if you can catch any hints of Qbert's scratching.

My Mixtape: "Suspiria," by Goblin

Nov 23, 2018

   

San Francisco composer and producer Marc Kate picks Goblin's suspenseful theme song for Suspiria. Try not to get spooked as he shares about his haunting experience watching the movie at Roxie Theater in the Mission.

My Mixtape: "Everybody Loves the Sunshine," Roy Ayers

Nov 20, 2018

Producer and rapper Tajai Massey, one of the founding members of Souls of Mischief and part of the hip hop collective Hieroglyphics, explains how Roy Ayers's "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" really does feel like a sunny day.

My Mixtape: "She Lives On My Block," by Chicano Batman

Nov 19, 2018

This Mixtape is brought to you by our own summer volunteer, Marco Siler-Gonzales. He recommends this Chicano Batman piece for post-climbing drives through the mountains. Check out his reporting on KALW.org!

My Mixtape: "Awake," by Tycho

Nov 15, 2018

  

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and Beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. In this installment, Vanessa Hua, an award-winning, best-selling author and columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, tells us why she picked this song by Tycho.  

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. For this Halloween installment, magician and host of the San Francisco Ghost Hunt Walking Tour Christian Cagigal tell us why he picked this song by Preservation Hall Jazz Band.

My Mixtape: "Them Changes" by Thundercat

Oct 30, 2018

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. In this installment Silas Kachman, who lives in San Francisco, tells us why he chose "Them Changes" by Stephen Lee Bruner also known as Thundercat.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. In this installment, local filmmaker Amir Soltani tells us why he chose "Sultan Qalbam Tu Asti," by Ahmad Zahir.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. In this installment, Kelly Atkins from Kitka tells us why she chose this song by the Georgian choir Tutarchela.  

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and Beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. In this installment, Karla Ceja tells us why she picked this song by K. Michelle.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and Beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. In this installment, Bay Area native and editor of Street Spirit Alistair Boone tells us why she picked this song by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.  

My Mixtape: "Army Dreamers,” by Kate Bush

Oct 8, 2018

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and Beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. In this installment, San Francisco band NRVS LVRS (husband & wife duo Andrew Gomez and Bevin Fernandez) tell us why they chose this song by Kate Bush.  

My Mixtape: “Carmina Burana,” by Carl Orff

Oct 4, 2018

How much do you know about the music you hear when you go to a sports arena? Do we pay it enough attention? Adonal Foyle says that even the players could use a little more musical education.

Retired NBA player, Community Ambassador for the World Champion Golden State Warriors, and founder of Democracy Matters Adonal Foyle tells us why he picked this piece by the composer Carl Orff. Here's your chance to give it the attention it deserves!




My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Yvonne Williams, president and business agent of the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, chose this funky number for us.

Originally from Oakland, California, Brittani “Brittsense” Sensabaugh is a New York-based documentarian who chose this song (performed by several different artists) for us.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. In this installment, Giovanni Rafael Arriola Avilucea tells us why he chose this song by Richmond, California's Iamsu!

My MixTape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. Catie Conry, executive director of the Tenderloin Museum, tells us why she chose this song by David Bowie

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. In this installment, Maw Shein Win tells us why she chose this song by the Ramones.

My Mixtape asks people from the Bay Area and beyond to contribute a song that is meaningful to them. In this installment, Alexa Chavez tells us why she chose this song recorded by Los Lobos.

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