TSURURADIO Presents… Prog The Needle?!?! A mixtape of outtakes from the epic vinyl mixtape battle royale!

May 31, 2010
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Photo & subsequent “hipsterization” by me!!!

Well…. I was looking forward to a long, hard bike ride today, but apparently Accuweather wasn’t so “accu” after all as the afternoon thunderstorms hit at 8am, just as I arrived on my bike at Tuck’s to ride.  Nice.  It’s not the rain that bothers me, I love riding in the rain, but heavy wind with thunder & lightning, well, even I know when to say, “hmmm……. maybe we should wait a bit, eh?”

One man’s lost is another man’s gain, right?  So instead of waiting until this afternoon for today’s special post, here we are!

What can I say?  Friday…  Man, we, well, destroyed The Needle Drop.  I mean literally!  His server has been down since Friday afternoon!  I think we literally actually destroyed them!  I…. I didn’t mean too! I guess I don’t know my own mixtape strength??  Hot damn.

In celebration, Baby & I went up to the park for a picnic on Friday with champagne & goat cheese & meat & crackers (photo up above), and it was quite nice.  In fact, the whole weekend has been nothing but nice.  Riding & relaxing, what else does one need??

Speaking of riding…. On Saturday, this Saturday, the 5th, I’m once again riding in the ADA’s Tour de Cure!

Yep, just like last year, I’m putting my legs to good use, riding 100 miles throughout the northeast side of Columbus to raise money to help fight diabetes!!! Can I get a WOOT!

WOOOOOOOOOOT!!!

Niiiiice….  And just like last year, I’m asking for your help!  If you have a few bucks and want to sponsor my ass, I would be so grateful & appreciative!  Just click my picture of me rocking my Tour de Cure jersey.  Every dollar helps and I promise to do you proud and give you a fun-filled ride report when it’s all said and done!

Okay!  Now the music!  In appreciation & celebration of our victory in our Vinyl Mixtape Battle Royale, I’ve created another vinyl mixtape for you!  WHEEE!!!  I call this one “Prog The Needle”, as it’s mostly prog or proggish vinyl cuts that didn’t quite make our mixtape on Friday, put in order, cleaned and tagged up, just for you!  Yeah, yeah, yeah, it’s not ALL prog, but tell me, after listening 1 to 5 that “Never Tell” doesn’t have elements of prog in it!  And NMH has some psych in it, which is where much prog came from and the Femmes were completely inspired by Velvet Underground and Peter Gabriel, though “Biko” isn’t prog, WAS uber-prog with Genesis and stuff and stuff and so on and so on.

Why not?

Exactly.  So, tell you what… Don’t worry about labels, if you aren’t familiar with some of this, give it a go (especially “Heart Of The Sunrise” by Yes, a rather under-appreciated Yes song from Fragile), open yer ears, open yer mind, and get yer prog on as….

TSURURADIO Presents…
Prog The Needle?!?!

(full zip)

01 Islands – Arm’s Way
02 Frog Eyes – Styled By Dr. Roberts
03 Sunset Rubdown – Up On Your Leopard, Upon The End Of Your Feral Days
04 Yes – Heart Of The Sunrise
05 The Decemberists – The Tain
06 Violent Femmes – Never Tell
07 Neutral Milk Hotel – Where You’ll Find Me Now
08 Velvet Underground – What Goes On
09 Peter Gabriel – Biko

Cheers & thank you again everyone!!!

Tsuru

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2 Responses to TSURURADIO Presents… Prog The Needle?!?! A mixtape of outtakes from the epic vinyl mixtape battle royale!

  1. Hawk on May 31, 2010 at 5:21 PM

    Damn, it’s been years since I’ve heard “Heart Of The Sunrise”!!!!

    Awesome mixtape Bro!! – This one’s got just what old Hawk was lookin’ for!

    A Sweet Mix of Old and New, OTM!!!! ;-)

  2. Tsuru on May 31, 2010 at 5:32 PM

    haha! Thought you’d like that!

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