Breakfast at Timothy’s #20

 

Days like these I’m glad my crappy iPhone 5C is incapable of being updated.

While the lack of storage space gives endless hours of frustration when I have to decide between taking a picture, having a downloaded podcast, having Instagram, having Spotify, or none of the above. There is the blessing that I am not awakened by the horrible news of the domestic terrorist attack in Las Vegas.

The veneer of hope is gone, and we’re confronted daily by the world’s ugliness. It takes no more than two downward scrolls on your Facebook or Twitter timelines to be confronted by a new tragedy. The weight of everything can be exhausting and demands people take an extra measure of self-care. If you don’t take care of yourself it can be hard to make it through each day. That not only touches on the issues in the world but also the things we carry in our own lives.

My form of self-care has been music, and while I have no musical abilities of my own I’ve found pleasure diving head first into music. Whether it’s old favorites, Spotify recommendations, or songs in my own collection that I haven’t spent enough time with it is just about coming up for air and gathering myself.

So without further ado here is another collection of songs for the 20th edition of Breakfast at Timothy’s. Hopefully, these songs add to your sanity and make your day at least 1% better.

Playlist:
1.) Sabrina Claudio – Too Much Too Late
2.) Tom Misch, Carmody – Wander With Me
3.) Steve Lacy – Some
4.) LION BABE – Hit the Ceiling
5.) Franc Moody – In Too Deep
6.) Aeble, Tom Aspaul – Better By Your Side
7.) Ekkah – Figure It Out (Night Edit)
8.) KAYTRANADA, Syd – YOU’RE THE ONE
9.) Tove Lo – Disco Tits
10.) Joe Hertz, James Vickery – Ritual
11.) M.I.L.K. – Following The Sun
12.) Two Another – The World Demands It
13.) Reva DeVito – Kisses
14.) Sunni Colon – Sweet Pearl
15.) Sinead Harnett – Unconditional
16.) Jarreau Vandal, Olivia Nelson – Someone That You Love
17.) HONNE, Izzy Bizu – Some That Loves You
18.) Jessie Ware – Midnight

Below are links to listen:
Mixcloud | Spotify | Download

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Podcast You Should Hear: Mogul

When I first started listening to podcasts my rotation was small. It consisted of The Sound of Young Ameria (now Bullseye), Fresh Air, Radiolab, Science Friday, and This American Life. It was 2004, and it was the brave new world for me. When I bought my 80 gig iPod classic, I intended to listen to music on it. That changed the moment I realized some of my favorite NPR shows were available to listen as well. The moment I subscribed to my first podcast became the moment my obsession began.

Fast-forward to 2017 and it is almost impossible to go to a website that doesn’t have a podcast attached. They are no longer limited to independent sources and public radio personalities. Thanks in part to the phenomenon that was Serial (and all the talk that grew from it), podcasts are now big business.

So with so many options to listen to where do you start? What should you listen to? Well, my friend, you’re in good luck because that’s what I’m here for. In this space, I will recommend a podcast series or single episode that you should check out. Are you ready? Okay, here we go.

Podcast: Mogul: The Life and Death of Chris Lighty
Genre: Audio Documentary
How Can I Listen?: Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Stitcher, Google Play Music

What’s it about?: In many ways, the story of Chris Lighty is the story of hip-hop. His career in the music industry started with his carrying crates of vinyl records for DJ Red Alert. Later he was hired by Russell Simmons’ Rush Artist Management. While his career was rising he had to make a decision to leave behind behaviors learned as a member of the Violators gang. As Chris became more of a business man he had a tremendous impact on hip-hop being the monster commercial success it became in the late 90’s and 2000’s. One of his greatest moments came when he spearheaded the historic 50 Cent deal with Vitamin Water. To those who knew Chris, he was a success, he was happy, and he was confident. Then on August 20th, 2012 everything came crashing down when Lighty committed suicide.

If you come to Mogul expecting a complete telling of the life and death of Chris Lighty you will be disappointed. With the lack of archival audio from Lighty interviews (he didn’t give many) it left a void that had to be filled otherwise. So instead of being a deep dive into Chris’ story, it became a character sketch. This sketch included anecdotes from Chris’ upbringing, stories of his conflicts with well-known figures in hip-hop, and commentary by people who knew him best. What ties it all together is the narration by Reggie “Combat Jack” Osse who speaks as a contemporary of Lighty’s who is discovering the story the same time as we are.

For some, the highlights might be the bits and pieces of hip-hop history that are shared, but the heart of the podcast is depression and how Lighty struggled in silence. Despite all of his achievements, he faced equally harsh falls and not everyone was as it seemed to those on the outside. It shows how depression isn’t an “affliction for white people,” and that someone could be suffering even though you can’t tell from the outside. It is because of this that many of his friends and family believe he was killed, and that he would never take his own life.

What really made Mogul make an impact on me was that it showed Lighty as a complex character. Where the podcast became more than just okay was when it told the story of Chris’ marriage. It was then it became apparent that Mogul wasn’t going to just be a rosy telling of Chris’ life. It showed that Chris was more than anyone depiction given by the people in his life. He was not a hero, he was a human, he was complex, and he had his virtues and failings.

It is not a perfect podcast, but I found so much that I enjoyed that the negatives did not take away. So if you have any interest in hip-hop or narrative storytelling I’d suggest you check this out.

 

Length: Three hours split over six podcasts
Similar Podcasts: Serial, S-TownCrimetown, and Stranglers

Breakfast at Timothy’s #19

In 2013, I started a blog called Breakfast at Timothy’s.

The name was inspired by Breakfast at Tiffany’s, the classic film starring Audrey Hepburn, and the site itself featured music I loved and wasn’t ashamed of. When it comes to music I always believe that there should be no such thing as guilty pleasures. If you enjoy a song you should enjoy it without qualifications.

While I loved sharing songs, quotes, and writing about the music itself, my favorite part was the Breakfast at Timothy’s mixes I made. The goal behind the mixes was to share music I loved in one shot. They were intended to be little musical vacations in the listener’s day as they visited whatever place I decided to take them. The goal was never to be bigger than life, or even known, but to share my taste with those who were willing and open to venture into the world of pop.

Over the past three years the blog went away and the mix series went dormant. But now thanks to Spotify’s Discovery Recommendations the inspiration has returned and here is the 19th version.

Playlist:
1.) Lorine Chia, Blended Babies – I Just Want to Love You
2.) Glasses – Close to You
3.) Xavier Omar – Special Eyes
4.) Kelela – Rewind
5.) Tom Misch – South of the River
6.) Lipstick Gypsy – Infatuation
7.) Gavin Turek – Good Look for You
8.) Little Dragon – Sweet
9.) Tuxedo – Livin’ 4 Your Lovin’
10.) NAO – DYWM
11.) Leisure – Know You Better
12.) Joe Hertz, JONES – Simple
13.) Abby Diamond – Love to Watch You Leave
14.) Chairlift – Moth to the Flame
15.) Sinead Harnett – Rather Be With You
16.) Chris McClenney – Pearl

Below are the links to listen:
Mixcloud | Spotify |Download

Enjoy!