Tag Archive for 'Cee Lo Green'

Life In Mixtape Form #60

Life In Mixtape Form #60 from almostaghost on 8tracks.

In case you’re new or happened on here, I’ll explain. Every night, I pick a song of the day. I have a few methods for picking the song, but really it’s just something that in some way I feel like sharing, or represents the day somehow. Then, after 8 days, I can make a little mix on 8tracks.com. Then, PROFIT.

The mixes are usually quick – I hope not too repetitive (though I definitely choose my favorite artists more often). Also, I don’t put as much work as I might on other mixes, so songs may not flow or be quite unbalanced or whatnot. They’re just little snapshot mixes. But I do stand by all the songs! 🙂 Thanks for listening.

- almostaghost

Life In Mixtape Form #47

Life In Mixtape Form #47 from almostaghost on 8tracks.

Most of this week’s songs seem nicely slightly off-center, I’m digging it. 🙂 Have a good weekend!

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AlmostAGhost – Coache11a Friday mix

Unlike last year, I’m not going to Coachella this time around, for various reasons. Even though, I’m not sold on the headliners, the line-up is not one of the reasons. Judging a festival by the headliners is lazy. The fun thing about big festivals is the choose-your-own-adventure vibe. Last year, I saw very little of any of the headliners! There was better things to do. (For example, Fever Ray.)

Anyway, turns out there was 20 bands on Friday I put in my Yes or Maybe category to see (if I were going), and that’s who is in this mix. 🙂

Saturday and Sunday lineups to come in time…

- almostaghost

Set Fire To A Blackberry Field – Best Of 2010 (the mix)

This is a 20-track mix of my favorite songs of 2010. Lots of artist overlap with my top-25 album countdown, naturally. But I was careful not to use any songs I’ve already shared here, and there’s some other stuff in there as well. (Apologies for the Eminem verse, he’s ridiculous, but Nicki Minaj is so cool and the beat on that song has hooked me.)

On to 2011!

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AlmostAGhost’s Best Albums Of 2010 – #19. Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer

Cee Lo Green - The Lady Killer

fuck you!

#19. Cee Lo Green – The Lady Killer

Yea, Cee Lo Green The Soul Machine! I’m sure you’ve all heard “Fuck You” to death, and it’s certainly a great song. But what about the rest of The Lady Killer?

A slightly cliched intro sets up the entire album. This intro is straight out of a James Bond film (not only does Cee Lo announce that he’s licensed to kill, but the music is pure spy movie). The ‘licensed to kill’ theme shows up numerous times on the album, from the surprisingly complex and dark “Bodies” which compares seduction to a crime (“at sunrise the morning paper is read / they found a body in my bed”) to the poppier “Love Gun.” There is also a lot of movie soundtrack riffs throughout the album, you’ll be regularly reminded of an ’80s detective show. But not in a cheesy way. OK, sometimes, in a tiny bit cheesy way. But good soul music can be a tiny bit cheesy if the passion is there. And Cee Lo always brings it, getting into these songs and belting them out.

Cee Lo’s brand of soul music never sounds like he’s mimicking the genre, even on songs like “Satisfied” which begins with horns that wouldn’t be out of place on any Otis Redding song. It is clear that this is what Cee Lo is meant to be doing. His work with Gnarls Barkley or the Goodie Mob has always been solid, but this sound, this is him. He can let loose over groovy soul soundtracks, or even random Band Of Horses covers. He’s the soul machine!

And if I have any criticism here of The Lady Killer, and it’s small, is that a few songs are entirely cruise control. A soul song called “I Want You”? Choruses of “I’m a fool, such a fool, for you” or “hey it’s ok / say that you love me”? These are soul music basics, almost a stereotype of the genre. Cee Lo’s best songs take some pure soul and put new life into it. “Fuck You” is a pretty basic soul story at its core, but Cee Lo’s storytelling and chorus kick it up a notch. “Bright Lights Bigger City” throws a Miami Vice beat into the mix.

Also I want to note that Cee Lo, a few months before The Lady Killer, put out a mixtape called Stray Bullets. It’s a bit more hiphop and funk than The Lady Killer, as Cee Lo raps and sings over samples of Heart, Nick Cave (!) (“Night Train” below samples “Red Right Hand” and is hot), the B-52s and other fun things like that. These two albums make a fantastic collection of songs, and Cee Lo’s stardom was definitely a highlight of 2010.

From The Lady Killer:

Cee Lo Green – “Satisfied”

Cee Lo Green – Bright Lights, Bigger City

From Stray Bullets:

Cee Lo Green – “Night Train (feat. The Goodie Mob)”

- almostaghost

AlmostAGhost’s August 2010 mix

At the end of every month, I make a mix of music that I’ve found that came out this year. They’re usually a little longer than the minimum 8 tracks, and I hope you can use it to find some new music. This one in particular is kind of a bizarre mix of music! I guess it was a weird month.

- almostaghost