Groundhog day happens on February 2nd every year. This is also the 33rd day of the year. I’m excited to honor both of these occasions with a playlist I’ve put together for the Winter. Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, signifying six more weeks of winter. In our community this is received as good news. Make the most of it!
Please listen to it all the way through, in order, for your first exposure. After that feel free to pick from it what you liked and listen as you desire. Below the download link I’ve included the usual info for each track and some personal detailing to go along with it. It’s not important for you to read it, only there if you are curious.
Download link: http://www.mediafire.com/download/zfvx7y43wtvuf05/Arsenic+Winter+Playlist.zip
Track No. 1
“Jeezy the Snowman” by Young Jeezy Atlanta, GA
Where I got it: One of my college classmates showed me this song in our sophomore year.
Favorite Lyrics: “I’m dope boy fresh, 4X black tee.”
Track No. 2
“A Hazy Shade of Winter” by Simon & Garfunkel Queens, NY
Where I got it: Related videos on Youtube!
Favorite Lyrics: “Look around, the grass is high
The fields are ripe, it’s the springtime of my life
Track No. 3
“Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out” by Bruce Springsteen Long Branch, NJ
Where I got it: I was looking for a song my mom would like and started looking through Bruce’s catalogue of music. This was a good fit for the season.
Favorite Lyrics: “And I’m on my own, I’m on my own
And I can’t go home”
Track No. 4
“Still Tippin’” by Mike Jones Houston, TX
Where I got it: This is a throwback to the beginning of my high school career. Mike who?
Favorite Lyrics: “Blowin’ on dat endo, Gamecube Nintendo”
Track No. 5
“I Am Who Am” by Mac Miller Pittsburgh, PA
Where I got it: One of my favorite posters on NS shared this song in a thread about Mac Miller trying snowboarding. I normally don’t listen to his music but I gave it a shot and I’m glad I did.
Favorite Lyrics: “You wastin’ away doin’ nothin’ you frontin’ Why aren’t you chasin’ your dreams?”
Track No. 6
“17” by Youth Lagoon Boise, ID
Where I got it: My friend Erik has a tendency of falling in love with songs and playing them on repeat for days at a time. This is one of those songs you don’t get tired of hearing.
Favorite Lyrics: “Don’t stop imagining. The day that you do is the day that you die.”
Track No. 7
“In Dat Cup” by E-40 Vallejo, CA
Where I got it: When E-40 put out three albums in one day I was overwhelmed. I listened to this song first because I’ve always been a Z-Ro fan and more recently a Big K.R.I.T. fan.
Favorite Lyrics: “I call my ride the real-mobile. If you ain’t real you ain’t in it”
Track No. 8
“Yes” by Rese’vor Dogs Detroit, MI
Where I got it: When doing some reading about Danny Brown I learned that he had been in the game for longer than I thought. Diving deep into his history I found the days before his high-pitched voice reigned supreme.
Favorite Lyrics: “Nigga you stupid. Ya girl tried to give me ass at the club”
Track No. 9
“Swerve” by The Game Compton, CA
Where I got it: I was exploring The Game’s new mixtape [OKE] and came across this gem. A few musically inclined friends agreed it was a great song so I had to include it on this playlist.
Favorite Lyrics: “Cause we in the Phantom and we bout to bust a big U, swerve”
Track No. 10
“Do I Wanna Know” by Arctic Monkeys Sheffield, UK
Where I got it: EQX broadcasting from Manchester VT and Albany NY showed me this awesome song.
Favorite Lyrics: “Been wondering if your heart’s still open and if so I wanna know what time it shuts”
Track No. 11
“Show Me How To Live” by Audioslave Los Angeles, CA
Where I got it: Another track from growing up. This would play on the rock station my Dad listened.
Favorite Lyrics: “You gave me a life now show me how to live!”
Track No. 12
“Taking the Queen” by Bruce Dickinson Worksop, UK
Where I got it: When researching for my “Queen City Steal” design I discovered this song from the form Iron Maiden vocalist. The night of the Autumn release I had this on repeat.
Favorite Lyrics: “They’ve taken the queen to a better place, so they think.”
Track No. 13
“Life of an Outlaw” by 2Pac Marin City, CA
Where I got it: I’ve been a huge 2Pac fan since I was 14. This is just another great track from him that I thought would be good to include.
Favorite Lyrics: “I play for keeps.”
Track No. 14
“Play by Play” by Autre Ne Veut Brooklyn, NY
Where I got it: A person whose taste in music I respect posted their top ten albums of 2013 on Facebook. This is the first track on their number 1 album. It’s different but I find it enjoyable.
Favorite Lyrics: “You wait for love, telling me to go, go, go
Track No. 15
“Winter” by The Rolling Stones London, England
Where I got it: Searching for a song that my Dad would like to be fair, since Mom had a song just for her. This song was more than perfect to round out the playlist.
Favorite Lyrics: “And I wish I been out in California
When the lights on all the Christmas trees went out”
Great playlist for shredding winter laps with the homies or lounging around after a day mobbing at your local resort!
this chick shreds