With Christmas and New Year’s right around the corner, what better timing for Mike’s Swing Season Pop Off.
“Remember being a kid and going to all the family reunions? You know, the big reunions that seem to never happen anymore! The ones where both sides of the family would get together. I remember when we would go to my grandparents house on New Year nights. All their brothers and sisters would be there, and back then it was like families of 10-15 (!) with the kids and the grandkids it would end up being some sort of crazy pow wow! 60-70 people in one house, music blasting, people smiling, everyone having have a blast! I remember those days because that was the first time I was exposed to all the classics; Elvis, Jerry lee lewis, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and the list goes on and on. Just like everything that you go through when you’re young, it’s a ‘sponge’ period, like I like to call it, where you absorb everything. The time where without knowing, you are becoming whom you will be later. That period in your life where everything gets registered automatically. Those are the times that come back to haunt you later. As a teen, I was musically closed off to all those classics. I was too occupied in listening to Sick Of It All, and all the other bands on epitaph and Fat Wreck Chords. I remember my uncle pretending to be passed out and playing the Duprees on full blast just too piss us off, that way we would stop listening to NOFX’s ‘I Heard They Suck Live’ tape on loop. We would kind of be into it, but at the same time not really identifying with the music. When I look back on those times I often smile and realize that all those events made it back and look at me now, I’m the one who’s blasting oldies on my turntable at home, pissing off my cats in the process because they don’t seem to enjoy trumpets, or the sax! Those soul/rock/oldie classics have made a crazy uproar lately. Everyone from the vinyl collectors to people editing video parts are using songs that were written over 50 years ago. This is the reason I made this little mix, I’m just going with the flow!
Hope you like it and maybe you’ll discover some new gems, or hear tunes you remember from those family reunions! Blast it on the stereo when you visit your grandparents, maybe you’ll get them to POP OFF! Enjoy!