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Greetings from Weissensee

Greetings from Weissensee! We’ve settled nicely into our new home, so I’ve put together this little playlist as a meditation on domestic life in Berlin, Germany. Love, marriage, kids, sleep deprivation – it’s all there! I hope you like it. Listen here.

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Music

Das Gift Playlist

If you want to hear what I played at Das Gift last week, click here. I’ve put the set up as a Spotify playlist. Enjoy!

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Selfie Playlist

Criminal Crew

I’m changing the direction of Selfie Playlist to focus on new music: Indie, Punk, DIY, Lo-Fi and Pop. I’ve also been writing a review of each song on Instagram and Twitter. If you like that sort of thing, please consider giving me a follow. I hope you enjoy the tunes as much as I do. Listen here.

Selfie Playlist 8: Criminal Crew

  1. Criminal Crew – The Chisel
  2. Weekend at Bernies – SNOOZERS
  3. Albatross Baby – GospelbeacH
  4. Strong Feelings – Dry Cleaning
  5. I Don’t Wanna Stand Up – Bobby Ramone
  6. Drifting Around – DJ City
  7. What’s Worse – Strapontin, Zilas on Acid
  8. I Can See You – Sophia Kennedy
  9. No Mutuals – Fake Fruit
  10. Schatze – Ohtis, Stef Chura
  11. Russian Winter – Tamar Aphek
  12. Cigarette Packet – Sorry
  13. Pussy Mask – Peaches
  14. Don’t Call Me Baby – Ghost Pony

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Selfie Playlist 6

January was full of suspense for my wife and I. We couldn’t wait to meet our daughter. She was due on the 12th, and as the date came and went, I created this playlist, and used it as a musical diary. It covers a wide spectrum of artists: Stevie Wonder, The Make-Up, Todd Terje and even Herb Alpert. Our daughter should have been a Capricorn, but was born eleven days late, an Aquarius, on January 23rd. We adore her! And I hope one day, she listens to this, and hears the love in it. Listen to it here.

Selfie Playlist 6: We’re Having a Baby

  1. She’s a Rainbow – The Rolling Stones
  2. She Belongs to Me – Bob Dylan
  3. Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder
  4. Girl from Germany – Sparks
  5. Give Me Daughters – Jonathan Fire Eater
  6. We’re Having a Baby – The Make-Up
  7. Waiting to Know You – The Fiery Furnaces
  8. I Am Waiting – The Rolling Stones
  9. Waiting for the Miracle – Leonard Cohen
  10. Home to You – Cate Le Bon
  11. Aquarius / Let the Sunshine In – The Fifth Dimension
  12. I’m Aquarius – Metronomy
  13. Oh Ali Bell! – The Blood Arm
  14. Push It – Salt-N-Pepa
  15. Inspector Norse – Todd Terje
  16. A Girl Like You – Edwyn Collins
  17. Girl – The Beatles
  18. Daddy Cool – Boney M.
  19. Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone – The Temptations
  20. Our House – Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
  21. German Girl – The Lotus Eaters
  22. She’s My Baby – Wings
  23. Baby – Os Mutantes
  24. This Guy’s In Love With You – Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass

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Selfie Playlist 5

Batten down the hatches! In December, the German government enforced another lockdown. That was fine by me, we’ve got a baby coming and it was a good opportunity to prepare ourselves for her arrival. When we weren’t listening to Christmas music, the soundtrack was 60s soul from New Orleans, inspired by Irma Thomas’ classic ’It’s Raining’. That song led to many other gems including Diamond Joe’s ‘Gossip Gossip’ , Betty Harris’ ‘Trouble with My Lover’ and Jesse Hill’s ‘Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part 1)’ which my son and I now sing on a daily basis. I hope 2021 is full of more joyful discoveries and tender moments like these. Listen to the playlist here

Selfie Playlist 5: Slow Dance in New Orleans

  1. Irma Thomas – It’s Raining
  2. Betty Harris – Bad Luck
  3. Curley Moore – Get Low Down, Pt. 2
  4. Champion Jack Dupree – Junker’s Blues
  5. Dell Stewart – Mr. Credit Man
  6. Barbara George – I Know (You Don’t Love Me No More)
  7. Jessie Hill – Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part 1)
  8. Eldridge Holmes – Worried Over You
  9. Bennie Spellman – Please Mr. Genie
  10. Diamond Joe – Gossip Gossip
  11. Betty Harris – Trouble with My Lover
  12. Langlois, Eddie Lang – I’m Gonna Make You Eat Those Words
  13. Ernie K-Doe – A Certain Girl
  14. Allen Toussaint, Lee Dorsey – Sneakin’ Sally From the Alley
  15. Larry Darnell – Son of a Son of a Slave
  16. Chuck Carbo – Take Care of Your Homework
  17. Neville, Betty Harris – I’m Evil Tonight

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Selfie Playlist 4

I spent most of November on my back, suffering from acute sciatic nerve pain. It was a tough month, and at the end of it, I turned forty-one, which was a harsh reminder that I’m ageing. Thankfully, music has a healing quality for me and I managed to squeeze out a playlist in between the grunts and groans. It was fun exploring cumbia- music I grew up with, typically very festive and meant for dancing. I couldn’t get the basslines out of my head, and I’m happy to report, I’m back on my feet again. Listen to the playlist here.

Selfie Playlist 4: Cuckoo for Cumbia

1. Bocanegra -Sonido Gallo Negro
2. La Cosecha de Mujeres – Mike Laure
3. Cumbia Parrandera – Chicos Aventura
4. Nada Que Ver – Grupo Karicia
5. Pájaro Cenzontle – Son Rompe Pera
6. Cumbia Espacial – Ondatrópica
7. Cumbia del Monte Fuji – Frente Cumbiero, Minyo Crusaders
8. La Danza del Petrolero – Los Mirlos
9. El Aguajal – Los Shapis
10. El Conductor – Jose A. Bedoya y su Conjunto
11. Hotline Bling – Quantic, Los Miticos del Ritmo
12. Ya Se Ha Muerto Mi Abuelo – Juaneco y su Combo
13. Cumbia del Pichamán – Meridian Brothers

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Selfie Playlist 3: Morrissey Dance Party

Back in L.A. there are parties dedicated to Morrissey and The Smiths at venues around town. For October’s Selfie Playlist, I wanted to capture those feelings of youthful abandon, togetherness and community that those parties represent. So, imagine you are on the dance floor of The Echo in Los Angeles, beer in hand, surrounded by Latinxs with pompadours, shouting along to lyrics about violence and poetry in Manchester, England. Then press play.

Selfie Playlist 3: Morrissey Dance Party

1. London – The Smiths
2. Glamorous Glue – Morrissey
3. The Last of the Famous International Playboys – Morrissey
4. Rusholme Ruffians – The Smiths
5. Vicar in a Tutu – The Smiths
6. Something is Squeezing My Skull – Morrissey
7. First of the Gang to Die – Morrissey
8. Ask – The Smiths
9. I Don’t Mind If You Forget Me – Morrissey
10. Sing Your Life – Live at KROQ – Morrissey
11. Sister I’m a Poet – Morrissey
12. Hand in Glove – The Smiths
13. Suedehead – Morrissey

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Thee Nathaniel Fregoso & the Bountiful Hearts

Album Released Today

Our self-titled album Thee Nathaniel Fregoso & the Bountiful Hearts has been released today via R.I.P. Ben Lee Records. Stream it on Spotify, Apple Music or Tidal or buy it on Bandcamp. Watch the video for ‘Just Like Seventh Heaven’ here and the video for ‘Oh Baby!’ here. We did it!

Photo by Malia James. Artwork by Gabriella Seemann.