“Time Out Of Mind” the fifth track off of Steely Dan’s 1980 release Gaucho is one hell of a groove. Right from the outset with a drum beat that would find itself in Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” only two years later, it’s a joy to the ears with some great guitar work, great harmonies and seemingly easy chord changes. Simple is one thing Steely Dan never was, but their ability to make a pop song shines here and Gaucho remains among the most stunningly produced albums in terms of sonic integrity. The guitar and organ interplay makes you just want to put this song on repeat, forever.
This week is more of an ode to my girl than a mixtape, going away for a month in the wilderness of Tanzania, a continent away without any means of communication. Featuring warm and wistful numbers from the likes of the Allman Brothers, Blake Mills, Frank Sinatra, Fruit Bats, The Shins, The Beatles, Velvet Underground, Dire Straits, James Taylor, The Band, The Kills, and Richie Havens. This week also features great classics from Joe Jackson, Ryan Bingham, G. Love, Paul Simon as well as two great classic covers by Vetiver and The Derek Trucks Band. Hope you enjoy, the mix after the jump