Forever the homie, Al Lover presented an idea for a mix we could not resist, one we can revisit come Father's Day, but is suitable for the first weekend of Spring. While hanging out at the Bay Area Record Fair, Al pitched the idea of a “dad rock” mix, but not of the kitschy variety that often comes to mind when those words appear in succession. He explains below that when he thinks of dad rock, the music his father gave to him is what comes to mind, rather than Bruce Hornsby.
In Scott Hunter's review of The Men's Tomorrow's Hits</em> record, he cited Stuart Berman's Pitchfork review of New Moon (“every grungy, guitar powered act… eventually goes a little Crazy Horse”), taking the theory one step further with a claim that those bands eventually go dad rock as well. Al Lover's “Motocycle Music” mix raises a question that possibly supports the theory due to a “senectitude yields becoming one's father” conclusion. If Al Lover's dad played a significant role in him becoming a rap producer who seeks sonic fabric uniting sample-based music with psychedelic guitars, how many other dads out there are responsible for our coveted musician's artistic decisions? The next time your mom says “you're becoming more like your father,” consider his record collection before you jump to conclusions on it being a bad thing.
Al Lover explains the “Motocycle Music” collection:
So this mix is a compilation of jams inspired by my Pops. The art for the mix features my dad's hand built, one of a kind motorcycle “The Raven,” you can learn more about it here. When I was growing up I was lucky enough have my dad lend me my first Velvet Underground CD while I was still bumping Wu-Tang solo records on repeat. If that doesn't explain everything about me then I don't know what does. I grew up around Rock n Roll, Motorcycles and Art. I'm incredibly lucky. Love you Pops.
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Motocycle Music Tracklisting:
01 FUNKADELIC – CAN YOU GET TO THAT
02 LOU REED – SALLY CAN'T DANCE
03 ROLLING STONES – SOME GIRLS
04 DAVID BOWIE – MOON AGE DAYDREAM
05 JACK NAME – PURE TERROR
06 KRIS KRISTOFFERSON – LITTLE GIRL LOST
07 TY SEGALL – COME OUTSIDE
08 FLAMIN' GROOVIES – WHISKEY WOMAN
09 TOWNES VAN ZANDT – STANDIN'
10 ERNIE GRAHAM – ONLY TIME WILL TELL
11 LEON RUSSELL – OUT IN THE WOODS
12 T REX – TENEMENT LADY
13 JOHN CALE – BARRACUDA
14 LINK WRAY – TAIL DRAGGER
15 JONATHAN RICHMAN – VELVET UNDERGROUND
16 NEIL YOUNG – REVOLUTION BLUES
17 KIM FOWLEY – WORLD WIDE LOVE
18 COUNTRY FUNK – FOR ME
19 ALICE COOPER – TEENAGE LAMENT '74
20 NATURAL CHILD – OUT IN THE COUNTRY
21 JAMES GANG – FUNK 49
22 IKE TURNER AND THE KINGS OF RHYTHM – NO MORE DOGGIN'
23 THE BYRDS – NOTHING WAS DELIVERED
24 DEE DEE WARWICK – SUSPICIOUS MINDS
25 LULU – LOVE LOVES TO LOVE
26 WAYLON JENNINGS – ARE YOU SURE HANK DID IT THIS WAY
27 ALEX CHILTON – LITTLE GIRL
28 FLYING BURRITO BROS. – OLDER GUYS
29 BRIAN ENO – CINDY TELLS ME
30 COOL GHOULS – NATURAL LIFE
31 REIGNING SOUND – EVERYTHING I DO IS WRONG
32 BOBBIE GENTRY – MISSISSIPPI DELTA
33 DAVID JOHANSEN – DONNA
34 TOM PETTY AND THE HEARTBREAKERS – MAGNOLIA
35 THE STOOGES – GIMMIE DANGER
36. WARREN ZEVON – EXCITABLE BOY