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  1. We Can Stop The Hurtin’ (Northern Rascal’s FM Extension 2014) - Chicago

    It was good to see the recent Grammy Awards getting in on the AOR revival with Chicago’s performance of a medley with Robin Thicke. Having battled on gamely since the 1985 departure of the legendary balladeer Peter Cetera, the band recently suffered another setback when Westcoast veteran Bill Champlain decided he’d had enough. But singer, keyboardist and founder member Robert Lamm remains (as does the famous horn section). Lamm is perhaps best loved for his songs such as Saturday In The Park from the early 1970s when they were a ‘credible’ blues and jazz outfit.

    As Cetera and Champlain went on to lead the group to AOR glory - peaking with the release of the multi-platinum Chicago 17 album in 1984 with its string of classic singles Hard Habit To Break, Along Came a Woman, Stay The Night and You’re The Inspiration - Lamm became a marginal figure. He did have one key moment to remember on Chicago 17 though: an album track called We Can Stop The Hurtin’ which was the band’s attempt to commentate on the social problems of the day.

    It was of course absurd for smooth, multi-millionaire rock superstars to record lyrics like Hadn’t we better reach for more than just a dime / Shouldn’t we try to talk that boy out of his crime. But let’s not quibble - this track evokes a key turning point in the development of American AOR, as does the entire Chicago 17 album. It’s hard to imagine now perhaps but in 1984 the production by David Foster and Humberto Gatica seemed so bold, futuristic and expensive. And it marked a break away from the disco-tinged yacht rock era and created a template for the Miami Vice years which hundreds of other artists and producers would imitate.

    Thanks to Northern Rascal for this extended 7 minute edit. His new Westcoast mixtape will be featured in the site next month.

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  2. Finding The Flow: Episode 36

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  3. Episode 26: “Islands in the Stream”

    We dive into streaming audio in this week’s show. We cover a number of services, and even dream big about what we’d like to see. We also cover some interesting hidden settings in Apple’s new iOS 7.1 update.Links:iOS 7.1SpotifyiTunes RadioiTunes FestivaliTunes MatchPandoraPicks of the Week:Rob: xkcd.com and What IfKirk: DropboxIan: Tweetbot 3

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  4. Ep. 35 Finding The Flow

    I update on my current situation as best I can with no real notes.

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  5. RA Exchange: EX.189 Ghostly International

    Though music is its chief export, Ghostly International has always been more than just a record label. Formed in 1999 in a University Of Michigan dorm, it began as a platform for the Midwest’s vibrant but occasionally overlooked music scene. As its musical remit grew to incorporate more geographically and stylistically diverse acts, it also became a hub for visual art and design, and it’s forged collaborations with everyone from LA’s beat scene to Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. With projects like Drip.fm, Ghostly has further challenged what it means to be a label in the internet age. Through it all, founder Sam Valenti IV has been steering the boat through each twist and turn. Jordan Rothlein caught up with him at his home in Brooklyn recently to discuss the state of the label as it marks its 15th year.

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  6. Laurel Canyon Dreamstate Mix

    "Inspired by the beautiful new album from Beck, we spin an ambient set of rare remixes and edits focused around the sounds of the Laurel Canyon music scene, from the 60s on through to today," says Bob Duskis, the co-founder of San Francisco based independent label, Six Degrees Records.

    Six Degrees Traveler is the weekly radio show from the label and it’s presented by Bob. The show is dedicated to keeping alive the spirit of free-form radio and features different musical themes weekly.

    You can listen on: iTunes radio (under the "Eclectic" section) or on Live 365. If you’re interested in checking out past shows, Mixcloud has 63 episodes available for streaming - and Ambient Rock Remixes the first Six Degrees Traveler mix we featured is available on this site.

    Track list:

    David Crosby | I’d Swear There Was Somebody | If I Could Only Remember My Name | Atlantic Beck | Cycle | Morning Phase | Capitol Beck | Morning | Morning Phase | Capitol Joni Mitchell | Woodstock (Kayla Scintilla Remix) | Promo Only Beck | Unforgiven | Morning Phase | Capitol David Crosby | Laughing | If I Could Only Remember My Name | Atlantic Graham Nash | Better Nights (Social Disco Club Edit) | Promo Only Jonthan Wilson | Gentle Spirit | Gentle Spirit | Bella Union Carol King Vs. Flaming Lips | Going Far Away (Flying White Dots Mash Mix) | Promo Only Crosby, Stills & Nash | Helplessly Hoping (Owen Westlake Remix) | Promo Only Neil Young | Old Man (DSD Cosmic Edit) | Promo Only Jonathan Wilson | Cecil Taylor | Fanfare Bella | Union Buffalo Springfield Vs. Joe Walsh | Buffalo Walk (Flying White Dots Mash Mix) | Promo Only Buffalo Springfield | For What It’s Worth (Virgin Magnetic Material Mix) | Promo Only Graham Nash | Chicago (Disco Tech Edit) | Promo Only The Byrds | Triad (DJ Steef Edit) | Promo Only The Eagles | Hotel California (Luxxury Edit) | Promo Only Crosby, Stills

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  7. Sweet Friction (Westcoast, Sunset Disco & Yacht Rock) by pH

    Following recent guest mixes for Balearic Social and Seekmagic (which you can hear at his blog Turn On, Tune In, Drift Off…) Paul Hillery aka pH sets his sights on the west coast of America for this exclusive mix of yacht rock and sunset disco. Featuring much cherished classics such as Ned Doheny’s Sweet Friction sand David Batteau’s Spaceship Earth, the mix also includes a host of rarities. For example we thought we’d covered all the 1970s soft rock double acts out there (such as Neilsen / Pearson, Seals and Croft, Larsen / Feiten Band, and numerous others) but no - here we have Druick and Lorange, who make their debut on the site with their 1974 track Joshua. And the final third of the mix evokes the afterglow of the Laurel Canyon scene in the early to mid 1970s and is similar in feel to pH’s excellent Folk Funk and Trippy Troubadours series.

    Faith - We’re All Headed The Same Way Kieran White - Cajun Moon Will & James Ragar - Forever Ned Doheny - Sweet Friction Joe Vitale - Step On You Rudy Norman - Back To The Streets David Batteau - Spaceship Earth Gulliver - Eyes So Green Starbuck - A Fool In Line Jimmy Gray Hall - Be That Way Paul Virgilio - There’s A Place Fable - Four Horsemen Rob Mehl - House On The Rock Snail - Music Is My Mistress Druick & Lorange - Joshua Moonrider - Danger In The Nigh

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  8. 5by5 | Mac Power Users #179: Calendar Management

    This week David and Katie tackle the calendar and best practices for managing, sharing and storing information to keep you on track.

    http://5by5.tv/mpu/179

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  9. 73: Do Not Retweet the Band-Aid

    Special guest Joanna Stern joins John Gruber to discuss tablets as laptop replacements, the appeal of large-screen smartphones, wearables, and more.

    http://muleradio.net/thetalkshow/73

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  10. Grum Above & Beyond Group Therapy Radio Guest Mix

    https://soundcloud.com/grum/grum-abgt-radio-guest-mix

    This is my guest mix for Above and Beyond Group Therapy.

    Tracklist:

    1. Ambassador - The Fade (Guy J Remix)
    2. Christian Smith & Wehbba - Third Floor
    3. Audion - Sky
    4. Jeremy Olander & Fehrplay - Balboa
    5. Martin Garrix - Animals (Grum Remix)
    6. Jeremy Olander - Bandersnatch
    7. Shift K3y - Touch (Grum Remix)
    8. Grum - Tears
    9. Pryda vs New Order - Lycka Crystal
    10. Good Guy Mikesh - Place of Love (MP Edit)

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