Photo: Lana Del Rey
New: "Blue Jeans," Lana Del Rey
It seems like we were due for a 21st century reboot of the crushed velvet vocals and spooky-sexy musicality of Portishead--enter Lana Del Rey. Swaggin' in with her dusty, DIY super-8 music videos and spectral femininity, this gal makes me proud to call myself an Angeleno and stands as a reminder that it's never a bad time for a love song.
Old: "You Don't Pull No Punches, But You Don¿t Push the River," Van Morrison
I think it is (or at least should be) accepted that Van The Man's first solo album, "Astral Weeks," is one of the single greatest works of spiritual art committed to wax. But several albums later he returned to that same unmoored, sprawling beauty with "The Veedon Fleece." The album is ripe with nuggets like this one: unintelligible musical incantations that, coming from Van, sound like The Truth.
Best mix to close out a DJ set to: "Sexual Healing," Hot 8 Brass Band and "You Got What I Need," Freddie Scott
For almost two years, I spun a moderately successful '60s soul-funk party here in L.A. The closing track of the night was always, in my opinion, the most important selection¿the song that you'd be sending a roomful of weary, intoxicated revelers home with. Between these two certified heaters (epic cover vs. one of the great hip-hop samples of all time) I found you could pretty much do no wrong.
--Wilson Bethel co-stars with Rachel Bilson on 'Hart of Dixie.' Bethel has been known to DJ in LA, co-owns the music web site mixtaperiot.com with his brother and between the two of them they own about 25,000 vinyl records.