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Rough Mix Podcast 1 (walkin’ and talkin’) download and track listings

For the past year, I’ve been throwing selected audio files into a folder marked “walkin’ and talkin’,” with the idea of doing them up as a podcast for WFMU’s online stream.

I finally got it together, and it streamed a few weeks ago. It’s 3 hours of people talking over beats; not rap exactly, but around the neighborhood, with closely related Beat material, poetry, and whatever I wanted, because I could. I’ve broken it up into individual tracks for e-z listening on iTunes, your iPod, your phone, or your digital toothbrush, and so you can skip over my VO if you want, you ingrate. And it’s most definitely not safe for work or children.

You can download it (160 meg) in a zip file, and the multi-media track listing is below.

Please let me know what you think in the comments section, and if you like it – or even if you don’t – please consider contributing some cash to WFMU, one of the only truly all-listener sponsored radio stations anywhere, and absolutely the best freeform station in the world. Because of their high standards and high quality, they’re perpetually broke, so your cheddar is always appropriate.


walkin’ and talkin’ (rough mix podcast vol. 1)



in which stein attempts to talk his way out of the whole thing




saul williams & momolu stewart

jail cell rap

from the movie slam

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apologies for this version with the freaking subtitles; i couldn’t find a good version that didn’t have them. several great scenes in this film with williams, and a few with bonz malone, although overall the story’s a tad on the earnest side for cynical old me.



gil scott-heron

the revolution will not be televised

from small talk at 125th st. & lenox

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the original version, before the larger radio hit version with brian jackson/midnight band.



the last poets

black is

from the album this is madness.

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sloppy, but informative



mic break

mumbling about some damn thing



jack kerouac/al cohn/zoot sims

american haikus

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kerouac reads and talks on the steve allen show.



langston hughes

blues montage

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no footage of the man himself on youtube, unfortunately, but this will do fine.



jean shepherd w/charles mingus jazz workshop

the clown

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a dramatization of one of the great storyteller’s famous anecdotes.

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the great bass player (and notable eccentric) makes his point with lasting emphasis.



pleasant gehman

cookin’ with ray

from ruined

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the writer/actress/singer is also a professional belly dancer. is life not wonderful?



ken nordine/david grisman/jerry garcia

mr. slick

from devout catalyst.

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the voice of god, working for a living.



tom waits

step right up

from small change

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waits on fernwood tonight, with martin mull.



mic break

i’ll have the veggie burger and the fries.



william burroughs & the disposable heroes of hiphoprisy

the last words of dutch schulz

from spare-ass annie and other tales a hal willner production

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burroughs down with cut-ups.

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from drugstore cowboy



brooklyn funk essentials feat. david allen

the revolution was postponed because of rain

from cool and steady and easy

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this song is so great.



danny weizman


personally, I like weizmann’s first record (the wet dog shakes) better – the title cut especially – but this one’s nice over a pleasantly groovy track by paul goldowitz. (i think this is the right goldowitz, but I’m not 100% sure.)

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i couldn’t resist.


brooklyn funk essentials feat. everton sylvester

i got cash

from make them like it

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everton sylvester doing his own thing.

i got cash has been recorded in at least 2 different versions, I believe, and someone also floated an accappella over the instrumental of the 1980′s electro track jet set by dr. john (track produced, if I’m not mistaken by arthur baker), and that’s up on youtube; however, the version in the podcast is the one to have. trust me.



mic break

they’re coming. i seen them.



laurie anderson

walk the dog

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video for o superman, the a-side of the single. walk the dog is the b-side.



flying lizards


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finely-aged producer and vocalist discuss the track and video.



the normal

warm leatherette

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fan video, not bad. and if you think of grace jones when you hear this song, hers was the cover. this is the o.g.



ian dury & the blockheads

reasons to be cheerful pt. 3

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early video. meh.



mic break

if you don’t like my peaches, why you shake my tree?



lightnin’ rod


from hustler’s convention

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last poets doc footage.



lightnin’ rod/jimi hendrix/buddy miles

doriella du fontaine

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very boss video



umar bin hassan


from be bop or be dead

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mostly pretty good homemade video



stone cold boners

lesson one

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that’s a young stanley crouch on the mic.



mic break

able was i, ere i saw elba



dj /rupture & elizabeth alexander

into the ohio river

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music, and an interview (with maga bo, no slouch himself)



jean grae & 9th wonder

don’t rush me

from jeanious

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video of a different song from the same album



the disposable heroes of hiphoprisy

tv the drug of the nation

from hypocrisy is the greatest luxury

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video quality could be better, but you can’t beat the message



saul williams

black history month

from the inevitable rise and liberation of niggy tardust

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management is not responsible for hats and coats



mc paul barman

a somewhat new medium

from paulellujah

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well done



lcd soundsystem

losing my edge

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lots of other good stuff by them, but I’m ill from spending hours putting these notes together; find it  yourself



edit and the grouch

artsy remix

from certified air raid material

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original version, probably; the remix is in the podcast



mic break

404 error not found



the conception corporation

the first poets

from conceptionland and other states of mind



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thank you for continuing to hold



paul beatty

a 3 point shot from andromeda

from the united states of poetry

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January 31, 2011 @ 2:01 am

Many thanks… this will fuel my journeys to work for a good few days!


February 1, 2011 @ 9:02 am

nice work, as usual!


February 1, 2011 @ 2:33 pm



February 5, 2011 @ 6:50 am

Hey Steve – every track on this was tagged as being the H3ndr1x rework, with no track numbers or anything, which won’t work well on most people’s digital toothbrushes. I’ve been through and added track numbers, made Steinski the artist, named it “rough mix podcast (walkin’ & talkin’,” and put the filename for each track in as the track name. It’s zipped up in a rar and stuck here if anyone wants it (or you want to replace the other one):

DJ Hades

February 5, 2011 @ 11:39 am

perfect, always interested in suprising material, done in Steinski-style. like KRS-One would say: this is true edutainment.


February 5, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

Kit – thanks for noticing this. I actually found it out myself (ahem, several weeks ago), and did another full set of files with corrected (in my fashion) mp3 tags. I, uh, forgot to put it up when I did the post, and used the old, incorrectly tagged files.

The link in the post now leads to correct i.e; non-Hendrix-tagged mp3 files (in fact, I don’t think they have any mp3 metadata at all), but if anyone would care to take advantage of Kit’s generous offer, I’m sure his tags will work equally well (or better) in your digital music player/shaver/running shoes. And thanks, Kit, for looking out with such consideration. St.


February 20, 2011 @ 10:46 pm

Great great work – really appreciate it. Much respect. And thanks for name checking the Amon Tobin instrumentals – I must get those too . !! Keep up the good work and come to Europe to play – please !!


March 27, 2011 @ 1:48 am

Wow! Great job. Fantastic. I had never heard O Superman before and now it’s on replay in my house. Thanks for a new dose of inspiration!


August 28, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

awesome stuff as always :) . thanks so much for all the great tunes Mr. Steinski!

Bob Bradley

October 26, 2012 @ 5:01 pm

Steinski you are a musical GOD! Just downloaded over 3 hours of Steinski bliss. Love the Romney tune also.

I always look forward to new Steinski…. keep it coming.



March 13, 2013 @ 6:45 pm

Any chance this will be available again? I haven’t visited for a while and missed this. Dug out my vinyl of “Let’s Play it Cool” and it got me hungry for some Mass Media madness.


March 16, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

In case anyone else wants to download this:

I also (I think) fixed the link on the original page. Apparently all the YouTube links in the notes got messed somehow, but I think the basic info is still there.


March 21, 2013 @ 5:18 pm

permission denied on the download page. .. freaking a. Hope youre doing well sir..


March 21, 2013 @ 5:25 pm

Oy. This is the link you tried?

Let me know.

ruff linkage 201107

May 31, 2014 @ 11:58 am

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