22 episodes

A story-telling series rooted in the music that soundtracks our memories.
Hosted by Sama'an Ashrawi.
Produced & Edited by Jason Crow.
Additional Production by Jasmine Chen.
Illustrations by Nataly Menjivar.
www.thenostalgiamixtape.com

The Nostalgia Mixtape Sama'an Ashrawi

    • Music
    • 5.0, 28 Ratings

A story-telling series rooted in the music that soundtracks our memories.
Hosted by Sama'an Ashrawi.
Produced & Edited by Jason Crow.
Additional Production by Jasmine Chen.
Illustrations by Nataly Menjivar.
www.thenostalgiamixtape.com

    The Bun B Episode

    The Bun B Episode

    Legendary rapper, college professor, one half of the mighty UGK, and Sama'an's personal mentor, Bun B joins the campfire to tell the story of his career (and his marriage) through five of his songs.

    [00:01:50]
    Chapter 0: Trill Foreword by Jon Caramanica

    [00:11:20]
    Chapter 1: Findin' Love While Ridin' Dirty

    [00:22:16]
    Chapter 2: It's Dark and DMX Knows My Lyrics

    [00:35:01]
    Chapter 3: Tupac and UGK, The Collab That Almost Was

    [00:39:39]
    Chapter 4: Sometimes A Knowles Checks on *You*

    [00:50:07]
    Chapter 5: Losing My Shit Wiv Da Mandem At Glastonbury

    Read along with the annotated transcript at:
    http://thenostalgiamixtape.com/creative/the-bun-b-episode/

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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Aaron Stephens plays "Do Something" & "Small Axe" (Bob Marley cover)

    Aaron Stephens plays "Do Something" & "Small Axe" (Bob Marley cover)

    From our episode In Support Of Black Liberation, Aaron Stephens shares two songs in his live performance: his original tune, "Do Something," and a cover of Bob Marley's "Small Axe."

    Buy Aaron's music here:
    https://aaronstephens.bandcamp.com/

    Listen to the full episode here:
    http://thenostalgiamixtape.com/creative/in-support-of-black-liberation/

    "Do Something" Lyrics:
    Some people want
    Some people need
    Some people give expecting to receive
    We’re earning wage they’re waging war
    We made them rich, but they want more
    But we won’t sit around and do nothing about it

    Let’s do something
    Do something about it
    March on those lawns and shot it
    We want change

    They sway our media and news
    Force feed us whatever they choose
    We’re booking hearses and they’re booking flights
    I don’t know how they go to sleep at night
    But we won’t sit around
    And do nothing about it

    Let’s do something
    Do something about it
    March on those lawns and shot it
    We want change

    Things won’t change if we just sit around asking why
    There are people in pain and we’re watching them die

    No justice, no peace

    "Small Axe" lyrics:
    Why boasteth thyself
    Oh, he-vil man
    Playing smart
    And not being clever, oh no
    I said you’re working iniquity
    To achieve vanity yeah, if a-so a-so
    But the goodness of Jah-Jah
    I-dureth for-i-ver

    [Chorus]
    If you are the big tree
    We are the small axe
    Sharpened to cut you down (Well sharp)
    Ready to cut you down, oh, yeah

    [Verse 2]
    These are the words
    Of my master, keep on telling me, oh
    No weak heart shall prosper, oh no they can’t, eh, eh

    [Bridge]
    Whosoever diggeth a pit, lord
    Shall fall in it, shall fall in it
    Whosoever diggeth a pit
    Shall bury in it, shall bury in it

    [Chorus]
    If you are the big tree
    We are the small axe
    Sharpened to cut you down
    Ready to cut you down

    [Bridge]
    Eh, whosoever diggeth a pit
    Shall fall in it, fall in it, eh
    Whosoever diggeth a pit
    Shall bury in it, shall bury in it

    [Chorus]
    If you have a big tree
    We have a small axe
    Ready to cut you down (Well sharp)
    Sharpened to cut you down, oh

    [Outro]
    If you are the big tree, let me tell you this
    We are the small axe
    Ready to cut you down (Well sharp)
    Sharpened to cut you down, oh, yeah

    • 5 min
    Christelle Bofale covers Solange's "Borderline (An Ode To Self Care)"

    Christelle Bofale covers Solange's "Borderline (An Ode To Self Care)"

    From our episode In Support Of Black Liberation, Christelle Bofale shares her cover of Solange's "Borderline (An Ode To Self Care)," accompanied by Jake Smith on guitar.

    Buy Christelle's music here:
    https://christellebofale.bandcamp.com/

    Listen to the full episode here:
    http://thenostalgiamixtape.com/creative/in-support-of-black-liberation/



    Christelle's Statement + Lyrics:
    Christelle: I just wanted to give a quick message to anybody Black, and, that message is: just an acknowledgement of how tired you might be right now. I know a lot of us are just, plain and simple, exhausted. And that’s okay. It’s totally okay to need a break. I want to remind you and to encourage you to take care of yourself. To prioritize taking care of yourself. Work it into your routine as best as possible. That, I think, is imperative to maintaining your sanity. I just want you to remember that you are someone who is worthy of softness, and gentleness, and tenderness, and I want you to provide that for yourself. I’ve had to remind myself of the same thing. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the news, every single day, it’s just so painful and traumatic.

    So, I love you, and I hope that hearing this song will inspire you to invest in your needs. Whatever it is that you think you’re hungry for… Find it. Feed it to yourself. Nourish yourself. Replenish yourself.

    Take care, and stay safe.

    Lyrics:
    We been lovers on a mission
    We been lovers on a mission
    But whats love without a mission
    We been lovers on a mission
    So let’s take an intermission

    You know I have a lot to think
    And you know I gotta go ahead and take some time
    Because the last thing that I want
    Is thinkin that it’s time that I leave the borderline

    So let’s take it off tonight
    Break it off tonight
    Baby let’s know when to let go
    Know when to let go

    Take off tonight
    Break it up tonight
    Baby I know you’re tired
    Know I’m tired

    Let’s take it off tonight
    Break it off tonight
    Baby it’s war outside these walls
    Baby it’s war outside these doors, yeah

    Safe place tonight
    Let’s play safe tonight
    Baby I know what you’re fighting for
    Baby you know what I’m fighting for

    You know I have the world to think
    And you know I gotta go ahead and take some time
    Because the last thing that I want
    Is thinkin that it’s time that I leave the borderline

    So let’s take it off tonight
    Break it off tonight
    Baby let’s know when to let go
    Know when to let go, oh

    Take off tonight
    Break it off tonight
    Baby I know you’re tired
    You know I’m tired

    Take it off tonight
    Break it off tonight
    Baby I’ve been more than a woman
    We’ve been lovers on a mission

    Safe place tonight
    Let’s play it safe tonight
    Baby we’ve been lovers on a mission
    So let’s take an intermission

    • 5 min
    In Support Of Black Liberation

    In Support Of Black Liberation

    A statement from us + exclusive live performances by Christelle Bofale and Aaron Stephens, in support of Black Liberation.

    Buy their music at:
    https://christellebofale.bandcamp.com/
    https://aaronstephens.bandcamp.com/

    Read an annotated transcript of this episode at:
    thenostalgiamixtape.com

    Abridged Transcript:
    [00:00]
    Jamel Johnson clip.

    [00:47]
    Nina Simone “Mississippi Goddamn” excerpt.


    [02:34]
    Our statement:
    We at the Nostalgia Mixtape, and yours truly, Sama’an Ashrawi, stand firmly in support of Black Liberation, and any demands that come along with it.

    We hope that, more than anything else, listening to our podcast will give you an appreciation for just how much of a beautiful spectrum the Black experience is. If you’re not Black, we hope that appreciation will make you a more confident fighter for Black liberation. And if you are Black, we hope that all the different stories you hear on episode of the Nostalgia Mixtape will make you feel more comfortable in your own skin.

    [04:25]
    Solange - “Almeda” (Sango Bounce remix)

    Sama’an: Big love to our favorite ethnomusicologist, Sango, for letting us use his flip of Solange’s “Almeda.”

    [07:22]
    Josh White - “Jim Crow” (1941)

    [11:40]
    Coldplay & Femi Kuti - “Arabesque” (2019)

    Fela Kuti:
    Music is the weapon, music is the weapon of the future.

    [12:23]
    Statement from Christelle Bofale:
    I just wanted to give a quick message to anybody Black, and, that message is: just an acknowledgement of how tired you might be right now. I know a lot of us are just, plain and simple, exhausted. And that’s okay. It’s totally okay to need a break. I want to remind you and to encourage you to take care of yourself. To prioritize taking care of yourself. Work it into your routine as best as possible. That, I think, is imperative to maintaining your sanity. I just want you to remember that you are someone who is worthy of softness, and gentleness, and tenderness, and I want you to provide that for yourself. I’ve had to remind myself of the same thing. It’s so easy to get caught up in all the news, every single day, it’s just so painful and traumatic.

    So, I love you, and I hope that hearing this song will inspire you to invest in your needs. Whatever it is that you think you’re hungry for... Find it. Feed it to yourself. Nourish yourself. Replenish yourself.

    Take care, and stay safe.

    [14:36]
    Christelle Bofale - "Borderline (An Ode To Self Care)"

    [20:45]
    Aaron Stephens - "Do Something"
    Aaron Stephens - "Small Axe"

    [28:05]
    Janet Jackson - "Free Xone"
    Archie Bell & The Drells - "Tighten Up"

    • 29 min
    Nostalgia LIVE Tape: Hamish Anderson

    Nostalgia LIVE Tape: Hamish Anderson

    Bonus content! Taped live at Soundworc Studios in Burbank, California, Hamish Anderson performs a short acoustic set for his appearance on The Nostalgia Mixtape.

    Set List:
    - "Don't Think Twice It's Alright" (Bob Dylan cover)
    - "Winter" (original)

    More episodes at thenostalgiamixtape.com

    • 9 min
    The Hamish Anderson Episode 🎸

    The Hamish Anderson Episode 🎸

    Melbourne, Australia-based guitarist Hamish Anderson on how a Bob Dylan classic inspired "Winter," the first song he ever wrote, and how The Beatles' "Back in the USSR" made him want to pick up a guitar in the first place. This episode features two live performances from Hamish.

    Donate to The Nostalgia Mixtape on Venmo @SamaanAshrawi or CashApp - $SamaanAshrawi.

    Bonus content at:
    thenostalgiamixtape.com

    • 1 hr 13 min

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