Slice of Life

John Vanderslice celebrates warmer weather with an exclusive mix of tunes.

8. Of Montreal, "Cato as a Pun" (2007's Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer?)

A great, geat album. I had been following them since [1999's] The Gay Parade. And you know, there's a fatigue when you follow a band that long. It's like when you're listening to your best friend talk at a party, you're just like, "Whatever, I've heard this guy for twenty years, why do I need to sit on the edge of my seat?" [laughs] But this record was so different. It was such an interesting departure, and lyrically it was so gutsy. I mean, fuck, it's one of the most directly autobiographical and just raw records to come out in the past couple years. I really, really got into that album.

9. The Game, "Put You on the Game" (2005's The Documentary)

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After that, another song about selling crack, "Put You on the Game." It's a Timbaland production, it's one of those club jams [laughs] that you want to play after your set. I think we actually did play this after our set for a couple weeks on tour once, because we always have these dance parties and stuff — which mostly don't ever take off, but sometimes they do. So of course that song reminds me of that a little bit.

10. Mountain Goats, "Autoclave" (2008's Heretic Pride)

I worked on that song, and Annie from St. Vincent is on that song, and Franklin Bruno, so many good musicians on that song. When I hear that, it brings me back to the session and making that record. It was such a cool, interesting experience, that it ties in a lot of things that have happened in my life in the past five years.

11. Big Tymers, "I'll Take You There" (2003's Big Money Heavy Weights)

It's another classic club jam. It's so rhythmically interesting, and it just absolutely swings. These guys are really, really good rappers. It has a couple of interesting guests — Petey Pablo is on it, and Joi. These are really, really cool rappers.

9 p.m. Wednesday, April 16. Billiken Club, in the Busch Student Center on the campus of Saint Louis University, 20 North Grand Boulevard. Free. 314-977-2020.

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