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I had planned on making a super shit kicking country rock mix for this Friday, but then Alex Chilton died and the plans changed.  Alex Chilton has had a profound impact on your musical life even if you have no idea who he is.  If you have no idea who he is, shame on you.  Go to iTunes, type in Big Star and buy every song that comes up.  Without Big Star, Chilton’s seminal early 70s rock band, we may have never gotten to hear REM, The Replacements, Teenage Fanclub, or the Hold Steady.  The music genealogy of most of my favorite music of the past twenty years leads straight back to Chilton and Big Star.  Yes, the dude was that big of a deal.  It is sad to think that his early death adds yet another grim chapter to the Big Star story that began with so much beautiful, soaring pop rock music.

While I’ve kept a few of my favorite country rock chestnuts on the list, I kick off the mix with one of my favorite Chilton Big Star compositions, as well as sprinkle in some songs from bands that never would have happened without his genius.  I hope you enjoy, and I hope the publicity surrounding Chilton’s early death will only serve to further expose the gifts he gave to the world.

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Tony lives in San Francisco with his girlfriend and his brother.  He enjoys music and fresh-baked cookies.  He will not apologize for being a fan of Crowded House.  Follow him at twitter.com/tonyvontz.

You are quite silly to miss his latest spinout entitled  March Madness Playlist and other crits including Winter Beard Playlist and Best Music of 2009 List.

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