"Analogistics" photo by Jamel Shabazz
Russell Dillon is a bartender and sometimes bar manager at Fly Bar on Divisadero Street. He easily waxes nostalgic about the long lost era of cassette tape mixes and legitimate jukebox skills, and admits that Nick Hornby's writing in High Fidelity resonates with him in a way he just can't shake. Russ acknowledges he might come across as old and curmudgeonly, and full of longing for the days of yore, but that doesn't stop him from still getting excited about music. When deciding on what to play at Fly Bar, Russ looks for tracks that can be easily enjoyed by both patrons and himself. In general, the music he chooses for work is broader in scope than what he listens to at home— he just wants to keep things fun and familiar at the bar. Though there isn't enough love or money in the world for Russ to play Madonna while he cleans his apartment all alone, he'll happily sing along to “Dress You Up” while he's at work, no problem.
Here is Russell's wide-ranging, pleasure-seeking mixtape, called "Analogistics."
1. 25 Cent Giraffes— Lifetime
2. Lovely Day— Bill Withers
3. Lover's Day— TV On The Radio
4. Rifles— Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
5. Carry The Zero— Built To Spill
6. Watch Out Now— The Beatnuts
7. Set It Off— Girl Talk
8. City Lights (Feat. UGK)— Method Man & Redman
9. Want— Jawbreaker
10. In Circles— Sunny Day Real Estate
Go into Fly Bar Thursdays through Sundays to check out Russell's jams.
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