Hip-hop/jazz maestro Russell Gunn has been melting Miers’ face all week long.

You can’t just listen to Kendrick Lamar's "Damn" on infinite repeat, though the album is so densely packed with intriguing ear-worms that it's tempting to do so.

Variety being the spice of life and all, I'm keeping the mix eclectic this week, partly because I don’t want to burn out on "Damn," and partly because, well, that's just how I am.

Here's my soundtrack to this gray first week of May in Buffalo. You can listen, via Spotify, below.

Russell Gunn, "Ethnomusiclogy Vol. 4: Live in Atlanta"

Speaking of Kendrick, Russell Gunn has got to be mentioned as one of the first artists to fuse hip-hop and jazz in a meaningful way. This live album absolutely cooks.

Thundercat, "Drunk"

Yacht-Funk? Yes, please!

Gorillaz, "Humanz"

Ear candy, and funky, too.

Oxbow, "Thin Black Duke"

I'm new to this Bay Area band. It scares me. In a good way.

Grateful Dead, "Cornell 1977"

Many claim that May 8, 1977, at Cornell University's Barton hall is the greatest GD show of all time. That seems a bit absolutist, but man, it's definitely one of them.

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