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Wilson Bethel's picks for '3 songs I love'

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Fans of CW's "Hart of Dixie" know Wilson Bethel as Wade Kinsella, the bad boy with the killer smile and heart of gold. He just loves to get under Zoe Hart's skin.

What Bethel loves is music. You may not know that before landing the "Dixie" gig, he had become a well-known DJ in Los Angeles and co-founded the music web site mixtaperiot.com with his brother. Together they own about 25,000 vinyl records. That's why I asked Bethel, whom I interviewed in the early fall, to take part in RedEye's weekly music exercise called "3 Songs I Love."

And the dude knows what he's talking about. We asked him to pick a new song, and old song and a third song from a theme of his choice. For his new song he chose Lana Del Rey's "Blue Jeans." She's about the hottest up-and-comer there is right now, having just landed on MTV's artists to watch for 2012, among other accolades. And her major label debut hasn't even dropped yet.

Below you'll find Bethel's songs, and what he has to say about them. Look for past "3 Songs I Love" at Metromix.

3 SONGS I LOVE
By Wilson Bethel of "Hart of Dixie"

New: "Blue Jeans," Lana Del Rey
It seems like we were due for a 21st century reboot of the crushed velvet vocals and spooky-sexy musicality of Portishead--enter Lana Del Rey. Swaggin' in with her dusty, DIY super-8 music videos and spectral femininity, this gal makes me proud to call myself an Angeleno and stands as a reminder that it's never a bad time for a love song.

Old: "You Don't Pull No Punches, But You Don't Push the River," Van Morrison
I think it is (or at least should be) accepted that Van The Man's first solo album, "Astral Weeks," is one of the single greatest works of spiritual art committed to wax... But several albums later he returned to that same unmoored, sprawling beauty with "The Veedon Fleece." The album is ripe with nuggets like this one: unintelligible musical incantations that, coming from Van, sound like The Truth.

Best mix to close out a DJ set: "Sexual Healing," Hot 8 Brass Band, and "You Got What I Need," Freddie Scott
For almost two years, I spun a moderately successful '60s soul-funk party here in L.A. The closing track of the night was always, in my opinion, the most important selection--the song that you'd be sending a roomful of weary, intoxicated revelers home with... Between these two certified heaters (epic cover vs. one of the great hip-hop samples of all time) I found you could pretty much do no wrong.

Listen to these tracks on Spotify by following Redeye Chi's 3 Songs I Love playlist.

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