Been promising this one for a minute. I am, by no means, a deep disco head (that particular well runs incredibly deep) but I do respect/appreciate it. These aren’t my absolute favorite cuts but randomly selected ones that I think do a good job of showcasing the diversity of the genre.
There’s something quite enjoyable about finding surprises within your own collection. True, maybe you should have caught them the first time but in the end, you end up with a great new song that you didn’t even need to go track down.
Case in point: I’ve had this Fania All Stars LP for ages but I never realized that Side B had Joe Bataan and La La dueting on the Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell classic, “If This World Were Mine.” The cover here isn’t better than the original but it’s still fun as hell to hear Joe singing Marvin.
In my never-ending quest to whittle down my collection, I’ve spent the last few weeks going through my Latin records and I’ve come up with a few dozen solid, great condition titles to list on Discogs.
If anyone you reads this is interested, email me a list of what you want and I’ll try to hit you with at least a 15% discount on everything (this only applies if you email me vs. conventional orders on the site).
Sorry for the long hiatus. After getting back from New Orleans, I got hammered with work and am only now getting back ahead of it. To make up for the prolonged absence, I super-sized this episode with 13 tracks, including songs I brought home from NOLA.
I promised (threatened?) that I’d drop some Latin on you all for a future podcast and what better than to bring in We Like It Like That filmmaker Mathew Ramirez Warren to come in and talk boogaloo with me. We chatted about the inspiration behind the film, tracking down Latin music old-timers, and the importance of public-funded arts (save the NEA!) Then Mathew joined me in running down a playlist of some of our favorite boogaloo jams.
Just uploaded my latest episode of the Record Wheel; thanks for the positive feedback! I’m serious: I don’t do this stuff to hear myself talk so as long as folks out there enjoy it, I’m happy to do it.
I put up a poll on the Facebook group and folks wanted hip-hop, so that’s what I served up.
For those of you who subscribe to my (old) Sidebar podcast, you may (or shortly will) discover a new episode awaiting you, the first in nearly two years. One of my ambitions for this year is to produce more audio content and while I’m working on a more ambitious podcast idea, I decided, in the short run, to create something that was simple to throw together at home: an annotated playlist.
The conceit is simple: pick one of my iTunes thematic playlists, hit “random,” pluck out the first 10 songs and talk about them. I started with my “Favorites and Recent” playlist, which I use on my phone for either 1) recent digitizations or 2) favorite songs. As such, this particular spin of the wheel yielded some obvious hits but in the future, I’ll likely pick other playlists that are filled with songs off the beaten path.
This is an experiment. I’m basically taking what could have been a 10-song Soul Sides post and turned it into a podcast instead. Maybe people will prefer just reading the same content vs. listening to me yammer on about them. Send me some feedback and let me know your preference. If enough folks like it, I’d be happy to do more down the road.
Ohio Players: Ecstasy (Matthew Africa Edit) (Westbound, 1973/2012)
Jack McDuff: Shadow Of Your Smile (Atlantic, 1967)
Leo Sayer: Magdelena (Warner Bros, 1976)
Chi-Lites: Oh Girl (Brunswick, 1972)
Joni Mitchell: All I Want (Reprise, 1971)
The Ethics: I Want My Baby Back (Vent, 1969)
Francois Rauber: Improvisation (Unidisc, 197?)
The Relatives: More Time To Explain (Archway, 196?)
The Pharycde: She Said (Jay Dee Remix) (Delicious Vinyl, 1976)
The Hassles: 4 O’Clock in the Morning (United Artists, 1968)