EMP 2011 IN REVIEW

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The EMP Pop Conference just finished up in L.A. this past weekend. For those unfamiliar (and really, my readers should be familiar), over its 10 years, the Pop Conference has become the most interesting and important annual convalcade of scholars, journalists, musicians and related folk. This was the first year it was not held in Seattle (next year, it will rotate to NYU) and as I’ve done in a few previous years, I wanted to provide a short write-up of the proceedings and more importantly, what I learned along the way.

Before [...]

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PEREZ PRADO: TIPSY OFF TEQUILA

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Perez Prado: San Luis Blues
Tequila
From El Unico (Dimsa, 197?)

Despite the presumed ubiquity of data in a digital era, there’s a surprising amount of information gaps out there when it comes to even the most famous and prolific of artists. Perez Prado, one of Latin music’s most heralded figures, put out a striking number of funk-influenced albums in the 1970s but trying to keep an accounting of them is harder than you might imagine. The various discographies out there are incomplete and mismatched and that’s not even because of [...]

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A SNACK OF 7″S

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Freddie North: Love to Hate
From 7″ (Mankind, 1975)

The Profiles: If I Didn’t Love You
From 7″ (Duo, 196?)

South Street Soul Guitars: Poppin Popcorn
From 7″ (Silver Fox, 1969)

Al Green: Get Back Baby
From 7″ (Hi, 1969)

Little Joe Cook and the Thrillers: Funky Hump
From 7″ (Soultown, 1974)

Frank Lucas: Good Thing Man
From 7″ (ICA, 1977)

The Devastating Affair: I Want To Be Humble
From 7″ (Mowest, 1970)

Genie Brooks: Helping Hand
From 7″ (Minaret, 196?)

Pharaoh: You’re My [...]

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MATTHEW AFRICA INTERVIEWS JOE QUIXX


Basically, two of my favorite DJs (who’ve had huge impacts on me, musically), sitting down for a long chat.

2 Hype.

PUT UP YOUR PATTY DUKES

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File under: I slept.

I’ve seen the soundtrack to Patty for years but somehow, completely missed out on listening to it despite a rather solid lineup that includes tracks from the stable of New Jersey’s Stang.1 It wasn’t until I was hanging out in the Groove Merchant the other month and Cool Chris threw this on the house system, I realized, “damn, how’d this pass me by?”

Some of the songs on here were pre-existing, such as the Moments’ slinky bit of seduction soul:

The Moments: Sexy Mama
From Patty OST (Stang, [...]

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