RECENT RADIO SETS

My boogaloo/latin soul set for Danny Holloway’s Heads Up show on Dublab A dog days of summer set of Shades of Soul for Artform Radio/WorldwideFM

LABI SIFFRE BOXSET GIVEAWAY

I have an extra copy of the Labi Siffre My Song 50th anniversary boxset to give away to one of my loyal Soul Sides readers.

Edit: Congrats to Jaime Wolf aka MC Escher of East Village Radio for winning the set!

LABI SIFFRE: MY SONG BOXSET

If you’ll forgive some self-promotion, Labi Siffre’s 50th anniversary box set, My Song, drops today. I wrote the liner notes.

Let me back up a moment: I first discovered Labi’s music — actually, just one song at the time, “I Got The” — circa 2000 when it was sampled on both Eminem’s “My Name Is” and Jay-Z’s “Streets is Watching.” And for quite a number of years, I just thought “someone with a memorable name made a pretty good […]

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FLYING HIGH WITH “FALCON”

Caffe: Falcon (Godo, 197?)

Speaking of mysteries, I know next to nothing about this salsa 45 but full credit for its discovery goes to Michael Barnes who played it for me last year and I was instantly hooked.

First, I love Afro-Latin dance music that makes use of the electric piano. If you have ever sat with the glory that is Ray Barretto’s cover of Stevie Wonder’s “Pastime Paradise” you know how good the instrument can sound […]

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PHASE III MYSTERY

Richard Ryder and the Eighth Wonder: Phase III (Y’Blood, 1972)

This is a very curious 7″ EP I’ve had for years but it wasn’t until earlier today that I was thunderstruck by something about it — and specifically the song “Phase III” — that I should have picked up on a long time ago: the song is intertwined with Amanda Ambrose’s “(I Ain’t Singing No More) Sad Songs”. Fans of my Soul Sides Vol. 1 comp (or of […]

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SOUL SIDES SALES

A reminder (or maybe I never mentioned this?) but I created a side IG account for records I’ve been selling out of my collection: soulsides.sales

I’m using lockdown to slowly go through my library and thin the herd. Vast majority of what I’m selling is VG+ or NM. I also got some paper goods + portable turntables coming up for sale soon.

ARTFORM RADIO – APRIL 2020

My most recent Artform Radio/WorldWideFM show.

IMMORTALITY

We are, of course, living through a moment in which both the threat and presence of death feels suffocating. I’ve always been wary of Soul Sides turning into one long death roll of musicians and artists that I admire because it would feel unrelenting but I also don’t want to ignore all these giants that we seemingly are losing on a daily basis. In the end, we can mourn their passing but also celebrate what will survive them for years to come: the music that made them memorable to begin with.

This isn’t meant to be remotely […]

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4-6-20 Dublab Set

This past Monday, I had a two hour set on Dublab. It opened with a short Bill Withers tribute before moving into some “feel good grooves.” In the second hour, I turned things over to my 15 year old, EMW, who programmed and sequenced a set based around stuff she’s been listening to during lockdown. It’s a family affair.

SPEAKING OF WITHERS…

I totally forgot I made this back ~2015. It’s a mix of some of my favorite Withers’s songs + favorite covers of his songs.

Also, be sure to check out the Heat Rocks episode with Joey Dosik about +justments.