Dagnabbit, I meant to do one of these for January but then the month up and flew by me and now it’s the end of February. Anyways…for this month’s grab bag, I’m still drawing from some leftovers from 2013 that I’m only now catching up on plus the usual assortments of recent arrivals and the like.
Art Farmer: Soulsides
From Gentle Eyes (Mainstream, 1972)
Ok…so I only just got this album recently despite the fact that it has a song called “Soulsides”. I mean, I’m pretty sure I heard this [...]
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Sheila Crute: Crusing Heavy
From 7″ (Waxola, 1974)
Johnny Griffith, Inc.: Love Is Just a Word
From 7″ (Geneva, 1973)
Captain Freak & the Lunacycle Band: Whatever Happened to Superman
From 7″ (Phil L.A. of Soul, 1973)
I’m never NOT going to be a fan of songs-with-breaks. I may not want to pay much for ‘em and I wouldn’t suggest copping something purely for a few bars of open drums if the rest of the song is trash but breaks are good. We like breaks.
The Crute not [...]
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Last night, I participated in a book release party for Empire of Funk: Hip Hop and Representation in Filipina/o America, hosted by the folks behind Libre.
I have an essay in the anthology based on my research on Filipino American mobile DJ crews of the 1980s (not exactly excerpted from my book but rather, a reflection on the research process itself and what I learned). As my man DJ Phatrick is one half of the Libre crew, I asked to do a set at the party and while most of it was based around classic early ’80s [...]
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Shades of Soul, EP 1.7 – 1.8: The Best of 2013 by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud
My last Shades of Soul show covered my favorite recordings of 2013 and the second hour, beginning right around the 1:00 mark, focuses on the older songs I discovered this year. I won’t go into every song on there but I did want to highlight my absolute favorites.
Brenton Wood: Oogum Boogum Song
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Earwaves: Young Girls In Mini-Skirts
From S/T (Surrend, 1984)
Earwaves was a short-lived S.F. group that grew out of another short-lived S.F. band: C.P. Salt; I got interested in both because half their personnel was Chinese American including “Hugh Dong” (yeah, I know what you’re thinking). C.P. Salt had more of a boogie feel but as you can hear here, Earwaves had more of a funky new wave style, especially in those crazy synths.
Chano Scotty and His Combo Society: Bossa-a-Go-Go + Consolacion
From The New Sound [...]
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