RED CLAY, RECORD REGRETS, AND OTHER QUESTIONS ANSWERED

Question from Gilberto: “What song was recorded first? Marcus Belgrave’s Space Oddissey or Freddie Hubbard’s Red Clay? Been always curious about that one.”

Answer: Through the magic that is Google, the “Red Clay” recording sessions were laid down in late January of 1970 so we can presume “Red Clay” was originally composed sometime in early 1970 or late 1969. Tribe Records, for whom Marcus Belgrave recorded Gemini II, didn’t even release its first album until 1972 and Gemini II, on which “Space Odyssey” appeared, didn’t appear until 1974.

So I’m going to have to go with Freddie on this one: sounds like Belgrave was influenced by “Red Clay” in composing “Space Odyssey.”


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93 TIL + MORE

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(93 ‘Til line from Hiero + Adapt)

Question from Morgan: What would you rank as the top three albums you enjoyed in the last ten years that would have surprised the guy you were back in 2003? Follow up: Same question, but for the guy you were in 1993.

Answer: The 2003-2013 question is hard to answer in the way you’re asking if only because 2003 marked an important shift in my thinking about/relationship to music. It was the year I re-embraced pop music in a profound way, […]

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO MIKE ZOOT?

Question from Philippe: “I’d like to know what happened to Mike Zoot, that NYC MC that released records on Guesswhyld Records, Tommy T Records and recorded with Mos Def, Shabaam Sahdeeq? I asked Bam and Spinna but never got any reply.”

Answer: As with Diverse, also file this under “I have no idea.” The thing is, there will always be generations of “lost” artists who, despite brief moments of prominence and productivity, will fade from view as the music changes and new artists come to the fore. If I can be really blunt: I thought Zoot was a decent […]

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WHAT HAPPENED TO DIVERSE (AND OTHER QUESTIONS ANSWERED)?

Question from Doug: “What ever happened to the rapper Diverse? He had one album on Chocolate Industries that was great and had production from Madlib, RJD2, and Prefuse 73…and then nothing. It seems like a waste of talent. Any info would be appreciated!”

Answer: That’s a fine question indeed and honestly? I have no idea. Diverse, as you pointed out, broke out of the pre-Kanye/Lupe Chicago scene in the early 2000s and was one of the most prominent artists on Chocolate Industries. But someone at the label has been sleeping given that they clearly haven’t updated Diverse’s artist page […]

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ASK US (ROUND 3)

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Question (from Dinsdale): Hi O-Dub. Have you ever made a post focusing on Scandinavian stuff? Do you have any preferences at all vis-a-vis this?”

Answer: I’ve never done, as far as I recall, a dedicated post specifically about music out of the region. I’m simply not familiar with it as a “scene” to try to frame it as such. That said, I have written about artists from those countries, especially Sweden. That includes Bob Azzam, Alice Babs, The Gimmicks, and I’m not sure the Impossibles count since they were […]

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ASK US WHATEVER (ROUND 1)

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Question (from Sean): “How many feathers are on a Perdue chicken?”

Answer: I’ll get to that once I figure out how many times the Batmobile caught a flat.

Question (from Jay Yo): “Any interest in the large influx of new UK house/bass/dubstep talent of recent years? Artists, labels, sounds that piqué your interest?”

Answer: The simple response to the first question is: no (thereby making the second question besides the point).

The truth is – as this site is evidence of – […]

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ASK SOUL SIDES

In an effort to improve our site’s interactivity…

Ask…anything you’ve ever wanted to know about [music, records, writing, finding ramen, etc.] but were afraid to.

ANSWERS AFTER THE JUMP…

Q: “I’d like to know where you guys learned what all of the different musical genres and terms mean.”

A: Genres are tricky things. Some of them evolve “organically” out of cultural communities in which they were invented – hip-hop or soul for example. But certainly marketing plays a big role in this too: genres are useful to radio stations and record […]

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