(Gang Starr at D&D Studios, 2003. Photo by author.)
I interviewed Gang Starr at D&D Studios in 2003 for an URB cover story. I later shared a few excerpts from that interview in 2010, after Guru’s passing. I was reading through this new New York Observer Q&A with DJ Premier about the closing of D&D and that inspired me to go back to my interview notes and share other bits from it. (Note: both Guru and Preem were at D&D that day but I interviewed the two of […]
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I’ve been derelict in updating folks (here) on my recent Shades of Soul radio shows. On EP 2.15, I invited DJ Rani D (Soul In the Park) to come talk about his favorite summer songs and he laced us with a sweet mix of Angolan records:
Shades of Soul, EP 2.15: Summer Jams with DJ Rani D by Soul-Sides.Com/O. Wang on Mixcloud
And then last Friday, I had on author Amanda Petrusich, whose new book Do […]
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Shades of Soul EP 2.8: The Cut Chemist Interview by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud
This one had been in the works for a minute but with his touring schedule, it was hard to fit in until now. Me and Cut Chemist sat down and chopped it up for nearly 90 minutes, talking about his life and career, plus the formative songs that go with both. It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of his work, whether within […]
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In going through my old radio aircheck tapes, I found one labelled with my dude Adam Mansbach’s name, from 2003. How old is this? It’s so old that he tells us to “look out for my upcoming book, The Angriest White Boy in the World” (or something like that; I’m paraphrasing). That book, of course, turned out to be entitled Angry Black White Boy but my point is: this was from a ways back.
Adam is now touting his latest book (two novels and […]
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My latest piece for ArtBound is on the incredible composer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. He’s right in the middle of two shows dedicated to soul music of the 1960s and ’70s while also on work on his long-awaited debut solo album for next year. I’ve been a fan of MAF ever since I heard his and Carlos Niño’s amazing Suite for Ma Dukes.
Here’s one my favorite song off that project:
To get the history of that and MAF’s other works, read my piece!