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 one [...]
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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!
Never To Be Forgotten: The Flip Side Of Stax 1968 – 1974
Light in the Attic created this 7″ reissue set for Record Store Day and it’s a very cool way to 1) pay tribute to one of the greatest labels in soul history and 2) break true fanatics off with 10 reissued 7″ singles, ranging from some of their better know hits (“BLind Alley”) to lesser known gems (“Them Hot Pants”). Killer packaging and a really impressive set of liner notes that features testimonials from Jim Stewart, Al Bell and others).1 I recently rapped with Light in [...]
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In honor of the first day of summer (and in acknowledgement that my summer songs series has been folded into The Sidebar but won’t be free-standing this year), please read this excellent interview by the Village Voice‘s Jason Newman with DJ Jazzy Jeff about the enduring beauty of “Summertime.”
By the way, how the hell did I not know about this Jazzy Jeff/Mick Boogie “Summertime” mixtape from last year?
Last October, right around when the SF Giants were about to take the World Series, I was asked by URB.com to interview DJ Shadow as part of the “Coachella Conversations” series. Over the years, Shadow continues to be my favorite artist to interview. He’s always thoughtful, honest and insightful and I think you’ll find all on display in this convo. Here’s a small snippet:
And here’s the full conversation.