HUSTLING BACKWARDS

 

Tame impala feels like we only go backwards

Hey everyone,

I’ve spent this past week dipping, heavy, into Soul Sides’ past (you can read why below)1

It’s been both a sobering and humbling experience. In those early years of the site – beginning around 2004 – I was posting more or less daily; there was a visible hunger I had to write about records all the time. I could get into why the ardor has cooled over the years but it’s nothing particularly new – age, the rise of social media, […]

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THE ADDAMS FAMILY TURNS IT LOOSE

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Wednesday does the James Brown. I blame Nora and Shazia for this…

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COVERING THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES

These are really well done (and a flip on an old Soulstrut gag.)

DEAR FRENCH FAM…

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I’m going to be out in Paris for about 8 days in early August. Any recommendations for either 1) places to eat (on a relative budget) and 2) record stores where my utter lack of French skills won’t get me thrown out?

LEGIONS OF BOOM: OUT NOW

In my other life as a scholar of popular culture…I just published a book about the Filipino American mobile DJ crews of the San Francisco Bay Area.

It’s out officially today.

GONE FISHIN’

Sorry fam, just realized I feel behind but I’m out of town for this and you’ll have to give me some time to catch up once I’m back.

POCKET GEAR

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A random post that’s (mostly) not music related but I was thinking about the things that I rely on most at any given time of the day and I narrowed it down to four items I literally don’t leave home without.

•iPhone 5S. ‘Nuff said. I don’t rotate the music enough but I keep a playlist that’s strictly “new arrivals + favorites” that ends up being very handy when I come up with my “year end” posts.

•Quirky Wrapster. Because those %)!!)( iPhone earbuds always […]

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MY EMP PLAYLIST

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It’s no secret that the annual EMP Pop Conference is a favorite event of mine. Besides feeling like I’m amidst “my people,” (i.e. nerded out music journalists and scholars), I also come away from it with a bounty of songs to learn/revisit. Here’s some of the more memorable ones from this year’s Pop Con.

Chicago’s Jessica Hopper reminded the world that there’s no book about Curtis Mayfield, wtf. She discussed the LP version of “Move On Up,” one of the greatest anthems to crop up in the transition from the Civil […]

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ME AND THES UNO, COLLABO-ING LIKE YOU KNOW

So yeah, ^this^ happened.1

I’m incredibly honored to have written the preface for Thes’s stunning (and literal) box-set. (Sold out; hope you didn’t sleep). As I allude to in the it, it’s been a strange but awesome journey from being some writer Thes and Double K didn’t know except to hate to someone who I get to build with as a friend and colleague on a regular basis.2

If, years from now, I barely remember other tales from my life as a rap writer, this would still be fresh in my memory.

First things first – because […]

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