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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BLOOD STILL ON THE LEAVES

SCHOOL DAZE

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Gary Gassell and Pam Tims: School’s Out – Let’s Shout
Let’s Count
Ba Ba Ba “B”
From School Days (Melody House, 197?)

Let’s just get this out of the way…this is not one of “those” Melody House LPs, i.e. chock full of funky breaks and loops. That said, I almost never pass up a MH title simply because their approach to kids’ music was so deeply informed by pop conventions in a way that seems “very ’70s” and as a ’70s baby myself, I feel a kinship [...]

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