BETTER THINGS: A SHARON JONES AND THE DAP-KINGS TRIBUTE

My friend Jeff Chang says, “don’t despair, create” so here’s my contribution for this holiday week: a simple mix based around 15 of my favorite Sharon Jones and Dap-Kings’ songs.

Annotated tracklisting:

1. Sharon Jones: Hook N Sling Meets The Funky Superfly
2. Sharon Jones: You Better Think Twice

These first two are from Jones’s early years at Desco, where she first met many of the key players who’d later become part of the Dap-Kings. Back then, most of those folks were in a Desco house band called the Soul Providers. Both can be found […]

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HANG ON IN THERE – A MIX BY MICHAEL BARNES

Michael Barnes, of The Melting Pot, has put together a great mix of soul music to soothe our pained souls or, as he puts it, “something to help with your election hangover and help you keep your head up and pushing forward.”

Oh so necessary right now.

END OF SUMMER MIX

Former Soul Sides contributor Eric Luecking just put together an “end of summer” mix for Wax Poetics. Anyone who knows me knows how much I lurve the end o’ summer vibe. Peep:

MILE HIGH (A MINI-MIX)

Mile High by Soul-Sides.Com/O. Wang on Mixcloud

Originally created for the Underground Railroad show but literally assembled on a plane (hence the title). Mostly recent arrivals but a few classics mixed in. The Zeke Strong is for HHH and his newborn son and “Fire Eater” is dedicated to the memory of Matthew Africa. […]

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IT BEGAN WITH MATTHEW AFRICA

DJ O-Dub: It Began With Matthew Africa by Soul-Sides.Com/O. Wang on Mixcloud

After Matthew Africa passed away in the summer of 2012, his friends all pitched in song ideas for the music that played at his memorial. These were songs we associated with him, learned about from him, remixes he had done, etc. There was over four hours of music and folks had briefly considered using it to create a tribute mix in time for MKA’s birthday […]

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PINOY SOUL

The folks at The Vinyl Factory invited me to contribute to their specialized playlist series and I was happy to oblige by rooting through the crates to come up with ten releases by Filipino and Filipino American artists across the diaspora.

PRESENTING: YOUR LOVE (AKA “THE WEDDING MIX”)

Your Love (aka “The Wedding Mix”) by Soul-Sides.Com/O. Wang on Mixcloud

I’ve made mixes that I might disavow under pressure. I’ve definitely made mixes where I wish I could go back and revise it (in fact, I’ve done that). But with this, “the wedding mix,” I really feel like I nailed it. That’s not a statement of ego (well, maybe a little) as much of an expression of satisfaction in feeling like I created something that I can’t improve […]

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INTRODUCING SOUL SIDES VOL. 3

Soul Sides Vol. 3 (2014) by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud

The idea behind Soul Sides Vol. 3, of course, goes back to the first two volumes but the inspiration to finally get around to putting one together is really owed to an old KALX acquaintance, Marin Moran. A few months back, she had sent me a message, apropos of nothing, about how much she still enjoyed listening to Vol. 1. To be honest, I was surprised that people still […]

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BLAST FROM THE PAST: THE OZONE SHOW 7/5/00

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This was long overdue but in thinking about my history with KALX FM in Berkeley (following Matthew Africa’s passing), I wanted to go back and pull out some old show tapes and digitize them. Here’s one from 2000 which was pretty indicative of the kind of music I was really into back then (funky jazz out the wazoo!) plus a few hip-hop cuts from the era you might have forgotten about by now.

Tracklist below. The full 2+ hours here.

The Ozone on 90.7 FM, KALX. July 5, 2000

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FOR HAL (AND BURT)

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I originally meant to write this as a dedication to Burt Bacharach, having recently prepped a mix for the Burt Bacharach Tribute night at Devil’s Pie. I was running behind (as I often do these days) but today, Hal David died.

I’m sure someone far more learned in the great American songbook can explain why, between the two partners, Burt Bacharach has seemed to draw more praise than David. It’s extraordinarily difficult to find a song that one man worked on that the other did not as well; as far as […]

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