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 on. [...]

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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 had [...]

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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 Mike [...]

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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 writing [...]

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MATTHEW AFRICA + E-40 = BEASTIN’

DJ Matthew Africa puts together a “best of E-40″ mix. [Insert some crazy Yay slang phrase here]