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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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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DJ Matthew Africa puts together a “best of E-40″ mix. [Insert some crazy Yay slang phrase here]
These were a long time coming but I finally got around to making some new mixes. Even though it’s hard to make the time, I get so much pleasure out of putting these together and I personally, I feel like I hit a strong groove with how these two came together.1
Aretha Redux is an overhaul of my previous Aretha mix that improves on that version with new songs and new segues, covering a lot of her lesser-known hits plus a few choice covers. Learn more.
Deep Covers 3 is the [...]
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Head Warmers (1997). This was actually the sixth in a series of ’90s/indie hip-hop-driven mixtapes and it’s become the one I have gotten the most props for; DJ Shadow even has it as one of the mixtapes shown in the liner notes for Private Press.
Polyrhythmatic (1998). Another indie hip-hop heavy mix and personally, my favorite mix from this era, both in terms of the song selection and the segues I played with.
Double Flip (1999/2000). This was a [...]
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