BOBBY ROBINSON AND ENJOY RECORDS


Harlem icon Bobby Robinson passed away a few days ago. His career in the music business was astounding; he was a consummate independent record man in a world of conglomeration.

I came to his hip-hop imprint, Enjoy, late in the game; in my “younger” days, I just assumed that anything released pre-Run DMC was old school schlock and then someone played me “Spoonin Rap” and my mind was blown. Sugarhill, obviously, had the bigger rep and sales but while the Sugarhill sound in hip-hop’s formative years was loud, brash and fonky, the best singles I […]

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LOVE MODE

The blog, Themes for Young Lovers, recently interviewed me about my songs o’ love, sex and romance. Yeah, it’s true, I had absolutely no music at my own wedding. Like Will Hung, I have no regrets.

As I noted, when asked “Name 3 songs that would be no-brainers to put on a mixtape for that special someone you were trying to woo”…I included nary a soul/R&B song on there. I think part of it is that my favorite soul songs tend to be about breaking up, not making up but taking a quick spin through […]

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MATTHEW AFRICA ON WILLIE MITCHELL, BREATH OF LIFE ON TEDDY PENDERGRASS


Because I was in the middle of moving/unpacking/new house hell, I really missed out on being able to say something meaningful about the passing of Memphis legend Willie Mitchell or slow jam king Teddy Pendergrass.

As it turns out though, Matthew Africa said everything I could/would have about Mitchell AND followed that up with an essential mix of Mitchell’s greatest moments. And Breath of Life came through with an equally great post about the life and times of Teddy.

Fabulous posts and absolutely a recommended reads/listens.

RECORD-RACKS.COM: OPEN FOR BUSINESS

Our longtime contributor Eric Luecking did Soul Sides a blessing by helping handle a lot of new release reviews and contests but he’s ready to set up shop with his own blog: Record-Racks.com. He’ll still be tackling a diverse selection of soul, rock, jazz and other goodies.

Check out my man throwin’ down, show him some love and be sure to add him to your blogroll!

NEIGHBORHOOD STROLL


As I’ve been stressing, there’s a reason I encourage people to get on-board with the Soul Sides Facebook feed. You don’t have to love the site but they do make linking items quick and simple (and heck, you don’t even have to join to look at it).

As a courtesy though, here’s some highlights of stuff I’ve been throwing up there of late:

Phil Da Soulman sharing a rare mix of LL Cool J’s “No Airplay.” Philaflava’s Latee compilation + Meters Samples Vol 1. Passion of the Weiss’ presents Murs and the L.A. Leakers’ “Damn, It […]

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DJ DAY THROTTLES UP

Like a Throttle

New blog by one of my favorite producers out there, DJ Day.

BLOG ROLL UPDATED


I have finally updated my blog roll (it’s probably been at least a year or more).

What always strikes me in this process is how many blogs have vanished (oh, how I got used to blogspot’s “this page cannot be found” error message pages) or have gone on hiatus – some announced, most have atrophied in a long-term holding pattern with no definitive resolution.

Clearly, the time and labor these blogs consume often comes too high for those with more important (or at least, lucrative) things to do and whatever ardor they may have had […]

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MUSICA DEL ALMA: JAM TO THIS

The potential for this site is so proper.

(The old site).

30 MINUTES, DOUG E. FRESH YOU’RE ON

Cool new audioblog w./ good design and good mixes. A win-win!

Thirty Thirsty

PRESS REWIND

I haven’t mentioned this blog in a minute but you should have it on your permanent blog roll. Slurg’s got up some great BITD material on the late Tony D: Press Rewind If I Haven’t…