SOUL SIDES/HEAT ROCKS MAILBAG EP 1

Part of how I’ve wanted to spend these weeks of social distancing time is by creating more things for people to listen to and one of the things I put out via the Heat Rocks podcast Facebook group was asking for topics you’d like myself and/or Morgan to talk about and of course, Soul Sides’ readers are always welcome to throw out your own topics (leave it in the comments section below).

Here’s episode #1, where I answer two […]

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THE SIDEBAR, EP. 37: SLY AND THE FAMILY STONE MIX IT UP (W/ MICHAEL BARNES)

Part of how I’m dealing with the Great Disruption is by creating more things for folks to listen to so I blew the dust off my old personal podcast, The Sidebar, and invited an old friend/colleague, Michael Barnes of The Melting Pot to join me and talk about a unique version of Sly and the Family Stone’s 1974 album, Small Talk, that he came upon over 10 years ago.

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SINGLE SERVINGS EP2: AMERIE’S “1 THING” (SIIK REMIX)

The newest episode of Single Servings delves into the story behind one of my all-time favorite remixes and summer songs: the Siik remix of Amerie’s “1 Thing.”

As a reminder, this is the Apple Podcasts feed that you can subscribe to for futur episode.

If you prefer to listen to this episode direct, listen here: Single Servings, EP2.

If you find yourself in LA, be sure to try to catch the 143 monthly party that Siik is part of and […]

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INTRODUCING SINGLE SERVINGS

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I’m 110% invested in making Heat Rocks a success as a podcast but I also want to stay creating other audio stories on the side. As such, I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while: a series devoted to talking about single songs (preferably but not exclusively actual singles). I bring you: Single Servings.

This is a strictly personal passion project, much like The Record Wheel and the Sidebar before it. Episodes probably won’t be updated with any regularity; it’s “do it when I can” but regardless, […]

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HEAT ROCKS, EP001: JOI ON BETTY DAVIS’ “THEY SAY I’M DIFFERENT”

The first episode of my new Heat Rocks podcast is now live. You can find show notes + some bonus beats material on the official Heat Rocks website.

 

ANNOUNCING THE NEW HEAT ROCKS PODCAST

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I couldn’t be more excited to announce, finally, the public launch of my new podcast: Heat Rocks.

Alongside my co-host, music supervisor extraordinaire Morgan Rhodes, and co-producer/editor Nick Liao, we’ve been plugging away at this all summer long and we now have almost three months of shows in the bank and ready to go.

Morgan and I cooked up the idea for Heat Rocks like this: every episode, we invite a guest to join us to talk about one of their favorite albums. It’s a deep dive approach focused […]

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RECORD WHEEL #9: WEST COAST HIP-HOP

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Back to hip-hop but this time with a Cali focus.

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Playlist:

Sanuhtayshun Duhpartment Muzik: Never Changing (SDM, 1999) RhythmX feat. Grump and Simba: Subliminal Criminals (Sick Kid It, 1993) The Poetess: Making Some Change (Buddha Baker Boyz Mix) (Interscope, 1992) MC Red: I Smoke Mics For a Livin’ (Vibe Time, 1992) Ahmad, Ras Kass and Saafir: Come Widdit (Joe Quixx Remix) (Priority, 1995) Da Lench Mob: Ain’t Got No Class (T-Bone Remix) (Eastwest, 1992) Droop-E feat. Kendrick Lamar: Rossi Wine (Sick Kid […]

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RECORD WHEEL #8: SLOW JAMS

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Honestly, I could devote an entire podcast series to only slow jams and firme rolas (hmmmm….) but for now, we’ll start with a single episode.

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Playlist:

The Exceptionals: What About Me? (GRT, 1971) Nancy: I Promise I’ll Wait (Mercede, 1971) Natural Four: The Same Thing In Mind (ABC, 1969) Little Joe and the Latinaires: Just Because I Really Love You (Buena Suerte, 1966) Smoke Sugar Company: Save a Little Love For a Rainy Day (Teri De, 1973) Black […]

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RECORD WHEEL #7: DISCO FEVER

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Been promising this one for a minute. I am, by no means, a deep disco head (that particular well runs incredibly deep) but I do respect/appreciate it. These aren’t my absolute favorite cuts but randomly selected ones that I think do a good job of showcasing the diversity of the genre.

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Playlist:

Charanga 76: Good Times (TR, 1979) Ernie Story: The E Groove (Legend, 1976) Manzel: Space Funk (Fraternity, 1977) Gospel Soul Revivals: If Jesus Came Today (Sonic, 1982) Frankie Gee: […]

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RECORD WHEEL #6: BAKER’S DOZEN

Sorry for the long hiatus. After getting back from New Orleans, I got hammered with work and am only now getting back ahead of it. To make up for the prolonged absence, I super-sized this episode with 13 tracks, including songs I brought home from NOLA.

As I mentioned in the show, here’s the Guardian playlist I prepped re: David Axelrod and you can see the cover of Afreaka! above.

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Playlist:

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