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.”

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

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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, nothing […]

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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 on […]

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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 It, […]

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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 Heart: […]

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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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RECORD WHEEL #5 NOLA PICK-SIX

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I’m headed back to NOLA this week and decided to dedicate a shorter episode to some of my favorite Crescent City songs.

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Playlist:

Robert Parker: Caught You In a Lie (NOLA, 1967) Willie Harper: I Don’t Need You Anymore (Tou-Sea, 1968) Allen Toussaint: Louie (Scepter, 1970) Eddie Bo and Inez Cheathem (Seven 7, 1968) Inell Young: What Do You See In Her? (Libra, 1972) Floyd Anckle and the Majestic Brass Band (C&E, 197?)Intro/Outro: King Herbert and the Knights: […]

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RECORD WHEEL #4/SIDEBAR #37: LATIN BOOGALOO WITH FILMMAKER MATHEW RAMIREZ WARREN

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I promised (threatened?) that I’d drop some Latin on you all for a future podcast and what better than to bring in We Like It Like That filmmaker Mathew Ramirez Warren to come in and talk boogaloo with me. We chatted about the inspiration behind the film, tracking down Latin music old-timers, and the importance of public-funded arts (save the NEA!) Then Mathew joined me in running down a playlist of some of our favorite boogaloo jams.

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