SHADES OF SOUL EPISODES, NOW AS PODCASTS

When I first started taping the Shades of Soul, I made a conscious decision not to do
them as podcasts, partially because I wanted to create a separate identity for them away from my pre-existing podcast series, The Sidebar. However, I’ve been taping SOS shows for over a year now and not coincidentally, The Sidebar has been silent for over a year now. It’s time I finally unite the siblings.

I’ve started to upload specific SOS episodes into the Sidebar feed (RSS or iTunes links). Unless by specific request, I don’t think I’m going […]

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THE SIDEBAR PODCAST IS B-IZ-ACK (IN ITUNES)

Good news (sort of). After I stupidly broke the podcast feed for my Sidebar podcast, the kind folks at iTunes took pity on me and fixed it. That’s good. The bad: you still have to re-subscribe here.

Lesson learned.

Back to good news: no 100% promises yet but methinks my next podcast will be a sit-down with the one and only…

THE SIDEBAR #34: MORGAN NEVILLE

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Morgan Neville is the filmmaker behind the new documentary about back-up singing: 20 Feet From Stardom. I met Morgan at a Highland Park event for Songs in the Key of Los Angeles and he mentioned his film, which sounded awesome, and then having caught it, I can confirm: it is totally awesome. Anyone who has a love for the voices that have defined pop music of the last 30 years should go see this. He dropped by the home studio the other week to talk about the film, the […]

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BACK TO “THE ONE”

I’m rather overdue on this one; apologies.

I mentioned back in August that I was the moderator for a fantastic conversation with author RJ Smith and drummer James Gadson about the life, times and influence of James Brown. This was hosted at the Crawford Family Forum and while there’s no video from the event, there is audio and I’ve uploaded it as a podcast for you all.

The One: James Brown’s life, music, legacy. August 14, 2012
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By the way, this seems somehow apropos: Mystikal channels […]

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THE SIDEBAR #31: KARRIEM RIGGINS

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Detroit’s Karriem Riggins travels to L.A. frequently for family and business but he’s got added purpose of late with the release of his new, solo debut Alone Together. As I told him during our conversation, Riggins has been so prolific since his career began some 15 years ago that it’s hard to believe this is his first, full-fledged album but all that means is that he’s has years of creativity stored up and ready to unleash itself via this LP.

He was kind enough to shoot through the house and […]

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SIDEBAR #30: DAPHNE BROOKS

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This Sidebar is a long time in coming; I originally wanted to talk to Daphne last year, when I noticed, holy cow, she wrote the liner notes to two of my favorite box sets of the year: Tammi Terrell’s solo collection, Come On and See Me and Take a Look, the complete Columbia recordings of Aretha Franklin.1

I’ve known Daphne for…damn, 15 years now! We first met at UCLA’s disChord Conference on popular music, back in 1997. I was but a wee newbie grad student at Cal; Daphne […]

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A CHAT WITH RJ SMITH, AUTHOR OF “THE ONE”

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In June, RJ Smith, my friend and colleague, came through to record a podcast on his new, remarkable biography of James Brown, The One. The podcast was record for the Los Angeles Review of Books and went up tonight.

You can also just listen to it here:

SIDEBAR #29: LEE FIELDS


Oops. So this was originally supposed to air in the spring, around the time Lee Fields dropped his Faithful Man album but at the time, I wanted to get Leon Michels in on the convo too and delayed but as it turned out, we weren’t able to line up our schedules when the crew touched down in L.A. in the early summer. I finally got around to doing the final post-production edits on this so while it’s a few months, I think Fields and I still enjoyed a cool chat about his life and career.

He, […]

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SIDEBAR #28: BRENT ROLLINS

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Earlier this month, I published an interview with designer Brent Rollins for my KCET Artbound column.1 The column was an abridged/edited version of our longer Skype chat and I decided to include the latter as my latest Sidebar podcast.

Most of my readers are probably more than aware of Brent’s accomplishments, especially his work over the years with ego trip (first the magazine, now the website). He’s also the current designer for Complex and of course, has a long/rich history in movie and music logo/art design as well, including that ridiculous […]

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THE SIDEBAR #27: PAT THOMAS

It’s been a while since our last podcast (I have another one in the clip – Lee Fields and hopefully, Leon Michels, to be shared after they come to town in a few weeks). This one was recorded live in Los Angeles a couple of weeks back with Pat Thomas, author of the new Listen Whitey: The Sounds of Black Power 1965-75, as well as the companion CD of the same name.

Pat and I talked about how he got interested in looking at the music of the Black Power Movement, how Berry Gordy funded one of […]

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