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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THE SIDEBAR #26: BILL ADLER

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Bill Adler is perhaps best known as Def Jam’s publicist during the label’s heady rise in the 1980s but he’s been a journalist and curator, a 360 kind of hip-hop renaissance man. I knew of Bill strictly by reputation all throughout the 1990s and got to interview him back in 2000 for a story on the EMP Museum, for whom Bill had helped assemble their hip-hop exhibit.

On this occasion, I wanted to rap with him about the new Profile boxset, Giant Single which I recently reviewed for NPR. Adler talks about […]

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THE SIDEBAR #25: DAVID BYRD AND HIS 45 LOGO POSTER


David Byrd is the artist and graphic designer behind this very cool 45 logo poster that I directed people to a few weeks ago; I’ve rare seen such positive response before for anything and I thought I’d talk to the Byrd to see where the idea came from and how he put it together.

The Sidebar #25: David Byrd
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Music used in the podcast: People Under the Stair’s “43 Labels I Like”

As a bonus, here’s a few of Byrd’s favorite labels and […]

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THE SIDEBAR #24: MICHAEL PIGGOTT OF MASSTROPICAS

Michael Piggott runs Masstropicas, dedicated to the sounds and styles of Peruvian cumbia. He first came to my attention back when his label put out the Ranil’s Jungle Party in 2010, and we’ve been chatting off and on since then. My readers know that I’m a big fan of the surf-y style of Peruvian cumbia and Piggott has gone literally deep into the cities of the Peruvian Amazon to find artists to interview and record. His latest is a reissue of the Grupo 2000 album as well as a very cool Cantos Icaros cassette […]

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THE SIDEBAR #23: DJ CHRIS READ

Beginning in 2010, DJ Chris Read, in collaboration with Nick Armitage, began to put together a monthly party/mix series called “Classic Material.” 1 The basic concept was that each month, they’d put together a party and a mix celebrating a year in the life of hip-hop music, finishing in 2000. For 14 months, this was one of the things I looked forward to since Read brought great creativity and song selection to each of these mixes. To top it all off, they created special boxsets, including a custom-designed logo, riffing off of hip-hop labels. 2

This month […]

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THE SIDEBAR #22: SYL JOHNSON

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It’s been a minute since the last Sidebar podcast but I figured I could make things up to y’all by busting out an interview with Syl Johnson, the legendary R&B/funk musician/singer out of Chicago. Syl’s going to be playing in Los Angeles, with Breakestra no less, on February 11th and I am hella excited to see how they’ll team up.

Syl’s been riding a wave of re-discovery every since his Complete Mythology anthology dropped on Numero Group back in 2010.1 We talked about how busy he’s been, especially in working with a […]

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LA REVIEW OF BOOKS PODCAST WITH SIMON REYNOLDS AND ANDY ZAX


One of the side projects I’ve taken on has been helping working on the podcasts for the Los Angeles Review of Books, both in terms of recording and engineering.

I’m very proud to direct people to this podcast between two good friends, Andy Zax and Simon Reynolds, talking about Simon’s Retromania, which has gotten praise for being one of the best music/culture books of the past year. I didn’t conduct the interview but I did all the post-production editing (and believe me, this one was a challenge) but all in all, I’m pretty happy with […]

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THE SIDEBAR #21: MIKE JAMES KIRKLAND

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The last few weeks have been a storm of activity around Soul Sides Central (the fruits of which labor will reveal themselves shortly) but I did have one great podcast in the bag that I finally as able to finish editing.

I’ve been a fan of Mike James Kirkland since at least the mid-90s when his extraordinary solo album, Hang On In There was reissued by Luv N Haight. A masterpiece of socially engaged soul of its era, the LP was simply one of the many remarkable chapters in Kirkland’s career.

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