THE SIDEBAR 20: THES ONE, PART DEUX

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As promised, here’s part two of our interview with Thes One (recorded in August). If you haven’t peeped part one yet, please do!

And don’t forget that the new PUTS album, Highlighter is now out.

The Sidebar #20: Thes One, Part Deux
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Music used in this episode:(All instrumentals available on the forthcoming Ten Years of Thes One *except when noted.)

Acid Raindrops (vocal version) *Target (from Lifestyle Marketing) *Duralcha: Ghet-To Funk The Dig (vocal version) Breakdown (vocal version) Brownout (vocal version) […]

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THE SIDEBAR 19: AARON COHEN, AUTHOR OF “AMAZING GRACE”


Aaron and I have corresponded through the years – we’re mutual fans of one another’s musical interests – and he was in Los Angeles in late August to screen the (hopefully) forthcoming documentary on Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace, her best-selling 1972 gospel album. It’s a topic very close to Aaron’s heart, especially as the author of the new 33.3 book, Amazing Grace, which examines the album through exhaustive historical research and interviews.

Aaron and I chatted in my kitchen about the album, his book and the documentary (plus a bonus podcast of a few of […]

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THE SIDEBAR 18: QUANTIC

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This morning, Will Holland, aka Quantic, dropped by the studio and I couldn’t be more pleased since I’ve been a massive fan of his work for years and though we’ve corresponded via interweb and have some mutual friends, this is the first time I’ve met him in person.

Quantic has had a remarkably prolific and diverse career over the last decade, all now captured in the new 32-song double-CD anthology, Best of Quantic. With that in mind, I asked Will about his history as a producer, beginning in his early years, recording […]

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BREAKING DOWN: SING A SIMPLE SONG


In the latest edition of our Soul Sides / Sliced side project, Joseph Schloss breaks down one of the all-time funk (and sampling) classics, “Sing a Simple Song” by Sly and the Family Stone. Schloss focuses on Stone’s innovative use of stereo panning effects that later hip-hop producers learned to use to their own advantage.

Other updates: part 2 of our podcast with Thes One coming very soon (later this week). Meanwhile, PUTS’s newest album, Highlighter is out. For digital heads, peep out the 24-bit HD version! If you don’t know what that means…Thes breaks it […]

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THE SIDEBAR 17: DAN CHARNAS AND THE MANY LIVES OF SYLVIA ROBINSON

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Given the recent passing of Sylvia Robinson, singer/writer/producer extraordinaire, I got on the horn with Dan Charnas, who profiled the late legend in The Big Payback.

Sylvia was best known as the producer behind “Rapper’s Delight” but her career spanned far more than just a hit song in 1979. Our chat covered her early career as Little Sylvia Vanterpool, into her first hits as half of Mickey and Sylvia and then into her rise as one of the most important music figures out of New Jersey, not the least of which was […]

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THE SIDEBAR #16: ALEC PALAO, TALKING ABOUT MUSIC CITY

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Alec Palao is a music historian and reissue producer and quite possibly, the world’s leading expert on the Music City catalog.

The label was one of the most storied in Bay Area music history though you’d be forgiven if you’ve never heard of it given that it was always more of a local, independent operation than anything approaching the size/scope of Fantasy or similar Bay Area imprints. Nonetheless, for three decades, Music City was one of the outlets for Black music in the Bay, through many different evolutions of style. Until […]

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THE SIDEBAR #15: THES ONE OF PEOPLE UNDER THE STAIRS

Thes One came through to the crib a few weeks back…and the height of the heat wave, so we ended up chatting in the kitchen rather than the record room which he helped build. This podcast had been planned a while but with Thes and Double K busy at work at Highlighter, their upcoming (8th!) studio album, we pushed it back a few months.

The original idea behind our convo was to discuss Thes’s upcoming 10 Years of Thes One anthology, which reflects on his long production history, both in and outside the group. That formed […]

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THE SIDEBAR #14: SASHA FRERE-JONES


Apologies for the hiatus since the last Sidebar1 but this one arrives just on time with the end of summer nearing. Sasha Frere-Jones is the pop music critic for The New Yorker as well as culture editor for The Daily and, generally speaking, has been one of the definitive voices on pop music of the past 10 years.

I first “met” Sasha about 10 years back, through a now-defunct listserv (remember those?) for […]

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THE SIDEBAR #13: DAN CHARNAS, AUTHOR OF “THE BIG PAYACK”

Dan Charnas wrote the incredible hip-hop history book, The Big Payback and given all the stories he collected, I thought it’d be fun to combine our summer songs theme with his wealth of anecdotes about the key artists behind some of hip-hop’s greatest summer anthems. What more you need – summer jams + hip-hop history = a good combination.

The Sidebar #13: Dan Charnas
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Music in this episode:

ATCQ: Show Business
Rob Base and DJ EZ Rock: It Takes Two
Dan […]

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SIDEBAR #12: PHOTOGRAPHER BRIAN CROSS/B+

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Even if you’ve never seen Brian Cross aka B+ in person, you’ve definitely seen his photography. Starting in the early 1990s, B+ has become one of the premier music photographers of the past 20 years, especially (but hardly exclusively) in the hip-hop community.

B+ is also one-half of the L.A.-based production outfit, Mochilla, who’ve put out the renown Keepintime, Brasilintime and Timeless series. And, he’s author of one of the best books ever written about hip-hop in L.A., It’s Not About a Salary.1 Suffice to say, of all the folks I’ve met […]

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