SHADES OF SOUL EP 1.6: THE FIRST DANCE

Shades of Soul EP 1.6: First Dance by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud

Yup, another wedding theme but I swear, the last for a while. Last weekend, a trip to Houston capped my third wedding gig in a month and as you may imagine, I’ve just had a wedding music on the mind for weeks now. Ergo, I devoted this show to the “first dance” but in this case, I crowd-sourced many of the selections, combining songs I’ve played for people’s weddings as well as songs that […]

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SHADES OF SOUL EP 1.5: THE COCKTAIL HOUR

Shades of Soul EP 1.5: The Cocktail Hour by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud

I would have had this up earlier but ironically, for a set based around the cocktail hour at weddings, I was too busy getting ready for two different wedding gigs to knock this out until now.

The cocktail hour is this blurred zone in a typical wedding, it lacks the symbolic import of the ceremony that proceeds it but the music you play isn’t as innocuously background as during […]

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REVISITS

Reflections

In my last Shades of Soul show, I included a few records that I’ve been waiting to share for a while. I thought I’d some additional details on a few choice tracks. Here’s the show again:

Shades of Soul EP 1.4 by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud

3:50 Michigan & Smiley: Tom’s Diner
From Reality Must Rule Again (VP, 1991?)

Cool Chris had this one waiting in the wings the last time I was up in the Bay; he […]

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SHADES OF SOUL EP 1.4: THE KITCHEN SINK

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The latest episode of Shades of Soul (broadcast live on Radio Sombra) is dedicated to records that I file under “the kitchen sink,” i.e. the weird and wonderful records whether we’re talking unexpected remixes/mash-ups, quirky covers, or just plain WTF tunes.

Shades of Soul EP 1.4 by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud

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SHADES OF SOUL, EP 1.3: THE SOUL JAZZ EPISODE

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Our latest episode of our Radio Sombra show, Shades of Soul, is dedicated the soul-jazz sound of the late ’60s (and its rediscovery and celebration in the 1990s). We end with a monster set of all five parts of the greater “Smilin’ Billy Suite”.

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SHADES OF SOUL, EP 1.3: THE SOUL JAZZ EPISODE

Sj

Our latest episode of our Radio Sombra show, Shades of Soul, is dedicated the soul-jazz sound of the late ’60s (and its rediscovery and celebration in the 1990s). We end with a monster set of all five parts of the greater “Smilin’ Billy Suite”.

Shades of Soul 1.3: The Soul-Jazz Episode by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud

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SHADES OF SOUL, EP 1.2: W/ GUESTS BILLY GOODS AND BOBBY SOUL OF THE BOOGALOO ASSASSINS

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Episode 1.2 of my new Shades of Soul program on Radio Sombra included guest DJ sets by Billy Goods & Bobby Soul of the Boogaloo Assassins. Their new album, Old Love Dies Hard is just out (liner notes by moi) and the three of us spun a slew of Latin soul/boogaloo jams for over an hour.

On a sadder note, I dedicated the show to the late Richard Marin, who I just learned passed away a couple of months back. Marin (the older brother of Bobby Marin) was a key […]

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BACK ON THE AIRWAVES WITH SHADES OF SOUL

I am really excited to announce my return to radio after nearly 10 years away. I just debuted a new show, Shades of Soul, on Radio Sombra. Right now, it’s every 1st and 3rd Friday, 2-3pm. I wrote about the station earlier in the summer and part of what makes them so awesome is that they are an actual, honest to goodness storefront radio station (taking it back to the days of Dolphin’s of Hollywood!), broadcasting right off E. 1st in Boyle Heights.

My first show was last week. The theme was “Summer’s Twilight,” reflecting […]

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