SHADES OF SOUL EP 2.4: SS@10 SHOW

Shades of Soul EP 2.4: The Soul Sides 10th Anniv. Show by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud

Ran back some of my favorite SS related songs from the last ten years plus a sneak peak at two of the song that will be on Soul Sides Vol. 3.

SHADES OF SOUL, EP 2.2 COVER ME!

Shades of Soul EP 2.2: Cover Me! Pt. 1 by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud

You knew this episode was coming at some point. I’m forever stacking cover songs and I finally decided to pull together a few choice bits for this show. I don’t normally do an annotated playlist like this but I realized I had something to say about practically every song I played.

1. Music Makers: United (7″ on Gamble)
I’m assuming […]

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SHADES OF SOUL, EP 2.1: OLD ACQUAINTANCES

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For my first Shades of Soul show of 2014 (radiosombra.org), I went into the library and looked at a few shelves of records where I had pulled things out specifically to “use” them at some undetermined future point. Most of these were loose mixtape ideas that I never got around to and while I might yet revisit them for that purpose, it seemed like a good time to blow the dust off and give ’em a spin. There’s a lot “breakbeat-heavy rock” in here plus a few random […]

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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

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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”.

Shades of Soul 1.3: The Soul-Jazz Episode 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”.

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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