SHADES OF SOUL, EP 2.9: THE START OF SUMMER

Bad news first: I’m not going to be able to do the conventional Summer Songs series this summer. I was too busy to get it organized in time to invite guests and handle all the logistics for it.

Good news: now that I have a radio show, I’m going to use it to invite people to come thru and do summer song sets instead!

We can start with my own contribution to kick off the start of what feels like summer (at least here in L.A.!)

SHADES OF SOUL, EP 2.9: THE START OF SUMMER

SHADES OF SOUL 2.8: THE CUT CHEMIST INTERVIEW

Shades of Soul EP 2.8: The Cut Chemist Interview by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud

This one had been in the works for a minute but with his touring schedule, it was hard to fit in until now. Me and Cut Chemist sat down and chopped it up for nearly 90 minutes, talking about his life and career, plus the formative songs that go with both. It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of his work, whether within […]

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RADIO DAZE

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Damn, I’m wack. I have a backlog of three months of of Shades of Soul radio shows I haven’t put on the site, how the %()!# did I let things get so bad?

Ok, let’s run this back, oldest to (near) newest.1

Episode 2.3 (March 2014): The Shades of Latin Show

Shades of Soul EP 2.3: Shades of Latin by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud

This was a worthy […]

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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)
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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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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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