TEARS ON YOUR PILLOW

(originally written for Side Dishes)

Don’t say I’m not romantic or anything but as we’re about to get buried underneath an avalanche of saccharin lovey-dovey-ness because of Valentine’s Day, I thought it was fair to point out that, really, the best love songs are about falling out of love, not into it. New love is great and blah blah blah but nothing says passion and desperation like heartache does. That’s why, for V-Day, I threw together a special Tears On Your Pillow set of songs for those who know that no love is so sweet as that which you […]

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THE SPINNERS: SPIN WITH ME

The Spinners: It’s a Shame

The Spinners: I’ve Got To Find Myself a Brand New Baby

From 2nd Time Around (V.I.P., 1971)

(Originally written for Side Dishes)

I’ve been thinking of the Spinners a lot lately, especially since writing about the Philly Int’l boxset which includes a few of the group’s big hits with Thom Bell such as “I’ll Be Around” and “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love.” The group, originally formed in Detroit all the way back in the mid-1950s, charted an interesting course through the R&B world. Considering that their first #1 hit […]

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THE MOTOWN MASSIVE

Mary Wells: Two Lovers
Marvin Gaye: I’ll Be Doggone
The Supremes: The Happening
Eddie Kendricks: Shoeshine Boy
T.G. Shepherd: Devil in the Bottle
Brenda Holloway: You’ve Made Me So Very Happy
All from The Complete Motown #1s (Motown, 2008)

As for many children of baby boomers, Motown was my introduction to soul music thanks to what I’d hear my dad listen to in the car. But even though I – like millions of Americans – would become intimately familiar with Motown’s train of hits over the years, it took much longer for me to actually, truly […]

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SOUL SIDES UPDATE, SEP. 2

While you’re waiting for the next post on Soul SIdes, don’t miss:

Captain Planet waxing on more summer madness for his official Summer Songs post. Two new Side Dishes posts, one on the new Calypsoul compilation and one on one of my favorite albums this year, the awesome Brotherman soundtrack (there will be a post on this album for Soul Sides proper soon, complete with giveaway!). Last but not least, my June set for Dublab – “Under Covers” – is now available on their Dubstream and should soon be posted to their archives. More […]

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PLAYING CATCH-UP


Been out of town for a bit (shout out to both Big City and Good Records in NYC!) but wanted to quickly catch folks up on some posts you might have missed:

Karen Tongson put together an excellent, eclectic Summer Songs post. Adam Mansbach also dropped some summer cuts for us, with an appealing mix of hip-hop, jazz and soul. I wrote about the new Jackson Conti album, plus a revisit of “California Soul” for my new weekly Vibe blog, Side Dishes.

NEW SOUL SIDES VENTURE: SIDE DISHES


I’ve started a new weekly column with Vibe.com called Side Dishes. It’s basically a “Song of the Week”-style column meshed with Soul Sides-style content. Even though the first post crosses over with some of stuff I wrote about the other week, in general, I’ll try to keep the two distinct. Sides Dishes will also be more focused on music that’s still in print (either as reissues, anthologies, etc.). Cruise on over and add Side Dishes to your subscription list; I think Soul Sides fans will enjoy it.

Also…new summer songs post from Roberto Gyemant. Four […]

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