THE MAJESTIC ARROWS: ANOTHER DAY (1973)

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The Majestic Arrows: Another Day (Bandit, 1973)

On production alone, I would have been into this sweet soul side but I love the combo of the male falsetto + female vocal duet.

STRATUS: GIRL (1976)

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Stratus: Girl (Wyldwood, 1976)

Straight outta Rhinelander, WI. This one reminds me of something that Larry T and the Family might have cooked up. Lovely vibe that throws together a lil folk, soul and funk in the blender.

AARON NEVILLE: OVER YOU (1960)

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Aaron Neville: Over You (Minit, 1960)

I’m not 100% positive about this but doesn’t it seem like Biggie got his lines on “Warning” from “Over You”? And then, of course, that influenced Erykah to crib off Big.

It’s also interesting to hear Neville early in his career, before his voice turned into that crackling falsetto he became so known for.

LIVE AT THE CHINA ROYAL: A FUNKY ODE TO THE CHOW MEIN SANDWICH

This is a narrated slide show of a paper I presented at this year’s Asian American Studies conference in San Francisco. It’s a condensed version of an essay I’m writing for an anthology on Chinese restaurants in North America. I’ve had a lot of fun researching and prepping it; hope you enjoy!

BYRON DAUGHERTY: GOLDEN LADY (1972)

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Byron Daugherty: Golden Lady (Gatsby, 1972)

Shout out to Lake Elsinore’s finest aka “the back door man.” I scooped this off the recent Craig Moerer pop-up at Rapp Cats and it was impossible for me to resist.

Stevie Wonder cover? Check.
Heavy electric piano? Check.
Countrified soul vocals? Check.

Damn cool cover and “Gatsby” is a pretty good label name to boot.

DENNIS AND LOS BEATS: PORQUE (196?)

Dennis & Los Yorks: Porque (Dicesa, 196?)

Don’t know much about this one except that it’s likely a garage pop single out of El Salvador. Los Beats were quite prolific but who Dennis is – besides, presumably, the lead singer on here – is unclear. “Porque” is a cover of the Dave Clark Band’s minor 1964 hit, “Because.”

LIVING FUNK – THE DOC

What’s extraordinary about this is how, not that long ago, a deep dive history such as this would have amounted to a blog post, at best. But these days, you can go out, shoot and edit a mini-doc about a lost record without having to break the bank.

You can find out more at Living Funk.

DARONDO

I was recently invited to share some thoughts on this “Oral History of Darondo Fandom” piece that the folks at Nerdtorious put together. Bay Area legend.

RECORD WHEEL #8: SLOW JAMS

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Honestly, I could devote an entire podcast series to only slow jams and firme rolas (hmmmm….) but for now, we’ll start with a single episode.

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Playlist:

The Exceptionals: What About Me? (GRT, 1971) Nancy: I Promise I’ll Wait (Mercede, 1971) Natural Four: The Same Thing In Mind (ABC, 1969) Little Joe and the Latinaires: Just Because I Really Love You (Buena Suerte, 1966) Smoke Sugar Company: Save a Little Love For a Rainy Day (Teri De, 1973) Black Heart: […]

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WHO COVERED IT BETTER? (BEATLES EDITION)

According to Slate’s Dan Kois, Stevie Wonder’s “We Can Work It Out” is the best Beatles cover out there:

Stevie Wonder and his cover of “We Can Work It Out,” not only the best Beatles cover of all time but the only one that is definitively better than the Beatles’ original.

Now…my first response to this claim can be summed up as “OH, WORD?”

To my mind, as good as Stevie’s cover is, it’s in competition with at least two other covers from the same era: Al Green’s “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and Aretha […]

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