(Editor’s note: It’s time to bring back the Summer Songs after two seasons off. Our first guest is Moe Choi aka DJ Choimatic. I’ve known Moe for years, back when he was a big presence in the NY hip-hop club scene but in more recent years, Moe has branched out into everything from swanked-out weddings to Fashion Week runway shows to, you know, DJing parities on the roof of The Met. He’s got Billy Danze’s number on speed dial and the inside lane on YSL couture; that’s [...]
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Darondo (né William Pulliam) passed away today at the age of 67. His single, “Didn’t I” remains one of my favorite Bay Area records (and really, just an all-time great slow jam).
I interviewed Darondo back in 2006 for Wax Poetics and they just reprinted the article on their site. Here’s an excerpt:
The name “Darondo” is so unique, it’s hard to forget. But for many years, all people knew of him was only that: a name on a faded label. In his brief recording career, the [...]
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Los Fabulosos Festivals: Can I Change My Mind?
From 7″ (Onda Nueva, 1970)
I first posted this song over four years ago; it was left off (I think) the Panama 3 comp by Soundway and the compiler, Beto, was kind enough to share a copy of the song with me. Four years later and I couldn’t help but throw down to buy one of the scarce copies to come available (not the least of which, a really clean one).
It’s no surprise that I’m a huge fan of this Tyrone [...]
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During the first half of the last season of Breaking Bad, I was watching this scene from the episode “Hazard Pay” and my first thought was, “what song is this???”
And as it turns out…it was this:
The Peddlers: On a Clear Day
From Three In a Cell (Epic, 1968)
I’m only slightly familiar with this British trio, mostly because of their awesome Suite London, which I wrote about back in 2007. But only recently, that was the only LP of theirs I ever owned. I slept on Three In a Cell and their marvelous [...]
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Question from Nick: “I was wondering if you know what the beat is that the UMC’s freestyle over on Stretch and Bobbito’s radio show. I am pretty sure that Stretch put together beats, so it may be something he created. Regardless its classic case of how good stripped down drums and bass can sound.”
Answer: I don’t recognize it as an instrumental from an existing song from that era though it could certainly have been from a more independent release that would have flown under my radar then. I do think it’s more realistic that it was a Stretch [...]
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