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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A REVISIT TO MANU’S VOODOO (AND CRATE DIGGING POST-INTERNET)

A few weeks back, I was interview by The Ringer’s Justin Sayles for an article he just published about the last 20 years of crate-digging and sample-based production since the release of DJ Shadow’s Endtroducing. It is a sprawling long-form essay that covers a great deal of territory and I suspect it’d be of great interest to many of the readers of this site.

At the essay’s end, Sayles includes this section based around our convo:

Wang says that the internet has been both an “asset and a liability” for the world of crate digging. […]

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PUSHING FORWARD

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Swan Silvertones: If You Believe Your God Is Dead
From 7″ (HOB, 197?).

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I received this email, from out of the blue, the other day:

Oliver, the world needs you more than ever now.

Your Soul selections (and general selection) is such an important part of global culture especially Soul & Black culture worldwide.

To DJ’s and Soul collectors you are a hero, and the one thing I know we all need in this world is more […]

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SIDNEY PINCHBACK: SET STUNNERS TO PHASE

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Sidney Pinchback & The Sisters: This Is The Woman
From 7″ (Nickel, 1969)

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Picked this one up from Rob Sevier during the recent Numero sale in L.A. Immediately fell in love with the phased effect that hits you from jump (listen to this on headphones for maximum impact). It’s the instrumental flipside of Lucky Cordell’s “This Is The Woman I Love” which features Cordell…just talking over the instrumental. Believe me when I say, B-side wins this one (again).

Notably, […]

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