END OF SUMMER MIX

Former Soul Sides contributor Eric Luecking just put together an “end of summer” mix for Wax Poetics. Anyone who knows me knows how much I lurve the end o’ summer vibe. Peep:

SHADES OF SOUL, EP 2.14: SUMMER JAMS FEAT. DJ SOFT TOUCH

Shades of Soul, EP 2.14: Summers James with DJ Soft Touch by Soul-Sides.Com/O. Wang on Mixcloud

Clifton, aka DJ Soft Touch, might damn well be the best dressed DJ in town (provided, it might be a low bar but seriously, Clifton is dapper). He’s a long-time resident at Funky Sole but also DJs at both the Standard and Ace Hotels (downtown), Rubbish in North Hollywood, and many other parties around the city.

He put together a […]

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SHADES OF SOUL, EP 2.13: SUMMER JAMS FEAT. MILES TACKETT

Shades of Soul EP 2.13: Summer Jams feat. Miles Tackett by Soul-Sides.Com/O. Wang on Mixcloud

For my latest Shades of Soul (summer) episode, I invited Miles Tackett (FB/Twitter) to join. Folks know him best as the founder of Breakestra and for the very long-running weekly Funky Sole party. He’s got a new album out: Fool Who Wonders and I invited him in to talk about the album, his career and a few of his favorite summer […]

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SHADES OF SOUL, EP 2.12: SUMMER JAMS FEAT. DJ EXPO

Shades of Soul, EP 2.12: Summer Jams. feat. DJ Expo by Soul-Sides.Com/O. Wang on Mixcloud

For my latest Shades of Soul (summer) episode, I invited DJ Expo, of L.A.’s Motown on Mondays fame.

As I’m doing all summer, I asked my guests to bring in a slew of summer songs and Expo came with a smooth selection, including that DeRobert and Half-Truths 7″ I totally snoozed […]

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SHADES OF SOUL EP. 2.11: SUMMER JAMS FEAT. MORGAN RHODES

Shades of Soul, EP 2.11: Summer Jams feat. Morgan Rhodes by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud

For my latest Shades of Soul (summer) episode, I invited DJ and music supervisor, Morgan Rhodes. Morgan and I frequently pair up for the new music segment every Tuesday on KPCC and she, herself, hosts an early morning show on KPFK and used to be at KCRW. She’s pretty much hit for the L.A. public radio cycle.

As I’m doing all […]

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SHADES OF SOUL, EP 2.10: SUMMER JAMS W/ DJ PHATRICK

Shades of Soul continues its Summer 2014 Series with our old friend, DJ Phatrick of Heartbreak Radio, Devil’s Pie, Libre, etc. He talks about (and we’ll bump) his new summer music mix, Float.

You can listen to the entire episode at our Radio Sombra page (no Mixcloud for this ep).

My playlist of songs at the beginning:

The Lost Generation: This Is the Lost Generation The Manhattans: Give Him Up Saun and Starr: Gonna Take Time Quantic feat. Fruko and Michi Sarmiento: Descarga Cuantico The San Francisco TKOs: Ooh Baby Baby

Phatrick’s playlist is available […]

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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

REQUIEM FOR THE SUMMER

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Summer, technically, ended a week or so ago but I bet you, like me, didn’t even notice. Blame it on Labor Day. Blame it on the fact that summer ends in a thousand moments – going back to school, your last field trip, the oncoming coolness of the evening, people already putting up Halloween decorations, et. al. And that’s fine: not every end has to be commemorated or marked with solemnity.

But for me, the end of summer is always a transition – ’tis the nature of being a […]

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PICK SIX: SUMMERTIME

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How have I never done this before? “Summertime,” originally composed by George Gershwin and written by DuBose Hayward, has become one of those rare American pop standards that has fans across many different genres and eras. “Haunting” seems too tame a term to describe it but if we have associations between summer time and a sense of deep melancholy and wistful nostalgia, I’d suggest that the song, “Summertime” has done much to shape that perception.

As we’re nearing the end of summer, I decided to pull […]

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LOWRELL: CALL HIM MR. MELLOW MELLOW

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Lowrell: Mellow Mellow, Right On (LP version)
From S/T (AVI, 1979)

For whatever reason, I have had this LP in my “new arrivals” crate for a long time and whenever I wanted to throw something on to lend some sound to outdoors/backyard time, it’d be the first LP I reached for. Makes sense, no? That big, chewy baseline has “late ’70s/early ’80s” fonk stamped on it and it’s a perfect summer-y jam. As with many things, what seals the deal on here is the tambourine that comes in at the […]

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