DEJA EH


Beyonce feat. Jay-Z: Deja Vu
Upcoming from B’Day (2006)

Uh, suddenly, that Xtina + Primo joint isn’t sounding so bad after all. And what’s up with Jay-Z? How did he go from “Dear Summer” and “Go Crazy” last year to this sh–?

MARK ANTHONY NEAL ON BILLY PRESTON


Billy Preston: Little Girl
From Encouraging Words (Apple, 1970)

(Editor’s Note: Mark had reached out to me about having him write something on Preston for the site but at the time, I didn’t have the sound file for “Little Girl” as per his request so he went ahead and wrote up a short obit on his site. I managed to finally get a copy of the song so I’m just going to reprint what he has from his site over here, now with music. –O.W.)

http://newblackman.blogspot.com/2006/06/billy-preston-goes-home.html

Growing up in New York City in the 1970s and […]

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TURNIN IT LOOSE: DOUGLAS WOLK ON JAMES BROWN PRODUCTIONS


Baby Lloyd: I Need Love
From 7″ (Atco, 1960)

Johnnie & Bill: On My Way to School
From 7″ (Federal, 1962)

Bobby Byrd: It’s I Who Love You (Not Him Anymore)
From 7″ (King, 1970)

The Famous Flames: Who Am I
From 7″ (King, 1970)

(Editor’s Note: This special post comes to us from music journalist and fellow bloggateer, Doug Wolk. Doug is a big BIG fan of James Brown productions and rumor has it that he’s collected every single song every produced by Soul Brother #1, no easy feat, lemme tell you. These four here, for […]

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CHRSTINA AGUILERA, BUSTA RHYMES: CAN THEY HOLD A TORCH?


Christina Aguilera: Ain’t No Other Man
From Back to Basics (RCA, August 2006)

Busta Rhymes feat. Q-Tip and Chauncey Black: Can’t Hold a Torch
From A Big Bang (Aftermath, June 2006)

When people heard Xtina was working with Primo, I know many a hip-hop head was like, “huh, what?” It doesn’t really matter to me – the whole concept of the hip-hop sellout is so ’90s at this point, who really gives a f—? The more important question is: will they sound good together? Here’s the deal: I think Xtina […]

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KING PLEASURE, BETTY HUTTON, ETTA JAMES: MORE THAN A JINGLE


King Pleasure: Moody’s Mood For Love
From Golden Days (HiFiJazz, 1960).

Betty Hutton: Blow a Fuse
From ? (?, 1948). Also on Somebody Loves Me (as “It’s Oh So Quiet”).

Etta James: A Sunday Kind of Love
From At Last (MCA/Chess, 1961)

I’m not to proud to admit that I learn about certain songs by watching television commercials. Of course, this was back before Tivo, before I could 30 second jump my way through everything and thus, miss out on the *cough cough* magic that is modern advertising (oh, […]

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JULIE DELPY: DANCING AT DUSK


Julie Delpy: An Ocean Apart + A Waltz For a Night
From Julie Delpy (Import, 2003). Also on Before Sunrise/Sunset Soundtrack

Ok, I admit: 1) I didn’t know Julie Delpy sang, 2) I didn’t watch Before Sunset until the other week even though the film came out in 2004, 3) my wife and I actually quite liked the film since it’s about what happens when you grow out of your idealistic, uber-romantic 20s and “real life s—” intrudes and leaves you a little scarred and traumatized by it all.

What’s rather interesting…or perhaps strange is that […]

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PROPER

LUCKY #13

Entertainment Weekly has us at the #13 best music website in their new issue.

Jyeah! In your face, Radio David Byrne (#17)! Stereogum (#7) has the entire list in one, easy to read, uh, list. And of course, the snarky bastards at ILM (breathing down my neck – and not in that good way – at #14) are already bitchin‘.

BAY AREA FUNK DEUX


Soft Touch: Plenty of Action
From 7″ (Sundance, 1976)

Project Soul: Ebony
From 7″ (196/7?)

Both available on Bay Area Funk 2.

I meant to post about this weeks ago but lost it in the shuffle. Following up on the excellence of the first Bay Area Funk compilation, the folks at Ubiquity/Luv N’ Haight went out and commissioned a second volume. This new one, in particular, was curated with help from my good friend Justin Torres so I knew the selections would be built on insanely rare – and insanely good – slices of local Yay soulfulness […]

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MY PHILOSOPHY

[Note: I was interviewed the other month by one of my favorite writers, Ernest Hardy, about the Soul Sides Vol 1 comp. The interview ran this week in the LA Weekly and I thought it addressed some of the key questions that came up for different folks asking me about the making-of the anthology. – O.W.]

Soul Love
Ten questions with Soul Sides creator — and album curator — Oliver Wang

Written by Ernest Hardy

Oliver “O-Dub” Wang is a hip-hop fanatic, soul-music fiend, pop-culture junkie, ethnic-studies professor, DJ, obsessive blogger, music and cultural critic, husband, […]

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