EXTRA P’S METHOD

For my latest BeatTips piece, I delved into “Looking At the Front Door” and why Large Professor’s production was so next level in regards to song structure. When I get the time, I might take the song and give it the Sliced treatment.

OVER AT BEATTIPS…

Forgot to mention to folks that I’m now doing a test run on columns for BeatTips.com as part of their “Marquee Names” series, looking at key artists and recordings. The first one I wrote was about Curtis Mayfield and I have a shorter piece, up today, about the incredible Rhetta Hughes song, “You’re Doing With Her.” 

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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SHARON JONES: AN APPRECIATION

My readers know how much I respected Sharon Jones and adored the music her and the Dap-Kings recorded. I can’t say her death last Friday was a shock – we all knew her cancer had come back and was very aggressive – but it felt unbearably cruel in a year where so many musicians we love have left us. NPR asked me to turnaround a quick essay about her and the group’s legacy and while I wrote it faster than I would have ideally liked to, I still hope I did them some justice in it.

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SONGS I/WE LOVE

I’ve been busy the past month with all kinds of writing assignments and that’s slowed me down from posting here but thought I’d share a few pieces I published since it’s all very much Soul Sides-inspired/related:

Songs We Love: Charles Bradley, ‘Things We Do For Love’
For NPR.org (Mar. 17, 2016)

Songs We Love: Million Dollar Ecstacy, ‘Burning Inside’
For NPR.org (Mar. 31, 2016)

We like it like that: the songs that defined New York City’s boogaloo craze
(Annotated Playlist)
For The Guardian (Apr. 5, 2016)

Songs We Love: J Dilla, ‘F*** […]

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GET STONED

Do you like Sly? Of course you do.

I put together a 20 song playlist on Sly and the Family Stone’s “essential” records for Rolling Stone’s website.1 Could have probably been twice that.

If I had to pick a favorite song off that list…it’d either be “Rock Dirge” (which is “off-canon” for some folks but f— that. DRUMS) or the so-very-slick-and-fonky “If You Want Me to Stay.”

With research assistance from David Ma. Thanks man! ↩

NPR REVIEW OF GLORIA ANN TAYLOR’S “LOVE IS A HURTIN’ THING”

Got to review the new anthology of Gloria Ann Taylor’s Selector Sound catalog. As folks here know; I love her work.

BABY’S FIRST RECORD (AND RECORD PLAYER)

I review Light In The Attic and Third Man’s new This Records Belongs To _______ record + turntable bundle for Cuepoint.

(Spoiler: cool LP, flawed record player)

TO PIMP A BUTTERFLY

I reviewed Kendrick’s new album for NPR. I got more to say but just throwing this up here for now .

THE ULTIMATE

Robbie Ettelson put in some %#()! work on this oral history of the UBB series. SALUT.