VINYL SHOTS

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My most recent story for KCET’s ArtBound was on photographer Eilon Paz, who runs the awesome Dust & Grooves site (soon to be a book). Paz made a West Coast trip to shoot a variety of folks (myself included): Egon, Mario C., Cut Chemist, et. al.

MIGUEL ATWOOD-FERGUSON: THE INTERVIEW


My latest piece for ArtBound is on the incredible composer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson. He’s right in the middle of two shows dedicated to soul music of the 1960s and ’70s while also on work on his long-awaited debut solo album for next year. I’ve been a fan of MAF ever since I heard his and Carlos Niño’s amazing Suite for Ma Dukes.

Here’s one my favorite song off that project:

To get the history of that and MAF’s other works, read my piece!

ART OF THE ALBUM COVER

In my latest piece for KCET’s ArtBound, I look at the making of album covers and discuss the manufacturing process and the inherent challenges. Really fun piece to research, hanging out with Thes One and the folks at Dorado Packaging.

LOOKING FOR LP COVERS IN L.A.


Part 1 of my two-part series is now up.

REVISITING BIZARRE RYDE II THE PHARCYDE

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In today’s LA Times, I wrote a piece revisiting the 20th anniversary of Bizarre Ride II The Pharcyde. Despite a few embarrassing typos, I really appreciated this opportunity to revisit what I still think is one of the most unique albums to come out of L.A. in the 1990s.1

I’m not going to reprint the thing in its entirety but if I had to highlight the one quality that made the Pharcyde so compelling back in ’92, it was this:

…its members weren’t above making themselves the object of ridicule or humiliation, […]

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NEW WAX POETICS: THE SPEED RECORDS STORY

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My history of the Latin soul label, Speed, is included in the new issue of Wax Poetics. I’ve written on Speed before but never in this complete detail, which includes quotes from a variety of people I interviewed, connected to the label, including Bobby Marin, Bobby Matos and Frankie Nieves.1

Speaking of Latin, UK’s Soundway has put up an awesome, interactive map of regional Colombian music styles.

Special thanks to Mathew Warren for sharing his interview with Chuito Santiago. ↩

THE STORY BEHIND “VIVA TIRADO”


I “discovered” “Viva Tirado” back around 1990, when Kid Frost sampled/interpolated parts of it for “La Raza” but I didn’t realize the greater genealogy of the song until later in the decade when one of my academic mentors, Josh Kun, put me up on how Frost was flipping an El Chicano song that, in turn, was based on a Gerald Wilson original.

The connection planted a tenacious seed in my head and for the dozen years after that, I slowly began to flesh out the story behind what I call the song’s “multiple iterations” and […]

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SOUTHSIDE SHINING

Shining A ‘Light’ On Chicago’s South Side Soul : NPR

This review of Numero Group’s astounding Light On the Southside release (#33.3!) should have come out a few weeks back but better late than never.

Same adage applies to those of you who haven’t bought the book/compilation yet. The NPR review has three streaming songs to check out, including a personal favorite: Arlean Brown’s slinky “I’m a Streaker.”

ONE MORE ABOUT MAYER

If ya’ll haven’t reached Mayer fatigue yet, here’s my review of his new album for
NPR.

MOTOWN SLOWDOWN


Why Can’t Detroit Cash In On Its Music Scene? : NPR Music