LOOPS RULE EVERYTHING AROUND ME

My NPR.com song list tracing the Charmels’ “As Long As I’ve Got You” through 40 years of music and then some just ran. It includes one song off the El Michel’s Affair’s new Enter the 37th Chamber album. Check it out: ‘C.R.E.A.M.’: The Story Of A Sample : NPR Music

MR. RAP SUPREME

This might be of interest to folks: I recently interviewed Jeff “Chairman” Mao of ego trip fame on the eve of the new Miss Rap Supreme show on VH1 (just two weeks in and already with more beef than a Costco butchery).

Surprisingly, despite his high profile as a journalist/writer and DJ/collector, I found relatively few other interviews out there on the interweb and so my conversation with Jeff covered a broad range of topics in terms of his own personal history as well as professional insights on everything from hip-hop to music criticism to what […]

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BETTY DAVIS, DONNA SUMMER AND LITTLE BEAVER IN HEP MAGAZINE

I came upon this magazine today: a 1976 issue of Hep, an African American tabloid from the 1970s, published out of Ft. Worth, TX. This particular issue, apart from noting that “Blacks Are More Psychic Than White” and that alarming, banner story about a wild boy raised by monkeys, also had a cover story about Betty Davis, plus stories on Donna Summer’s “new” single (“Love To Love You Baby”) and Miami’s Little Beaver. I scanned in the relevant pages to share with you all (wig ads not included).

Bonus: More scans. These include a feature on […]

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BOOGA-LOO NIGHTS


I have my first piece for The Nation available on newsstands now: “Boogaloo Nights,” looking at – you guessed it – Latin boogaloo in all its splendor. This essay serves as a primer on not just boogaloo’s history but its import in understanding the intertwined complexity of American cultural exchange.

A few “additions” – mostly things that were cut from the article for space. First of all, I tried, in the original drafts of the piece, to acknowledge the immense contribution to the public knowledge about boogaloo thanks to Juan Flores and the late Max Salazar. […]

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Plug 2 Like Trugoy

Sometimes, as a music writer, you just review what’s out there because, well, it’s what’s out there.

Sometimes, you get to write about something you actually, deeply have affection for. Say…such as reviewing the Nicole Willis/Soul Investigators’ album for NPR. Those are the times I love my job.

Also, this is a few weeks after the fact, but my friend Hua wrote a phenomenal essay on the melancholy beauty that is LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends.” If you haven’t heard the song yet – peep.

Stop Smiling Magazine: Stax Special


The new issue of Stop Smiling is dedicated to all things Southern, including a massive section on the history of Stax Records (proper!) Also included is an interview with Sharon Jones by yours truly where she speaks on James Brown, wedding bands, and oh yes, Amy Winehouse.

If you have a hard time finding this on your newsstand, order from them directly.

NPR’s Songs Of The Day (March ’07 Update)


Forget to mention these earlier:

Mighty Voices of Wonder: I Thank the Lord Sisters Love: Give Me Your Love

I wrote about the Mighty Voices track here I believe but I never did write-up Sisters Love for Soul Sides. Definitely a track worth checking out if you never have before.