What is your posting policy?

Most song files are available for only 10 days. Please do not request re-uploads, either by comments or email.

Any and all legitimate requests for soundfile removal will be respected immediately. Email soulsides@gmail.com to register a concern.

What is the site’s history?

Soul Sides originally began in the summer of 2000. It was designed as a records review site.

The transition to a blog took place in May 2003 but I didn’t begin including soundfiles until February 2004, the informal “birth” of the site as an audioblog (and a darn fine one, we think).

Do you take requests?

I take…”suggestions” via email, but note: I rarely honor them unless I really like the theme or idea. I am, however, always looking for guest posters with something special to muse about and a talent for writing. If that’s you, drop me a line with a pitch.

How can I get my site onto your blogroll?

Shoot us an email at soulsideslinks and we’ll take a look at your site. In general, we only link to sites that we’d actually visit ourselves so we tend to keep the blogroll relatively small and select. Nothing personal.

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Author info:

I began writing professionally in 1994; a column for Asian Week. Then Jeff Chang recruited me to write on music for URB and soon thereafter, I landed my most important gig (in terms of my development as a writer) at the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Since then, I’ve written for almost every major hip-hop magazine to have come along since the mid-1990s, including The Source, XXL, Blaze, Vibe, Scratch, etc. I’ve also written for Spin, Yolk, A Magazine, The Nation, Mother Jones, the LA WeeklyMinneapolis City Pages, and Boston Phoenix, not to mention more/other defunct pubs and websites than I’ll ever care to remember.

These days, my primary outlets are NPR, KCET’s Artbound, Bandcamp and KPCC’s Take Two show.

Thanks to this blog, I was able to produce my first official CD compilation in 2006, Soul Sides Vol. 1. The second volume followed in the spring of 2007. I continue to produce mixes on my own.

In 1993, I began as a DJ at KALX FM in Berkeley and since 2013, I’ve had my Shades of Soul show on RadioSombra.org.

I continue to spin out in clubs and I’m available for booking for private gigs, events and weddings.

Oliver Wang, Los Angeles