1) The last covers-related mix I’ll likely do for a while is now up as a podcast for Truth and Soul Records. Here’s the tracklisting:

    1. Crowns of Glory: Ain’t No Sunshine
    2. Joe Bataan: Under the Street Lamp
    3. Mark Holder: Mixed-Up Cup
    4. Karkey and Woodward: Dirty Old Bossa Nova
    5. Nancy Holloway: Hurts So Bad
    6. Smith: Baby, It’s You
    7. Rhetta Hughes: Baby, I Need Your Loving
    8. Eduardo Araujuo: Baby, Baby Sim Baby
    9. Ray Barretto: Pastime Paradise (edit)
    10. Fruta Bomba: Che Che Colé
    11. Black Sugar: Valdez In the Country
    12. Monty Alexander: Love and Happiness
    13. Timothy McNealy: I’m So Glad You’re Mine
    14. Candi Staton: In the Ghetto
    15. David Briggs: Son of a Preacher Man
    16. The Professionals: I Can See Clearly Now
    17. The Troubadours: My Sweet Lord
    18. Roberta Flack: Gone Away
    19. Alton Ellis: Ain’t No Music

I will not be making this available in the short-term as a separately tracked mix (though I have something in the works). For those without iTunes access, here’s a download alternative:

2) It’s a Kanye-palooza! Here’s my NPR review of 808s and Heartbreak and I had a few more things to say about it for my Side Dishes column.