Kevin “Sipreano” Howes helped compile and write the liners for the brand spanking new compilation on Light In the Attic: Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-1973. The comp anthologizes 16 songs from the short-lived Motown subsidiary label, Mowest, which boasted an eclectic roster including everyone from ’60s pop star Frankie Valli to an early iteration of the Commodores to Stevie Wonder’s one-time wife, Syreeta Wright, amongst other, one-off discoveries like Odyssey, Lodi and Suzee Ikeda.

Howes talked to us about discovering Mowest, a background of the label (and its challenges) and some history to a sample of songs off the new comp. We also have a giveaway for the anthology (just answer a trivia question asked in the podcast. Send answers to, subject line: “Mowest giveaway”)

Sidebar #6: Kevin Howes on the new Mowest anthology
Songs played (all featured on Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love except the very last one):

  • Odyssey: Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love
  • Odyssey: Battened Ships
  • Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons: You’re a Song (I Can’t Sing)
  • Sisters Love: Give Me Your Love
  • Suzee Ikeda: I Can’t GIve Back the Love I Feel For You
  • Syreeta: Black Maybe
  • Lodi: I Hope I See It In My Lifetime
  • The Devastating Affair: I Want To Be Humble (7″, Mowest, 1972)

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Coming later this week, The Sidebar #7 with Tom Brenneck of the Menahan Street Band/Dap-Kings.