THE GREAT RAP PURGE: PART 6

Pop Da Brown Hornet: G.P. Connection From 12″ (Smoke, 1996) Is it possible to overstate just how far the Wu-Tang’s influence went in the ’90s? It’s just extraordinary that beyond just the core Clan, you had 2nd and 3rd stringers all in the mix, all getting a boost off of new allure of Shaolin styles. … Continue reading THE GREAT RAP PURGE: PART 6

THE GREAT RAP PURGE: PART 5

The purge continues.1 Mood: Hustle on the Side From 12″ (Below-Zero, 1995) I know I’ve been spending a good deal of time talking (both here and on the podcasts) about selling records and what this means, not just materially but also philosophically. Case in point: this Mood 12″ is one I like rather much. Not … Continue reading THE GREAT RAP PURGE: PART 5

THE GREAT RAP PURGE: PART 4

The purge continues; I’m up to the “J” section now. Here’s a few from the last set of crates I cleaned through: Icey “J”: It Takes a Real Man From 12″ (JBM, 1989) I’m not sure why “It Takes Two” needed an “answer” record; it’s not like dude was dissing anyone by name. But most … Continue reading THE GREAT RAP PURGE: PART 4

THE GREAT RAP PURGE PART 3

On a soon-to-be-shared Sidebar podcast, I spoke with music critic Sasha Frere-Jones about his summer song choices and during the “bonus beats” part of the interview, we got around talking to his own vinyl purge from a few years back. He was talking about letting go of the fetish quality of records, pointing out that … Continue reading THE GREAT RAP PURGE PART 3

UNPACKING BLUES aka THE GREAT RAP PURGE PT. 2

I’ve spent my birthday (today) unboxing rap records, most of which haven’t been opened since 2006. This was a phenomenally stupid idea, even for me, if only because lugging 40+ lb boxes to and fro, plus sorting/purging records, is literally depressing me. Part of it is physical – my back hates me right now – … Continue reading UNPACKING BLUES aka THE GREAT RAP PURGE PT. 2

Soul Purge Pt. 1: Eurojazz

Ted Atking and His Orchestra: The Man From NowhereFrom Pop Music For Dancing (Concert Hall, 1970) The Alyn Ainsworth Orchestra: Cast Your Fate to the WindFrom Big City Soul (Pye, 1975) Rogier Van Otterloo: My Dearest FluffieFrom On the Move (Polydor, 1976) Jacques Loussier: Ballet Photo RogueFrom You Only Love Once Soundtrack (London, 1968) As … Continue reading Soul Purge Pt. 1: Eurojazz