Part of how I’ve wanted to spend these weeks of social distancing time is by creating more things for people to listen to and one of the things I put out via the Heat Rocks podcast Facebook group was asking for topics you’d like myself and/or Morgan to talk about and of course, Soul Sides’ readers are always welcome to throw out your own topics (leave it in the comments section below).

Here’s episode #1, where I answer two questions: 1) what kind of music was I really into in college? 2) What’s an example of artist/album from a genre that Heat Rocks typically does not get into?

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Part of how I’m dealing with the Great Disruption is by creating more things for folks to listen to so I blew the dust off my old personal podcast, The Sidebar, and invited an old friend/colleague, Michael Barnes of The Melting Pot to join me and talk about a unique version of Sly and the Family Stone’s 1974 album, Small Talk, that he came upon over 10 years ago.

Listen direct here or subscribe to The Sidebar in Apple podcasts.


The newest episode of Single Servings delves into the story behind one of my all-time favorite remixes and summer songs: the Siik remix of Amerie’s “1 Thing.”

As a reminder, this is the Apple Podcasts feed that you can subscribe to for futur episode.

If you prefer to listen to this episode direct, listen here: Single Servings, EP2.

If you find yourself in LA, be sure to try to catch the 143 monthly party that Siik is part of and be still has an archive of his past blends and mixes here.



I’m 110% invested in making Heat Rocks a success as a podcast but I also want to stay creating other audio stories on the side. As such, I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a while: a series devoted to talking about single songs (preferably but not exclusively actual singles). I bring you: Single Servings.

This is a strictly personal passion project, much like The Record Wheel and the Sidebar before it. Episodes probably won’t be updated with any regularity; it’s “do it when I can” but regardless, nothing makes me happier than to talk about a song I love so you can expect a stream of these, even if it won’t always be steady.

In any case, for the first episode, I’m super-psyched to not just (re)introduce you all to one of my favorite Northern Soul singles – “Someone To Treat Me,” the 1969 7″ by the New York girl ground, The De Vons – but I was able to interview lead singer Jimmie Boone Amos whose voice you’ll hear in the episode.

As a reminder, this is the Apple Podcasts feed that you can subscribe to. If you prefer to listen to the episode direct, you can peep it right here:



I couldn’t be more excited to announce, finally, the public launch of my new podcast: Heat Rocks.

Alongside my co-host, music supervisor extraordinaire Morgan Rhodes, and co-producer/editor Nick Liao, we’ve been plugging away at this all summer long and we now have almost three months of shows in the bank and ready to go.

Morgan and I cooked up the idea for Heat Rocks like this: every episode, we invite a guest to join us to talk about one of their favorite albums. It’s a deep dive approach focused on both music appreciation and discovery and I have to say: it’s been absolutely delightful to hear musicians, writers, scholars, etc. talk about what makes certain albums important to them.

The show officially launches next Tuesday, Oct. 3. You can subscribe to it via Apple Podcasts. We have a trailer episode ready, with a sneak peak at a few of our upcoming shows.

The first month’s slate should include the following:

    Joi on Betty Davis’ They Say I’m Different
    Phonte on Intro’s Intro
    Ann Powers on Madonna’s Like a Prayer
    Dam-Funk on Change’s Miracles

Future episodes will include everyone from L.A. rapper Ill Camille to king of the video essay, Jay Smooth, to’s Shea Serrano to beat maker Suzi Analogue.

I’ll post up info on each new show here, on Soul Sides, but if you’re so inclined, you can follow Heat Rocks at any of these accounts: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

And there’s our dedicated Heat Rocks site where we’ll post show notes for every episode.



Back to hip-hop but this time with a Cali focus.

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  • Sanuhtayshun Duhpartment Muzik: Never Changing (SDM, 1999)
  • RhythmX feat. Grump and Simba: Subliminal Criminals (Sick Kid It, 1993)
  • The Poetess: Making Some Change (Buddha Baker Boyz Mix) (Interscope, 1992)
  • MC Red: I Smoke Mics For a Livin’ (Vibe Time, 1992)
  • Ahmad, Ras Kass and Saafir: Come Widdit (Joe Quixx Remix) (Priority, 1995)
  • Da Lench Mob: Ain’t Got No Class (T-Bone Remix) (Eastwest, 1992)
  • Droop-E feat. Kendrick Lamar: Rossi Wine (Sick Kid It, 2013)
  • Droop Capone: Something About Mary (Black Love, 2000)
  • Exile feat. Blu: So Amazing (Soul Provider Remix) (Sound In Color, 2005)
  • 7A3: Party Time! (City Life Mix) (Geffen, 1988)


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Honestly, I could devote an entire podcast series to only slow jams and firme rolas (hmmmm….) but for now, we’ll start with a single episode.

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  • The Exceptionals: What About Me? (GRT, 1971)
  • Nancy: I Promise I’ll Wait (Mercede, 1971)
  • Natural Four: The Same Thing In Mind (ABC, 1969)
  • Little Joe and the Latinaires: Just Because I Really Love You (Buena Suerte, 1966)
  • Smoke Sugar Company: Save a Little Love For a Rainy Day (Teri De, 1973)
  • Black Heart: So In Love (Guinness, 1977)
  • The Emotions: As Long As I’ve Got You (Stax, 1970s)
  • The Cruisers: I Need You So (Gamble, 1967)
  • Freedom Suite: We Belong Together (Mares, 1971)
  • The Sha-La-Das: Those Years Are Over (Dunham, 2016)


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Been promising this one for a minute. I am, by no means, a deep disco head (that particular well runs incredibly deep) but I do respect/appreciate it. These aren’t my absolute favorite cuts but randomly selected ones that I think do a good job of showcasing the diversity of the genre.

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  • Charanga 76: Good Times (TR, 1979)
  • Ernie Story: The E Groove (Legend, 1976)
  • Manzel: Space Funk (Fraternity, 1977)
  • Gospel Soul Revivals: If Jesus Came Today (Sonic, 1982)
  • Frankie Gee: Date With the Rain (Claridge, 1975)
  • The Bee-Gee’s: Too Much Heaven (RSO, 1979)
  • Wild Sugar: Bring It Here (TSOB, 1981)
  • Belle Epoque: Miss Broadway (Shadybrook, 1977)
  • T.C. James and the Funk-O-Fist Orchestra: Dance All Over the World (Funk-O-Fist, 1977)
  • B&G Rhythm: Hibaros (Polydor, 1978)


Sorry for the long hiatus. After getting back from New Orleans, I got hammered with work and am only now getting back ahead of it. To make up for the prolonged absence, I super-sized this episode with 13 tracks, including songs I brought home from NOLA.

As I mentioned in the show, here’s the Guardian playlist I prepped re: David Axelrod and you can see the cover of Afreaka! above.

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  • The Electric Prunes (prod. by David Axelrod): General Confessional (Reprise, 1968)
  • Computa Games: Computer Rock (Superjock, 2017)
  • Lonnie Russ: Something Old, Something New (4 J, 1962)
  • Chris Bartley: The Sweetest Thing This Side of Heaven (Vando, 1967)
  • The Vibrations: Watusi Time (OKeh, 1965)
  • Southern University Stage Band: Ain’t No Way (Whit, 1968)
  • Demon Fuzz: Another Country (Janus, 1970)
  • Carla Thomas: I’ve Fallen In Love (Stqx, 1968)
  • Pratt & Moody: Lost Lost Lost (Stylart, 2017)
  • Ruly Garcia: Sol Latino (Colonial Discos Latinos, 196?)
  • We All Together: Children (MAG, 1972)
  • The Ohio Players (feat. Junie Morrison): Funky Worm (Westbound, 1972)
  • James Brown (feat. Clyde Stubblefield): Give It Up or Turn It Loose (remix) (Polydor, 1986)