SHADES OF SOUL EP 1.4: THE KITCHEN SINK

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The latest episode of Shades of Soul (broadcast live on Radio Sombra) is dedicated to records that I file under “the kitchen sink,” i.e. the weird and wonderful records whether we’re talking unexpected remixes/mash-ups, quirky covers, or just plain WTF tunes.

Shades of Soul EP 1.4 by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud

To see the playlist, visit our Radio Sombra page.

SHADES OF SOUL, EP 1.3: THE SOUL JAZZ EPISODE

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Our latest episode of our Radio Sombra show, Shades of Soul, is dedicated the soul-jazz sound of the late ’60s (and its rediscovery and celebration in the 1990s). We end with a monster set of all five parts of the greater “Smilin’ Billy Suite”.

Shades of Soul 1.3: The Soul-Jazz Episode by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud

Visit the Radio Sombra page for the playlist.

SHADES OF SOUL, EP 1.3: THE SOUL JAZZ EPISODE

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Our latest episode of our Radio Sombra show, Shades of Soul, is dedicated the soul-jazz sound of the late ’60s (and its rediscovery and celebration in the 1990s). We end with a monster set of all five parts of the greater “Smilin’ Billy Suite”.

Shades of Soul 1.3: The Soul-Jazz Episode by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud

Visit the Radio Sombra page for the playlist.

SHADES OF SOUL, EP 1.2: W/ GUESTS BILLY GOODS AND BOBBY SOUL OF THE BOOGALOO ASSASSINS

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Episode 1.2 of my new Shades of Soul program on Radio Sombra included guest DJ sets by Billy Goods & Bobby Soul of the Boogaloo Assassins. Their new album, Old Love Dies Hard is just out (liner notes by moi) and the three of us spun a slew of Latin soul/boogaloo jams for over an hour.

On a sadder note, I dedicated the show to the late Richard Marin, who I just learned passed away a couple of months back. Marin (the older brother of Bobby Marin) was a key producer at Mercury and Decca and is an undersung, pivotal player in the story of how boogaloo blew up. My first set was a selection of Latin soul songs that Marin played a hand in shaping.

Before we get to a music, a quick programming note…Radio Sombra is DJ-supported, which means that all of us who have a show pay a monthly fee to the station to help cover operating expenses. As such, I’m asking you all – my loyal listeners – to help support both the station and my show through your financial assistance. The Boogaloo Assassins were good enough to help me with a set of materials for the offering:

1) The Vinyl Package: You’ll get the new Boogaloo Assassins album on vinyl plus a copy of their new 7″ (“No No No” b/w “Evil Ways (Instr.)”). You’ll also get higher quality versions of the show taping from 1.2 onward.

2) The CD Package: You’ll get the new Boogaloo Assassins album on CD plus the 7″ (if desired…if you don’t have a turntable, it may not matter!) You’ll also get higher quality versions of the show taping from 1.2 onward.

Each set is $20 and if I find a taker for each, that means the show will be supported through the end of October. If interested, email me and let me know which package you’d like.

Pledge drive over.

Here’s Episode 1.2 and if you need the playlist, check back on the Radio Sombra site.

Shades of Soul, EP 1.2, feat. Billy Goods and Bobby Soul of the Boogaloo Assassins by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud

BACK ON THE AIRWAVES WITH SHADES OF SOUL

I am really excited to announce my return to radio after nearly 10 years away. I just debuted a new show, Shades of Soul, on Radio Sombra. Right now, it’s every 1st and 3rd Friday, 2-3pm. I wrote about the station earlier in the summer and part of what makes them so awesome is that they are an actual, honest to goodness storefront radio station (taking it back to the days of Dolphin’s of Hollywood!), broadcasting right off E. 1st in Boyle Heights.

My first show was last week. The theme was “Summer’s Twilight,” reflecting the near-end of summer and the songs that got me through the season.

Shades of Soul 1 by Oliver Wang on Mixcloud

Playlist is back on the Sombra site.

Tune in next Friday at 2pm (PT).