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Nacho Picasso

Nacho Picasso and Blue Sky Black Death do it Stoned and Dethroned style

“Stoned & Dethroned” by Nacho Picasso x B.S.B.D Nacho Picasso raps kind of slow. It makes it a lot easier…

January 22, 2015 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog
Civil Rights March, Beale Street, Memphis

I Know a Place: The legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. to the people and city of Memphis

An oral history of MLK and Memphis by the artists and staff of Stax Records.

January 19, 2015 | Andria Lisle | Features
D'Angelo 'Black Messiah'

D’Angelo’s Black Messiah is magical

It’s fitting that D’Angelo decided to share the accolades of his album with his band, the Vanguard, since the meaning…

January 15, 2015 | Eric Luecking | Guest Blog
The-Carnations

An interview with Heather Augustyn, author of Songbirds – Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music

  Coming from small-town Indiana and growing up in the ’80s, author Heather Augustyn wouldn’t say she had privileged access…

| Seb Carayol | Articles
Luisa Maita by Joao Wainer

São Paulo singer Luísa Maita rises to become pride of Brazil

  Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Ana Luiza” courses smoothly through my headphones on a warm spring day. Claus Ogerman’s bittersweet string…

January 14, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Articles
The Faces

A tribute to Ian McLagan, organ player and member of rock groups the Small Faces and the Faces

The death of any artist can sting, but the passing of Ian McLagan, aka “Mac,” at age sixty-nine has had an unmistakable…

| Wax Poetics | Guest Blog
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Keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe keeps pushing things forward

Musicians who venture into new frontiers of sound are often the ones who inspire future generations. Born in New Zealand,…

January 6, 2015 | Korby Benoit | Record Rundown
Turquoise Summers (Omega Supreme Records)

Turquoise Summers continues the modern-funk tradition for Omega Supreme Records

 In 2009, Los Angeles based interplanetary funk doctor, Dam-Funk dropped his debut album, Toeachizown, a monumental five-LP boxed set on…

December 19, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Articles
Terry Reid

Terry Reid passed on Led Zeppelin to follow his own path

Terry Reid passed on the opportunity to become the front man of Led Zeppelin—instead introducing Robert Plant to Jimmy Page. His choice to carry on as a solo act never paid off with the heights of fame and fortune of his musical pals, yet he recorded two soulful folk-rock masterpieces and has become known as an artist’s artist, championed by many of the greats as the genuine article.

December 8, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Articles
Apollo Brown and Ras Kass

Detroit producer Apollo Brown talks about his new album Blasphemy with Ras Kass

Apollo Brown is a producer with a rep. When you check out an Apollo Brown album, you know what you…

December 5, 2014 | Chris Pattinson | Articles
Biz Markie

Nobody Beats Biz Markie

In the classic 1986 Dutch documentary film, Big Fun in the Big Town, director Bram Van Splunteren captures New York…

| David Ma | Articles
The Roots Things Fall Apart

Ferguson and the history of riots and protest

What I have to say is for White people, like me. After researching and writing a book about soul music…

November 25, 2014 | Travis Atria | Guest Blog
Soul Is... Pretty Purdie

Bernard Purdie and his solo masterpiece Soul Is… Pretty Purdie

In early March and late June of 1972, Bernard Purdie took some time to record his own album, Soul Is…,…

November 21, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Re:Discovery
Jean Seberg in the film 'Kill!'

The insidious tale of actress Jean Seberg, FBI’s COINTELPRO, and the film Kill!

The scene was tragic. A casket covered with lilies, daisies, and yellow roses. A stunned and muted crowd of hundreds…

| David Thrussell | Articles
The Peterson Brothers

Texas guitar prodigies the Peterson Brothers fuse the blues with soul, funk, and disco

Trying to fit in sessions with Bootsy Collins can be tough when you’re still in high school.

November 20, 2014 | Greg Lemen | Articles
The One-derful! Collection

Chicago label One-derful! Records reissued as deluxe box set

Staff songwriter, arranger, and producer Larry Nestor reminesces on his time with the Chicago soul label.

November 17, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Articles
Stand! Sly and the Family Stone

Freddy Stone discusses Sly and the Family Stone’s Stand! on its 45th anniversary

By the end of the 1960s, Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart, Frederick “Freddie Stone” Stewart, Rosemary “Rose Stone” Stewart, Cynthia Robinson,…

November 14, 2014 | Chris Williams | Articles
El Michels Affair 'Sounding Out the City'

Sounding Out the City by El Michels Affair gets a deluxe reissue a decade later

Leon Michels and Tommy Brenneck reminisce on the original sessions.

November 6, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Articles
Life Is Beautiful

Reporting from the “Life Is Beautiful” Festival 2014

I moved to Las Vegas almost a year ago. I had arrived two weeks after Life Is Beautiful, which was…

November 5, 2014 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog
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The musical life of bassist Jack Bruce existed between the worlds of jazz and rock

The legendary Cream and Lifetime bassist passed away on October 25, 2014.

October 25, 2014 | Brad Farberman | Articles
Richard Evans "Dealing with Hard Times"

Bassist-turned-arranger Richard Evans put the soul in Cadet Records

As reported by friends and family, Chicago music heavyweight Richard Evans has passed.

October 8, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Articles
DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist channel Afrika Bambaataa and take his record collection on the road

In 2013, Shadow and Cut Chemist were asked to fly to New York to take a look at the Holy Grail of record collections—belonging to hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa.

September 30, 2014 | Kyle Eustice | Articles/Record Rundown
Alice Russell

Singer Alice Russell discusses her 15-year career with Tru Thoughts

The label is releasing a deluxe box set.

September 19, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Articles
AndreCymone-splash

André Cymone plays the records that changed his life

  In 2012, writer Ericka Blount Danois searched out André Cymone and secured one of the first interviews from the…

September 18, 2014 | Ericka Blount Danois | Articles
Joe Sample

Keyboardist and Crusader Joe Sample left a major legacy of soul-jazz, R&B, and hip-hop

Joe Sample passed away on September 12, 2014.

September 13, 2014 | Stefan Trischler | Articles
Notorious BIG Biggie Smalls Christopher Wallace "Ready to Die"

Ready to Die at 20: How Christopher Wallace created hip-hop’s definitive crime epic

Twenty years ago (September 13, 1994) saw the release of a wholly cinematic piece of art inspired by New York.

September 12, 2014 | Dean Van Nguyen | Guest Blog
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Father of beatdigging and hip-hop itself Afrika Bambaataa donated his record collection to Cornell University

Last summer, we made our way to the Master of Records Open Archive to take a look.

September 10, 2014 | Andrew Mason | Gallery
Gussie Clarke

Reggae producer Gussie Clarke talks about some of the best—and rarest—sides from new VP Records comp

More often than not, a producer is summed up to his biggest hit—in Gussie Clarke’s case, he will, instinctively and…

September 3, 2014 | Seb Carayol | Articles
Aaliyah

Designing the cover for Aaliyah’s 2001 self-titled release and dealing with the death of an icon

August 25, 2001. I am driving on the Bay Bridge, on my way to celebrate my birthday, when I noticed that the radio stations were playing a lot of her songs.

August 25, 2014 | Warren Fu | Articles
Jimmy Jam

Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis have become synonymous with recording excellence

  Over the past three decades, James “Jimmy Jam” Harris III and Terry Lewis have become synonymous with recording excellence….

August 20, 2014 | Chris Williams | Articles

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