Spinning Wheel Gotta Go Round

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For those who remember my recent interview with Dr. Oliver Wang, we had a discussion of "Spinning Wheel," an example of a song O-Dub is so intruiged by that he'll buy records blind just to hear a cover of it.

Today over on Soul-Sides, Oliver posted a set from his old KALX show The Ozone featuring a mini-set of Spinning Wheel covers.

Above you can watch my favorite Spinning Wheel cover, by Mr. Hank Kingsley on the Larry Sanders show. It starts a minute and a half into the clip.

"What can I say, Hank? You're a quadruple threat. You're a singer, a dancer, a raconteur... ... ... and a singer again because you're just that good." - Bob Odenkirk as super-agent Stevie Grant

Sean Kingston - "Beautiful Girl"


Went up to the Bay Area about a month ago, and drove home my aunt's El Camino. Well, my El Camino, now. Anyhoo... AM/FM radio, no AC, and I'm on 5 south in the middle of an 85-degree day. I listened to Central Valley pop radio for about four hours, and heard this song about three times. And I liked it every time. Ben E. King and the vocoder (or maybe just heavy pitch correction) on the assist with this one. All hit songs should be this pleasant and charming.

Hendrix at Newport '69


Thanks to LA Observed for this amazing Jimi Hendrix performance before 200,000 spectactors at Devonshire Downs near Northridge. Spectacular.

Later today I'll post my interview with Betty Davis, funk and soul legend and a close friend of Jimi's.

Dungeon Family Celebration


This post is for the folks who think the Dungeon Fam is the Outkast and, uhm, Gnarls Barkley.

Cool Breez et al "Watch for the Hook"

Dungeon Family - Trans DF Express

Youngbloodz f. Big Boi - "85"

Cee-Lo - Closet Freak

Joi - Ghetto Superstar

Outkast f. Goodie Mob - Git Up Git Out

Sleepy Brown - Sunday Morning

Killer Mike - AKshon

Cherokee f. Andre 3K - Nectarine

Backbone - Five Deuce, Four Tre

Society of Soul - Pushin'

Slimm Cutta Calhoun f. Andre 3K - It's OK

Podcast: TSOYA: Soul Sides with Oliver Wang


Oliver Wang, PhD, is the man behind the popular soul and hip-hop blog Soul Sides. He's also a professor at the California State University at Long Beach, and a long-time club and radio DJ (as DJ O-Dub). He recently produced the second of a series of CD compilations of classic soul: "Soul Sides Volume Two: The Covers." It collects classic and contemporary cover tunes by soul artists both well known (Al Green performing the Beatles "I Wanna Hold Your Hand") and more obscure (Bill Withers' classic "Kissing My Love" performed by Spanky Wilson). We discuss a few of the tracks with Dr. Wang as well as his new career in academe.

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Some Max Funsters are having a passionate discussion about summer plans and summer tunes on the forum. It inspired me to put together a couple of summertime mix tapes for you, my dedicated listeners. One is for summer jamming, one for summertime cooling out.

You may also notice that they are a bit heavy on Snoop Dogg and the Dungeon Family. Well, if your summer isn't heavy on Snoop Dogg and the Dungeon Family, it's probably not going to be very awesome.


Summer Fun
1. Roscoe feat. Kurupt - I Love Cali (In The Summertime) (3:36)
2. 213 f. E-White and DJ Quik - There She Goes (3:19)
3. Suga Free - Thinkin' (3:33)
4. Dj Quik - Pitch In Ona Party (4:06)
5. Kardinal Offishal - Everyday Rudebwoy (4:19)
6. Lyrics Born - Callin' Out (3:34)
7. Kool & The Gang - Kool's Back Again (2:57)
8. Big Tymers feat. Baby & Mannie Fresh - This Is How We Do (4:20)
9. Bubba Sparxxx - Wonderful (3:42)
10. Scar feat. Big Boi - U Got Me (5:05)
11. Outkast - Rosa Parks (4:24)
12. Pharoahe Monch - Push (2:59)
13. Pete Rock - Appreciate (feat. C.L. Smooth) (4:33)
14. Ceelo - Ill Be Around (Radio Mix) (3:41)
15. Janelle Monae - Lettin' Go (4:28)
16. Sleepy Brown - Me, My baby And My Cadillac (3:51)
17. R.Kelly - happy people (10:12)
18. (Bonus Track) The Free Design - Kites Are Fun (2:41)

Summer Evening
1. 213 - Another Summer (4:11)
2. Suga Free - So Fly (Feat. Snoop Dogg & Katt Williams) (4:17)
3. Knoc Turnal - LA night and day (4:00)
4. Devin The Dude - What A Job (Feat. Snoop Dogg & Andre 3000) (5:32)
5. 213 - Im Fly (4:12)
6. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony - Just Vibe (4:00)
7. Masta Ace - Beautiful (4:36)
8. David Banner - Cadillac On 22s (4:22)
9. Cee-Lo & Field Mob - All I Know (5:27)
10. Reflection Eternal - The Blast Ft. Vinia Mojica (3:06)
11. A Tribe Called Quest - Can I Kick It- (4:12)
12. Memphis Bleek - Dear Summer (feat. Jay-Z) (2:53)
13. D'Angelo - Africa (Acoustic) (3:42)
14. Eddie Hazel - California Dreamin' (6:25)

And while you're at it, check out the New Sincerity Summer episode of TSOYA, with guest Mike Veeck, minor league baseball empresario.

Happy Birthday, Prince!


"Take Me With You" live at the Superdome, 1985

"Automatic" live in 1983

"Computer Blue" from the same show

"Girls & Boys"

Madhouse "10 & 13"


Podcast: Sa-Ra Creative Partners Interview

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Sa-Ra Creative partners are Taz Arnold, Shafiq Husayn, and Om'Mas Keith, three producer/performers out to revolutionize urban music. Mentored by Dr. Dre, Ice T and Jam Master Jay, admired by J Dilla, Kanye West and ?uestlove, and collaborators with Pharoahe Monch, Erykah Badu and Herbie Hancock, they certainly have a resume auspicious enough to do achieve that goal.

Their new CD, "The Hollywood Recordings," was just released by Babygrande Records, and they're currently preparing a major label release with the help of Kanye West's G.O.O.D. Music label.

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Lauryn Hill - Lose Myself


Lauryn's got a new track out, and no one seems to care.

It's good, though. I hope she starts making real records again.

The Arruh strikes again: SEX PLANET


R. Kelly's got a new one coming out, and one of the highlights (I've heard) is his stirring ballad "Sex Planet." Here are the lyrics, I will withold all commentary, except to say that I really liked "Ignition (Remix)," and I am opposed to statuatory rape.

Jupiter, Pluto, Venus, and Saturn
I'm leavin Earth, girl, to explore your galaxy
10 to zero, blast off, here we go
We'll be climaxin til we reach Mercury

I guarantee you'll like it, it'll take your breath away
Gonna get you so excited once I taste your Milky Way

So don't trip, I got a giant rocket
Glidin through, just hittin your pocket

I'm about to take over and touch your soul
Once I enter into your black hooooooooooooooooole

Girl now that you're next to me, we'll be just like satellites
Watching over the Earth, we'll make space our paradise

Girl I promise this will be painless, painless
We'll take a trip to Planet Uranus, anus

Stick a flaaaag on the moon
First couple to ever make love on Planet Neptuuuuuuuuuuune

And if time allow us, we'll be gone for hours
I won't stop until I give you meteor showers

So get ready for liftoff babe
You ready? (yes) Hold on to this, here we go
R minus 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 3 2 1....
Babe, start our engines
blaaaaaaaaaaaaast off!

WHEN WE blaaaaaaaaaast off


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