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Scorching guests and sizzling records: join music writer Oliver Wang and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes each week as they invite their favorite artists, critics and scholars for in-depth conversations about the albums that shape our lives. Each week our special guests will take you deep into their heat rocks from the world of hip-hop, soul, dance, jazz, funk and more. Get with us!

Latest Episodes

Gerrick Kennedy on Whitney Houston's "My Love Is Your Love" (1998)

EThe Album: Whitney HoustonMy Love Is Your Love (1998) What was initially supposed to be a greatest hits compilation ended up being a full-on album. Whitney got everyone on this record. Babyface, Kelly Price, Faith Evans, Missy, and even Mariah Carey, all came into the studio to help create a true heat rock; four times platinum, six Grammy nominations, and the Oscar for Best Original Song/ Writer and critic Gerrick Kennedy joins Oliver and Morgan in the studio to talk about Whitney's move to hip-hop, her growth as an artist from her last studio album, and how this record helped celebrate black womanhood in a way that was so rarely heard at that time. More on Gerrick Kennedy Gerrick's work at the Los Angeles Times Parental Discrection is Advised: The Rise of N.W.A. and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap Website|Twitter More onMy Love Is Your Love 20 Years Later: Whitney Houston’s ‘My Love is Your Love’ Album Singles Ranked (Rated R&B) Whitney performing Heartbreak Hotel on Rosie O'Donnell Sho...

56 MIN4 days ago
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Gerrick Kennedy on Whitney Houston's "My Love Is Your Love" (1998)

Luz Mendoza on Nina Simone's "To Love Somebody" (1969)

EThe Album: Nina SimoneTo Love Somebody(1969) Nina Simone's discography is vast and full of true fire, butTo Love Somebody often gets overlooked. Perhaps it's because it was released right after 'Nuff SaidandNina Simone and Piano, both fantastic albums in their own right. And although the album contained almost all covers (Revolution 1 and 2 were credited to Simone and Weldon Irvine), she found a way to make every single song truly her own. Luz Mendoza of Y La Bamba joins Oliver and Morgan in the studio to discuss the chances Nina took on this album, the smaller, quieter moments in the music, and what Nina told us about herself throughout this LP. This is an episode you definitely do not want to miss. More on Y La Bamba Y La Bamba's Tiny Desk Concert Entre Los Dos on Bandcamp Website|Twitter More onTo Love Somebody The story behind Cosi Ti Amo Aquarium Drunkard's review ofTo Love Somebody Show Tracklisting (all songs fromTo Loveunless indicated otherwise) I Can't See Nobody Bob Dylan: I Shall Be Released I Shall Be Released I Can't See Nobody Y La Bamba: Octavio The Times They Are A-Changin' The Byrds: Turn, Turn, Turn (To Everything There is a Season) Turn, Turn, Turn, (To Everything There is a Season) Revolution (Pt. 2) Revolution (Pt. 1) Revolution (Pt. 2) Suzanne Leonard Cohen: Suzanne Bob Dylan: Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues Bee Gees: To Love Somebody To Love Somebody Cosi Ti Amo The Glory of Love I Shall Be Released Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues James Brown: September Song Meshell Ndegeocello: Nite and Day La Lupe: Fever Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there If you're not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcastsdo it here!

51 MIN1 weeks ago
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Luz Mendoza on Nina Simone's "To Love Somebody" (1969)

Jason Woodbury on Karen Dalton's "In My Own Time" (1971)

EThe Album: Karen Dalton In My Own Time (1971) In My Own Time was the second and final studio album by Karen Dalton, a musician who preferred to stay out of the spotlight. She didn't enjoy much commercial success when she was here with us, but the impact she left on the world is immeasurable. Artists like Joanna Newsom, Nick Cave, and Bob Dylan have cited her as an influence (Dylan would even back her up on harmonica in live performances). Her unique voice, often compared to Billie Holiday, was a blend of bluesy, world-weary, and haunting, but warm. Music writer James Woodbury joins Oliver and Morgan to discuss Karen's voice in the world of strangely captivating voices, the value of reissue labels, and Karen's interpretations of popular songs. Join us as we leave for the country and take a deep dive into this forgotten classic. More on Jason Woodbury Jason's monthly podcast Transmissionson Aquarium Drunkard The Tastemaker's Ten: Jason Woodbury (YabYum) Website | Twitter More onIn My Own Time PopMatters' review ofIn My Own Time In My Own Time'sWikipedia entry Show Tracklisting (all songs fromIn My Own Time unless indicated otherwise): Take Me Joanna Newsom: Sadie Wall: Something on Your Mind When a Man Loves a Woman Laura Nyro & Labelle: Jimmy Mack In My Own Dream Esther Phillips: Home is Where the Hatred Is Angela McCluskey: It's Been Done Tiny Tim: Tiptoe Through the Tulips with Me In A Station Something On Your Mind Take Me George Jones & Tammy Wynette: Take Me Something On Your Mind One Night of Love Same Old Man Are You Leaving for the Country When a Man Loves a Woman Judee Still: Jesus was a Cross Maker Valerie June: Workin' Woman Blues Big Mama Thornton: Sweet Little Angel Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there If you're not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcastsdo it here!

57 MIN2 weeks ago
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Jason Woodbury on Karen Dalton's "In My Own Time" (1971)

Jeff Chang on the "Wild Style" soundtrack (1983)

EThe Album:Wild Style soundtrack(1983) Wild Stylebegan as a low budget but ambitious film project, centered around Zoro, a young graffiti writer swashbuckling his way through the style wars of early ‘80s New York. Directed by Charlie Ahearn and starring Lee Quinones as Zoro, Wild Style would become more of a quasi-documentary of hip-hop’s on its cusp from South Bronx street culture into the global phenomenon we know today. Filled with MC, graffiti, DJ and b-boy performances from a host of now legends, Wild Style would inadvertently spread the hip-hop gospel to a generation of youth around the world, enraptured with how it depictions of an explosive, impossibly colorful subculture that few had laid eyes on outside of the five boroughs. Its soundtrack, overseen by Fab Five Freddy and Blondie guitarist Chris Stein, was largely built off an exclusive disc of original breakbeats that became the sound bed for various live performance scenes throughout the movie. Electric, dynamic and fly as hell, theWild Stylesoundtrack helped capture the sound of early hip-hop’s energy and flair from A to motherf—ng Z. For a young Jeff Chang, growing up far away from the Bronx in Honolulu, Wild Style was like a secret cypher that he and his friends could pass around and decrypt. Long before the days of streaming video, if you didn’t catch a theatrical screening of this tiny, indie flick, you had to rely on nth generation bootleg dubs on VHS but as crappy as the images might have been, the inspiration was no less dimmed. This put Chang on the path to eventually become one of the most accomplished hip-hop critics in the formative ‘90s era, eventually culminating in his award winningCan’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation(2005), which, among other things, digs deep into hip-hop’s earliest days preceding even the Wild Style era. He’s since followed that up withWho We Be: The Colorization of America(2014) and most recently, We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation (2016) which became the inspiration behind thedigital video seriesof the same name which just debuted this year. More on Jeff Chang Interview with Jeff by Oliverabout Can't Stop Won't Stop How Hip-Hop Got It's Nameby Jeff, written for Cuepoint Website|Twitter More onThe Wild Style soundtrack Wild Style Breaks: The Untold Story(Red Bull Academy) The Oral History of Wild Style(Complex) Jay Smooth Interviews Charlie Ahearn Show Tracklisting (all songs fromThe Wild Style soundtrackunless indicated otherwise): Stoop Rap Stoop Rap - Film Version Cuckoo Clocking Military Cut Nas: The Genesis Stoop Rap Gang Star: DJ Premier In Deep Concentration Gangbusters Common: Gettin' Down At The Amphitheater MC Battle at the Dixie A Tribe Called Quest: Sucka N**** Fantastic Freaks at the Dixie Public Enemy: Raise the Roof Wild Style Lesson MC Battle at the Dixie Down By Law Grandmaster Flash: Flash it to the Beat (Live) Lisa Lee Wild Style deleted scene T's Limo Ride Double Trouble at the Amphitheater Basketball Throwdown Gangbusters South Bronx Subway Rap Subway Theme Here is theSpotify playlistof as many songs as we can find there If you're not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcasts,do it here!

54 MIN3 weeks ago
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Jeff Chang on the "Wild Style" soundtrack (1983)

Lee Fields on Sam Cooke's "Portrait Of A Legend" (2003)

EThe Album:Sam CookePortrait Of A Legend(2003) Legendary soul singer Lee Fields (Daptone, Truth & Soul, Big Crown Records) stopped by Heat Rocks to discuss the 30 tracks compiled by ABKCO records on Sam Cooke, Portrait of A Legend, released in the summer of 2003. The album covers multi-genres including gospel, pop and soul - Sam's hits, during his storied 15 year career which ended tragically with his untimely death at 33. Referred to as, "the man who invented soul" Sam Cooke hummed and crooned his way into soul music's canon starting with three words:You Send Me. Lee Fields' career began 50 years ago with the release of his first single on the Bedford label "Bewildered". Since then he's released dance tracks, recorded with The Expressions, had his music placed in shows like Atlanta and Dear White People, toured the country and has his songs remixed by some of the best. He and Morgan discussed the gospel according to Sam Cooke, symbolism in A Change Is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke as a lyricist, Sam Cooke as a storyteller. A veteran soul singer in conversation about one of the architects of soul music It gets no better. More on Lee Fields Lee's bio on Big Crown Lee's Wikipedia entry Instagram|Twitter More onSam Cooke Sam Cooke's story on NPR Sam Cooke's induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Show Tracklisting (all songs fromPortrait Of A Legendunless indicated otherwise): Nothing Can Change This Love Lee Fields & The Expressions: Honey Dove Touch The Hem of His Garment You Send Me You Were Made For Me Only Sixteen Soul Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers: The Last Mile of the Way Little Red Rooster Chain Gang Cupid Bring It On Home To Me Nothing Can Change This Love (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons Summertime You Send Me Sugar Dumpling Muhammad Ali: The Gang's All Here A Change Is Gonna Come Aretha Franklin: A Change Is Gonna Come Otis Redding: A Change Is Gonna Come Touch The Hem Of His Garment You Were Made For Me Here is theSpotify playlistof as many songs as we can find there If you're not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcasts,do it here!

45 MINSEP 13
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Lee Fields on Sam Cooke's "Portrait Of A Legend" (2003)

Lorraine Ali on M.I.A's "Kala" (2007)

EThe Album:M.I.A.Kala(2007) In 2005, when M.I.A. dropped onto the pop scene with her debut, Arular, heads weren’t quite ready. It was like she brought the full force of Global South dance culture in with her — gloriously bombastic — and the Sri Lankan/British singer/rapper simply didn’t sound like anyone else on the charts. For her follow-up, the idea on paper seemed smart: why not pair M.I.A. with one of the most innovative American producers of that era: Timbaland. Alas, in a post-9/11 world, Homeland Security deemed M.I.A. a threat to national security and refused to give her the necessary visa to come work in the U.S. Undaunted, M.I.A. and producer Switch jumped around the world, recording parts of what would eventually become Kala in cities across South America, Africa and Asia. The resulting masterpiece, propelled on the strength of the eventual mega-smash “Paper Planes,” all but established M.I.A. as a key voice in a different kind of new world order, one in which the bo...

50 MINSEP 6
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Lorraine Ali on M.I.A's "Kala" (2007)

Allen Thayer on João Gilberto's "João Gilberto" (1973)

EThe Album:João GilbertoJoão Gilberto(1973) Before the summer got away from us, we wanted to record one more episode for the season and we invited a guest to pick the perfect LP for the end of the summer. We were not disappointed... João Gilberto was as integral to Brazil’s bossa nova movement as Ray Charles was to soul or Run DMC was to hip-hop; it’s impossible to imagine its sound and style without his touch. By 1973, Gilberto was largely living outside of Brazil and on a stint in the U.S, he rolled through New Jersey with just a single accompanying musician, percussionist Sonny Carr. Together, they crafted what’s considered a minimalist masterpiece of the genre, Gilberto’s equivalent to the Beatles’ White Album. Parts of it sound like a dream, others like a lullaby, but at the heart, it’s the soothing voice of Gilberto and his nimble guitar playing that anchors all of it. Our guest Allen Thayer, aka The Ambassador, is no stranger to Brazilian music. Though he hails from t...

55 MINAUG 30
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Allen Thayer on João Gilberto's "João Gilberto" (1973)

100th Episode Spectacular: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' "100 Days 100 Nights" (2007)

EThe Album:Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings100 Days, 100 Nights(2007) On the occasion of our 100th episode, we decided to devote a Host’s Choice episode to talking about the breakout 2007 album from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Coming out hot on the heels of Amy Winehouse’s best-selling Back to Black (2007) which featured the Dap-Kings horn section, 100 Days, 100 Nights made it clear who the queen (and kings) of the retro-soul sound was. As their third album, that latest LP showcased the group’s growing prowess as songwriters and Jones was in top form with a voice able to bring heft and spark to the group’s stylings on Southern soul, uptempo funk and deep gospel. Morgan and Oliver are mostly excited to have made it to #100 and we wanted to thank all our listeners, guests and producers for their support of our show over its first two years. Here’s to 100 more! More on100 Days, 100 Nights She's Not Anybody's Backup Act(The New York Times) Tiny Mixtape's review of 100 Days, 100 Nigh...

62 MINAUG 23
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100th Episode Spectacular: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' "100 Days 100 Nights" (2007)

Raphael Saadiq on Earth, Wind & Fire's "That's The Way Of The World" (1975) + Remembering Nipsey Hussle

EThe Album:Earth, Wind & FireThat's The Way Of The World(1975) On March 15, 1975, Columbia Records released "That's The Way Of The World" the sixth studio album of Earth Wind & Fire, a band of 10 members who fused rock, jazz, funk and soul. The album sold five million units, and won a Grammy for the single "Shining Star" (Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group). Produced by Maurice White and Charles Stepney, the album focused on EWF's familiar themes, spirituality, oneness, love. Oscar and Golden Globe nominated composer Raphael Saadiq joined Oliver and Morgan in studio to talk "That's The Way of The World" and all the things that made EWF iconic including, Philip Bailey's falsetto, Maurice White's mysticisms and drum heroics, Charles Stepney's production and the harmonies that caught his ear and his attention and the happy feelings the band's music inspired in his own musicianship as a youth growing up in Oakland. You'll want to catch this one. Because Reasons. And stay tuned after ...

82 MINAUG 16
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Raphael Saadiq on Earth, Wind & Fire's "That's The Way Of The World" (1975) + Remembering Nipsey Hussle

Mark "Frosty" McNeill on Nina Simone's "It Is Finished" (1974)

EThe Album:Nina SimoneIt Is Finished(1974) It Is Finished is an ominous title, least of all given where Nina Simone was in her personal life at the time. Much of the early ‘70s had seen the High Priestess of Soul escaping to Barbados, first to avoid a troubled marriage, then to avoid the IRS. But RCA Records lured her back to New York to tape a live show, much of which would go into It Is Finished alongside a few tracks from an earlier studio session. One of those vault cuts, “Funkier Than a Mosquito’s Tweeter” would become an unlikely hit on the funk/soul dance floor circuit but It Is Finished was far more than one-tracker, especially as Simone dipped into Afro-Caribbean spirituality via the (under-credited) participation of Exuma on much of this album. Our guest, Mark “Frosty” McNeill is the co-founder of the long-running Dublab internet (now terrestrial) radio station and together, we got deep into Nina’s public and personal tribulations of that era, how the album reflects ...

55 MINAUG 9
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Mark "Frosty" McNeill on Nina Simone's "It Is Finished" (1974)

Latest Episodes

Gerrick Kennedy on Whitney Houston's "My Love Is Your Love" (1998)

EThe Album: Whitney HoustonMy Love Is Your Love (1998) What was initially supposed to be a greatest hits compilation ended up being a full-on album. Whitney got everyone on this record. Babyface, Kelly Price, Faith Evans, Missy, and even Mariah Carey, all came into the studio to help create a true heat rock; four times platinum, six Grammy nominations, and the Oscar for Best Original Song/ Writer and critic Gerrick Kennedy joins Oliver and Morgan in the studio to talk about Whitney's move to hip-hop, her growth as an artist from her last studio album, and how this record helped celebrate black womanhood in a way that was so rarely heard at that time. More on Gerrick Kennedy Gerrick's work at the Los Angeles Times Parental Discrection is Advised: The Rise of N.W.A. and the Dawn of Gangsta Rap Website|Twitter More onMy Love Is Your Love 20 Years Later: Whitney Houston’s ‘My Love is Your Love’ Album Singles Ranked (Rated R&B) Whitney performing Heartbreak Hotel on Rosie O'Donnell Sho...

56 MIN4 days ago
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Gerrick Kennedy on Whitney Houston's "My Love Is Your Love" (1998)

Luz Mendoza on Nina Simone's "To Love Somebody" (1969)

EThe Album: Nina SimoneTo Love Somebody(1969) Nina Simone's discography is vast and full of true fire, butTo Love Somebody often gets overlooked. Perhaps it's because it was released right after 'Nuff SaidandNina Simone and Piano, both fantastic albums in their own right. And although the album contained almost all covers (Revolution 1 and 2 were credited to Simone and Weldon Irvine), she found a way to make every single song truly her own. Luz Mendoza of Y La Bamba joins Oliver and Morgan in the studio to discuss the chances Nina took on this album, the smaller, quieter moments in the music, and what Nina told us about herself throughout this LP. This is an episode you definitely do not want to miss. More on Y La Bamba Y La Bamba's Tiny Desk Concert Entre Los Dos on Bandcamp Website|Twitter More onTo Love Somebody The story behind Cosi Ti Amo Aquarium Drunkard's review ofTo Love Somebody Show Tracklisting (all songs fromTo Loveunless indicated otherwise) I Can't See Nobody Bob Dylan: I Shall Be Released I Shall Be Released I Can't See Nobody Y La Bamba: Octavio The Times They Are A-Changin' The Byrds: Turn, Turn, Turn (To Everything There is a Season) Turn, Turn, Turn, (To Everything There is a Season) Revolution (Pt. 2) Revolution (Pt. 1) Revolution (Pt. 2) Suzanne Leonard Cohen: Suzanne Bob Dylan: Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues Bee Gees: To Love Somebody To Love Somebody Cosi Ti Amo The Glory of Love I Shall Be Released Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues James Brown: September Song Meshell Ndegeocello: Nite and Day La Lupe: Fever Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there If you're not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcastsdo it here!

51 MIN1 weeks ago
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Luz Mendoza on Nina Simone's "To Love Somebody" (1969)

Jason Woodbury on Karen Dalton's "In My Own Time" (1971)

EThe Album: Karen Dalton In My Own Time (1971) In My Own Time was the second and final studio album by Karen Dalton, a musician who preferred to stay out of the spotlight. She didn't enjoy much commercial success when she was here with us, but the impact she left on the world is immeasurable. Artists like Joanna Newsom, Nick Cave, and Bob Dylan have cited her as an influence (Dylan would even back her up on harmonica in live performances). Her unique voice, often compared to Billie Holiday, was a blend of bluesy, world-weary, and haunting, but warm. Music writer James Woodbury joins Oliver and Morgan to discuss Karen's voice in the world of strangely captivating voices, the value of reissue labels, and Karen's interpretations of popular songs. Join us as we leave for the country and take a deep dive into this forgotten classic. More on Jason Woodbury Jason's monthly podcast Transmissionson Aquarium Drunkard The Tastemaker's Ten: Jason Woodbury (YabYum) Website | Twitter More onIn My Own Time PopMatters' review ofIn My Own Time In My Own Time'sWikipedia entry Show Tracklisting (all songs fromIn My Own Time unless indicated otherwise): Take Me Joanna Newsom: Sadie Wall: Something on Your Mind When a Man Loves a Woman Laura Nyro & Labelle: Jimmy Mack In My Own Dream Esther Phillips: Home is Where the Hatred Is Angela McCluskey: It's Been Done Tiny Tim: Tiptoe Through the Tulips with Me In A Station Something On Your Mind Take Me George Jones & Tammy Wynette: Take Me Something On Your Mind One Night of Love Same Old Man Are You Leaving for the Country When a Man Loves a Woman Judee Still: Jesus was a Cross Maker Valerie June: Workin' Woman Blues Big Mama Thornton: Sweet Little Angel Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find there If you're not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcastsdo it here!

57 MIN2 weeks ago
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Jason Woodbury on Karen Dalton's "In My Own Time" (1971)

Jeff Chang on the "Wild Style" soundtrack (1983)

EThe Album:Wild Style soundtrack(1983) Wild Stylebegan as a low budget but ambitious film project, centered around Zoro, a young graffiti writer swashbuckling his way through the style wars of early ‘80s New York. Directed by Charlie Ahearn and starring Lee Quinones as Zoro, Wild Style would become more of a quasi-documentary of hip-hop’s on its cusp from South Bronx street culture into the global phenomenon we know today. Filled with MC, graffiti, DJ and b-boy performances from a host of now legends, Wild Style would inadvertently spread the hip-hop gospel to a generation of youth around the world, enraptured with how it depictions of an explosive, impossibly colorful subculture that few had laid eyes on outside of the five boroughs. Its soundtrack, overseen by Fab Five Freddy and Blondie guitarist Chris Stein, was largely built off an exclusive disc of original breakbeats that became the sound bed for various live performance scenes throughout the movie. Electric, dynamic and fly as hell, theWild Stylesoundtrack helped capture the sound of early hip-hop’s energy and flair from A to motherf—ng Z. For a young Jeff Chang, growing up far away from the Bronx in Honolulu, Wild Style was like a secret cypher that he and his friends could pass around and decrypt. Long before the days of streaming video, if you didn’t catch a theatrical screening of this tiny, indie flick, you had to rely on nth generation bootleg dubs on VHS but as crappy as the images might have been, the inspiration was no less dimmed. This put Chang on the path to eventually become one of the most accomplished hip-hop critics in the formative ‘90s era, eventually culminating in his award winningCan’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation(2005), which, among other things, digs deep into hip-hop’s earliest days preceding even the Wild Style era. He’s since followed that up withWho We Be: The Colorization of America(2014) and most recently, We Gon’ Be Alright: Notes on Race and Resegregation (2016) which became the inspiration behind thedigital video seriesof the same name which just debuted this year. More on Jeff Chang Interview with Jeff by Oliverabout Can't Stop Won't Stop How Hip-Hop Got It's Nameby Jeff, written for Cuepoint Website|Twitter More onThe Wild Style soundtrack Wild Style Breaks: The Untold Story(Red Bull Academy) The Oral History of Wild Style(Complex) Jay Smooth Interviews Charlie Ahearn Show Tracklisting (all songs fromThe Wild Style soundtrackunless indicated otherwise): Stoop Rap Stoop Rap - Film Version Cuckoo Clocking Military Cut Nas: The Genesis Stoop Rap Gang Star: DJ Premier In Deep Concentration Gangbusters Common: Gettin' Down At The Amphitheater MC Battle at the Dixie A Tribe Called Quest: Sucka N**** Fantastic Freaks at the Dixie Public Enemy: Raise the Roof Wild Style Lesson MC Battle at the Dixie Down By Law Grandmaster Flash: Flash it to the Beat (Live) Lisa Lee Wild Style deleted scene T's Limo Ride Double Trouble at the Amphitheater Basketball Throwdown Gangbusters South Bronx Subway Rap Subway Theme Here is theSpotify playlistof as many songs as we can find there If you're not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcasts,do it here!

54 MIN3 weeks ago
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Jeff Chang on the "Wild Style" soundtrack (1983)

Lee Fields on Sam Cooke's "Portrait Of A Legend" (2003)

EThe Album:Sam CookePortrait Of A Legend(2003) Legendary soul singer Lee Fields (Daptone, Truth & Soul, Big Crown Records) stopped by Heat Rocks to discuss the 30 tracks compiled by ABKCO records on Sam Cooke, Portrait of A Legend, released in the summer of 2003. The album covers multi-genres including gospel, pop and soul - Sam's hits, during his storied 15 year career which ended tragically with his untimely death at 33. Referred to as, "the man who invented soul" Sam Cooke hummed and crooned his way into soul music's canon starting with three words:You Send Me. Lee Fields' career began 50 years ago with the release of his first single on the Bedford label "Bewildered". Since then he's released dance tracks, recorded with The Expressions, had his music placed in shows like Atlanta and Dear White People, toured the country and has his songs remixed by some of the best. He and Morgan discussed the gospel according to Sam Cooke, symbolism in A Change Is Gonna Come, Sam Cooke as a lyricist, Sam Cooke as a storyteller. A veteran soul singer in conversation about one of the architects of soul music It gets no better. More on Lee Fields Lee's bio on Big Crown Lee's Wikipedia entry Instagram|Twitter More onSam Cooke Sam Cooke's story on NPR Sam Cooke's induction to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Show Tracklisting (all songs fromPortrait Of A Legendunless indicated otherwise): Nothing Can Change This Love Lee Fields & The Expressions: Honey Dove Touch The Hem of His Garment You Send Me You Were Made For Me Only Sixteen Soul Sam Cooke & The Soul Stirrers: The Last Mile of the Way Little Red Rooster Chain Gang Cupid Bring It On Home To Me Nothing Can Change This Love (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons Summertime You Send Me Sugar Dumpling Muhammad Ali: The Gang's All Here A Change Is Gonna Come Aretha Franklin: A Change Is Gonna Come Otis Redding: A Change Is Gonna Come Touch The Hem Of His Garment You Were Made For Me Here is theSpotify playlistof as many songs as we can find there If you're not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcasts,do it here!

45 MINSEP 13
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Lee Fields on Sam Cooke's "Portrait Of A Legend" (2003)

Lorraine Ali on M.I.A's "Kala" (2007)

EThe Album:M.I.A.Kala(2007) In 2005, when M.I.A. dropped onto the pop scene with her debut, Arular, heads weren’t quite ready. It was like she brought the full force of Global South dance culture in with her — gloriously bombastic — and the Sri Lankan/British singer/rapper simply didn’t sound like anyone else on the charts. For her follow-up, the idea on paper seemed smart: why not pair M.I.A. with one of the most innovative American producers of that era: Timbaland. Alas, in a post-9/11 world, Homeland Security deemed M.I.A. a threat to national security and refused to give her the necessary visa to come work in the U.S. Undaunted, M.I.A. and producer Switch jumped around the world, recording parts of what would eventually become Kala in cities across South America, Africa and Asia. The resulting masterpiece, propelled on the strength of the eventual mega-smash “Paper Planes,” all but established M.I.A. as a key voice in a different kind of new world order, one in which the bo...

50 MINSEP 6
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Lorraine Ali on M.I.A's "Kala" (2007)

Allen Thayer on João Gilberto's "João Gilberto" (1973)

EThe Album:João GilbertoJoão Gilberto(1973) Before the summer got away from us, we wanted to record one more episode for the season and we invited a guest to pick the perfect LP for the end of the summer. We were not disappointed... João Gilberto was as integral to Brazil’s bossa nova movement as Ray Charles was to soul or Run DMC was to hip-hop; it’s impossible to imagine its sound and style without his touch. By 1973, Gilberto was largely living outside of Brazil and on a stint in the U.S, he rolled through New Jersey with just a single accompanying musician, percussionist Sonny Carr. Together, they crafted what’s considered a minimalist masterpiece of the genre, Gilberto’s equivalent to the Beatles’ White Album. Parts of it sound like a dream, others like a lullaby, but at the heart, it’s the soothing voice of Gilberto and his nimble guitar playing that anchors all of it. Our guest Allen Thayer, aka The Ambassador, is no stranger to Brazilian music. Though he hails from t...

55 MINAUG 30
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Allen Thayer on João Gilberto's "João Gilberto" (1973)

100th Episode Spectacular: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' "100 Days 100 Nights" (2007)

EThe Album:Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings100 Days, 100 Nights(2007) On the occasion of our 100th episode, we decided to devote a Host’s Choice episode to talking about the breakout 2007 album from Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Coming out hot on the heels of Amy Winehouse’s best-selling Back to Black (2007) which featured the Dap-Kings horn section, 100 Days, 100 Nights made it clear who the queen (and kings) of the retro-soul sound was. As their third album, that latest LP showcased the group’s growing prowess as songwriters and Jones was in top form with a voice able to bring heft and spark to the group’s stylings on Southern soul, uptempo funk and deep gospel. Morgan and Oliver are mostly excited to have made it to #100 and we wanted to thank all our listeners, guests and producers for their support of our show over its first two years. Here’s to 100 more! More on100 Days, 100 Nights She's Not Anybody's Backup Act(The New York Times) Tiny Mixtape's review of 100 Days, 100 Nigh...

62 MINAUG 23
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100th Episode Spectacular: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' "100 Days 100 Nights" (2007)

Raphael Saadiq on Earth, Wind & Fire's "That's The Way Of The World" (1975) + Remembering Nipsey Hussle

EThe Album:Earth, Wind & FireThat's The Way Of The World(1975) On March 15, 1975, Columbia Records released "That's The Way Of The World" the sixth studio album of Earth Wind & Fire, a band of 10 members who fused rock, jazz, funk and soul. The album sold five million units, and won a Grammy for the single "Shining Star" (Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group). Produced by Maurice White and Charles Stepney, the album focused on EWF's familiar themes, spirituality, oneness, love. Oscar and Golden Globe nominated composer Raphael Saadiq joined Oliver and Morgan in studio to talk "That's The Way of The World" and all the things that made EWF iconic including, Philip Bailey's falsetto, Maurice White's mysticisms and drum heroics, Charles Stepney's production and the harmonies that caught his ear and his attention and the happy feelings the band's music inspired in his own musicianship as a youth growing up in Oakland. You'll want to catch this one. Because Reasons. And stay tuned after ...

82 MINAUG 16
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Mark "Frosty" McNeill on Nina Simone's "It Is Finished" (1974)

EThe Album:Nina SimoneIt Is Finished(1974) It Is Finished is an ominous title, least of all given where Nina Simone was in her personal life at the time. Much of the early ‘70s had seen the High Priestess of Soul escaping to Barbados, first to avoid a troubled marriage, then to avoid the IRS. But RCA Records lured her back to New York to tape a live show, much of which would go into It Is Finished alongside a few tracks from an earlier studio session. One of those vault cuts, “Funkier Than a Mosquito’s Tweeter” would become an unlikely hit on the funk/soul dance floor circuit but It Is Finished was far more than one-tracker, especially as Simone dipped into Afro-Caribbean spirituality via the (under-credited) participation of Exuma on much of this album. Our guest, Mark “Frosty” McNeill is the co-founder of the long-running Dublab internet (now terrestrial) radio station and together, we got deep into Nina’s public and personal tribulations of that era, how the album reflects ...

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Mark "Frosty" McNeill on Nina Simone's "It Is Finished" (1974)