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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

Music and Popcorn #2: Renée Bever on the "Us" soundtrack (2019)

EWe are in the middle of our Music and Popcorn series, where we talk to our favorite folks from the world of film and TV about the soundtracks they love. This week, Renée Bever of the podcast Attack of the Queerwolf sits down with us to talk about the "Us" soundtrack and score. We talk about the masterfully creepy Luniz flip, the infamous Ophelia/police scene, and whether Lupita Nyong'o was snapping on beat. More on Renée Renée's podcast Attack of the Queerwolf Instagram | Twitter More on Us Jordan Peele's Spotify Takeover Straight From the Underground: The Frighteningly Good Music of ‘Us’ (The Ringer) Interview with Michael Abels, composer for Us (Slate) Show Tracklisting (all songs from theUssoundtrack unless otherwise indicated): I Got 5 On It (Tethered Mix) Q Lazzarus: Goodbye Horses Bette Davis: I've Written A Letter to Daddy Queen: Don't Stop Me Now Low Shoulder: Through The Trees I Like That Bay All-Stars: I Got 5 On It Fuck Tha Police Les Fleurs Henry Mancini: Lujon Femme Fatale I Got 5 On It Here is theSpotify playlistof as many songs as we can find on there If you're not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcasts,do it here!

52 MIN4 d ago
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Music and Popcorn #2: Renée Bever on the "Us" soundtrack (2019)

Music and Popcorn #1: The Medley

EThis is the first of a five episode miniseries we're calling Music and Popcorn, where we talk to guests from the world of film and TV about great soundtracks. This week, it's a special medley episode, featuring our past interviews with Eliza Skinner, Tre'vell Anderson, Luis Xtravaganza, and the folks from Heatbreak Radio discussing their favorite movie OSTs And if you like these snippets, go back and check out the full episodes in our archives! Show Tracklisting: The Psychedelic Furs: Pretty In Pink Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: If You Leave Jesse Johnson: Get To Know Ya Modern English: I Melt With You The Psychedelic Furs: Pretty In Pink Otis Redding: Try A Little Tenderness New Order: Thieves Like Us (Instrumental) Faye Wong: Dream-Person Dennis Brown: Things in Life Flying Pickets: Only You Los Indios Tabajaras: Always in My Heart Nat King Cole: Quizás, Quizás, Quizás Mamas & the Papas: California Dreamin' Dennis Brown: Things in Life Dinah Washington: What A Diff'rence A...

57 MIN1 w ago
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Music and Popcorn #1: The Medley

Josh Kun on Manu Chao's "Clandestino" (1998)

EWhen Manu Chao announced he would be releasing his first solo album, fans around the world were both elated and hesitant. Manu's previous albums with his band Mano Negra were both critically and commercially successful, but the band's breakup was ugly and Manu was running around Central/South America, playing bar shows for three years before he started work on the album. Clandestino was initially released to little mainstream success, but eventually found its audience around the world. It tackled issues like social injustice and immigration and spoke to the displaced. It spoke truth to power. Writer and academic Josh Kun sits down with Oliver and guest host Ernest Hardy to talk about the power of politically charged music, the nomadic production of this album, and the term "world music." More onClandestino Clandestino: the story of Manu Chao's classic album (The Guardian) At 20, Manu Chao's 'Clandestino' Remains a Radical and Compassionate Work of Art (Remezcla) More on Josh Kun The Autograph Book of LA Josh on KCRW's Press Play Website | Twitter Show tracklisting (all songs from Clandestino unless otherwise indicated): Clandestino Desaparecido Dia luna...dia pena Rosalia: Catalina Desaparecido Bongo Bong Roy Eldridge: King of the Bongo Bong Mano Negra: King of the Bongo Black Uhuru: Bull in the Pen Mario Winans: Never Really Was (Remix) Bongo Bong Je ne t'aime plus Bongo Bong El viento Afrosound: Tira al Blanco Malegria Welcome to Tijuana Por el suelo Manu Chao: Welcome to Tijuana (Live) Ana Tijoux: 1977 Stromae: tous le memes Ana Tijoux: Somos Sur Coldplay: Arabesque MIA: Hussel Negu Gorriak: Radio Rahim Here is theSpotify playlistof as many songs as we can find on there If you're not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcasts,do it here!

54 MIN2 w ago
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Josh Kun on Manu Chao's "Clandestino" (1998)

Tall Black Guy on D'Angelo's "Voodoo" (2000) redux

EThe Album:D'AngeloVoodoo(2000) Tall Black Guy, AKA Terrel Wallace, has been making beats and remixing artists like 79.5, Stro Elliot, and Moonchild, for a long time. Listen to any one of his songs and you'll understand why he's one of the best producers out there and why we were so excited to talk to him. It's no surprise that his personal heat rock (and ours) was "Voodoo" by D'Angelo. Making the album was no small feat. D'Angelo took a long break between albums to learn more about playing the guitar, and linked up with the Soulquarians to lay down some of the funkiest, most eclectic, and just plain hottest tracks of all-time. It took nearly 5 years to make, but the wait was worth it. Morgan is flying solo and talked to TBG about the wide range of D'Angelo's influences, the shift from "Brown Sugar" to "Voodoo," and D'Angelo's personal shift from neo soul darling to full-on sex symbol. More on Tall Black Guy Tall Black Guy on Bastard Jazz Hyp 203: Tall Black Guy Twitter|Soundcloud More onVoodoo Voodoo - Review(Pitchfork) D'Angelo and Questlove Bare the Roots of "Voodoo""(NPR) Show Tracklisting (all songs fromVoodoounless indicated otherwise): Send It On Tall Black Guy: O Fim da Viagem Playa Playa Snoop Dogg: Gin and Juice Chicken Grease Feel Like Makin' Love Spanish Joint The Line One Mo'Gin Spanish Joint Greatdayndamornin'/Booty - Medley Left and Right Red Astaire: Follow Me Untitled (How Does It Feel) Prince: She's Always In My Hair D'Angelo: She's Always In My Hair 14KT: She's Always In My Hair Africa Send It On Here is theSpotify playlistof as many songs as we can find on there If you're not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcasts,do it here!

42 MIN3 w ago
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Tall Black Guy on D'Angelo's "Voodoo" (2000) redux

Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding on the Nat King Cole Trio's "Complete Capitol Recordings of the Nat King Cole Trio" (1991)

EIt's easy to think of Nat King Cole as "that Christmas song guy" but his musical output is truly astounding, recording hundreds of songs with over a hundred of them becoming hits on the pop charts. The Complete Capitol Recordings of the Nat King Cole Trio is by far the largest album we've ever discussed on Heat Rocks and we couldn't have asked for better guests to come break it down with us. Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding of the Switched on Pop podcast sit down with us to talk about this enormous anthology, the timbre of Cole's voice, and the ubiquity of the AABA song structure. Stay tuned to the very end for a special Heat Rocks theme song workshop. More on Switched on Pop Get Charlie and Nate's book! Check out the Switched on Pop podcast Nate's Twitter | Charlie's Twitter More on Nat King Cole Nat King Cole: An Incandescent Voice (NPR) Della Reese on Nat King Cole Show Tracklisting (all songs fromThe Complete Capitol Recordingsunless otherwise indicated): All for You John Pizzarel...

63 MINJAN 17
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Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding on the Nat King Cole Trio's "Complete Capitol Recordings of the Nat King Cole Trio" (1991)

Wendy & Lisa on Prince's "Around the World in a Day" (1985)

EWe here at Heat Rocks talk a lot about Prince, and this marks the FIFTH episode where we're discussing an album of his. Around in the World in a Day incorporated more psychedelia and a wider variety of instruments, which made for a much more eclectic and unconventional album. This is also Morgan's favorite episode, so we couldn't be more excited to talk about this magnificent album. Wendy & Lisa of the Revolution come down to the studio to talk about creating this record with Prince, the funkiness of the record, and what life was like working alongside his purpleness for all those years. This is a very special episode you definitely do not want to miss. More on Wendy & Lisa Wendy and Lisa on Prince (Esquire) Website | Twitter More on Around the World in a Day Prince's First Ever TV Interview (MTV) Prince: In appreciation of a virtuoso, enduring genius (The Independent) Show Tracklisting (all songs fromAround the World in a Day unless otherwise indicated): Raspberry Beret Around the World in a Day Prince: Annie Christian America Pop Life Paisley Park Raspberry Beret Condition of the Heart The Ladder Tamborine America Raspberry Beret Around the World in a Day Paisley Park Condition of the Heart Prince: Uptown Wendy & Lisa: I Will The Family: Screams of Passion 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 Podcasts,do it here!

60 MINJAN 10
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Wendy & Lisa on Prince's "Around the World in a Day" (1985)

Our Heat Rocks of the 2010s

EOliver's albums Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)(2010) Laura Mvula's Sing to the Moon(2013) Kendrick Lamar'sTo Pimp A Butterfly(2015) Frank Ocean'sBlonde(2016) Tyler, The Creator'sFlower Boy (2017) Morgan's albums Thundercat'sThe Golden Age of the Apocalypse(2011) Robert Glasper Experiment'sBlack Radio(2012) Beyoncé'sBeyoncé(2013) D'Angelo'sBlack Messiah (2014) Kamasi Washington'sThe Epic(2015) Oliver and Morgan are kicking off the new decade and talking about their favorite albums from the 2010s. They discuss their own personal journeys through the decade and the changes in the music industry in general. Happy new year, Heat Rockers. Hope you all have a great one! Show Tracklisting: Erykah Badu: Fall in Love (Your Funeral) Tyler, the Creator: See You Again Robert Glasper Experiment: Ah Yeah Kendrick Lamar: Momma Beyoncé: Drunk in Love Frank Ocean: Nights Erykah Badu: Love Erykah Badu: Out My Mind, Just In Time Erykah Badu: 20 Feet Tall Laura Mvula: Like the Morning Dew Laura Mvula: Father Father Laura Mvula: She Kendrick Lamar: Alright Kendrick Lamar: Wesley's Theory Kendrick Lamar: Complexion (A Zulu Love) Kendrick Lamar: For Sale? - Interlude Frank Ocean: Pink + White Frank Ocean: Godspeed Frank Ocean: Self Control Tyler, the Creator: Glitter Tyler, the Creator: See You Again Thundercat: Daylight Thundercat: Walkin' Robert Glasper Experiment: Cherish the Day Robert Glasper: Portrait of an Angel Robert Glasper Experiment: Move Love Robert Glasper Experiment: Black Radio Beyoncé: Haunted Beyoncé: Drunk in Love Beyoncé: Partition D'Angelo: Really Love D'Angelo: 1000 Deaths Kamasi Washington: The Message Here is theSpotify playlistof as many songs as we can find on there If you're not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcasts,do it here!

57 MINJAN 3
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Our Heat Rocks of the 2010s

Holiday Music Special with Alonso Duralde redux

EThe Albums: Vince Guraldi'sA Charlie Brown Christmas(1965) Andy Williams'The Andy Williams Christmas Album(1963) Stax Records'Christmas in Soulsville(2007) Heat Rocks was hyped to have film critic Alonso Duralde(The Wrap), one of the hosts of Maximum Fun's movie podcastWho Shot Ya?guest with us to talk about our favorite Christmas songs, holiday fare, songs that should play when it's cold outside, baby. We visit the canon of Christmas music over the years (Andy Williams 1963 The Christmas Album, Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas and Stax Record's 2007 compilation Christmas In Soulsville and across genres and styles - crooners, sweeping orchestral cinematic pieces, summer songs vs. winter songs, modern Christmas traditions, etc. Alonso broke down the power of nostalgia as it relates to Christmas music and how our tastes in music are informed by tradition. Don't be a grinch. Listen to this wintery wonderland of an episode about favorite Christmas tracks. More on Alonso Duralde Alonso's podcast, Linoleum Knife Alonso on Maximum Fun Twitter Show Tracklisting Andy Williams: The Christmas Song The Waitresses: Christmas Wrapping The Shins: Wonderful Christmastime Tracey Thorn: Snow Yogi Yorgesson: I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas Boyz II Men: Let It Snow Band-Aid: Do They Know It's Christmas Andy Williams: O Holy Night Andy Williams: Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells Andy Williams: It'as The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Andy Williams: Sweet Little Jesus Boy Andy Williams: White Christmas Vince Guraldi Trio: Christmas Time is Here (Vocal) Vince Guraldi Trio: Christmas Time is Here (Instrumental) Vince Guraldi Trio: My Little Drum Vince Guraldi Trio: What Child Is This Vince Guraldi Trio:Skating Vince Guraldi Trio: Hark, The Herald Angels Ring Otis Redding: Merry Christmas Baby take 1 The Staple Singers: Who Took The Merry Out of Christmas Albert King: Santa Claus Wants Some Loving The Emotions: Black Christmas Isaac Hayes: The Mistletoe and Me Booker T and the M.G.'s: Winter Wonderland take 2 Nate Dogg: Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto Little Johnny Taylor: Please Come Home For Christmas Juice Crew: Cold Chillin' Christmas The Free Design: Close Your Mouth (It's Christmas) Kenny Bobien: O Come Let Us Adore Him Here is theSpotify playlistof as many songs as we can find on there If you're not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcasts,do it here!

40 MIN2019 DEC 27
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Holiday Music Special with Alonso Duralde redux

Cristela Alonzo on A Tribe Called Quest's "We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service" (2016)

E2016 was a hard year, to say the least. We lost Prince, David Bowie, Phife Dawg, Sharon Jones, and many others that year. And on top of that, we here in the US had to reckon with the results of the presidential election. On November 11th 2016, A Tribe Called Quest dropped their final album, We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service,with verses from Phife himself. It came at a time we needed Tribe the most. It went Gold and was widely regarded as one of the best albums of the year. Comedian Cristela Alonzo sat down with us to talk aboutWe Got It From Here and why it quite literally changed the course of her life. We talk about the use of samples and how Tribe was able to update their sound for a modern audience without compromising the mission statement and production style that made them famous all those years ago. More on Cristela Alonzo Cristela's new book Music to My Years is out now Laughing in Color: Cristela Alonzo on Finding Her Voice Through Comedy (WNYC) Twitter | Instagram More onWe Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service Oliver's review of the album for NPR A Tribe Called Quest's Soundtrack to the Resistance (The Village Voice) Life Goes On With A Tribe Called Quest (The AV Club) Show Tracklisting (All songs from We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Serviceunless otherwise indicated): The Donald The Space Program We The People... Curtis Mayfield: We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue Dis Generation Kids... Elton John: Bennie and the Jets Solid Wall of Sound Nairobi Sisters: Promised Land Whateva Will Be Dis Generation Conrad Tokyo We The People Black Spasmodic Melatonin Lost Somebody Conrad Tokyo J Dilla: U-Love Gang Starr: Bad Name 2pac: Changes 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!

59 MIN2019 DEC 20
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Cristela Alonzo on A Tribe Called Quest's "We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service" (2016)

Father Amde of The Watts Prophets on Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" (1971)

EWhat's Going On?On May 21, 1971, Marvin Gaye released his eleventh studio album asking this simple question. It was a risky move, for sure. Gaye was at the height of his career and this new album was heavy, focusing on things affecting his community like drug abuse, poverty, injustice and the Vietnam War. People might not have been expecting this, but it was what he wanted to make. Fortunately, the gamble paid off.What's Going Onwent on to sell over two million copies and is widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time, and it's not hard to see why. It's a timeless record, as true back in 1971 as it is now. Father Amde of The Watts Prophets sits down with Morgan to talk about why this album was so groundbreaking, how he got to know Marvin Gaye when he was was still with us, and what Marvin might be talking about if her were here now. More on The Watts Prophets "Watts Poetic" (TheLAand Magazine) Biography on The Watts Prophets (Hip Hop Scriptures) Website More onWhat's Going On The Story of Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' (NPR) Marvin Gaye's 1971 "What's Going On?" remains unanswered today (The Conversation) Show Tracklisting (All songs from What's Going On unless indicated otherwise): Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky) What's Happening Brother What's Going On Watts Prophets: Pain BB King: Every Day I Have the Blues Marvin Gaye: Soldier's Plea Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) Save the Children Curtis Mayfield: We Got To Have Peace Save The Children Wholy Holy Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky) James Brown: King Heroin Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) What's Going On 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 Podcasts,do it here!

51 MIN2019 DEC 13
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Father Amde of The Watts Prophets on Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" (1971)

Latest Episodes

Music and Popcorn #2: Renée Bever on the "Us" soundtrack (2019)

EWe are in the middle of our Music and Popcorn series, where we talk to our favorite folks from the world of film and TV about the soundtracks they love. This week, Renée Bever of the podcast Attack of the Queerwolf sits down with us to talk about the "Us" soundtrack and score. We talk about the masterfully creepy Luniz flip, the infamous Ophelia/police scene, and whether Lupita Nyong'o was snapping on beat. More on Renée Renée's podcast Attack of the Queerwolf Instagram | Twitter More on Us Jordan Peele's Spotify Takeover Straight From the Underground: The Frighteningly Good Music of ‘Us’ (The Ringer) Interview with Michael Abels, composer for Us (Slate) Show Tracklisting (all songs from theUssoundtrack unless otherwise indicated): I Got 5 On It (Tethered Mix) Q Lazzarus: Goodbye Horses Bette Davis: I've Written A Letter to Daddy Queen: Don't Stop Me Now Low Shoulder: Through The Trees I Like That Bay All-Stars: I Got 5 On It Fuck Tha Police Les Fleurs Henry Mancini: Lujon Femme Fatale I Got 5 On It Here is theSpotify playlistof as many songs as we can find on there If you're not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcasts,do it here!

52 MIN4 d ago
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Music and Popcorn #2: Renée Bever on the "Us" soundtrack (2019)

Music and Popcorn #1: The Medley

EThis is the first of a five episode miniseries we're calling Music and Popcorn, where we talk to guests from the world of film and TV about great soundtracks. This week, it's a special medley episode, featuring our past interviews with Eliza Skinner, Tre'vell Anderson, Luis Xtravaganza, and the folks from Heatbreak Radio discussing their favorite movie OSTs And if you like these snippets, go back and check out the full episodes in our archives! Show Tracklisting: The Psychedelic Furs: Pretty In Pink Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark: If You Leave Jesse Johnson: Get To Know Ya Modern English: I Melt With You The Psychedelic Furs: Pretty In Pink Otis Redding: Try A Little Tenderness New Order: Thieves Like Us (Instrumental) Faye Wong: Dream-Person Dennis Brown: Things in Life Flying Pickets: Only You Los Indios Tabajaras: Always in My Heart Nat King Cole: Quizás, Quizás, Quizás Mamas & the Papas: California Dreamin' Dennis Brown: Things in Life Dinah Washington: What A Diff'rence A...

57 MIN1 w ago
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Music and Popcorn #1: The Medley

Josh Kun on Manu Chao's "Clandestino" (1998)

EWhen Manu Chao announced he would be releasing his first solo album, fans around the world were both elated and hesitant. Manu's previous albums with his band Mano Negra were both critically and commercially successful, but the band's breakup was ugly and Manu was running around Central/South America, playing bar shows for three years before he started work on the album. Clandestino was initially released to little mainstream success, but eventually found its audience around the world. It tackled issues like social injustice and immigration and spoke to the displaced. It spoke truth to power. Writer and academic Josh Kun sits down with Oliver and guest host Ernest Hardy to talk about the power of politically charged music, the nomadic production of this album, and the term "world music." More onClandestino Clandestino: the story of Manu Chao's classic album (The Guardian) At 20, Manu Chao's 'Clandestino' Remains a Radical and Compassionate Work of Art (Remezcla) More on Josh Kun The Autograph Book of LA Josh on KCRW's Press Play Website | Twitter Show tracklisting (all songs from Clandestino unless otherwise indicated): Clandestino Desaparecido Dia luna...dia pena Rosalia: Catalina Desaparecido Bongo Bong Roy Eldridge: King of the Bongo Bong Mano Negra: King of the Bongo Black Uhuru: Bull in the Pen Mario Winans: Never Really Was (Remix) Bongo Bong Je ne t'aime plus Bongo Bong El viento Afrosound: Tira al Blanco Malegria Welcome to Tijuana Por el suelo Manu Chao: Welcome to Tijuana (Live) Ana Tijoux: 1977 Stromae: tous le memes Ana Tijoux: Somos Sur Coldplay: Arabesque MIA: Hussel Negu Gorriak: Radio Rahim Here is theSpotify playlistof as many songs as we can find on there If you're not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcasts,do it here!

54 MIN2 w ago
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Josh Kun on Manu Chao's "Clandestino" (1998)

Tall Black Guy on D'Angelo's "Voodoo" (2000) redux

EThe Album:D'AngeloVoodoo(2000) Tall Black Guy, AKA Terrel Wallace, has been making beats and remixing artists like 79.5, Stro Elliot, and Moonchild, for a long time. Listen to any one of his songs and you'll understand why he's one of the best producers out there and why we were so excited to talk to him. It's no surprise that his personal heat rock (and ours) was "Voodoo" by D'Angelo. Making the album was no small feat. D'Angelo took a long break between albums to learn more about playing the guitar, and linked up with the Soulquarians to lay down some of the funkiest, most eclectic, and just plain hottest tracks of all-time. It took nearly 5 years to make, but the wait was worth it. Morgan is flying solo and talked to TBG about the wide range of D'Angelo's influences, the shift from "Brown Sugar" to "Voodoo," and D'Angelo's personal shift from neo soul darling to full-on sex symbol. More on Tall Black Guy Tall Black Guy on Bastard Jazz Hyp 203: Tall Black Guy Twitter|Soundcloud More onVoodoo Voodoo - Review(Pitchfork) D'Angelo and Questlove Bare the Roots of "Voodoo""(NPR) Show Tracklisting (all songs fromVoodoounless indicated otherwise): Send It On Tall Black Guy: O Fim da Viagem Playa Playa Snoop Dogg: Gin and Juice Chicken Grease Feel Like Makin' Love Spanish Joint The Line One Mo'Gin Spanish Joint Greatdayndamornin'/Booty - Medley Left and Right Red Astaire: Follow Me Untitled (How Does It Feel) Prince: She's Always In My Hair D'Angelo: She's Always In My Hair 14KT: She's Always In My Hair Africa Send It On Here is theSpotify playlistof as many songs as we can find on there If you're not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcasts,do it here!

42 MIN3 w ago
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Tall Black Guy on D'Angelo's "Voodoo" (2000) redux

Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding on the Nat King Cole Trio's "Complete Capitol Recordings of the Nat King Cole Trio" (1991)

EIt's easy to think of Nat King Cole as "that Christmas song guy" but his musical output is truly astounding, recording hundreds of songs with over a hundred of them becoming hits on the pop charts. The Complete Capitol Recordings of the Nat King Cole Trio is by far the largest album we've ever discussed on Heat Rocks and we couldn't have asked for better guests to come break it down with us. Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding of the Switched on Pop podcast sit down with us to talk about this enormous anthology, the timbre of Cole's voice, and the ubiquity of the AABA song structure. Stay tuned to the very end for a special Heat Rocks theme song workshop. More on Switched on Pop Get Charlie and Nate's book! Check out the Switched on Pop podcast Nate's Twitter | Charlie's Twitter More on Nat King Cole Nat King Cole: An Incandescent Voice (NPR) Della Reese on Nat King Cole Show Tracklisting (all songs fromThe Complete Capitol Recordingsunless otherwise indicated): All for You John Pizzarel...

63 MINJAN 17
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Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding on the Nat King Cole Trio's "Complete Capitol Recordings of the Nat King Cole Trio" (1991)

Wendy & Lisa on Prince's "Around the World in a Day" (1985)

EWe here at Heat Rocks talk a lot about Prince, and this marks the FIFTH episode where we're discussing an album of his. Around in the World in a Day incorporated more psychedelia and a wider variety of instruments, which made for a much more eclectic and unconventional album. This is also Morgan's favorite episode, so we couldn't be more excited to talk about this magnificent album. Wendy & Lisa of the Revolution come down to the studio to talk about creating this record with Prince, the funkiness of the record, and what life was like working alongside his purpleness for all those years. This is a very special episode you definitely do not want to miss. More on Wendy & Lisa Wendy and Lisa on Prince (Esquire) Website | Twitter More on Around the World in a Day Prince's First Ever TV Interview (MTV) Prince: In appreciation of a virtuoso, enduring genius (The Independent) Show Tracklisting (all songs fromAround the World in a Day unless otherwise indicated): Raspberry Beret Around the World in a Day Prince: Annie Christian America Pop Life Paisley Park Raspberry Beret Condition of the Heart The Ladder Tamborine America Raspberry Beret Around the World in a Day Paisley Park Condition of the Heart Prince: Uptown Wendy & Lisa: I Will The Family: Screams of Passion 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 Podcasts,do it here!

60 MINJAN 10
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Wendy & Lisa on Prince's "Around the World in a Day" (1985)

Our Heat Rocks of the 2010s

EOliver's albums Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Part Two (Return of the Ankh)(2010) Laura Mvula's Sing to the Moon(2013) Kendrick Lamar'sTo Pimp A Butterfly(2015) Frank Ocean'sBlonde(2016) Tyler, The Creator'sFlower Boy (2017) Morgan's albums Thundercat'sThe Golden Age of the Apocalypse(2011) Robert Glasper Experiment'sBlack Radio(2012) Beyoncé'sBeyoncé(2013) D'Angelo'sBlack Messiah (2014) Kamasi Washington'sThe Epic(2015) Oliver and Morgan are kicking off the new decade and talking about their favorite albums from the 2010s. They discuss their own personal journeys through the decade and the changes in the music industry in general. Happy new year, Heat Rockers. Hope you all have a great one! Show Tracklisting: Erykah Badu: Fall in Love (Your Funeral) Tyler, the Creator: See You Again Robert Glasper Experiment: Ah Yeah Kendrick Lamar: Momma Beyoncé: Drunk in Love Frank Ocean: Nights Erykah Badu: Love Erykah Badu: Out My Mind, Just In Time Erykah Badu: 20 Feet Tall Laura Mvula: Like the Morning Dew Laura Mvula: Father Father Laura Mvula: She Kendrick Lamar: Alright Kendrick Lamar: Wesley's Theory Kendrick Lamar: Complexion (A Zulu Love) Kendrick Lamar: For Sale? - Interlude Frank Ocean: Pink + White Frank Ocean: Godspeed Frank Ocean: Self Control Tyler, the Creator: Glitter Tyler, the Creator: See You Again Thundercat: Daylight Thundercat: Walkin' Robert Glasper Experiment: Cherish the Day Robert Glasper: Portrait of an Angel Robert Glasper Experiment: Move Love Robert Glasper Experiment: Black Radio Beyoncé: Haunted Beyoncé: Drunk in Love Beyoncé: Partition D'Angelo: Really Love D'Angelo: 1000 Deaths Kamasi Washington: The Message Here is theSpotify playlistof as many songs as we can find on there If you're not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcasts,do it here!

57 MINJAN 3
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Our Heat Rocks of the 2010s

Holiday Music Special with Alonso Duralde redux

EThe Albums: Vince Guraldi'sA Charlie Brown Christmas(1965) Andy Williams'The Andy Williams Christmas Album(1963) Stax Records'Christmas in Soulsville(2007) Heat Rocks was hyped to have film critic Alonso Duralde(The Wrap), one of the hosts of Maximum Fun's movie podcastWho Shot Ya?guest with us to talk about our favorite Christmas songs, holiday fare, songs that should play when it's cold outside, baby. We visit the canon of Christmas music over the years (Andy Williams 1963 The Christmas Album, Vince Guaraldi Trio's A Charlie Brown Christmas and Stax Record's 2007 compilation Christmas In Soulsville and across genres and styles - crooners, sweeping orchestral cinematic pieces, summer songs vs. winter songs, modern Christmas traditions, etc. Alonso broke down the power of nostalgia as it relates to Christmas music and how our tastes in music are informed by tradition. Don't be a grinch. Listen to this wintery wonderland of an episode about favorite Christmas tracks. More on Alonso Duralde Alonso's podcast, Linoleum Knife Alonso on Maximum Fun Twitter Show Tracklisting Andy Williams: The Christmas Song The Waitresses: Christmas Wrapping The Shins: Wonderful Christmastime Tracey Thorn: Snow Yogi Yorgesson: I Yust Go Nuts At Christmas Boyz II Men: Let It Snow Band-Aid: Do They Know It's Christmas Andy Williams: O Holy Night Andy Williams: Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells Andy Williams: It'as The Most Wonderful Time of the Year Andy Williams: Sweet Little Jesus Boy Andy Williams: White Christmas Vince Guraldi Trio: Christmas Time is Here (Vocal) Vince Guraldi Trio: Christmas Time is Here (Instrumental) Vince Guraldi Trio: My Little Drum Vince Guraldi Trio: What Child Is This Vince Guraldi Trio:Skating Vince Guraldi Trio: Hark, The Herald Angels Ring Otis Redding: Merry Christmas Baby take 1 The Staple Singers: Who Took The Merry Out of Christmas Albert King: Santa Claus Wants Some Loving The Emotions: Black Christmas Isaac Hayes: The Mistletoe and Me Booker T and the M.G.'s: Winter Wonderland take 2 Nate Dogg: Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto Little Johnny Taylor: Please Come Home For Christmas Juice Crew: Cold Chillin' Christmas The Free Design: Close Your Mouth (It's Christmas) Kenny Bobien: O Come Let Us Adore Him Here is theSpotify playlistof as many songs as we can find on there If you're not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcasts,do it here!

40 MIN2019 DEC 27
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Holiday Music Special with Alonso Duralde redux

Cristela Alonzo on A Tribe Called Quest's "We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service" (2016)

E2016 was a hard year, to say the least. We lost Prince, David Bowie, Phife Dawg, Sharon Jones, and many others that year. And on top of that, we here in the US had to reckon with the results of the presidential election. On November 11th 2016, A Tribe Called Quest dropped their final album, We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service,with verses from Phife himself. It came at a time we needed Tribe the most. It went Gold and was widely regarded as one of the best albums of the year. Comedian Cristela Alonzo sat down with us to talk aboutWe Got It From Here and why it quite literally changed the course of her life. We talk about the use of samples and how Tribe was able to update their sound for a modern audience without compromising the mission statement and production style that made them famous all those years ago. More on Cristela Alonzo Cristela's new book Music to My Years is out now Laughing in Color: Cristela Alonzo on Finding Her Voice Through Comedy (WNYC) Twitter | Instagram More onWe Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service Oliver's review of the album for NPR A Tribe Called Quest's Soundtrack to the Resistance (The Village Voice) Life Goes On With A Tribe Called Quest (The AV Club) Show Tracklisting (All songs from We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Serviceunless otherwise indicated): The Donald The Space Program We The People... Curtis Mayfield: We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue Dis Generation Kids... Elton John: Bennie and the Jets Solid Wall of Sound Nairobi Sisters: Promised Land Whateva Will Be Dis Generation Conrad Tokyo We The People Black Spasmodic Melatonin Lost Somebody Conrad Tokyo J Dilla: U-Love Gang Starr: Bad Name 2pac: Changes 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!

59 MIN2019 DEC 20
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Cristela Alonzo on A Tribe Called Quest's "We Got It From Here...Thank You 4 Your Service" (2016)

Father Amde of The Watts Prophets on Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" (1971)

EWhat's Going On?On May 21, 1971, Marvin Gaye released his eleventh studio album asking this simple question. It was a risky move, for sure. Gaye was at the height of his career and this new album was heavy, focusing on things affecting his community like drug abuse, poverty, injustice and the Vietnam War. People might not have been expecting this, but it was what he wanted to make. Fortunately, the gamble paid off.What's Going Onwent on to sell over two million copies and is widely regarded as one of the greatest albums of all time, and it's not hard to see why. It's a timeless record, as true back in 1971 as it is now. Father Amde of The Watts Prophets sits down with Morgan to talk about why this album was so groundbreaking, how he got to know Marvin Gaye when he was was still with us, and what Marvin might be talking about if her were here now. More on The Watts Prophets "Watts Poetic" (TheLAand Magazine) Biography on The Watts Prophets (Hip Hop Scriptures) Website More onWhat's Going On The Story of Marvin Gaye's 'What's Going On' (NPR) Marvin Gaye's 1971 "What's Going On?" remains unanswered today (The Conversation) Show Tracklisting (All songs from What's Going On unless indicated otherwise): Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky) What's Happening Brother What's Going On Watts Prophets: Pain BB King: Every Day I Have the Blues Marvin Gaye: Soldier's Plea Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler) Save the Children Curtis Mayfield: We Got To Have Peace Save The Children Wholy Holy Flyin' High (In The Friendly Sky) James Brown: King Heroin Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology) What's Going On 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 Podcasts,do it here!

51 MIN2019 DEC 13
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Father Amde of The Watts Prophets on Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" (1971)
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