What a story. Cycling fans should take note.
Michael Gill is the proud owner of a bicycle. It’s not new, it’s not cutting-edge — in fact, it’s just a frame. But it’s tied to Gill’s past, when he rode the Peugeot for thousands of miles in the 1980s. That’s when he had to part with the elite machine — until last month, when he found it again.
Egon of Now-Again/ Stones Throw Records has kept DJs and collectors on their toes for years now. Uncovering dusty gems that we didn’t know we wanted to hear and making most of his packaging look so good we buy things we didn’t know we wanted to buy.
His on going series featured on NPR, Funk Archaeology, gives us a look into what his current tastes are leaning on or recent finds on far away travels. Such a lucky guy that knows his shit.
I was just discussing today how weird it feels to see my childhood friends posting photos of their children going off on their first day of school on bookface. I can vaguely remember my first day of school and to see some people I met my first day of school having their own children and keeping the circle going, it is kind of a brain melter.
With that said, it seems like a handful of friends that came into my life post school are having babies of their own. I roll with a bunch of music nerds, it should be no surprise and this post is for them.
Egon recently had a child and his latest Funk Archaeology explores the music he has found to stimulate his baby boy. Though it doesn’t have to be as weird as Indonesian Psych, music creates a different world for children just as it does for us “adults”.
Shout out to both XXXchange and P-Love for having awesome babies.
To listen to Egon’s Funk For First Time Fathers, you must learn.
Recommended Listening / Radio Broadcast
For the readers of my blog, you know that I have been in love with Jim Sullivan’s UFO album for the last year and some change. I have posted about it many times since I first learned about it, and then there was the surprise of Seattle based Light In The Attic re-issuing the album just this month.
With the re-issue of the 1969 masterpiece, there has been a scattering of media coverage and LITA is keeping track for us thankfully. Two recent radio broadcasts have featured the music of Jim Sullivan, including NPR’s All Things Considered. This interview with LITA’s Matt Sullivan covers a few more bases that have not been touched on in any of the blog entries during the journey to get the album re-issued + more.
To stream + download NPR’s feature, you must learn.
New Zealand National Radio’s Music 101 also ran an in-depth feature with Matt Sullivan discussing the frustrations and wonders of tracking down the magic man himself. You can listen + download that here.
NPR’s Allison Keyes spoke with Prof. Oliver Wang on today’s Tell Me More about the new generation of Asian American Soul singers trying to break into the mainstream. The show features music from soulstress Heather Park + other up and coming artists. To listen to the show + more info, you must learn.
From Mambo To Hip Hop: A South Bronx Tale by Henry Chalfant
Recommended Watching. Learn.