Sunday, June 24, 2007
We Are Family
This is long overdue, so I wanted to take some time out today to initiate some of the newest members of the ever-growing Souled On family...
Attorney Street: Souled On and Palms Out Sounds have been good friends since day one. Attorney Street is a splinter site launched by a few of their contributors, and it promises to be every bit as fundamental to the masses. Don't be the last to know.
Give Me Aural: This is a newer site that is off to quite an impressive start. Some of the artists recently featured are Nina Simone, Kashmere Stage Band, Ursula Rucker, and Gil Scott-Heron. Remixes, covers, and lots of other funktastic stuff...
The Memphis Sound: There's no way to overestimate the importance of this blog as a resource on the rich history and legacy of the music scene in Memphis. Many forgotten artists and landmarks are rediscovered here, making this site a must for anyone who's even remotely interested in the people, places, and things behind the music.
DJ Audio 1: Nothing is more fitting to explain what this blog's all about than Audio 1's own description: "If you are looking for hyphy, crunk, hip-hop, refixes, mash-ups, Bmore club, dubstep, drum & bass and just about everything else, this is your site".
AM, Then FM: This blog offers an eclectic variety of classic tunes, as well as a healthy dose of pleasantly amusing commentary. Soul fans will appreciate recent posts on Curtis Mayfield and The Staples Singers, but Jeff offers a little something for just about everyone.
The Fly Life: I love this title---the self-proclaimed "home of the couch stuffers". Once again, the scope of this site reaches beyond a single genre, but hip-hop enthusiasts will find lots of dope joints here by the likes of Black Milk, Trae, David Banner, DJ Quik, and more.
Internettal L's: Satchmo is just getting things started, but I can't help but be entertained by this dude already. He's a pretty amusing guy, and he's posted some truly worthwhile stuff so far---rare Dilla joints, a Lil' Wayne mixtape, some samples, remixes, and more. All hail Young Satch...
Galactic Fractures: This is the blog for an outstanding radio show on WMFO. They've got shows as far back as 2000 available for download, featuring some of the absolute finest soul, funk, reggae, jazz, and blues gems ever recorded. Some of their highest rated shows include sets by well-known favorites, such as Cosmo Baker and DJ Ayres.
No Trivia: Brandon Soderberg's musings on music and popular culture are cynical, witty, intelligent, cranky, humorous, and sarcastic---all at the same time. Needless to say, I'm fiendishly hooked.
Blogger's Delite: This is an album-based spot that offers lots of great LPs to choose from on a relatively consistent basis. A wide variety of recordings are available here, but I'm especially prone to visit when I want to scoop up some old school reggae joints that are still missing from my collection.
Sly: Sly is a DJ hailing from Chicago who blesses his readers with a plethora of dope mash-ups, bootlegs, remixes, and videos. Additionally, his blogroll is a veritable who's who of the best music/audio blogs on the net.
Fifteen Minutes To Live: This site has been holding things down on the interweb for quite a while, so it was about damn time I made the blogroll! Fifteen Minutes is one of the spots I visit to stay informed about all the freshest/latest in contemporary music---an occasional necessity for someone with a record collection as dusty as mine.
The JackBoyz: Devotees of hip-hop music and culture will definitely want to make a pilgrimage to this musical mecca. Tons of videos and full album downloads by commercial and underground/independent artists.
Soul Brutha's "Put The Needle On The Record": This is one of those sites I should have checked out much sooner. Featuring a stunning selection of soul and funk mp3s. It's immediately apparent that Dave's my kinda people---so if you like me, chances are you'll like him, too.
Missingtoof.com: This is another highly eclectic site with lots of great content, specializing in indie, hip-hop, and electronica music. Be sure to tune in for my favorite feature---Old Rap Wednesdays. Trust me---it's uncommonly fresh...
Further gratitude is extended to Rebel Mag and WFMU for recently including Souled On in their round-ups.
Well---that's all for now, soul children. Please don't get your feelings hurt if I somehow excluded your site from this list. I've been smokin' greens for so long that short term memory loss is somewhat of a given. Doesn't mean I ain't got love for ya...
I'll be out of town for a couple of days this week, but I should be able to post a few tunes for the road before I make my departure.
Remember, kids---keep your friends close...but your enemies closer...
Word From Your Moms:
"Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one."---Jane Howard