About

Dust_and_Grooves_0095Writing: Since 1994, I have been writing on pop music, culture, and politics for a variety of publications . Currently, I contribute to National Public Radio, KCET’s Artbound, the Los Angeles Review of Books, and KPCC’s Take Two. In the past, I’ve written for:  Vibe, Wax Poetics, the LA Times, Oakland Tribune, Village Voice, SF Bay Guardian, URB, LA Weekly, Scratch, SJ Metro and Minneapolis City Pages, amongst others. I keep an online portfolio of my published work. (I also keep a separate site, ChasingChan.com for my (sporadic) writing on Asian American cinema.)

In 2003, I edited and co-authored the book, Classic Material: The Hip-Hop Album Guide.


Scholarship: As of fall 2017, I am a Professor of Sociology at CSU-Long Beach, teaching courses in popular culture, social issues and race/class/gender.

My boo, Legions of Boom, came out in spring of 2015 on Duke Univ. Press. It’s focused on Filipino American mobile DJ crews in the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve also written on Asian Americans and hip-hop (1,2), retro soul music, and the critical geography of the Kogi BBQ truck, among other essays. A portfolio of my scholarly writing is available here.

I am  available as a speaker for campus and community events.


Audio: Thanks to my audioblog, Soul-Sides.com, I was able to produce my first official CD compilation in 2006, Soul Sides Vol. 1. The second volume followed in the spring of 2007.

Since 1993, I have been a DJ. I was at KALX FM in Berkeley for 10 years. I DJ private events in case you need one.

From 2014-2016, I was co-host on the Pop Rocket podcast and beginning in the fall of 2017, I’ve been the co-host of Heat Rocks, an album-oriented podcast I tape alongside music supervisor Morgan Rhodes.


Personal: I reside in Los Angeles, along with my wife Sharon Mizota and daughter Ella.


Misc.: Besides Soul-Sides.com, I also co-founded the parenting blog, Rice Daddies.


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