MAY-AUG 2017

The Beat Junkie Institute of Sound Gets DJ Hopefuls Up to Scratch
(Article)
From KCET’s Artbound (May 26, 2017)

Taking PTO On The Road
(First Person Essay)
From Put This On (July 6, 2017)

The Honey Man of El Sereno Continues a 300-Year-Old Family Legacy of Beekeeping
(Article)
From KCET’s Migrant Kitchen (July 7, 2017)

JAN-APR 2017

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Beat Breakdown: Main Source – “Looking At the Front Door”
From BeatTips.com (Jan. 4, 2017)

Marquee Names: Bob James’s “Nautilus”
From BeatTips.com (Jan. 28, 2017)

‘La La Land’: Los Angeles and the Hollywood Imagination
(Column)
From KCET’s Artbound (Feb. 3, 2017)

Music icon David Axelrod: six essential tracks
(Annotated Playlist)
From The Guardian (UK) (Feb. 7, 2017)

Chicano Batman, ‘Freedom Is Free’
(‘First Listen’ Review)
From NPR.org (Feb. 23, 2017)

‘All Night Menu’ Returns to Tell Histories Through L.A. Addresses
(Column)
From KCET’s Artbound (Mar. 15, 2017)

From Chop Suey to Haute Cuisine: A Case Study in American “Ethnic Food”
(Book Review)
From Los Angeles Review of Books (Mar. 20, 2017)

Revisiting the Music of El Sereno’s Steven J. Salazar
(Column)
From KCET’s Artbound (Mar. 29, 2017)

Kendrick Lamar’s ‘DAMN.’ Is Introspective And Unforgiving
(Album Review)
From NPR’s All Things Considered (April 17, 2017)

SEP-DEC 2016

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A Queen Among Kings
(An appreciation of Sharon Jones)
For NPR.org (November 21, 2016)

Curtis Mayfield Finally Gets a Definitive Biography. What Took So Long?
(Book Review)
For Pitchfork (October 25, 2016)

‘We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service,’ A Tribe Called Quest
(Album review)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (November 14, 2016)

Marquee Names: The Soul of Curtis Mayfield
(Column)
For BeatTips.com (December 6, 2016)

Marquee Names: Rhetta Hughes’s “You’re Doing With Her — When It Should Be Me”
For BeatTips.com (December 14, 2016)

Songs We Love: Lee Fields & The Expressions, ‘Never Be Another You’
For NPR.org (December, 26, 2016)

MAY-AUG 2016

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Behind The Black Power Goddess: Betty Davis’ Early Demos Released
(Album Review)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (July 6, 2016)

Echoes of History: Charles Lummis’ Wax Cylinder Recordings
(Article)
For KCET’s Artbound (May 3, 2016)

Space Invaders
(Book Review of Geoff Manaugh’s A Burglar’s Guide to the City
For the Los Angeles Review of Books (May 12, 2016)

Songs We Love: Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, ‘Was Dog A Doughnut’
For NPR.org (May 27, 2016)

Cymande, London’s Greatest Funk Band, on Return to Stage
(Interview)
For Rolling Stone (June 9, 2016)

Sharon Jones: ‘Before I get on stage something comes over me and the pain goes away’
(Interview)
For The Guardian (July 27, 2016)

Songs We Love: Lady Wray, ‘Do It Again’
For NPR.org (August 3, 2016)

Another Great Wall
(Essay on Peter Wang’s A Great Wall)
For AngryAsianMan.com (August 24, 2016)

Simple Idea, Spooky Result: Latin American Ballads Get A Ghostly Makeover
(Album review)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (August 24, 2016)

The Frightnrs, ‘Nothing More To Say’
(First Listen Review)
For NPR.org (August 25, 2016)

JAN-APR 2016

A Tribe Called Quest’s “People’s Instinctive Travels…” at 25
(Album Review)
For Cuepoint (Jan. 8, 2016)

‘Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing,’ Gloria Ann Taylor
(Album Review)
For All Things Considered (Jan. 12, 2016)

Maurice White: five deep cuts from the Earth, Wind & Fire co-founder
(Annotated Playlist)
For The Guardian (Feb. 5, 2016)

Top 5, Dead or Alive
(Book Review of ‘The Rap Yearbook’ by Shea Serrano)
For The Los Angeles Review of Books (Feb. 6, 2016)

Kanye West Plays Puppet Master With ‘Life Of Pablo’ Premiere
(Commentary)
For All Things Considered (Feb. 15, 2016)

Sly and the Family Stone: 20 Essential Songs
(Annotated Playlist)
For Rolling Stone (Mar. 15, 2016)

Songs We Love: Charles Bradley, ‘Things We Do For Love’
For NPR.org (Mar. 17, 2016)

Great sexpectations: Peggy Orenstein’s ‘Girls & Sex’ explores the thorny politics of teen sexuality
(Book Review)
For the Los Angeles Times (Mar. 24, 2016)

Songs We Love: Million Dollar Ecstacy, ‘Burning Inside’
For NPR.org (Mar. 31, 2016)

We like it like that: the songs that defined New York City’s boogaloo craze
(Annotated Playlist)
For The Guardian (Apr. 5, 2016)

Songs We Love: J Dilla, ‘F*** The Police
For NPR.org (Apr. 7, 2016)

Listen: how Prince’s sound evolved over the years
(Radio Discussion)
For KPCC’s Take Two (Apr. 26, 2016)

‘James Brown: Live At The Apollo Vol. 4’ Is A Marvelous And Mysterious Time Capsule
(Review)
For All Things Considered (Apr. 26, 2016)

SEP-DEC 2015

‘The Making of Asian America,’ by Erika Lee
(Book Review)
For The New York Times (Sep. 4, 2015)

‘Asian American: Proudly Inauthentic Recipes From the Philippines to Brooklyn’ by Dale Talde
(Book Review)
For the Center for Asian American Media (Nov. 9, 2015)

Baby’s First Record (and Record Player)
(Review of ‘This Record Belongs To _______’)
For Cuepoint (Nov. 25, 2015)

MAY-AUG 2015

‘LAtitudes’ navigates the histories and cultures of L.A.
(Book Review)
For Los Angeles Times (May 7, 2015)

Fast Lane
(Profile of Speed Records)
For The Vinyl Factory (May 26, 2015)

All Night Menu Serves Up L.A. Stories
(Profile of Sam Sweet)
For Artbound (Jun. 29, 2015)

JAN-APR 2015

Sly Stone, the Original Rhythm King
(Review of ‘Sly’s Stone Flower’)
For Cuepoint (Jan. 11, 2015)

Pinoy Funk Mix
(Annotated Playlist)
For The Vinyl Factory (Mar. 11, 2015)

Spotlight on Arthur Dong
(Interview)
For Center for Asian American Meida (Mar. 13, 2015)

‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ by Kendrick Lamar
(Album Review)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (Mar. 18, 2015)

The L.A. Roots of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’
(Column)
For Artbound (Mar. 25, 2015)

OCT-DEC 2014

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Dionne Warwick, Reduced To An Essence
(Review of Dionne Farris and Charlie Hunter’s Dionne Dionne)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (October 1, 2014)

Records Don’t Love You Back: In Search of Lost 78s
(Book Review of Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records)
For L.A. Review of Books (October 15, 2014)

Music Review: ‘You’re Dead!’ By Flying Lotus
For NPR’s All Things Considered (October 22, 2014)

DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist Return To Planet Rock
(Column)
For Medium’s Cuepoint (October 25, 2014)

Return of the Colossus
(Profile of Mr. Lif)
For Bandcamp (November 4, 2014)

Wu-Tang’s Fabulous Fabulist Returns
(Review of Ghostface Killah’s 36 Seasons)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (December 9, 2014)

JUL-SEP 2014

Aural Architecture:
(Profile of Shabazz Palaces)
For Bandcamp (July 29, 2014)

Whole Game Boxed Up: The Prestige Packaging of Hip-Hop Nostalgia
(Column)
For Medium’s Cuepoint (September 12, 2014)

The Secret To This Melt-In-Your-Mouth Pork Is In The (Soy) Sauce
(Found Recipes story)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (September 18, 2014)

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