APR-JUN 2012

27 May

Dad Builds A Recording Studio, Sons Make A (Lost) Classic
(Album review)
On NPR.org (June 28, 2012)

Considering CityWalk: A Brief History of the Mall and Artificial Neighborhoods
On KCET’s ArtBound (June 25, 2012)

Class of 1997
(Essay on Asian American films in 1997)
On After 1989 (June 12, 2012)

The Altered Reality of ‘K-Town’
On KCET’s ArtBound (June 6, 2012)

‘Personal Space': Relics From Synth Soul’s Early Days
(Album review)
On NPR’s All Things Considered (June 4, 2012)

Pharcyde: L.A. hip-hop’s far side
In The L.A. Times (May 22, 2012)

The Essential L.A. Riots Mixtape
On KCET’s ArtBound (May 17, 2012)

Rufus Wainwright – Orpheum Theater – 5/12/12
(Concert review)
For The L.A. Weekly (May 13, 2012)

San Gabriel Valley Goes Viral: the Fung Bros Rep the 626
On KCET’s ArtBound (May 7, 2012)

How Adam Yauch Grew Into His Voice
(A remembrance)
On NPR.org (May 5, 2012)

The Sound Man Behind The Soul Of The Nation’s Capital
(Review of A Red, Black and Green Production)
On NPR’s All Things Considered (April 25, 2012)

5 Long-Long Soul Songs
(Music List)
On NPR.org (April 9, 2012)

JAN-MAR 2012

20 Mar

Living With Linsanity
(Long-form, critical analysis of Linsanity)
In Los Angeles Review of Books (March 6, 2012)

Lin Takes the Weight
(Personal Column on Linsanity)
On Atlantic.com (Ta-Nehisi Coates) (March 1, 2012)

A ‘Giant Anthology’ Of Profile Records, Rap’s Early Champion
(Album review)
On All Things Considered (February 21, 2012)

Jeremy Lin puts the ball in Asian Americans’ court
(Article on Jeremy Lin’s rise as witnessed by Asian Americans)
In Los Angeles Times (February 21, 2012)

Jimmy Sabater, Latin Soul Vocalist, Has Died
In NPR’s The Record (February 10, 2012)

Syl Johnson’s modern stroke
(Concert preview)
In Los Angeles Times (February 2, 2012)

SEP-DEC 2011

19 Nov

Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band: What Can You Give Me
(Article on the song’s history)
In Oxford American (Issue 75, November 2011)

Fast Life: The Speed Records Story
(Article on the short-lived Latin soul label)
In Wax Poetics (Issue 49, November 2011)


19 Aug

The Strange Sound Of Motown’s Early Hollywood Years
(Review of the Mowest anthology)
On All Things Considered (July 14, 2011)

Global Soul with Stevie Wonder at the Hollywood Bowl
(Concert review)
In Los Angeles Times (July 25, 2011)

Jay-Z And Kanye West: Stuck In Cruise Control
(Review of Watch the Throne)
On All Things Considered (August 9, 2011)

Rock the Bells’ classic fixation
(Concert preview)
In Los Angeles Times (August 19, 2011)


1 Jun

Take a Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia
(Boxset review)
On All Things Considered (May 12, 2011)

Surf guitar strikes a chord in Peru
(Column on Peruvian cumbia)
In the Los Angeles Times (May 22, 2011)

A poet with soul: The ballads of Gil Scott-Heron
(Column on the music of Gil Scott-Heron)
In the Los Angeles Times (June 2, 2011)


1 Apr

Model Minority Juggle Race, Politics and Humor
In Los Angeles Times (March 22, 2011)

The Secret History Of Chicago Salsa
(CD Review of Salsa Boricua de Chicago)
On All Things Considered (March 30, 2011)

Mystery solved: “Bronco” settles Mobb Deep sampling question that’s remained hidden since ’95
In LA Times (April 5, 2011)


1 Jan

Tammi Terrell: Remembering Motown’s Lost Star
(CD Review)
On NPR’s All Things Considered (Jan 6, 2011)

1000 #1s: The 1990s
In Billboard Magazine (Feb 26, 2011)


1 Nov

Syl Johnson: Soulful Like Marvin, Funky Like James
On NPR’s All Things Considered (Nov 10, 2010)

Behind Koreatown’s Far East Movement, a deep history
In Los Angeles Times (Nov 10, 2010)

Kanye West Gets ‘Twisted,’ But Misses The Beauty
(CD Review)
On NPR’s All Things Considered (Nov 22, 2010)


1 Sep

Why Common’s ‘Resurrection’ Is Worth A Deluxe Box Set
(CD Review)
On NPR.org (Oct 15, 2010)

John Legend and the Roots Try to “Wake Up” Old Soul
(CD Review)
On NPR.org (Sep 29, 2010)

Alton Ellis: Mr. Soul of Jamaica
In Wax Poetics (Issue 43, Sep. 2010)


1 Aug

Harvey Fuqua: From Doo-Wop to Disco
(Music List)
On NPR.org (July 13, 2010)

MIA: Maya
(CD Review)
On NPR’s All Things Considered (July 13, 2010)

Cut Chemist Plays With African Sounds
In Los Angeles Times (August 8, 2010)