APR-JUN 2014

Build and Destroy
(Profile of J-Live)
For Bandcamp (April 1, 2014)

Rap journalist Oliver Wang denied that Illmatic was a classic twenty years ago. We all have our regrets
(Column)
For WaxPoetics.com (April 20, 2014)

The Fiery Music of Quetzal
(Profile of Quetzal)
For KCET’s Artbound (April 21, 2014)

Rage, Race, and Recipes
(Book Reviews of L.A. Son and Fresh Off the Boat)
From L.A. Review of Books (April 27, 2014)

Unheard Bounty On Mobb Deep’s First Album In Eight Years
(Review of The Infamous Mobb Deep)
From Bandcamp (May 5, 2014)

Documenting Change: The Evolution of Grace Lee
(Profile of Grace Lee)
For KCET’s Artbound (June 17, 2014)

JAN-MAR 2014

Gimme The Beat (Box): The Journey Of The Drum Machine
(Story)
For NPR’s Morning Edition (January 17, 2014)

The Southern Soul Spinners: Revolving Around the Eastside Sound
(Column)
For Artbound (January 29, 2014)

Chicano Batman
(Profile of Chicano Batman)
For Bandcamp (February 18, 2014)

Songs that Search for Home
(Profile of Run River North)
For Artbound (March 10, 2014)

Picture Perfect: The Fine Eyes of Location Scouting
(Column)
For Artbound (March 14, 2014)

OCT-DEC 2013

How The Past Sticks With Us
(Profile of Gummy Soul)
From Bandcamp (October 1, 2013)

The Poets Of Rhythm: A Troop Of German James Browns
(Review)
From All Things Considered (October 18, 2013)

Diggin’ Peru
(Profile of Tiger’s Milk)
From Bandcamp (November 19, 2013)

Dusty African Grooves
(Profile of Analog Africa)
From Bandcamp (December 3, 2013)

The Internet and the R&B Upgrade
(Column)
From Artbound (December 16, 2013)

20 Years Ago, De La Soul Refused To Go Pop
(Story)
From All Things Considered (December 30, 2013)

JUL-SEP 2013

Carrying a Note Forward: An L.A. Legacy of Back-Up Singers
(Column)
From Artbound (July 1, 2013)

Thirty Years of ‘Style Wars’
(Column)
From Artbound (July 25, 2013)

Straight Outta K-Town: Dumbfoundead
(Column)
From ArtBound (September 11, 2013)

The Grand Grotesquerie of Gabe Bartalos
(Column)
From ArtBound (September 25, 2013)

APR-JUN 2013

Chico Mann: Plastic Keys, Blinking Lights And Burbling Beats
(Review)
From All Things Considered (June 26, 2013)

Rolling the Years: Moonlight Rollerway’s Enduring Appeal

(Column)
From ArtBound (June 17, 2013)

Shuggie Otis: 40 Years Later, Still An ‘Inspiration’
(Review)
From All Things Considered (June 4, 2013)

Private Stock: Custom Records Trace an Alternate Music History
(Column)
From ArtBound (May 31, 2013)

The 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music
(James Williams, Zigaboo Modeliste, Clyde Stubblefield, Jabo Starks)
From Spin.com (May 22, 2013)

From FX to Fine Art: The Evolution of Special Effects Artists in the Digital Age
(Column)
From ArtBound (May 16, 2013)

Laura Mvula’s Velvet ‘Moon’ Is A Revelation
(Review)
From All Things Considered (May 15, 2013)

On Two New R&B Albums, An Old Soul Sound That Glows
(Review)
From All Things Considered (May 8, 2013)

20 Years Ago Biz Markie Got The Last Laugh
(Review)
From All Things Considered (May 6, 2013)

Fists of Legend: Classic Kung Fu Cinema Posters
(Column)
From ArtBound (April 17, 2013)

Radio Sombra: Live and Direct from Boyle Heights
(Column)
From ArtBound (April 17, 2013)

The Perpetual Vertigo of Strangeloop
(Column)
From ArtBound (April 5, 2013)

JAN-MAR 2013

Lady: Two Soul Stalwarts Find A New Groove Together
(Review)
From All Things Considered (March 14, 2013)

Under the Influence: Michael Miller’s L.A. Hip-Hop Photography
(Column)
From ArtBound (March 11, 2013)

Soul II Seoul: Is L.A. the Conduit for Asian Pop Success?
(Column)
From ArtBound (March 5, 2013)

On My Block: DJ Day’s Desert Inspirations
(Column)
From ArtBound (February 15, 2013)

Bullet Points: How Hip-Hop Handles the Gun
(Column)
From ArtBound (February 6, 2013)

The Kids Of PS22 Take On Tame Impala
(Review)
From Song of the Day (January 8, 2013)

OCT-DEC 2012

Vinyl Restorations: The Wane and Wax of L.A.’s Record Stores
(Column)
From ArtBound (December 13, 2012)

‘The Chronic,’ 2 Decades Later
(Column)
From The Root (December, 12, 2012)

Saviors Of Local Soul: The Archival Science Of The Numero Group
(Column)
From The Record (December 4, 2012)

Ghetto Brothers: Guitars Over Guns
(Review)
From All Things Considered (November 28, 2012)

Record Collectors in Their Natural Habitats: Eilon Paz Photographs Vinyl Addicts in the Wild
(Column)
From ArtBound (November 20, 2012)

Bill Withers: The Everyman Singer With A Poet’s Soul
(Review)
From All Things Considered (November 19, 2012)

Still Bill: 5 Bill Withers Covers
(Column)
From NPR.org (November 19, 2012)

Soul of a Composer: Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s Musical Thesis
(Column)
From ArtBound (October 25, 2012)

Art of the LP: Making The Album Cover (Literally)
(Column)
From ArtBound (October 12, 2012)

JUL-SEP 2012

L.A. ON LP: The Search for Locations on Classic Album Covers, Part 2
(Column)
On KCET’s ArtBound (September 27, 2012)

The Purple Tape: Only Built 4 Collectors
(Column)
On NPR.org (September 20, 2012)

Two Attempts To Turn Summer Platinum Into Fall Gold
(Album reviews of Carly Rae Jepsen and Kanye West)
On NPR’s All Things Considered (September 18, 2012)

L.A. ON LP: The Search for Locations on Classic Album Covers, Part 1
(Column)
On KCET’s ArtBound (September 13, 2012)

Fat Boys: A Hip-Hop Novelty Act Strikes Back
(Review)
On All Things Considered (July 31, 2012)

This Is Slick: A Conversation with Graffiti Writer/Clothing Designer Slick
(Column)
On KCET’s ArtBound (July 30, 2012)

Mountain Brothers: Winning Voices
(Essay)
On After 1989 (July 16, 2012)

Visual Play: A Conversation With Designer Brent Rollins
(Column)
On KCET’s ArtBound (July 11, 2012)

Bands of Brothers
(Essay on Filipino American turntablists)
On After 1989 (July 2, 2012)

APR-JUN 2012

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
(Column)
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’
(Column)
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
(Column)
In The L.A. Times (May 22, 2012)

The Essential L.A. Riots Mixtape
(Column)
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
(Column)
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


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
(Remembrance)
In NPR’s The Record (February 10, 2012)

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

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