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Sly Stone was on Morning Becomes Eclectic?

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Holy shit!

Lucinda Slim & the Lonestars - "All This Time"

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Lucinda Slim & The Lone Stars "All This Time" from krewcial on Vimeo.

I've been visiting and posting on okayplayer.com for about ten years now. In that time, I've seen a lot of talented amateur hip-hop producers come and go, even some who made it (9th Wonder, for example). DJW, aka Dan Wally, who makes the music for TSOYA was one of my favorites. Another was a European fella named Krewcial. I found myself wondering the other day what he was up to, so I googled him and came up with this great new record her produced. The artist, Lucinda Slim, is apparently based in London. I wanna say Krewcial is Dutch? Anyway, a lovely track.

Nina Simone at the Harlem Festival

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Nina Simone at the Harlem Festival, held in Central Park in 1969. According to Arthur Magazine the original film has been optioned but never released (they seem think it's a race thing). It's pretty amazing.

My (African-American) aunt Claudia once joked to me that she was pretty sure when she got to Woodstock and saw all the white people that she was the only one there to see Sly. According to this great Smithsonian magazine article, this bill also featured Stevie Wonder, Sly, Mahalia Jackson and Abbey Lincoln with Max Roach, among others. I don't think calling it the "black Woodstock" is out of the question.

Click through for the rest of Nina's performance.

Fresh Air Rock Historian Ed Ward: National Treasure (for Germany, I guess)

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If Fresh Air's rock historian, Ed Ward, didn't live in Berlin, I'd say he was a national treasure.

His pieces are consistently insightful and full of great music. If NPR's treatment of baby boomer stuff was always this good, I'd be on board 1000%. I think the greatest sign of the quality of his pieces is how much I enjoy the ones on kinds of music I don't care for at all. And the ones on music I *do* like are double awesome.

Check out this recent piece on Westbound Records, the Detroit label that spawned Funkadelic, among others.

And of course, anyone who dedicates eight minutes of national radio to the great Swamp Dogg is a national treasure in my book!

PS: Dear NPR web gurus, I presume based on reviews that your API is super cool and all, but can we get an embeddable audio players? Love, Jesse

Soul Power!

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MOUSTACHE GFOS WORLD CHAMPION!

NO SHIRT BILL WITHERS SUPER PERFORMANCE!

A DELIGHT OF GREAT TIME WITH FANIA ALL-STARS!

I COULD NOT BE MORE EXCITED FOR THIS FUCKING MOVIE!

Prince on Tavis Smiley

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Prince on Tavis

Betty Davis Interview on The Sound of Young America Podcast

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Bullseye

Betty Davis is a legend of soul and funk music. The one-time wife of Miles Davis introduced the jazzman to Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone and the broad world of electric music, leading him to create "Bitches Brew." She recorded three albums of her own in the 1970s, full of raw, sexy, outrageous funk. The first two, "Betty Davis" and "They Say I'm Different" have been re-released by the Seattle label Light in the Attic Records.

Davis left the music industry in the late 1970s, and has been completely absent from the public eye since -- at one point, a fan had to track her down in the suburbs of Pittsburgh to get her $40,000 in songwriting royalties.

This is her first radio interview since her performing days.

You might also enjoy these past programs:
Soul Sides with Dr. Oliver Wang
Southern Soul: Devin the Dude and Stax Records (MP3)
The College Years: Swamp Dogg

Our intersititial music is provided by Dan Wally

Purple Paisley

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Amazing rehearsal footage of the little guy from Minneapolis whose favorite color is purple and favorite profession is lawyer. More here.

Meshell Ndegeocello: Revolutionary Soul Singer; interview on The Sound of Young America

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Bullseye


Meshell Ndegeocello is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. Her work in the early to mid 1990s presaged "neo-soul," and she continues to push boundaries today, recording everything from rock to jazz. We talk with Meshell about coming up in DC's GoGo scene, imagining the sound of the bass, and much more. Ndegeocello's most recent release is "The World Has Made Me the Man of My Dreams."

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