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Your Morning Progressive Soul

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Above: Janelle Monae (formerly of the Outkast/Purple Ribbon camp, now rolling with Diddy) performs "Sincerely, Jane." I bought Monae's new EP, in which she is some kind of soul-music robot from the future, at Target today. I don't like it as much as I liked her roller skating lite disco track from the Purple Ribbon comp, "Letting Go," which I LOVE LOVE LOVE, but at least she's trying some shit. She sings a bit like Kelis, if Kelis could sing a lot better.

Below, the official video for SugaRush Beat Company's "L.O.V.E.", which is some kind of UK iTunes exclusive or something. If anybody knows anything about these dudes, loop me in, because I don't. According to their bio, Rahsaan Patterson (US soul singer) was touring in Australia, met a producer, they met a singer from Denmark... and somehow they came out with this single in the UK. But I'm feeling it.

Raphael Saadiq - That Girl

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Soul superproducer and slightly less than superartist Raphael Saadiq has a new record coming out this month, which purportedly all sounds like this -- Motown and a bit of Philly Soul. I'm not gonna complain, I've been a Ray Ray fan since "Lay Your Head on My Pillow" and "If I Had No Loot."

Attention Space People & Universal Lovers

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Funkadelic performs "Cosmic Slop" to open their show at the Summit in Houston Texas, Halloween, 1976.

Podcast: Seun Kuti, leader of Fela's Egypt 80

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Seun Kuti is the son of Nigerian Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, and the leader of his band, Egypt 80. Their new CD, called Seun Kuti & Fela's Egypt 80, is Seun's first collection of original songs. The albums seven tracks mirror his father's commitment to the liberation of African people in Nigeria and elsewhere.

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Podcast: TSOYA Classic: Southern Soul

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We continue our journey into The Sound of Young America's vast audio archive with this program from The Sound of Young America Classics.

Devin The Dude is well known amongst the hip hop elite and has worked with many of them. The laid back emcee talks about his philosophy, his influences, and unique approach to hip hop. Rob Bowman is one of the world's foremost experts on Stax Records. The unusual history of Stax is also a compelling one. Not only did the label define southern soul music, it was also an example of "racial sanity" at the height of segregation.

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Sly & the Family Stone - If You Want Me To Stay

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This is my all-time favorite song.

Rev. Al Green on Letterman

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Watch through the end, and note that Al Green and David Letterman are in love.

OH HOW I WOULD LIKE TO MAKE THAT A LOVE TRIANGLE! TWO OF AMERICA'S GREATEST MEN AND ME, LOVING EACH OTHER AS BROTHERS! PLEASE GOD MAKE MY DREAMS COME TRUE.

Thanks to BV for hooking this up.

We dance just as good as we walk!

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This is right up there with DJ Quik's "Pitch In Ona Party" on my list of ALL TIME JAMS. Pitch In is below.

Tighten Up via LonelySandwich

Curtis Mayfield - "Get Down" on Soul Train

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He's lip synching, but this is my JAM. From "Roots," a great album that you should buy, along with "Curtis" and "Superfly" and a bunch of other Curtis Mayfield albums, honestly, because the man is AMAZING.

I'm all about the guy at the very end unwinding himself from the floor.

How to Succeed in the Music Biz, by Erykah Badu

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Erykah Badu is a really funny lady.

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