SEP-DEC 2018

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The Tuba Fats Riff
(Article co-written with Matt Sakakeeny)
From 64 Parishes (Fall 2018)

Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band Travels Across Generations And Genres
(Album Review)
On NPR’s All Things Considered (Sep. 17, 2018)

Tradition Mixed With Comfort in Hsiao-Ching Chou’s ‘Chinese Soul Food’
(Book Review)
In Kore Asian Media (Sep. 2018)

The icons of hip-hop and the images that might have been
(Book Review)
In Los Angeles Times (Oct. 12, 2018)

MAY-AUG 2018


The Geography of Gold
From Boom: The Journal of California (July 24, 2018)

The Internet’s ‘Hive Mind’ Is A Soundtrack To The Slow Burn Of Summer
On NPR’s All Things Considered (July 20, 2018)

JAN-APR 2018

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Kool Keith And Dan The Automator Make Rap Weird Again As Dr. Octagon
From NPR’s First Listen (March 29, 2018)

‘Haze’ Paints The Shacks’ Emotional Palette
From NPR’s First Listen (March 22, 2018)

Cut Chemist’s ‘Die Cut’ Asks You To Listen Closely
On NPR’s All Things Considered (April 5, 2018)

SEP-DEC 2018

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Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings’ ‘Soul Of A Woman’ Is A Testament To Fortitude
On NPR’s All Things Considered (November 17, 2017)

Sunny And The Sunliners’ ‘Mr. Brown Eyed Soul’ Is For The Loved And Lovelorn
On NPR’s All Things Considered (September 27, 2017)

MAY-AUG 2017

The Beat Junkie Institute of Sound Gets DJ Hopefuls Up to Scratch
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
From KCET’s Migrant Kitchen (July 7, 2017)

Joe Bataan’s Gypsy Woman
From Pitchfork’s Sunday Review (August 27, 2017)

The Chulita Vinyl Club Spins a Safe Space for Music and Identity
From KCET’s Artbound (August 22, 2017)

JAN-APR 2017

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

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

‘La La Land’: Los Angeles and the Hollywood Imagination
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 (Feb. 23, 2017)

‘All Night Menu’ Returns to Tell Histories Through L.A. Addresses
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
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 (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
For (December 6, 2016)

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

Songs We Love: Lee Fields & The Expressions, ‘Never Be Another You’
For (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
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 (May 27, 2016)

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

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

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

Another Great Wall
(Essay on Peter Wang’s A Great Wall)
For (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 (August 25, 2016)

JAN-APR 2016

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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
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 (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 (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 (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
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)

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