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 NPR.org (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 NPR.org (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 NPR.org (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)

MAY-AUG 2015

‘LAtitudes’ navigates the histories and cultures of L.A.
(Book Review)
For Los Angeles Times (May 7, 2015)

Fast Lane
(Profile of Speed Records)
For The Vinyl Factory (May 26, 2015)

All Night Menu Serves Up L.A. Stories
(Profile of Sam Sweet)
For Artbound (Jun. 29, 2015)

JAN-APR 2015

Sly Stone, the Original Rhythm King
(Review of ‘Sly’s Stone Flower’)
For Cuepoint (Jan. 11, 2015)

Pinoy Funk Mix
(Annotated Playlist)
For The Vinyl Factory (Mar. 11, 2015)

Spotlight on Arthur Dong
For Center for Asian American Meida (Mar. 13, 2015)

‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ by Kendrick Lamar
(Album Review)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (Mar. 18, 2015)

The L.A. Roots of Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’
For Artbound (Mar. 25, 2015)

OCT-DEC 2014

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Dionne Warwick, Reduced To An Essence
(Review of Dionne Farris and Charlie Hunter’s Dionne Dionne)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (October 1, 2014)

Records Don’t Love You Back: In Search of Lost 78s
(Book Review of Do Not Sell at Any Price: The Wild, Obsessive Hunt for the World’s Rarest 78rpm Records)
For L.A. Review of Books (October 15, 2014)

Music Review: ‘You’re Dead!’ By Flying Lotus
For NPR’s All Things Considered (October 22, 2014)

DJ Shadow & Cut Chemist Return To Planet Rock
For Medium’s Cuepoint (October 25, 2014)

Return of the Colossus
(Profile of Mr. Lif)
For Bandcamp (November 4, 2014)

Wu-Tang’s Fabulous Fabulist Returns
(Review of Ghostface Killah’s 36 Seasons)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (December 9, 2014)

JUL-SEP 2014


Aural Architecture:
(Profile of Shabazz Palaces)
For Bandcamp (July 29, 2014)

Whole Game Boxed Up: The Prestige Packaging of Hip-Hop Nostalgia
For Medium’s Cuepoint (September 12, 2014)

The Secret To This Melt-In-Your-Mouth Pork Is In The (Soy) Sauce
(Found Recipes story)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (September 18, 2014)

APR-JUN 2014

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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
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

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

The Southern Soul Spinners: Revolving Around the Eastside Sound
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
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
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
From Artbound (December 16, 2013)

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

JUL-SEP 2013


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

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

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

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

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