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Selected writings by Oliver Wang

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2016

Songs We Love: Lee Fields & The Expressions, ‘Never Be Another You’
For NPR.org (December, 26, 2016)

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

Marquee Names: The Soul of Curtis Mayfield
(Column)
For BeatTips.com (December 6, 2016)

A Queen Among Kings
(An appreciation of Sharon Jones)
For NPR.org (November 21, 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)

Curtis Mayfield Finally Gets a Definitive Biography. What Took So Long?
(Book Review)
For Pitchfork (October 25, 2016)

The Frightnrs, ‘Nothing More To Say’
(First Listen Review)
For NPR.org (August 25, 2016)

Another Great Wall
(Essay on Peter Wang’s A Great Wall)
For AngryAsianMan.com (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)

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

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

Behind The Black Power Goddess: Betty Davis’ Early Demos Released
(Album Review)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (July 6, 2016)

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

Songs We Love: Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band, ‘Was Dog A Doughnut’
For NPR.org (May 27, 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)

Echoes of History: Charles Lummis’ Wax Cylinder Recordings
(Article)
For KCET’s Artbound (May 3, 2016)

‘James Brown: Live At The Apollo Vol. 4’ Is A Marvelous And Mysterious Time Capsule
(Review)
For All Things Considered (Apr. 26, 2016)

Listen: how Prince’s sound evolved over the years
(Radio Discussion)
For KPCC’s Take Two (Apr. 26, 2016)

Songs We Love: J Dilla, ‘F*** The Police
For NPR.org (Apr. 7, 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: Million Dollar Ecstacy, ‘Burning Inside’
For NPR.org (Mar. 31, 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)

Sly and the Family Stone: 20 Essential Songs
(Annotated Playlist)
For Rolling Stone (Mar. 15, 2016)

Kanye West Plays Puppet Master With ‘Life Of Pablo’ Premiere
(Commentary)
For All Things Considered (Feb. 15, 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)

Maurice White: five deep cuts from the Earth, Wind & Fire co-founder
(Annotated Playlist)
For The Guardian (Feb. 5, 2016)

‘Love Is A Hurtin’ Thing,’ Gloria Ann Taylor
(Album Review)
For All Things Considered (Jan. 12, 2016)

A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘People’s Instinctive Travels’ at 25
(Album Review)
For Cuepoint (Jan. 8, 2016)

2015

Baby’s First Record (and Record Player)
(Review of ‘This Record Belongs To _______’)
For Cuepoint (Nov. 25, 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)

‘The Making of Asian America’ by Erika Lee
(Book Review)
For The New York Times (Sep. 4, 2015)

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

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

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

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

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

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

2014

Wu-Tang’s Fabulous Fabulist Returns
(Album review)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (December 9, 2014)

Return of the Colossus
(Profile of Mr. Lif)
For Bandcamp (November 4, 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
(Column)
For Medium’s Cuepoint (October 25, 2014)

Records Don’t Love You Back: In Search of Lost 78s
(Book Review)
For L.A. Review of Books (October 15, 2014)

Dionne Warwick, Reduced To An Essence
(Album Review)
For NPR’s All Things Considered (October 1, 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)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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