The Soul Sides Sidebar

The Soul Sides Sidebar’s interview and music series.

Soul Sides/Heat Rocks Mailbag Ep. 1
Mar 30 • 15 min
This is Ep. #1 of an informal mailbag series of mini-episodes prepped for Soul Sides and Heat Rocks fans. In this one, Oliver Wang tackles a pair of questions: 1) what were some of my favorite artists from when I was in college and 2) What’s an example of…
The Sidebar, Ep. 37: Sly and the Family Stone Mix It Up (w/ Michael Barnes)
Mar 22 • 24 min
The Sidebar returns to fill the social distancing void. I’m joined by Michael Barnes of the Melting Pot blog to talk about a special version of Sly and the Family Stone’s 1974 LP, “Small Talk” that Michael came upon years ago. Much record nerdery ensues.
Singles Servings 003: Carolyn Sullivan’s “Dead”
Jan 7 • 16 min
We look at one of the darkest soul songs ever recorded, “Dead,” arranged and co-written by Moses Dillard and produced by Fort Worth TX’s Major Bill Smith who could commission over a dozen different versions of the song on his various imprints. David…
Single Servings 002: Amerie’s “1 Thing” (Siik Remix)
Nov 15, 2017 • 14 min
In this episode, we revisit the 2005 song (and 2015 single), “1 Thing,” originally recorded by Amerie but remixed by Siik.
Single Servings #1: The Devons’ “Someone to Treat Me”
Oct 4, 2017 • 12 min
A new personal podcast series from Oliver Wang of Soul Sides/Heat Rocks, Single Servings tells the stories behind single songs. For this launch episode, we dig into “Someone to Treat Me,” the 1969 R&B single by New York girl ground The De Vons. Featured…
Record Wheel #9 - West Coast Hip-Hop
Aug 29, 2017 • 52 min
A return to hip-hop but with a Cali focus. Featuring songs by: Droop Capone, 7A3, MC Red, The Poetess and more.
Record Wheel #8 - Slow Jams
May 7, 2017 • 52 min
Firme rola alert! It’s the slow jam/sweet soul episode of the Record Wheel with music from the likes of: Lee Williams and the Cymbals, The Exceptionals, The Cruisers, Little Joe and the Latinaires, the Natural Four and more.
Record Wheel #7 Disco Fever
Mar 21, 2017 • 63 min
We head to the discotheque with a selection of tracks from the ’70s through early ’80s including songs by Charanga 76, Manzel, Wild Sugar and B&G Rhythm. Platform shoes not required.
Record Wheel #6 Baker’s Dozen
Feb 25, 2017 • 69 min
After being gone for a few weeks, the Record Wheel returns with an XL sized episode includes songs brought home from New Orleans and a random assortment of other goodies. Artists include the Electric Prunes, Lonnie Russ, the Vibrations, the Southern…
Record Wheel #5 NOLA Special
Feb 5, 2017 • 27 min
O-Dub’s off to NOLA this week so here’s a quick pick-six of Crescent City songs.
Record Wheel #4/Sidebar #37 - Boogaloo Special With “We Like It Like That” filmmaker, Mathew Ramirez Warren
Jan 27, 2017 • 59 min
Mathew Ramirez Warren, the filmmaker behind “We Like It Like That: The Story of Latin Boogaloo,” joins up with Oliver Wang to talk about the film, the legacy of boogaloo, plus they share 10 boogaloo jams for this week’s annotated playlist.
Record Wheel #3 - The Merchant of Grooves
Jan 22, 2017 • 51 min
Dedicated to the Groove Merchant’s Cool Chris
Record Wheel #2 - Ain’t No Half Slippin’
Jan 13, 2017 • 54 min
Record Wheel #1 - Spin Cycle
Jan 5, 2017 • 51 min
EP 36, Scott Saul on “Becoming Richard Pryor”
Jan 31, 2015 • 52 min
A conversation with Scott Saul, author of the new biography, “Becoming Richard Pryor.”
EP 35, Return of the Sidebar/Bill Withers Special
Jan 17, 2015 • 53 min
The Sidebar returns with an episode devoted to the music of Bill Withers.
Best of the Shades of Soul: EP 2.18, The Donny Hathaway Special
Nov 16, 2014 • 61 min
A “best of” Shades of Soul episode, originally broadcast on on 10-3-14. A 60 minute show dedicated to Donny Hathaway, on the week of his birthday.
Best of the Shades of Soul: EP 2.9, The Start of Summer
Nov 16, 2014 • 106 min
A “best of” Shades of Soul episode, originally broadcast on on 5-16-14. A 100+ minute show dedicated to the start of the summer (and thus, the start of summer jams.
Best of the Shades of Soul: EP 2.6, 3 Ft. High Friday
Nov 16, 2014 • 61 min
A “best of” Shades of Soul episode, originally broadcast on on 2-21-14. A 66 minute show dedicated to De La Soul’s 3 Ft. High and Rising.
Best of the Shades of Soul: EP 2.8, The Cut Chemist Interview
Oct 25, 2014 • 87 min
A “best of” Shades of Soul episode, originally broadcast on on 4-18-13. A 90 minute interview with Cut Chemist.
Best of the Shades of Soul: EP 1.6, First Dance
Oct 25, 2014 • 59 min
A “best of” Shades of Soul episode, originally broadcast on on 11-15-13. See for a tracklisting.
Best of the Shades of Soul: EP 1.3, The Soul Jazz Episode
Oct 24, 2014 • 71 min
A “best of” Shades of Soul episode, originally broadcast on on 10-6-13. See for a tracklisting.
EP 34: Morgan Neville
Jun 27, 2013 • 46 min
An interview with filmmaker Morgan Neville about his new documentary, “20 Feet From Stardom.”
EP 33: DJ Day
Feb 15, 2013 • 31 min
Saturday Night Special (1/26/13)
Jan 26, 2013 • 78 min
An impromptu 75 minute “radio” set that originally streamed over
EP 32: 2012 Rewind
Jan 4, 2013 • 53 min
A look back at Soul Sides’ favorite re-discovered songs of 2012.
Special: Audio from “The One: James Brown’s life, music, legacy” (8/14/12)
Dec 6, 2012 • 78 min
Recorded live at the Crawford Family Forum. Featuring RJ Smith, James Gadson and Oliver Wang.
EP 31: Karriem Riggins
Nov 5, 2012 • 23 min
Interview with Detroit drummer and producer Karriem Riggins.
EP 30: Daphne Brooks
Sep 22, 2012 • 42 min
Interview with professor and music writer Daphne Brooks.
EP 29: Lee Fields
Jul 29, 2012 • 15 min
Interview with soul singer Lee Fields.
EP 28: Brent Rollins
Jul 26, 2012 • 47 min
An interview with designer Brent Rollins
EP 27: Pat Thomas
May 2, 2012 • 50 min
Interview with Pat Thomas, author of “Listen Whitey: The Sounds of Black Power”
EP 26: Bill Adler
Feb 24, 2012 • 24 min
An interview with Bill Adler: journalist, Def Jam publicist, curator, and all-around hip-hop guru.
EP 25: David Byrd (45 Logo Poster)
Feb 18, 2012 • 11 min
An interview with artist/graphic designer David Byrd about his 45 logo potster.
EP 24: Michael Piggott of Masstropicas
Feb 13, 2012 • 33 min
An interview with Michael Piggott of Masstropicas
EP 23: DJ Chris Read
Feb 6, 2012 • 17 min
An interview with DJ Chris Read, one of the minds behind the just-concluded Classic Material parties and mix-CDs.
EP 22: Syl Johnson
Jan 31, 2012 • 29 min
An interview with Chicago soul/funk legend Syl Johnson.
EP 21: Mike James Kirkland
Nov 23, 2011 • 67 min
An interview with R&B artist Mike James Kirkland on his life and career.
EP 20: Thes One, Part Deux
Oct 11, 2011 • 41 min
The second part of our interview with producer/rapper Thes One, from People Under the Stairs
EP 19b: Bonus Beats
Oct 6, 2011 • 15 min
Aaron Cohen runs down some gospel favorites.
EP 19: Aaron Cohen, author of “Amazing Grace”
Oct 6, 2011 • 49 min
Aaron Cohen, author of the new book about Aretha’s best-selling gospel album, “Amazing Grace.”
EP 18: Quantic
Oct 4, 2011 • 51 min
An interview with producer/bandleader/DJ Will Holland aka Quantic.
EP 17: Dan Charnas on Sylvia Robinson
Sep 30, 2011 • 34 min
A conversation with “The Big Payback” author Dan Charnas about the late Sylvia Robinson.
EP 16: Alec Palao
Sep 28, 2011 • 46 min
Interview with Alec Palao, reissue producer, discussing the Music City catalog.
EP 15: Thes One of People Under the Stairs
Sep 14, 2011 • 45 min
Interview with rapper/producer Thes One of L.A.’s People Under the Stairs
EP 14: Sasha-Frere Jones of The New Yorker/The Daily
Aug 31, 2011 • 42 min
A summer songs interview with Sasha Frere-Jones, music critic for The New Yorker and culture editor at The Daily.
EP 13: Dan Charnas, author of “The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop”
Aug 7, 2011 • 69 min
An interview with Dan Charnas, author of “The Big Payback.”
EP 12: Brian Cross aka B+
Jul 15, 2011 • 63 min
Photographer Brian Cross aka B+, author of “It’s Not About a Salary,” the upcoming “Ghost Notes,” and co-founder of Mochilla.
EP 11: Noz of Cocaine Blunts
Jul 11, 2011 • 30 min
Interview with Andrew Nosnitsky aka Noz of
EP 10: Chuck Wild aka Captain Planet
Jul 5, 2011 • 37 min
Interview with Chuck WIld aka Captain Planet: producer, remixer, DJ with Bastard Jazz, Mixtape Riot and the Beatards.
EP 9: Adam Mansbach, author of “Go the F—- To Sleep”
Jun 23, 2011 • 42 min
Interview with novelist Adam Mansbach, author of the new “children’s” book, “Go the F—- To Sleep”.
EP 8.5: Bonus-cast w/ Michael Barnes
Jun 20, 2011 • 18 min
Outtakes from the Michael Barnes interview (Sidebar #8)
EP 8: Michael Barnes of the Melting Pot
Jun 20, 2011 • 34 min
An interview with KPFK radio host Michael Barnes. We talk about the romance of radio, selling records for love and Barnes’s summer songs selections.
EP 7: Tom Brenneck of the Menahan Street Band
Jun 16, 2011 • 44 min
Brenneck discusses his songwriting experience working with the Menahan Street Band, Charles Bradley and how he tried to sell Jay-Z on his next beat.
EP 6: Kevin Howes on the new Mowest anthology (fixed)
Jun 13, 2011 • 36 min
Compiler Kevin Howes discusses “Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown’s Mowest Story 1971-73”. This version corrects the accidental use of a different version of Syreeta’s “Black Maybe.”
EP 5: DJ Phatrick of Devil’s Pie
Jun 10, 2011 • 45 min
Interview with DJ Phatrick of the monthly Devil’s Pie party, the rap group Native Guns and middle/high school music educator.
EP 4.5: Bonus Material: Leo Sacks on the making of “Take a Look”
Jun 6, 2011 • 8 min
9 extra minutes from our conversation with Columbia Records/Aretha Franklin producer/compiler Leo Sacks, talking about the “making of” the boxset.
EP 4: Leo Sacks, producer of “Take a Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia”
Jun 6, 2011 • 44 min
Interview with Leo Sacks, the producer/compiler behind the 12-disc boxset, “Take a Look: Aretha Franklin Complete on Columbia.”
EP 3: Jesse Thorn of the The Sound of Young America
May 23, 2011 • 53 min
Interview with Jesse Thorn of The Sound of Young America and
EP 2: Brendan Irvine-Broque of Cavern Discos and Piecelock 70
May 14, 2011 • 41 min
An interview with Brendan Irvine-Broque of Piecelock 70 ( We discuss whether there’s a “record bubble,” and running an artist collective.
EP 1: Matthew Africa
May 7, 2011 • 55 min
An interview with Bay Area DJ and record dude Matthew Africa on college vs. internet radio, selling part of his collection and just where his name comes from.
Side Dishes #1 (July 18, 2010)
Jul 19, 2010
The launch segment of Side Dishes on Melting Pot (Sunday 4-6pm, KPFK FM, Los Angeles)
The Aretha Mix
Dec 15, 2009 • 54 min
1. “Drinking Again” – Aretha Franklin 2. “The Night Time is the Right Time” – Aretha Franklin 3. “Son of a Preacher Man” – Aretha Franklin 4. “Mr. Big” – Aretha Franklin 5. “Baby I Love You” – Aretha Franklin (sampler) 6. “Cry Like a Baby” – Aretha…
Listener Request Soul-Cast (11/25/09)
Nov 25, 2009 • 48 min
1. Intro 2. B.W. Souls: Marvin’s Groove (from 7”) 3. Little Royal: Razor Blade (from 7”) 4. Toussaint McCall: Shimmy (from 7”). 5. Host 6. Brer Soul + Earth, Wind and Fire: Sweetback’s Theme (from Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song) 7. Los Holys: Reunion…