The Wu-Tang Clan wears its Stax soul influences on its sleeves and in its samples. A few compilations of Wu-Tang sample source material have been floating about but now Soul Temple Music have done it right with "The RZA presents Shaolin Soul Selection: Volume 1." Culled from the Stax archives, the 24-track compilation features classic hits like Isaac Haye's "Walk On By" (live performance above) and David Porter's "Hang On Sloopy," but also more obscure tracks by The Emotions, The Dramatics, Booker T & The MG's, and many other artists. I picked it up as the 3-LP vinyl set. No soul compilation has come close to hitting all the right notes for me since the promo-only "East Memphis Music" 2-LP or (outstanding) 5-LP sets from 1984 that are fairly easy to grab used. In fact, at this moment AudioPhile USA -- which always does right by me in terms of top-quality used vinyl, killer customer service, and flawless packing/shipping -- has still-sealed copies of both for $30 and $150 respectively.
Artists Jeff Louviere and Vanessa Brown explore cymatics, the study of wave phenomena and how they are represented visually. Using black-colored water, a laptop computer, and a modified guitar amp, they captured “portraits” of the 12 notes in the chromatic scale. From my sister-in-law Heather Sparks’s profile of their project in Nautilus: In each (“portrait”), […]
Thirty years ago today, REM released the magnificent “Lifes Rich Pageant,” an iconic alternative rock album of the 1980s, and forever. The source of the title is the 1964 film A Shot in the Dark: Inspector Clouseau opens car door and falls into a fountain. Maria: “You should get out of these clothes immediately. You’ll […]
In 1971, Australian filmmaker Paul Witzig released his fourth surf movie Sea of Joy, celebrating the rise of the short boards. To score the film, Witzig enlisted Sydney band Tully, best known at the time as the backing band for the Australian production of the psychedelic musical Hair. Now, the good people at Anthology Recordings […]
Those of us who love music wish we could listen to it 24/7. But it’s impossible when we’re trying to converse with our friends, or when are swimming in the local pool.That is, until now. The KOAR Bone Conduction Bluetooth Headset, now 48% off, has changed the audio game.Made with lightweight titanium memory metal, this headset boasts patented bone conduction technology to transport sound […]
It’s one thing to enjoy dinner at home and a nice glass of Cabernet Sauvignon with your best friend, Netflix, but it’s another thing entirely to make that meal from scratch and get that wine delivered right to your doorstep.But what if we told you there’s a way to make this possible? To keep your social life, […]
Having to pack and drag your stuff through security can put quite the damper on your vacation plans. Thankfully, we’ve got your back with one way to make traveling more painless: the Jumper Overnighter Travel Bag.This compact bag is so lightweight that you can effortlessly carry it, and fit it into any overhead compartment. But just […]