April 1, 2020 by [email protected]

Now that all of the pieces are created, the big work of audio editing happens between Wednesday and noon on Thursday... Good pieces need to be extracted from each of the files.

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April 1, 2020 by [email protected]

Don Patterson, George T. and I met this morning via FreeConferenceCall to assemble the narrations for the episode.  Yesterday I recorded reflections from Chazz, Stef's longtime friend and frequent TSS caller.  

Don's voice drifted off from his cell a lot, so I have some leveling and reconstruction to do.  The studio would have been nice, but here we are.

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April 1, 2020 by [email protected]

This was the roadmap prepared for the show.  It probably should have been Step One :) The 1995-era clips come from Jerry's cassettes.

2:00

Intro (just Mike)

  • - Announcement
  • - Explain format

    • - Don, Geo. T
    • - Excerpts fr 1995 Stef/Don broadcast


  •  
  • 2:03
  • Four-song set of regular material
  • 2:20
  • 3-way Conversation, mostly Don
  • - Mike’s intros of Geo and Don
  • - Don: how TSS started
  • - Intro by Don of a 1995 segment
  • 2:25
  • 1995 Stef/Don segment (break, plus 1 or 2 songs)
  • 2:35
  • 2-3 songs (1-2 normal playlist songs, 1 of Stef’s)
  • 2:40
  • 3-way Conversation, mostly Geo. T
  • - Mike’s reintroduction of Geo and Don
  • - Geo narrative

    • - When he started listening
    • - Reflections
    • - Songs Geo liked (then lead us into them)
  •  
  • 2:45
  • 1 song selection from Geo
  • 2:51
  • Mike: mention theme, then back to music
  • 2:52
  • 2 songs (1 from Geo, 1 from normal playlist)
  • 3:00
  • ● Intro by Mike
  • ● Re-intro to Geo T & Don
  • ● Don: story about TSS special projects, incl. RRHOF broadcast
  • ● Mike: “Geo T., Stef’s backdrop was often how past life timelined with music. You’re a bit younger, so maybe there were other things you gleaned?”
  • ● Geo. T. response, then Geo. T. segues into some more ‘95
  •  
  • 3:08
  • Segments from old show(s), incl. 2 songs
  • 3:20
  • ● Mike: How Mike came onto TSS in ‘06

    • ○ Mention Chazz Burke
  • ● Chazz reflections with Mike
  • 3:25
  • ● “Gigolos Get Lonely Too”
  • ● 2 Stef tracks selected by Chazz
  • 3:40
  • Geo & Mike: introduce the Prince special (2016)
  • 3:42
  • Play 2 segments from Prince special
  • 3:51
  • Don & Mike: give reflections for next 1-2 Stef tracks
  • 3:55
  • 1-2 Stef tracks
  • 4:00
  • Geo. T:
  • ● Top-of-Hour intro
  • ● Intro to Guest DJ piece produced by Stef and Brian
  •  
  • 4:02
  • Segment from Stef as Guest DJ
  • 4:06
  • ● “Shining Star”
  • ● 1 “normal playlist” track
  • 4:15
  • Don: reflections on
  • ● Stef as a musical pillar of Pgh
  • ● Stef’s connections to local artists, like DeeLite
  •  
  • 4:20
  • ● “Groove Is In The Heart” by DeeLite
  • ● A ‘Dayton’ track
  • ● A third track
  • 4:40
  • ● 3-way Conversation
  • ● Lead-in to 20th Anniversary show
  • 4:45
  • Excerpt #1 from 20th Anniversary
  • 4:51
  • Don: station id
  • 4:52
  • Excerpt #2 from 20th Anniversary
  • 4:55
  • Final remarks
  •  
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April 1, 2020 by [email protected]

Yesterday, the production work began for Stef’s tribute.  Longtime TSS listener Jerry Pearl provided a boxful of archive cassettes.  Don Patterson sifted through them and selected some gems.  Next came the digitizing for assembly into the episode file.

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March 16, 2020 by [email protected]

A long time ago, I spotted this very cool album cover for a NOLA band called Water Seed, then confirmed that they sounded as cool, then started playing them on The Soul Show. Next thing, our local Big Easy pipeline for indie acts, Music Night on Jupiter, arranged for WS to debut at the Pittsburgh Winery. It was a full house, and this led to many more local outings (DreamOn, Flood City, TRAF, Music for MS, ….).

Even before that, I started paying attention to this wonderful band called Lyndsey Smith and Soul Distribution. They played under a tent at Bakery Square, and I was sold. Lyndsey subsequently played WYEP’s Local 913, First Night, Heinz Field and everywhere else as she established a very prominent role in the Pittsburgh scene. We were all sold.

I’m not sure, but the catalyst for what was to come may have been a 2017 New Year’s Eve party at Spirit, when LS and WS shared a bill. When Lyndsey later decided to move to NOLA to break new ground, I suggested to both parties that they look for each other. Shortly thereafter, an opportunity emerged for Lyndsey to become a lead Water Seed vocalist. I had to keep the secret for a month or so, but made plans to see the Mardi Gras debut at Tipitina’s. It went beautifully, as you can see.

 

https://youtu.be/IOBbJJEarQc

 

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March 7, 2020 by [email protected]

https://youtu.be/IOBbJJEarQc

Sometimes '60 Seconds of Pittsburgh' is not in Pittsburgh, and sometimes it's more than a minute. Our hometown celebrity is worthy. This is her introductory song with Water Seed. Enjoy Lyndsey.

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March 7, 2020 by [email protected]

https://youtu.be/IOBbJJEarQc

Sometimes '60 Seconds of Pittsburgh' is not in Pittsburgh, and sometimes it's more than a minute. Our hometown celebrity is worthy. This is her introductory song with Water Seed. Enjoy Lyndsey.

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February 6, 2020 by [email protected]

Leyla McCalla, accomplished solo roots cellist/vocalist and member of the acclaimed Our Native Daughters project, performs at Carnegie Lecture Hall on 2/6/20 (https://www.warhol.org/event/sound-series-leyla-mccalla/). Included are her recent interview with me. Segments 1, 2 & 4 aired on The Soul Show on WYEP. Segment 5 is the entire interview, including a discussion on her important Radio Haiti multimedia project at Duke (https://www.breakingthethermometer.com/). Enjoy.

 

https://soulshowmike.org/2020/02/02/soulblog-leyla-mccalla-interview-shows-of-note-for-this-week-the-upcoming-funk-center-interview/

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December 27, 2019 by [email protected]

The Soul Show’s Top Ten Albums of 2019

Published December 28, 2019

Every year this work is both coveted and dreaded, the former because it demands a review of the year’s really great music, the latter because of the required demotion of candidates. One thing that changed for The Soul Show in 2019 is that WYEP’s rule of listing the albums sequentially was not imposed. In truth, slicing and dicing with such granularity sometimes bordered on whimsy.

If you compare my playlists with the Top Ten selections, you might not see the correlations you expect. Sequencing of shows requires managing of ebb and flow, equity of representation, and other factors. Some albums were discovered late, but deeper review revealed true gems that simply had not been given adequate airtime.

And so on…..

Final thoughts:

  • Female rappers (Little Simz et al) truly came into their own in 2019.
  • Charles, Olatuja and Sessoms are all songbirds.
  • BFE is a perennial contender. Muldrow is gonna make me fly somewhere to see her.
  • Brittany Howard was a very late album discovery, but the early single had me expecting a lot. I wasn’t disappointed
  • Pittsburgh’s Starship Mantis hit the big league, and it’s so sad that they are dissolving.
  • How can one not include the Daughters? They are a synergistic powerhouse of craft, and that’s before the songs hit you.
  • Saadiq brings pain to beautiful West Coast styling, or the other way around.
  • Muldrow is gonna make me fly somewhere to see her, since she never gets close.

The List, alphabetically:

  • Brooklyn Funk Essentials – Stay Good
  • Tanika Charles – The Gumption
  • G&D – Black Love & War (Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime)
  • Brittany Howard – Jaime
  • Little Simz – Grey Area
  • Alicia Olatuja – Intuition: Songs From The Minds Of Women
  • Our Native Daughters – Songs of Our Native Daughters (Amythyst Kiah, Rhiannon Giddens, Allison Russell, Leyla McCalla)
  • Raphael Saadiq – Jimmy Lee
  • Vivian Sessoms – Life II
  • Starship Mantis – Black Hole Radio AM/FM
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December 27, 2019 by [email protected]

The Soul Show’s Top Ten Albums of 2019

Published December 28, 2019

Every year this work is both coveted and dreaded, the former because it demands a review of the year’s really great music, the latter because of the required demotion of candidates. One thing that changed for The Soul Show in 2019 is that WYEP’s rule of listing the albums sequentially was not imposed. In truth, slicing and dicing with such granularity sometimes bordered on whimsy.

If you compare my playlists with the Top Ten selections, you might not see the correlations you expect. Sequencing of shows requires managing of ebb and flow, equity of representation, and other factors. Some albums were discovered late, but deeper review revealed true gems that simply had not been given adequate airtime.

And so on…..

Final thoughts:

  • Female rappers (Little Simz et al) truly came into their own in 2019.
  • Charles, Olatuja and Sessoms are all songbirds.
  • BFE is a perennial contender. Muldrow is gonna make me fly somewhere to see her.
  • Brittany Howard was a very late album discovery, but the early single had me expecting a lot. I wasn’t disappointed
  • Pittsburgh’s Starship Mantis hit the big league, and it’s so sad that they are dissolving.
  • How can one not include the Daughters? They are a synergistic powerhouse of craft, and that’s before the songs hit you.
  • Saadiq brings pain to beautiful West Coast styling.
  • Muldrow is gonna make me fly somewhere to see her, since she never gets close.

The List, alphabetically:

  • Brooklyn Funk Essentials – Stay Good
  • Tanika Charles – The Gumption
  • G&D – Black Love & War (Georgia Anne Muldrow and Declaime)
  • Brittany Howard – Jaime
  • Little Simz – Grey Area
  • Alicia Olatuja – Intuition: Songs From The Minds Of Women
  • Our Native Daughters – Songs of Our Native Daughters (Amythyst Kiah, Rhiannon Giddens, Allison Russell, Leyla McCalla)
  • Raphael Saadiq – Jimmy Lee
  • Vivian Sessoms – Life II
  • Starship Mantis – Black Hole Radio AM/FM
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December 16, 2019 by [email protected]

Otis Redding performed in Cleveland the night before his death 52 years ago. TSS co-founder Don Patterson and Leo Green, singer of the band that opened for Otis that night, offered personal experiences surrounding that day in 1967. The Soul Show's interview archives are presented here: 

https://soulshowmike.org/2019/12/16/soulblog-soulshowmikes-shows-of-note-otis-redding-reflections-by-don-patterson-and-leo-green/

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December 14, 2019 by [email protected]

(A photo fr the 2018 Apollo tribute) On this 52nd anniv of Redding's death, we present personal stories about the CLE show hrs before the tragedy. One is from Don Patterson (TSS cofounder), the other from Leo Green, whose Imperial Wonders opened for Otis. Join us. The Soul Show on WYEP: The Robert "Kool" Bell interview

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