Oliver Wang http://wuky.org en Kanye's 'Yeezus' Packs A Bite http://wuky.org/post/kanyes-yeezus-packs-bite <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuhl6Ji5zHM</p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 17:42:00 +0000 Oliver Wang 33257 at http://wuky.org Kanye's 'Yeezus' Packs A Bite Shuggie Otis: 40 Years Later, Still An 'Inspiration' http://wuky.org/post/shuggie-otis-40-years-later-still-inspiration This isn't the first time Shuggie Otis' masterpiece, <em>Inspiration Information</em>,<em> </em>has been reissued — but that's OK. It's an album that absolutely deserves to be rediscovered every decade or so.<p>Released nearly 40 years ago, the album became Otis' most acclaimed work, and also his last official release: Otis continued to work and play with other musicians, but a follow-up album has never materialized. Tue, 04 Jun 2013 20:25:00 +0000 Oliver Wang 32534 at http://wuky.org Shuggie Otis: 40 Years Later, Still An 'Inspiration' Laura Mvula's Velvet 'Moon' Is A Revelation http://wuky.org/post/laura-mvulas-velvet-moon-revelation <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5akYnlwubDo</p> Wed, 15 May 2013 19:09:00 +0000 Oliver Wang 31565 at http://wuky.org Laura Mvula's Velvet 'Moon' Is A Revelation On Two New R&B Albums, An Old Soul Sound That Glows http://wuky.org/post/two-new-rb-albums-old-soul-sound-glows It's tempting to describe the voices of <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CDEQFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.npr.org%2Fartists%2F175953068%2Fcharles-bradley&ei=hKGKUcPSDoHS0wGysYHIBg&usg=AFQjCNEFFZh9Evg82Y5_BRqDD--JgZLDLg&sig2=LecmfRom7iKxHytW80GH0Q&bvm=bv.46226182,d.dmQ" target="_blank">Charles Bradley</a> and <a href="http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&cad=rja&ved=0CC4QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.npr.org%2Fartists%2F15006878%2Fjames-hunter&ei=m6GKUc_CCYnp0gHn8oHQBQ&usg=AFQjCNE5dgsPqdHWo9sp3ARLmhjoNq6wCA&sig2=75gruGzqgBcQ Wed, 08 May 2013 20:14:00 +0000 Oliver Wang 31199 at http://wuky.org On Two New R&B Albums, An Old Soul Sound That Glows Lady: Two Soul Stalwarts Find A New Groove Together http://wuky.org/post/lady-two-soul-stalwarts-find-new-groove-together R&B singers Nicole Wray and Terri Walker both had promising starts to their careers more than ten years ago. Wray came up on the Virginia coast under the wing of mentor <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15622987/missy-elliott" target="_blank">Missy Elliott</a>. Walker, a Londoner, was classically trained yet released her debut on a Def Jam subsidiary. Both enjoyed early critical success but by decade's end struggled to find a wide audience. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:00:00 +0000 Oliver Wang 28685 at http://wuky.org Lady: Two Soul Stalwarts Find A New Groove Together Bill Withers: The Everyman Singer With A Poet's Soul http://wuky.org/post/bill-withers-everyman-singer-poets-soul <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/15399132/bill-withers">Bill Withers</a><em>' very first single became a breakout hit in 1971. He would go on to record nine albums over the next 14 years, and all of them are now available on a new box set, </em>The Complete Sussex and Columbia Masters.<p>It may sound contradictory to describe Bill Withers' voice as "uniquely plainspoken," but this singer and songwriter from West Virginia coal country began his career at the crossroads between folk, R&B and rock. He was neither a showy shouter nor a sweet crooner. Mon, 19 Nov 2012 18:26:00 +0000 Oliver Wang 23687 at http://wuky.org Bill Withers: The Everyman Singer With A Poet's Soul Two Attempts To Turn Summer Platinum Into Fall Gold http://wuky.org/post/two-attempts-turn-summer-platinum-fall-gold <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fWNaR-rxAic</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Dqgr0wNyPo</p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 18:58:00 +0000 Oliver Wang 20842 at http://wuky.org Two Attempts To Turn Summer Platinum Into Fall Gold 'Personal Space': Relics From Synth Soul's Early Days http://wuky.org/post/personal-space-relics-synth-souls-early-days Early synthesizers were supposed to imitate or re-create other existing sounds, but as anyone can tell you, they mostly sounded like synthesizers. That distinctive whine and wheeze captivated all manner of pop artists, from prog-rockers to classical composers to soul musicians. However, back then, synthesizers were so expensive and bulky, you needed a major-label budget and an entire studio wall to install them.<p>The home revolution in electronic music gear didn't happen until the mid-1970s, when miniaturized components helped bring down the price and size. Mon, 04 Jun 2012 19:52:00 +0000 Oliver Wang 15466 at http://wuky.org 'Personal Space': Relics From Synth Soul's Early Days 'The Medium Is The Massage': A Kitchen Sink Of Sound http://wuky.org/post/medium-massage-kitchen-sink-sound Few 20th century thinkers predicted the 21st century era of social media and the Internet better than Marshall McLuhan. Beginning in the 1960s, the Toronto-based philosopher and scholar began to theorize about how television and radio were changing society, creating what he termed the "global village."<p>One of McLuhan's other famous phrases was "The medium is the message" — in other words, <em>how</em> we consume information influences <em>what </em>we learn from it. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 20:37:00 +0000 Oliver Wang 11699 at http://wuky.org 'The Medium Is The Massage': A Kitchen Sink Of Sound A 'Giant Anthology' Of Profile Records, Rap's Early Champion http://wuky.org/post/giant-anthology-profile-records-raps-early-champion Before the rise of Def Jam as hip-hop's definitive record label, there was Profile, which helped shepherd in some of the genre's early shifts in sound and style. A new two-CD anthology, <em>Giant Single: The Profile Records Rap Anthology</em>, chronicles the label's 15-year history and legacy.<p>Profile never meant to get into the rap game. When Cory Robbins and Steve Plotnicki started the label in 1981, they thought they'd be releasing dance singles — a plan that quickly shriveled in the punishing heat of the anti-disco era. Tue, 21 Feb 2012 20:28:00 +0000 Oliver Wang 10204 at http://wuky.org A 'Giant Anthology' Of Profile Records, Rap's Early Champion