Dig Deep: Mongo Santamaria – Afro-Indio – Vaya (1975)

Mongo Santamaria – Los Indios Mongo Santamaria – Funk Up Mongo Santamaria – The Promised Land It’s long been a tradition of mine to share the last record that I buy in a calendar year. This particular end of the year was busier than others, particularly with a much needed […]


1982’s “Women Are Human”…Still Relevant in the 21st Century

Clay Hammond – Women Are Human 2017 has been a year of many things. One of the major themes was around the place of women in this society, the complicity of many men (and some women, just see the recent election in Alabama) in upholding the sexist system that denies […]


2nd Annual DJ Shadow Storage Sale @ Rappcats!!!

Heard speculation that this was gonna happen again, and much of that speculation was that it would basically just be the same records from the first time, but that was not the case. In terms of overall volume, I think there might have been fewer records this time, but there […]


Since I Last Saw You…Feels Like The Whole World Has Changed 1

Jackson Heights – Since I Last Saw You Right now it feels a bit like the image above, taken from the front cover of Jackson Heights’ 1970 album Kings Progress, as if some cosmic force is shaking up our little planet. After an extraordinary August, September left a great deal […]


Falling In Love In Modern Times…with Duster Cat

Duster Cat – Modern Times I bought this record at one of the Rappcats pop-ups last year, drawn by it’s simplistic yet striking artwork and private press feel (the album was released on Q Records out of Torrance, a record label that really doesn’t seem to have put out much […]


The Beautiful Agony Of Anna Melato’s “Amara Me”

Anna Melato – Amara me Ever since first seeing Lina Wertmüller’s “Love & Anarchy,” in May, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with this song. In the film, the song is performed by Melato at a meal for the workers at a “Casa di Tolleranza,” which I suppose would directly translate into […]


Remembering Matthew Africa

Tom Jones – Looking Out My Window Today marks five years since the passing of Matthew Africa, one of the Bay Area’s most beloved, who died in a car accident on Labor Day, September 3, 2012. Matthew’s presence remains, for many of us who knew and loved him, with us […]


Dig Deep: Pete Willsher & Tony Kelly – Images – Studio G (1981)

Willsher and Kelly – Moon Gliding Willsher and Kelly – Sahara Sunshine Willsher and Kelly – Foggy Dock Willsher and Kelly – Cyborg Was talking to my friend Emerald today about Karriem Riggins’ production on Common’s song “Unfamiliar” which samples John Cameron’s “Half Forgotten Daydreams,” a library record I’ve been […]