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Vinyl Archeology


Trivia and geekery have flourished on the internet since the DARPA days, but one species of obsessive may be finally getting his flash-enabled due: the cratedigger.

WhoSampled (hat tip) is a site specializing in tracing rap samples to their original sources. So if you type in “D’Evils,” and you get pointed back to the Allen Toussaint song where the piano riff began life. And if you were wondering exactly how many producers had taken cuts from Isaac Hayes, this would be the best place to find out.

It’s trivia, and not obviously useful, but we wouldn’t be surprised if a few 90s rap fans were accidentally converted to the gospel of 70s soul.

Diamond in the Back, Sunroof Top


We’re always on the lookout for late summer grooves, and My Morning Jacket’s Jim James just turned us onto one of the best ones we’ve heard in quite some time. In BlackBook’s summer roadtrip roundup, he recommends scoring a southern drive with a single song played over and over: William DeVaughn’s “Be Thankful For What You’ve Got.” And after keeping it on repeat for a solid 20 minutes, we’d have to agree.

The only problem? They forgot to provide a playable version. Luckily, we’re happy to oblige. Sunroof not included»

Windows Of The Soul

  • Jared Paul Stern


Two years after the great James Brown's passing, Christie's is selling off the Godfather of Soul's most prized possessions this Thursday in an auction featuring everything from his multiple music awards, well-worn hi-fi, and metallic green vinyl sofa to childhood mementos and photographs.

The big ticket items are his custom electric organ and baby grand piano at est. $20,000 - $30,000 and $15,000 - $20,000 respectively, along with dozens of jumpsuits in denim, polyester and other flammable fabrics (and all the colors of the puke rainbow) in the $5,000 - $7,000 range.

However we were entranced by a couple of the collections Big Brown amassed, including the keys to 11 cities he was presented with over the years (est. $2,000 - $3,000), and especially this assemblage of 83 pairs of shades he wore during countless concerts and debauchs - a steal at only $1,000 - $1,500. If only they could talk…