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Shake it!

Hey all...

Just (yet) another reminder for all the groovy people in Seattle proper (and parts immediately east) that this Friday night at Kincora (518 E. Pine Street) in Capitol Hill, the Soulcial convenes once again! DJango and I will be spinning the finest Northern Soul you could shake a turkey leg at. Come on out and make fun of the guy who hasn't used turntables in 8 years or so.


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Nov. 26th, 2003 04:14 pm (UTC)
soul city walkin'...
have fun shakin' your groove thing!!!

Nov. 28th, 2003 06:29 am (UTC)
It's a Shame...
You're in Seattle. No fair. I wish I could find a place that spun some soul music in Miami. Perhaps I'll find a spot...one day.

I myself am really quite interested in maybe (,perhaps) starting to spin myself. But...while I have a good amount of old reggae (of course I could always get more)...the Northern Soul is seriously lacking. What I do have is on CD...half of which is burned stuff. I've been checking out eBay...but it seems hella pricey to start a collection of Northern Soul.

But to be honest, I really haven't checked out the used record shops around here that much. I might get lucky...but my hopes are low.

Any suggestions on how to get started...or what to look for? What are the 'must haves' for a decent Northern Soul collection? Do you have more LPs or 45s (I have like...no 45s!)? Sorry if I seem buggy, but most of the sites on the net dedicated to Northern Soul are based in the UK and ran by {old} soulies.
Nov. 28th, 2003 12:38 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a Shame...
Well, I am, by no means, an expert. I like a lot of stuff that hardcore Northern Soul DJs consider "too mainstream". My philosophy is that regardless of how popular it is/was, if I think it's a good song for dancing, I play it. That includes stuff like "Cool Jerk" and "Expressway to Your Heart" that you can hear over and over on your local Oldies station, and it even includes Ray Charles' cover of "Shake a Tail Feather" from the Blues Brothers.

That said, here are a couple of my playlists:

My collection (showing what I have and what I'm looking for) is here:

The collecting can be slow going at times, which is why when I started, I just played mp3s off my laptop. Some people think that ruins your cred, but I don't care. I just wanted to play good music, and some of the stuff I want to play is extremely hard to find. Tonight I plan on playing mostly stuff off vinyl, but I'll still have the laptop for a few things.

I got a bunch of my stuff off ebay for prices that were way too high. Just do a search for "soul 45" and you'll see lots of goodness. Also, check out those lots of x number of records that people sell from time to time. They often contain three or four good records and go for cheap. Other than that, go to record conventions and go to your local gigantic independently owned buy/sell/trade record store. They usually have a ton of stuff. When you travle, check these stores out in the towns you go to. Bring a list with you EVERYWHERE, because the best you can usually hope for is a big ass alphabetized box of 45's with everything from the 50's through 90's. Lots of crap to wade though, but that's part of the fun.

You should do a search for Beg Scream and Shout. It's a box set (out of print) of 60's soul. Go to Kazaa and start looking for the tracks on the fifth and sixth discs. That is an excellent place to start. Also, get yourself on Filetopia or Tesla (they're the same thing) and find the Soulsville channel. Most of the people on there are DJs in the UK and they know their shit.

Good luck!
Nov. 29th, 2003 08:16 pm (UTC)
Re: It's a Shame...
Wow...thanks so much for all the pointers! Good luck with your gig.
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