Heat Rocks
Heat Rocks
Scorching guests and sizzling records: join music writer Oliver Wang and music supervisor Morgan Rhodes each week as they invite their favorite artists, critics and scholars for in-depth conversations about the albums that shape our lives. Each week our special guests will take you deep into their heat rocks from the world of hip-hop, soul, dance, jazz, funk and more. Get with us!
VanJess on Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" (2006)
R&B sister duo VanJess sits down with us to discuss Amy's influence on artists today, blue-eyed soul, and what direction her next album would have gone if she were still here with us.
Nov 19
54 min
Bonus Beats: Favorite Breaks with Loren Kajikawa
Oliver sits down with musicologist Loren Kajikawa to discuss why instrumental breaks hit us in such a specific way, the different ways musicians have approached breaks, and their personal favorite breaks.
Nov 17
29 min
Anjimile on Oliver Mtukudzi's "Vhunze Moto" (2002)
Singer/songwriter Anjimile sits down with us (remotely) to discuss Tuku's 41st album (!!!) Vhunze Moto. We discuss the impact of Tuku's music in Zimbabwe, the characteristics of Tuku music, and the rules of playlists on long road trips.
Nov 16
43 min
Bonus Beats: Nas & Unused Samples
On this week's edition of Bonus Beats, Oliver takes a couple of questions from the mailbag about overlooked samples and Nas' best LP (besides Illmatic)
Nov 10
14 min
Kevin Smokler & Christopher Boone on B.T. Express' "Non-Stop" (1975)
Oliver is flying solo this week with Kevin Smokler and Christopher Boone, the filmmakers behind the documentary, Vinyl Nation. We discuss what set B.T. Express apart from the disco acts of the day, the resurgence of vinyl records in 2020, and one of the weirdest Carpenters covers we've heard in a minute.
Nov 5
45 min
Take Two #4: Jay-Z's "The Black Album" (2003)
We finish our Jay-Z Take Two series with what was supposed to be Hova's swan song, The Black Album. We discuss the hype surrounding this album, the ridiculous amount of remixes we got out of this, and Just Blaze's extraordinary production.
Oct 29
51 min
Take Two #3: Jay-Z's "Reasonable Doubt" (1996)
We continue our Take Two miniseries and looking at two albums from an iconic artist. This time, it's Jay-Z and his debut studio album Reasonable Doubt. This marks the first time we're talking about a Hova album in depth and we discuss why that may be, Jay's features before this album dropped, and what the future of New York rap and Jigga's career might have looked like if Biggie was still with us.
Oct 22
46 min
Hanif Abdurraqib on The Beach Boys' "Surf's Up" (1971)
Writer and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib sits down (remotely) with us to discuss one of the weirder entries in the Beach Boys' discography. We talk about the sudden shift in image for the band, The Beach Boys' place in American pop music, and why they struggled to keep up with music trends.
Oct 15
47 min
The Art of Sampling #3B with Dan Charnas on Slum Village's "Fantastic, Vol. 2"  (2000)
This week, we're wrapping up the third edition of The Art of Sampling and talking about Slum Village's album Fantastic, Vol. 2 with music exec and writer, Dan Charnas. We discuss J Dilla's sampling techniques, the great lengths the label went through to keep this project under wraps, and the influence of Dilla on future beatmaking.
Oct 8
59 min
Three Year Anniversary Special
This week, we're celebrating our three year anniversary (!!!) and talking about our personal favorite moments of the show.
Oct 1
1 hr 4 min
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