by Dave Segal
on Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 10:13 AM
KEXP DJ Greg Vandy is holding his annual Spring Soul Jamboree Invitational Wed. April 4 on 90.3 FM and at kexp.org (6 pm-9 pm). Every year, the host of The Roadhouse asks five DJs to spin their all-time top 5 soul songs and to briefly discuss them. This year, Vandy’s invited Triple Door talent buyer Scott Giampino (aka Self-Administered Beatdown, former impresario of the Soul Hole monthly), Garrett Lunceford (Sophisticated Mama), Marc Muller (Emerald City Soul Club), Christian Science (DUG), and, uh, me. (Greg probably wanted a dilettante to add some “quirky” surprises to the mix.)
The guidelines: all songs must be from 1965 to 1975 and under four minutes. The latter restriction is kind of a bummer, because it eliminates potential selections like Funkadelic’s “What Is Soul” and Dr. John’s “Gris-Gris Gumbo Ya Ya.” Nevertheless, there are plenty of immortal gems to be found that run under 240 seconds, and I hope to dig through my stash and do the show justice. Those other guys are guaranteed to bring the heat, as many possess 45s that individually cost more than your monthly rent payment. Tune in, turn on, drop trou.