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  • Introducing... The Soul Strut Music Archive

    For the past few years, it's been extremely quite around here.  While the web site hasn't seen much activity (other than the mixes page), I have been extremely active behind the scenes meticulously combing a vast archive of discussion threads from 2001-2007 documenting the eclectic and diverse musical tastes and trends of the Soul Strut community.

    I have amassed around 17,000 albums and singles (and that is up until 2007.)  

    I've made a life time decision to review and collect the most relevant recordings discussed on here in order to inform music lovers for years to come of how great this place really was is.

    I'm going alphabetical.  So with an average of 5 reviews a day, it will take me YEARS to complete.

    So, without further, here is the soft opening of THE ARCHIVE.
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  • Catching up with Soul Strut (NRR)...

    I live soul strut nostalgia on a daily basis.  I currently comb old threads and make play lists, want lists, and write about the records here.  I'm extremely proud to still have access to 13 years of threads on here (2005-2018).  2 years of threads on my hard drive (2001-2003) and regretful, I did not back up 2004.  The thread subjects are still on Wayback Machine, but the posts themselves were never archived.

    That being said, I'm blown away by the knowledge every one shared and the sense of community. I'm proud that records like Stark Reality, East of Underground, and others were hyped here before they were ever reissued. After 2004, I missed a lot of threads, dedicating a lot of my time to fatherhood, building my father-in-laws startup, exida, and maintaining this site.  The activity was so intense, I couldn't keep up.  

    And then... the smoke cleared and I had a lot more time on my hands, but by that time, everyone was gone!  LOL.  I still wish this place would ramp up again, but that ship has sailed.  I miss the community.  Supporting DJs, producers, record dealers, etc.  It would be a lot more fun today as I have a lot more disposable income at 42!  Social media is not the same.  People are a lot more narcissistic and desensitized.  

    Regardless, I'm here for the long run.  There are millions of posts to explore and expand upon.

    Viva La Strut!
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  • Why So Quiet Around Here?

    yuichi said:
    RAJ said:
    yuichi said:
    Hey guys.  To be completely blunt, the last format/layout change I think completely turned off most
    remaining OG members. 
    I noticed that.. Harvey Canal, Batmon, Laserwolf, DB Cooper all jumped shipped after the "upgrade".  I will admit that the latest upgrade was a last ditch attempt to be "relevant" as it features a lot of more social media stylings.  It does have it's benefits (like a better search engine), but then again, if you are living in 2016 and still using message board technology, it's probably the last thing you care about.  

    I guess I am....

     

    In all honesty, though, I miss the community.  I miss being able to support people's new releases, hear about their new mixes, get excited about a new record store someone is opening up, a movie review.  All that is gone.  I'm friends with a lot of the same people on Facebook and it's not the same.  In fact, I unfollowed a lot of them because of the same stupid daily narcissism.  

    Also, I haven't been on Waxidermy in years, but props to them for keeping it simple and retaining their audience.  That was not a healthy place for me, though.  The last few times I was on there, it was filled with ex pats reveling in this place's demise.  

    Nonetheless, I am fully dedicated to having this place still up and running for more years to come!  The archives are one of my children and I hope people get the same value out of them as I do.


    Raj, you are CLEARLY disconnected son. The last thing, anybody cares about is poasting from their smartphone.
    Only thing I do that is close is listen to some mixes on Soundcloud on my phone.

    And the fact that the OG dudes still come back to this site and type in "soulstrut.com" like a junkie looking for one last hit,
    speaks on how there is still a need.  I for one still wanna talk about the NBA, but couldn't even find the damn thread.

    Someone mentioned "vibe".  You can't revive a site by "ghostbumping" or everyone pitching in a music-related thread.
    That shit is corny and has failed every time.

    Another thing Raj.  I don't think anyone has the time or wherewithal to go through achived msg board poasts.  or cares for that matter.
    Most of the pics you can't even view anymore.

    Waxi I think has slowed down a bit too.

    Youichi, I swear this will be my last "why must I cry" moment.  I'm sure others agree with your sentiments.  I'm not disagreeing.  I've made some last ditch efforts that have been perceived as failures.   I'm just doing what feels right for me 17 years after I started this site.  It feels right for me to revisit and restore threads I missed because I was busy being a father.  It feels right bumping those threads because I want others to see how great they were.  If any one can see these threads and be inspired, my job is done.  This will be the site's legacy,

      
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  • Why So Quiet Around Here?

    yuichi said:
    Hey guys.  To be completely blunt, the last format/layout change I think completely turned off most
    remaining OG members. 
    I noticed that.. Harvey Canal, Batmon, Laserwolf, DB Cooper all jumped shipped after the "upgrade".  I will admit that the latest upgrade was a last ditch attempt to be "relevant" as it features a lot of more social media stylings.  It does have it's benefits (like a better search engine), but then again, if you are living in 2016 and still using message board technology, it's probably the last thing you care about.  

    I guess I am....

     

    In all honesty, though, I miss the community.  I miss being able to support people's new releases, hear about their new mixes, get excited about a new record store someone is opening up, a movie review.  All that is gone.  I'm friends with a lot of the same people on Facebook and it's not the same.  In fact, I unfollowed a lot of them because of the same stupid daily narcissism.  

    Also, I haven't been on Waxidermy in years, but props to them for keeping it simple and retaining their audience.  That was not a healthy place for me, though.  The last few times I was on there, it was filled with ex pats reveling in this place's demise.  

    Nonetheless, I am fully dedicated to having this place still up and running for more years to come!  The archives are one of my children and I hope people get the same value out of them as I do.


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  • Why So Quiet Around Here?

    @tripledouble 

    Nice to see you check in.  I think there were a series of missteps that eventually encouraged a lot of the older heads to move on (changing of board software, too much political bullshit, the rise of social media). There are still some OGs on here, though.  

    Any attempts to revitalize has been short-lived because at this point in my life a) I have a demanding career b) I'm older and lazier, and c) I don't live and breathe records like I used to.

    I'm still committed to keep this place up for a few more years and may plan to archive it so that it is accessible for a long time.

    Soulstrut por vida

      
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  • Moderator?

    Thanks Bill.  You now have the power.

      
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  • The Summer Of Unlove

    I can't go on Social Media anymore.  So many misinformed idiots.  The Internet has divided everyone.  We're now set back 200 years.
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  • Photography Strut - Pics you shot recently

    dizzybull said:
    Jimster said:
    Raj, on those road trips, do you seek out local coffee spots etc. or are you just passing through for the photos?  I just wonder, based on the imagery, if it's all Bubba and dem shooting the "Pop: 27" sigs or whether there are hidden spots of humanity?

    I can't speak for RAJ but I feel like these kids of spots are all over.  But I live in the Southwest which is ghost town central. Even in San Diego county we have towns that were all but abandoned when the 8 freeway was built so all these little highway towns just dried up (ala the movie Cars - we have our own version of Route 66).


    To electro thug klezmer beats or whatever you name is (sorry), what camera are you shooting on that does those panoramas?

      

    Correct.  These types of spots are all over the Southwest US (especially the stretch of Route 66 from Albuquerque, NM to San Bernadino, CA).  It's all ugly urban sprawl from there to Santa Monica.    There are spots on the East Coast, but you don't get the type of negative space and desolation that you get out West.  Also, there is no humidity out there so you still see a lot of vintage cars and trucks out on the road. It's like a scene from a Wim Wenders movie .  I usually like to plan a trip in March / April when I'm sick of the shitty weather here.  What's even better is if I can coincide it with a record show.

    Here are some Polaroids from my West Texas trip.

    Sierra Blanca TX Target Marathon West Texas Odessa TX Van Horn TX San Antonio TX Van Horn TX Van Horn TX San Antonio TX
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  • Corona Virus Revealed

    I just did a test run on Instagram Live.  The set up was simple.  Line out of the amp into an iRig i had laying around into the iPhone.  The feedback was good though I couldn't see any levels.  I ordered an iphone tripod mount.  Hoping to go live with some beers Friday or Saturday night.
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