The "DJ Soul Sister's Picks" bin at the Domino Sound Record Shack (2557 Bayou Road, 309-0871) contains selections culled from both her WWOZ radio show and weekly dance parties at Mimi's in the Marigny. Gambit asked Soul Sister — aka Melissa Weber — to expound on some of her favorites:
• The J.B.'s, Hustle With Speed (1975)
"My favorite J.B.'s album. Every song on here is good. This is the reason I love the word 'hustle,' too. I really started using it after this album."
• Grover Washington Jr., Live at the Bijou (1978)
"This Grover Washington Jr. album is so good. I mentioned this in Wax Poetics as one of my top 10 favorite albums of all time."
• Leroy Hutson, Hutson (1975)
"Leroy Hutson is a soul singer people need to be hip to. He actually was the lead singer of the Impressions after Curtis Mayfield left. He also co-wrote 'The Ghetto' and other songs with Donnie Hathaway. He's this really soulful person, but sort of under the radar."
• Donald Byrd, Ethiopian Knights (1972)
"This Donald Byrd album is pretty trippy. A lot of people are not hip to it. Very funky. It's only got three songs on it, two of them over 15 minutes long. Long-playing grooves."