We all know imitation is flattery. Duane and guests, Phenomenal Handclap Band, played "You Know" by Stone Coal White, an early 1970's funk band reissued this year on Cali-Tex, DJ Shadow's label. My first thought was this was a demo tape of later, funkier Curtis Mayfield And The Impressions. Listen to the vocals and lo-fi recording quality, and you'll understand why. Since I mentioned Mayfield, here is Terre T. on Cherry Blossom Clinic playing 1970's "Miss Black America."
Influences among artists is an advantageous thread for DJs. Frank Zappa bought Edgard Varese records in his early teens. On the Fro Show, Jesse played "Dog Breath, In the Year of the Plague" from Zappa's 1969 Uncle Meat next to Varese's "Intégrales" The tracks sound different on first listen. But soak in how the high voices and the instrumental second half of Zappa's track about "stealing hubcaps" sound like the orchestral abstractions in Varese' piece. Zappa, and by extension Jesse, meld the inane with high art until there is no line separating them.
John Allen sandwiched "My Friend Rain" by the Sun City Girls between "Clang Of The Yankee Reaper" by Van Dyke Parks and "P.F. Sloan" by Jimmy Webb. Both Parks and Webb were California songwriters in the 1960s and 1970s. The Sun City Girls track may have more raw production and much looser harmonics, but the song structure is a good match with the two other tracks. What jumps at the listener, though, is John's risk taking: by placing "My Friend Rain" between the Parks and Webb, he changes textures, then changes back. John risks cohesion for variation and gets both.
Influences are sometimes covert. On Busy Doing Nothing, Charlie played "Message From Home" by Broadcast after Sergio Mendes And Brazil '66's cover of the The Beatles' "Fool On The Hill." The moods are opposite--light and airy followed by dark and creepy. But consider that Broadcast soaked themselves in 1960s soundtrack and lounge music before darkening those sources with modern electronic hues. Charlie's thread might not be as glaring as those above, but is surely present.
Once you throw out genre labels, the connections in music are endless.