By the time most of you have read this, the music will have stopped.
So I’d like to make an attempt to thank A Tribe Called Quest, Al Green, Alicia Myers, Ana Caram, Andre Castano, Angela Johnson, Aurra, Bab Rolando 808, Bali Lounge, Barbara Tucker, Barrington Levy, Barry White, Bassmental, Bassnectar, Bear Who, Beenie Man, Billy Cobham, B.B. King, Black Science Orchestra, Black Uhuru, Blue Asia, Bob Marley, Bobby Womack, Booker T & The M.G.’s, Bootsy, Boozoo Bajou, Brass Construction, Brother Jack McDuff, Buju Banton, Byron Stingily, C Scott, Cameo, CeCe Peniston, Change, Charles Moui, Charles Webster, Chris Jasper, Chucky Sly, Cindy Mizelle, Circulation, Club Artists United, Coffee Kids, Crystal Waters, Daddy Funk 45, Darien Bailey, David Bowie, Deep Brothers, Deep Wide, Deniece Williams, Disko Knights, Dissidenten, DJ Andre Harris, DJ Aphreme, DJ Fudge, DJ Language, DJ Mbuso Sboniso Dlada, DJ Nermin, DJ Spen, DJ Spettro, DJ Spinna, Dobet Gnahore, DunnEASY, E-Man, Earth, East River Rituals, Ed the Red, Eddie Kendricks, Edit Van Halen, Elements of Life, Entertainment, Ernest Raglin, Erro, Erykah Badu, Esther Philips, Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Fernanda Abrue, Fila Brazillia, First Class, Florian, Foremost Poets, Fred Everything, Funk, Funkadelic, Galaxy People, Ganeesh, Geoffrey Gordon, George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars, George Duke, Goapele, Grace Jones, Graham Central Station, Groove Theory, Guy, Hardstone, Herbie Hancock, House Music, Housin’ Funk Parliament, Howard Johnson, Husky Matt Meler, Hustle & Flow, Ike “Black Liquid” Ngwaba, India, IndySoul, Innervision, Intik, Ital Foods, J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, J.C. Lodge, Jacob London, Jamal, James Brown, Jay Tripwire, Jazz, Jazzanova, Jill Scott, Jimpster, Jimmy Hendrix, John “Julius” Knight, Johnny Hammond, Jon Cutler, Joyce Sims, Julius Papp, Jungle Brothers, Kan Sano, Keith Hudson, Keith Sweat, Keith Thompson, Ken ECB, Kenny Dope, Kerri Chandler, Kiko Navarro, Kim English, King Kooba, Kink, Kool & The Gang, Kurtis Blow, La Veda Simpson, Ladybug Mecca, Lawnchair Generals, Lee, Lil Louis, Lisa Fischer, Littlemen, Loose Ends, Louie Vega, Lovelea, Lucky Dube, LuRob, Mad Scientist, Magik Johnson, Mandrill, Marcus Miller, Mark Farina, Marlon D, Marques Wyatt, Martin Venetjoki, Marvin Gaye, Masters at Work, Mati, Michael Henderson, Miguel Migs, Monsieur Dodo, Mood Swing, Moon Rock, Moss, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Mtume, Music, Nathan Adams, No Assembly Required, Non-Stop Mixes, Norman Conners, Nuyorican Soul, Omega, One Way, Only Freak, Oscar P, Ovasoul 7, Paul Johnson, Peter Tosh, Platinum Pied Pipers, Prince Dubb I, Quant, Ralph Falcon, Ramsey Lewis, Rayko, Recloose, Red X, Reggae, Rene & Angela, Rhonda Smith, Richard Samuels, Rick James, Rob Mirage, Robin Duhe, Roland Clark, Ron E. Jones, Rose Royce, Roy Ayers, Roy Davis Jr., S.O.S. Band, Sabrina Johnson, Sagat, Santana, Scuba, Shalamar, Sharon Redd, Shirley Marshall, Side Effect, Sister Sledge, Skyy, Slave, Slope, Sly & The Family Stone, Smokey Robinson, Soul-Ty, Souldynamic, Steel Pulse, Steve Miggedy Maestro, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Stolen Identity, Strafe, Subercabana, Sumo, Sweetback, T. J. Rhemi, Terence Trent D’Arby, The Brothers Johnson, The Bucketheads, The Crusaders, The Dells, The Demetrios Project, The Family Stand, The G.A.P. Band, The Isleys, The Jimmy Castor Bunch, The Moments, The Muthafunkaz, The O’Jays, The Ohio Players, The Pocket Dwellers, The System, The Temptations, The Stylistics, Third World, Thor, Tom Browne, Tom Tom Club, Tony Toni Tone, Treologic, Unforscene, Unlimited Touch, Urban Soul, Ursula Rucker, Vibezelect, Victor Wooten, Viola, Vision, Waldemar Bastos, War, Wayman Tisdale, Weather Report, Wind & Fire, Wish feat. Fonda Rae, Wyclef Jean, Yam Who, Yarbrough & Peoples, Zapp, Ziggy Marley…this isn’t even most of them…there are so many many more.
I know I left someone out… it always happens… know that I thank you too!
There are years of articles and posts within this site. Feel free to check them out. Some topical and some not.
I want to thank all of the artists who took the time out of their busy lives to respond to my attempts to reach out to them. I want to thank in particular Joyce Sims and Chris Jasper for allowing me the opportunity of playing their new releases when they came out. I’m proud that we’ve even had the opportunity to create artwork for their projects too!
I want to thank Shawn, one of the best ears in the business, for helping me track down some of the best music I’ve ever heard. I want to thank Wardell for opening up his world of music to me and then spending time putting together sets so I can share that world with you. Not everyone can hear what you feel. I want to thank Daizee her enthusiasm for the sound. It helped when I needed it most.
I certainly want to thank the thousands of humans across this planet spending tens of thousands of hours checking out the music and the mixes I was able to create with the help of these many artists. I want to thank whomever that is wearing the Official WBPM NetRADIO shirt over in Japan. I’m still amazed that there’ve been times when people of opposing factions, religions and groups were listening to the same music at the same time while others in their groups were blowing each other up. Go figure.
I’ve always felt that if we do not support our musicians then we are willfully allowing ourselves to die a silent death.
Please continue to support those who are in support of you and your sounds.
I will always do the same.
Thanks to all of you who’ve supported what I was trying to do.
So there ya have it… 11 years and some odd months of non-stop music streaming from WBPM NetRADIO. What’s next? Ohhhh… I gots plans. We ain’t finished yet!
Kinda dramatic huh? LOL!!
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3 Days to go
And then we’ll see…
There will be some changes but I’m not at liberty to tell.
You’ll just have to check back often…
I’m just sayin’…
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by DJ Whatshisname on May.03, 2015, under Uncategorized
The station that is…
After 11 years with all of the costs and time involved …
I’m really debating whether or not I should continue this internet station…
It’s been one hell of a blast DJ’ing the live sets and programming the shows…
WBPM NetRADIO has allowed me the opportunity to work with and communicate with some amazing humans from across the planet. I’m blessed to have met some who’ve opened my eyes and ears to new worlds. I truly and deeply thank you. Maybe one day Mars…
It’s just that now with things as they are…
I need more time to focus…
So in the mean time while I make up my mind…
I will present some of my favorite sets from the past…
Who knows… maybe even mix up one last one for the road….
IF it comes to that.
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Finally March is here…
That means… all of that cold you guys up north are suffering with is not much longer to last and…
Spring is near…and…
The clocks move ahead this month and best of all…
What is that you ask? Who will be there? Learn more here. Last time I was there, my DJ buddy (who shall remain nameless) wasn’t feeling well so we were not really able to enjoy the events as planned. But I can tell you that the mood was cool and everyone that I came in contact with was on point. Will I be there this year? Unfortunately, circumstances preclude the drive down but I will be there in spirit.
This site has moved due to issues with our hosting service. More changes to come as well. It’s been a very busy time here at the shop and I’ve been burning all ends of the candle (working with a deadline here).
Anyhow, I want to invite you the passerby to stop in and check out the music since you are in my neighborhood. And maybe if miracles of miracles occur I will see you at the conference!
So, once again its “Valentine’s Day“
Ever wonder who was this Valentine dude and was this person really all that “mushy”?
Did a little digging and it seems that the Catholic Church recognizes about three different saints named either Valentinus or Valentine. One line goes that Roman emperor Claudius II decreed single dudes made better soldiers than those with wives (hmmm Spartans had wives…). So, he outlawed marriage for the soldiers. Valentine, a priest, defied the emperor so he was put to death (no sense of humor that dude).
Another line is that Valentine was a priest who helped Christians escape Roman prisons.
Then there is one about Valentine being the first to send a “valentine” to his jailor’s daughter who visited him while he was in the slammer prior to his death.
So this priest reputation as a heroic, sympathetic but mainly romantic type is what really seemed to fire his popularity in the following centuries.
Another idea is that the holiday was created in order to Christianize a pagan holiday named Lupercalia. Originally the Pagan holiday survived the rise of Christiandom only later to be deemed un-Christian.
But enough of the historical possibilities. Ever wonder when all the commercialization began? How about during the 1800s. That’s right we’ve been getting bombarded to give people money to say what we should be able to say in the first place for over 200 years!
It has gone from simple cards to elaborate underwear. And while the commercialization has continued, music has been employed to further push the movement of momentos and gifts.
Interestingly enough it seems musicians, songwriters and others don’t seem to need a special day to create music where love is the main theme. In that groove I present to you a set of songs where you can catch the drift any time of year any time of day. The Valentine set is in the rotation and will be heard during the weekend. It features the likes of Bootsy, Atlantic Starr, Al Green, Zapp, L.T.D., Roy Ayers, Norman Conners, Floetry, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The Stylistics, The Jones Girls and more singing about a range of heartfelt emotions.
Check out the set.
Stay Sane (and warm “Northerners”), Peace,
Good tidings to all and all of that stuff. Hope you’ve been well or at least trying to be so.
This will no doubt prove to be an interesting year.
Changes coming to the station very soon.
Stay tuned okay?
In the meantime, don’t be shy checking out the sets that are currently streaming.
Some have noticed that there are not a lot of shows listed on the station’s calendar.
That does in no way mean there is nothing on in fact, there is even more music playing.
So, no it simply means that the format is extremely varied and no matter when you tune in you will hear something quite tasty!
New lineups and new shows are on the drawing board and in the meantime DJ will be continue creating the mix sets you know and love.
There just will be no warnings.
Lot’s of madness in the news (surprise).
But that’s seems to be the way of the world these days.
Just don’t you go mad on this ball of confusion (Temptations, great group).
Remember to remember to consider the source and where they are coming from when you hear it.
For those who love Jazz and don’t hear enough on the radio…
Check out Ronnie Foster‘s “Mystic Brew” off of his “The Two Headed Freap” and tell me what group used it and for what song….
The winner will get something.
Naturally it is playing on the station and it is part of a set of some good cuts. Another example is Ramsey Lewis‘ remake of one of his most famous songs “Sun Goddess”. It’s in there as is also music by Harvey Mason and cast of others. This set is huge and you will enjoy tuning in. As always the stream is produced so that even those with slower low bandwidth connects will hear a quality broadcast.
Remember this station survives only with your continued support.
Pass the word on to:
those who don’t know about WBPM NetRADIO
those who would prefer to listen to the station without commercial interruptions (definiteyly sign up for a VIP account)
those who like a variety of music by a variety of artists
those who are tired of hearing same songs hour after hour (after hour).
Make sure you drop them a hint. It’s the right thing to do and they will look at you with “new eyes”!
Gotta go, things to flow – y’know?
Check out WPBM NetRADIO’s Live 365 stream! Recently added rare versions of club classics, funk jams and more!
Like the slow jam sets? GREAT!! If you have not stopped in lately…
Take a look at What you are missing…
Views for thoughts…
At one time of another I’m sure we’ve all heard “this one was the start of that” and whatnot. Where you were when you first saw a DJ will likely color your perception of where mixing records started. Here is a vid with some very interesting details. Mixing music is an Art as well as A Science.
Knowing what to play when is based on a number of factors including who is the audience, where you are at and when as well. Take a minute (or a few) to take a look at this. You will hear classic anthems being referred to as well as learn a few things about the tech and history of such things as mixers and even those HUGE speakers you saw at block parties and clubs.
DJ’ing is more than simply playing records or yakking on the microphone as you will see…
Before “I’m the rapper, He’s the DJ” there was this…
Those from “up the way” will recognize a number of the names mentioned here…
Hope you enjoy this video narrated by Public Enemy’s Chuck D…
Enjoy the vid. What to hear more?
Go ahead … click the link…its better than a mix tape (longer too!!)
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Internet radio music lovers, if you could control the “Wayback Machine”, who’s music would you bring back?
Minnie? Luther? James? Vesta? Who?
I got to thinking about that as I was hunting down new music for upcoming sets. I started thinking back to what got me listening to certain artists even at the young age that I did.
Did the lyrics make sense? Did I really understand what they were talking about on those songs? I’ll admit it, many times..No!!!
More often than not, the beat snatched me by the ‘fro and shook me loose only when done. It seems sometimes that today after years of using my ears, more often than not something seems missing. I’m sure part of that feeling is fueled by a sense of nostalgia. I do miss the tight arrangements of a full blown Cameo or Ohio Players.
I definitely miss the wordsmithing that went on in a number of George Duke‘s cuts. I miss the urgency of Max Roach’s “Right Now”, Eric B & Rakim, Odetta, Grand Master Flash & The Furious 5, The KayGees, Jackie Wilson, Charlie Mingus (shoot, “Goodbye Pork Pie Hat” still stops me in my tracks…). Curtis Mayfield‘s writing is some of the best ever heard. Marley, Coletrane and Miles all too good to be true but were.
Blakey, Blige & Berry too. Let me stop because I could go on and on. I think you get the drift.
Even some of the so called “mechanical” beats of the 1980s pops into my thoughts from time to time. Now, that is never to say that today’s musical landscape is barren and nothing more than a wasteland. Far from it. I hear some good stuff out there and try as often as one can to get my grubby fingers on those tracks. Still, there are times when I scan the airwaves just to see what corporate minds are trying to dump into ours and I hear nothing.
Used to be you got it off the air because that was where it was. Now, after all of the mergers and buyouts involving local stations this past decade or so, things have become, well, bland. I remember a time when I looked forward to road trips down south from New York because it meant that I would get to hear what everyone down the East Coast was getting to hear.
I also learned over time that what plays in Georgia may not necessarily make it “up North”. So, there’s a lot of music Northerners missed out on too.
Recent past drives “up North” found me lugging stacks of DVDs to listen to in the car.
I remember learning how in the past, stations were concerned about listener “satisfaction”. It would seem that now you get what you get. Less variety and more B.S. They know if they play something enough times – literally beat a song into your brain – they can influence your tastes. They do that instead of presenting something for your consumption and letting you decide if you like it or not.
As a result fewer people have a clue what their musical heritage really is. If people know more about the recording careers of an Aretha or a Johnnie Taylor, I believe there would even be the possibility of less strife between people. If you have NetFlix, check out some of the music documentaries streamed there. There’s quite a few. I recently checked out one about Muscle Shoals. Very interesting. shed light on a lot of things I suspected.
So I’m wondering today. If you had control of a Wayback Machine’s joy sticks, what would you do with them. Would variety play a factor? I know what I would do.
P.S.: We have another dedication coming this week at noon. Those in the know who it is dedicated to and why. Again this week’s cut is dedicated to those who’ve managed to get you thoroughly ticked off. Made you wanna holla not so nice things at the top of your lungs. Scream at the fool in the left lane tying up traffic or cutting people off or tapping on their brakes for no reason or driving with their lips loving a cell phone. It’s short and too the point. But it gets the message across. This Friday 12 Noon. Remember tender eardums may need to turn it down or wait until 12:10! This cut may not be suitable for all environments!
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Spring has sprung and summer is knocking on our doors…
The summer mix set is coming. Working hard on it.
Those of us who love spoken words lost a voice this morning.
Maya Angelou passed on today as she continues her journey.
May we all listen to the message of her words and learn from her experiences.
Here’s an example of what I mean. Something that made me go “Hmmmm…” when it bounced against my skull…(Read the pic!)
That’s what I’m talking about.
Been really busy lately. Looking for more VIP listeners to help support this station (cost of music is crazy man!!!)
There are nearly 1500 of you out there that have saved this station as a preset. So, I’m wondering if you really dig the commercials.
I’ve been listening as a non-VIP and I have to say, I hate how they get dropped in on the music. (I have no control over how and when the commercials get dropped in but would if more people would go VIP). How can you listen to the same commercial back to back over and over again? Amazes me. But anyway, I’ll just monitor the VIP stream and hope you enjoy the commercials. I know I can’t deal with them — breaks the groove up yanno?
BTW: Was watching the TV the other day and saw “Mr. Bloviated” himself (Rush Limbaugh or “Jabba the Rush” as I call him) spew in a video clip disrespecting the First Lady, Michelle Obama (frankly I’m sure she doesn’t pay him any mind). She was doing her part to raise awareness about the girls who were recently kidnapped in Nigeria. Immediately one song came to mind soon as he opened his “orifice”.
I will play it at the top of the Friday Mix at Noon eastern time. If you have tender ears or are listening in a place where saltier language is not appreciated, you might want to either turn down the volume for a few minutes or wear headphones. Also you might want to try to contain yourself. Try not to bust out laughing too loud okay? Remember This Friday at Noon Eastern!
Actually if there is anyone on your planet you mentally flip the bird to, This is the song you should dedicate to them.
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Wow.. its been an entire decade streaming music via the internet…amazing…
First off I would like to pass along my deepest condolences to the Family, Friends and Fans of Mr. Francis Nicholls
Known to the most of us as Frankie Knuckles one of the originators of a music that permeates what we hear to this day. His accomplishments are legend and he is respected throughout the music industry working with some of the brightest stars in the Galaxy of music. (See the video the real story of house music here.)
I would be remiss to also celebrate the life and times of Ms. Joyce Beachum.
Most of you don’t know her like you are familiar with Mr. Knuckles but to those who do, she’s right up there with those you know as one of the most positive caring humans to have ever walked this planet. So, much respect sister. I miss you.
All this comes wrapped up in the realization that WBPM NetRADIO is celebrating a decade of streaming music to the planet. It started with me getting tired of lugging a stack of CDs to work and ended up as this. Along the way I have been in contact with some amazing people and have been encouraged by people like Joyce while inspired by the likes of Frankie (Knuckles and Crocker to name a few).
I want to thank all of the indie artists who decided to allow me the honor of presenting their music. I want to thank those like Joyce Sims, Mic Murphy (The System) and Chris Jasper for especially reaching out to me and allowing me the opportunity to pass the goodness to you.
Imagine the shock of realizing that the stream set up to allow me to listen to what I wanted to hear at work was being listened to by someone somewhere else! Dag, now I have to do it “right”! Or, the day I received an email stating that the station was Voted the Best in R&B & Jazz about a year after it went live and also topping the Garage Music genre @ Live365.com last year! The nerves that frayed when a live show went dead because my feed to the internet temporarily failed..that was fugly. The joy when someone in Japan brought an official WBPM NetRADIO T-Shirt or seeing that there were people on the planet listening in places where I didn’t even realize they had internent access! Like island out in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
We talked about Jazz and Funk and Hip Hop and of course House and some of its “sonic temples“. We talked about R&B and the stars of Soul. We talked about how its all connected and gave examples.
Here you saw responses to world events from NY to Arizona the other side of the world. Even here in the “Sunshine State” (Let me go on record now: SCOTT HAS GOT TO GO. There I did it again.) Had some small fun with a wannabe and You’ve even been warned…
Seems like this site has almost become a chronicle of sorts as well, honoring those who’ve gone on the next stage in their journey. Never forget the George Dukes (see his last video), Vesta Williams, the Nick Ashfords (video) , Clarence Clemmons‘, Phoebe Snows , Gary Shider and of course the Whitneys of our worlds (to name a few). They are legion and their contributions to simply existing made the process that more bearable…
So, enough of that, I could go on and on and on…
In celebration there will be new mix sets streaming all this month featuring the cuts that have played and you’ve voted for as your favorites. Starting this afternoon (like about now!), you’ll hear cuts from the 70’s, 80’s, 90s right up to the latest cuts released these past few days.
So, as this is also an invite, click the player on the right hand side of the page and see what you’ve been missing if you’ve never tuned in before and cruise the site to see what’s been bubbling through here too!
If you have listened but have not been here since a live broadcast, you too should stick an ear in!
And to those of you who’ve listened all along I say thanks so much for making this worth the while!
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The World Is A Ghetto ~
Or so it would seem with all of the drama going on all over the place lately…
Disappearing planes, Putin putting the moves on the Ukraine (w0nder what he was like as a kid huh?). Politicians demonizing those less fortunate. Crazy. (Why is The Temptations’ “Ball of Confusion playing in the back of my mind?)
So, in order to get the rest of us in the mood to do something positive for those around us, I’m going to release this set on you a few weeks early.
What say you? Early you ask? Yes. Early.
I was saving it to be used as part of WBPM NEtRADIO’s upcoming celebration of a decade streaming music to ears in over 40 countries.
Streaming to people (I might add) that seem intent on shooting each other over something we all share (Hint: its something round and real pretty when seen from space. Another hint: It’s the only one we got.)
So tune in tomorrow from 12Noon Eastern on and check out some of the new goodness I have put together for you. I think that it will be uplifting as well as grounding and maybe even provide some foods for thoughts.
Not gonna bore you with the names of the artists who will be heard during the 5 hour long mix set. But, I will tell you that this particular set is best heard as a VIP (Those commercials are a royal pain and I know it).
That’s right, listen as a VIP (there’s a free trial I read recently). Which brings me to another idea my head bubbled up. I’m considering going all VIP starting next month.
That means if you try to tune in and you have not signed up as a VIP member you will not be able to hear what else I got planned… just sayin’.
What do you think about that?
Would you be willing to listen as a VIP if it meant no commercial interruptions and guaranteed that WBPM NetRADIO would be around for another decade? Let me know… visit the stream by clicking on the player on the right hand side of the page and click the link to send DJ a message.
I’d appreciate hearing back from you… yeah you I see you out there… acting all shy and sneaky and whatnot…
Get involved …
Okay okay…the set contains some brand new cuts from some new and not so new people and its ALL good.
I wish a Happier New Year To you all.
2013 ended like no other and at one point I thought it could be no worse. It literally
felt like a slooooooow motion train wreck. It was fast approaching as bad as things were when Bobby Jr. passed.
Thanks to all of you who’d sent get well wishes and prayers to my sister.
She’s back! (Personally I think she was just a tad too hard headed…)
Her recent illness really hit deep. See, I blame my sister for a major part of my love of music.
Yeah, my father was into the music business and I got to meet some of the legends of Soul (performers and broadcasters) at the house and sitting around a table having a meal in Frank’s Restaurant. But this is really my sister’s fault. She struck the match.
That’s because my earliest music related memory involves my sister (then a teenager) playing “Please Mr. Postman” by the Marvelettes…Over and over and over and over again..on some dinky record player.
I can recall visually where we were trekking across Harlem’s Lincoln Projects headed to some girlfriend’s house where they’d listen to more music. (I got to go because my poor sister was stuck with me more often than not!)
I can still see those tan Tamla labels centered on red plastic 45 record adapters rotating in my mind’s eye to this day.
Later .. (a lot later) I learned that while the Marvelettes were wailing to the USPS, I was also listening to the Funk Brothers backing the Marvelettes.
Playing drums was none other than Marvin Gaye with the prolific James Jamerson on bass. Who is James Jamerson you ask? No worries, you’ve heard him already…might not know it but you have. But that’s a story for another day.
This is about my melon headed sister who I love dearly for the everything that she sacrificed for me.
She really doesn’t have a melon head but I am sure there are plenty out there who would need one to contain all of the wisdom that sister has parceled out to me.
Two of the greatest gifts she gave me was her twisted sense of humor and by playing all that music around me a love for it. I will always be thankful for that.
I remember debating (I’m now a 17 yr old wannabe bass player, she a mother of four) with her as to whether or not Graham Central Station‘s “Save Me” was sacrilegious. I remember shaking my head in bewilderment… I didn’t even know what the word meant!
This is about the New Year. You know what? Upon reflection lately, I realized I didn’t feel I told her properly or often enough how much I appreciate her and what she did for me. (Except the time when I was a baby, you sucked on my cheeks until it looked like I had huge hickies on my face… you know babies feel embarrassment?). I know as people, we all go through time and manage to get all caught up in basically a lot of bullshit. Here’s a tip: We need to step back sometimes, yanno?
So one of my resolutions this year was to make sure I let her know what she did. In a sense all of this…WBPMNetRADIO the web site (the periodic written ramblings) and the internet radio station is her fault.
So, THANKS SIS! You are truly a Soul Sister.
I’ll be there soon.
P.s.: Learning to play Archie Bell & The Drell’s “Tighten Up” on the drums is your fault too. :p
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Diversity at WBPM NetRADIO
means the best
R&B, House, Reggae, Jazz, Soul, Funk, Dance and World Beat you will hear today.
Here’s some reasons why that will be heard
during the next 36 hours:
Ernest Raglin, The Isleys, Wayman Tisdale, The Dells, Smokey Robinson, Blue Asia, Deep Wide, Intik, Unforscene, Weather Report, They Stylistics, Moss, Earth, Wind & Fire, Shirley Marshall, Florian, Subercabana, Jill Scott, Yam Who, Sweetback, Bali Lounge, Kool & The Gang, Funkadelic, War, A Tribe Called Quest, Platinum Pied Pipers, Marvin Gaye, Fernanda Abrue, Quant, Bob Marley, Johnny Hammond, Aurra, The Ohio Players, The O’Jays, Graham Central Station, Erykah Badu, The Family Stand, The Temptations, Tom Browne, Scuba, George Duke, Ramsey Lewis, Ganeesh, Goapele, Fila Brazillia, Charles Webster, Dobet Gnahore, Treologic, Sly & The Family Stone, Barry White, One Way, Tom Tom Club, J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, Geoffrey Gordon, George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars, Slope, Stevie Wonder, Shalamar, James Brown, Keith Sweat, Mad Scientist, Change, Andre Castano, Roy Ayers, Lil Louis, Elements of Life, Lisa Fischer, cindy Mizelle, Nuyorican Soul, DJ Aphreme, East River Rituals, Ike “Black Liquid” Ngwaba, La Veda Simpson, Kerri Chandler, DunnEASY, Housin’ Funk Parliament, Chucky Sly, Darien Bailey, Joyce Sims, DJ Nermin, Evelyn “Champagne” King, DJ Spettro, Kink, Foremost Poets, Ken ECB, Hustle & Flow, The Demetrios Project, Jacob London, Martin Venetjoki, Magik Johnson, E-Man, Bear Who, Souldynamic, Daddy Funk 45, Lovelea, Paul Johnson, Deniece Williams, Kan Sano, Herbie Hancock, Rhonda Smith, DJ Spinna, First Class, Jamal, DJ Mbuso Sboniso Dlada, Loose Ends, Slave, Cameo, Steve Miggedy Maestro, Sister Sledge, Rayko, Sharon Redd, Disko Knights, Wish feat. Fonda Rae, The System, Circulation, The Bucketheads, Kenny Dope, Lee, Crystal Waters, Mati, Ralph Falcon, DJ Fudge, Kiko Navarro, Red X, Louie Vega, Husky Matt Meler, Ron E. Jones, Miguel Migs, 2 Da Rhythm, Roy Davis Jr., DJ Spen, The Muthafunkaz, Rob Mirage, Oscar P, C Scott, Mood Swing, Kim English, Marques Wyatt, Erro, IndySoul, Mark Farina, Soul-Ty, Nathan Adams, Richard Samuels, Buju Banton, Black Uhuru, Ziggy Marley, Esther Philips, Booker T & The M.G.’s, Peter Tosh, Boozoo Bajou, Keith Hudson, Lucky Dube, Wyclef Jean, Monsieur Dodo, Barrington Levy, Robin Duhe, Third World, Al Green, Waldemar Bastos, J.C. Lodge, Steel Pulse, Bab Rolando 808, The Pocket Dwellers, Billy Cobham, Sting, Stolen Identity, Roy Ayers, Ana Caram, Buju Banton, The Dells, T. J. Rhemi, Dissidenten, Victor Wooten, Rick James, Jazzanova, Hardstone, Mandrill, Ovasoul 7, CeCe Peniston, Byron Stingily, DJ Andre Harris, Ed the Red, Masters at Work, Beenie Man, Keith Thompson, Barbara Tucker, Sagat, Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Kim English, Ursula Rucker, Angela Johnson, Ital Foods, Fred Everything, Deep Brothers, Galaxy People, Coffee Kids, Black Science Orchestra, Julius Papp, John “Julius” Knight, Roland Clark, Omega, Jay Tripwire, Vibezelect, Sabrina Johnson, Lawnchair Generals, Urban Soul, Club Artists United, Charles Moui, Ladybug Mecca, Littlemen, Bassmental, No Assembly Required, Only Freak, LuRob, Jungle Brothers, Jon Cutler, The Jimmy Castor Bunch, Marlon D, Brother Jack McDuff, Ralph Falcon, Recloose, Jimpster, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Vision, Innervision, Prince Dubb I, Viola, Brass Construction, Kurtis Blow, King Kooba, Thor, Chucky Sly, India, Sumo, DJ Language, Bootsy, David Bowie, Stolen Identity, Bassnectar, Mtume, Moon Rock, Norman Conners, S.O.S. Band, Eddie Kendricks, Zapp, Edit Van Halen, Strafe, Skyy, The Crusaders, Bobby Womack, Groove Theory, Grace Jones, Yarbrough & Peoples, Side Effect, Michael Henderson, The G.A.P. Band, Chris Jasper, Tony Toni Tone, Terence Trent D’Arby, The Brothers Johnson, Rose Royce, Guy, Rene & Angela, Howard Johnson and Unlimited Touch…
And that’s not even everyone that will be heard!!
Tune in enjoy the most diverse non-stop mix sets heard anywhere on the internet today. Music from the 60’s right up to last week… Literally.
(This is a case where life should imitate art…yanno?)
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This May Be A Rough Week
So just in case it is, Some real good music sets are streaming this week. Some uptempo inspirational music … Some introspective music and some foot moving music to keep us going.
That’s right we’re streaming Jazz, Funk, House, Slow Jams Classic R&B Hits and also some new cuts that just came in.
If you get really busy, just tune in. We’ll get you through. Time will fly! (Shoot. If you’re not that busy, tune in anyway! Slacker!)
Don’t forget to vote for the station while you are listening to the music.
It means a lot and I promise not to raise taxes!
Tune in for the best Jazz Set Thursday.
It will feature 4 hours of non-stop goodness.
Oh… wait a minute…
None of the music is non-stop if you are not signed in as a VIP listener!
Might as well take a swing at it by grabbing the free VIP Trial that running.
Check it out and see what this station really sounds like.
Believe me no commercials makes a HUGE difference!
This is supposed to be short so I will end with this…
May your week be as smooth as glass.
May no one get on your ass
May the weekend get here fast!
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There’s a NEW MIX SET streaming.
So without spoiling it for you…
New Foremost Poets, Green Tea, Miranda Cole, Inusa, Dawuda, Alex Agore, Madeka Mokote, Ayala, Max Rosardo, Aquarius, Taliwa and a few surprises
Foot tappers, stompers and classics by The O’Jays, Miguel Migs, Bootsy Collins (feat. Samuel Jackson), check your Heartbeat with Taana Gardner, a cautionary tale by Stevie Wonder about living for the city, go Buck Fast with Attaboy, Wreckx-N-Effect, hear some Happy Music from the Blackbyrds, The Brothers Johnson, J Boogie, En Vogue, DJ Language provides some Real Music for Real People, Moonrock helps cure the Ill Street Blues, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Dig George Duke‘s “Dukey Stick” ReMix , Rose Royce, Elements of Life, Fatback Band, Cameo, Emo, The Isley Brothers, Grover Washington, Zapp provides More Bounce, Loose Ends, Rayko even Luther (as in) Vandross ;-), Roy Ayers, Jeanette “Lady” Day and hours more!
Also you will hear from INDIE ARTISTS like Michael Macri, Chanel Speedy (much respect), DiggDeep …
This is the ONLY station that streams what we do the way we do it. Spoil yourself – Tune in. Too many others are just pretendin’ to stream internet music.
Remember, we support all of the artists we play here. Not only in words but in deeds. When we play an artist’s music, we generate royalties for that artist. That’s a good thing.
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There’s a HUGE SET streaming today on WBPM NetRADIO.
“What?” Say you? I say “There is a HUGE Set playing today on WBPM NetRADIO”
It started at Midnight and will run through Midnight Thursday and within it is musical bliss for those who miss
These are the beats that made you groove (OO0!!)
You know the cuts I am talking about too. The kind you don’t hear on most internet radio or “regular” radio for that matter!
The ones that had you humming, moving without seeing
Dreaming of those what if’s and more.
The variety of these tracks stretch from Alpha Blondy (WorldBeat AfroPop) to Zapp (Straight up Funk)
You will hear music that reminds you of the good things and the times of “if you coulda, you woulda”.
They are placed in an order to make you go “Hmmm” and “MMMmmm”
“This is not your regular internet radio station okay?”
This is the biggest, longest conglomeration of sets ever streamed on this station to date.
Nearly 400 different cuts are lined up for you so don’t sleep on this one.
That’s 400 classic Jazz, Funk, Reggae, R&B, Soul, Brazilian, Fusion, African, WorldBeat, Chillout, Downtempo, House, Old School Hip Hop and indie artist tracks mixed for you Non-stop enjoyment.
Don’t be stingy either. Tell a friend about this internet radio station you’ve been listening to called WBPM NetRADIO…we could all use more of them right?
Okay go click on the widget over there to the right and get to listening. You missing the good stuff.
Don’t forget to vote for the station too!! That really helps around here!
The Other Duke…George Duke
Our most recent Duke, George, left us Monday August 5th 2013 and with his passing a gap in sound has been created.
I’d like to send my deepest condolences to those who knew and loved him best. I know I miss him.
That man over there on the right played with everyone from Rollins to Zappa to Cobham to Clarke to Mile and beyond. His is a sound that will move you whether you were into straightest ahead Jazz or the funkiest Funk. If anyone asks why have music in schools, just hip them to Duke. ‘Nuff said.
One if his early cuts “Dawn”(The Aura Will Prevail) was one of the first songs I learned to play on the bass. Many will point to his Brazilian Love Affair and Reach For It as his signature sound. But as he has said, his style is more of a gumbo. He was what they call a “Master Musician”.
Sure, plenty can bang on things, twang on things and push buttons. Few can create sound as in music. He’s composed some of the best fusion Jazz you will ever hear and some of the funkiest jams that could make you cuss. His Classical side is no joke either. Check out his “Muir Suite”. No doubt. People in the know will be talking about this one for a loooong time. I just hope that those of you who are “young” hear what’s being said and go listen for yourself. You deserve a break today. Yanno?
Check him on Bootsy Collins’ “The Funk Capitol of the World” Where they do a tribute to some of Jazz’s greatest artists. His catalog defies definition and the last album recently released will attest to the timelessness of his sound. You would be wrong to deny yourself a taste. There are not enough adjectives to describe the monumental talent that has passed on.
So, I will just leave you with these. hopefully they will convey the positive energy this human being generated…
The music of George Duke will be featured thoughtout the coming week so you can hear what I’ve heard and maybe what you’ve been missing.
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Seems to be so commercialized. You get a few good songs mixed in with a stretch of music that you hear over and over and over again peppered with the same commercials. That was how I felt when I first started this station years back. Adding to that was the fact that I was unable to listen to what I wanted to hear at work. The reception was terrible inside the building and the hours I spent at that job was during a time when radio basically went to a infomercial format during the early hours of the morning. Nothing to groove to.
I started lugging CDs to play while at my desk to help pass the time faster. They started piling up.
One night while up late at home I cruised the ‘net and came across an internet radio station from Sweden and they were literally jamming. They were blowing out some of the cuts I would’ve loved to hear at work but have not heard since “back in the day”. But something was missing. Hmmm…
I dug a little deeper and learned how they were able to legally do what they were doing without being sued by the labels and the rights organizations. I decided to start my own station so that I could tune in and listen while at work and no no longer have to lug all those doggone CDs.
I started WBPM NetRADIO in earnest. See, I had played around with doing an internet based radio station years earlier while in NY but was unfamiliar with all of the rules and regulations that went along with doing such a project so it kind of went into a sort of stasis mode.
But at this point after cruising the ‘net I was seeing that with the higher availability of faster internet access starting a station was now feasible yet still kind of pricey. I plunged ahead anyway.
Nearly a decade later here we are. WBPM NetRADIO is heard globally and has been listened to in places I wouldn’t have imagined.
Who would’ve thought that beyond listeners in the U.S. that this station would be picked up in such countries as the UK, Costa Rica, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Turkey, Nigeria, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Singapore, Brazil, Denmark, Korea, Russia, Spain, The Netherlands, Australia, Isreal, Cyprus, Italy, Taiwan, Argentina, The Phillippines, Ethiopia, Chile, Colombia, Sweden, Venezuela, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Namibia, Qatar, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Poland, Thailand, Iraq, Hungary, Malta, Ireland, Martinique, Egypt and the People’s Republic of China. And, that’s in the past month alone! I was honestly surprised when all those years ago to find someone else listening to a stream I put together so that I could listen at work. (I find it ever interesting how people in countries that “oppose” each other have no problem listening to the same kinds of music. Just something that makes me go “Hmm…”)
This month (assuming no further catastrophic equipment flameouts) you will hear the works of some new independent artists and artists you may be familiar with. Including in the latest play lists are Red X, Quentin Harris, DJ SPen, Maurice Joshua, Lem Springsteen, Black Coffee, Roy Ayers, Joey Negro,Sunkids, Charice, Mimistry of Funk, Jacob London, Martin Venetjoki, Kerri Chandler, DJ Dove, Joyce Sims (new cut coming out and it is TIGHT!), Laura Vane, Ken ECB, Jon Cutler, Chris Carrier, Funk La Planet All Stars, Dennis Ferrer, Lil Louis, Teena Marie, Only Freak, DJ Mike Cruz,Byron Stinglily, Jay Tripwire, Erykah Badu, Unforscene, J. Boogie, Bassnectar, King Kooba, Uman, Platinum Pied Pipers, Stevie Wonder, Pleasure, Mark Farina, Jocelyn Brown, Rebirth, Loose Ends, Jazzanova, Parliament, Lisa Shaw, Inner City, Kings of Tomorrow, Capitol A, Mercury, Praxis, Black Box, Raze, Elements of Life, Nuyorican Soul, Delano Smith, Roland Clark, Marxman, Steel Pulse, Eva Be, Groove Theory, Praful, Jill Scott, Maxwell, Mad Lion, Barry White, Soul II Soul, Howard Johnson, War, Marques Wyatt, Miguel Migs, David Bowie, Martin Luther, Grace Jones, Nice & Smooth, East Side Movement, Andy Caldwell and dozens of other artists from a wide variety of genres.
But here’s the rub.
In order to be able to stream all of this music and keep getting my paws on more takes people signing up as a VIP listener. Doing so benefits WBPM NetRADIO as well as those who do. When you sign up as a VIP you get to listen to the music without any interruptions. WBPM NetRADIO earns a small (make that damn near tiny) fee for every hour you tune in as a VIP. Remember VIP status means NO COMMERCIALS at all. Just non-stop music that is mixed so that it is a well blended stream of R&B, House music, Jazz, Fusion, Blues, Reggae, Down Tempo grooves and Chilled Beats. One song mixed into the next.
I tried listening to the free stream and I have to admit listening to three or four songs in a row only to hear the some commercial I just heard not too long ago killed me. I know some of them by heart now! I don’t know why many would rather listen to the commercials!
Try the VIP trial and let me know if you agree that this station sounds totally different and entirely better commercial free.
Stay sane (’cause it is nuts out there lately)
As in “This is some…”
One night in San Diego my car a mint condition Electric Blue ’73 440 Charger, died on the way home from work. I was about 3 blocks away when it happened. I was able to pull into a parking space and lock up the car. The plan was to walk the remaining distance, get some tools, a flashlight and see what I could do to get it running.
One block from my apartment, SDPD stopped me and demanded ID. No reason was given and I was smart enough to not ask why at that time.
I showed my military ID (I’d been in the Navy nearly six years by this time) and after some mumbling they let me go. That was in 1982 I was not yet 24 yrs old.
Jump ahead to 1984. Same car but now we are passing through the town of Bethpage, NY (little town on the Nassau/Suffolk county border out on Long Island) on the way to work to what was then Grumman. I’d just started a job as a “teleprocessing analyst” (don’t ask). I get stopped again. This time the claim is I was speeding. The speed limit was 35 MPH. I was doing 40 MPH. The ticket said I doubled the speeding ticket. We are not even going to talk about how many points etc. I got hit with.
Jump ahead to 1986. New job . This time I have a night time network management gig at British Airways’ headquarters located on Park Avenue in New York. New car. A brand new black IROC Camaro. Loaded. 5 speed T-tops. Louvers over the rear window. All the goodies. Nightly, I would drive from midtown Manhattan back out to Huntington, Long Island where I was living at the time. I would get stopped by Nassau or Suffolk County police asking for ID. They run my plates. Nothing. No warrants etc. No ticket. I’m let go. In the coming months I notice that I am seeing a lot of unmarked police cars in my travels and they always seem to follow me for a period of time. I say to myself “…this is some Bull…”
Eventually I get rid of the car and move into New York City renting an apartment in Harlem. (One less headache right?)
Its now the mid ’90s and I am playing the bass in a really good band with some amazing cats. On this particular day I’m heading back to my apartment after a jam session. I have my bass in a guitar bag that I carry over one shoulder. Its one of those short headless basses. Maybe a little under a yard long. I see two transit cops on the subway platform to my left and I without thinking turn to my right and head the other way.
The F Train pulls into the station and as I’m about to step onto the train, I am yanked off the train by these two cops. They want to know what is in the bag. I tell them its my bass. They say it could be a gun. I think I wished I had a gun at that point. It takes all of 10 seconds to show them I really had a bass in the bag. But it took them half an hour to decide what to do with me. I think to myself “This is really some Bull…” I started taking taxis. Mainly “Gypsy cabs” when I can but in some parts of NYC you have to catch a Yellow or “Medallion” cab as they are the only type of taxi available in some parts of the City. Which is problematic because they don’t always want to take you to Brooklyn which was where I was living at the time.
A short time passes – now I find myself on the corner of 14th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan trying to catch a yellow cab (guess where I want to go.) No such luck. they just zoom by (I could’ve sworn some of them even sped up). So I had the young lady I was with stand 10 feet away and try to flag down a cab. Took all of a few seconds. As she got in I joined her. The driver, some dude from the Middle East drives half a block and decides that he’s “Off Dootie”. I’m like you can’t go off duty after taking a fare. We argue back and forth and I tell him “…okay fine drop us off at the next corner” (it was well lit and I wanted witnesses).
Once we got to the corner, I decided we’re not leaving that cab. He gets all excited – starts bouncing around in the front seat as though he’s reaching for something and the young lady is out of there. I mean it was like someone had pulled a rope. She opens her door on the street side of the cab just as another cab is passing by. The taxi door clips the passing taxi cab and its mirror comes off. Naturally the passing cab pulls over. Now, while this is going on, I am yelling out of the cab to passersby to call a cop. No one listens. They look me dead in the face and keep walking. Lovely.
The driver of the cab I was in gets really pissed now and he jumps out of the car. Naturally me thinking he was going after her gets out too. He opens his trunk to take out a tire iron. By time I get back to the rear of the car he is stepping in the direction the young lady headed off in with this tire iron in his hand. I grab him by the neck and then it hits me. This guy is like 4 1/2 feet tall! I say to him “Gimme that damn tire iron. Are you nuts? You gonna hit her with a tire iron? Really?” I throw it to the ground as I look about for the now missing lady that was with me. I happen to glance over to a car that stopped at the light. It was stopped beside the cab I’d just vacated. There was this lady sitting in the front passenger seat with those glasses you see in the old Far Side comics looking at me like “Omigod!!! Omigod!!!” You’d think she was staring at Godzilla or something. I’m still holding this guy keeping him from running off after the young lady I was with. (Okay maybe I was bouncing him off of the hood of their car. Things were happening kinda fast…)
Nooow the police show up. Two of them and they are making a bee line towards me hands hovering over their guns. I’m thinking to myself “This is some Bull…”
I let the guy go and immediately tell the cops to slow down that “I am the passenger and he won’t take me to Brooklyn”. They looked at each other and smirked then asked “Where’s your witnesses?” “She ran off after this nut jumped out like he wanted to hurt someone with a tire iron in his hand” I said. Then the taxi cab driver claimed the young lady and I had jumped into the cab while he was off duty. The male cop looks at me with one end of his monobrow raised.
Remember the other cab that lost the mirror as he passed? Well the driver was standing right there and he says ” No. He wasn’t off duty. He didn’t turn on the off duty light until his door took off my mirror!”
Meanwhile my mind is like. They (the cops) immediately came at me like I did something before they even knew what was going on…this is really some Bull…
We eventually got back to Brooklyn and I eventually got another car. Cabs didn’t seem to work out too tough for me.
Its now 1995 and I am returning from a concert at the Jackie Robinson estate. Great show. Max Roach, Mark Ledford and one of the Debarges (I want to say El…) Ran into an old childhood neighbor and met the fantastic Mrs. Jackie Robinson (one of the most gracious and down to earth humans you could possibly meet). But I digress. The concert is over and I’m now crossing a bridge from Manhattan into Brooklyn. I get pulled over. Speeding he says. Get this. The police officer was parked on the bridge (I saw him as I sat at the light on the approach to the bridge). The light changes and a limo blows past all of us sitting at the light and races onto the bridge. The NYPD cop pulled out to catch the “speeder” and he nearly hits me because I was right next to him. See he had not hit his lights yet when he pulled out. Guess who got the invite to one of NYC’s ticket mills… more Bull.
Since then I have been stopped countless times. Its always some lame excuse like speeding when there was no way I could have been or “your license plate was hard to read”. I remember one night on I-95 on a trip from New Jersey to Florida I got pulled over twice. Once coming into Brunswick GA by state trooper and soon as I pulled off from them after having my car searched and pee’d on by that damn drug dog. Then literally immediately as I passed the next exit by Brunswick PD on my way out of Brunswick. Each time no ticket though it was claimed I was speeding. Meanwhile in the back of my head I think “This is some Bull…” (by the way. On the way back up north I saw what looked to be an elderly couple pulled over with what looked like grand kids having their 1980 something Delta88 searched in Maryland…. You know what I thought right?)
Jump ahead to these days. Got stopped a few more times over the license plates. I know they only want to see what am I doing driving the car that I drive (kind of unique) and upon seeing who is driving the car the tendency is to assume the worst because there is no way I can be “legit” right? This is some more bull…
Okay so clowns assume the worst and mess with me as they see fit. I walk I get stopped. I drive I get stopped. WTF?!? If I could fly maybe I should.
Now it seems this jury is trying to tell me that if some yokel rolls up on me and accosts me because he has a hair up his butt – not because I was in any way in the wrong – but because he felt I was wrong, that I could be wrong for kicking his ass? And he could get away with messing with me by claiming self defense? And it might cost me my life at that?
Now THAT’s some Bull. ‘Cause we gonna have to throw down.
There are a million similar stories to be told. Some worse than mine. In a collective world, can one understand why people are looking at each other like “Wha???” That boy should be sitting back right now enjoying his life not looking down from on high at the rest of us fools.
WBPM NetRADIO tops Garage Music Genre listings
(So nice had to type it twice)
June has been an big month numbers wise.
Never really was much of a numbers kind of dude. But the other day I noticed something that caught my eye on the page that shows numbers of hours people listen to the station. The ranking position was changing. Changing in a big way.
Starting the month of June WBPM NetRADIO ranked overall at 1400+ out of 7,000 stations
broadcasting via Live365’s network.
On July 1st we had climbed into the top 1,000 stations with a #820 ranking out of 7,000.
What did we do? Kill some chickens? Nooooo!!!!!
Just what has been done for the last 9 years. Presenting the best sounding mixed sets using the widest variety of music we could put our ears on.
So because I am a glutton for punishment… I’m bringing out some new sets almost daily. Tune in and see why we are climbing up the ratings.
BTW: It would be really nice if you sign up as a VIP and help us help your moods get grooved. Promise you will not regret it.
Wow… imagine that…people all over the world are listening…
(Scratchin head… blank looks, sly grins)
Jazz…This Feels Good
I’ve been cruising the ‘net the past week doing of all things using Google satellite maps to see how places I’ve been have changed over time. These were some special places where I heard some amazing music for the first time and met some people that to this day I have yet to forget.
There was a lot of shock as (as expected) some things never stay the same. In one case, I had the hardest time finding one spot in Orlando. Jeez! Where is it?!? I heard Johnny “Guitar” Watson there for the first time! How could it be gone? I just could not seem to pick it out from the images but I could still hear Dexter Wanzel in the back of my mind. I eventually discovered the reason I couldn’t find the spot was because it had been entirely wiped off the face of the planet. Boo Hiss.
But the good news is that recently a copy of Dexter Wanzel’s “What The World Is Coming To” landed into my grubby hands (you know what I did with it right?)
Next I spun the globe a bit further south – landed on Puerto Rico (Mi corazon) – and was
immediately reminded of a few more people who I learned a lot from. Some through conversation and some through observation. This is where Jazz really smacked my up side my head HARD. So hard in fact I dragged a now raggedy taped copy of Rodney Franklin‘s “Felix Leo” (from his “You’ll Never Know” LP) around with me for decades ever since. Thanks “Bing” (the person not the search engine), “Reesie”, Steph, Melvin, Larry, Cully, “NightTrain”, Jessie (bet you wish you kept your Challenger … Or did you?), Jemma and the rest of the gang… After searching FOREVER for a newer copy, a CD arrived in the box this week too! (Yay!)
Sometimes you hear or learn things that stick with you through life. It’s like that thing has been tattooed to your brain.
You don’t even have to try and remember it. It is just there. One fine summer day, I was listening to WBLS in NY and this song came on. Dripping with synths and a bass line that kept up and sometimes led. Stopped me dead in my tracks. This was Return to Forever but different. “Who IS that?”. Naturally the song went off without even a mention of the title.
I must’ve spent the better part of the following month trying to tape it off of the radio (its that old). Finally I got it! George Duke‘s “Dawn” from the out of print “The Aura Will Prevail” LP burned into my brain like oil on concrete as I learned to play every note of “Dawn” on my bass. George Duke’s “Dawn” aimed me at Weather Report, Return to Forever, Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham and more… You know what happened right? (Hint: Tune in to hear this week’s Jazz Set)
Continuing on my little tour through time, I looked out “Left” to the west coast and found where I first heard of Steely Dan.
San Diego was an interesting place musically to say the least. I’ve been luck to have met some real people out there too. And, it was the right place to hear Steely Dan’s “Aja” LP. Chuck Rainey‘s work on “Peg” snapped my neck while driving a monster Satellite Sebring Road Runner 4 speed down the 805 (Yeah… I’m kickin’ my own butt for not buying that one…) . “Deacon Blues” played while Balboa Park’s Globe Theater burned (they ever rebuild that?). Anyhoo… you know the drill right? (For the slower pedestrians… CHECK OUT THE JAZZ SET)
Putting together these sets reminded me how good Jazz makes me feel as it reminds me of all the good people and times that thankfully came my way. I hope it does that to you too.
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Cuts in the Key of “A”
That’s what’s happening this week.
Let’s see if you can tell. It will not be easy! You have a set that includes Jazz music, some old school Hip Hop, House music, Slow Jams and more all in the Key of A (major, minor…). Even thought they are of different genres and contain different messages its all about the same key. Different grooves, different moods but all good. So good in fact, you’re just going to have to tune in. Note I did not mention who was part of the set. That’s all I’m saying for now!
From Mic Murphy…
Oh wait… You say you don’t know who this is? Let me jog your memories… Remember Eddie Murphy‘s “Coming To America” & “Beverly Hills Cop”? You heard their music. Remember “You’re In My System”? “Don’t Disturb This Groove?” Coming back now huh? Okay, Jeff Lorber fans, listen to his “Step by Step” album. Guess who’s on there? They’ve lent their talents to the likes of Phil Collins (remember “Sussidio”?), Chaka Khan (“I Feel For You”) and Mtume‘s “Juicy Fruit”
That helped? Okay here’s a little bit of news for your ears…
“The 2013 System Album “System Overload” album has finally been released. It’s been many years since “Don’t Disturb The Groove” topped the airwaves and the music charts. Many things have changed but so many things have remained the same. Our passion for music is still the engine that drives our hearts and drives our music. We still endeavor to create music that quickens the pulse and lyrics that tell the story of our time. Yes we still believe in the magic chords and the truth, hell we still write bridges!
“We now have our own very small label “Science Lab Records” created with the sole intent and purpose of releasing the music of the System. Sort of a mental crutch to answer that age old question “what label you guy’s on? “Science Lab” (said with an intense deep reverby and powerful voice). “
Now, all you System fans, tune in and get a peek and go check out their site! (What you waiting for?)
Pssst…. Next, Chris Jasper (Isly Brothers) has new music out too! (More to come!)
Yeah… It’s Been A Minute-BUT New Music Mixes are Online!!!
Been kind of busy dealing with the aftermath of some heavy weather and such… There’s new sets online now.The internet radio stream you love is featuring more great music mixes!
Can’t wait for the new site design to premiere and new show formats. The plan is to make it good for your eyes as well as your ears.
Coming for the holidays a new internet radio stream we are calling the Superset. It’s an very extended set that will be featuring the best non-stop house, R&B, Jazz and World music mixes. (We’ll even have some of that holiday music kind of stuff in there.)
So now you have an idea why it has been so quiet around here – we’ve been working hard creating new music mixes…
How about that Election huh? Seems like people are not as dumb that some would hope. Well, let’s see what happens next. Some folks never give up. Hear me?
Musically, the talk has been about how music has changed and who is in charge of what you hear everywhere else. Between the conglomerates controlling the airwaves and the labels deciding who gets promoted in the first place, it doesn’t seem that the indie artist has much of a chance these days. WBPM NetRADIO will once again feature new and upcoming artists who are true to the genres we love to play. If you know of an artist or group who needs global exposure, that you feel would flow well within our non-stop internet radio music mixes, tell them to hit us up by sending emailing our programming dept. They should read our SUBMIT MUSIC page for important information. Remember we do not accept emailed tracks, so please do not send them in via email. They would be automatically deleted and that might be a terrible loss to us all okay?
So, what do you think the world of music will turn out to be in the coming year? Let us know!
Peace, Stay Warm,
Remember to send donations to the RED CROSS if you are looking to support efforts to recover after Hurricane Sandy. Be wary there are con artists out there trying to scoop ya okay?
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When you hear “Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing”
you know what that implies right?
So how come so many young artists fall for the game where someone claims to be a “manager” only to turn out to be about exploiting the individual seeking to make their way into the music business?
And, why do those naive individuals fail to listen to those who’d try to warn them to be aware of the pitfalls of listening to only the good things people say about their performances?
You know the story. It’s been played out over and over in movies about young starry eyed music star wannabees time and time again.
In case you missed the flicks it goes something like this. A young one discovers they have a great voice (or a not so great voice) and they ignore the advice to not put all their eggs in one basket or better yet take the time to learn more about their craft and the business.
Instead our young one listens to the platitudes offered up by some wolf in sheep’s clothing, seeking to make a lot of dimes off of the young one’s talents while never really offering anything to help the person along. Happens everyday.
Kids, remember this. It’s great you can create great beats. But, realize so can a million others just like you. If you wanted to be a pilot would you not need to learn to fly first?
What makes you think that because your beats are banging that your beats will be loved worldwide automatically?
Do your homework.
Learn all you can about The BUSINESS.
Doing so will serve you greatly when all is said and done. You may also find yourself with less parasites attached to your life.
Listen to this station and hear what other artists (who are a bit further along their paths) have been able to achieve. It might help you get an idea of how far along your path you’ve gone.
Better yet, I hope what you hear inspires you to keep on doing what you love to do.
To all of you soon to be superstars, check out Kashif’s “All You Better Know About The Music Business”. Search for it online. It’s been out a while but is still pertinent to today’s business of Music.
It will help you to see that a wolf in sheep’s clothing is nothing more than a naked pup.
Just a thought.
P.S.: VOTE fool! Your LIFE does depend on it.
P.P.S: Oh yeah… yet another brand new set is streaming. Put an ear on it. It’s good.
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