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If there was ever a time…

by on Oct.13, 2019, under The Musings

For revolution(ary) music, the time is yesterday and today for tomorrow.

Things are off kilter, musically, ethically, politically, socially. People are acting like “it’s all good” and it isn’t. And the sounds we listen to proves it. When things were not quite as they should be, Marvin asked “What’s Going On?”. James demanded we “get into it”. (Actually that was Bobby Byrd for the record…).

Not that long ago you heard “Can’t Trus(t) it” and not to “Believe the Hype” and to be fair there are some out there who still try to get out “The Message”. Can you hear it and if you hear it, who do you think they are talking to? “Somene Else’s Guy”? I see people “motoring about” like nothing is going on and all that other stuff is for other people. To an extent they’re right. Except for that part not covered by that “Extent”.

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Light up your mind don’t just shake your behind…

Think about what you are watching, hearing – who and what you are listening to. There are distractions and then there are DISTRACTIONS. Which is taking up your mind’s time? Consider regularly because as it gets thicker and its happening quicker, you need to be clear.

Here’s a thought, think about what you hear and consider the message and where it is coming from. IF there’s one to begin with. Are you simply a voyeur of someones scripted animations? Or, are you a thoughtful witness looking for lessons to clarify your way?

Music is key to the survival of a people. Don’t believe it? Do your homework before you answer that. It is a global truism because when employed it can be a most powerful medium. The key though is to understand where those are coming from who employ it.

It may have been another time when Gil-Scott rapped about Ronald Raygun. I’m sure its been a minute since you’ve heard the warnings about “Money” or even considered “What Do They Really Fear”. I bet many have missed the message within “Resist” because of internalized errant stereotypes of who creates the sounds.

Know that those messages from the music remain as salient today as they were when newly heard. Just minus some of the outfits.

Hear me?

-DJ

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These Times…

by on Mar.25, 2017, under The Musings

So…

How’s things? Missing the music? I am.

I’ve been keeping an eye on current events and they bring to mind a number of titles that would seem applicable to the scenes that are being witnessed. No doubt a lot has happened since the last broadcast including a change in the cast of characters we’ve come to be used to seeing and dealing with on our world stages. It ain’t all good but it ain’t all hopeless so as Larry Graham would say “Don’t let ’em change your mind…”.

GCS 2000

There’s so much to be commented on but let’s just leave with Marvin Gay’s “What’s going on?”. One can still feel it’s relevance today. No?

Marvin Gaye in 1973

Marvin Gaye in 1973 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Stay you… I’ll be around.

-DJ

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Thank You.

by on Jun.20, 2015, under Station Update, The Events, The Music, The Musings, The Other Stuff

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!

 

Peace,

“DJ Whatshisname?”

LastShot

Kinda dramatic huh? LOL!!

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3 Days to go…

by on Jun.17, 2015, under Station Update

English: A typical Deutsche Bahn railway stati...

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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I’m thinking about ending it…

by on May.03, 2015, under Uncategorized

DJ-n-Turntables

The station that is…

(don’t panic)

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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March

by on Mar.02, 2015, under The Events

Finally March is here…

English: Little Louie Vega playing at the Font...

English: Little Louie Vega playing at the Fontainebleau Resort during the Winter Music Conference in Miami – 2009 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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…

The Winter Music Conference for 2015 is happening in South Beach Fl.

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!

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Valentines Day

by on Feb.13, 2015, under Station Update, The Music

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,

DJ

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2015

by on Jan.13, 2015, under Station Update

Uhhh (tap! tap!) this mic on?WBPM NETRADIO PLAYS JAZZ TOO

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…

Ronnie Foster

Cover of Ronnie Foster

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”!

Ok

Gotta go, things to flow – y’know?

Peace,

DJ

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Jazz, Hip-Hop, Funk and More…

by on Sep.04, 2014, under The Music

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…

(comments?)

AND…

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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If You Could…

by on Jun.02, 2014, under The Musings

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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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So…

by on May.28, 2014, under The Music

 

 

So…

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

Maya Angelou

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!)

Maya Angelou If you are always trying to be no...
Maya Angelou 1928 – 2014 (Photo credit: symphony of love)

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.

Peace,

DJ

Sign up and listen as a VIP!!

 

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10 years Later! A Decade of Streaming Music on Internet Radio

by on Apr.03, 2014, under The Music, The Musings, The Other Stuff

frankie knuckles way

Frankie Knuckles Way (Photo credit: Like A Final Boss)

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.

Here’s a clue as to the diversity of artists that have been heard on this stream

Here’s another clue with pictures!

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!

Peace,

DJ

 

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The World is A Ghetto

by on Mar.20, 2014, under Station Update, The Musings

The World Is A Ghetto ~

Or so it would seem with all of the drama going on all over the place lately…

English: Vladimir Putin at school age

Young VladimirL Some kids grow up to do the craziest things…

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 …

Peace,

DJ

Okay okay…the set contains some brand new cuts from some new and not so new people and its ALL good.

 

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Happier New Year

by on Jan.06, 2014, under The Musings

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

The Marvelettes

The Marvelettes

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.

It worked!

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!

But wait…

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

by on Oct.15, 2013, under Station Update, The Music

Dobet Gnahoré

Dobet Gnahoré (Photo credit: ND-Photo.nl)

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

by on Sep.30, 2013, under Station Update

This May Be A Rough Week

busy 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!

Peace,
DJ

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New Music Mix Set!

by on Aug.29, 2013, under Station Update, The Music

There’s a NEW MIX SET streaming.

WBPM NetRADIO streams house, indie, soul, jazz, funk and more

Light up your mind…

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.

Listen to the best internet radio station out there WBPM NetRADIO

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HUGE SET Playing on WBPM NetRADIO

by on Aug.21, 2013, under Station Update

There’s a HUGE SET streaming today on WBPM listen to wbpm netradioNetRADIO.

“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!

Peace,

DJ

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The Other Duke…George Duke

by on Aug.12, 2013, under The Music

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George Duke (1946-2013)

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 Miles 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.

Peace,

DJ

 

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Music Radio…

by on Aug.01, 2013, under Station Update

Music Radio…

VIP

You should be a VIP.

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…”)

Thank you.

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)

Peace,

DJ

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Bull

by on Jul.14, 2013, under The Musings

Bull

Trayvon has the right to defend himself too.

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.

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WBPM NetRADIO tops Garage Music Genre listings

by on Jul.06, 2013, under Station Update, The Music

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

Live365 logo

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…

Go figure.

(Scratchin head… blank looks, sly grins)

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Jazz…This Feels Good

by on Jun.19, 2013, under Station Update, The Music, The Musings

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

Rodney Franklin

Rodney Franklin

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.

Damn…

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.

“Steely Who?”

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”

by on May.27, 2013, under Station Update, The Music

Cuts in the Key of “A”

I-Luv-House-Music

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!

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The System is Up & Running!

by on Feb.18, 2013, under Station Update, The Music

FYI Kiddies…

Don't Disturb This Groove (album)

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!)

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It’s Been A Minute-BUT New Music Mixes are Online NOW!!!

by on Nov.19, 2012, under Station Update, The Musings

Yeah… It’s Been A Minute-BUT New Music Mixes are Online!!!

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Sandy got in the way of my friends in the NY metro area hearing the music mixes but they’re back now!

 

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,

DJ

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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Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing

by on Oct.20, 2012, under The Musings

When you hear “Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing”

you know what that implies right?

Peek a Boo...

Peek a Boo…

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.

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A woodcut of “The wolf in sheep’s clothing” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

Peace,

DJ

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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WBPM NetRADIO features Your Favorite R&B Music Hits

by on Aug.08, 2012, under Station Update, The Musings

 

WBPM NetRADIO features Your Favorite R&B Music Hits

Hear Classic R&B on WBPM NetRADIO

BT Express was heard on R&B radio constantly.

R&B Music Hits refers to more than just the great songs of The Godfather of Soul or Gladys Knight & The Pips…

The latest sets on WBPM NetRADIO provides examples of other classic R&B artists who have produced massive hits. For those of you who are fans of Side Effect, after literally years of hunting, I had added “Take A Chance” to the stream. This is a classic dance cut from back in the day. Has that driving bass line with a serious rhythm guitar track in addition to the stellar vocals.

The set is a tad more eclectic than usual. You will get a sampling of some classic guitar cuts including Funkadelic doing a live version of Maggot Brain featuring the originator Eddie Hazel and Micheal Hampton playing it together. Listen carefully to see how they did it.

Also Living Colour makes a first appearance here with a favorite of mine “Type”. Never heard of Living Colour? Do a search on YouTube.

Speaking of  “The Tube”, do a search for Maggot Brain, Eddie Hazel and check out the clip where they perform in Germany in 1985. That’s all I’m saying.

BT Express also comes through with a classic house party cut “I like It” in addition to Billy Ocean‘s “One of Those Nights”.

So… in ending I just want to wish everying some peace and sanity…because we could all use some!

Later!

DJ

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Just wanted to go to the movies…

by on Jul.24, 2012, under The Musings

“We just wanted to go to the movies!!”

Police Car Lights

Is what the lady said as the news hounds interviewed her and the other survivors of that midnight madness at the movie theater over in Aurora. Surely someone will be asking at some point “What were you doing when…”. I know what I was doing….

Sitting up in the middle of the night thinking random thoughts about the life and times (for starters…)

Maggot Brain had come on and the tv was tuned to some news channel with the sound muted. My eyes kept getting drawn the blue and red flashing lights on the screen. My brain was not processing what they were sending though. My ears had preempted all programming as Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain” faded in building in volume.

The version I was listening to was not the familiar one most people have heard. This was a 14 minute version from another album where they played it live. (Funkadelic Live Meadowbrook, Rochester, Michigan 12th September 1971). Not a bad sounding recording my ears were saying – but my eyes kept cutting in…

At some point I I turned on the closed captioning on the TV to discover hell had revisited earth yet again…and the music played building to a crescendo of guitars as I read the news…

Wildly estimated body counts started coming in as the drummer got some…

Somehow the music added the perfect context to the event. Hard to explain. and I was thinking to myself, they only wanted to see a movie…crazy. And the music fit perfectly. Check this out…

Willard really? In a movie theater?

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False Grooves

by on Jul.09, 2012, under The Musings

Moonraker

 

“Please do not be alarmed…Remain Calm…”

Ever hear a song that contains untruths?

you know… a lyric or chant that says something that you know is a lie?

Or have you heard something recited until its like that song you hear over and over again until you start to hum along?

If not, you maybe need to keep doing what you’ve been doing because the rest of us have been getting inundated with such noise. The political season is about to shift into hyper-gear so Americans and others within the sphere of America’s media conglomerates should prepare themselves for the coming onslaught of

Half truths, innuendos, insinuations and flat out lies.

Played over and over and over again like the latest hit from the newest non-musical warbler’s media machine.

Well I thought I’d recommend a song that not only sounds really good but warns you better than I could. Check out “Moonraker by Foremost Poets”… Gotta give props to Bohemian Chick for pointing me at this cut. Lady has a taste for “la musica”.

Hmmm…you know what? Because you’ve been attentive thus far..here’s a little something to drive home my point. Take a listen (go ahead..TRUST ME!!)

Consider it my little gift to you…

Peace,

DJ

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Rant

by on May.09, 2012, under The Musings

1973 Buick Century Gran Sport

Thought’s that crossed my mind while driving and listening to music…

I warned ya…

If this sounds like you…I don’t care.

Ladies, do the planet a favor.

Put your war paint on before you get behind the wheel.

Don’t tie up traffic driving in the middle lane 20 mph slower than the rest of the world putting on eyeliner. (You have no idea how many people were hoping you’d roll over a bump…)

Deep in conversation are we? Here’s a tip: Shut the Hell up! It’s obvious to the rest of us you cannot operate a vehicle properly with your mouth open. So please we beg you. Shut the hell up!

Dude, she piss you off that much? Drive over there and let her know! Don’t yell over the cell phone stompin the brake pedal to make your point. See that really big truck in your mirror? Sooner or later that driver is gonna say “Oops.” You idiot.

Oh and by the way. I didn’t know we were racing. Did you seriously believe that your 22″ wheeled whatever you wanna call it (but used to be a 1973 Buick Century) could hang with a V12 BMW 850 CI  on that curve? Seriously, really? I was trying to get the heck away from your wobbly non-driving ass. Just knew that thing would tip over any second…

And you in the black Impala. Get a map. Know where you’re going before you leave okay? That 3 lane change you pulled this afternoon nearly wiped out the rest of us.  I want to get there. Since you seem not to, why bother leaving in the first place.

And to the rest of you … Keep on Truckin’  (Eddie Kendricks…nice cut.)

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WBPM NetRADIO Update…

by on Apr.26, 2012, under Station Update

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(Yeah…yeah I know…been crazy busy) Here’s a WBPM NetRADIO update:

I’ve been looking at the demographic data for the station. Very interesting. And Ironic. WBPM NetRADIO has had people who are portrayed in the news as mortal blood enemies listening to the same music on here at the same time. Go figure.

So I have to ask:

If you all can agree on the beats why can’t you folks agree not to beat shoot, stab and basically blow each other the f*ck up? Just sayin’. Don’t get mad at me if you realize you’ve been played.

And to all you beautifully talented artists out there who’ve sent music or questions about/for submissions…

If you have music to submit please please please look up at the top of the page to get info on how to submit your music. It really is important. I have one buckethead (not the group) send me a file that was infected. Nope not doing that no more. Send the CD with theMP3 or WAVE on board and some kinda bio information.

Oh, and here’s a little experiment…

If you go to the beach. Walk out on the sand and look closely if you see little specks of color, look closely and see if it is plastic or not. Then do me a favor and let me know where you spotted it at. Heard something real interesting on the radio earlier about pollution and plastic. Dude says its on every beach everywhere. I’m curious. So, humor me okay?

Okay now to the really important stuff:

This week features a set that starts off kinda relaxed then at some point (I ain’t warning ya) takes it up a few notches. It will be playing Friday and over the Weekend at various times so check the schedule. I want to see what happens (it’s about that demographic thing I mentioned earlier). The set has a variety of cuts. Genres include Reggae, House Music, R&B, Jazz, Chill Grooves, World Beat and a few surprises. A more “mature” set? Depends on how well you listen.

Been thinking about this a lot lately. End of this month the license for the station needs to be renewed. Debating going VIP only (yeah..the demographic business again), It would help to cover the cost of the music etc. But I note that there are a few of you who listen non-stop for hours each day (even through those horrid commercials – I dunno how you stand it) who are not VIPs and I’m wondering if you realize that you are really missing the real flow of the sets because of the previously mentioned commercial interruptions. I’m still juggling this mess around in my big head so if you have a thought ..now would be nice to let it be known.

Stay sane, I have to go make some money.

Peace,

DJ

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Shouldn’t have to wear a Hoodie to make a point…

by on Mar.26, 2012, under The Musings

That’s some of what I thought as I considered the Trayvon

Martin case…

My new Hoodie

as I heard of all the folks wearing a Hoodie to rep Solidarity. Here in the land of the assumed to be “free”-  the home of the not so”brave”. Obviously we are not as free as too many would like to assume and there too many who think its brave to go around taking out women and kids. And it’s not just Sanford or Syria either…and please forgive me for digressing but can someone please answer this…how is it a country can get all outraged over the doings of a mad or crazy man but yet accept the disfiguring of girls who simply want to go to school? Just asking…I mean I would think they would stay pissed…A lot of this indignation I’m seeing around me is hitting me a less than genuine … these things we have been seeing has been happening for a minute so why the outcry now? Where was the fuss way back when…and mathematically speaking…how many isolated incidents make a pattern?

Okay I’m not going to rehash all that you’ve already heard except to add…

If you have to go to the store (for example), remain vigilant. Ask Amadou’s mom about that…

Spring has sprung and its breaking loose all over the place…

Rest in Peace Trayvon and my deepest to the family.

It’s a damn shame we can’t even get skittles without some crap jumping off. That goes for a Three Muskateers bar too..Right Queen, NY?

And what the hell is going on in San Diego? Some schizoparanoidignorantass murdered an Iraqi woman and left a note calling her a “terrorist”? WTF man?!? Really? People need to watch what they say because as Gabby’s experience has shown, there are those who have less than shit for brains running around loose.

Makes me wanna holla…

And I can relate to the scenario (on foot and behind the wheel)…

The only refuge sometimes is music and I’ve been digging through a lot lately.

Take a listen and see what I put together to soothe your moods the right way…

The latest set features a 10 minute House’d version of Parliament/Funkadelc doing “Mothership Connection” titled “Mothership Reconnection” and it is very, very tasty. Also you will notice a similar the bass line sounding like Chic’s “I Want Your Love” on another track (“Selected Works” by Uncle Sam) with nice ivory work mixed in… And yet another version of MFSB’s “Love Is The Message” A very smooth Kim English cut (“I Know A Place”), Terisa Griffin’s “Yes”,  Sick feat. K8 doing “What A Gig” and a number of other new cuts I’ve been able to track down…

So be aware, keep dealing and don’t let them change your tune.

Peace (to Syria, Sudan, San Diego and of course Sanford FL)

DJ

 

 

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The Recipe… Part 1

by on Mar.14, 2012, under The Other Stuff

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Everyone loves chocolate cake but can’t everyone make one from scratch. Same with listening to music. If you don’t have the right ingredients its not going to sound right at all. So here’s a few things to consider when firing up the sound cannons or just tuning in to WBPM NetRADIO.

Computers are rapidly becoming the platform of choice when listening to music.

Just think, not to far back (for some of you…I know who you are too!!) the only way you could take your music somewhere and hear it was to lug around bulky boom boxes (shoot, some of them were off the hook!!) or crates of records and tapes. I remember barely over decade ago I was tickled at the idea of rollerblading with my portable mini-disc player and not having to carry around a bunch of cassettes (CDs were out of the question).

Since then things have improved totally.

Today you can carry a tiny iPOD stuff with days of sound weighing less than the batteries used in the old cassette Walkmans. They sound a lot better too!

One problem though…today we are faced with a huge choice of headgear and not a lot of information as to which ones are best for our needs.Here’s a little information for those who care to know…

The word used for headphones by Djs and Recording folks and the like is “cans”.

There are basically four types of headphones.

Circumaural are the kind of headphones that completely fit over and around the ears. Check out the ones at the top of the page. These are sometimes called “full sized” headphones. They tend to be the largest and often the heaviest kinds of “cans”. They offer the most isolation from outside or external noise.

Supra-aural headphones sit on the ear. These were the headphones you got when you brought a Walkman back in the day. They don’t do a very good job of blocking external sounds from the listener. But are less expensive that the Circumaural type.

Ear Buds fit into your ear but not into your ear canal. Most personal sound gear comes with these now. The sound quality can vary greatly between manufacturers. When buying replacements compare the specifications on the backs of the packages.

Note: The higher the Signal to Noise Ratio (SNR) the better. healthy younger people generally can hear sounds between the range of 20Hz and 20,000Hz (or 20KHz) better than older folks. A person’s hearing gets worse with age.

IEM‘s or In Ear Monitors fit directly into your ear canal. They act like earplugs and headphones at the same time. There are two types universal fit and custom fit. To have a set of customs, a cast would have to be made of your ear canal. See the money burning yet?

There are all manner of engineering designs for headphones resulting in various methods of getting sounds from them into your head. But I want to keep this simple for practical purposes…

Headphones are generally “Dynamic” or “Electrostatic”.

Dynamic headphones work using the same principles are your regular speakers. Magnetic fields are generated to cause the voice coil to move the diaphram pushing air in order to create sound.

Electrostatic headsets have no voice coil. They have a diaphragm suspended between two perforated metal plates. Depending on the charge being applied to the plates at any given moment, the diaphragm is either drawn towards or away from the plates. This causes the diaphragm to move the air through the holes in the metal plates to create sound.

It can take a lot more voltage (like up to one thousand volts!) to make this method work as compared to the voltage needed for dynamic headphones.

So Electrostatic headphones are more likely to be less common and more expensive.

One of the benefits of Electrostatic headphone is that it tends not to have the problems dealing with distortion and higher frequencies that regular dynamic headphones have.

Electrostatic types tend to have much better sound quality. Unless you are mad serious about squeezing every iota of sound into your head at the utmost quality, go with the dynamics and save your beans.

WARNING: Turn them things DOWN! Listening to headphones with the volume turned up will ultimately result in hearing loss. It may be temporary (you’d better hope so) or permanent. So why take a chance.

I have permanent damage in my right ear after using (unknown to me) a faulty headset while in the military. I powered up the receiver and it made a loud cracking noise when and let’s just say things have not been the same since.

“Huh? What’s that?”

Here’s a few tips:

Don’t go for “cute”. Cute don’t stay cute for long if you discover you brought something that sounds like crap.

Consider how long you will be wearing the head gear. Look for comfort.

Consider what you will be doing while wearing the cans.

If your head is going to be moving about – say turning your head quickly – you really have to consider how secure the headgear sits on your head.

A very long time ago, (we are talking near dinosaur times) I was sitting in my basement jamming on some Rufus I was listening to the music through these niiiice Telephonic headphones. I had them cranking and Chaka screaming “Tell Me something goooood!!!” I had them headphones moving around on my head they were so loud.

My father was calling me and didn’t hear a thing. Dude stood right behind me calling my name and I never had a clue. So he walked up behind me and tapped me on the shoulder – scared the crap outta me. I spun my head so fast that I ended up looking into one of the “cans” (the part of the headphone that has the speaker and covers one of your ears) while the headphone remained on my head.

I looked so stoopid my Dad cracked up and said nevermind. But I digress…

Consider what kind of music you will be listening to.

Take into account where you will be using them. Will you be using them some place loud  like say a… Subway? Would it be wise to be ignorant of your surroundings? Or somwhere quiet like maybe an office or library?

Very few things can be as annoying as hearing what you don’t want to hear while trying to listen to your headphones or earbuds. So…if you can, try the listening gear out in the store and compare how much background noise you hear with the volume down low and with it at a comfortable level.

The more you don’t hear, the better the headphones or buds block out the outside sound. Bear in mind that you don’t want them to totally block out the sound. Imagine being told to look out and you don’t hear the warning…nuff said.

If they are wired consider cable length, thickness and the quality of the plug/connector on the end. Nothing irks me more than discovering the wire insulation is breaking away from connector because I know soon the wire itself will break from bending and flexing. Also take a look at where the wires actually connect to the headphone. Say you get up and walk somewhere farther than the cord can reach. Does the cord look like it can take an accidental pull without ripping out of the headphones or away from the plug?

Check and see if there are adapters included with the headphones. Most headphones come with a tiny 1/8″ stereo plug on the end of the cable (see picture above). A lot of gear uses larger jacks for connecting headphones. Look to see if there is an adapter that converts your teeny 1/8″ stereo plug into a 1/4″ standard stereo plug. If not you can usually find them at electronics parts stores (Radio Shack) or you might find them in places like Best Buy. You can also check musical instrument stores Like Sam Ash or Guitar Center which by the way are good places to check out some of the nicer headphones!

Okay I could’ve turned this “novella” into a serial. There are tons of specs one can consider when buyin anything. I’m not into getting absolutely “scientifically ridiculous” about this. That’s why I didn’t get crazy about the specifications. The main point is get what is good for you and the music.

Next time, speakers….

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See What I Mean?

by on Feb.13, 2012, under The Music

By now you’ve heard the latest news…right?

So I won’t tell you who it was or anything like that. So let’s just say

“Damn not you too…”

Whitney Houston

 

Peace and love,

DJ

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Thanks for the ride…

by on Feb.10, 2012, under The Musings

Soul Train

“People All over the World…”

 

Got sick and tired of posting when someone

passed.

That’s why you didn’t see nothing new for a minute…

(You coulda dropped a line yanno?)

I had to stop, though, and post about the passing of Don Cornelius.

Instead of waxing nostalgic about the who what when and where…just check this out…

https://youtu.be/QJdaJ5_li10

Check out the SoulTrain web site for words from former “passengers”

P.S.: Spoke to an artist who appeared on the show for the first time. I’m told if the clip can be found it will

appear on their web site. Of course you’ll get first looks so keep checking….

Yes…there are a few variations of the Soul Train theme playing on the station…some interesting versions at that.

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Happy Holidays

by on Dec.24, 2011, under The Other Stuff


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Where you hear…

by on Dec.20, 2011, under Station Update, The Music

You New Yorkers out there remember back in the day when WBLS used to have Frankie Crocker do the station call letters in that booming echoing voice?

“WBLS…The Total Black Experience In Sound Where You Hear…” Then in full blown stereo he’d rattle off like 400

Kraftwerk: Computer World (1981), first popula...

WBLS credited with first popularizing Kraftwerk in the U.S.

artists names for what seemed like 20 minutes listing all who were heard on the station (sounding good while doing it mind you … Remember that? One of these days I’m going to do that (yeahhhh rrrrrrrrrrrright!!) But until then…

Where you’ll hear…

Cheb Mami     Santana     Shalamar

Deep Forest     Dennis Ferrer     Flowriders

Ronnie Laws     Praful    Zap Mama

Miles Davis     Roland Clarke     Goapele

Susu Bobien     Loose Ends     Big Moses

Barbara Tucker     Rick Garcia     The Brothers Johnson

Kludo     Eric Carlton     E-Man

Lisa Shaw     Mr. Fingers     Talking Book

Rose Royce     Angelique Kidjo     Roger Smith

Jacob London     Femi Kuti     Teena Marie

(Shoot…tired of typing)

And a ton of others!

All Happening Now-now-now…

(stereo effect..like that huh?)

On WBPM NetRADIO

in

Stereo-ee-oe-ee-oe-ee-oe-oo-ooo-oooo

 

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Wow…pt. 2

by on Dec.19, 2011, under The Musings

Wow…pt.2 goes like this…

English: American Christmas Tree

I get an email with a link to an article about what I posted recently here and it turns out very interesting indeed. So after all of the fuss it seems that Sprint put the word out to the OEMS to get that software off of the devices a.s.a.p.

Looks like the uproar created by the guy who exposed the logging software got through to the right people. Now I wonder if the rest of the cell carriers will follow suit with their gear…. (more here)

Meanwhile,

I just want to wish all of you out there the safest holiday that can be had. Get with the family and friends and have a good time. Just don’t let me have to catch you on “World’s Craziest Sh*t To Happen Caught on Video” on some cable channel okay?

And for those of you out there who have to work during the season…quit your beefin’ You know what I’m talking about!

All the best to each of you and here’s hoping 2012 is the end of the b.s. and the start of the good groove for you and me both!

Peace,

DJ

Remember, if it’s a real tree water that bad boy! And don’t forget to unplug the lights at night. If no one is up looking at it, why run up the light bill right? All it takes is a spark and a dry Christmas tree can toast an entire house before you have a chance to say “Oh Sh–!!!!!!!!!”

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Wow…check this out…

by on Dec.03, 2011, under The Musings

Wow…check this out…

Using a Android based device?

Read this...

What do you think?

Peace,

DJ

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So…here’s the latest playing on WBPM NetRADIO

by on Nov.29, 2011, under Station Update

Sooo…

Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent

Dem bellies full eh? Now what? Back to the grind right?

How to get back into the swing of things?

Here’s a hint: Image online music with so much goodness.

Okay you twisted my arm!

1 of a kind Non-stop remixes featuring Stevie Wonder, EW&F, The Brides of Funkenstein, Moss, Change, Loose Ends, Gwen Guthrie, Bobby Lyle, Slave, Fatback Band, GAP Band, Jazzanova, KC & The Sunshine Band, Art of Noise, Dubmatix, SNAP, Buju Banton , Black Uhuru, Emo, Moonrock, Soulstice, B.T. Express, Joey Youngman, MC Solaar, Ron Carter, War,  A Tribe Called Quest, The Temptations, Con Funk Shun, Aretha Franklin, Funkdadelic, Levert, The Isley Brothers, Freddie Jackson, Diana Ross, Kim Hill, Dorothy Moore, Walt, Bobby Womack, Maze feat. Frankie Beverly, L.T.D., Barry White, Atlantic Starr, Midnight Star and quite a few others. And that’s only some of the latest music playing on WBPM NetRADIO. Some of the sets have a decidedly Old School feel to them. I guess that’s from going through my library of 12″ singles the other day. Ran up on a cut by Kwame & The New Beginning. I forgot I had that song! So I dropped it into “Set It Off” by Strafe, did something to “That’s the Way (I like It)” by KC & the Band. But you’ll have to listen to hear what it was that I did. The Slow Jam set is rocking too if I say so myself. Hearing Freddie Jackson again reminds me of the time I saw him performing in Eisenhower Pk out on Long Island years back. Crazy day. That’s all I’m saying.

But enough of that. You should be listening now. No telling what you’re missing if you’re not. Whatever is on I know it’s better than what’s on that other radio station. (Trust me. I know these things.)

Stay Sane,

DJ

P.S. Check out the advertisers. Might be something there that would make a nice gift for someone or yourself! 😉

P.P.S. Scroll down on the latest on Buju Banton’s Benefit Concert

One more thing: Was cool that Heavy D and Nick Ashford got props during Soul Train Awards…Great seeing The Ti- oops! I mean the Original 7even perform. It’s about time! Shoot! I heard what Gladys said. Did you?

But why no mention of Vesta? I’m jus’ sayin’.

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Happy Thanksgiving

by on Nov.24, 2011, under The Musings

Happy Thanksgiving!

Just sending out a shout out to all of you who’ve been listening to the station and visiting this site.

Wanted to wish you all the best this Thanksgiving no matte what your situation might be at this time.

I know a number of us are dealing with some real liquid hell right now and I just wanted to say that I am wishing all the best to us all.

I can only imagine what any of us are really contemplating being thankful for in our heads.

In my head I am rolling past images and sounds of happier times and considering what things would have been like had those times continued.

I’m also thinking about how cool it would be if all of you were having an easier time of it.

I’m thinking how thankful coming into contact with you I am and how that contact has made me a better person.

I’m thankful that somehow WBPM NetRADIO will complete another year of broadcasting. I would not be lying if I said it has truly been a struggle.

I’m thankful for the opportunities to make new friends in a shrinking world and I am thankful to you who’ve stopped long enough to visit this site and listen to the music that plays on the station.

I would make one request (beyond signing up as a VIP of course!).

I think we should consider being thankful not to have to deal with some of life’s dramas that too many of us are dealing with. And, we should all become activists in working towards reducing that drama. I know I would appreciate that.

Dear Egypt,

I see you and I admire your fire. Please do not lose your humanity and remember your world is one of the lights in our world.

Dear Yemen,

No one has perfected it yet. Now it is your turn to show what you can do. Can you do this? Remake a society that takes the best of all for the betterment of all?

Dear Libya,

Okay you’ve done the thing. Now do your thing!

Dear Syria,

Hold on. Water eventually evaporates.

Dear Europe,

Good luck and maybe stepping out of the box will show you and the rest of us the way.

Dear United States,

Wake up. Get Up and Get Down. Stop playin’. Tomorrow is too important to be beholding to clowns who laugh at you instead of with you.

Dear You,

I know sometimes my constant positivity can be annoying as hell when the heat is “melting your sneakers”. but we have no choice. There are no battalions coming to render aid, no fairy godmothers hovering about. therefore we have to be our own cheerleaders and we have to believe no matter what that we can do.  Just as those who came before us believed they could succeed under much more adverse conditions. I want to thank you for believing in me and providing me with opportunities to be me. Above all else, I give thanks for you being my friends. Without you, this life would be a lot lonelier. I hope I have returned the favors.

Peace,

DJ

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Check Out Slow Jam Set Tonight @ 10p EST

by on Nov.01, 2011, under Station Update

Check Out Slow Jam Set Tonight @ 10p EST

Diana Ross

Diana Ross

Hope all is well or better yet improving….

Got a request for a slower set so here ya go! click the player widget (to the right there) and listen in and let me know if this should be a regular event at WBPM NetRADIO. To give you an idea if what’s coming, here’s a peek at what you’ll be hearing:

Khara sings the classic Rose Royce cut “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” in Italian. Nice job too! Diana Ross is heard in a rare remix of “My World Is Empty”, The Isleys take a “Voyage To Atlantis”, Heatwave’s “Always and Forever” – You’ll also hear from Tony Toni Tone, S.O.S Band and plenty of others taking it down a notch while heating it up. Enjoy!

 

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It’s about TIME!!!

by on Oct.25, 2011, under The Music

They’rrrrrre baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!!!Picture of "The Original 7ven" (The Time)

It’s about time. I mean it’s about The Time.

Now calling themselves “The Original 7ven”, the original members of The Time – Morris Day, Jimmy Jam, “JellyBean” Johnson, Jesse Johnson, Terry Lewis, Monte Moir and Jerome  have rejoined forces

Here’s a peek at their latest off of “Condensate” . The track is called “#Trendin” check it out.

After a really crappy day this made me smile….a lot.

 

Maybe there’s hope for this sometimes totally jacked up planet after all….

Peace,

DJ

 

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Tha’ Jazzzz….

by on Oct.12, 2011, under Station Update

Tha’ Jazzz…

Omar Hakim

Hey!

Talking about 5 hrs of Wa’ D’s goodies. Tha’ Jazz… Some interesting stuff in the latest set. A good set to check out if you like hearing songs with some serious Bass lines or are an aspiring drummer looking to check out some deep drum cuts. Or maybe if you are into  Jazz music made by some of the legends but never played enough if at all. Actually there are performances on a number of instruments in this set that will catch your ears and tap your foot.Want to hear what you don’t hear on local radio? As usual, this is the place to be!

Too many artists to list here but I did want to note Jamaica Queens’ own Omar Hakim and Miles, Marcus (Miller & Johnson), Robin Duhe, Joyce Cooling, Gemini Soul, Gail Jhonson, Urban Jazz Coalition, James Vargas, Lonnie Liston Smith, Wilton Felder (of Crusaders fame), Althea Rene, The New Jersey Kings, Grover Washington Jr., Cabo Frio, Michael “Patches” Stewart, Normal Brown, Dee Brown, Michael White, and a lot of others you need to hear from are in there. Tune in tonight until midnight eastern for the first run. If you like music, you need to check this set out and yes it has “the flow”. Over 60 cuts here so if you miss “that” song you’ll just have to wait until Saturday when it plays again okay? (hint: 7am Eastern to 12 Noon)

 

Sylvia

Now I know you’ve heard about the moving on of Sylvia Robinson a true Hip hop Pioneer. We’re working on a little graphic to show just how prolific her career was and how she’s placed in the world of music. Some might be surprised to learn what this sister was able to accomplish while here. Obviously those who knew her wouldn’t. So in that direction we will be presenting a nice little graphic for you to download and reflect upon.

(You know I’m sick of writing about people catching the bus ride to the sky right?)

Related articles

Kool Dj Red Alert

 

Here’s a site I ran across you should check out. One of the baddest brothers from my neck of the woods DJ Red Alert has a web site. You need to check it out “historians”. Here’s the link: http://www.kooldjredalert.com/ Check him out and drop some appreciation when you visit while he’s around to enjoy it yanno?

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Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy…

by on Sep.25, 2011, under Station Update

Vesta Williams

R.I.P. Vesta Williams

Seemed kinda like the right thing to say

considering the state of politcs lately…

“Ahm jus sayin'”

Okay, so a new set is up and running and you are probably wondering whats in it.

Here’s a clue:

I’ve added three Vesta Williams cuts to the latest set. It just  started streaming earlier today. “Don’t You Blow A Good Thing” b/w Morris Day‘s instrumental version of “Fishnet” b/w Vesta’s “Once Bitten”. Later I added “Congratulations” to the end of the set.

I’ve also added in a few classic R&B and club hits cuts like Steve Arrington‘s “Nobody Can Be You’, “Tramp” by Carla Thomas and Otis Redding, Keith Sweat‘s”I Want Her”, “Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll” by Vaughn Mason & Crew and others.

I might as well not be stingy and let you know I finally got “Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy” cleaned up and sounding great and it is in the set as well.

Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy

This is the uncut original out of print album version.

Yeah the 15 minute version…. heheheh… sounds good too! No turntable rumble or pops and clicks at all. You get to hear the song as it was intended. The solo that blew minds years ago now can blow yours. (For free no less!)

For you musicians… this is a cut you could do well to listen to. You will hear good production, arrangement and writing in this cut from end to end.

For the vocalists… If you can harmonize with others like these sisters do then YOU ARE ON POINT.

I Want This CD for Christmas!!

This is one of those cuts where even the backup singers put in work. Everything is firing on all cylinders.

What’s really important is that you get a chance to hear another awesome example of great female vocals working together. The Brides vocal work on this cut is something you just don’t hear often enough. (Too much auto-tuning going on the radio lately folks if ya asked me.) And it’s funky to boot.

Later you will hear cuts from all over including Art of Noise, Donald Byrd, Duke, Empress, Ralph Falcon, Aly-Us, Sister Sledge, Red X’s “House is the Message” (think “M.F.S.B.’s “Love Is The Message” with even bigger teeth), Louie Vega, The Muthafunkaz (still feeling “Whoa!”), Divas of Color, King Kooba and many more.

Okay enough reading .

Click the station widget on the right and get to listening!

Drop me a note after listening to the Brides. I’d like to get your responses..

Peace,

DJ

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Ohhh Vesta…

by on Sep.24, 2011, under The Music

Vesta Williams

Vesta Williams

(That’s what I said when the news got to me …)

Ohhh Vesta  not you too…

Seems like everyday signs of our mortality being shown to us along our travels.

Vesta Williams showed us how beautiful sound could be.

Vesta caught my attention with “Don’t You Blow A Good Thing”. My reaction was “Who Dat!?!?”

I was told it was Chaka. I knew right away that wasn’t right. This new voice had a different kind of fullness. As though this sound was coming from an even deeper place. Then there was that bass line. So vicious. Next I fell on “Once Bitten” and I was hooked. The woman can “SANG!” (I meant to type that by the way editor)

Now this. Damn. Well, naturally WBPM NetRADIO joins in the chorus of condolences to everyone fortunate to have been touched by this amazing woman.

We lost another treasure.

R.I.P. Vesta Williams

Be sure you take care of yours.

If you’ve never heard the power of this woman’s voice, tune into the station. There is a new set up and her cuts are in there.

The entire new set is 3 hours or so long and includes some of the usual sonic goodness. Check it out and be sure to check out the Vesta Williams tracks that I made a point of including this weekend.

All the best to you and the family and friends of the amazing Vesta Williams…

Peace,

DJ

 

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Connections & Disconnections

by on Sep.19, 2011, under The Music

Roger Troutman

Roger Troutman

You know that saying “Small World”?

It’s all about connections and disconnections. For example, consider a band like Zapp. Started by Lester and Roger Troutman, the group grew into the powerhouse most of us know as Zapp. But, before that it was Roger and the Human Body. Through a childhood friendship with Bootsy Collins that Zapp got major exposure through theMotor Booty Affair tour of ’79. A record deal, “More Bounce to the Ounce”  and opening performances for acts like Prince, the Commodores, Ashford and Simpson, Cameo, Kool and the Gang and the rest, they say, is history.

Wait a minute. I said connections and disconnections…

Go back a step.

Parliament-funkadelic (say that fast twenty times) was a mother lode of funk. Onboard the mothership was a cast of talent including Bootsy’s Rubber Band, The Horny Horns and The Brides of Funkenstein.

Dawn silva, Lynn Mabry, Jeanette Washington, Debbie Wright

 

Ahhh.. The Brides…. Did you know that original members Dawn Silva and Lynn Mabry backed up to Sly & The Family Stone? Later the Brides consisted of Silva, Sheila Horne and Jeanette McGruder. Did you also know that their album “Never Buy Texas from a

Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy

Cowboy” containing hits “Never Buy Texas from a Cowboy” and “Mother May I” features some of the best guitar solos you will ever hear? Later you could hear Dawn Silva on tour with The Gap Band during 1982.

 

Oh dag did it again..

Go back two steps!

1977

Reach for it by George Duke . All ‘N All by E.W.&F. Menagerie by Bill Withers. Angel by the Ohio Players. The Pride by the Isley Brothers. Ask Rufus by Rufus. Secrets by Con Funk Shun. The Force by Kool & The Gang.

George Duke hit us upside the head with “Reach For it” making heads snap around. Did you know it was an accidental hit? Came out of a set they were performing at The Cellar Door in D.C. (Thank You Ndugu!) Deep head nod to Byron Miller for the bass solo that won me bets  left and right (a lot of people thought it was Stanley Clarke due to Duke’s association with him). Hehehehehe…sorry guys! Not!

So you have Duke, Ndugu, Miller and company cutting up in D.C., the Mothership slittin’ about zappng the sonic doo-doo out of our minds and … come to think of it.. I think The George Duke Band is due in Detroit on the 24th of this month at the Opera House. (Next month you can may catch them on the Capitol Jazz Supercruise)… But I digress…

The above mentioned LPs share something in common something real simple and quite obvious…they are sounds of their time. They reflect where we’ve been and where we think we’re going as is all music when you think about it… Santana’s Abraxas reflects more than excellent guitar performances and it wasn’t all about Carlos either….

Connections and Disconnections…

 

 

 

 

 

Look into the the family trees of the bands and you will see many many familiar names down in there. Like James Brown, Fred Wesley, Bernie Worrell, Bootsey Collins, Gladys Knight and The Pips, Stanley Clarke, Frank Zappa, Airto, Flora Purim, Billy Cobham, Santana, Al Johnson, Weather Report, Dianne Reeves, Earth, Wind & Fire (who included in its roster Ronnie Laws and Roland Bautistsa who also played with George Duke), Herbie Hancock (who played with everybody!), Shiela E , Ramsey Lewis (remember Sun Goddess? That was done with E,W&F)…

The roots run deep no matter which branch you follow. Something to consider when the media foists upon you the” latest new never heard before new to the planet genius” of some sort.Whether it is music related or about politics, everyone is connected somehow some way. There’s no escaping it.

Connections and disconnections.

It’s all in the mix. Without some there’d be none. It’s not about who came first its about when. Just like it is about what plays when not who. Because in the end it’s all about what.

Listen carefully and you will hear what I mean.

I’d like to also note with regret the passing of a local institution here in Tampa. WTMP 96.1 FM 1150AM is no longer broadcasting R&B and community related programming to Tampa’s Black community. It’s reported in local papers the owners lost control of the stations to a New York based hedge fund through a financing deal gone sour. Visits to their web site shows the format will focus on the latin community. I hope that the sound of ‘TMP will rise again. The community needs it. Read more here.

Peace,

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Before Sept. 11th 2001

by on Sep.10, 2011, under The Musings

World Trade Center, New York City

Alton Brothers has some nice shots of the towers on his site

Okay so I see on TV all of these shows replaying the nightmare that was 9/11. In the mix there was a show going over the events in people’s lives of the day before. The show reminded me of something that happened two days before Sept. 11th 2001. So here goes…

Prior to that day, I’d spent a couple of weeks up in NYC with a co-worker doing some work for a major retailer. We’d been doing some install work overnight during the week in downtown Brooklyn and midtown Manhattan. Since he’d never really “seen” NYC I decided to take him around.

We visited a few of my former co-workers who worked across the street from the World Trade Center at the World Financial Center. I showed him where I saw the filming of movies Godzilla and Booty Call. We ate our way uptown, across town and back downtown.

He got to experience (I think) his first NYC street fair and later we cruised The Village. Ponting out the Blue Note and Village Vanguard and showed him S.O.B.’s. I showed him my favorite Indian restaurant and also La Chinita across the street on 8th Avenue.I took him down into the subway and we visited my birthplace Harlem U.S.A. I even showed him where the Rucker Tournament was held.  We had a good time.

I’d spent time explaining the dynamism that was  NYC to him being he’s from Alabama and only knew it from the perspective of from the outside in. I showed him what I loved about Brooklyn and The Bronx and Queens…I even mentioned Staten Island.

I pointed out to him where Palisades Amusement Park was located across the Hudson…I was starting to really miss blading and jamming with my good friend Rafik (NYC based saxophonist and one of the best I’ve ever heard bar none) by this point.

Though all of that, we never got down to the World Trade Center complex. So the last day before we left we headed down there. I think it was a Saturday (though it felt like a Sunday for some reason).

Absolutely beautiful day out. We arrive back downtown and are standing at the foot of the north tower leaning back looking up the east side of the building …craning our necks to see the top.

I’d been up to the top  dozens of times.

So, the thought occurred to me that maybe he would like to see the view from the top. I asked him and he said no. I suspect it was a height thing.

I tried to convince him there was nothing to fear that we could even go up and not go outside though I wanted to being there was such a flawless sky that morning). He still refused. Then I said…

“Hey man, you might as well go. You might not ever get the chance again…”

I just looked at him. But…he still didn’t want to go so we wandered off.

The next day we headed to the airport to fly back to Florida. Just before entering the terminal, for some reason I stopped, turned around and looked back towards Manhattan focusing on the twin towers.

Remembering all of the times driving up the east coast I would look for them soon after entering New Jersey. Or when as a kid I would look back towards them as my father drove out of the city heading to his home out on Long Island.

Strange as it may sound I was thinking about what I had said the day before…

“…You might not ever get the chance again…”

“Got any bags to check?”

“Huh”

“Bags. You got any bags?”

“Oh! Yeah here ya go.” I was holding up the curb side check-in line.

Naturally we wish all the best to those who’ve suffered from those tragic events and curse those who profited for the sake of greed or hate. And for all of us – especially those who saw from the outside in – remember, this rock ain’t but so big so we must do a better job of making room for each other.

Hear the music.

DJ

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What are you doing?

by on Sep.02, 2011, under The Musings

Traffic congestion, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Now THIS is traffic!

That’s what bounced around the inside of my skull earlier today.

“What are you doing?”

Huh? I’m driving around in the crazy Tampa traffic. That’s what I was doing when the question floated up. The thought came right after the notion that there is absolutely no reason on this earth that a town this small should have such traffic congestion. It’s not like I’m on the BQE in NYC or stuck on 495 circling D.C. or sitting debating whether I should’ve taken 90 instead of 94 out of Chicago or which is quicker from Kearny Mesa during afternoon “rush” 805 or 15 to hit I-8 and head east…..

Then the question came…again:

“What are you doing?

Huh?

I’m sitting here blowing dollars out the quad exhaust of this car at the moment getting damn near zero miles per gallon (more like getting gallons per mile).

As traffic eased and I started to move the question kept repeating…”What are you doing?”

Whaat?!?

I’m moving, that’s what I’m doing. I’m motivating down the street!! Jeez….

I get in the drive way, I park the car, I head inside and I sit down and stare at the mixer and yet again…

“What are you doing?”

Rolling my eyes…I heaved out a sigh and thought… “I’m going to go ahead and upload the latest set right now…satisfied? Jeeez….Come to think of it, I gotta do that internet radio station clean-up routine too!”

I see that we have some new listeners out there. Cool!

So you’ve heard some of the recent sets. I hope you enjoy them and hang around because I have plans (rubbin’ hands together)… The songs of the latest set have been picked with some of everyone in mind …Guess who if you dare….Or there might be a song that kinda fits your day if you know what I mean….

In any case…

“What are you doing?”

Did you know you can now listen to WBPM NetRADIO with your Android based phone from anywhere?

 

 

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