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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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New Music Set Today!

by on Jul.21, 2011, under Station Update

A new music set is streaming now! But more on that later… 

Crystal Waters

Crystal Waters

It’s nearly the end of another sweltering week… (And they smirked at the term “global warming” Ha!)

Just wanted to drop a few words on ya.

The latest set is streaming now featuring some Reggae, Bachata and House mixes plus a number of cuts from back in the day (very melodical ones I might add). This set is a more “genre” blending” in nature so don’t be surprised how you will hear Buju Banton, Shabba Ranks, Soul II Soul, The O’Jays, Brothers Johnson, Prince, George Duke, Cheb Tarik, Common, A Tribe Call Quest, Jill Scott, Dred Stock, Mutabaruka, Parliament, Whodini, One Way, The Temptations, Cameo, Raydio (remember Ray Parker? One of the best guitarists!), Anthony Santos, Amp Fiddler, Tony Lee, Ovasoul7, Gotan Project, Ron Basejam, The Demetrios Project, Marques Wyatt as the sneak into your speakers. Okay?

I played Crystal Waters’ last.

Read on to learn why….

I was sitting at a light wondering how many gallons of gas my A/C was sucking up with all this heat out there. They say it was in the nineties. I’m thinking triple digits. Idly glancing around the intersection I noticed this woman sitting on the median with a water bottle.

She was trying to sell it to make some change. I got to thinking “Jeez, that’s gotta be brutal.” Especially since the drivers of the cars right next to her seemed to not even acknowledge her even being there. (I was about six cars back).

She looked like she could really use a few sales. It was obvious that she and her competitors on the other medians had all seen better times. I got to thinking about “these times…”

The driver behind me honked his horn … the light had changed and the cars ahead of me were just starting to move (some people…yanno?). Soooo…

I stopped and brought two bottles. One for me and one for the “jackalope” behind me. I asked the lady selling the water to take one back to the guy behind me with a message…

“Chill the fuck out and take a blink.”

La-Da-Deee..La-Da-Dahhhh…  La-Da-Deee..La-Da-Dahhhh…   La-Da-Deee..La-Da-Dahhhh…

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So, about the music playing now…

by on Jul.11, 2011, under Station Update

Dexter Wansel

So, about the music playing now… yeah the heat continues down here… as does the rain…

I like rain – up to a point. And, we are past that! I was standing out in the yard the other day and I could’ve sworn I could see the grass growing! But, I have to admit it looks a lot better green. So as the clouds rolled back in pregnant with mega gallons of wetness poised to plunge down upon my dreads I headed back in. Okay the lightening convinced me to go inside. But I digress…

I put on my “sound cannons” and decided to create a few new sets. I was feeling a bit of nostalgic for the old school groove with a touch of brazilian style drumming mixed in so this week you will hear both! Dr Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band, Powerhouse 3, Domu, Mann Parrish, N.Y.C. Peech Boys (where the heck is my “Life is Something Special 12”?!?!?), Dazz Band, War (check out the remix! It features their cut “Southern Part of Texas”, Me’Shell NdegeOcello, Billy Preston (sw a repeat of Blues Brothers 2000 a while back and he’s been on my head ever since…), Mr. Fingers, The Time, Sister Sledge are all included in the latest set. The mix of Salz’ “Honey Be Good and Jazzanova’s “Glow and Glare is nice if I say so myself! So, I think this set will prove quite interesting for those of you who like to listen to what is happening in the music as you hear it….

And just ’cause I was asked, yes you can catch replay’s of Wa’D’s sets not to forget his Wednesday set at 7:30Pm Eastern US time. His sets includes a number of artists that those with multi-genre tastes will definitely appreciate including Kleeer, Shiela E. Madhouse, Dennis Springer, Marcus Johnson 7 Maysa, Crown Heights Affair, Dexter Wansel, First Light and many more. You should definitely do yourselves a big favor and try to catch those sets!

Other artists that will also be heard if you tune in with a quickness…

Bohannon, Ovasoul 7,Elements of Life, Fredrik Stark, Victor Rosado (very rare version of Johnny Hammond’s cut “Los Conquistadores Chocolate”),Naked Rhythm, Chevel, Bobbi Humphrey, The Blackbyrds, Weekender, Brothers Johnson, The Crusaders, Georges Benson & Duke, Ronnie Laws, Johnny Hammond, Kenny Dope, DJ Tonk, Midnight Express, Mark Farina, Black Magic, Jay  Tripwire, Sheila E., Quant, Lee, Lisa Shaw and many  more….

Now to answer a few questions….

  1. No you won’t find that version of “Skin I’m In” anywhere else. Sorry!
  2. Nope, that Tony Toni Tone remix if “Feels Good” will only be played here.
  3. I dunno why I mixed Parliament’s “Night of the Thumpasaurus Peoples” with the Masters At Work  mix of Rain/Give It Up (A Lil Louis Painting). It just felt right.
  4. Yes that mix of Raze’s “Break For Love” into DJ Languages “Close To You” does seem very visual in an aural sense. Hahaha!! Uhuh! That’s what I saw in my mind’s eye as it played too!
  5. I dunno. Let me know…in the meantime sign up as a VIP and lose the commercial breaks.
  6. No you are not missing anything. The music picks up right where it left off at. The mixes are designed so that VIPs get a nonstop flow. (See the above answer for solution *wink*)
  7. Yes I’m also a musician and I think that is sometimes a blessing and a curse when listening to other mixes or some DJs in certain clubs. (Dudes’ need to stop singing over the mike yanno?)
  8. Well, your mission “Mr. Phelps” is to put an ear on this and see what comes to mind. Then get back at me.

Peace,

DJ

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Funk N Jazz…

by on Jun.30, 2011, under Station Update

The Definitive Collection (Cameo album)

Cameo

It’s been hot as you know what down here!

Now the rainy season is kicking in a with a vengeance! Now, after so many weeks without a drop out of the sky, the clouds have been rolling in and opening up. So what’s been up? Here’s what…

New sets have been rolling through the stream non-stop now.

I hope you’ve had a chance to sample some of Wa’ D’s Sets during “The Jazz” breaks on Tuesday nights. Just in case didn’t, portions will play throughout the week so keep your ears peeled. I heard some really great stuff. Nice really nice. Brother definitely feels the flow. You will appreciate his knack for pulling out the good stuff and dropping it just at the right time. Here’s very abbreviated list of some of the artists that he’s been playing:

Spyro Gyra, Bobby Womack, Jeff Lorber, Billy Cobham, Alphonse Mouzon, Rodney Jordan, N-Groove, Henry Johnson, Donald Byrd, Everett Harp, Gemini Soul, Wolfgang Haffner, Lonnie Liston Smith, Ronnie Foster, Lessette Wilson, Paul Taylor and  Hiroshima. Just to name a few!

Later today another set comes online. There’s more but I’m not going to give it all away except to tease you with some music from a number of prolific bands. Mandrill, G.C.S., Funkadelic and The Blackbyrds to name a small few.

Okay, okay you twisted my arm…

At the very top is a never heard before remix of Cameo’s “Skin I’m In” with a twist of J-Boogie dusted on followed by a taste of the GAP Band’s “I don’t Believe You Want To Get Up and Dance“. That’s going to lead into an interesting blend of Janet J’s Nasty (Cool Summer Mix) and Slope’s Funk. There’s more but I’m not saying (too much typin’ man!)

Tune in and listen (A Lot!!) and drop us a line and let us know what you think okay?

Peace,

DJ

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Heaven’s Jam Session Has A New Bandmate….

by on Jun.19, 2011, under The Music

The Jam session in the sky

Has a new member…

He started playing the sax at nine, played in his high school Jazz band.

He was a member of the same college football team as NFL Jet Emerson Boozer

A 18, Norfolk, VA native Clarence Clemons recorded with Tyrone Ashley’s Funky Music Machine, a band from Plainfield, New Jersey that included future Funkadelic members Ray Davis, Eddie Hazel and Billy Bass Nelson.

Clarence Clemons 1942-2011

He’s made numerous appearances on television in such shows as “Different Strokes”,”The Simpsons, Damon Wayan’s “My Wife and Kids” and “Brothers” .

He’s appeared in movies including Martin Scorcese’s “New York, New York” and “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure”

Beyond Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street Band, Mr. Clemons had his own band called the Temple of Soul.

His gigs includes working with the brightest stars in the industry including Aretha Franklin, Ringo Starr, the Grateful Dead, Roy Orbison and Jackson Browne.

His influence touched other reedmen including Junior Walker and King Curits.

He recently collaborated with Lady Gaga on the songs “Hair” and “The Edge of Glory”. He also appeared in her “Edge of Glory” video released this past week.

He is an author publishing his memoir “Big Man: Real Life and Tall Tales”

Clarence Clemons suffered a stroke on June 12th. He died last night due complications resulting from that stroke.

His work spanning over five decades reached out from South Jersey and touched the world beyond.

Heaven sounds a little bit better today…

As words of sympathy pour out towards those who’s loved him best We at WBPM NetRADIO would like to add ours…

Peace,

DJ

 

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“New music added today”

by on Jun.12, 2011, under Station Update

Dennis Ferrer

Cover of Dennis Ferrer

New sets added today. Check them out!

New sets start right after Wa ‘D’s Jazz set today at 4:30Pm Eastern US time and continue through the week with new sets added much more often!

You will hear cuts by:

Angela Johnson, Ursula Rucker, Kim English, DJ Spinna,Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Sagat, Barbara Tucker, Joyce Sims, The Temptations, Keith Thompson, Beenie Man, Masters at Work, Voices, Ed The Red, DJ Andre Allen, Ital Foods, Blu Mar Ten, Marques Wyatt, Sister Sledge, Sole Fusion, Roland Clark, Flowriders, Johnny Corporate, Dennis Ferrer, Kerri Chandler, Mark Farina, Deep Bros., Bassmental, Lawnchair Generals, DJ Spettro, Vibezelect, Lady Bug Mecca, Jay Tripwire, Omega, Charles Moui, Club Artists United, Urban Soul, Harmony Funk, Marshall Jefferson, Chucky Sly, Orange Muse, Alexander East, Moodswings, Versus, The Ananda Project, Galaxy People and many more (tired of typing!)

So tune in and hear what you won’t hear on the radio in a way they can’t play it on the radio!

Don’t forget WBPM NetRADIO is now available to VIP listeners on their iPods, Android devices and in your properly equipped rides!

Peace,

DJ

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New Show Added To WBPM NetRADIO

by on Jun.12, 2011, under Station Update

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New show added to WBPM NetRADIO programming.

For The Jazz In You…

As promised starting today new DJs are coming online starting with one of the most impressive musicologists you will meet anywhere…

Who is he? His sound will speak for him. This DJ has one of the most extensive collections of music anywhere and his taste in sound is simply breathtaking as is his devotion to music for a people.

Astute and inciteful in his knowledge of the music, Wa ‘D – “Str8 Outta Jersey” will be bringing a truly eclectic blends of Jazz flavors to WBPM NetRADIO for our listening pleasure starting with this first set created just for the global WBPM NetRADIO listening audience.

You will hear artists as varied as Azymuth to Grover Washington performing songs that will be familiar to many though never heard quite “that” way.

The set starts today at Noon Eastern US time and will play throughout the week. Check the schedule for show times for the rest of the week.

Tune in and let’s check out Wa ‘D’s set and as always we love your feedback.

I think you’re gonna like this. I know I did!

Peace,

DJ

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This is what happened…

by on Jun.11, 2011, under Station Update

Books in the Douglasville, Georgia Borders store.

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Gonna tell ya a little story…

Starts with car got totaled.

Picked up with no broken bones and station blocked to non-vips…

Continued pissed offedness over Borders closing…grr

Ended with you can now connect…

And new DJs coming real soon!

See it was little right?

 

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Unsung: George Clinton

by on Jun.10, 2011, under The Music

George Clinton
Cover of George Clinton

To my global friends…

If you missed it, check out the TVOne Show “Unsung” Episode about George Clinton. You have until the 18th.

CLICK HERE

Then go buy one of his CDs.

Why?

Go watch the show then you’ll know.

So, to all of you out there talking about how you love “The Funk” “Un-Cut Funk” , “The Bomb”. Show the love. Put your money where your funk is.

And, to those of you who don’t “get it” …

“Free your mind and your ass will follow”

Dig?

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How’re you living?

by on Jun.10, 2011, under The Musings

People Everyday

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How’re you living?

Everyday,

as we go about our days

we see people who are better or worse off than we are…
People on street corners seeking a hand.
People passing by as though you don’t exist…
People oblivious as they drive with their mouths
welded to their phone calls…

Ever wonder how “we’re” doing in the U.S.?

Check out this link….

http://statehealthstats.americashealthrankings.org/#/state/US/FL/2010

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Chris Jasper (Isley Brothers) In Concert

by on Apr.29, 2011, under The Events

Chris Jasper of the Isley Brothers will appear in  special event for those in the vicinity of Winchester, VA…

 

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G’bye Phoebe Snow…

by on Apr.27, 2011, under The Musings

Phoebe Snow

Phoebe Snow

G’bye Phoebe Snow

Wow…do you realize a generation of music has been whispering past us  the last few years?

Even as a new one steps in to fill in the notes…

Still…

This has been on my mind for the last few days. I woke up at some crazy stoopid hour the other morning. Very,  very much on the A.M. side of the early clock. Tossed and turned for a while – ended up tuning in some movie channel on TV.

On pops Blues Brothers 2000. This is the 1998 sequel to the Blues Brothers movie. Filmed after the passing of John Belushi (Elwood), the story picks up where Dan Akroyd character, Jake, gets out of jail and discovers he has a (sort of) half brother (played by Joe Morton). He’s the son of Jake and Elwood’s late surrogate father (played by Cab Calloway) in the first movie. I’ve never seen this movie so I figured this should knock me back out rather quickly.

Didn’t happen. I caught it near the end were the band (who’s the kid?) was inside of a revival tent doing a number led by James Brown and Sam Moore (half of the famous duo Sam & Dave). They were so good they brought Joe Morton’s character “into the light”.

(Side note: If you’ve never seen Joe Morton in Brother From Another Planet you are deprived. Track it down and see it. Then consider if you could play a lead role in a movie where you never utter a word. Amazing job. Thanks Gene for getting me to check it out…sometimes big brothers are really cool…yanno?)

Right away I thought about how I really missed the “The Godfather of Soul”,  how I remembered that the first time I heard Sam & Dave’s  “Hold On, I’m Coming” was also during my first ride in an Alfa Romeo and how that song will forever be tied to that car in my mind (thanks Big Bro’!).

I didn’t fall back asleep. It seemed like in every other scene some famous musician turned up. Erykah Badu? I had no clue! In the final musical scene, the Blues Brothers Band is competing in a a battle of the Bands against the Louisiana Gator Boys.

The roster of the Gator Boys was like a who’s who in music. led by B.B. King, the band was comprised of . Stars of Country, R&B, Jazz, Blues Rock and more. (Okay its been a few days and I can’t remember all of the names but here’s some of them) Lou Rawls, Koko Taylor, Bo Diddly, Issac Hayes, Paul Schaffer (Letterman Show), Travis Trit, Steve Winwood, Dr. John, Eric Clapton, Billy Preston, Gary U.S. Bonds, Jack DeJonette. The horn section was Joshua Redmond ,Grover Washington Jr.,Clarence Clemons and Jon Faddis. Look up th emovie to get a list of all of the musicians who performed.

What really sticks out in my mind was that while watching all of these artists together it really hit home how many of these great performers are no longer with us. They kinda just left. One here ..then another…little time goes by and then one more we’ve not heard from for a minute gets flashed across news screens.

So naturally I rocked back when I saw the email telling me Phoebe Snow went home.

Now I don’t have not one of Phoebe’s cuts … anymore. Lost the only LP I had of her’s when I left Iceland. One thing though, I can still hear her voice in my mind. It’s like a snippet of a verse from a song she once sang where her voice simply folds over the note of the moment and flies off to the rest of the lyrics. Amazing.

Her’s was a voice that was in that class where Minnie played.

Nooo… one could never be mistaken for the other. They do not sound the same… One was just as pure as the other.. each as rare…just as unique. When you heard Minnie, you knew it. You didn’t have to think about it. You simply knew it from the inside out.

That’s also how Phoebe hits you too. Once you hear her voice, next time there’s no mistaking. It can be gutsy one second and blasting through four octaves the next. Recognition comes subconsciously.

And, you will smile.

Ms. Snow was 60 when she passed yesterday evening. She’d suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2010. It is being reported that it was complications as a result of the hemorrhage that caused her passing.

Phoebe Snow is a Grammy nominated artist who recorded 16 albums, but I suspect many first heard her voice as they watched the Cosby show spin-off “A Different World”. I know Aretha – another “classmate of Minnie and Phoebe –  also sang the theme song. Phoebe was the first. That was her singing the theme song. Ironically, her first live album was recorded in 2007. It turned out to be her last album.And she was in the process of doing more performances.

So as the latest flash in the pan flames about and then out, remember to look to the horizon and check out those who still got that glow. Those who come before shall always be the truest points of reference.

My deepest condolences to all of the families, friends and fans of Phoebe Snow.

Peace,

DJ

 

Ms Phoebe Snow
Phoebe Snow 1950-2011

 

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The 2011 Listener Survey

by on Apr.25, 2011, under Station Update

Okay folks I’m turning the tables and making a request….

I need you to take 3 or 4 minutes and fill out the listener survey at the bottom of the page.

If you listen I want your opinion.

I know most of you listen for FREE online, especially when you travel or play video games or work from home running your home business from your computer!

The last time a survey was taken, the data indicated that most of you were female between the ages of 25 and 65, listened to WBPM NetRADIO at work and at home in the bed.

Now that you can listen on your smart phone, ipads and in some cases in your cars I want to know what has changed since then. Please fill out the poll and help me get a clue!

It’s pain free, quick and simple and by filing out the survey you will helping me to continue to promote the music we all love!

It would be huge and I (among a number of other folks who may or may not help me really do some great things) would love to know what you think about the station. Fill out this short survey. After 7 years on the air I think some of you 1200+ listeners has an opinion or two so why not share them with me.

Would you like news on various topics, or how to make money online, things about travel or hotel specials,  health and fitness, more Music or general entertainment news? Or..maybe you want news about electronics or photography. How about access to ebooks or articles on how to do minor things to take care of your car? Whatever …it helps to know what people want… I know, I know..there’s a saying “Give the people what they want and they want it all the time..” that’s cool.

What I get out of all of this..

First, the information you provide would help me to make the station even better from a listener’s point of view. I have additional DJs standing by ready to come online and need to know what they need to know to play for you.

Second, this project costs a pretty penny. Not to mention the music costs, there are licensing costs, equipment costs (the next mixer upgrade is already at the $2,000 mark!) and in order to take this station to where I want it to be this site has to make  “moolah” – “ducats” – “dinero” – ” cheese” – “bus fare” – “eggs and bacon” … (scratch that…that was breakfast). So, with the information you provide “I” (or) “We” (but really) “Me” will be able to know which way to flow…

Or it could convince me to hang it up.

So…What do you say?

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New Music Alert!

by on Apr.19, 2011, under The Music

Inside You

That's Chris Jasper (second from left)

New Music Alert:

Chris Jasper

I posted that I would be bringing new music from the Isley Brothers’ Chris Jasper well its HERE! The track “Everything I Do” is in the rotation! You who know Funk, R&B and can feel the groove will love it! And…the lyrics are truly uplifting. Nothing like a great beat with a groove for your head and your feet.

It has that great Isley flavor to it – naturally considering Chris was a main ingredient on the creation of  a number of the Isley Brothers’ biggest hits – “Between The Sheets” to mention a few –  great arrangement and the groove is definitely on point.

As a side note, I have noted that a lot of today’s music is laden with a lot of “effects” everything from autotune and beyond. That’s not to say its bad or good. I just feel that everything has its place. You don’t need a hacksaw to cut a toothpick if you catch my drift.

This CD is a clean sounding compilation of Chris’ latest work and it sounds good. The production quality is something that jumped right out at me as soon as I hit the play button (okayyy..play button “icon” …gosh!). Anyone who listens will right away be reminded on how good music that can stand on its own can sound without metric tons of layered effects. This is how sound should be engineered hats off to the “boardroom gang”.

I lifted this from his Label’s site: GoldCityMusic

If you are familiar with THE ISLEY BROTHERS, then you have heard the music of CHRIS JASPER, who was primarily responsible for writing and producing all of THE ISLEY BROTHERS music during this time, including such beautiful love songs as “For The Love of You” and “Between the Sheets” and uptempo funk such as “Fight the Power.” His arrangements and instrumentation as a classically-trained musician, and his expertise on the keyboards and synthesizers, are the foundation of the legendary “Isley Brothers Sound.”

Chris is a great musician classically trained at New York’s famed Juilliard School of Music (This is the school that the TV series Fame is based on) and you will notice how he blends technology and traditional instruments to come up with a very FUNKY b sound. It will take you back and move you ahead. “Everything I Do” brings to mind another hit from his Isley-Jasper-Isley days “Caravan of Love”. This is smooth like that but the funk is on steroids. For those of you wondering how the Isleys would sound in the new millennium, take a listen. You will not be disappointed.

Doing My Thing” is another great track and will be in the rotation very soon!

“In Your Face” has a tight vocal arrangement that sits right up front with that deep bass groove. This is a great track for those learning how to play Bass to check out…

Check out the CD Everything I Do! It’s a refreshing blend of the kind of sounds you love, the tech of today and the quality of music that tends to be lacking on the charts these days. It’s available now for download either here or  CDBaby.com

Enjoy!

Next:…The fruit definitely doesn’t fall far from the tree. Micheal Jasper

(Don’t forget to fill out the poll!)

 

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Heads Up!

by on Apr.09, 2011, under The Music

3 + 3

The Isley Brothers

HEY!

You’re familiar with the Isley Brothers right? (Of course you are!). If you’ve ever listened to an Isley Brothers cut then you’ve heard Chris Jasper!

Music lovers know the Isley sound. Chris is an integral part of that having written and performed on many of their biggest hits. For those of you not in the know…

CLICK HERE!

Well, coming soon I will be adding cuts from Chris Jasper’s latest CD!

Also his son the very very talented  Michael Jasper also has a CD out and I’ll also be adding cuts from his work as well! So all you Isley fans will be able to hear what’s been going on on the Jasper front!

You can hear both Chris and Michael telling you to keep listening to WBPM NetRADIO where you hear the best of the best music on the internet between sets,  commercial breaks and when you tune in!

More to come….  😉

DJ

 

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Patio Play Tomorrow!!

by on Apr.08, 2011, under The Events

Uncle Darrows Creole Cajun Eatery

Uncle Darrows Creole Cajun Eatery

Jacnique & Flight 2da Light

will be playing two exciting 45 minute sets of fabulous Smooth Jazz and R&B music

at

Uncle Darrow’s Cajun Creole Eatery

TOMMOROW SATURDAY, April 9th from 4PM to 6PM in Venice, CA!

 

Here’s the location info:

Saturday, April 9th 4PM to 6PM

Uncle Darrow’s Cajun Creole Eatery

2560 S. Lincoln Blvd.

Venice, CA 90291

310-306-4862

http://www.uncledarrows.com

Admission is free and there is plenty of free parking!

View The Flyer HERE!

 

Please R.S.V.P. as soon as possible HERE!

 

Also:

The Black Music Awards will be held in Los Angeles on May 7th. Jacnique has been nominated for “Neo-Soul Artist of The Year” and will play Deena in a very special “Dreamgirls” tribute. Save the date! Tickets are $50.00, however, her guests will receive a special discount.

Her album “Trial By Fire” is available at iTunes. Here’s the link to purchase:

http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?playListId=261980030

 

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Lost My Touch?

by on Apr.03, 2011, under Station Update, The Music

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A young relative says that I lost my touch!

 

Just in case, I added another 20 hours of new mixes….

A very global yet funky set sprinkled with some old school and deep chill goodies..reggae, house and more!

Enjoy!

DJ

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New tracks on now…

by on Mar.16, 2011, under Station Update, The Music, The Other Stuff

Stress

Image by Dave-F via Flickr

Well it seems to be a consistantly crazy week down here…

So I thought I’d mix things up a little. Added two new sets..theres like 50hrs of music waiting for you!. The sets are something a little more laid back with some Jazz and chilled grooves reggae and also one with a lot of juicy Old School cuts, afro beat and more. Hope you enjoy them and I hope they destress you as needed (as I do!)

I’ve added artists like Passport, The Temptations, Herbie Hancock, Funkadelic, the Isley Brothers, Forss, Khara, Ziggy Marley, Earth, Wind & Fire, Joy Denalane, Kmotiv, Levert, Erykah Badu, Christian McBride, Talvin Singh, Visit Venus, Eighty Mile Beach, Carlinhos Brown, Square One, Ursula Rucker, Jazzanova, Echobox, DJ Scissorkicks, Waiwan, Platinum Pied Pipers, J Boogie, Soulstice, Los Orishas, Taana Gardner, Empress, Mad Scientist, Raw Silk, Stevie Wonder and many many more artists! So enjoy the flow okay?

Peace,

DJ

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To My Listeners In Japan…

by on Mar.12, 2011, under The Musings, The Other Stuff

Earthquake and Tsunami damage-Sendai Port, Japan

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Wow

I saw the news with anguish, shock and horror and your homeland suffered some of the worst earth events imagineable. I just wanted to say that I am wishing the best to you and yours and hoping for a speedy recovery for those of your so terribly affected by the recent events in your homeland.

May all that is good fall upon you.

Hang in there…

Peace,

DJ

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This Just In…

by on Mar.09, 2011, under The Other Stuff

This Thursday…

 

Jacnique

 

Jacnique will be singing at The Warehouse in Marina del Rey at 8PM. We will be celebrating my recent awards nominations for 2011 Los Angeles Music Awards “Jazz Artist of The Year” and 2011 Black Music Awards “Neo-Soul Artist of The Year”. Here is the address:

Thursday, March 10th 8:00PM

The Warehouse

4499 Admiralty Way

Marina del Rey, CA 90292

310-823-5451

http://www.mdrwarehouse.com

Tickets are $10.00

Also…

The Los Angeles Music Awards Nomination Ceremony & Performance next Thursday,

March 24th at Whiskey a Go Go in West Hollywood at 7:00PM. Here is the address:

Thursday, March 24th 7:00PM

Whiskey a GoGo

8901 Sunset Blvd.

West Hollywood, CA 90069

310-652-4202

http://www.whiskeyagogo.com

Tickets are $15.00

For tickets to either show, please R.S.V.P. as soon as possible by replying to this email at jacniquetickets@jacnique.net or call 323-580-8382 and put your ticket request in because tickets are going fast!!! Tickets must be purchased in advance via Paypal in order to be held at the door.

And…

The Black Music Awards will be held in Los Angeles on May 7th. Save the date!

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Oh. So noow you want a T-Shirt….

by on Mar.06, 2011, under Station Update, The Music, The Other Stuff

Geek & Graphic T-Shirts

Too late the store is gone!

Maybe I will license the designs to some clothing creation bunch…we shall see.

In the meantime, enjoy the music.

It has been a long day. Hopefully these cuts will chill out the night….

 

Oh yeah….By the way…. For you funkateers…March 15th Amazon.com will be releasing a  Funkadelic compilation CD packed with some serious goodies….

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Your Last Chance…

by on Feb.28, 2011, under Station Update, The Musings, The Other Stuff

store closing

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This is it.

The last day.

The end of an era.

Only hours left …

To catch a piece of internet history

A chance to collect wearables totally unique in all of your wardrobes.

That’s right.

You have mere hours to grab some rare and unique artforms, clothing and more at the WBPM NetRADIO store. After this day there will be no more.

(sniff!!) I’m gonna miss ya store! And so will you.

I want to again thank those of you who’ve purchased shirts, t-shirts, undergoodies, artwork, cups, thermos and more from the store over the years. Wow its been open since 2004! (Okay so its not like been open since the inception of Woolworth’s but you get the idea).

If you have not seen what you are about to miss…look NOW because when I wake up the WBPM NetRADIO Store will be history. The store is located at http://www.cafepress.com/wbpm Those of you who decide to make a last minute purchase WILL receive your orders!!

 

Think I’ll spill some funk for those who’ve missed out.

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Takes me back (again) …

by on Feb.22, 2011, under Station Update, The Musings

Takes me back to then…

“All these goings on over in Africa…”

Well…

just do what you do but do it right…(isn’t that a song from somewhere?)

“Huh?”

northern-africa

It’s like Deja vu all over again…

…you say? Here’s a clue. Check your maps …. Don’t forget Sudan..both of them… (okay shoot the map guy!)

#Libya #Tunisia #Egypt … Imagine that…(Good luck people)

(Still feelin’ woozy? Here is why I feel it’s like deja vu all over again. Come back when you’re finished.)

So remember kiddies…let these times be a lesson. All it takes is to remove the pebble out from under the boulder to get it to start  rolling downhill. Oh, and never buy Texas from a Cowboy (remember that cut?).

Can you draw a line between those places on the map and Wisconsin or more recently Texas and relate? Can you see how one group  is fighting to hold on while others are trying to get a hold? Do you understand the machinations behind the opposition to those movements is about power while the protagonists are fighting for the right?

Well the Isley’s said it first. “You’ve got to fight the powers that be.”

While the Temps shook their heads muttering It’s all a “Ball of Confusion…”

While you contemplate what in the world I am talking about ..know this…

I’ve added more tracks into the rotation so if you tune in you will hear additional amazing sets created from deep within the catacombs of WBPM NetRADIO. There’s House, Jazz, Hip Hop, R&B, World Beat, Deep House Grooves, Chill Beats, Reggae and much more from across the planet. Get it while it’s hot!

Later!

DJ

P.S.: 2nd Chance part 1. This mess is playing out like a Billy Preston record. What you’ve read is a post from about two years ago. Now step back into real time and ask yourself “that on the radio again?” Click and see why I say what I say when I said it today.

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76 More Tracks Added!

by on Feb.10, 2011, under Station Update, The Music

Sugar Hill Gang: Rapper's Delight

Image by djwudi via Flickr

Interesting set here…tune in anytime during the day.

I’ve added an additional 6 hours of some of the best music you’re going to hear these days to the station’s master play schedule! This new set runs the gamut from downtempo to chill beats to Neo and Soul Classics.

As always, you’ll also get plenty of mixes only heard here on WBPM NetRADIO. Worldbeat and Reggae from around the world is included and some classic dance hits from back in the day. No one is going to be mad at you if you start tapping your feet and humming along!

Remember, if you are hearing commercials you are not hearing the music as it was intended to be heard here on WBPM NetRADIO.

Click on the ad over on the right hand side and try out the FREE VIP Trial. Then you will hear the flow as it was intended to be heard. Commercial Free and Non-Stop.

Have a Sane Day okay?

Get Well #Herc… (Learn something y’all … if ya don’t know..click below)

Keep Standing Tahrir Square, #Cairo

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Shoutout & Update…

by on Feb.07, 2011, under Station Update, The Musings

peaceful demonstrations @ Tahrir square Cairo ...

Yo EGYPT!!!!!

Things done went buck wild up in there for a minute -hey!!?!! Go head. Do what you do. Old dude been up in it way too long. Time flied while he was having fun no? All of y’all get together and save one of the greatest lights of humanity okay? Because that’s what #Egypt is to me. I wanna visit the pyramids. I look forward to walking through #Cairo’s Tahrir Square one day. Be safe. Feel me?

Now for the mundane stuff….

The station survived the weekend maintenance update. Sounds like the breaks between the tracks are nearly impossible to hear.

Yaaaaaaay!!

See, you folks who are listening for free have no idea how the station really sounds because you keep getting those stoopid commercials dropped on you right in the middle of the best parts of the mixes. Doncha hate that? Kinda frustrating isn’t it? Like those times when you are just about to get into or do something you really want/need to do and someone knocks at the door or calls you. P.I.T.A.  right? Check this out. Try VIP mode for free listen to the station for a while. I guarantee you will see the point I’m trying to make.

During the down time..somehow..some way… 30 more hours of mixes were uploaded while the sets that were playing last week are GONE!(Okay, okay I left one up there…betcha can’t pick which one!)

Gee, wonder how that happened?

Click the widget to the right to see what I uploaded for your ears. Hopefully it will help you snow bunnies up there in the cold cold north slip through your day.

Check out the lyrics to WHOA! by Muthafunkaz. Cracks me up. One of the best arrangements I have heard in a while. Nicely done. (The mix I dropped them into ain’t too shabby either but who’s braggin’?)

This week is filled with the kind of music you don’t hear on those “other” stations. It’s about they get mixed in because they fit in. And some cuts were simply fit in. But that’s another story.

One quick note:

Before you tune in with your new fangled iPads and tablets check your data plans. If you’re near wi-fi, use that. Its better also word is out that a certain cell phone carrier who’s name makes one look to the horizon (c’mon that was witty as hell…no?)  is considering throttling back heavy bandwidth users…which reminds me..it’s been time to switch!

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Last Chance!!

by on Feb.01, 2011, under Station Update

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The Official WBPM NetRADIO store hosted by Cafepress will be finally closing this coming February 28th at Midnight Eastern Standard Time.

Visit the store now by clicking HERE.

If you have not had a chance to check out the goodies, now is the time to do so. Once the store closes it will be closed. There will be no surplus items on sale, no left over rare one of a kind clothing or artwork. So get the goods while you can!

I want to thank those of you who’ve brought items from the store over the years. From the one of a kind WBPM NetRADIO Sweat Hoodies, the “Muse” series of ladies Tees, the coffee lover items and the artworks. Thank You all!

Why is the store going away? Slow sales / The Economy / pricing….  There are a number of factors but be sure it was like WBPM NetRADIO a labor of love. And as the store goes away (I personally am proud of) the fact that there are people on opposite sides of the planet wearing WBPM NetRADIO designs is in and of itself an achievement. So again thank you and thanks for the support.

Peace,

DJ

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Rate The Tracks You Hear

by on Jan.26, 2011, under Station Update

Numark Total Control / VDJ
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Hmmm some of you have been clicking while listening…

Clicking to show which songs you like the best that is. There are over 300 tracks in play for you to vote on. And some of you have been doing that. Thank you much! It’s real cool seeing how you feel about the music and helps us (yeah….’nother DJ coming on-board real soon) see what you’re feeling so keep clicking!

How to vote? Become a VIP and download the VIP player. What does it get you? Well…

Non-Stop Music

No Commercials

Plus you get an easy way to:

Click to Buy The Track

Click to Order The CD

Add The Track to your Wish List

And of course Rate the Track!

See The Playlist

Highest rated songs so far this month:

5 Stars:

House Is Da Message (Original Mix) – Red X Presents When Worlds Collide

The Realms of Music – Roy Mclaren

Crazy – Black Coffee featuring Thiwe

4 Stars:

Don’t Stop – Thor

Take The D Train – Pete Rock

Tis Your Kind of Music – Graham Central Station

Star of the Story – Yam Who

Tiny Forces – Only Freak

Dusted – DJ Scissorkicks

Underground Is My Home (Main Mix) – Dennis Ferrer

School of Acid – Chris Carrier

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It’s all out there…

by on Jan.21, 2011, under The Musings

a phone / telephone book / directory
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I have something for you to think about…

There’s a site called www.spokeo.com that’s a new online USA phone book w/personal information: everything from pics you’ve posted on FB or web, your approx credit score, home value, income, age. Remove yourself by searching your name, find and copy the URL of your page, then go to the bottom right corner of the page and click on the Privacy button to remove yourself. Copy & re-post so your FB friends are aware.

I would think people would rather they had the option as to what they put out in the public domain. Especially with companies attempting to profit at your expense…

What do you think?

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Numbers Game…

by on Jan.20, 2011, under The Musings, The Other Stuff

dream.numbers
Image by mark knol via Flickr

More from the

“Things That Make You Go Hmmm…” Department.”

This year we will have 4 special dates.

1/1/11 New Year’s Day

1/11/11 January 11th, 2011

11/1/11  November 1st, 2011

11.11/11  November 11th, 2011

Try this on everyone and see if it bears out.Drop a comment here. I want to see what happens…

So far it works for everyone I know except those born in 2010 (11)

What you do is add the year you were born to the age you will be this year
Did the number add up to 111?

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Huh? What is it? (House Music)

by on Jan.14, 2011, under The Music, The Musings

Huh? What is it? (House Music)

Dennis Ferrer mixing house music

I was talking to a good friend of mine today…

(He’s like a musicologist. Always ready with some info I would’ve never even had a clue about. He’s the “who played with who when before we even heard of them back when they were like 15” kinda deep.)

about music in general and house in particular.

The conversation started of with a hint of how we “lacked an appreciation” for those chipmunk sounding chics coming with noise and having nothing to say yadda-yadda-yadda….

We eventually talked about music from back in the day.

The early days of hip hop music, vocalists like Chaka, Aretha, Luther, Melle Mel and his fellow furious ones, Patryce Banks, the funk and nothing but the funk, bands and on and on. We talked about famous radio people that broke the hottest music like Crocker, O’jay, Byrd, Higginson, Renee and others. We talked about their influence they and what other influences had on House Music. We talked tossed names like Levan and others. We talked about “traditional” R&B music acts that had tried to cross over via disco and our impressions of the results. Some successful and some spectacular flame outs. We even talked about the disappearance of “The Bands”…

English: Photo of the front of 1520 Sedgwick A...

1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Western Bronx. Kool Herc, generally credited as the originator of hip-hop music, lived and threw his first parties in this building. Photo from July 2009. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I told about how I saw Earth, Wind and Fire disappear off the stage in front of everyone at the concert in such a way that made people put out their joints. We talked about our impressions of the Isleys in concert and of course how many times we experienced P-Funk Live….

Then we got quiet… (Thinking…being introspective…hmmmm)

After a few minutes …

we looked at each other and at the same time asked…

“What happened to all the clubs?!??”

We practically heard crickets in response.

My thoughts drifted to the famous NY clubs from back in “my” day. Nels, The Down Under, The Shelter, Garage and others. Spot sin Brooklyn I’ve passed through and totally enjoyed yet now sadly can’t even remember the names to. We started talking about the artists who would come through and do club dates (too many lip synch‘d but I understand totally).

After few puffs on the minted cigar and Mojito I’d come to enjoy, the question came out…

“So..uhh what is House Music anyway?”

We both cracked up as we fumbled for an explanation. There were so many terms and definitions used to describe, define or confine it. Most have been recited and retold. Just in case, we mumbled through half of them. (Even the infamous..”Music in the house” one.)

After a good laugh and a few sips we just looked at each other I said “#House Music is….”

“…The Shit.” He finished the sentence.

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Hear The Music…

by on Jan.07, 2011, under Station Update, The Music

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Two New 4.5 hour Non-Stop Sets added featuring…

I was thinking about a certain clubs that are no longer “there”. Here’s a picture of one of them. So, I ended up cranking out a new set. Tune in check it out okay? (Put your mouse over the picture if you forgot the name….)

(DCMA requires I not list the tracks in their play order..booooo!!)

DJ Spen & The Muthafunkaz – WOAH

Louie Vega pres. Gypsymen – Hear The Music

Jungle Brothers – Breathe Don’t Stop

Ronald Burell pres. Strait 2 DAT – You’re In Da House (I Did This 4 Da Shelter)

Maurice Joshua feat. Andre Love – More Love

Roy Mclaren – The Realms Of Music

Joyce Sims – Wishing You Were Here (WBPM NetRADIO ReMix)

Ministry Of Funk – Da Soul

Thor – Don’t Stop

Lem Springsteen – New Beginning

Black Coffee feat. Thiwe – Crazy

Red X – House Is Da Message

Montana Orchestra – Easto Parese Amor ( Special WBPM NetRADIO Mix b/w Quentin Harris’ – Don’t U Worry)

Mercury – Spiritual

The Lucky Ones – Ever After Love

Danny Krivit/Roy Ayers – Brand New Feeling

Mr. V feat. Big Daddy – It’s About You

Joey Negro / The Sunburst Band – Rough Times

Sunkids feat. Chance – Rescue Me

People Underground – Music Is Pumping

Jacob London – Nao Obrigado

Martin Venetjoki – Really Can’t Stop

Cosmic Funk feat. Tanya Michelle – Free Your Mind

Kerri Chandler – In The Morning

DJ Dove – Like That

Laura Vane – Can I Get

Ken ECB – I Heart Bougie

Chris Carrier – School of Acid

Jon Cutler – Runnin’

Funk La Planet All Stars – Summertime

Dennis Ferrer – Underground Is My Home

A Lil Louis Painting – Give It Up

Teena Marie – Tina’s Groove

Only Freak – Tiny Forces

King Kooba –  Slightly Burnt

Mindflight – Release

Kerri Chandler – Atmospheric Beats

DJ Mike Cruz pres. Inaya Day Chyna ro – Movin’ Up

Curtis McClain – The House Music Anthem

Byron Stingily – U Turn Me

Kerri Chandler – Rain

Alexander East – Panarama

Jay Tripwire – 2012

The second 4.5 hours features chill beats, R&B, Jazz and downtempo grooves by the likes of Sweetback, Pimprekker, Afterlife, Stolen Identity, Eva Be, Unforscene, Dissidente, Quant, Florian, Yam Who, T.J. Rehmi, Moss, Freakwaves, Pete Rock, Blackstreet, Sky Hy, LTJ Bukem, Waiwan, DJ Scissorkicks, Herbie Hancock, J. Boogie, Bassnectar, Soulstice, GCS, Outside,Charles Webster, Yarborough & Peoples, A Tribe Called Quest, Steady Wisdom, Dzihan, Bob Marley, DelaDap, Will Felt and more all mixed into a non-stop stream of goodness!

Enjoy!

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Is That You?

by on Jan.04, 2011, under Station Update, The Music, The Musings, The Other Stuff

Happy new Year and all that …

I was going through the stats for the last month while doing end of year stuff and thought I’d share this and also my thanks to you for making this a truly global experience.

This is a list of cities that have had people visit this site and then listen to the station in the last 30 days. Right now -as of this moment- there are a total of 1,199 people who have set up their players or web browsers to directly listen to the station. Who will be 1200? What the data shows is that usually people hit the site first then click the widget over on the right hand side to listen. Interestingly there is another large group of people who connect directly to the station and then click to visit the site! Cool!! Two way traffic!

By the way.

Get $20 off! Become a V.I.P. (click the link)

Or get a FREE 5 Day Trial –>

What do you get? As a VIP you get to hear WBPM NetRADIO as it should be heard. That is without ANY interruptions. Just non-stop music. Imagine what the station sounds like without breaks. Ask a VIP who listens and see what they say. Oh much as I hate to admit it…you also get to tune into literally thousands of other commercial free stations as well. But I suspect that you may wander but you will always come back. Why because NO ONE else is streaming quite like this.

The first person who becomes  1200th person to save WBPM NetRADIO as a preset and becomes a VIP by clicking the banner below gets to pick something valued up to $25 from the WBPM Store.

I had a conversation recently with someone who claims I have a nice radio voice and wanted to know why no live shows recently. In short, I’m looking for the right equipment. One of my mixers died and it was absolutely perfect for doing live shows. The remaining ones are more an exercise in frustration more than anything else and I don’t think you want to hear me cussin’ in the background HAHAHA!!!

What does all these listeners mean to me? Well…hmmm….It means that maybe I am on the right track (?); Music is truly a universal language (?); Good Beats move feets (?). Maybe it means that we might have a lot more in common than some might want us to believe. I suspect that it might be a good thing that I keep my mouth shut and let the music pass the word instead. That make sense?

So, what does the coming year bring? I have not the slightest idea. Maybe people will start buying that WBPM NetRADIO gear I have on sale. That would keep the station on the air

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for another year. Or, maybe some hurting terrestrial radio station will discover what I am doing and PAY ME to come and play  program director helping them to dominate their market (yeahhh riiiiiiiiiiiiight!!).

Would be cool to get on Sirius. Anyone know anyone? I’d yap it up for that!!

It was pointed out that if each one of those 1,199 kind folks signed up as a VIP we could go live 24/7, upgrade the gear in here, do much more on the site with artists, upgrade the gear in here, and possibly stream video from special events at locations like New York and Miami (Did I mention upgrade the gear in here?). That would be cool since the Winter Music Conference is coming in about two months. Imagine getting live feeds from the events down there during that week (See photo at right heheheh!). (Looking around for a hat to pass right now!) Well, whatever happens in 2011 I wish us ALL the best and less headaches….

Here’s the list of the top listening cities in the past 30 days:

1. New York New York United States

2. Somewhere in France….

3. Scottsdale Arizona United States

4. Bedzin Slaskie Poland

5. Jersey City New Jersey United States

6. Brooklyn New York United States

7. Atlanta Georgia United States

8. Arlington Virginia United States

9. Oshawa Ontario Canada

10. Ipswich Suffolk United Kingdom

11. Valencia Comunidad Valenciana Spain

12. Bangkok Krung Thep Thailand

13. East Elmhurst New York United States

14. Manchester Manchester United Kingdom

15. Czestochowa Slaskie Poland

16. Cheltenham Gloucestershire United Kingdom

17. Lombard Illinois United States

18. Charlotte North Carolina United States

19. Montego Bay Saint James Jamaica

20. Chicago Illinois United States

21. Caldas Da Rainha Leiria Portugal

22. Rio Rancho New Mexico United States

23. Newton Iowa United States

24. Thessaloníki Thessaloniki Greece

25. Toronto Ontario Canada

26. Ratisbon Bayern Germany

27. Rome Lazio Italy

28. Superior Wisconsin United States

29. Concord California United States

30. Ljubljana Bohinj Slovenia

31. Madrid Madrid Spain

32. Miami Florida United States

33. Cabot Arkansas United States

34. Melbourne Florida United States

35. Zapopan Jalisco Mexico

36. Tokyo Tokyo Japan

37. Round Rock Texas United States

38. San Francisco California United States

39. Queensbury New York United States (Where?)

40. Towson Maryland United States

41. Auburn Pennsylvania United States

42. Nuremberg Bayern Germany

43. Brisbane Queensland Australia

44. Kissimmee Florida United States

45. Richmond Virginia United States

46. Pathum Thani Pathum Thani Thailand

47. Longmont Colorado United States

48. Muntinlupa City Rizal Philippines

49. Bloomington Illinois United States

50. Tallahassee Florida United States

51. Basildon Essex United Kingdom

52. Metz Lorraine France

53. Fredericksburg Virginia United States

54. Green Cove Spr. Florida United States

55. San Isidro Lima Peru

56. Garches Ile-de-france France

57. Cumming Georgia United States

58. Szászberek Jasz-nagykun-szolnok Hungary

59. Targovishte Turgovishte Bulgaria

60. Harcourt New Brunswick Canada

61. Stockton California United States

62. Ussana Sardegna Italy

63 New Castle Delaware United States

64. Asheboro North Carolina United States

65. Santiago Region Metropolitana Chile

66. Köping Vastmanlands Lan Sweden

67. Elmhurst New York United States

68. Quincy Illinois United States

69. Yamanashi Shizuoka Japan

70. Chiba Chiba Japan

71. Mechelen Antwerpen Belgium

72. Guangzhou Guangdong China

73. Konstanz Baden-wurttemberg Germany

74. Manassas Virginia United States

75. New Paltz New York United States

76. Sarajevo Federation Of Bosnia And Herzegovina

77. Fort Worth Texas United States

78. Kingsport Tennessee United States

79. New Haven Connecticut United States

80. Montgomery New York United States

81. Laval Quebec Canada

82. Reda Pomorskie Poland

83. Nice Provence-alpes-cote D’azur France

84. Wappingers Falls New York United States

85. Puyallup Washington United States

86. Pomigliano D’arco Campania Italy

87. Lyon Rhone-alpes France

88. Seoul Seoul-t’ukpyolsi Republic Of Korea

89. Suzano Sao Paulo Brazil

90. Bridgewater New Jersey United States

91. Rosedale New York United States

92. Istanbul Istanbul Turkey

93. Svätý Jur Bratislava Slovakia

94. Bath Bath And North East Somerset United Kingdom

95. Elmwood Park Illinois United States

96. Bellevue Washington United States

97. Stefania Emilia-romagna Italy

98. Graz Steiermark Austria

99. Cranbury New Jersey United States

100. Benson North Carolina United States

101. Mezohegyes Bekes Hungary

102. Portoroz Bohinj Slovenia

103. West Harrison New York United States

104. La Baie Quebec Canada

105 Alamosa Colorado United States

106. Waukesha Wisconsin United States

107. Trnava Trnava Slovakia

108. Odolena Voda Hlavni Mesto Praha Czech Republic

109. Selkirk New York United States

110. Ningbo Zhejiang China

111. Forest Hills New York United States

112. Apple Valley California United States

113. Newark California United States

114. Leiden Zuid-holland Netherlands

115. Wingdale New York United States

116. Budapest Budapest Hungary

117. Calgary Alberta Canada

118. Santa Clara California United States

119. São Paulo Sao Paulo Brazil

120. Bronx New York United States

121. Burnaby British Columbia Canada

122. Carrollton Texas United States

123. Upper Marlboro Maryland United States

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Here ya go!

by on Dec.31, 2010, under The Musings, The Other Stuff

Stereo Rack
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Hope that sanity and good vibes have thus far reigned over your parades…

Check this out…

I found a resource for you and the stereophiles in your worlds that might do a better job than I at explaining all this technogadetry.

I had started out a few posts ago going over some of the definitions of music related tech. Got bogged down with a lot of projects (gotta make them beans yanno?). So, when this came to me it was like YEAH!!!

Take a look at this site and let me know what you think!

http://www.soundadvice.com/HelpLibrary.aspx

No. Really…let me know people.

Peace & Deep Beats in 2011,

DJ

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Now’s Your Chance…

by on Dec.05, 2010, under The Other Stuff

GE security scanner at DFW
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Without saying a word now you too can mindslap a person without so much as wrinkling a forehead.

How you ask?

Take a look HERE.

(Or copy this link into your web browser:

http://www.cafepress.com/wbpm/7526797 )

(I’m just sayin’ ….)

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LOL!!!

by on Nov.24, 2010, under The Other Stuff

Episode of game show “Family Feud” where contestant blurts out first thing that came to mind…

Enjoy!

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The Latest Set Starts Streaming Today!

by on Nov.22, 2010, under Station Update, The Music

Cover of "Nuyorican Soul"
Cover of Nuyorican Soul

This latest set turned out interesting.

Once again, I didn’t plan what I would play. Actually I woke up in the middle of the night and couldn’t get back to sleep. So I started messing around. Next thing I know its daylight and I have over five hours of music blended. I listened to the mixes.

I have to say I think I need to wake up in the middle of the night more often! Somehow I get the feeling that the groove of the entire set expresses where I’d rather be versus where I am. It’s more of a driving beat kind of thing with some interesting interludes.

About an hour and a half in you’ll hit Marques Wyatt’s “For Those Who Like To Get Down“. I think you’ll find the blend that flows  into “Love & Happiness” (River Ocean feat. India) and then into Sumo’s “Santiago Boys” off of the Bargrooves Cosmopolitan compilation very interesting. Keep an ear on the keyboards is all I’m saying. There are other triple mixes in the set too.

You will also hear Brother Jack McDuff and cuts by Angelique Kidjo, Miguel Migs, Cameo, US Collective, Jon Cutler, Limelife, Kim English, Jay Tripwire, Kludo, Angela Johnson, George Kranz (Din Daa Daa…remember that?), Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Ike “Black Liquid” Ngwaba, Fredrik Stark, Lisa Shaw, Kenny Dope and Chuck Diesel to name just a few.

Now I suspect a few of you might not know who some of these artists are. That’s cool. I didn’t either until I listened.

Stay You & Enjoy the Music! Gotta go!

“DJ ?”

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Huh? Recent Wall Post I Found Pending…

by on Nov.22, 2010, under The Musings, The Other Stuff

FORTYEIGHT | threesixtyfive "Hackers"
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If Yahoo Babel Fish is wrong I owe this person
(not the dude in the photo, the guy or gal who wrote on my wall!) a real apology so I hope he or she has a sense of humor. Even though I have never kicked that person out and for other reasons their claim is suspect at best. I swear I’m not making this up. Read on…

Привет. Странаня ситуация, пытаюсь зайти на блог, меня постоянно выкидывает. Сейчас зашел через прокси и все нормально. Можно попросить разблокировать ип адрес 192.48.250.80
Так уже с недели две не могу попасть со своего ип в блог.

Translation:

Regards. [Strananya] situation, I attempt to visit to [blog], it constantly throws out me. Now it visited through proxy and everything normally. It is possible to ask to unblock IP (Internet protocol) address 192.48.250.80 So already from week two I cannot fall from my IP into [blog].

The Response:

Привет. Странаня ситуация, пытаюсь зайти на блог, меня постоянно выкидывает. Сейчас зашел через прокси и все нормально. Можно попросить разблокировать ип адрес 192.48.250.80
Так уже с недели две не могу попасть со своего ип в блог.

Translation:

“I think (don’t speak Russian) your message says you keep getting kicked off of the blog and you want me to unblock your IP address. If you were having problem reaching the blog how are you posting on the wall? In order to figure this out I will need you to buy 6 items from the official store. (cafepress.com/wbpm) okay? When I get the money I will think about it.(The money).”

Just buy a Custom T-shirt or a 16 oz. Original design Coffee Cup (or something!) for some deserving soul instead of spamming regular folk. Here, go to my store at www.cafepress.com/wbpm and be the first on your continent to have some official WBPM NetRADIO swag. Then you can sit around doing crossword puzzles and listen to all this good music I mix up for you!

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The Recipe…Part 2

by on Nov.19, 2010, under The Other Stuff

The Speakers

Recently I’ve been asked what kind of speakers I use to listen to the station. Generally, I use a now 10 year old Logitech 4.1 speaker system connected to my main PC. When I am creating the mixes you hear I either listen via my Ultrasone S-Logic headphones or I use my  KRK ST6 Studio Monitors. I do my quality checks on a set of 250 watt 4 ohm Acoustic model 626  Studio Monitors that I picked up waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayyyyy back in 1982.(Where’s my walker dagnabbit!!)

Do you need all that?

No.

One of my Studio Monitors...

There are a lot of computer speaker set ups available in the stores right? Some of you have asked what is the difference between 2.0 and 5.1 and 7.1 systems.

To be honest, actually the main difference is the number of speakers.

A “2.0” setup would refer to the traditional stereo speaker pair (left and right).  And a system that is “something”.1, like 4.1 or 5.1 and so on, is basically describing a system where you have (in the case of a 4.1 system) 4 main speakers and 1 sub-woofer (sub woofer is the speaker that kicks out all that massive bass — more on that one later).

5.1 follows the same theme. Five main speakers and one subwoofer.  The main speakers are responsible for creating all of the sound that comes out of the computer while the sub woofer is specialized for creating the bass in the sound.

That’s really it in a nutshell.

Now there are some specifications you could use to compare the different systems but the best way to measure how well you like them is to go listen to them.

If possible, listen to something that you would normally listen to at home. Also take into consideration where you are listening to them at.

A lot of stores like to crank the the speakers up so as to give the impression that the louder the speakers are, the better they are. Not always the case. You want speakers that sound “full” at any volume level. By “Full” I mean that as you turn down the volume the bass or the quality of the sound doesn’t diminish along with the volume.

Also note how far apart the speakers are when listening in the store.

If they  are right next to each other you really don’t get a good idea of what they will sound like when you take them home and set them up. You’ll just be able to hear how loud they can get.

I’m saying that because I have seen where demo speakers were not correctly wired up and even though I felt they sounded “weird” in the store, no one else seemed to notice.

I couldn’t confirm my suspicions until I looked at how the cables were connected to the speakers.

The left hand speaker was correctly wired so the red wire went to the positive connector on the speaker and the black wire was connected to the “negative” connection on the speaker.

The right hand speaker was the exact opposite.

Not good.

When speakers are connected in this fashion,  the signals going to the speakers are “out of phase”.  ( Not gonna get technical..just trust me -smile)

So, some of the sound coming out one speaker was being canceled out by the other one and the music sounded “funny”.

You want a speaker system that allow you to place the speakers where they are best suited for your particular situation.

Some things to consider are:

Are the speaker cables long enough?

Do I need special hardware or tools to mount them on the walls if I desire to?

Are they too big for my shelf if I want to put them on shelves?

Are they too heavy for those shelves?

Will they fit on my desk?

If I wanted to use these brand new “hear tomorrow coming” headphones I just picked up, is there a speaker control module with a headphone jack that I can easily plug into?

Does the speaker control module have controls for the amount of Bass and or Treble, or for controlling the speakers surround sound effect in addition to volume?

Does this system require that I plug it into an power outlet for power?

How do I connect it to the computer? (Many sound systems have cables made to connect to your computer’s sound ports (usually jacks on the rear of the computer case…sometimes the cable plugs are color coded to match).

There are a number of questions one could come up with. These are just a few to get you going. Now as a rule of thumb, all things being equal the larger the speaker the better it will sound compared to a smaller one.

But these days all things are not equal.

Generally speaking, stand alone speakers will, more often than not, sound much better than the speakers that are built into computer monitors.

However, when comparing small stand alone speakers to larger ones, thanks to technology, that is no longer the case. There are micro speaker setups whose sound rivals larger speakers and in a number of cases sound just as good if not better while not taking up a lot of space.

I use a 4.1 setup when working at the computer and listening to WBPM NetRADIO. I have two in front of me to either side of the monitors spaced about 10 feet apart. I have the two “rear” speakers about 8 feet behind me also spaced about 10 feet apart. I have the sub-woofer behind the desk on the floor.

Sub woofers don’t have to be aimed in the direction of the listener because of the characteristic of the bass signal. It will spread in all directions so no matter where you are sitting in relation to that speaker, this type of signal is said to be “omni-directional“. So,you should hear what comes out of that speaker sitting behind it  just as well as if you were directly in front of it.

Different story as far as my other four speakers go and the same goes for your left and rights or you other speakers. They should be aimed in the direction of the listeners. Most of these systems come with plenty of info as to how to place them properly.

The sound that comes out of these speakers is more of a directional nature. Meaning that if you are not in an area that the speakers are aimed towards, you will not hear what comes out as well as if you were in the area they were pointed towards.

How the speakers are connected and where they are aimed will determine how well the surround sound or stereo effect is heard by the listener. It will also make a difference in how WBPM NetRADIO’s “Enhanced Stereo” format sounds as well.

One thing about cables:

The longer they need to be the more you should pay attention as to how thick the wires are. You do not want to use tiny little thin cables to connect the speakers up of they are more than 4 feet from the sound source. You also don’t want them longer than they need to be either.

Most systems that come designed to hook up to computers should the proper types of cable.

But for those who look to extend the speakers even further away you might want to consider getting cables that are a heavier gauge (thicker).

I’m really trying to keep this short so…

Here’s the drift… Many of you already have nice sound systems. There are a number of factors that make them so.

If you are in the market for a speaker setup. Take your time and shop around. You don’t need 50 bazillion speakers to get good sound. Actually there are a number of good sounding two speaker + sub woofer systems available. Here’s an article about them.

There are lots of manufacturers of speakers for computers these days. They include Logitech, Polk, Altec Lansing, Harmon Kardon and Creative.

Look for a set that will last a while. Why need to replace them every few years? So look to see how well built the speakers are. Are they sturdy enough to take an accident fall of knocked over or off of a desk?

Let your ears be the just about how they sound and …

Don’t be shy tell the sales person that you want to compare and decide what sounds good to you.

You don’t have to spend a small fortune on them anymore but you still have to remember … You get what you pay for!

Any questions just drop me a note!

Next….Connecting your computer to your sound system…

Later…

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Okay I lied…kinda….

by on Nov.11, 2010, under Station Update, The Music, The Musings

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Yesterday I mentioned in a post that I would be adding 100 tracks for today. I was off by a little..its like 204.

The first set started at 1pm Eastern (US) and was prompted by me staring at my 3 basses thinking “I really need to play more”. I started thinking of the songs I used to play and that’s how I wound up with 200+ songs!

These sets add up to 25 hours of music. A little of this and that. From Afrobeat to Fusion with a liberal sprinklin of House all over. There’s R&B classics, Fusion favorites, some indie cuts and of course plenty of remixes in there. (Hurry! tune in NOW!)

The list of artists reads like a Who’s Who in the recording world. I have also included a cut where Stanley Clarke and Stuart Copeland (The Police) joined up. That’s part of a set where I feature songs with great bass lines. Some well known and some maybe not so well known. There is a rare Passport cut off of the Infinity Machine LP in there as well as classic Lil Louis and more.

Tune in, Turn it up and go do something fun (or let the groove help you get through the day).

I hope you enjoy it!

P.S.: That picture over there of the bass is not one of my basses. Mine are nicer looking! Hmmm maybe I’ll post a shot of them sometime….

Oh yeah one more thing. I’m trying to figure out what some of your are using to hear the music. Do me a HUGE favor and drop me a note. I want to see who listens at work or home or where ever and what are you using to tune in with (cell phone, Ipad, laptop, PC) . Thanks in advance, I really appreciate your help!

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As the band played on….

by on Nov.10, 2010, under The Musings

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As the band played on…Hey!

Hope you are all in one piece mentally and physically and if you’re feeling stretched at the seams…be flexible. This came across my brain today as I foggily arose from a night of PHP and MySQL mysteries. This is about somthing that has been going on for way too long. Simple as that…check this out (oh yeah new music starts tonight..100+ tracks)…blended mixes of house music, R&B dance classics, some jazz and other goodness….but Hey! Check this out…

Dear friends,

For years, the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) denied Black farmers loans and other aid easily approved for White farmers. Many Black farming families lost their land and livelihoods as a result. The farmers sued the government for damages and won — but only a fraction of them ever got paid.[1]

As a Senator, Barack Obama helped to secure a new settlement for the remaining Black farmers, but Senate Republicans have repeatedly blocked funding for it. A growing chorus of voices, including the Congressional Black Caucus, has called on the White House to directly address this injustice and pay these farmers what they’re owed out of administrative funds — but so far it hasn’t.[2]

I’ve joined ColorOfChange.org in calling on President Obama to do right by these farmers. Will you join us? It takes just a moment:

http://www.colorofchange.org/pigford/?id=2046-1113456

For more than a generation, managers at the United States Department of Agriculture systematically turned down Black farmers’ applications for loans and other critical forms of aid. These loans are the lifeblood of farming, and without them many Black-owned farms were foreclosed on — and resold to White farmers.

This insidious discrimination enabled some White farmers to prosper and grow at the expense of generations of Black families who sought to make a living off the land. At the same time, it devastated the Black farming community. While 14% of all farmers were Black at the turn of the last century,[3] by 2002 only 1.4% were Black.[4]

Black farmers eventually filed a class action lawsuit against the federal government, winning a landmark legal settlement in 1999. At the time, the USDA paid only a portion of the farmers with legitimate claims, so a second settlement was announced — but Congress never approved funding to pay the remaining farmers.[5]

Republican obstruction has been the main stumbling block on the Black farmers’ long road to justice. Senate Republicans have repeatedly stood in the way of funding the settlement. First they demanded that the money to pay the farmers not add to the national budget deficit.[6] Even after that requirement was satisfied, they once again blocked a vote on the appropriation.[7]

Members of the Congressional Black Caucus are rightfully furious at the Republicans’ stalling, and have called on President Obama to bypass the legislative process by paying the settlement out of administrative funds.[8] The White House has maintained that it doesn’t have the money to pay the $1.25 million settlement — but at the same time, the administration promised to find $1.5 billion to pay disaster relief for wealthier, mostly White farmers in Arkansas.[9]

It’s a question of priorities, and we need to push President Obama to prioritize justice for Black farmers. As the CBC pointed out, justice delayed is justice denied for these aging men and women. Every day, another farm is foreclosed on and more farmers die without having been compensated for the shattering discrimination they faced. Please join me and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org community in supporting the CBC’s call for President Obama to fund the Black farmers’ settlement. And when you do, please ask your friends and family to do the same:

http://www.colorofchange.org/pigford/?id=2046-1113456

Thanks.

References

1. http://www.yesmagazine.org/article.asp?ID=433
2. http://bit.ly/aVTiI4
3. http://tinyurl.com/cxohg2
4. http://wikileaks.org/wiki/CRS-RS20430
5. http://wikileaks.org/wiki/CRS-RS20430
6. http://bit.ly/aheAdR
7. http://bit.ly/98ZtDD
8. http://bit.ly/aVTiI4
9. http://bit.ly/aVTiI4

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All Jazzed Up

by on Sep.13, 2010, under Station Update, The Music, The Musings

Pete Rock at J Dilla Foundation @ Sputnik, NYC
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Okay,

Seems that some of you really like some of the Jazz cuts I’ve dropped in. The set that is playing now includes Jazz for generations. For some of you a few of the songs might even go back as far as your great-grandparents. Not really that hard to imagine for some of the teen listeners out there right? That set will repeat and it includes Roy Ayers, Kool & The Gang, Urban Knights, Soulive, Bobby Hutcherson, Me’Shell NdegeOcello, George Duke, The Crusaders and Dominoes and  UFO (nice vocals). I also dropped in a cut that I heard as the soundtrack to a movie from back in the 70s. Cult Classic Heavy Traffic from 1973 combined Live and animated action and takes place in New York City. If you get the chance sit and check it out. (It was rated X when it came out…now that would probably get you an maybe “R” hahahah!!) Anyway the song stuck in my head. (Sidenote: It seems the song is about “The Plague” as in Black Plague that whacked the living doo-doo out of Middle Aged Europe so long ago … go figure…).

Right behind that set (which will be ending within the hour actually), I’ve added another set of remixes that includes the likes of Matthew Bandy, Marques Wyatt, Vision, Dennis Ferrer, Home & Garden (Lisa Shaw makes an appearance on this cut), Kathy Brown, Miguel Migs, Royal House (okay that mix is nice!!!), Kim English (wish her a happy birthday), Jay Tripwire (2012 is tight man!!), I did some playing around with The Nervous Track (can’t get that cut out of my head). There’s 42 cuts and they are all mixed into each other…Then I took it down just a knotch…the next two hours of the set includes The Isleys, Melaaz, Yellowman, Bobby Lyle, Smokey Robinson, Carlinhos Brown, Moss, Sweetback, Praful ultimately rolling into Pete Rock’s “Take the D Train” (Used to do that often! from The Bronx to Coney Island!)

So I want you to stay sane and enjoy the flow of the music.

Peace,

DJ

(That’s Pete Rock in the picture….)

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You’ve been warned…

by on Sep.07, 2010, under The Music, The Musings

As the City Rushes By
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Okay, so now the summer is over for all practical purposes (unless you live down around Florida’s latitude…probably be hot down here ’til March!). Most of you folks in the USA are, by now, getting bombarded by the media outlets’ talk of politics and elections and voter dissatisfaction. 

I ask one thing of you all. Think about what people are telling you. Especially when they speak of those “polls” where the talking heads say “Most people…blah..blah..blah…”. Stop and ask yourself…how can they say “most” people? Did they really ask most people? Do you know a few people who’ve been asked? Really? Recently? About this? 

Ask yourself this…who did the asking, what was asked and how did they go about deciding who to ask. I’m just saying…because everytime I hear one of those heads blabbering about some poll I always think…

“Sh*t, no one asked me..hmmph!”

So please fellow citizens, don’t let them play you. Free your minds then use it. Vote intelligently. Check this out. Earlier today (labor day) on CNN the host reported that some poll showed that most Americans are unhappy with the economy and mad at the President for how he’s handled it so far. Personally I feel if it took nearly a decade for it to tank, why should people expect it to get better in a fraction of the time? I mean the economy has been wobbly since 2001 (remember “Go Shopping”?)

Then the reporter stated that on top of that, most (here we go) Americans blamed Republicans for the problems the country is facing. The icing on the cake was applied when he stated that when “most” people were asked who would they be likely to vote for during this election season they replied (get this) Republican.

Okay maybe its me…but the math don’t seem to add up so to speak.

Am I to believe that the voting public is that “slow” that they would turn around and vote in the exact political party they blame for creating this economic mess?

Let me ask any of you this:

Let’s say you are walking along some city sidewalk. It’s a beautiful day. Springlike. Birds are chirping…lots of hustle and bustle all about. Now, if someone came along and suddenly just knocked the living doodoo out of you and you were suddenly transported back in time say 10 minutes prior to the event with your memory intact. Would you blindly walk right back into that fist or would you look real hard at the next person coming down the street?

Like I said, you’ve been warned. The money smells funny to me. So think about what’s going on. Who’s been doing what and how. Then do what you do. I know what I’m doing. I’m not hearing the twisty talkers on TV. I for one will not be hopping over the fence into a pit bull’s yard with a pork chop tied to my butt.

Oh yeah…I added a new set too. Music to get your head together with yanno? Very eclectic set..thought I’d make it easy for those of you cubicle residents.  Let’s see… Kool & The Gang, Nasrat Fateh Ali-Khan, Deep Forest, Jazzanova, Table 4 5ive. Kmotiv, DJ Spinna, Mark Ledford, Pete Rock, Eva Navrot, Buju Banton, Quant, George Benson, Weather Report, DJ Scissorkicks, Jill Scott, The Gap Band, A Tribe Called Quest, Rhonda Smith, Waiwan, Platinum Pied Pipers, Gotan Project, Anita Baker, Liquid Spirits, Tease, Bob Marley, Wayne Fire, Trakheadz, Marques Wyatt, Ad Finem, Tony Bonilla, Roland Clark, Spettro and many more…

Remember…(to paraphrase a classic funkadelic cut)

Free Your Mind so you know Who’s Ass Not To Follow!

Peace,

DJ

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How I Feel…

by on Aug.30, 2010, under Station Update, The Music

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Sometimes we listen to certain songs because we want to hear things that reflect how we’re doing at the moment.

This set is not that. It’s about going back and forward. It’s been coming for a minute. I’m going back. “To Mah Roots” so to speak. I heard a song on the radio and thought about how I really liked it and then wondered why I have not played it and others in quite a while.  The playlist is about where I am at and where I am going in these times. No great philisophical statement here. Just what I am hearing in my head and seeing with my eyes. A very eclectic set. Very rhythmic. Weather Report, Marvin Gaye, Funkdadelic, J-Boogie, Funk, Rap, Jazz, Ballads all kinds of music is packed into this set. Some lyrics may apply but don’t assume the obvious. You will hear music from across genres maybe you will wonder how come your local stations don’t play these kinds of songs more often if at all too!  Simple as that.

Enjoy.

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Another Goodbye…

by on Aug.14, 2010, under The Musings

Even though its inevitable…

Still seems unacceptable.

Abbey Lincoln has passed on today in New York. She turned 80 barely a week ago. It’s reported that she was in failing health and was in a nursing home. Many will say that Jazz lost a legend. I think its bigger than that. We lost a root. But she planted seeds along the way and there have been blooms. Just as there should be.

Singer, Songwriter, Actress (Nothing But A Man, Mo’ Better Blues)and Activist.

Ms. Lincoln worked with the greats of Jazz including Sonny RollinsEric DolphyColeman HawkinsJackie McLeanClark TerryStanley TurrentineWynton KellyCedar WaltonJoe LovanoPat MethenyRon CarterMiles Davis. Her discography extends from the mid 1950s into 2007.

WBPM NetRADIO extends our deepest condolences to the family, friends, fans and all of those who’ve had the fortune to have been touched by her voice.

Thank You Ms. Lincoln

Peace…



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History of House Video Pts. 1-4

by on Aug.14, 2010, under The Music, The Other Stuff

The first four installments..

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More…

by on Aug.09, 2010, under Station Update

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Everyone wants some…

More.

Me too! Shoot I remember when I was a kid the bag was never big enough and I would try to stretch the supply by only eating a few M&M’s…..still wanted more.

Chocolate cake…I wanted all of it. Fried Fish..loved it give me MORE!! Grape Kool-Aid? I wanted gallons. Ribs? Don’t even go there….I’m thinking side of Cow.

While I was listening to the station today I workied on another site adding of all things…

More.

More video, more audio files…even more ways to sell …more.

And I got to thinking…I could use more…

So I added more music to the server. 15 hours

More in fact.

Also added a new preview player…see that blue thing on the right hand side of the page?

If you don’t hear the music playing drag the volume thingy…you will hear (what else)

More.

By the way…

More of you are listening than ever before (thanks so much!!)

…And guess what? I want…

More!!!!

That really helps WBPM NetRADIO stay on the air. So tell anyone with two ears and a brain. Tell them what you heard that took you back or moved you or simply felt good. Tell them how unexpected the mixes can be. Like that time that Rick James cut popped up in the middle of “Body” or that version of Papa Was A Rolling Stone by the Temptations played and how you realized you never heard it like that before. Or, it seems you never really know when that last song came on…like it just was just…on!! Tell them how it seems you hear more voices and instruments on the songs unlike when you heard it on the radio or your iPod (yuck!). Show your eclectic nature by citing thw wide variety of genres you listen to on this station. Or better yet buy a t-shirt from the store (that was supposed to close but I got talked out of doing that…this time). It wouldn’t hurt to sell…

MORE!!

What would really help would be…

More Donations… I ain’t gonna lie…electricity ain’t cheap HAHAHA!!!

More Subscribers (heheheh you shoulda known that was coming right?). I see you out there! You might as well take the plunge. Become a subscriber and guess what? LESS interruptions!! Subscribers get a NON-STOP stream of music.

Hey do me a favor, help a dude out… check out JSO and tell me what you think? Been workin’ hard for the money!

Oh did I remember to mention there’s a new set up today?

On a slightly more serious note..

Fellow humans..

We need to think MORE & stop letting talking heads convince us to act against our own interests. End of Editorial!

Later!

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Oldies & Goodies

by on Jul.26, 2010, under Station Update

coffee Waves
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Hi peeps!

Greeting ect., ect., just a quick note…

Added two new sets…
Playing now on the station.
Stuff like Knee Deep, a cut by Man Parrish, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5, A version of Janet jackson’s “Nasty” that rarely if ever gets airplay, “Son of Reach For It” (How many of you “vintage appreciators” remember that cut) and many others.
That set is over 4 hrs long.

Also added a 6hr set of … well you’ll just have to listen to find out!
(trust me..its a good one!!)

That’s 10hrs of non-stop music for those of you have have signed up as VIP Members of the station.
Don’t forget to check out the links at the bottom of the page. Something REAL TASTY for you coffee lovers awaits you.

I know there are a number of you who follow “current events”. Seems sometimes like all hell is breaking loose. Makes me wanna both holla and chill.  All I can say is… “Don’t let ’em change you” (that’s one of the oldies playing too!!)

Remember … this tech is supposed to foster interaction so DROP ME A NOTE! LET ME KNOW WHAT’S UP ON YOUR END!

Peace,

DJ

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Wow…

by on Jul.04, 2010, under The Music, The Musings

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Gary Shider….

Know who that is? P-funk fans know.

Okay… for those of you who’ve seen Parliament/Funkadelic in action over the years, remember the dude in the diaper? That’s Gary Shider. He was musical director of the band(s) as well as a signature guitarist.

He passed during June while myself, like many others, had my nose to the proverbial grindstone tryin’ to get over the proverbial hump.

My deepest sympathies to family, friends and fans.

So, what’s a signature guitarist? That’s a guitarist whose sound is so distinct that when you hear it you either know who is playing or it helps to immediately identify the person or the group the person plays in. There are signature musicians who play on other instruments as well. Marcus Miller, Stanley Clark, Miles Davis, Stuart Copeland (Police), Gato Barbieri, Tito Puente, Ray Barretto, Buddy Miles, Jimi Hendrix, Prince, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Larry Graham to name a very few.

Some people create a signature sound via the production of music. DJs do this all the time.  Some even add (enhance?) to the music via their production or arrangement skills. Adding horns where there were none originally creating “sweet spots” for example. Gary Snider did that too.

Funkateers..remember Maggot Brain? Michael didn’t always play alone did he? How about Up For The Downstroke? Yanno…I think that’s the cut that caught my ear. “Testify” was okay but I kinda took it as more of the music the “old folk” listened to.. so …yeah…Downstroke did it for me. But rather than drag your eyes across my aural memories… Here’s something to check out if you ever wanted to know anything about P-Funk. I found this page on a Duke site. So check it quick. No telling how long it will be there okay? The page is called Motherpage…Making You Funk The P-Funk

Scroll through and let me know what you think. There will be a test on it!!

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Pssssst….

by on Jun.28, 2010, under The Musings

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Here’s something for the chocolate lovers out there…

Check This Out

Let me know what you think okay?

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C-c-c-c-c-changes (Pt. 2)

by on Jun.20, 2010, under Station Update, The Musings, The Other Stuff

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It’s been a real busy kind of month so far. Here’s where things stand as of now.

Seems some automaton in the Live365 infrastructure took the money needed to renew the package I had before I could stop them. I was hoping to get a different package that was less costly. Naturally when it happened I felt a “sting”. Well, I got busy trying to make up the loss. Not quite there yet. But here’s the plan. I am still working to move to a new package. In preparation for the change, new playlists are being uploaded (right now actually). The old playlists were 64K MP3PRO formatted files. The files being uploaded right now are 96K Mp3PRO files. What’s the difference? Basically better sound quality (Imagine that …right?).

New tracks are also in the pipeline. They are liable to turn up here very soon. So keep listening.

Thanks to new listeners in (in no particular order!):

Houston & Luftkin, Texas; Phoenix, Arizona; Anaheim, South Gate, Beverly Hills & Glendale, California; Alamoosa, Colorado; Edmund, Oklahoma; Evansville, Indiana; Bloomington & Chicago Illinois; Pittsburgh & Philadelphia PA.; Atlanta, Marietta & Lawrenceville, Georgia; Rock Hill SC; Charlotte; Washington,DC; S. Plainfield, NJ; New York City (Hi You Guys!); Albany, New Hartford & White Plains, NY; Brocton, Mass; Oromocto, Canada; Cusco, Peru; La Paz, Bolivia; Bogota & Cucuta, Columbia; Cancun Mexico (I could really use a trip there about now..how about you?); Basildon & London UK; Hoorn, Netherlands; Prague; Zurich, Vienna, Madrid, Ljubljana & Radovljica, Slovenia; Budapest; Warsaw & Rzeszow, Poland; Klaipeda, Lithuania; Moscow; Istanbul; Athens; Bangalore; Bangkok; Cebu City, Phillipines, Perth, AU and last but in no way least Sapporo Japan.

I am deeply thankful to all of you for listening. Please listen often…now…

GO BUY A T-SHIRT (or something) Here !!!

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For Cryin Out Loud

by on Jun.05, 2010, under Station Update, The Musings

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To the F*ctard who spoofed my email so they could spam the planet resulting in my email getting all of the denied messages…

GET A LIFE…JEEZ!!

FYI…we are working on getting a new broadcasting package..keep your fingers crossed!!!

Now back to the music…while you can.

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C-C-C-C-Changes….

by on Jun.02, 2010, under Station Update, The Other Stuff

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Okay so its time to renew the license that allows me to stream all of this good music to you 24 hours a day 7 days a week. And, the price is steep.

As many of you all realize times are tight. With the online store not doing so well and other business entities of mine currently underperforming (sounds corporate huh?) I am facing a potential shutdown of the station.

Currently I am attempting to license a different setup with Live365. Emails have been sent and no response as of now. If no response soon its gonna have to be goodbye folks. So just in case…

First I want to thank my family and friends who’ve supported me.

I want to thank the anonymous listeners who would tune in for days on end in Tokyo, Amsterdam, Houston, London and Altoona PA. One listener was logged on for so long I feared the worse! Along these lines I of course want to thank all of the listeners located in over 76 countries who have taken the time to “drop in and listen a spell.”

I want to thank the Twitter, Facebook and MySpace peeps who have supported me throughout the past six years by tuning in.

I want to thank all of you independent artists who have placed your art in my hands so that the world can hear what you’ve created.

I want to even thank some of the spam-creeps who keep trying to hack this site. (I’m getting a bit tired of the work it takes to get the site back up…repeatedly).

I want to thank my fellow Live365 broadcasters who’ve lent support and advice when I needed it. Big thanks to Dianne of Solaceradio.

And most definitely I want to thank the one person who listened more than anyone on the planet:

Bohemian Chick

Thank you most of all. She has heard (suffered through) every messed up mix, hear every technical snafu and has been dropped off the air when I would switch between live and prerecorded shows than anyone I know.

She’s always suggesting new music that she would somehow she would dig up and it would be some of the most amazing music I’ve ever heard.

This listener always had something positive to say when I admitted that at times she’d be the only one listening. So I want to give special thanks.

To a broadcaster the greatest compliment one can receive is people tuning in on the regular.

So what’s next? Well right now a 95 long set of mixes that have been done over the past 6 years is playing on the station while I work this out with Live365.com Assuming I get things straightened out I will update this post with the latest. If not … well my labor of love will go on hiatus for a (hopefully) short while. This site will remain up and I want you to keep in touch okay? Oh the store located @ www.cafepress.com/wbpm  will be shut down on June 30th 2010. Buy something…it might help! 😉

Peace,

DJ

(No.. thats not a picture of my gear…I have a roomfull!!)

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All I’m Saying…

by on Apr.29, 2010, under The Musings, The Other Stuff

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Normally I would not say anything relating to politics, religion etc. on this site. I believe there are better forums for such rants and raves.

But this time….

Okay, it has been about a week since the foolishness in Arizona has kicked off. Pundits of both sides of the issue have had their chance to sound off on the issue on a multitude of television stations, radio stations and of course web sites and blogs.

One thing I have not seen in the coverage of all of this madness, as reporters have scrambled to collect reactions and responses, is that there have been little comment from those who might have a little experience on the receiving end of such policies.

My two cents goes like this…

In 1999 I purchased a house in Florida while still living in New York City. During the Thanksgiving weekend of that year, I drove down from New York alone to Florida to check on the house.

During this time people were being stopped along Interstate-95 by state troopers and local police – ostensibly to try to stem the flow of drugs coming north out of the southern states.

The trip south was uneventful until I entered the state of Georgia. By time I’d made it as far as the city limits of Waycross it was dark – about 10pm – and by then the temperature had dropped into the 40s.

I was traveling among a group of other cars and SUVs. I was driving in the right hand lane behind an RV. Behind me was a U-Haul moving van. A line of cars came up behind us traveling in the left lane looking like they were moving well over the speed limit. The group I was with was cruising along at about 60MPH.

Just as the new group of cars passed me I noted a black BMW with TV monitors in the headrest. AND on the median was a white car with its headlights pointed across our lanes.

As the cars passed this car on the median, its headlights lit up the insides of the cars as we passed it. I knew it was some kind of law enforcement and immediately rechecked my speed even though I knew that the cars in my lane were not speeding and was certain that if it was “ticket time”, one of the cars passing in the left lane were prime candidates for a speeding ticket.

But I wasn’t worried.

About two minutes later the same white car that was on the median is behind me with its lights flashing so I pulled over onto the shoulder of the exit ramp (at the northern side of Waycross).Wondering “What does this guy  want with me?”. Immediately memories of Amadou Diallo and others flashed through my mind.

The officer get out of his car with every light on the planet trained on my car, walked up to my car with his hand on his gun and asked for license and registration saying that I was speeding.

Naturally (trying to sound as calm as possible) I asked if he wasn’t mistaken because there was no way he could have clocked my car with his RADAR in the method he claimed because both I and the black BMW passed by him at exactly the same moment. (He claimed his RADAR tagged me). I’d never heard of a radar that could read the speed of a car through another larger vehicle directly in front of it.

The next thing out of his mouth was a request to search my car. When I asked why, he stated “because of the drug traffiking going on along the interstate heading north through Georgia”. I reminded him I was heading south and that it would seem that he would’ve been better served scanning cars on the northbound side of the highway. I tried real hard not to sound sarcastic.

He just shrugged and said to sit tight he was calling a drug dog in. So next I asked what would the dog do if he didn’t find anything. He replied “Nothing, probably keep circling the car”.Then he asked me to get out of the car. So I did. I also kept my eyes on him noting every move he made.

20 minutes later a K-9 unit arrives, I’m shivering from the cold (I had no jacket on and the wind from the passing trucks made it feel like 40 below zero. The trooper actually asked why I was shaking. Duhh.

Anyway, the dog circled the car 4 times.

On the last pass, he pee’d on my tire!

Naturally nothing was found because I wasn’t carrying anything. But as a result of the stop I had a brand new hole in my door panel and my clothes and stuff was tossed all over the inside of the car.

Now the officers are apologizing for stopping me and telling me I am free to go. I’m like “What about the speeding ticket?” I was told to forget it.

It was obvious that I spent and hour and a half on the side of the road for nothing more than an ad hoc drug search.

I left them and drove down the ramp and continued up the entrance ramp back onto the highway. Cussin’ the entire way and thinking how I’d not been to Waycross since I was a kid (I have family in that town). As I was leaving the Waycross city limits…

One of Waycross’ “finest” sitting on the median, pulls out and pulls me over stating

“We had a report of a red uhh..(he hesitates to see what kind of car I was driving) Dodge with two occupants needed to be pulled over. We need to search the car.” I was looking at him like he fell off Mars. There was no “we” he was alone!

Now I’m really pissed. I said

“Bullshit. I was just stopped by state and let go. You didn’t even know what kind of car this was nor did you adequately explain why I was being stopped. You simply pulled me over because you feel you can.”

He looked at me hard for a second as I started him directly in the eyes. Then says “You can go, you are not the right one.”

As I see the reactions about what’s happening in Arizona, noting the Governor of the state herself admitted she doesn’t know what an illegal alien looks like, this past event came rushing back at me.As did memories about the 4 kids (they were students behaving properly by the way) who had a really bad scene on the New Jersey Turnpike involving troopers not long before this happened to me.

I can guarantee those troopers and that city cop couldn’t describe a drug dealer and could only do so relying on their perceived profile bolstered by the stereotype of what a drug dealer would look like (black guy, nice looking car, dreadlocks).

Yeah he let me go. And I didn’t stop until I was well into Florida realizing it could happen there as well.

On the return trip north, I passed through Georgia during daylight. Then …

As I passed through Maryland I saw what looked like a pair of grandparents who were black with two kids on the side of the road standing in a line next to their car as troopers searched their 1970-something bllue Oldsmobile Delta 98.

They too were stopped along the southbound side of Interstate-95. Now of course I have no idea why they’d been stopped or why they were being searched but I have my suspicions.

So I write this to say this…

Those of you who are undecided about this situation in Arizona would do good to take into account what I am telling you. Laws like this one the braintrust over in the “Land of McCain” came up with does not bode well.

It is the grease on the slippery slope. We’d already stepped over the edge when there was little popular outcry over the stopping of people traveling along the interstates of this country for ambiguous reasons while minding their business.

I hope such a thing never happens to you.

If it does, then you would understand why I am absolutely opposed to such laws as the one signed by Arizona’s Governor last week.

If it has never happened, now you have yet one more chance to oppose such nonsense.

Just think about it.

Okay … now back to the music.

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Your Vote Counts!!

by on Apr.16, 2010, under The Musings, The Other Stuff

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I was digging through the Live365 newsletter and this gem popped up:

“Your Vote Counts
Nominate your favorite stations!

Nominate some feature-worthy stations you think deserves some time in the spotlight. Email liveeditor@live365.com with your top 3 stations.

Top nominees will be listed in next month’s newsletter”

And then the sound of rusty gears started turning….(painful I tellya…). I figured, I would let you know and if you were so kind you could drop a line to the editor ( liveeditor@live365.com )of the newletter letting them know how you love the music and how it flows non-stop and is soooo very office friendly and how even your dog wags its tail to the beat and how the neighbors love you since now you blast WBPM NetRADIO while you work out and how the world seems better when you play WBPM NetRADIO and it creates the perfect ambience to chill out to and how birds have stopped poopin on your car roof since you’ve started listening.

That last paragraph was subtle right? 😉

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DO OVAHHH!!!!

by on Apr.14, 2010, under Station Update, The Musings

Dennis Ferrer @ Movement 2009, 5/24/2009
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Sometimes even I get caught up in the mad dash it seems….

Me!! Mr. Laidback Take It Slow As It Flow….

I was listening to my most recent post and discovered to my SHOCK a problem with some of the mixes and sound quality settings I was using for the latest program. (If you didn’t notice..GOOD!) Anyhow, I wanted to rip it down off the server immediately but was unable to. The situation sat on my brain like a ticked off elephant all day.

Finally when I got in I decided I couldn’t take it any more. (I was listening while checking e-mail and such).

I powered up the gear and got to work. What came out was an even better set (I think so anyway) that sounds a LOT better mixwise and sound quality wise (we won’t even go into it … let’s just say a setting had been uhh “omitted” causing WBPM NetRADIO to sound like all the rest  of the internet broadcasters).

So the set is actually different in that there are more artists, more tracks, BETTER mixes and it sounds GREAT. Who is in the set? Hmmph…. you read that earlier post of a previous playlist? You want me to go through the agony of typing something like that again? You WRONG!!!!!

I will say this, the set is tight, it flows as I intended it to and there is a variety of sound in there. I did reach back and drop in a cut by Shiela E. I dropped others but I am getting “typer’s cramp”.

Hope your world is not spinning out of control and if so…all we can do is hold on tight.

Yanno?

(P.S.: That is NOT me in the picture!! That’s the great Dennis Ferrer! Oh and that set? It’s on now…)

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New Set Coming Today

by on Apr.09, 2010, under Station Update, The Music

Winter Music Conference, Live!
Image by Premshree Pillai via Flickr

Hey,

Things have been happening. Drove to Miami. Friend and I were to drop into some of the WMC functions. He wasn’t feeling too good so we canceled out. Drove back and I got sick!! Some kinda bug going around. Feeling a tad better now tho’. Pushing up a new set to start this afternoon so tune in.

This set is the so called “B” side set. Back when vinyl was the main method of pushing sound out to the masses the record “they” wanted you to hear was on the “A” side and most often the so called filler was on the “B” side. Ironically a number of times the “B” side was the real keeper. Well this latest set is a 4hr mix of music that contains a number of so called “B” side surprises. I dare you to pick them out.

I had second thoughts about the store. I am looking for a new supplier of goodies for those of you looking to pick up WBPM NetRADIO gear. If you know anyone email dj@wbpmnetradio.com . You might get an official T-Shirt. If you want to see some of the latest designs check out the link below. Gotta run, I am supposed to be passing out biz cards for my web design business!

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The Saturday Night Set

by on Apr.04, 2010, under The Music

I’ve been meaning to do this for ages….

I just hated all the typing involved..okay I can be lazy…I have to admit, I suck at typin’ so this typing up a list of (have to be over) 100 songs is an act of pure dedication to the cause….

(Feelin sympathetic yet?)

Here’s a partial listing of the set that is playing now … The entire set is 14hrs of non-stop mixe. What’s the big fuss about the songs? pay attention to what happens between them. That is my favorite part. that other place in time that passes while one song ends and the next begins.  This is where I do most of my work. I specialize in transitions to some degree. I look to make the songs – no matter how disparate- sound as if they belong together. As though they were recorded to be played in that order … Listen for a while..you will, I suspect, note the eclectic nature of the set? No?

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We’re Baaaaaaaaaaack (almost)

by on Apr.03, 2010, under Station Update, The Music, The Musings, The Other Stuff

Hi folks,

Yeah the site changed! The need to do a quick overhaul became painfully evident while uploading some pictures for you today. I discovered a trashed database install. So…I figured now is as good as time as any to drop a new site on you. This one will be a little easier to move through. I will continue to add more goodies as the hours goes by so come back and don’t forget to subscribe so that you get the freebies okay?

Peace,

DJ Whatshisname (that’s me!)

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