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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

A DJ (disk jockey or dee jay) turntable scalab...

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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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