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Thank You.

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

By the time most of you have read this, the music will have stopped.

So I’d like to make an attempt to thank A Tribe Called Quest, Al Green, Alicia Myers, Ana Caram, Andre Castano, Angela Johnson, Aurra, Bab Rolando 808, Bali Lounge, Barbara Tucker, Barrington Levy, Barry White, Bassmental, Bassnectar, Bear Who, Beenie Man, Billy Cobham, B.B. King, Black Science Orchestra, Black Uhuru, Blue Asia, Bob Marley, Bobby Womack, Booker T & The M.G.’s, Bootsy, Boozoo Bajou, Brass Construction, Brother Jack McDuff, Buju Banton, Byron Stingily, C Scott, Cameo, CeCe Peniston, Change, Charles Moui, Charles Webster, Chris Jasper, Chucky Sly, Cindy Mizelle, Circulation, Club Artists United, Coffee Kids, Crystal Waters, Daddy Funk 45, Darien Bailey, David Bowie, Deep Brothers, Deep Wide, Deniece Williams, Disko Knights, Dissidenten, DJ Andre Harris, DJ Aphreme, DJ Fudge, DJ Language, DJ Mbuso Sboniso Dlada, DJ Nermin, DJ Spen, DJ Spettro, DJ Spinna, Dobet Gnahore, DunnEASY, E-Man, Earth, East River Rituals, Ed the Red, Eddie Kendricks, Edit Van Halen, Elements of Life, Entertainment, Ernest Raglin, Erro, Erykah Badu, Esther Philips, Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Evelyn “Champagne” King, Fernanda Abrue, Fila Brazillia, First Class, Florian, Foremost Poets, Fred Everything, Funk, Funkadelic, Galaxy People, Ganeesh, Geoffrey Gordon, George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars, George Duke, Goapele, Grace Jones, Graham Central Station, Groove Theory, Guy, Hardstone, Herbie Hancock, House Music, Housin’ Funk Parliament, Howard Johnson, Husky Matt Meler, Hustle & Flow, Ike “Black Liquid” Ngwaba, India, IndySoul, Innervision, Intik, Ital Foods, J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, J.C. Lodge, Jacob London, Jamal, James Brown, Jay Tripwire, Jazz, Jazzanova, Jill Scott, Jimpster, Jimmy Hendrix, John “Julius” Knight, Johnny Hammond, Jon Cutler, Joyce Sims, Julius Papp, Jungle Brothers, Kan Sano, Keith Hudson, Keith Sweat, Keith Thompson, Ken ECB, Kenny Dope, Kerri Chandler, Kiko Navarro, Kim English, King Kooba, Kink, Kool & The Gang, Kurtis Blow, La Veda Simpson, Ladybug Mecca, Lawnchair Generals, Lee, Lil Louis, Lisa Fischer, Littlemen, Loose Ends, Louie Vega, Lovelea, Lucky Dube, LuRob, Mad Scientist, Magik Johnson, Mandrill, Marcus Miller, Mark Farina, Marlon D, Marques Wyatt, Martin Venetjoki, Marvin Gaye, Masters at Work, Mati, Michael Henderson, Miguel Migs, Monsieur Dodo, Mood Swing, Moon Rock, Moss, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Mtume, Music, Nathan Adams, No Assembly Required, Non-Stop Mixes, Norman Conners, Nuyorican Soul, Omega, One Way, Only Freak, Oscar P, Ovasoul 7, Paul Johnson, Peter Tosh, Platinum Pied Pipers, Prince Dubb I, Quant, Ralph Falcon, Ramsey Lewis, Rayko, Recloose, Red X, Reggae, Rene & Angela, Rhonda Smith, Richard Samuels, Rick James, Rob Mirage, Robin Duhe, Roland Clark, Ron E. Jones, Rose Royce, Roy Ayers, Roy Davis Jr., S.O.S. Band, Sabrina Johnson, Sagat, Santana, Scuba, Shalamar, Sharon Redd, Shirley Marshall, Side Effect, Sister Sledge, Skyy, Slave, Slope, Sly & The Family Stone, Smokey Robinson, Soul-Ty, Souldynamic, Steel Pulse, Steve Miggedy Maestro, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Stolen Identity, Strafe, Subercabana, Sumo, Sweetback, T. J. Rhemi, Terence Trent D’Arby, The Brothers Johnson, The Bucketheads, The Crusaders, The Dells, The Demetrios Project, The Family Stand, The G.A.P. Band, The Isleys, The Jimmy Castor Bunch, The Moments, The Muthafunkaz, The O’Jays, The Ohio Players, The Pocket Dwellers, The System, The Temptations, The Stylistics, Third World, Thor, Tom Browne, Tom Tom Club, Tony Toni Tone, Treologic, Unforscene, Unlimited Touch, Urban Soul, Ursula Rucker, Vibezelect, Victor Wooten, Viola, Vision, Waldemar Bastos, War, Wayman Tisdale, Weather Report, Wind & Fire, Wish feat. Fonda Rae, Wyclef Jean, Yam Who, Yarbrough & Peoples, Zapp, Ziggy Marley…this isn’t even most of them…there are so many many more.

I know I left someone out… it always happens… know that I thank you too!

There are years of articles and posts within this site. Feel free to check them out. Some topical and some not.

I want to thank all of the artists who took the time out of their busy lives to respond to my attempts to reach out to them. I want to thank in particular Joyce Sims and Chris Jasper for allowing me the opportunity of playing their new releases when they came out. I’m proud that we’ve even had the opportunity to create artwork for their projects too!

I want to thank Shawn, one of the best ears in the business, for helping me track down some of the best music I’ve ever heard. I want to thank Wardell for opening up his world of music to me and then spending time putting together sets so I can share that world with you. Not everyone can hear what you feel. I want to thank Daizee her enthusiasm for the sound. It helped when I needed it most.

I certainly want to thank the thousands of humans across this planet spending tens of thousands of hours checking out the music and the mixes I was able to create with the help of these many artists. I want to thank whomever that is wearing the Official WBPM NetRADIO shirt over in Japan. I’m still amazed that there’ve been times when people of opposing factions, religions and groups were listening to the same music at the same time while others in their groups were blowing each other up. Go figure.

I’ve always felt that if we do not support our musicians then we are willfully allowing ourselves to die a silent death.

Please continue to support those who are in support of you and your sounds.

I will always do the same.

Thanks to all of you who’ve supported what I was trying to do.

So there ya have it… 11 years and some odd months of non-stop music streaming from WBPM NetRADIO. What’s next? Ohhhh… I gots plans. We ain’t finished yet!

 

Peace,

“DJ Whatshisname?”

LastShot

Kinda dramatic huh? LOL!!

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Valentines Day

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

So, once again its “Valentine’s Day

Ever wonder who was this Valentine dude and was this person really all that “mushy”?

Did a little digging and it seems that the Catholic Church recognizes about three different saints named either Valentinus or Valentine. One line goes that Roman emperor Claudius II decreed single dudes made better soldiers than those with wives (hmmm Spartans had wives…). So, he outlawed marriage for the soldiers. Valentine, a priest, defied the emperor so he was put to death (no sense of humor that dude).

Another line is that Valentine was a priest who helped Christians escape Roman prisons.

Then there is one about Valentine being the first to send a “valentine” to his jailor’s daughter who visited him while he was in the slammer prior to his death.

So this priest reputation as a heroic, sympathetic but mainly romantic type is what really seemed to fire his popularity in the following centuries.

Another idea is that the holiday was created in order to Christianize a pagan holiday named Lupercalia. Originally the Pagan holiday survived the rise of Christiandom only later to be deemed un-Christian.

But enough of the historical possibilities. Ever wonder when all the commercialization began? How about during the 1800s. That’s right we’ve been getting bombarded to give people money to say what we should be able to say in the first place for over 200 years!

It has gone from simple cards to elaborate underwear. And while the commercialization has continued, music has been employed to further push the movement of momentos and gifts.

Interestingly enough it seems musicians, songwriters and others don’t seem to need a special day to create music where love is the main theme. In that groove I present to you a set of songs where you can catch the drift any time of year any time of day. The Valentine set is in the rotation and will be heard during the weekend. It features the likes of Bootsy, Atlantic Starr, Al Green, Zapp, L.T.D., Roy Ayers, Norman Conners, Floetry, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The Stylistics, The Jones Girls and more singing about a range of heartfelt emotions.

Check out the set.

Stay Sane (and warm “Northerners”), Peace,

DJ

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Jazz, Hip-Hop, Funk and More…

by on Sep.04, 2014, under The Music

Check out WPBM NetRADIO’s Live 365 stream! Recently added rare versions of club classics, funk jams and  more!

 

Like the slow jam sets? GREAT!! If you have not stopped in lately…

 

Take a look at What you are missing…

 

(comments?)

AND…

 

Views for thoughts…

At one time of another I’m sure we’ve all heard “this one was the start of that” and whatnot. Where you were when you first saw a DJ will likely color your perception of where mixing records started. Here is a vid with some very interesting details. Mixing music is an Art as well as A Science.

Knowing what to play when is based on a number of factors including who is the audience, where you are at and when as well. Take a minute (or a few) to take a look at this. You will hear classic anthems being referred to as well as learn a few things about the tech and history of such things as mixers and even those HUGE speakers you saw at block parties and clubs.

DJ’ing is more than simply playing records or yakking on the microphone as you will see…

Before “I’m the rapper, He’s the DJ” there was this…

Those from “up the way” will recognize a number of the names mentioned here…

Hope you enjoy this video narrated by Public Enemy’s Chuck D…

 

Enjoy the vid. What to hear more?

 

Go ahead … click the link…its better than a mix tape (longer too!!)

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So…

by on May.28, 2014, under The Music

 

 

So…

Spring has sprung and summer is knocking on our doors…

The summer mix set is coming. Working hard on it.

Those of us who love spoken words lost a voice this morning.

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou passed on today as she continues her journey.

May we all listen to the message of her words and learn from her experiences.

Here’s an example of what I mean. Something that made me go “Hmmmm…” when it bounced against my skull…(Read the pic!)

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

That’s what I’m talking about.

Been really busy lately. Looking for more VIP listeners to help support this station (cost of music is crazy man!!!)

There are nearly 1500 of you out there that have saved this station as a preset. So, I’m wondering if you really dig the commercials.

I’ve been listening as a non-VIP and I have to say, I hate how they get dropped in on the music. (I have no control over how and when the commercials get dropped in but would if more people would go VIP). How can you listen to the same commercial back to back over and over again? Amazes me. But anyway, I’ll just monitor the VIP stream and hope you enjoy the commercials. I know I can’t deal with them — breaks the groove up yanno?

BTW: Was watching the TV the other day and saw “Mr. Bloviated” himself (Rush Limbaugh or “Jabba the Rush” as I call him) spew in a video clip disrespecting the First Lady, Michelle Obama (frankly I’m sure she doesn’t pay him any mind). She was doing her part to raise awareness about the girls who were recently kidnapped in Nigeria. Immediately one song came to mind soon as he opened his “orifice”.

I will play it at the top of the Friday Mix at Noon eastern time. If you have tender ears or are listening in a place where saltier language is not appreciated, you might want to either turn down the volume for a few minutes or wear headphones. Also you might want to try to contain yourself. Try not to bust out laughing too loud okay? Remember This Friday at Noon Eastern!

Actually if there is anyone on your planet you mentally flip the bird to, This is the song you should dedicate to them.

Peace,

DJ

Sign up and listen as a VIP!!

 

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

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

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

Wow.. its been an entire decade streaming music via the internet…amazing…

First off I would like to pass along my deepest condolences to the Family, Friends and Fans of Mr. Francis Nicholls

Known to the most of us as Frankie Knuckles one of the originators of a music that permeates what we hear to this day. His accomplishments are legend and he is respected throughout the music industry working with some of the brightest stars in the Galaxy of music. (See the video the real story of house music here.)

I would be remiss to also celebrate the life and times of Ms. Joyce Beachum.

Most of you don’t know her like you are familiar with Mr. Knuckles but to those who do, she’s right up there with those you know as one of the most positive caring humans to have ever walked this planet. So, much respect sister. I miss you.

All this comes wrapped up in the realization that WBPM NetRADIO is celebrating a decade of streaming music to the planet. It started with me getting tired of lugging a stack of CDs to work and ended up as this. Along the way I have been in contact with some amazing people and have been encouraged by people like Joyce while inspired by the likes of Frankie (Knuckles and Crocker to name a few).

I want to thank all of the indie artists who decided to allow me the honor of presenting their music. I want to thank those like Joyce Sims, Mic Murphy (The System) and Chris Jasper for especially reaching out to me and allowing me the opportunity to pass the goodness to you.

Imagine the shock of realizing that the stream set up to allow me to listen to what I wanted to hear at work was being listened to by someone somewhere else! Dag, now I have to do it “right”! Or, the day I received an email stating that the station was Voted the Best in R&B & Jazz about a year after it went live and also topping the Garage Music genre @ Live365.com last year! The nerves that frayed when a live show went dead because my feed to the internet temporarily failed..that was fugly. The joy when someone in Japan brought an official WBPM NetRADIO T-Shirt or seeing that there were people on the planet listening in places where I didn’t even realize they had internent access! Like island out in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

We talked about Jazz and Funk and Hip Hop and of course House and some of its “sonic temples“. We talked about R&B and the stars of Soul. We talked about how its all connected and gave examples.

Here you saw responses to world events from NY to Arizona the other side of the world. Even here in the “Sunshine State” (Let me go on record now: SCOTT HAS GOT TO GO. There I did it again.)  Had some small fun with a wannabe  and  You’ve even been warned…

Seems like this site has almost become a chronicle of sorts as well, honoring those who’ve gone on the next stage in their journey. Never forget the George Dukes (see his last video), Vesta Williams, the Nick Ashfords (video) , Clarence Clemmons‘, Phoebe Snows ,  Gary Shider and of course the Whitneys of our worlds (to name a few). They are legion and their contributions to simply existing made the process that more bearable…

So, enough of that, I could go on and on and on…

In celebration there will be new mix sets streaming all this month featuring the cuts that have played and you’ve voted for as your favorites.  Starting this afternoon (like about now!), you’ll hear cuts from the 70’s, 80’s, 90s right up to the latest cuts released these past few days.

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

Here’s another clue with pictures!

So, as this is also an invite, click the player on the right hand side of the page and see what you’ve been missing if you’ve never tuned in before and cruise the site to see what’s been bubbling through here too!

If you have listened but have not been here since a live broadcast, you too should stick an ear in!

And to those of you who’ve listened all along I say thanks so much for making this worth the while!

Peace,

DJ

 

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Diversity

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

Dobet Gnahoré

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

Diversity at WBPM NetRADIO

means the best

R&B, House, Reggae, Jazz, Soul, Funk, Dance and World Beat you will hear today.

Here’s some reasons why that will be heard

during the next 36 hours:

Ernest Raglin, The Isleys, Wayman Tisdale, The Dells, Smokey Robinson, Blue Asia, Deep Wide, Intik, Unforscene, Weather Report, They Stylistics, Moss, Earth, Wind & Fire, Shirley Marshall, Florian, Subercabana, Jill Scott, Yam Who, Sweetback, Bali Lounge, Kool & The Gang, Funkadelic, War, A Tribe Called Quest, Platinum Pied Pipers, Marvin Gaye, Fernanda Abrue, Quant, Bob Marley, Johnny Hammond, Aurra, The Ohio Players, The O’Jays, Graham Central Station, Erykah Badu, The Family Stand, The Temptations, Tom Browne, Scuba, George Duke, Ramsey Lewis, Ganeesh, Goapele, Fila Brazillia, Charles Webster, Dobet Gnahore, Treologic, Sly & The Family Stone, Barry White, One Way, Tom Tom Club, J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science, Geoffrey Gordon, George Clinton & The P-Funk All Stars, Slope, Stevie Wonder, Shalamar, James Brown, Keith Sweat, Mad Scientist, Change, Andre Castano, Roy Ayers, Lil Louis, Elements of Life, Lisa Fischer, cindy Mizelle, Nuyorican Soul, DJ Aphreme, East River Rituals, Ike “Black Liquid” Ngwaba, La Veda Simpson, Kerri Chandler, DunnEASY, Housin’ Funk Parliament, Chucky Sly, Darien Bailey, Joyce Sims, DJ Nermin, Evelyn “Champagne” King, DJ Spettro, Kink, Foremost Poets, Ken ECB, Hustle & Flow, The Demetrios Project, Jacob London, Martin Venetjoki, Magik Johnson, E-Man, Bear Who, Souldynamic, Daddy Funk 45, Lovelea, Paul Johnson, Deniece Williams, Kan Sano, Herbie Hancock, Rhonda Smith, DJ Spinna, First Class, Jamal, DJ Mbuso Sboniso Dlada, Loose Ends, Slave, Cameo, Steve Miggedy Maestro, Sister Sledge, Rayko, Sharon Redd, Disko Knights, Wish feat. Fonda Rae, The System, Circulation, The Bucketheads, Kenny Dope, Lee, Crystal Waters, Mati, Ralph Falcon, DJ Fudge, Kiko Navarro, Red X, Louie Vega, Husky Matt Meler, Ron E. Jones, Miguel Migs, 2 Da Rhythm, Roy Davis Jr., DJ Spen, The Muthafunkaz, Rob Mirage, Oscar P, C Scott, Mood Swing, Kim English, Marques Wyatt, Erro, IndySoul, Mark Farina, Soul-Ty, Nathan Adams, Richard Samuels, Buju Banton, Black Uhuru, Ziggy Marley, Esther Philips, Booker T & The M.G.’s, Peter Tosh, Boozoo Bajou, Keith Hudson, Lucky Dube, Wyclef Jean, Monsieur Dodo, Barrington Levy, Robin Duhe, Third World, Al Green, Waldemar Bastos, J.C. Lodge, Steel Pulse, Bab Rolando 808, The Pocket Dwellers, Billy Cobham, Sting, Stolen Identity, Roy Ayers, Ana Caram, Buju Banton, The Dells, T. J. Rhemi, Dissidenten, Victor Wooten, Rick James, Jazzanova, Hardstone, Mandrill, Ovasoul 7, CeCe Peniston, Byron Stingily, DJ Andre Harris, Ed the Red, Masters at Work, Beenie Man, Keith Thompson, Barbara Tucker, Sagat, Ethnic Heritage Ensemble, Kim English, Ursula Rucker, Angela Johnson, Ital Foods, Fred Everything, Deep Brothers, Galaxy People, Coffee Kids, Black Science Orchestra, Julius Papp, John “Julius” Knight, Roland Clark, Omega, Jay Tripwire, Vibezelect, Sabrina Johnson, Lawnchair Generals, Urban Soul, Club Artists United, Charles Moui, Ladybug Mecca, Littlemen, Bassmental, No Assembly Required, Only Freak, LuRob, Jungle Brothers, Jon Cutler, The Jimmy Castor Bunch, Marlon D, Brother Jack McDuff, Ralph Falcon, Recloose, Jimpster, Motor City Drum Ensemble, Vision, Innervision, Prince Dubb I, Viola, Brass Construction, Kurtis Blow, King Kooba, Thor, Chucky Sly, India, Sumo, DJ Language, Bootsy, David Bowie, Stolen Identity, Bassnectar, Mtume, Moon Rock, Norman Conners, S.O.S. Band, Eddie Kendricks, Zapp, Edit Van Halen, Strafe, Skyy, The Crusaders, Bobby Womack, Groove Theory, Grace Jones, Yarbrough & Peoples, Side Effect, Michael Henderson, The G.A.P. Band, Chris Jasper, Tony Toni Tone, Terence Trent D’Arby, The Brothers Johnson, Rose Royce, Guy, Rene & Angela, Howard Johnson and Unlimited Touch…

And that’s not even everyone that will be heard!!

Tune in enjoy the most diverse non-stop mix sets heard anywhere on the internet today. Music from the 60’s right up to last week… Literally.

(This is a case where life should imitate art…yanno?)

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New Music Mix Set!

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

There’s a NEW MIX SET streaming.

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

Light up your mind…

So without spoiling it for you…

New Foremost Poets, Green Tea, Miranda Cole, Inusa, Dawuda, Alex Agore, Madeka Mokote, Ayala, Max Rosardo, Aquarius,  Taliwa and a few surprises

Foot tappers, stompers and classics by The O’Jays, Miguel Migs, Bootsy Collins (feat. Samuel Jackson), check your Heartbeat with Taana Gardner,  a cautionary tale by Stevie Wonder about living for the city, go Buck Fast with Attaboy, Wreckx-N-Effect, hear some Happy Music from the Blackbyrds, The Brothers Johnson, J Boogie, En Vogue, DJ Language provides some Real Music for Real People, Moonrock helps cure the Ill Street Blues, Frankie Beverly & Maze, Dig George Duke‘s “Dukey Stick” ReMix , Rose Royce, Elements of Life, Fatback Band, Cameo, Emo, The Isley Brothers, Grover Washington, Zapp provides More Bounce, Loose Ends, Rayko even Luther (as in) Vandross ;-), Roy Ayers, Jeanette “Lady” Day and hours more!

Also you will hear from INDIE ARTISTS like Michael Macri, Chanel Speedy (much respect), DiggDeep …

This is the ONLY station that streams what we do the way we do it. Spoil yourself – Tune in. Too many others are just pretendin’ to stream internet music.

Remember, we support all of the artists we play here. Not only in words but in deeds. When we play an artist’s music, we generate royalties for that artist. That’s a good thing.

Listen to the best internet radio station out there WBPM NetRADIO

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The Other Duke…George Duke

by on Aug.12, 2013, under The Music

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George Duke (1946-2013)

The Other Duke…George Duke

 

Our most recent Duke, George, left us Monday August 5th 2013 and with his passing a gap in sound has been created.

I’d like to send my deepest condolences to those who knew and loved him best. I know I miss him.

That man over there on the right played with everyone from Rollins to Zappa to Cobham to Clarke to Miles and beyond. His is a sound that will move you whether you were into straightest ahead Jazz or the funkiest Funk. If anyone asks why have music in schools, just hip them to Duke. ‘Nuff said.

One if his early cuts “Dawn”(The Aura Will Prevail) was one of the first songs I learned to play on the bass. Many will point to his Brazilian Love Affair and Reach For It as his signature sound. But as he has said, his style is more of a gumbo. He was what they call a “Master Musician”.

Sure, plenty can bang on things, twang on things and push buttons. Few can create sound as in music. He’s composed some of the best fusion Jazz you will ever hear and some of the funkiest jams that could make you cuss. His Classical side is no joke either. Check out his “Muir Suite”. No doubt. People in the know will be talking about this one for a loooong time. I just hope that those of you who are “young” hear what’s being said and go listen for yourself. You deserve a break today. Yanno?

Check him on Bootsy Collins’ “The Funk Capitol of the World” Where they do a tribute to some of Jazz’s greatest artists. His catalog defies definition and the last album recently released will attest to the timelessness of his sound. You would be wrong to deny yourself a taste.  There are not enough adjectives to describe the monumental talent that has passed on.

So, I will just leave you with these. hopefully they will convey the positive energy this human being generated…

The music of George Duke will be featured thoughtout the coming week so you can hear what I’ve heard and maybe what you’ve been missing.

Peace,

DJ

 

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WBPM NetRADIO tops Garage Music Genre listings

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

WBPM NetRADIO tops Garage Music Genre listings

(So nice had to type it twice)

June has been an big month numbers wise.

Never really was much of a numbers kind of dude. But the other day I noticed something that caught my eye on the page that shows numbers of hours people listen to the station. The ranking position was changing. Changing in a big way.

Starting the month of June WBPM NetRADIO ranked overall at 1400+ out of 7,000 stations

Live365 logo

broadcasting via Live365’s network.

On July 1st we had climbed into the top 1,000 stations with a #820 ranking out of 7,000.

What did we do? Kill some chickens? Nooooo!!!!!

Just what has been done for the last 9 years. Presenting the best sounding mixed sets using the widest variety of music we could put our ears on.

So because I am a glutton for punishment… I’m bringing out some new sets almost daily. Tune in and see why we are climbing up the ratings.

BTW: It would be really nice if you sign up as a VIP and help us help your moods get grooved. Promise you will not regret it.

Wow… imagine that…people all over the world are listening…

Go figure.

(Scratchin head… blank looks, sly grins)

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Jazz…This Feels Good

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

Jazz…This Feels Good

I’ve been cruising the ‘net the past week doing of all things using Google satellite maps to see how places I’ve been have changed over time. These were some special places where I heard some amazing music for the first time and met some people that to this day I have yet to forget.

There was a lot of shock as (as expected) some things never stay the same. In one case, I had the hardest time finding one spot in Orlando. Jeez! Where is it?!? I heard Johnny “Guitar” Watson there for the first time! How could it be gone?  I just could not seem to pick it out from the images but I could still hear Dexter Wanzel in the back of my mind. I eventually discovered the reason I couldn’t find the spot was because it had been entirely wiped off the face of the planet. Boo Hiss.

But the good news is that recently a copy of Dexter Wanzel’s “What The World Is Coming To” landed into my grubby hands (you know what I did with it right?)

Next I spun the globe a bit further south – landed on Puerto Rico (Mi corazon) – and was

Rodney Franklin

Rodney Franklin

immediately reminded of a few more people who I learned a lot from. Some through conversation and some through observation. This is where Jazz really smacked my up side my head HARD. So hard in fact I dragged a now raggedy taped copy of Rodney Franklin‘s “Felix Leo” (from his “You’ll Never Know” LP) around with me for decades ever since. Thanks “Bing” (the person not the search engine), “Reesie”, Steph, Melvin, Larry, Cully, “NightTrain”, Jessie (bet you wish you kept your Challenger … Or did you?), Jemma and the rest of the gang… After searching FOREVER for a newer copy, a CD arrived in the box this week too! (Yay!)

Sometimes you hear or learn things that stick with you through life. It’s like that thing has been tattooed to your brain.

You don’t even have to try and remember it. It is just there. One fine summer day, I was listening to WBLS in NY and this song came on. Dripping with synths and a bass line that kept up and sometimes led. Stopped me dead in my tracks. This was Return to Forever but different. “Who IS that?”. Naturally the song went off without even a mention of the title.

Damn…

I must’ve spent the better part of the following month trying to tape it off of the radio (its that old). Finally I got it! George Duke‘s “Dawn” from the out of print “The Aura Will Prevail” LP burned into my brain like oil on concrete as I learned to play every note of “Dawn” on my bass. George Duke’s “Dawn” aimed me at Weather Report, Return to Forever, Stanley Clarke, Billy Cobham and more… You know what happened right? (Hint: Tune in to hear this week’s Jazz Set)

Continuing on my little tour through time, I looked out “Left” to the west coast and found where I first heard of Steely Dan.

“Steely Who?”

San Diego was an interesting place musically to say the least. I’ve been luck to have met some real people out there too. And, it was the right place to hear Steely Dan’s “Aja” LP. Chuck Rainey‘s work on “Peg” snapped my neck while driving a monster Satellite Sebring Road Runner 4  speed down the 805 (Yeah… I’m kickin’ my own butt for not buying that one…) . “Deacon Blues” played while Balboa Park’s Globe Theater burned (they ever rebuild that?). Anyhoo… you know the drill right? (For the slower pedestrians… CHECK OUT THE JAZZ SET)

Putting together these sets reminded me how good Jazz makes me feel as it reminds me of all the good people and times that thankfully came my way. I hope it does that to you too.

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Cuts in the Key of “A”

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

Cuts in the Key of “A”

I-Luv-House-Music

That’s what’s happening this week.

Let’s see if you can tell. It will not be easy! You have a set that includes Jazz music, some old school Hip Hop, House music, Slow Jams and more all in the Key of A (major, minor…). Even thought they are of different genres and contain different messages its all about the same key. Different grooves, different moods but all good. So good in fact, you’re just going to have to tune in. Note I did not mention who was part of the set. That’s all I’m saying for now!

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The System is Up & Running!

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

FYI Kiddies…

Don't Disturb This Groove (album)

From Mic Murphy

Oh wait… You say you don’t know who this is? Let me jog your memories… Remember Eddie Murphy‘s “Coming To America” & “Beverly Hills Cop”? You heard their music. Remember “You’re In My System”? “Don’t Disturb This Groove?” Coming back now huh? Okay, Jeff Lorber fans, listen to his “Step by Step” album. Guess who’s on there? They’ve lent their talents to the likes of Phil Collins (remember “Sussidio”?), Chaka Khan (“I Feel For You”) and Mtume‘s “Juicy Fruit

That helped? Okay here’s a little bit of news for your ears…

“The 2013 System Album “System Overload” album has finally been released. It’s been many years since “Don’t Disturb The Groove” topped the airwaves and the music charts. Many things have changed but so many things have remained the same. Our passion for music is still the engine that drives our hearts and drives our music. We still endeavor to create music that quickens the pulse and lyrics that tell the story of our time. Yes we still believe in the magic chords and the truth, hell we still write bridges!

“We now have our own very small label “Science Lab Records” created with the sole intent and purpose of releasing the music of the System. Sort of a mental crutch to answer that age old question “what label you guy’s on? “Science Lab” (said with an intense deep reverby and powerful voice). “

Now, all you System fans, tune in and get a peek and go check out their site! (What you waiting for?)

Pssst…. Next, Chris Jasper (Isly Brothers)  has new music out too! (More to come!)

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See What I Mean?

by on Feb.13, 2012, under The Music

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

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

“Damn not you too…”

Whitney Houston

 

Peace and love,

DJ

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Where you hear…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where you’ll hear…

Cheb Mami     Santana     Shalamar

Deep Forest     Dennis Ferrer     Flowriders

Ronnie Laws     Praful    Zap Mama

Miles Davis     Roland Clarke     Goapele

Susu Bobien     Loose Ends     Big Moses

Barbara Tucker     Rick Garcia     The Brothers Johnson

Kludo     Eric Carlton     E-Man

Lisa Shaw     Mr. Fingers     Talking Book

Rose Royce     Angelique Kidjo     Roger Smith

Jacob London     Femi Kuti     Teena Marie

(Shoot…tired of typing)

And a ton of others!

All Happening Now-now-now…

(stereo effect..like that huh?)

On WBPM NetRADIO

in

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

 

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It’s about TIME!!!

by on Oct.25, 2011, under The Music

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Peace,

DJ

 

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Ohhh Vesta…

by on Sep.24, 2011, under The Music

Vesta Williams

Vesta Williams

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

Ohhh Vesta  not you too…

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

Vesta Williams showed us how beautiful sound could be.

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

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

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

We lost another treasure.

R.I.P. Vesta Williams

Be sure you take care of yours.

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

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

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

Peace,

DJ

 

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Connections & Disconnections

by on Sep.19, 2011, under The Music

Roger Troutman

Roger Troutman

You know that saying “Small World”?

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

Wait a minute. I said connections and disconnections…

Go back a step.

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

Dawn silva, Lynn Mabry, Jeanette Washington, Debbie Wright

 

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

Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy

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

 

Oh dag did it again..

Go back two steps!

1977

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

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

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

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

Connections and Disconnections…

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Connections and disconnections.

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

Listen carefully and you will hear what I mean.

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

Peace,

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Rest in Peace Nick Ashford

by on Sep.01, 2011, under The Music

Nick Ashford

Nick Ashford (1941-2011)

Dear Valerie,

To you and the family our deepest regrets. Words can’t even begin to express…

Thanks to you both,

the lessons of your music made me aware of some of the things I deserve in life….

Nick Ashford and Valerie Simpson are definitely a pair of the “unsung” who’ve crafted hits for a number of R&B, soul music artists over the past decades. The body of work created by these two reads better than Billboards charts anytime. The roster of artists who’ve been influenced and or propelled by their creations reads like a Who’s Who in Music. Check it out. You’ll see.

Rest in Peace Nick Ashford

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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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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