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WBPM NetRADIO features Your Favorite R&B Music Hits

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

 

WBPM NetRADIO features Your Favorite R&B Music Hits

Hear Classic R&B on WBPM NetRADIO

BT Express was heard on R&B radio constantly.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Later!

DJ

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Just wanted to go to the movies…

by on Jul.24, 2012, under The Musings

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

Police Car Lights

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Willard really? In a movie theater?

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Rant

by on May.09, 2012, under The Musings

1973 Buick Century Gran Sport

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

I warned ya…

If this sounds like you…I don’t care.

Ladies, do the planet a favor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WBPM NetRADIO Update…

by on Apr.26, 2012, under Station Update

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

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

So I have to ask:

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

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

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

Oh, and here’s a little experiment…

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

Okay now to the really important stuff:

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

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

Stay sane, I have to go make some money.

Peace,

DJ

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

by on Mar.26, 2012, under The Musings

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

Martin case…

My new Hoodie

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

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

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

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

Rest in Peace Trayvon and my deepest to the family.

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

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

Makes me wanna holla…

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

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

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

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

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

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

DJ

 

 

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The Recipe… Part 1

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

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

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

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

Since then things have improved totally.

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

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

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

There are basically four types of headphones.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Headphones are generally “Dynamic” or “Electrostatic”.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Huh? What’s that?”

Here’s a few tips:

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

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

Consider what you will be doing while wearing the cans.

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

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

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

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

Consider what kind of music you will be listening to.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Next time, speakers….

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See What I Mean?

by on Feb.13, 2012, under The Music

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

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

“Damn not you too…”

Whitney Houston

 

Peace and love,

DJ

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Happy Holidays

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


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Where you hear…

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where you’ll hear…

Cheb Mami     Santana     Shalamar

Deep Forest     Dennis Ferrer     Flowriders

Ronnie Laws     Praful    Zap Mama

Miles Davis     Roland Clarke     Goapele

Susu Bobien     Loose Ends     Big Moses

Barbara Tucker     Rick Garcia     The Brothers Johnson

Kludo     Eric Carlton     E-Man

Lisa Shaw     Mr. Fingers     Talking Book

Rose Royce     Angelique Kidjo     Roger Smith

Jacob London     Femi Kuti     Teena Marie

(Shoot…tired of typing)

And a ton of others!

All Happening Now-now-now…

(stereo effect..like that huh?)

On WBPM NetRADIO

in

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

 

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Wow…pt. 2

by on Dec.19, 2011, under The Musings

Wow…pt.2 goes like this…

English: American Christmas Tree

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

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

Meanwhile,

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

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

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

Peace,

DJ

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

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Wow…check this out…

by on Dec.03, 2011, under The Musings

Wow…check this out…

Using a Android based device?

Read this...

What do you think?

Peace,

DJ

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So…here’s the latest playing on WBPM NetRADIO

by on Nov.29, 2011, under Station Update

Sooo…

Ain't Nothin' Goin' on But the Rent

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

How to get back into the swing of things?

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

Okay you twisted my arm!

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

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

Stay Sane,

DJ

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

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

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

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

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Check Out Slow Jam Set Tonight @ 10p EST

by on Nov.01, 2011, under Station Update

Check Out Slow Jam Set Tonight @ 10p EST

Diana Ross

Diana Ross

Hope all is well or better yet improving….

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

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

 

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It’s about TIME!!!

by on Oct.25, 2011, under The Music

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Peace,

DJ

 

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Tha’ Jazzzz….

by on Oct.12, 2011, under Station Update

Tha’ Jazzz…

Omar Hakim

Hey!

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

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

 

Sylvia

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

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

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Kool Dj Red Alert

 

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

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Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy…

by on Sep.25, 2011, under Station Update

Vesta Williams

R.I.P. Vesta Williams

Seemed kinda like the right thing to say

considering the state of politcs lately…

“Ahm jus sayin'”

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

Here’s a clue:

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

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

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

Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy

This is the uncut original out of print album version.

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

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

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

I Want This CD for Christmas!!

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

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

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

Okay enough reading .

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

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

Peace,

DJ

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Ohhh Vesta…

by on Sep.24, 2011, under The Music

Vesta Williams

Vesta Williams

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

Ohhh Vesta  not you too…

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

Vesta Williams showed us how beautiful sound could be.

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

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

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

We lost another treasure.

R.I.P. Vesta Williams

Be sure you take care of yours.

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

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

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

Peace,

DJ

 

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Connections & Disconnections

by on Sep.19, 2011, under The Music

Roger Troutman

Roger Troutman

You know that saying “Small World”?

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

Wait a minute. I said connections and disconnections…

Go back a step.

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

Dawn silva, Lynn Mabry, Jeanette Washington, Debbie Wright

 

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

Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy

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

 

Oh dag did it again..

Go back two steps!

1977

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

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

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

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

Connections and Disconnections…

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

Connections and disconnections.

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

Listen carefully and you will hear what I mean.

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

Peace,

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Before Sept. 11th 2001

by on Sep.10, 2011, under The Musings

World Trade Center, New York City

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“Got any bags to check?”

“Huh”

“Bags. You got any bags?”

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

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

Hear the music.

DJ

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What are you doing?

by on Sep.02, 2011, under The Musings

Traffic congestion, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Now THIS is traffic!

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

“What are you doing?”

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

Then the question came…again:

“What are you doing?

Huh?

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

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

Whaat?!?

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

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

“What are you doing?”

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

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

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

In any case…

“What are you doing?”

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

 

 

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