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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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I’m thinking about ending it…

by on May.03, 2015, under Uncategorized

DJ-n-Turntables

The station that is…

(don’t panic)

After 11 years with all of the costs and time involved …

I’m really debating whether or not I should continue this internet station…

It’s been one hell of a blast DJ’ing the live sets and programming the shows…

WBPM NetRADIO has allowed me the opportunity to work with and communicate with some amazing humans from across the planet. I’m blessed to have met some who’ve opened my eyes and ears to new worlds. I truly and deeply thank you. Maybe one day Mars…

It’s just that now with things as they are…

I need more time to focus…

So in the mean time while I make up my mind…

I will present some of my favorite sets from the past…

Who knows… maybe even mix up one last one for the road….

IF it comes to that.

 

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So…

by on May.28, 2014, under The Music

 

 

So…

Spring has sprung and summer is knocking on our doors…

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

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

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou passed on today as she continues her journey.

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

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

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

That’s what I’m talking about.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Peace,

DJ

Sign up and listen as a VIP!!

 

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

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

frankie knuckles way

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Here’s another clue with pictures!

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

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

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

Peace,

DJ

 

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This May Be A Rough Week

by on Sep.30, 2013, under Station Update

This May Be A Rough Week

busy So just in case it is, Some real good music sets are streaming this week. Some uptempo inspirational music … Some introspective music and some foot moving music to keep us going.

That’s right we’re streaming Jazz, Funk, House, Slow Jams Classic R&B Hits and also some new cuts that just came in.

If you get really busy, just tune in. We’ll get you through. Time will fly! (Shoot. If you’re not that busy, tune in anyway! Slacker!)

Don’t forget to vote for the station while you are listening to the music.
It means a lot and I promise not to raise taxes!

Tune in for the best Jazz Set Thursday.
It will feature 4 hours of non-stop goodness.

Oh… wait a minute…

None of the music is non-stop if you are not signed in as a VIP listener!
Might as well take a swing at it by grabbing the free VIP Trial that running.

Check it out and see what this station really sounds like.
Believe me no commercials makes a HUGE difference!

This is supposed to be short so I will end with this…

May your week be as smooth as glass.
May no one get on your ass
May the weekend get here fast!

Peace,
DJ

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New Music Mix Set!

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

There’s a NEW MIX SET streaming.

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

Light up your mind…

So without spoiling it for you…

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

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

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

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

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

Listen to the best internet radio station out there WBPM NetRADIO

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HUGE SET Playing on WBPM NetRADIO

by on Aug.21, 2013, under Station Update

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

“What?” Say you? I say “There is a HUGE Set playing today on WBPM NetRADIO”

It started at Midnight and will run through Midnight Thursday and within it is musical bliss for those who miss

These are the beats that made you groove (OO0!!)

You know the cuts I am talking about too. The kind you don’t hear on most internet radio or “regular” radio for that matter!

The ones that had you humming, moving without seeing

Dreaming of those what if’s and more.

The variety of these tracks stretch from Alpha Blondy (WorldBeat AfroPop) to Zapp (Straight up Funk)

You will hear music that reminds you of the good things and the times of “if you coulda, you woulda”.

They are placed in an order to make you go “Hmmm” and “MMMmmm”

“This is not your regular internet radio station okay?”

This is the biggest, longest conglomeration of sets ever streamed on this station to date.

Nearly 400 different cuts are lined up for you so don’t sleep on this one.

That’s 400 classic Jazz, Funk, Reggae, R&B, Soul, Brazilian, Fusion, African, WorldBeat, Chillout, Downtempo, House, Old School Hip Hop and indie artist tracks mixed for you Non-stop enjoyment.

Don’t be stingy either. Tell a friend about this internet radio station you’ve been listening to called WBPM NetRADIO…we could all use more of them right?

Okay go click on the widget over there to the right and get to listening. You missing the good stuff.

Don’t forget to vote for the station too!! That really helps around here!

Peace,

DJ

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Music Radio…

by on Aug.01, 2013, under Station Update

Music Radio…

VIP

You should be a VIP.

Seems to be so commercialized. You get a few good songs mixed in with a stretch of music that you hear over and over and over again peppered with the same commercials. That was how I felt when I first started this station years back. Adding to that was the fact that I was unable to listen to what I wanted to hear at work. The reception was terrible inside the building and the hours I spent at that job was during a time when radio basically went to a infomercial format during the early hours of the morning. Nothing to groove to.

I started lugging CDs to play while at my desk to help pass the time faster. They started piling up.

One night while up late at home I cruised the ‘net and came across an internet radio station from Sweden and they were literally jamming. They were blowing out some of the cuts I would’ve loved to hear at work but have not heard since “back in the day”. But something was missing. Hmmm…

I dug a little deeper and learned how they were able to legally do what they were doing without being sued by the labels and the rights organizations. I decided to start my own station so that I could tune in and listen while at work and no no longer have to lug all those doggone CDs.

I started WBPM NetRADIO in earnest. See, I had played around with doing an internet based radio station years earlier while in NY but was unfamiliar with all of the rules and regulations that went along with doing such a project so it kind of went into a sort of stasis mode.

But at this point after cruising the ‘net I was seeing that with the higher availability of faster internet access starting a station was now feasible yet still kind of pricey. I plunged ahead anyway.

Nearly a decade later here we are. WBPM NetRADIO is heard globally and has been listened to in places I wouldn’t have imagined.

Who would’ve thought that beyond listeners in the U.S. that this station would be picked up in such countries as the UK, Costa Rica, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Germany, Greece, Belgium, Turkey, Nigeria, Portugal, France, Switzerland, Singapore, Brazil, Denmark, Korea, Russia, Spain, The Netherlands, Australia, Isreal, Cyprus, Italy, Taiwan, Argentina, The Phillippines, Ethiopia, Chile, Colombia, Sweden, Venezuela, Serbia, the Czech Republic, Namibia, Qatar, the Dominican Republic, Peru, Poland, Thailand, Iraq, Hungary, Malta, Ireland, Martinique, Egypt and the People’s Republic of China. And, that’s in the past month alone! I was honestly surprised when all those years ago to find someone else listening to a stream I put together so that I could listen at work. (I find it ever interesting how people in countries that “oppose” each other have no problem listening to the same kinds of music. Just something that makes me go “Hmm…”)

Thank you.

This month (assuming no further catastrophic equipment flameouts) you will hear the works of some new independent artists and artists you may be familiar with. Including in the latest play lists are Red X, Quentin Harris, DJ SPen, Maurice Joshua, Lem Springsteen, Black Coffee, Roy Ayers, Joey Negro,Sunkids, Charice, Mimistry of Funk, Jacob London, Martin Venetjoki, Kerri Chandler, DJ Dove, Joyce Sims (new cut coming out and it is TIGHT!), Laura Vane, Ken ECB, Jon Cutler, Chris Carrier, Funk La Planet All Stars, Dennis Ferrer, Lil Louis, Teena Marie, Only Freak, DJ Mike Cruz,Byron Stinglily, Jay Tripwire, Erykah Badu, Unforscene, J. Boogie, Bassnectar, King Kooba, Uman, Platinum Pied Pipers, Stevie Wonder, Pleasure, Mark Farina, Jocelyn Brown, Rebirth, Loose Ends, Jazzanova, Parliament, Lisa Shaw, Inner City, Kings of Tomorrow, Capitol A, Mercury, Praxis, Black Box, Raze, Elements of Life, Nuyorican Soul, Delano Smith, Roland Clark, Marxman, Steel Pulse, Eva Be, Groove Theory, Praful, Jill Scott, Maxwell, Mad Lion, Barry White, Soul II Soul, Howard Johnson, War, Marques Wyatt, Miguel Migs, David Bowie, Martin Luther, Grace Jones, Nice & Smooth, East Side Movement, Andy Caldwell and dozens of other artists from a wide variety of genres.

But here’s the rub.

In order to be able to stream all of this music and keep getting my paws on more takes people signing up as a VIP listener. Doing so benefits WBPM NetRADIO as well as those who do. When you sign up as a VIP you get to listen to the music without any interruptions. WBPM NetRADIO earns a small (make that damn near tiny) fee for every hour you tune in as a VIP. Remember VIP status means NO COMMERCIALS at all. Just non-stop music that is mixed so that it is a well blended stream of R&B, House music, Jazz, Fusion, Blues, Reggae, Down Tempo grooves and Chilled Beats. One song mixed into the next.

I tried listening to the free stream and I have to admit listening to three or four songs in a row only to hear the some commercial I just heard not too long ago killed me. I know some of them by heart now! I don’t know why many would rather listen to the commercials!

Try the VIP trial and let me know if you agree that this station sounds totally different and entirely better commercial free.

Stay sane (’cause it is nuts out there lately)

Peace,

DJ

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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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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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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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The Recipe… Part 1

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

Sennheiser HD555 Headphones
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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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Thanks for the ride…

by on Feb.10, 2012, under The Musings

Soul Train

“People All over the World…”

 

Got sick and tired of posting when someone

passed.

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

(You coulda dropped a line yanno?)

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

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

https://youtu.be/QJdaJ5_li10

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

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

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

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

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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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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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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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The Latest Set Starts Streaming Today!

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

Cover of "Nuyorican Soul"
Cover of Nuyorican Soul

This latest set turned out interesting.

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

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

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

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

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

Stay You & Enjoy the Music! Gotta go!

“DJ ?”

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