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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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Bull

by on Jul.14, 2013, under The Musings

Bull

Trayvon has the right to defend himself too.

As in “This is some…”

One night in San Diego my car a mint condition Electric Blue ’73 440 Charger, died on the way home from work. I was about 3 blocks away when it happened. I was able to pull into a parking space and lock up the car. The plan was to walk the remaining distance, get some tools, a flashlight and see what I could do to get it running.

One block from my apartment, SDPD stopped me and demanded ID. No reason was given and I was smart enough to not ask why at that time.

I showed my military ID (I’d been in the Navy nearly six years by this time) and after some mumbling they let me go. That was in 1982 I was not yet 24 yrs old.

Jump ahead to 1984. Same car but now we are passing through the town of Bethpage, NY (little town on the Nassau/Suffolk county border out on Long Island) on the way to work to what was then Grumman. I’d just started a job as a “teleprocessing analyst” (don’t ask). I get stopped again. This time the claim is I was speeding. The speed limit was 35 MPH. I was doing 40 MPH. The ticket said I doubled the speeding ticket. We are not even going to talk about how many points etc. I got hit with.

Jump ahead to 1986. New job . This time I have a night time network management gig at British Airways’ headquarters located on Park Avenue in New York. New car. A brand new black IROC Camaro. Loaded. 5 speed T-tops. Louvers over the rear window. All the goodies. Nightly, I would drive from midtown Manhattan back out to Huntington, Long Island where I was living at the time. I would get stopped by Nassau or Suffolk County police asking for ID. They run my plates. Nothing. No warrants etc. No ticket. I’m let go. In the coming months I notice that I am seeing a lot of unmarked police cars in my travels and they always seem to follow me for a period of time. I say to myself “…this is some Bull…”

Eventually I get rid of the car and move into New York City renting an apartment in Harlem. (One less headache right?)

Its now the mid ’90s and I am playing the bass in a really good band with some amazing cats. On this particular day I’m heading back to my apartment after a jam session. I have my bass in a guitar bag that I carry over one shoulder. Its one of those short headless basses. Maybe a little under a yard long. I see two transit cops on the subway platform to my left and I without thinking turn to my right and head the other way.

The F Train pulls into the station and as I’m about to step onto the train, I am yanked off the train by these two cops. They want to know what is in the bag. I tell them its my bass. They say it could be a gun. I think I wished I had a gun at that point. It takes all of 10 seconds to show them I really had a bass in the bag. But it took them half an hour to decide what to do with me. I think to myself “This is really some Bull…” I started taking taxis. Mainly “Gypsy cabs” when I can but in some parts of NYC you have to catch a Yellow or “Medallion” cab as they are the only type of taxi available in some parts of the City. Which is problematic because they don’t always want to take you to Brooklyn which was where I was living at the time.

A short time passes – now I find myself on the corner of 14th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan trying to catch a yellow cab (guess where I want to go.) No such luck. they just zoom by (I could’ve sworn some of them even sped up). So I had the young lady I was with stand 10 feet away and try to flag down a cab. Took all of a few seconds. As she got in I joined her. The driver, some dude from the Middle East drives half a block and decides that he’s “Off Dootie”. I’m like you can’t go off duty after taking a fare. We argue back and forth and I tell him “…okay fine drop us off at the next corner” (it was well lit and I wanted witnesses).

Once we got to the corner, I decided we’re not leaving that cab. He gets all excited – starts bouncing around in the front  seat as though he’s reaching for something and the young lady is out of there. I mean it was like someone had pulled a rope. She opens her door on the street side of the cab just as another cab is passing by. The taxi door clips the passing taxi cab and its mirror comes off. Naturally the passing cab pulls over. Now, while this is going on, I am yelling out of the cab to passersby to call a cop. No one listens. They look me dead in the face and keep walking. Lovely.

The driver of the cab I was in gets really pissed now and he jumps out of the car. Naturally me thinking he was going after her gets out too. He opens his trunk to take out a tire iron. By time I get back to the rear of the car he is stepping in the direction the young lady headed off in with this tire iron in his hand. I grab him by the neck and then it hits me. This guy is like 4 1/2 feet tall! I say to him “Gimme that damn tire iron. Are you nuts? You gonna hit her with a tire iron? Really?” I throw it to the ground as I look about for the now missing lady that was with me. I happen to glance over to a car that stopped at the light. It was stopped beside the cab I’d just vacated. There was this lady sitting in the front passenger seat with those glasses you see in the old Far Side comics looking at me like “Omigod!!! Omigod!!!” You’d think she was staring at Godzilla or something. I’m still holding this guy keeping him from running off after the young lady I was with. (Okay maybe I was bouncing him off of the hood of their car. Things were happening kinda fast…)

Nooow the police show up. Two of them and they are making a bee line towards me hands hovering over their guns. I’m thinking to myself “This is some Bull…”

I let the guy go and immediately tell the cops to slow down that “I am the passenger and he won’t take me to Brooklyn”. They looked at each other and smirked then asked “Where’s your witnesses?” “She ran off after this nut jumped out like he wanted to hurt someone with a tire iron in his hand” I said. Then the taxi cab driver claimed the young lady and I had jumped into the cab while he was off duty. The male cop looks at me with one end of his monobrow raised.

Remember the other cab that lost the mirror as he passed? Well the driver was standing right there and he says ” No. He wasn’t off duty. He didn’t turn on the off duty light until his door took off my mirror!”

Meanwhile my mind is like. They (the cops) immediately came at me like I did something before they even knew what was going on…this is really some Bull…

We eventually got back to Brooklyn and I eventually got another car. Cabs didn’t seem to work out too tough for me.

Its now 1995 and I am returning from a concert at the Jackie Robinson estate. Great show. Max Roach, Mark Ledford and one of the Debarges (I want to say El…) Ran into an old childhood neighbor and met the fantastic Mrs. Jackie Robinson (one of the most gracious and down to earth humans you could possibly meet). But I digress. The concert is over and I’m now crossing a bridge from Manhattan into Brooklyn. I get pulled over. Speeding he says. Get this. The police officer was parked on the bridge (I saw him as I sat at the light on the approach to the bridge). The light changes and a limo blows past all of us sitting at the light and races  onto the bridge. The NYPD cop  pulled out to catch the “speeder” and he nearly hits me because I was right next to him. See he had not hit his lights yet when he pulled out. Guess who got the invite to one of NYC’s ticket mills… more Bull.

Since then I have been stopped countless times. Its always some lame excuse like speeding when there was no way I could have been or “your license plate was hard to read”. I remember one night on I-95 on a trip  from New Jersey to Florida I got pulled over twice. Once coming into Brunswick GA by state trooper and soon as I pulled off from them after having my car searched and pee’d on by that damn drug dog. Then literally immediately as I passed the next exit by Brunswick PD on my way out of Brunswick. Each time no ticket though it was claimed I was speeding. Meanwhile in the back of my head I think “This is some Bull…” (by the way. On the way back up north I saw what looked to be an elderly couple pulled over with what looked like grand kids having their 1980 something Delta88 searched in Maryland…. You know what I thought right?)

Jump ahead to these days. Got stopped a few more times over the license plates. I know they only want to see what am I doing driving the car that I drive (kind of unique) and upon seeing who is driving the car the tendency is to assume the worst because there is no way I can be “legit” right? This is some more bull…

Okay so clowns assume the worst and mess with me as they see fit. I walk I get stopped. I drive I get stopped. WTF?!? If I could fly maybe I should.

Now it seems this jury is trying to tell me that if some yokel rolls up on me and accosts me because he has a hair up his butt – not because I was in any way in the wrong – but because he felt I was wrong, that  I could be wrong for kicking his ass? And he could get away with messing with me by claiming self defense? And it might cost me my life at that?

Now THAT’s some Bull. ‘Cause we gonna have to throw down.

There are a million similar stories to be told. Some worse than mine. In a collective world, can one understand why people are looking at each other like “Wha???” That boy should be sitting back right now enjoying his life not looking down from on high at the rest of us fools.

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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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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…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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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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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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Have you heard…(Streaming this week on WBPM NetRADIO)

by on Aug.18, 2011, under Station Update

Christmas menu from a restaurant in Paris duri...

Christmas menu from a restaurant in Paris during the siege featuring exotic animals

Have you heard the latest sets that have been streaming this week?

(Wait a sec… I’ve been asked to add this first so…) WBPM NetRADIO is an internet radio station that streams a wide variety of music 24/7 including house music, r&b, jazz, soul, reggae and much more. (We now continue with the update…)

Okay…so normally I drop a list talking about what music we stream on this internet radio station…since I was a tad hungry, things are coming out relating to eating….go figure…

If not, here’s your invite. What’s on the audio menu? Well….

Appetizers

Ronnie Laws, Marcus Miller, Tabe 4 5ive, Aricia Mess, Mark Ledford sprinkled with some Pete Rock preceeding “The Golden Voice of Mali” Salif Keita, That Pocketdwellers, Faze Action, J-Boogie rejuvenating refreshments for this course provided by Soulive just for you music streaming afficionados.

The main course consists of a buffet of the following dishes…

We have some hot slices of Funk, Chill Grooves, Soul, Jazz and Reggae beats by Buju Banton, George Duke, Jill Scott, LTJ Bukem, Parliament,, Walt, Donell Jones, Anita Baker, Martin Luther, A Tribe Called Quest, Larry Graham, Banco de Gaia, Moonrock, Charles Webster, Pearlcoder, Joey Youngman, Platinum Pied Pipers, Me’Shell NdegeOcello, Deep Forest, Mtume, Soulstice, Seal, The Floaters, Weather Report, The Family Stand, Supercabana, Grand Synthe,  Marvin Gaye, Anthony Valadez, Jamal, Heavy D, Nice & Smooth, Bassnectar, Angelique Kidjo, Alnev Ahtel, Fela Kuti, Mark Farina and Rhonda Smith

The Desert Course features choices of

A Bowl of Isley Funk by Chris Jasper, R&B influenced WorldBeat performed by Cheb Mami, Sparkling Electronica served up by the likes of Thievery Corporation, Deep and tasty sweetness by The Family Stand, Shalamar, !DelaDap, Scuba, Mo Horizons, Praful, Rebirth, Light 4 Lines, Loose Ends, The Brothers Johnson, Rose Royce, Angela Johnson, Deep Bros., BSO, Lawnchair Generals, Johnny Corporate, Urban Jazz Naturals, Carole Sylvan, Darien Bailey, Teena Marie, Laura Vane, Joyce Sims, Nolan Epps, Dennis Ferrer…(getting really hungry now…)

And for you REALLY greedy types we have for your midnight (midday or midafternoon for that matter) snack…

Ayro vs. Spinna, Rasmus Faber, The Sound Republic, Mindflight, Lil Louis, Femi Kuti, Johnny Fiasco, Blu Mar Ten, Aly-Us, Sister Sledge, Andre Harris, Keith Thompson, Sole Fusion, Afro Elements, James Perri, Rocco, DJ Spinna, Flowriders, Roland Clark, Kim English, Marshall Jefferson, Janet Walsh and much more for your aural delight.

Bon Appetite!

For the first time visitor: This web site is dedicated to all things that cross our DJs heads while mixing, it also lists the artists whose music is streamed to a global audience via this internet radio station.

This internet radio station (WBPM NetRADIO for the short attention spanned), presents a wide variety of music genres including Jazz, Old School Hip Hop (This is a “B’s n “O’s” free zone), 60s, 70s, 80s and beyond Soul and RB, House Music, Dub, Reggae, Worldbeat, Fusion Jazz andClassic Club dance hits. All in a non-stop, can be listened to anywhere-anytime format.

This site has recently inaugurated a video section and as time permits we will be adding more beyond the 15 chapters of the History of House Music series. (Go take a look before we make it for members only!!)

We play music by artists ranging from  Alpha Blondy to Zapp. We especially like to play remixes of known classics and all of our sets are designed to be heard in a Non-Stop commercial Free environment.

That is why our VIP listeners tune in and stay tuned in. (Reminds us of a listener somewhere in Texas, who stayed tuned in for 13 days straight. We were about to call someone to check  on them…had us worried).

Now for those who listen as non VIPs we say thank you to you as well. But, we feel that you also deserve to hear what this station really sounds like and really hope that you sign up as a VIP via this web site. Then you can brag about your latest find on your planet too.

HERE’S A HOT TIP: IF YOU WERE CONSIDERING SIGNING UP AS A VIP, NOW WOULD BE THE TIME. THAT’S ALL I CAN SAY. NO JOKE!! THOSE WHO TAKE HEED WILL THANK ME THOSE WHO DON’T …WON’T !!

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“New music added today”

by on Jun.12, 2011, under Station Update

Dennis Ferrer

Cover of Dennis Ferrer

New sets added today. Check them out!

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

You will hear cuts by:

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

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

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

Peace,

DJ

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G’bye Phoebe Snow…

by on Apr.27, 2011, under The Musings

Phoebe Snow

Phoebe Snow

G’bye Phoebe Snow

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

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

Still…

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

And, you will smile.

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

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

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

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

Peace,

DJ

 

Ms Phoebe Snow
Phoebe Snow 1950-2011

 

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The 2011 Listener Survey

by on Apr.25, 2011, under Station Update

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

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

If you listen I want your opinion.

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

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

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

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

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

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

What I get out of all of this..

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

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

Or it could convince me to hang it up.

So…What do you say?

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New Music Alert!

by on Apr.19, 2011, under The Music

Inside You

That's Chris Jasper (second from left)

New Music Alert:

Chris Jasper

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

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

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

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

I lifted this from his Label’s site: GoldCityMusic

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy!

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

(Don’t forget to fill out the poll!)

 

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Maintenance Window Feb. 5th Starting 9pm Eastern!

by on Feb.02, 2011, under Station Update

Tube Maintenance Workers

Image by Luke Robinson via Flickr

Upcoming Stream Maintenance Period…

On February 5, 2011, between 9pm and February 6th 3am EST (2-8 GMT/UTC), our carrier network will be performing a major production database upgrade. During the extended maintenance period, the WBPM NetRADIO website will remain up but the station stream may not be available for periods during that time. If you are connected and listening to the stream when the maintenance begins you will not be dropped immediately. If your connection drops during the maintenance period you may find it hard to re-connect to the the station. Just so ya know!

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All Jazzed Up

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

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

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

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

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

Peace,

DJ

(That’s Pete Rock in the picture….)

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You’ve been warned…

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

As the City Rushes By
Image by BigPru via Flickr

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

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

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

“Sh*t, no one asked me..hmmph!”

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

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

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

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

Let me ask any of you this:

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

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

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

Remember…(to paraphrase a classic funkadelic cut)

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

Peace,

DJ

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