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The tinkering behind the scenes never ceases.  We have streamlined the daily playlists that air and you can now follow along with an up-to-date Schedule section.  All seven days are listed with full schedules.  Check it out, listen in and feel free to make requests and suggestions.

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Tomorrow never knows. Print E-mail

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Still some keepers in my sack from last week's excellent show with Brian Kors, but also some good new ones like Spectrum Road and Antibalas.  And Jazzman is at it again with a third round of scarce European spiritual jazz, right on the heels of the solid Volume 2.  Who's got my copy of the invisible Vol. 1???  Not done yet:  been feelin' Johnny Lytle & Stone Alliance in lately.  Check it Wednesday night.

Soul Junction
Wendesdays, 8pm-10pm
GtownRadio.com
Got a feeling.

September 12, 2012

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Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Eleanor Rigby"  Richie Havens  Mixed Bag  (Verve Forecast)

"It Ain't Necessarily So"  Johnny Lytle  Got That Feeling!  (Riverside)

"Dorian"  Roy Haynes with Booker Ervin  Cracklin'  (New Jazz)

"Wyyowa"  Mike Longo  Talk With The Spirits  (Pablo)

"Mongolia"  Palle Mikkelborg & Radiojazzgruppen  Spiritual Jazz Vol. 3: Modal, Esoteric & Ethereal Jazz from the European Underground 1963-1972  (Jazzman)

"Blues for Tillmon"  Spectrum Road  Spectrum Road  (Palmetto)

"Love & Happiness"  Monty Alexander  Rass!  (MPS)

"Soul Sides"  Karl Denson & Soulive  Spark!  (Royal Family)

"Girlfriend"  The Filthy Six featuring Brendan Reilly  The Fox  (Acid Jazz)

"Keep Your Soul Together"  Freddie Hubbard  Keep Your Soul Together  (CTI)

"Dirty Money"  Antibalas  Antibalas  (Daptone)

"The Greeting (parts II-IV)"  Stone Alliance & Marcio Montarroyos  Stone Alliance & Marcio Montarroyos  (PM)

"L.T.D. (Life, Truth & Death)"  The Jimmy Castor Bunch  It's Just Begun  (RCA)

"Mark of the Unnamed"  The Budos Band  The Budos Band III  (Daptone)

"Midnight Walk"  Don "Sugarcane" Harris  I'm On Your Case  (MPS)

"Tomorrow Never Knows"  Steve Marcus  Tomorrow Never Knows  (Vortex)

"Bumble Bee (Sting Me)"  Wilson Pickett  In Philadelphia  (Atlantic)

"Hot, Funky & Sweaty"  The Soul Lifters  Hot, Funky & Sweaty  (Soul Patrol)

 
Ode to Billie Joe. Print E-mail

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Good stuff going down at the Junction Wednesday night as local musician and songwriter Brian Kors of the Midnighters Band sits in with a guitar & a stack of records.  Going to get deep into American soul, with some Howard Tate, Mavis Staples and Dyke & The Blazers lined up. 

Soul Junction
Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm
GtownRadio.com
99 & a half just won't do.

September 5, 2012

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Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"For What It's Worth"  Lou Rawls  Blue Juice  (Capitol/Blue Note)

"Three-Four, The Blues"  Hank Garland  Jazz Winds From a New Direction  (Columbia)

"You Are Not Alone"  Mavis Staples  You Are Not Alone  (Anti)

"Ode to Billie Joe"  Lou Donaldson  Mr. Shing-a-Ling  (Blue Note)

"Funny"  Joe Hinton  7 Inch  (Backbeat)

"Neighbor Neighbor"  Jimmy Hughes  7 Inch  (Fame)

"Comin' Home Baby"  The City Champs  The Safecracker  (Electraphonic)

"Bullseye"  The Martinis  Late Late Party: Charles "Packy" Axton 1965-67  (USA/Light in the Attic)

"Mockingbird Sally"  Little Richard  7 Inch  (Reprise)

"Don't Let My Baby Ride"  O.V. Wright  7 Inch  (Backbeat)

"The Jealous Kind"  Delbert McClinton  The Jealous Kind  (Capitol)

"Used to be Love"  Lindell Hill  7 Inch  (Arch) 

"Heart of Gold"  Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band  7 Inch  (Dunham)

"Just a Closer Walk With Thee"  Brian Kors   Live in the GtownRadio.com Studio!

"8 Days on the Road"  Howard Tate  Howard Tate  (Atlantic)

"Home in Your Heart"  Solomon Burke  The Best of Solomon Burke  (Atlantic)

"Broadway Combination"  Dyke & The Blazers  The Funky Broadway  (Dionysus)

"I'm Movin' On"  Timi Yuro  Timi Yuro's Greatest Hits  (Liberty)

"Take Yo' Praise"  Camille Yarbrough  7 Inch  (Vanguard/BGP)

"Need You"  Prince La La  7 Inch  (AFO)

"You, Bo Diddley"  Bo Diddley  The Black Gladiator  (Checker)

"Everybody Got To Believe in Somebody"  Sam & Dave  I Thank You  (Atlantic)

"Outskirts of Town"  Brian Kors   Live in the GtownRadio.com Studio!

"Got to Get Back to My Baby"  The Sugarman 3  What the World Needs Now  (Daptone)

"Looking for a Home"  Little Buster  7 Inch  (Josie)

"Talkin' Loud & Saying Nothing (part 1)"  James Brown  7 Inch  (King)

"Wages of Sin"  Brian Kors   Live in the GtownRadio.com Studio!

 
Song for my father. Print E-mail

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Diggin' deep at the Junction Wednesday night.  Still more to hear from the new Antibalas LP and the electric Denson/Soulive tribute to Melvin Sparks, plus the debut of a tribute album from a group that goes by Spectrum Road , paying respects to the Tony Williams Lifetime and featuring Vernon Reid & Jack Bruce. And heavy sounds from Phil Woods & his European Rhythm Machine, Kingston influenced grooves from a long sought after MPS side from Monty Alexander & Ernest Ranglin, and an opening set for my dad, who would've turned 71 today.  See you then.

Soul Junction
Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm
GtownRadio.com

My pops used to say it reminded if him of bebop.

August 29, 2012

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Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Oh, Pretty Woman"   Al Green  I'm Still in Love With You  (Hi)

"I've Got You Under My Skin"  Bill Evans & Jim Hall  Intermodulation  (Verve)

"Dilemma"  Modern Jazz Quartet  Space  (Apple)

"Song for my Father"  The Young Holt Trio  Wack Wack  (Brunswick)

"Somethin' Strange"   Baby Face Willette  Face to Face  (Doxy/Blue Note)

"Yellow Bird"  Monty Alexander  Rass!  (MPS)

"Brother Soul (part 1)"  Eddie Harris  The Reason Why I'm Talking Shit  (Atlantic)

"Letha"  Charlie Earland  Black Drops  (Prestige)

"Let the Music Take Your Mind"  Kool & The Gang  The Best of Kool & The Gang  (Re-Lite)

"You Keep Me Hanging On"  Booker T. & The M.G.'s  Doin' Our Thing  (Stax)

"Ibeji"  Antibalas  Antibalas  (Daptone)

"Spark"  Karl Denson & Soulive  Spark!  (Royal Family)

"Freedom Jazz Dance"  Eddie Jefferson  Things Are Getting Better  (Muse)

"Funky Skull (parts 1 & 2)  Melvin Jackson  Funky Skull  (Limelight)

"Sounds from the Village"  Phil Ranelin  Vibes from the Tribe  (Hefty/Tribe)

"Black Renaissance"  Black Renaissance  Body, Mind & Spirit  (Ubiquity/Luv-n-Haight)

"The Last Page Sans Melodie"   Phil Woods & His European Rhythm Machine   Phil Woods & His European Rhythm Machine   (Inner City)

"Wild Life"  Spectrum Road  Spectrum Road  (Palmetto)

"Electric Godfather"  The Ebony Godfather  Moog Fluting  (GRC)

 
Crazy legs. Print E-mail

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And we're back.  New Antibalas locked & loaded.  Tribute to Melvin Sparks from Karl Denson & Soulive...check.  And the usual vinyl funkiness will ensue, including music from the Soulful Strings, Gary Bartz NTU Troop & Bobby Hutcherson.  Dig it!

Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm
Back on the scene, crispy & clean.
 
August 22, 2012
 
Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Lowdown in Lodi"  Freddie King  Texas Cannonball  (Shelter)
"Nardis"  Richard Davis  Fancy Free  (Galaxy)
"Swing Low, Sweet Chariot"  Rufus Harley  A Tribute to Courage  (Atlantic)
"Philadelphia Bright"  Walter Bishop, Jr.  Soul Village  (Muse)
"Black Maybe"  Gary Bartz NTU Troop  Juju Street Songs  (Prestige)
"Povo"  Karl Denson & Soulive  Spark!  (Royal Family)
"Right On"  Marvin Gaye  What's Going On  (Tamla)
"1974 Blues"  the Coolin' System  the Coolin' System  (GED Soul)
"Rain Every Thursday"  Bobby Hutcherson  Natural Illusions (Blue Note)
"The Rat Catcher"  Antibalas  Antibalas  (Daptone)
"Darkest Light"  The Lafayette Afro Rock Band  Malik  (As the Record Turns)
"Ifetayo"  Black Truth Rhythm Band  Ifetayo (Loves Excels All)  (Soundway)
"Hey Western Union Man"  The Soulful Strings  Play Gamble-Huff  (Cadet)
"Nanzee"  Donald Austin  Crazy Legs  (Eastbound)
"Jealous Moon"  The Sugarman 3  What The World Needs Now  (Daptone)
"Guiding Resolution"  Poets of Rhythm  Discern/Define  (Quannum Projects)
"Across the Tracks (part 1)"  The Believers  7 Inch  (Brownstone)
"I Just Want to Make Love to You"  Cold Blood  Cold Blood  (San Francisco)
"Tighten Up"  The Bamboos  Step It Up  (Tru Thoughts)
 
Dusty fingers. Print E-mail

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Blame James Mason 'cause we're still in a sweet '70s groove at the Junction. We'll hear yet another great track from Mason's impossibly rare but recently reissued opus, Rhythm of Life, in addition to some other great tracks in the same vein from Miroslav Vitous & Matthew Larkin Cassell.  Plus, heavy sounds from Woody Shaw and fonky flute from Jeremy Steig and a happy birthday to Jerry Garcia via Merl Saunders, all spun on 100% vinyl...natch.

Soul Junction
Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm
GtownRadio.com
If you get confused listen to the music play.

August 1, 2012

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Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"After Midnight"  Merl Saunders & Jerry Garcia   Fire Up!  (Fantasy)

"Memories of Georgia"    Thom Janusz    Ronn Forella...Moves!  (Ubiquity)

"Soulsides"   Art Farmer   Gentle Eyes   (Mainstream)

"When You Are Who You Are"  Gil Scott-Heron  Pieces of a Man  (Flying Dutchman)

"Grunt"  Owen Marshall  Captain Puff in the Naked Truth  (Jazzman/Aditi)

"Nana Imboro"  Wroblewski Jazz Quintet   Spiritual Jazz Vol. 2: Europe  (Jazzman)

"Ene Alantchi Alnorem"  Mulatu Astatke featuring Fekade Amde Maskal  Ethio Jazz    (L'Arome)

"New World"  Woody Shaw   Blackstone Legacy  (Contemporary)

"Brotherhood of Man"  Kelenkye Band  Moving World  (Superfly/Emporium)

"Stanley's Tune"  Airto   Virgin Land  (Salvation)

"Funk You Very Much"  Volker Kriegel & Mild Maniac Orchestra   Octember Variations  (MPS)

"Free"   James Mason   Rhythm of Life  (Chiaroscuro/Lucifer)

"In My Life"  Matthew Larkin Cassell  The Complete Works  (Stonesthrow)

"Aim Your Eye"  Miroslav Vitous  Magical Shepherd  (Warner)

"You've Got To Make The Choice"  The Sisters Love  Our Lives Are Shaped By What We Love: Motown's MoWest Story 1971-1973  (MoWest/Light in the Attic)

"Berumba"  Jackson Conti   Sujinho  (Kindred Spirits)

"Quanga"  Jeremy Steig   Temple of Birth  (Columbia)

"Fire, Fire"  Phil Flowers & His United Family  Alpha & Omega  (Funky Delicacies)

"The Devil Made Me Do It"  Rasputin Stash  Curtom Club Classics: Funk-Soul Brothers & Sisters Vol. 2  (Curtom/Sequel)

 
Sly like a fox. Print E-mail

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Dig it, good stuff going down at the Junction tonight.  More from the great new release from the Filthy Six, in addition to one from their 2010 debut.  Plus, a classic from Sam & Dave, heavy sounds from the Electric Prunes, George Benson's take on the Beatles' Abbey Road, and a blowing session from the "Wailin' Mailman," Buck Hill!  Plus, rockin' fresh new needles, courtesy of The Needle Doctor.  Special thanks to Pat for his help!  And happy birthday to DJ Lippy!

Soul Junction
Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm
GtownRadio.com
Don't let your problems get you down...there's a DJ in your town.

July 25, 2012

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Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Rainy Day Woman # 12 & 35"   Bob Thiele & His New Happy Times Orchestra  Light My Fire  (Impulse)

"Dear Old Stockholm"  Miles Davis  Forever Miles  (Columbia)

"Monticello"  Monty Alexander Trio   We've Only Just Begun  (MPS)

"Brakes"   Buck Hill Quartet  Easy To Love  (Steeplechase)

"China Doll"  Leon Thomas  Facets: The Legend of Leon Thomas  (Flying Dutchman)

"L & J"  Johnny "Hammond" Smith  What's Going On  (Prestige)

"I Want You (She's So Heavy)"  George Benson  The Other Side of Abbey Road  (A & M)

"Nora Se Va"  Bronx River Parkway & Candela All Stars  San Sebastian 152  (Truth & Soul/Candela)

"The Fingerbite"  The Filthy Six  The Filthy Six  (Acid Jazz)

"Down Frenchman St."  The Filthy Six  The Fox  (Acid Jazz)

"Broke Down Piece of Man"  Sam & Dave  Soul Men  (Stax)

"Cherrystones"  Jimmy Smith  Sit On It  (Mercury)

"Blackbyrd"  Donald Byrd  Blackbyrd  (Blue Note)

"Funny Girl"  James Mason  Rhythm of Life  (Chiaroscuro/Shout)

"Young Embrace"  Azymuth  Light as a Feather  (Milestone)

"Spinnin'"  Bernard Wright  'Nard  (Arista/GRP)

"General Confessional"  The Electric Prunes  Release of an Oath  (Reprise)

"California Dreamin'"  Baby Huey  Living Legend: The Baby Huey Story  (Curtom)

"Organ Donor"  Lefties Soul Connection  7 Inch  (Melting Pot Music)

 
Moves. Print E-mail

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Postponed until 11:30am today...join me for a special daytime edition of the Junction!

Keyboard heavy show looming tonight at the Junction.  Still got a lotta recent vinyl releases to revisit, including Ronn Forella Moves!, Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, The Filthy Six, and Hilton Felton, plus a new Heavenly Sweetness reissue of a Belgian group called Solis Lacus .  And yes...we will spin triumphantly some more from the great James Mason!

Soul Junction
Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm
GtownRadio.com
Plug me in like I was Eddie Harris. 

July 19, 2012

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Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Hey, Good Lookin'"  Ray Charles  Modern Sounds in Country & Western Music  (ABC-Paramount)

"The Name of Fela Will Always Stand for Freedom"  Jessica Lauren Four  Jessica Lauren Four  (Freestyle)

"Communion"  Erich Kleinschuster Sextett  Spiritual Jazz Vol. 2: Europe  (Jazzman)

"Little Green Man"  Solis Lacus  Solis Lacus  (Heavenly Sweetness/Best Seller)

"Zapovednik"  Pavel Sysoyev  Soviet Funk Vol. 1  (Secret Stash)

"Little Miss Lover"  Robert Walter  Spirit of '70  (Greyboy)

"Mithra Plane 2"  Thom Janusz  Ronn Forella...Moves!  (Luv n' Haight/Ubiquity)

"Nasty Soul"  Black Nasty  Talking to the People  (Enterprise)

"Stop"  Hugh Masekela  The Promise of a Future  (Uni)

"Midnight Boogaloo"  The Filthy Six  The Fox  (Acid Jazz)

"Frankincense & Myrrh"  Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble  Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble  (Honest Jon's)

"Dream Come True (part 2)"  Hilton Felton  The Best of Hilton Felton 1970-'74  (Hilton's Choice/Jazzman)

"Sunbeams"  Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes   Reflections of a Golden Dream  (Flying Dutchman)

"Slick City"  James Mason  Rhythm of Life  (Chiaroscuro/Lucifer) 

"Space-a-Nova"   Stanton Davis' Ghetto/Mysticism  Brighter Days  (Outrageous/Cultures of Soul)

"Actual Proof"  Herbie Hancock  Thrust  (Columbia)

"Crosswind"  Billy Cobham  Crosswinds  (Atlantic)

"I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down"  Ann Peebles  I Can't Stand The Rain  (Fat Possum/Hi)

"Here I Am Baby"  Al Brown  300% Dynamite  (Studio One/Soul Jazz)

"Superstrut"  U.S. Navy Port Authority Soul Band  Be Free EP  (Sound of Champions)

"69 Freedom Special"  Buddy Miles Express  Electric Church  (Mercury)

"Make Me Believe in You (Black Science Orchestra re-edit)"  Patti Jo  12 Inch  (OST/EMI)

 
Northwest Soapbox-009: Mt. Airy Art Garage President and Cofounder Linda Slodki Print E-mail

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The weeks's guest on the Northwest Soapbox is Linda Slodki. Linda is the President and Cofounder of the Mt. Airy Art Garage.

Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG) is an incubator for professional and emerging artists spreading the spirit of community, creative partnerships, and sustainable living in Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill. MAAG is a nonprofit organization founded and driven by a dynamic group of professional artists. They function as a resource center of creativity and a community gathering place for artists, art lovers, and all those who seek to bring an eco-friendly and artistic sensibility to their lives. MAAG is located at 11 W. Mt. Airy Ave. in the heart of the Mt. Airy business district. They are home to working artist studios, the Solomon Levy Gallery, artist- driven workshops and events, fine art and handcraft markets, and more. The goal is to provide communal space for creativity, collaboration, self-actualization, and celebration.

The Northwest Soapbox is a platform for the people of Northwest Philadelphia to offer commentary, share news or make a call for action. Each week a different person speaks to issues affecting our community. Want to get on the soapbox? Contact us at: This email address is being protected from spam bots, you need Javascript enabled to view it . In addition to the podcast page you can hear new installments of the Soapbox here on G-town Radio at these times: Mondays at 10 AM and 5 PM; Wednesdays and Fridays at noon and 5 PM.

 
Rhythm of life. Print E-mail

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Make a stop at the Junction tonight for 100% vinyl funkiness.  Two weeks off means we are brimming with new releases to bring your way.  Get ready for a new one from the Filthy Six, an album that pays homage to the classic Blue Note/Prestige organ funk albums of the late '60s.  Plus, a fantastic reissue of the ultra-rare Ron Forella...Moves! LP, which was originally created to accompany a NYC dance troupe performance.  But, best of all, James Mason's impossibly scarce masterpiece, Rhythm of Life, was just reissued by a Japan's Shout label, and since I never thought I'd come across a copy, let me tell you, it was worth the wait!  Come on in!

Soul Junction
Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm
GtownRadio.com
I'm burning up...damn, it's hot.

July 11, 2012

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Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Girl of the North Country"  Howard Tate  Howard Tate  (Atlantic)

"Blow for the Crossing"  Billy Butler  Guitar Soul!  (Prestige)

"Who Do You Love"  Lee Fields  Faithful Man  (Truth & Soul)

"Love Went Away"  The Sugarman 3  What the World Needs Now  (Daptone)

"The Fox"  The Filthy Six  The Fox  (Acid Jazz)

"Crystals"  Thom Janusz  Ronn Forella...Moves!  (Luv n' Haight)

"Nubian Lady"  Bobbi Humphrey  Dig This!  (Blue Note)

"Brother Louie"  Roy Ayers  Virgo Red  (Polydor)

"Party Down"  Little Beaver  Party Down  (Cat)

"Party Down (part 2)"  Little Beaver  Party Down  (Cat) 

"Sweet Power of Your Embrace"  James Mason  Rhythm of Life  (Shout/Chiaroscuro)

"Try, Try, Try"  RAMP   Come Into Knowledge  (ABC)

"The Stranger (edit)"  C. Henry Woods Troupe  12 Inch  (Soul-Cal)

"In The Basement"  The Pharaohs  In The Basement  (Luv n' Haight/Ubiquity)

"Chicken Heads"  Black Heat  Black Heat  (Atlantic)

"Hot No Ho"  The Lions  Jungle Struttin'  (Ubiquity)

"Mpondolo"  Rikki Ililonga & Musi-O-Tunya  Wings of Africa  (M.O.T./Now Again)

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