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Live: Black Tribbles from Mt. Airy Art Garage (8/16/12) Print E-mail

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Tune in or join us live as Black Tribbles do a special show from the Mt. Airy Art Garage from 8-10 PM. The Mt. Airy Night Market happens all night with great food and drink. With weather this perfect you really couldn't ask for anything. Click through for pictures of the night so far.

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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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Northwest Soapbox-008: Chris Mendel On the Saylor Grove Wetland Print E-mail

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Landscape Architect and Germantown resident Chris Mendel steps up on the Soapbox this week. At the intersection of Lincoln Drive, Wissahickon Avenue and Rittenhouse Street is a small triangular park known as Saylor Grove. This misunderstood piece of land was converted to a wetland in recent years. Chris gives his opinion on why this park is important and how exactly we benefit from it. Click through for more images of Saylor Grove.

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.
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One and done. Print E-mail

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Beat the heat and dig some sweet vinyl grooves tonight at the Junction.  Got some Gambian funk from Guelewar, dubbed "an acid trip from Banjul to Dakar" and compiled for the first time by the always fine Kindred Spirits label.  Also, more from Volume 2 of the Spiritual Jazz compilation from Jazzman and Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.  Plus, a new reissue of Ann Peebles thumpin' I Can't Stand The Rain and a few from Allen Toussaint

Soul Junction
Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm
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The record ends and we begin again.

June 20, 2012

Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Satisfaction"  Otis Redding   History of Otis Redding  (Atco)

"White Mountain"  Jessica Lauren Four  Jessica Lauren Four  (Freestyle)

"Pigling Brand"  Soft Machine  5  (Columbia)

"Brother Man"  Renato Sellani Trio  A Nostro Modo  (Carosello)

"Candy Clouds (part 2)"  Hans Dulfer & Ritmo-Natural   Spiritual Jazz Volume II: Europe  (Jazzman)

"Canto de Xango"  Baden Powell & Vinicius de Moraes  Bossa Nova & The Rise of Brazilian Music in the 1960s  (Soul Jazz)

"Cuernavaca"  Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble   Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (Honest Jons)

"Let Us Go (To Higher Heights)"  Carlos Garnet  Journey to Enlightenment  (Muse)

"Cariba"  Wes Montgomery  Full House  (Riverside)

"Do I Need You"  Ann Peebles  I Can't Stand The Rain  (Hi/Fat Possum)

"Your Friendly Neighborhood Sugarman"  The Sugarman 3  What The World Needs Now  (Daptone)

"Electric Cooker"  The Soul Investigators  Home Cooking  (Timmion)

"Out of the City (Into Country Life)"  Allen Toussaint  Life, Love & Faith  (4 Men With Beards/Warner)

"9 'til 5"  The Meters  Look-Ka Py Py  (Josie)

"Worldwide"  Allen Toussaint  Southern Nights  (Reprise)

"Sama Yaye Demma N'Darr"  Guelewar  Touki Ba Banjul: Acid Trip From Banjul to Dakar  (Kindred Spirits)

"Better Change Your Mind"  William Onyeabor   Love's a Real Thing: The Funky Fuzzy Sounds of West Africa  (Luaka Bop/Stonesthrow)

"Take Two"  Will Sessions  Mix Takes EP  (Fatbeats)

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Northwest Soapbox-006: Kelvyn Anderson On Crime Reporting Tools Print E-mail

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In last week's Soapbox Jim Foster discussed his paper's focus on crime stats for Northwest Philadelphia. He also shared the story of an assault in which a 911 call received no response. This week we spoke to Kelvyn Anderson about online tools anyone can use to track crime in their neighborhood and some of the ways it is being used.

Kelvyn Anderson is a Deputy Director of the Police Advisory Commission, a Town Watch member and board member of G-town Radio. Kelvyn's background gives him an interesting insight into how crime is reported in Philadelphia. Look for future installments with Kelvyn as he discusses various aspects on crime reporting and how the city and it's residents respond.

Here are the sites mentioned by Kelvyn in this podcast:

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Just in time for Father's Day, Honest Jon's drops the first ever collaboration of Sun Ra alum Kelan Philip Cohran and his sons' globe trottin' Hypnotic Brass Ensemble!   Got a great eclectic set coming, highlighted by the likes of the Kelenkye Band, Piotr Fiegel, and a smoker by Johnny "Hammond" Smith.  Plus, after losing my copy of the 2nd volume of Jazzman's Spiritual Jazz comp to thieves, I've finally been able to track down another copy.  Dig it Wednesday night.

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It's a family affair. 

June 13, 2012

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Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Dirty Water"  The Sugarman 3   What The World Needs Now  (Daptone)

"Quiet Nights"  Joe Pass & Niels Henning Orsted Pedersen  Chops  (Pablo)

"The Phantom"  Duke Pearson  The Phantom  (Blue Note)

"Nao Tem Nada Nao"  Joao Gilberto  A Blue Donato  (Whatmusic)

"O Samba Tai"  Seu Jorge  Carolina  (Mr. Bongo)

"Africa Freakout"  Barney Wilen  Spiritual Jazz Volume II: Europe  (Jazzman)

"Tell Her Love Has Felt The Need"  Hilton Felton  The Best of Hilton Felton 1970-'74  (Jazzman/Hilton's Concept)

"Umbala"  Black Truth Rhythm Band  Ifetayo (Love Excells All)  (Soundway)

"Vietnam"  Jimmy Cliff  Wonderful World, Beautiful People  (A&M)

"Spin"  Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble  Kelan Philip Cohran & The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble  (Honest Jons)

"Dig On It"  Johnny "Hammond" Smith  Black Feeling!  (Prestige)

"Sniadanie o Polnocy (Breakfast at Midnight)"  Piotr Fiegel  Piotr  (Polskie Nagrania)

"The Badger"  Connie Price & The Keystones  7 Inch  (Now Again)

"Jungle Music"  Kelenkye Band  Moving World  (Emporium/Superfly)

"Corner Crew Dub"  King Tubby  King Tubby's Meets Rockers Uptown  (Clocktower)

"Njia Walk (Street Walk)"  The Fatback Band  People Music  (Perception)

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