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Jazz burners going down at the Junction Wednesday night.  Got some good ones comin', including the weird guitar of George Freeman, Sonny Rollins gets his mid 70s groove on and a set of Texas funk from Bubbha Thomas & The Lightmen.  Be there!

Soul Junction
Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm
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If you don't know, now you know.

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January 9, 2013

Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label)

"It's Alright Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)"  Billy Preston  Everybody Likes Some Kind of Music  (A&M)

"Here Comes the Sun"  Monty Alexander  Here Comes the Sun  (MPS)

"Minor Impulse"  Ike Quebec  Blue & Sentimental  (Blue Note)

"Blind Man Blind Man"  Dave Pike  Jazz for the Jet Set  (Atlantic)

"Honeybuns"  The Duke Pearson Nonet  Honeybuns  (Atlantic)

"Mantra Dance"  Ohio Penitentiary 511 Jazz Band  Hard Luck Soul  (Aragorn/Jazzman)

"Sarava"  Baden Powell  Tristeza on Guitar  (MPS)

"La Gigantona"  Alfonso Lovo  La Gigantona  (Numero)

"Turn Me Loose"  Charlie Hunter & Pound for Pound  Return of the Candyman  (Blue Note)

"Cold Bair"  Bubbha Thomas & The Lightmen Plus One  Energy Control Center  (Lightin')

"Sweet Ray"  Bubbha Thomas & The Lightmen  Country Fried Chicken  (Lightin')

"The Phantom"   Bubbha Thomas & The Lightmen Plus One  The Funky 16 Corners  (Stonesthrow)

"Birth Sign"  George Freeman  Birth Sign  (Delmark)

"Ekim"  Michal Urbaniak Group  The Beginning  (Catalyst)

"Playin' in the Yard"  Sonny Rollins  Sonny Rollins' Next Album  (Milestone)

"Beautiful Day"  Spider Harrison  The Funky 16 Corners  (Stonesthrow)

 
Best of the rest. Print E-mail

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Still got leftovers in my sack from last week's Best of 2012 show, so let's see what remains from a great year of vinyl releases, including a whole set from the Jazzman label (yes, this means more Greg Foat!).  Plus, some great live late era Art Pepper, Get On Down's reissue of the lost Archie Whitewater album, and a final salute to Fontella Bass.

Soul Junction
Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm
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2013...so fresh & so clean.

January 2, 2013

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Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Delta Lady"  Geoffrey Stoner  Watch Out!  (Ovation)

"Cross Country"  Archie Whitewater  Archie Whitewater  (Get On Down/Cadet Concept)

"Driven Omens"  Oregon & Elvin Jones  Together  (Vanguard)

"Driftwood"  Menahan Street Band  The Crossing  (Dunham/Daptone)

"I Need Love"  Fontella Bass  Free  (Jewel/Paula)

"Let God Come First"  Azanyah  The One  (Jazzman)

"Girl & Robot with Flowers (part v)"  Greg Foat Group  Girl & Robot With Flowers  (Jazzman)

"Yeah You Are"  Greg Foat Group  Dark is the Sun  (Jazzman)

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

"Crystals"  Thom Janusz  Ronn Foerella...Moves!  (Ubiquity/Luv-n-Haight)

"Spanish Joint"  D'Angelo  Voodoo  (Virgin/Modern Classic Recordings)

"Confusion"  Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones  Sweetback  (Luv-n-Haight/Joka)

"Funky Twitch"  Roy Porter Sound Machine  The Story of Roy Porter Sound Machine  (Tramp)

"Farewell to Ibusa"  Afro Funk  Body Music  (Tropic Vibe/Secret Stash)

"Congo"  Os Ipanemas  Os Ipanemas  (CBS/Mr. Bongo)

"Mambo Koyama"  Art Pepper  Neon Art: Volume Two  (Widow's Taste/Ominvore)

"Rescue Me"  Fontella Bass  7 Inch  (Eric/Chess)
 
The best of 2012. Print E-mail

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With NYE right around the corner, it's time for the best of new vinyl releases of 2012, plus some key reissues & comps. Who will make the cut? Drop by Wednesday night to find out!

Soul Junction
Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm
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Tonight we're gonna party like it's...

December 26, 2012

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Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Moonlight Mile"  Lee Fields  Faithful Man  (Truth & Soul)

"Shambala"  Beastie Boys  In Sound From The Way Out!  (Grand Royal)

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

"Girl & Robot with Flowers (part 1)"  Greg Foat Group  Girl & Robot With Flowers EP  (Jazzman)

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

"Chicken Grease"  D'Angelo  Voodoo  (Modern Classics/Virgin)

"Shootin' Dice"  Timo Lassy  In With Lassy  (Schema)

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

"But It's Alright"  The Sugarman 3  What the World Needs Now  (Daptone)

"Stay Away"  Charles Bradley  7 Inch  (Dunham/Daptone)

"Him Belly No Go Sweet"  Antibalas  Antibalas  (Daptone)

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

"Nobody Can Live Forever"  Tim Maia  Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia  (Luaka Bop)

"I'll Slip Away"  Rodriguez  Searching for Sugarman OST  (Light in the Attic/Legacy)

"I'll Get Along"  Michael Kiwanuka  Home Again  (Polydor)

"Take One"  Will Sessions  Mix Takes EP  (Fat Beats)

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

"The Lope Song"  Eddie Russ  Fresh Out  (Jazz Masters/Soul Jazz)

 
Variety is the spice. Print E-mail

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Indeed, a variety of funky vinyl grooves goin' down at the Junction.  Got a Heavenly Sweetness Blue Note reissue of a lost Grant Green date, Nicaraguan fusion on the Numero label and a coupla tracks from the few lps drummer Louis Hayes released as a leader.  Plus, D'angelo's Voodoo just got the deluxe reissue from Modern Classics/Light in the Attic!  Stop by for a spell Wednesday night.

Soul Junction
Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm
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Jazz (we've got).

December 19, 2012

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Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"White Rabbit"  Gabor Szabo & The California Dreamers  Wind Sky & Diamonds  (Impulse)

"Green Jeans"  Grant Green  Matador  (Blue Note/Heavenly Sweetness)

"I Can See Clearly Now"  The Junior Mance Touch  The Junior Mance Touch  (Polydor)

"Bring It On Home To Me"  Aretha Franklin  Soul '69  (Atlantic)

"Little Sunflower"  The Louis Hayes Group  Variety is the Spice  (Gryphon)

"Olea"  Louis Hayes  Breath of Life  (Muse)

"Hamba Nami"  Cannonball Adderley  Phenix  (Fantasy)

"Bridge Over Troubled Water" Quincy Jones  Gula Matari  (A&M)

"Devil's Pie"  D'Angelo  Voodoo  (Modern Classic Recordings/Virgin)

"Pzancai"  Ceccarelli/Chantereau/Padovan/Pezin  CCPP  (Flamophone/Vadim)

"Clear Skies Select Stick"  The Greg Foat Group  Girl & Robot With Flowers  (Jazzman)

"Tropical Jazz"  Alfonso Lovo  La Gigantona  (Numero)

"Flying to L.A."  Arthur Verocai  Timeless: March 15, 2009  (Mochilla)

"Amor Em Jacuma"  Cravo & Cavela  Preco de Cada Um  (Mr. Bongo)

"Theme From Hong Kong"  Lee Perry-The Mighty Upsetter  Kung Fu Meets The Dragon  (Justice)

"Home Again"  Archie Whitewater  Archie Whitewater  (Get On Down/Cadet Concept)

"Sounds of Feelings"  Joachim Kuhn & Rolf Kuhn  Bloody Rockers  (BYG/WahWah)

"Directly From My Heart to You"  The Mothers of Invention  Weasels Ripped My Flesh  (Bizarre)

"Corruption is the Thing"  Creations Unlimited  Chains & Black Exhaust  (Memphix)

 
Our 2012 Fund Drive Is On! Print E-mail
It's Fund Drive time again at G-town Radio and we need your support to make it a success. It's quick and incredibly important. We're looking for 500 people to donate $10. Visit our Donate page for a note from Station Manager Jim Bear and links to donate online and directions to pay by check. G-town Radio is a tax exempt non-profit and all donations are tax deductible. Please be one of our Fantastic 500 today!
 
Girl & robot with flowers. Print E-mail

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Keyboard heavy grooves goin' down at the Junction Wednesday night.  The Greg Foat Group returns with another great analogue recording and it's just as great as last year's debut!  Plus, we learned about Dave Brubeck's passing just before leaving for last week's show, so let's pay proper tribute to a true legend in jazz.  And the usual vinyl-only madness will ensue, including scores from the Philadelphia Record Riot...see you then!

Soul Junction
Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm
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All the squares go home.

December 12, 2012

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Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Femme Fatale"  Aloe Blacc  Good Things  (Stonesthrow)

"Blue Rondo a la Turk"  Dave Brubeck Quartet  Time Out  (Columbia)

"The Sermon on the Mount"  Dave Brubeck Trio & Gerry Mulligan  Live at the Berlin Philharmonic  (Columbia)

"Polka Dots & Moonbeams/It Could Happen to You"  Dave Brubeck  All The Things You Are  (Atlantic)

"Girl & Robot with Flowers (part vi)"  The Greg Foat Group  Girl & Robot With Flowers  (Jazzman)

"Sister Serene"  George Duke  I Love the Blues--She Heard My Cry  (MPS)

"Voodoo Woman"  Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes  Expansions  (Flying Dutchman)

"Earth (Still Our Only Home)"  Jerry Goodman & Jan Hammer  Like Children  (Nemperor)

"It Could Be Better"  Timo Lassy  In With Lassy  (Schema)

"Henceforth"  Roy Ayers Ubiquity  Red Black & Green  (Polydor)

"Foodstamps"  The 24-Carat Black  Ghetto: Misfortune's Wealth  (Stax)

"Walk Tall (Baby, That's What I Need)  Howard Roberts  Guilty!!  (Capitol)

"Satan"  Jon Lucien  Rashida  (RCA)

"I'll Slip Away"  Rodriguez  Searching for Sugarman OST  (Legacy/Light in the Attic)

"I'm So Thankful"  Eugene Blacknell  We Can't Take Life for Granted  (Luv-n-Haight)

"Low Down Popcorn/Spinning Wheel"  James Brown  Sex Machine  (King)

"I Heard It Through the Grapevine"  The Temptations  Cloud Nine  (Gordy)

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Stop by the Junction Wednesday night for 100% vinyl grooves.  Last week featured some great debuts, but still some more new ones to bring your way.  The legendary Art Pepper's wife Laurie just teamed up with Omnivore Records to release a series of live quartet sides from the early '80s, Jazzman digs deeper (do they every stop???) to bring us hard luck soul from the Ohio Penitentiary's 511 Jazz Ensemble and Mayer Hawthorne's Record Store Day 10 inch is a great live session from KCRW's Morning Goes Eclectic.  And sadly, Dave Brubeck died today, so we'll pay tribute.   Come on in!

Soul Junction
Wednesday, 8pm-10pm
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The record ends & we begin again.

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December 5, 2012

Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Whole Lotta Love"  King Curtis  Live at the Fillmore West  (Atco)

"The Duke"  Dave Brubeck  Dave Brubeck's Greatest Hits  (Columbia)

"Chant Inca"  Hal Singer & Jef Gilson  Soul of Africa  (Kindred Spirits/Chant du Monde)

"Helena"  Chico Hamilton  El Chico  (Impulse)

"Find a Way"  Miguel Atwood-Ferguson  Suite for Ma Dukes EP  (Mochilla)

"Sound Ray"  Ray Bryant  Sound Ray  (Cadet)

"Java Man"  Ohio Penitentiary's 511 Jazz Ensemble  Hard Luck Soul  (Aragorn/Jazzman)

"Have Spacesuit Will Travel (part 1)"  Greg Foat Group  Girl & Robot with Flowers EP  (Jazzman)

"I'll Take You There"  Reuben Wilson  The Sweet Life  (Groove Merchant)

"Red Car"  Art Pepper  Neon Art: Vol. 1  (Widow's Taste/Omnivore)

"Three Faces"  Menahan Street Band  The Crossing  (Dunham/Daptone)

"Panama"  Roy Porter Sound Machine  The Story of Roy Porter Sound Machine  (Tramp)

"The Sad Chicken"  Leroy & The Drivers  7 Inch  (Stonesthrow)

"O Caminho do Bem"  Tim Maia  Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia  (Luaka Bop)

"Psycles"  Karl Hector & The Malcouns  Sahara Swing  (Now Again)

"Take It Light"  Rikki Ililonga  Sunshine Love  (Sepiso/Now Again)

"I Wish It Would Rain"  Mayer Hawthorne  KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic EP  (Republic)

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Northwest Soapbox 025: 50 Years on Maplewood Mall Print E-mail

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Al Ciment, second generation owner of Maplewood Nutrition, is this week's guest on the soapbox. Opened in 1963 by Al's parents Maplewood Nutrition has seen dramatic changes on what was originally Maplewood Avenue. This through street was transformed into Maplewood Mall a decade later. Al spoke to us about the Mall/Avenue's golden age, tough times and what has kept the family business in the same location for almost 50 years. Click through for several more pictures comparing the mall of today to what it looked like over 50 years ago. Listen to this segment on-demand here.

The image above looks down Maplewood towards Germantown Ave. The top picture shows the avenue with metered parking. The lower image of today's mall has a radically different configuration with no room for parking and several (now mature) trees where the sidewalk once was.

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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Stop by the Junction Wednesday night for some great new vinyl grooves.  Out of nowhere, the Greg Foat Group returns with an EP close on the heels of last year's now classic release and in anticipation of a full length coming out in the next two weeks.  But that's not all!  The Menahan Street Band just released their 2nd album, Finnish reedman Timo Lassy's got a new one, and we'll spin the soundtrack to Searching for Sugarman, a documentary about the enigmatic folk/funk of the elusive Rodriguez.  Plus, a batch of Hendrix covers celebrating the man's 70th birthday! 

Soul Junction
Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm
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Eat sardines...and pork & beans.

November 28, 2012

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Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Angel"  Stanley Jordan  Magic Touch  (Blue Note)

"Blue Bossa"  Milt Jackson/Joe Pass/Ray Brown  The Big 3  (Pablo)

"Naquela Base"  Joao Donato  Sambou Sambou  (Pacific Jazz)

"Pregao"  Tamba Trio  Tempo  (Philips/Universal Sound)

"Nana"  Os Ipanemas  Os Ipanemas  (CBS/Mr. Bongo) 

"Shootin' Dice"  Timo Lassy  In With Lassy  (Schema)

"Girl & Robot with Flower (part 1)"  Greg Foat Group  Girl & Robot with Flowers EP  (Jazzman)

"Everyday a Dream"  Menahan Street Band  The Crossing  (Dunham)

"Crucify Your Mind"  Rodriguez  Searching for Sugarman OST  (Light in the Attic)

"Third Stone from the Sun"  John Klemmer  Blowin' Gold  (Cadet Concept)

"Crosstown Traffic"  Phil Upchurch  Upchurch  (Cadet)

"Power of Soul"  Idris Muhammad  Power of Soul  (Kudu)

"Som Imaginario de Jimi Hendrix"  The Pops  Brazilian Guitar Fuzz Bananas: Tropicalia Psychadelic Masterpieces 1967-76  (Tropicalia in Furs)

"Message of Love"  Band of Gypsys  Band of Gypsys  (Capitol)

"Heywete"  Mulatu Astatke  Ethiopian Modern Instrumental Hits  (L'Arome)

"Madjap Express"  Masabumi Kikuchi  One-Way Traveler  (Columbia)

"Physical Love"  Eddie Hazel  Game, Dames & Guitar Thangs  (Warner)

"Outa-Space"  Billy Preston  I Wrote a Simple Song  (A&M)

"Jimi Diggin' Cats"  Digable Planets  Reachin' (a new refutation of time & space)  (Pendulum/Elektra)

 
Ring in the Holiday Season in Historic Germantown Print E-mail

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Join Historic Germantown during the month of December as we celebrate the holidays with a wide array of fun, family friendly programs! Listen to traditional stories, sing carols and see the holiday decorations at the historic sites in Freedom's Backyard.

 

On Saturday December 1st from 2-4PM visit Stenton, located at 4601 North 18th Street, for their annual Holiday Tea where you can enjoy light refreshments and make a holiday craft. To reserve your space call 215.329.7312.

 

Keep the spirit going on December 8th at Grumblethorpe for their Holiday Open House from 1 - 4 pm. Enjoy craft workshops, refreshments and get your picture taken with Santa! Cost is $5 per person, $12 for a family OR bring donation of travel-size personal care items (toothpaste, soap, shampoo, etc.) for the charity drive Germantown Gives! There is a small fee for crafts & ginger-bread houses. Grumblethorpe is located at 5267 Germantown Avenue. For more information call 215.880.8620.

 

Continue your festivities at the Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust as they host Christmas Carols in the Meetinghouse on December 8th at 6 pm. The 18th century meetinghouse is located at 6133 Germantown Avenue and the event is FREE and open to the public.

 

Also on December 8th the Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion, located at 200 West Tulpehocken Street, hosts their annual Dickens Christmas Party from 2 - 5pm. Hear Christmas readings from Charles Dickens, Louisa May Alcott and Clement Moore and tour the decorated mansion. Tickets are $18 per person. Continue the merriment at the mansion with An Evening with Charles Dickens at 7 PM. Learn about Charles Dickens from expert Ed Pettit and hear Josh Hitchens in his one man rendition of A Christmas Carol. Tickets are $35 and reservations can be made by calling 215.438.1861 or at www.ebenezermaxwellmansion.org.

 

Visit the Awbury Arboretum on 1 Awbury Road on Friday December 14th from 5 - 8pm for an Open House and Holiday Sing-A-Long. Enjoy refreshments, a model train display, children's crafts and sing-a-long to some of your favorite holiday tunes. For more information about this FREEevent call 215.849.2855.

 

Wrap up your holiday celebrations at the Johnson House, located at 6306 Germantown Avenue, at the Kwanzaa Celebration on December 27th from 6 - 8pm. The program features African storytelling and drumming. For more information call 215.438.1768. 

 

Historic Germantown is a consortium of fifteen cultural and historic sites located in Northwest Philadelphia. Our members range from historic houses to an art museum and arboretum. The mission of Historic Germantown is to foster an appreciation of the diverse character and meaning of our cultural heritage in order to preserve and revitalize our community. To this end, we cooperate in providing knowledge and resources to help preserve Germantown's historic sites, interpret them to the public, and incorporate them into the life of the local community.


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