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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


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
All the squares go home.

December 12, 2012



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)

Neon art. Print E-mail


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
The record ends & we begin again.



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)

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


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.


Power of soul. Print E-mail


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
Eat sardines...and pork & beans.

November 28, 2012



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


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.

Thanksgiving. Print E-mail
Have a great Thanksgiving...back next week with the next episode. 
Soul Junction
Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm
Do the mashed potato. 
Fewsh Junction returns! Print E-mail


What would happen if Black Sabbath, TV on the Radio, and Soft Machine had a baby?  The evil progeny would be a two headed monster called Fewsh Junction!  Yes, join me Wednesday night as the infamous Fewsh, Monday nights from 6pm-8pm here on GtownRadio, sits for another two hour musical discussion.  Check out the original madness here!

Soul Junction and Fewsh: almost as fitting a combo as thinly veiled nudity and absinthe.  We promise to stay clothed, but make no promises about the absinthe.

Soul Junction
Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm
Tea for two & two for tea.

November 14, 2012



Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Stay Away"  Charles Bradley & The Menahan Street Band  7 Inch  (Dunham)

"Richard Pryor Addresses a Tearful Nation"  Joe Henry  Scar  (Mammoth)

"Can't Catch the Trane"  Terry Callier   I Just Can't Help Myself  (Cadet)

"Third Man Theme"  The Band  Moondog Matinee   (Capitol)

"It's My Time"  The Mynah Birds  7 Inch  (VIP/Motown)

"Moon Beam"  James "Blood" Ulmer  Black Rock  (Columbia)

"Temptation"  Prince  Around the World in a Day  (Paisley Park)

"Emperor's Main Course in Cantonese"  Kid Koala  10 Inch  (Ninja Tune)

"Godly Intersects"  Of Montreal  False Priest  (Polyvinyl)

"As Long as He Lies Perfectly Still"  Soft Machine  Volume Two  (Probe/ABC)

"Synthesis Side One: Tape Studies 1-4"  Herbert Deutsche   ????

"Deep Gully"  Mr. Chop  Switched On  (Five Day Weekend/NowAgain)

"I Give Up"  Jules & The Polar Bears  Fenetiks  (Wounded Bird)

"One More Night"  Can   Ege Bamyasi  (United Artists)

"Toiling"  Albert Ayler  The Last Album  (Impulse)

"Size 10.5 Sneaks"  Bill Frisell & Vernon Reid  Smash & Scatteration  (Rykodisc)

"Somebody's Calling My Name"  Baby Grandmothers  Forge Your Own Chains: Heavy Psychedelic Ballads & Dirges 1968-74  (NowAgain)

"Millions Are Getting Killed"  Lilly Greenham  Tendentious Neo-Semantics  (???)

"Sesame Street"  Blow Fly  Ultimate Breaks & Beats  (Street Beat)

Story of the hurricane. Print E-mail


The Frankenstorm kept me out of the studio last week, but not even the new storm brewin' can shut me out tonight!  Got a whole show of hurricane related tunes to spin, including music from Phil Upchurch, Rahsaan, Walter Wanderley, and of course, Weather Report.  Dry off & come on in!

Soul Junction
Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm
When the levee breaks, got nowhere to stay. 

November 7, 2012



Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Gimme Shelter"  Merry Clayton  Gimme Shelter  (Ode)

"Emotional Weather Report"  Tom Waits  Nighthawks at the Diner  (Elektra)

"Come Rain or Come Shine"  Bill Evans Trio  Portrait in Jazz  (Riverside)

"The Eye of the Hurricane"  Herbie Hancock  Maiden Voyage  (Blue Note)

"Keeps on Raining"  Billie Holiday  The Billie Holiday Story  (Decca)

"Wind Song"  Wes Montgomery  Down Here on the Ground  (A&M)

"Rain"  Walter Wanderley  Rain Forest  (Verve)

"Stormy"  The Meters  The Meters  (Josie)

"Stormy"  Duke Pearson featuring Flora Purim  It Could Happen With You  (Blue Note)

"Rain Drops Keep Falling On My Head"  Charlie Earland  Black Drops  (Prestige)

"Hurricane"  Shuggie Otis  Here Comes Shuggie Otis  (Epic)

"Ain't No Sunshine"  Rahsaan Roland Kirk  Blacknuss  (Atlantic)

"Darkness, Darkness"  Phil Upchurch  Darkness, Darkness  (Blue Thumb)

"I Can't Stand the Rain"  Ann Peebles  I Can't Stand the Rain  (Hi/Fat Possum)

"Blowin' in the Wind"  Stanley Turrentine  Common Touch  (Blue Note)

"Hurricane Jane"  Joe Farrell  Penny Arcade  (CTI)

"Windy C"  Ahmad Miller  Ahmad's First  Ahmad's First  (Stonesthrow)

"Flood in Franklin Park"  Grant Green  Live at the Lighthouse  (Blue Note)

"Spanish Moss-A Sound Portrait: Flash Flood"  Billy Cobham  Crosswinds  (Atlantic)

"Palladium"  Weather Report  Heavy Weather  (Columbia)

 "Purple Rain"  Prince  7 Inch  (Warner Bros.)

Born under a bad sign. Print E-mail


And we're back with vinyl grooves, Wednesday night at the Junction.  Got some killer bossa jazz from Dom Salvador & Os Ipanemas, reissued on the great Mr. Bongo label.  Dig some blues from Albert King, spiritual jazz from Marion Brown and some funk from Benin from El Rego.  Come on in!

Soul Junction
Wednesdays, 8pm-10pm
Still listening to wax, I'm not using the CD.

October 24, 2012



Playlist (Song/Artist/Album/Label):

"Hang On Sloopy"  Ramsey Lewis  Newly Recorded All-Time Non Stop Golden Hits  (Columbia)

"She Shot Me Down"  John Lee Hooker  The Big Soul of John Lee Hooker  (Vee Jay)

"You've Been Talkin' 'Bout Me Baby"  Donald Byrd  Up With Donald Byrd  (Verve)

"Gospel Groove"  Shuggie Otis  Here Comes Shuggie Otis  (Epic)

"Cutting the Mustard"  Revolutionary Blues Band   Revolutionary Blues Band  (Coral)

"Crosscut Saw"  Albert King  Born Under a Bad Sign  (Stax/Sundazed)

"Maimoun"  Marion Brown  Vista  (Impulse)

"Road Song"  Pat Martino  The Visit!  (Cobblestone)

"First Come, First Serve"  Ramon Morris  Sweet Sister Funk  (Groove Merchant)

"Black Whip"  Ivan "Boogaloo Joe" Jones  Black Whip  (Prestige)

"Nuttin' Up"  Ike Turner & The Kings of Rhythm  A Black Man's Soul  (Funky Delicacies)

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

"Tematrio"  Dom Salvador Trio  Salvador Trio  (Mocambo/Mr. Bongo)

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

"Morning"  Azymuth  Azimuth  (Som Livre/Far Out)

"Xibaba"  Cal Tjader  Amazonas  (Fantasy)

"Night in Tunisia"  Hugh Masekela  I Am Not Afraid  (Blue Thumb)

"Africa Bump"  Enrique Lynch  Peruvian Funk  (Secret Stash)

"Dis-Moi Oui"  El Rego et ses Commandos  El Rego et ses Commandos  (Daptone)

"Philly Dog"  Herbie Mann  Live at the Whiskey A Go Go  (Atlantic)

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