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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Playlist June 15th, 2018

Another curtailed show due to some nagging technical issue.

Down & Out In New York City - James Brown

8th Wonder - The Sugar Hill Gang
Break Dancin' (Electric Boogie) - West Side Mob
King Tim III (Personality Jock) - Fatback
I'm Chillin' - Kurtis Blow (feat. Trouble Funk)
Overnight Scenario - Rare Essence
Hey Ya! - OutKast
Because I'm Me - The Avalanches

Right on - Clarence Wheeler & The Enforcers
Parrty pt 1 & 2 - The JBs
Funky Movement #2 - Timothy McNealy
Smokey - Funkadelic
Kalhari - JD & The Evil's Dynamite

Prince's 60th
Sign O' The Times
Sexy MF
Erotic City

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

RIP Jalal Mansur Nuriddin

Just heard the news today that Jalal Mansur Nuriddin, one of the Last Poets, is dead today at 74 years old. This is a huge blow as he was an incredibly influential artist and activist. A voice for liberation.

To celebrate his vision & massive influence on contemporary music, Music on the One will be playing his seminal 1974 concept album, Hustler's Convention (recorded under the name Lightnin' Rod), featuring musical backup by Kool & the Gang. We'll listen to it in its entirety. Every track.

LP Cover for Hustler's Convention

Don't miss it -- this Friday on Music on the One.

Monday, June 4, 2018

Playlist June 1st, 2018

The late great First Lady of Funk, Ms. Sharon Jones

Hook & Sling Meets the Funky Superfly (pt 1) – Sharon Jones

LP Cover for Groove the Funk by Aktion (1975, Clover Sound)

Groove the Funk – Aktion
Nothin’ But a Party (pt 2) – The Blenders Ltd
In the Hole – The Bar-Kays
Jerkin’ the Dog – The Mighty Hannibal with St. John & The Cardinals

The Houseguests (Catfish Collins, center; Bootsy, far right)
What So Never the Dance – The Houseguests

Creations Unlimited
Chrystal Illusion – Creations Unlimited
Maybe Your Baby – Stevie Wonder
The Mighty Quinn (Quinn the Eskimo) – Ramsey Lewis

45 Label for "Gimme Some" by General Cook (1973, Down to Earth)

Gimme Some – General Cook
New Killer Joe – Benny Golson
Hey Pocky a-Way – The Meters

Full-Side Funk — Funkadelic (1970, Westbound)

Rear cover of Funkadelic
Mommy, What’s a Funkadelic?
I Bet You
Music For My Mother
I Got a Thing, You Got a Thing, Everybody’s Got a Thing

LP Cover of Spirit of the Boogie by Kool & the Gang (1975, De-Lite)

Jungle Jazz – Kool & the Gang
Soulful Football – Willie Henderson & the Soul Explosions
Bonin’ in the Boneyard – Fishbone

The Esso Trinidad Steel Band

Cissy Strut – The Esso Trinidad Steel Band
Talkin’ to the People -The Black Nasty
I’m Gonna Make U Sick of Me – Parliament feat. Scarface, Mudbone

Steppin’ Out – Sho Nuff

45 Label for "Don't Give a Damn" by King Cain & Silvertone Band (repress, 2014)

Don’t Give a Damn – King Cain and the Silvertone Band
(I Can) Deal With That – Dee Edwards
Let’s Get on Down – The Black Aces of Soul & The Eyes of Ebony

CD insert for T.A.P.O.A.F.O.M. by George Clinton
& The P-Funk All-Stars (1996, 550)

Let’s Get Funky – George Clinton & The P-Funk All-Stars
Let’s Get Small – Trouble Funk

LP Cover of Let's Stay Together by Al Green (1971, Hi)

Let’s Stay Together – Al Green
Going in Circles – Isaac Hayes

Flip side of LP Cover/foldout poster of Black Moses by Isaac Hayes (1971, Enterprise)

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Playlist May 25, 2018 -- New Friday slot

LP Cover for Ahh... The Name Is Bootsy, Baby! by Bootsy's Rubber Band (WB, 1977)

Munchies for Your Love – Bootsy’s Rubber Band

Walking in Sunshine – Central Line
Sudsy (Soul Pride) – Unknown High School Stage Band, 1970s
Get Up and Get Down – The Dramatics

James Reese & The Progressions

Jody’s Freeze – James Reese & the Progressions
Militant March – Curtis Mayfield

Two Sisters of Mystery – Mandrill

Fela Anikulapo Kuti

African Woman – Fela Anikulapo Kuti
She’s a Bad Mamma Jamma (She’s Built She’s Stacked) – Carl Carlton
Mama Feelgood (long version) – Lyn Collins, The Female Preacher

You Haven’t Done Nothing – Stevie Wonder

Porgy Jones

Dap pt 1 & 2 – Porgy Jones
Voodoo Chile (Slight Return) – The Jimi Hendrix Experience

The horns for the Mark-Keys

Bush Bash – The Mar-Keys

Full-Side Funk

Prince & The Revolution, Parade side 1
Christopher Tracy’s Parade
New Position
I Wonder U
Under the Cherry Moon
Girls & Boys
Life Can Be So Nice
Venus de Milo

Your Man, My Man – Betty Davis

Rufus Thomas

Funky Hot Grits – Rufus Thomas
Keep Your Distance – Babe Ruth
Soul Power – Derek Martin

LP Cover for Doin' It Right by Mike James Kirkland (Bryan, 1973)

The Only Change – Mike James Kirkland
Hard Times – Baby Huey & The Babysitters

James Brown feature

45 Label for "Escape-ism (pt 1)" by James Brown (& the JBs) (1971, People)

Escape-ism, pt 1
I Got Ants in My Pants and I Want to Dance
People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul
The Payback

LP Cover for The Payback by James Brown (1973, Polydor)

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Back soon

Good news -- "Music on the One" will be broadcasting on Friday afternoons from 1300-1630 EST for the rest of the summer. So be there for more funk, including a big set by this guy:

Friday, May 11, 2018

Brief hiatus

Summer is here, and new building hours will complicate matters. So there will be no show tomorrow, May 12th -- I'll be away until the 20th, and by then I'm hoping there will be a summer schedule, with a weekday slot open for DJ EZ Reader. Until then stay strong and keep fighting.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Playlist: May 5th, 2018

EZ’s Favorite Funk Mega-List

Prelude – Parliament
Breakin’ Bread – Fred Wesley & The JBs

LP Cover for Breakin' Bread by Fred & The New JBs (1974, People)

Sexy Coffee Pot – Tony Alvon & The Belairs
The Seed 2.0 – The Roots (w/ Cody Chestnutt)

Cody ChesnuTT

Get Off Your Ass and Jam – Funkadelic
Rigor Mortis – Cameo
What’s Up Front That Counts – The Fabulous Counts

LP Cover for What's Up Front That Counts by The Counts (1972, Westbound)

African Rhythms – The Oneness of Juju
Survival – Osibisa

LP Gatefold for Woyaya by Osibisa (1971, Decca)

Move on Up – Curtis Mayfield
Black Man’s Cry/ Egbe Mi O Medley – Lever Brothers Gay Flamingoes
Musicawa Silt pt 1 & 2 – The Daktaris

Inner City Blues – Reuben Wilson

LP Cover for The Sweet Life by Reuben Wilson (1972, Groove Merchant)

Amen Brother – The Winstons
All Your Goodies Are Gone – Parliament
Hook & Sling pt 1 & 2 – Eddie Bo
Moment of Truth – Earth Wind & Fire
Big Bird – Eddie Floyd

Eddie Floyd

Get On The Good Foot – James Brown
Ashley’s Roach Clip – The Soul Searchers
I Made a Mistake (Because It’s Only You) – Marva Whitney
“T” Plays It Cool – Marvin Gaye

LP Cover for Trouble Man by Marvin Gaye (1972, Tamla)

Superstition – Stevie Wonder
Tramp - Lowell Fulsom

Nautilus – Bob James
Rock Creek Park – The Blackbyrds

The Blackbyrds

You Better Think Twice – Sharon Jones
Chameleon – Herbie Hancock

Erotic City – Prince
Atomic Dog – George Clinton
Who’s Gonna Take The Weight? – Kool & The Gang
Sport – Lightnin’ Rod

Inside Gatefold of Hustler's Convention, featuring Jamaluddin al-Nuruddin

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised – Gil Scott-Heron
I Want To Take You Higher – Sly & The Family Stone
Humpty Dump – The Vibrettes

Telephone Girl – Assagai
Fencewalk – Mandrill
Bra – Cymande
Spreadin’ Honey – The Watts 103rd Rhythm Band

Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band

Rock Steady – Aretha Franklin
Walk On By – Isaac Hayes

Cosmic Slop (live) – Funkadelic
Let a Woman Be a Woman and Let a Man Be a Man – Dyke & the Blazers
Creation (Prologue)/ It’s Just Begun – The Jimmy Castor Bunch

The Jimmy Castor Bunch

Night of the Thumposaurus Peoples – Parliament
Jungle Jazz – Kool & The Gang
Say It Loud, I’m Black I’m Proud – James Brown

LP Cover for Say It Loud I'm Black and I'm Proud by James Brown (1969, King)

Apache – Michael Viner’s Incredible Bongo Band
Unwind Yourself – Marva Whitney
Give It Up or Turnit Loose (In The Jungle remix) – James Brown
Think (About It) – Lyn Collins
Drop the Bomb – Trouble Funk

Trouble Funk in action

Cissy Strut – The Meters
Keep On Doin’ – The Isley Brothers

LP Cover for Get Into Something by The Isley Brothers (1969, T-Neck)

The Grunt pt 1 & 2 – The JBs
Cramp Your Style – All the People feat. Robert Moore
Mary Jane – Rick James

LP Cover for Come Get It! by Rick James & The Stone City Band (1978, Gordy)

Holy Ghost (extended version) – The Bar-Kays

Funky Worm – The Ohio Players
Your Man, My Man – Betty Davis
I Know You Got Soul – Bobby Byrd

Soul Brother One & a Half, the Fabulous Bobby Byrd

Dazz – Brick
Superfly – Curtis Mayfield
Some Kind of Wonderful – Soul Brother Six

Soul Brother Six

Red Hot Momma – Parliament