• SESSION 1528: GLOBALSESSION 10.25.13 ITALY

    Mixed by Luka Bernaskone

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  • SESSION 1527: RECORDEX 10.24.13

    Mixed by Donald Lassiter

    01. Lonnie Liston Smith and The Cosmic Echoes – Goddess of Love
    02. Lonnie Smith – Babbitt’s Other Song
    03. Lonnie Liston Smith and The Cosmic Echoes – Golden Dreams
    04. Bobbi Humphrey – Just a Love Child
    05. Steve Marshall – You Are The World
    06. Johnny Hammond – Fantasy
    07. Grover Washington Jr. – Rock Steady
    08. Joe Thomas – Flame
    09. Melba Moore – Promised Land
    10. The Supremes – High Energy
    11. Sylvia – Lay It On Me
    12. Silver Convention – Fly, Robin, Fly
    13. Main Ingredient – Euphrates
    14. Isaac Hayes – Never Gonna Give You Up
    15. Marvin Gaye – God Is Love

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  • VINYLS VS CD/MP3: INSIGHTS INTO MUSIC FORMATS

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    By OurVinyl.com

    [Preface: There is no argument for an objective superior. Steaks, hamburger and sloppy joes are all great. But to not know what you’re eating is only letting yourself down ….]

    Any avid music fan has probably had the argument with a friend (or foe) about what the best way is, in terms of format, to listen to music. Since Napster shattered the customs of the music world in the late 90’s mp3s have become synonymous with contemporary music. The iPod has since come along and informed us we no longer needed shelves for our music collection, just a pocket. These developments are currently pushing the CD format closer and closer to its inevitable extinction. Yet ironically, as the CD slowly dies, vinyl records are storming back into popularity. So it appears that while the MP3 has unquestionably made music more portable and “share-able” (it is truly awesome to be able to bring your entire music collection on a plane ride!), it doesn’t seem to have what it takes to wipe out other formats completely.

    So lets take a look at the science behind music formats and how we hear in general. An educated listener is a better listener indeed, and you may be surprised by what you didn’t know. We must start by examining sound in general.

    All right, lets get some simple things straight about the way sound works for us humans and our brains. In general the human ear picks up frequencies between 20 hertz (Hz) and 20,000 Hz; hertz meaning the number of vibrations per second (“sound” is simply our brains perceiving minuscule air pressure changes, or vibrations). Yet the truth is most adults are only capable of hearing up to around 16k Hz (a little higher for females, you lucky ladies) because we lose the ability to perceive higher frequencies as we age. Sounds do indeed exist below 20 Hz (think of when you feel deep bass without actually hearing it) and upwards well beyond 20K Hz (think of a dog whistle, we don’t hear it but the pups sure do). So while we can pick up the most important swath of the sound-spectrum, there does exists a great deal of sonic information we just never hear because of the limits of our ears & brain. [Note: this phenomena also exists with our eyes, we only see a tiny portion of the electro-magnetic spectrum, which we call light & color]

    So why care about these sounds our brains’ cannot even perceive, what the heck does that have to do with musical formats and listening to your tunes? Again, we have to look at some science basics (bear with me!). Sound is mathematical. Lets say you play an A major chord on an instrument. The fundamental frequency of an A major is 440 Hz, so that will be the most present frequency we hear, yet it will not be the only. Here is the math; that A note will also create and sound out its harmonics (or “overtones”), which are always multiples of itself. This means that 440 Hz A note will create another “harmonic” at 880 Hz (440 x 2), another at 1320 Hz (440 x 3), and another one at 1760 Hz (440 x 4) and it goes on and on. Harmonics are a large part of what make notes played by instruments interesting to our ears. Because different instruments (or vocal chords for that matter) will inherently create different harmonic relations to the fundamental frequency, this is in turn the reason why there exists a difference in sound from instrument to instrument, even when they play the same mathematically identical musical note. This difference is referred to as an instrument’s “timbre”. Think of a computer created “true tone”, one with no harmonics; it’s a shrill and sterile sound. So, consider this question; if the chords and notes that make up our music all create harmonics that are out of our hearing range, do those sounds have any affect upon what we do hear? Hold onto that thought, however, we can now begin our discussion upon music formats. [Read More]

  • SESSION 1526: ELBIN RECORD GROCERY 10.20.13

    Mixed by Elbin Reyes

    01. Joan Bibiloi – Pinzelles
    02. Chicago – Beginnings
    03. Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express – Beginning Again
    04. Earth, Wind & Fire – See The Light
    05. Orchestra Julian – Do It With Class
    06. Linda Evans – You Control Me
    07. Kathi Baker – Fa La La (Feel the Heat)
    08. Carol Williams – Love Is You
    09. Karla Garrison – This Could Be The Night
    10. You’ve Got To Have Freedom Feat.Janice & Ange (Patchworks Rmx)
    11. The Von Sein & Tigerskin – Pernile’s Kitchen Jam
    12. Vick Lavender ft. Diviniti – Let It Go (Josh Milan Honeycomb Vocal Mix)
    13. Makussa(African Deep) Part One – Medicine Man Drinking From The Wall Of The Spirits
    14. EnJebeye – Medicine
    15. RonTrent – Manifesto
    16. Secret Squirrels #1
    17. Eric Ericksson – (Over) Yuki
    18. Keys & Tronics Ensemble – Easy
    19. Brasstronaut – Opportunity (Jacques Renault Remix)
    20. Double K (Kuniyuki&Raoul K) – Esprit De La Jungle
    21. Soul 223 – Fear of Stopping (Maxi Mill Remix)
    22. Jersey real Estate feat. Jovonn – What Is House
    23. Tommy Rawson – Brenda Done Died With No Name
    24. Soul 223 – Walberswick (Hoist Covert Mix)
    25. N.O.W. Feat. Juan Rozoff (Patchworks Rmx)
    26. Al Kent – Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism
    27. Coyote – California Jam
    28. Fabrizio Fattori – Appunti D’Africa
    29. David Astri – Get Down To It
    30. The Quick – One Light In A Blackout

  • SESSION 1525: A1 IN STORE 10.19.13

    Mixed by Dwayne Holt (Studio 54)

    “The Soul of Disco”

    01. Diana Ross – Lady Sings the Blues Soundtrack 1972
    02. Teddy Pendergrass – If You know Like I know 1979
    03. Hamilton Bohannon – Keep On Dancing 1974
    04. Dexter Wansel – I ‘ll Never Forget 1979
    05. O’Jays – I Love Music (Remix Break) 2000
    06. Ultra High Frequency – Were on The Right Track 1974
    07. Cloud One – Atomosphere Strut 1976
    08. Fatback Band – No More Room For Dancing 1976
    09. People’s Choice – Boogie Down U.S.A. 1975
    10. Atlanta Disco Band – Buckhead 1975
    11. The Brothers – Under The Skin 1976
    12. Issac Hayes – Buns O’ Plenty 1974
    13. James Brown – Super Bad 1970
    14. El Coco – Hot Disco Night (Are You Ready) 1976
    15. El Coco – Delicdo 1975
    16. Mandrilll – Ali Bombaye 1977
    17. MFSB – Freddies’s Dead 1973
    18. Mark Radice – If You Can’t Beat Em 1976
    19. The Four Tops – Catfish 1976
    20. Blue Magic – Look Me Up 1974
    21. People’s Choice – Her We Go Again 1976
    22. Motown Sounds – Bad Mouthin 1978
    23. Detroit Emeralds – You Want if You Got It 1972

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  • SESSION 1524: VINYLMANIA 10.19.13

    Mixed by Eric Lopez aka “BigE”

  • HOW TO CLEAN VINYL RECORDS

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    By DiscoMusic.com

    Tips to keep vinyl records clean. Directions for deep cleaning records by hand or with a vacuum record cleaning machine. A shopping list of supplies and Q & A section with answers to your record care questions is included.

    Good sound starts with a clean and static-free vinyl record. Whether you are a casual listener or a fanatical audiophile and vinyl record collector, many of us here at DiscoMusic.com have accumulated thousands of vinyl records over the years. In an effort to digitally preserve your priceless records you may have considered transferring and restoring your vinyl record collection to CD by using your computer and some audio recording / editing software. Before you do, remember that in order to extract the best sound from your discs it’s important to start with scrupulously clean records and equipment including your stylus.

    Cleaning Vinyl Records by Hand or with a Machine?

    Vinyl discs that are kept clean and free of dirt, dust and oils from one’s fingers will sound much clearer and more importantly last longer. Since clean records have less clicks, crackle and pop you’ll have less work when it comes to the restoration phase and attain much better results. The great thing about cleaning your records is that it doesn’t take a lot of equipment, but there are choices. Let’s discuss some proven ways of cleaning records either with a record cleaning machine or by hand with brushes and ready-made record cleaning solutions. We will start with the preferred way and work our way down. [Read More]

  • SESSION 1523: FUNKY SLICE 10.16.13

    Mixed by Monchan

    01. Ecstasy Orchestra – Paradise
    02. Claude Young – Wind Up
    03. Archie Pelago – Alice
    04. Herbert
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    06. After Hours – Feel It
    07. Vincent Floyd
    08. Club Swing – A Little Boy
    09. Kiwi-Llama
    10. Loleatta Holloway – Love Sensation (Sq101 Edit)
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    12. Main Ingredient – Happiness Is Just Around The Bend
    13. Stone Fox Chase (Arranged Danny Clark)
    14. Juju & Jordash – Coffin Train Getaway
    15. Daphni – Yes, I Know Jiao
    16. Henrik Schwarz – Leave My Head Alone Brain
    17. Nuyorican Soul – Mind Fluid
    18. Kuniyuki – Precious Hall
    19. Chaka Khan – Clouds
    20. Carly Simon – Tranquillo (Melt My Heart)

  • SESSION 1522: DEEPER THAN DISCO 10.13.13

    Mixed by DJ True

    01. Minnie Riperton – Memory Lane
    02. Roy Ayers – You Came Into My Life
    03. Lafayette Afro Band – Hihache
    04. J Dilla – Love Jones
    05. Jimi Hendrix – Who Knows
    06. Karma – High Priestess (Jazzanova Mix)
    07. Wanted & Co – Maman Moin
    08. United Future Organization – Somewhere
    09. Madlib – Young Warrior
    10. The Last Poets – White Man’s Got A Good Complex
    11. Bobbi Humphrey – New York Times
    12. Michael Jackson – We’re Almost There
    13. BT Express – Do It (Till You’reSatisfied)
    14. Lou Donaldson – Inner Space
    15. Kosma – Odessa -(Black Sea Mix)
    16. Jon Lucien – And It All Goes Round
    17. Fernando Gelbard – Alvacoiariea
    18. Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express – Whenever You’re Ready
    19. Santana – Dance sister Dance (Baila Mi Hermana)
    20. The Brothers – Under The Skin
    21. The Isley Brothers – Midnight Sky (Part I Part II)
    22. Jorge Ben – Fio Maravilha
    23. Terry Callier – I Don’t Want To See Myself (Without You)

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  • SESSION 1521: VOICE OF VOICE 10.11.13

    Mixed by Ali Coleman

    01. Luis Radio & Raffa – The Mood (Original Mood)
    02. Ten Walls – Gotham (Gothem EP)
    03. Matty & Monique – Now What
    04. Low Deep T – Heaven
    05. Mario Marques – Come See About Me
    06. Jepthe Guillaume Presents Erol Josue – Papa Loko (Jepthe’s Ext. Loko Mix)
    07. Piano In Transit
    08. DJ Juri – Taikoon
    09. ason “Culture” Lipsey  – Keeping It Real (Original Mix)
    10. Jessie Outlaw – Hinojosa
    11. DeepQuest – Our Joy (Emotional Mix)
    12. Salsoul Ochestra – How High (The Noodleman Rework)
    13. Central Line – Walking On Sunshine
    14. Gwen Guthrie – Peanut Butter (Larry Levan Remxi)
    15. Jimmy Ross – First True Love Affair (Larry Levan Remix)
    16. Alexander O’neal – What Is This Thing Called Love
    17. Skyy – Skyyzoo (Larry Levan Remix)
    18. Unlimited Touch – Searching To Find The One ( Francois K Remix)
    19. Mylo – Otto’s Journey
    20. Stevie Wonder – I Love You More Today Than Yesterday

  • ESSION 1520: FUNKY SLICE 10.07.13

    Mixed by Sky Zee

    01. Lalo Schifrin – Mission Impossible
    02. Love Unlimited Orchestra – Bring It On Up
    03. Love Unlimited Orchestra – I Wanna Stay
    04. First Choice – Love Thang
    05. Creative Source – You’re Too Good To Be True
    06. Quincy Jones – Stuff Like That
    07. Ralph Tresvant – Sencitivity (mix with Biz Markie – The Inhuman Orchestra)
    08. En Vogue – Hold On
    09. Soul II Soul – Back To Life
    10. Jimmy Bo Horne – Is it in
    12. War – Galaxy
    13. Brass Construction – Ha Cha Cha
    14. Marvin Gaye – Got To Give It up
    15. Issac Hayes – Chocolate Chips
    16. Creative Source – Corazon
    17. Claudja Barry – Love For The Sake Of Love
    18. Roy Ayers – Everybody Loves The Sunshine
    19. De La Soul – Say No Go
    20. Hall & Oates – I Can’t Go For That
    21. Grand Puba – 360? with Elephant Man – Message
    22. First Choice – Let No Man Put Asunder
    23. First Choice – Double Cross
    24. Michael Jackson – Remember The Time (Silky Soul 7′” )
    25. MFSB – Love Is The Message
    26. MFSB – TSOP
    27. Lalo Schifrin – Mission Accomplished

  • SESSION 1519: VINYLMANIA 10.08.13

    Mixed by Eric Lopez aka “BigE”

  • DAVID BYRNE: If the 1% stifles New York’s creative talent, I’m out of here

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    by The Guardian

    I’m writing this in Venice, Italy. This city is a pleasantly confusing maze, once an island of fortresses, and now a city of tourists, culture (biennales galore) and crumbling relics. Venice used to be the most powerful city in Europe – a military, mercantile and cultural leader. Sort of like New York.

    Venice is now a case study in the complete transformation of a city (there’s public transportation, but no cars). Is it a living city? Is it a fossil? The mayor of Venice recently wrote a letter to the New York Review of Books, arguing that his city is, indeed, a place to live, not simply a theme park for tourists (he would like very much if the big cruise ships steered clear). I guess it’s a living place if you count tourism as an industry, which I suppose it is. New York has its share of tourists, too. I wave to the doubledecker buses from my bike, but the passengers never wave back. Why? Am I not an attraction?

    New York was recently voted the world’s favorite city – but when you break down the survey’s results, the city comes in at No 1 for business and only No 5 for living. Fifth place isn’t completely embarrassing, but what are the criteria? What is it that attracts people to this or any city? Forget the business part. I’ve been in Hong Kong, and unless one already has the means to live luxuriously, business hubs aren’t necessarily good places for living. Cities may have mercantile exchange as one of their reasons for being, but once people are lured to a place for work, they need more than offices, gyms and strip clubs to really live.

    Work aside, we come to New York for the possibility of interaction and inspiration. Sometimes, that possibility of serendipitous encounters – and I don’t mean in the meat market – is the principal lure. If one were to vote based on criteria like comfort or economic security, then one wonders why anyone would ever vote for New York at all over Copenhagen, Stockholm or some other less antagonistic city that offers practical amenities like affordable healthcare, free universities, free museums, common spaces and, yes, bike lanes. But why can’t one have both – the invigorating energy and the civic, intelligent humanism?

    Maybe those Scandinavian cities do, in fact, have both, but New York has something else to offer, thanks to successive waves of immigrants that have shaped the city. Arriving from overseas, one is immediately struck by the multi-ethnic makeup of New York. Other cities might be cleaner, more efficient or comfortable, but New York is funky, in the original sense of the word – New York smells like sex.

    Immigrants to New York have contributed to the city’s vibrancy decade after decade. In some cities around the world, immigrants are relegated to being a worker class, or a guest-worker class; they’re not invited to the civic table. New York has generally been more welcoming, though people of color have never been invited to the table to the same extent as European immigrants.

    I moved to New York in the mid 1970s because it was a center of cultural ferment – especially in the visual arts (my dream trajectory, until I made a detour), though there was a musical draw, too, even before the downtown scene exploded. New York was legendary. It was where things happened, on the east coast, anyway. One knew in advance that life in New York would not be easy, but there were cheap rents in cold-water lofts without heat, and the excitement of being here made up for those hardships. I didn’t move to New York to make a fortune. Survival, at that time, and at my age then, was enough. Hardship was the price one paid for being in the thick of it.

    As one gets a little older, those hardships aren’t so romantic – they’re just hard. The trade-off begins to look like a real pain in the ass if one has been here for years and years and is barely eking out a living. The idea of making an ongoing creative life – whether as a writer, an artist, a filmmaker or a musician – is difficult unless one gets a foothold on the ladder, as I was lucky enough to do. I say “lucky” because I have no illusions that talent is enough; there are plenty of talented folks out there who never get the break they deserve. [Read More]

  • SESSION 1518: A1 IN STORE 10.05.13

    Mixed by Malik Abdul-Rahmaan

    01. Alice Coltrane – Andromeda’s Suffering
    02. Pharoah Sanders – Morning Prayer
    03. Dorothy Ashby – Myself When Young
    04. Yusef Latif – Book Home
    05. Phil Ranelin – Vibes From The Tribe
    06. Wendel Harrison – Where Am I
    07. Larry Willis – Walking Backward Down The Road
    08. Mulatu Astatke – Ené Alantchi Alnorem
    09. Doug Carn – Moon Child
    10. Rudolph Johnson – The Highest Pleasure
    11. Heath Bros. – Smilin’ Billy Suite Part.II
    12. Doug Carn – Sweet Season
    13. Rufus Harley – A Tribute To Courage
    14. Pharoah Sanders – Astral Traveling
    15. Alice Coltrane – Journey In Satchidananda
    16. Michael White – John Coltrane Was Here
    17. Sun Ra – Moon Dance
    18. Sun Ra – Enlightenment
    19. Sun Ra – Discipline 33
    20. Sun Ra – Discipline 44
    21. Phlip Cohran and The Artistic Heritage Ensemble – The African Look
    22. Miles Davis – Little Church
    23. Gloria – Horas
    24. Alice Coltrane – Angel Of Air

  • SESSION 1517: A1 IN STORE 10.01.13

    Mixed by Ari Mixo

    01. Larry Bright – Beauty & Grece
    02. The Message – Little Man
    03. Milt Robinson – The Wind
    04. Greg Holloway – Whim
    05. Gabor Szabo – Galateas Guitar
    06. Mi Delito Degarza – Mexico Wfdding
    07. Cay Gotilieb – Abaco Cruise
    08. Cullen Knight – A’keem
    09. Melvin Jackson – Everybody Loves My Baby
    10. Don Cherry – Air Mail
    11. Cerebral Hemorrhage – Wandering
    12. Synthesis LTD – Ships
    13. Section 25 – The Process
    14. Weekend – Together
    15. Lee perry – Kiss My Neck
    16. Observer – Corn Man
    17. Rawking Ann – Moonlight Lover
    18. Michael Campbell – Proud To Be Blank
    19. Utopia – Primo Bongosero
    20. Wild Wind – Drink or Two
    21. Etoile De Dakar – Tolou Badou N’ Diaye