Photo by Joe’s Nyc
The two will become one station and broadcast with WBLS call letters at 107.5
After 30 years as spirited and often ferocious rivals, WBLS (107.5 FM) and WRKS (98.7 FM, Kiss-FM) will become one.
In a turn as sudden and stunning as the Yankees merging with the Mets, the city’s two adult urban radio stations announced in a joint press release Thursday that they will become “One Family, One Station.”
Kiss and WBLS began simulcasting at 10 a.m. Thursday, starting with a tribute to the 30-year legacy of Kiss.
As of 12 a.m. Monday they will become a single station at 107.5 FM, under the WBLS call letters.
It is likely this news will not please all listeners, many of whom feel there are already too few black media voices in the city.
The merger is part of a major reshuffling triggered when Disney agreed to acquire 98.7 FM from Emmis.
The complicated $96 million deal essentially lets Disney lease 98.7 FM as of Monday morning, when it will start simulcasting ESPN radio there. ESPN radio is now heard on the weaker 1050 AM signal.
Disney had been thirsting for an FM signal so it can better challenge CBS Radio’s all-sports WFAN (660 AM).
A key factor in this new deal is that WRKS and WBLS have both had financial problems, at the stations themselves and with their parent companies.
Emmis last year also sold its 101.9 FM frequency in New York.
Mixed by Ron Morelli
01. Journey Towards Harmony / Luc MARIANNI
02. The Electronic Record for Children
03. Porter Ricks/
05. ANDY STOTT/*
06. ANTINOTE/ IUKE
07. OMAR S / The White Castle Song
09. Jim and Tammy and Their Friends / THE HOUSE ON ROCK
Eager to open its doors for the first time to the public and participate in The Bushwick Open Studios & Arts Festival, on June 1, 2 and 3rd; Cedar Room, home of Funky Slice Vinyl Shop and The Daily Session will be serving up wax for your consumption, providing and broadcasting live mixes and finishing the weekend with the most exclusive Dance Party in Bushwick.
A community center for vinyl enthusiasts, connoisseurs and junkies, Funky Slice Vinyl Shop invites you to dig our extensive selection, take advantage of our listening booth and have a listen to our hard-to-find and rare grooves and take home with you a slice of New York’s underground. Making available stock from Vinylmania, offering House, Disco and Soul Funk and other unclassifiable and undiscovered gems, from Friday until Sunday, here is your chance to gain entrance to this membership record listening joint.
All while local DJs deliver The Daily Session—Transmissions from New York’s Underground that keep vinyl alive—enjoy and take part in the green environment that is Cedar Room. Throughout the weekend before your eyes, local, talented artists will be having live art sessions, producing calligraphy, graffiti and cover art.
On Saturday night Cedar Room will be hosting some of the best known and yet-to-be discovered DJs who will grace us with their favorite tunes in an unparalleled sound system. Sure to be a magnet of positive energy this party is open to all participants of Bushwick Open Studios & Arts Festival. Not to be missed!
details coming soon!
Mixed by Elbin Reyes
01. Ahmad Jamal – You’re Welcome, Stop On By
02. Inez Andrews – This Is Not First time I ‘ve Been Last
03. Ohio Player – Skin Tight
04. Devadip Carlos Santana – Life Is Just a Passing Parade
05. Yellow Sunshine – Yellow Sunshine
06. Howard Kenney – Save Some For The Chidren
07. Joe Bataan & His Mestizo Band – The Bottle
08. Montego Joe’s Har-You Group – Welcome To The Party
09. Laurentius – Over The Sea
10. Urban Soul – Love Is (Tomo King Street Mix)
Mixed by Spencer Levon Snipes
01. Juice – Catch A Groove
02. Soul Vibration – Dorothy Ashby
03. Idris Muhammad – Sy What
04. Marlena Shaw – Woman of The Ghetto
05. Penny Goodwin – Too Soon You’re Old
06. Louise Mccord – You’d Better Get A MOve On
07. The Deidre Wilson Tabac – I can’t Keep From Cryin’ Sometimes
08. Baranta with Miatta Fahinbulleh – Witch Doctor
09. Mandrill – Movement IV (Time)
10. Santana – Aua Marine
Photo by Joe’s Nyc
Mixed by Robert “The Rob” Luna (Preparty Radio)
01.Grace Jones – Operattack
02. Hajime Yoshizawa – Secret Flight (2000 Black Dub)
03. Musical Youth – Pass the Dutchie
04. Rita Marley – One Draw
05. Ponteic – Bonus Beats
06. Shawn O’Sullivan – At The Reservoir
07. The Martines Brothers – My Rendition (TMB Main Mix)
08. Mental Remedy – Obatala
09. Afro Elements – Lagos Jump (Alto Dub)
10. St Germain – Rose Rouge
Mixed by Matthew Brownell
01. Western Spaces – In the Heart of Venus
02. Spacetime Continuum Freelon – Chrystalline Entity
03. Shantel – Considerando (Echoplex 2000)
04. Phil Manzanera – Criollo (French Mix)
05. Bem-Vinda Amizade – Curumin Chama Cunhata ue Eu Vou Contar
06. Daddy Guts Lanciano Feat. The Xsupervisor – For My Mother
07. Hollie Cook – It’s So Different Here
08. Christian Boule – 5e Ocean
09. Steve Moore – Volatile Memory
10. Helen – Zanzibar
Funky Slice Vinyl Shop is the ultimate underground boutique for professional DJs, Record collectors and music lovers.
Funky Slice is a membership record listening joint. From a Hidden Fortress on a Daily Basis local DJs in the know deliver The Daily Session, a live streaming Radio Show providing eclectic mixes directly from the heart of New York’s underground. We keep our store’s location undisclosed to allow us to listen and share music, and In Order to Dance, in a completely free and shared environment, and of course through a proper sound system equipped with a sweet spot so you don’t lose the warmth and juiciest parts that only vinyl music can offer.
In a digitally and Mp3 dominated music world respect and appreciation of music is difficult to accomplish. At Funky Slice what we are offering is not just vinyl, but a whole experience of record digging, crates included. Featuring an infinite array of diverse and unrivaled hand-picked selections from unique and singular categories, this vinyl shop serves up the wax you must have. Dropping needles in our listening booth while admiring sleeve art and choosing and discovering all those hard to find gems, in a conducive green environment, you can relax and enjoy the entire record listening experience.
Funky Slice Vinyl Shop is not only a shopping place but a community center for vinyl enthusiasts, connoisseurs and junkies. Not only do we exchange information about records and parties but art, ventures and ideas. It is a cultural exchange between different ages, sexes, races under music.
Home of Funky Slice Vinyl Shop and one of the many locations from where The Daily Session is broadcasted, The Cedar Room completes the circle of this exclusive collective. Several times a month through invitation only, The Cedar Room opens its doors to its members for the ultra exclusive Nininja Party. It’s an enlightening gathering.
By Roy Furchgott – NY Times
Buying records is easy. You can find them by the milk crate at yard sales, for a few dollars apiece in used record stores, and there are new, special pressings by contemporary musicians like Shelby Lynne, whose “Just a Little Lovin’” album, at $30, is a top seller. But buying the instrument needed to listen to them, a turntable, is a different matter.
“Young people didn’t grow up with turntables,” said Kenny Bowers, manager at Needle Doctor, a Minnesota store specializing in turntables. “It seems mysterious and complicated because you don’t just push a button and have it play for you.”
There are advantages to old-fashioned analog music, according to some audiophiles. “There is a fuller sound to it, and more depth to the sound,” said Ryan Holiday, the New Orleans-based marketing director for American Apparel. He’s a new devotee of jazz and David Bowie, thanks to LPs. (For the youngsters, that stands for long playing, as in long-playing record; there were also small records called 45s). “I could hear hands going up and down the frets, and stuff that they probably didn’t want you to hear. Which is a nice little surprise,” he said. [Read More]
Last week Ralf Hütter, the singer and founder of the pioneering German electronic band Kraftwerk, recalled the first time the band came to New York City: in 1975, for an American tour to promote “Autobahn,” an unlikely hit sung in German and backed by electronics. The group members were carrying, he said, a few suitcases, some synthesizers in padded boxes they had built themselves and, for visuals, a slide projector.
Things have changed. For Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 at the Museum of Modern Art — eight sold-out concerts that conclude Tuesday, with Kraftwerk playing through each of its eight studio albums from 1974 to 2003 — Kraftwerk deploys 3-D video projectors that send images leaping forward from the stage, along with a custom surround-sound installation including overhead speakers and a sleekly concealed wall of woofers at the front of the stage. (A multimedia exhibition at MoMA PS1 continues through May 14.) [Read More]