Club Crush: January 25, 1990

July 4, 2014 – 6:14 pm

Here’s the tape I’ve been searching for for years: the first time I heard Tony D, G, and Eazy-M on WPRB. I thought it was from summer or fall 1989, but apparently I’m just getting old: the tape is likely from January 1990 based on the songs that were played. For instance, there was a world premiere of a Queen Latifah song that John Book said came out around springtime 1990. However, I have a tape explicitly labeled for February 1, 1990, so I’m going to assume this tape came from the week before and G just happened to get a white label release before the official release.

This episode is the one that started a four year ritual of listening every week and taping almost every show. In addition to an incredible selection of NJ hip-hop, the banter between Tony D, Eazy-M, and G is classic.

Track listing

  • Time to Say Peace… Poor Righteous Teachers
  • Do You Want to Get Hype… Too Kool Posse
  • unknown instrumental
  • Manifest… Gang Starr
  • (break)
  • (classic PRB t-shirt ad)
  • Queen Latifah… Mama Gave Birth To The Soul Children (feat. De La Soul) (world premiere)
  • Boogie Down Productions… You Must Learn
  • Original Stylin’… Three Times Dope
  • Another Victory… Big Daddy Kane
  • Evil That Men Do… Queen Latifah (cut very short)

(You can download the show in various formats at the Internet Archive page.)

Sounds from the Attic – March 19, 1995

July 2, 2014 – 6:35 pm

Sounds from the Attic was the radio show I hosted on WMWC 540 AM, the radio station of Mary Washington College, during my freshman year (1994-1995). I was very much finding my voice and style throughout the year, so don’t expect much in terms of mixing, but the song selection is pretty solid on this episode (just please ignore the horrendous freestyles). My buddy Rob was a guest in the studio that night. This was recorded the night before I went to DC (first time!) to interview Macka B and Nolan Irie for Reggae Report and a week before I was to interview Michael Franti of Spearhead (and have a not-so-great experience trying to interview the Digable Planets).

Track Listing

Side A/B – 9:50-11:20pm
Side C – 11:20pm-Midnight

  • Sounds from the Attic Intro… Laze
  • People in the Middle… Spearhead
  • 9th Wonder… Digable Planets
  • Vibe Khameleonz… Sha-Key
  • Strange… Boogiemonsters
  • (break)
  • Hand of a Dead Body (feat. Ice Cube)… Scarface
  • We Got It Hemmed… Cella Dwellas
  • Daaam! (Buckwild Remix)… Tha Alkaholiks
  • It Ain’t Hard to Tell (Urban Ambiance Remix Lite)… Nas
  • Shook Ones Part II… Mobb Deep
  • Resurrection… Common
  • (break)
  • The Adventures Of Grandmaster Flash On The Wheels Of Steel… Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
  • Rapture… Blondie
  • Spoonin’ Rap… Spoonie Gee
  • Silicone on Sapphire… The Clash
  • Rapper’s Delight… Sugarhill Gang
  • (break)
  • Socio-Genetic Experiment… Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy
  • We Love Reggae… Macka B
  • Maggot Ass Bitches… Totally Insane
  • Tower with the Power… YZ
  • Ain’t Whatcha Do… Bas Blasta
  • The Next Level… Tha Alkaholiks
  • Brand New Heavy Freestyle… Def Jef
  • Boo Boo Heads… Del tha Funkee Homosapien
  • (break)

(You can download the show in various formats at the Internet Archive page.)

Podcast – 2 – Ludwig Van Trikt

June 25, 2014 – 10:59 pm

In the mid-90s, I was going to college and just starting to scratch the surface of jazz. It was on my visits home to New Jersey that I’d turn on late night radio and listen to Ludwig Van Trikt on WRTI 90.1, “Jazz FM,” Philly’s 24-hour jazz station. It was his show Point of Departure that introduced me to jazz way beyond what I was listening to and gave me a laundry list of musicians to hunt down for my own college jazz shows. It was an honor to chat with Ludwig for the second episode of the podcast where we discussed his own introduction to jazz, the history of WRTI, and the state of jazz radio in Philadelphia.


Point of Departure: August 20, 1995

June 24, 2014 – 8:47 pm

I thought I only had one episode of Point of Departure taped, but then I came across another 90 minutes from August 1995. Your host is Ludwig Van Trikt and the selections are, as always, excellent.

Track listing

  • Randy Weston: “La Voix Errante”
  • Pharoah Sanders: “You Got To Have Freedom”
  • Wadud: “Amina”
  • Matthew Shipp Quartet: “Critical Mass”
  • Natraj: “Avu Matodzo”
  • Ray Anderson: “Again Raven”
  • Bobby Zankel Septet: “Middle Way”
  • Gerry Hemingway: “As The Stars Faded And Dawn Began, Nothing Quite Looked The Same”

(You can download the show in various formats at the Internet Archive page.)

Podcast – 1 – A Tribute to Tony D

May 1, 2014 – 2:36 am

ton2[1] The debut episode of the Normal Bias podcast pays tribute to hip-hop producer, MC, and DJ Tony D who died in a car accident five years ago. In addition to classic and unreleased tracks recorded by Tone and beats that go for miles, I welcome some of the many talented artists and people that worked with Tone over the years. YZ, BeFyne, Mr. Law, Shawn Lov, G from WPRB, and Dre spend almost two hours sharing their memories of Tony and paying tribute to the man. King Shameek of Twin Hype and DJ Jay-Ski of the Skratch Makaniks also contribute stories about their time with Tone.