Sunday, July 22, 2012

Funk Getting Ready To Roll! Funkadelic In Toronto

Hey! It`s been a long time, but I want to spread the news to as many folks as possible about my new radio documentary for CBC.

Funk Getting Ready To Roll : Party People!
A night of psychedelic soul featuring DJs SIMMER DOWN & JASON PALMA
Thursday August 9 | 9pm
The Red Light
1185 Dundas St. W.


NO COVER... just bring the funk.

Come CELEBRATE the upcoming CBC Radio documentary FUNK GETTING READY TO ROLL: Funkadelic's life and times in Toronto during the early seventies.

If you can't make it in person, Funk Getting Ready To Roll airs on:

Inside The Music
Sunday August 12
3PM (3:30PM in NL) on CBC Radio 2 and
9PM (10PM in Atlantic Canada, 10:30PM in NL) on CBC Radio 1


“They are in some way a part of the Canadian music scene and nobody acknowledges that” – Prakash John, on Funkadelic.

A forgotten chapter of Toronto music history becomes an hour-long audio documentary as Funk Getting Ready To Roll airs Sunday August 12 on CBC Radio’s Inside The Music. The documentary tells the story of Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee George Clinton, his crew and their home base in Hogtown during the early 70s just before they hit big by mid-decade.

Clinton had already been in the music business for 15 years before the winds of change blew him to Toronto, where he and several band mates would reside for nearly three years. He'd already survived band break-ups, hardscrabble times writing for Motown and a titanic consumption of LSD, Toronto offered a change of scene and new possibilities for Funkadelic.

Creativity blossomed. While in Toronto, Clinton and company stretched out stylistically and joined with local musicians to create the double album America Eats Its Young in 1972 as well as the bed tracks for many other records in subsequent years. Then circumstances shifted again and a recharged Funkadelic left town to pursue their convoluted journey to stardom.

Funk Getting Ready To Roll features interviews with:

George Clinton, ringmaster of funk
Bernie Worrell, keyboard genius
Frankie Kash Waddy, drummer, ex-JB's to boot...
Cordell Boogie Mosson, bassist/guitarist, still with P Funk
Chris Tannis, former road manager/booking agent
Prakash John, ace Toronto bassist (Lou Reed, Alice Cooper)
Rob Bowman, York University professor of all things soulful

They reflect on the state of the band at the time, their personal lives and their memories of living and working in Toronto and Canada.

The documentary is hosted and produced by David Dacks.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Abstract Index Playlist - January 5/12

The view from the window of CIUT onto back campus.

 na na na hey hey - wayne mcghie & the sounds of joy
new bell - manu dibango
get together - tony allen
revolt/la libertad logica - eddie palmieri
rubber gloves - ornette coleman
black unstoppable - nicole mitchell
mra - chris mcgregor's brotherhood of breath
porque hoje e domingo - antonio adolfo & brazuca
feelings - plug
dub voyage - twilight circus
move on - heptones
mellow mood - bunny wailer
m16 - sammy dread
dance hall style - sugar minott
landscape - the mohawks
can i get some help - james brown
turned on to you - eighties ladies
don't change your love - five stairsteps
cool strut - bernie hayes
listen - al green
funky chicken - willie henderson & the soul explosions
umbabaraumba - jorge ben
el lobo - wganda kenya
love break (ooh i love it) - salsoul orchestra
sport - lightnin' rod
aguanile bonko - irakere
like a ship - pastor t.l. barrett and the youth for christ choir
abidjan - ray barretto
dancing time - the funkees
ho na nae - wild magnolias
dub fi gwaan - king tubby & jackie mittoo

This is the final edition of the Abstract Index on CIUT. I'm going to start podcasting from home on an irregular basis. Subscribe to the blog and you'll find out when I've posted a new episode.

Thanks for all your support over the years.


Friday, December 23, 2011

Abstract Index Playlist - December 29/11

2011 Good Stuff:

oscarine - vincent segal/ballake sissoko
powa - tune-yards
front door - tarrus riley
bittersweet - midnite
wa do dem - eek a mouse rmx by green lion
celestial dub - coki
second quarter - deadbeat
el pueblo unido - thievery corporation rmx by uproot andy
wangu - makossa & megablast feat tony allen
feel dem - lol boys
rollercoasters of the heart - bass clef
rapid racer - lone
bricks - lunice
rigamortus -kendrick lamar
red skinned girl - a tribe called red feat northern cree
pedra agutzo - arrogalla
yezzi mil misi - king abid
you can run - seun kuti & egypt 80
gbeti majro - orchestre poly rhythmo
prey - the thing is
wilder plain - adlr
watkins glen - dead cat bounce
bessarabian thing - uri caine & joel rubin
stormy weather - amenta
musa - aline morales
amor em jacuma - lucas santanna
rimuse - burnt friedman & jaki liebezeit
the stars in his head - colin stetson
oh donna - richie valens rmx by los macuanos
yes - sonnymoon
futureactive kid pt 2 - sandro perri
electric relaxation - badbadnotgood
plutonious - dennis coffey
reverse crystal//murder of a spider - yamantaka/sonic titan


Abstract Index Playlist - December 22/11

ifetayo - black truth rhythm band
dans le coeur du feu - karthala 72
dar kunj dilam eshqi kasi - ahmad zahir
ponxo macho - caballo
dark and lovely - sub oslo
mingus - see kae
mayas dub - dj drm rmx by tim love lee
traigo la cumbia - javier estrada
puerto rico - daniel haaksman
general generations - a tribe called red
love me (dub) - ango
life switch - proF
authorised rock - keety roots
someday dub - aisha
i've got to make it - larry marshall
first zizoku - john butcher
laughing at stars at night - mark van hoen
seven x seven - blue fields
mirages remanents - galerie stratique
up to earth - chris mcgregor septet
regresa - helado negro
wholly spirit - georgia anne muldrow
bermuda eytan ucgeni - aksu orkestrasi
johannesburg love trip - thembi
n'goni bala - dj mackoy rmx by lt
soulful christmas - catalist


Sunday, December 18, 2011

Index Complete: Farewell To The Abstract Index On CIUT

Dear friends:

January 5, 2012 will mark the final edition of the Abstract Index on CIUT FM.

I am excited to announce that I have recently been hired to be the Artistic Director at Toronto's Music Gallery. This is a full time position. Upon reviewing my freelance and volunteer activities I have decided that I can no longer commit 6-10 hours a week to producing and hosting the Abstract Index.

It's not only the time commitment. After having celebrated 10 years of the Abstract Index and 25 years at CIUT this year, I feel it's time to move on and give someone else the opportunity to make magic over the airwaves. I've had a wonderful run but there are moments in everyone's life when you know it's time to move on.

I will continue to do occasional podcasts of the Abstract Index from home. These won't start immediately, nor will they be weekly. But I'll keep the name alive.

In the meantime, I'm throwing a party to celebrate this joyous transition. Please join me and friends at the Henhouse (1532 Dundas St. W.) on Friday January 6, the day after my final broadcast. You can find details on Facebook, but there's not much more to tell, really - just good times, good tunes and an above average amount of intoxicants. If you're in Toronto, I hope to see you there!

Thanks for all your support over the years - you are the reason CIUT keeps going.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Abstract Index Playlist - December 15/11

la murga - willie colon/hector lavoe
esteppo - mykal orthodox feat macka b
dub teacher - bunny lee & the agrovators
soon solitude - move d & dj late rmx by eddie c
doyoi nyajo nam - owiny sigoma band rmx by quantic
anger mgmt - a made up sound
8th labyrinth - uladat
new shade of blue - blue fields
makaya and the rain - tommy meier
rhythm - idris muhammad
cobalt - ital tek
crustacean - corduroi
albert - anstam
sculptures - geordie haley
artefacts 1 - nick storring
improvisation #6 - jim macaulay & leroy jenkins
ornette coleman medley - tribecastan
save d musician - black truth rhythm band
yaye boye - idrissa diop & cheikh tidiane tall
dru me negrita - ry cooder & manuel galban
i've got to find a way - heavenly chorus
i can't turn you loose - barabara acklin
come we go do it - blackstones
dub a natty dread - lone ranger
loving pauper - dobby dobson
unmetered taxi - sly and robbie


Friday, December 09, 2011

Abstract Index Playlist - December 8/11

onye melu ogo amazi - ali chukwumah & his peacemakers international
eleonora - miguel duran
horrivel - aleu valenca & geraldo azevedo
jueves santo - dany f
onomatopoeia - human egg
destinee - golden
you make me feel - terror danjah
stereocity - abjo
nightmare - badbadnotgood
practical men - canaille
gazzeloni - trio 3 + geri allen
updowndownup - machinedrum
lover someone - citizen sound
pulley - milyoo
wonder - the thing is
ecliptica 1 - santiago latorre
devastatement - akumu
awakening day - blues control & laraaji
savik - tanya tagaq/jesse zubot/jean martin
wolf track - rowan converse
you know - stone coal white
hang out and hustle - sweet charles
too high to move - quiet village
deep winter - dibia$e
memori - volphoniq & benjamin leska
dzvoko (starecase dub) - susan mapfumo
mongst i & i (dub)  - midnite


Friday, December 02, 2011

Abstract Index Playlist - December 1/11

starship - spirit free
panhandling - ronald shannon jackson
spending time - the thing is
cantec de petrecere - dona dumitru siminica
patumbalacunde - joao donato
el 4 + 5 - carlos roman
together - dany f
mi corazon - brandt brauer frick
man manzo - mr ok
parrot talk - doldrums
celestial dub - coki
smoke in our minds - brain damage feat black sifichi
nuh fuk roun - ras amerlock
calypso - eucalyptus
adventurous instrumental music - mario & vadis
myrtle avenue - floating points
adrift at sea - cubenx
avocado green - nick wisdom & claire mortifee
shangaan shake - burnt friedman meets zinja hlungwani
sambahton - atropolis
bailar calamares - fase de cinco
pot still haffe bubble - queen ifrica
myrrh in dub - augustus pablo
tidewalk - astrological