October 28

WFMU: A Terrifying Fundraising Challenge!

wfmu-jim-floraWFMU, the world’s greatest freeform radio station, needs our help! For decades the station has been home to Nachum Segal and the JM in the AM show, but now that show, and its financial supporters, are leaving WFMU in December. This leaves a huge whole in the station’s funding, so they are this month hosting a ‘silent’ fundraiser in order to raise money to fill the hole that JM in the AM’s leaving puts them in.

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September 22

Sample This: The Story of ‘Apache’ and The Incredible Bongo Band

incredible-bongo-bandI caught this fascinating documentary on Netflix last night. I hadn’t planned on it, Hell I had never even heard of it before. It just popped up in my Netflix feed…It’s a little independent documentary from 2013 called ‘Sample This.’ And while I’d never heard of the film, I am very familiar with its subject, which is a song. Not just any song, but one of the most heavily-sampled recordings in hip-hop and pop music history. It’s a track from 1973 called ‘Apache‘ by The Incredible Bongo Band. And while that might not sound too familiar to you, I’m willing to bet that you’ve heard at least part of it before. Don’t believe me? Give a listen:

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March 11

We Are All Immigrants: Trump vs. DeNiro

statue-of-libertyWell hello there! Where’ve you been these last couple of weeks? What’s that? Where have I been? Why, I’ve had my head buried under my pillow, waiting for the horror show that is the Donald Trump campaign to go away. But I’m finally convinced that it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. And that scares me to death.

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January 11

Vinyl Rules #1: DIY Vinyl Record Cleaning, Super Cheap and Super Effective

vinyl-rulesWith the resurgence of listening to music on vinyl records, there has been a correlating explosion of information out there on how to properly care for all these new records (please don’t call them ‘vinyls’, I beg you.) So I’m starting a new series of articles I’m calling ‘Vinyl Rules’ to make it as easy as possible to care for your treasured records the right way, and without spending a ton of money. The first topic I’d like to tackle is record cleaning. If you’ve spent any time looking for old records in stores or in your grandma’s attic, you’ll see very quickly that people back in the day did not take very good care of their albums. Not at all. But with today’s expensive records, old and new, there’s no excuse not to keep them in tip-top shape, now and into the future.

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