November 8th, 2013

From the Soundboard is a show that usually focuses on concerts regardless of genre. Artist and/or group perfecting the art of “call and response” with its audience. On Wednesday, November 13, we will showcase the sounds of one of Brazil’s hottest DJs, Miller Cruz.  Also will play excerpts of a vintage Jorge Ben Jor concert in honor of his upcoming rare NYC performance.

"Originally from Minas Gerais, in the heart of Brazil, Miller Cruz grew up playing percussion on the street corners of his hometown. Inspired by such  diverse influences as Pink Floyd, The Doors, Mutantes, Novos Baianos,Jorge Ben Jor, Taj Mahal, and Bob Marley, he brings a uniquely Brazilian approach to house music. A true son of the Tropicalista movement that swept Brazil in the 60s and 70s, Miller reaches across cultures, eras and genres to create a sound that is both forward thinking in reach, but loyal to its historical roots. He says, “My goal has always been to create a fusion of the New Brazilian sounds with House, Drum n Bass, Deep, Soulful, Tech, Latin & Afro House, Latin Grooves, Classics, World Music and More.  I go everywhere with the styles, that’s what makes me different and unique”.  [Press Release]  

[Note: During this program, there will be a ticket giveaway for the upcoming Jorge Ben Jor performance @ BB Kings in NYC.  I’m not going to tell you when I’m doing the giveaway, you just have to tune in and enjoy the show.]

June 27th, 2013
One would think that the constant fundraising at WBAI would count for something.  Well…read this.

One would think that the constant fundraising at WBAI would count for something.  Well…read this.

January 18th, 2013
From the Soundboard is a show that focuses on concerts regardless of genre. Artist and/or group perfecting the art of “call and response” with its audience. On Wednesday, January 23, we will focus on one of Martin Luther King Jr’s favorite artist, shewas known worldwide as the "Queen of Gospel," Mahalia Jackson.

“General critical consensus holds Mahalia Jackson as the greatest gospel singer ever to live; a major crossover success whose popularity extended across racial divides, she was gospel’s first superstar, and even decades after her death remains, for many listeners, a defining symbol of the music’s transcendent power. With her singularly expressive contralto, Jackson continues to inspire the generations of vocalists who follow in her wake; among the first spiritual performers to introduce elements of blues into her music, she infused gospel with a sensuality and freedom it had never before experienced, and her artistry rewrote the rules forever.” [Jason Ankeny - All Music Guide]

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August 27th, 2012
From the Soundboard is a show that focuses on concerts regardless of genre. Artists and/or groups perfecting the art of “call and response” with its audience. On Wednesday, September 5, in recognition of Brazilian Independence Day we will focus on one of Brazil’s most beloved artists, Jorge Benjor.

"While many of the performers during the heyday of Tropicalia and the rise of MPB (música popular brasileira) opted for a more radical stance in their challenge to Brazil’s political and cultural authorities, ar
tists like Jorge Benjor took a more understated approach. Rather than use overly theatrical performance to shock the audience or write songs loaded with political content, Ben became known as one of the country’s great musical alchemists, a furiously eclectic songwriter who combined elements of indigenous Brazilian music with a groove from the west coast of Africa. Never a controversial figure in the manner of the tropicalistas like Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, Ben became one of the most respected and resilient figures in Brazilian pop.” [John Dougan - All Music Guide]

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August 6th, 2012

From the Soundboard is a show that focuses on concerts regardless of genre. Artist and/or group perfecting the art of “call and response” with its audience. On Wednesday, August 8, regular programming is back and we’re going focus on one of Hip Hop’s innovative groups, The Beastie Boys.

“As the first white rap group of any importance, the Beastie Boys received the scorn of critics and strident hip-hop musicians, both of whom accused them of cultural pirating, especially since they began as a hardcore punk group in 1981. But the Beasties weren’t pirating — instead, they treated rap as part of a post-punk musical underground, where the D.I.Y. aesthetics of hip-hop and punk weren’t that far apart.” [Stephen Thomas Erlewine - All Music Guide]

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June 6th, 2012

From the Soundboard is a show that focuses on concerts regardless of genre. Artists and/or groups perfecting the art of “call and response” with its audience. On Wednesday, June 13, in acknowledgement of Black Music and Pride Month we will focus on the person known as the “Queen of Disco,” Donna Summer.

“As the ‘Queen of Disco’ wasn’t mere hype — she was one of the very few disco performers to enjoy a measure of career longevity, and her consistent chart success was rivaled in the disco world only by the Bee Gees. Summer was certainly a talented vocalist, trained as a powerful gospel belter, but then again, so were many of her contemporaries. Of major importance in setting Summer apart were her songwriting abilities and her choice of talented collaborators in producers/songwriters Giorgio Moroder and Pete Bellotte, which resulted in a steady supply of high-quality (and, often, high-concept) material. But what was more, few vocalists could match the sultry, unfettered eroticism Summer brought to many of her best recordings, which seemed to embody the spirit of the disco era perfectly. The total package made Summer the ultimate disco diva, one of the few whose star power was even bigger than the music.” [Steve Huey - All Music Guide]

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May 14th, 2012

From the Soundboard is a show that focuses on concerts regardless of genre. Artist and/or group perfecting the art of “call and response” with its audience. On Wednesday May 16, will be a pitch show. That means that the loyal listeners of WBAI must spread love monetarily. I will try to entice y’all by offering a very cool album project named, Occupy This Album.

Music for Occupy, an organization supporting the Occupy Wall Street movement, has just announced a massive compilation mix called Occupy This Album on behalf of the movement. The CD edition comprises 78 songs across four discs. Both include contributions from Mogwai, Ladytron, Tom Morello, Debbie Harry, Thee Oh Sees, Amanda Palmer, UNKLE, Girls Against Boys, Willie Nelson, filmmaker Michael Moore (covering Bob Dylan), and more.” [Katie Carroll, 405]

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April 28th, 2012

From the Soundboard is a show that focuses on concerts regardless of genre. Artists and/or groups perfecting the art of “call and response” with its audience. On Wednesday, May 2, for the last regular show before the 2012 Spring Membership Drive we will rock out with one of the loudest bands in music history according to The Guinness Book of World Records and Heavy Metal pioneers, Deep Purple.

Deep Purple survived a seemingly endless series of lineup changes and a dramatic mid-career shift from grandiose progressive rock to ear-shattering heavy metal to emerge as a true institution of the British hard rock community; once credited in the Guinness Book of World Records as the globe’s loudest band, their revolving-door roster launched the careers of performers including Ritchie Blackmore, David Coverdale, and Ian Gillan.”’ [Jason Ankeny - All Music Guide]

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