Saturday, December 11, 2010

My 30 Nights in Radio

In 2010, 30 of my nights were spent hopping the A Train from the corner of 44th and 8th to Nostrand Ave. in Bed-Stuy. 
Every Tuesday night, from 8:00-9:00 p.m. EST (sometimes later and sometimes longer), I broadcast The Flying Perfect Parlor on WRFB Radio Free Brooklyn. The idea was to present a cross-section of music that's moved me and maybe just might pique the interest of those listening out there in the ether. I'd bring one musical guest on (sometimes two) to talk about their latest project or perform an acoustic set. It was kind of like a dream come true to have an outlet to play music, promote music, and share the experience with those in the studio and those listening.
How did the dream come true? Earlier in 2010, Dexter Taylor invited me to broadcast a show on an online radio station that he was launching in partnership with Brooklyn Movie Labs. Four of us would host our own 60-minute show every Tuesday: Dexter (who started with "YankeeZulu's Time Machine," which morphed into "The World As We Know It"), myself, Rob Fields & Sounds from the New Black Imagination, and Shelley Nicole of Shelley Nicole's blaKbüshe.
I have to say, it's been an incredible journey and an honor to share the experience of WRFB with Dexter, Rob, and Shelley. Make no mistake, WRFB is still on the air but after 30 broadcasts, I re-examined what was happening around me. You freelancers out there: you know how the work can vary day to day, week to week. Seven months later, life brought me to a destination that's different from where I was when I went on air. I'm as grateful for those changes as I am for the experience to broadcast on WRFB but in November, I decided to shutter The Flying Perfect Parlor.
Music is a profound conduit between us. It may not be tangible but it communicates thoughts and feelings. I thank Dexter for inviting me to participate in something so meaningful. I thank Rob and Shelley for being so supportive of what I do and making me think critically.
However, I'd like to take this space to extend a huge thank-you to the following artists who joined me at The Flying Perfect Parlor as a guest:
Al McKay (Earth, Wind & Fire)
Angela Johnson
Ariel Aparicio
Brandon Lacy Campos
Daniel Alexander Jones
David Pilgrim
Dionne Farris
Greta's Bakery
I Love Monsters
Jafe Paulino (Viva Mayday)
Janice-Marie Johnson (A Taste Of Honey)
Jeff Jeudy
Kandia Crazy Horse
Ki Ki Hawkins
Lindsey Wilson
Mark Anthony Lee
Maya Azucena
Nona Hendryx
Reuben Butchart
Russell Taylor
Ruth Pointer (The Pointer Sisters)
Tai Allen
The Soulfolk Experience
Tom Jenkins (Cameo)

A special "thank you" to Corey Glover who co-DJ'd during my last broadcast and brought some Salsoul into the mix!
And to all those who listened every week? THANK YOU! I've appreciated you sharing your Tuesday night with me! The good news is that you can still share it with Dexter, Rob, and Shelley. Nobody does it like WRFB! 

P.S. Feel free to e-mail WRFB directly at for any requests and ideas on how to keep the stream alive so WRFB can keep bringing you innovative programming!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

23 November Broadcast on WRFB Radio Free Brooklyn

What an exciting inside The Flying Perfect Parlor. Special thanks to The Soulfolk Experience for their intimate, acoustic performance. Maritri Garrett, David Pilgrim, V. Jeffrey Smith, and Jeff Jeudy: you are certainly folks with soul! A shout out to Corey Glover for spinning some of his favorites for in the parlor. Thanks for bringing your passion to the plate....and thank all of YOU for listening. 
Linda Lewis: (Remember the Days of) The Old School Yard
David Bowie: Sound and Vision
(Low, 1977)
Blue Horizon: When the Sun Goes Down
(Blue Horizon, 2001)
The Brothers Johnson: In the Way
(Winners, 1981)
Metropolis: I Love New York 
Pointer Sisters: We've Got the Power
Kool & the Gang: Open Sesame
(Open Sesame, 1976)
Donna Summer: Dim All the Lights
(Bad Girls, 1979)
ESG: Moody
(ESG, 1981)
The Jacksons: Lovely One
(Triumph, 1980)
The Jacksons: Everybody
(Triumph, 1980)
Loleatta Holloway: Love Sensation
Sylvester: Do You Wanna Funk
(All I Need, 1982)
First Choice: Doctor Love
(Delusions, 1977) 

The Soulfolk Experience: Rain
The Soulfolk Experience: Vertical
(TBA, 2011)
The Soulfolk Experience: Breathe

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

16 November Broadcast on WRFB Radio Free Brooklyn

Very special thanks to Ki Ki Hawkins of The Ki Ki Experience for stopping by The Flying Perfect Parlor this evening and adding to our sweet libation of sound! Thank YOU for listening. Here's the playlist...
Labelle: Phoenix
(Phoenix, 1975)
Marvin Gaye: I Want You
(I Want You, 1976)
David Byrne & Thievery Corporation: The Heart's a Lonely Hunter
JohnnySwim: Pay Dearly
(5-8, 2010)
Res: Sunday Nite Res (So What Am I)
Rod Stewart: Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?
John Davis & The Monster Orchestra: Bourgie, Bourgie
Tina Turner: Ball of Confusion
Grace Jones: Demolition Man
Tamar-kali: Hollow
(Black Bottom, 2010)
The Ki Ki Experience: Beautiful Day
(Live, 2010)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

9 November Broadcast on WRFB Radio Free Brooklyn

A VERY special night inside The Flying Perfect Parlor as Mark Anthony Lee and Lindsey Wilson stopped to explain why they love Joni Mitchell and also share some previews of their own forthcoming music. Don't forget: reserve Saturday, February 26th 2011 on your calender to see Mark and Linsey and Beth Arentsen at Joe's Pub for the Three of Hearts! Here's the playlist...thank you for listening!
Juanes & Herbie Hancock: La Tierra
Los Amigos Invisibles: Playa Azul
Cee-Lo Green: Satisfied
Joni Mitchell: Rainy Night House
Joni Mitchell: A Woman of Heart and Mind
Joni Mitchell: Jericho
Donna Summer: Running For Cover
(The Wanderer, 1980)
Laura Nyro: Eli's Comin'
Beth Arentsen: Like They Care
(Sap, 2007)
Mark Anthony Lee: I Just Have to Breathe
Mark Anthony Lee: Check Out Time
Linda Lewis: May You Never
Gwen McCrae: You Were Always On My Mind
(single, 1972)
Lindsey Wilson: Skywatcher
The Ki Ki Experience: Beautiful Day
(Live, 2010)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

2 November Broadcast on WRFB Radio Free Brooklyn

Barbados in the house tonight as David Pilgrim stopped by The Flying Perfect Parlor to serenade us with his voice and guitar. Stay tuned for the re-release of The Soulfolk Experience! We know there were some connection problems so at least check these songs how to hear what you might have missed:
Van McCoy: Change With the Times
(Disco Baby, 1975)
Earth, Wind & Fire: Share Your Love
(Faces, 1980)
Brooklyn Dreams: Heaven Knows
A Taste Of Honey: The Rainbow's End
Incognito: Happy People
Mamas Gun: Supa Sneakers
Carly Simon: Boys in the Trees
CeU: Concrete Jungle
(CeU, 2007)
Amos Lee: Sympathize
David Pilgrim: Belly
David Pilgrim: Step To the Rhythm
(Island Soul, 2003)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

26 October Broadcast on WRFB Radio Free Brooklyn

Another fantastic expanded edition of The Flying Perfect Parlor made possible by Ariel Aparicio and Jeff Jeudy. Thank you both for stopping by! Be sure to check out Ariel at Arlene's Grocery on Friday night and stayed tune for Jeff's residency with I Love Monsters at The Ace Hotel in November. As always, thank YOU for listening!
Tina Turner: Total Control 
Joan Armatrading: From the Bottom to the Top
(To the Limit, 1978)
Pretenders: I Go to Sleep
David Bowie: Golden Years
Eurythmics: The First Cut
(Touch, 1983)
I Love Monsters: Seen A Ghost
(Rescue, 2010)
Ariel Aparicio: Torito
Ariel Aparicio: Lucille
The Family Stand: Bang, Bang
MuthaWit: When It's Time to Go
(men + women, 2010)
Bee Gees: Wind of Change
(Main Course, 1975)
Olivia Newton-John: Magic
(Xanadu, 1980)
Wings: Listen to What the Man Said
Rod Stewart: Tonight's the Night
DJ Shadow: This Time
(The Outsider, 2006)
D'Angelo: The Root
(Voodoo, 2000)
The Roots feat. Common: Act Too (The Love of My Life)
The Soulfolk Experience: Isaac & Ishmael