Funk

  • Sat
    Jul 06
    9:00 pm -
    11:00 pm
  • Tue
    Jul 09
    11:00 pm -
    1:00 am

The After Hours

I got another groovin' time planned for this Saturday night's edition of The After Hours. In the first half of the show we'll be listening to some great jazz and funk courtesy of Orgone, Charlie Hunter, Menahan Street BandWeldon IrvineBobby Previte, The RH Factor and more. In the second hour we'll be listening to some trip-hop, turntablism and electronica with The Herbaliser, Shawn Lee, DJ Frane, TOKiMONSTA, Burial, Daft Punk and Breakbot. Stream it live July 6, 10pm-12am CDT right here on KRUU radio. 

  • Sat
    Jun 29
    9:00 pm -
    11:00 pm
  • Tue
    Jul 23
    11:00 pm -
    1:00 am

My Favorite Funk of 2013 Featuring Redtenbacher's Funkestra

Stefan Redtenbacher is a bassist, composer, and lover of all things funky. Originally from Austria, he now lives in London leading his own band Redtenbacher's Funkestra. Last April they released their fourth studio album: The Cooker. As usual, Redtenbacher worked with many different musicians (in addition to the five core members of Funkestra) to create this sizzling album. My favorite collaboration is with legendary tenor saxophonist Lenny Picket (Tower of Power), who plays on both the title track and a second track, titled "Bo & Rhino". We’ll be listening to both those, plus some of my other favorite songs off The Cooker, on this Saturday night’s edition of The After Hours.

We'll also check out some select tracks from the rest of Redtenbacher's Funkestra’s excellent discography.

2013 has already been a great year for funk. Newcomers Analog Attention and Rock Candy Funk Party both released their debut albums, titled City Limits and We Want Groove, respectively. And old favorites Orgone and Robert Walter’s 20th Congress both released new albums, titled Fuzzed Up and Get Thy Bearings, respectively. In the second half of the show we’ll be listening to my favorite tracks from all four of those albums. Check it out June 29th, 10pm-12am CDT and prepare to get funked up!

We’ll be kicking back with some classic funk on this Tuesday’s edition of That Righteous Jive. Fred Wesley and Maceo Parker are two incredible horn players who have played in both James Brown's band and George Clinton’s Parliament-Funkadelic (as well as going on to have successful solo careers of their own). In the late seventies Wesley and Maceo released two albums together with The Horny Horns—the horn section to Parliament-Funkadelic—titled A Blow For Me, A Toot For You (’77) and Say Blow By Blow Backwards ('79).  We’ll be listening to some of my favorite tracks from both those albums. We’ll also hear Wesley and Maceo play with the J.B.’sJames Brown’s backing band—off of their 1974 album Damn Right I’m Somebody. Stream it live June 18th 5-6pm CDT right here on KRUU radio.

 

  • Sat
    Jun 15
    9:00 pm -
    11:00 pm
  • Tue
    Jun 18
    11:00 pm -
    1:00 am

More Fresh Funk For Your Earholes!

I've got another funky good time planned for this Saturday night’s edition of The After Hours, and, as the title implies, I have some brand-spankin' new funky fresh jams for your brain to digest. I’ll be featuring Analog Attention, a six-piece jazz-fusion band from Moscow, Russia. Though they're definitely grounded in jazz, they blend in elements of funk, soul, rock and even a little electronica. We’ll be listening to their debut album, which they released just a few weeks ago, titled City Limits. We’ll also be listening to one of my favorite funk bands out there today: Orgone, a seven-piece funk/soul/rock band from Los Angelis. We’ll be hearing from their instrumental album released earlier this year, Fuzzed Up, and also from the EP they released late last month, The New You, Part 1. Robert Walter (the keyboardist from The Greyboy Allstars) is finally releasing his eighth solo album, planned to come out later this month, titled Get Thy Bearings. In preparation we’ll be listening to some of my favorite tracks from his last solo album, Cure All. On top of that we’ve got Soulive, Monophonics, Lettuce, Galactic and more. Stream it live this Saturday night 10pm-12am CDT right here on KRUU radio.

2012 was a great year for funk. Neal Evans, the keyboardist from Soulive (a funk jazz trio from New York), released his first solo album, Bang. The New Mastersounds, a four-piece funk band from England, released their eighth studio album Out on the Faultline. Boston-based funk band Lettuce released their third studio album Fly! Galactic, a funk and jazz band from New Orleans, released their seventh studio album, Carnivale Electricos. And Monophonics, a funk/psychedelic soul group from the Bay Area, released their third studio album In Your Brain.

On this Saturday night's edition of The After Hours we'll be listening to all of the above. The cherry on top of this delicious funk sundae will be Rock Candy Funk Party, an instrumental funk rock super-group who are just as awesome as their name implies. We'll be hearing from their first studio album, which they released earlier this year, We Want Groove. Be sure to check it out (June 1, 10pm-12am CTZ) right here on KRUU radio. And, in case if anyone tells you otherwise, remember: jazz ain't dead, it just smells FUNKY!

  • Sat
    May 18
    9:00 pm -
    11:00 pm
  • Tue
    May 21
    11:00 pm -
    1:00 am

Best of Acid Jazz (Part 1 of 2)


"Acid jazz" is a genre that has been used to describe a large variety of different artists and sounds over the years, but I feel it can be divided neatly into two categories. On one side we have experimental jazz bands (usually featuring a Hammond organ) that dabble in soul, funk and R&B, (sometimes incorporating synthesizers, turntables or other electronic sounds into the groove). And on the other side we've got DJ’s and electronic music producers that combine jazz, funk and soul samples with hip-hop and house beats. 

On this Saturday night's edition of the After Hours we’ll be listening to some of my favorite examples of that first category.  I’ll be playing some Shimmy: an album released last year as the result of a collaboration between Billy Martin (from Medeski Martin and Wood) on drums and Wil Blades on the Hammond B3 organ.  I’ve been really digging this album and think it’s amazing the grooves these guys can pump out as just an organ/drum duo. On top of that we’ll be hearing from The Greyboy Allstars, Heavy Shift, The RH Factor, Ronny Jordan, James Taylor Quartet, John Scofield, Marc Johnson’s Bass Desires and many more. If you can get down with some experimental jazz-funk-soul fusion then don't miss it (streamed live 10pm-12am CTZ right here on KRUU). Also, if you want to ckeck out the flipside of acid jazz (DJs that spin jazz, funk, hip-hop and house togetherthen look out for my show next week (05/25) when we'll be listening to Amon Tobin, St. Germain, Parov Stelar, Mr. Scruff, Blockhead, Skalpel and Herbaliser among others. Enjoy ;)


Fo' Immediate Release:

Ear Ye, Ear Ye!!

 

The Jukebox Boogaloo will now be getting your Saturday Night Soul Party started even earlier! 

 

Tune in at 8:00 pm (Central) for the rarest and rawest deep cuts of Soul, Funk, R & Beyond, with your host,

 

The Prince O'Wails,

keepin' it Surreal on the Wheels of Steel.

 

[SOUL PRODUCT moves to 10pm Saturdays]

 

 

Yet another all time great has passed away during our watch atop the KRUU-Soul Silo. Isaac Lee Hayes, Jr. one of the greatest songwriters of the 60's Soul era and later an icon of 70's Funk, died at the age of 65 on August 10th. So tonight (Saturday, 8/16, 10pm - 12) The Prince O'Wails and the Jukebox Boogaloo Krew take on the sad but refunkifying task of paying tribute to the man who cowrote some of the most instantly recognizable songs of the fabled Stax/Volt studio (including "Soul Man") even before he secured immortality with the Mack Daddy toasting over hat-hight-and-wah-wah groove of "Shaft." We've made a special effort to track down and acquire Isaac's definitive long-groove LP's, "Hot Buttered Soul" and "Black Moses" just for this show. So join us for two hours of Hayes-----Isaac Hayes.


Can you dig it?

 

Ladies and Gentlemen, Soul Brothers and Soul Sisters, Funkateers of every race, creed, age, and color of the rainbow, may we have your attention please:

It is indeed our great privilege and pleasure to announce that The Jukebox Boogaloo with the Prince O'Wails will be your new weekend star-time source for the baddest, rarest, and crate-diggin'est deep cuts of Soul, Funk, R&B, Garage, Beat, Surf, Psych, Rockabilly, and the Palm at the End of the Mind.

That's right, we'll be gettin' it ON in between your ears and underneath your pants every Saturday nite, from 10 to midnite.

Lucky Santa

It's that time of year, children: Bill O'Reilly's bloviating about the War on Christmas again, that awkward office party is just on the horizon (easy on the bourbon balls, Chucko), and we're all in frenetic robot-shopping mode. In my hometown of Hackensack, NJ, neighbors who never speak are busy trying to shame each other with Vegas-like, 20 billion kilowatt displays of pure Xtian love and pagan Santa worship on their 100 foot by 100 foot front lawns.

Which means it's time for those in the DJ business to dust off the "Christmas/Holdiay" crate and subject our listeners to a whole show of seasonal novelty tunes. When I was a snot-nosed sprout, the Christmas tunes you heard in the department store (which started in those days after Thanksgiving) were mostly the Bing Crosby/Ray Conniff stuff. Nowadays Wal-Mart is hipper and more agressive, bringing the Jingle Noize starting about September 1st and mixing in a goodly amount of boomer faves (Darlene Love anyone?) along with contemporary Kenny Chesney chestnuts. This makes the DJ's job somewhat more of a challenge. But thanks to the miracle of MP3 CDR's, there's gobs of X-mas slop on tap and mostly unheard.