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The Fat Beat Diet, February 26th 2009

I can pretty much thank my brother and a few shows on Ottawa-area campus radio stations for helping to shape my musical tastes. Elorious Cain’s The Groove was one of them, and it’s been on the air pretty much forever as far as I’m concerned (many, many years, if not decades. I started listening in the late 80s/early 90s) on Saturday afternoons on CKCU. Billing itself as a ‘disco show’, it plays all manners of dance music. It’s the first place I ever heard a Bernard Edwards bassline, and likely the first spot where I heard house and techno as well. I don’t know if he’s still doing this, but once a year for a month, he would take a break from his regular programming and play nothing but African rhythms; afrobeat, highlife, zook, sookous and the like. Needless to say, I was hooked. The guitars on the second track of tonight’s show totally takes me back to those days.

After some afrobeat and highlife and some uptempo funk, we break it down via some dubstep into a few more of my favourite old soul breaks. Then some old school hip hop, ostensibly for Black History Month. I say ostensibly since pretty much every week here at the Fat Beat Diet showcases some form of black history. I’m not necessarily sold on the idea of Black History Month, at least as far as it relates to my radio show programming, but I’ll be the first to agree that there still exists far too much racial inequity in the world today, even with Obama, and anything we can do to shed light on this nasty secret is a-ok with me. But it’s certainly not like I ever need an excuse to play some old school hip hop on my show. I used to love h.e.r. Still do, as a matter of fact… If highlife guitars bring me back to my early days listening to CKCU, listening to Special Ed brings me back to grade 11 homeroom, talking shit with Nile Séguin.

Anways, ’nuff blabbin’, here’s the show:
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Errata: I’m way too lazy to script my shows ahead of time like some of my harder-working CJSW brethren, so often times what comes out my mouth is a half-fabricated recollection, if not a flat-out lie. In this show, I should have gone with my first instinct, ‘God Put a Smile On Your Face’ was indeed originally from Coldplay not Radiohead. How I get those two bands mixed up is beyond me. Ice-T’s first album which features ‘6’n the Morning’ was called Rhyme Pays and MC Lyte was sister to Audio Two’s Milk D and dj Gizmo. Geez. I need to get some interns or something.

The Fat Beat Diet, February 19th 2009

Real life had me a bit stressed out and short of breath, so tonight, we had a musical prescription of mellow beats.  No doubt influenced by the list of post-Valentine, post-wedding love songs which were still on my mind. I wouldn’t have thought of myself as sappy in any way, but recent shows would seem to indicate otherwise.

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Playing Catch-up

Wow. It’s crazy how a few months can just seem to zip right by in the blink of an eye. In my own defense, i’ve had a few big lifetime events keeping me occupied in the non-internet world, which included my wedding, a short trip, and the purchase of a new home. Sadly this has left little time for updating this blog, which is now in need of some serious love.

I spent a few weeks in January and February training a (relatively) new volunteer at CJSW. It’s the nature of a community-run station that on-air folks are constantly changing. Having the privilege of having my own show dictates that I must sometimes take time out of my usual programming to help get the new young bloods get up to speed on how to do this radio thing. It doesn’t always make for the most captivating radio however, so some of the shows haven’t been archived here in mp3 form.

The Fat Beat Diet – 2009-01-15
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The Fat Beat Diet – 2009-01-22
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The Fat Beat Diet – 2009-01-29
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The Fat Beat Diet – 2009-02-05
As I mentioned, I recently got married.  As part of the ceremony, I put together a mix of love songs. When I was going through my collection trying to pick out tracks for the wedding, I came across a great number of great love songs. For various reasons — but mostly because they were about heartache — these were unsuitable for a wedding, but I still really felt like playing them, so you can find them mixed into the second half of the show. My Trainee, Raj programmed and mixed the first half of the show.
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The Fat Beat Diet – 2009-02-12
I was away this week, so Raj had the show all to himself and did a great job holding down the fort.
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