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Funding Drive 2010 – It’s Here!

Another year, another funding drive. This is my 9th with the Fat Beat Diet, and things have been going crazy. I’ve been super buys putting together the mix incentives tfor this year, and I’ve still got a lot to do in the 8hrs that remain between now and my show.

As I’ve written in the past, CJSWÂ’s annual funding drive runs Friday October 22nd through to the 29th. For one week every year we take a break from being the best radio station in town, and ask you, our listeners, to help us out.

All the money raised during our annual Funding Drive campaign goes towards our capital budget (like it always does), paying for everything from maintaining our fancy new 4000 watt broadcast tower, to our CD players, our headphones, and all the other costs associated with running a radio station.

Thanks to your support, CJSW has expanded its presence in the community as well! CJSW is everywhere! WeÂ’re out supporting CalgaryÂ’s many festivals and community events, and weÂ’re broadcasting live shows to you from local venues.

Pledging is easy. You can all the pledge line at 403-220-5000 between October 22nd and October 29th, or make a donation on-line at www.cjsw.com. Listen to CJSW 90.9 FM and check out www.cjsw.com everyday to find out about all the great swag we have to offer for pledges. Help us reach our goal of $200,000.

Funding Drive and the Fat Beat Diet

I run this blog at my own expense and all my time with CJSW is volunteer work. I do it for the love, but pledging to my show is your opportunity to show your support – and it is greatly appreciated.

When the station re-organized its nighttime schedule into 1hr blocks earlier this year, I was offered a slot on the venerable Friday night block, along side the Musicquarium, Dirty Needles, Fullmoon Funkalicious, and Remote Emissions. As much as I love those shows and hosts, I made the decision to stick it out on Thursday nights. I didn’t want electronic music and hip hop to be relegated to one night a week. If you appreciate this and enjoy hearing non-rock (not that there’s anything against rock…) at all hours of the day, I hope you’ll support me and other shows like Funk Sinden and Mental Illness which showcase these genres of music outside of Friday nights.

Fat Beat Diet Incentives

Once again this year, all donors of $25 or more to the Fat Beat Diet will receive a copy of Keep On Playin’, 2010’s upbeat/dance mix. Here’s a short sample of what to expect:

Keep On Playin' snippet

I’ve also got two other mixes: Wobble Funk and The Book of Right On. The former is a mix of dubstep, drum’n’bass and future music while the latter is pretty much a hip hop mix. They’re each going to be going around the $75 mark.

Wobble Funk snippet The Book of Right On snippet

$200 will get you all three mixes, plus all the tracks in unmixed form as well and a few other goodies (listen to the show for details)

We’ve also got a huge pile of CDs to sweeten the pot as well, including stuff from Neferiu Records and more.

If youÂ’re a regular downloader but donÂ’t listen to the show live on air, feel free to pre-pledge either by sending me an email (Preferred) with your address and phone number and the amount youÂ’d like to pledge, or by donating via paypal on the cjsw site (send along a note that youÂ’re donating specifically to the Fat Beat Diet). If you can do this before tonight’s show, that will greatly increase the chances of getting what you’re after.

Thanks!

The Fat Beat Diet, October 21st 2010

For this pre-Funding Drive edition of the show, we’re rolling with a bit of hip hop, old and new, and some drum’n’bass, then back to a bit of hip hop to finish. Not much more complicated than that, really. Here it is:

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Extended Fat Beat Diet, October 14th 2010

The host whose show follows me ended up getting caught behind the 8-ball this week, so he asked me to do his show as well. Sweet! That translated into an extended 2hr show. With so much time on my hands, it felt really comfortable to play in a couple of different genres and have a nice progression to the show.  The show ends up in an uptempo dance mood. U-Tern’s  (weren’t we just talking about him?) mash-up genius Walking on Lighting is such a satisfying slice of pop magic, I almost feel guilty playing it on campus radio — almost.  Actually, the same could be said of the latest Duck Sauce tune as well. But I’m sure you can handle it ;)

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Thanks U-Tern!

A few days after last week’s show I caught Mark Ronson’s performing Bang Bang Bang on Letterman.

Helping Ronson out on vocal duties are the always excellent Q-Tip and relative newcomer Amanda Warner of MNDR. I’m not super familiar with MNDR, but i kinda like the little that I’ve heard and she seems quite charming in this interview with The Fader.

However, as a bilingual Canadian, I do take issue with her mangling of the French language. I’ve heard Alouette enough times, even sung it a few times myself, but every time I hear Warner massacre the word plumerai, I die a little inside.

Thanks to my Canadian compatriot, I don’t ever have to hear it again. Vancouver’s U-tern added some disco snap to the original, and stripped it of the offending vocals. While I miss Q-Tip’s contributions, not having to hear the offending lyrics is well worth it (Which is why I played it on my last show).

I’ll let you judge for yourself however. You might not mind the original vocals as much as I do. U-tern’s offering up his version for free on his blog. You can find the original in its vocal glory here, at least for the moment. You should check out the official video for the song too, it’s pretty fun.

Fat Beat Diet, October 7th 2010

A nice uptempo mix from house to drum’n’bass, including the man called Zinc, who rolls through town tomorrow.  The bassline in T.E.E.D’s Monster Remix has been driving me crazy recently, so I had to get it out there.  There’s a few technical wobbles at the beginning of the mix, but hopefully that doesn’t detract too much from your enjoyment of the show…

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Ninja Tune XX
The Fat Beat Diet, September 30th 2010

Thought I’d take the opportunity this week to celebrate Ninja Tune‘s 20th anniversary. The label itself isn’t doing so bad at celebrating its birthday, what with its free downloads and ridiculous 6 CD + 6 7″ boxset (I think it might already be sold out). Label honchos really wanted the boxset to be forward looking, so rather than being a retrospective, it charts what the future might hold for the label.

In contrast, I wanted to play a few of my favourite tracks from the label, reaching decades back in time to show you the cuts which initially got me hooked on this fantastic, game-changing label.

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