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Month: October 2011

Funding Drive – 2011 Edition

Another year, another funding drive. This is my 10th with the Fat Beat Diet, and things have been going crazy. I’ve been super busy putting together the mix incentives for this year, and I’ve still got a lot to do in the 20hrs that remain between now and my show.

As I’ve written in the past, CJSW?s annual funding drive runs Friday October 21st through to the 28th. 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! We?re out supporting Calgary?s many festivals and community events, and we?re broadcasting live shows to you from local venues.

Pledging is easy. You can all the pledge line at 403-220-5000 between October 21st through to the 28th, or make a donation on-line at Listen to CJSW 90.9 FM and check out 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.

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. Not that the Friday night lineup isn’t amazing – because it is – But we need this music more often than one night a week.

Fat Beat Diet Incentives

I’m still working out the details on my mixes, but I should have a better idea about those closer to my show.

If you?re a regular downloader but don?t listen to the show live on air, feel free to pledge by sending me an email (Preferred) with your address and phone number and the amount you?d like to pledge, or by donating via paypal on the cjsw site (send along a note that you?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.


The Fat Beat Diet, October 10th 2011

Starting it off this evening with some nice new work from DJ Jazzy Jeff and Toronto native Ayah. Available from his website for free, so go check that out. After that, some nice uptempo funk and then some recent clubbier stuff since I feel like I’ve been rocking a lot of rap on my show as of late.

At the end of the show, I brought it down with some Peanut Butter Wolf and an amazing Jay-Z cover from Aloe Black. Those tracks aren’t on the following mix, but here’s the Aloe Black track if you haven’t heard it yet.

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The Fat Beat Diet, October 3rd 2011

Nice wide-ranging show starting it out with some downtempo moving through funk, hip hop and then ending off with some breaks . Seems like I can’t do a show without playing some Nas these days, and fans of his should definitely check out Elzhi’s latest work.

Also, I haven’t been playing enough Sade. I’m sorry. I’ll try and make up for it.

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The Fat Beat Diet, September 26th 2011

Seeing as the Yeah What She Said folks were interviewing Brenda from the Calgary International Film Fest, I thought I’d start it off with one of the finest movie soundtracks of the 70s, Superfly. After T-Connection’s Groove to Get Down, I figured I’d play a bit of DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince. The title track to He’s the DJ, I’m The Rapper samples the T-Connection break, so there’s the connection. I actually meant to play that track, but ended up playing Live at Union Square because I got the songs mixed up. People clown a lot on on The Artist Formerly Known as The Fresh Prince, but say what you will, dude could rhyme. Sure, many of the singles off of their 1998 release were aimed squarely at the pop charts, but Will Smith lets loose some pretty good battle rhymes on the title track without even having to resort to cheap slurs or swearing.

The CD version of the song ends around the 5minute mark, but the LP and cassette versions run for another minute and half while Jeff rocks the T-Connection beat a little longer. That tape was in heavy rotation in my walkman.

This was my shiznit

I could barely keep up with the MC as I rapped along. And all the while Jeff’s cutting up a storm on the beat in the background. He does the same on Live at Union Square. A true measure of Jeff’s abilities on the 1s and 2s are how well those scratches withstand the test of time (as compared with say, Eric B’s scratches at the end of I Know You Got Soul, from about the same time). Really, that should come as no surprise seeing as Jeff won the 1986 NMS DJ Battle and co-invented the transform scratch . He’s the DJ, I’m The Rapper is basically one of the reasons I started DJ’ing.

Anyways, after that, I rocked a bit of Maestro Fresh Wes (who was no slouch on the mic either) and the aforementioned Big Daddy Kane. After that, what else? more hip hop and funk. I’ve recently rediscovered Nas’ 1996 sophomore effort, It Was Written. So after playing the Main Source track which was his intro to the world, I dropped an early demo and then a handful of tracks off of It Was Written. I rocked Nas debut Illmatic ’til I wore out the tape, so after that his sophomore effort would be able to live up to my expectations for his follow-up. It’s not that I didn’t like the album at the time, I just didn’t L.O.V.E. it like I did his debut. I’ve been rocking it a bit more of late and have really been enjoying re-discovering it.

Anyways, ’nuff yappin’, here it is:

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