Friday, April 30, 2010

The Beat Doctor's Podcast Show: April 30, 2010

It's a bad day for gingers in MIA's neck of the woods...

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We're jacking up the beats-per-minute on the Fresh Blend Friday mix today:

Mr. Hudson - Supernova >
N.E.R.D. - Kill Joy >
N.A.S.A. & Kanye West - Gifted >
MIA - Bamboo Banga >
MIA - Bamboo Banga (Hype & Dunloop Mix) >
Marc Hype & Jim Dunloop - Al Naafyish >
Madcon - Beggin' >
Leona Lewis - Love U >
Lady Gaga - Telephone >
Krizz Kaliko - Misunderstood >
Kings of Salone - Makossa >
Black-Eyed Peas - Ring-a-Ling >
Beenie Man - Bandi Legs >
Vybz Kartel - Badda Dan Dem >
Assassin - Don't Like You >
Alozade - Clean >
Bramma - Heading to the Top >
Busy Signal - Bounce to This >
Chris Brown - Girlfriend >
Cascada - Evacuate the Dancefloor >
Christina Aguilera - Ain't No Other Man >
Chubb Rock & Wordsmith - Old Skool Flava

(Just a quick note: The majority of the mix is safe for work... buuuuut I kinda forgot about that for a second and accidentally dropped in the Beenie Man song where he's talking about the "skirt to the hips to the vagina lips," soooooo I apologize for that one...)

Our other topic today is: WTF is up with this new video from Sri Lankan rapper MIA and director Romain Gavras??

M.I.A, Born Free from ROMAIN-GAVRAS on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The Beat Doctor's Podcast Show: April 29, 2010

Above, Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland, a.k.a. A Pimp Named Slickback... 'Excuse me, young man, but is your mother a ho?'

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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

The Beat Doctor's Podcast Show: April 28, 2010

Get on the good foot...

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Welcome to another edition of Old-School Wednesday here on the program. On this day 10 years ago, one of the Godfather of Soul's employees decided it would be a great idea to... strike a match and turn James Brown Enterprises' office into a pile of ash! The employee was later charged with arson.

In remembrance of the 10-year anniversary of this searing experience, we give you "The Hot Foot Funk Mix," featuring the tunes, grunts, "hehs" and horns of the Godfather of Soul.

The Beat Doctor's Podcast Show: April 27, 2010

Where to begin...?

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Today we tackle our favorite protest signs, review the new album by mysterious funkster Clutchy Hopkins, and run down the Steelers' draft picks and prospects for the coming season.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

The Beat Doctor's Podcast Show: April 26, 2010


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Today we present a wide-ranging mix (NSFW) that incorporates few lame attempts on my part at scratching and beat-juggling... it's a work in progress... featuring music from Sly Stone, Hassan Chop, Breakestra, Aretha Franklin, the Daktaris, Jay-Z, David McCallum, Ghostface & MF Doom, Gang Starr and more.

Friday, April 23, 2010

The Beat Doctor's Podcast Show: April 23, 2010

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Today we bring you an acoustic Friday, with a few covers by Your Faithful Host, from some of my favorite songwriters.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

A Little Pre-Draft Chat...


To be fair, I did have a plan for a podcast today, with a little bit of draft talk, but since we didn't get to it... with T-minus three hours until the first pick - and an interminable amount of time before the next one - let's talk Stillers:

First off, the most ridiculous quote I've heard yet about the 2010 draft... just before signing off of NFL Live this afternoon on the Mothership, Herm Edwards dropped this 'bomb':

"Tim Tebow? A Pittsburgh Steeler."

To which Jeff in Delaware responded: "Thankfully, [Herm Edwards] is an idiot."

Now to the main matter at hand: BIG BEN IS OUT AT LEAST FOUR WEEKS... and possibly six, if he slips up again between now and the start of the season... aaaand I wouldn't exactly rule that out just yet... yesterday, ESPN's Adam Schefter was reporting that the Steelers are actively courting trade offers for Roethlisberger, so the question becomes... what SHOULD they do?... is this rumor of a possible trade, if it's true... a classic case of overreaction?

Yes, Big Ben, according to unprovable accusations deemed unfit to prosecute, is a drunken slob who may or may not know the meaning of the word "no".... but again, I point to Ray Lewis in this situation. Ray-Ray... was not just charged in relation to a murder, he WENT ON TRIAL... in relation to a murder... and B-More was cool with that.... you can still hang, Ray-Ray.... "I didn't staaaaab noboooody"... allegedly... the Ravens were cool with that.

Now, Schefter said the Steelers may be willing to deal Roethlisberger in some sort of trade that involves a top-13 draft pick.... but... the Steelers are only five slots below that right NOW.... Schefter also said the Rams and Bills both said no to possible trades.... the Rams, that's a little surprising... I mean, that team is going NOWHERE, in a BIG hurry... two-time Superbowl winner at QB? That doesn't appeal over taking a big, big chance on Sam Bradford?

WHAT IF... the Steelers swapped Roethlisberger and their #13 pick... for Donovan McNabb and the Skins #4 pick?... now, this is so off-the-charts it's almost too ridiculous to bring up... then again, that would put it right in Dan Snyder's wheelhouse... that's right up Dan Snyder's alley... Skins already snagged Fast Willie Pee, and we got Randle El... why not keep swapping squads? What do YOU think the Steelers should do?

Gayle in Pittsburgh wrote to the program yesterday:
"Troubled and talented sounds like Oakland would be a great place for the jackhole."

But that's already out... and again, my personal opinion? You know, I'm honestly not sure how I feel about a possible Big Ben trade... does he fit with the quote, Steelers ethic?... I guess not... then again, the Steelers aren't exactly the most squeaky-clean team in the league... see... James Harrison, involved in an alleged domestic altercation... see also, recently-canned, Santonio Holmes... oh, you can SAY he was traded... fifth-round draft pick... a trade that Warren Sapp described as swapping Holmes for, quote, "a jawbreaker and a gum wrapper"?... he was fired.

We can keep going... in fact... when it comes to... rockin' the ganj?.... when it comes to... smokin' the dojja?... see Bam Morris... "What's that officer? There's a key of chron in my trunk? Well I don't know how THAT got there." And let's not forget problem child... erstwhile kicker and a man who strikes fear into Sheetz bathrooms everywhere... Skippy Reed.

Are they the Mugshot Extravanganza that was... the Cincinnati Bengals of the 1990s? No... but players getting in trouble is not really strange in just about every NFL locker room... guys get in trouble.... Big Ben's trouble is admittedly more serious... than gripping and ripping in a Sheetz men's room... it's more serious even, than a key of chron in your trunk... then again, it wasn't serious enough for him to get arrested... or charged... you know, we're not talking about an OJ situation where he's gone through a trial, been found not guilty, and now he's being hit with a civil suit... no, the first of these cases went straight to the civil suit... a year after the, alleged, fact....

This second alleged incident was brought to the authorities' attention with the speed and the quickness... in plenty of time to investigate and collect evidence for a prosecutable sexual assault case... and thus far, nothing has come of it... but then you go on Deadspin.com, or any other sports-rumor-mill website, and there are countless of stories of Big Ben being a Big Jerk... all over the Pittsburgh bar and club scene... no one officially on the record, of course... again, I don't really want to get into guilt or innocence... From a Steelers standpoint, for me, it comes down to this: Is Roethlisberger still capable of leading that team? Will those guys get behind him? So far, no one on the squad is comin' out and backing him... Is this a case where winning is enough, when it comes to the fans? Let me state this again: RAY LEWIS WAS ON TRIAL FOR HIS PART IN A MURDER.... A MURDER.... If the Steelers move Roethlisberger - and let's not forget about the clear, proven facts on the NFL side.. two Super Bowls... easily one of the top 10, if not top five, quarterbacks in the league... if they move him, then what? You gotta get a top 10 draft pick for him... gotta get a quarterback, right? I love me some Byron Leftwich... greatest backup in the NFL... but are you gonna run him and Dennis Dixon in the competition for 2011 starter?... I don't think you are... gotta get a quarterback... then again, you HAVE a quarterback... two-time Superbowl winner... top 10, elite NFL QB... possibly a drunken scumbag...

Big Ben came out in the same draft class, 2004, as Philip Rivers and Eli Manning, a fantastic draft for QBs by all accounts.. when's the last time that happened?... 1995 was the most recent time it was even CLOSE... Air McNair and Kerry Collins went top 5 that year... and you can go back past 1985 without seeing another QB draft class like that... 1983, maybe... Elway, Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, Ken O'Brien, there you go... a great QB class happens about... once every 20 years... it just happened six years ago.... Sam Bradford? Colt McCoy? Jimmy Clausen?

I don't know if that's worth giving up your two-time Superbowl-winning drunken scumbag quarterback.... allegedly.

Sorry for the lack of a podcast today!

Sooo as I've mentioned before, I do the podcast in my free time... sometimes I don't have a ton of free time... sometimes I fall asleep in the middle of "The Colbert Report"... the point is, this is the first time I've missed a weekday podcast in three months, including two ass-kicking snowstorms.

Cut a brother some slack. WE SHALL RETURN!!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

The Beat Doctor's Podcast Show: April 21, 2010

R.I.P. Keith Elam...

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Well... we were all set to make a return to the standard format of the show for Old-School Wednesday. Instead, we find ourselves regretfully but respectfully presenting you with a tribute mix in honor of the passing of Keith Elam yesterday.

Elam is better known as Guru, one-half of legendary East Coast rap duo Gang Starr. Alongside DJ Premier, Guru basically supplied the soundtrack for the Golden Age of New York Boom-Bap Rap in the early-to-mid-'90s. That's kind of ironic, considering that Guru was born in the Roxbury section of Boston, and DJ Premier is originally from Texas.

Guru had his share of detractors, and even I will admit that he could occasionally challenge Jeru the Damaja when it came to awkward phrasing (another member of the Gang Starr family). But his gravelly timbre was the perfect accompaniment to Premier's neck-snapping beats.

So technically speaking, we are bringing you Old-School Wednesday today (NSFW, by the way), especially when you consider most of this music is... [wow...] at least a dozen years old... I am getting old...

Rest in peace, Guru...

Monday, April 19, 2010

The Beat Doctor's Podcast Show: April 20, 2010

Happy 4/20 from Ras Trent...

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Kick back, relax, and get dubbed into outerspace with today's 4/20 Reggae Mix. Don't look for much Bob Marley or UB40 here, though. As always, it's our mission to bring you a few reggae cats you might not be as familiar with (Peter Tosh as the obvious notable exception):

Peter Tosh - Bush Doctor >
10 Ft. Ganja Plant - Chanting Nyabinghi >
Sly & Robbie - Rizzla >
Prince Jammy - War in the Asteroid Belt >
Carlton Livingston - 100 Weight of Collie Weed >
Tapper Zukie - ??? >
Dennis Bovell - Scientific >
Tommy McCook - ??? >
Yabby You & Mad Professor - Give a Little >
Sylford Walker - Lamb's Bread >
Gladiators - Bellyful >
Gladiators - Soul Rebel >
Sister Nancy - Armagideon Style >
Leroy Smart - Pride & Ambition >
Alborosie - Policeman >
Barrington Levy - Black Man Heart Dub >
Eek-a-Mouse - Ganja Smuggling >
Keith Hudson - Darkness Dub >
Prince Far I - Deck of Life

Sunday, April 18, 2010

The Beat Doctor's Podcast Show: April 19, 2010


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So we're getting back into the island spirit in preparation for tomorrow's 4/20 reggae mix. Before we slow things down, we figured we'd kick it up a notch today with some uptempo dancehall (NSFW, especially if your boss speaks Jamaican patois...)

Intro >
Frisco Kid - The Right Man >
Major Mackrel - Bad Ras >
Beenie Man - Picture Dis (Beat Doctor Remix) >
Merciless - Chance Inna Life >
Alozade - Battyman >
Spragga Benz - Flap >
??? >
??? >
Ward 21 - Third Leg >
Vybz Kartel - Badda Dan Dem >
Burro Banton - Boom Wah Dis (Remix) >
Elephant Man - One More (Start a War) >
Shabba Ranks - Ting-a-Ling >
Lady Saw - If Him Lef >
Beenie Man - Bookshelf >
Sizzla - Cyaan Too Much (Beat Doctor Remix) >
Kid Kurupt - Seh Dem a Rasta >
Cutty Ranks - 20" (Remix) >
Danny English - Bun >
Hawkeye - Twingy Twang >
Cobra - Red Eye

Friday, April 16, 2010

Our Famous Friends

Check out friend of the program, Celeste Lyn Paul, on the PBS News Hour from this week (around the 7:00 mark):

The Beat Doctor's Podcast Show: April 16, 2010

Grind it up for another Fresh Blend Friday!

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We'll touch on something called "persistent sexual arousal syndrome," bring a little fire and ice from an unpronounceable location in Iceland, and prepare to spend the next two weeks listening to sports pundits opine on the impending Big Ben suspension.

Enjoy today's mix! (NSFW)

Kenny Segal - Poker Chili >
Pete Rock - Standard >
14KT - Ivory Pillars >
Slim - So Fly >
Sean Kingston & Mims - Girl I Wanna Know >
Riko - Runnin' You Down >
Rihanna - Rude Bwoy >
The Roots - Get Busy >
Run DMC - King of Rock >
Junclassic - I Can Tell >
JR & PH7 - Fast Lane Speedin' >
Jay-Z - Thank You >
De La Soul & Billy Ray - Greedy Man >
Crown City Rockers - Cruisin' >
Re-Up Gang & Clipse - I'm a Hustla

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

The Beat Doctor's Podcast Show: April 15, 2010


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So, occasionally, my actual job gets in the way of putting together all of the segments I'd like for the podcast... but there's no post-production involved in whipping up a fresh blend for you, the Faithful Listener. I was riding around with my boy Freaky yesterday afternoon, and he asked if I had some nice dirty funk or soul "so we can properly enjoy this beautiful day." Lucky enough, I had a little Marvin Gaye "Anger" action handy... and with the Pens kicking off the NHL playoffs last night - with a flat performance and a 5-4 loss, incidentally - I knew I wouldn't have as much time as I'd like to get the podcast ready.

With all that in mind, I took Freaky's suggestion and mixed up 39 minutes of head-nodding funk and soul for you to enjoy what is hopefully another lovely day. We're scheduled for seventy-two and sunny around my way...

Today's mix features, among others, Ike Turner, the Daktaris, Michel Audiard, the Skull Snaps, Georgie Boy, Jesse Anderson, Eddie Bo, the Politicians, and Les Baxter.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The Beat Doctor's Podcast Show: April 14, 2010

"I hereby concede the title for Greasiest Sports Mullet
to Masters champion Phil Mickelson..."

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NEWS
• No real news, per se... except that we can't stop watching the bazillions of JMU Springfest riot videos on YouTube, to seek out more great examples of drunken youth at its most ridiculous.

A&E
• Our intro/outro music on today's Old-School Wednesday comes from bluegrass legend Bill Monroe & the Bluegrass Boys. Check out more of their music here. We also review a James Brown album you may not know, his 1973 collaboration with Fred Wesley on the Black Caesar soundtrack.

SPORTS
• (Sigh)... let's get into Big Ben's Big Mess... no trial... possible civil action?... suspension?... no one knows... one thing we do know... it's all bad. We'll get to your reaction and also read a good candidate for the No. 1 STUNNA, the Tweet of the Year.

And now... a new JMU tradition... MGD Dodgeball!:

The Beat Doctor's Podcast Show: April 13, 2010

It's never good when the Washington Post says
your party devolved into a 'war zone'

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NEWS
What happens when you combine beer, 8,000 James Madison University college kids, more beer, a few racist frat boys, some beers, fighting, and some more beers? You get SpringFest 2010! Party on! I smell tear gas!

A&E
We review the new, free album from California's U-N-I and producer Ro Blvd., A Love Supreme, which mixes a little of the Detroit hip-hop sound with West Coast sunshine. Our intro/outro music is from Trojan Records' Nyabinghi box set. Check it out here.

Below, a not-so-great end to to JMU's little get-together. There's another video on YouTube, about 6:47 minutes, that shows a lot of what is mentioned in the podcast, recorded at a house in the middle of the melee:



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Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Beat Doctor's Podcast Show: April 12, 2010

Question: Is it possible to eat this monstrosity in public and still have any measure of self-respect?

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NEWS/A&E
We're easing you back into the week with a mix of some instrumental hip-hop, along with a little Masters wrap-up and the newest item on KFC's menu, which, technically speaking, cannot actually be called a "sandwich."

SPORTS
While Sir Eldrick of Isleworth did tie the Masters' record for most eagles and finish fourth, NOT winning and NOT losing big-time... pretty much keeps the main focus on who's saying they slept with him this week.

Today's mix features beats by Madlib, Mr. Chop, the Whitefield Brothers, Pete Rock, The Roots, Koushik, 14KT, Oh No, Harmonic 33, Black Milk, Rocky Marsiano, Kenny Segal and more.

Friday, April 9, 2010

The Beat Doctor's Podcast Show: April 9, 2010

Dub-tested... Scratch-approved...

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It's another "Fresh Blends Friday," as we mark this week's excessively-hot weather... with a tropical two-part dub reggae mix:

Pt. I...
Scratch Perry - This is Dub >
Scientist & Culture - Return of Mr. Mxtylplk >
Jah Roots - Duppy Meets the Conqueror >
Black Uhuru - Backbreaker >
Tapper Zukie - A Rub a Dub a Weh Dem Want >
Scratch Perry - Roast Fish & Cornbread

Pt. II...
Ganya - Blend and Cross >
Jah Lloyd - Dread Dub >
Blaminack - Meditate >
Muslimgauze - Let's Have More Dagga, Begum >
Notty-D - Dub Inna Spacestation >
Mystic Mike - Subatomic Dubrays >
Urb Sgt. - Juggernaut Special

We'll also touch on some hilarious and nearly-tragic early-season baseball news, and bring you a very short checklist of things not to do on a plane when your name is Mohammed, inspired by yesterday's United Airlines bomb scare.

(A quick note: We mentioned that several of the lesser-knowns in the mix were featured artists at Versionist.com... apparently, that site doesn't exist anymore... for more dub, visit DubwiseReggae.com.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Beat Doctor's Podcast Show: April 8, 2010


40,000 Snuggies... 40,000 tools...
Words fail me at a time like this...

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NEWS
• We discover what exactly a "back scoop" is, and dedicate today's intro/outro music (NSFW) to elective surgery... in a roundabout way.

A&E
• We'll review Feed My Soul, the new record from Virginia gospel/soul group The Holmes Brothers.

SPORTS
• Should the Steelers draft this guy?

He visited their training facility earlier this week... WHAT DO YOU THINK? Email the show at thebeatdoctor@verizon.net and give us your opinion!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Beat Doctor's Podcast Show: April 7, 2010


How much 8-bit is TOO much 8-bit?

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NEWS
• We'll discuss the severe irony that has resulted from Heidi Montag's massive plastic surgeries, as well as mark two hilarious, related anniversaries.

A&E
• Our intro/outro music comes from Peter Thomas' soundtrack to the 1960s TV show "FBI's Top Man Jerry Cotton"... say it with us now... wha... tha... fa...? But it's good, and it comes out April 20. We'll also review Brawl, the new album from the Super 8 Bit Brothers.

SPORTS
• You know... we don't know how the current recession is affecting England... but there's a lot of competition out there for jobs. We'll ask a Fox Soccer Channel sideline reporter a very simple question... "Hey Chris, what's that red card all about?" and wonder how he's going to keep his job after his answer. Listen, and marvel, and check out the whole video below:

The Beat Doctor's Podcast Show: April 6, 2010


The late... the great...

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Today we welcome back the upcoming third season of Aaron McGruder's hilarious cartoon series "The Boondocks," which starts in May, preview a few tracks from the Roots' new J. Dilla free tribute mixtape, Dilla Joints, and dive into the Tiger Woods presser.

And... puke on Duke.

Here's the trailer for the third (and apparently, final) season of "The Boondocks":

Sunday, April 4, 2010

The Beat Doctor's Podcast Show: April 5, 2010


If you're going to plagiarize, we highly recommend NOT starting with the first lines of "A Tale of Two Cities"...

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NEWS
• We discover a Filipino businessman who's way too busy to bother writing an original graduation speech... as if it takes a lot of thought to pen a speech for a bunch of seniors who are all busy wondering how drunk they're going to be in T-minus two hours.

A&E
• We'll review the latest album from Tennessee rapper and producer Count Bass D, his collaboration with DJ Pocket, In the Loop*, and pay tribute to Pittsburgh jazz great Stanley Turrentine on the anniversary of his birthday.

SPORTS
• Let our universal hatred of Duke unite us... unless you're a Duke graduate, which is really the only acceptable excuse if you're NOT rooting for Butler in tonight's championship game.

*contains a couple minor NSFW moments