Archive | April 2010

Jazzfest Victoria Lineup announced/Soundtrack to a Revolution


Jazzfest Victoria has finally announced its full lineup for the 2010 Victoria Jazz Festival. Highlights include Ann Arbor Michigan’s NOMO, the eclectic afro-jazz band that is a huge favorite of ours here on the Music of My Mind. Other performers of note include California soul singer and guitarist,Raul Midon, Vancouver’s Five Alarm Funk, and the sweet soul-jazz of Toronto’s Kellylee Evans. On today’s program we will here music form some of these artists.

Also on today’s MoMM, we will be giving away a double pass to the music documentary, Soundtrack to a Revolution, screening tonight at Cinecenta here on the UVic campus. We’ll take a listen to some of the songs and artists featured in the film including Mavis Staples, Anthony Hamilton and The Roots.


Thursday April 29/10 playlist

  1. Open Souls – Standing In The Rain
  2. Kellylee Evans – Good Girl
  3. Mavis Staples – Eyes On The Prize (Live @ the Hideout)
  4. Gil Scott-Heron – The Bottle (live)
  5. Nomo – Sarvodaya
  6. Five Alarm Funk – Big City
  7. Geraldo Pino and The Heartbeats – Heavy Heavy Heavy
  8. Juan Pablo Torres – Super Son
  9. Zia – Kofriam
  10. The Roots feat. Malik B. & Talib Kweli – Lost Desire
  11. Circle Research – Rock Creek Park
  12. Gorillaz feat. Bobby Womack – Cloud of Unknowing

Thursday April 22/10 – When We Were Kings + Guru tribute

Today on The Music of My Mind (MoMM), we will feature the music of Kings, as in any music that has king in either the song name, album name or the band name. It was only a coincidence that this theme came up for me on the same evening as Game 4 of the NHL playoffs between the LA Kings and Vancouver Canucks. The Kings in fact were very close to bringing BC’c beloved Canucks to the brink of elimination.

The idea actually initially sprung from the band Kings Go Forth from Milwaukee, who recently released their fine debut album ” The Outsiders Are Back  “on Luaka Bop earlier this month. The band’s incredibly catchy mix of Funk and Soul is one of the next to join the ranks of the soul revival movement. The next factor was one of my favorite bands, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings  and their new record “I Learned the Hard Way”, which reached #1 this week on CFUV’s Top 30 album charts. The rest of today’s Kings playlist just evolved from there as you will see below. It is an incredibly diverse mix of artists who will all be crowned “King for a day” on the Music of My Mind. In our last 1/2 hour (6:00-6:30PST), our special tribute to rapper Guru from GangStarr (see post below).

  1. Big t Tyler – King Kong
  2. Otis Redding & Carla Thomas – Tramp (King & Queen)
  3. Kings Go Forth – High On Your Love
  4. Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings – Money
  5. Lee Fields – Money Is KING
  6. The Bamboos Kings Cross
  7. James Brown – The Payback live (When We Were Kings OST)
  8. Peter KingShango
  9. Sons of The Kingdom – Modernization (Soul Messages from Dimona)
  10. Toots and the Maytals – Funky Kingston
  11. Gang Starr – Words I Manifest
  12. Gang Starr – Just To Get A Rep
  13. Gang Starr – Take It Personal
  14. Gang Starr – Mass Appeal
  15. Gang Starr – Above the Clouds
  16. Guru’s Jazzmatazz feat. Donald Byrd – Loungin’


Keith Elam aka GURU (GangStarr)  died on Tuesday April 20th at the age of 47. According to the LA Times,”the rapper had been suffering from melanoma over the last year and had been in a coma since a heart attack March 2″. GURU was definitely one of my favorite 5 MCs of all time and a huge influence on hip-hop heads all over the world, especially in the 1990s. As a DJ in Saskatoon SK, Canada, I had the opportunity to open for and introduce GURU several years ago when he played there (2001).   It was a huge thrill for me to meet GURU later that night. When GURU rapped, you took heed and DJ Premier’s production provided the perfect backdrop for his monotone flow and also served as the prototype for many New York rappers in the 90s. The combination of GURU and Premier was probably the best ever MC Producer/DJ combo. He was the king of the streetwise narrative. I have read several stories related to GURU’s death and they all, except Oliver Wang’s, claim that GURU was 43 and not 47. Read his LA Times obituary here as well as the NY TImes obit. I tend to believe a reputable journalist/writer like my man O-Dub on this one. RIP MC Keithy E.

On Thursday’s edition of the Music of My Mind (5:00-6:30PST), we will celebrate the music of Gang Starr and Guru’s Jazzmatazz in our last half hour (6:00-6:30PST).

Thursday April 15/10 playlist

  1. Arlean Brown – I’m A Streaker (Light: On The South Side)
  2. Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings – Better Things To Do
  3. Kings Go Forth – Paradise Lost
  4. Angelique Kidjo – Cold Sweat
  5. Black’s Zenith – Shango Oba Onina
  6. Saxon Lee and The Shadows International – Mind Your Business (Nigeria Afrobeat Special)
  7. Mohammed Nouri – Biya Bar-e Safar Bandim
  8. Mulatu Astatke – Ethio Blues
  9. Souljazz Orchestra – Rejoice Pt.2
  10. Bonobo – Kong
  11. Clutchy Hopkins – Miles Chillin
  12. Erykah Badu – Gone Baby, Don’t Be Long
  13. Ron Contour/Factor – Prairie Wind
  14. Magnum K.I – No Way
  15. Terry Callier – Dancing Girl

Thursday April 8/10 playlist

  1. Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings – Window Shopping
  2. The Pharaohs – Freedom Road
  3. Chico Mann – Say What
  4. Manu Dibango – Soul Makossa
  5. Madman Jaga – Hankuri (Nigeria Afrobeat Special)
  6. The Gaff – It’s Called Afrobeat
  7. Interview with the Gaff
  8. The Gaff and Factor – Trip 3
  9. Mr. Something Something – City of Sand
  10. Zia – Helelyos (Pomegranate: Persian Pop, Folk, FUnk, and Psych of the 60s and 70s)
  11. Bonobo – Black Sands
  12. Public Enemy – Public Enemy No. 1

The Gaff – Feature Interview today on MoMM

Today on the Music of My Mind (MoMM)between 5:30-6:00PM PST, a feature interview with former Victoria and CFUV DJ and producer The Gaff. He’ll be in Victoria on Saturday night (April 10), playing at Hush alongside his Victoria comrades Champion Sound (DJs Murge and Verse). Currently based in Saskatoon, the Gaff has become one of Canada’s most in demand DJs and his sets are legendary. We’ll hear a taste of the Gaff’s music and mixes as part of our feature. Also music from Manu Dibango, Chico Mann, and brand new Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings from their brand spankin new record I Learned The Hard Way. Keep it locked to 90.5FM and from 5:00-6:30PM today for a big concert announcement on today’s MoMM…

Thursday April 1

  1. The Emotions – My Honey and Me
  2. Georgia Anne Muldrow – Indeed
  3. Erykah Badu – Fall In Love (Your Funeral)
  4. Nneka – From Africa 2U
  5. Rupa and the April Fishes – C’est Moi
  6. KC Roberts and the Live Revolution – Too Late
  7. Coco Jafro – Last Time
  8. Tunji Oleyana and The Benders -Iwo Ko La Dami
  9. Mulatu Astatke – The Way To Nice
  10. Jaga Jazzist – Music! Dance! Drama!
  11. The SPy From Cairo – Saidi The Man
  12. Massive Attack – Splitting The Atom
  13. Oddissee – Houston
  14. Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate – Ruby