Yo, here’s what I played tonight. Too cold…!
- One Way - ‘Mr. Groove’
- Cameo - ‘Single Life’
- Keith Sweat - ‘I Want Her’
- Club Nouveau - ‘Situation #9’
- Prince - ‘Hot Thing’
- The System - ‘You Are In My System’
- Teena Marie - ‘I Need Your Lovin’
- The Crusaders featuring Randy Crawford - ‘Street Life’
- Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio - ‘Hot Stuff’
- George Clinton - ‘Atomic Dog’
- LL Cool J - ‘Jingling Baby’
- Slave - Snap Shot’
- Hall & Oates - ‘I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)’
- Patrice Rushen - ‘Forget Me Nots’
- Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson - ‘Superman Lover’
- Groove Theory - ‘Tell Me’
- Kurtis Blow - ‘If I Ruled The World’
- Keni Burke - ‘Keep Rising To The Top’
- Marvin Gaye - ‘Inner City Blues (Make Me Wanna Holler)’
- SWV - ‘You’re The One’
- Dennis Edwards - ‘Don’t Look Any Further’
- Maxwell - ‘Sumthin Sumthin’
- Fat Boys - ‘Fat Boys’
- Gwen McRae - ‘Funky Sensation’
- Junkyard Band - ‘Sardines’
- Trouble Funk - ‘Pump Me Up’
- Whodini - ‘Five Minutes Of Funk’
- Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five - ‘Girls Love The Way He Spins’
- L.T.D. - ‘Cuttin It Up’
- Average White Band - ‘Pick Up The Pieces’
- Aurra - ‘Are You SIngle’
- Boogie Boys - ‘Fly Girl’
- Biz Markie - ‘Nobody Beats The Biz’
- Next - ‘Wifey’
- Ini Kamoze - ‘Here Comes The Hotstepper’
- Taana Gardner - ‘Heartbeat’
- The Brothers Johnson - ‘Strawberry Letter 23’
- LL Cool J - ‘I’m Bad’
- Toddy Tee - ‘Batterram’
- Ruff Endz - ‘No More’
- DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - ‘Brand New Funk’
- Heavy D. And The Boyz - ‘The Overweight Lover’s In The House’
- The JB’s - ‘Pass The Peas’
- Kool And The Gang - ‘Jungle Boogie’
- Kool And The Gang - ‘Hollywood Swingin’
- Zapp And Roger - ‘Dance Floor’
- Ohio Players - ‘Funky Worm’
See ya here next week, same fonk time, same fonk channel.
Behold…one of the best investments I’ve ever made in my life. An investment in myself. Still holding. Still rolling.
Christmas ‘05, I bought this for myself. This was the first laptop I’d ever owned. I knew I was gonna need a laptop to continue doing what I do, one way or the other. When I bought it, I didn’t even know how to get on the Internet. Complete n00b. I’d been carrying crates of records around for years; DJing with this thing after that was like flying a space shuttle after you just learned to drive a car.
I got it right before I went on a tour of the Pacific Northwest with Mudkids. I was so nervous about the handling of it, man. I was really new to the world of computers and such. It was on this tour that I was taught what ‘Myspace’ was. The Hellow Snow tour was where I learned about how social media worked. I built the Mudkids MySpace page and got some immediate responses, which was eye-opening. In fact, the person who sent the very first email to the Mudkids is still a very very dear friend to me. I can quote the email in entirety right now. “So much love from me to you. - Jani”. I talk to Jani online regularly to this day.
Well, here we are all these years later and I’ve watched so many advances in technology, yet and still, this old boy is still cranking. I paid for it because I needed it. I thought I was getting a laptop simply so I could DJ; I ended up expanding my reach and base, found a completely forum to express myself in new ways.
I have other laptops now, been thru a few of em, but my main laptop has never let me down. Not once. I think it’s partially cuz I take care of my stuff and partially because someone wants me to remember the investment I made in myself by buying it during Christmas. Yeah, everyone else got their little gifts, but Russ invested in himself in ‘05 and it had paid for itself by March the next year. Now, this little MacBook will be where all the music on the radio show I’m about to do at 9 is coming from, 8 years later, full of soul, still fonkay. Movin a little slower, but never let’s me down. Yup. All the music produced on the two albums I released in the last year started on this laptop. This ‘old’ laptop.
Sometimes, you gotta invest in yourself. Others may invest in you as long as they think they’ll see immediate returns, but the investments you make in yourself will pay off if you stay focused.
I’m glad I paid for this and didn’t ask anyone to get it for me. I took a leap of faith at a crossroads in my life, believed in myself when I wasn’t being given too many reasons to do so and boom…here I am with a social-media audience of 10,000+, getting ready to rock the airwaves on the station I grew up groovin to.
Yep. Best investment ever…other than the time it took me to get here, of course.
Click the pic and you’ll get to hear me using this old thang on the radio. #CLUB1067 is a go every Friday night at 9…
Peace and Blessings,
Where Slim be…where I’m at…
I’m grateful…I’m thankful…for you, just cuz you’re checking for Slim…and Slim has a lot for you to check for. That’s a blessing. Thank you…
…and everyone else that can see this or has taken a minute to turn on the radio and hear what Slim is doing…each and every one of you has my deeeep appreciation.
I can definitely say that I’m focused on bringing something familiar, yet different every Friday night…fonkay and real on the radio for three straight hours. That’s fly.
I can definitely say that there isn’t another radio show like ‘Club 106.7’ on the airwaves of Naptown. I really get into making that three hours something dope that you wish you had tapes of every week.
The good folks at 106.7 WTLC asked me to do ME within what they already do and I grew up on…I LOVE doing this show for y’all. For three hours every week, I rock the airwaves with all KINDS of stuff, man…records that we heard at rinks, clubs, discotheques, on cassettes our friends brought back on summer vacation, and of course, the RADIO…
I’m on the station that shaped a lotta parts of my personality…repping the city I grew up in, With Tender Loving Care.
Now, THAT’S fonkay.
Peace and blessings, y’all…I got the soundtrack if you need me, every weekend.
This is what I played on the radio tonight…
Trouble Funk - ‘Let’s Get Small’
Jon B. - ‘Don’t Talk’
Nu Shooz - ‘I Can’t Wait’
TLC - ‘Get It Up’
Pieces Of A Dream - ‘Mt. Airy Groove’
The Commodores - ‘Brick House’
BT Express - ‘Express’
Ohio Players - Love Rollercoaster’
Cameo - ‘Rigor Mortis’
Zapp and Roger - ‘So Ruff, So Tuff’
Rick James - ‘Cold Blooded’
D-Train - ‘You’re The One For Me’
Crystal Waters - ‘Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)’
Apollonia 6 - ‘Sex Shooter’
Bell And James - ‘Livin It Up (Friday Night)’
Secret Weapon - ‘Must Be The Music’
The Time - ‘777-9311’
A Taste Of Honey - ‘Boogie Oogie Oogie’
The Fatback Band - ‘Money (Gotta Get My Hands On Some)’
The O’ Jay’s - ‘For The Love Of Money’
Aaliyah - ‘Back And Forth’
Whodini - ‘Friends’
Al B. Sure - ‘Off On Your Own (Girl)’
Maxwell - ‘Dancewitme’
LL Cool J - ‘Rock The Bells’
Salt N Pepa - ‘Get Up Everybody’
112 - ‘Peaches And Cream’
112 - ‘Dance With Me’
Loose Ends - ‘Slow Down’
The SOS Band - ‘No One’s Gonna Love You’
Soul II Soul - ‘Fairplay’
Tom Tom Club - ‘Genius Of Love’
Prince - ‘Alphabet St.’
Average White Band - ‘Pick Up The Pieces’
Kool And The Gang - ‘Jungle Boogie’
Brick - ‘Dazz’
Slave - ‘Just A Touch Of Love’
Odyssey - ‘Inside Out’
Lyn Collins - ‘Think (About It)’
Rob Base And DJ EZ Rock - ‘It Takes Two’
Strafe - ‘Set It Off’
MC Lyte - ‘Poor Georgie’
Biz Markie - ‘Make The Music With Your Mouth, Biz’
Beastie Boys - ‘Paul Revere’
Mary J. Blige - ‘Be Happy’
Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson - ‘Superman Lover’
Keni Burke - ‘Keep Rising To The Top’
Jean Knight - ‘Mr. Big Stuff’
Heavy D. And The Boyz - ‘Mr. Big Stuff’
A Tribe Called Quest - ‘Electric Relaxation’
So, yeah, man…if you’ve been keeping up, you know I’m about a year into this whole new thang where I do everything on the albums. They’re really ‘solo’ albums, so if you don’t dif them, there’s no one to blame but me.
There’s a totally incredible feeling when you’re doing everything for the album. You LIVE with it, literally…and so do the people around you.
I have always said these albums that I have put out were like ‘children’. I live with em, I work with em all day, just getting them to a point where I can send them out into the world to represent me and themselves well.
With ‘The Tinkerer’, I was learning to paint…with ‘LOWER’, I’m sculpting, comfortably.
‘The Tinkerer’ was more or less, a loose concept album about the joy of discovery, science, and having to overcome fear of the unknown to get to (and create something) great. It was my first time being responsible for everything on an album, from the music, to the narrative, to the mixdown…everything. I tied all that into the album itself; it really is an album about making the album, dressed up as a mad scientist/monster flick.
I was at home, in my little music-room (calling it a ‘studio’ sounds pretentious. I made ‘The Tinkerer’ and ‘LOWER’ on the laptop on which I am typing this and there ain’t no ‘drum room’ in my house), figuring out how to use all this stuff that had been sitting here at my disposal for YEARS. ’The Tinkerer’ was about creating a whole new thing from bits and pieces of what was already there, just like Dr. Frankenstein zapping life into dead body parts…
…or Afrika Bambaataa playing ‘breaks’ in the park…
…or Jimi Hendrix utilizing the ‘mistake’ of feedback to make a guitar sound like a dolphin.
…or Andy Warhol realizing that those soup cans might look cool presented differently.
You get the idea by now…I think I’m Nikolai Tesla, yo. Art is science, science is art.
I didn’t realize I was starting ‘LOWER’ when I started it. That’s kinda how it works, I write a few tunes…and a few weeks later, I’m looking at a batch of songs for a project. The project then begins to define itself as I follow where the spirit takes me to make the music.
The whole time I was crafting what would become ‘LOWER’, I was listening to (and studying) David Bowie. I’d bang out the rare new release here-and-there, but would always go back to the Bowie. I bought pretty much all his studio albums and absorbed them, totally enjoying the process of discovering this ‘new’ classic artist. It was ‘new’ to me; obviously, I was familiar with his work and had a singles collection, but this was my first time delving into the albums and the characters and mythology he created. It was pretty awesome, yo, pretty damn awesome. Maybe I can be that for someone else; I sure enough have the discography…and I’m still adding on and growing.
I found the focus of my album at some point during that year. I had recorded about 10 songs at that point. Once I knew what I wanted to do, I kept writing, remixing, producing, adding on…I ended up with about 35 songs to pick from for ‘LOWER’. I had the album down to 19 tracks up until about a week ago, when the process of resequencing required me to actually cut some tracks. Sometimes, you hafta cut things away to get to what you’re really trying to do.
Now, I’m there, man. I took the bandages off and realized I was ‘The Thin Beige Duke’.
All the Bowie, the science-fiction, ‘space’, the sounds, the soul, the synths, the FONK…it’s there. ‘The Tinkerer’ was The ‘Kid ‘making a man’. ‘LOWER’ is the soundtrack to a movie about that very man building a spaceship in his back yard. (I don’t wanna give it away, but the spaceship actually ends up working…)
I guess the next move is to get the finished product to you, huh? Word…I can’t wait and we’re tryna make that happen asaptually…
…along with some ‘…other’ things.
In the meantime, please check out the DIY videos on YouTube that I made for ‘LOWER’…
‘LOWER’ playlist on YouTube.
…and the free ‘LEMMIGITPAID’ Maxi-Single on my Bandcamp page…
‘LEMMIGITPAID’ Maxi-Single on Bandcamp
and get that ‘Slim Get Fonkay (Slim Gon Tell It)’ while you’re at it…
…and you can click the pic to go to my Soundcloud page to hear more…I stay workin.
Rusty Redenbacher Soundcloud Page
Awww…my last album, ‘The Tinkerer’ is streaming on Spotify, if you wanna hear what I was talking about…you can buy it on iTunes and Amazon too, man.
Rusty Redenbacher Page on Spotify
Ayyyy…Slim would not be mad if you hit ‘like’ on my Facebook page, yo…
Rusty Redenbacher Facebook Page
Aight, I’m gonna be streaming some tunes and letting you hear more of what has been going on over cheah soon, man.
Thanks for everything to all y’all out there rocking with #ATFU and myself.
‘LOWER’ IS GONNA ROCK YOUR FACE.
We land a rover on Mars and subject them(?) to some crap by Will.I.Am instead of the most OBVIOUS choice EVER to be the first song broadcast from ‘The Angry Red Planet’….I’ll never forgive NASA for that.
NASA needs better DJ’s. I think
OBVIOUS CHOICE, NASA…THIS IS NOT ROCKET SCIENCE HERE…
TO ALL MY MARTIAN BROTHERS AND SISTERS, I APOLOGIZE AND WE HAVE WAY BETTER MUSIC FOR Y’ALL WHEN Y’ALL COME TO VISIT…TELL THEM YOU NEED A BETTER DJ.
I’m here. I can get you my booking address…
Got in the mix today and had a gang of fun with it. Thought I’d share.
They’re two…well…four separate sets, but they’re paired up to work together. Basically, two separate hours of mixing…You can see what’s on there with the pics.
Just rock with me, I like a lotta stuff. Always glad to turn folks on to sometjing they may not be hip to or play something they dig already in a different way.
‘RUSTY’S MONDAY GROOVE (PARTS 1 & 2)’ (Mediafire)
‘SLIM’S PICKIN’S (Parts 1 & 2)’ (Mediafire)
Y’all have fun with those.
Holler at ya on the TV, radio and online.
I AM out cheah.
Oh, it’s gonna be fun.
Talk to y’all at 7.
#SNL at @TANTRUM_INDY
This is where I spin every Saturday night. I rock the old and the new, tryna keep it all in the mix. It’s been a lotta fun the first month or so and I’m thinking the summer is gonna be hot hot HOT! The #Startenders are in the house, keeping the drinks and party moving and I’m in the booth to keep you grooving.
Come thru and check us out, man. Spend a Saturday or five with the ‘Kid!
I’m watching a movie about ‘Troll 2’, the worst movie ever made and how it’s gone on to be a cult phenomenon. When I worked at Rockin’ Billy’s we got a CD that is kinda like the ‘Troll 2’ of hip-hop.
When I worked at Rockin’ Billy’s, DJ World dropped off some CD by a guy named ‘Nix’. No cover or nothin. No tracklist; just a CD-R with ‘Nix’ written on the front in Sharpie. I guess it was a guy, coulda been a group.
I’ll try to avoid ruining the surprise for you and will let you discover its greatness by listening for yourself.
This is the ‘Troll 2’ of hip-hop. He meant well.
There’s a full album worth of this stuff, man.
II had to share this with y’all.
“Let my loins move on…”
GREETINGS FROM #NAPTOWN!
I’m in here LIVE for y’all! Check for me on TLCNAPTOWN.COM
“#ShrugLife, the Alley, #ATFU, the #OlympicBluntCurlingTeam, need I continue..?” (Taken with instagram)
YYYYEEEEAH!!! Me and my man, @Thesselonious!
#SHRUGLIFE IS THE FAM AND THE WAY!
#ATFU IS THE CREW AND THE VIBE!
At the gig, ready to JAM for the people of #NAPTOWN and all the great folks listening online.
Friday nights are for ‘Club 106.7’, starting at 9 P.M.
I put the best jams from back in the day in the mix for y’all.
Check out TLCNAPTOWN.COM to listen. I’m here every Friday, y’all.