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  • One love!

    February 6, 2008

    Robert Nesta Marley was born on this day (Feb 6) in 1945 in Jamaica, W.I. His friends called him Bob. He died in 1981. Simple math will tell you that he barely got a chance to live. But the music he crammed into his 36 years will outlive all of us.

    If all you know about Bob Marley is "I shot the Sheriff," I urge you to dig deeper. The man was one of the most eloquent and sensitive songwriters ever. Whether he was singing about the oppression of hate or the deliverance of love, his lyrics were simply - true. Marley is Dylan is Lennon and McCartney is Jagger and Richards and then some. But, as hip as those cats were, they still couldn't break it down like Bob.

    "I-and-I no come to fight flesh and blood, but spiritual wickedness in high and low places; so while they fight you down, stand firm and give Jah thanks and praises! I-and-I don't expect to be justified by the laws of men. Oh, You may find me guilty but truth, truth will prove my innocence. When the rain falls, it don't fall on one man's house. Just remember that!"

    You don't have to be a Rasta to dig that! Happy Birthday, Bob. This world misses you, bro. - David Cruz

  • Mike Moreno - Studio Session

    February 6, 2008. Posted by Angelika Beener.

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    If you checked out the list of my Top 10 favorite albums of 2007, you remember that Mike Moreno was among them. For those of you who are not familiar, here's your chance to check out this fabulous guitarist. The synergy and fire that this band brings is reminiscent and fresh at the same time, as is Moreno's brilliant playing. Saxophonist John Ellis' tone is one of the sweetest I've ever heard, and Moreno's tunes are classics in the making. Don't be surprised if you see them popping up in various musician's repertoires in the near future. Kendrick Scott's lyricism and dynamics on the drums are awe-inspiring, as usual.

    Hear the studio session with WBGO's Josh Jackson. And if you dig it as much as I do, be sure to grab his World Culture Music release, Between the Lines. Let me know what you think!

  • Current Delegate Count

    February 5, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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  • It's super, this Tuesday

    February 5, 2008

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    Obama Hilary

    When was the last time you really cared about a primary election day? Exactly.
    This will be a historic night, no matter how you vote. This is the first time in this generation that none of the candidates is an incumbent of some kind, so that might have something to do with all the hoopla. But, there's more, clearly.

    The Democrats will select either a woman or an black person as their candidate, and that's the first time that's ever happened (in more than 200 years!) The Republicans could also conceivably nominate the first Mormon to run for president.

    The GOP side of the race is not as close around here, but the Democrats have a real battle on their hands, especially here in Jersey where the difference between the two remaining candidates is just five percentage points.

    For us in the news department it's gonna be a long day. Starting at 8 p.m. we'll be on the air with results and analysis. We'll have reporters in New York and New Jersey and NPR will cover the rest of the country. I defy you to find a music station that pays more attention to this stuff than we do. It's just one more thing that makes WBGO unique.

    But, if we suck, it really doesn't mattter much, right? Well, we won't suck and you might just have some fun listening tonight. I hope you do. - David Cruz

  • Yes We Can/Si Se Puede

    February 4, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.

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    On the eve of Super Tuesday, y'all...

     

    The views expressed in this post, whether directly or indirectly perceived, represent no one in particular.
    No matter what candidate you believe in, make it count tomorrow.
    It's democracy. You can vote. Yes you can.
    -Josh