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Options December 21, 2018: Put The Needle On The Best of 2018 Part One

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Artist Track Album Label Year Format Comments New Approx. start time
The Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra   Turntable Orchestration   Options     2018    From mid March 2018 recorded live over in Japan the accurately titled Philharmonic Turntable Orchestra featured D-Styles, QBert, Kentaro, Rena (12 year old reigning 2017 DMC World Champ), Mr.Switch, DJ Swamp, DJ Ken-one, Kireek (DJ Yasa/DJ Hi-C), Izoh, Generation, Bahn, Baku, Bori, Bunta, Dom-Auto, Doon, Fummy, Hiroshi, Ina Takayuki, Jifrock, Miyajima, Reiko, Sarasa, Shota,To-Ru, Wa-ta, Yone, and You-ki. Stylishly decked out in tuxedos together this 31 member DJ/turntable orchestra made both classical music history and turntablist music history as the "world’s first turntable orchestra” by performing live a sonically pleasing neu-classical skratch piece. Utliizing as their tools were mixers and Technics 1200's (no laptops) while reconstructing the sounds of eight different classical records that included the first ever 12" Long Playing (LP) vinyl record from 1948; Nathan Milstein and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra’s Mendelssohn Concerto in E Minor.     
Illingsworth  Peeves (feat. Open Mike Eagle)   Options You're No Fun  Mello Music Group   2018    Detroit talent, the emcee/producer and hella nice guy Illingsworth who was recently interviewed on this show on day he dropped this great new album; the mostly instrumental with just four vocal tracks two featuring guests - Open Mike Eagle and Denmark Vessey.    0:03:26 ()
Evidence  By My Side Too   Options Weather Or Not  Rhymesayers Entertainment  2018    Back on March 23rd the longtime Venice Beach producer/emcee/former Graf artist Evidence of Dilated Peoples fame was interviewed on this show about this soul-bearing latest solo album of his; the all killer Weather Or Not (continuing his ‘weather’ themed albums) on which he shared production duties with such talents as frequent collaborator Alchemist, DJ Premier, DJ Babu, Budgie (who produced this track “By My Side Too”), Nottz, Samiyam, and Twiz the Beat Pro.    0:06:11 ()
The Watershed  Swamp (MC Pauze, Professa Gabel, Brycon)   Options Equipto & Brycon Present The Watershed    2018    more great underground hip-hop outta San Francisco that got shine on this show in 2018    0:08:34 ()
Cypress Hill   Band Of Gypsies (feat Sadat & 50)   Options Elephants on Acid    2018    Cypress Hill back together in 2018 with Elephants on Acid - their ninth studio album and first studio album in eight years - this track featuring underground artists from Egypt Sadat and 50 - go peep excellent accompanying video for this song    0:11:03 ()
Gwop Sullivan   Famous Soul   Options     2018    Underground/bedroom producer from The Bronx Gwop Sullivan (great name too) whose soulful ear for crafting infectious beats (all one minute in length) drew my attention time and time again during 2018 - find more from him on 2018 archives of this show and on his SoundCloud page    0:14:39 ()
Serengeti as Kenny Dennis  Ok In My Book   Options Dennis 6e    2018    endlessly gifted and witty emcee from Chicago (though he lived in Bay Area for a bit) and previous show guest (years ago) in his final outing as his alter ego Kenny Dennis    0:15:36 ()
Master Ace & Marco Polo  Brukelen / Brooklyn (featuring Smif 'n' Wessun)   Options A Breukelen Story    2018    what more can be said about Master Ace (the legend) here teaming up with Marco Polo - perfect production partner who first collaborated 11 years ago on a track - Talked with Master Ace earlier this week who due to been over in Europe on tour was unable to be guest on this show -but will be in coming weeks - January we hope    0:17:56 ()
Kev Brown  Look At The Way The Words Move   Options Homework  Rededifinition Records  2018    2018 was a prolific year for hip-hop talent Kev Brown who dropped few projects including "Homework"    0:21:55 ()
People Under The Stairs   Drinking And Jivin'   Options     2018    longtime LA hip-hop duo (whose second home is Bay - check out their legendary "San Francisco Knights" track) dropped this gem at the end of the summer - what a great track!    0:23:53 ()
Wordburglar   Je Ne Care Pas   Options     2018    another one of those clever emcee tracks by artist I never heard of but fell in love with upon first hearing - Wordburgler from Canada    0:27:01 ()
The Du-Rites (J-Zone & Pablo Martin)  Gamma Ray Funk   Options Gamma Ray Jones LP    2018    The Du-Rites are an NYC-based instrumental funk combo of Jay Mumford (J-Zone) on drums, keys, bass guitar and Pablo Martin on guitar, bass guitar, keys. 3 albums and 4 7"s deep, The Du-Rites have been paired with a wide rage of talents, from Ghostface Killah, to Eddie Palmieri, to Robert Glasper. Back in April they released the “Gamma Ray Funk” seven inch single (B-side “Fish Sammich”) as a lead single from their late November released 13 track LP, the album “Gamma Ray Funk”    0:29:43 ()
DJ Nu-Mark & Method Man  Zodiac Killah   Options   Hot Plate Records  2018  7"  7" Single on Hot Plate Records released on recent Black Friday/Record Store Day - sick as fuck track from two legends in their respective fields - delivering killer rapping and cuts and production. Only complaint too short at 1:50 length.  *   0:32:43 ()
Neon Brown  Critical Beatdown   Options L'appel Du Vide    2018    Guest on this show as live remote from Denver few months back, Colorado based producer (one time Oakland resident) Neon Brown talked about this album which he never released but shared with WFMU to play.    0:34:27 ()
Brownout  Bring The Noise   Options Fear Of A Brown Planet    2018    wonderful full album reinterpretation of PE classic    0:35:31 ()
Romanowski  Dalwala Break   Options Tiger Bomb Express    2018    San Francisco based producer/dj/artist and longtime European transplant in SF Romanowski - released (For free) this great album in 2018    0:40:02 ()
Darko The Super   Bike Spokes   Options     2018    Another sick ass gifted mic wrecker "Just since the top of 2018, Darko The Super has released a myriad of releases including Buzzy Linhart Changed My Life, Doc Heller's Or Do I Eat This Sandwich?! Bogus Poetry In The Dizzy Age, and Creative Casualty on U DONT DESERVE THIS BEAUTIFUL ART (UDDTBA) as well as Stories of a Made Up Year produced by Height Keech on Cold Rhymes Records, The Hell Hole Store's "I'll Take What I Can Get" Feat. Open Mike Eagle on Already Dead Tapes, and "Bike Spokes" as part of The Custodian of Records' Qwuickieleaks Challenge and a few more loosely released tracks." - c/o TheWitzard blog    0:41:44 ()
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Black Milk  Laugh Now Cry Later   Options Fever  Mass Appeal Records  2018    Just like Canada seemingly breeds so many incredible comedians, Detroit Michigan continually gives the world so many hip-hop talents - many of them multi-talented too as in MCs/producers. Examples include Dilla (of course), Illingsowrth and super-talented (and hella nice guy) Black Milk; the emcee/producer who many came to know from the group B.R. Gunna (with Young RJ of Slum Village and Fat Ray) or Random Axe (with Sean Price and Guilty Simpson) or his work with such acts as the aforementioned legend J-Dilla, Elzhi, RZA, Danny Brown and Jack White of the White Stripes. Black Milk was interviewed by phone on this show back on March 23rd - the same day his wonderful latest solo album “Fever” dropped via Mass Appeal.    0:43:40 ()
DJ Pnutz   play that beat mrs dj   Options     2018  7"  San Diego based DJ/producer and longtime friend of this show (previous guest in WFMU NJ studios few years back) dropped this killer 7” inch single back in June followed by her 2018 album of the same name in September which was premiered on this show (archive date Sept 21 2018). Not just an endlessly gifted producer but a needed female representation in the male dominated field.    0:46:51 ()
Homeboy Sandman & Edan  #NeverUseTheInternetAgain   Options Humble Pi  Stones Throw Records  2018    Frequent guest on this show over the years going way back to long before signing with Stones Throw, one of a kind wordsmith from Queens NY Homeboy Sandman teamed up with the perfect collaborator for his 2018 album release (Humble Pi) the legendary, unique, witty producer/DJ/emcee, constant creative collaborator and former Berklee College Of Music student Edan for this excellent album produced by Dan who raps on select tracks leaving most of the mic duties to Homeboy Sandman. Currently doing shows all over, with European dates planned for early 2019, last weekend they played in San Francisco (Thee Parkside) with their next scheduled show happening right after Christmas in Boston, next Friday night at the Once Ballroom Dec. 28th.    0:50:24 ()
Dr Octagon  Hollywood Tailswinging   Options Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation  Bulk Recordings  2018    Two + decades later the combined talents of one-of-a-kind emcee Kool Keith, gifted producer Dan the Automator, and pioneering turntablist DJ QBert reunite to pick up where they left off on 1996’s landmark Dr. Octagon debut with the 2018 sequel Moosebumps: An Exploration Into Modern Day Horripilation also on Bulk Recordings. Tracks include the 2018 version of the single off the 1996 album “Bear Witness IV” as well as Dan the Automator’s other Deltron 3030 (Automator/Kid Koala/Del) collaborator Del The Funky Homosapien.    0:53:34 ()

Listener comments!

  Fri. 12/21/18 6:51pm simpedarnk:

happy solsticeness and Jam on
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 6:58pm Billy Jam:

yo SPIDEY
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 6:59pm Billy Jam:

Thanks for tuning in today for the first in two or most likely three “Best of 2018” shows due to (as MB noted in last week’s comments) one would need 3 hours to do so. Thanks also to Joe D (“Peaceful Solutions” late Friday nights 3am-6am) for doing the engineering today since I am coming to you from the Left Coast this week, and the next two weeks when Bronwyn B (“Love Is Only Sleeping” late Saturday nights 3-6am) will do the board-op/engineering.
  Fri. 12/21/18 7:00pm Jocelyn:

Happy Solstice!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/21/18 7:01pm chresti:

Happy Solstice!
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:01pm Billy Jam:

happy solstice to you too Jocelyn and thanks for always listening to this show - appreciated!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/21/18 7:02pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Solstice jams!
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:02pm Billy Jam:

hey chresti - how are u doing? Hello Ken
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:03pm geezerette:

So many Druids! Tomorrow, more light EVERY DAY!!!
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:03pm Aaron Hali:

Billy, blunts, brew, beats, and Betamax...it’s FRIDAY!! Hello, PTNOTR CREW!
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:04pm Billy Jam:

I should be at Newgrange with me druids and droogs eating mushrooms and thinking very deeply
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/21/18 7:04pm mb:

Greetings on this mild Jersey Solstice. Hi Billy.
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:05pm geezerette:

Billy, cheers to that!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/21/18 7:05pm chris:

hey, Billy Jam and folks. Happy Holidaze to you all!
  Fri. 12/21/18 7:05pm simpedarnk:

"I think very deeply....." "...so you're a philosopher.....?"
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/21/18 7:06pm Passaic River Blues:

@Billy Jam: Damn, shrooms at Newgrange, inflate my consciousness and float down the Boyne to crash in Drogheda. SOUNDS FUN!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/21/18 7:06pm chresti:

Going up to see Fambly in SF Bay area next week
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:06pm Billy Jam:

hey CHRIS in SF and AARON in da North Bay (love that artwork u posted to social media) - wot up PASSAIC RIVER BLUES
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/21/18 7:06pm chresti:

Mushrooms=excellent!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/21/18 7:06pm Greg from ZONE 5:

Yo Billy & Joe D!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/21/18 7:07pm Passaic River Blues:

I love Open Mike Eagle so much.
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:07pm geezerette:

Persephone's on her way up again! :D
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/21/18 7:07pm chresti:

Where's Newgrange?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/21/18 7:09pm Passaic River Blues:

@Chresti: Ireland. North of Dublin, near Drogheda.
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:09pm geezerette:

Chresti, have fun! o<(:c3}
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/21/18 7:09pm chris:

chresti. newgrange is the oldest man-made structure on earth, a dirt and stone mound with a tiny entrance. it has an alter that gets illuminated by the sun only on solstice
  Fri. 12/21/18 7:10pm Alex:

I am Groot!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/21/18 7:10pm Passaic River Blues:

Man, that first verse on the perspective of being married to a cancer survivor was REAL.
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:10pm TheRapperWithNoName:

Big Ups to Big Billy Jam for Knowing Exactly how it should be Done, and then Doing just That.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/21/18 7:10pm coelacanth∅:

greetings Billy Jam & all
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/21/18 7:10pm chresti:

Sounds prime for Solstice celebrating. Thanks
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/21/18 7:12pm Passaic River Blues:

@chris: I totally forgot about the solstice altar!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/21/18 7:12pm chresti:

geeze- likewise;)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/21/18 7:13pm chris:

i've never been there, but its on the list.
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:13pm geezerette:

Thanks, Chresti! Cheers! :)
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:13pm Aaron Hali:

The Watershed’s from SF!??? Cool.
  Fri. 12/21/18 7:13pm ami ad:

Hash,yes sir
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:14pm northguineahills:

I participated in a hundred turntable orchestra at a gallery in Chelsea, but all the recs were John Cage.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/21/18 7:15pm Joe D.:

damn Sadat & 50 are dope but I foresee a few branding issues for them in the US lol
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:15pm TheRapperWithNoName:

how funny if they were all playing "4'33"
  Fri. 12/21/18 7:15pm simpedarnk:

Luxor rules- met many cool dudes there. Egyptian peoples so much love
  Fri. 12/21/18 7:16pm Jocelyn:

NGH, Happy Solstice!
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:17pm geezerette:

Happy Everything, Chris, Common, Coel, Passaic,NGH, and everybody! Wishing the world a better 2019, fingers crossed and a letter to Santa!
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:17pm TheRapperWithNoName:

Serengeti too raw
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:18pm geezerette:

NGH, wish I'd been there!
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:18pm TheRapperWithNoName:

the Tone Tank song he featured on, "Cop Boost" is ridiculous
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:19pm northguineahills:

Feliz soliticio, Jocelyn!

I also have the records and score for dj trio by dj olive and toshio kajiwara (which I participated once).
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:19pm ADA:

Kenny Dennis is always ok in my book!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/21/18 7:20pm Passaic River Blues:

Man, Master Ace on the show would be awesome.
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:20pm northguineahills:

yo tambien, geezerette!

I have an apt in Crown Heights. I need lettuce to visit....
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:22pm Billy Jam:

As regular WFMU listeners will notice most DJs will soon (or are already) doing year-in-review shows. Today’s engineer back in NJ studios of WFMU Joe D will be doing his LOOK BACK AT THE YEAR IN MUSIC in 2 weeks time on first weekend of new year - January 4th (technically the 5th) during his must-hear weekly show “Peaceful Solutions” on WFMU.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/21/18 7:25pm Smilty69:

Happy Holidays, Billy Jam and friends! Good to hear new People Under The Stairs!
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:26pm northguineahills:

@Billy Jam: Can't clicky star, everything preclickied.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/21/18 7:26pm chresti:

Sounds good, @ BJ
  Fri. 12/21/18 7:26pm Jocelyn:

I love year in review shows but they always leave me feeling, Where did the year go? How is it almost 2019? Where did the time go?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/21/18 7:28pm chresti:

Are there any musical drug PSAs made these days/
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/21/18 7:30pm mb:

Great to see the high spirits on the board, East to West. Cheers all! Joe D.
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:31pm Billy Jam:

Who are your top three hip-hop artists making music in 2018? Joe D’s top three hip-hop artists of 2018 he told me yesterday via online messaging: “My top three this year are Mach Hommy, Lojii and Pusha T” adding that, “Pusha very obvious though so I would maybe slot in MIKE I do honestly think Daytona is unfukwitable lol”
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/21/18 7:31pm Passaic River Blues:

Nice.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/21/18 7:31pm chresti:

I love this NEW stuff!
  Fri. 12/21/18 7:31pm celeste:

wowie zowie
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:32pm Billy Jam:

hey ADA, Smilty69, NGH and all else tuned in - sorry not on comments much but busy typing and prepping and smoking and ...........blasting the bass
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:33pm Aaron Hali:

Well, out of all the DJ “Year In Review” shows out there, WFMU’s PTNOTR is the ONLY one that I MYSELF will be tuning into...I had to kick most radio off the team at the beginning of 2010. And i never turned back cause I’m such a savage!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/21/18 7:33pm Passaic River Blues:

I am terribly out of the loop but I thought Lando Chill had a great year (as did most of the Mello Music guys).
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/21/18 7:35pm chris:

for sure shout out to Mello Music. good call, PRB.
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:35pm Aaron Hali:

Yo ADA, I’ve been meaning to ask you where you’re living at in New Mexico?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/21/18 7:38pm Passaic River Blues:

Oh yeah, forgot about this insane Brownout cut! Definitely best-of territory.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/21/18 7:38pm chresti:

Mercy!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/21/18 7:40pm chris:

Brownout are so insanely talented.

also 2018 fav, Misterman Cheers (Rast) new album, i know why the caged bird sings
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:41pm northguineahills:

Neon Brown sounds like it should be my favorite color.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/21/18 7:42pm Passaic River Blues:

@chris: yes! I bet that Rast record is supreme--Billy played that "Silent Machine Gun" track and that floored me.
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:42pm ADA:

Dope Romanowski... I'm in ABQ
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:44pm Billy Jam:

hey CELESTE and mb
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/21/18 7:44pm Ken From Hyde Park:

This is totally dope!
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:46pm Aaron Hali:

Right on, I LOVE NM!! I lived in Corrales years ago before it was developed.
  Fri. 12/21/18 7:47pm Jocelyn:

Loving this!
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:48pm Billy Jam:

thanks to YOU for listening to F M U
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:49pm Aaron Hali:

ADA, you should send me a coupla Blake’s Green Chile cheeseburgers for Xmas!!!
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:49pm ADA:

Oh man, love those. Greene Chile everything
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/21/18 7:50pm chris:

this Pnutz album gets frequent play in the house, too. cheers, Billy Jam and Joe D.
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:52pm Aaron Hali:

Fuck YES! My mom used to get a shipment of frozen green chili every year from
a friend somewhere in Bernalillo but those days are long over and sincerely missed!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/21/18 7:52pm Passaic River Blues:

!!!
  Fri. 12/21/18 7:54pm simpedarnk:

cheers Billy , cheers WOOFMOOZ luvatchazall
  Fri. 12/21/18 7:54pm celeste:

oops im using the internet again - come on!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/21/18 7:54pm Berd:

nicely billy jam. Classics from classics
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:55pm ADA:

Never been here before but now we're never leaving, it has exceeded expectations.
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:57pm Billy Jam:

hey BERD - simpedarnk ====== THANKS to Joe D for engineering today - tune in for him later tonite - next week will be back with PART TWO in BEST OF 2018 - a random and subjective mix of music that I personally liked over past year and played on this show - Mr Fine Wine next - Happy Christmas Boxing Day Holidays Stephens Day Dank Day Holidayz ----and WEEKEND - be safe be positive = THANKS for listening
  Fri. 12/21/18 7:58pm Jocelyn:

Mmmmm green chiles
Avatar Swag For Life Member Fri. 12/21/18 7:58pm Passaic River Blues:

Jesus, that felt good. Thank you, Billy!
  Fri. 12/21/18 7:58pm Jocelyn:

Thanks Billy! I hope you have a great holiday!
Avatar Fri. 12/21/18 7:59pm Aaron Hali:

THX Billy!!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 🎃 Fri. 12/21/18 8:00pm chresti:

Thanks Billy- knocked my socks off!
  Wed. 6/12/19 1:28pm Marie:

Great show--thanks, Billy!
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