Sunday, December 3, 2006

East Coast Sound Patrol - Live on WPFW 1995(?)

East Coast Sound Patrol -
WPFW 89.3FM Washington DC
some blunted weekend - c.1995

For those who aren't from DC, 89.3fm WPFW won't necessarily be important to you. But if you live in DC or grew up in DC, you better know whats up with WPFW. If you don't know, now you know. WPFW used to come through with the craziest shit. We'd be driving around hazy style latenight back in the 90s, and hear all types of random awesomeness (usually Bobby Hill on Saturdays or like Sound Patrol on Fridays). Just to illustrate how special WPFW is to the city, their longtime DJ/personality Bobby Hill hosts a show every year around Christmas time called Bring The Noize/The B-Side. Dude will go through all types of Public Enemy/Bomb Squad instrumentals and b-side cuts for 3 or 4 hours straight. That alone makes Bobby Hill and WPFW immortal heroes in my book.

It's almost midnight and I'm beat so will spare the details, but just listen to this tape I recorded one hazy Friday night - and it should all become clear how important WPFW is and has always been for the DC-area underground heads. East Coast Sound Patrol was DJs Armageddon, X-Man + a handful of other cats who used to rock regularly on WPFW as well as in all the local clubs. You can try and Google them but you won't find too much info on them. This tape is a perfect example of how they pretty much disregarded all the useless FCC regulations that most stations are super strict about. And what really got me was how they incorporated live delay fx on the mic and on the turntables at certain points - sounded like they had all the gear running through their own mixer and then into the station's soundboard. Listening to this reminds me how dope shit was in '94/95 on the hip-hop tip, because they pulled off a live radio-version of the old Brooklyn hip-hop mixtapes I used to get. Everything's so clean and digital sounding these days, but there's magic in the old grimy bits that just doesn't come across in full digital productions.... enjoy.

** Props to DJ Armageddon, WPFW 89.3 FM, East Coast Sound Patrol and all the Ethiopian brethren/sistren in and around the District for many years of hype flava! Extra props to my girl Devyne from Earthgyrl Productions for elevated conversations making me remember about this tape in 2009 and gettin off my ass to reup the damn thing.

Side A [download]:::
Sister Souljah - My God is a Powerful God
Black Moon - How Many Emcee's (Must Get Dissed)
Jeru The Damaja - Brooklyn Took It
The Roots - Proceed
Slick Rick - It's A Boy
MC Shan - The Brige (Instrumental)
O.C. - O-zone
??? - Instr.
??? - Jazzy Instr.
Funkdoobiest - Rock On
Digable Planets - Graffiti (Noise)
Jeru The Damaja - You Can't Stop the Prophet
Brand Nubian - ???
Public Enemy - Don't Believe The Hype

Side B [download]:::
??? - Jazzy Instr.
The Fearless Four - Rockin' It
Bahamadia - Ghetto Rap ???
De la Soul - A Roller Skatin' Jam Named "Saturdays"
Jungle Brothers - What U Waitin 4?
Digable Planets - Escapism (Gettin' Free)
The Roots - Proceed rmx
Mad Lion - Smoke the Herb(???)
A Tribe Called Quest - Stir It Up