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Dispatches from Planet FunK: it’s the Aced Out Podcast. Dedicated to all whom the Man tried to ace out by profiting from soul without stopping to give props to the prophets of Soul. Hosted by Ace Alan, aka Barack Wayne. Brought to you by the letter P, sponsored by P.E.T.E.(People for the Ethical Treatment of Earholes), and Funkanaut fam affiliated. Because FUNK is spelled FUN with a K—that’s why.

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Dispatches from Planet FunK: it’s the Aced Out Podcast. Dedicated to all whom the Man tried to ace out by profiting from soul without stopping to give props to the prophets of Soul. Hosted by Ace Alan, aka Barack Wayne. Brought to you by the letter P, sponsored by P.E.T.E.(People for the Ethical Treatment of Earholes), and Funkanaut fam affiliated. Because FUNK is spelled FUN with a K—that’s why.

    Episode 7: Robin Russell [NEW BIRTH]

    Episode 7: Robin Russell [NEW BIRTH]

    Drummer’s-drummer ROBIN RUSSELL (NEW BIRTH/THE NITE-LITERS) sure takes it to the
    stage—under protest, that is. He’d much rather do his thing where the drum was invented:
    OUTSIDE. In fact, whenever he can, this Crenshaw native gets up at 3 am, loads up his gear,
    and heads over to LA’s Griffith Park, where he sets up under his oak tree and plays through
    sunrise—though a steady stream of gig offers prevents him from getting out there as much as
    he’d like.
    Indeed, it would seem that Russell hasn’t stopped drumming since he got his first kit in high
    school, knee deep in the acid rock sounds of the ‘60s. After just a couple years, he had become
    such a prodigy that he was scouted to gig with no less than Johnny “Guitar” Watson—(Robin’s
    “musical godfather”)—then scooped up by Little Richard to play venues like Wembley Stadium.
    Then came Russell’s indoctrination into the world of R&B, when drummer Mathew Watson
    saw him perform with his power trio Magic Mushroom and demanded to know who he was.
    Watson then recruited Russell on behalf of THE NITE-LITERS, the hit-making backing band for a
    coed cadre of singers called NEW BIRTH.
    After gigging with this musically complex yet deeply soulful collective for just three months,
    Robin laid the tracks for what became two of the most amazing and influential funk albums of
    all time: The Nite-Liters’ A-Nal-Y-Sis and New Birth’s Birth Day. New Birth continued to release
    hit singles and albums throughout the 1970s, making Russell the drum hero he is
    today—influencer of musical multitudes, from Dr. Dre to Dennis Chambers.
    In this insightful interview, Robin raps about the virtuosity of Johnny “Guitar” Watson, being
    devastated by the passing of Jimi Hendrix, the magic of working with New Birth bassist Leroy
    Taylor, and why you’d better not sleep when playing for Little Richard. Robin also talks about
    spirituality vs. egocentrism, the blessed nature of working with one’s idols, that time he saved
    his kit (and himself!) from a recent California wildfire, and how he and Blackbyrd McKnight (P-
    Funk/Herbie Hancock) recorded the most far out cassette tape you’ve never heard.

    • 2 ore 6 min
    Episode 6: Joe “Pep” Harris

    Episode 6: Joe “Pep” Harris

    It’s hard to believe that JOE “PEP” HARRIS—the commanding soul man of the groundbreaking classic, “Smiling Faces Sometimes”—tends to be modest about his vocal skills. After all, this Detroit native and Motown vet was handpicked by genius hit-maker NORMAN WHITFIELD (Marvin Gaye, Temptations, Rose Royce, etc) to front the supergroup The UNDISPUTED TRUTH with two sweet soul sirens, Billie Calvin and Brenda “BJ” Evans, (formerly of The Delicates).

    Wearing a love for contemporaries like Fifth Dimension and Sly Stone on their sleeves, The Undisputed Truth played sold out shows and went on to record some of the most adventurous, passionate, and indubitably FONKIFIED albums of the 70s—from Face To Face With The Truth, to Cosmic Truth, to Smokin’. These eclectic-yet -infectious LPs feature mammoth musicians like Wah Wah Watson, Eddie Hazel, and Herschel Happiness (Graham Central Station). Through it all, Joe has been the mainstay, sharing the mic with singers like Taka Boom (sister to Chaka Khan), Marcy Thomas, and Belita Woods.

    In this edutaining interview, Mr. Harris honors us with tales of winning over crowds at the Apollo with his first group The Fabulous Peps, touring with The Jackson Five, collaborating with Whitfield, and producing music for film and television with George Clinton. Joe also raps about fronting an early incarnation of The Ohio Players, life as a cancer survivor, reuniting with B.J. Evans for the current incarnation of UT, and why he always felt like he was chasing Jackie Wilson.

    • 2 ore 16 min
    Episode 5: Jay Double You! [P-FUNK]

    Episode 5: Jay Double You! [P-FUNK]

    JIM WRIGHT (now Jay Double You!) was just 12 years old when his big sister Debbie Wright’s bandmates—George Clinton, Bootsy, and the rest of Parliament-Funkadelic—started hanging out at his mother’s house in Detroit. In fact, Tiki Fulwood gave little Jim his first pair of drumsticks. And by the time he was in his late teens, he was already making a good living as a session player for legendary producer Don Davis at the local funk lab, United Sound.

    But it was Parliament OG-vocalist Fuzzy Haskins who officially gave Wright his big break with the P. Fuzzy told the kid he had just two takes to make it in—Wright killed it in one, performing with no less than Glenn Goins, Garry Shider, and Boogie Mosson. By the late 70s, young Jim was not only the drummer for his sister Deb’s vocal trio PARLET, but also the original leader of the band. On top of all that, he played on tracks that became part of Bernie Worrell’s classic solo debut, All the Woo in the World.

    But just as Clinton (or “G” as Jay Dub sometimes calls him) was about to propel the Wright siblings’ careers to the next level, tragedy befell the sister—causing a series of events that affected her brother deeply. So Jim returned to work with Davis, under whom he studied the art of songwriting and producing. Soon he had learned so much that he went independent, reinventing himself as Jay Double You! and putting out a string of his own funktastic albums.

    In this awe-inspiring but laughter-filled interview, Jay Dub spits deep game about playing in the pocket, gives numerous fly-on-the-wall accounts of the creation of such funk staples as “Flashlight,” and shares personal anecdotes involving Eddie Hazel, Gary “Mudbone” Cooper, and many other big-time funkateers. But that’s not all. Dub also waxes poetic on the cold realties of the music biz, drum machines vs. the human soul, and the importance of positive messages.

    • 2 ore
    Episode 4: Flyin’ Jay Armant, Jr.

    Episode 4: Flyin’ Jay Armant, Jr.

    Jay Armant, Jr never thought he’d become a member of Fishbone, much less co-lead vocalist of Year of the Dragon with Walter “Dirty Walt” Kibby. A self-described nerd, “Flyin’ Jay,” (as he would become known), figured he’d continue being a video game tester.

    But as a school kid, he took music as an elective, where he got turned on to the trombone. He immediately fell in love. And as he got older, the ‘bone kept calling him—until he found himself playing in a band and teaching music himself. Then his mentor/boss Fernando Pullum hooked him up with the opportunity of a lifetime…

    In this fun, info-packed interview, Jay chops it up about his indoctrination into the art of crowd-surfing, gigging with Al McKay of Earth Wind & Fire, crazy road stories, life after Fishbone, his project Electric Gremlin with Adam Fuller, and how much love and devotion his crew Year of the Dragon put into recording their new album, Take Control.

    • 1h 28 min
    Episode 3: Vet Stone

    Episode 3: Vet Stone

    If her life were a mathematical formula, it would be Family + Church = MUSIC. Indeed, Vet Stone (Vaetta Stewart-Reese) began making sweet soul sounds when she was a five-year-old girl standing on a table, singing with her parents and siblings—including big brother Sly. At church, she met lifelong friend and collaborator Tiny Mouton, with whom she performed on such hits as “You’re the One” with Little Sister and “Stand!” with Sly & the Family Stone, as well as classic albums like Fresh, Small Talk, and High on You.

    Ms. Stone honored us with a visit, talking about recording a gospel album as a teenager with the Heavenly Tones, living and sleeping in the studio while working on Sly’s creations, and her memoir, Blood Is Thicker Than the Mud.

    She also spoke about how Sly’s lyrics were often based on their mother’s own words of wisdom, why her brother Freddie is one of her favorite singers, and how good it feels to sing with her latest group Stone alongside her sister Rose, niece Lisa, and Tiny.

    Through it all, Vet has always stayed true to herself. Her interview is a treasure to behold.

    • 1h 15 min
    Episode 2: Amuka, Bride of Funkenstein

    Episode 2: Amuka, Bride of Funkenstein

    Amuka solidified her place in funk history with her recent appearance on Mike Judge’s animated doc series Tales from the Tour Bus, the George Clinton episode. Back in the day, her rock and roll chops earned her a spot in the Brides of Funkenstein, with whom she laid down the funk classic, Never Buy Texas from a Cowboy.
    Amuka honored us with a call from her homebase of Detroit — testifying, laughing, and even singing her way through an in-depth, truth-telling interview about her life and music.
    On top of telling us how the funk got done with George Clinton and Rob Dunbar for Brides, Ms. Amuka also shared stories about the ins and outs of working with Rick James and Public Enemy, as well as recording smash hits in Italy with Blackwood and her brilliant Mississippi EP (as Sheila Brody).
    Nowadays, Amuka is still going strong, singing her heart out and overcoming any obstacles in her path. Our must-listen session with her is fun with a “k” and inspirational as all get out.

    • 1h 24 min

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