Our first show for 2020 comes on the heels of dark and troubling news, and we’ve got a full plate of musical nourishment to get ready for a looonng year with lots of work to do. A serving of anti-war funk from Jay Smooth, and a guest mix from Bondfire‘s own Macedonia.
As a soundtrack to this historic day, we present a special mix of all my favorite songs that sample the classic break, “Impeach The President” by the Honeydrippers. (Read more about this legendary record here!)
On this episode we chopped it up with DJ Baby K about her work teaching girls the art of DJing at the Lower East Side Girls Club, celebrated the new Prince Box set, and rocked out to Missy, El P, Curtis Mayfield, Little Simz, Black Moon and a little taste of Jay Smooth’s unreleased Prince stash.
On this week’s show Jay and Shawn Setaro spoke with ace writer/reporter Carla Murphy about her recent piece in Dissent Magazine on “Why We Need A Working Class Media,” and reflected on the passing of Noel Ignatiev.And in the mix Jay came through with new treats from DJ Shadow, Little Brother and Little Simz, plus rare live treats from Nina Simone!
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This is Jay’s mix from the May 31st, 2019 edition of the Railroad, featuring Open Mike Eagle, Maya Angelou, Reef the Lost Cauze, Pharoahe Monch and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez dropping jewels on climate change.
Archives of the new show are coming soon! We’ll be sharing highlights here, and complete shows at our Patreon….and in the meantime here’s another classic set that Ross One blessed us with back in 2003. A lot of treats in this one.
This is one of our classic mixes from 2015, archived by our old friends at Wax Poetics magazine:
“Wax Poetics contributing editor Andrew Mason aka DJ Monk-One spent [many years] spinning on Jay Smooth’s influential radio program, Underground Railroad. The WBAI show was founded in 1991 and focused on hip-hop and the jazz (and soul) cuts that were the building blocks for the sonic art. It was a New York staple and a must for any beatdigger that was trying to learn more about the roots of hip-hop. In fact, it was half the story about how the Wax Poetics founders met Monk-One in the late ’90s during his tenure with the groundbreaking show. Not long after, Wax Poetics was founded with the same mission of exploring the roots of hip-hop.”