Category: Testify!

Funky16Corners Radio Show Episode #484

By , September 22, 2019 10:52 am

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Show #484. Originally broadcast 09/16/2019

Clarence Carter – Soul Deep (Atlantic)
Clarence Carter – Take It Off Him and Put It On Me (Atlantic)
American Group – Enchilada Soul (AGP)
Les McCann Ltd – Fake Out (Limelight)
Les McCann Ltd – Watermelon Man (Limelight)

Grant Green – Nighttime In the Switching Yard (Versatile)
Hubert Laws – Feeling Alright (CTI)
Hubert Laws – How Long Will It Be (CTI)

Clarence Frogman Henry – Tore Up Over You (Parrot)
Gentleman June Gardner – One Mint Julep (Philips)
Gentleman June Gardner – Hammerhead (Philips)
Perry and the Harmonics – Do the Monkey With James (Mercury)

Junior Walker and the All Stars – Shoot Your Shot (Soul)
Junior Walker and the All Stars – Ain’t That the Truth (Soul)
Soul Finders – Sweet Soul Music (Camden)
Fabulous Emotions – Number One Fool (Tamboo)

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Greetings all

Starting this week, and for the foreseeable future I will be taking a hiatus from the traditional blog posts here at Funky16Corners and over at Iron Leg, focusing instead on the radio broadcasts and live mixes (Funky16Corners Radio Show here and Iron Leg Radio Show and Testify! over at Iron Leg).

The weekly work of assembling, broadcasting and archiving two (sometimes three) radio shows a week has gradually muscled out the traditional posts that I have been doing at Funky16Corners for the last 15 years and at Iron Leg since 2007.

I have loved the research/learning that went along with writing those posts, but the current schedule leaves little time for them.

When I started these blogs I scarcely imagined that the time would come when I’d be producing several hours of live radio a week, but that’s what happened, and while I’ll miss doing the old posts, I love doing the radio shows.

All of the existing archives will remain, and hopefully I’ll be able to work some writing back into the schedule along the way.

So dig it, make sure to tune in, and I’ll see you all next week.

Also, make sure to follow Funky16Corners on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Keep the faith

Larry

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Funky16Corners 2019 Pledge Drive!

By , June 16, 2019 10:45 am

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Funky16Corners Presents: Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache
A Solid Hour of Soul For Dancers 

Isley Brothers – Got To Have You Back (Tamla)|
Bandwagon – Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache (Epic)
Teri Nelson Group – Love Is Getting Better (Kama Sutra)
Yvonne Fair – Just As Sure As You Play (You Will Pay) (Smash)
Little Richard – Whole Lotta Shaking Going On (Veejay)
Billy Graham and the Escalators – Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Atlantic)
Anna King- If You Don’t Think (Smash)
Jimmy Jones – Don’t You Just Know It (Parkway)
Bobby Whitlock – And I Love You (HIP)
Big Dee Irwin – Discotheque (Roulette)
Aldora Britton – Do It With Soul (Columbia)
Betty Everett – I Can’t Hear You No More (Veejay)
Monti Rock III – For Days and Days (Mercury)
Johnny Moore – A Dollar Ninety Eight (Wand)
Maxine Brown – Anything You Do Is Alright (Wand)
Jun Mayuzumi – Black Room (Capitol JP)
Spyder Turner – Dream Lover (MGM)
Sweet Inspirations – Just Walk In My Shoes (Atco)
Bobby Lester – Hang Up Your Hang Ups (Columbia)
Johnny Daye – I Need You (Stax)
Toni Lamarr  – If I Didn’t Love You (Buddah)
Capitols – We Got a Thing That’s In the Groove (Karen)
Delcords – Just a Little Misunderstanding (UP)
Joe E Young and the Toniks – Get That Feeling (Toast)
Alvin Cash and the Crawlers – Do It One More Time (the Twine) (Mar V Lus)

Listen/Download -Funky16Corners: Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache – 114MB Mixed MP3

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Funky16Corners Presents: Loose and Groovy
An Hour of Instrumental Wonderfullness Packed With Breaks!

Dizzy Gillespie – Stomped and Wasted (GWP)
Sonny Cox – Chocolate Candy (Bell)
Cal Tjader – The Tra La La Song (Skye)
George Shearing, the Quintet and the Amigos – Aquarius (MPS/BASF)
Gordon Staples and the String Thing – Get Down (Tamla)
Bob Dorough – A Taste of Honey (MMO)
Harry J All Stars – Spyrone (Harry J)
Impact of Brass – So Far So Good (Rare Earth)
Al Serafini his Electronic Sax and Orchestra – Lil Rosey (Audio Fidelity)
Willie Bobo – Grazing In the Grass (Verve)
Odell Brown and the Organizers – Day Tripper (Cadet)
Terumasa Hino Quintet – Snake Hip (Capitol JP)
Lou Garno Quintet – Chicken In the Basket (Giovannia)
Johnny Frigo Quartet – Dance of Love (Orion)
Richard Fudoli – Gwee (Date)
Soulful Strings – Zambezi (Cadet)
The Touch – Pick and Shovel (LeCasVer)
Soul Searchers – Think (Sussex)

Listen/Download -Funky16Corners: Loose and Groovy – 87MB Mixed MP3

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Greetings all.

The Funky16Corners 2019 Allnighter/Pledge Drive is here!

Things are looking (much) different this year.

This is the 10th year of doing a pledge drive here at Funky16Corners, and the landscape, and (forgive the use of the word) ‘mission’ of Funky16Corners has evolved fairly drastically since the blog opened it’s doors nearly 15 years ago (not counting the webzine years).

The world of music blogging is not what it once was. The way people access music and information on the web is a whole different thing than it was when I started. Traffic is a small fraction of what it once was.

The main thrust of what I do here at Funky16Corners has also changed significantly.

Starting with single-song blog posts in the early days, moving on to DJ mixes, then the beginning of the Funky16Corners Radio Show (which is nearing the 500 episode mark!), then the various and sundry guest mixes, in and outside of the pledge drive context.

I have to begin by sending out my thanks to all of the amazing DJs that have been generous with their time and their records over the years, all of whom I am proud to have featured at Funky16Corners.

The last few years have seen my move into live radio broadcasts, with Funky16Corners Radio Show and Testify!, my show for WFMU’s Give the Drummer Radio appearing weekly, and the Iron Leg Radio Show (nearing 100 episodes) monthly.

As a result of the workload associated with this change, the frequency of blog posts has decreased to once a week.

This year I decided that I needed to take a break from the Allnighter/Summer of Soul format, if only to ease off of the workload associated with putting it all together (and maybe spend a little more time with the fam while they’re home for the summer).

In it’s place I have created two brand new, hour-long mixes.

The first, Breaking Down the Walls of Heartache is an hour of dancefloor soul, with a grip of new and recent arrivals in the Funky16Corners crates.

The second. Loose and Groovy is a collection of instrumentals, many of them funky, packed with breaks and loopable grooves for days.

The focus on using Patreon to raise money to pay the bills around here (paying for server space/bandwidth and broadcast fees) has proven to make a lot of sense, moreso than the previously used Paypal model.

If you dig any of the stuff I do here, any of the radio shows, or the mix archives, or even if you’re one of the few that still read the blog posts, please consider signing up for Patreon and making a small, recurring, monthly donation of a few dollars.

You can click on the link below.

It’s pretty simple, very safe and a great way to keep Funky16Corners up and running for another year.

So thanks in advance, and enjoy the tunes!

Keep the Faith

Larry

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The pledging will continue this year with Patreon (click here or on the logo below to go to the Funky16Corners page) , where you will be able to spread your contributions out over the entire year, which will help cover the ongoing server/broadcast/hardware expenses. This year has seen the move to 100 percent live broadcasting (Mixlr.com/Funky16corners)  and continued hardware and software upgrades at Funky16Corners central, to keep the radio/podcasting experience as seamless and groovy as possible. So please dig deep so we can continue to do the same, and if you’re already a Patreon donor, please accept my heartfelt thanks!

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I am also including a Paypal donation button (below) if you’d rather donate in a lump sum instead of the rolling donation in Patreon.





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So, download and dig the mixes, keep digging the radio shows!

Also, make sure to follow Funky16Corners on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Keep the faith

Larry

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Master Plan – Bennie and the Jets

By , March 10, 2019 10:36 am

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Master Plan

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Greetings all.

I thought, since it’s 2019 Marathon time over at WFMU, where my freeform radio thing ‘Testify!’ resides, a show that should be of interest to fans of both Funky16Corners and Iron Leg, that I might tie things together a bit.

Every years the DJs on WFMU programs put together a premium (usually in the form of a CD compilation) to entice listeners to donate to the station which is 100% listener-supported.

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This year, my premium is ‘Souled Gold: Soul Artists Interpret 70s AM Gold’.
The comp is pretty self-explanatory, with some very groovy, soulful and funky covers of big AM radio hits.

The track I bring you today appears on the comp in question, and since it’s one of my faves therein, and hasn’t appeared in this space before, I thought I’d bring it to you today.

The Master Plan were a San Francisco Bay-area group that released a string of singles on a variety of labels between 1973 and 1988, including a handful on De-Lite.

Their version of Bennie and the Jets was released in 1975, and is – among the tracks on Souled Gold – particularly interesting.

Though it definitely sounds ‘of its time’ it also adds a jazz spin to Elton John’s tune, with an arrangement by David Van De Pitte, who had also worked with the Temptations, Edwin Starr and General Johnson among others.

As far as I can tell, despite its obvious charms, the Master Plan version of ‘Benny and the Jets’ was met with broadcast apathy, with the marked exception of one radio station in Oakland, California.’

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If you dig the tune, and/or Funky16Corners, or WFMU (simply the greatest station in the nation) click on this link (or the logo above) and donate.

If you donate $75 or more you can grab yourselves a copy of ‘Souled Gold’ or any of the great 2019 DJ premiums.

So dig the sounds, dig into your wallets and groove.
See you next week

Also, make sure to follow Funky16Corners on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Keep the faith

Larry

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Little Buster – I’m So Lonely

By , October 8, 2017 11:28 am

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Eddie ‘Little Buster’ Forehand

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Listen/Download – Little Buster – I’m So Lonely MP3

Greetings all.

The record I bring you today is without any dispute one of my all time favorites, holding a secure spot in my Top 10.

I have to start by sending out a big thanks to Red Kelly of the B-Side (and many other blogs) who turned me on to the sounds of Little Buster many years ago.

Eddie ‘Little Buster’ Forehand (note the name, because his records feature about four or five different iterations of his name/nickname) was born in North Carolina in 1942 but relocated to Long Island (where he spent the rest of his life) in the late 50s.

He was blind, and recorded a string of absolutely brilliant singles for Jubilee, Josie and Minit between 1964 and 1969.

Today’s selection, ‘I’m So Lonely’ was his second 45, recorded in 1965.

To say that it is a special/unique record is to understate its power.

Featuring Little Buster’s voice and guitar, and precious little else (very spare bass and drum backing), ‘I’m So Lonely’ is a masterpiece of atmosphere and emotion. Though it is ostensibly a ‘soul’ record, it reaches back into the earliest days of recorded blues, borrowing Pop Staples wide open tremelo, is it less as an ‘effect’ and more as an essential character in the story of the song, acting as an aural backdrop.

Like many of the Delta bluesmen, Buster establishes a loose relation to the tempo, dancing in and out of the beat (as it is), yet never losing connection.

The recording – produced by Jubilee house producers Mickey Eichner and Steve Blaine – is unusually spare yet dripping in atmosphere, which comes exclusively from Little Busters voice and guitar.

His first two 45s (which seem to have come from the same session) have the same sound, and even later on, when he was working with other producers, and fuller arrangements, that rawness/bareness was still there in the background.

In a just world, Little Buster would be considered in the first rank of southern soul singers (even though he largely recorded in the North). His work is remarkably consistent, deep and emotionally powerful.

There are a number of records in his catalog (especially his upbeat, Horace Ott-arranged cover of ‘Cry Me a River’ from 1969) that are lost classics.

Little Buster went on to record in the modern era with his band the Soul Brothers, but aside from a mid-90s UK collection on Sequel, his amazing Jubilee/Josie and Minit sides are currently unavailable, which is a crime.

I hope you dig the sounds.

Also, make sure to follow Funky16Corners on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Keep the faith

Larry

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Roy Head – Driving Wheel

By , October 1, 2017 9:15 am

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Roy Head

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Greetings all.

The tune I bring you today is from what is by far the funkiest album by one of the great white R&B/soul singers of the classic era.

Roy Head, formerly of the Traits was a bona fide Texas legend. Posessed of a great, raspy voice and excellent taste in material, Head had his first hit in 1965 with ‘Treat Her Right’ (which became a standard) for Back Beat and even though he didn’t cozy up to the charts much more after that, continued recording quality stuff into the 1980s.

The tune I bring you today hails from the excellent 1970 LP ‘Same People’, which contains a number of amazing tracks (including covers of the Sir Douglas Quintet’s ‘She’s About a Mover’ and Dyke and the Blazers’ ‘Let a Woman Be a Woman’).

The original version of ‘Driving Wheel’ was recorded in 1936 by Roosevelt Sykes (aka The Honeydripper) and went on to become a blues standard, with Little Junior Parker taking it into the R&B Top 5 in 1961 and Head himself recording it for Back Beat in 1966.

Here Head lays into the tune in a funky way, with blazing horns and a chugging Hammond organ laying the foundation underneath.

If you can get your hands on a copy of the album (which I sought after and increasingly scarce) do so with a quickness. You will not be disappointed.

I will surely post other tracks from it in this space in the future.

Also, make sure to follow Funky16Corners on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Keep the faith

Larry

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F16C Summer of Soul/Pledge Drive Pt4 – DJ Prime Mundo – Showdown

By , July 16, 2017 10:50 am

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DJ Prime Mundo – Showdown

big youth – the big fight (gibbs) ranking joe – zion (cash & carry) barry brown – politician (gorgan) african brothers – hold tight (demon) errol scorcher – sounds of hon. marley (dancehall) larry marshall – throw me corn (coxsone) delroy wilson – i don’t know why (coxsone) johnny clarke – none shall escape this judgement (jackpot) prince buster – rough rider (olive blossom) slim smith – build my world (jackpot) pat rhoden – maybe next time (giant) eric donaldson – blue boot (panther)

 

Listen/Download – DJ Prime Mundo – Showdown – 42MB Mixed MP3

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Greetings all.

Welcome to Part Four of the Funky16Corners 2017 Allnighter/Pledge Drive aka The Summer of Soul!

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This week we have a great selection from my man DJ Prime Mundo of the Asbury Park 45 Sessions.

Prime Mundo has been one of my favorite selectors from back in the Asbury 45 Sessions days, combining deep crates and excellent taste to bring surprise and delight when he is on the turntables.

This all new/exclusive mix, Showdown travels into world of dub reggae for some deep, smoky edits engineered to nice up your sound system, whether it travels in huge speakers or just echoes in your earbuds.

So dig the sounds, and make sure to click on the Patreon button to help keep the lights on here at Funky16Corners!

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We will continue with a new mix every week for the duration of the summer, with a selection of stellar contributions from some of my (and your) favorite selectors including  Tarik Thornton, Ben Gibson, DJ RP of Funkdefy, Chris Lujan of the M-Tet, DJ Bluewater and HeavySoulBrutha Dave B.

The fundraiser will also take a slightly different form this year, moving to Patreon (click here or on the logo below to go to the Funky16Corners page) , where you will be able to spread your contributions out over the entire year (i.e. if you pledge 12 bucks, it doles it out a dollar a month over the course of a year), which will help cover the ongoing server/broadcast/hardware expenses. This year has seen the upgrade of a couple of crucial pieces of equipment, and any help you fine people can provide will keep the machinery moving here at Funky16Corners central.

So please dig deep so we can continue to do the same!

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In addition to all the broadcasts and the blogging all of the Funky16Corners and Iron Leg mix archives will continue.

As I have mentioned recently, the changes to the general format here are as thus – The concentration of the operation will continue its shift to podcasting/radio, with the Funky16Corners Radio Show originating every week as a live broadcast, Thursday nights at 9PM Eastern on MIXLR, and will continue to be posted as a downloadable podcast every Friday, and broadcast in the UK on Cruising Radio.

The Iron Leg Radio Show will also move to a monthly live broadcast (day to be determined) also on MIXLR and will continue to be broadcast on Cruising Radio in the UK.

Don’t forget, my weekly radio show for WFMU’s Give the Drummer Radio, Testify! is on the air live, every Wednesday night from 10-12. If you dig Funky16Corners and/or Iron Leg I think you’ll dig it. So tune in when you get a chance!
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So, download and dig the mix, keep digging the radio shows, and we’ll be back next week with another groovy mix.

Also, make sure to follow Funky16Corners on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Keep the faith

Larry

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Funky16Corners Summer of Soul Starts Monday 6/26!

By , June 22, 2017 11:31 am

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Greetings all.

Just a note to let you all know that this years Funky16Corners Allnighter/Pledge Drive starts this coming Monday 6/26!

This year the extravaganza is running as the Funky16Corners Summer of Soul, with a brand new mix every single week for the duration of the summer to help launch the Funky16Corners Radio Network.

As it has in past years, things will start and end with a Funky16Corners mix, with a selection of stellar contributions from some of my (and your) favorite selectors including DJ Prestige, Tarik Thornton, Ben Gibson, DJ Prime Mundo, DJ RP of Funkdefy, Vincent the Soul Chef, Chris Lujan of the M-Tet, DJ Bluewater and HeavySoulBrutha Dave B.

The pledging will also take a slightly different form this year, moving to Patreon (click here or on the logo below to go to the Funky16Corners page) , where you will be able to spread your contributions out over the entire year, which will help cover the ongoing server/broadcast/hardware expenses. This year has seen the upgrade of a couple of crucial pieces of equipment, and any help you fine people can provide will keep the machinery moving here at Funky16Corners central.

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In addition to all the broadcasts and the blogging all of the Funky16Corners and Iron Leg mix archives will continue.

As I have mentioned recently, the changes to the general format here are as thus – The concentration of the operation will continue its shift to podcasting/radio, with the Funky16Corners Radio Show originating every week as a live broadcast, Thursday nights at 9PM Eastern on MIXLR, and will continue to be posted as a downloadable podcast every Friday, and broadcast in the UK on Cruising Radio.

The Iron Leg Radio Show will also move to a monthly live broadcast (day to be determined) also on MIXLR and will continue to be broadcast on Cruising Radio in the UK.

 

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Don’t forget, my weekly radio show for WFMU’s Give the Drummer Radio, Testify! is on the air live, every Wednesday night from 10-12. If you dig Funky16Corners and/or Iron Leg I think you’ll dig it. So tune in when you get a chance!
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So, dig it all, get ready for Monday, and I’ll see you all then.

Also, make sure to follow Funky16Corners on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Keep the faith

Larry

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Homer Banks – Round the Clock Lover Man

By , June 4, 2017 10:52 am

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Homer Banks

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Greetings all.

Changes are afoot!

Starting today, the Funky16Corners blogging experience begins its transition into the (grandiosely named, but with tongue in cheek) Funky16Corners Radio Network!

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The changes are as thus – The concentration of the operation will continue its shift to podcasting/radio, with the Funky16Corners Radio Show originating every week as a live broadcast, Thursday nights at 9PM Eastern on MIXLR, and will continue to be posted as a downloadable podcast every Friday, and broadcast in the UK on Cruising Radio.

The Iron Leg Radio Show will also move to a monthly live broadcast (day to be determined) also on MIXLR and will continue to be broadcast on Cruising Radio in the UK.

Actual written blogging will continue, but will likely be limited to one new post a week.

This year’s Funky16Corners Allnighter/Pledge Drive will evolve into a Summer of Soul, with a new guest mix posted here (starting at the end of June) once a week, every week for the duration of the summer.

So dig in, join me on Thursday nights, and keep watching this space for further details.

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Over the last five years or so, Homer Banks has become one of my all time favorite artists.

As both a performer and songwriter, Banks made some of the finest Memphis soul 45s of the 1960s.

He was a fine singer in the Southern soul tradition, and wrote some killer tunes, for himself as well as artists like the Mad Lads, Wilson Pickett, Johnnie Taylor, Sam and Dave and Jeanne and the Darlings.

Today’s selection was released in 1968 and has an interesting pedigree indeed.

‘Round the Clock Lover Man’ was written by Banks and Allen Jones, produced by Johnny Keyes and Packy Axton of the Packers/Pac-Keys and arranged by Keyes as well.

‘Round the Clock Lover Man’ finds Banks harmonizing with himself (I think) with an interesting melody, mid-tempo pace and carefully applied horns and piano.

It exists in a kind of odd gray area half a step up from ballads but not quite aggressive enough to be a dancer.

This doesn’t suggest that the quality isn’t first rate, but rather that the song is not easily pigeonholed.

It was the second-to-last of the singles in his 66-68 run with Minit.

As far as I know Banks work as a performer has yet to be gathered in one place and reissued, which is a damn shame as it’s all good.

I hope you dig the tune.

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My weekly radio show for WFMU’s Give the Drummer Radio, Testify! is on the air live, every Wednesday night from 10-12. If you dig Funky16Corners and/or Iron Leg I think you’ll dig it. So tune in when you get a chance!
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Also, make sure to follow Funky16Corners on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Keep the faith

Larry

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Also, the brand new Funky16Corners ‘Keep Calm and Stay Funky’ stickers have arrived! The stickers are 4″ x 3″ and printed on high quality, glossy stock. They are $2.00 each, with free shipping in the US ($2.00 per order shipping outside of the US). Click here to go to the ordering page.

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