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The DMZ on Radio Free Brooklyn
Hosted by Mike DeMaio.

The DMZ is where you’ll hear Funk & Soul and Rock & Roll hanging out with Hip Hop and R&B. Music from around the world gets along here too, and sometimes it all comes together for one big party! And isn’t that the way it should be? Because, like Chuck D said “these are some serious times we livin’ in G”. Tune in Tuesday’s @ 5:00p and take a trip to The DMZ.

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  • Planet of The Breaks
    by Mike DeMaio on April 21, 2018 at 4:15 am

    For this episode I went through my record collection and found some great funk and soul compilations that I haven't heard in years. Two such comps that are heavily featured on this set are "Planet of The Big Funk Breaks" and "Miami Sound". The later, which was released in 2003 on the Soul Jazz label is particularly notable because it includes million-selling artists such as Gwen McRae, George McRae and Timmy Thomas alongside artists unknown outside of the Sunshine State such as James Knight and The Butlers, Frank Williams and The Rocketeers and All the People. The DMZ can be heard live Tuesday's at 5pm EST only on Listen →

  • FUNK 45's +
    by Mike DeMaio on April 10, 2018 at 2:34 pm

    This set features some classic deep Funk 45's with a touch of Soul thrown in for good measure. Packed with heavy grooves and bass driven beats, this episode makes you clap your hands and move your feet. 1. The 4th Coming - Waterloo At Watergate 2. Apple & The 3 Oranges - Gotta Stand For Something Pt. 1 3. Four Mints - No Longer 4. Mel Brown - Chicken Fat 5. Explosions - Jockey Ride 6. Dry Bread - Words To My Song 7. Soul Ones - Soul Pot 8. James K-Nine - Live It Up 9. Georgia Soul Drifters - Think It Over 10. Reginald Milton & The Soul Jets - Clap Your Hands 11. Reverend Jamel & Bob Johnson - Walking On The Moon 12. Blue Rhythm Combo - Take The Funky Feeling 13. The Pazant Brothers - A Gritty Nitty 14. Ernie Vincent - Dap Walk 15. Sir Joe Quarterman & Free Soul - I've Got So Much Trouble In My Mind The DMZ can be heard live Tuesday's at 5pm only on Listen →

    by Mike DeMaio on April 4, 2018 at 3:10 am

    This is Dub in all it's glory. As a sub genre of Reggae, Dub is one of the most influential musical styles on the planet. This set features many of Dub's early Engineers and Producers who by remixing and manipulating previously recoded tracks, created new versions of songs that expanded the range of Reggae and beyond. You may want your sunglasses for this one! 1. Lee "Scatch" Perry - Enter The Dragon 2. Sly & Robbie - Mighty Dub of Dubs 3. The Revolutionaries - Kunta Kinte Dub 4. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Lively Up Your Dub 5. King Tubby - Bloof Of Africa 6. Mad Professor - Soul Fire Dub 7. Prince Far I - Jah Do That 8. Roots Radics - Rockers Delight 9. The Dynamites - Phantom 10. King Tubby - Ragga Muffin Stylee 11. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Roots Rock Dub 12. Augustus Pablo - King Tubby Meets The Rockers Uptown 13. Riley All Stars - Staga Dub 14. Dennis Alcapone - Musical Liquidator 15. The Upsetters - Freedom Dub 16. Lee "Scratch" Perry - Exit The Dragon 17. Prince Listen →

  • Blues
    by Mike DeMaio on March 25, 2018 at 11:34 pm

    Blues music traverses a wide range of emotions and musical styles. And throughout the course of history, Blues has been subjected to countless revivals and reinterpretations. This episode attempts to shine a spotlight on some of the genres most influential practitioners. 1. Howlin' Wolf - Moanin' At Midnight 2. Elmore James - Done Somebody Wrong 3. Freddie King - Get Out Of My Life, Woman 4. Big Maybelle - Ocean Of Tears 5. Willie Dixon - I Ain't Superstitious 6. Little Walter - My Babe 7. John Lee Hooker - Boogie Chillen 8. Bo Diddley - Who Do You Love 9. Sonny Boy Williamson - Help Me 10. Big Mama Thornton - Hound Dog 11. T-Bone Walker - Call It Stormy Monday 12. Lowell Fulson - Do Me Right 13. Junior Wells - Messin' With The Kid 14. Lightnin' Hopkins - Glory Be 15. Koko Taylor - Wang Dang Doodle 16. Slim Harpo - I Got Love If You Want It 17. Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown - Ventilator Blues Listen →

  • Disco Loco
    by Mike DeMaio on March 18, 2018 at 9:38 pm

    The title of this episode refers to an album by Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls, which is a collaborative project by Money Mark, Shawn Lee, and Tommy Guererro. The album was released in 2009, and is a funk laden psychedelic musical mashup. The first track and others from this set are from that record. And combined with other like minded funksters, this episode keeps the Loco in Disco. (Intro) - unknown 1. Disco Loco - Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls 2. The Outsider pt. 2 - Lack of Afro 3. She's My Melody - Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls 4. Press On - Lack of Afro 5. Drop It Down (Remix) - The New Mastersounds 6. Life Imitates Clouds - The Mackrosoft 7. EW - Koushik 8. Dragon's Blood Resin - MF Doom 9. Dime Bag Conspiracy - Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls 10. Land of Nod - The New Mastersounds 11. Only Dreaming - Koushik 12. Escape From Prism - Lord Newborn & The Magic Skulls 13. Cuidad Del Swing - Quantic 14. Pure Filth - Lack of Afro 15. (unknown) - Koushik Listen →

  • Organ Grinders
    by Mike DeMaio on March 12, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    This episode features the Hammond B3 organ and some of its best known pioneers and innovators. 1. Robert Walter - Spell 2. Bill Doggett - Corner Pocket 3. Jimmy Smith - Blues 3+1 4. Shirley Scott - Messie Bessie 5. Jack McDuff - Hot Barbeque 6. Reuben Wilson - Inner City Blues 7. Jimmy McGriff - The Bird 8. Johnny "Hammond" Smith - Black Strap Molasses 9. Dr. Lonnie Smith - Think 10. Jackie Mittoo - Get Up and Get It 11. Ronnie Foster - Mystic Brew 12. Richard "Groove" Holmes - Red Onion 13. Booker T. & the M.G.'s - Green Onions 14. Reuben Wilson - The Cisco Kid 15. Jack McDuff - The Shadow of Your Smile 16. Alan Hawkshaw - Senior Thump The DMZ can be heard live Tuesday's @ 5pm only on Listen →

  • Club ACTION
    by Mike DeMaio on March 4, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    Looking to have a fun night out clubbing with your friends? Before you call a cab, make sure you're dressed for the club and you have your wallet and ID on you. When you arrive, you may need to wait in line and show a bouncer your ID. Once you make it inside, you can head onto the dance floor with your friends! Remember, Clubbing is about having fun, and you’ll have more fun if you feel great in your outfit! Just make sure you're dressed appropriately for the club you're going to. Avoid things like sweatpants, t-shirts, and sneakers. A button up shirt and slacks or a shorter dress are always safe outfit choices for the club. Wear shoes you won’t mind dancing and walking around in all night (just avoid sneakers and flip flops). Order a drink at the bar, and don't forget to leave a tip! 1. Fot i hose - Casiokids 2. Ice Cream - New Young Pony Club 3. Va Fan Gor Du - Friends 4. Disco Infiltrator - LCD Soundsystem 5. Gold Lion (Diplo Remix) - Yeah Yeah Yeahs 6. Boys Wanna Be Listen →

  • Laughs For Puerto Rico
    by Mike DeMaio on February 25, 2018 at 10:53 pm

    Laughs for Puerto Rico is a one hour stand-up comedy show partnered with "My Part for Puerto Rico", a charity raising funds to help deliver necessities to those affected by the devastation of Hurricane Maria. Produced by Hunter Diaz and hosted by "Tea Time" podcast's Evan Duncan, Laughs for Puerto Rico consists of many up and coming comedians who have performed in various events such as "Character Flawed" "The Industry Room" and "The Variety Show" Listen →

    by Mike DeMaio on February 18, 2018 at 7:57 pm

    1. (For God's Sake) Give More Power To The People - The Chi-Lites 2. Soul Power - Derek Martin 3. Time - Jackie Moore 4. 25 Miles - Edwin Starr 5. Right Now, Right Now - Al Green 6. Use Me - Esther Phillips 7. Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything) - Donny Hathaway 8. Where Can I Go? - Marlena Shaw 9. Engine No. 9 - Wilson Pickett 10. Reaching For Our Star - Sharon Revoal 11. I Can't Stand The Rain - Ann Peebles 12. Every Time He Comes Around - Minnie Riperton 13. Put It On The Line - Lyn Collins 14. Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get - The Dramatics 15. What's Your Name - The Moments 16. Save Me - Nina Simone 17. We Got More Soul - Dyke & The Blazers 18. Baby, What You Want Me To Do - Erma Franklin 19. Soul Finger - The Bar-Kays Listen →

    by Mike DeMaio on February 11, 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Dusty Fingers is the name of a widely admired series of compilation records collected by Bronx DJ Danny Dann the Beat Mann. Following in the tradition of the Ultimate Breaks and Beats series, the Dusty Fingers records contain an eclectic range of musical styles: mainly funk and jazz, but also including soul, rock, disco, and pop. This set contains some of my favorite tracks featured from the series. Enjoy! 1. Hot Wind - Les Baxter 2. E.V.A - Jean-Jacques Perrey 3. The Prowler - Brian Bennett 4. Theme from the Godfather - Professionals 5. Go On and Cry - Les McCann 6. Hey Jude - The Overton Berry Trio 7. Underlay No. 3 - Jack Trombey 8. Le Bracelet - Alain Goraguer 9. Last Hope's Gone - The Paul Butterfield Blues Band 10. Hurt So Bad - Nancy Holloway 11. Deep Gully - The Outlaw Blues Band 12. (Unknown) 13. Darkest Light - Lafayette Afro Rock Band 14. (Unknown) 15. (Unknown) 16. A Time For Us - Joe Pass 17. On The Hill - Oliver Sain Listen →

  • WORLDs
    by Mike DeMaio on February 5, 2018 at 6:30 am

    Pack your bags, you're going on vacation! You'll be traveling around the globe on a musical tour that will lead you from lush exotic lands to bustling city's where you'll hear the rich and diverse musical stylings from some of their best musicians. Enjoy your trip! 1. Fisherman's Song at Dusk - Xiang Sihua (China) 2. Que Beleza - Tim Maia (Brazil) 3. Carmen - Los Silvertones (Panama) 3. Cassava Piece ('79 Style) - Augustus Pablo (Jamaica) 4. Ugali - The Tony Benson Sextet (Nigeria) 5. Mizrab - Gabor Szabo 6. Nachideu Maichyang - Namaste (Nepal) 7. Loli Phabay - Romashka (Russia) 8. Yegelle Tezeta - Mulatu Astatke (Ethiopia) 9. Panpan cucul - Serge Gainsbourg (France) 10. Nem Vem Que Nao Tem - Wilson Simonal (Brazil) 11. Didgeralia - David Hudson & Friends (Australia) 12. Morir Sonando - Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlan (Mexico) 13. Dirty Old Town - The Pogues (Ireland) 14. Lafayette Waltz - Clifton Chenier (New Orleans) 15. Ayrilik - Dostlar, Edip Akbayram (Turkey) 16. Italian Listen →

  • 70's Rare Grooves
    by Mike DeMaio on January 29, 2018 at 3:12 pm

    Sexy, Soulful grooves for making all the right moves. (Are they Rare? Maybe. Are they Funky? Yeah baby!) 1. I Can't Keep From Crying Sometimes - The Dierdre Wilson Tabac 2. If You've Got It, You'll Get It - The Headhunters 3. Yellow Sunshine - Yellow Sunshine 4. You Got The Love - Rufus feat. Chaka Khan 5. I'm Your Mechanical Man - Jerry Butler 6. Give Me Your Love - Sisters Love 7. Superman Lover - Johnny "Guitar" Watson 8. A Chance For Peace - Lonnie Liston Smith 9. Dove - Cymande 10. Rude Movements - SunPalac Listen →

    by Mike DeMaio on January 22, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    This set features some of music's finest collaborations and guest appearances. 1. John Lee Hooker w/ Carlos Santana 2. R.L. Burnside w/ Lyrics Born 3. Elvis Costello & The Roots 4. Bob Dylan & Johnny Cash 5. Run DMC w/ Steven Tyler and Joe Perry 6. Beastie Boys w/ Lee "Scratch" Perry 7. Jack White & Alicia Keys 8. Peter Tosh w/ Mick Jagger 9. Ray Charles & Betty Carter 10. Stevie Nicks w/ Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers 11. James Brown & Marva Whitney 12. The Band w/ Van Morrison 13. Taj Mahal, John Lee Hooker & Miles Davis The DMZ can be heard live Tuesday's @ 5pm only on Listen →

  • (Return of) The BREAKSTARS
    by Mike DeMaio on January 15, 2018 at 5:20 pm

    This mix boasts some truly heavy grooves from the 70's Funk & Soul era. Featuring tracks that were sampled by many Hip Hop and Rap artists from back in the day. Highlights include: The Dramatics - 'Get Up and Get Down' Funk Factory - 'Rien Ne Va Plus' and Rufus Thomas - 'The Breakdown' to name a few. The DMZ can be heard live Tuesday's @ 5pm only on Listen →

    by Mike DeMaio on January 7, 2018 at 5:06 pm

    It’s raining women on this episode! This set is somewhere between punk, power pop, and three chord garage rock. It’s also the first episode of 2018, and I thought I’d pay tribute to the ladies. Enjoy! Listen to The DMZ live every Tuesday @ 5pm ( 1. Girls Like Me - Nikki & The Corvettes, 2. Walk a Mile - Holly Golightly, 3. Excuse Me? - The Coathangers, 4. The Pendulum - The Ettes, 5. Just My Kind - The Julie Ruin, 6. I Walk Like Jayne Mansfield - The 5, 6, 7, 8s, 7. Wawa - Lizzy Mercier Descloux, 8. You're All Talk - The Pandoras, 9. Puppet on a String - The Detroit Cobras, 10. Ozma - Shannon and The Clams, 11. Sun Sinking Low - Mr. Airplane Man, 12. Comin' Home Baby - The Delmonas, 13. I'm Gonna Haunt You - Fabienne Delsol, 14. There Is An End - The Greenhornes, 15. I Gotta Move - Thee Headcoatees, 16. I Hear You - Holly Golightly, 17. You Did Him Wrong - The Delmonas, 18. Questions I Can't Answer - Fabienne Delsol 19. The Listen →

  • movements
    by Mike DeMaio on December 27, 2017 at 2:53 am

    Featuring songs from the compilation series "movements." The idea behind this series which was compiled in Germany by music maven Tobias Kirmayer, was to find and preserve great american music that is at risk of being lost or forgotten. Since its original release in 2005, this series reached Vol. 9 in 2014, all the while maintaining its ability to find some real funk pearls! (not to mention the jazz, soul and rock & roll) This episode is an homage to those who worked hard finding this incredible music. Enjoy! There's a Wrinkle in Our Time - 1984, Don't Give A Damn - King Cain Silvertone Band, Wahoo, Wahoo, Wahoo - Wayne Carter, No No No Momento - Rick & The Entire World, Nobody Loves Me Like My Baby - Jimmy Clifford, The Serpent Speaks - Solar Plexus, Baby, You've Got Soul - Iris Bell Trio, Angel Food - The Port Angels, You Ain't My Brother - The Soulshakers, Backlash - Fats Gaines Orchestra, Soul Chicken - Bobby Allen & The Exceptions, The Deep End - Ray Johnson, Listen →

  • Tribe Coughing
    by Mike DeMaio on December 17, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    This episode features music from two groups, A Tribe Called Quest and Soul Coughing. Back in the mid 90's I made a cassette tape with Soul Coughing on one side and Tribe on the other. This was before I had a portable CD Discman, and the only thing in common these two groups had was that they were alphabetically next to each other in my CD rack. After some time flipping this tape over and over again I realized that their music, although very different was somewhat alike and sounded great together. Time had passed and that tape had become so worn out that it snapped apart while playing. Oh well, I thought it was fun while it lasted and I didn't think about that combination again until I saw Soul Coughing play at Roseland Ballroom around 1997. During their set and in the middle of the song "Moon Sammy" they broke into "Show Business" by A Tribe Called Quest! At that moment it all made sense. These two groups DO sound great together. So, I thought I'd share that Ahah! moment with you Listen →

  • It's A Mod Mod World!
    by Mike DeMaio on December 11, 2017 at 1:13 am

    Take a trip back in time with this set of Garage and Psychedelic Rock tracks from the groovy 1960's.... Link Wray - Deuces Wild, The Remains - Diddy Wah Diddy, The Standells -Dirty Water, ? and The Mysterians - Ten O'Clock, The Brogues - But Now I Find, Trouble Bros. - Your Love Is Gone, Marian Deaton Group - Apple of My Eye, Small Faces - What'cha Gonna Do About It, The Sonics - Maintaining My Cool, The Rooks - A Girl Like You, Ronnie Rice & The Gents - La Do Da Da, ? and The Mysterians - 96 Tears, Rolling Stones - It's Not Easy, The Zombies - I Got My Mojo Working, The Action - Harlem Shuffle, Link Wray - Ace of Spades, The Others - Revenge, The Remains - Don't Look Back, Xciters - Upsetter, The Action - Land of 1000 Dances, The Undertakers - Unchain My Heart, The Yardbirds - Stroll on Listen →

  • Eccentric Soul:
    by Mike DeMaio on December 3, 2017 at 1:45 pm

    Selections from the Eccentric Soul series put out by The Numero Group. A Chicago based archival label known for their compilations and re-releases of pre recorded music. Many thanks to them for dusting off these funky gems! Listen →

  • Beats & Treats
    by Mike DeMaio on November 26, 2017 at 4:32 pm

    Selections from some of my favorite beat masters. Featuring tracks from DJ Romanowski, J Dilla, Rob Swift and Kid Koala among others....check it out! Listen →