Ohio Funk Dosimetry

300 tracks and counting….. ALL OHIO FUNK youtube playlist

curated by ezraz the enfunklopedia

to lock you on the 1

and cool you out in these stressful times

Works nice in shuffle mode.


Featuring

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Dayton

Bootsy

Bootsy

sun

Sun

heatwave

Lakeside

roger

Roger

aurra

Aurra

Ohio Players

Ohio Players

slave2

Slave

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Isley Brothers

faze-o

Faze-O

Dazz Band

Dazz Band

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Platypus

 

11 Years Gone

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11 years ago, Me and My Friends made some of music. Well we had been making it for years but we finally released something in 2005.

The magic of the internet allows it to still be available. This was the 1st 2MERICA LP, followed up by Sensors&Switches&Buttons in 2007, and the Mass Entertainment EP in 2012. The 3rd and 4th are both in production. 2MERICA is EVERYWHERE U R.


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The person behind this website does a few other things that you might kindly check out:


21st century concept albums from 2MERICA:

https://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/2merica
https://soundcloud.com/2merica

https://www.reverbnation.com/2merica
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mass-entertainment-ep/id537824079


ROAMING CRAZY. FOR REAL.

 


EZRAZ solo noodles.

http://ezraz.bandcamp.com


This is all distributed by Collinwood Sun and produced at The Flux-Adel Recording Division.

A wise friend of mine use to say prove it.

 

Remember WFNK Funk Supersite!

There were several branding attempts on WFNK.com over the years, including the “funk e-griot”, “funk supersite”, “no fake afros”, and the not-so-modest “center of the online funk universe”, whatever that means.

The point was to use this new technology to build a community of music lovers around the expansive, beautiful exploration of anything funky, by any means necessary.

Many trends have come and gone since WFNK.com launched 18 years ago, but the goal remains the same (even if diluted through the current anti-facebook format): WFNK.com brings the funk to the masses and represent the funky music and lifestyle that is key for survival on planet earth.

Plus we do it daily and free of charge, and have for almost 2 decades now.

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To that end, a new project has started that should really hit that target: I’ve begun plans to digitize and videoize some of my record collection in HD. It’s a time consuming process and they could always pull it down so it will be 1 song at a time, but it should be fun to hear and see the true vinyl and discuss the funk within.

Maybe we get some contributors to the cause, or link to some existing stuff where people post funk vinyl playbacks?

I know of some new places on the web that will be cross-posting this stuff, and if y’all tweet or share it that would be all we need.

 

 

An LP That Took Over A Decade To Complete

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WAY back I had an idea for an LP. It was a concept LP, or at least a narrative LP, which centered around 5 characters, each equally instructive of the others lives. I worked on the story for some time as the music was being constructed by my band 2MERICA nightly.

I chose to totally self-publish this, perhaps destroying it’s chances at commercial success. But whatever. The release timeline is horrible but we did 5 amazing works for the 5 characters and I plan on releasing them all even if it takes me another 10 years.

Using the internet single-release model, we’ve managed to release 3 of the 5 and I’ve begun another attempt at finishing 4&5.

Here’s 2MERICA doing 3/5’s of something I’m very proud of – Scherzo Elskorpion!

Available Now – Ezraz’ Pomoc

/Toot my own horn
You may know if you read this blog that I do spend plenty of time making music, sometimes with others, sometimes by myself.

Pomoc is of the solo variety and has 20 tracks worth of Ezrazical experiences. Stylistically it ranges from neo-classical piano to electro dub reggae. It’s all ezraz some jaimeson a tiny bit of jesus and def all fluxadel.

Check it out in CD format (complete with artwork) or MP3 download and fan-up Ezraz on the Reverbnation profile.

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Ezraz on Reverbnation

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The World Is Coming To My Party

Big party, our first eva listening party in a glorious old theater. U there yet? How bout a new LP from 2MERICA featuring Jesus Irizarry, Mistaswift, Jaimeson 7M, and LoCro?

How about new solo Ezraz dub chaos EP? How bout new single from hard as steel Roaming Crazy. Enough?

But wait that’s not all: debut track from the beautiful Winnie Rose. A/V excitement! Costumes! Time travel!

June 23, 2012 @ 8pm

http://fluxrelease.eventbrite.com
http://fluxadel.com/party

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Clean Sweepin The Jango

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OK so none of our bands have hit the Jango Global Top 10 yet, but we are definitely on a run over at Jango.

Last week, the 4 Flux-adel bands that are on Jango – Roaming Crazy, 2MERICA, The Stares 20/20, and Ezraz — all scored high enough for the bonus round. Each of our artists does well overall on Jango, but we’ve never had all of them score high in the same week. Very cool!

Fans are collecting from around the world (without facebook’s help), so however you listen to music online or off, do some promotion for our fun little Flux-adel family.

ps — we are planning a huge release party this summer for all Flux-adel Artists — stay tuned for more info soon.

 

Ezraz Solo Tracks Released

Among all the other action in my artistic life this year I’m managing to release several instrumental pieces leaning towards the ambient or musique concrete genre. I’ve planned three releases in this order: EP, LP in symphony format, then LP in dub format.

  • The 1st EP License Punch Out! is being released now and the first track “Need” is streaming on JangoRadio here.
  • The 2nd release is far more ambitious, running as a full LP length in 3-movement symphony format, with the working title Spiderbots. This is complete and going to mastering soon, with a street date of around 10/1.
  • The 3rd release slows way down to explore the dynamics of dub and probably won’t make it out until early 2012.

These are not meant as a set, but together show a wide range of Ezraz’ composition and style without outside collaborative influences. You may hear these pieces in placements more than traditional music outlets since they are instrumental and eschew traditional song formatting.


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Roaming Crazy Available on iTunes – Put it on your walkman now!

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We are all roaming crazy

Aw yeah, it’s official — Roaming Crazy is alive on iTunes! Only $.99 to put it on your walkman.
Search and destroy, or just click this link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/stares-2020-single/id424596034
If you like it hard and fast this song will make your Tuesday worth it.

-Ezraz

 

Messed Around and Made a Rock Band

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We are ROAMING CRAZY and we are alive online here (and sorta here so far). You can stream our debut track “Stares 2020” and soon enough purr-chase it. I am twiddling knobs and playing some keys in this lineup and it’s been a blast trying to make some fresh sounds. It ain’t what most would call the funk but life is just so complex, I had to get my rocks off!

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Being the weird post-everything music industry that it is, we have more merchandise than songs available. Killer! Head over to the Roaming Crazy Store to see our new sexy shirt models, you won’t be disappointed.

Roaming Crazy Is Taking Off

Finally some action on the northside we can announce… a new project, a new single, and a fresh start in 2011! The new band is working under the moniker Roaming Crazy and features a strong lineup of JP, Dakota, LoCro, and myself Ezraz.

Roaming Crazy is gonna be

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introduced to you by the first single “Stares 2020”, with a release targeted for mid-winter. Hopefully all the spambots that subscribe to this blog will purchase a copy.

The illions of 2MERICA fans shocked to read this news should not be alarmed! Put down your weapon of choice — 2M will stay strong, with the latest single Keep Steady hitting the internuts just now, plus the next track from Scherzo Elskorpion – the boombastic Mass Entertainment – should be plastering your face this spring.

I was born to multitask, rocking both the pre-empt and the co-op suckas!

Progress/Process… ps “I am not a whore” haha

Wow, the 2MERIMIX OPEN MIND NITE @ The Duck last night has left all involved groggy and probably a bit irritable, but time marches on, the beat goes on, the show must go on, etc..?Thankfully two bits of progress in the battle against irrelevance came through today:

— First off the next 2MERICA single just left the mastering engineer and it’s making it’s way to the tubes of the internets. Titled “Keep Steady”, it’s the 2nd of 5 tracks from the Scherzo Elskorpion LP. It’s also the ‘sex scene’ in the soundtrack so check it out! Like most 2MERICA songs, it’s a curveball that turns into a knuckleball right before you swing and miss, so yeah, stay tooned for the latest and greatest. This track is an old school sick jam with Jesus on bass, Swifty on the v-drums, some killer sax from J,?Jaimeson doing his dirty rap, lil’ Z on guitars, and Ezraz supplying the remaining noise. It should be available for purchase at the usual suspects (iTunes, cdbaby, amazon) and for streaming (Napster, Spotify, and Jango) in about a month.

— Secondly, the process of ‘going legit’ (aka getting our chit together) has continued, with a parent company formed to manage the Flux-adel Recording Division and all of it’s various progressions and proclivities. You the faithful internet cruiser won’t notice or care about this, but we are all proud and wanted to make the announcement. Collinwood Sun LLC has risen.

So yeah. My manager Fahqfasse finally got some stuff done. I get to hang out back and pee on his office, the mighty brick fortress known as FF Bookman Promotions. Which is my little way of posting status updates on his wall.

LOVE
Ezrazmus ‘elemento’ jones, founder of the round world society, 73rd generation panfunktual bonobo

ps – here’s something to cheer you up, the unforgettable Cee-Lo Green has had me singing this hook for 3 days now!

Eternal Moments

There truly are times when I pinch myself. I have seen some interesting, crazy, sad, beautiful, and legendary things unfold into my eyes, allowing me the first hand juice of being there.


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It seems that this digital sharing age still gets blasted back in place by a nice dose of reality up in your nostrils.

I found my eyes watering and my psyche tingling as I caught Headtronics live last Thursday. The show was smoking (of course). Freekbass and DJ Logic did their thing strong as usual.

Their third this night was the legendary Wizard of Woo, ladies and gentlemen presenting Mr. Bernie Worrell!!

Nice, right? How about the legend playing a killer improvisational set through my keyboards? That would be something special, perhaps even the highlight of my musical life so far.

Yes indeed.

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Ambition and Excitability

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I cashed a few checks today. One was from “record sales” and one was from a “live performance”. Neither was very large but they were there. Do either come close to being repayment for the time, sweat, and emotion spent on these artistic ventures?
Not a chance. Being raised in a broken family in a broken town forces me to understand being broke. The 2MERICA project has in it’s many manifesto-wannabee’s the line “Art for our sake” and I’ve always modulated on every single word there. I think Art? For? Our? Sake?
It’s all in doubt when it’s all working right.

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Damn straight it felt good cashing those checks but the money was spent on interest on my other debts before it even cleared. The joy was in the notice, the slow-build that 2MERICA has been forced into. We see if/when you stream or legally-download (sometimes even preview!) our music. We don’t tour so please consider not bootlegging our tracks, and if you must, at least share it with someone if you like it.

Pay it forward, like that movie with the homeless mom.

Respect –
Ezrazmus Elemento Jones of 2MERICA

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Your New #23

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This Thursday, July 8th at 9pm, two men will take their respective stages and perform their act. These two men, Ezrazmus Jones and Lebron James, use the much-maligned and misunderstood city of Cleveland as their castle grounds. King Lebron resides in the southern region of the kingdom, while his apostle Ezrazmus resides on the northside.

If Lebron leaves, Cleveland, you still have Ezraz – your new number 23! We will be watching ESPN at The Duck Island Club, 2102 Freeman Ave. Cleveland, OH, 44113.

The 2nd Northside Nights All Cleveland Music Night is kicking off after Lebron’s press conference this Thursday, and it’s gonna be a hell of a night depending on what the King announces.

If he stays, we party all night with great Cleveland music, film, and basketball dreams. If he goes, we party all night with great Cleveland music, film, and basketball memories.

Either way we party all night and we play the best Cleveland music you’ve never heard.

Buy local, listen local, love local: Northside Nights Cleveland Music Night, “W or W/O”, this Thursday. Check out the playlist from last month’s Night on WFNK.com here.

Live Mashed Potato Succotash

Ezrazmus Elemento Jones (aka DJ Raz) performs live tonight, smashing genres and resetting standards all over. Funk, rock, soul, and dub all get in the mix, fondling for fun and profit. In your face chaos. Add cheap drinks and beautiful mutants and you have a double hockey stick kind of night.It’s all at the Duck Island Club tonight (under new management) in beautiful Cleveland Ohio. It’s summer so hold your excuses.

(sent via iiiPhone)

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Live 2MERICA Remix Project

Hey internuts: Another week means another remix. Tonight I’m doing a live 2MERICA remix project along with some excellent additions from more robots than people on my table tonight. To combat these gadget ghouls I have armed myself with some fresh audio live from TV and some fresh tricks from my digits.

If you have any idea what any of this means, I’ll see you at the Duck Island Club tonight. For those of you not enjoying life in Cleveland someday soon I’ll be recording my set and perhaps sharing online somehow.
Ezraz

my face has more than a book .::. http://wfnk.com


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Welcome to the afterfuture

Now that I’m out in the mix DJ’ing again, I’ve been peeping some of the technology used to spin music in 2010. I started out as a vinyl DJ in the 90’s, then got my laptop-based Traktor setup going around 2002. I remember being one of the few laptop DJ’s around back then, and used to catch crap and generally cause controversy amongst that crowd.

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I even showed up to spin a slot for a breakdance event once and they didn’t want me to setup the laptop where the dancefloor could see it, because these people were not down with dancing to a laptop back then. I can handle a heckler (I was used to it, I had no 1200 in my vinyl rig!) and usually a few 1/4 beat stutter-loops during a flanger sweep and toggling EQ cutoffs with finger-rolls got them to humph and back off. You just gotta let the other DJ wannabees know that they can’t do what you just did and things work out.

Time has marched on and these days even the hippest bands have macbooks sitting on stage, and yes, the iPhone and the iPad can do all sorts of sick audio trickery. Check it:
That’s some serious audio software, capable of crazy noise in both a live and studio setting. Given the average D-A converters in Apple’s consumer stuff it’s not high-end, but it will work on a gig fer sure.
So if you are cool enough to see me perform in the next few months you might see me give some of these 21st century toys a workout. I know my Kaos pad and my old trusty Electribe already get a nice beat down.
-raz

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Oil Disaster, Day 49

The first ever “Northside Nights” went off successfully Thursday night, complete with some hitches. ‘What did I miss’ you might wonder? A random night of Cleveland music and culture, just pressing my ear to the track and spinning nothing but locals on the PA and the TV all night.The challenge was successfully met and the music was killer all night long. Much fun was had and the police only rolled by twice.
Here’s a look through my bin:

Called a “Spin Doctor” by The Scene

Check your boy getting some local pub for the Northside Nights:

Thanks Scene for the mention, it should be a good time Thursday night. If you are in town please do make an appearance.


ezraz

my face has more than a book .::. http://wfnk.com

Books and Music – So much on the way

Yo humans
I’ve been feeling prolific and proficient lately
got those legs pumping and ain’t giving up no ground.So many opportunites with so little cash,
so much fun to be had makin the dash,
but I have big billskys, crying babeskys swirling around.

On I march through thick and thin
living the best in the skin I’m in.
I borrow old song lines when I post as a crutch, I know,
but my crippled ass is on a mission.
What can I say I have no rhyme but lots of reasons.

I have two books in the works
because I want to publish something beautiful for the shelf
or the table or your bag: -1 is a book of 2merica imagery and lyrics,
the other is a book of my writing, mainly poetry.
Both are in production now but I have no firm timeline. Surprise.
They will of course be for sale online.

Also, the next 2 tracks from Scherzo Elskorpion
are almost ready for mastering.
Like the debut “Never Met Tomorrow”,
they are full band let’s go all the way affairs
and I think you will dig both
“Keep Steady” and “Mass Entertainment”.

Now if I could only finish
the remaining 2 tracks and put out all 5 on vinyl
I’d be the most happiest boy alive.
That’s a nice long term goal, please check with me on that one later.


Ez

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Northside Nights – Cleveland Music Night @ The Duck!

Northside Nights - Cleveland Music Night @ The Duck

Looking good, feeling good. Celebrate yourself!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Cleveland, Ohio – May 19, 2010 – Looking to support local artists and start a new community service, multi-media and genre-jumping DJ Raz is launching ?Northside Nights – Cleveland Music Night? at The Duck Island Club on the first Thursday of every month.

The elusive DJ Raz has over 15 years experience spinning records at clubs, on the radio, opening for bands, and has logged time in just about every form of DJ?ing invented. The common theme, he claims, is the community building and artist promotion.

?Spinning records used to mean a bit more, pre-iTunes. Having millions of songs accessible to mere mortals does not make everyone a DJ. But it does spoil us and to a certain extent, makes us lazy, when it comes to how we consume our music. I hope to put all the tenets of DJ?ing into the Cleveland Music Night: promotion, spontaneity, and community. We want local bands to take part, to hand-deliver their latest tracks so we can give them a spin.?

There are no genre or year restrictions on Cleveland Music Night, so you can show up with requests or music of your own. If it ties to Cleveland we will celebrate it, promote it, and give it some spins.

?I?m hoping this will act as an incubator, or at least a sounding board, for local talent? says Raz. ?Back in the day local DJ?s had a big part in local promotion, and in most genres that is now history. Plus, I?m hoping to expand my knowledge of the local scene. Not many DJ?s would take on an all-genre gig, but that?s just how I roll. There?s too much artistic talent in Cleveland to let this void go unfilled.?

Artists, fans and street teams are encouraged to bring their tracks to the Duck Island Club, located at 2102 Freeman Avenue (off West 20th) on the first Thursday of every month, or email materials to raz@wfnk.com.

WHAT: Northside Nights – Cleveland Music Night
WHERE: The Duck Island Club, 2102 Freeman Ave.
WHEN: 9-close; 1st Thursday of each month: June 3, July 1, August 5…
WHO: DJ Raz ?http://wfnk.com ?raz@wfnk.com

Name the Night

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So I’m posting up on a Monday night here in the Northside. The spot is called the Duck Island Club, located between the West Side Market and Tremont, and we gonna get down with the get down every Monday until we can’t do no mo. If you are near the 216 in the good old U Skates of A this evening stop in and lend a hand. Strong cheap drinks and a nice patio round out the package.

For marketing, I wanna hang a theme on the whole thang, aka I need to name the night!
Hit me up with any suggestions… Plus I will be posting some playlists to give you a taste of what you might catch/miss.

Event:

DJ EzRaz live @ The Duck
Mondays on the Northside
The Duck Island Club
2102 Freeman, Cleveland, OH
Hope to see you tonight, or post up your requests if you are not in the vicinity ;-).

A DJ Raz Giggle?

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Whoa nelly… ch ch ch changes…. my head’s tronics are out of the sink…. DJ Raz might be having a gig!That’s me you see and I haven’t performed my live set in about five years, but I got a call from the southside elskorpion commander Mistaswift. This call contained the seedcode and some fertilizer. When Jesus himself built me a garden it just seemed like a sign. From above? On the side? Down l (too slow).

So yeah, I have to see some Headtronics this weekend and also, as well, along with that, get myself a DJ set and rig together by Monday. I’m not posting the gig specifics yet because I’m not quite sure I’ll make it — Well I’ll make it, I just don’t know if I’ll perform it this week or next.

Vidya vidya vidya !!!

Another winter week, another video. This one features all original artwork from the President of the Bored of Directors for 2MERIC@RP himself, Jaimeson “7m”:

You make me stay inside and quiet, mother nature and neighbors, and you get no bike and no drums. What’s a boy ‘sposed to do? Yes….. I do plenty of that. And that. But my baby brother and I can get visual too, all cramped up and quiet. But the buds are just below the surface, the buds are just below the surface.

A Rollerskating Jam (not named Saturday)

It’s only Wednesday but it’s 61 degress and sunny on the Northside of 2MERICA, so it’s time for some rollerskating!

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Check the moves on this video for our song Male Performance Issues.

I’m off to buy some new wheels and then I’m gonna pedal all over the damn place tonight.

 

Donations Accepted ‘Round Here

BUY MUSIC. LOVE MUSIC. NOW LOSSLESS.

2MERICA: WE R EVERYWHERE U R


 

2010 :: 5 souls, 1 night :: who will survive?
Never Met Tomorrow :: the hottest 2merica yet

2merica: Never Met Tomorrow

2007 :: Panfunktual Bonobos :: Alive In the Sugar Triangle
Stretch out your Sensors & Switches & Buttons

2merica: Sensors & Switches & Buttons

2005 :: Half Truth Half Consequence :: We Are Everywhere You Are
The classic debut mess-tastic masterpiece :: Record Profits?

2merica: Record Profits

 

If you knew us back in the day you might have gotten all three of the above in the ultra-rare 2MERICA Box Set:

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Scary new 2merica video online now!

Hey blogadelics — guess what there’s gonna be lots of 2merica on the Youtube! We just debuted a new video for a track from our 2nd album. Peep it:

The song is called “The New Guest Who…” and is the intro to LP#2, “Sensors & Switches & Buttons”. Youtube is a killer platform for watching but if you really like the track please buy the song online somewhere. We do notice ;-).
Oh yeah, the video is frightening but you’ll have to watch it to learn why.

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The Merch Shop (has not been forgotten)

FYI- There’s a collection of 2merica and WFNK.com merchandise for sale at our Merch Store. You can rock some funky gear, something custom and homespun (by alcoholic bull-weevils ).

http://www.cafepress.com/wfnk

Also, the new 2merica video is up on youtube and getting some positive responses so far. Check it out on Channel Ezrazski: http://www.youtube.com/user/ezrazski


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New 2merica video! View now…