Cool Like Dat: Every Sun., 3-6pm. 91.7 WKDU-FM
Monica Peters' radio show isn't named after the Digable Planets hit. Cool Like Dat is actually a nod to the show's anything-goes breadth.
"It has to do with the fact that the format is open," says Peters. "It's an urban show, but it's not strictly R&B. I have a very diverse audience."
Known as Mama Wit Da Drama, Peters has hosted the show for six years, ever since she was studying accounting and computers at Drexel. Once the show became big enough to require public relations, Peters started her own PR firm, GritsnCheese ("It's one of my favorite foods," she says). Her clients have included author Donna Hill, Kindred the Family Soul and N'Dambi, a backup singer for Erykah Badu. She also works for Clear Channel and is part of the national Commitment to Nonviolence Tour.
Perhaps more impressive are the guests who've dropped by her show over the years-folks like DMX, Jill Scott, John Legend, ?uestlove and Talib Kweli. Scott read her poetry and Legend sang along to an acoustic guitar, while Kweli simply popped in to drop off a CD.
Peters also invites guests from Hollywood (Blue Streak screenwriter John Blumenthal did a phone interview) and the local community (representatives from Mothers in Charge visited this month).
Below are the five albums Peters is currently hooked on.
Usher, Confessions (La Face, 2004)
"I like that it's really diverse. Some of it's risky and some of it's straight-laced. It's an album anyone can appreciate. I always love Usher for his lyrics about interpersonal conflict."
Talib Kweli, The Beautiful Struggle (Rawkus/Universal, 2004)
"I think it's underrated. In fact, I know it's underrated. You can tell Talib is trying to go mainstream but in a good way, without losing his core fan base. 'I Try' really reminds me of Dilated Peoples' 'This Way.'"
Queen Latifah, The Dana Owens Album (Interscope, 2004)
"It's an acquired taste only because the whole album is covers. It may be something older folks might appreciate more than young people. If you're an older person, you'd definitely know the songs."
Destiny's Child, Destiny Fulfilled (Sony, 2004)
"I really like that they let all three girls really sing. It really adds a different energy. It's like a new Destiny's Child. It has good radio singles and good songs."
John Legend, Get Lifted (Sony, 2004)
"Do you have that album? You have to buy that album! I don't skip tracks on it. He could easily have done the neo-soul angle, but he stepped outside what people thought he would do, like the song with Snoop. Then 'Live It Up' has a real '70s flavor. 'So High' reminds me of Curtis Mayfield. I could go on and on. He visited the show back in 2001. He was just a regular person. He was funny. He had jokes for days."
Sun., Feb. 27, 4-10pm. $3-$5. R.U.B.A., 414 Green St. 215.236.1267
"I was tired of getting gypped by stores and tired of messing with eBay," says Ben Harris. "I wanted to sell my records to people who'd really enjoy them, rather than getting a couple extra bucks." That's the thinking behind Record Revival, a buying/selling/swapping record show he put together. "I was also tired of the competitive nature of record collecting and shows. I wanted to create a show/swap that had a different vibe. At Record Revival we all get a chance to dig for records in a more relaxed and social environment." More than a dozen dealers, DJs and record pools are currently slated to participate, but there's room for more, Harris says-and anyone who shows up with more than one crate of records Sunday gets in for $3. There'll also be DJ sets from the likes of Diplo, Tripledouble and Where's My Pager?'s Roland, among others. And even if you've got just a few dusty 45s lying around, Harris says to bring those as well-after all, you never know what you might be able to trade them for. (Doree Shafrir)
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