What started as a series of iPod demo recordings on a broken down acoustic guitar, has evolved into a distorted wall of driving garage rock songs and a debut EP that followed, when drummer Stephen Howard joined forces with singer Angie Mead. Now Chicago duo Redgrave is ready to unleash new material over the course of this year in a series of digitally released singles. We’ll talk about new music and of course hear some of it live.
Tim Barnes chimes in with Molly Adams and Brian Babylon for his segment of “What is Hip?” and this week its Neil Degrasse Tyson and Biggie Smalls, who were the top Google trends of Sunday. Also, Tim explains how the two are connected and why outer space and 90s NY rap are influential subjects at the top of the hip list.
One of the most common questions we get at Vocalo is, “How do you come up with with your topics?” The short answer is that ideas can come from anywhere and everywhere.
There are dozens of ways shows get put together. We get tips/ideas from listeners through facebook & twitter; segments can come from personal experiences & stories people share; even conversations with strangers at check-out lines have become segments on Vocalo. It’s all about listening for the story. The Internet is also a big source for potential segments, obviously.
Below we have Midday host Luis Antonio Perez sharing how he plans to turn his day-long “Flexible Friday web browsing” into radio segments for Vocalo for next week.
On his current album Quickly Disappearing, Chicago-based singer / songwriter Matthew Santos crafts songs that are both personal and socially conscious. Matthew joined Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox to talk about his music, past collaborations with Lupe Fiasco, his trip to Alaska and how it inspired thoughts on Global Warming to seep into his latest record, and what he plans to do on his upcoming release.
The MusicVox airs weekdays 4-6 PM on 90.7 FM (CHI) / 89.5 (NWI) /www.vocalo.org
Veteran of the urban scene TK Kirkland, who has dropped in before a weekend at Jokes & Notes. TK rehashes his background and the streets with Molly Adams and Brian Babylon while talking about how he made it to the Olympic trials for being a runner! Also, TK gives his input on men and dating today in this age.
Reggie Ponder chimes in with Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to discuss the films that were looked over from the past week because of the Oscars. In this segment, Reggie gives his thoughts on the upcoming 300 sequel, Son of God, Liam Neeson’s new action thriller and more. Also Reggie chimes on Lupita Nyong’o and her win of an Oscar with the question being raised how impacting is it still that African Americans win Oscars?
Comedian Brent Morin has been seen on Conan and Chelsea Lately, and will soon be starring in the NBC sitcom Undateable with Ron Funches and Chris D’Elia. He stopped in to the AMp to talk with Molly and Brian before a set of shows at Up Comedy Club this weekend and talked about his swift moving career since he moved to LA at 18 and how much the “who you know” principle affects your opportunities.
Every week we hear and judge new music from interns Zach Swezy and Tanna Solberg, editor of www.1833.fm and music director of WLUW-FM 88.7. But Tanna is on sprang breeeak so production coordinator Vivian Mikhail jumps in the ring. She was talking a lot of smack yesterday, so let’s see if she can be a one and done champion.
On this installment of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson was joined by Andrew Johnson, Executive Director of the American Indian Center (a Cherokee). She was also joined by one of the founders of the Center, Susan Power (a Lakota). They break down the tendency to misappropriate what it means to be Native American, and explore the diversity and histories within Native American cultures.
(image of Sioux chief High Horse, Rosebud Sioux Reservation circa 1900)
Then, contributor Alex Thibodeau explores the motivations of non-Blacks who have dedicated their academic studies to Black culture. Tune in for fresh installments of Practically Speaking on Fridays at 11am and Saturdays at 11am(CST) on www.vocalo.org | 90.7fm (Chi) | 89.5 (NWI)
Sex offenders have to register at a single office in Chicago once a year, or more if they move or change jobs. But the office can’t handle the volume of registrants and people can be left literally in the cold, in violation of the law. WBEZ reporter Rob Wildeboer joined the Morning AMp hosts Brian Babylon andMolly Adams as he explained how the gap is costing money and time.
We’re playing Racist or Not Racist with Coya Paz: a dog rescue group in California took an unchipped, unspayed dog from the pound and readopted to a new family the morning the owner came forward to claim her. The owner, who bought the dog for her 4-year old son, says they wouldn’t give the pup back because she lives in a “bad” part of town and didn’t meet their standards for ownership.
To address the disproportionate rates of LGBT youth homelessness, and the lack of housing for them in all neighborhoods, a group of mental health professionals and volunteers have come together to form Project Fierce Chicago. Team member Cassandra Avenatti shares their plans to purchase a home in the South or West side and convert it to a transitional living home.
Lent is here, and many people who practice lent can find it intimidating when it comes to changing the way you diet, particularly a vegan one; they may need all the support that they can get. Celebrity TV Chef and author of Vegan for Fun, Attila Hildmannbelieves that the challenge is to simply make the decision to get started - even if it means going vegan one day each week, which could be enough vastly improve your health whether it’s for lent or a change of lifestyle. Attila joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylonand Molly Adams this morning by phone this morning to share his story and tips.
"The author of the study Kate Graham [is quoted saying] ‘Sexual aggression is a major problem in bars often reflecting intentional sexual invasiveness and unwanted persistence rather than misconceptions in sexual advances, there should be training for staff about how to intervene.’" -Molly Adams
Alison Cuddy of WBEZ and educator Moises Pacheco join The Morning AMp to best myths about drinking and sexual assault.
"My name is Belle Knox, and I wear my Scarlet Letter with pride" A Duke University graduated has recently come out to the public as a porn star. Using this information as the topic du jour, Allison Cuddy of WBEZ and educator Moises Pacheco, join The Morning AMp to discuss the changing landscape of morality in America.
Molly Adams and Brian Babylon bring on intern Kevin Garcia for this weeks segment of feminism through a male lens. This week the three discuss how to know which men are true feminists and which are not. Also, a question is raised on when to resist feminism input and in what social circles?
On this installment of Practically Speaking, host Audra Wilson explores the groundbreaking case of Loving vs. State of Virginia. It’s the 1967 case that made it legal for Richard and Mildred Loving (and interracial couples throughout the United States) to marry.
Then, we revisit Alex Thibodeau’s story of finding identity while growing up biracial in Detroit. His father was absent, and growing up, he tried to figure out what it meant to “be black.”
We also hear audio captured by Audra from her trip to New Mexico. She talks to Chris and Bird, two people who are learning that sometimes our differences can make our relationships stronger.
Practically Speaking airs fresh episodes Fridays and Saturdays at 11am CST on vocalo.org, and over the air at 89.5fm and 90.7fm in Chicago. Visit vocalo.org and press play.
Inventables is an online hardware store for designers, but will be launching a new software called “Easel” at SXSW this week. Easel is run on a web browser and acts like Auto-CAD: You make your design and then send the file to Inventables’ 3D printers. Zach Kaplan, CEO of Inventables, joins the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning in the studio and walked us though the process.
Happy Birthday Chicago! What better way to celebrate Chicago’s birthday than talking fact-based smack with journalist Kari Lydersen about her book Mayor 1%: Rahm Emanueal and the Rise of Chicago’s 99%. Lydersen joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning as she shared details of the ways that Chicagoans have organized to fight their way in and analyzed the financial forces that have shaped our mayor’s decision making process, .
Last year our Senior Tech Correspondent Marty Hess told the AMp hosts Brian BabylonandMolly Adams about the increasing use of athlete visas by gamers coming to the States for tournaments. This morning, he brought video game reporter Andrew Groen in the studio to explain how MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) games work and whether this will ever become a spectator sport.
Model Stranger have always prided themselves on delivering an incredible live show experience. Even on their recordings, the band sought to capture the raw energy of the live sound above all. On their new EP, The Changing Score, the rock trio has given “the studio” a chance, and released 4 incredibly well-produced anthemic pop rock tracks. We’ll talk about the new music and the new approach to capturing the sound, and of course we’ll hear the guys rock!
In this episode: The Academy Awards aired last Sunday. Team Vocalo members Brian Babylon and Molly Adams gathered their favorite movie critics prior to the ceremony to rant, rave, and of course make predictions about what will happen. You’ll hear our friend Alison Cuddy, who you can catch on WBEZ, Matt Fagerholm, the associate editor at Ebert Publishing, and Reggie Ponder the Reel Critic, who kicks off the round table with his general thoughts about this year’s nominees.
Also, Steve Stoute is the author of The Tanning of America, which was recently adopted into a VH1 documentary of the same name. Jesse Menendez spoke with Steve about Hip Hop’s impact on society, about his belief that hip hop culture has created a generation of individuals who no longer see things in terms of race.
Finally, DJ Charlie closes the show with his mix. Tune in!
What Is Hip? Interaction figures! Tim Barnes is on the cutting edge of all trends and this week he’s checking in on what the kids (and the President) are playing with these days. Tim joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams this morning as they reminisced the days of heavy action figure marketing, interactive figures and the power of after school cartoons. They also probed Obama’s statement that the US Army is building “Iron Man”, and Vocalo listener Ryan called in and gave his take on this trendy throwback
Molly Adams and Brian Babylon chime in with movie critic Reggie Ponder to disccus last night’s biggest Hollywood event, The Oscars. They talk about how race interplays with film using the example of now Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. Also, the three discuss the voting system and how social circles can be impactful to nominees.
On this episode of the Barbershop Show, we discuss the many faces of gentrification after Spike Lee’s rant earlier this week about gentrification in Brooklyn went viral. We welcome to the show: • Christyn S. Henson, New Communities Program Director at Quad Communities Development Corporation. • J. Brian Malone, Executive Director of the Kenwood Oakland Community Organization (KOCO) • Bernard Loyd, a developer in Bronzeville • Nelson Soza, Executive Director of The Pilsen Alliance and • Eric Lynch, who plays “Jackson” in the Goodman Theatre’s current production of “Buzzer”. The play runs until March 9th.
Tune in Fridays at noon on www.vocalo.org | 90.7fm (Chi) | 89.5fm (Nwi).
Schoolboy Q shares a hometown and a label, Top Dawg Entertainment, with Kendrick Lamar. His label debut, Oxymoron, has been buzzing for a couple months now and has enjoyed some healthy pre-release sales. Gabe Mendoza has our review.
Chicago-native Ron Funches stopped by the Morning AMp to chat with Molly Adams and Brian Babylon before a set of shows at Zanies Comedy Club. In addition to being one of Brian’s favorite comedians, he is one of the cast members of the soon to premiere Undateable, an NBC sitcom starring four comedians who are (acting) as friends trying to find love.
Discover new and sometimes very weird music each week when our interns Zach Swezy, editor of www.1833.fm, and Tanna Solberg, music director for 88.7 FM WLUW, pick a track that will blow your mind. It could be a good thing or a bad thing, but it is always fun to judge each other’s taste in music.
Brooklyn psych rock band CHAPPO’s new album Future Former Self follows the story of a man traveling to a black hole, exploring the abstract concept of time and its fleeting nature. Jesse Menendez spoke with front man Alex about the album and dug into the concepts behind it.
The MusicVox airs weekdays 4-6 PM on 90.7 FM (CHI) / 89.5 (NWI) /www.vocalo.org
You may have noticed that the AMp doesn’t really “do” Black History Month because we have conversations every day about black history and history in the making. But of course that is not true for the rest of the world, from schools to media to advertising, where “Black History” can seem like, we were slaves, we marched, and now we’re here! Is Black History Month just an opportunity for Nike to sell more sneakers and kids to learn, once again, about George Washington Carver and Harriet Tubman? Comedian Sonia Denis and Ernest Wilkins of the Red Eye joined Morning AMp hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon and A LOT of callers from the West Side to Evanston to figure out what the ideal Black History Month (or year) would look like.
Ernest Wilkins, digital producer at the Red Eye, and comedian Sonia Denis, wrapped up Black History Month by talking about the high and low points. We dip into the world of sports to congratulate Michael Sam and Jason Collins for pushing forward the “normalization” of gay athletes, swing into the world of media to see how respectability politics are still a big part of conversations about black youth, and then knock on Bill Cosby for a bit. How was your Black History Month?
"The reality is [excluding rent-stabilized tenants] creates dissent and tension and draws a very clear class division" - Dr. Coya Paz
A mixed-income apartment building in New York City did some renovations and added a small new gym. Not a big deal right? Well, the building managers have decreed that the gym is only going to be open to tenants who are paying the market-rate, not to the tenants who have lived there for years under rent-stabilization. Dr. Coya Paz and hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon try to get to the heart of what this is about: freedom and equality for the building’s residents? Or freedom to turn a profit for the building’s managers? We almost can’t work it out ourselves until we get a very good compromise proposal from a caller.
Our friend Jerome McDonnell, host of Worldview, wants to invite you to this year’s Global Activism Expo Part 1 at the Chicago Cultural Center. This year they are focusing on India, from food to dance to social activism.
Black History Month in Review: Black History Month 2014 is wrapping up tomorrow so we invited Ernest Wilkins of the RedEye and comedian Sonia Denis to review the highs and lows and ask whether we need BHM and if February is the best month for it.
Global Activism, India: Our friend Jerome McDonnell, host of Worldview, wants to invite you to this year’s Global Activism Expo Part 1 at the Chicago Cultural Center. This year they are focusing on India, from food to dance to social activism.
Coya Paz: The good doctor is in to give the state of Arizona a mental health check up and ask if it’s CLASSIST or NOT CLASSIST to exclude rent-stabilized tenants from fancy amenities in the building.
On this episode of Reclaimed Soul, host Ayana Contreras spins some local Chicago soul and plays her interview from this past week with with dancer/choreographer Kyle Abraham, who is in town with his troupe, Abraham.in.motion. They’re here to perform his “Radio Show” at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Kyle and Ayana talk about the role of Black Radio in communities.
For fresh episodes of Reclaimed Soul, listen in Thursdays at 8pm CST on vocalo.org, or tune in to 89.5fm (NW Indy) and 90.7fm (CHI)
The Nerdette Podcast gave us an exclusive look at their newest episode where they ask why so many fictional and real robots and robot voices are female. What is it about a digital barrier that makes people more comfortable with female authority? Producer Tricia Bobeda and reporter Logan Jaffe joined hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to share the wide variety of fem-bots that have served us over the years.