Walking Bicycles on Live From Studio 10 (aired August 2014)
There’s a lot of dissonance and unnerving tension on Walking Bicycles’ new album To Him That Wills The Way. Not surprising, considering the album (first in 5 years) recounts the band’s experiences with separation, longing, captivity and freedom as a result of the incarceration of one of its members. The story is told through singer Jocelyn’s somber droning vocals and the dark menacing atmosphere created by heavy guitar riffs.
Live From Studio 10 airs Tuesdays at 8pm CST on Vocalo 90.7 FM (CHI) / 89.5 FM (NWI) and Vocalo.org, and features emerging bands and music artists from Chicago and beyond. One hour of music and interview, all live. The show is hosted by Jesse Menendez, produced by Fyodor Sakhnovski and engineered by Adam Yoffe. Subscribe to the podcast here: bitly.com/vocaloLFS10
What does the Michael Brown shooting have to do with feminism? Hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon discussed the topic of police brutality and feminism in the second half of the Council of Feminism Thought with writer Mikki Kendall and comedienne and burlesque performer Tamale Sepp.
“Black women, Latino women, Native American women- we are all supposed to be part of this. Our communities are being harmed by police brutality. Not only are the women dying, the children are dying, their husbands are dying, their brothers their uncles. The people they love are being killed… it should be a feminist issue because if we’re talking equality and we want equality, well equality includes not being killed for the color of your skin.”
Writer Mikki Kendall and comedienne/burlesque performer Tamale Seppjoined hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon for the Council of Feminist Thought this week. In the first half of the council, we covered a feminist sci-fi festival taking place in Wisconsin. We also covered a new trend of ironic misandry, the idea of acting out the most extreme stereotype of feminists to show how ludicrous it is. Take a listen!
Being visible and female on the Internet is a known risk: write about any topic and you’re bound to face verbal and visual harassment from the comments section to your personal email to many other areas of your life.
Morning AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams critique mainstream media’s approach to covering Robin Williams’ suicide versus other world and domestic issues such as the fatal shooting of Missouri teenager, Michael Brown. The question posed: Has mainstream media used Robin Williams’ death as a way to distract the public from the events occurring in Ferguson, MO? Take a listen!
Media: Being visible and female on the Internet is a known risk: write about any topic and you’re bound to face verbal and visual harassment from the comments section to your personal email to many other areas of your life. Yesterday the staff at Jezebel, a female-centric blog that’s part of Gawker Media, went public with their company’s lack of action on explicit content in the comments that employees are supposed to moderate. We talk with the site’s news editor Erin Gloria Ryan about what the higher-ups have done.
Council of Feminist Thought: Writer Mikki Kendall and artist Tamale Sepp join us for our weekly roundtable of feminist news analysis. We’ll talk about the hot new Internet and t-shirt trend of ironic misandry and how the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, MO are a feminist issue.
Chicago trio Killer Moon reaches deep into 60’s rock traditions: the mind-bending guitar solos and hypnotic bass grooves to revive a truly psychedelic musical experience. We’re excited to welcome them in our studio to hear them take us on their sonic journey.
New York Times Bestselling author, James McBride joined Brian and Luis to discuss his latest book The Good Lord Bird.
McBride is best known for his autobiography entitled, “The Color of Water: A Black Man’s Tribute to his White Mother” which has sold over 1.5 million copies and has been translated into 16 languages in more than 20 countries.
In The Good Lord Bird, McBride juxtaposes fiction and history. Through the memoir Henry Shakleford, a fictional runaway slave, this novel presents a different take on the stories of famed radical abolitionist John Brown and his friend Frederick Douglass.
McBride chats with the Morning AMp about his ability to find humor in tragedy, as well as the challenges that have come with his novel being made into a Hollywood movie (Liev Schreiber and Jaden Smith signed on).
A few laughs and some great insights are shared during this conversation, take a listen…
GRAMMY Award and Latin GRAMMY Award winning Mexican-American singer/songwriter Lila Downs spoke to Rocío Santos about her new collaborative album “Raíz”, which unites the voices of Argentina’s folk singer/composer Soledad Pastorutti and Spain’s flamenco singer Niña Pastori. The album will be released in the U.S. by Sony Music on August 12th. She also spoke about her upcoming performance in Chicago on August 11th, her work with Mexican-American musician Carlos Santana and a new album that she is working on related to the Day of the Dead/Día de Muertos tradition.
A haiku by Max Grinell: Baby in the air Below Chicago bustles Why not? A hot dog
The Morning AMp’s senior urbanologist correspondent, Max Grinell, joined Brian Babylon and Molly Adams for a little Chi-Town history lesson. Grinell explained why the Chicago City Seal consists of a baby in a shell floating above a tall ship, wheat stalks, and an anonymous Native American! Take a listen!
This weekend sees the fifth-annual Festival Cubano in Riis Park, in Chicago bringing together salsa, sonero, jazz, Afro-Cubano, and songo music traditions from across the Caribbean. Festival co-founder Sandra Castro Carrera joined The Morning AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams in studio to talk about Cuban culture in the Midwest and what kinds of fun things will be at the festival this year!