Vocalo on WBEZ Ep. 109 - DJs Terry Hunter and Carlos Feliciano
In this episode: We celebrate 4th of July weekend with two outstanding mixes. First comes from legendary House producer and DJ, Terry Hunter. The second comes from our our Vocalo DJ Collective member, Carlos Feliciano.
Vocalo on WBEZ Ep. 107 - Hip Hop artists respond to the term Chiraq + A tribute to Andre Harris
In this episode: Chicago has many nicknames: The Second City, The Windy City, Chitown and even The City of Big Shoulders, to name a few. But more recently the city has been dubbed Chiraq. A portmanteau of Chicago and Iraq. A name meant to reflect the city’s reputation for violence. Specifically, the violence facing some of the city’s marginalized communities. Englewood natives and hip hop artists Add 2 and Psalm One discuss the unfortunate name and what it reflects with Jesse Menendez.
Also, Rashanah Baldwin of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood. Her organization is built on dispelling the notion that the community of Englewood is poverty and crime ridden. RAGE does this by highlighting the great community work that is taking place in the neighborhood and the people who are making a difference. And they’re also calling out mainstream media for failing to cover any of the positive work that’s being done in Englewood.
In 2012 the Supreme Court overturned California’s constitutional ban on gay marriage. Two of the plaintiffs in the case, Kris Perry and Sandy Stier joined Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to discuss the case as well as the new HBO documentary, The Case Against 8.
And finally we close out the show with a mix from Milty Evans. It’s a tribute to the late house DJ and producer, Andre Harris.
Vocalo On WBEZ Ep. 106 - USS Indianapolis survivor Edgar Harrell, Grieves, DJ Bizzon
In this episode: As the 75th anniversary of the beginning of WWII approaches, Memorial Day has an extra layer of emotion for veterans. Edgar Harrell was one of the few survivors of the USS Indianapolis sinking, torpedoed by Japan in the Pacific Theater just a week before the US bombed Hiroshima. Molly and Brian spoke with him about his story and why, as insulated as we are from the conflict, it is important to remember what life is like during war time.
Also, Seattle-based Hip Hop artist Grieves recently dropped his new album Winter & the Wolves on indie label Rhymesayers. He spoke with Jesse Menendez about the introspective nature of the album’s subject matter and the production on the album.
Vocalo Storytelling Workshop participant, Blas Diaz, explores mental health issues through talking with his Aunt who candidly shares her experiences struggling with mental health.
We close the show with an hour set by Vocalo DJ Collective Memeber DJ Bizzon. Tune in!
Vocalo on WBEZ Ep. 105 - CoJack, The Damn Choir, DJ Renan
In this episode: Chicago South-Eastside rapper CoJack joined Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox to talk about his blue-collar roots, what led him to “grow into” the Hip Hop culture and the themes explored on his new album Ups & Downs.
Also, On their sophomore album, “Creatures of Habit,” The Damn Choir explore faith and its dogma. The result is an album that is permeated with sincere expression and personal struggle and the arrangements are serene with a touch of anxiety. The band joined us for a live performance and conversation with Jesse Menendez.
We close the show with Vocalo on WBEZ first - DJ Renan spinning some Drum and Bass. Tune in!
Vocalo On WBEZ Ep. 104 - CPS lunches, The J. Davis Trio, DJ Charlie
In this episode: Have you ever wondered what Chicagp Public School lunches are made of? Well, if you would ask CPS, they would tell you that the chicken nuggets are made of chicken. At least that’s what CPS disclosed when WBEZ reporter Monica Eng filed the Freedom of Information Act to find what CPS is serving its students. She wasn’t satisfied with the answer and pressed the issue.
Also, The J. Davis Trio authentically combine their love of traditional Jazz with their passion for Hip Hop. The result is an exhibition of smooth lyricism and groove heavy soulful instrumentals. They stopped by the studio with a large 7-piece ensemble for a live performance and conversation with Jesse Menendez.
We close the show as usual with some thumping beats. This time, courtesy of DJ Charlie. Tune in!
Vocalo On WBEZ Ep. 103 - Diversity in Network TV Comedy, Archie Powell, The Narcoleptic
In this episode: When Stephen Colbert was announced as Dave Letterman’s replacement on CBS’s late night talk show offering, even fans of the show felt that it was time for networks to think outside the box for a host. Jamie Masada, owner of The Laugh Factory, shared his thoughts with hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon about diversity on the networks, from gender to race to education to region.
Also, Chicago’s Archie Powell and The Exports deliver a downpour of raucous rock at their live shows and on their recordings. The new album Back In Black is filled to capacity with driving guitar riffs and inexhaustible energy. The band stopped by our performance studio to play some new tracks and talk about the album.
We close the show with a House set from Chicago’s The Narcoleptic. Tune in!
Vocalo on WBEZ Ep. 102 - Online Harassment, Rebel Diaz, DJ Carlos Feliciano
In this episode: As the news editor for Giant Bomb, a video game news and reviews site, Patrick Klepek has received his share of online harassment, from the comments to Twitter to his personal email. But he’s a white dude in a position of influence. What kind of harassment do less established writers and people in the community particularly women and minorities face? Klepek talked to Brian and Molly about his recent work to call attention to toxic conversations online and how to make the Internet a (slightly) nicer place.
Chicago born but currently based out of the Bronx, Rebel Diaz, have recently released their full length debut album, Radical Dilemma, an album that touches on the group’s frustration with U.S policy, its immigration policy, classism, racism and social justice. The duo joined Jesse Menendez in studio to talk about the album and the importance of youth mentoring in their community.
The “adventure soul” duo M&O (formerly Milo and Otis) have been making music together for a number of years and have honed in on a sound that’s both groovy and warm in production, and socially conscious and poignant in its lyrical content. This performance and interview was recorded live in our own Jim and Kay Mabie performance studio.
We conclude the show with the usual - a killer DJ set. Carlos Feliciano has more than 20 years of experience as a DJ under his belly. Heavily influenced by Chicago’s long standing house culture, Carlos’s sound selection epitomizes the city’s love affair with the genre. So much so that he won Vocalo’s most recent house quest DJ battle and become a member of Vocalo’s esteemed DJ collective. This next set showcases Carlos’s house sensibilities.
Vocalo On WBEZ Ep. 101 - Shinola Manufacturing, Tokyo Police Club, DJ Chorizo Funk
In this episode: Can the Motor City (and the Second City) find some economic relief by returning to its manufacturing roots? WBEZ’s Lauren Chooljian joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to share her report on Shinola, a watch, bikes, and leather company based in downtown Detroit that advertises in the pages of Vogue and does business with the Horween Leather Company in Chicago.
Tokyo Police Club has released their much anticipated follow up to 2010’s Champ. The new album, Forcefield is the band’s first album of original material in four years. David Monks of Tokyo Police Club joined Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox to talk about the different approach to writing this album.
Chicago’s Tall Walker create songs that are contemplative in mood and delivered with a touch of Classic Rock sensibilities. The band evokes a sense of familiarity while conjuring their own unique imagery through lyrics and sound. Tall Walker joined Jesse Menendez for an interview and live performance here on Vocalo!
We end the show as usual with a DJ set, this time celebrating the Record Store Day with an all-vinyl mix from Chorizo Funk. Tune in!
Vocalo On WBEZ Ep 91 - Deno's Senior Project, Erik Griffin, Briar Rabbit
In this episode: Vocalo Storytelling Workshoop participant Heidi Bojorges created a story about Deno, a student at North Lawndale College Prep who comes back to teachers to complete a graduation requirement and graduate.
Also, comedian Erik Griffin, who you might know as Montez on Workaholics, stopped by for some chats with MorningAMp hosts Brian and Molly.
Chicago singer/songwriter Briar Rabbit has released his new album From Your Bones, an intense look at the psyche of a man with a heavy heart and disillusioned mind, all set to Briar Rabbit’s familiar steady guitar and folk pop accompaniment. Briar Rabbit joined Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox to talk about the experiences that lead him to write this album.
Finally, we conclude the show with an awesome set by DJ Carlos Feliciano. Tune in!
Vocalo On WBEZ Ep. 89 - Shopping Aldi, Rico Sisney, Jesse De La Pena
In this episode: As we all know, shopping for quality food can take a lot out of your budget, especially if you’re trying to be heath conscious. But luckily there are some alternatives to the high priced chain stores. WBEZ’s Monica Eng recently discovered discount grocer Aldi. She joined the Vocalo hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to talk about the joys of shopping in an unpredictable way for a lot less money.
Also: For years, Chicago MC Rico Sisney has been making soulful social commentary with his musical Hip Hop projects Sidewalk Chalk and more recently, Tree House. Now, the MC is trying his hand at a solo endeavor called Crying Wolves; one that sees his socio political commentary as piercing as ever.
We close the show with a mix from Vocalo DJ collective founder Jesse De La Pena. Tune in!
Vocalo On WBEZ Ep 87 - Atheism during holidays, DJ Limbs and Butter, Jesse De La Pena
In this episode: Our resident defender of justice Coya Paz is here to discuss the rise of Atheist visibility around the holidays, language bans in a country with no official language, and who we deem to be “fit” parents.
Also, DJ Limbs has been bringing eclectic and cutting edge sounds to clubs and parties around Chicago for quite some time. Aside from spinning records he’s also a talented producer. His most recent collaboration is with singer Ruth Varella aka Butter. The album features a mixture of downbeat, trip hop and electronica. The duo joined us for a live set and conversation.
Finally, we conclude the show with a DJ set - this time from our very own Jesse De La Pena. Tune in.
DJ Limbs and Butter on Live From Studio 10 (aired Nov 2013)
DJ Limbs has been bringing eclectic and cutting edge sounds to clubs and parties around Chicago for quite some time. Aside from spinning records he’s also a talented producer. His most recent collaboration is with singer Ruth Varella aka Butter. The album features a mixture of downbeat, trip hop and electronica.
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 local bands and music artists (with an occasional national act stopping by). 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
Vocalo On WBEZ Ep 86 - They Call Me A Hero, Lee Fields, DJ John Simmons
In this episode: Daniel Hernandez joins ‘Morning AMp’ hosts Molly Adams and Brian Babylon to discuss his new book “They Call Me a Hero: A Memoir of My Youth.” The book details his experiences interning for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords when she was shot at a public meet and greet in Arizona. It reflects on his life, that day, and the intense media attention following the event. His quick actions to hold her up and staunch the bleeding amidst gunfire have been credited with saving her life.
Also, For over 40 years, soul singer Lee Fields has been making music laced with his own thoughts on faith, love and respect for women. The legendary singer spoke with Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox about the origins of music, why stayed true to his own identity over the years and of course why love has always been an important theme for his personally and throughout his music career.
We conclude the show as always with music! The DJ sets is courtesy of Vocalo DJ Collective member John Simmons. Tune in!
DJ Limbs has been spinning and bringing eclectic and cutting edge sounds to clubs and parties around Chicago and beyond. His most recent collaboration is with singer Ruth Varella aka Butter - an album that features a mixture of downbeat, trip hop and electronica. We’re excited to bring this project to a live setting and experience it performed with a live band.
Vocalo on WBEZ Ep 84 - Privatizing the Windy City, Bailiff, DJ Carlos Feliciano
In this episode: No other city in the US has sold off as many of its assets as Chicago. In the Daley era it was the toll road on the Skyway, the downtown parking garages, and the parking meter deal, and now Rahm Emanuel’s administration continues the tradition. Writer Micah Uetricht joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to discuss the impact of privatization around the country and the proposed Privatization, Transparency and Accountability Ordinance that would require more regulation of these sales in the city.
Also, Whether you consider them progressive blues or indie rock, Chicago’s Bailiff exhibit outstanding musicianship all the while delivering infectious tunes and grooves. The band joined Jesse Menendez for an interview and special live performance.
We close the show with a DJ set from Vocalo DJ collective member Carlos Feliciano. Music, stories, conversations and more. Tune in!