02 / 17 / 14
David Costa talks dark spirituality on his new album, The Last Prophet

Northwest Indiana MC David Costa is following up The Starving Artist with an upcoming prequel, The Last Prophet. He sat down with Jesse Menendez to discuss what goes into creating a prequel.

The MusicVox airs M-F 4-6 PM on 90.7 FM (CHI) / 89.5 FM (NWI) and streams at www.vocalo.org/player.

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07 / 29 / 13
Vocalo On WBEZ Ep 75 - The Kelly Conversation, Interracial Dating, DJ Spinna

In this episode: Jim DeRogatis is a famed rock critic and blogger for WBEZ, as well as one half of the WBEZ show Sound Opinions. He joined Jesse Menendez in studio to talk about the Kelly Conversations: an in depth look at R. Kelly, his legal controversies, his performance at the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival, and what it means.

Twanna Hines joined the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams to help us move the conversation beyond black and white. From our own president to unsubtle analysis of George Zimmerman’s mixed white-Hispanic background to a black-white marriage in a Cheerios commercial that brought out the worst in Internet comments, people’s comfort levels with interracial relationships are clearly not where we think they may be. While some believe that these relationships are slowly becoming the norm, others think that we have a long way to go in the acceptance of the interracial American family.

The show ends with a killer set by DJ Spinna. Tune in!

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6R Kelly, Jim DeRogatis, Sound Opinions, WBEZ, Vocalo, Chicago, Pitchfork, interracial relationships, jesse menendez,

07 / 08 / 13
Vocalo On WBEZ Episode 73 - Little Village & Cook County Jail, Man Bites Dog, Jonny 5 & DJ Mark Mack

In this episode: We talk community, culinary arts and activism in music. Vocalo Storytelling Workshop participant Maria Gasper brings us an audio documentary on the Cook County Jail’s relationship with Little Village.

Next, Culinary Historian and author of the book “Man Bites Dog: Hot Dog Culture in America” along with Photographer Patty Carroll join Shantell Jamison & Luis Perez of Team Vocalo. They talk about their book which tells a history of hot dogs in not just Chicago, but in America.

Later, hip hop group FlowBots founder Jonny 5 speaks with Jesse Menendez about their standout hit “Handlebars” their relationship with the term revolution and their work with Denver’s at-risk youth.

We feature a Civil Rights inspired mix by UK DJ/Producer Mark Mack.

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02 / 26 / 13
Davey D on Black History and Music


Davey D is a journalist, a Hip Hop activist and he teaches a class on Hip Hop culture and politics at SF State. He is also the curator of one of the oldest hip hop sites, Davey D’s Hip Hop corner. He joined Music Vox host, Jesse Menendez on the line to talk about his recent article, Hip Hop Songs You Should Know As We Celebrate Black History, which looks at songs that promote self-awareness and acknowledgment that Black History is World History.

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6vocalo, musicvox, davey d, hip hop, culture, politics, Jesse Menendez, Black History, World History, music,

02 / 11 / 13
Just Blaze delves into hip hop production and recent collaborations with Baauer


For more than a decade, Just Blaze has been defining commercial Hip Hop sound. He’s worked repeatedly with artists like Kanye West, Jay-Z and Eminem, producing some of the best known and greatest Hip Hop tracks. Just Blaze spoke with Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox about how a few of these tracks came about, his contribution to the game, recent collaboration with Baauer, and how the infamous “Just Blaze” drop came about.

Source: SoundCloud / Vocalo's Music Vox

6Just Blaze, Hip Hop, Vocalo, Musicvox, Jesse Menendez,

02 / 07 / 13
Ami Saraiya and The Outcome on Live From Studio 10 (aired Jan 2013)


Chicago singer, multi-instrumentalist and band leader Ami Saraiya is no stranger to things theatrical and macabre. Her songs are often fantastical tales of tortured souls, hellish visions and misfortunate circus performers; while others are inspired by true events, just as haunting. With her band The Outcome, these songs come alive, gracefully waltzing between swing, cabaret, carnival, folk and jazz.

Live From Studio 10 airs every Wednesday at 8pm CST on Vocalo 89.5 FM and Vocalo.org, and features emerging local bands and music artists (with the occasional national act stopping by). No other station brings you this much local music, and no other show in the region does it live. Hosted by Jesse Menendez, produced by Fyodor Sakhnovski and engineered by Adam Yoffe. Subscribe to the podcast here: bitly.com/vocaloLFS10

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02 / 04 / 13
Ishmael Palaceer discusses the meaning of "abstract" and Shabazz Palaces' sound

Check out Jesse’s interivew with Ishmael Palaceer of Shabazz Palaces!!!


Since the release of their cryptic EP’s, Shabazz Palaces have been intriguing the audiences with some of the most distinctive, bold and creative approach to Hip Hop. Jesse Menendez spoke with Ishmael Palaceer on The MusicVox about his relationship with abstract art, the perception of his music, and hipster blogs!

Source: SoundCloud / Vocalo's Music Vox

6Shabazz Palaces, Vocalo, The MusicVox, Jesse Menendez, Hip Hop, Public Radio,

02 / 04 / 13
The Jordan Years tell a story of a Homemade Hustler


The Jordan Years have been cutting their teeth all over Chicago’s premier clubs with their soulful instrumentals and covers of some of our favorite hip hop tracks. With the addition of Wes Restless on vocals, the group has released several EP’s and now, they took a leap forward with a full-length concept album - Homemade Hustler. Wes Restless, Roger and Mike joined Jesse Menendez on The MusicVox to discuss the new record, it’s themes and sound.

Source: SoundCloud / Vocalo's Music Vox

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01 / 30 / 13
Show You Suck puts pizza party to rest with the final Mixtape in the series


Chicago’s Show You Suck eats pizzas and raps on stage with an attitude you’d think it’s 1979 - yeah we’re talking punk rock here! After two installments of One Man Pizza Party mixtapes, the trilogy is complete with the final one in the series - Rest In Pizza - that combines the usual combination of humorous nerdy subjects matters but also takes a darker, more melancholy turn with some serious personal overtones. “Heartache with a side of anchovy,” as Jesse Menendez poignantly sums up. Show You Suck delves into the themes of the latest Mixtape and talks about all those wonderful things that he draws his inspiration from, you know, Muppets, pizzas, skate boards… 

Source: SoundCloud / Vocalo's Music Vox

6Show You Suck, Chicago, Hip Hop, MusicVox, Jesse Menendez,

12 / 27 / 12
The Hood Internet FEAT original productions and remixes


Having built their musical career off of well-executed mash-ups, The Hood Internet have recently taken a step in the new direction and released their first full length of original tunes and productions. The sample-free album “FEAT” brings together over 20 singers and MC’s into a collection of pop and hip hop infused collaborations. The Hood Internet’s STV SLV joined Jesse Menendez to discuss this ambitious effort along with an even newer release of FEAT remixes.

The MusicVox airs M-F 6-8pm on 89.5 FM and vocalo.org

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6Hood Internet, Vocalo, MusicVox, Jesse Menendez,

11 / 02 / 12
Minneapolis hip hop artist P.O.S struggles with health as he promotes his new album


P.O.S is a Minneapolis hip hop artist and founding member of the independent hip hop collective Doomtree.  P.O.S’ new album is called, We Don’t Even Live Here, an album considered by many as one of this year’s best. Unfortunately, he is unable to tour in support of the release due to his deteriorating health and need for a kidney transplant. The MusicVox host Jesse Menendez spoke with the MC about the concept of his new socially charged album and his well-being.

The MusicVox airs M-F 6-8pm CT on 89.5 FM and Vocalo.org

Source: SoundCloud / Vocalo's Music Vox

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