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.