SNL contributor and impressionist extraordinaire’s Jay Pharoah’s interview with the AMP’s guest co-hosts Jill and Luis turned into a performance, jam packed with impressions of ESPN’s Stephen Smith, Stewie from Family Guy, and a grand finale featuring his best Kanye West. He even serenaded outgoing Producer Vivian Mikhail on her last day after comparing our interns to Jared Leto and Danny Tamberelli. Take a listen and laugh!
Every Friday, we take phone calls from listeners to let them rant and critique on the happenings of their work week. But during this particular Critic for a Minute Friday, we had caller Maxine from Lakeview tell us about a community project her children created. For her daughter’s Bat Mitzvah celebration, rather than a huge blow -out party, her daughter wanted to team up with a Bronzeville church to build a playground for local children. They are now in the process of fundraising and are looking for the community to help. If you would like to read more about this project and would like to contribute, you can visit their website.
Our Senior Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendoza joined us by phone to give his live review on Ab-Soul’s third album. It is currently the second hip-hop release this year from Top Dawg Entertainment. Take a listen to what he has to say about it, and this week’s critic for a minute!
This week, our Senior Hip Hop Correspondent Gabe Mendozareviews Chicago’s own, Alex Wiley’s new mixtape, Village Party. This is the follow up to his critically acclaimed 2013 mixtape Club Wiley. Alex Wiley is signed to the Chicago based Closed Session label and has a very eccentric style. If you want to listen to Village Party, click here.
It’s Critic for a Minute Friday, and Brian Babylon has returned with Molly Adams to discuss their latest rant: the Lakeview neighborhood. With the help of a couple of Vocalo listeners who called in and shared their perspectives, this rant turned into an intelligent conversation about the growing intolerance of urban noise in cities.
It’s Critic for a Minute Friday, and our Senior Hip Hop Correspondent, Gabriel Mendoza, joined the AMp hosts Molly Adams and guest co-host Ernest Wilkins as he gave a robust review on the latest from Foreign Exchange’s 4th studio album. While this album maybe be placed in the hip hop genre, Gabe thinks that it is more of an uplifting and vibrant piece of music that just so happens to include hip hop elements and artists. In addition to his critique, he also had a critic for a minute he wanted to share - and he had his rant pants on and ready to go.
Bilingual comedian Carmen Lynch talks funny with host Molly Adams, and guest host Allison Cuddy (WBEZ’s arts and culture reporter.) She discusses the evolving comedy scene, how she writes, and what it what it’s like working with artists such as Wanda Sykes.
The Reel Critic on Box Office Hits, Misses, The Butler and Eysium
It’s Critic for a Minute Friday, and you know what that means! New movie reviews! The Reel Critic — Reggie Ponder and Brian Babylon had their final showdown as he joined both Brian and co-host Molly Adams by phone. He also touched base on the value of the narrative in Lee Daniels’ The Butler, and they also discussed the possibly played out political overtones of Elysium.
I’m so frustrated I have to let this out somewhere!! I know at some point you will discuss this so here is my opinion of what the Zimmerman case boils down to: Kill every black boy in a hoodie. The more ignorant and afraid you are the more the murder is justified. (This is followed by a very long and loud scream of frustration on my end that you cannot hear.)
In business for almost 20 years, but really for life, comedians, actors, reality show drop-ins, and brothers Randy and Jason Sklar dropped into the studio this morning with AMp Brian Babylon and Molly Adams ahead of a recording of their appearance at UP Comedy Club. From their brotherly background to the Blackhawks, to their big break appearances, the Sklar brothers knew just how to get laughs no matter how early in the morning it is.
Last Friday of the month, the AMp hosts Brian Babylon and Molly Adams talk with Matt Fagerholm who looks at the other end of the box office—the indie releases that should be making boatloads but are in limited release. This week we focused on the highly anticipated third act of Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy’s romance, Before Midnight. We also discussed the business of putting Behind the Candelabra on TV and not in theaters.
Check out more of Matt’s extensive coverage on indie film at his website!
Every Friday we get our newly appointed “Obituarian” Josh Eisenberg on the phone with us to inform us on which important figures have passed on and left unforgettable legacies. This week we commemorate two men who passed this week: documentary photographer Wayne Miller, a Chicago South Side native whose photo of the delivery of his newborn son performed by his father, landed on the Voyager Golden Record. Also Josh educated us on the legacy of Boruch Spiegel, one of the few remaining survivors of the Warsaw ghetto uprising during the 1943 Nazi revolt.