Wednesday, December 21, 2022

Radio BSOTS show # 177 - pause. (for Jason Mizell)

 

("J-A-Y are the letters of his name..")

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This episode's track list (title / artist / source / license):

1.  "Way Back When (Featuring Chuck D)" by Just Plain Ant [blocSonic] (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
2.  "30​:​5 / moonshine ft. chadah​-​hadassah" by Yashiyah [Bandcamp] (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
3.  "Larger Than Life" by Jazz One Beats [Dusted Wax Kingdom] (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
4.  "Jazzweek" by Arze Kareem [Jamendo] (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
5.  "Ignition" by Mute Speaker [Bandcamp] (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)
6.  "91 NITES" by Tha Silent Partner [blocSonic] (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
7.  "Road Warriors" by The Impossebulls [blocSonic] (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)
8.  "LoveSigns" by Makaih Beats [Free Music Archive]  (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0)

For the past two decades, "pause" merely existed as long-form commentary on the BSOTS website.  Roughly a week after Jam Master Jay's murder, the bile in my belly fueled a rant in my brain and it all came spilling out onto my computer keyboard.  More emotional than logical, it wears my sarcasm and cynicism like spike-studded armor.  I'm definitely in my "I said what I said" bag here, back when I had no problems taking an either/or approach when dividing music into rigid yet subjective categories like "commercial" vs. "alternative" and viewing hip-hop as if it were a sonic civil war with only two sides:  "conscious" vs. "gangsta."  I had one foot out the door of the culture and the music when I wrote this and it shows.

Creative Commons licensed tunes break up the commentary, featuring selections from netlabels like blocSonic and Dusted Wax Kingdom as well as cuts scattered across Bandcamp, Jamendo, and the Free Music Archive.  The blocSonic cuts include guest verses from Chuck D of Public Enemy and Darryl "DMC" McDaniels of Run-DMC.  The sound of dusty vinyl underneath certain parts of the commentary comes directly from a project entitled This Is The End, Beautiful Friend by File Under Toner.  The description of this project on the Free Music Archive begins with the following question:  "Are the hiss, crackles, and pops on records protected by copyrights?"  All of the featured sounds are from the locked grooves at the end of various records, which get messed with using delay, reverb and other audio techniques.  I thought that these works added just the right amount of tension at certain times, more than traditional background music would.  The locked grooves running into themselves in this circumstance just sound so stark, like it's occupying the space where Jam Master Jay's cutting and scratching used to reside.

I live with me all the time, enough to know that the longer I hold on to this episode, the more that my own doubts and anxieties will keep me from releasing it into the podosphere, so I have to let it go.  It's going to do whatever it does.  Here's hoping that you will give this one a shot and consider it time well spent.

ID drop courtesy of Kahlief Adams. Theme music by Cy Tru (edited by Macedonia).

Background music:
Charlie Dreaming - Soft Hypnotic
qpe - milk
Ezekiel Honig - Plastic Rumblings
Vanity (Instrumental) by BADLUCK (CC BY 4.0).

Other key info:
Macedonia on Mixcloud
BSOTS on Bondfire Radio
Queue Points Podcast: Episodes 77 and 78
Hip-Hop Can Save America:  Parents Just Don't Understand

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Radio BSOTS show # 176 - BUCKWILD: learn from it...

 

(above) Album cover for Oracles by Sir Tumes.

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This episode's track list:

1.  Sir Tumes - Amiri
2.  Phresoul - Institutional Violence
3.  DJ Spooky - Check Your Math (CC BY 3.0)
4.  4TUNE - Ain't About That
5.  Big La Vs. Todd - Just Leaving This Here (Outro)
6.  J.Lang - The King Alford Plan (The Reality Remix) (CC BY 3.0)
7.  Rashad thaPoet x The BeatHead - Remain Awake (CC BY 3.0)
8.  V-RAM - Peripherie (CC BY 4.0)
9.  Talons' - Dead Elm (CC BY 3.0)
10. Rabbi Darkside x Isak Gaines - White Lies (CC BY 3.0)
11. A.Moss - NOBADMON (CC BY 4.0)

A few months ago, I came to the conclusion that I use my podcast feed like a pop-up shop, disappearing for indefinite periods of time until I have something to share with the public and then returning to the podosphere without so much as an alert or hardly an announcement.  Parts of my being remain 100% unapologetic about that.  For someone who's been podcasting since August of 2005 with the initial hopes that this show would reach as many listeners as possible, one would think that I wouldn't have such a disdain for online public interaction.  Then again, I can't remember the last time I've attended a podcasting conference.  Maybe it's a sign of getting older, maybe it's just a result of me doubling down on my hardcore introverted tendencies ever since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

Late in the month of June, I got this burst of inspiration and recorded some voiceovers, which sat untouched on a SD card for almost two months before I started editing them.  Seeing as how the month of August is an anniversary month for Radio BSOTS, I suppose it makes sense that the final push to get this episode out is happening now.  The songs featured on this one were released between 2013 and 2021, the majority of which came out in 2020.  Seeing as how America and the world is still in the midst of the aftereffects of that catastrophic year, that's probably not a coincidence, either.  A number of these selections reflect the racial strife that came to a head two summers ago along with a lyrically critical eye on Trump's presidential agenda (never mind the perpetual state of the  pandemic that we're still not out of, but a large section of humanity pretends isn't really a thing anymore).

So this is my summer offering from Camp Lo-Fi.  Eleven songs plus a 17 year-old blog entry equals 49 minutes of your time, served up in a BSOTS GONE (buck)WILD style.  (Admittedly, the music does the heavy lifting.)  Hopefully, you will consider it time well spent.  Thank you for listening.

ID drop courtesy of Kahlief Adams. Theme music by Cy Tru featuring Jonny Sonic. 

Background music:

MUTE - Eeekin Days (CC BY 4.0)
BADLUCK - Vanity (instrumental) (CC BY 4.0)

Other key info:
Macedonia on Mixcloud
BSOTS on Bondfire Radio
Rhythms In Black Satin
Chillcast Lovespirals Guest DJ Special Feature
BSOTS 173 - BUCKWILD:  how i spent my summer staycation...
BSOTS 175 - Does Music Belong In Podcasting?

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Radio BSOTS show #175 - Does Music Belong In Podcasting?

 


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This episode's track list:

1.  Mos Envy - Faded (Featuring Izabu) (CC BY 4.0)
2.  CM & Tha Silent Partner - Problems (CC BY 4.0)
3.  Tab - Lush (CC BY 3.0)
4.  Proviant Audio - Mushrooms (CC BY 3.0)
5.  Mega Ran - Proto Culture 2​.​0 (feat. Del The Funky Homosapien) (CC BY 3.0)
6.  Amerigo Gazaway - Hero of Time (CC BY 3.0)
7.  Pandacetamol - Vanguard (CC BY 3.0)
8.  Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble - Undying Love For Humanity (CC BY 4.0)
9.  Moki McFly - Eternal Recurrence (CC BY 3.0)
10. A-Grav Lab - Spacewalkers (CC BY 4.0)

Should anyone have any doubts as to what my answer is to the question posed in this episode's title, please know that it's a resounding YES!  I had a Frank Zappa album title in my head while creating this show (Does Humor Belong In Music?), but ultimately it's a reaction to all of the DMCA takedowns issued to podcasters by the RIAA last year and this year.  In fact, I received an unauthorized material notice of my own early on in 2020 (for a song that I never played), and now seems like the perfect time to finally share that story.  In addition, I talk about the days when resources like Podsafe Music Network and IODA Promonet were still around, back when it felt like the term "podsafe music" was more concrete and not some abstract theory or intangible concept.

All of the songs featured in this episode are Creative Commons-licensed tracks, meaning that they're all free to download, to share, and to enjoy.  Some come from netlabels like blocSonic, Mahorka, and Kahvi Collective while others were found over at Bandcamp, Jamendo,  and the Free Music Archive.  It's a mix of hip-hop and electronic cuts including a pair of gamer jams and even a live cut from 2017 featuring Laetitia Sadier of Stereolab fame.  I think this episode is the right one for Camp Lo-Fi to ease its way back into the podosphere.  

(By the way, the "podsafe artist" drops featured in this episode all date back to 2008. Outasight, Astronauts of Antiquity, and yes, Wendy & Lisa were all working with Ariel Publicity & Cyber PR at the time.  Shout out to Ariel Hyatt for her work in artist development for at least 25 years now.)

ID drops courtesy of Jonny Sonic, Darren Keith, and Kahlief Adams. Theme music by Cy Tru (edited by Macedonia). 

Background music:
qpe - milk
Charlie Dreaming - Soft Hypnotic
Rest You Sleeping Giant - Absent Minded
BADLUCK -Vanity (Instrumental)  (CC BY 4.0).

Other key info:
Macedonia on Mixcloud
BSOTS on Bondfire Radio
Ending The Americana Music Show
Calvin Relaunches The Americana Music Show

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Radio BSOTS show #174 - Tranquil Beats: Fridays In August, 2016

 

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This episode's track list:

1.  KRTS - Light Of The Harvest
2.  Julien Dyne - Fog
3.  CASTLE - Memory Bank
4.  Night Owl Committee - Manual Retro (CC BY 3.0)
5.  Sir Froderick - Someolbull$hit ft. Josh Hey
6.  Will Sessions - Memory Lane
7.  Chief & Deheb - Elements
8.  Jesse Futerman - I Love You So
9.  DJ Harrison - One Way Downtown (CC BY 4.0)
10. Just Plain Ant - Too Thymez (CC BY 3.0)
11. Jef Gilson & Malagasy - 1973
12. Long Arm - Double Bass In Love
13. Beat Inc. - Black Tea Morning (Squeaky Lobster Re-Funk)
14. Machinedrum - Center Your Love
15. Elephant And Castle - I Will
16. DF Tram - Body Fizz

I suppose it was a foolhardy notion that I would have this done by Election Day.  Real talk: as long as this lands in the podosphere before November's over, I'll chalk that up as a win.

As the last installment of the Tranquil Beats series, I think this one is far and away the best of the five.  The blend session for this playlist of songs was recorded on Halloween and it feels really inspired.  This one will probably speak to the beat junkies and sample hunters more than the others.  From the live take on a Nas instrumental by Will Sessions to Just Plain Ant messing around with Donald Byrd to CASTLE's psychedelic head nods infused with the work of The Rotary Connection, there are a number of beautiful selections here.  Jesse Futerman's "I Love You So" represents those moments with instrumentals like these where one can't tell where the sampling ends and live instrumentation begins.  The sonic sweetness of Machinedrum's "Center Your Love" remains a high point (one of my favorite cuts from his Vapor City album), as well as the swirling emotional rush of Elephant And Castle's "I Will."  DF Tram's "Body Fizz" makes for a wonderful closer with its playful lyrical refrain and Alice In Wonderland soundbites.

If you're new to the Tranquil Beats series of episodes, I certainly hope that you will take the time to listen to them all.  I have linked to the previous shows below. 

Radio BSOTS show #162 - Tranquil Beats: Mondays In August, 2016
Radio BSOTS show #166 - Tranquil Beats: Tuesdays In August, 2016
Radio BSOTS show #170 - Tranquil Beats: Wednesdays In August, 2016
Radio BSOTS show #172 - Tranquil Beats: Thursdays in August, 2016

ID drops courtesy of EJ Flavors, India (Astronauts Of Antiquity), Darren Keith, and DJ Redlox. Theme music by Cy Tru (edited by Macedonia). Background music is "Vanity (Instrumental)" by BADLUCK (CC BY 4.0).

Other key info:
Macedonia on Mixcloud
BSOTS on Bondfire Radio
The Sarah Awards | PodTales 2020
Accession Podcast Episode #23: Take Me To The Water

Monday, October 26, 2020

Radio BSOTS show #173 - BUCKWILD: how i spent my summer staycation...

 

All comments, questions, and general feedback can be sent to radiobsots@gmail.com.  Feel free to record a voice message and send it my way or leave one at the Speakpipe page.

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This episode's track list:

1.  Big La Vs. Todd - The Broken Construct (Intro)
2.  G&D (Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime) - Slave Revolt Soundtrack
3.  Amerigo Gazaway - Indivisible (CC BY 3.0)
4.  Sir Tumes - Kill The Messenger
5.  Mikal Amin - COVID-16
6.  Phresoul - Trump-Pence
7.  KRTS - If This Was Your Child
8.  C-Doc - Ain't Gettin Enough / March On, Amerika / Hard To Here (CC BY 4.0)
9.  skewbs - catch me when i fall
10. Zengineers - The Veil (Time Pipelines Pt. I)
11. Rah Digga - Angela Davis (Produced by J-Pilot) (CC BY 4.0)
12. Tha Silent Partner - Thanks A Lot (CC BY 4.0)

The Summer of 2020 (which I have been referring to as The Summer That Wasn't) definitely put me through some changes.  Being reminded of just how little Black life matters while dealing with the global health pandemic took a mental and emotional toll on me that I couldn't ignore.  This episode represents my way of dealing with it while holding onto the joy that this world (and particularly this nation) tries to steal away and claim for itself.

This one feels like a return to form.  Since it's clear that the RIAA have become the music podcast feds in 2020, my renewed interest in Creative Commons-licensed music couldn't have come at a better time.  Along with a few CC cuts in hand, I'm also going to bat for the work of good friends of mine.  There's an energy in this episode that reminds me of the excitement that I had about podcasting back when I first started.  Considering how upside down everything in the world feels to me right now, there's something reassuring about that.

ID drops courtesy of Anji Bee and Kahlief Adams.  Background music includes the following:

MUTE - Eeekin Days (CC BY 4.0)
Rest You Sleeping Giant - Withering (CC BY 4.0)
BADLUCK - Vanity (instrumental) (CC BY 4.0)

Other key info:
Macedonia on Mixcloud
BSOTS on Bondfire Radio
Radio BSOTS show #150 - A Blackout Friday Blends Session
Radio BSOTS show #169 - two weeks off from humanity...
Heat Rocks EP142: Jason Randall Smith on The Art of Noise’s “In Visible Silence” (1986)
Heat Rocks Third Year Anniversary Special

Monday, September 7, 2020

Radio BSOTS show #172 - Tranquil Beats: Thursdays in August, 2016

 

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This episode's track list:

1.  Lee Rosevere - What Did I Miss (CC BY 3.0)
2.  Ziga Murko - Marjana Flip
3.  Lavender Worm - Hot Barbeque
4.  Blocktreat - Hipbones
5.  Aeon - GoodbyeLove
6.  Ohbliv - Send It On Down
7.  Eddie - 晚10点 (10pm)
8.  Floyd The Locsmif - Flowtation Device
9.  Presto - Smooth Flow
10. The Greg Foat Group - The Dancers Waltz
11. UKU - Forest 5am (Yoggyone Remix)
12. Affelaye - Whir
13. Leaks - Give
14. Jon Hopkins - Form By Firelight
15. Funki Porcini - Long Road
16. Tha Silent Partner - Dance Of The Black Geisha (CC BY 4.0)
17. The Jet Age Of Tomorrow - Orange Juice Simpson
18. Heathered Pearls - Beach Shelter
19. Lovespirals - Why Not Today?

Returning to the podcast feed after being away for months at a time (sometimes over a year) is something that I've done several times within the last few years, but this time feels somewhat different.  Perhaps it's the delicate nature of life in general as a global health pandemic and increasing social and racial unrest threaten to take us all hostage while election season ramps up in the States, but the need to be creative during this uncertain and unstable time has been lighting a fire under me.  It made sense to return with a set of instrumental tunes on the chill side of things, although one could argue that a number of these songs aren't necessarily as "tranquil" as the episode's title would lead one to believe.

I freely admit that there's some nervous energy to some of these selections, but it mirrors the unease of society right now.  The glitches and twitches that can be heard in the Yoggyone Remix of UKU's "Forest 5am" remind me of moving with caution through a world where COVID-19 constantly reminds us why it's imperative to do so.  The bleeps and squelches of Lavender Worm's "Hot Barbeque" remind me of the need to have fun and be silly, to carve out a space where moments like that can exist in the midst of so much confusion and frustration.  Then there are songs that just SLAP, like Presto's "Smooth Flow."  It's a song that I first came across over a decade ago on IODAPromonet (a podsafe music source that went extinct back in 2013) and still makes me bob my head to the point of where it may permanently separate from my neck.  Vocal samples weave their way in and out of these songs, but I let Lovespirals have the last word with their new single "Why Not Today?"

Considering how volatile the world is right now, even the noisiest moments of this mix are tranquil in comparison.  Hopefully, these selections will allow listeners to take a much-needed breather, even if only for an hour. 

ID drops courtesy of TGrundy, DarrenKeith, Kahlee, and EJ Flavors.  

Background music includes the following:

qpe - milk
BADLUCK - Vanity (instrumental) (CC BY 4.0

Other key info:
Macedonia on Mixcloud
BSOTS on Bondfire Radio
Macedonia's guest mix for the SOUNDWAVE mix series
Joseph Aleo on Mixcloud

Monday, February 3, 2020

Radio BSOTS show #171 - BUCKWILD: The Faith-Based Practice of Podcasting




 
Feedback: who doesn't want that?  Please feel free to get in touch via email, Twitter, or leave a voice message on the Speakpipe page.

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This is a delayed transmission, recorded in December of 2019 with finishing touches and edits donethe following month.  It's rather odd how I keep returning to this knowing the inevitable delays that will prevent the next episode from surfacing online sooner than I would like.  The recording and editing of a show: those are the places I want to live all the time.  Things like show notes and updating RSS feeds, however...that's another story.  And then there's the "hey! look over here" aspect of it all, the marketing campaign that has to take place after you've created a thing, be it through social media blasts or other means.  It's a strange game of faith that content creators play.  In a day and an age where it seems like everyone wants to get in on podcasting, I find it rather presumptuous to think that someone would want to listen to mine (even though I know for a fact that some people have for years now).

Maybe I've been doing this for too long, but this is the thing that I turn to when the world (and particularly the work days) get to be too much.  I don't do this for monetization's sake.  I don't do this for sponsors.  I still do this for the reasons that I did it back in 2005: as a creative outlet and for my own sanity.  The need for a primal scream in my podcast feed every now and then was the whole reason why the "buckwild" episodes began in the first place. I was overdue for another one of these and considering that the world feels like it's on fire, perhaps these types of episodes ought to be released more frequently.

However you might have stumbled upon this, thank you for taking the time to listen.  It's 2020, y'all.  Here goes nothin'.

This episode's track list:

1.  Cheese - The Return (CC license)
2.  Jonny Sonic - Blue #3
3.  Flying Lotus - Yellow Belly (feat. Tierra Whack)
4.  Little Simz - Boss
5.  Tenesha The Wordsmith - Dangerous Women
6.  Tha Silent Partner - Covfefe's Groove (CC license)
7.  Rodney P - The Next Chapter
8.  Gawd Status - Messiah Hybrids
9.  DJ Shadow - C​.​O​.​N​.​F​.​O​.​R​.​M. feat. Gift Of Gab, Lateef The Truth Speaker, Infamous Taz
10. Brother Ali - Red Light Zone
11. Vula Viel - Fire
12. Mikal Amin - We Keep It Movin'

BSOTS BONUS TRACK: Samurai Guru - Everyone Go Through It

ID drops courtesy of Anji Bee, Kahlee, Jonny Sonic, and Mr. Ivory Snow.  Background music includes the following:

Anti-Pop Consortium - The Hands Behind The Piano Of Time Is God
MUTE - Eeekin Days (CC license)
BADLUCK - Vanity (Instrumental) (CC license)

Other key info:  Opinions While Black