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...

 

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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




 
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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

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Radio BSOTS show #170 - Tranquil Beats: Wednesdays In August, 2016



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After Episode #169 hit the Web in June of 2018, everything went quiet for the BSOTS podcast feed, but it's not like I planned it that way.  Consistency existed in the radio broadcast form of this show, with a new episode airing on Bondfire Radio every other Friday.  Meanwhile, the podcast feed has been no stranger to pregnant pauses between episodes over the past few years.  I used to refer to it as "podghosting" - just disappearing from the scene for months at a time only to pop up in someone's podcatcher of choice unannounced like everything was normal.  A lot has happened since I first started this show in August of 2005.  Even though I was releasing two episodes a month in the early days, I never wanted to record an episode just to record one.  It was important for me to know that I had something to say, that there was a purpose behind whatever episode that I was releasing next.  As the years progressed and the length of time between episodes grew from weeks to months, that belief of not speaking until I have something to say became more entrenched in my being.  I haven't changed my opinion where the podcast is concerned, but it's more than that.

I had a really good talk with my best friend while I was typing this and we discovered that we were experiencing the same creative crisis.  We had become isolated and separated from those that inspired us, those that helped spark our creative energy.  Between that isolation and the weekly routine of squandering energy at our respective day jobs (never getting back the same amount that we put in), it's no wonder why we found ourselves in a place of creative apathy.  And then there's the question of "who's going to actually care about this?"  I haven't said it out loud, but in a world of hundreds of thousands of podcasts, that thought has certainly kept me from releasing a new episode until now.

So this is me getting back to home base and back to basics.  This is me fighting off creative apathy and self-doubt.  This is me reminding myself that I am so much more than a customer service rep during the day.  This is me reminding myself not to neglect what I had before I had a radio show.  This is me remembering that the podcast was the place where I could get personal.  This is me slowly reintroducing myself to what it was that I loved about podcasting in the first place.  They say that you can't go home again, but I need to give this a shot, to reclaim the space that I had carved out for myself back when it was a lot harder to do so, back when I didn't have high-speed internet or a computer capable of having iTunes installed and I still made it work because I wanted to be a part of this THAT much.

I figured that I would ease myself back into the podosphere with a mix of chilled out instrumental music for chaotic times such as these.  Should you feel the need to take a breather, this one's for you.  Thank you for listening.

This episode's track list:

1.  Beautiful Eulogy - A Bridge Between
2.  Kratos Himself - Emerald City
3.  Oddisee - The Carter Barron
4.  Onra - Lying Besides You
5.  J57 - Bravery
6.  Damu The Fudgemunk - Colorful Storms (Official Mix)
7.  Jonny Faith - Slumber
8.  Willy Sunshine - Back
9.  Georgia Anne Muldrow - Pad Kontrol
10. Tall Black Guy - From Home, To Work, And Back...
11. Letherette - Blad
12. SpyMusic - The Start Of Something Big
13. Weedy of 40 Winks - For Us
14. Romare - Nina's Dream
15. Dr. Who Dat? - Braziliant Thought
16. Brian Auger - Fire In The Mind
17. Lovespirals - Breath Of Life
18. Late Era - Verde

ID drops courtesy of Kahlee, Mr. Ivory Snow, DarrenKeith, and EJ Flavors.
Background music includes the following:

Peter Bark - sega genesis
BADLUCK - Vanity (instrumental)

Other key info:

The Weeksville Project
Macedonia on Mixcloud
Radio BSOTS on Bondfire Radio
BSOTS on Bondfire archives and subscription feed

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Radio BSOTS show #169 - two weeks off from humanity...



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"Every day breathing in the United States is an away game for the Black man."
-Rich Medina, DJ/Producer/Poet, Beat Society Podcast, Episode No. 8

The title of this episode first came to mind back in July of 2016, shortly after the police killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.  Since then, it was put on the back burner and I knew I wanted to use it eventually.  After hearing that Brother Sterling's killers weren't being charged and then the police shooting of Stephon Clark in Sacramento, CA, as well as far too many incidences of 911 calls on my people for simply existing, it just made sense to put together a show during this moment in time...where Starbucks locations nationwide have to close for a day so that their employees can learn how to simply treat all people like human freaking beings.

I recorded the music mixes for the show back on April 4th, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  The first part deals heavily with police brutality.  By extension, it also goes into what happens when Black people internalize the hatred that this nation has for us.  Sometimes that hatred is thrust upon each other in both subtle and overt ways.  The second part of the mix was inspired by the movie Black Panther, thinking about Africa, and wanting to make my own Wakandan soundtrack.

Keep in mind that I recorded the opening voice over about a month before the NFL ruling on protests protests while the National Anthem is being played.  Seems like the longer I waited to release this episode, the more relevant it became.  Seeing as how I prefer to not have to make episodes like these at all, I really wish that weren't the case.

Should there be someone in your life working through the confusion, rage, sadness, and (let's just call it what it is) PTSD that comes with being Black in America, please share this episode with them.



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This episode's track list:

1.  Courtney Pine - A Word To The Wise {Bandcamp}
2.  MUTE - Brothers (Version 4) {Free Music Archive}
3.  KRTS - Serve And Protect feat. Mad Flows {Bandcamp}
4.  Mos Emvy - Hands Held High {FREE DOWNLOAD}
5.  Noname - Casket Pretty {Bandcamp}
6.  jitwam. - youkilledmyson [feat. loretta smith] {Bandcamp}
7.  C-Doc - Drugs By Roman Candlelight {Free Music Archive}
8.  Propaganda - Darkie (feat. Micah Bournes & Jackie Hill Perry) {iTunes}
9.  Brother Ali - Dear Black Son {Bandcamp}
10. Jamila Woods - Blk Girl Soldier {Bandcamp}
11. ClassicBeatz - For Sandra {Bandcamp}
12. Dr. Who Dat? - Deep Blaque {Bandcamp}
13. Clap! Clap! - Kabwe Beats (Paranam Mix) {Bandcamp}
14. Rocket Juice & The Moon - Dam(n) {iTunes}
15. Claude Delcloo/Arthur Jones - Africanasia, Pt. 1 (Excerpt) {iTunes}
16. Orono - Live At Nyawara {Free Music Archive}
17. DJ Khalab - Zaire (Will LV Remix) {Bandcamp}
18. Dexter Story - Xamar {Bandcamp}
19. Kaidi Tatham - We All Breathe The Same Air {Bandcamp}
20. Rambler 1976 - Angela Davis {Free Music Archive}


ID drops courtesy of Kahlief Adams and Kahlee.  Background music includes "Vanity (instrumental)" by BADLUCK.

Other key info:

Macedonia on Mixcloud
Radio BSOTS on Bondfire Radio
BSOTS on Bondfire archives and subscription feed

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Radio BSOTS show #168 - BUCKWILD: No Place For The Quiet


New year, new chances to leave feedback.  Please feel free to get in touch via email at radiobsots@gmail.com, Twitter, or leave a voice message on the Speakpipe page.

For the first time in Radio BSOTS history, a new year begins in BUCKWILD fashion.  Honestly, I'm kinda surprised that this hasn't happened before.  And seeing as how my 2018 has already proven to be challenging, it seems just as well that this show would premiere now rather than closing out 2017.  Everything happens for a reason.

This show may take more personal turns this year. While that remains to be seen, I can remember just getting into podcasting back in 2005, holding the belief that the podcast should be the audio extension of the blog.  I thought it should straddle the fence between the professional and the personal.  Lately I've been feeling the need to tell stories through music, to find the narrative that weaves together all these songs that I've been coming across.  I also know that I need to speak from the heart more when I have something to say.  I pick my words carefully (not enough people do), but I ought to share them when it comes time to say something.

I don't know what this year will bring for Radio BSOTS.  And neither do you.  That makes us even.  Let's find out together.



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This episode's track list:

1.  Tricky - Same As It Ever Was {Bandcamp}
2.  Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists) - Grab Hold {Bandcamp}
3.  The Hot 8 Brass Band - Can’t Nobody Get Down (Kabuki Remix) {Bandcamp}
4.  Vandemons - Can you go the distance Ft. NFA Jones {Bandcamp}
5.  Sho Baraka - Kanye, 2009 feat. Jackie Hill-Perry and Jamie Portee {iTunes}
6.  Pugs Atomz - On The One feat. Dirty Dunnz {Bandcamp}
7.  Born Ina Barn - No Good {iTunes}
8.  LORD RAJA - Zoro {Bandcamp}
9.  beatbox bandit - Les Jus Be Real {Bandcamp}
10. beatbox bandit - You & I [Illusions] {Bandcamp}
11. A Tribe Called Red - The People's Champ ft. Hellnback {iTunes}
12. Jitwam - Alone {Bandcamp}
13. Washed Out - Get Lost (Radio Edit) {iTunes}
14. Jonny Sonic - GenNext {Bandcamp}
15. Propaganda - Crooked Way {iTunes}
16. Lecture On Nothing - I Will Rise (Traditional) {iTunes}
17. The Cornel West Theory - Whut U B is Whut U Get {Bandcamp}

ID drops courtesy of Anji Bee, Thad Reid, Kahlee, and Jonny Sonic.  Theme music by Cy Tru and Jonny Sonic.  Background music includes the songs "Eeekin Days" by MUTE, "Kyoto" by Nest, "At That Cafe" by Gorje Hewek, and "Vanity (Instrumental)" by BADLUCK.

Items mentioned within this episode:

Spawn On Me Podcast Episode #200
News Beat Podcast
Radio BSOTS show #165 - BUCKWILD: Recovery Mode

Other key info:

Macedonia on Mixcloud
Radio BSOTS on Bondfire Radio
BSOTS on Bondfire archives and subscription feed