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37 minutes | 3 days ago
Episode 61 - Justin Michael Hendrix "Cream"
Sven zooms with Justin Michael Hendrix about his song "Cream," his organization HITNHOMEBOY, and his favorite non-musical things. SONG: CREAM ALBUM: Collection of Songs on Soundcloud Favorite Treat: Body Armor Pineapple Coconut SuperDrink/ anything with Nutella Photo Credit: Photographer is Boots Howard; Hair is #HairByNaysha; Make Up is Kay Hunter REFS: Jahlil Beats Meek Mill Jay-Z Wutang Clan C.R.E.A.M. [Song] Ballroom Community (Ball Culture) Toxic Masculinity Rapper's Delight Crack Epidemic (Further reading, re: Drugs and Racial Disparities) Reganomics East Coast vs. West Coast N. W. A. Fuck Tha Police [SONG] Sylvester Cakes da Killa Leikeli47 House Music [Genre] Late Stage Capitalism Wall Street [Movie] (1987) Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps [Movie] (2010) Watergate Scandal Selling Senate Seats Beyoncé Homecoming ODB - Ol' Dirty Bastard #HITNHOMEBOY x Manhood for Sale [Movie] St. Louis Michael Brown Ferguson, MO Jim Crow Laws George Floyd Breonna Taylor Ahmaud Arbery Kiwane Albert Carrington Intersectionality Wash-U Dr. William Patterson Krush Groove [Movie] Def Jam Nutella Tina Turner Tina Turner Doc Ike Turner Pigeon Holed "What's Love Got to Do With It?" [Song] "Private Dancer" [Song] "Proud Mary" [Song] "I don't want to Fight" [Song] "The Best" [Song] Woody Alan/Mia Farrow Documentary (Allan v. Farrow) The 13th [Link to Full Movie] Paris is Burning Pose Tongues Untied All Boy's Aren't Blue - George M. Johnson No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America - Darnell L. Moore Collected Essays: Notes of a Native Son / Nobody Knows My Name / The Fire Next Time / No Name in the Street / The Devil Finds Work / Other Essays - James Baldwin Black Boy Out of Time - Hari Ziyad Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? -Beverly Daniel Tatum Fight the Power [Song] Public Enemy JustinMichaelHendrix.com Instagram: @justinmichaelhendrix Twitter: @hitnhomeboy
42 minutes | 17 days ago
Episode 60 - Justin Walden of Scarecrow Adams - "Old Man In a Red Hat"
Sven zooms with Justin Walden of Scarecrow Adams to talk about his song "Old Man In a Red Hat," reflect on his philosophy of writing music, his early days of playing in local CU venues, and his favorite non-Musical thing. Stay tuned to the end of the episode for the origins of the name "Scarecrow Adams" SONG: Old Man in a Red Hat ALBUM: Old Man in a Red Hat BANDS: Scarecrow Adams, Lionzz, Super Space Fighters, Hurkles, and Whitty Whitesell & the Life Parade Favorite Treat: Berry Bubly / Blueberry Eggo Waffles Photo Credit: Eric Frahm @Cowboy Monkey REFS Laurel Canyon Pro-Tools Joni Mitchell Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Self Realization Fellowship Paramahansa Yogananda A&R (Artists and Repertoire) Piggy [Song] Downward Spiral [Album] Trent Reznor "Playing in the pocket" Sevendust [Band] Too Much $, Not Enough Love [Song] "How 'Bout Us" [Song] Champaign [Band] Justin's Version of "How 'Bout Us" [Song] Jeff Hanneman Ableton "Vulgar Electricity" from Song: "Come In From The Cold" Night Ride Home [Album] Mabel's [Venue] The Elvis Bothers Combo Audio Guido Sinclair Nature's Table [Venue] Bontuku Trito's Uptown [Venue] Farm Aid The Police Joan Jett & the Blackhearts Crimson & Clover [song] Stewart Copland Sting Roxanne The City Center Elsinore [Band] Scarecrow Adams Elsinore Remix Ryan Groff (EP35) Planned Parenthood The Accord [Venue] The Charming Beggars [Band] The Martyrs [Band] Crestone, CO Burning Man Kuaui, HI
31 minutes | a month ago
Bonus Episode 11: "Living Room" - Music in the time of Coronavirus - Kenna from EP13
CW: mental health and dying Even in the middle of a pandemic, music is still happening and being recorded. Sven zooms with former guest Kenna Mae from EP13 about their new Sweetmelk EP: "Living Room" Check out now and buy yourself a copy and check out the Sweetmelk SWEATSHIRTS! Or as I like to call them SWEETSHIRTS!
34 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 59 - Kyle Lang of Special Death "Remember"
Sven zooms with Kyle Lang of Special Death about his song "Remember" off of his self-titled EP: "Special Death" We talk about the reissue on vinyl of Easter's "Demonstration" EP on Beloved Records, favorite house venues in CU, and Kyle's favorite non-muisical thing(s). SONG: Remember ALBUM: Special Death BANDS: Pontow, Well Read Devils, Nunpuncher, Easter, Adult Books, The Tyrants, Need, Special Death Favorite Treat: Chocolate chip cookies without the chocolate chips Photo Credit: Josh Karlson REFS: NNAMDÏ ThrashKitten Ratboys Sean Neumann (EP5) Jupiter Styles Terror House [Venue] Error House [Venue] Dan Aykroyd's House [Venue] Dumb Records Weekend Nachos [Band] Wabeano Rock Farm [Band] Sweettooth [Band] Belleville, IL Easter [Band] Beloved Records "Demonstration EP" Oak Forest, IL Garfield's Garden [Venue] Rat King Records Dude Ranch [Venue]
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Episode 58 Cara Maurizi of Linea Crux "Twist and Turn"
Sven zooms with Cara Maurizi of Linea Crux to talk about her song "Twist & Turn" off of the album "Stronghold." We talk about working in the studio to bring new life to her songs, where the name "Linea Crux came from, and maybe even what her favorite color is... SONG: Twist & Turn ALBUM: Stronghold BANDS: Linea Crux, Backup singer with Slick Lisp, and Modern Drugs Favorite Treat: All baked goods, Espresso, Coffee Tea, whiskey, wine, and really good beer Photo Credit: Della Perrone REFS: Ryan Groff (EP35) Perennial Sound Studio Audio Compression EQ (Equalization) [Video] Brian Wilson Wall of Sound Linnea (Flower) Moons of Neptune Opera Highdive [RIP] Seven Saints Mike n' Molly's Pour Bros. Craft Taproom Champaign Elsinore Brandon T. Washington Mike Ingram Ci La Cole (EP46) New Souls Tera Terra [Band] (EP41) Milford Men [Band] (EP35) Modern Drugs [Band] (EP35) Galesburg, IL Prairie Players The Station Theatre Parkland Theater CUTC Pens to Lens The Double Machine [video] Taste of Champaign West Side Park Greycoats [Band] Common Loon [Band] Color Theory "Use What You Have Decorating" [Book]
27 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 57 Jarrel Young "Doin' To Me"
In this episode Sven zooms with Jarrel Young to talk about his song "Doin To Me," off the album "I'd Be Mad Too..." the CU music scene, and his two favorite non-musical things. SONG: Doin To Me ALBUM: I’d Be Mad Too… BANDS: Live band: Misfit Music Favorite Treat: Spring Water, Assorted Herbal Tea and chips, preferably plain ruffles. Photo Credit: Boots Howard REFS: Doin To Me [Video] H.Kal-El. THEGR8THINKAZ Hook Cowboy Monkey [Venue] RIP The Canopy Club [Venue] Bone Thugs-n-Harmony Eclipse Studios Charlie Wilson Boyz II Men Montana of 300 Luyando Boxing & Fitness
39 minutes | 3 months ago
Episode 56 Blair aka lovenloops - "Black Girl Levitation"
Sven zooms with Blair aka lovenloops to talk about her song "Black Girl Levitation (ft. Nikky Finney)" off the album Don't Ever Forget It. We talk about SOLHOT "We Levitate," the first Black Girl Genius Week in 2014, how it's grown and hopes for the future. SONG: Black Girl Levitation ALBUM: Don’t Ever Forget It BANDS: SOLHOT We Levitate (Saving Our Lives Hear our Truths) Favorite Treat: bourbon whiskey/sugar cookies Photo by: Kamari Smalls REFS: SOLHOT Nikky Finney Black Girl Genius Week Hip Hop [Genre] Funk [Genre] Jazz [Genre] Lo-Fi [Genre] Dr. Ruth Nichole Brown The World Is Round [Book] Syracuse University College of William & Mary Hassaan Mackey J Dilla Madlib Roland SP-404 Beat Machine Black Feminism Mother Nature Klevah TRUTH Hear Our Truths: The Creative Potential of Black Girlhood [Book] Dissertation Dr. Porshé Garner Jessica L. Robinson Imposter Syndrome Pygmalion June Jordan [Author] Gwendolyn Brooks "Spin a Soft Black Song" Nikki Giovanni [Author] Recipe for 7-UP Lemon Pound Cake (not Blair's recipe)
44 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 55 Sandman Slimm - "The One"
Sven zooms with Sandman Slimm (Formally "Truth aka Trouble") about his favorite song the one (prod. by BMTJ) Find out about how Trouble Chasin’ got started, creating the Beautiful Chaos EP, and how stillness & returning to nature is the key to everything. SONG: the one (prod. by BMTJ) ALBUM: Beautiful Chaos EP BANDS: Trouble Chasin’, Dizzy Ape, 10 Flow. Favorite Treat: Gin & Tonics & Red Vines Photo Credit: Boots Howard Refs BMTJ Zack Fox "Jesus Is the One (I Got Depression)" [Article] "Six Feet" [Song] GOAT - Greatest Of All Time Wolf of Wall Street "I AM NOT OK" [Song] Stickup [Song] Vent [Song] Systemic Racism In Education: [Articles] 1. Fighting Systemic Racism in K-12 Education: Helping Allies Move From the Keyboard to the School Board 2. Systemic racism has led to education disparities 3. Resources for Exploring Systemic Racism Toto Riina Bravado The Canopy Club Bone Thugs-n-Harmony 10 Flow SIUC Freestyle Dre Bill Kodak Black H.a.t.e. Tape Mixtape (High Above The Enemy) Chase Scott aka Chase Baby (EP 38) Trouble Chasin' Illini Union Go Crazy (Feat.Truth aka Trouble, Prod. by TheGr8Thinkaz [Song] Champaign & A Movie [Mixtape] Trouble Chasin' [Spotify] Richard Kadrey (Sandman Slim Series) Stov Da CEO Kickapoo State Park
19 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 54 Oliver Groff of Cactuss - “The Reason Donald Trump Should Be in the Trash”
**Inauguration Day Special!!!* In this episode Sven zooms with Oliver Groff: vocalist, lyricist, and artist behind the band Cactuss. We talk about his song "The Reason Donald Trump Should Be in the Trash," we talk about the inspiration behind the song, their creative process, working with producer Ryan Groff (EP35), and running a world class CU local recording studio. SONG: The Reason Donald Trump Should Be in the Trash ALBUM: Single BANDS: CACTUSS Favorite Treat: Bubly and chocolate Photo Credit: Ryan Groff (EP35) *Please note: a Ghee-Tar is like a Key-Tar, but with clarified butter. ;-)
27 minutes | 4 months ago
Episode 53 Michael Skibski - “I'll Stay With You”
In this episode Sven zooms with Mike Skibski, Vice President of Music for the Masses UIUC. We talk about his song "I'll Stay With You," Music for the Masses, and planning for the future. SONG: I’ll Stay With You [Spotify Link] ALBUM: I’ll Stay With You BANDS: Solo Favorite Treat: Blueberry Acai Green Tea and Dark Chocolate Hershey's Kisses Photo Credit: Jackson Skibski Refs Music For the Masses UIUC Ukelele Tremolo Metaphor Shotgun Microphones [Video] Vance Joy RSO [Registered Student Organization] UIUC Union The Canopy Club Introversion Singer-songwriter Midwest Emo [Genre] Math Rock [Genre] String Harmonics Tapping Bottom Bracket [Band] Rat King Records [Label] Information Systems Entrepreneurship
50 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 52 Elena& Travis of Soft and Dumb - "Tony, Please"
In this episode Sven zooms with Elena and Travis of Soft and Dumb to talk about their song "Tony, Please." Find out if there IS a Tony, being self-conscious about making music, and how to be a band that has only had one live show before COVID-19 locked everything down. SONG: Tony, Please ALBUM: Out of Bed BANDS: Soft and Dumb Favorite Treat: Elena: hot apple cider Travis: cold apple cider REFS Star Wars Order Ghostwriter Natural Harmonics DAW [Digital Audio Workstation] Looper Pedal 2021danceparty [Song] Inception Chronologically Cult Leader Anthem Barre Chords Drop D Tuning Power Chords Dissonance / Consonance Spat [Song] Birdhouse [Venue] Hazy Seas [Band] Dog Mom [Band] Waluigi's Mansion [Venue] The Forest [Venue] King Kruel [Band] Buffy the Vampire Slayer Campy Call of Duty - Zombies Freddy Krueger Sarah Michelle Gellar Breaking Bad Joss Whedon Sitcom Musical Episode of Buffy -"Once More, with Feeling" [Ssn 6, Ep 7] "No One Can Speak" Episode of Buffy - "Hush" [Ssn 4, Ep 10] Light Pollution
31 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 51 AMS. The Nerd King - Part 2
Every great episode needs a sequel, EP51 is no exception. Consider this bonus material from part 1. We talk about Sven finding joy in hip hop, recording an upcoming album, supporting artists, AMS' family history in CU, all the CU hip hop connections he's made, and finally what makes a good scene! BONUS SONG: "Half (a Life)" from the upcoming album: Strange Days, Stranger Tomorrows Photo by: Yevgeniya Mazur
49 minutes | 5 months ago
Episode 51 AMS - “Sisyphus”
Sven zooms with AMS. the Nerd King to talk about Grecian Myth, the "keys" to happiness, why you can't say the word "bear," and a very special teacher from Hyde Park who was a powerful influence on AMS' voice. SONG: SisyphusALBUM: The Over/Under EPLyrics by AMS. Produced by SAMIYAM. Turntablism by DJ RTST. Recorded at Soapbox Music in Chicago, IL. BANDS: Boombap Savant and FUTURE CULT LEADERS OF AMERICA, aka FCLA. Favorite Treat: OJ - plain and simple Photo: Sarah Larson REFS: SAMIYAM. Sev Seveer Sisyphus Hades Tantalus (the pear guy) Ad infinitum Helping Verb Breath Control Metronome Metalhead Post-Punk [Genre] Post-Hardcore [Genre] HipHop [Genre] Jazz [Genre] Motown [Genre] Funk [Genre] Soul [Genre] Classic Rock [Genre] Psychedelic Rock [Genre] Universal Zulu Nation [Group] Metallica [Band] 4 Elements of HipHop Graff Artist Breakdancing Rawkus Records - Soundbombing II Company Flow [Group] "Patriotism" [Song] National Honor Society Scholastic Bowl Footwork battles Breaking Battles Martin Luther "Sin Boldly" Water into wine miracle. Windmills - Don Quixote Roman Catholic Church Latin Mass Boy Scouts of America Cursive [Band] "Art is Hard" [song] Blunderbuss Mad Libs Igneous Eagle Scout Capcom Mega Man Yellow Devil Saying the word "Bear" Making a custom keyboard Through hole soldering Chase Baby (EP38 and BEP09) "Lifelines" Feat. AMS the Nerd King The Dissociation EP - Chase Baby
45 minutes | 6 months ago
Episode 50 Em Baker of Plike -”Sanity Meter”
In this episode Sven zooms with Em Baker of Plike. Find out what recording in a car, a washing machine, and the opening scene in "The Fifth Element" all have to do with her music and collaboration with Yellow Belly. SONG: Sanity Meter (feat. Yellow Belly) ALBUM: Soteria BANDS: Alison Layne (Alice in Chains cover band), Bishop Buzzkill, Plike, Wire & Wasteland, Acting for Cameras FAVORITE TREAT: toss-up between a pint of Ben & Jerry's Phish Food and a chocolate martini! Photo Credit: Andres Morales-Torres | AMT Photoworks REFS Hellblade [Game] (Senua's Sacrifice) Yellow Belly [Band] WitchHouse [Genre] ChipTune [Genre] Synth-Pop [Genre] Pink Floyd [Band] Dub Step [Genre] Portishead [Band] The Fifth Element [Movie] PTSD (Post-traumatic stress disorder) Aphex Twin [Band] The Crystal Method [Band] Spotify Myspace Decatur, IL DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) 90s Daughter Jupiter's The Canopy Club EDM VNV Nation [Band] Paul Oakenfold NES (Nintendo Entertainment System) Mass Effect [Game Series] Star Wars [Movie Series] Commander Shepard [Character] Sony VO (Voice-over) Mark Hamill Silent Hill Oculus Rift Aliens [Movie] Ripley [Character] Alien Isolation [Game] Play Station Untitled Goose Game The Three Stooges Asheville, NC
36 minutes | 6 months ago
Bonus Episode 10: “WWLD (What Would Love Do) EP”- EPs in the time of Coronavirus - Kelsey from EP6
Even in the middle of a pandemic, music is still happening and being released. Sven zooms with former guest Kelsey Sharp (EP6) to talk about releasing an EP in the middle of a pandemic and what goes into each of the four songs on her EP. You can find "W.W.L.D." available now! EP cover art and episode cover by: Big E
46 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 49 Jemma and Alaina of Familiar Ghosts -"Bury Me Alive"
Sven zooms with Jemma and Alaina from Familiar Ghosts to talk about their song "Bury Me Alive." Tune in to find out what Starbucks, Google Docs, and Edgar Allan Poe have in common, where the name Familiar Ghosts comes from, and what paint is better: acrylic or oil. SONG: Bury Me Alive ALBUM: Daydreams & Nightmares (releases 12/21/20 BANDS: Familiar Ghosts (Formally the Killer Coven) Favorite Treats: Jemma: Chai latte & bear claws Alaina: Moscow Mule & banana bread Photo Credit: Tim Allen Refs: Starbucks Emoting Rebranding Indie folk Indie rock Queen(esque) [band] Chord Structure Key Killer Coven [band] Hands of Fate Elton John The Star [Song] Google Docs Pop Music Ballad Sipyard NOLA's Rock Bar (Formally Blackbird Urbana) 90's Daughter [Band] Overworry [Band] Ingrid Michaelson [Musician] AJR [Band] Acrylic Paint Oil Paint Watercolors Tarot Astrology Midnight Sun [book] Midnight Sun [Definition] Stephanie Myer [author] Edgar Allan Poe Pompous The High Priestess [Tarot Card] The Star [Tarot Card]
44 minutes | 7 months ago
Episode 48 Dexter Anodyne of Greenhouse Opera -"Brink of Summer"
CW: Mentions misogyny, r*pe, abuse, assault, and people being shitty humans.Sven zooms with Dexter Anodyne, a musician in Springfield, IL. Hear the question that Sven is glad he asked, Dexter's favorite venue in Springfield, and her favorite non-musical things. SONG: Brink of Summer ALBUM: Weeping Venus BANDS: Greenhouse Opera FAVORITE TREAT: Sushi Photo Credit: Dexter Anodyne REFS: Synthesizer Psychedelic Music Tool [Band] Radiohead [Band] Aesthetic(s) Nirvana Heaven Björk Guðmundsdóttir [Musician] Beatles [Band] Looping Buzz Bomb Brewing Company [Venue] Vincent Sebastian [Musician] Interference [Album] Ricki Marvel [Musician] Intersectionality Intersectional Feminism Blacksheep Cafe [Venue] Dumb Records [Venue] Bermuda Triangle [Band] Twitch YouTube Facebook Influencer Bandcamp Springfield, IL Peoria, IL Elitism Australian Shepard Lady Gaga
35 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 47 Keegan Gulick of Ghoul Jr. "Loose Ends"
Sven zooms with Keegan in his home in Bloomington, Indiana to talk about his song "Loose Ends." Tune in to find out about the beginning of Ghoul Jr., what the CU Music scene could do better, and Keegan's favorite non-musical thing(s). Trust me, this episode sounds much better than sleeping in together... SONG: Loose Ends ALBUM: EP BANDS: Ghoul Jr./Solo FAVORITE TREAT: Iced Coffee Photo Credit: Veronica Mullen REFS: Reis Desantis (Bonus EP 3 "We Are Family") Southtown Sound - Springfield, IL [Illinois Times article] Black Sheep Cafe (closed) Black Sheep Festival Deadbeat Boyfriend [Song] My Sibella [Song] Blips and Chitz [DIY Venue] Bloomington, IN Danville, IL Decatur, IL 217 Strikes Back [FB Photos - V Mullen Media] Lucid [Band] CLAW - Champaign Ladies Amateur Wrestling Ghost Planet [DIY Venue] Pity Sex [Band] Yuck [Band] Nectar [Band] - (Episode 4) Data Waves [Band] - (Episode 40) Blockhouse Bar [Venue] The Bishop [Venue] The Bluebird [Venue] The Canopy Club [Venue] Rose Bowl Tavern [Venue] Jaws [Movie] Study on Green Space and Mental Health Chinese Evergreen - (Aglaonema Commutatum) Plant Mode SvenStock
40 minutes | 8 months ago
Episode 46 Lola Honeye - “Dreams”
In this episode Sven zooms with Lola Honeye about her favorite song: "Dreams." Find out how this song got started, her favorite place to sing, and why tacos are the greatest. SONG: Dreams Sofar Sounds Video of Dreams: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rkczp0UFbhc BANDS: New Souls, Mother Nature, Restore, Code Red, Unfamiliar Vibes, Affinity FAVORITE TREAT: Peach Tea (HOT), Rainbow Goldfish Photo Credit: Boots HowardREFS: Jill Scott TheGr8Thinkas PlainRo/Ro Marsalis Rokmore Klevah Columbia University 'Michael" Mike Ingram (The Last Champaign County Recorder) Kayla Brown Dr. Owens Cirque du Soleil Summer Camp Music Festival Watson's Shack & Rail Juke Joint The Canopy Club Young the Giant Dr. Seuss "Iron sharpens iron" - Proverbs 27:17 Henry Miller List of Banned Books Equilibrium
33 minutes | 9 months ago
Bonus Episode 9: “The Dissociation EP”- EPs in the time of Coronavirus - Chase from EP38
CW: anxiety and mental health Even in the middle of a pandemic, music is still happening and being released. Sven zooms with former guest Chase Scott (EP38) of Chase Baby & Trouble Chasin' to talk about releasing an album in the middle of a pandemic and what goes into each of the four songs on his EP. Today (August 28th) Chase Baby released "The Dissociation EP" You can find it here on all platforms: https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/chasebaby/the-dissociation-ep EP cover art and episode cover by Boots Howard
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