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Micaela Blei – Martha/Tom Waits

Posted on January 24, 2014 by Dana

Storyteller Micaela Blei on how she fell hopelessly in love with a magician–who was both wrong for her and totally right for her all at the same time.

“David Copperfield looked down at Whit and said, ‘Here’s a magic lesson–always have a plan B.’”

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Amanda Duarte – Could’ve Been/Tiffany

Posted on January 17, 2014 by Dana

Writer and voice over artist Amanda Duarte tells us her heartbreaking story about the remarkable closeness of twins.

“They wore matching Swatches with matching rubber guards, and matching mismatched red and purple Converse high tops.”

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Up Next…

Posted on January 14, 2014 by Dana

We’re going back to Austin! January 31 and February 1 at The Long Center!

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Combat Jack – A Meeting With Diddy

Posted on January 9, 2014 by Dana

Our first episode of 2014! Here’s radio host and former managing editor of The Source Combat Jack (aka Reggie Osse) on being one of the original true “hip-hop attorneys”, and how his first meeting with Diddy was in the last place he would have expected.

“First impressions are everything.”

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Best of Soundtrack Series 2013

Posted on December 19, 2013 by Dana

It’s the best of Soundtrack Series for 2013! Eight of our favorite stories from our shows in New York and Austin this year. Jean Grae, Ken Caillat, Bob Khosravi, James Bewley, Kennedy, Holly Lorka, Mark Douglas and Bill Stephney tell us all a thing or two–like the allure of 12 CDs for a penny. Or how hard it was to get BET to play the video for “Going Back to Cali.” Or what music and television were like in early 90s Iran. Or why a ukulele might be safer than a guitar. Or that time Rumours was made.

Holy crap this was fun.

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Maggie Serota – Tomorrow/Morrissey

Posted on December 12, 2013 by Dana

From our show at the Museum of the Moving Image–writer Maggie Serota on the video for “Tomorrow” and how Morrissey will always be her first unattainable man.

“There was something I really got about Morrissey–like, he was born 40 years old.”

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Serch – “Flavor Flav Is A Genius”

Posted on December 5, 2013 by Dana

From our Hip-Hop Soundtrack Series, this is Serch on his adventures in Glasgow with Flavor Flav.

“Wake up! We gotta go feed the pigeons!”

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Milk Dee – Top Billin’/Audio Two

Posted on November 27, 2013 by Dana

From our all hip-hop show, this is Milk Dee, and his story of the years of hard work, faith and tireless self promotion it took to get someone to listen to “Top Billin’”–a song that would become one of the most sampled hip-hop tracks of all time.

“They told me, ‘You sound like a girl.’”

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Mark Douglas – Welcome to the Jungle/Guns N Roses

Posted on November 14, 2013 by Dana

From one of our shows at the Museum of the Moving Image–Key of Awesome creator Mark Douglas explains just how important it is to learn and memorize lead singer signature dances.

“I didn’t know what I was practicing this dance for…I just knew that it was better to have an Axl dance and not need to do it, than need to do one and not have one ready.”

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Hip-Hop Soundtrack Series

Posted on November 7, 2013 by Dana

Back in June, Dan Charnas–our friend and the man responsible for one of the best Soundtrack Series stories of all time–approached me about the possibility of presenting a special Soundtrack Series that would focus entirely on hip-hop. It was one of those times when you don’t even have to think before saying yes–YES just comes flying out of your mouth because that’s the only thing that ever should follow “want to do an all hip-hop show?” And so, on November 21st at The Gallery at LPR–that’s exactly what we’re doing.

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Dan guest curated (and will co-host!) this special all hip-hop show, which will break from our usual “fan stories about songs” and feature stories from people whose life work was hip hop–its most influential artists and visionaries. Storytellers that night are:

Swayan executive producer and reporter with MTV news, is the exemplar of televised hip-hop journalism. He’s sat with everyone from Diddy to Kanye West to President Obama. Sway made hip-hop history in the 1990s as the co-host of the very first rap show on pop radio, the nationally syndicated radio show “The Wake Up Show,” with his longtime partner King Tech.

Bill Stephney--the first president of the first real hip-hop label, Def Jam Recordings. At Def Jam, Stephney was best known for signing and producing the classic political hip-hop crew, Public Enemy. Stephney has been music supervisor or consultant for films like “Do The RIght Thing,” “Boomerang,” “Clockers,” “Shaft,” “Down To Earth,” “CB4,” “Ladies’ Man,” and “BeBe’s Kids.”

Adam Dubin–co-directed the Beastie Boys’ music videos “(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (to Party!)” and “No Sleep Till Brooklyn.” Dubin was the NYU roommate of record producer and Def Jam founder Rick Rubin.

Faith Newman–one of the 25 best A&R’s in Hip Hop history, Complex.com. She is responsible for signing Nas and Jamiroquai to Columbia Records, and now works as Senior Vice President of Creative at Reservoir Media Management, Inc.

Serch–one-half of the pioneering hip-hop duo 3rd Bass. He’s been a radio personality on stations from Detroit to Orlando, and is about to debut his new daytime syndicated talk show, “Serch,” distributed by CBS-TV.

Monica Lynch–the former president of Tommy Boy Records. She is currently a DJ on WFMU.

Eric & Jeff Rosenthal–known together for their comedy franchise “It’s the Real”, are masters of hip-hop humor. They’ve been profiled in The New York Times, hosted shows for MTV.com, and their work has appeared in Rolling Stone and Complex.com.

Dante Ross–a legendary figure in the hip-hop industry, responsible for either producing, handling, discovering or signing the following acts: De La Soul, Queen Latifah, Digital Underground, Leaders of the New School and Busta Rhymes, Ol’Dirty Bastard, Brand Nubian, 3rd Bass, Everlast and many more.

Milk Dee–the MC behind the classic hip-hop track, “Top Billin’,” sampled by everyone from Mary J. Blige to 50 Cent.

Combat Jack–a veteran of the hip-hop business as a lawyer, executive and author, and is the host of the renowned and respected Combat Jack Radio Show and Combat Jack TV on Complex.com. He’s also been managing editor of The Source magazine, represented clients from Jay-Z and Dame Dash to Nice & Smooth, and co-wrote the first book on hip-hop’s jewelry obsession, “Bling.”

 

See what I mean? This is huge. So grab your tickets while you still can, and we’ll see you on November 21st for one of our most exciting shows ever!

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