Radio BSOTS

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Hosted by Macedonia, Radio BSOTS (Both Sides Of The Surface) is a music podcast dedicated to independent and podsafe rhythms and sounds from around the way to around the world, with a renewed focus on Creative Commons licensed works. Genres covered include hip-hop, soul, jazz, funk, and electronic music. read less
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FLASHBACK:  Both Sides On Bondfire
May 5 2024
FLASHBACK: Both Sides On Bondfire
All comments, questions, and general feedback can be sent to radiobsots@gmail.com.  Record a voice message and send it my way or leave one at the Speakpipe page! You can subscribe to Radio BSOTS via the following options: RSS feed ||| Apple Podcasts ||| Spotify Amazon Music ||| Goodpods ||| TuneIn ||| iHeartRadio Connect with Camp Lo-Fi via social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram This episode's track list: 1.  The Hot 8 Brass Band - "Homies" (2012) [Bandcamp] 2.  DJ EFN - "Paradise (feat. Talib Kweli, Wrekonize & Redman)" (2015) [Bandcamp] 3.  DJ Vadim And Sena - "Work Hard" (2015) [Bandcamp] 4.  Markis Precise - "Back To Life (feat. Eligh)" (2015) [Bandcamp] 5.  Blitz The Ambassador - "JuJu Girl" (2015) [Bandcamp] 6.  Core Rhythm And Zajazza - "Grown Folk Biz (feat. Homeboy Sandman And Eagle Nebula)" (2015)  [Bandcamp] 7.  Romare - "Nina's Charm" (2015) [Bandcamp] 8.  Semi Hendrix - "Jesus Pressed Mute" (2015) [Bandcamp] 9.  Sebastian Paul - "Birth" (2015) 10.  Public Enemy - "Corplantationopoly" (2015) [iTunes] 11.  Benjamin - "Those Memories (Sneak Up On Me)" (2015) [Bandcamp] 12.  NxWorries - "Link Up" (2015) [Bandcamp] 13.  The Greg Foat Group - "The Hunt" (2015) [Bandcamp] 14.  Mbongwana Star - "Malukayi (feat. Konono No. 1)" (2015) [iTunes] For over eight years, Bondfire Radio was my home away from home, a place where I built community with a number of immensely talented people.  It was the place where I learned how to celebrate the successes of others and how to truly be a team player while championing music from unsigned, independent and major label artists as both a broadcaster and a music director.  Being a part of #teamBondfire was everything to me and I was gutted when it was announced that the station's end was unavoidable.  Our last broadcast day was on Saturday, December 30, 2023, and I truly believe that we went out on top.  That entire day was absolutely magical and I'm sure that a number of us involved are still trying to process what it all meant to us as individuals and as a collective. With my Bondfire broadcast days behind me, I wanted to revisit an earlier episode from 2016.  In an attempt to bring the BSOTS on Bondfire broadcast experience to the podcast feed, I thought it would be wise to share some of the indie cuts that I was playing on the station during my first year.  It's a fun mix of tunes with some special guests along the way that offers an accurate overview of what my early broadcasts were like.  This one's for my Bondfire family and for anyone that never got the chance to hear my broadcasts live while the station was still around.  Best believe that I am #teamBondfire for life! Black Pioneers In Radio promo produced by Bondfire Radio co-founder Coole High.  ID drops courtesy of Fave, Kahlee, EJ Flavors, Core Rhythm, and Jonny Sonic. Other key info: Macedonia on Mixcloud The Weeksville Project BSOTS On Bondfire archives
Life At Camp Lo-Fi:  The Last Nine Years
Mar 28 2024
Life At Camp Lo-Fi: The Last Nine Years
All comments, questions, and general feedback can be sent to radiobsots@gmail.com.  Record a voice message and send it my way or leave one at the Speakpipe page! You can subscribe to Radio BSOTS via the following options: RSS feed ||| Apple Podcasts ||| Spotify ||| Google Podcasts Amazon Music ||| Goodpods ||| TuneIn ||| iHeartRadio Connect with Camp Lo-Fi via social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram This episode's track list (title / artist / source / license): 1.  Minor Event by Nangdo [Free Music Archive] (CC-BY-NC-SA) (2010) 2.  Where The Love Is (ft. Dale Novella) by Mikal Amin [Bandcamp] (2019) 3.  Stroll by Exmiranda [Jamendo] (CC-BY-NC) (2018) 4.  Home Is Free by Soul Inscribed [Bandcamp] (2020) 5.  Guaranteed (feat. Ace Hashimoto) by Devin Morrison [Bandcamp] (CC-BY-NC-ND) (2019) 6.  It's Not Fair (Feat. Illspokinn) by Core Rhythm & Zajazza [Bandcamp] (2020) 7.  Socks by Shlohmo [Free Music Archive] (CC-BY-NC-SA) (2009) 8.  INSTANT CLASSIC (Intro) / Tip Jar by CM & Tha Silent Partner [blocSonic] (CC-BY-NC-SA) (2021) 9.  Alright Anyway Ft. Taelor Gray by SHON THA PHENOM [Jamendo] (CC-BY-NC) (2022) This episode is the second of a two-part series looking back on 18 years of Radio BSOTS.  Truth be told, the second half of the BSOTS life span is largely defined by inconsistency on the podcast feed and finding a regular groove on the broadcast side of the equation due to joining Bondfire Radio in 2015.  Being a part of that radio family felt bigger than BSOTS and I wanted to be a team player.  One might say that I ghosted my own podcast, but I came back to the feed when I felt like I had something to say.  And when I couldn't find the right words, I let the music speak. The selections included in this episode are all from artists that I've played in the past.  Nangdo and Shlohmo both provide some stellar beat business found on the Free Music Archive.  The moodiness of Shlohmo's "Socks" feels murky and disoriented while "Minor Event" by Nangdo plays around with brighter tones and vocal harmonies.  Over on Jamendo, Canadian artist Exmiranda offers up a hynotic, hip-shaking cut in "Stroll" and Shon Tha Phenom turns the power of positive thinking into the anthmemic "Alright Anyway."  Meanwhile, I used to play Devin Morrison's music on my Bondfire broadcasts years before I found out that his work is released under a Creative Commons license.  "Guaranteed" is warm and soulful and feels like the nervous energy one gets when trying to play it cool around someone that they're attracted to. It was important for me to represent for the music of Mikal Amin, Mtume Gant, and Baba Israel on this episode.  All three of them spoke to me separately about being a part of Bondfire Radio, but long before that, they were all good friends of mine and artists that I had in mind when starting this podcast.  Their recorded output and live performances rekindled my love for hip-hop at a time when I thought that I was done with it.  CM & Tha Silent Partner represent another shining example of hip-hop that can reaffirm or reestablish one's faith in the genre.  Their blocSonics E.P. remains one of the sonic highlights of the blocSonic netlabel's back catalog.  I stil can't get over the fact that a clip from one of my early podcast episodes kicks off their follow-up release, blocSonics 2! The last nine years have been full of highs and lows for this podcast, but I'm just thankful that it's still here.  Although I take some time to tell my story, the music is still the star of the show and I hope that you find a new favorite artist or song as you listen. Theme music produced by Cy Tru and edited by Macedonia.  ID drops courtesy of Chyll Will, DarrenKeith, and Morganics.  Background music includes "Infinity 2" by Techniken Defunkus. Previous BSOTS episodes mentioned include: show #144 - Project: Mooncircle show #164 - Cupid Hunt's 2017:  grass ain't greener... show #175 - Does Music Belong In Podcasting? show #179 - In Conversation With Douglas Whitfield (pt. one) show #182 - Life At Camp Lo-Fi:  The First Nine Years Other key info: Macedonia on Mixcloud Black Men Win episode with Jason Smith Friends Of CC Music episode with Jason Smith In The Mix With Leah B. Tha Bloc Report The Bugcast Afros & Audio Black Podcasters Association The content of this show has been released under a CC-BY-SA license.  All works within this show retain their original releases.  See the show notes at bsots.com for more information.
Bonus Episode:  The Power Of The Drop (Queue Points Podcast)
Dec 29 2023
Bonus Episode: The Power Of The Drop (Queue Points Podcast)
All comments, questions, and general feedback can be sent to radiobsots@gmail.com.  Record a voice message and send it my way or leave one at the Speakpipe page! You can subscribe to Radio BSOTS via the following options: RSS feed ||| Apple Podcasts ||| Spotify ||| Google Podcasts Amazon Music ||| Goodpods ||| TuneIn ||| iHeartRadio Connect with Camp Lo-Fi via social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram As lovers of Black music history, Jay Ray and DJ Sir Daniel have made some incredible strides over the past two years with their podcast, Queue Points.  The show has quickly become a mainstay in the Camp Lo-Fi podcast queue.  As a BSOTS feed bonus, I am pleased to share this special episode of Queue Points with you, one where I joined the dynamic duo as a guest in their exploration of trip hop and drum and bass.  Enjoy the show! Episode Description Queue Points - The Power of the Drop: Trip Hop and Drum & Bass Shook The World There was a rumble coming out of the UK in the early-1990s. With the heavy influence of hip-hop came new styles that changed the way many experienced the music they loved. From the early days of Jungle that birthed Drum and Bass to to Trip Hops genre bending sounds, the crew continues our musical journey to the UK with, guest, Jason Randall Smith of Radio BSOTS. Follow Queue Points Facebook: https://facebook.com/queuepointspod Instagram: https://instagram.com/queuepointspod Twitter: https://twitter.com/queuepointspod TikTok: https://tiktok.com/@queuepointspod Follow DJ Sir Daniel Facebook:  https://facebook.com/djsirdaniel Instagram : https://instagram.com/djsirdaniel Twitter:  https://twitter.com/djsirdaniel Mixcloud:  https://mixcloud.com/thesirdaniel Follow Jay Ray Facebook:  https://facebook.com/jayrayisthename Instagram : https://instagram.com/jayrayisthename Twitter  https://twitter.com/jayrayisthename
BSOTS 182 - Life At Camp Lo-Fi: The First Nine Years
Nov 16 2023
BSOTS 182 - Life At Camp Lo-Fi: The First Nine Years
All comments, questions, and general feedback can be sent to radiobsots@gmail.com.  Record a voice message and send it my way or leave one at the Speakpipe page! You can subscribe to Radio BSOTS via the following options: RSS feed ||| Apple Podcasts ||| Spotify ||| Google Podcasts Amazon Music ||| Goodpods ||| TuneIn ||| iHeartRadio Connect with Camp Lo-Fi via social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram This episode's track list (title / artist / source / license): 1.  Everybody Stopped Calling Me by Friends Or Whatever [blocSonic] (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) (2010) 2.  In Matacumbo by Cosmic Analog Ensemble [Upitup] (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) (2013) 3.  Mango Tree by Chandeliers [Free Music Archive] (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) (2008) 4.  The Shoreline by Big La Vs. Todd [Bandcamp] (2023) 5.  Datenight by Jonny Sonic [Bandcamp] (2010) 6.  Dance To The Drummer's Beat by Dharma [Netlabel Archive] (CC BY-ND-NC 1.0) (1999) 7.  Misunderstood by Lovespirals [Bandcamp] (2023) 8.  Bag Of Nothingness by Comfort Fit [Free Music Archive] (CC BY-NC 3.0) (2009) 9.  The Force May Be With You by Idmonster [Internet Archive] (CC NY-ND-NC 1.0) (2001) I haven't worked out just how many generations 18 years covers in the world of podcasting, but it's enough to know that it was a vastly different world in 2005.  A world without as many social media bells and whistles, one where few contemplated how artificial intelligence tools could improve their podcasting workflow or how to create episode teasers in the form of audiograms or Instagram reels.  A lot has changed, but some things remain the same.  For me, nothing matters more than the music that I share on the show.  I never wanted to do anything else in podcasting other than champion independent artists and connect the dots between various musical genres through this medium.   There's a whole lot of music that has been played on this show over 18 years, and it would be foolish to suggest to you that nine songs could cover even a fraction of that time.  However, some of these songs and artists are reminiscent of specific moments within BSOTS history.  The selections from Lovespirals and Big La Vs. Todd represent my connection to the Music Podcasting Consortium, a like-minded collective of avid music supporters and creators that represents my first online community within the podosphere.  Whether Todd Kelley (a.k.a. The Big La) is curating a music mix or in the lab crafting beats of his own, the head nod factor is always priority number one with him.  "The Shoreline" is a calming instrumental piece and one of my personal favorites from his Kneel Before Todd album.  The music of Lovespirals appeared within the first ten episodes of Radio BSOTS and is one of the first podsafe artists ever played on this show.  Their new single "Misunderstood" is a continuation of the ethereal attributes that make their work so special (and besides that, atmospheric drum and bass is the way to my heart). Over the years, podsafe music resources faded away one by one, but thankfully the Free Music Archive is still around.  Founded in 2009, I've been virtually crate digging through this website since its beginning stages in beta mode, always finding works that have both intrigued and surprised me.  A cut like "Mango Tree" by Chandeliers brings me right back to those early days of searching for music on the FMA.  This one's a total earworm, marrying lyrics and vocals that lean towards folk with an off-kilter funk groove accentuated by the bass, keys, and rhythm guitar.  "Bag Of Nothingness" is another FMA find, where producer Comfort Fit takes the funk and launches full speed into the future,  creating a hip-hop/electronic beat hybrid that stays crunchy even in milk.   Prior to the FMA's existence, a universe of netlabels brought me in touch with an endless amount of Creative Commons licensed music.  The blocSonic netlabel would have been the first, and I try to represent for their output as often as possible.  The self-titled album by Friends Or Whatever is one of my all-time favorite blocSonic releases and the shimmering brilliance of "Everybody Stopped Calling Me" is just one of the reasons why.  No Type (no longer active) was another netlabel that I came across soon after blocSonic and I fell hard for their focus on experimental electronic music.  The introspective beauty of "The Force May Be With You" by Idmonster is reminiscent of work from labels like Project Mooncircle, the warm chords occasionally disturbed by slivers of voices, clicks, and digital static.  Upitup Records is more of a recent discovery, but the music of Cosmic Analog Ensemble has been played on this show well over a decade ago.  He's a multi-instrumentalist that's capable of creating soulful jazz numbers to sample-heavy hip-hop instrumentals that feel like Madlib during his most leftfield moments.  I cannot stop playing "In Matacumbo" and it would be criminal not to share that cut with you.  The same can be said for "Dance To The Drummer's Beat" by Dharma.  It's impossible to keep still when those breakbeats kick in.  Believe it or not, that cut dates back to 1999, proving that the Creative Commons crates are deep and full of amazing cuts that deserve more exposure.  (Seek and ye shall find.)  It was released on Mono211, a label that stopped releasing music 20 years ago.  Thanks to the efforts of those behind the Netlabel Archive for preserving the works of inactive imprints and ensuring that their output won't be lost forever. And then there's Jonny Sonic, an artist that ended up becoming the unofficial voice of the BSOTS GONE (buck)WILD episodes.  His music is often punchy and insistent, never forsaking the funk in its approach.  I love the horn section on "Datenight" and how Jonny's voice just seems to cut through his big band that's right behind him.  I've been playing his music since at least 2006 and he's the first artist that I reach for whenever BSOTS needs to blow off some steam.  Should you need some music to bring you back from the brink, here's hoping that the selections within this episode can bring some semblance of peace your way.   ID drops:  Fave, Kahlief Adams, Aspektz, Jonny Sonic, Darrenkeith Other key info: Macedonia on Mixcloud BSOTS on Bondfire Radio BSOTS 149 - Grooves And Gratitude BSOTS 151 - BUCKWILD:  The Shouting Match Never Really Ended (pt. one) BSOTS 152 - BUCKWILD:  The Shouting Match Never Really Ended (pt. two) Queue Points Show #119 - Exploring The Soundscapes Julien Smith Lost In The Sauce Bloc Discovery Sessions The content of this show has been released under a CC-BY-SA license.  All works within this show retain their original releases.  See the show notes at bsots.com for more information.
BSOTS 181 - Creative Commons Sightings Of Kool Keith And DJ Harrison
Sep 6 2023
BSOTS 181 - Creative Commons Sightings Of Kool Keith And DJ Harrison
All comments, questions, and general feedback can be sent to radiobsots@gmail.com.  Record a voice message and send it my way or leave one at the Speakpipe page! You can subscribe to Radio BSOTS via the following options: RSS feed ||| Apple Podcasts ||| Spotify ||| Google Podcasts Amazon Music ||| Goodpods ||| TuneIn ||| iHeartRadio Connect with Camp Lo-Fi via social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram This episode's track list (title / artist / source / license): 1.  Electric Mind Ft. Kool Keith by The Polish Ambassador [Bandcamp] (CC BY-NC 3.0) (2023) 2.  City Swagger by DJ Harrison [blocSonic] (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) (2012) 3.  Shades, Fades & Blaze by DJ Harrison [blocSonic] (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) (2012) 4.  I'M GOOD by Yung Miss [Bandcamp] (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) (2019) 5.  Life Is But A Dream (featuring Kara Square) by J.Lang [ccMixter] (CC BY-NC 3.0) (2022) 6.  BESPOKE ft. Wallace by Close Counters [Bandcamp] (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0) (2019) 7.  garden of destruction by niteffect [Bandcamp] (CC-BY-NC-ND 3.0) (2022) Another Creative Commons crate dig session uncovers seven gems from under the underground.  Over on Bandcamp, The Polish Ambassador of Jumpsuit Records creates a low-slung electronic instrumental with hip-hop leanings for Kool Keith (a.k.a. Black Elvis) to glide effortlessly over.  It's like he beamed in from another galaxy or something.  In Melbourne, Australia, the Close Counters duo crafts an uptempo selection for the dance floor, hovering somewhere between house and broken beat.  And then there's niteffect from Budapest, offering a downtempo cut with acidic synth patterns and breakbeats that waft in and out of the mix. It was over a decade ago that DJ Harrison's '94 Flow album came out on the blocSonic netlabel.  It still sounds amazing, especially when you consider a statement that repeats throughout the album:  "There are no samples on this record."  The first time I heard that, I remembered thinking to myself, "Stop lying to me."  That's how frighteningly talented and in the pocket DJ Harrison is.  He makes the type of funk and soul that people will be sampling 15 to 20 years from now.  Meanwhile, the rap and R&B hybrid cut from Yung Miss is a West and East Coast connection produced by Mr. Ivory Snow of Connecticut (Yung Miss hails from California).  This one knocks, and it screams heavy rotation for rap radio. Seven songs.  Thirty-five minutes of your time.  Here's hoping the music will prove that this episode is time well spent. Other key info: Macedonia on Mixcloud BSOTS on Bondfire Radio BSOTS 176 - BUCKWILD:  learn from it... Queue Points episode # 112:  The Transatlantic Connection Queue Points episode # 113:  The Power Of The Drop Yung Miss - "I'M GOOD" music video Tha Bloc Report BSOTS theme music produced by Cy Tru (edited by Macedonia).  ID drops courtesy of India from Astronauts of Antiquity, Mr. Ivory Snow, and Kahlief Adams of Spawn On Me. The content of this show has been released under a CC-BY-SA license.  All works within this show retain their original releases.  See the show notes at bsots.com for more information.
BSOTS 180 - In Conversation With Douglas Whitfield (pt. two)
Jul 14 2023
BSOTS 180 - In Conversation With Douglas Whitfield (pt. two)
All comments, questions, and general feedback can be sent to radiobsots@gmail.com.  Record a voice message and send it my way or leave one at the Speakpipe page! You can subscribe to Radio BSOTS via the following options: RSS feed ||| Apple Podcasts ||| Spotify ||| Google Podcasts Amazon Music ||| Stitcher ||| TuneIn ||| iHeartRadio Connect with Camp Lo-Fi via social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram This episode's track list (title / artist / source / license): 1.  The Comet (Featuring Shred Lexicon & The Real Munch) by Headsnack [blocSonic] (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) (2023) 2.  Infornography by Revolution Void [Free Music Archive] (CC BY-NC 3.0) (2006) 3.  Rich People by Carsie Blanton [Bandcamp] (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) (2022) 4.  Truth Serum by CM & The Silent Partner [blocSonic] (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)  (2021) 5.  Kaikou (Bittersweet) by Satori [Upitup] (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) (2023) The Free Music Friday to beat them all is finally upon us.  Happy Netlabel Day, everybody! Serious gratitude and respect going out to Creative Commons Community Music Awards co-founder Douglas Whitfield for getting in touch with me last month to have this conversation about CC licenses, netlabels, and so much more.  In part two of the interview, he talks about the CC Listening Parties that he co-hosts on YouTube alongside Donnie Ozone, an event that grew out of the artistic standstill caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.  In addition, he shares some ambitious plans for a CC Community Music Hall Of Fame slated to premiere in 2026. Once again, there's great music to accompany the conversation, including a single from Headsnack that blocSonic is releasing for this year's Netlabel Day.  Other musical selections include the cabaret protest stylings of Carsie Blanton, the jazz meets electronic music musicianship of Revolution Void, the unbeatable hip-hop combination of CM & The Silent Partner, and a gorgeous after hours instrumental from Satori (taken from the new 20th Anniversary Compilation from Upitup Records). Thank you so much for listening and I hope that you found this interview as informative as I did.  Don't forget to head on over to the Netlabel Day site and discover some great music! blocSonic artists mentioned in this episode include: Ant The Symbol Louis Lingg & The Bombs MVMX Pot-C Viktor Van River Other key info: BSOTS 179 - In Conversation With Douglas Whitfield (pt. one) CCCMA Listening Party Season 1, Episode 1 Bandcamp Daily:  Exploring Japanese Netlabel Deep Cuts clongclongmoo Ryno The Bearded Lorenzo's Music BSOTS theme music by Cy Tru (edited by Macedonia).  ID drops courtesy of Kahlief Adams of Spawn On Me and Mr. Fitz of Techniken Defunkus. The content of this show has been released under a CC-BY-SA license.  All works within this show retain their original releases.  See the show notes at bsots.com for more information.
BSOTS 179 - In Conversation With Douglas Whitfield
Jul 7 2023
BSOTS 179 - In Conversation With Douglas Whitfield
All comments, questions, and general feedback can be sent to radiobsots@gmail.com.  Record a voice message and send it my way or leave one at the Speakpipe page! You can subscribe to Radio BSOTS via the following options: RSS feed ||| Apple Podcasts ||| Spotify ||| Google Podcasts Amazon Music ||| Stitcher ||| TuneIn ||| iHeartRadio Connect with Camp Lo-Fi via social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram This episode's track list (title / artist / source / license): 1.  Beached (Featuring Martin Bogren, Johannes Hehrmann & Jero Castella) by Spiedkiks [blocSonic] (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) (2022) 2.  Senseless Song by Natasha Beller [blocSonic] (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) (2018) 3.  Ideas Of Singularity by ƘÏÐ ƉΔŦΛ [Abstrakt Reflections] (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) (2021) 4.  On The Edge (featuring Javolenus, SackJo22, Ezra Skull, Kara Square, & The Concept of Energy) by Wiseman [ccMixter] (CC BY-NC 4.0) (2023) 5.  Potzilla Inda Middle (Featuring Pot-C) by Spiedkiks [blocSonic]  (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) (2022) Along with my lifelong obsession with sound and an undying allegiance to music, there is a genuine interest in that place where technology, copyright, and music all meet up.  The life that I want to live involves three things:  music appreciation, sonic curation, and media preservation.  The more that I hang out in the world of Creative Commons licensed music, the more it seems like this world covers all three of those factors.   This episode just fell into my lap suddenly.  It was three weeks ago that Douglas Whitfield contacted me about appearing on the podcast and making the rounds to a few shows prior to Netlabel Day.  It was the perfect opportunity to learn more about Creative Commons music and the licenses that these works are released under from someone who is immersed in that world far more than I am.  Doug is one of the co-founders of the CC Community Music Awards and used to co-host the Music Manumit Podcast alongside Tom Ray of the band Lorenzo's Music, interviewing other CC musicians and tech developers for several years.  He also works as a contracts manager for blocGLOBAL alongside Michael Gregoire (founder and owner of the blocSonic netlabel).  On top of that, he's also a co-host of the weekly CCCMA Listening Party on YouTube, showcasing videos from CC musicians from across the globe. Admittedly, there are times during this interview where things can get a bit technical, particularly when talking about the CC licenses themselves and how they function.  However, I hope that this episode (along with the next one) can serve as a beneficial resource for those just finding out about the world of CC music and want a more intricate explanation of how it all works.  Speaking of music, a handful of tunes break up the conversation here and there, including an introspective electronic tune from the Abstrakt Reflections netlabel, a bouncy and sample-happy groove from the CCMixter community, and three from blocSonic (including a pair of tunes from 2023 CCCMA winners Spiedkiks).  This one's a bit different from how things usually go on the BSOTS podcast feed, but I think that the change of pace is one that came at the right time.  I certainly hope that you enjoy the featured musical selections and that the information shared on this episode is both interesting and helpful. Other key info: Tha Bloc Report Episode 30: The Doug Whitfield Episode Ryno The Bearded Headphonica netlabel Theme music by Cy Tru and edited by Macedonia.  ID drops by Fave and EJ Flavors (may they rest in power). The content of this show has been released under a CC-BY-SA license.  All works within this show retain their original releases.  See the show notes at bsots.com for more information.
BSOTS 178 - Creative Commons Gems From Public Enemy And Nikki Giovanni
Jun 8 2023
BSOTS 178 - Creative Commons Gems From Public Enemy And Nikki Giovanni
All comments, questions, and general feedback can be sent to radiobsots@gmail.com.  Record a voice message and send it my way or leave one at the Speakpipe page! You can subscribe to Radio BSOTS via the following options: RSS feed ||| Apple Podcasts ||| Spotify ||| Google Podcasts Amazon Music ||| Stitcher ||| TuneIn ||| iHeartRadio Connect with Camp Lo-Fi via social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram This episode's track list (title / artist / source / license): 1.  Old Futuro Blues by Yoko Absorbing [Free Music Archive] (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0) 2.  Zo0o0o0p​!​!​! feat. Oddisee by Kidkanevil [Bandcamp] (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) 3.  All I Know (Featuring Big Remo and The Hamiltones) by Wals [blocSonic] (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) 4.  Dance of Contradictions by Isak Gaines [Bandcamp] (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) 5.  Ridiculous Love (wetSkin Hot Summer ReMix) by Niki J Crawford [Jamendo] (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0) 6.  In The Spirit Of Martin by Nikki Giovanni [Free Music Archive] (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0) 7.  Get Up Stand Up (Featuring Brother Ali) by Public Enemy [blocSonic] (CC-BY-NC 3.0) Looking back over the last ten shows for the BSOTS podcast feed, eight of them featured at least one Creative Commons licensed tune.  Even after more than 15 years of podcasting, the CC music landscape still feels like largely uncharted territory for me, which is probably why I've felt the need to dig through the online crates to see what I can find.  In addition, I've been listening to prior BSOTS episodes from over a decade ago, revisiting the music that I have played on the show and taking note of the songs that still sound great to me so that I can reintroduce them on future episodes.  This show marks Camp Lo-Fi's long overdue return to the feed and is where my CC music appreciation agenda kicks into high gear.  The seven songs featured are a mix of tunes from prior BSOTS episodes alongside selections receiving their first spins, cutting across genre and released between 2009 and 2023. The blocSonic netlabel opened my eyes and ears to the world of CC licensed music.  It was through their netBloc series of compilations that I was introduced to a network of artists and online labels, most of it (if not all) available to freely download and share.  The blocSonic offerings in this episode are courtesy of last year's album from Wals and a stellar cut from Public Enemy (as heard on netBloc vol. 44), featuring the always on-point lyricism of Chuck D and special guest Brother Ali.  Another notable hip-hop moment is "Zo0o0o0p​!​!​!," the brief but absolutely banging cut from Kidkanevil featuring Oddisee, a ridiculously talented emcee and producer whose music I've been championing on this show for well over a decade.  Isak Gaines moves us into the unpredictable and experimental side of jazz with "Dance Of Contradictions," a song that sonically lives up to its title.  A bouncy yet broken groove for the first half of the song gives way to a beatless abyss of sound effects and saxophone screeches before bringing the hammer down with a distorted bass line and a defiant horn section. Niki J Crawford's "Ridiculous Love" was an unexpected surprise that I stumbled upon over on Jamendo, a sultry soul offering made all the more seductive with the wetSkin Hot Summer ReMix.  It's percussion heavy with a slight Brazilian influence and a breezy shuffle topped with acoustic guitar strums and Niki's powerhouse vocals.  Yoko Absorbing's "Old Futuro Blues" is a short, sweet, and somewhat off-kilter cut that lives in repeated moments of loops, locked grooves, and live instrumentation.  And there's probably no better example of the sonic treasures waiting to be discovered over at the Free Music Archive than live recordings of legendary poet Nikki Giovanni.  "In The Spirit Of Martin" is her ode to not only the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., but to the struggle and perseverance of the Civil Rights movement as a whole. If you're Creative Commons curious but have been unsure where to start looking, hopefully episodes like these can demystify this world of music one song at a time.  Thank you so much for listening. Other key info: Theme music produced by Cy Tru and edited by Macedonia.  ID drop courtesy of DarrenKeith. The content of this show has been released under a CC-BY-SA license.  All works within this show retain their original releases.  See the show notes at bsots.com for more information.
Radio BSOTS show #177 - pause. (for Jason Mizell)
Dec 22 2022
Radio BSOTS show #177 - pause. (for Jason Mizell)
All comments, questions, and general feedback can be sent to radiobsots@gmail.com.  Record a voice message and send it my way or leave one at the Speakpipe page! You can subscribe to Radio BSOTS via the following options: RSS feed ||| Apple Podcasts ||| Spotify ||| Google Podcasts Amazon Music ||| Stitcher ||| TuneIn ||| iHeartRadio Connect with Camp Lo-Fi via social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram 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 Episodes 77 and 78 Hip-Hop Can Save America:  Parents Just Don't Understand
BSOTS 176 - BUCKWILD: learn from it...
Aug 31 2022
BSOTS 176 - BUCKWILD: learn from it...
All comments, questions, and general feedback can be sent to radiobsots@gmail.com.  Record a voice message and send it my way or leave one at the Speakpipe page! You can subscribe to Radio BSOTS via the following options: RSS feed ||| Apple Podcasts ||| Spotify ||| Google Podcasts Amazon Music ||| Stitcher ||| TuneIn ||| iHeartRadio Connect with Camp Lo-Fi via social media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram 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?
Radio BSOTS show #175 - Does Music Belong In Podcasting?
May 17 2021
Radio BSOTS show #175 - Does Music Belong In Podcasting?
Your feedback is not only welcome, but strongly encouraged.  Please feel free to get in touch via email, voice mail, or Twitter. 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, Makorka, 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.) 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) 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 (CC BY 4.0) BADLUCK - Vanity (Instrumental) (CC BY 4.0) Other key info: Ending The Americana Music Show Calvin Relaunches The Americana Music Show Macedonia on Mixcloud BSOTS on Bondfire Radio
BSOTS 174 - Tranquil Beats: Fridays In August, 2016
Nov 30 2020
BSOTS 174 - Tranquil Beats: Fridays In August, 2016
All comments, questions, and general feedback can be sent to radiobsots@gmail.com.  Record a voice message and send it my way or leave one at the Speakpipe page! 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 moments 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 This episode's tracklist: 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 Other key info: Macedonia on Mixcloud BSOTS on Bondfire Radio The Sarah Awards | PodTales 2020 Accession Podcast Episode #23: Take Me To The Water
BSOTS 173 - BUCKWILD: how i spent my summer staycation...
Oct 27 2020
BSOTS 173 - BUCKWILD: how i spent my summer staycation...
All comments, questions, and general feedback can be sent to radiobsots@gmail.com.  Record a voice message and send it my way or leave one at the Speakpipe page! This episode's tracklist: 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. 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
BSOTS 172 - Tranquil Beats: Thursdays In August, 2016
Sep 6 2020
BSOTS 172 - Tranquil Beats: Thursdays In August, 2016
All comments, questions, and general feedback can be sent to radiobsots@gmail.com.  Record a voice message and send it my way or leave one at the Speakpipe page! This episode's tracklist: 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. Other key info: Macedonia on Mixcloud BSOTS on Bondfire Radio Macedonia's guest mix for the SOUNDWAVE mix series Joseph Aleo on Mixcloud
BSOTS 171 - BUCKWILD: The Faith-Based Practice of Podcasting
Feb 3 2020
BSOTS 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. This is a delayed transmission, recorded in December of 2019 with finishing touches and edits done the 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 Kahlee, Mr. Ivory Snow, DarrenKeith, and EJ Flavors. 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
BSOTS 170 - Tranquil Beats: Wednesdays In August, 2016
Oct 29 2019
BSOTS 170 - Tranquil Beats: Wednesdays In August, 2016
Feedback: I hear it's nice to receive it.  Please feel free to get in touch via email at radiobsots@gmail.com, Twitter, or leave a voice message on the Speakpipe page. 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 Charm 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)
Radio BSOTS show #169 - two weeks off from humanity...
Jun 5 2018
Radio BSOTS show #169 - two weeks off from humanity...
"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.   this episode's track list: 1. Courtney Pine - A Word To The Wise 2. MUTE - Brothers (Version 4) 3. KRTS - Serve And Protect feat. Mad Flows 4. Mos Emvy - Hands Held High 5. Noname - Casket Pretty 6. jitwam. - youkilledmyson [feat. loretta smith] 7. C-Doc - Drugs By Roman Candlelight 8. Propaganda - Darkie (feat. Micah Bournes & Jackie Hill Perry)  9. Brother Ali - Dear Black Son 10. Jamila Woods - Blk Girl Soldier 11. ClassicBeatz - For Sandra 12. Dr. Who Dat? - Deep Blaque 13. Clap! Clap! - Kabwe Beats (Paranam Mix) 14. Rocket Juice & The Moon - Dam(n) 15. Claude Delcloo/Arthur Jones - Africanasia, Pt. 1 (Excerpt) 16. Orono - Live At Nyawara 17. DJ Khalab - Zaire (Will LV Remix) 18. Dexter Story - Xamar 19. Kaidi Tatham - We All Breathe The Same Air 20. Rambler 1976 - Angela Davis {Free Music Archive}
BSOTS 168 - BUCKWILD: No Place For The Quiet
Jan 25 2018
BSOTS 168 - BUCKWILD: No Place For The Quiet
FEEDBACK IS ALWAYS APPRECIATED! email - radiobsots@gmail.com http://twitter.com/bsots Leave a voice message on the Speakpipe page - https://www.speakpipe.com/bsots 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. This episode's track list: 1. Tricky - Same As It Ever Was 2. Mr. Lif & Akrobatik (The Perceptionists) - Grab Hold 3. The Hot 8 Brass Band - Can’t Nobody Get Down (Kabuki Remix) 4. Vandemons - Can you go the distance Ft. NFA Jones 5. Sho Baraka - Kanye, 2009 feat. Jackie Hill-Perry and Jamie Portee 6. Pugs Atomz - On The One feat. Dirty Dunnz 7. Born Ina Barn - No Good 8. LORD RAJA - Zoro 9. beatbox bandit - Les Jus Be Real 10. beatbox bandit - You & I [Illusions] 11. A Tribe Called Red - The People's Champ ft. Hellnback 12. Jitwam - Alone 13. Washed Out - Get Lost (Radio Edit) 14. Jonny Sonic - GenNext 15. Propaganda - Crooked Way 16. Lecture On Nothing - I Will Rise (Traditional) 17. The Cornel West Theory - Whut U B is Whut U Get
BSOTS 167 - Another Dive Into The Free Music Archive
Nov 23 2017
BSOTS 167 - Another Dive Into The Free Music Archive
It's been way too long since I've done a show like this, but the activity on the Internet surrounding net neutrality back in July (which has ramped up as of late with all the talks of repeals by the FCC) inspired me to reexamine the world of Creative Commons-licensed tunes again. Not only that, but the 3rd Annual Netlabel Day happened in July as well, releasing a ton of free and legal music for the people. I started mixing tunes together from the Free Music Archive during Labor Day Weekend and it's still fun discovering songs through that resource because there's no telling what you might find there. The show opens and closes with words from Michael Weinberg (formerly with Public Knowledge, now with Shapeways) speaking on net neutrality. (His interview segments are part of a sample pack posted on the FMA for artists to remix and make their own work with.) In between, you'll find selections crossing various genres, from hip-hop and house to gospel and experimental works. All of the songs heard within this episode are available for free download to share and enjoy. I hope that this episode can serve as a gateway for someone listening to do their own digging through the FMA for more CC-licensed gems. This episode's track list: 1. Donnie Ozone - How to Make a Smoothie (Recipe) 2. C-Doc - TheEnsuranceTrap featuring Tab (PMRC Mix) 3. The Honorable Sleaze - Broad Street Boogie 4. Lushlife - Gymnopedie (Live at WFMU, April 13, 2012) 5. Nangdo - Just Begun 6. Anitek - Glenn 7. Jazzafari - Unit 8. The Funk Underground - Emcee Parties 9. TV Girl - If You Want It 10. The Impossebulls - Pope 11. PERSONA LA AVE - LOVE FAITH 12. Fanas - Sunshine 13. DJ Harrison - One Way Downtown 14. Nine Inch Nails - 7 Ghosts I 15. M-PeX & Makrox - Hezper 16. Silver Apples - Lovefingers (Live at Monty Hall, 11/5/2016) 17. Leggysalad - Eve Of The Festival 18. Mike B. Fort - Morning Shopping 19. The Polish Ambassador - Center For Kids Who Can't Dance Good 20. Tha Silent Partner - 1nightstand (Kwik Nutt Edit) 21. Ant The Symbol - 002 22. The Relatives - Evil World (Live At The Bell House, 2013) 23. Night Owl Committee - Manual Retro 24. Studio Noir - The Thirteenth Hour on Heliopolis