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The Oddball Show with Jake Tringali

 

 

On this edition the Oddballs are joined by poet and author Jake Tringali, whose book Poetry for the Neon Apocalypse is available now on Amazon.

 

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The Oddball Show with Lewis M (Vol 2)

 

Lewis M, the illustrious poet, producer, and emcee, returns to the Oddball Show to discuss his new album, Alive, now available on Bandcamp. We discuss the duality of being behind both the mic and the boards, and the very personal journey detailed through the album. Tune into the Oddball Show, located at the corner of Poetry and Hip Hop.

 

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The Oddball Show with Kanye West (as a topic of discussion)

 

The Oddballs are back and on the docket is a topic that too often gets pushed aside on the podcast: Kanye West. We’ll dig into Yeezy and G.O.O.D. Music’s June dominance, and give Jason a chance for his fandom to run free. We’ll also get an update on Jason’s recent reading at This is My Brave, and we’ll even save a little time to discuss the rapidly deteriorating reality of this dark and dystopian timeline in which we find ourselves. Tune in to the one and only Oddball Show, presented by Oddball Magazine and JP Lime Productions.

 

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The Oddball Show with Young Culture Entertainment

 

 

On this edition of the podcast the Oddballs are joined by Justin DeJesus and Gregory Molina, the founders of Young Culture Entertainment, “created by youth, for youth, and beyond”. They join us tonight to tell us who they see as the foremost figures of Hip Hop’s newest wave, who YCE is and where they’re headed next, and how they feel about the recent spotlight on youth activism. Tune in to the one and only Oddball Show.

 

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The Underground Garden: New Year New Release!

 

I haven’t been to every city, but I’m pretty damn in love with the city I be at in, Boston, MA, USA. The number of multi-talented minds-bodies-souls runs deep generationally in the City’s musical family tree. Enter 2018 and Boston continues to celebrate releases by its People along with a special birthday party tomorrow night! Underground Garden celebrates Giana Scola’s upcoming release in May, Le Freq, with Ancient Deep on Soul Clap Records and Boston dancer/DJ Savuth’s birthday!

Savuth Sueksagan has dedicated more than half of his existence to Dance and House Music. Tomorrow night at Club Bohemia, Sammy, as he is known, loved, respected and preceded by, invites us to his All White Attire Affair to celebrate the beginning of his 4th decade and everlasting commitment to the Boston House Music Community. For close to 30 years, Sammy has brought a unique and passionate spark to parties throughout the City of Boston and the House Nation with his self-taught, natural and inimitable dance style. For over 20 years, he has also brought that same Aries Fire to parties as a Guest DJ or Event Creator and Resident DJ. Not to be overlooked are Savuth’s artistic talent as a flyer designer, tattoo artist and painter. From the turntables to the dance floor in the roles of club kid, dance judge, competitor and instructor, this birthday bash is dedicated to an ongoing thump in his heart, H.O.U.S.E. Join us on April 20th as we celebrate a Life! Happy Birthday Sammy!

Giana is a songwriter, producer, musician and singer who once fronted the band Giana & the Stus. In 2015, she began to explore with House music and collaborating with Boston DJ/Producer, Leo Alarcon of the Playroom Boston. Together, along with Alberto Souljah Correia and myself, The Playroom Boston EP, was created producing 4 singles featuring Giana on vocals. Following this EP, she was contacted by Ancient Deep with a proposal to collaborate on a track. Giana sent A Capella vocal tracks to Ancient Deep, resulting in the track “Le Freq” which will be featured on their EP vinyl release with Soul Clap Records next month. She is a self taught multi-instrumentalist, who taught herself guitar at age 18 after asking her Mother for a guitar for her 18th birthday.

At age 24, she taught herself piano. Today, she will exclaim that piano & vocals are her only true instruments, although she also picked up drumming along the way. After the break up of the band & without access to a full analog studio, she taught herself how to produce & engineer digital tracks. Giana grew up in Tucson, Arizona & in 5th grade she & her friends put together a 5 piece girl group where they would perform at a local nursing home singing cover songs with choreographed dance routines. She relocated to Dorchester, Ma. where she began singing in the school choir & later moving to Plymouth, Ma. where she was chosen as a lead solo vocalist in the choir. She moved back to Boston at age 19 where she truly began to embrace music in her life. It’s still difficult for Giana to call herself an artist, she considers herself a writer above all. She gives full gratitude & credit to her late Auntie Marie, who inspired & motivated Giana at a young age to write her feelings down. The young empath compiled a vault of poetry which she stuffed into a suitcase, where the poems stayed for many years, untouched & many unfinished. Today, she stays busy working on her own solo projects as well as collaborations & mainly does studio work now, although she dreams of one day putting together a collaborative soulful act to perform live. To Giana, nothing compares to getting her hands on the live instruments & sharing the stage with other talented musicians, which helps her with her sometimes debilitating stage fright. However, she refers to House music as something that saved her life. When she discovered the Boston House scene, attending a HOME event on Boylston Street, she will tell you that House music found her when she needed it most. She now has a broader, multicultural view of music & instruments & has enjoyed watching & learning the engineering aspect of music production under the guidance of Leo Alarcon.

These two special people put their hearts into their Arts. Supporting your local artists and art scenes, no matter the medium, is a seed the Underground Garden tends to. I wish both of these Messengers much success in their endeavors because their success is reflected in your smiles. Enjoy the music and dances Beings, they come from l.o.v.e., the ultimate Muse!

 

Liza Zayas is a lover of writing and dancing and celebrates both as a singer and songwriter performing as Luna del Flor. You can hear her collaborative sounds and experience life through her storytelling. She invites you to dance. Her poetry seeks to initiate dialogue by intentionally expressing consequences of love, lust, ego and self-respect.

 

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The Underground Garden: When Sires Serenade, You Dance

 

There is no beginning except for the beginning and that begins when grandparents were dating. When classic soul jazz rhythm and blues rock Latin jazz funk and cultures were grooving together to form what we were born into, Disco and House Music, sharing the birth frequencies of hip-hop and Latin hip-hop. There is no beginning without a path.

Louie Vega is a pioneer of both Freestyle and House music producing the debut albums, both Freestyle, of Marc Anthony and India, later co-producing India’s debut Salsa album along with Eddie Palmieri, Llego La India, all while destroying New York City and worldwide danceclubs as a solo House producer and resident DJ at the weekly event, the Underground Network, or in co-DJ/producer roles with Kenny Dope Gonzalez as the Masters at Work whose albums include Nuyorican Soul, a breakthrough, collaborative classic.

I asked Louie during a pre-party dinner in Boston hosted by DJ Bruno what his first remix was. In 1985, as Little Louie Vega, he remixed Running by Information Society, which also happens to be the tune that introduced DJ Bruno to Little Louie Vega! An international, musical genre classic.

Louie Vega is a Barrio Boy Icon. When his band the Elements of Life performed One Dream during the 2007 pre-Superbowl party live broadcast, I tuned in and cried. There we were, club kids bringing this message through our Maestro Louie Vega, an incredibly talented, table rocking, rooted great Man along with musicians whose music we have enjoyed for over 20 years rocking Dolphin Stadium and introduced by Cuban Legend Gloria Estefan before Prince performed the half-time show. Another lesson in crossing over keeping it real without selling out.

Louie Vega and the music he continues to create and share have received 3 Grammy nominations for his Remixes, winning in 2006 for his EOL remix of “Superfly,” nominated in 2017 for his full length album, Starring…XXVIII, and again nominated in 2018 for his Remix of Loleatta Holloway’s Can’t Let You Go.

He continues to travel the world year round playing guest sets at parties and festivals, as Masters at Work with Kenny Dope, his wife and partner, Nulu Movement Founder Anane Vega, bringing their collaboration, The Ritual, to global events and celebrating his weekly residency in New York Roots, with Kenny Hedge, soon to begin their 14th year at Cielo!

With a classical catalogue this voluminous and prolific, DJ Bruno has mixed four and a half hours of Louie Vega grooves “because it was his time to pay tribute” choosing songs which move him. Joyous, body moving, soul stirring, voice lifting music. DJ Bruno, in his hard hitting masterful mixing, has weaved an awesome selection of House Music classics featuring legendary singers, musicians, original work and remixes spanning decades and showcasing the musical vision of a true modern living legend, from the beginning.

Bruno: Two years ago, while I laid in my hospital bed. I decided to make a bucket list. This mix was on that list. I wanted to pay tribute to one of my musical heroes. The maestro Louie Vega, It was hard choosing the right songs that would best pay tribute to him because he has sooooooo many, but I was able to narrow it down to these instant classics. All these songs were either produced or remixed by Louie Vega. I hope I did him justice 🙂 Just press PLAY & Dance Your Ass Off!

I am grateful for both of these Men. For their examples, passions, determination and humility to love.

“Press play and dance your ass off!” Enjoy the mix!

 

Liza Zayas is a lover of writing and dancing and celebrates both as a singer and songwriter performing as Luna del Flor. You can hear her collaborative sounds and experience life through her storytelling. She invites you to dance. Her poetry seeks to initiate dialogue by intentionally expressing consequences of love, lust, ego and self-respect.