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Friday, 19 June 2009
analog, digital, secular, spiritual...
Now Playing: the latin project sampler
Topic: my podcasts

uncertainties abound.  as an analog child living in a digital world, i find myself lamenting the death of the analog tv signal.  pixel clusters from the converter box suggest that perhaps a stronger antenna is needed. 

just exactly how did we as a society allow so much of ourselves to be held captive by hard drives and cpus?  the moment our computers freeze or act in a way that they shouldn't, panic ensues.  just over a year old, the fairly new acer desktop in our home hasn't been itself lately.  is it a race against time to play the backup game, making sure that a brand new show doesn't get lost to digital whims, along with countless music files and pictures capturing year three of simone's life on earth?

when i say that i'm an old head forced to get into new media, i mean it.  there are certain aspects to podcasting, social media, and the digital life in general that i could do without, that i just look at and think to myself, there HAS to be an easier way.

so you turn the computer on, you hear the cooling fan turn on, power buttons light up, but it doesn't kick itself into startup mode.  don't see the acer logo, don't see the windows logo, just a blank monitor screen that's gone into standby.  hopefully the situation can be fixed and it won't cost an arm and a leg to do so.  more than that, hopefully the files can be saved.  yes i know, backup, backup, backup.  right now, our backup plan consists of remembering to put files onto CD-Rs.  with a toddler in the house, things like diapers, wipes, and clothes tend to trump an external hard drive in terms of importance.  but with the recent turn of events, it's clear that some terabyte space needs to be up in our humble abode with the quickness.

one step forward, two steps back.  some days, i feel like it's the story of my life.  or as i often say on my show, "makin' due..."

BSOTS 086 was all ready to go before this happened.  my work on the podcast normally gets done when wife and child are asleep or out of the house.  if i wait until everyone's asleep, i'm usually exhausted by then because the job sucks all life out of me.  prior to our computer being down, my wife become obsessed with this game on facebook and spent hours on it.  she's playing the game, i'm falling asleep while standing up in the kitchen washing dishes that i can never get ahead on and waiting my turn in the living room.  it'd be real easy for me to brand her a scapegoat right now, but it also wouldn't be right.  although she once thought that she caught a virus from a facebook app, we don't know what's causing the problem and pointing fingers won't help matters.

i think my biggest problem with all this is that i identify with podcasting to the point where i feel as if part of my identity has been taken away right now.  i resent the fact that most of my day is spent doing things that i have no desire doing to make a living.  and after those things are done and after household duties are taken care of for the evening, i have very little energy left for the things that i find fulfilling, if any.  meanwhile, there are others that can keep up their weekly habit of producing a show and they're getting thousands of downloads a month and they're up on their twitter/myspace/facebook/whatever else updates and their blog's all kick-ass beautiful and i feel like i'm barely hanging on with trying to produce two episodes a month.  and now that's currently hanging in limbo and i hate it.  and it makes me wonder why i've put so much of myself into this when the very tool that you need to create a podcast can suddenly turn against you.

i'll say it until i'm old and gray:  to err is human, to truly screw things up beyond reproach requires a computer.  now more than ever, i mess with the digital because i have to, not necessarily because i want to.  for all intents and purposes, i am and will remain an analog brother.

i existed before Radio BSOTS was a part of my life, i'll exist after it's done with.  not too long ago, i posted a facebook status which stated the following:

"Jason Smith is trying something new: placing meditation before music. In other words, emphasizing spending time with God (the Creator) as a higher priority before diving headfirst into beats, blips, rhymes, and notes (the creation). For the first time in my life, I'm becoming more comfortable with this much-needed switch in hierarchy..."

i'd be lying if i said i've been successful with this.  it was all good for about a week and music got real jealous.  truth is that music's been an idol with me for a long time.  i can always make time for music...and it's trumped my meditation time with God for longer than i can remember.  and i can't help but think that on some level, God's looking down on all of this and asking...

"NOW how much time do you have?"  i could be wrong, but it's just a feeling i get...

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Wednesday, 3 June 2009
BSOTS 085 - artist profile: serengeti
Now Playing: the end result, which is pretty damn good, actually...
Topic: my podcasts

this episode marks the first time i've dedicated an entire show to one artist, but i believe that serengeti deserves the recognition. he's a emcee that comes at hip-hop from another angle entirely and i appreciate that. for me, he's just as important as a kool keith or even doom - he's somewhere in between those two, as far as i'm concerned. in some ways, he wears his heart on his sleeve, a testament to the raw emotion of some of his pieces. in this episode, you'll hear works from several of his solo albums as well as some collaborative works. i'm really happy that i get to share his work with you and i want to thank audio 8 recordings for allowing a pair of special permissions tracks on this show. special thanks to emile at nicepr promo for helping with those negotiations as well.

"'who out there smokes weed?' and 'where my bitches at?' decade of rap...and we still stuck on that." - serengeti, "mad whimsy"

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background music is the instrumental version of "hot on both sides" by techniken defunkus.

other key info:
macedonia's playlist on blip.fm
serengeti interview for centerstage
us and us for may 2009
follow friday and twitter memes
mindpinball blog
chillin' with lovespirals podcast

1. serengeti - "birds of prey" {iTunes | eMusic}
2. serengeti - "mad whimsy" {iTunes | eMusic}
3. serengeti - "thunder valley" {free download}
4. serengeti & polyphonic - "lately i haven't been feeling that well" {iTunes | eMusic}
5. yoome - "penny" {itunes | emusic}
6. serengeti - "tele-fon" {free download}
7. serengeti - "jim duggin" {free download}
8. serengeti - "fantasy" {free download}
9. serengeti & polyphonic - "mom's a commie" {iTunes | eMusic}
10. serengeti - "dirty flamingo" {iTunes | eMusic}
11. serengeti - "dennehy" {iTunes | Rhapsody}

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Wednesday, 13 May 2009
BSOTS 084 - u dig?
Now Playing: touch sensitive - body stop
Topic: my podcasts

(photo taken by simone elizabeth smith, winter of 2009)

i need to apologize right off the bat: i do a bit of complaining about the j-o-b on this show. since i recorded this, i have been telling myself not to complain about that which so many don't have, including those i know personally. in addition, i have to start believing that what i do between the hours of nine to five DOES NOT DEFINE WHO I AM. it makes sense on paper, but it's harder to remember while you're in the trenches. i'll get there, folks, honestly i will.

on this episode, i encourage you (the listener) to become a digger, if you haven't already. whether you're dusty-fingered from digging through record crates or you're cyberspace surfing for the finest free and legal joints, we can all be diggers in some way, shape, or form. thanks to the internet, it's easier than ever. hopefully a show like Radio BSOTS will give you the incentive you need to continue the search for the perfect beat.

(just noticed this pregnant pause that appears right after the song by kriss and before i start speaking. what can i say? when you fight against time and sleep to put these episodes together, these things are liable to happen...)

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you can contact me via twitter, facebook, myspace, or email.

id drops courtesy of ej flavors and fave. theme music produced by cy tru. background music is "bathing" by techniken defunkus.

other key info:
macedonia's playlist on blip.fm
the blocsonic website
the free music archive
april 2009 episode of us and us
baba israel
the chillcast with anji bee

1. ame one - "slow down (feat. raystar & geneva b.)" {iTunes | eMusic}
2. dj center - "tout passe (feat. samia farah)" {iTunes | Amazon MP3}
3. the nope - "rain all day (st/mic remix)"
4. brother ali - "real as can be" {iTunes}
5. just plain ant - "still dreamin' (feat. jay slim)" {free download}
6. axiotronic - "robot placism" {iTunes | Rhapsody}
7. max tundra - "lysine (live at wfmu)" {free download}
8. tortured soul - "home to you (domu remix)"
9. kriss - "jazz club" {free download}
10. mr. scruff - "music takes me up (feat. alice russell)" {iTunes}

BSOTS BONUS TRACK: reflection eternal - "back again"

free iodapromonet downloads

Rain All DayThe Nope
"Rain All Day" (mp3)
from "Rain All Day"
(Domination Recording, LLC)

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Wednesday, 29 April 2009
new us and us episode for april...
Now Playing: notes to self - a shot in the dark
Topic: my podcasts

(picture above:  simone and i at her 2nd birthday party, willson's waves, mount vernon, ny - august 23, 2008) 

another three months have gone by with no appearance from me on motion radio until now.  i'm back at it again with the us & us shows.  some really good cuts from the likes of k'naan, brothers and systems, shawn lee, and the long lost, with remixes of cuts from nat king cole and femi kuti.  definitely a mixed bag, make sure to check it out when you have the time.

music is therapy, and us & us represents a sacred space where i'm free to go anywhere in the music.  got a new dj-style mixer on the way to my humble abode, so you're liable to see more activity from me on the motion radio side of things.  stay tuned...

show notes and file access for april episode

find more us & us episodes on motion radio

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Wednesday, 15 April 2009
BSOTS 083 - sistersounds: the art of intuition...
Now Playing: speech debelle - speech therapy
Topic: my podcasts

every now and then, there's an artist that i can't get direct permission to play, but i still want to represent for them. i figured i ought to do it via youtube. and seeing as how this is an all-female episode, i really wanted to show my support for speech debelle, an artist based in south london. she has a new album, speech therapy, on the big dada label and the video above is for her second single, "the key." i love the song and think hers is a fresh voice that needs to be heard, particularly in terms of female representation in hip-hop.

it was important for me to really be on my podsafe grind with this one, so most of the music is from iodapromonet and the podsafe music network. the wendy and lisa song is courtesy of ariel publicity while the opening cut from amanda diva is a part of a free download ep on behalf of the artist. rather proud of the diversity in this one. hip-hop, soul, house, drum and bass, pop, and experimental works as well. here's hoping that you enjoy this episode.

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go here to stream shows.

you can contact me via twitter, facebook, or email.

id drops courtesy of wendy and lisa.

other key info:
macedonia's playlist on blip.fm
soulrific podcast
jazz and justice episode with dr. tricia rose
tricia rose's official website

1. amanda diva - "colorblind (feat. johnny polygon)" {free download}
2. tamara wellons - "love you" {iTunes | Rhapsody}
3. barbara tucker and tuccillo - "one desire (hoshiko and jere's deep mix)" {iTunes | Rhapsody}
4. marqseven - "black star"
5. the conscious daughters - "woman's world" {iTunes | Napster}
6. the angel - "selector (on tha side of midnite)" {eMusic | Amazon MP3}
7. vanessa daou - "mess around" {iTunes | Rhapsody }
8. wendy and lisa - "balloon"
9. tagaq - "fire (ikuma) feat. mike patton"
10. flora cruz - "overcome (original vocal mix)" {iTunes | Amazon MP3}

if you liked this episode, then check out show #63.

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Friday, 3 April 2009
what passes for april fool's jokes these days...
Now Playing: betty padgett - (self-titled)

okay, you're a sharp person, i trust you.  you'll be able to tell me if this is appropriate or not...

so it's april fool's day of 2009 and i'm dropping off simone at day care.  as i'm about to go, one of the attendees says, "jason, what is that bruise on simone's neck?  what happened to her?"

being the concerned parent that i am, i immediately check Simone's neck, to which the woman starts laughing and says, "APRIL FOOL!!"

i'm beyond shocked. i'm frozen with rage.  at one point, i think i muttered something to the effect of, "i'm sure in somebody's universe, that's funny."

then she says (still laughing), "now you have to get somebody."  to which i say while wearing an obviously forced smile, "it's probably a better idea if i don't."

so, appropriate or inappropriate?  if you're wrestling with this, let me remind you that a worker at a daycare center thought that they could joke about a bruise on a child...AT DAYCARE.

apparently, nothing says kneeslapper like perceived child abuse, be it real or imagined.  two days later, i'm still not laughing, but at least i don't want to smack her anymore.  until the next time that she says something stupid, which quite frankly could be any day now...

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Monday, 23 March 2009
BSOTS 082 - blends session: why hip-hop still matters...
Now Playing: rye rye - bang
Topic: my podcasts

after last episode, i'm sure you're tired of hearing me talk. hell, I was tired of hearing myself talk. so i'm getting out of my own way and letting the music flow. it's a blends session, which means a continuous mix of music. it's primarily hip-hop this time around - lots of good stuff and almost half of the songs here are available for free download. creative commons joints are handy like that. netlabels such as budabeats and error broadcast are representing in here, as well as a selection from j. period's must-have mixtape showcasing q-tip's vast discography. did i mention that the cut features de la soul?

basically, we're rockin' some oh-nine newness while catching up on '08 selections as well and going back about 10 years prior...even more than that, really. there's new music from souls of mischief, dr. who dat?, thad reid, and the mighty underdogs (a supergroup of sorts featuring gift of gab from blackalicious and lateef the truth speaker with headnodic on production). there's some turntablism wizardry courtesy of dj z-trip and dj kechup, as well as an old cut-and-paste classic from double dee and steinski. BSOTS favorites outta germany cy tru and mishoo the drumkit bless the session as well with a cut each - beautiful selections from them both. there's even a live recording from the master of symphonic jazz, mr. david axelrod, a figurehead whose compositions have been extremely influential amongst a number of hip-hop's premier DJs and producers. special guest appearances throughout the mix include guilty simpson, amanda diva, truth enola, and others. again, lots of great material here.

thanks for tuning in. hopefully, you'll find this mix to your liking. this one's just under 80 minutes, so if you have a friend that doesn't get down with podcasts but still enjoys a good mix, burn it to a CD and share it with them. after all, friends don't deprive friends of good music (lol)...

oh yeah, if you're wondering what the "word from our sponsor" was, that's "baloney & oates" by evolution control committee.

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add to my PodNova

go here to stream shows.

you can contact me via twitter, facebook, or email.

id drops courtesy of ej flavors, india of astronauts of antiquity, and thad reid.

other key info:
macedonia's playlist on blip.fm
download j. period's brilliant mixtape the abstract best

1. d-sisive - "like this (feat. guilty simpson & dj grouch)" {iTunes | Napster}
2. thad reid - "the reason (acapella)" {free download}
3. panik - "lupita soul" {iTunes | Rhapsody}
4. shaun boothe - "music man (feat. amanda diva)"
5. apes on tapes - "out for a shrink pink drink" {free download}
6. souls of mischief - "tour stories" {iTunes | Rhapsody}
7. cymarshall law & mr. joeker - "truth (feat. supastition & skit slam)" { iTunes | CDBaby}
8. suhov - "skunn" {free download}
9. cy tru - "100"
10. ez a divat - "no no fun" {free download}
11. copperpot - "let it go (feat. truth enola)" {iTunes | eMusic}
12. j. period - "excursions (tribute remix feat. de la soul)" {free download}
13. surreal and the sound providers - "true indeed" {iTunes | eMusic}
14. mishoo the drumkit - "hope (feat. mr. nnaji)" {free download}
15. b. bravo - "midnite" {iTunes | Rhapsody}
16. dr. who dat? - "nights over nantes" {iTunes | Amazon MP3}
17. jurassic 5 - "gotta understand (bean one remix)" {iTunes | Rhapsody}
18. flesh o.n.e. - "mozart 2" {free download}
19. the mighty underdogs - "the anthem"
20. dj kechup - "ready freddy" {iTunes | Rhapsody}
21. dj z-trip - "rockstar" {iTunes | eMusic}
22. steinski and double dee - "lesson 3 (history of hip-hop)" {iTunes | Rhapsody}
23. david axelrod - "song of innocence" {iTunes | Rhapsody}

free iodapromonet downloads:

Instrumental 9Panik
"Lupita Soul" (mp3)
from "Instrumental 9"
(Molemen Records)

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Return of the DJ Vol. IIZ-Trip
"Rockstar" (mp3)
from "Return of the DJ Vol. II"
(Bomb Hip Hop)

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What Does It All Mean? - 1983-2006 RetrospectiveSteinski, Double Dee
"Lesson 3" (mp3)
from "What Does It All Mean? - 1983-2006 Retrospective"
(Illegal Art)

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Tuesday, 17 March 2009
reviewyou.com review: jake pashkin
Now Playing: sunday soundtrack with mr. fresh
Topic: 2009 reviews

it's been a few weeks since i penned a write-up for reviewyou.com.  the last disc i would have listened to from them was by this cat outta russia named jake paskin.  not sure how many joe satriani or steve vai fans that come across this blog, but if you dig rock instrumental full-length albums with lead guitar solos at the forefront, paskin's latest just might be up your alley.

click here to check out the review...

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Thursday, 12 March 2009
BSOTS 081 - BGB: as absurd as gourmet pork rinds...
Now Playing: sky high jazz too (mizell brothers) {rhythmsinblacksatin.com
Topic: my podcasts

anji bee once told me that her podcast personality represents the person that she wants to be or wishes she was, and that there are so many other sides to her than what we hear through The Chillcast. i feel the same way about Radio BSOTS. on the freeform shows, it's always a "best foot forward" effort. i'm excited about the music and i want you to be excited about it as well. and i try to deliver the show with my voice and mood guiding you through it all. i'm not that calm in real life. the other sides of me are a mess. i've become more angry, more irritable, and more carnal in my mid-thirties. and if you call yourself a Christian, that's just not a good look. it may not be pretty, but it's the God's honest truth, and it's those types of warts and idiosyncrasies that will be on display when it's time for BSOTS to go BUCKWILD...

this is the third go round for BSOTS GONE (buck)WILD (BGB). this show should've been up a month ago and i've gone through many a sleep-deprived night to get this done, so hopefully there's something here that you'll enjoy. no time constraints with the BGB episodes, so i'm running my mouth about various topics, namely the new york post, facebook, and examples of unquestionable stupidity in action. lots of music in this one, a majority of it high-powered and brash, particularly the 12 minutes or so towards the middle that i take to rock out. been thinking about the oscar grant police brutality case in oakland and that prompted me to play the guilty simpson cut. oh yeah, i mispoke about the blame one and exile joint: "disturbed" came out as a single last year, but the album got pushed back to a march 31, 2009 release date. and the joint from longshot should definitely get some reactions from people, both good and bad. i'm interested in the feedback from that one.

Radio BSOTS is all about the music, but during the BUCKWILD sessions, you'll learn more about me as well, for better or for worse...

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go here to stream shows.

you can contact me via twitter, facebook, or email.

id drops courtesy of anji bee. theme music produced by cy tru (featuring jonny sonic).

background music:
jim jones - "pop champagne (instrumental)"
flesh o.n.e. - "still love 3" and "4th MPC beat"
foul mouth jerk - "small town USA (instrumental)"

other key info:
macedonia's playlist on blip.fm
macedonia on the half show
hired gun on myspace
25 things i did not want to know about you
chuck treece on wikipedia and discogs.com
the official afropunk website
let's talk about race: the blog

1. cassetteboy vs. obama - "we are the world" {watch video}
2. fusion unltd. - "the sun (feat. little brother, nickelus f., hall of fame & skillz)" {iTunes}
3. blame one and exile - "disturbed (feat. sean price)" {iTunes}
4. rabbi darkside - "state of the union" {free download}
5. hired gun - "the show"
6. guilty simpson - "piglets (oh no remix)" {free download}
7. the angel - "vicious cycle" {eMusic | Amazon MP3}
8. flesh o.n.e. - "delay beat (feat. mitchell wilcox and el diablo)" {free download}
9. mike ladd - "wild out day" {iTunes}
10. mcrad - "punk rock camden"
11. fishbone - "party with saddam" {iTunes}
12. tamar-kali - "boot" {iTunes | Amazon MP3}
13. longshot - "n.*.g.g.e.r. (feat. psalm one)" {iTunes | Rhapsody }
14. strong arm steady - "black history (feat. chace infinite, planet asia, and affion crockett)" {watch video}
15. steinski - "none shall be afraid" {free download}

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Friday, 27 February 2009
both sides archives: album review - common
Now Playing: dope sandwich - coming of age
Topic: 2005 reviews
y'know, i really ought to do better about moving the reviews and rants on this site to the blog. it would be a lot less cluttered that way. while new podcast postings tend to be the big draw, it's nice to reminisce about older albums and see if the same feelings still linger of if they've changed with time. so with that in mind, let's start dusting off some of those BSOTS reviews. if time permits, i'll dig into a few from the ON THE VERGE years as well.

this review was the last that was written for the BSOTS site prior to the podcast starting up. Radio BSOTS began in august of 2005; this review was posted one month earlier and is written by my man, hired gun. knowing him, i'm sure he wants this common back and not the guy that dropped universal mind control last year. thing is, however, THEY'RE THE SAME CAT, but i'm sure i'll get into that with h. rap gunn next time i see him. and another thing: there are a number of people who couldn't get down with electric circus when it first dropped that love the album now that it's several years down the line. i'll have to find out mikal's thoughts on that one, too...

{jason randall smith}

Record label: Geffen
Format: 2xLP/ CD
Release date: 24 May 2005

Common has become an enigmatic figure over the decade plus that he has graced the mic. He's been respected universally as one of the most gifted lyricists of his generation. Much like Nas, Common's career has seen many odd twists and nearly as many manifestations, though of a more subtle variety. When we had last seen him he was exploring a much more experimental side, dressing in knitted pants and reportedly been pussy whipped by the alien, Erykah Badu. This resulted in a huge question mark placed next to this new album.

Quietly, Common (again, much like Nas) probably got a free pass for Electric Circus (we all have to search our inner self sometimes, and it's not always pretty...). But people still begged the question: "Where is Common going to take us now?" Common gives his answer with the single "The Corners." We basically get the Chicagoan rhymer coming full circle and connecting the points from past to future.

Be is not Common's greatest work. It arguably falls right between One Day It'll All Make Sense and Like Water For Chocolate (depending on who you ask), but the truth is this is one of his most well rounded albums, highlighting all of the things we love about Common. Clocking in at about 40 minutes, we get to see a focused, matured, and very hungry Common reminiscent of his Resurrection period. He shows that he still has the intangible introspection and soul searching that we loved from One Day... on cuts such as "Love is," "Real People," and "Faithful." The quick wit, punchline-laced explosions of "Chi-City" and the album intro causes us to remember Common Sense as he was on past efforts. With Kanye West and J-Dilla on the boards (only for two tracks) and backed up by John Legend and the Last Poets, there is a glimpse of that (*gag*) Neo Soul sound from Like Water..., but with just a little bit of that radio polished twist that only Mr. West can bring. Surprisingly, Kanye doesn't really pull a full Pharrell, and only weighs in vocally for four songs (which is still way more than enough).

If there is a knock, it actually might be its strength: Common runs the gamut of topics and sounds on this album, but doesn't go all the way. The beats are lacking a really heavy hit. Songs like "Go!" and "Testify" don't stand out or contribute much to the feel of the album. Still, Be as a whole work is one of those albums on full rotation (no skips) and you'll find yourself falling in love with Common all over again.

{mikal lee (hired gun)}

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Updated: Friday, 27 February 2009 12:27 PM EST
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