*VIDEO* Zion-I’s Hella Fresh Fest 2013

November 22, 2013
San Francisco, CA
By Bryan Nosanchuk

They perform live up and down California regularly, but no show is more special for Zion-I than their own curated Hella Fresh Fest, formally Paid in Full. The party was at the DNA Lounge this year with 2 rooms and stages of performers. The intimate venue really allowed for fans to meet and mix it up with several of the artists. Continue reading

Episode #131 with AJ Kirsch

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AJ Kirsch (@AJKirsch)

AJ Kirsch (@AJKirsch)

When AJ Kirsch first called into our Blogtalk show he was fresh off of WWE’s Tough Enough. Some 3 years later a lot has changed within Kirsch’s life and career. While still a pro wrestler his outlook and goals have changed up significantly. Wrestling is still a big part of his life, but his focus has altered from WWE to HoodSlam, a smaller independent company he, and several other active professional wrestlers are passionate that has quickly gained a lot of attention and eyes in the San Francisco bay area. We hear about why he loves Hoodslam so much and how he feels it differs from other independent companies he’s wrestled in before. As longtime fans, both JD and BNos go deep into the wrestling rabbit hole with Kirsch.  Continue reading

Episode #130 with Infinite and Soulati

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Soulati (@teeshep) and Infinite (@emceeinfinite)

Soulati (@teeshep) and Infinite (@emceeinfinite)

We were joined by both Infinite and Soulati in this episode. Both are long time collaborators and members of Felonious, bay area’s live hip-hop music and theater collective. Infinite has called into our show in the past, but this was our first opportunity to connect face to face with him and close friend and band mate Soulati. Both perform as emcees within Felonious in addition to being the two beat boxers within the group. While Felonious, as a group, has stopped performing live as often as they once did, Infinite and Soulati continue to create their own music and art; often working with each other still.  Continue reading

*VIDEO* RJD2 and Zeds Dead in New York

October 4, 2013

By Bryan Nosanchuk

After Rock the Bells cancelled on me, my hip hop buddy Brian and I had to make the most of a trip out to New York. Closest show we found that caught our interest was a rave event with RJD2 and Zeds Dead. I’m very selective with my electronic music and have a few DJs and producers that I enjoy and would want to see live. RJD2 is one of those DJs who rides the fence well and is able to bridge the gap between so many genres of music including hip hop, dance, jazz, soul and so many others. He’s one of only a few pioneers in the music industry. It was so much fun and a real pleasure to finally see him perform live. He rocked that shit with 4 turntable decks and a live drummer!

RJD2 @rjd2

RJD2 @rjd2

Zeds Dead headlined. They were cool and had the crowd dancing and jumping, but in my eyes did not compare to the work and performance that RJD2 put in.

Crowd at Terminal 5

Crowd at Terminal 5

In addition to the concert we had a kick ass trip. I went to a real NY comedy show, Central Park, and had THE Pastrami at Katz’s Deli, ran into a bay area comic buddy out on Long Island and went to Coney Island and had a Nathan’s Famous dog. Most importantly I got to spend some time with my east coast family who I rarely get to see, but love and enjoy every moment with them. I wish we all could see each other more often, and I look forward to seeing some that I missed on my next trip someday.

Episode #129 with Sake One

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Sake One

Sake One

We were fortunate enough to connect with Sake One this episode. Sake is an old friend of the show; he called into our Blogtalk show, while out in Cleveland, years ago, and we were lucky enough to get a few minutes with him during Hiero Day, but this is the first time we’ve been able to sit down and go deep in conversation with him.

Known to us as one of the most respected and established DJs working in SF and the bay area, Sake is also very passionate about his city and the people that call it their home. As Facebook followers, we were aware of his consistent outspokenness towards social injustices, police brutality and equality, but really learned how and where that mind thought came to be. We were pleased to learn just how much time and energy Sake has spent volunteering and working for several community Continue reading

Episode #128 with Kabir Singh

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Kabir Singh @Kabeezy

Kabir Singh @Kabeezy

The crew packed up and made the trip out to good old Pleasanton to Tommy T’s Comedy Club to podcast with stand-up comic Kabir Singh. For longtime SPENTRadio fans you may remember Singh from our early blogtalkradio days, but this is the first time we’ve connected face to face.

JD got some great sports talk in with Singh, a big sports fan himself, which was a cool opportunity for them; JD doesn’t get much sport talk in with BNos nor BVan. We also talked about WWE and Night of Champions. Kabir has got some very passionate thoughts about some of the talent he believes are the future of professional wrestling. Continue reading

*VIDEO* DJ Nu-Mark at the 45 Sessions in San Francisco

September 15, 2013
San Francisco, CA

By Bryan Nosanchuk

The 45 Sessions brought in DJ Nu-Mark (Jurassic 5) back to town for a special edition of the 45 Sessions. Usually held in Oakland, the crew crossed over the (NEW) Bay Bridge and brought the party to the Puma Yard at the America’s Cup Pavilion in San Francisco. Continue reading

Episode #127 with Shomari Smith, Director of Til Infinity

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Shomari Smith @TilInfinityDoc

Shomari Smith @TilInfinityDoc

We had Shomari Smith on the show this episode and we are quite pleased we did. Smith is the director of “Til Infinity” a documentary on the Souls of Mischief and the 20th anniversary of ‘93 Til Infinity, the classic hip hop album. We were pleased to learn a lot more about him and his various artistic talents in addition to filmmaking.

It was fascinating hearing some old Hiero and Souls of Mischief stories from someone who has been so close to the group for so many years, but still being an outsider of sorts. Watching the group grow and evolve from such a close proximity while continuing to build and develop his own craft as an artist himself. We learned just how his relationship and previous work lead up to the decision to create a film about Souls of Mischief. Continue reading

*VIDEO* Hiero Day 2013

Sept. 2, 2013
Oakland, CA

By Bryan Nosanchuk

I went out to celebrate the 20 year legacy of the Hieroglyphics out at Hiero Day. Hieroglyphics Imperium teamed up with Oakland-based Linden Street Brewery to present the Second Annual Hiero Day block party on Monday, September 2, 2013. ‘Hiero Day, the free all day music festival that featured live performances by the legendary Hieroglyphics and other special guests, local merchandise vendors, food trucks, and interactive activities for all ages.

These are some of the highlights I was able to capture when I wasn’t also podcasting with my SPENTRadio team.

Akadi (Clusterfunk Collective) and BNos

Akadi (Clusterfunk Collective) and BNos

SPENTRadio @ Hiero Day photo by JZLim Photography

SPENTRadio @ Hiero Day photo by JZLim Photography

SPENTRadio and Chuy Gomez

SPENTRadio and Chuy Gomez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

’93 Til Infinity will always be known as Souls of Mischief’s biggest and most well known songs and for good reason. Cab Fare isn’t as well known, but it has always been one of my favorites. Cab Fare was only released as a bonus track on a Hiero Oldies compilation, and was rarely ever played or performed at their live shows.

Episode #126 SPENTRadio LIVE at Hiero Day 2013

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Hiero Day 2013 @HieroDay

Hiero Day 2013 @HieroDay

SPENTRadio took a trip out to beautiful Oakland, CA to celebrate the 20 year legacy of the Hieroglyphics out at Hiero Day. Hieroglyphics Imperium teamed up with Oakland-based Linden Street Brewery to present the Second Annual Hiero Day block party on Monday, September 2, 2013. ‘Hiero Day, the free all day music festival that featured live performances by the legendary Hieroglyphics and other special guests, local merchandise vendors, food trucks, and interactive activities for all ages. Hiero Day celebrated and showcased the Bay Area’s diverse, innovative, multicultural, and multigenerational music movement in the heart of Oakland. Continue reading