Podcast #18: A chat with Radiolab

By | February 1st, 2012 | 1 Comment
Jad and Robert of Radiolab

Jad Abumrad (foreground) and Robert Krulwich of Radiolab -- photo by Jared Kelly

It’s been a while since we’ve put out an episode of the Beached Miami Podcast. But when we scheduled an interview with Radiolab hosts Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, who will be hosting a live performance called “In The Dark” with comedian Demetri Martin and musician Thao Nguyen at the Fillmore Miami Beach tonight, it was obvious that we had to lay down some sound. In this conversation between Robby Campbell and the WNYC hosts, Abumrad makes a bold prediction — “There are moments in this show that I am almost objectively certain are going to blow your mind right out of your face” — and Krulwich talks about man’s “earlier, stupider eye” and promises “a Broadway show of eyeballs”. Enjoy.

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Podcast #17: O Chromeo, Chromeo

By | September 16th, 2011 | 32 Comments

Chromeo -- P-Thugg (top left) and David Macklovitch -- is bringing its steamy sound to Miami.

On this edition of the podcast Robby chats up one-half of the retro electro pop funk duo Chromeo, a gentleman named Patrick Gemayel at birth who later (one would presume several years later) took up the moniker P-Thugg. Self-described as “the only successful Arab/Jewish partnership since the dawn of human culture”, Gemayel and Chromeo lead vocalist David Macklovitch (aka Dave 1) are playing the Fillmore Miami Beach on Tuesday, Sept. 20 behind their 2010 LP, Business Casual. We have two tickets to give away to the show. To enter to win, simply leave a comment on this post using your real email address. We will announce the winner, chosen at random, on the Beached Miami Facebook page on Sunday morning.

Update: Contest closed. Winner picked (with a little help from an essential culinary tool).

In true thug fashion, P-Thugg’s favorite place in Miami is Aventura Mall. On the podcast he explains his reasoning (it has to do with a mythical figure called the Pincho Man), talks about his and Macklovitich’s early funk band, the Rubadoid Crew, and explains why it was “really fun” to get locked up in a New Jersey jail. The cast also features clips from several Chromeo songs. In order: “Mamma’s Boy”, “Night by Night”, “I’m not Contagious”, “Grow Up”. The video for “Hot Mess” mentioned in the cast is embedded after the jump.

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Podcast #16: PLAINScast

By | July 21st, 2011 | No Comments

Michael McGinnis and Jennifer Lopez (right) both figure in this week's podcast.

Breaking news: It’s hot. We analyze that unpleasant phenomenon as well as the steamy divorce of Jennifer “J.Lo” Lopez and Marc “never to be heard from again” Anthony on this episode of the Beached Miami podcast. We also visit with self-proclaimed “studio rat” Michael McGinnis at his former home and current home-away-from-home, Honor Roll Music. McGinnis, who recently released the album PLAINS to (our) rave review, will take the stage at Vagabond Friday night to celebrate the record’s release backed by Jorge Graupera (guitar), Max Johnston (bass), and Jorge Rubiera (drums). This, then, is the PLAINScast, featuring several tracks from the album sandwiched between some inane banter courtesy of the brothers Campbell.

If you like what you hear, make sure to subscribe to our podcast RSS feed to get a free mp3 download beamed your way every other Thursday morning or so. If you have any suggestions — a person to interview, an event to forecast, a Davie outlet selling reappropriated deer for a song — please email us at podcast at beachedmiami dot com.

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Podcast #15: Coast to coast to coast with Sam Friend

By | June 23rd, 2011 | No Comments
Sam Friend

Sam Friend, shortly before getting run over by a fire engine.

On this week’s podcast, I talk at length with Miami-born singer-songwriter Sam Friend fresh off his month-long residency at the Living Room in NYC. Friend will be performing at our Sketchy Party at Lester’s cafe in Wynwood on June 30 (to which you are cordially invited). We asked him to play the event because he has the rare gift of writing songs that are easy to like and rewarding to listen to again and again.

In my phone conversation with Friend this week, we discussed his music career through two albums (Secure and Fastened for Daisy Buchanan and Lady Madly); the weather and culture of Miami and Seattle, where Friend lived after graduating from the University of Miami; the trauma of watching the Heat collapse in the Finals; and, finally, Friend’s record in progress, Spirit Mirror. The interview is spliced with music from Friend’s two releases and two new songs: “I M U R” and “Find Fine Light”.

If you like what you hear, make sure to subscribe to our podcast RSS feed to get a free mp3 download beamed your way (almost) every other Thursday morning. If you have any suggestions — a person to interview, an event to forecast, a wolf tamer with solid credentials and fair rates — please email us at podcast at beachedmiami dot com.

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Podcast #14: Alone on a bike from Miami to San Fran

By | May 19th, 2011 | No Comments
Mario Renteria

Mario Renteria snapping a picture of himself along A1A as he makes his way from Miami to San Francisco.

On this week’s podcast, we hear from Mario Renteria, a 23-year-old FIU mechanical engineering student who, on Monday, started a 45-day bike ride from his West Miami home to San Francisco by himself. With only two shirts and two shorts to his name, Renteria is planning to bike 75 miles per day through Alabama, Kansas, Colorado, and Utah before hitting the West Coast (assuming he survives a forced feeding of lovebugs as he makes his way out of the Sunshine State). I caught up with him by phone Monday evening, after his first day of riding, to talk about what the hell possessed him to bike 3,228 miles from sea to shining sea on his lonesome and why the journey is worth losing his job.

You can follow Renteria’s trip on his blog, For No Particular Reason, which he plans to update everyday with pictures and a recap of the day’s ride. With the open road as his story arc, it promises to be a damn good read.

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Podcast #13: No Helmet Needed

By | May 5th, 2011 | 2 Comments
Bike Pin

May is National Bike Month. Wear your bike pin proud. Or just ride your bike.

On this week’s podcast, we celebrate National Bike Month by reporting on the supercool designs that came out of ThinkBike, a recent brainstorming session between Miami and Dutch engineers who dared to re-imagine Miami in the image of Amsterdam and other urban cyclist sanctuaries around the globe. (Did you know the Dutch hop on bikes for 27 percent of their trips? The number is a measly one percent in the United States.)

We also spotlight a few of the many group bike rides this month, including the Beer Snob Bicycle Pub Crawl on Saturday and the Ride of Silence on May 18. Finally, we read an ode to the blessed bicycle by my favorite white-haired weirdo, Mr. David Byrne. “This point of view, faster than a walk, slower than a train, often slightly higher than a person, became my panoramic window on much of the world over the last 30 years . . . ”

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Podcast #12: Matzoh Ball and Borscht

By | April 21st, 2011 | No Comments

Ever hear the one about the insatiable rooster? On this week’s podcast you will. You’ll also hear why Robby thinks Passover, a week that commemorates the Hebrews’ exodus from Egypt and slavery under a cruel Pharaoh, is hilarious. Finally, we talk the Borscht Film Festival, which is on Saturday, April 23, at the Knight Concert Hall at the Arsht Center downtown.

If you like what you hear, or are into listening to things you don’t particularly enjoy, make sure to subscribe to our podcast RSS feed to get a free mp3 download beamed your way every other Thursday morning. If you have any suggestions — a person to interview, an event to forecast, a legit matzoh-ball sculpting technique — please email us at podcast@beachedmiami.com.

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Listen to last week’s podcast, Sweating Sweatstock 2011


Podcast #11: Sweating Sweatstock 2011

By | April 7th, 2011 | No Comments

Ready or not, here it comes . . .

This week’s podcast is a wee bit different than the usual. With Sweatstock around the corner on April 16 — Record Store Day! — we rounded up mp3s from a handful of the performers in the festival lineup, including The State Of, Panic Bomber, and Furious Dudes. We also have Sweat Records owner Lolo Reskin dropping knowledge on the evolution of RSD from humble beginnings, the origin of the FREE goodness fest that is Sweatstock, and the healthy state of music in Miami these days. If you don’t know about Sweatstock, here’s your chance to get wise. If you do, here’s your chance to get excited all over again.

Make sure to subscribe to our podcast RSS feed to get a free mp3 download beamed your way every other Thursday morning. If you have any suggestions — a person to interview, an event to forecast, a raven to quoth — please email us at podcast@beachedmiami.com.

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Podcast #10: Voodou, La Noche Miami, Mendelssohn

By | March 24th, 2011 | No Comments

The raising the dead dance.

On this week’s podcast, we take a sonic journey through the weekend-that-was in Miami, with the spinning spokes of La Noche Criterium (March 17), the mournful melody of Big Night in Little Haiti (March 18), and the sublime strings of the New World Symphony’s Mendelssohn mini-concert (March 19). For those of you who noticed and, bless your hearts, lamented that we did not post a podcast last Thursday, we are planning to do them every two weeks from now on to give us more time to do the job right.

Make sure to subscribe to our podcast RSS feed to get a free mp3 download beamed your way every other Thursday morning. If you have any suggestions — a person to interview, an event to forecast, a worthy reupholsterer to send Michael Tilson Thomas’s way — please email us at podcast@beachedmiami.com.

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Podcast #9: St. Barts and BFF’s Brendt Barbur

By | March 10th, 2011 | No Comments

Next week's BFF Miami combines bikes and popcorn. Ingenious. -- Tod Seelie photo from BFF10 NYC

On this week’s podcast, we learn about Robby’s bid to photograph seven models at a lavish (Lavish?) mansion in St. Barts, and we hear from Bicycle Film Festival founder Brendt Barbur about the inspiration of getting hit by a bus. Barbur also discusses the film The Birth of Big Air, which will screen when the BFF comes to Miami next week (March 17 – 20) to end its 11-month, 38-city, tenth-anniversary tour. (We posted an edited transcript of my interview with Barbur on Wednesday.)

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