Wynwood Green: A family-friendly outdoor fest

By | January 31st, 2012 | No Comments

-- photo from the I Am Your Villain Facebook page

These days, historic Puerto Rican enclave Wynwood may typically make headlines for the opening of a hip restaurant or bar, or perhaps the completion of a monumental graffiti mural. But there’s a new event in the burgeoning art gallery district where bringing the entire family — even your dog — is regarded as “cool”.

Sundays on the Green, a monthly festival that mixes environmentally friendly vendors, skateboarding, art, children’s educational activities, and music, kicked off on Sunday, Jan. 29. Celebrated in a 12,000-square-foot lot at 572 N.W. 23rd Street, just east of I-95, the project is the brainchild of a collective known as Wynwood Green. The group is lead by Daniel Wills, owner of recording studio Armory Studios, on whose lawn the event takes place. Also on board: WVUM, 305Green, the artists collective Ground Up Collective, and party supplier I Am Your Villain.

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Jacuzzi Boys, WVUM, Sumsun, Oh My

By | March 3rd, 2011 | No Comments

Nothing like a big signing to make a man feel comfortable in a denim jacket.

Thursday was a good day for South Florida music. First up, Miami’s Jacuzzi Boys made a big splash by signing to Hardly Art, the label home of retro-rock acts and art rockers like Hunx & His Punx, Fergus & Geronimo, and Carissa’s Wierd. Already with a 12” live vinyl release on Jack White’s Third Man Records (get it here), the Jacuzzi Boys now find themselves in a more permanent musical home with huge possibilities. Seattle-based Hardly Art is the sister (daughter, really) label of major indie player, Sub Pop Records, which is 49 percent owned by Warner Bros. Needless to say, distribution shouldn’t be a problem.

Kicking off their tour tonight in Atlanta, the Boys will head into Michigan’s Key Club Studios as soon as next week to start recording their Hardly Art debut. From the label’s website: “The next full-length LP from the Jacuzzi Boys will be released on Hardly Art this fall. If 2010 was any indication, 2011 is the year the Jacuzzi Boys come busting out of the tropics, naked as the gator and twice as toothy.”

Call it signing-day optimism, but even as toothy as a gator sounds promising.

Congrats to WVUM 90.5 (aka “The Voice” aka “Keep It Locked”) for bringing home mtvU’s coveted Woodie for Best College Radio Station. MTV walked in on the unsuspecting station Thursday afternoon to announce the good news. Not a network to waste genuine human emotion, MTV will air WVUM’s reaction to their win when the Woodies broadcast live from SXSW on March 16. (Expect a CGI Charlie Sheen to make an appearance.)

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WVUM Wants Some Last-Minute Woodie Love

By | February 24th, 2011 | No Comments

Diplo breaking it down in the WVUM studio late last year.

You might have heard that University of Miami’s WVUM is in the running for an mtvU College Radio Woodie Award. We’ve got love for WVUM, both for their indefatigable insistence that Miami “keep it locked” at all costs and for hosting us on Miami Time for an epic local jam last month. So we’d love to see the station take home a Woodie when the awards show airs live from SXSW in Austin, TX, on March 16. But rather than blithely asking our readers to give WVUM their vote, we asked the station to prove itself in the form of three hand-selected clips. If you like what you hear, head over to the virtual ballot box — before the March 1 deadline! — and crown WVUM as the best college radio station in the land.

First up, we’ve got Diplo manning the decks on Electric Kingdom Live (Thursday nights, 7 -9) hours before spinning for a huge crowd at Grand Central on Dec. 23, 2010.

Diplo on Electric Kingdom Live

Next is one of WVUM’s most popular DJs, Laura of Miami, with two hours of disco on Vamos A La Playa (Monday evenings, 5 -7).

Vamos A La Playa

Finally, we have a taping of Freedom of the Funk (Tuesday nights, 9 – 11) with Mr. Brown DJing.

Freedom of the Funk

Beached Miami Podcast #3

By | January 27th, 2011 | 10 Comments
Manny T

In the WVUM studio with Giovanna (background) and Manny T on the mic.

On Tuesday night, Robby and I were guests on WVUM’s “Miami Time”, hosted by the lovely Giovanna. The plan was to play our list of the Top 15 South Florida Songs of 2010 and to convince the University of Miami student body that visiting Beached Miami three times a day was an evolutionary imperative. I’d like to say everything went smoothly in our radio debut, but of course it did not. So, what you’re in for with this week’s podcast is about 45 minutes of solid local music (Lil Daggers, Sam Friend, the Jameses, Guy Harvey, ANR, et cetera) punctuated by snippets of awkward conversation. Enjoy!

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