Sound Travels Monday… Global Summerfest!

soundtravels_logoSound Travels online with a the details on a set that was centered around the global position of Milwaukee’s own Summerfest. And though it can be hip at times to deride it, the fact remains that Summerfest is the world’s largest of it’s type, and with it come some global implications as well as some surprising local inclinations. Today’s set was a reflection of that fact.

With the start of this week’s series beginning on Monday, today served as a bit of a recap as well as a highlight of artists yet to take the stage at Summerfest. I happened to be down there on the Festival Grounds throughout the opening days, and on Sunday in particular, caught a pair of acts who are also in today’s run-down that inspired this excursion: Milwaukee’s own De La Buena and Mexico City’s Rodrigo y Gabriela. This after also discovering a cool Andean band from Ecuador, Ecuador Manta, that have been working a tiny stage over by the lagoon like they own it; seamlessly romping some South American mountain music into funky cumbias and slow, rolling boleros. That’s when it caught me, why not share some of these experiences with thte people, maybe get some to revise their plans and come out to support the presence of acts who have travelled an incredible distance to perform for us as well as those that are local, but looking for support at the world’s largest music festival.

Although De La and Rodrigo y Gabriela performed on Sunday, there are others that made the set whose time is yet to come at the Big Gig. KT’s Universal Love Band,who started the set today will be performing on Thursday at The Brigg’s & Stratton Big Backyard starting the action on a stage that features Matisyahu later in the day. Oumar Sagna & Sindoolaa, will in a way, be opening up for Femi Kuti on that same Thursday with an energetic and crowd-pleasing set at 8pm on The Potowatomi Bingo Casino Rock Stage.

Stay tuned for Wednesday’s edition when I’ll be playing some tunes from more artists, those whose shows have yet to happen… I’ll be getting at Matisyahu, Femi, The Wailers and a few others. Here is the rundown from the set…

1. KT’s Universal Love Band “Xile(child)”


2. Oumar Sagna & Sindoolaa “Sindoolaa”


3. Ecuador Manta “Mosiaco De Cumbias #3”


4. Rodrigo y Gabriela “Satori(Live)” Live In Japan


5. De La Buena “Dapper Dan” En Vivo y Directo


**Don’t forget! Sound Travels on Sunday! Starting this Sunday at 7pm. I’ll be wrapping up an hour-long mix of music from all over the world. A liberal dose of international music in a party mix defying definition and crossing borders with impunity.


Michael Jackson until the Breakadawn

With the King’s passing this past week, I decided to explore some of the songs that have sampled MJ.

In 1993, Prince Paul joined up with De La Soul to produce one of the best Hip Hop albums of that year; Buhloone Mind State.

This song includes an impressive list of popular samples. From Smokey Robinson, The Bar Kays, and The Pointer Sisters all the way to the King of Pop, MICHAEL JACKSON.
From his debut solo album, OFF THE WALL, here is I Can’t Help It.

UNOFFICIAL VIDEO: ( but it does the trick )

Summerfest Journal: 88Nine Picks Tues 6/30 – Fri 7/3


Come say hello to 88Nine this week at Summerfest.  You can find us at the Mid-Gate Stage at the Potawatomi Bingo Casino Pavilion with Miller High Life.  Tues & Wed this week, Tarik (aka The Architect) will be broadcasting live from the 88Nine tent from 2pm to 6pm.  Thurs & Fri from 2 to 6, Scott Mullins takes the mic.

You can also check our twitter and facebook for quick updates from Summerfest.  Submit your own pictures from Summerfest – do it from our facebook page!

Here are some of our picks for this week @ The Big Gig:

Tuesday, June 30th

Chicago with Earth, Wind & Fire | 7:30pm @ Marcus Amphitheater
The Wailers | 10pm @ Miller Lite Oasis
Buddy Guy | 10pm @ Harley Davidson Roadhouse
The Buskers (MKE Music) | 4:30pm @ 88Nine’s Mid-Gate Stage
The Lackloves (MKE Music) | 6pm @ 88Nine’s Mid-Gate Stage
The Championship (MKE Music) | 7:30pm @ 88Nine’s Mid-Gate Stage
Willy Porter (MKE Music) | 9pm @ 88Nine’s Mid-Gate Stage
Fresh Cut Collective (MKE Music) @ Cascio Groove Garage

Wednesday, July 1

Bob Dylan with Willie Nelson | 7:30pm @ Marcus Amphitheater
Will Phalen & The Stereo Addicts (MKE Music) | 12noon @ Harley Davidson Roadhouse
The Constellations | 5:30pm @ US Cellular Connection Stage
The Scarring Party | 5:30pm @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino Rock Stage
Los Lonely Boys | 10pm @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino Rock Stage
DJ Dion |4:30pm @ 88Nine’s Mid-Gate Stage
Red Bull Beat Sessions featuring Why B | 6pm @ 88Nine’s Mid-Gate Stage
Red Bull Beat Sessions featuring The Glamour | 6:45pm @ 88Nine’s Mid-Gate Stage
Red Bull Beat Sessions featuring FORtUne | 7:30pm @ 88Nine’s Mid-Gate Stage
Red Bull Beat Sessions featuring John Hawley | 8:30pm @ 88Nine’s Mid-Gate Stage
Red Bull Beat Sessions featuring Derrick Carter | 9:30pm @ 88Nine’s Mid-Gate Stage
The Delta Routine | 2:30pm @ Cascio Groove Garage
1956 | 4:30pm @ Cascio Groove Garage

Thursday, July 2

Chester French | 7pm @ Miller Lite Oasis
KT’s Universal Love Band | 12noon @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard
Kojo | 4pm @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard
King Solomon | 6pm @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard
HoneyHoney | 8:30pm @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard
Matisyahu | 10pm @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard
Oumar Sagna & Sindoolaa | 8pm @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino Rock Stage
Femi Kuti | 10pm @ Potawatomi Bingo Casino Rock Stage
Red Bull Beat Sessions featuring DJ Devast8 & Kenny Perez | 4:30pm @ 88Nine’s Mid-Gate Stage
Red Bull Beat Sessions featuring Projekt Soundsystem | 6pm @ 88Nine’s Mid-Gate Stage
Red Bull Beat Sessions featuring Ambivalent from M-nus | 7:30pm @ 88Nine’s Mid-Gate Stage
Red Bull Beat Sessions featuring Barem | 8:30pm @ 88Nine’s Mid-Gate Stage
Red Bull Beat Sessions featuring Richie Hawtim | 9:30pm @ 88Nine’s Mid-Gate Stage

Friday, July 3

Gringo Star | 6:45pm @ US Cellular Connection Stage
Rusty P’s | 8:30pm @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard
The Roots | 10pm @ Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard

Are You Feeling This: The Very Best, Wye Oak and Two Michael Jackson Remixes

Lots of songs never make it to the radio that are getting lots of attention online. Live tracks, sanctioned and unsanctioned remixes, mash-ups, overlooked gems by unsigned artists. Every week on “Are You Feeling This,” we invite you to hear what the buzz is all about. You tell us what you think. Vote in the Are You Feeling This poll, leave a comment, send us an e-mail.

The Last winner of Are You Feeling This Tu Phace

This week on ”Are You Feeling This” I now have a co-host. Our own producer Adam Carr helps me present the most cutting edge music on Are You Feeling This.  Check out Unified Milwaukee for all the  great content that Adam has produced. This week we have music from The Very Best, Wye Oak and two Michael Jackson remixes.

Take a listen below and let us know what you think by voting in the “Are You Feeling This” listener poll.

The Very Best – “Warm Heart of Africa ft. Ezra Koenig from Vampire Weekend” (download)
Wye Oak – “Take It In”(download)
Michael Jackson – “History (J Dilla Remix)” (Download)
Michael Jackson vs. James Brown – “The Way You Got Me That Feeling” (Download)

Summerfest Journal: Interview, Malik Yusef

Malik Yusef

As some of you know Lupe Fiasco is performing tonight at the Miller Oasis Stage at 10pm at Summerfest.  However, at 8pm a multi-talented artist also from Chicago is performing.  His name is Malik Yusef.  He is a spoken word artist, MC, and actor.   He has been featured on Def Poetry Jam and played a role in the movie Love Jones.

Malik was raised in Chicago’s South Side neighborhood known as the “Wild 100’s” and is a former member of the widespread Islamic street gang The Blackstone Rangers. In his youth he became friendly with rapper Common Sense who was a member of the Four Corner Hustlers organization at the time. He was self-diagnosed with Dyslexia as a teenager but overcame his learning disability and word-impairment, earning himself a place among the urban intelligentsia. He has evolved over the years from a street hustler into a street poet. His name translates to “ruler” in Arabic.

I got a chance to talk to Malik before his show tonight at Summerfest about his new album on Kanye West’s label G.O.O.D. Music, about his turbulent past, his spoken word and more.  Check out and download the full un-edited interview with Malik Yusef and check out his latest song Magic Man featuring Kanye West and Common which is about domestic abuse.

Malik Yusef Interview (download)

Malik Yusef – “Magic Man featuring Kanye West and Common”

Malik Yusef performing his spoken word piece “I Spit” on Def Poetry Jam

88Nine’s Top 20 Hip Hop Songs of All Time*


On Friday afternoon, June 26, we wrapped up The Evolution of Hip Hop Month with a count down of the Top 20 Hip Hop Songs of All Time as voted by 88Nine Listeners.  Special guests Element (of Black Elephant) and Strickland (of hip hop supergrounp EMC) helped us count down to #1.

Common – “I Used To Love H.E.R.”

Slick Rick – “Children’s Story”

Black Star “Re-Definition”

Sugarhill Gang – “Rapper’s Delight”

De la Soul – “Me, Myself & I”

Tupac – “California Love”

RUN DMC – “It’s Tricky”

Outkast – “Spottieottiedopaliciious”

Nas – “If I Ruled The World”

Lupe Fiasco – “Kick, Push”
Erik B & Rakim – “I Ain’t No Joke”

Talib Kweli – “Get By”

Souls of Mischief – “93 To Infinity”

Pharcyde – “Passin’ Me By”

Peter Rock & CL Smooth – “T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You)”

Fugees – “Ready or Not”

Notorious B.I.G. – “Juicy”

Grandmaster Flash – “The Message”

Public Enemy – “Fight The Power”

Tribe Called Quest – “Can I Kick It”

In Studio | Anya Marina


Yesterday, during Marcus Doucette’s show sultry singer/songwriter Anya Marina. Anya is based in San Diego and had some of her music featured in shows like Grey’s Anatomy and Gossip Girl. Anya also use to be radio DJ for Y107 in Los Angeles and San Diego’s 94.9FM.

It was in San Diego that Anya played her first open mic night and began to write her own songs. She quickly developed a live stage act using what she learned as an actress, comic and impressionist. Her recorded debut was a five-song EP called Exercises in Racketeering, which eventually led to a full-length album, Miss Halfway, which was released in early 2005. Anya subsequently opened for such artists as Jason Mraz and Rhett Miller. She was named one of the “Best Unsigned” acts by San Diego CityBeat.

On January 20, 2009 Anya released her second album, Slow & Steady Seduction: Phase II. The album which was produced by Brian Karscig from Louis XIV and Britt Daniel from Spoon features a tightly honed collection of winking pop gems and slyly sexy rock and roll that showcases Anya’s deft melodic sensibility and wryly humorous lyrical point of view. (source: Wikipedia)

She recently has recorded a cover of T.I.’s “Whatever You Like’ and will be release sometime in July. Check out the interview and performance with Anya Marina below.

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