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Music journalist B.Getz explores the inner sanctums of music and festival cultures. With guests from across the spectrum, the focus of this podcast leans toward inspiration and human resilience, high brow conversations from a variety of voices. The host has been covering underground music and festivals for twenty years for Live for Live Music, Everfest, JamBase, upful LIFE, Herb An’ Music, and more.

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Music journalist B.Getz explores the inner sanctums of music and festival cultures. With guests from across the spectrum, the focus of this podcast leans toward inspiration and human resilience, high brow conversations from a variety of voices. The host has been covering underground music and festivals for twenty years for Live for Live Music, Everfest, JamBase, upful LIFE, Herb An’ Music, and more.

    064: KATHY IANDOLI [author/journalist: Aaliyah, Lauryn Hill, Lil’ Kim, Prodigy/Mobb Deep, Black Lily]

    064: KATHY IANDOLI [author/journalist: Aaliyah, Lauryn Hill, Lil’ Kim, Prodigy/Mobb Deep, Black Lily]

    Welcome KATHY IANDOLI to The Upful LIFE Podcast! Ever since I tore thru her Aaliyah book last year, I've been patiently-yet-anxiously awaiting an opportunity to speak with Kathy on this show. Ms. Iandoli is a media professional whom I've admired for some time, there's a lot to glean from how she moves thru music/media industries, and I aspire to the levels she's already climbed time and again. An Okayplayer OG, Iandoli has projects and relationships with movers n' shakers all over the map, in hip-hop, punk, fashion, and more.
    Topics of conversation include - Women coming of age in hip-hop since the golden era, stanning Lauryn Hill, the book on Aaliyah's life, co-authoring Lii' Kim's forthcoming memoir The Queen Bee, the groundbreaking God Save the Queens book, Iandoli's book and friendship with the late Prodigy of Mobb Deep, memories of Okayplayer/Black Lily, her NYU course focused on Lana Del Rey, and Kathy's own personal reflections/stories/perspectives.
    5:30 - The Upful Update
    12:15 - Introducing KATHY IANDOLI
    22:00 - INTERVIEW w/ Kathy
    2:18:45 - Reflections + Vibe Junkie JAMZ



    Kathy Iandoli is a critically acclaimed journalist, author, podcaster, media coach, and documentarian. She has nearly 25 years  experience working in the music industry—from media, to publicity, radio, and artist management. Her first book, God Save The Queens: The Essential History of Women In Hip-Hop (2019, Dey Street Books / HarperCollins) was named an NPR Best Book Of the Year. She is the author of the biography Baby Girl: Better Known As Aaliyah (2021, Atria Books / Simon & Schuster), as well as the co-author of rapper, Lil’ Kim’s upcoming memoir, The Queen Bee (2022, Hachette Books). Kathy has written about music and gender for two decades, with bylines in VIBE, The Source, XXL, Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Billboard, Pitchfork, BUST, Teen Vogue, PAPER, Playboy, i-D, Cosmopolitan, Maxim, The Guardian, VICE, and many others. Kathy was a professor-in-residence of Music Business at NYU for 7 years as well as an alum of Steinhardt's Music Business Graduate Program and has served as a pundit (television, radio, and panels) for discussions on hip-hop and gender.
    Follow all things KATHY IANDOLI here!




     

    Vibe Junkie JAMZ
    "The Sweetest Thing" Lauryn Hill (live in Japan 1999)
    "More Than A Woman" - Aaliyah (last live performance, July 2001)
     
    Upful LIFE 2022: Favorite Records & More! 22+ album reviews, 22 more records recommended, 22 singles/EPs, 22+ DJ sets/mixes, plus 2022 live releases. 6th annual B.Getz compendium w/ playlists
     
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    Theme Song: "Mazel Tov"- CALVIN VALENTINE

    • 2 hrs 31 min
    063: The Return of DAVID MANHEIM - DOPEY PODCAST [dark comedy on drugs-addiction-recovery]

    063: The Return of DAVID MANHEIM - DOPEY PODCAST [dark comedy on drugs-addiction-recovery]

    Season's Greetings n' Upful vibrations! Please welcome back to the show Dave from Dopey Podcast - now going by his gov't: David Manheim. After 5 years of my dedicated listening/contributing to Dopey, plus his epic, record-holding May 2020 appearance on Upful Life ep.033, and much correspondence between us in the interim, the man they call "Dopey Dave" and yours truly finally met in person, live n' direct at Park City Song Summit in Utah, Sept.2022. A cosmic convergence in stunningly beautiful environs where we were both there in our respective official capacities: as podcast hosts and journalists. We dropped in pretty deep on the last evening of the 4-day event. The revealing - at times intensely-personal - conversation was recorded from the cozy confines of my palatial suite at a high-falutin' ski lodge I really had no business staying.
    2:30- Upful Update: Give Thanks n' Gratitude in 2022
    10:30 - Introducing DAVID MANHEIM of Dopey Podcast, + a personal message why I feel called to produce programming on wellness/addiction/recovery.
    22:00 - INTERVIEW w/ DOPEY DAVE (100min)
    2:03:30 - Reflections on Dave + Vibe Junkie JAM
    Dopey Podcast is a unicorn program - a dark comedy on drug addiction and recovery, plus all the dumb sh*t that happens in between. (check out the profile on This American Life). In addition to holding down 2 full-time jobs (executive for Katz's Deli in NYC, father to two young daughters) - plus numerous losses and unfathomable grief - Dave has not missed a Friday night episode since he started the show with his late friend Chris over six years ago. Dopey recently celebrated it's 8 MILLIONTH DOWNLOAD, and has a legion of fiercely-loyal, dedicated listeners around the world, known colloquially as the Dopey Nation.. 
    On Upful Life ep.033 in May 2020, for nearly 2 hours Dave meticulously and painstaking recounted his journey through heroin addiction of nearly 2 decades. We covered the nascent beginnings of Dopey pod, his relationship with Chris and his friend(s) sudden death, the tragedy and resurgence of Dopey in the wake of their passings, losing his family due to his addictions - then reuniting with them thru sobriety, and a whole lot more. (It's somewhat essential listening before tapping into ep.063, a  reconvergence 30 months on down the number line.)
    For Episode 063, we pick up where things left off, digging into the evolution of Dopey, embracing the transition to David Manheim, the legitimization of Dopey Podcast into professional wellness/recovery spaces, the concept of survivor's guilt, why Dave is a habitual line-stepper, and beyond. 
    After unpacking his magical interview with Carolyn 'Mountain Girl' Garcia, former wife of the late Jerry Garcia, we hear about his relationship with Seth Ferranti, renowned chronicler of outlaw/drug/psychedelic cultures. As we delve deeper beneath the surface, Dave and I chop it up on some real sh*t: more polarizing topics/Dopey guests like "Fentanyl Jay" and divisive shock-rapper Tom MacDonald. From there, things get a bit serious - and personal. The dialogue detours into family politics and our divergent approaches to conversations on the culture wars. Fret not, as friends we certainly course-correct for a properly warm n' fuzzy landing.
     
    Thanks to David Manheim of Dopey Podcast for always bringing the Upful vibes! Shoutout to the Dopey Nation - WE SEE YOU!! If any Upful LIFE listeners would like to know more about the Dopey podcast, Dopey Nation, Dopey Zoom meetings, or link w/ Dave, send me an email or DM! Happy to connect, been doin' it for YEARS!
     
    Vibe Junkie JAM 
    "Mouthful of Cavaties" - Blind Melon 
    LOUD: A Mac Miller Experience. bass/dubtribute mixtape by Lavier
    Lab Group v.2 - Long Live the King (CharlestheFirst tribute curated by FAVREAU)
     
    A Deadly Silence- Christopher O'Connor (video of late Dopey co-founder)
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    Upful LIFE 2022: Favorite Records & More! 22+ album reviews, 22 more records

    • 2 hrs 16 min
    062: DAN CHARNAS [author/journalist - Dilla Time book, NYU professor]

    062: DAN CHARNAS [author/journalist - Dilla Time book, NYU professor]

    Welcome DAN CHARNAS! His latest book - Dilla Time: The Life and Afterlife of J Dilla, The Hip-Hop Producer Who Reinvented Rhythm (2022) - is a New York Times Bestseller. Award-winning music and business journalist, author of four books, producer of records and television. Associate Arts Professor at the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at NYU. In the 1980's, Dan was part of the opening team at The Source magazine, in the 1990's he worked A&R for Rick Rubin at American Recordings.
    3:00 - The Upful Update
    9:30 - introducing DAN CHARNAS & Dilla Time
    17:45 - INTERVIEW (102min)
    The product of four years of research and nearly 200 interviews, Dilla Time emerged from a course on J Dilla developed by Charnas at NYU in 2017, but its roots go back to Charnas’s time in the record business, when he first made the trip to Detroit to work with the producer then known as Jay Dee. 
    A huge fan of both Dilla & this expansive book, I'd been waiting since Feb.2022 to speak with Dan about this project, his process, & the Church of Dilla. I've been through the 430-page tome twice, listened to him on numerous podcasts in preparation for this conversation, still Dan was kind enough to give me nearly 100 minutes of his time and thoughtfully answered each inquiry with intention. This topic was so wide-ranging and engrossing that we didn't have the time to get into his long, colorful career path, we stuck exclusively to Mr. Yancey.
    As a music journalist and lifetime hip-hop head, Dan Charnas is nothing short of a North Star to me; as such it was an honor, privilege, and educational exercise to host him on Episode 062 of The Upful LIFE Podcast.
    Funk It's Dilla Time Mixtape 2022  
    33-hour J Dilla Anthology courtesy of Mista Vee
     
    Vibe Junkie JAM
    Oblighetto - Brother Jack McDuff (J Dilla remix)
     
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    Theme Song: "Mazel Tov"- CALVIN VALENTINE

    • 2 hrs 11 min
    061: LEAH SONG [Rising Appalachia]

    061: LEAH SONG [Rising Appalachia]

    Live & direct from the Park City Song Summit with the sensational LEAH SONG ! An 80+ minute deep dive with one-half of the siren sisters Rising Appalachia. Explore the passions, pathways and pillars that built the bedrock of their unicorn sound. Unspooling Rising App fifteen years in: ambitious activism, adventurous travels, treasured traditions, and a kaleidoscopic career. Musicology and cultural anthropology. Community, collaboration, catharsis. This is powerful podcasting.
    2:30 - The Mertails / The NOHM Co
    6:00 - The Upful Update
    10:00 introducing LEAH SONG x dedications
    18:00 Conversation w/ LEAH (81 min)
    1:40:00 - reflections / Vibe Junkie Jamz
    Leah Song takes us back to the early days in the filthy dirty South. Coming of age with one foot in fiddle camps with Mama Appalachia, and the other kickin' Dungeon Family rhymes in the high school cafeteria. Leah's version of the heroine's journey, and the sisters' half-decade long Crescent City swoon. Coming full circle to the French Quarter for a live LP from the prestigious Preservation Hall. We unpack the improv-heavy, surprise 2020 album The Lost Mystique of Being in the Know and get a window into it's ethereal masterpiece "Silver".
    Leah Song loves long and hard on her sister and their ever-loyal squad: essential contributions like Chloe's magnum opus "Resilient". The unique skillsets of multi-instrumentalists David Brown, Biko Casini, Duncan Wickel, Arouna Diarra, plus longtime Bayou collaborators Aurora Nealand and Brandon Lewis. Get hip to brand-new girl-band Starling Arrow, a celestial acapella quintet featuring Leah, Chloe, Tina Malia, Marya Stark, and Ayla Nereo.
    Rising Appalachia has always been proudlly - and defiantly- an activist band. Leah discusses retreating from front line justice work, she ruminates on softening the storytelling with regard to protest music in a post-pandemic landscape. With her band hitting the road again, dealing hopeful global soul in search of community and spreading catharsis, the veteran songwriter reflects on the effects of the epic pause.
    One of the more profound programs this podcast has produced, a proud day from Atlanta G-A all the way to the East Bay. Big Up Leah Song and Rising Appalachia.
    Give Thanks! Yes, indeedy.
    Stream / Download links
    Vibe Junkie JAMZ
    "Downtown" - Soul Visions
    Rising Appalachia/The Human Experience
     
    "Novels of Acquaintance"
    Rising Appalachia - live in Switzerland, 
    14 Sept 2018
     
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    Theme Song: "Mazel Tov"- CALVIN VALENTINE

    • 1 hr 59 min
    060: JOEL CUMMINS [co-founder/keyboards - Umphrey’s McGee, author]

    060: JOEL CUMMINS [co-founder/keyboards - Umphrey’s McGee, author]

    Checking in from the Asking For A Friend Tour, Umphrey's McGee keyboardist/co-founder JOEL CUMMINS saddles up for an insightful chat. I was lucky to run right into Joel at Sacred Rose outside of Chicago at the end of August, where UM headlined with two sets on Saturday night. Turns out the multi-faceted artist was keen to come on this show! I'm a bit less familiar with this band's catalog than many of the guests who bless up these podwaves, yet I've always been friendly with Joel over the past decade or so. I have a tremendous respect for what he - and his brothers in Umphrey's McGee - have worked so diligently (and independently) to build over the course of twenty-five years.
    2:45    - The Upful Update
    7:00    - Introducing JOEL CUMMINS of Umphrey's McGee
    14:00 - Interview- JOEL CUMMINS
    I was stoked to link up with Cummins right after Sacred Rose, and chop it up on the backstory on his band's new album and the latest on the tour behind it. We get into Umphrey's McGee road-dawg trends and preferences, the advantages to routing weekend runs, keeping an improv band fresh and focused onstage, getting along off of it. We hear about the music business book that Joel authored a couple of years ago, plus some wisdom and perspective on the back end of the pandemic experience.
    Cummins touches on his passion for the iconic Fender Rhodes electric piano. Nods to Keith Jarrett, Donny Hathaway, his love for Claude Debussy and classical music, as well as Metallica's 1988 prog-metal masterpiece ...And Justice For All. I was sure to sneak in a smidge of Steely Dan debate before our time ran out. Big thanks to Joel Cummins!
     
    Vibe Junkie JAMZ
    "So Much" Umphrey's McGee - Asking For a Friend
     
    "Tonberry" lespecial Live from Rick's House June 2022
     
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    Theme Song: "Mazel Tov"- CALVIN VALENTINE

    • 1 hr 29 min
    059: POLYRHYTHMICS : [Ben Bloom - guitar, Jason Gray - bass]

    059: POLYRHYTHMICS : [Ben Bloom - guitar, Jason Gray - bass]

    Welcome BEN BLOOM and JASON GRAY of POLYRHYTHMICS! This wide-ranging conversation took place on the Sunday of Suwannee Rising, after the band dropped a pair of scorching sets on SOSMP. With the fest raging in the distance, the three of us snuck off to have a lengthy discussion on the band's journey, inspirations, intention, mission, future and more. 
    3:25 SACRED ROSE & BROOKLYN COMES ALIVE 
    8:30  The Upful Update w/ B.Getz
    13:25  Introducing POLYRHYTHMICS 
    18:45  INTERVIEW w/ Ben & Jason of Polyrhythmics 
    A hard-driving modern afro-psycho-beat squadron, Polyrhythmics feature the heart-thumping bass lines of Jason Gray, and the colorful, intricate phrasings of Ben Bloom’s guitar. A true “democratic” collaborative, Polyrhythmics includes three horn players, guitar, bass, drums, percussion and keys. Meditative hypnosis and elements of surprise make up a sonic foundation for their mystical, genre-blurring brand of sound art. The collective continues to mature into a muscular live unit, known for painting vivid instrumental imagery using complex rhythms, impressive dynamics, and a searing level of precision.
    Ben Bloom and I go back almost 25 years, to the fertile embryonic jam scene of the Northeast, and 1.0 Phish adventures too. So we were well acquainted before this chat. Bloom began playing guitar at 9, attended college at Boston University. By high school, he knew music would be his life’s work. Later, Bloom moved to Seattle, honed his skills with bands in local clubs, before co-founding Polyrhythmics in 2009.
    Ben connected with Jason Gray, a Californian who had moved away from music while doing a stint on submarines in the Navy, eventually landing in Seattle. Gray found his way through to the city's musical bosom and into one of it's hottest bands. In addition to holding down the low end with Polyrhythmics, Gray operates Blue Mallard Studios, where he produces and engineers.
    www.Polyrhythmics.com
     
    Vibe Junkie JAMZ !
    "Stakes is High" - yasiin bey (fka Mos Def) w/ Robert Glasper Experiment 
    Live at Vaulx Jazz - 2019
    "Chelada" - POLYRHYTHMICS 
    KEXP Live 2019
     
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    Theme Song: "Mazel Tov"- CALVIN VALENTINE

    • 1 hr 53 min

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