Hyperstatic: Witness

Sep 20, 2019

After a 16-year waiting period, there was a good amount of buzz this Summer about the return of Hyperstatic - and rightly so. 

This old-school 3-piece indie-punk band brings everything you could want to the table and more. Sonically they connect with everything from King Crimson to Sonic Youth - and with Sammy McKee on drums, Mike Fair on bass and Brian Hoffman on guitar and vocals, they have the talent to bring it all together.

The release of their new 4-song EP Witness reminds us of why this music just sounds so good.

This week on Start Hear:

  • 1619: In August of 1619, a ship carrying more than 20 enslaved Africans arrived in the British colony of Virginia. America was not yet America, but this was the moment it began.
  • Far From Home: Award-winning radio journalist Scott Gurian documents unexpected adventures and chance encounters with interesting people around the world.
  • Why Are You Like This? Jaimi Ryan and Austin Williams talk human behavior and pseudoscience under a cloud of sage as they attempt to determine why people are the way that they are.

Summer Ash is a true renaissance woman: former rocket scientist, STEAM educator, STARtorialist blogger, and freelance science communicator.

This week on Start Hear:

  • Levar Burton Reads: Lose yourself in a great story as LeVar Burton reads a piece of short fiction.
  • Today in True Crime: Crime never takes a day off, and neither do we.
  • Bawse with a Cause: A podcast designed to explore and advance the perspectives, experiences, stories, and insights of leaders of color in the wider nonprofit sector.

Melanie Davis: Allegoria

Sep 5, 2019

Melanie Davis is a wonderful singer-songwriter from Murray, KY whose writing is imbued with intense passion wrapped in beautiful harmonies.

She and her partner - Fate McAfee (Diesel Palomino) - are performing at Cincinnati’s Listing Loon on September 11 and I thought you might enjoy getting to know a bit more about her and her music.

Look for Allegoria by Melanie Davis to be released in early 2020.

This week on Start Hear:

  • Hidden Brain: A conversation about life's unseen patterns, hosted by NPR Science correspondent Shankar Vedantam.
  • Room 20: A story about the search for a man's identity and the truth about his accident.
  • Night of the Living Podcast: We like to talk about more than just horror films.

The music you hear at the start of and throughout each episode of Looking Up is from a band called WHY? and one of its founders, Josiah Wolfe, is also an amateur astronomer who has created several space-themed art and sound installations.

This week on Start Hear:

  • Cabinet of Curiosities: An encyclopedic collection of the extraordinary, the unbelievable, the unsettling, and the bizarre.
  • 1865: April 15, 1865. President Lincoln is dead and the country in turmoil.
  • Wondertwins: Every week, siblings Jane and Jonathan gather under a tent made of cheap moving blankets to talk about the important things.

This week on Start Hear:

Elementz, a Cincinnati-based urban arts organization - with the help of ArtsWave - is producing their first ever concert series for the community focused on music and spoken word from the local Hip Hop community. The series is called THRIVE - A Celebration of Hip Hop Music & Culture.

The first of these four events entitled HipART will take place Thursday, September 19 at the Woodward Theate. HipART performances will explore themes of personal growth, adulting and continuing to pursue dreams at every stage of life.

BeWILDerFest 2019

Aug 15, 2019

The eclectic and mesmerizing BeWILDerFest returns to Urban Artifact for its 4th year on August 23 & 24, 2019.

Hosted on three stages over two days, this years’ lineup of musicians includes many local favorites as well as great regional and nationally-know acts such as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Zach Deputy and Screaming Females.

We wrap up our celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with one man whose perspective is uniquely different than most – Mark Armstrong, son of NASA legend Neal Armstrong.

He talks about those July days in 1969 and his cameo in the 2018 film about his dad, First Man, in this conversation with hosts Dean Regas and Anna Hehman.

Jack Burton Overdrive has recently released their second album, Happy To Be Here. This album, a follow-up to 2015's Tarbell Street, is a more experimental project with more collaborations, but still guided by the trusting hand of Ben Cochran of Soap Floats Recording Studios.

The members of the band stopped by the WVXU studios to play two songs from the new album and to talk about the band, the new record and some of the stories behind the songs.

This week on Start Hear:

  • Love Letters: A single, burning question about love and relationships, every season. Explored through stories.
  • Noble Blood: Explore the stories of some of history's most fascinating royals: the tyrants and the tragic, the murderers and the murdered, and everyone in between.
  • Unstoppable Talk: Take a look at business and technology innovators in Cincinnati and beyond.

This week on Start Hear:

  • Dissect: Breaking long-form musical analysis into short, digestible episodes.
  • Rap Parlee: Discussions, reviews, analysis and explorations opf all things rap and rap related.
  • Get Schooled by Reeves and Ford: Chris Reeves and Joel Ford are high school counselors who spend a lot of time on college admission.

I don’t know much about Mike Montgomery’s childhood, but I imagine it included a lot of people telling him that he can’t make a career out of punk rock and skateboarding - but that’s pretty much exactly what he’s done.

This week on Start Hear:

**AUDIO NOTE: We weren't in our home studio for this episode so we apologize for the audio issue during the first 90 seconds or so.**

Mike Massimino could be considered a Renaissance man or a pure over-achiever. He's a retired NASA astronaut who made four space walks during two shuttle missions to the Hubble Telescope. He's a New York Times bestselling author of Spaceman: An Astronaut's Unlikely Journey to Unlock the Secrets of the Universe. He's a professor at Columbia University. He hosts several science/space themed TV shows and documentaries. And he appeared as a version of himself in six episodes of the hit TV series The Big Bang Theory.

This week on Start Hear:

  • Ripley's Believe It or Notcast: Find the answers to everything you never knew you needed to know.
  • Bleeped: A documentary podcast about censorship and those who firmly stand up to it.
  • Making Progress: Clyde Gray and CPS Superintendent Laura Mitchell discuss strategic priorities, new initiatives and partnerships designed to strengthen the city's public schools.

Looking Up continues celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, this time by learning more about the entire Apollo mission with Nancy Atkinson, a writer for Universe Today and author of the new book, Eight Years to the Moon: The History of the Apollo Mission.