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New York Said

Teacher, sales associate, officer, tobacconist, rebel, MTA worker, artist, drifter - who? These are the people in your neighborhood. Hosted by Amon Focus, the New York Said podcast features in-depth artful conversations with people you don't often hear from, to hear things that aren't often shared (said), spotlighting life in New York. This is what New York Said. New episodes available on Tuesdays.
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Aug 10, 2018

Today you guys are in for a Wild Style treat. I’m going to take you to a Park Jam. I’m talking about a straight up old school hip hop Park Jam.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/wild-style-reunion-park-jam/ ‎

Aug 3, 2018

Today's guest on the show is Greg Graham also known as Comfort Crusade. In this episode we talk about traveling the world, thinking about dying, taking chances, making God laugh, the art of cultivating relationships, staying curious, performing social alchemy and the Comfort Crusade sound.

Definitely keep listening when the interview is over to listened to Day & Night (Comfort Crusade 312 Remix).

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/comfort-crusade/

Jul 28, 2018

Today's guest on the show is Jeremiah Moss, author of Vanishing New York: How a Great City Lost Its Soul. We met up in Tompkins Square park to talk about the suburbanization of New York, the importance of policy, monoculture, Jane Jacobs, eminent domain, the impact of the High Line, Coney Island, neoliberalism, poor doors, colonial myopia and hyper-gentrification. I think it is safe to say that you should listen to this episode, twice. Enjoy.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/jeremiah-moss/

Jul 17, 2018

Today’s episode is not an interview. Today’s is a preview. It’s preview to a series that I’m working on called Sounds of the City. I literally walk around the city with a documentary microphone capturing the pulse, the heartbeat, the music, the voices, the sounds and sirens of a particular area in New York.

Today we'll be listening to the Staten Island Ferry. I’ve been taking the ferry as far back as I can remember. I can remember as a kid, I always wanted to order something from the snack bar on the boat. My mom was always like “Nah, save your money...” I’m 40 years old and I still haven’t done it! I promise you next time of I’m on the ferry I’m getting a soft pretzel or a beer or both.

It’s one thing to commute on the ferry and it’s a whole other type of experience if you just stop and listen. I walked all around the boat with the microphone for an enhanced experience.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/staten-island-ferry/

Jul 10, 2018

The other day I headed to the Metrograph Theater in the Lower East Side to catch the premiere of Rock Rubber 45s, an autobiographical documentary by Bobbito Garcia aka Kool Bob Love. I’m not a film critic but I will say this, I friggin’ love it. I laughed a lot, had a ton of nostalgic moments plus I learn a ton of stuff about Bob that I did not know. After the film, Bob and I kicked it for a few but he was gracious to give us access to record the Q&A after the movie. // Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/bobbito-garcia/

Jul 3, 2018

Today we go into the mind of The Suck Lord. In this episode we talk about bootlegging toys, our love for Oregon, old/new school hip-hop, how he got the title "The Suck Lord", turning up once a month, the best horror films, secular humanism, NY blackouts and speculative science fiction. // Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/the-suck-lord/

Jun 20, 2018

Today's guest on the show is Light Artist Kenzan Tsutakawa-Chinn. In this episode we talk about growing up with artists in the family, design school, pop culture, early hip-hop, street wear, cities being the coral reefs of the human population, personal mythologies, being black adjacent, including yourself, political exclusion, gentrification and God walking out of the room. Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/kenzan-tsutakawa-chinn/

Jun 12, 2018

Today's guest on the show is Robert Whitman. In this episode Robert shares how he got his start in photography, capturing Prince Pre-Fame, Mikhail Nikolayevich Baryshnikov, Pilobolus, visiting Cuba and his style of shooting. // Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/robert-whitman/

Jun 6, 2018

Amon thought it would be a good idea to create a Podcasting Class episode as a give back. This episode covers the basics, obstacles and culture of podcasting.

Interesting in starting a podcast? This episode is for you.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/podcasting-class

May 29, 2018

We made it, we made it to "Episode One Hundred" of the New York Said podcast. If you think that is something to sneeze at then my best advice is for you try it. It's not easy but it is very fulfilling.

Today's guest on the show is Shantell Martin. How cool is that? Very. We had the opportunity to stop by Shantell's studio at Mana Contemporary to talk about working with Puma, Kendrick Lamar, Tiffany & Co., living in Japan, making her way to New York, starting over, collaborations, finding the signature in her work, style, perseverance, and being nice.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/shantell-martin/

May 26, 2018

Sir Spaz B and I bumped heads in Midtown over a CD offer. I declined, we talked for a few and it only made sense to invite him on the show. He tried to do the show on another day but I declined the offer and applied the pressure. Spaz buckled and graced New York Said with his time, energy, philosophy, wisdom and bunch of great stories. In this episode we talk about hustle, vision, stealing a car, him being a rebel, food vendors, robberies and his music. // Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/spaz/

May 23, 2018

Fuse Green and I met up at Pratt University out in Brooklyn to talk about his journey as an artist, the difference between an art director and a creative director, album covers, working with Spike Lee, Jay Z, Marc Ecko, identity and street culture.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/fuse-green/

May 15, 2018

Linus Coraggio and I met up to talk growing up on the Upper West Side, the Guinness Book of World Records, adventures in the East Village, Club 57, his sculpture work, surviving as an artist, making his own rules and getting ideas from dreams.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/linus-coraggio/

May 1, 2018

Aria Nadège and I met in the Greenwich Village to talk about her music, sobriety, energy, crystals, performing, making mistakes again, staying connected to your body, saving lives, intuition, losing friends, a bunch of situations and making sure everybody feels comfortable in a room.

Heads up, at the end of the episode there is a acoustic performance by Aria Nadège Live at Pianos in the Lower East Side.

 

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/aria-nadege/

Apr 24, 2018

In this episode we met up in Tompkins Square Park to talk about better ways to communicate, letting go, intuition, instinct, ego, racism, mental health, fasting, philosophy, spiritual practice, squirrels and peanut butter cookies.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/conscious/

Apr 18, 2018

Today's guest on the show is Christopher Taylor. In this episode we chop it up about driving a bus for the mta, raising children without patience, what it takes to live in NY, why live in NY, books and giving back.

Show Notes: http://www.newyorksaid.com/christopher-taylor/

 

Apr 10, 2018

Today's guest on the show is Al Diaz. In this episode we talk about SAMO, razor tag, first jobs, the art world, early graffiti culture, internal motivation, Hugh Masakela, old New York and kicking heroin. Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/al-diaz/

Apr 3, 2018

Today's guest on the show is Sundhe Moses also known as Shine. Shine was wrongly convicted of killing a 4 year girl in Brooklyn and did over 18 years in prison for it.

In this episode we talk about changing lives, corruption, good people in prison, a way out, getting familiar with basic law, commanding respect and demanding respect.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/sundhe-moses/

Mar 27, 2018

Today's guest on the show is Sundhe Moses also known as Shine. Shine was wrongly convicted of killing a 4 year girl in Brooklyn and did over 18 years in prison for it.

In this episode we talk about the system, corruption, a time computation sheet, guilt, shame and examining a person’s character over time.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/sundhe-moses/

Mar 21, 2018

Today's guest on the show is Sundhe Moses, but I know him as Shine. Shine was wrongly convicted of killing a 4 year girl in Brooklyn and did over 18 years in prison for it.

Instead of hitting you over the head with a 3 hour episode. I'm going break it down into 3 parts.

In this episode we talk about growing up in Brooklyn, karate flicks, getting locked up, Rikers Island, How to Survive Prison, wrongful conviction and never losing hope.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/sundhe-moses/

Mar 14, 2018

Live from SCOPE Art Show today's guest on the show is Will Kurtz. In this episode we have an in-depth conversation about landscape architecture, making connections, comedy and his sculpture art. Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/will-kurtz/

Mar 6, 2018

Live from the West Village today's guest on the show is Casey Benjamin aka DJ Stutzmcgee. Casey is a 2X Grammy award winner, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producer, DJ, Yamaha artist and muscle car enthusiast. In this episode we have an in-depth conversation about his beginnings as a saxophonist, the vocoder, DJing, racism, Prince experiences, style, racing cars and the Robert Glasper Experiment. Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/casey-benjamin/

Feb 26, 2018

Live from Bushwick, Brooklyn today's guest on the show is Keisha "TK" Dutes. In this episode we talk about TK in the AM, independent podcasting versus corporate podcasting, gatekeepers, terrestrial radio, taking that leap, freelance life, hustling, mental health, building an audience and legacy. Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/keisha-tk-dutes/

Feb 21, 2018

Live from Washington Square Park today's guest on the show is Joey Golden. In this episode we talk about his latest EP, NY childhood games, getting into trouble, mixtape culture, fitting a description and entering the music industry.  Show Notes - https://www.newyorksaid.com/joey-golden/

Feb 13, 2018

Recorded right in Midtown NYC, today's guest on the show is Rasheed Flake. In this episode we talk about South Jamaica Queens, drumming in the church, the importance of reading music, Reverend Flake, reality checks and how love goes a long way. Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/rasheed-flake/ 

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