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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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Apr 26, 2022

Listen to a short but in-depth conversation with Artist and Art Critic, Ricky Amadour about the 2022 Whitney Biennial.

Show Notes:

https://www.newyorksaid.com/2022-whitney-biennial-talk-with-art-critic-ricky-amadour

Apr 19, 2022

Larry and Sonia Wright Perform a Masterpiece in the Union Square Subway Station 

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/larry-and-sonia-wright-perform-a-masterpiece-in-the-union-square-subway-station

 

Mar 11, 2022

 

Director Jay Rosenblatt shares some insight on creating his Oscar-Nominated Short Documentary, ‘When We Were Bullies’ with Amon Focus.

Show Notes: 

https://www.newyorksaid.com/director-jay-rosenblatt-on-his-oscar-nominated-short-documentary-when-we-were-bullies

 

Feb 28, 2022

From being a Make A Wish kid to growing up to have twins of her own, Savannah doesn't look at being born HIV+ as a curse bestowed upon her.

In this talk Savannah shares her journey and what she has learned along the way.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/born-with-hiv-savannahs-story/

 

Feb 21, 2022

An in-depth conversation about the importance of On Air Fest advancing the culture of audio with founder, Scott Newman.

Show Notes:

https://www.newyorksaid.com/how-on-air-fest-is-advancing-the-culture-of-audio-with-scott-newman/

 

Jan 28, 2022
It's been a minute. Happy New Year. It's snowing outside. It's cold in New York. So you know what that means, it's time to release another new episode of "Sounds of the City".

This summer I went back to my old neighborhood in Southside Jamaica, Queens to record the fireworks. I recorded about four hours of the festivities that night, and then edited it down into a nice 25.

It's not boom, boom, boom consecutively throughout the whole episode but it is s an orchestration.

If you really want to get into this episode, I highly suggest you go somewhere quiet. Close your eyes, put on some headphones and let your imagination be your guide.

I'm out of here. I love y'all. Peace.

-Amon

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/fireworks-in-the-hood/

Dec 30, 2021
Time is clearly riding on a bullet train because Juan and I are here yet again to sum up another beautiful year of ups and down. Can you believe we've been doing these wrap up episodes for 5 years now? Crazy.

Thank you for rocking with us and supporting NEW YORK SAID.

Happy New Year!

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/2021-year-end-wrap-up/

Dec 26, 2021

On a super brick New York night in December, I took an anonymous zoom call from the Suckybat. For about an hour we talked about learning things the hard way, sobriety, graffiti, feeding demons and making bad decisions.

Show Notes:  https://www.newyorksaid.com/step-inside-the-mind-of-suckybat/

Nov 17, 2021

In this episode Julie Grahame talks curating photography, editing, legacy, provenance, audience engagement and photo agency life.

Show Notes

https://www.newyorksaid.com/julie-grahame-talks-acurator-photography-consulting-and-the-yousuf-karsh-archive

 

Oct 25, 2021

Join us as we take a wonderful walk through the sound and mind of Des Rocs.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/des-rocs-a-real-good-person-in-a-real-bad-place/

Sep 17, 2021

On a blisteringly hot summer day in Tribeca, Amon Focus talks to director Charlie Ahearn about the Origin Story of his film Wild Style.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/wild-style-the-origin-story-with-filmmaker-charlie-ahearn

 

Jul 17, 2021

DJ Dirty Harry talks music production, creating his early mixtapes, working with Alicia Keys and winning a Grammy.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/inside-the-mind-of-dj-dirty-harry/

 

Jul 2, 2021

On a hot summer day in Manhattan, I had a chance to kick it with Janette Beckman for a few hours.

In this episode we talk about thinking on your feet, the skeleton key of politeness, giving back and the wonderful stories behind Janette's documentary portrait photography.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/janette-beckman-talks-witnessing-history-and-capturing-it-for-future-generations

 

Jun 15, 2021

Museum of the City of New York, the city’s storyteller for almost 100 years, today shared details for New York, New Music: 1980-1986, a new exhibition that revisits the music scene of early 1980s New York City. The exhibition examines this transformative era through the lens of emerging pivotal music genres and the influence they played on New York’s broader cultural landscape. Opening on June 11, in advance of MTV’s 40th anniversary in August, the exhibition highlights diverse musical artists—from Run DMC to the Talking Heads, from Madonna to John Zorn— to explore the broader music and cultural scene, including the innovative media outlets, venues, fashion, and visual arts centered in the city during that time.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/new-york-new-music-1980-1986-at-the-museum-of-the-city-of-new-york/

Jun 14, 2021

This week's guest on the show is Dylan "Doc" DeBusk. This episode is called Cannabis Exponential because if you ask Doc the right questions, he's going to give you a full spectrum tour on the subject. That is why it was a no brainer to have him as a guest on the show.

In this conversation about cannabis, Doc talks extractions, stigmas, genetics, hybrid vigor, hype-strains, crude hash, as well as the work ethic of producers, processors and retail stores.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/cannabis-exponential-with-dylan-doc-debusk

Jun 4, 2021

Recorded from The Trops Gallery down in the Lower East Side, Eric and Amon vibe out on beautiful sunny day in New York City.

In this episode they talk about Capturing a Moment vs Influencing a Moment, The Immortalization of Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Being a Spectator to the Smallest Details, Giving Back in an Impactful Way, Owning All of Your Intellectual Property and Letting Go.

Eric also shares a ton of great stories of when he used to capture Nas, Biggie, Tupac, RZA, ODB and other entertainers of the 90s era.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/the-art-of-capturing-moments-with-t-eric-monroe

Apr 23, 2021

In this episode we converse with Craig T. Peterson about the multidisciplinary arts, performances, exhibitions, residencies, classes/workshops and school-based programs at the Abrons Arts Center.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/abrons-arts-center-past-and-present-with-craig-t-peterson

 

Mar 18, 2021

Join us this week as Amon chops it up with Selina Miles about her debut film “Martha: A Picture Story” which documents the notable contributions of veteran graffiti and street art photographer Martha Cooper.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/selina-miles-hustlin-to-martha/

 

 

Mar 8, 2021

As we return to the Galaxy of Queens, we converse with another staple of the community: Eric Brown, but if you grew up listening to mixtapes in the late 80s and 90s, you probably know him as DJ Doggtime, one of the pioneers of the Blend Tape.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/the-dj-doggtime-origin-story/

Dec 28, 2020

It's that time again, Juan and Amon talk about their Top 3's of 2020 while doing their best to skip over the turn of the decade foolishness.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/2020-year-end-wrap-up/

Dec 22, 2020

This particular episode is extremely special because it's by Vinny Alfano, a session guitarist, composer and mix engineer where he created an audible experience entitled, the New York Said EP.

I asked him if it was cool to publish the EP on NYS and he said, "Hell yeah!” And here we are.

Enjoy,

Amon

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/episode-number-200-the-new-york-said-ep

 

Dec 16, 2020

Ryan McGinness talks showing your work, exploiting the analog glitches, pure geometry and the burden of communication.

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Notes from the Conversation

Prolific | Approaching Fifty | Creating an Immersive Environment | Miles McEnery Gallery | Make a Statement | One Grand Singular Statement | Street Signs | One Grand Painting | The Black Holes | Narrative Elements | A System Started to Emerge | Systematic Approach to the Work | Why 72? | Site Specific |Easily Reconfigured to Any Other Space | Many Details to Discern | Macro and Micro Compositions | Taking in the Work | No Overarching Narrative | No Linear Way to Read the Work | Discreet Units of Meaning | No Stories | Interpreting | The Burden of Communication | Art that Invites You | Pure Geometry | Finding Truth in Geometry | Real World vs Simulation | Brush Work | Even Crosshatching | Communication Through Art | Art vs Graphic Design | Took the Pursuit of Art Very Seriously | Stickers and Zines | Silk Screening |  That Takashi Murakami Interview | Beauty as a Trojan Horse | Universal Icon Aesthetic | Original Drawings | Hobo Signs | Henry Dreyfuss | Who is Bozo Texino | Fight for your Time | The Studio of the Mind that you Can’t Escape | Isotopes | Marcel Duchamp | Most of our Offenses are Language Based | Exploiting the Analog Glitches | The Process Informs the Finished Painting | The Cologne Progressives | Jori Finkel | Simulation of Mindscapes Book | No Fear of Sharing | Show Your Work | Driven by Logic

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Ryan McGinness lives and works in New York, NY. His work is included in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY; Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA and Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati, OH, among others.

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Dec 9, 2020

Covered in this Conversation

Rarely Nervous | YO! MTV Raps Europe | That Ice - T Episode | Never a Script | Morris Day | Started Rather Well in Paris | Got Bored and Moved to New York | Too Much is Never Enough | Taking Pictures Slowly but Surely | Fab 5 Freddy | New York City Breakers | That Club in Union Square | DJs, Rappers and Graffiti Artists | Hip Hop Story Book from '84 | RUN DMC | Profile Records | A Singles Market | Beastie Boys - Cookie Pus | Meeting Rick Rubin at NYU | The Roxy | D. ST | Scorched Earth | 80's Pioneers | Grandmaster Flash | That "What's Up Thing" is a Code | Walk This Way (Sophie's Photography Book) | Julien Frydman | The Eye & The Historian | Vikki Tobak's photography book Contact High | Talking to Juan |Futura and Keith Haring | Wild Style | La Haine | DJ Sidney | Lost in Translation | Fed Up with Hip Hop | A Prince Story | Jerome Benton | You Guys are Racists | Yo! Bum Rush the Show | No Archive | Hidden in the Vatican | Video Music Box | Films for SWATCH: Jean Paul Gaultier - Dapper Dan - Futura 2000 | A Trip to Russia | Vasily Kandinsky | Ultra Paranoid | That Crazy Russian Movie | Ten Years too Early | Making God Laugh | Take a Picture of Me! | Men are Always Disappointed | With Very Little, You Can Build A Whole New World

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/sophie-bramly-talks-luck-intuition-and-following-your-instincts

 

 

Nov 30, 2020

Viceroy Troy talks about the only two reasons to have a serious relationship, bringing fun to the party, putting skin in the game and more.

The Cliff Notes

https://www.newyorksaid.com/the-obligated-selflessness-of-viceroy-troy

Nov 19, 2020

Robert "ROB-O" McCallum is the founder of the causal menswear brand, Roots and Rooftops. In this episode we talk about pinnacle moments, comfort, structure, barnstorming, controlling our narrative as well as his experiences designing for Nike and Adidas.

Show Notes: https://www.newyorksaid.com/robert-rob-o-mccallum-shares-his-journey-to-roots-and-rooftops

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