WBEZ | Big Boi http://www.wbez.org/tags/big-boi Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en WBEZ Video: Best of 2010 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/wbez-video-best-2010 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/edwards-banks-2010.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img height="322" width="485" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2010-December/2010-12-29/edwards-banks-2010.jpg" alt="" title="" /></p><p style="text-align: left;">This year, WBEZ/Vocalo invested in some new cameras. For the first part of the year, we were working off our old trusted Flip video camera, which gave us the ability to capture video, but not really edit. With our new cameras, we were able to take this radio station and its web site in a new direction. Here's a list of 10 of the better videos we produced in 2010. I put them all in one post for your viewing enjoyment on this boring work day. <br /> <br /> <strong>Wikipedia Files<br /> </strong><br /> With our new cameras, we were able to take our Wikipedia Files video podcast to a whole new level. We started the year off fact-checking the Wikipedia page of embattled and controversial politician <a href="http://vimeo.com/9353344">Scott Lee Cohen</a>. But our big &quot;get&quot; for the year was Big Boi. Big Boi is half of the hip-hop duo Outkast. We were given a few minutes of his time before his big show at Pitchfork. He didn't disappoint. This is how Wikipedia Files should go every time:</p><p><iframe height="273" frameborder="0" width="485" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/13467545?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000"></iframe></p><p><br /> <strong>ATM = Always Trust Magic</strong><br /> <br /> We don't do the video production on Amy Krouse Rosenthal's videos, but we wish we did. Just because I would love to have this stellar footage on my desktop at all times. Amy has used video to invite and encapsulate her Mission Amy KR missions. If she asked for cartwheels, you send them in and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/missamykr429#p/u/30/eHkQqayUO_I">she would edit a video</a>. How bout a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsN8FUV9nS4">money tree</a>? Or even better, a <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/missamykr429#p/u/26/8QjGgMkf0X0">video on a train</a>. But it was her first video, an invitation, that I picked to embed. It was the first mission and the beginning of this movement. It's ATM = Always Trust Magic <br /> <br /> <iframe height="273" frameborder="0" width="485" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/8659460?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ab050d"></iframe><br /> <br /> <strong>Steve Dolinsky risks life and limb for blog<br /> </strong><br /> Steve Dolinsky does video every week for his dayjob as the Hungry Hound at ABC 7. But he has used his trusted Flip camera to bring his blog readers into his world. He did video updates from the <a href="http://vimeo.com/11791778">James Beards</a> and took his camera with him for all his travels. He also does a regular weekly video series called &quot;<a href="http://vimeo.com/13844071">Something You Should Eat</a>,&quot; where he brings us a new out-of-the-way dish in Chicago, in one take. But it's this video where he was ziplining in Vancouver that I chose for today. Why? Because the whole time he is ziplining, he is holding his Flip and relating his experience to us here at the Vocalo Blogs. You gotta love that:</p><p><iframe height="273" frameborder="0" width="485" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/14345028?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;color=c40215"></iframe></p><p><br /> <br /> <strong>WBEZ Music Performances </strong><br /> <br /> We stepped up our game on recording live music recordings. It started with Andrew Gill's trip to SXSW last year, where he and Althea Legaspi booked bands to come by the La Quinta Inn and perform live. We called it &quot;<a href="http://vimeo.com/10288576">The Pool Sessions</a>.&quot; All summer long, Andrew and his team of music producers at WBEZ/Vocalo have challenged artists to perform live in unusual settings. <a href="http://vimeo.com/13888278">St. Vincent obliged</a> and played under the L tracks by Pitchfork. And we brought<a href="http://vimeo.com/9888312"> Sad Brad Smith to the Navy Pier Crystal Gardens</a> for an impromptu concert. But it was the sessions in the studio that gets top honors this year. The performance from hip-hop artists Psalm One was great, but the video work was better. Take a look:</p><p><iframe height="273" frameborder="0" width="485" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/13655110?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ab050d"></iframe></p><p><br /> <br /> <strong>The Illinois State Fair </strong><br /> <br /> Steve Edwards and I went down to Springfield for the Illinois State Fair this year. We wanted to be down in Springfield for the traditional kick-off of the election season. <a href="http://vimeo.com/14254745">Governor's Day</a> and <a href="http://vimeo.com/14296976">Republican's Day </a>act as a pep rally for the respective parties. We went down and taped material for our podcast &quot;Best Game in Town.&quot; While we were there, we used the ole' Flip camera to document our surroundings. Including me, throwing heat. Behind the scenes trivia? I think I pulled a muscle in my leg:</p><p><iframe height="364" frameborder="0" width="485" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/14266371?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ab050d"></iframe></p><p><br /> <strong><br /> The City Room </strong><br /> <br /> We started a new reality series this year called &quot;The City Room.&quot; The goal is to document the inner-workings of a unit covering news in a major market. We were able to showcase the team's work during breaking news and to give a backstage look at media coverage in general. The <a href="http://vimeo.com/14238131">Blagojevich verdict</a> and <a href="http://vimeo.com/14783243">Daley's decision not to run for re-election</a> come to mind. But my favorite was a piece that Andrew Gill did with Criminal Justice Reporter Rob Wildeboer. Rob was covering a police protest in front of the Chicago Police headquarters. We documented the process of covering news from beginning to end:</p><p><iframe height="273" frameborder="0" width="485" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/15036153?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000"></iframe></p><p><br /> <br /> <strong>Rob Wildeboer &amp; Mavis Staples</strong> <br /> <br /> Soul legend Mavis Staples was in our performance studio for a taping, and she needed a piano player. I think. WBEZ's Rob Wildeboer happens to play piano. So while they were setting up the studio for her performance, Mavis and Rob put together an improvised, impromptu tune. It was amazing to watch this video:</p><p><iframe height="273" frameborder="0" width="485" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/14041791?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ab050d"></iframe></p><p><br /> <strong><br /> Jonathan Miller/Toni Preckwinkle </strong><br /> <br /> Jonathan Miller has been reviewing independent and foreign film for years at WBEZ. He specializes on the pretentious film. So who better to &quot;review&quot; some of the political ads from the 2010 primary season? He wrote up some hilarious reviews and we shot the reviews on our trusted Flip. What a great concept and I put this project at the top of our list from 2010. This one features the infamous &quot;Ben Franklin&quot; ad from Toni Preckwinkle:</p><p><iframe height="364" frameborder="0" width="485" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/9029021?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=ab050d"></iframe>&gt;</p><p><br /> <br /> <strong><br /> Blackhawks Statue</strong><br /> <br /> At the end of the day, we love to joke around. it's in our blood. So when the Blackhawks were making their run at the Stanley Cup last year, we couldn't help but get in the spirit. We followed the cue of the Art Institute and Field Museum and Art Institute:</p><p><iframe height="273" frameborder="0" width="485" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/12274017?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000"></iframe></p><p><br /> <br /> <strong>Edit Booth/Ken Nordine</strong><br /> <br /> WBEZ's Steve Edwards became our guinea pig with our new cameras, and he didn't disappoint. Steve's ability to craft great interviews gave our production unit a leg-up. We brought prominent interview subjects in-studio for substantive conversations and even went out in the field to get them in their element. The latter is on display in this great behind-the-scenes look at performance artist and radio legend Ken Nordine's house.</p><p><iframe height="273" frameborder="0" width="485" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/11335037?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 29 Dec 2010 15:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/wbez-video-best-2010 WBEZ staff pick their favorite songs of 2010 http://www.wbez.org/story/69-boyz/wbez-staff-pick-their-favorite-songs-2010 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/cd.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><em>Updated 12/16/2010: Download file changed</em></p><p>At this time of year it seems everyone's suddenly a music critic. There's no shortage of lists carefully ranking albums in order of cultural significance. And this year, the most interesting part of most of them is finding out where Kanye's album fell. (Except, of course, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/jim-derogatis/reasons-living-20-best-albums-2010">Jim DeRogatis</a> and <a href="http://www.soundopinions.org/shownotes/2010/121010/shownotes.html">Sound Opinions</a>' lists).</p><p>But how often does cultural significance line up with what people actually listen to? Sure, the Arcade Fire's album makes a big statement, but can any of the tracks hold their own against Ke$ha's &quot;Tik Tok?&quot; It's an MP3 world after all.</p><p>In that spirit, we decided to put a little twist on the annual &quot;critic's list&quot;.&nbsp;&nbsp; We simply asked our colleagues here at Chicago Public Media to pick their favorite song they listened to in 2010.&nbsp;</p><p>And together, they served up quite a range of responses. Some picks were heartfelt, others not so much.&nbsp; Most of them simply had a good beat.&nbsp;</p><p>Without further ado - for your listening pleasure - we present&nbsp; the top songs playing on iPods at 848 E Grand Avenue this year.&nbsp; Enjoy!</p><p>(<a href="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/WBEZ Staff 2010 Mix.mp3" target="_blank">Download an abridged version of this mix here</a>)</p><p><strong>(0:00) Robin Linn, Producer, Sound Opinions</strong><br />F- You by Cee Lo Green</p><p><strong>(4:27) Jason Marck, Director, Eight Forty Eight </strong><br />Into the Wind by Bei Bei &amp; Shawn Lee</p><p><strong>(7:58) Jim DeRogatis, Co-Host, Sound Opinions </strong><br />Garbage Truck by Beck</p><p><strong>(12:03) JR Nelson, Co-Host, Hit It or Quit It </strong><br />Yamaha by The-Dream</p><p><strong>(16:58) Jason Saldanha, Producer, Sound Opinions </strong><br />All I Want by LCD Soundsystem</p><p><strong>(23:43) Molly Adams, Co-Host, Vocalo Morning Amp</strong><br />Runway Love Remix by Kanye West featuring Justin Bieber</p><p><strong>(29:01) Icoi Johnson, Pritzker Fellow </strong><br />The Perpetual Self or &quot;What Would Saul Alinsky Do?&quot;by Sufjan Stevens</p><p><strong>(31:41) Alison Cuddy, Host, Eight Forty Eight </strong><br />MmmHmmm by Flying Lotus</p><p><strong>(35:55) George Lara, Director of Internships and Mentorships </strong><br />No Viniste by Carla Morrison</p><p><strong>(39:52) Melanie Palmer, Master Control Engineer </strong><br />The Best in Me by Marvin Sapp</p><p><strong>(44:18) Susie An, News Producer </strong><br />Exuses by the Morning Benders</p><p><strong>(48:53) Brian Babylon, Co-Host, Vocalo Morning Amp</strong><br />Stylo by Gorillaz featuring Bobby Womak and Mos Def</p><p><strong>(53:44) Natalie Moore, Reporter </strong><br />Miss Me by Drake</p><p><strong>(58:07) Bill Healy, News Freelancer</strong> <br />Sinister Kid by The Black Keys</p><p><strong>(62:11) Nick van der Kolk, Producer, Vocalo Mixtape</strong> <br />An Apology by Future Islands</p><p><strong>(66:04) Tony Arnold, Reporter </strong><br />Sick of You by Cake</p><p><strong>(69:42) Alison Scholly, COO </strong><br />Tightrope by Janelle Monae</p><p><strong>(74:40) Samuel Vega, Pritzker Fellow </strong><br />Battle Cry by Joell Ortiz</p><p><strong>(80:24) Greg Kot, Co-Host, Sound Opinions </strong><br />Albatross by Besnard Lakes</p><p><strong>(85:04) Liz Bustamante, Master Control Engineer </strong><br />Winterwind by the Bottomless Pit</p><p><strong>(91:56) Richard Steele, Interviewer </strong><br />Wonderful Savior by Mavis Staples</p><p><strong>(94:15) Andrew Gill, Web Producer </strong><br />Bottled in Cork by Ted Leo and The Pharmacists</p><p><strong>(97:57) Nathan Biggs, Membership </strong><br />Bushwick Blues by Delta Spirit</p><p><strong>(101:32) Beth Maggard, Strategic Communications </strong><br />Terrible Love by the National</p><p><strong>(106:05) Tony Abraham, Web Development Intern </strong><br />Shutterbug by Big Boi</p><p><strong>(109:38) Janet Gould, Strategic Communications </strong><br />Positive Dance by SMAP</p><p><strong>(114:11) Alex Keefe, News Producer </strong><br />Tootsie Roll by the 69 Boyz</p><p>Share the song that defined 2010 for you in the comments.</p></p> Tue, 14 Dec 2010 18:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/69-boyz/wbez-staff-pick-their-favorite-songs-2010