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2017

Dirty Soup meets Steve Nieve

I produced this piece earlier this year as part of Dirty Soup's series of occasional podcasts. Watchable’s Theo Delaney met up with musician and composer, Steve Nieve. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Nieve has been a key member of Elvis Costello and the Attractions, playing keyboard instruments on most of Costello's seminal work.

Nieve has also experienced success as a prolific session musician, featuring on a wide array of notable recordings. Theo spoke to Steve about his musical journey, from imaginary pianos in Bexley Heath, through the Royal College of Music, to recording in Nashville, and developing his own opera. We start at the beginning…

Produced by Samuel Shelton Robinson.

Rose Droll & Boy Scouts : Central Valley Folk

Rose Droll and Taylor Vick (Boy Scouts) are musicians living in San Francisco’s foggy overcast Sunset District where they write, record and perform their own original songs.

Their music shares in varying quantities a tender, raw, subtle, honestly, introverted with no signs self-indulgence or pretentiousness. It fuses everyday imagery and honest lucid emotion with humour and sincerity and all coated with the warmth of Garageband production.

In this piece Taylor and Rose discuss their their friendship, music making process, and reflect on how growing up in their native Central Valley region of Northern California influenced their music.

Produced by Samuel Shelton Robinson. Thanks to Brandi Howell for her help recording.

The Corner (16th and Mission)

San Francisco’s Mission District plays host to ad a special corner at 16th and Mission street where every Thursday for the past 14 years people have gathered to read their poems, to sing, to dance – and to entertain each other and feel a sense community in an area and city in flux. Sam and Bayley took the 33 bus to the corner to find out what it’s all about…

"16th & Mission is an outdoor, freeform street arts workshop, an "open mic" without a mic welcoming poets, musicians, emcees, comedy...all forms of expression, in any language, representing SF's best tradition of free expression. Around 10 to 12, on the street-corner, amidst the pigeons, under the stars. Support Your Local Street-corner"

Produced by Samuel Shelton Robinson. Thanks to Bayley McMillian for her help recording.


2016

Between Us, Bread and Salt - Kamal Mouzawak: A Lebanon Kitchen Vision

A road trip through the hidden kitchens of Lebanon, with kitchen activist, Kamal Mouzawak, a man with a vision of re-building and uniting this war-ravaged nation through its traditions, its culture and its food. We visit farmer’s markets, restaurants, and guest houses known as Souk el Tayeb that he and his kitchen community have created.

This story is part of Hidden Kitchens: War and Peace and Food, a series of stories about food and conflict, about the role food plays in helping resolve conflict between nations and communities, or in creating it.

Produced by Samuel Shelton Robinson and The Kitchen Sisters

War and Peace and Coffee

As heard on NPR's Morning Edition.

"Nobody can soldier without coffee,” a Union calvary man wrote in 1865. Hidden Kitchens looks at three American wars through the lens of coffee: the Civil War, Vietnam and Afghanistan.

This story is part of Hidden Kitchens: War and Peace and Food, a series of stories about food and conflict, about the role food plays in helping resolve conflict between nations and communities, or in creating it.

Produced by Samuel Shelton Robinson and The Kitchen Sisters.

Dirty Soup Present: Vince Aletti's Dirty Disco

First Podcast in a new series commissioned by Dirty Soup.

"Recently Dirty Soup had the pleasure of speaking with Vince Aletti, the renowned former Rolling Stone writer, notable for being the first person to document Disco for the magazine.

Vince was also a senior editor at New York’s Village Voice for almost 20 years, where in his early days he wrote about the emerging dance scene in clubs like The Loft. He currently reviews photography exhibitions for the New Yorker magazine.

We asked Vince to create a list of his favourite Disco tracks and to speak about what makes them special. He tells us how the depth of Disco’s message, and musical innovation, was never truly appreciated at the time, and how it’s influence and push for positivity and acceptance resonate more than ever in today’s music and society.

Produced by Samuel Shelton Robinson.


2014

Theatre For The Ears: The San Francisco Tape Music Festival

Profile of the annual San Francisco Tape Music Festival.

"America's only festival devoted to the performance of audio works projected in three-dimensional space, The San Francisco Tape Music Festival features three distinct evenings of classic audio art and new fixed media compositions by 20 local and international composers. Hear members of the SF Tape Music Collective, along with guest composers, shape the sound live over a pristine surround system consisting of 24 high-end loudspeakers while the audience is seated in complete darkness. It's a unique opportunity to experience music forming - literally - around you."

Features: Luciano Berio "Visage", Pamela Z "De-Spangled" and Hugh Le Caine "Dripsody".

Produced by Samuel Shelton Robinson.


2013

The Kitchen Sisters Present: Rattlesden

"For five years Davia’s father, Lenny Nelson, asked her to go to Rattlesden, England, to visit the Air Force base where he was stationed during WWII and to find an old photograph hanging in the town pub honoring his 8th Air Force squadron. It was still there, over 50 years later, he told her. Finally, one fine Sunday, Davia headed out in search of the pub and a piece of her father’s past—the piece he was proudest of.

Lenny died on Christmas Eve 2015. In his honor, we share the journey with you."

Produced by Samuel Shelton Robinson and The Kitchen Sisters.


2012

Never on Sunday: The Hidden World of Elena Fonseca

Part of the series the Kitchen Sisters series 'The Hidden World of Girls'

"A year ago March we were in Uruguay. In a big gathering of people someone brought us over to the most gorgeous woman in the room. Her name was Elena Fonseca and people thought we should meet because Elena produces a daily women’s radio show in Monte Video. Elena is 81 and has led an intriguing, powerful life. Once she began to tell her story we knew we had to interview her for the Hidden World of Girls."

Produced by The Kitchen Sisters and Samuel Shelton Robinson.

Busking In Vegas: The Journey Of Marc Drama

Competing with all the lights and noise - it takes a brave person to busk on Freemont street, Las Vegas - but armed with just an acoustic guitar and his lungs, Mark Drama is determined to be heard. In this piece Marc talks about his journey through life thus far, his passion for music and performing and a recent chance encounter with comedian Russell Brand.

Produced by Samuel Shelton Robinson.


2011

Hidden World Of Girls: My Mother

Part of the series the Kitchen Sisters series 'The Hidden World of Girls' . Produced with phonecalls recorded with from the Kitchen Sisters / NPR message line for Mother's Day 2011.

Produced by Samuel Shelton Robinson and The Kitchen Sisters, with mixing assistance courtesy of Jim McKee.