Category Archives: Inspiration

Celebrating 20years of Spaceways Radio with Carlos Niño!

One of my earliest memories of Carlos Niño has to do specifically with Spaceways radio. It was about 7 years ago. I was working on an event with ArtDontSleep, running around from backstage, to stage, to ticket booth and back… regular event stuff. I held on to a question a close friend of mine had for him all night about a song he played on his show at least 5years prior.  I believe Carlos hosted this event or was DJing it or maybe perhaps he connected us with a particular musician, I don’t recall the specifics but the point is, he stuck around til the end of the night allowing me to ask him about this particular song. I doubted anyone would remember with the small amount of details my friend left me with but sure enough by the time we wrapped up the night and I drove home the song I asked about was in my inbox. I was shocked and incredibly thankful. I’m blessed to say that moments like these are not rare with Carlos Niño. Always connecting folks, building, guiding, continuously offering a wealth of information and inspiration.

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2015 marks 20years of Spaceways Radio, we’re celebrating with Carlos and joining him Sundays 10pm-Midnight PST on KPFK as he counts down to the final 9 shows with special guests aligned every week.

TUNE IN! 9 MORE SPACEWAYS! SUNDAYS 10PM-MIDNIGHT PST

LISTEN LIVE : http://www.kpfk.org
KPFK 90.7 FM – Los Angeles

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“My final Radio broadcast will be Sunday, March 22, 2015.
This will mark 20 Years of Volunteer Programming at KPFK 90.7FM
Los Angeles, for me. It’s been an incredible experience! Lots of experiences.
I’m truly grateful for the extended opportunity to grow and share on the air!
So much wonderful music! Wow!” -Carlos Niño, KPFK  Volunter Programmer 1995 – 2015

Sunday, January 25th
A Tribute to JOHN MICHAEL DANIEL

Sunday, February 1st
Special Guests DJ FROSTY, ANDRES RENTERIA
and NANNY CANTALOUPE of Dublab.

Sunday, February 8th
Special Guest KAMAU DAAOOD (Poetic Inspiration / Final Vinyl!)

Sunday, February 15th
Special Guests JON LIU, DJ SACRED and SARAH FEINSTEIN
(Profound, Original Contributors to The Show!)

Sunday, February 22nd
Special Guest IASOS (My Dear Big Bliss Brother!)

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March Calendar is about 99% confirmed.

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It’s a true honor to pass my Sundays 10:00pm – Midnight Pacific time slot on to one of the greatest DJs of all time: J.ROCC! Please tune in to KPFK on Sunday, March 29th for the premier of his new program.

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Carlos’ RADIO History:

“I started my first radio show, All At One Point*, on KPFK 90.7FM, Los Angeles in October 1995, after volunteering at the station as a student reporter and producer from Summer 1994*. All At One Point was focused on “Hip-Hop, Soul, Jazz, and World Rhythms.” While hosting the show on Wednesdays from 8:00pm – 10:00pm Pacific, I showcased some of my favorite contemporary artists and featured live in studio performances and interviews with a wide variety of legends, up and coming musicians, bands, and DJs.

DJ Organic, Hymnl and Jon Liu all co-hosted the show with me at different
times from 1995 – 1999. In October of 1999, after a 6 month hiatus, (following
the birth of my son Azul,) I returned to KPFK with a new sound and vision:
Spaceways Radio. On this program I explore(d) Psychedelic, Electronic,
Folk, New Age, and World Musics, and create(d) specials dedicated to
individual artists and bands, phases of the Zodiac, and years past.

Spaceways Radio air times:
Sundays 10:00pm – Midnight 1999 – 2003
Fridays 8:00pm – 10:00pm 2004 – 2010
Sundays 10:00pm – Midnight 2010 – 2015

I was the interim Host and DJ of other music programs on KPFK at the same
time that All At One Point and Spaceways aired. I’m a founding DJ of the internet radio station Dublab where many of my Spaceways Radio Archives are available. I was a monthly contributor to David Lynch Radio, and Scion Radio, and have made several special mixes for various BBC shows and channels, Red Bull Music Academy Radio, and other stations in Europe and Japan.

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All At One Point* Named after Italo Calvino’s short story from Cosmicomics.

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Summer 1994* Being a huge fan of KLON’s Jazz Programming, KXLU’s
Mike Nardone, Rob One’s Fly ID Show on KCSN, and KCRW’s Michael
Mixin Moore I was deeply inspired to get into radio. I listened to all the radio
I could, and was an avid record and cassette buyer. My first attempt to get into
radio was when I turned 16 in 1993, got my driver’s license and drove my Mom’s car to answer phones at KCRW. I did some introductory production assistance there too. Playlist entry, ticket give-away phone operator . . . I picked up food for the fund drive, etc.. While at the station I came across one of the coolest things ever – a folded card-stock printed guide to every public radio station in the United States, with dial numbers, call letters and cities. Being that I lived in Canoga Park, when I saw KPFK in North Hollywood on the list, I decided to check it out. I was always focused on being a Music Programmer, but got to do a few other little odd jobs in radio first . . .

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Note: This was 100% my decision. KPFK has supported me hugely over the years! They haven’t interfered with my program at all – I’ve been free to play what I was inspired to, to interview and host whoever I wanted, and be myself! I was met with appreciation, enthusiasm and encouragement about my plans for leaving, and choosing the great DJ that will be taking over the time slot I’ve had. Please continue to support KPFK! Thank you!”

-Carlos Nino

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LISTEN LIVE : http://www.kpfk.org
KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles 98.7 FM Santa Barbara
93.7 FM N. San Diego – 99.5 FM Ridgecrest/China Lake

nueve. final fridays. monthly.

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nuevea monthly musical potluck celebrating music lovers and their record collections in revolutions of nine.

each month at “nueve” (nine) brings together the record collector / selector / DJ / music lover, etc., creating an open/free platform for sound exchange in 9 record rotating sets*

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7pm-11pm(ish)
no cover | drink/sound specials
| rotating 9 record sets*
curated by: wyldeflower

final [vinyl] fridays*
@ The Virgil :: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd LA, CA 90029
RSVP on FACEBOOK

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riday, 7.25.14*
hosted by: aLOVEsupreme

*everyone is welcome to bring 9 records to share or simply your ears, stop by, tune in and join the musical conversation every final friday!

△9 = highlighting delta/change and the full cycle/completion 360º 3+6+0=9*

inspired by Carlos Niño’s 360º record pot-luck | co-curated by Novena Carmel.

Minnie Riperton Tribute | July 12th | Grand Performances

ADVENTURES FROM PARADISE
A Tribute to Minnie Riperton
July 12th | Grand Performances | 8PM


On Saturday, July 12th, in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, The Decoders will be joined by a 20-piece ensemble that will include very special guest vocalists to celebrate the life and music of female soul icon Minnie Riperton. The event is entitled Adventures From Paradise and will feature a live remixing and reinterpretation of her music, which has never been done before.

This unprecedented concert will be honoring contributors to her music such as Richard Rudolph (her husband and co-writer) Leon Ware, Charles Stepney and the psychedelic soul sounds of his multi-racial 60’s super group The Rotary Connection (of which Minnie was also a part of), as well as highlighting her work with Stevie Wonder and other great producers/songwriters like Stewart Levine and many more.

July 12th marks the date of her transition into the infinite. Falling victim to breast cancer at the young age of 31, Minnie spent her last days on earth in Los Angeles; paying tribute to her musical greatness in the last place she called home is an honor which The Decoders do not take lightly. It will be a magical night under the stars at Grand Performances, a historic outdoor live music venue in downtown LA’s California Plaza. The event is free, all ages and open to the public.

The Ensemble:
Todd M. Simon – trumpet, flugelhorn, music director
Adam Berg – keyboards, music director
accompanied by:
Blake Colie – drums
Eugene Brandon Owens – bass
Patrick Bailey – guitar
Tracy Wannomae – tenor, alto sax
Claire Courchene – trombone, cello
Pete Jacobson – cello
Thomas Lea – viola
Paul Cartwright – violin
Tylana Renga – violin
Steve Haney – percussion
Shafiq Husayn – percussion
Sly 5th Ave – Woodwinds

The vocal cast:
Amber Coffman
Andree Belle
Angel Deradoorian
Arlene Deradoorian
Coco O
Gavin Turek
Jimetta Rose
Joey Dosik
Kadhja Bonet
Kimbra
Loren Oden
Mara Hruby
Moses Sumney
Nia Andrews
Niki Randa
Thalma De Freitas
& Very Special Surprise Guests!

w/ Members of the KJLH Radio Free Choir
led by: Natasha Feltus

Hosted by KCRW DJs
Aaron Byrd and Anthony Valadez
Curated/Produced by:
Rocio “wyldeflower” Contreras

Event captured by:
Eric Coleman (Mochilla) and Greg “the Dude” Ponstingl

GRAND PERFORMANCES is located at:
California Plaza: 350 S. Grand Ave | Los Angeles, CA 90071

RSVP on Facebook

final vinyl fridays: nueve 5.30.14 with Jimetta Rose Smith

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RSVP ON FACEBOOK

If only I was in Chitown – 100 Saxophones for Sun Ra

 In honor of the infinitely great Sun Ra – we celebrate his 100th on this plane –

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– Act like You Know – NPR –

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Nueve turns One 2.28.14 w/ Heartbreak Radio!

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each month at “nueve” (nine) brings together the record collector / selector / DJ / music lover, etc., creating an open/free platform for sound exchange in 9 record rotating sets*

» in honor of the month of passion, the season that makes scorpios and my love for sad songs we invited some pro’s at this love song game to join us!

*everyone is welcome to bring 9 records to share or simply your ears, stop by, tune in and join the musical conversation every final (vinyl) friday.

friday, 2.28.14*
HEARTBREAK FRIDAY EDITION
hosted by: DJ Phatrick and Lady IMIX of Heartbreak Radio!
http://radiosombra.org/category/heartbreakradio/

7pm-2am* (extended sound sessions)
no cover | drink/sound specials | rotating 9 record sets*
curated by: wyldeflower

@ The Virgil :: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd LA, CA 90029

RSVP ON FACEBOOK*

△9 = highlighting delta/change and the full cycle/completion 360º 3+6+0=9*
*inspired by Carlos Niño’s 360º record pot-luck & Novena Carmel*

NUEVE Friday 1.31.14 hosted by HouseShoes!

nuevea monthly musical potluck celebrating music lovers and their record collections in revolutions of nine.

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each month at “nueve” (nine) brings together the record collector / selector / DJ / music lover, etc., creating an open/free platform for sound exchange in 9 record rotating sets*

+++++++++++++++

*everyone is welcome to bring 9 records to share or simply your ears, stop by, tune in and join the musical conversation every final friday!

7pm-2am* (extended sound sessions)
no cover | drink/sound specials
| rotating 9 record sets*
curated by: wyldeflower

final [vinyl] fridays*
Friday 1.31.14  @ The Virgil :: 4519 Santa Monica Blvd LA, CA 90029

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1.31.14 hosted by :: DJ Houseshoes
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RSVP on FACEBOOK

△9 = highlighting delta/change and the full cycle/completion 360º 3+6+0=9*

inspired by Carlos Niño’s 360º record pot-luck | co-curated by Novena Carmel.