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One songwriter, one song. Podcast about stories & songs of Champaign-Urbana music. In each episode Sven sits down with a person from the C-U music scene to hear the story & the background of a favorite song they’ve written.


In this weeks episode sven sits down with Haki and a Woodford's Reserve on the rocks to talk about his song Caffeine & Green, what makes a good community, and Haki's favorite non-musical things.

SONG: Caffeine & Green

ALBUM: Single / Far From Home (Unreleased)

BANDS: Haki N ‘M

Favorite Treat: Woodford Reserve on the rocks

Photo Credit: Peace


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Just a few extra convos with Luke that didn't make it into the full episode.  Enjoy!

Travis Wayne Hurt Christmas Special: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s5utk5WXMBI

Luke's Short Spot: https://youtu.be/s5utk5WXMBI?t=800 

Photo credit: Veronica Mullen : V Mullen Media

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Sven sits down with Luke Bergkoetter of Overachiever to talk about his song "Heads UP!." We talk about being kind to others and ourselves, 4 things that Luke would like to do every morning if he could, and his love of the Rose Bowl Tavern, Isaac Arms (EP8), and Karthik (EP27)

SONG: Heads UP!

ALBUM: Volume 1: Man-Bat

BANDS: Yarn, The Fratticks, Violet Skies, fireflies, “Exhale, Look Down...” Mit'n, Take Care, Anna Karina (solo), Anna Karenina/Anna Karina, Withershins, Marathon, Bookmobile!, Birthmark (touring musician only), Staghorn, Neiv, Luke R. Bergkoetter (solo), Overachiever (solo)

Favorite Treat: 16oz. Coors Light cans/Cool Ranch Doritos

Photo Credit:  Self


NPR Voice

4-Track Tascam


J. C. Deagan, Inc


Leslie Organ (Speaker)

Casio Keyboard

Vox Company

Solid State

Spinal Tap (Goes to 11) [Video]

Caddy Shack [Movie]

Video of Bilal Goregenr in park performing "levan polkka" [Video]

UCB - Upright Citizen's Brigade

Mike N' Molly's [Venue]

Accord/Highdive [Venue]

Cowboy Monkey [Venue]

Rose Bowl Tavern [Venue]





Slam Dance

Low [Band]

The Brass Rail [Venue]

Anka EP29

B Movies


Exploitation Film



Luke's LetterBoxd

Last House on the Left

Cannibal Holocaust

Action U.S.A.

Gregory Scott Cummings


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Even in the middle of a pandemic, music is still happening and being recorded.  Sven zooms with former guest Melvin Knight from EP7 about his new EP: "Summer Child" - Released 6/10/2021

EP Cover Art Photo by: Jules A. Graham

EP Cover Art Design by: Melvin Knight


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It's a return to the Blue Box Studio! Sven and DJ Belly are both vaccinated so the first interview in the studio in over a year is here!  Sven chats with about his unreleased song "Don't Lie" over some croissants and iced coffee from Flying Machine Avionics.  Hear about writing music in a snow storm, surviving during a pandemic, and which video game has the best soundtrack....

SONG: Don’t Lie

ALBUM: Unreleased


Favorite Treat: Iced Coffee/Butter Croissant

Photo Credit:  Kelsey Jamerson


Massive Attack [Band]

Portishead [Band]


R&B [Genre]

2-Step Garage [Genre]

Reggaeton [Genre]

House [Genre]

DAW - Digital Audio Workstation

Dubstep [Genre]

Trap [Genre]

Synthwave/Retrowave [Genre]


Michael Winslow

[Video of Spaceballs: "bleeps...sweeps"]

Radiohead [Band]

Tom Yorke

The Canopy Club [Venue]

NOLA's Rock Bar [Venue]

The Iron Post [Venue]

Exile On Main St. [Venue/Record Store]

Th Brass Rail [Venue]

Bentley's Pub [Venue]

Pour Bros. Craft Taproom [Venue]

Cowboy Monkey [Venue]

Highdive [Venue]

Sipyard [Venue]

Radio Maria [Venue]


Marry Ann's Diner


Raiders of the Lost Ark

Raiders of the Lost Ark Soundtrack

DJ Bozak


DJ Mertz


Old School Hip-Hop [Genre]

Dubstep Massacre

EDM [Genre]

Indie Rock [Genre]

Folk [Genre]

Mike 'N Molly's [Venue]

Salsa [Genre]

Reggae [Genre]

Baile Funk (Funk carioca) [Genre]




Grand Theft Auto


Flying Lotus

Classic Rock [Genre]

Viking Battle Music [Spotify Playlist]


Second Life

Travis Scott


Travis Scott on Fortnite [Video]


The Glitch Mob

Rose Bowl Tavern [Venue]

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Even in the middle of a pandemic, music is still happening and being recorded.  Sven zooms with former guests Sarah and Taylor from EP32 about their new Maps of the Midwest single: "Streetlights."  Released today 6/4/2021!

Streetlights [Video]

Girl in the War  [Video]

Proceeds from sales will go to the National Runaway Safeline 

Photo by: Maddie Skelley


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Sven zooms with Justin Michael Hendrix about his song "Cream," his organization HITNHOMEBOY, and his favorite non-musical things.  


ALBUM: Collection of Songs on Soundcloud

Favorite Treat: Body Armor Pineapple Coconut SuperDrink/ anything with Nutella

Photo Credit:  Photographer is Boots Howard; Hair is #HairByNaysha; Make Up is Kay Hunter



Jahlil Beats

Meek Mill


Wutang Clan

C.R.E.A.M. [Song]

Ballroom Community (Ball Culture)

Toxic Masculinity

Rapper's Delight

Crack Epidemic

(Further reading, re:  Drugs and Racial Disparities)


East Coast vs. West Coast

N. W. A.

Fuck Tha Police [SONG]


Cakes da Killa


House Music [Genre]

Late Stage Capitalism

Wall Street [Movie] (1987)

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps [Movie] (2010)

Watergate Scandal

Selling Senate Seats

Beyoncé Homecoming

ODB - Ol' Dirty Bastard

#HITNHOMEBOY x Manhood for Sale [Movie]

St. Louis

Michael Brown

Ferguson, MO

Jim Crow Laws

George Floyd

Breonna Taylor

Ahmaud Arbery

Kiwane Albert Carrington



Dr. William Patterson

Krush Groove [Movie]

Def Jam


Tina Turner

Tina Turner Doc

Ike Turner

Pigeon Holed

"What's Love Got to Do With It?" [Song]

"Private Dancer" [Song]

"Proud Mary" [Song]

"I don't want to Fight" [Song]

"The Best" [Song]

Woody Alan/Mia Farrow Documentary (Allan v. Farrow)

The 13th [Link to Full Movie]

Paris is Burning


Tongues Untied

All Boy's Aren't Blue - George M. Johnson

No Ashes in the Fire: Coming of Age Black and Free in America - Darnell L. Moore

Collected Essays: Notes of a Native Son / Nobody Knows My Name / The Fire Next Time / No Name in the Street / The Devil Finds Work / Other Essays - James Baldwin

Black Boy Out of Time - Hari Ziyad

Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? -Beverly Daniel Tatum

Fight the Power [Song]

Public Enemy


Instagram: @justinmichaelhendrix

Twitter: @hitnhomeboy


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