Half Baked with Julianna Ritzu
Half Baked is a show about musical subcultures, across different genres, decades, and communities. Each week, I’ll focus on a specific scene, choosing music from that subculture, talking about its key players, and walking you through its history, from DIY beginnings to lasting influence. A bit of a radio show/podcast hybrid. Each episode is meant to stand alone so tune in whenever you’d like (or don’t when you wouldn’t), and find the music from each week available as a playlist on Spotify. Or just tune in for the winning combination of me mispronouncing too many names and making partially-correct musical claims I definitely should've fact-checked before the show.
Episode 1: South London Jazz
This week on Half Baked, we're talking South London Jazz. Check out the episode's spotify playlist here: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6KbaPG4l8sZVcDmgiA1kjh?si=WlUtJ_8MQXSfBcU9acAJbg
Episode 4: Chelsea Hotel
A really *soft* show for getting in your feelings (and maybe crying too). Make yourself a cup of tea for this one, and if you hate acoustic guitars, this isn't for you. Although if you hate acoustic guitars I'm not sure why you're listening to this show in the first place.
Episode 5: Grunge (and some riot grrrl too)
It's Grunge Week on Half Baked :) Is Grunge a subgenre or subculture? Both? Neither? And other existential questions too. Also some riot grrrl because why not.
Episode 2: Northern Soul
This week on Half Baked, we're taking a deep dive into all things Northern Soul. To keep up with the music from each week, follow our spotify account Half Baked Radio :)
Episode 3: Studio 54
It's disco inferno week. Yeah, I know, the moment everyone's been waiting for. The disco vibes are strong, and there's loads of guilty pleasures, and you're gonna love it. So just listen, ok?
Episode 6: The *Highly Anticipated* Grammys Show
A low-key analysis of the all womxn/womxn-fronted bands and projects nominated for 'Best Rock Performance' at the 2021 Grammys. Featuring a discussion of what 'alternative' music is anyway (still don't know), and an intense Shania Twain shoutout.
Episode 7: the Britpop one
Um, indie boys only please. Felt tempted to miss this one but I do love guitars unfortunately so here it is.
Episode 8: The World Psychedelic Classics Albums
This week we're taking a look at the five World Psychedelic Classics Albums released from 1999-2013, covering artists like Tim Maia, William Onyeabor, and Os Mutantes.
Episode 9: Frank Zappa
With over thirty years making music and over sixty albums created either solo or with his band The Mothers of Invention, Frank Zappa truly represents his own subculture. He's also a personal favorite. Tune in this week for the Half Baked season finale and Frank Zappa special, where we will be chronicling his beginnings as part of The Mothers, to his computer music albums in the mid-80s. Thanks so much for sticking with me this semester; you guys are the best. See you real soon :)