Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Common Thread Collective gets a great write-up on Rock the Pigeon

Check out this great article by Rock the Pigeon really captures the feel of what our show, The Common Thread Collective, on Mutiny Radio, Fridays 3-6pm on

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October 22, 2014 · by rockthepigeon· in Acoustic Music, Anti-Folk, Blues, DIY, Folk, Folk Punk, Indie Rock, Jams, Open Mic, Radio Station, Rock, Singer-Songwriter. ·

Mutiny Radio is a DIY-style radio station based in the heart of San Francisco’s Mission district. Mutiny Radio opens its doors to many different types of events; concerts, poetry readings, comedy shows, and even pumpkin carving contests.

Today, we want to bring your attention to one very special show, The Common Thread Collective hosted by San Francisco’s beloved poet and activist Diamond Dave and Women’s Magazine’s Global Val! This wonderful and spontaneous show takes place every single Friday afternoon from 3PM-6PM. It is run open-mic style but there is no sign-up sheet! Show up with your guitar, your readings, your poems, and be ready to go! Diamond Dave directs the show as he goes. He crafts the line-up throughout the show as he sees fit and it always ends up to be perfect. “Another amazing show!”

Songwriters may play one song and then Dave may ask you to play a second, a third, or maybe even a fourth if you are truly talented and if time permits. Poets recite their poetry, sometimes improvising pianists. Global Val and Diamond Dave often read poetry on the show. People read from their published or unpublished novels. There are call-in guests. There are activists talking about how to make social change. There are many people calling for revolution through their work and words. Guests are often interviewed, sometimes spontaneously. If you perform, you may be asked to do an interview only seconds later.

The last 30 minutes of the show usually erupt the radio airwaves with an open jam session. Everyone that was part of the show bangs their drums, noodles on their guitars, and sings lyrics written on the spot. It is often very folky or bluesy. It’s a very exciting event that revolves around community and togetherness. The happy vibe that the Common Thread Collective emits will linger for the rest of your Friday. Come on down and be found.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Radio Reflections with Global Val : Two Years with KPFA 94.1

I was reflecting the other day about the way my creative dedication to showing up at Mutiny Radio every Friday since the end of 2010 (to engineer & co-host for The Common Thread Collective with Diamond Dave, Fridays 3-6pm), has blossomed into a vast body of work that continues to evolve...change shades, shapes, and colors. It's been a shifting of awareness, as subtle yet as striking as the changing light of a day. Those long drawn out days, have turned into seasons, and so I've found myself at another coordinate of the turning:

I'm celebrating an anniversary - It was two years ago that I was recruited to become a contributing Producer to Women's Magazine on KPFA 94.1 Pacifica Network. Since then, I've independently produced, hosted & edited a dozen shows for KPFA 94.1 (11 have aired so far, but #12 will air at a date TBA), by interviewing guests on my weekly Women's Magazine show at Mutiny Radio (Fridays 2-3pm) and teaching myself how to edit audio.

My goal from the outset has been to interview women who are changing the world and highlighting issues that affect us all. Although many of the topics are deeply serious, I always try to unveil some light in the darkness..."Because remember, just when your aspirations seem outrageous, that inspiration is contagious."

With every project, I learn and I get better at editing and crafting the story. Looking back on what I've produced makes me proud and makes me realize how far I've come, but also inspires & motivates me to do and learn more.

All of these shows can be found on Search the Archives by date and Women's Magazine:

SEPTEMBER 22, 2014
Magnificent Matriarchy - March for Elephants
Guests: Rosemary Alles & Tamara Birdsall

JULY 14, 2014
Voice of Witness
Guests: Mimi Lok, Executive Director of Voice of Witness, Winner of the Smithsonian Ingenuity Award for Social Progress 2013, and Audrey Petty, editor/compiler of High Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing

NOVEMBER 18, 2013
Women's Poetry Showcase #2 - Poetry as an Agent of Change
Guests/Poets: Alicia Zakon & Alexandria Rain Smith
Featuring music by The Nectarian Collective from the Big Island of Hawaii

AUGUST 5, 2013
Human Egg Harvesting & California AB 926*
Guests: Jennifer Lahl (Executive Producer/Director of the Award Winning documentary Eggsploitation: The Fertility Industry has a Dirty Little Secret), Dr. Diane Tober, PhD, (Assoc. Executive Director of the Center for Genetics and Society), Mona Lisa Wallace, Esq.
*Note: AB 926 was later vetoed by Gov. Brown

JUNE 3, 2013
Women's Poetry Showcase #1
Guests/Poets: Jennifer Barrone (The Word Party), EK Keith (Poems Under the Dome & Mission High School), Mama Coatl, Ava Bird, Kimberly Escamilla (International Poetry Library)
Featuring music from: Clara Bellino & Nova Jazz

MARCH 18, 2013
Aging Women, Housing Rights & Domestic Violence
Guests: Rose Aguilar (Host of Your Call on KAWL 91.7fm) & Lindsay Sweetnam (La Casa de Las Madres)
Based on an article by Rose Aguilar "Old, Female and Homeless", which appeared in The Nation on February 13, 2013

FEBRUARY 1, 2013
Break the Chain - 40 Years After Roe v. Wade
Guests: Rose Aguilar (Host of Your Call on KALW 91.7) & Mona Lisa Wallace, Esq. (Green Feminist)
Featuring the song/international One Billion Rising flash mob: "Break the Chain" by Tena Clark, choreographed by Debbie Allen

JANUARY 7, 2013
Code Pink Delegates Report back from Pakistan: CIA's Drone War
Guests: Medea Benjamin, founder of Code Pink & Global Exchange; Toby Blome and Dr. Diane Budd, Delegates

DECEMBER 3, 2012
Shedding Light on an Invisible War - Survivors of Military Sexual Trauma (MST)
Guests: Katie Weber (Protect Our Defenders) and Latonia Dixon(Veterans for Peace)

Election (of) Eve
Guests: Patty Bellasalma and Stacy Malkin, (CA NOW); Christina Lopez (Vice Presidential Candidate for the Freedom-Socialist Party), Janet Wiel (Code Pink)
Co-Producer: Molly Hankowicz

OCTOBER 29, 2012
Creating a U.S. Department of Peace
Guests: Nancy Merritt and Nancy Kivette (The Peace Alliance) and Monique Graves, Founder of Lauren's House for Positive Change in East Palo Alto

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Peace and Thank you,
Global Val