We will start out with a driving acoustic song Riverside by America. Move on to Very Sleepy River from YerselfIsSteam by Mercury Rev. Slide off to Rivers of Babylon by Steve Earle, drift along to Riversong by Tonto's Expanding Headband, and float downriver On Christmas Eve with John Hartford. Included at various points of call: a twofer by The Green Pajamas, a jam by Canned Heat, a guitar freakout by The Elect, and a classic by Neil Young. Plus brand new country music like I like it by Promised Land Sound. Hey, two hours well spent...The G Man.
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(Link to playlist below). Dave Mason releases new version of his Traffic classic "Dear Mr. Fantasy" to lead this program. Watch for his concert at Englert Theater in Iowa City in Feb. 2015. Chris Stigers follows with twin spin including great cover of Dylan's "Things Have Changed." The spotlight shines on English alternative music band Chumbawamba (group photo) that played prolificly from 1982-2012 and offers sophisticated track "Jacob's Ladder (Not in My Name)." Swedish sister duo First Aid Kit (photo below) debuts on Fringe Toast. Other first hour twin tracks come from The Flashbulb, Chris Smither, and Meredith Bragg.
The Chill Zone Session in second hour features Morphine (American alternative rock band), Angus and Julia Stone (Australian duo), Jake Bugg (20 year old English singer), The Blacksmiths (Canadian jazz/blues), Vargo (German electronic male-female duo) and special treat from King Creosote & Jon Hopkins.
Click here for playlist. Invite friends to join Andy B's Fringe Toast Music experience via live stream every Wednesday from 8-10pm Central US time. It's the best way to enjoy the cool night air!
Finally I paid off another debt to rock and roll. July 25 I finally got to see The Kings perform live in Chicago!!! Backtrack---in 1980 or thereabouts I was working at KXIC in Iowa City. The FM side of the station was K101, a rock station. That year, K101 and the rest of the world received the album "The Kings Are Here" from this Toronto band. That record spawned an FM radio classic that is still heard today--"This Beat Goes On/Switchin' to Glide." Founding members Dave Diamond and Mr. Zero have been appearing every few years in Chicago since that record first appeared. And I have always missed them. This time, however, I got it all together and was truly rocked. To the untrained eye the Kings might seem to be just another bar band...until they play THAT song. And THAT song has powers and abilities far beyond mortal songs. It is timeless. It is forever. It will continue long after we have left the planet. Thank you, sirs. I salute you.
This week we will celebrate the birthday of Robert Cray (August 1st) pictured below with Eric Clapton. With a special emphasis on his early album Strong Persuader which I consider to be a classic.
Other music will include: David Ramirez, Drew Holcomb, Foster & Lloyd, Infamous Stingdusters, Susan Tedeschi, Jimmy LaFave, Stray Birds and more!
At 2pm, James Moore has a wide-ranging discussion with Callie Maidhof, Ph.D candidate in anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. She has recently returned to the United States following a year and a half of fieldwork in Israel-Palestine.
During the course of her research, she spent ten months living on a Jewish-Israeli settlement near Qalqilia in Palestine's northern West Bank. She also spent time in Ramallah and is currently writing her dissertation on secularism and the state of Israel's settlements. She is from Kansas City.
Here's a recent interview: http://www.tabletmag.com/tag/callie-maidhof/feed.
If you have been listening to Writers' Voices awhile, you probably know that co-host Caroline Kilbourn is single-handedly attempting to keep alive the lost art of letter-writing. You know, the kind written on paper (often by hand, with a pen), and actdually mailed? with a stamp? Well, perhaps not single-handedly, since the people she writes to often write back!
And there's also Shaun Usher, whose belief in "the importance and unrivalled charm of old-fashioned correspondence" led him to start a website in 2009 called lettersofnote.com. There are currently over 900 "letters, postcards,telegrams, faxes and memos" featured on the site, written by people both famous and ordinary. From this intriguing archive, Usher selected more than 125 letters to feature in this beautifully designed anthology. As one critic wrote, this books is "the literary equivalent of a box of chocolates - bite-sized and pure addictive pleasure."
Join us this week on Writers' Voices to learn how Usher finds the letters, how he chose which ones to include in the book, and the process of creating such a beautiful work of literary history.
For today's show I prepared two on my favorite Japanese bands for summer.
The Pop and Alternative Rock band Aqua Timez that contributes to the soundtracks for Animes on a regular basis and Dragon Ash, a band active since 1996 that did not only make Hip Hop mainstream in Japan but also took it to another level.