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Welcome to "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile and James Moore. This week's three tiers include truth & consequences, the split personality economy that sounds a lot like a vacuum cleaner unless you find yourself at the top of the pylon, and the future is tomorrow if you can wait that long.
Sit back and enjoy your weekly dose of 'what's up' in global Hapsville. Links to all the stories covered listed below. Just click "Read more" below. Reading's good anyway, right?
It's a TRUE BLUE BLUE RIBBON BLUES WEEKEND in F-TOWN
James Moore talks with Southeast Iowa Blues Society's director Gary Henry all about Saturday, August 2nd's first annual blues festival at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds [doors open at 4:30pm] featuring top notch Memphis act Ghost Town Blues Band, runner up at this year's international blues competition, Des Moines-based blues band the Soul Searchers, Fairfield's Quay Thomas Trio, and Tony Blew of Ottumwa.
Also, a featured interview with Twin Galaxy impressario Walter Day who will be exhibiting his special game trading cards at ICON Gallery tonight. More than 100 stars of the video gaming world will be in Fairfield over the weekend to celebrate Ottumwa as the gaming capitol of the world, in what has become the largest business in America, to the tune of $93 billion a year--bigger than the film or sports industries!! Saturday lots going on at Arts & Convention Center and Sunday an excursion and special photo op in Ottumwa where a gaming center is in the process of being created.
A short interview by Charlotte Silver with Palestinian reporter Yousef al Helou talking about the death of fellow photojournalist
With the exception of two short songs, the entire show is dedicated to an album released recently called Tomorrow is Today: A Tribute To The Australian Psychedelic Scene 1966-70. If you get out of the 'house' at all for your listening pleasure you will recognize some of the bands playing on this two-disc set: The Sand Pebbles, Tarantula, S.T. Mikael, and The Green Circles have some great cuts. Some great pop, too. Cool Breeze
Stephen King calls it "the novel of the year." It is being compared to Truman Capote's "In Cold Blood" - only better. The AP harkens "an extraordinary achievement, a mesmerizing blend of fact and faction" and the Wall Street Journal claims that "Quite Dell's success is due to a bold decision...the serial killer hardly appears."
Writers' Voices welcome Jayne Anne Phillips, author of such liminary novels as "Motherkind" and "Lark and Termite" as well as short story collections "Fast Lanes" and "Black Tickets." In "Quiet Dell," Phillips has turned to creative non-fiction with the story of a 1931 multiple murder which ocurred near her home town in West Virginia. Years of research and writing of what Phillips refers to as her "hidden book" led to this masterpiece about the con man Harry Powers and his victims, widow Asta Eicher and her three children.
If you are not familiar with this author, you may want to check out her website or listen to the book trailer on youtube. Then tune in Friday at 1 pm or Monday at 8 am for a down-to-earth conversation with the author.
Here's some news: new releases are now August 1, late in the traditional summer blockbuster season to release what we believe will be one of the biggest box office summer funhouse movies of the year: Guardians Of The Galaxy. "A summer comic-book movie that effortlessly makes you feel like a wide-eyed, happy kid again." "Guardians of the Galaxy does the impossible. Through dazzle and dumb luck, it turns the clichés of comic-book films on their idiot heads and hits you like an exhilarating blast of fun-fun-fun." - Peter Travers, Rolling Stone "While "Guardians" takes you down one after another crazy narrative turn, it also pulls you into - and, for the most part, keeps you in - a fully realized other world." - N.Y. Times "If you're old enough to remember when sci-fi and comic books were fun, "Guardians of the Galaxy" will be your new favorite movie. If you're not, it will set a standard for everything you see." - Joe Williams, St. Louis Post Dispatch
The fabulous A Hard Day's Night is held over at the Orpheum. The family film Earth To Echo also showing ~An adventure as big as the universe~ "This is a superior junior sci-fi yarn."
We'll also talk about watching Steven Spielberg's now classic first major movie release, forty years later: The Sugarland Express. Better than I remember, including one of modern America's greatly realized endings. All this on the Filmosophers Movie Talk show, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions". Fridays, 12:30 PM; again Sunday mornings 11:30. "He might have taken my gun, but he was never gonna use it."- Officer Slide, The Sugarland Express
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.
Popping vitamins has never been my thing, but I have plenty of friends who load up every single day and have followed that regime for years. In talking with them about their supplement intake I’ve never been convinced they really notice tangible results, but, instead, rely on the simple rationalization that “more is better” when it comes to filling the body with “super foods.” OK, maybe I could buy that, but in the form of a pill?
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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!