Want to get caught up on what has been kicking around in Andy Bargerstock's brain during 2015?? Well, here is the time to do it! On this once per year program, DJ Andy shares his Crispy Awards playlist of 27 songs selected from over 400 new releases played on Fringe Toast during 2015. The spotlight shines on the Brooklyn, NY based duo Bob Moses (originally from Canada; image left) with their splendid tracks on our Album of the Year called Days Gone By. Check out the Crispy Award's article published in the Iowa Source February issue.
In the second hour Chill Session, you will hear why so many ears are turning towards 25 year old UK singer-songwriter Laura Marling (photo right). Spread the word to others who seek the "best source of new music available anywhere." Click here for playlist... print and plunder it abundantly.
"The best music you never hear ... unless you are tuned to Fringe Toast."
I am saddened to report the passing of my Uncle Joseph "Duane" Mottet who died February 5th at the age of 85 at the Halcyon House in Washington. Duane was my dad's baby brother. And he was a true Mottet---a talker, a thinker, a storyteller. He was a real cut-up who made everyone laugh. He and my Aunt Carol raised four great kids in a house just outside of Brighton, a house where I stayed while my folks went on vacation in the late sixties. I'll always remember his voice. I'll always remember his walk. I'll always remember his good nature.
On tonight's edition of After Hours I'll be playing my favorite afrobeat, brass and jazz-funk from 2015. Stream it live February 6th, 10pm-12am CST right here on KRUU radio.
Earth, Wind and Fire's Maurice White has transitioned.
RIP to a shining star.
"Shining star for you to see,
what your life can truly be."
KRUUfm.com will be doing a musical tribute tonight Thu, Feb 4 at 7pm CT. Friday at 2pm I'll talk with KRUU's Duane Jones who grew up down the street from the Whites in Chicago and was inspired by Verdine White's amazing bass playing to take up the bass himself.
"Do you remem-bah?"
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This 1st Fridays Art Walk is Art In Film & Photography. The talented and creative Tracy McCormick will detail some of the films available for us to enjoy in the cultural district.
The Coen Brothers (The Big Lebowski, Fargo, No Country For Old Men) are one of most accomplished filmmakers of our time. So we're delighted that their latest film Hail, Caesar! is opening in the midst of a usually dreary time for significant films. It's an "all-star comedy set during the latter years of Hollywood's Golden Age. Starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum, Hail, Caesar! follows a single day in the life of a studio fixer who is presented with plenty of problems to fix." "There are the serious Coen brothers movies, like "No Country for Old Men" and there are the not-so-serious ones (like "The Big Lebowski"). "Hail, Caesar!" is the opposite of their serious ones, and it is delightful. - Ty Burr, Boston Globe. "This is one of my favorite movies ever made about making movies." - Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times. "Underneath the laff-riot and the Hollywood satire, "Hail, Caesar!" is a curiously delicate film built on profound affection for American movies and the illusions they build. - Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.
We'll talk about that, other new releases, what we've seen and more, on the Filmosophers, 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. "Would that it t'were so simple" - Laurence Lorenz, Hail Caesar!
The flu got me down this week, so we are going into the archives for a great interview, perfect to honor Black History Month.
Sharon Draper was a middle and high school English teacher for 25 years. In fact, she was named National Teacher of the Year in 1997. Her first book for young adults, "Tears of a Tiger" was published in 1995 and named one of the top 100 books for young adults for the millenium.
Writers' Voices host Caroline Kilbourn, herself a former high school English teacher, says "Stella By Starlight" should be required reading for all school children. Inspired by the childhoold journal of Draper's grandmother Estelle, who had to quit school in the fifth grade to work on the family farmbut continued to write late at night, "Stella by Starlight" is set in 1932 in the fictional town of Bumblebee, NC. Like many of Draper's books, it deals with difficult subjects; the Depression, segregation, the Ku Klux Klan, and voting rights, but told in a way that readers don't even realize they are learning history.
Join us this week on Writers' Voices to learn how this book came to be and why it is so important, why Draper writes for young adults and middle readers, and how she got her first book published. Originally broadcast 1/23/15.
You have heard me say over the years there are two individuals above all that led me to embrace rock and roll- Jimi Hendrix and Paul Kantner. Blows Against The Empire remains one of my top two albums of all time. His lyrical content challenged you to open your mind to other worlds. His collaborations with other west coast musicians were the stuff of legend. I have some personal reflections, and some off the record audio he made, and some really fine music for you in this segment. Plus an assortment of tasty treats from the underground passageways I have unearthed. All in honor of the spirit and the message. The G Man
On today's show I'll be playing my favorite rock albums from 2015. We've got some alternative and indie rock with Modest Mouse, Wilco and Mac DeMarco. Some blues-rock with The Dead Weather and Class Action. And some post-rock with Waking Aida and Barret Baumgart and John Morgan. Stream it live February 2nd, 5pm-6pm CST right here on KRUU radio.