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AsteroidThis very Tuesday a huge asteroid about the size of an aircraft carrier will actually pass between the Earth and the orbit of the moon.  At its closest point (6:28 PM EST) Asteroid 2005 YU55, as it is fondly known to its many fans, will pass the Earth at a range of about 201,700 miles.

There's no danger of a cosmological fender-bender, we're told, and the I.W.H. will welcome our visitor with a medley of intergalactic tunes (and a few songs about rocks) on this week's show.

Tuesday 11/8/11, 8-10 PM.  Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.

  • Tue
    Nov 01
    7:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Fri
    Nov 04
    11:00 pm -
    1:00 am

THE INTERCRANIAL WHIZBANG HOUR: Boom! 8-10 PM

BombExactly 100 years ago, on November 1st, 1911, the world's first combat aerial bombing mission took place in Libya when second lieutenant Giulio Gavotti of Italy dropped several small bombs on the enemy from his airplane during the Italo-Turkish war.  Thus began the fad of people dropping explosive things on other people from great heights, a pastime still popular today.

Most of the bomb-dropping songs I've been able to find are about the atomic bomb or more contemporary WMD's, which won't do at all for this anniversary, so this week's Whizbang will open with some heroic flying songs, many from the World War I era.

Also: new music from Tom Waits, Bjork, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bill Frisell, Brian Eno and others.

Tuesday 11/1/11, 8-10 PM.  Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.

  • Tue
    Oct 25
    7:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Fri
    Oct 28
    11:00 pm -
    1:00 am

THE INTERCRANIAL WHIZBANG HOUR: Boo! 8-10 PM

FrankYep, it's that time of year again, and nobody does Halloween radio like the Intercranial Whizbang Hour.

(Discuss: Is this a good or a bad thing?)

Two hours of tunes from the tomb, Tuesday 10/25/11, 8-10 PM.

 Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.

WhaleChuckThis week the I.W.H. celebrates the anniversaries of two of western civilization's greatest gifts to culture: the publication of Moby Dick, 160 years ago on Oct. 18th, 1861, and the birth of Charles Edward Anderson "Chuck" Berry, 85 years ago on Oct. 18th, 1926.

Songs about whales, and Chuck Berry songs performed by himself and other artists, on this week's Whizbang.

Tuesday 10/18/11, 8-10 PM.  Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.

  • Tue
    Oct 11
    7:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Fri
    Oct 14
    11:00 pm -
    1:00 am

THE INTERCRANIAL WHIZBANG HOUR: Moondance! 8-10 PM

Moon

 

KRUU goes lunar-powered for two hours as The Intercranial Whizbang Hour celebrates the Harvest Moon (different Native American traditions celebrate this in September), the Hunter's Moon, the Travel Moon, the Dying Grass Moon, the Blood Moon, Kaumudi, Vap Poya and other October full-moon events with an evening of moonsong, featuring a special appearance by Cloyd and Gidney.

Tuesday 10/11/11, 8-10 PM.  

Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.

Vegetable girl

 

 

Yes, join me in the musical equivalent of a vegetative state on this week's Whizbang.

 

Tuesday 10/4/11, 8-10 PM.

 

Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.

  • Tue
    Sep 27
    7:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Fri
    Sep 30
    11:00 pm -
    1:00 am

THE INTERCRANIAL WHIZBANG HOUR: Harrisongs 8-10 PM

George

 

Normally, I wouldn't feature boomer-tunes two weeks in a row, but I'd say the circumstances warrant it.  

Fairfield, Iowa, hosting a preview showing of Martin Scorcese's George Harrison doc, Living in the Material World, is certainly enough of a 'Holy crap, can you believe this?' event to justify an hour or so of Harrison rarities, covers, mash-ups and other odds and ends to open this week's Whizbang.

Tuesday 9/27/11  8-10 PM.  

Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.

Mick

 

Seeing as how this Friday night Fairfield will be hosting the Rolling Stones tribute band Satisfaction (The Rolling Clones?), I thought it might be fun to spend an evening listening to other artists' tributes to Mick & Keef and company.

This week's Whizbang will feature Stones songs as covered by The Cowboy Junkies, Johnny Cash, Taj Mahal, Angelique Kidjo, The Who and Brave Combo, to name but a few. You just might find you get what you need.

Tuesday 9/20/11, 8-10 PM.  

Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.

Choc

 

Not to be confused with World Chocolate Day, which was of course on September 4th.  

This week's Whizbang will open with dark, milk and bittersweet musical bonbons to celebrate.

 

Tuesday 9/13/11, 8-10 PM.  

 

Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.

rpsDid you know there really is a World Rock Paper Scissors Society?  I kid you not:  http://www.worldrps.com/

But that has nothing to do with the fact that three of Fairfield's favorite far-flung daughters have returned from their respective parts of the globe to reunite as Rock Paper Scissors, not only to  perform for us this Saturday and Sunday night at The Beauty Shop, but to hawk their newest release, Live from Iowa.

They've kindly sent me advance copies of a few of the new tracks, which I'll be featuring on this week's Hepcat's Holiday, starting somewhere around 9:15 or 9:20 AM.

Friday 9/16/11, 9-10 AM

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