Andy Bargerstock's blog

Til TuesdayDJ Andy Bargerstock continues with his decade-span reflections.  This program highlights his favorite off-the-beaten-path music from the 1980s. In the first hour, you will hear tracks from New Wave artists such as Talk Talk, Machinations, The Smiths, and 'Til Tuesday featuring lead singer-songwriter Aimee Mann (photo left).

In the second-hour Chill Session, be prepared for sonic pleasures from Roxy Music, Suzanne Vega, model and singer Grace JonesGrace Jones (photo right), Dead Can Dance, Torch Song, and Strange Advance with their epic ethereal song "Worlds Away."

Click here for playlist. Fringe Toast Music offers the best music you never hear... unless you are tuned to KRUU-FM.

Mark your calendar for Wed. Jan. 31 for the next program of fringe music from the 1990s decade.

Share Valentine's Day on Wednesday February 14th with DJ Andy's 2017 Annual Crispy Awards with his favorite best new releases from last year.

David CrosbyDJ Andy Bargerstock offers a spectacular playlist of music from off-the-beaten path '70s style. Among the first-hour performers are Paul Siebel, Dave Mason, Brian Protheroe, Rodriguez, Elvin Bishop, Savoy Brown and John Renbourn. The second-hour Chill Zone includes rare tracks from Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane and a similar-sounding band Sweetwater, Ten Year's After from the LP A Space in Time, Hawkwind, Brian Eno, Robin Trower, Klaatu, and Captain Beyond.

Perhaps, the most inspiring song of the program is David Crosby's "Laughing" (photo right) from his LP If I Could Only Remember My Name featuring Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia delivering a heart-twisting lament on pedal steel guitar. The song recounts Crosby's search for "the man who knows the truth" about life.

Click here for playlist. The best music you never hear ... unless you are tuned to Fringe Toast on KRUU-FM.  Stay tuned to learn about how to continue to get Fringe Toast Music after March 1.


Pink Floyd(See Revised Updated and Improved Playlist Link). Transport yourself to the late 1960s. You find yourself listening to a late-night, obscure Underground FM radio station laying down music from off-the-beatnik path.  DJ Andy Bargerstock shares what a FRINGE TOAST MUSIC radio show might have sounded like back then. Tracks pulled from his personal collection include artists/bands like Native American singer Buffy Sainte-Marie, rare Pink Floyd (photo left), John Martyn, King Crimson, Fairport Convention, and Pentangle (photo right).Pentangle

In the second-hour, explore the outer edges of your mind with epic tracks including Joe Byrd & the Field Hippies, Rolling Stones' 1968 wonderful oddity "2000 Light Years from Home", Tonto's Expanding Head Band's electronic Indian synthesizer classic "Riversong", Pink Floyd's "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun", Blood Sweat & Tears' "Variations on a Theme by Erik Satie," and Paul Horn's "Agra" from the LP Inside the Taj Mahal.  This will be a magic carpet ride!

Click here for playlist. Mark your calendar and experience the rare space of '60s FRINGE TOAST STYLE via live streaming on or at KRUU 100.1 FM in Fairfield, Iowa.

Camila Cabello20 year-old Camila Cabello (photo left) and Lily Kershaw (photo right) help DJ Andy Bargerstock bring in the new year by anchoring first and second hours (respectively) of this week's program with music from off-the-beaten path that deserves to be mainstream. After Camila's program opening song "Havana" featuring Young Thug, both Pentangle and Brown Bird subsequently offer twin-spins. Listen closely for The Brother Brothers (who played recently at Cafe Paradiso in Fairfield) and songs from the band, Darlingside, and singer/instrumentalist savant Rhiannon Giddens.

In the second-hour Lily Kershaw (photo below) collaborates with SYML on an English-French version of "Where's My Love" and then SYML goes solo on "Fear of the Water." The rest of the second-hour Chill Session features the New Zealand band Fat Freddy's Drop and Joe Dukie & DJ Fitchie. Bask in the swoon of the final 25 minutes with soft bluesy drifting jazz improvisations with the UK Lily Kershaw1970s band Soft Machine.

Click here for playlist. Fringe Toast offers the best music you never hear... unless you are tuned to KRUU-LP 100.1 FM in Fairfield, IA or streaming at

Mark your calendar for DJ Andy Bargerstock's 2017 Crispy Award-winning tracks to be played on Wed., Feb. 14th (Valentine's Day) at 8pm CT with replay on Sat., Feb. 17th in the morning at 8am CT.  This playlist of 31 songs represents DJ Andy's favorite new releases from 2017. You don't want to miss this epic program.

Justin JohnsonEarly in the first hour, watch (and listen) for the bold spotlight on DJ Andy's interview with Justin Johnson (photo left) with music tracks from his new CD If Walls Could Talk. This sparkling instrumental virtuoso plays heritage cigarbox banjos and guitars, some of which have never been before been recorded. Tune in early! Read music review on Justin from the Fringe Toast Music column published in Iowa Source Magazine in May 2016.

DJ Andy Bargerstock unveils another LIVE program of 100% rarely-played-on Fringe Toast tracks featuring first-hour contributions from French DJ electronica master Møme, French band Erevan TuskColter Wall, Michael Penn (brother of filmmaker Sean Penn), and Ibis-masked DJ Claptone (photo right).  Listen closely for first-time tracks from Howe Gelb, The Oh Hellos, and Maribou State.Claptone

The second-hour Chill Zone is anchored by N*Grandjean, Japanese Wallpaper, Steven Wilson, both solo and with his band Porcupine Tree, and Fairfield's own James Dean Claitor who provides a twin-spin from his incredibly abundant music library.   Click here for playlist. This program was originally aired 12/7/16.

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Norah Jones(Note: Playlist linked below). Fabulous blend of epic Fringe Toast classics and new tracks from contemporary artists.  DJ Andy Bargerstock lays down another program of great music from off-the-beaten path. The ladies garner the first-hour spotlight. Norah Jones (photo left) shares tracks rarely heard from her albums. Austin-based Sarah Jarosz (photo right), the new grass Indie composer, singer, multi-instrumentalist and overall wonderkind offers the track "My Muse" followed by 1969 Underground Music track "Moonsong : Pelog" by Joe Bryd and the Field Hippies.  Yeah really!  Listen closely for tracks from Sarah JaroszChristina Perri and Gregory Alan Isakov.

In the second-hour Chill Zone, prepare to hear the UK electronic composer and producer William Orbit in his collaboration with singer-songwriter Beth Orton with the exotic "Water from a Vine Leaf".  Stay alert the chill electronica set featuring Jai Uttal and Buddha Sound along with Ian Moore's "Black-eyed Dog" and Sebastien Tellier's "Curiosa."

Enjoy this playlist. Invite friends to join the live stream at on Wednesday at 8pm CT and Saturday mornings at 8am CT. Click on "Listen Live".  Fringe Toast offers the best music you never hear... unless you are tuned to KRUU-FM. 

Read DJ Andy's music review of Canada's Barr Brothers from December issue of Iowa Source magazine.

Steve and Michaela McLain

From the past 11 years of Fringe Toast Music, DJ Andy Bargerstock resurrects his favorite tracks from Fairfield artists. Yes, the entire program features musicians who currently live or formerly lived in our town. Listen for tracks from Steve and Michaela McLain (photo left) who continue to anchor the solid lineup of current musicians in Fairfield.  Many eagerly await a return visit from Mirabai Britton (photo right) with accompaniment by father Tim Britton. Additional first-hour talents include Mt. Thelonious, Arthur Lee Land, Robert Reeder and Taylor Ross.

In the second-hour, you ears will tingle with delight from artists including Jenn Mirabai BrittonTrimpe, Jose Overmyer, Society of Broken Souls, Skunk River Medicine Show, Mr. Nasti, and Dagmar

Click here for playlist. Mark your calendar to hear the best music you rarely hear unless you are tuned to KRUU-FM at 100.1 and streaming live at and click on LISTEN LIVE at 8pm CT on Wednesday with replays on Saturday mornings at 8am CT.

Cat PowerDJ Andy Bargerstock paints a sonic experience in the key of TRUE BLUE. Many of this program's songs have a connection to the color blue or the blues genre. In the first hour, the spotlight shines brightly on singers Cat Power (left) and Sia Furler (below right) who share their spell-binding vocal talents. More tracks from Pentangle, English folk/acoustic jazz band featuring acoustic guitarists John Renbourn and Bert Jansch.  Seattle-area Emancipator from his 2017 acoustic/electronic fusion CD. Female Indie band Big Moon provides a twin-spin from new CD. Fairfield's own Mirabai Britton sings her creation "Deep Blue Sea".

In the second-hour Chill Zone, prepare for relaxing sounds from a variety of international artists including Elbow, The Karminsky Experience, Tya, Blue Tofu, and Musicpool Wavesurfers.  It's the best music you never hear... unless you are tuned to Fringe Toast Music on KRUU-FM at 100.1 in Fairfield, IA or streaming at www.kruufm.comSia Furler


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Watch for DJ Andy's music review in December Iowa Source magazine on Montreal-based Barr Brothers.

Tina DicoDJ Andy Bargerstock features Denmark's Tina Dico (photo left) and the London female acoustic/Indie band Big Moon (photo right).  In the first hour, more tracks from Colter Wall, The Host Country, and Adrianne.  Listen closely early for rare track of Mama Cass (1963) while a member of The Big 3, a folk band in New York City.  Also, stay alert for two consecutive Beatles cover songs including Tina Dico & AM acoustic duet version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps". Late in first hour, Afro Celt Sound System takes the The Big Moonstage with their own set of Celtic/WestAfrican electronic fusion music.

Highlight of second-hour Chill Zone includes two tracks from Northwest US electronic composer/DJ Emancipator from his new CD Baraiku.  Dig deeply into the marvelous playlist here.  Spread the word and mark your calendar.  Invite friends worldwide to join the live stream at and click on LISTEN LIVE. It's the best music you never hear... unless you are tuned to KRUU-FM.

The Barr BrothersDJ Andy Bargerstock shines the first-hour spotlight on Canadian trio The Barr Brothers (photo left) and Iowa-based band The Host Country (photo right). Former Fairfield resident, Diana Garles (keys and vocals), and Ty Winstrand (guitar/vocals) met while attending University of Northern Iowa where they started Host Country collaborations. You will hear two The Host Countrytracks from their 2017 self-titled CD. The program kicks off with Big Head Todd and the Monsters covering Jimi Hendrix's song "Roomful of Mirrors." Fringe Toast first-timers include POLICA, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, Julien Baker, James Hersey, Neu! and Download.

The second-hour Chill Zone session features the young Austrian singer James Hersey, his electronic collaborator Filous and the virtually unknown French guitar virtuoso Michel Moulinie with choice tracks from his only rare album from decades ago.  Prepare to ride the endorphin sky plane.  

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