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Chumbawamba(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 (AmericanFirst Aid Kit 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.

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    Jul 23
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  • Tue
    Jul 29
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Fringe Toast - ERNEST RANGLIN & BAJKA PLUWATSCH Wed., 7/23 at 8pm

ernest ranglin(Playlist link below). Spotlight shines on Ernest Ranglin, legendary Jamaican jazz guitarist (photo left) with samples of his creative genius that marked the evolution of reggae dub step genre.  In the same set you will experience Radio Citizen, a German dub step band featuring vocalist Bajka Pluwatsch (photo below, Indian born down tempo singer).  Other contributors to the Chill Session include 10 Ft. Ganga Plant (mysterious Boston band that lBajka Pluwatschists no artist names on its albums), Fat Freddy's Drop (Australia), Slightly Stoopid (San Diego roots/reggaie), The Hundred in the Hands, and Six Organs of Admittance.

100% of tracks on this program have never been played before on Fringe Toast.  In the first hour, rarely heard singer-songwriters take the stage such as Chris Smithers, Meredith Bragg, Sunbear, Junip's Jose Gonzalez, and Eilen Jewell.

Click here for playlist.  Invite friends to join the live stream every Wednesday night at 8pm Central Time.  Find out why people say that Fringe Toast plays the best music you never hear. 

Stay Tuned for Upcoming Interview and CD release with Robert Reeder and Apocalypso Tantric Boys Choir.

Sam BushThese are the days of traditional musical styles morphing into new and exciting blends.  Such is the case with Electroswing and New Grass genres.  Both are based on the combination of musical elements that make some purest squirm.  But, for those open to new experience, you will enjoy the first-hour set of New Grass music centered around talents of Sam Bush (photo left) who as a 12 year old was a national bluegrass fiddle champion. Now, he is also known for excellence in mandolin playing.  On this night, he collaborates with David Grisman, Jamie Hartford, and James Allen Shelton.  With new grass, the music moves into free-wheeling jazz-likeLouie Austen improvisations and influences from the blues.

With Electroswing music, elements of swing jazz recordings from the 1940s are combined with modern beats and electronic music flavors.  Sometimes, exotic female vocals provide a charming touch.  On this program, you will hear one of the world's best composers of this genre, Austria's Parov Stelar.  Joining the set are Louie Austen (photo right), Camels on Duty, and Random Heroes.  Put on your dancing shoes!!  

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    Jul 09
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  • Tue
    Jul 15
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Fringe Toast - ANGUS & JULIA STONE, Wed., 7/9 at 8pm

angus and julia stone(See link to play list below). This program begins with two tracks, lead vocals Gabriel Gordon, from Wax Poetic's On a Ride CD (2012), the NYC trip hop band featured on recent programs.  In the first hour, we explore new CDs from legendary songwriters Natalie Merchant (photo) and Sarah McLachlan. The main spotlight shines on the brother-sister duo from Australia, Angus and Julia Stone (photo). Other rare tracks too!

In the second-hour Chill Session, Fringe Toast first-timers take the microphone natalie merchantincluding Sascha Funke (German DJ producer), Lord Huron (American LA-based indie-folk band), Vargo (male-female electronic German duo) and Chemin Neuf (France).  UK electronic composer Simon Posford offers tracks from his incarnations as Sphongle and Younger Brother.  Invite friends to join the live stream at 

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Shelly Fraley


(See playlist link below). DJ Andy Bargerstock continues with another live music program of 100% new music never played on Fringe Toast.  From London, the folk/indie band Bombay Bicycle Club (photo) and Nashville open-hearted singer-songwriter Shelly Fraley (photo) anchor the first hour of enchanting tracks. Listen early for Tom Freund and his acoustic cover of Pink Floyd's "Fearless." Continuing with new artists introduced last week, you will hear more intriguing music from Wax Poetic and Shook Twins.

Bombay Bicycle Club


You don't want to miss the epic second-hour Chill Session with 57-minute extended mix by the electronic California-based duo known as Poolside featuring talents of Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise.  Many delightful twists and turns that will enhance your endorphin levels.  Invite your friends worldwide to join the live stream at

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wax poeticThe spotlight shines brightly on New York City based trip-hop band Wax Poetic (photo) featuring Sissy Clemens (center) on vocals and Swedish-Turkish composer/musician Ilhan Erashin (left).  More good tracks from Mexican acoustic guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela.  New musicians to Fringe Toast this week include Will Phalen Rosi Golan(Chicago area songwriter), The Shook Twins (Oregon harmonic sister act), Annie Williams (Nashville songwriter), Trent Dabbs (Mississippi songwriter), and Tom Freund (Ben Harper collaborator). Rosi Golan (right) contribures her magnificent talents.

The second-hour Chill Session benefits from Jah Wobble, Radiohead, and a preview track "Hunger of the Pine" from English alternative band Alt-J's new upcoming epic CD release.   You don't want to miss this program. So, mark your calendar, turn down the lights, and let the chill flow!

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Jake Bugg(Link to Play List below). DJ Andy Bargerstock returns with a LIVE SHOW beginning several weeks of new music discoveries.  Australian male-female duo Luluc (below right photo) will play a track from the upcoming CD Passerby in mid-July.  20-year-old English singer-songwriter Jake Bugg (photo left) offers songs from his second CD Shangri La. 

Early in first hour, listen closely for Diana Garles (yes, daughter of Gary Garles, Centripetal Sounds DJ) and her group The Host Country that will perform on Saturday (6/21/14) at Sondheim as part of Fairfest. Additional new music from West Coast alternative band Eels, American Delta blues master Keb' Mo', and the exotic "Everly Brothers sounds" of The Secret Sisters.  Twin spins from Andrew Bird and Amos Lee

LulucThe second-hour Chill Session lays down grooves from the unusual suspects such as Mia Doi Todd, The Drog and Summer Blend, Hypnos, Carmen Rizzo, KGB, and Tape Five. Invite friends to join the live stream anywhere in the world at

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fringe toast(See link to play list below). After opening music from former leadman for The Guess Who, Burton Cummings, and the rising Colorado-based high energy, folk-alternative band, The Lumineers, DJ Andy Bargerstock lays down tracks from Vermont's duo, Quiet Lion, featuring Tommy Alexander and Grace Flynn (photo), who provides a soothing counterpoint to Tommy's deep vocals.  quiet lion

On the song, "The Quiet Child," you will learn the simple joy that comes when "you can sit still with the quiet child and untangle all that is wrong and right."  Anais Mitchell and Cuddle Magic round out the singer-songwriter section of the program.

During the second-hour Chill Session (that some say is so well-designed for massage sessions), you will hear UK ambient electronic duo Honeyroot, upstate New York dub, reggae roots band, 10 Ft. Ganga Plant, electronic grooves with Phase Selector Sound, and more good tracks from Germany's Deep-Dive-Corp. that finished off last week's Chill Zone.  

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(See link to playlist below). After the Underground Music classic, "Sands of Time" byFleetwood Mac (1971), DJ ollabelleAndy Bargerstock shines the spotlight on the New York based band, Ollabelle (photo), consisting of six multi-instrumentalists and singers performing music that is a blend of gospel, folk, rock, and Americana styles. Members originally come from Australia, Canada and USA.  Listen closely in the first hour for Jamaican keyboardist Jackie Mittoo, another blues track from Mud Morganfield (son of Muddy Waters), rising bluegrass songwriter Sarah Jarosz, curious tracks from the last album from UK's Bee Gees, and later in the program Uganda's Geoffrey Oryema.  Turn the lights down low and enjoy a special evening with someone close. 

 Click here for play list.  Invite your friends to join us on the Internet for this live streaming broadcase at  Discover why people say Fringe Toast Music offers the best music you never hear!  Program originally aired on Jan. 23, 2013.

nickel creek( See link to play list below). 1972 Underground Classic, "Leavin' (Again)" by Foghat launches this week's program of music from off-the-beaten path.  DJ UndergroundMan shines the first-hour spotlight on American progressive acoustic trio Nickel Creek (photo left) and southern California duo Sweet Talk Radio.  Listen closely for interview and studio performance from Fairfield area singer-songwriter, Jenn Trimpe (photo right). Anais Mitchell who visits Fairfield fequently collaborates with Jefferson Jenn TrimpeHamer on "Tam Lin." 

In the Chill Session (2nd hour), you will be guided through ethereal spaces by alternative and electronic artists including Shearwater, The Burned, Phosphorescent, The Dandy Warhols, and Luminous.

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Special Note: Watch for DJ Andy's music review on Fairfield's  James Dean Claitor in the June 2014 issue of The Iowa Source.

This program originally broadcast on 3/27/13.

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