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fringe toast(Link to play list at bottom). ... Another excursion into DJ Andy Bargerstock's world music selections revealed in this program through a 4X3 matrix (four bands each playing three tracks). Smoke Fairies (photo) is a UK female duo that blends American blues and English folk ballads in splendid compositionsmoke fairiess. Aidan Hawken with his former band, Highwater Rising, takes the lead on tracks from their 2003 CD, The In Between. The Woods is an LA-based trio featuring the singing and songwriting talents of Brad Cohen. Swedish electronica brother-duo, Velours Perfect, proves why their 2006 CD is rightly titled, King Size Brothers. Other FT first-timers on this week's show include film composer Paul Leonard-Morgan, North Carolina instrumental band Songs of Water, Ror-Shak featuring Iowa's own Julee Cruise, and Maui's Eric Stroeve.  Play list. Program aired originally 4/20/11.

MARK your calendar for Oct 1 and Oct. 8, 2014 to hear DJ Andy's 8th ANNUAL BEST of FRINGE TOAST shows.

Flight Facilities(See link to play list). The program begins with 1969 track "Stone Circle" by Third Ear Band, an underground band rarely ever heard by anyone anywhere. DJ Andy Bargerstock (a.k.a., UndergroundMan) shines the spotlight on the trio known as Flight Facilities (photo left with singer Giselle center), an exciting and mysterious Australian band labeled as electronic-dance music but taking us well beyond the confines of their airport theme. Listen closely for track "Clair de Lune". Other featured artists include Trippfinger, Bhi Bhiman, Mollie O'Brien, Mudd & Smith.  The traditional 2nd hour chill session will take you to ethereal spaces yielding delight and contentment.   Share with your friends worldwide and invite them to listen via live stream at .   Click here for playlist.  Program originally aired 1/16/13. Some say Fringe Toast is the best music you never hear!... unless you are tuned to KRUU-FM.

hot tunaRare tracks from Paul Simon and Christina Perri.  New material from Jorma Kaukonen's reunited '70s jam band, Hot Tuna (photo), and from France, the exotic electronic band, Air.  Rock band, Parachute, stands as a FT first timer with single, "Something to Believe In".  Canada's Harry supreme beingsManx, too.

In the second hour, tracks: Ror-shak, Velours Perfect, Supreme Beings of Leisure (photo), Cargo Cult, and the extremely obscure As I Hide (CD) by Witchcraft.

Click for play list.  Program originally aired 5/18/11.

david gray(Link to playlist below).  After Melanie Martinez's opening song, DJ Andy Bargerstock interviews Ian Lubar whose band Mt. Thelonious will play Cafe Paradiso on Saturday, 9/6 at 8pm. Afterwards, Ed Sheeran, Ireland's Sinead O'Connor (photo) and UK's David Gray (photo) share their talents.  Listen closely for tracks from Goyte (Belgium-Australia) known for 2013 Grammy Award Best Song, "Somebody That I Used to Know." Discover what else he does!

DJ Andy Bargerstock's second-hour bliss-inducing Chill Session floats around collection Best of Lounge Music 2012 featuring tracks from Alex Nöthlich Sinead O'Connor(Germany), Spiridion (Wales), and Y.G., aka Yvonne Giuliano (Italy).  Last set features super cool tracks from Emou, an obscure German electronic group that DJ Andy discovered during a late-night foray into the Underground Music scene.

Click here for playlist.  Share this posting with friends on your social network. Invite them to join the live stream on every Wednesday at 8pm CT to discover interested new music.  WATCH for DJ Andy's music review in next week's Iowa Source Magazine on the New York City band, Wax Poetic.

MIghty Mo Rodgers(See link to playlist below). Bonnie Raitt calls him "a breath of fresh air in the blues and R&B world."  Mighty Mo Rodgers (photo) played the organ on Brenton Wood's 1967 song "Gimme Little Sign." Since then he has recorded six albums yet many still do not know his work... until now where on Fringe Toast we offer an opening set featuring songs from two CDs. Also, in the first hour, you will hear twin-spins from new albums by Imogen Heap and Sinead O'Connor. 

The transition to Chill Zone in the second-hour will be welcomed by actress Scarlett Johansson (photo) who you know as a great actor and will discover to be also a great singer withscarlett johansson special track called "One Whole Hour" and a collaboration on second tune with American singer-songwriter Pete Yorn. Also, newly released track from UK's delightfully quirky band alt-J.  As requested by listeners, more good stuff from Rising Appalachia and Natalie Walker. Fringe Toast first-timers include Bushy, Dixon's Violin, Tiaan, Kwabs, David Garza, and Novo Som.

Click here for playlist!  Invite friends worldwide to join the live stream at where you click on "Listen Live."  Discover again and again why many feel that Fringe Toast is an excellent source of new music.

Rising Appalachia(See link to playlist below). This week's program spotlight shines on the second-hour Chill Zone with American jazz master Alice Coltrane (photo right) featuring music from her 1971 LP Universal Consciousness and on New Orleans world-folk fusion sister duo Rising Appalachia (photo) from their outstanding 2013 CD Soul Visions.  International singer-songwriters who join the fun include Miraque I Myro (Hungary), Vargo (Germany), Laura Marling (UK), Prince Jammy (Jamaica), Ohm-G (Germany), and Bill Laswell (US).   First-time bands to Fringe Toast:  LeavingAlice Coltrane Music, Blue Foundation, Blockboy, and Dick Gaughan

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Fringe Toast Music, the best place to discover new music from off-the-beaten path.  Watch for DJ Andy Bargerstock's music reviews in Iowa Source Magazine the first week of each month.

  • Wed
    Aug 13
    8:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Tue
    Aug 19
    12:00 am -
    2:00 am

Fringe Toast Music - ROBERT REEDER CD debut

(Playlist link below). This week’s program begins with music and interview with Fairfield’s Robert Reeder (photo left) about his soon to be released Robert Reederfirst CD called the album. This album oozes flavors of early Eagles but with more grit and contemporary flair.  Clapton offers tracks from his new tribute album to J.J. Cale.  And, Tom Petty offers “Shadow People” from his new CD.

 The second hour Chill Session is anchored Natalie Merchantby Natalie Walker (photo), whose vocals blessed Wax Poetic’s 2012 On a Ride album.  First-timers to Fringe Toast this week include Triptic Soul, Syd Arthur, Rising Appalachia and the Human Experience, and Astronauts. Listen closely for classically obscure psychedelic sound of West Coast Art Pop Experimental Band with “Smell of Incense” from 1967.   

 Click here for playlist.  Invite friends worldwide to join the live stream at where you simply click on “Listen Live.”  For more information on the Robert Reeder CD release, read DJ Andy Bargerstock's article in August issue of Iowa Source Magazine at

Luluc(100% new LIVE program). The spotlight shines on Australia's down-tempo folk balladeers Luluc (Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett, photo left) whose new CD Passerby on SubPop Records sparkles with warmth and vocal beauty.  After the opening set, DJ Andy Bargerstock replays his 2013 interview with tracks from their first CD and then follows with three tracks from Luluc's new CD.  Learn more about this up-and-coming duo, their inspirations and lean acoustic musical approach.  Former Zero 7 lead singer, Sia Furler (photo below), provides the invocation siainto the chill zone.

In the second-hour Chill Session you can expect high-quality electro-acoustic beats and ambient music from various Buddha Chill compilation albums that will include artists such as God's Blue Chest, Deep-Dive-Corp., Vargo, Sleeping At Last, and Ludovico Einaudi.

Click here for playlist.  Invite friends worldwide to join the live stream at   Discover again why there are so many devotees of Fringe Toast, the best source of new music!

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.

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!

  • Wed
    Jul 23
    8:00 pm -
    10:00 pm
  • Tue
    Jul 29
    12:00 am -
    2:00 am

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.

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