Worldwide artists join the Fringe Toast Experience this week. Ry Cooder (photo), ranked by Rolling Stone magazine as #8 all-time best guitarist, joins Malian singer/guitarist, Ali Farka Toure (RS #76) as they perform the song "Gomni" from the CD Talking Timbuktu. During the program, you will also hear African artists with distinctive western influences from Aby Ndour, Wasis Diop with Lena Fiagbe, and Afro Celt Sound System (below photo).
New artists to the Fringe Toast soundstage include Bernard Fanning (Australia), Samantha James (UK), Brad Corrigan (US), Be Good Tanyas (Canada), Sven Van Hees (Belgium), and Jeremy Lev (photo below) described as a "jazzy Jack Johnson meets a more alternative John Mayer."
100% new music for Fringe Toast tonight! After UK blues group, Savoy Brown, launches this week's show, Cream bassist and vocalist, Jack Bruce (photo), takes the stage with his 2001 version of the Cream classic, "White Room". Listen early to hear this exquisite track. Then, settle in for two tracks from one of DJ Andy Bargerstock's favorite UK groups, Morcheeba, from their recently released "Deep Dive" CD.
Magic will fill the airwaves as the singer-songwriters line up for the Fringe Toast Coffeehouse talent show. The ladies will spin their spell with delicacy and charm, lyrics flowing like wine. You will hear from AM & Meiko, Israel's Keren Ann (half of duet Lady & Bird), Scotland's Eddi Reader, Sarah McLachlan, Fono & Serafino, Mia Doi Todd, Vanessa Daou and Ivy.
In past shows, you have been introduced to the magical, multi-media PBS production and CD, "One Giant Leap," produced by Jamie Catto and Duncan Bridgeman. DJ Andy has uncovered new tracks from this talented duo collaborating with other world artists in the "Happening - As Deep As We Can..." Listen closely for these tracks early in the second hour after Sarah M. There is indeed no better therapy than FRINGE TOAST for the mid-week transition blues. You'll end the evening with a smile on your face.
One of Iowa's true musical gems is Iowa City's mellow guitar master, Bo Ramsey (photo), who played last weekend with Pieta Brown at Paradiso Cafe. All who attended drifted home on a sea of bliss produced by this fine duo. In this week's Fringe Toast program, you will hear some of DJ Andy Bargerstock's favorite selections from the combined work of Pieta and Bo... some of which were not heard last Saturday such as their new recording of the track "Even When" now available on the CD, Flight Time.
Seattle's Green Pajamas launch the show with two tracks from their "Box of Secrets" CD. Notice the flavors of Tom Petty and later-stage Beatles. By popular request you will hear again from the UK group Porcupine Tree and the electronica teams, Patchwork and The New Deal. Sprinkled thoroughout the evening, ladies will delight us with soulful melodies and soaring harmonies. Among them will be Danish songwriter, Tina Dico (former lead with Zero 7), Bird York, Imogen Heap, Dory Previn, Margo Timmins with Cowboy Junkies, and Allison Kraus teaming with Robert Plant.
From the extreme fringe, you'll delight to the obscure French acoustic guitarist, Michel Moulinie, with a track from his very rare early '80s LP, "Chrysalide" .... fortunately discovered by DJ Andy during a daylong dig through an Asheville, NC vinyl shop. Indeed, there will be other treats for your ears as your endorphin levels rise throughout the evening. Brew the tea and lower the lights. The Fringe Toast Meister is coming with his magical musical tour.
Shine the spotlight on French DJ/composer/producer Stephane Pompougnac (photo) whose Hotel Costes CD series will dominate this week's program. Stephane began working as a waiter at Hotel Costes in Paris, France. Eventually, he moved into mixing music and DJ for the now-famous bar and courtyard cafe. Since 1999, he has released 10 volumes of the Hotel Costes series. This week, on Fringe Toast (FT), you will hear a variety of his cool, down tempo, blues-electronica swoon songs from many new groups to the FT scene, including Morten Verano, Villa Black, Orsten, Dutch Rhythm Combo, Shazz, Tosca, Shantel, Orbient, and Jehro. Doesn't it just trip your switch to anticipate the new tracks for your library!? Yet, there are more treats to come...
After an intensive search since 1971, DJ Andy Bargerstock reveals on this show the elusive Mystery Tune played on earlier programs.... "One Way Street", the instrumental should-have-been classic performed by Harvey "Snake" Mandel (photo) will be aired in pristine remastered clarity. You must hear this exquisite tune along with an additional track from the same album. From the same era you'll hear Pete Townsend produced music by Thunderclap Newman from their early 70s album, "Hollywood Dream." Early in the show, we will be treated to the rock-electro-psychedelic sounds from English band Porcupine Tree; and also the uniquely entrancing Chicago based L'Altra.
This week's show is part 4 of the Best of Fringe Toast representing the final cuts of DJ Andy Bargerstock's favorite tracks from the outer edges of the music scene worldwide. Peter Green, lead guitarist for early Fleetwood Mac, leads off this week's show with "Hiding in the Shadows," an incredible piece of rare musical material from his Splinter Group. B.B.King praised him as one of the worldest best electric bluesmen. Peter will pass the torch to Randy California (Spirit) as he plays "Cosmic Smile."
On this night, you'll hear two tracks from Opera to Relax, the German duo known for their dreamy improvisational electro-acoustic blues improvisations -- indeed, a uniquely enchanting sound that you've come to expect to discover on the Wednesday Night Experience. Other wonderfully delightful chill-out tracks will come from Tricky (formerly with Massive Attack), RJD2, Rara Avis, Sounds from the Ground, Sinewave, Two to Stay, and UK's William Orbit.
Discover why there are so many Fringe Toast fanatics! This week's program is Part 3 of the series of DJ Andy Bargerstock's favorite artists from the nearly 2000 music tracks played on Fringe Toast since the founding of KRUU-FM two years ago. John Lee Hooker and the James Montgomery Blues Band launch the program. The featured group of the evening is Mudcrutch (photos), recently reunited early 1970s Tom Petty Band that slipped into obscurity before Petty formed the Heartbreakers. You will hear "Crystal River", a contemporary composition with all the flavors of the best of early 70s.
Here's another quintessentially delightful edition of the very best of 2000 songs played over the past two years on Fringe Toast. This week's show is Vol. 2 of a four-part series during September 2008 celebrating the second anniversary of KRUU-FM. Tracks played on this evening's program made the FRINGE TOAST 100 list compiled by DJ Andy Bargerstock. You won't hear these tracks on any AM stations.
From New England, Guster (photos), the indie-pop band formed in the early 90s by the guys from Tufts University lead off the program with tracks, "Long Way Down" and "Either Way". This is a must-see concert band known for their sense of humor, upbeat melodies and cult following.
In celebration of KRUU's second anniversary during the month of September, DJ Andy Bargerstock (photo left with sometimes co-host Camie Bargerstock) will be producing a series of "BEST of FRINGE TOAST" shows beginning with Volume 1 this week. Over the past two years there have been nearly 100 broadcasts of DJ Andy's picks of exotic tunes from the late 60s to the present. Recently, Andy assembled his favorite tracks from the past two years .... the cream from nearly 2000 tracks played. Oh, this will be schweeeet!
After launching this week's show with European electronic group, Cargo Cult, DJ Andy Bargerstock introduces Fairfield to Oakland Indie band, Rogue Wave (photo), formerly with Subpop Records and now recording with Brushfire Records under the leadership of guitarist, Zach Schwartz. You will hear three tracks from three CDs: "California," "Endgame" and "Chicago X 12". Listen early for Eddie Vedder's (photo) "Hard Sun" from the soundtrack to "Into the Wild." You'll also hear from blues legend Keb' Mo' and Jackson Browne from his 1996 CD, "Looking East."
Brilliant fringe artists on this night include Eto, Aim, Azure Ray, and Daniel Cage with "For What Its Worth", not to be confused with Buffalo Springfield's classic. We'll let Keb' Mo' reprise that song with elegance and style.