Andy Bargerstock's blog

Desert DwellersDJ Andy Bargerstock returns for another series of 100% LIVE programs with new tracks from off-the-beaten-path. Program features the beauty and incredible voice of Hannah Reid (photo below) of the band London Grammar with Chris Issak cover song, "Wicked Game." And to end the program an extended version of the sonic magic from Southwest World Music collective known as Desert Dwellers (photo left).

Hannah Reid

First timers to Fringe Toast Music this week include 3hattrio, Piers Faccini, Niall Horan, Gramatik, Moss, Evolve, Pressure Drop, Ian Pooley, and The Lushlife Project. It's the best music you never hear unless you are tuned to Fringe Toast on KRUU-FM at 100.1 FM in Fairfield, IA or via live stream on  

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All Fringe Toast shows now replayed on Saturday mornings 8am-10am.

Watch for Andy Bargerstock's 2016 Best New Releases, aka, Crispy Awards to be published in Iowa Source Magazine in early February and played on Fringe Toast Feb. 15th.

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% never-played-on Fringe Toast tracks featuring first-hour contributions from French DJ electronica master Møme, French band Erevan Tusk, Colter 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.

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Mandolin OrangeDJ Andy Bargerstock creates another original live program with 100% tracks never ever played before on Fringe Toast Music ®.   New artists on this program include Matisyahu, Chris Joss, Somerville & Wilson, Mandolin Orange (photo left), Nadia Ali (photo right below) & PANG!, RY X, and Madrugada.  Mandolin Orange is based in Chapel Hill, NC featuring songwriter Andrew Marlin and violinist- vocalist Emily Frantz. The other spotlighted artist, Nadi Ali, is a Nadia AliPakistani-American singer.

Twin spins come from recently introduced albums from artists The Argument, Steve Mason, Diane Birch, Kaleo and TJ Rehmi

In the second-hour CHILL ZONE, you will be swept away by an array of international artists who enjoy creating positive brain chemistry in listeners. 

Share this playlist with friends and invite them to join the live stream at  It is the best music you never hear unless you are tuned to to Fringe Toast on KRUU-FM.

Get ahead of the mainstream and enjoy DJ Andy's music reviews published in the Iowa Source Magazine the first week of each month. 

Pink FloydAt Last!  Pink Floyd Early Years CD has been released including previously unreleased tracks of early versions of PF songs.  DJ Andy B plays several tracks in the second-hour along with more exotic new tracks from Enigma, Emancipator, and Manesh DeMoor to elevate the endorphin-producing swoon.

In the first-hour, the spotlight shines on John Paul White (formerly of The Civil Wars who played recently in Iowa City), singer Ruelle, and Sting with track "50,000" from his new CD.  Other first-timers to Fringe Toast include The Argument, Xylonius White, Zayde Wolf, Diane Birch and Dyan.

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Jackson BrowneThe show opens with twin-spin honoring the late Leonard Cohen. Then, DJ Andy Bargerstock offers multiple rare tracks from four artists: legendary singer-songwriter Jackson Browne, SF Bay Area guitarist and band leader Will Bernard (photo right below), American musician/guitarist and producer Doyle Bramhall II, and new music from Michael Cretu's project Enigma.  Special highlights in the first hour scene come from Jason Isbell, Robbie Williams, and Death Cab for Cutie.

The spotlight during the second-hour Chill Zone shines on the exotic music of Germany's Opera to Relax, a personal favorite of your host.  Producer/composer Emancipator stands in with "Oasis" from his recent CD Seven SeasWill Bernard

Matt Pond and Bon Iver also share the soundstage for Fringe Toast Music, where we play the best music you never hear.... unless you are tuned to KRUU-FM. 

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Read Andy Bargerstock's music review on singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan in the November 2016 issue of Iowa Source Magazine. 

Ray LaMontagneDJ Andy Bargerstock shines the spotlight on singer-songwriters Ray LaMontagne (photo left) and Valerie June (photo right) highlighting Ray's 2016 CD Ouroboros and a sneak peak preview track from Valerie's forthcoming CD The Order of Time in early 2017.  Other first hour contributors include never-played-before FT tracks Sarah Jarosz, Shook Twins, Agnes Obel, Adia Victoria and Harry Manx with Kevin Breit.

In the second-hour Chill Session, long-time collaborators Brian Eno (UK) and Valerie JuneGeoffrey Oryema (Uganda) share from their solo albums. Hungarian jazz guitarist Gabor Szabo offers remastered tracks from his Dreams CD (originally recorded 1968).  Listen carefully for strangely wonderful and funny spoken word by Ken Nordine, and, a special live version of "Come See What Love Has Done" by Seal.

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Agnes Obel(See link to playlist below). This week's program begins with vintage track "Sign Your Name" from Sananda Maitreya (photo below; formerly known as Terence Trent D'Arby).  All tracks are new to the Fringe Toast library including singer-songwriter Agnes Obel (photo left) with tracks from her new CD. Twin-spins come from Adia Victoria (read review by DJ AB here), River Whyless, and the band Phosphorescent.  Rounding out the first hour are recently introduced artists: Christine and the Queens, Half Moon Run, Horseback, and Britta Sananda MaitreyaPhillips.

In the second-hour Chill Zone, DJ Andy Bargerstock unveils new tracks from Bonobo, Mogwai, Trent Reznor, Parov Stelar and Owl City.   Invite friends to join the live stream at 

Enjoy Dr. B's monthly music reviews in the Iowa Source Magazine. To scan article titles and read details, go to: Iowa Source

Click here for play list.  Fringe Toast offers the best music you never hear... unless you are tuned to KRUU!

Get caught up on the life work and music of SANANDA MAITREYA by visiting his website. Click here.




River Whyless

DJ Andy Bargerstock presents 100% New Music Tracks never played before on FRINGE TOAST MUSIC.  Spotlight shines on first hour with vocalist and bass player Britta Phillips (formerly of the band Luna; photo right).  In the second hour, the special light shines on North Carolina's Jenks Miller and his new CD Dead Ringers described as "ambient drone psychedelic magic."  Also the band River Whyless (photo left) continues with the smooth NC harmonies accompanied Britta Phillipsby mountain violin.  Perhaps, the most satifying track of the evening will be Hope Sandoval formerly of Mazzy Star singing "The Spoils" with the electronic band Massive Attack (2016).

Fringe Toast Music begins Year 11 on KRUU-FM.  Invite your friends to tune into the live stream at on Wednesdays 8-10pm Central Time.  The Best Music you never hear .... unless you are tuned to KRUU.

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KaleidaDJ Andy Bargerstock lays down Part 2 of his best discoveries of new music from "off the beaten path" over the past 12 months.  In the first hour, the music genres cut across Alternative, Rock and Singer-songwriters.  The spotlight shines especially on these artists: James Vincent McMorrow, of Montreal (photo right), No Wyld, Glass Animals, Adia Victoria, Sia Furler and Tedeshi Trucks Band.  

In the second-hour CHILL SESSION the theme shifts to electro-acoustic styles htat produce positive brain wave chemistry. You will ride the endorphin train led by international artists including Sarah Jarosz, Mozez, Jasmin Thompson, Honeyroot, Band of Horses, Above & Beyond, Phosphorescent, Desert Dwellers, The Human Experience, and Emancipator.of Montreal

Major spotlight shines on Fringe Toast Music's 2016 Best New Group Award: Kaleida (photo above left), the female duo consisting of vocalist Christina Wood (in pink) and keyboard virtuoso Cicely Goulder.

Cherish this playlistEnjoy DJ Andy B's music reviews every month in the Iowa Source.  Spread the word to friends worldwide to join the live stream every Wednesday at

Adia VictoriaHear what's been kicking around in the head of DJ Andy Bargerstock during the past year.  Yes, this is year 10 of Fringe Toast Music!  On this Wednesday (10/5) and also on Wednesday, October 12, you will hear the very best tracks discovered in the past 50 weeks by our DJ.  Click here for playlist.

First hour will highlight singer-songwriters including The Wooden Birds, Moon Jake BuggTaxi, Amos Lee, Erykah Badu, Lina, Adia Victoria (photo left), Jake Bugg (photo right) and Laura Marling with Johnny Flynn

Second-hour Chill Zone drops in with marvelous electro-acoustic tracks from Stick Figure, Stupead, Rocket Empire, Bob Moses, Hot Steppa, Parov Stelar, Stavroz, and Japanese Wallpaper.   Oh, this will be so good; you don't want to miss it!

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