This Wednesday's GREAT TASTE LIVE show is in a new location for one night only-Caribou Coffee. It's a fitting site since we're talking about-come on, I know you can figure it out. That's right, coffee. Those special beans are the key ingredient that gets the day started for millions of folks. We'll visit with Dennis Lopp, who helped get the Caribou facility up and running locally. In addition to sampling the coffee and some of the food choices on the menu, we'll learn about the company's commitment to the Rain Forest Alliance, the type of commercial equipment necessary to run a spot entrusted with the difficult task of keeping folks alert, and some insight into its "Do Good" corporate philosophy.
What about making coffee at home? Do you need an expensive espresso machine with all sorts of bells and whistles? Is it better to join a coffee club and have everything you need shipped to your door regularly? Do I need to grind the beans fresh every morning? Whatever works for you is part of my answer, but I'll share my personal preferences and discuss two simple methods of preparing deliciously rich espresso quickly and economically.
On the KRUU stream at 7:00 pm CT our health coach, Emily Rose Shaw, discusses berries. Personally, I'm a big berry fan, and Emily clues us in on why they are so good for us, fresh versus frozen, and ways to prepare them.
Our guest the remainder of the hour is Dr.Thimmaiah, an inspiring proponent of agricultural methods that enrich our environment and individual lives. Dr. Tim, as I like to call him, has an infectious personality that will take enthrall you, and help you understand why and how everyone must assist in making our food system healthier. As the advisor to the Bhutanese Ministry of Agriculture, and the Bhutan Agriculture and Food Regulatory Authority, Tim is assisting that nation in its drive to have its farming community 100% organic by 2020. He is an expert on organic, bio-dynamic, and Vedic agriculture, and advises governments in many other countries about the critical environmental and health issues surrounding the growing of food. I need to mention he's also a terrific cook. You can find his blog here: http://organicagrisolutions-thimmaiah.blogspot.com
(See link to play list below). This program celebrates 4 recent CD releases from Fringe Toast Music cherished artists: Cat Power ("Sun" CD cover photo below), Sweet Talk Radio, The Pines, and Federico Aubele. DJ UndergroundMan will share a few tracks from each CD, all new music for FT listeners. Listen early for LA singer-songwriter Keaton Simons (photo left) whose music took off after attending Evergreen State College in WA. For those who missed The Pines in Fairfield a few months ago, here's the chance to hear their unique, Dylanesque, ethereal talents. The second-hour Chill Session will be anchored by Honeyroot, Imogen Heap, Blue October, Richard Bone, OceanLab, and The Sundays. There is no better way to build your brain biochemistry than to listen to the "best music you never hear" except for Fringe Toast Music.
Click here for play list. Originally aired on Sept. 12, 2012. Encourage friends worldwide to join the live stream at www.kruufm.com and then click on "Listen Live". Link to DJ Andy's latest music review for May 2013 issue of Iowa Source Magazine: http://www.iowasource.com/fringe/2013_05.html
On this Tuesday's edition of That Righteous Jive we'll be listening to some of my favorite blues-rock bands. We'll start off with The Black Keys--a band at the head of the soul/blues revival--from their 2008 album Attack and Release. Then we'll hear from The White Stripes, off of their debut self-titled album. After that I'll be featuring The Word, an instrumental blues-rock super group formed between organist John Medeski (of Medeski Martin and Wood fame), pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph, and all three members of North Mississippi Allstars. We'll be hearing from their self-titled debut album. Though there are a few original tracks on the album, it is mostly composed of covers of old gospel songs (but I can guarantee you've never heard any gospel songs performed like this before!). After that we'll hear from the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation. Of all the British rock groups that started pumping out new renditions of old blues songs in the 60's/70's, the Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation has to be my favorite. We'll check out some tracks off the last album they released before splitting up, entitled Remains To Be Heard. Last, but not least, we'll be listening to The Dead Weather, another blues-rock super group, this time between Jack White, Alison Mosshart (of The Kills), Dean Fertita (of Queens of the Stone Age), and Jack Lawrence (of The Greenhornes). Out of all of Jack White's projects I definitely dig this one the most. Fingers crossed that they'll soon reunite to release a third studio album. We'll be hearing from the last album they released (back in 2010) Sea of Cowards. Check it out this Tuesday (05/21) 5-6pm CTZ right here on KRUU radio.
This week our feature is singer-songwriter Mathew Santos. A classically trained, musical chameleon, with a voice that will thrill the spots from your leopard skin boots. Mathew first appeared in Fairfield at the behest of American Idolist, Caleb Hawley. Since then he's come back for two smokin solo gigs with an amazing keyboard player, named Matt. We'll feature a cross-section of his songs both young and old; rockers and ballads, in advance of his appearance this week at Cafe Paradiso. Plus new music by James Cotton ( the blues legend), Aoife O'Donovan, Arthur Lee Land (local fav), Dawes (folk rock), Trampled By Turtles (mountain music), Great Divide (Chicago soul) and the Vespers (folkabilly) not to mention the usual hidden gems by your Roots Rock Roadhouse favs.
Tune in to Writer's Voices post-Mothers' Day interview with Leafwood Publishers author Jessica Wolstenholm.
At 1:30 we will turn to "The Baby Companion: A Faith-Filled Guide for Your Journey through Baby's First Year." "The Baby Companion" is Jessica's follow-up to her 2011 book "The Pregnancy Companion: A Faith Filled Guide for Your Journey to Motherhood." This book takes us month by month through baby's first year, with information about infant development, baby care, and mommy care too! Jessica's two coauthors are Dr. Andrea Johnston, pediatrician, and Dr. Heather Rupe, OB/GYN.
3pm, I'll be interviewing Napoleon Gomez, the exiled leader of Mexico’s powerful mining and metalworkers union Los Mineros. His book Collapse of Dignity is just out and it's a helluva read. One of my favorite interviews I've ever done. You will not think about unions the same way after hearing what this man and his family has been through standing up for workers' rights and safety.
4pm we go "Inside the Headlines" with Newsvandal JP Sottile who's written two incredible articles this week on on Big Oil's War on the Sun for Counterpunch and another on Glenn Greenwald challenge to Bill Mahr's skewed anti-Muslim views. He's hard on all religions, it's true, but his special venom for Islam is confronted.
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Community-powered KRUU 100.1 FM presents another segment of CITY BUSINESS.
After each city council session, KRUU station manager James Moore talks with 4th Ward councilman Michael Halley, keeping you in the know about the latest haps from City Hall.
Tune in for CITY BUSINESS with Michael Halley on the second and fourth weeks TUE 12:30pm, THU 6:30pm, & the following MON 6:30am. Alternate weeks, tune in for STATE BUSINESS with Rep Curt Hanson.
Michael co-hosts A REASONABLE ALTERNATIVE with Matt Mulleneaux Fridays at 8pm. Rebro Mondays at 9am.
Mayor Ed Malloy shares his perspectives monthly on AROUND TOWN with Melinda Arndt [Wed 8:30am | rebro Wed 6:30pm], as do FACC's Rustin Lippincott, ArtWalk's Dania DeBorteli & more.
I could not be happier about the Gin Palace Jesters (with yours truly on plink plink acoustic guitar and songwriting) coming to Fairfest on June 22.
My band mates (who are from Chicago and Pittsburgh and parts unknown) are looking forward to seeing the town that hatched me and the people who raised me.
We hope to give you the very best in traditional and original country and western music on our dances (to quote Mr. Ray Price). I look forward to seeing you before and after the show.
"Acid jazz" is a genre that has been used to describe a large variety of different artists and sounds over the years, but I feel it can be divided neatly into two categories. On one side we have experimental jazz bands (usually featuring a Hammond organ) that dabble in soul, funk and R&B, (sometimes incorporating synthesizers, turntables or other electronic sounds into the groove). And on the other side we've got DJ’s and electronic music producers that combine jazz, funk and soul samples with hip-hop and house beats.
On this Saturday night's edition of the After Hours we’ll be listening to some of my favorite examples of that first category. I’ll be playing some Shimmy: an album released last year as the result of a collaboration between Billy Martin (from Medeski Martin and Wood) on drums and Wil Blades on the Hammond B3 organ. I’ve been really digging this album and think it’s amazing the grooves these guys can pump out as just an organ/drum duo. On top of that we’ll be hearing from The Greyboy Allstars, Heavy Shift, The RH Factor, Ronny Jordan, James Taylor Quartet, John Scofield, Marc Johnson’s Bass Desires and many more. If you can get down with some experimental jazz-funk-soul fusion then don't miss it (streamed live 10pm-12am CTZ right here on KRUU). Also, if you want to ckeck out the flipside of acid jazz (DJs that spin jazz, funk, hip-hop and house together) then look out for my show next week (05/25) when we'll be listening to Amon Tobin, St. Germain, Parov Stelar, Mr. Scruff, Blockhead, Skalpel and Herbaliser among others. Enjoy ;)