On this Saturday night’s edition of The After Hours we’ll be listening to my favorite jazz-funk of 2013. I’ll be featuring Redtenbacher's Funkestra, Rock Candy Funk Party and Analog Attention. We'll also hear from Orgone, Funky Mama, Smerins Anti-Social Club, Jungle Fire, Funkle Sam and Ikebe Shakedown. Stream it live December 7th, 10pm-12am CST right here on KRUU radio. (More info on featured artists/albums below).
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Turn On, Or Turn Me Down. Turn on, tune in, yes? The album title from a band called N.S.U., one of four or five bands you may not be familiar with until the show starts. The others being The Lollipop Shoppe, The Savage Resurrection, S.T. Mikael, and Swampgas. I have another slice of Carlton Melton, a great Chicago Transit Authority song, and more jazzy stuff from John Mayall, John Handy, and Led Zeppelin. Last but not least will be Kings of Leon from Because of The Times. Which reminds me, that is exactly why you need to tune into KRUU every single day. Cool Breeze
This weekend we're featuring the brand new holiday album from Nick Lowe (“Cruel to Be Kind”, “What’s So Funny ‘Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding”) - Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection For All The Family. It's "a twinkling blend of traditional hymns, forgotten gems and Lowe originals. From the opening rockabilly-charged "Children Go Where I Send Thee" and the comfy hush of "Christmas Can't Be Far Away," the record includes the beatnik bop of "Hooves on the Roof" (written especially for the project by Ron Sexsmith), Roger Miller's wistful classic "Old Toy Trains," before wrapping up with a ska-flavored take on Roy Wood's "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day."
"The disc is a goes-down-easy blend of rockabilly, crooning, acoustic picking and gospel. Among the dozen songs, “Silent Night” is the only well-known carol, and is given a Tex-Mex flavor. Lowe’s own “I Was Born in Bethlehem” came from imagining meeting Jesus Christ over a cocktail and striking up a conversation." Nick- "We wanted to try to avoid the 12 tunes that nearly everybody always does. And if we were going to do very familiar tunes, we wanted to dress them up in a new suit of clothes so they sounded fresh."
Live stream. We'll post the playlist afterward. "All signs point to a Happy Christmas to you!"
Holy cow, the number one movie in the nation has come to the Fairfield Orpheum Theatre! The Hunger Games: Catching Fire is a phenomenon, "spectacular in every sense of the word."- Peter Travers, "Rolling Stone"; the top movie in the country the last two weeks. Now that it's showing at the Orpheum we're making the bold prediction it will be number one again this weekend. Check out the Fairfield Weekly Reader to see the Orpheum Theatre's expanding variety of major events, happening both this weekend and soon, to see it's rapidly becoming Fairfield cultrual district's new hub for entertainment. Kudos to Kristian Day, Marilou Parsons and all the fine folks at the Orpheum. An outstanding addition to Fairfield, Iowa, "America's most unusual town."- Oprah
New relaeses includes the latest from the Coen brothers, Inside Llewyn Davis, which "follows a week in the life of a young folk singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene of 1961. One of the Coens' richest, strangest and most potent films." We're flying into December which means a slew of award worthy films are coming very soon, including the biggest of the year: The Hobbit: the Desolation Of Smaug next week!
We'll discuss all that and more on the Filmosophers Movie Talk show, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30, again Sundays at a new time, 11:30AM. "Ever in its favor." - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
The wife and I had a wonderful wonderful trip to Fairfield during the Thanksgiving holiday. She had coffee at Revelations. My brother and I went to Luckman's Hardware. I shopped at the Bargain Box (got myself several vintage neckties and a jewelry box). We even attended the Christmas lighting in the park with Corey Hickenbottom and his blushing bride. All these stories and more will unfold in the coming weeks on "The Feed Store." Thanks for listening.
this week, something totally different.
one of the great american humorists of the 1st half of the 20th century was robert benchley (right). precursor to dave barry, he wrote short pieces for the new yorker (he initially wrote under the pseudonym of guy fawkes), harvard lampoon, and vanity fair. he wrote and starred in many movie shorts, such as "how to sleep," and as a result of his screen presence, became a hollywood character actor, appearing in such movies as alfred hitchcock's "foreign correspondent" and "the road to utopia."
this week i'll read several of benchley's short humorous pieces, punctuated by music from another creative genius of the 20s, 30s, and 40s, the belgian gypsy jazz guitarist, django reinhardt, and french virtuoso jazz violinist, stephane grappelli. (click here to read more)
Songs that make you see the world in a completely different way.
Aw c'mon, ya got to admit, it was fun last time.
So I'm doing another alternative country show, featuring the one and only Lyle Lovett, Jason Isbell & and Elizabeth Cook, Mary Chapin Carpenter, as well as Norah Jones and Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong covering the Everly Brothers.
Tune in Friday at 8 PM to hear A Reasonable Alternative, country(ish) style!