start with a transcendental vision. wrap that around the cosmic pulsating rhythms of creative electronic trance, with organic and pranic world beats, creative keyboards and guitars, occasionally elegant and sweet vocals, and an overall feel for the unknown, and you've got shpongle.
shpongle is the brain and heart child of simon posford--classically trained brit, producer, writer, keyboards, and guitarist, and raja ram--psychedelic pioneer from australia, flutist, and all-around ambience-maker.
and better still, they'll be in des moines on march 23rd.
as the title of their 2nd cd asks, one should always ask oneself--in the jimi hendrix sense--"are you shpongled"? soon you will be.
appearing with shpongle (on my show and in concert) is desert dwellers. an amazing, psyambient band with a equally cosmic sound.
It's only the first week of the third month of the year, and we've already had the release of 2014's best animated feature film- Lego, and Friday, the best picture- Wes Anderson's all-star-cast-filled The Grand Budapest Hotel, at least according to this Filmosopher. And we haven't even seen the latter. There are signs its coming to Fairfield someday, hopefully soon!
More Oscar nominated film enjoyment arrives at the Orpheum Theatre. August: Osage County starts Friday, with two major acting nominations: Meryl Streep was nominated for Best Actress, and Julia Roberts for Supporting Actress. Also showing: Gimme Shelter, starring Vanessa Hudgens, James Earl Jones and Brendan Fraser, "based on the true story of 16-year-old Agnes "Apple" Bailey's struggle for survival and the hope of redemption through the harsh realities of life on the streets."
We'll cover last Sunday's Oscar awards, new releases, what we've seen (Hayao Miyazaki's The Wind Rises) and alert you to the fascinating new doc Particle Fever on the Filmosophers Movie Talk, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings, 11:30. "Well, alright, alright, alright" - Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey
On this Saturday night's edition of The After Hours I've got some more great sample-based and breakbeat-laced instrumental hip-hop for your brains to digest. It's all gonna be downtempo with a definite soul & jazz influence. On the roster we've got: Anitek, St Germain, Dr. Quandary, Question, Ryan Helsing, Toshinori Kondo & DJ Krush, Broke For Free plus a whole lot more! Stream it live March 8th, 10pm-12am CST right here on KRUU radio.
Highlights of the show are The Obits with a two song set, Hunger with a three song mini-set, and Jonathan Wilson with a ten plus minute opus of sweet sound, Valley Of The Silver Moon. The Hunger tunes come from two 1969 releases, one of which is called The Lost Album. Some older tunes by Bob Lind("You might wake up some mornin', to the sound of something moving past your window in the wind..."), The Sandmen, The Yardbirds, and Pink Fairies. Some new songs by Steven Wilson(Porcupine Tree), Pornopop, Mazzy Star, Howe Gelb(Giant Sand), and Jacco Gardner. A swingin' set. Cool Breeze
Chef/owner Sam Auen is not a conventional character, and Tacopacalypse is not a conventional "Mexcican" restaurant. If you are looking for "Mexican" food replete with tons of beans, cheese, and bad salsa, the good news is plenty of those spots abound in almost any USA town. If you are drawn to good food loaded with creativity and fun, then there are only two places in Iowa where it comes in the form of tacos and burritos laden with asian influences-the original Tacopacalypse now located in Des Moines' East Village, and the new branch in Fairfield at The Orpheum.
During our hour-long conversation Sam and I hip-hopped our way in and around many topics including how his approach to food developed, his daily schedule, upcoming projects, music, and cycling. Listen close and you'll hear the soul of a person who is an outspoken straight shooter with a huge heart.
Join host, Andrew Tint as he highlights the issues facing Generation Y.
Andrew is bringing back his most embarrassing stories of his life. Find out how Andrew Tint became the man he is today. Learn about the last time he went to the bathroom in his pants, what happened when he lit a friend's dog on fire, and why one should never rush shaving. Not to mention some great musical breaks in between.
Generation whY explores the issues facing Millennials. The concerns confronting the millennial generation affect more than just a select few- the entire nation is deeply impacted by the tribulations of Generation Y as they come of age. Join Andrew as he discusses a wide range of topics that include; student loan debt, internships, social media, and more. His guests will include OURTIME.org co-founder Matt Segal, The host of the David Pakman show David Pakman, and more.
Pictured: The Beatles. This is the picture that best defines how I see them in my mind's eye. That CBS Special really jacked me up to do a special of my own. While that show is in the works, I will play five or six songs by the most influential band ever this week. And not only that, but I will also have a mini-set by El Goodo from their Coyote release. This band is just too good to miss. Now get this: I have 14 songs in this show that I purchased since Jan. 1! Even though I did three 'best of' shows for 2013, I am still finding top-shelf music from last year. Expect killer cuts from Diane Coffee, Dead Man Band, My Expanded Awareness, The American Analog Set, and Assemble Head In Sunburst Sound. These bands work overtime on their names...I will also have a three song set that originates from albums worth two thousand two hundred and seventy dollars- if you can imagine that. Plus an obligatory Green Pajamas song and a band that Jeff Kelly turned me on to, Tamikrest. Call the station between 2:05 and 3:53 to request songs, or blat about the greatest radio station on the planet.... The G Man
One of the albums that appeared on many critic's top ten lists for the year 2013 was Jason Isbell's collection of songs called: Southeastern. His songs are simultaneously tender and agressive:
So girl leave your boots by the bed/we ain't leavin' this room
Til someone needs medical help or the magnolias bloom
It's cold in this house and I ain't goin' out to chop wood
So cover me up and know you're enough to use me for good
Author Dean Sluyter will be discussing his new book, Cinema Nirvana, Enlightenment Lessons from the Movies. Dean uses some of the great films of the past seventy years to teach lessons on enlightenment. http://www.deansluyter.com/content/cinema-nirvana