(Playlist link below). Tune in early to catch DJ Andy Bargerstock's interview with Katelyn Shook as a preview of Shook Twins (photo left) mid-April Iowa concert dates. Three marvelous tracks are woven around the stories behind this "quirky folk/indie" band. Click here to read DJ Andy's concert preview article from March issue of Iowa Source Magazine.
Another spotlight shines on classically-trained Rhiannon Giddens (photo right), lead singer for Carolina Chocolate Drops, who just released a solo CD Tomorrow is My Turn that shines with her performances of old-time music that sound so fresh.
Newcomers to the FT lineup this week include Abergine 3, Kyle Eastwood, Beth Lodge-Rigal, and Sleeping At Last. And, oh yes, there will be the wonderful heart expanding drift in the second-hour Chill Session. Click here for playlist. Invite friends worldwide to join the live stream at www.kruufm.com.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
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Market turmoil threatens Obama’s economic success
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'Dirty Brigades': US-Trained Iraqi Forces Investigated for War Crimes
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For this episode, I collected 4 Japanese Indie groups that recently run my playlist. As a featured artist, I am going to play LILI LIMIT (image), a five member alternative Pop band from Tokyo. I will also feature HUMBERT HUMBERT formed in 1999 who play an extraordinary mix of folk music and Japanese children songs. The other two bands are going to be the math-pop group UCHU CONBINI and my all-time favorite when it comes to Japanese alternative: PLENTY. Please tune in for decisively different Japanese music this week.
Disney's new live-action version of Cinderella opens this weekend. This is getting great reviews: "enthralls with its ravishing style and timeless message of resilience, decency and kindness triumphing over evil. - USA Today. "Cinderella isn't just a re-enactment of the original film but an enrichment. For Disney fans, it could be another treasure worth cherishing." - Newsday. My impression is Cinderella may currently be under the radar in terms of just how big a blockbuster it will be. I believe it will be one of the top five most seen films of 2015.
Other new releases, include the offbeat & inventive Of Horses And Men. "If you want to see the year's most original, comedic and shocking film all rolled into one, look no further than this feature from Iceland."
Well talk about that, what we've seen and more, on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions", Fridays at 12:30, again Sunday mornings 11:30. Cinderella is "true to the spirit of the classic story but fresh and filled with heart and magic. - Nell Winow, Beliefnet
Three KRUU interviews with artists performing tonight Saturday, March 14th in Fairfield!!
The legendary Harlem Gospel Choir is performing at the Sondheim Center. James Moore speaks with Allen Bailey, the storied group's founder about his life and the choir's worldwide impact. This is an unbelievable opportunity to enjoy one of the world's premiere gospel choirs. Perfect timing, too, with the 50th anniversary of the Selma bridge crossing and the movie SELMA winning this year's Oscar for Best Picture. Tickets available here from the Fairfield Arts & Convention Center. Show starts at 7:30pm.
Also, playing Fairfield at Cafe Paradiso Saturday evening is Ali Sperry & the Family Vacation with special opening act the Tattletale Saints. Formerly of Fairfield, now located in Nashville, se'll be doing songs from her debut release STORYBOOK. Steve McLain & Kevin Riley interviewed Ali on their show HAPPY HOUR [Fridays 5pm-8pm]. They also spoke with Cy, who performs with the Tattletale Saints.
Born in Los Angeles, Albright grew up in it's South Central neighborhood. He began Piano lessons at an early age, even though he professed no great intrest in the instrument. His love of music picked up when he was given a saxophone which beloned to his piano teacher. It was further reinforced when he attended Locke High School, a breeding ground for many West Coast musicians. After High School he attended the University of Redlands where he received a B.S. Degree in Business Management, minoring in music. Already a polished saxophonist by the time he enrolled in college Albright switched to the Bass guitar. Gerald Albright a true musician featured today on Smooth Jazz.
By ornaments entranced
We trace in frenzied dance
The patterns carved by chance
On the pavement of memory
Seasons turning yet again
The Mother's breast is full again
As in heaven, so with men
Is now and ever shall be
Till we come
Till we come again
To recognize renewal
At the heart
At the heart of us
Our eyes will touch life
---Burce Cockburn (Spring Song)
After quite a lot of rebroadcasts due to the fact that I had to complete my BA thesis for university, I'm finally back with a new show of the Rice Bowl so why not try something new? Since I'm not only interested in Asian Pop-Music but very much also in literature I'd like to share some of my favorite books with you on the show. For episode 66 I picked my favorite Japanese author Haruki Murakami and I'm going to read a little bit from his 2002 surrealist novel Kafka on the Shore. It is also going to be a very special choice of music for this show so please tune in!