"Turning down my muse is not an option!" So says artist and art instructor Elaine Duncan, past winner of the Eisner Award for Outstanding Creativity. Whatever form you like your creativity to take, if neglect has caused your muse to go on strike, Elaine's advice will help you gently coax it back. Elaine earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of California at Berkelely and pursued postgraduate studies in art at Colorado State University. In 2007, she served as a panelist during a UC Berkeley symposium on "Making Art in Times of Change." In 2008 Mulberry Knoll Books released Feathered Space, a 120-page story revealed through Elaine's drawings, designs, and poetic word play. Elaine has won many art awards and has exhibited her artwork at The Presidio in San Franscisco and at galleries in Iowa, Arizona, and Illinois.
2015 has barely begun but there has already been some great soul, afrobeat, funk and trip-hop released in the last few weeks.
Brighton Beat, an afrobeat/funk group from NYC, released their second studio album: Off We Go.
The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, an afrobeat group from San Diego, released a new 45: City Heights/Strollin Adams.
Monophonics, a pshychedelic soul band from San Francisco, released two singles from their upcoming album, Sound of Sinning.
Skeewiff, a production duo from the UK, remixed multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee's Soul Foods 2 LP on their new album: Skeewiff vs Shawn Lee.
Special StevieMix dance show tonight, Friday January 23 on KRUU featuring my favorite dance tracks of 2014-Part 2.
Tracks will include electro house, mashups, breakbeat, ghetto funk, glitch, a little pop and other genres.
Listen online or on the radio between 9PM and 10PM central time.
this week we go deep...
two of the most free-flowing, deep, improvisational bands play a half-hour song each.
first we back 45 years to one of the earliest and bestest live improvisational bands, mountain. the play the 1/2 hour version of their classic song, "nantucket sleighride":
Fly your willow branches
Wrap your body round my soul
Lay down your reeds and drums on my soft sheets
There are years behind us reaching
To the place where hearts are beating
And I know you're the last true love I'll ever meet
then it's the heaviest, most versitile, and complex performance ever by umphrey's mcgee. from a live performance last year, these guys show both the past and the future of improvisational music of all genres.
In Angelina Jolie's latest movie Unbroken, Japnese Guitarist Miyavi plays the role of the concentration camp guard Watanabe aka. The Bird. As the movie that hit the theaters around Christmas is already a huge success, I decided to do another show exclusively about Miyavi. As those of you who have already seen the movie might be interested in the person behind the complex role of The Bird. I'll talk about Miyavi's music, his career and some private things including my personal experience with him when I met him in 2011.
The old saying 'One planet, many worlds' must be true. After all the political discourse this week I find myself pondering- perhaps as 'The Brain' would ponder- about the complete absence of wholistic thinking from these inside-the-beltway-types. So naturally intentional, engaged people need a third viewpoint in order to triangulate. Allow me, the self appointed government of planet rock and roll, to provide. Free of course: no commercial interruption will be allowed during my show. We'll start The First Five Minutes by The Sadies, then move on to Ben Vaughn from his brand new release Texas Road Trip on which he channels Doug Sahm. Also I will play some relevant Eagles and Dukes of Stratosphear. We will also get to some Psychic Ills, The Out Crowd, and Bo Ramsey & The Backsliders. I can say with authority you will discover why I am the only government you will ever need... The G Man
I make no bones about it. I am a victim/product of the times in which I was born and raised. I sprang forth in 1961. By 1966 I was 5 years old and I was the primary target of the Batman craze spawned by the Adam West tv show. That program made me the weirdo/comic book/fan boy that I am today...and I couldn't be happier.
Coming soon to the Feed Store, more stories about me making my own Batman toys (necessity, after all, is the mother of strange bedfellows).
Be listening Thursdays at 10am CST and Sundays at noon CST.
This is an unusual book. Is it an art book? A history book? A book of great stories? Yes!
In "The Who, The What and the When: 65 Artists Illustrate the Secret Sidekicks of History," collaborators Julia Rothman, Jenny Volvovski and Matt Lamothe, present the stories of 65 little-known sidekicks of famous people throughout history, written by dozens of writers, and each one illustrated in a unique way.
Here we find the stories of Muhammad Ali's Coach, Marilyn Monroe's photographer, and the Wright Brothers' mentor, plus many more.
Our guest on Writers' Voices this week, Julia Rothman, also founded the popular blog, book-by-its-cover.com. She and her coauthors previously published "The Where, the Why, and the How: 75 Artists Illustrate Wondrous Mysteries of Science" and "The Exquisite Book: 100 Artists Play a Collaborative Game."
Join us on Writers' Voices this week as we learn the story behind these fabulous books.
Obvious World ~ Sunday Nights ~ 9e/8c/7m/6p ♥
Kim Fowley, musician, writer, and producer best known as the manager of the Runaways, died after a long battle with bladder cancer. He was 75. Son of character actor Douglas Fowley (who appeared in "Singing in the Rain" and as Doc Holiday on the V series "Wyatt Earp") and actress Shelby Paynee. He was Thelonius Monk’s food runner, was taken under the wing of notorious DJ Alan Freed; he was also an associate of Frank Zappa’s Mothers of Invention.
Fowley made a name for himself in the 1960s as a co-producer on the chart-topping novelty song “Alley Oop” (which was credited to the faux group the Hollywood Argyles), and in addition to releasing solo albums he worked with artists like Paul Revere And The Raiders, the Murmaids, KISS, Alice Cooper, Leon Russell, and Kris Kristofferson throughout that decade. He was credited with being the first to get an audience to hold up lighters at a concert. He would go on to manage the Runaways in 1975, introducing Joan Jett to the world, though they would sever ties with him two years later due to his often abrasive management style. (He was portrayed by Michael Shannon in the 2010 biopic The Runaways.) In the 1980s, he served mainly as a talent scout and producer, promoting bands such as the Innocents, Candy, Steel Breeze, and Shanghai.
In his later years, he was still active as both a producer and performer. He also hosted a weekend show on Sirius Satellite Radio. After being featured in the 2003 documentary Mayor Of Sunset Strip, he tried out filmmaking and won a special jury prize from the Melbourne Underground Film Festival in 2012 for one of his feature films Golden Road To Nowhere and Black Room. --stereogum, wiki