THE WEEK THAT WAS
>>Journalism and Journalisn't
Brian Williams Lies to Cast Himself As an Iraq War Badass
>>It's The Stupid Economy, Stupid
The Stock Market Is Weaker Than It Looks
Global debts rise $57tn since crash
>>The Nose On Your Face
Earth's Dashboard Is Flashing Red — Do We Care?
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The Matrix, released in 1999 by the Wachowskis, is one of the great movies of our time. A mind-bending spiritual sci-fi /action-adventure, with ground breaking special effects, who's influence is still felt today. I vividly remember seeing it on opening night in Fairfield. We gave out Matrix posters, which I wish I still had today. Afterward everyone was buzzed and I exclaimed to Phil Scott "They could have called this The Maya!" I regard it as one of the most spiritual films of our time. Ever since, we've waited for their next film, hoping they could duplicate this- which certainly didn't happen with the next two Matrix installments, or since. Jupiter Ascending, the Wachowski's latest, opens today and unfortunately is getting mostly poor reviews. "The pundits say Jupiter Ascending is a marvel to behold on the big screen, but its muddled narrative fails to match the execution of its impressive special effects."
We'll talk about that, other new releases, 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 PM again Sunday mornings 11:30. "Visionaries often lose their way in their own visions. The majority of moviemakers and movies stick to outdated, predictable formulas and conventions. The Wachowskis, on the other hand, are not afraid to strand you early and often in Jupiter Ascending." - Chicago Tribune
The first thing is the next Rainbow Rider. 18 songs from the years 1967 to 2014, ranging from 2:03 to 15:56. Excellent guitar solos by The Open Mind, Chance, and The Baroques. New music by The Paperhead, The Allah-Las, Ray Bonneville, The Young Sinclairs, Parquet Courts, and Temples. Plus some uncovered gems from the late sixties by Serpent Power, The Charlatans, and Sam Gopal. A trio to wet your appetite for the second thing. Feb. 12, in the Thursday 2-4 PM time slot, DJ host Andy Bargerstock of Fringe Toast and I are live in the studio for a special look at off the beaten track music from 1968-1972. We will include unreleased tracks from the Planet Earth Rock and Roll Orchestra projects by Paul Kantner and David Crosby, and a selection of rare music by bands that should have garnered more attention. Exciting event with exciting music for fans of KRUU. Cool Breeze
Any day for playing tunes is a great day for me, and I am going to enrich your day from 2-4 PM with a delicious mixture of rock and roll, country, blues, psych, and electronica. Two artists I have not played bofore, for sure: Keith Urban and 40 Watt Bulb. Gonna dip my toe into some deep grooves by The Three 4Tens, Emergency Broadcast Network, and Air Liquide. Recently purchased more albums by David Zollo, The Reverand Horton Heat, Cracker, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Doug Sahm, so they are going to take the spotlight also. Plus a disco version of a great Shriekback tune. Are you kidding me? Stop by...The G Man
Ms. Rekha Basu is a columnist for the Des Moines Register. She comments on a range of local, national, and international issues with a focus on human rights, racial justice, and gender equalilty.
Mr. Gregor Kresal is a mountain climber who has climbed some of the tallest and most difficult moutains in Europe and Asia. He is also a filmmaker. His film the Sphinx will be shown by Mr. Gregor this Thursday, Feb 5, at Dalby Hall on the campus of MUM in Fairfield, Iowa.
James Moore talks with Patti Miller about the world premiere of her documentary, Iowans Return To Freedom Summer, which will be shown at the February Fairfield 1st Fridays Art Walk, on Friday, February 6, at 7:30 pm at the Sondheim Theater in Fairfield Iowa.
Don't miss this historical account of how Iowa students participated in Freedom Summer in 1964 in Mississippi, registering voters, teaching in Freedom Schools and working in Community Centers , and advancing the cause of racial equality during the tumultuous 60's. Their bravery, dedication, and hard work will inspire everyone. Patti spent the summer of 1967 in Mississippi and later worked with Dr. Martin Luther King in Chicago.
LA personal chef, Nick Trombetta, joined us for a LIVE Great Taste Tuesday night at Green Building Supply. Nick put his Italian heritage into play showing us how to make rosemary focaccia and a perfect dish for a cold winter night, creamy polenta with three cheeses, shitake mushrooms, and bok choy. I would be remiss if I didn't state that I'm not certain I have ever tasted and enjoyed a better polenta dish. All the flavors married together for a sparkling taste experience that highlighted a very light and nuance touch with ingredients that can be extremely heavy.
You can listen to part one of the show with Nick at 7:00 pm Wednesday and the replay is at 7:00 am on Friday. Part two airs on Wednesday, February 11 at 7:00 pm and again on Friday, February 13 at 7:00 am. Don't forget: Great Taste is LIVE and FREE with a cooking demo the first Tuesday of every month brought to you by Everybody's Whole Foods and Green Building Supply.
You can watch the entire show with Nick here, courtesy of Jason Strong and Fairfield Media Center.
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As a preview for the Feb. 8th Dave Mason (photo) concert at the Englert Theater in Iowa City, DJ Andy Bargerstock launches this program with 4 favorite tracks including one of the best guitar solos ever on "Shouldn't Have Took More Than You Gave." For more facts about Mason, read DJ Andy's article in December 2014 issue of Iowa Source magazine (click here). Then, get prepared for 2 tracks from the new CD by the contemporary alternative US band, The Decemberists. Other contributors in the first hour include Family of the Year, Amy Stroup (photo), Cat Power, and acoustic guitar virtuoso Daniel Higgs.
In the second-hour Chill Zone, welcome FT newcomers Tycho, Stateless, G-Spliff, Jes, and M83, each with their own unique flavors of downtempo ambient chill. New tracks from self-taught electronic music composer Magic Sound Fabric, a.k.a., Cameron Limbrick. Dip into the ethereal swoon on Fringe Toast Music. Invite friends to join the live stream at www.kruufm.com. Click here for playlist. The best place to discover new music!
On today's edition of That Righteous Jive we'll be listening to some of my favorite afro/latin funk released in the last year. I'll be featuring San Diego-based afrobeat/psychedelic soul group The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble and the eponymous debut album they released yesterday. We'll also hear from NYC-based The Brighton Beat, last month they released their second studio album of delicious afrobeat-funk: Off We Go. Then from 2014 we've got The Jungle Fire and Souljazz Orchestra. At the end of the show I'll send you out with some contemporary soul courtesy of Monophnics, Quantic, The Maytags and D'Angelo. Stream it all live February 3rd, 5pm-6pm CST right here on KRUU radio!
This week's feature is Nashville duo, Mark Stuart and Stacey Earle and their latest album: Dedication. This husband-wife duo combine clever acoustic guitar interplay, autobiographical songwriting, lovely harmonies, and humorous storytelling. They draw from blues, pop, country, rock, and more.
Stacey and Mark own their own record label, Gearle Records, and have made 8 CDs. Since meeting in 1992 and marrying in late 1993, the partners have toured the USA, Canada, and Europe repeatedly. They will be appearing at Cafe Paradiso on Thursday February 5th.