Get your week started with Mike Ragogna in Summerland, where it's always summer, all the time...
Mashups are like carefully constructed genetic accidents: some clever god with a good ear and mixing software takes the elements of one song and combines them with another song--matching the beats, key, and whenever possible, chord changes--and produces a hybrid with the best of both DNA samples. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't (great hype was written about "The Grey Album"--a mashup of tracks from The Beatles "White Album" and Jay-Z's "Black Album"--but I didn't think it worked). Most of the producers who do the production work toil in uncompensated anonymity.
This week they get their due, if not their dues.
The first weird combination is Eminem and Led Zeppelin. Take the hard-edged riffs of Led Zep and the gritty spit of Slim Shady and the result is...well, riffy spit or something like that. OK, get the idea?
For over 30 years, Dominick Mason has been learning, teaching and cooking food utilizing the Ayurvedic system that comes from India and has its roots in an oral tradition stretching back thousands of years.
Ayurvedic cooking takes into account the physiological state of those at the table, the seasonal influences, a balance of six different tastes, and many other factors. Sounds complicated, but Dominick has plenty of practical ideas for the home cook to assist in easily putting these principles to work in daily food preparation. His objective is to simply help you cook in a more healthy manner.
In the studio we'll prepare a dahl (soup) plus cook some fresh spiced (not hot) cheese, and a cooling drink to help beat the heat.
Join Dominick, Kathy, and me in the KRUU studio or catch us in cyberspace at kruufm.com. If you miss Wednesday's show, the rebroadcast is Friday morning at 7:00 CDT.
Grateful Dead drummer Mickey Hart waxes poetic in a free-ranging interview with KRUU radio personality Mike Ragogna, entertainment contributor to the Huffington Post. As an original member of one of America's seminal rock bands that featured two drummers, "Rhythm Devil" Hart is a percussionist and musicologist.
Composer Bill Frisell has been one of the leading guitarists in jazz since the late '80s. His eclectic music touches on progressive folk, classical, country, noise and more. He is known for using an array of effects to create unique sounds from his instrument. His new record, "Beautiful Dreamers" on the Savoy Jazz label, came out Tuesday.
The focus is on horns for today's show. Minneapolis-based Lamont Cranston Band kicks off the show with 'The Darker Side', a great r & b number with that little bit of swagger that the best songs have. Then Blodwyn Pig gives us 'The Modern Alchemist', from their Ahead Rings Out release from 1969. Next up, Ben Vaughn with a couple of songs that sound like they are from movie soundtracks. I am then going to play two songs by John Hartford. Yeah, that John Hartford, but from earlier in his career before he went totally bluegrass. He had a great sense of humor, and in these songs he has a little fun with The Beatles and their song "Hey Jude." Just this side of Wierd Al, basically. Hour One also contains some smooth jazz by John Handy, some complex avant-garde music from The Paul Winter Consort, and an amazing version of the song 'Summertime' by Wayne Hancock.
(See link to play list at bottom). The Moody Blues (photo) launch this week's show with "Melancholy Man" and "New Horizons", among the many songs with lyrics that shaped our world views in the '70s. Later in the program, you will hear from Frally Hynes (photo) who seeks new life from her CD release, The Light. You may recognize her as former spouse of Ben Folds. Beyond the tracks from the Moodies, this show offers 100% new material to Fringe Toast. Read Andy Bargerstock's monthly music reviews in The Iowa Source at: http://www.iowasource.com/fringe-toast-music/
Huffington Post contributor and KRUU radio personality Mike Ragogna's web archives of past Mike Ragogna 2.0 shows are now up and ready to enjoy. You can hear his conversations with Rosanne Cash, Tom Jones, Jimmy Webb, Judy Collins, Squeeze, Devo, Counting Crows, Indigo Girls, Creed, Beth Neilsen Chapman, Chely Wright, Marc Cohn, American Hi-Fi, Fanfarlo, Matt Hires, Jackie Greene, and many others as well as The Beach Boys' Al Jardine whose interview was just made available on The Huffington Post's entertainment page.
Tune-in for more guest artists on Mike Ragogna's 2.0 airing Wednesdays and Thursdays at 1pm Central with rebroadcasts on Fridays and Tuesdays at 8am Central.
This week's guests: Wed at 1pm - Pete Seeger & Hayley Taylor / Thu at 1pm - Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart & Bill Frisell
The Uncle Bunkin Country and Western Music Show for Thursday, September 2, 2010, at 10:00 a.m., features Uncle Bunkin's favorite songs and performances by female artists, with a couple of duets added in.
Every song or story in this mix of country and western music is the best of the best. This show of mega-favorites includes performances by Patsy Cline, Anne Murray, Lacy J. Dalton, Tanya Tucker, Tammy Wynette, Dolly Parton, Donna Fargo, Alison Krause, Melba Montgomery, and more.
A show this good should never end.
Every music geek in the world has at least one band that they think deserves wider recognition. As regular I.W.H. listeners (both of them) know by now, mine is NRBQ.
It's a minority opinion, of course, but that minority includes, Paul McCartney, Keith Richards, Bonnie Raitt and Elvis Costello, among many others. If you've never heard of them you can read a quick synopsis here:
Mike Ragogna speaks with Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti of rock group Creed and Brian Ray today on his show.
Hailing from Tallahassee, Florida, Creed became popular in the late 1990s and early 2000s. The band disbanded in 2004 after three multi-platinum albums, selling 26 million records in the United States and an estimated 35 million records worldwide. The original members of Creed reunited in 2009 for a tour and a new album called Full Circle. [wiki]