(See LINK below for play list). Did you ever notice that the infinity sign consists of two interlinking elipses? Yeah, really! Zero plus zero equals infinity. On this night you will experience infinite bliss via DJ Andy Bargerstock's play list of his choice selections of two exquisite fringe groups named Zero 7 (photo, singer Tina Dico) and Zero One (album cover). Zero 7, the UK electronic band organized by Sam Hardaker and Henry Binns features rotating lead vocals by world-class artists including Denmark's Tina Dico, Australia's Sia Furler, England's Sophie Barker, and Sweden's Jose Gonzalez. You will hear music mostly from two recommended CDs, Simple Things (2001) and When It Falls (2004).
On the final evening of 2010, A Reasonable Alternative is counting down the top tunes we've played for you this year in no particular order. These include songs from artists that have recently emerged such as Beach House, or veterans like the Gorillaz who celebrate continued success with their third album, Plastic Beach. And no, we're not doing a beach theme- although its tempting in the middle of a cold, snowy Iowa winter. So before you pop the champagne, tune your dial to 100.1 FM and reflect back with Michael and I on another excellent year in music, as we play "The Best of 2010" on Friday, 8-9 PM.
Much appreciation to everyone who has helped with our Iowa Power Fund grant effort.
All of us at solar-powered KRUU-FM have been deeply touched by the outpouring of support on so many levels from this amazing community.
Chely Wright talks w/ Mike Ragogna about her career and life. On the strength of her debut album, Chely was named the Academy of Country Music's Top New Female Vocalist in 1995. Wright's first Top 40 country hit came in 1997 with "Shut Up and Drive". Two years later, her fourth album yielded her first number one single, the title track, "Single White Female".
Wright has released seven studio albums, selling 975,000 copies in the United States, and has charted more than fifteen singles on the country charts. In May 2010, Wright became the first major country music performer to publicly come out as gay. [wiki]
This week's show comes with a homework assignment. Please read "Foodie Fatigue" by Christopher Borrelli prior to the show and be prepared to both laugh and do some head scratching. The article appeared in the December 27 online edition of the Chicago Tribune and was forwarded to me by Great Taste listener Tom Kroupa.
Borrelli, who characterizes himself as "part of the problem," will spend some time on the phone with us from Chicago discussing his take on the frenzy surrounding many aspects of current food culture.
Four years this month for Centripetal Sounds! Time flies when you are having fun. I am always amazed at how fast the two hours go by every Thursday. So what's new? Well, I have some friends like Bill, Diana, and Derek who are hopefully going to kick in with some original songs. Seven new songs never heard before on the show. Fabulous prizes in the form of free CD's are available if you stop by the KRUU studios and simply ask for the good stuff (Hint: the CD of the month will be available....) Plenty of coffee available after the show, Ken.....take that late lunch, Maximus.... There will possibly be more mayhem than usual, with in studio guests and my strong desire to trip the light fantastic for the final show of 2010. Actually you will hear songs by people who have strongly influenced my life in wonderful ways. The playlist will only be available after the show ends at 4, because I do not know exactly what will play when.
Mr. Andrew DiDonato is the author of the book, Surviving the Mob. It is the amazing story of one man's journey from being a part of organized crime to becoming a respectable citizen.
Barbara BeAngelis is interviewed by Speaking Freely host Dennis Raimondi about her career as a self-help teacher, radio and television personality and best-selling author.
“May you have warmth in your igloo,
oil in your lamp, and peace in your heart.”
~ Eskimo Proverb
Beginning @ 11e/10c/9m/8p
America lost one of its most creative, colorful artists when Don Van Vliet, aka, Captain Beefheart, passed away December 17th. A sculptor from the age of 3, Vliet became one of rock'n'roll's most influential figures in the 60s and 70s, a highly acclaimed painter in his "second life."
David Lynch first became aware of Van Vliet listening to Trout Master Replica, produced by Beefheart's high school friend Frank Zappa. Spell-binding, other-worldly, both dissonant and transcendent, the double album has been rated 58th greatest of all time by Rolling Stone. (The Magic Band rehearsed for nearly a year, finally recording it in 4 1/2 hours.) Elements of Howling Wolf, Ornette Coleman, beat poetry, bee bop, Dali, Dada and Bunuel abound but in no way confine Van Vliet. Childlike with a free-associating laser beam intellect ("I never went to school, so I'm still a kid"), his Zen koan one liners are avant garde sutras.
Though he would never achieve huge commerical success ("I don't think Don cared about money or fame," says Lynch), his uncompromising work has informed and influenced artists across the spectrum. When asked if he might share a few words about Van Vliet, Lynch said, "I'd be honored to say something about him on your show - its soooo great you know of him and want to honor him and his great art." Planet Erstwild airs Fridays 2pm-5pm CST. The whole show will celebrate Beefheart. Joining James is Scott Puffer and Mike Ragogna, who worked on several Beefheart reissues.
Some see "best of" lists as a cop-out, but I have to say our next two shows were a lot of fun to compile. If you want to hear what we're all about at Shoegazer tune in on Christmas and New Year's day (you know you'll be bored by late afternoon- if you're fully recovered by then...) for a sample of what we deem to have been the choice cuts of 2010. Beach House, Deerhunter, Freelance Whales, The National, Twin Shadow, The Radio Dept., Ra Ra Riot, The Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Broken Social Scene, The Magnetic Fields, Wild Nothing and many more... All-Stars all. Saturday evening at 6 and Thursday morning at 9. Our reputations are on the line.