2010 was a very good year. And musically it was a great year.
Thursday and Sunday feature new music from Damian Marley (yes, Bob's son) and Jakob Dylan (yes, Bob's son), as well as brilliant newcomer old-schooler Janelle Monae. Be sure to check out her video of "Tightrope" on Youtube. Classic R& B vibe, but ultra modern, there's something exciting going on with her.
Ex Talking Head David Byrne teamed up with techno producer Fatboy Slim to (get ready for this) tell the musical story of Imelda Marcos. I'm not sure why. And the music isn't much help in explaining. But the songs are great (most have guest female vocalists), and Byrne's weird, stringy melodies have a great production and sound. It's a double CD; I play 3 of the best tracks.
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There's no better time than summertime for either making your own BBQ or enjoying someone else's. David Gelin has written BBQ Joints, to tell us the stories of the people behind the Q. It's a down-home tribute to folks maintaining traditions of BBQ diversity throughout 13 states. So tune in for a show filled with David's favorite people and places as we explore a food topic that inspires a never-ending spate of opinions about methods of smoking and saucing.
David's book features recipes from many of the joints he's visited, and we're going to do our own little tasting of sauces and sides in the studio plus share some personal BBQ experiences. Come along for the fun by joining the stream at kruufm.com. It's going to be a tasty experience!
See PLAYLIST at bottom of article. This week's show features the music of Ohio-based jam band, Ekoostik Hookah (photo) and a recent single release from Fringe Toast favorite, Lisa Hannigan (photo). Is she adorable? You'll also hear an extremely rare track, "Granny on the Gramophone" from Natural Food (1972) with band member links to Fairfield. Tune in to discover more....about the best music you've never heard before.
Huffington Post entertainment contributor Mike Ragogna shares his righteous plethora of in-depth interviews and brand-spanking new music with KRUU listeners. Rebroadcast Tuesdays at 8am. Ragogna is a career music biz personage, currently living in Fairfield. From Herbie Hancock to Dweezil Zappa to Tom Petty to Los Lobos, Bill Wyman, Tony Bennett, Judy Collins, Joe Walsh, Kris Kristopherson, Laurie Anderson, kd lang, Maceo Parker, Steve Earle to Sheila E and many more. Every week, more treats. All archived at www.kruufm.com. Click archive tab, then Mike Ragogna's 2.0 tab. How cool is that?
It's been a while since the I.W.H. has done a "Classics Crucified" show, so this week's Whizbang will open with an hour or so of the familiar made strange: Classics rocked, jazzed, swung, whistled, and scatted; played on harmonicas, banjos, synthesizers and toy instruments and generally messed with.
Tuesday 6/15/10 8-10 PM Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K
Baby I love you at the strangest moments
Heaven above you just shrugs its shoulders
Ain't no rhyme no reason interfering
With what I'm feeling
~ Little Wrecking Ball, Tori Sparks
It might be hard to guess that Tori Sparks calls Nashville home these days, seeing as she's rarely there. Constantly on the road, her latest full-length album, The Scorpion in the Story, is a tour diary of sorts, each song written in a different city and capturing the story of someone Tori met while passing through.
Tori's sultry voice weaves together each track of the album into a coherent tapestry of blues, folk, rock, and Americana. The variety of styles perhaps speaks to Tori's independent spirit, an important component to her success in building her own record company and to booking shows, making music charts and gaining fans across the country and Europe.
Tune in Tuesday from 9-10am Central for your weekly dose of music by female singer-songwriters and for the interview with Tori! She'll be calling in around 9:30 or so.
Join host Mike Ragogna for his debut show on KRUU-FM, an exclusive interview with country/folk artist Chely Wright. Wright talks about her career, her influences, her decision to stop "being a whisper", about hiring two sidemen who would eventually become Rascal Flatts, and much more. Her new Vanguard release Lifted Off the Ground is produced by longtime friend Rodney Crowell.
Career musician and music biz person, Mike Ragogna blogs two to three times a week for Huffington Post and will be sharing interviews for KRUU listeners with industry movers and shakers. He plans to highlight Fairfield's local scene as well.
Wednesday at 1pm Mike speaks two artists from Los Angeles Street Drum Corps' leader Bobby Alt, who recently appeared on American Idol, and singer-songwriter Griffin House about his brand new release The Learner.
Richard Robbins was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Southern California and Montana. He studied as an undergraduate with Glover Davis and Carolyn Forché at San Diego State University, and as a graduate student with Richard Hugo, Madeline DeFrees, and Tess Gallagher at the University of Montana. His first collection, The Invisible Wedding, was published by the University of Missouri Press in 1984 as part of its Breakthrough Series. This was followed by Famous Persons We Have Known, published in 2000 by Eastern Washington University Press, and The Untested Hand, released in 2008 by The Backwaters Press. Radioactive City was published by Bellday Books in 2009.
At 2pm Chicago-based author/activist/media specialist Kathleen Quasey talks with James about her book Healer of Souls: Father Peter Mary Rookey and the International Compassion Ministry and her work in the field of solar renewables.
At 2:30, James speaks with Steve Sewell, founder/director of the Mind/Body Clinic based in Durango, Colorado, and administrative director Arthur Riegel, about their unique approach as addicition counselors combining amino acids therapies with traditional models.
At 3:05pm, James speaks with Dave Butler who is holding the 23rd Annual Vintage Power Wagon Rally this week in Fairfield. He'll talk all about his travels, how the Rally got started, what events are happening this week and much more.
At 3:30pm, Marie Lehrer talks about her work with Rise-Africa, a nonprofit she founded and the upcoming event A Night for Africa, Friday, June 18th at 7:30pm in the basement of the old Student Union building on MUM campus. This benefit concert is to help Africans lift themselves out of poverty through micro-loans, sustainable agriculture and fair living conditions. For more information, the website is www.rise-africa.org.
Whoa, whoa! you thought we were done, huh? We took a quick break, just so we could cram as much music as possi bl e into our 60 minute show. We are happy to announce a playlist chalk full of beats with only a few minutes of talking total, there should be a LOT of tracks that appeal to people. We cover the map in this list.
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