On this Tuesday’s edition of That Righteous Jive we’ll be listening to my favorite afrobeat of 2013. I’ll be featuring The Fontanelles, a group who originally formed to be the onstage band for the London run of Fela! The Musical. After the show ended they decided to name themselves after the part of a baby’s head where the bones don’t quite all come together and start making some great original afrobeat. And that’s exactly what they’ve done with their debut album (released earlier this month): Horns Of Freedom, which sticks with the afrobeat backbone but also ventures into realms of reggae, ethio-jazz and ska. We’ll be listening to some choice tracks off of The Fontanelles new album, plus a whole lot more great afobeat courtesy of Bosq of Whiskey Barons, Cherimoya, Ikebe Shakedown and Jungle Fire—all from albums released this year. Stream it live November 26th 5-6pm CST right here on KRUU radio.
Join us at the Wildflowers Cafe for the second of our 2-week celebration of the work of Joni Mitchell, who turned 70 earlier this month.
A 3-hour meditation, celebration, dedication, evaluation on the 50th anniversary on the passing of John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th American president.
At 2pm, James talks with Ottumwa-born teacher Scott Garbe, who wrote all the songs on recently released 'The Kennedy Suite,' a concept CD seven years in the making by Canada's Cowboy Junkies. The Junkies debut the music Nov 22 & 23 at Winter Garden in Toronto.
Next up: JFK's speech at the American University, where he praises the value of education and challenges the military industrial complex status quo. Then PLANET ERSTWILD goes INSIDE THE HEADLINES with an hour and a half special edition on JFK with Newsvandal JP Sottile, who's piece "JFK and the Anti-Conspiracy Conspiracy" was published yesterday by ConsortiumNews.com, independent investigative journalism since 1995.
This week on The Skinny, there's a 'tint of snow' in the air (and the KRUU studios) as Africa lends the reins to Kathy Snow and Andrew Tint.
Listen to their fun interview with one of Kathy's college roommates, teammates, and besties, Janelle Jaspers Jones. A 3-time state high school high jump champ, 1st team all-state basketball player, and one of Iowa's all-time Top 10-performing heptathletes--Janelle's now a busy mom and personal trainer in Minneapolis with her own wellness-based business called Functional Fitness. Janelle trains clients from all walks and ages. Whether they're in their 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, and even 70s and 80s (who Africa fondly refers to as 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s, and 8s)...Janelle encourages everyone to start making themselves a priority and do what they can to lead a healthier life. Listen and learn while Janelle introduces us to Tabata-style training. Founded in Japan by Izumi Tabata, the Tabata concept is an easily modified type of high intensity interval training that you can customize to your fitness level. Unlike a more complicated or multi-exercise circuit, one Tabata session could be simply two exercises...doing as many squats (or just getting up and sitting down on a chair as many times) as you can in 20 seconds, followed by 10 seconds of rest, and then 20 seconds of push-ups (or do them against the wall), followed by 10 seconds of rest...and repeat 4 times.
This week, Writers' Voices welcomes guest host Paul Gandy, local attorney, to the air as he and Monica interview Joe Henry, coauthor with his brother David of the biography "Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him."
Richard Pryor is a fascinating subject - born and raised in Peoria, Illinois into a rough world of brothels and drug-runners, he was truly a comedic trail-blazer and introduced an entire generation of white America to Black culture.
How this book came to be is a story in itself. Over a decade ago, Joe Henry, a 4 time Grammy-winning producer, singer and songwriter, contacted Richard Pryor to get his permission to use his name in a song title ("Richard Pryor Addresses a Tearful Nation" on Joe Henry's "Scar" album.) One thing led to another, and soon Pryor had recruited Henry and his screenwriter/producer brother David to write the script for a bio-pic. Shortly before going into production the movie was derailed, and the Henry brothers decided to convert the wealth of material they had gathered on their (flawed) hero into this book. Tune in for a fascinating conversation!
Check it out, the Orpheum Theatre is showing Enders Game a "mainstream" wide release film with Harrison Ford & Ben Kingsley, offering "a commendable number of well-acted, solidly written sci-fi thrills." Also, the well reviewed Mr. Nobody, starring Jared Leto: a "big-budget picture proving Europeans can compete in the sci-fi realm where high production values are king." "A film with a beating heart underneath its breathtakingly designed exterior." Google either film and the Orpheum showtimes come right up. Ain't the internet great? Or as this filmosopher believes, Indra's Net. :)
Hunger Games: Catching Fire is getting great reviews. Philomena starring the great Judy Dench looks like another awards contender, offering "a profoundly affecting drama for adult filmgoers of all ages." We're excited to talk about Michel Gondry's (Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind) new film: Is the Man Who Is Tall Happy?: An Animated Conversation with Noam Chomsky, in which he applies "his playful imagination to animating a series of conversations with the esteemed linguist, philosopher, political commentator and activist Noam Chomsky."
We'll also talk about the intriguing Deceptive Practice: The Mysteries and Mentors of Ricky Jay 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, again a new time Sunday mornings at 11:30.
On this Saturday night's edition of The After Hours we'll be listening to my favorite blues of 2013, featuring some true living legends. We'll be hearing from Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite, Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters and Tinsley Ellis. Stream it live November 23rd, 10pm-12am CST right here on KRUU radio.
You know it's gonna be a great day when you get to listen to this show!
Each week I strive to bring you new music that you have never heard before all while LOVING it!
Saturday morning hear electronic music from Ibiza After Hours; Jon Hopkins; Minus 8; Boards Of Canada; The Dining Rooms; Darshon Ambient; Vangelis; Vargo; Ginkgo Garden; Machine Love and more. We'll post the playlist afterward.
"We see a lot of people in here who claim they wanna know the ultimate truth about reality. They want to peer under the surface at the big everything. But this can be a very painful process full of surprises.
It can dismantle the world as you know it.
That's why most people prefer to remain on the surface of things. Maybe you should go home, let sleeping dogs lie. Take it easy. What do you say?" ~ Existential Detective, I Heart Huckabees