The final edition of my 'Progression' series, in which the cast of characters very loud and very direct about their opinions of the way things were back in the late 1980's to the early nineties. It makes for a compelling listen. First up is Thin White Rope with Astronomy, one of those songs that gets stuck in your head because of the guitar vocal interplay. Bookended perfectly by She's in Parties, a Bauhaus exercise in excess. Ah, and in-between: brilliant songs by The Fall, Flipper, Hugo Largo, Laibach, The Abecedarians, and an extended version of Killing Jar by Siouxsie & The Banshees. After two hours of these songs you'll feel like you are in another time zone. The G Man
Normally I am a stay-at-home kind of guy.
But of recent I have been on the move, thanks in no small part to my brothers in music the Gin Palace Jesters. The band has taken me to Pittsburgh, New England, Toronto and Ingleside, Illinois in the last two months. I have also gotten new eyeglasses. And I've seen about half a million great bands along the way. In a nutshell,
The Feed Store is still charging along. In the next few weeks I have a very special guest on the show. Plus my mom keeps sending me great stuff out of The Fairfield Ledger.
Onward and upward.
Sun Ra and His Arkestra – To Those of Earth… And Other Worlds (2015)
Sometimes music is here to help us readdress the everyday. Some people use music as pure escape, “taking drugs to make music to take drugs to” (as Spacemen 3 so put it). On the odd occasion it looks like an attempt to reframe our social landscape altogether, sometimes as an offshoot of the previous option when psychedelics are involved.
Less poet-as-prophet and more musician-as-alien-angel, 60s jazz legend Sun Ra reaches out for that psychedelic truth. Decked out in gold-lamé and embroidered turbans, he and his ever-morphing Arkestras would have appeared seemingly anachronistic, like the figures in Ancient Egyptian murals that the superstitious think were alien visitors to ancient Earth. He also combined this element with the message that he was from Saturn, and that the people of Earth were at risk of falling into chaos. Despite its grounding in mythology and science-fiction, the possibility is undoubtedly there, as a constant and very human concern. So from all this, comparisons between Sun Ra’s persona and that of David Bowie’s ‘Five Years’-era Ziggy Stardust can be drawn (though admittedly Sun Ra was the first to embody this concept).
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Fire Ravages Studio: Artist Creates Collages from Burnt Paintings. Four years after fire ravaged her Fairfield, Iowa studio, artist Elaine Duncan has created collages incorporating pieces of paintings that, though damaged, miraculously survived the blaze. A retrospective exhibit and sale containing these collages will take place 10 AM to 6 PM Saturday, Oct. 24th and noon to 5 PM Sunday, Oct. 25th at Fairfield's ICON Gallery. Paintings, ceramics, and other pieces created earlier in her career (and stored elsewhere) will be exhibited, also. A past winner of the Eisner Award for Outstanding Creativity, Elaine earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of California at Berkeley and pursued postgraduate studies in art at Colorado State University. In 2007, she served as a panelist during a UC Berkeley symposium, "Making Art in Times of Change." Elaine discusses her creative process this week on The Studio with Cheryl on KRUU.
As you can see from the playlist I have a veritable who's who of bands over a two hour time span. Lots of bands from the classic album rock period of the late sixties early seventies, plus a couple of ringers from a later date. A nostalga trip for me, I grew up on all these wonderful songs. If you have to get up early Monday morning, this will get you going. The G Man
THE WEEK THAT WAS
>>Uncle Sam's Greatest Hits
The Drone Papers
>>Cold War 2.0
Six Ways A U.S.-Russia Proxy War Has Reshaped Syria's Conflict
>>The Debate Debate
Pundits Thought Clinton Beat Sanders–but Did Viewers?
>>No, It's Not Just You
Déjà Vu Again: Hot September Drives 2015 To Hottest Year On Record
WOLF ALICE - CALEB HAWLEY - RYAN ADAMS - KEITH RICHARDS
Well, it seems like it has been years since I have been able to communicate what is happening on the show. I, for one, missed being able to inform you all of the upcoming tunes. Another Progression show is in the offing, with some 80's-90's tunes. Check out the playlist and boy am I happy to be able to generate it. The G Man
After a brief hiatus, the KRUU site is back in cruise mode.
THE WEEK THAT WAS
>>Tales from the Encryption
OPM Announces More Than 21 Million Affected by Second Data Breach
FBI chief wants 'backdoor access' to encrypted communications to fight Isis
>>Globalism & Globalisn't
IMF revises down expected 2015 global growth
71% of the world's population lives on less than $10 a day
Donald Trump: ‘I Will Win the Latino Vote’
The Truth About Immigrants And Crime In The US
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