Finally I paid off another debt to rock and roll. July 25 I finally got to see The Kings perform live in Chicago!!! Backtrack---in 1980 or thereabouts I was working at KXIC in Iowa City. The FM side of the station was K101, a rock station. That year, K101 and the rest of the world received the album "The Kings Are Here" from this Toronto band. That record spawned an FM radio classic that is still heard today--"This Beat Goes On/Switchin' to Glide." Founding members Dave Diamond and Mr. Zero have been appearing every few years in Chicago since that record first appeared. And I have always missed them. This time, however, I got it all together and was truly rocked. To the untrained eye the Kings might seem to be just another bar band...until they play THAT song. And THAT song has powers and abilities far beyond mortal songs. It is timeless. It is forever. It will continue long after we have left the planet. Thank you, sirs. I salute you.
This week we will celebrate the birthday of Robert Cray (August 1st) pictured below with Eric Clapton. With a special emphasis on his early album Strong Persuader which I consider to be a classic.
Other music will include: David Ramirez, Drew Holcomb, Foster & Lloyd, Infamous Stingdusters, Susan Tedeschi, Jimmy LaFave, Stray Birds and more!
At 2pm, James Moore has a wide-ranging discussion with Callie Maidhof, Ph.D candidate in anthropology at the University of California, Berkeley. She has recently returned to the United States following a year and a half of fieldwork in Israel-Palestine.
During the course of her research, she spent ten months living on a Jewish-Israeli settlement near Qalqilia in Palestine's northern West Bank. She also spent time in Ramallah and is currently writing her dissertation on secularism and the state of Israel's settlements. She is from Kansas City.
Here's a recent interview: http://www.tabletmag.com/tag/callie-maidhof/feed.
If you have been listening to Writers' Voices awhile, you probably know that co-host Caroline Kilbourn is single-handedly attempting to keep alive the lost art of letter-writing. You know, the kind written on paper (often by hand, with a pen), and actdually mailed? with a stamp? Well, perhaps not single-handedly, since the people she writes to often write back!
And there's also Shaun Usher, whose belief in "the importance and unrivalled charm of old-fashioned correspondence" led him to start a website in 2009 called lettersofnote.com. There are currently over 900 "letters, postcards,telegrams, faxes and memos" featured on the site, written by people both famous and ordinary. From this intriguing archive, Usher selected more than 125 letters to feature in this beautifully designed anthology. As one critic wrote, this books is "the literary equivalent of a box of chocolates - bite-sized and pure addictive pleasure."
Join us this week on Writers' Voices to learn how Usher finds the letters, how he chose which ones to include in the book, and the process of creating such a beautiful work of literary history.
For today's show I prepared two on my favorite Japanese bands for summer.
The Pop and Alternative Rock band Aqua Timez that contributes to the soundtracks for Animes on a regular basis and Dragon Ash, a band active since 1996 that did not only make Hip Hop mainstream in Japan but also took it to another level.
On tonight's edition of The After Hours we'll be listening to some freaky funk, simmering soul and brooding blues. I'll be featuring Saskwatch and Jesus, the Crazy, and the Bad Kids. We'll also hear from Up Up We Go!, North By North, Sufis and Morphine. Stream it live July 26th, 10pm-12am CDT right here on KRUU radio.
Outlaw Radio Show
Great show planned today. Don't miss it!
1. Journalism and Journalisn't: Gaza Edition
Foreign Correspondents in Israel Complain of Intimidation
Framing Israel For The War
In Gaza-Israel Coverage, New York Times Purveys Pro-War Propaganda, on Page One
Censorship vs. Accountability in Journalism