deep into the indie sounds of some amazing groups:
lots of great vocals: sonia dada (pictured) with african vocal sensibilities, the shins mysterious "sea legs," the temper trap, new johnny cash, tantric, stateless, frou frou (aka imogen heap).
most memorable is leonard cohen's stunning "here it is"--a dickensian review of one's life from the other side:
here you are hurried, & here you are gone;
and here is the love it’s all built upon.
may everyone live, and may everyone die.
hello my love, and my love, goodbye.
Back around 1970 Clyde Clifford was a DJ on radio station KAAY in Little Rock, Arkansas. Instead of recycling the radio hits of the day, he went out and found deep tracks and album cuts from known bands and unknown bands. As a result, I discovered music I would never have heard otherwise. I used to listen to KAAY after 11 PM on a little tiny transistor radio. 50,000 clear channel watts beamed the signal all the way to Des Moines. First time I ever heard King Crimson was on Beaker Street. Also people like Spirit, Leon Russell, and The Climax Blues Band. Everything on the show originates from the 1969-1972 years. Check the playlist out on the left side bar, and tune in to some fine classic rock- commercial free- courtesy of KRUU and The G Man.
More goodies from my latest record collectors convention trip. We start with Roy G. Biv from Psychedelic Schedule by late 80's band The Inn.
Then it is on to My Solid Ground and their long version of Dirty Yellow Mist from their most excellent self-titled release, and now remastered.
A song you may have missed by Psychic Ills called Outvocation from their Catopteric release. Plus The Soundtrack Of Our Lives, Jimi Hendrix Experience, and The Alan Parsons Project. 15 songs in all. Cool Breeze
For some reason, this subject has come up a lot lately. What unknown, potentially detrimental impact does modern technology have on our lives, relationships, health?
Personally, I love technology and I don't think it consumes my life, but I think for a lot of people it does. Christina Crook was feeling that way and decided to take a
31 day fast from the internet and, instread, write 31 letters on a manual typewiter to a friend.
Join us this week on Writers' Voices to learn what Christina learned from this experience, how it changed her life, and how it turned into a book ("the Joy of Missing Out: Finding Balance in a Wired World") and a TEDx talk: ("Letting Go of Technology: Pursuing a People-focused Future")
First up, Gene Luedtke, president of Fairfield's Carnegie Historical Museum board, talks with James about Fairfield's colorful, cultural history, impressive museum, and the 1915 "Fairfield Chatauqua" gathering, billed as 'Iowa's Most Successful Summer Assembly.' An exhibit by the Museum and other historical sights like the Maasdam Barns will be a featured dpart of FAIRfest '15.
Showcase of the line up announcement from this week's FAIRfest '15 press conference--and it's one sweet doozy that has musicians and music lovers across the country talking about, with acts like Cyril Neville & Royal Southern Brotherhood, Greg Brown, Elephant Revival and much more.
Grammy winner Cyril Neville, Greg Brown, Elephant Revival, BoDeans' Sam Llanas, Pieta Brown, The Pines, Ian Moore, Shook Twins, Muddy Ruckus, Giving Tree, Gipsy Moon, Chad Elliott perform at free 3-day festival June 19-21
An eclectic mix of over 35 national, regional and local bands will be presented this year at FAIRfest '15, three days of free music in and around the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center, June 19-21.
With a musical arc that extends from bluegrass to new grass to singer/songwriter to rock, blues, folk and more, and a strong mix of established artists and rising stars, old favorites and new, this signature Fairfield event, as the mayor has called it, promises to be another stellar year. Full roster will be posted soon at fairfestiowa.com.
This is the third year of the grassroots-organized festival spearheaded by Fairfield's solar-powered community radio station, funded by community donors and staffed by community volunteers. The weekend also includes food, sustainability, and literature workshops, a beverage garden, food and exhibit vendors, a children's corner and more. Last year's attendance came in around 15,000 with over $250,000 generated, according to a local net economic impact survey.
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Among the new releases this week is While We're Young written & directed by Noah Baumbach. "With two films, Baumbach established himself as a disciple of the Whit Stillman School of Well-Heeled Post-Modern Post-Collegiate Anxiety" The brilliant "While We're Young" contains the same self-lacerating humor as his "Greenberg," "Margot at the Wedding" and "The Squid and the Whale. - N.Y. Daily News. This delicious satire about aging hipsters and their discontents is everything we've come to expect from the best of Noah Baumbach, as well as several things more. - L.A. Times
We appear to be in a time when more well-reviewed horror films are being made. The latest is It Follows "Thought-provoking, clever, and properly terrifying, one of the best horror flicks to emerge in the past few years." - RT
We'll talk about that, other new releases, what we've seen and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch and Bruce Miller, "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions", Fridays at 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings, 11:30. "Life Never Gets Old"
For nearly 30 years Michael Kutcher (superstar Ashton's twin) divulged to very few people that he's struggled since birth from a mild form of cerebral palsy. Then he met Bella, a little girl afflicted with a severe form of CP. Bella can't speak so today Michael speaks for her. He advocates for people with disabilities by lobbying government officials and by accepting motivational speaking engagements. He also supports philanthropic groups, such as Reaching for the Stars (a foundation of hope for children with cerebral palsy), Organize (which encourages organ donation), and the Starkey Hearing Foundation.
Michael embraces his philanthropic activities gracefully despite the demands of single parenting his young son and holding down a full-time job in the financial services industry. And he manages to do all this despite a plethora of lifelong health challenges, including a successful heart transplant at age 13. For Michael, the consequences of a mild form of CP encompass hearing loss, poor eyesight, weakness on the right side of his body, and a slight speech impediment. To learn how Ashton and the twins' parents helped Michael develop the 'I can do it' attitude that's enabled him to achieve incredible successes despite multiple health hurdles, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl and her very inspiring guest Michael Kutcher.
This week and next we will feature the music of Stephen Sondheim.
Only at the Wildflowers Cafe.
Only on KRUU-FM.