Above & Beyond(See link to playlist below). This week marks the release of Acoustic II CD from UK's Above & Beyond (photo left) which is normally considered an electronic trance band.  But, this second accoustic CD breathes new life and context into their vast catalog of music featuring vocals from their long-time lead vocalist Zoe Johnston and other contributors.  Early in the second hour, you will hear a Above & Beyond on stagefew soothing tracks from this epic new album. The program begins with new tracks from Paul Simon, and also from Sweet Talk Radio, N*Grandjean, and The Rescues

The second-hour Chill begins with Above & Beyond, Society of Broken Souls, Rising Appalachia, Rhye and Rezonate.  The last 30 minutes of electro-acoustiic instrumentals features Richard Bone, The Peaking Goddess Collective, and a special 7-minute track from N*Grandjean called "The First Picture (RocknRolla Soundsystem Mix)."  

Click here for playlist.  Invite friends to join the live stream to hear the "best music you never hear unless you are tuned to Fringe Toast."   



Zoë Johnston

I'm the type of guy who personalizes every celebrity death. In every case, I try to connect the late celebrity to me in some circuitous manner. "How does he connect to me?" That's always my first connection. And nine times out of ten the answer is my pal and musical legend Milt Trenier. With the announcement of the demise of Muhammad Ali, the first thing I did was to call Milt Trenier. I remember seeing a photo of the two men together, their clenched fists poised under each other's jaws. Turns out Ali used to see the Treniers performing in Miami in the early sixties when Ali had his training camp there. In later years when the heavyweight champ was visiting Chicago he would visit Milt Trenier's jazz club because he remembered the family name. I can always count on Milt for his personal stories on the greatest names in showbiz. 

Obvious World ~ Sunday Nights ~ 9e/8c/7m/6p ♥

  • Sat
    Jun 04
    2:00 am -
    4:00 am
  • Mon
    Jun 06
    4:00 am -
    6:00 am

Back on Track

RR#279 is queued up, and ready to roll, so we are back in sequence. Highlights in hour one include live music by Pink Floyd, and a long cut by Samsara Blues Experiment. Side two has new music by Living Hour, old music by Miles Davis, and a track off of my possible album of the year by Ray LaMontagne. Cool Breeze

  • Fri
    Jun 03
    1:00 pm -
    2:00 pm
  • Mon
    Jun 06
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

Danny Gregory Takes on The Monkey Inside Your Head

Danny GregoryArtist, author, creative director, filmmaker, podcaster, blogger, teacher and speakerShut Your Monkey Danny Gregory joins us on Writers' Voices this week to discuss his latest book, "Shut Your Monkey: How to Control Your Inner Critic and Get More Done."

Danny lives and breathes creativity, and knows just how damaging that inner voice can be!


Madeline Horrigan 2PM: MSAE MICRA Class Project

James interviews two MSAE students about their songwriting class that led to a CD being produced by Tim Britton of 12 tracks. Madeline Horrigan and Vana Couri discuss the class, the MICRA recording project and their performance on record and on Saturday, Jiune 4th at 8pm at Cafe Paradiso.

The rest of the show will feature musical artists playing tonight's ArtWalk and FAIRfest like Steve and Michaela McLain with the Jefferson County Green Band (on the square 7pm-10pm) and Robert Reeder's Bad Billy & the Bonfire Boys (at the Arbor after party after Green Band).

Sit back and leave the dfriving to us.

3PM: The Des Moines Register's Rekha Basu is featured in an interview with Speaking Freely host Dennis Raimondi on talking about--you guessed it--the election.


>>>Boomer Bust
How Baby Boomer psychodrama infected the 2016 election
How To Burn Down The Two-Party System

>>>Unbroken Chains
Global Slavery Index 2016 Estimates 45.8 Million People Trapped In Modern Slavery
45 Million In Global Slavery -- Fortunately Capitalism Kills Slavery Stone Dead

>>>Beijing Jones & The Tiger Temple Of Doom
Priest is caught trying to flee Thailand's tiger temple with skins and fangs
Seven deadly sins: the rare animals the Chinese middle class love to eat

>>>Shootout At The We're Not OK Corral
America Started the Summer Off with a Massive Wave of Gun Violence
In the rural West, residents choose low taxes over law enforcement

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Vegetable LiteracyDeborah Madison is one of my food heroes, and this week's show starts with an interview I did with her about Spring/Summer foods last year.  Good timing.  For all her fans, she's working on a new book, and we'll get the details when she is a guest on Great Taste next month.

In GT's second half, Kathy DuBois is in town for a couple of weeks, and she will reprise her long time co-host role this week, and at our live Green Building Supply show next Tuesday.  We have been cooking almost nonstop together since she got off the plane, and, as always, it's a load of fun not only to hang out in the kitchen, but eat and enjoy the results.

We'll talk some food philosophy, and I have some of my latest travel eats to share, including an inspiring dinner at Moxie Kitchen in Jacksonville, Florida.

Next Tuesday is our monthoy live show at Green Building Supply.  Put it on your calendar.  The fun and eats start at 7:00 pm.  Kathy will cook up a dish yet-to-be-determined, and Chiraj El will make his famous vegan pizza plus a hasselback apple dessert.  Will Love is coming, too, so there is probably another dish in store if you show up to enjoy the show.  We'll have a tasting of Jack's Root Beer from our amazing local company Shaktea Kombucha, and door prizes, too!

  • Fri
    Jun 03
    12:30 pm -
    1:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jun 05
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers movie talk

Of the three wide releases this week, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is Grurkulam postertrending the best buzz. "Produced by Judd Apatow, it’s the first original feature film from the comedy trio known as the Lonely Island. Conner4Real (Andy Samberg) is a wildly narcissistic pop star whose antics dominate news cycles while his latest album crashes and burns." A good-humored but clear-eyed take on today's pop culture as a morass of corruption, idiocy and relentless self-promotion. - San Francisco Chronicle

Of note is the filmosophical documentary Gurukulam, which "follows a group of students and their teacher as they confront fundamental questions about the nature of reality and self-identity at a remote forest ashram in southern India. A rare invitation to look, listen, and experience a contemplative rhythm of life as old as the Bhagavad Gita and as new as present-day India."

Also, a movie about a movie theater. "In a culture where digital movie presentation is taking over, Out Of Print is a unique documentary which explores the importance of revival cinema and 35mm film exhibition as seen through the lens of the patrons of the New Beverly Cinema - an independent revival cinema in Los Angeles. Features interviews with Joe Carnahan, Joe Dante, Seth Green, Rian Johnson, John Landis, Patton Oswalt, Kevin Smith and others.

We'll cover that and more on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller, where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." "People say that I'm a guru and all that. I am just a normal human being. In fact, too normal (smiles :) - Swami Dayanada Saraswati, Gurukulam

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    Jun 02
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Jun 05
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

40 years ago

40 years ago, stevie wonder released his best and most creative album, featuring melodic classics, funky grooves, and jazz-rock fusion virtuosity. then there was boz scaggs, david bowie, heart, war....

toddalso in 1976, todd rundgren released the song that he should be most famous for ("love of the common man"). it's an inspiration, declaration, and fascinating song, musically, lyrically, and cosmically:

"i've been burned in my prime;
the simple things in life seem so hard to learn sometimes.
and it takes so long.
catch it while you can
too late tomorrow
and everyone....

we all know what comes of that:
living in your pockets and talking through your hat
but it won't take long to turn your head around
too late tomorrow,
'cause everyone needs the love of the common man
to turn the world around
too late tomorrow...

'cause everyone...

everyone is waiting, just anticipating on you.
won't you make a showing everybody knows what to do.
take a dive from your ivory tower,
and fall on...

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