I post a little this and that here on the KRUU website. And it surprises me that folks actually read it. I am being totally serious. Even if it's just a couple of people giving it the eyeball, it's really an honor to have someone reading this stuff. After all, the Internet is a very big place. And there are an awful lot of things on it that are more interesting than anything I can conjure up. Heck, just Google "Claude Rains" or "Elvis Jumpsuits" and start reading. It's all fascinating.
But don't do that search until you're finished reading this post........okay, I'm done.
This week we'll feature Boston singer-songwriter and mother of 5 children, Lori McKenna. After playing open mics at age 27, she was introduced to Nashville by Mary Gauthier and negotiated a recording contract with Warner Brothers. Lori has since released several albums and her songs have been recorded by Nashville artists like Tim McGraw and others.
(See link to playlist below). Bonnie Raitt calls him "a breath of fresh air in the blues and R&B world." Mighty Mo Rodgers (photo) played the organ on Brenton Wood's 1967 song "Gimme Little Sign." Since then he has recorded six albums yet many still do not know his work... until now where on Fringe Toast we offer an opening set featuring songs from two CDs. Also, in the first hour, you will hear twin-spins from new albums by Imogen Heap and Sinead O'Connor.
The transition to Chill Zone in the second-hour will be welcomed by actress Scarlett Johansson (photo) who you know as a great actor and will discover to be also a great singer with special track called "One Whole Hour" and a collaboration on second tune with American singer-songwriter Pete Yorn. Also, newly released track from UK's delightfully quirky band alt-J. As requested by listeners, more good stuff from Rising Appalachia and Natalie Walker. Fringe Toast first-timers include Bushy, Dixon's Violin, Tiaan, Kwabs, David Garza, and Novo Som.
Click here for playlist! Invite friends worldwide to join the live stream at www.kruufm.com where you click on "Listen Live." Discover again and again why many feel that Fringe Toast is an excellent source of new music.
On today's edition of That Righteous Jive we'll be listening to some of my favorite jazz of 2014, featuring master of the Hammond organ Wil Blades (left). We'll be checking out the solo album Blades released last week, Field Notes, where he lays down some mellow grooves with guitarist Jeff Parker and drummer Simon Lott.
We'll also hear singles from upcoming albums by both Moon Hooch and Budos Band.
On top of that we've got Dispact, Harlequin Dynamite Marching Band, Vertigo Trombone Quartet, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band and Tuatara. Stream it live August 26th 5-6pm CDT right here on KRUU radio.
Radanath Swami is a monk in the Krishna-bhakti lineage. He has been instrumental in founding the Bhaktivedanta Hospital in Mumbai, India, and is the author of the book, Journey Home, a memoir of his search for spiritual truth.
Engel is a Brooklyn based artist originally from Haiti who is the subject of the soon to be released documentary film, "Someway, Somehow." A Swedish artist recently painted a portrait of Engel which last month was featured at the National Portrait Museum in London, England. http://engelstheartist.com
With authors and book titles swirling incessantly inside his head, legendary literary tastemaker Paul Ingram of Iowa City's Prairie Lights Bookstore fell victim to clerihew mania. The result? A new book, The Lost Clerihews of Paul Ingram, published recently by Ice Cube Press and illustrated with Julia Anderson-Miller's witty and thoughtful pen-and-ink drawings.
As award-winning author Elizabeth McCracken reports in the foreword, this book is "everything that Paul Ingram himself is: hilarious, ribald, tender, erudite, naughty." Watch out! Containing over 120 four-line poems that lampoon a variety of public figures, Paul's book (and Julia's artwork) just might inspire clerihew mania to grow inside you! For a glimpse of the super creative minds that produced this naughty new book, tune in this week to The Studio with Cheryl, Julia and Paul.
Once again, Writers' Voices welcomes voices from our favorite small press, Ice Cube Press, founded in North Liberty Iowa by former guest Steve Semken to feature literary writing from the Midwest. So it is no wonder that Steve published this treasure, "Prairie Gold: An Anthology of the American Heartland."
Whether you prefer prose or poetry, fiction or non, short or long, you will find it all here, with each piece shining a separate light on one of the myriad of ways that Midwesterners define themselves.
"Prairie Gold" was spun into whole cloth by the collaboration of three writers with close ties to Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa: Stefanie Brook Trout, an English instructor and MFA student, Lance M. Sacknoff, whose literary work focuses on environmental criticism, and poetry teacher Xavier Cavazos. Trout and Sacknoff will be joining us this week on Writers' Voices.
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Our featured artist this week and next will be the incomparable Louis Armstrong. Enough said.
It's time for your weekly news fix with the Newsvandal, JP Sottile with James Moore for another edition of INSIDE THE HEADLINES. This week's three tiers include money for nothing and blank checks for free, food, inglorious food, and future tense, sunglasses not required.
Also, I want to highlight an incredible piece JP wrote for consortiumnews.com all about the Grim brothers' fairy tale known as The Neocon's Grim "Victory" in Iraq or Why Wolfowitz Declared Victory in Iraq. Fascinating read.
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