Behind the Idea and the Reality.... Falls the Shadow

--T. S. Eliot


“Music has always been a matter of Energy to me, a question of Fuel. Sentimental people call it Inspiration, but what they really mean is Fuel. I have always needed Fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nights I still believe that a car with the gas needle on empty can run about fifty more miles if you have the right music very loud on the radio.”

San Francisco singer/songwriter Bob Hillman is back with a new album after more than ten years away from the business.

He plays Cafe Paradiso Sat Mar 26 at 8pm with Jason Wallsmith of the Nadas.

Click on Bob's pic for link to full interview.

After over a decade away from the stage and studio, Bob Hillman returns with the full-length album Lost Soul. The album’s title is ironic in the sense that, with his longtime musical mentor ex-Plimsoul Peter Case at the helm, the San Francisco-based singer/songwriter has found his way out of the creative wilderness. He taps back into literate, tuneful songwriting that defined earlier works like Playing God (1999), Welcome To My Century (2001), and If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home (2006). This time, however, he moves beyond the Americana-leaning folk-rock of his past to embrace a fresh, contemporary sonic landscape; the result is a less crafted, more visceral album.
Click on pic for full interview archive.
Hillman and Case bring unique individual and collective histories into this project. The Plimsouls had a regional hit with “A Million Miles Away” in 1983, at a time when Hillman was learning guitar and starting to check out the Los Angeles music scene. In 1989, Hillman experienced an awakening when he saw Case perform a solo show at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. “Peter played solo acoustic—the classic ‘folk’ construct—but with rock energy,” the singer says. “That was the kind of music I wanted to make.” Cut to the mid-90s, when Hillman—now living in New York—on a whim sent Case, who had just released his album Torn Again, his first batch of demos. Case saw potential and invited him to L.A. to play with him at the Ash Grove on the Santa Monica Pier.

Hillman subsequently embarked on a path to a series of breakthroughs, including two albums produced by Tommy West, who made a bunch of hits in the 70s with pop troubadour Jim Croce and others. He also started picking up higher-profile gigs, including opening for Suzanne Vega at the House of Blues in L.A. and The Fillmore in San Francisco.

  • Sat
    Mar 26
    2:00 am -
    4:00 am
  • Mon
    Mar 28
    4:00 am -
    6:00 am

We're Jammin'

RRLong, interesting jams from Lee Michaels, The Numbers Band, The Savage Ressurection, The Fleshtones, Quest For Fire, and Steppenwolf. Shorter ditties from The Warlocks, Ten Years After, Richard Hawley, and Patto. Plus some excellent rock from the likes of The Yardbirds, Neil Young, Jorma Kaukonen, and Blue Mountain. I am thinking you will have to fight the urge to turn it up. Be kind to your neighbors, and please enjoy the music. Cool Breeze

  • Thu
    Mar 24
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    4:00 pm
  • Wed
    Mar 30
    2:00 am -
    4:00 am

The Crack Where The Light Gets In

G ManJohn Hiatt kicks off another edition with a song called Face of God from Terms of My Surrender. Now that you are awake after my Insomniac's Special last week, you can peer around and spot some highlights of the world around you. We will let Stevie Wonder, Paul McCartney, Taj Mahal, The Drive-By Truckers, M. Ward, and 21 other artists shine a little light on, well, everything. The G Man

  • Thu
    Mar 24
    8:00 pm -
    9:00 pm
  • Sun
    Mar 27
    8:00 am -
    9:00 am

crystal silence

musical silence...

debussy...air...airstream...aaron copeland...isao tomita...chick corea...silence

  • Tue
    Mar 22
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    6:00 pm
  • Wed
    Mar 23
    11:00 pm -
    12:00 am

Downtempo Electronica


On today's edition of Music is My Medication I'll be prescribing you a heavy dose of downtempo trip-hop, breakbeats and IDM courtesy of Bonobo, Amon Tobin, Bassnectar, Flying Lotus, Burial and a whole lot more. Stream it live March 22, 5pm-6pm CDT right here on KRUU radio.

Check out the playlist here.

The Pharos Gate by Nick BantockBored with his mail, Nick Bantock grew jealous when he visited his local post office and spotted people clutching personal letters. He fantasized about receiving such letters himself. The result? Two fan-cult favorite, best-seling trilogies that are about to reach closure with the upcoming grand finale, The Pharos Gate: Griffin & Sabine's Lost Correspondence. Twenty-five years ago, Nick redefined the art of storytelling by combining fine art, fiction, and three-dimensional interactive books in his Griffin & Sabine trilogies. Multi-million best sellers, his books spent over 100 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list and received wide critical acclaim.


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  • Sun
    Mar 20
    11:30 am -
    12:00 pm

The Filmosophers Movie Talk

Midnight Special is the fourth film from Writer/Director Jeff Nichols. In his short career Nichols has become one of our favorite filmmakers. 2011's Take Shelter received a strong thumbs-up from Chris and Mud was one of my fave films of 2013. We've been anticipating Midnight Special since seeing it's first trailer a few months ago. As with Nichol's first three films the buzz on this is excellent. "Four films into his career, Jeff Nichols seems incapable of making a bad movie, or even an uninteresting one. At a time when most indie filmmakers gauge success by the speed of their graduation to Marvel blockbusters, he continues to forge his own path." - The New Republic. "Little here feels like science or fiction but sci-fi is exactly what this is, from the heart and out of this world." - Time Out. "Midnight Special defines characters through what they can't understand, contrasting fear of the unknown with faith in it, and flipping the supernatural into a metaphor for the everyday." - AV Club. Stephen Frears (Philomena, The Queen, My Beautiful Laundrette) is another favorite. In his latest he directs Fairfielder Ben Foster in The Program "the true story of Lance Armstrong, the world-renowned Tour de France champion who developed the most sophisticated doping program in the history of the sport." Ben revealed he also took performance enhancing drugs for this role. "They work", he said.

We'll cover other intriguing new releases, the very unintriguing third installment of The Divergent Series, what we've seen and more, on the Filmosophers, with Chris Busch & Bruce Miller "where we give our filmosophy of the movies and have filmosophical discussions." Fridays 12:30 PM, again Sunday mornings 11:30.

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