Dr. Donathan Brown, Ph.D. is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Ithaca College. He is also editor of the Journal of Race and Policy. Dr. Brown, and co-author, Dr. Michael Clemons, have just completed a new book on race and voting rights, entitled, "Voting Rights Under Fire: The Continuing Struggle for People of Color."
(See link to playlist below). DJ Andy Bargerstock returns to Iowa with two hours of music never before played on Fringe Toast featuring exotic internationally influenced groups including first-timers like Fous de la Mer (France), Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger (Kemp Muhl & Sean Lennon photo left), Pimps of Joytime (soul band from New Orleans), Beta Radio (North Carolina folk, indie, Americana group), Lo-fang (France), Stick Figure (US roots, reggae dub band), and Jamie O'Hara (American sounding like Chris Isaak).
Second-hour Chill Session brings the typical ethereal charm anchored by the closing 21-minute track "Runnin" from New Zealand down-tempo jazz/reggae fusion band named Fat Freddy's Drop (photo).
Click here for playlist. Discover again why Fringe Toast is an excellent source of new music.
Blues guitar riffs, funky horns and soulful vocals, all mixed and mashed together with a healthy dose of bass and beats... sounds like the perfect recipe for another fine time on the After Hours. Tonight we'll be checking out some of my favorite electronica from last year, featuring: Opiuo, Ageless, Gramatik, Rameses B, and AudioTreats. Stream it live January 24th, 10pm-12am CST right here on KRUU radio.
It's late January (gee zee pee zee, feels like the year is flying by already :) and Chris Busch had this acute observation: "January – where bad films are stillborn"
This includes movies with big stars, especially Johnny Depp in Mortdecai "a stunning misfire, a tonally-jarring would-be caper comedy that reduces its talented cast to broad, goofy caricatures."
You may be aware of the national buzz American Sniper is creating. Starring the very talented Bradley Cooper, this Clint Eastwood directed, Best Picture Oscar nominated film has literally become a cultural, political and box office phenomenon. We've seen and will talk about it.
In our self-proclaimed "golden age of the documentary" there's another intriguing release, the highly reviewed (100% thumbs-up as of this writing): Red Army "about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team." "From the USSR to Russia, the film examines how sport mirrors social and cultural movements and parallels the rise and fall of the Red Army team with the Soviet Union." "Emotionally charged, viscerally exciting and consistently enlightening"
We'll talk about that, other new releases, 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. "I'm willing to meet my Creator and answer for every shot that I took." --Chris Kyle, American Sniper
Inspiring is the one word that comes to mind when I think about this week’s show. Both of my guests inspire me, and I believe you, the listener, will feel the same way after tuning in. It’s very easy to become cynical looking at the devastation of our natural resources, and the plundering of the environment that goes on in a world dominated by industrial agriculture in the guise of feeding the ever-growing population of human beings. I think a little cynicism may have just snuck through in the previous sentence. BUT…..Deborah Madison and Fred Kirschenmann, through their words and actions, can pull us out of that dark spot where it’s too easy to become enmeshed in futility, and turn our attention to the immense change that is the reality of the present and future cultivation of our planet.
It’s an honor to welcome Deborah back to the show. We’re planning to talk seasonally so she can offer insights into what fresh foods play well with the weather. Though we have a variety of micro climates in the lower 48 states there are plenty of foods that are either grown locally or easy to find at the market or store that represent the changing seasons on our plate. For decades Deborah has championed the use of local/regional produce, and showcased that world in numerous award-winning cookbooks like Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, and Vegetable Literacy. In this visit, we’ll focus our discussion on the abundance of delights still available in the autumn, and provide some assistance for home cooks to not only expand their repertoire, but revel in the experience.
During our “Iowa Cooks” segment, Fred Kirschenmann, Distinguished Fellow at the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture at Iowa State University, and President of Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in New York, provides a vision of how significant positive change is not only already in motion in the cultivation and production of our food, but why it is inevitable.
"Turning down my muse is not an option!" So says artist and art instructor Elaine Duncan, past winner of the Eisner Award for Outstanding Creativity. Whatever form you like your creativity to take, if neglect has caused your muse to go on strike, Elaine's advice will help you gently coax it back. Elaine earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of California at Berkelely and pursued postgraduate studies in art at Colorado State University. In 2007, she served as a panelist during a UC Berkeley symposium on "Making Art in Times of Change." In 2008 Mulberry Knoll Books released Feathered Space, a 120-page story revealed through Elaine's drawings, designs, and poetic word play. Elaine has won many art awards and has exhibited her artwork at The Presidio in San Franscisco and at galleries in Iowa, Arizona, and Illinois.
2015 has barely begun but there has already been some great soul, afrobeat, funk and trip-hop released in the last few weeks.
Brighton Beat, an afrobeat/funk group from NYC, released their second studio album: Off We Go.
The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble, an afrobeat group from San Diego, released a new 45: City Heights/Strollin Adams.
Monophonics, a pshychedelic soul band from San Francisco, released two singles from their upcoming album, Sound of Sinning.
Skeewiff, a production duo from the UK, remixed multi-instrumentalist Shawn Lee's Soul Foods 2 LP on their new album: Skeewiff vs Shawn Lee.
Special StevieMix dance show tonight, Friday January 23 on KRUU featuring my favorite dance tracks of 2014-Part 2.
Tracks will include electro house, mashups, breakbeat, ghetto funk, glitch, a little pop and other genres.
Listen online or on the radio between 9PM and 10PM central time.
this week we go deep...
two of the most free-flowing, deep, improvisational bands play a half-hour song each.
first we back 45 years to one of the earliest and bestest live improvisational bands, mountain. the play the 1/2 hour version of their classic song, "nantucket sleighride":
Fly your willow branches
Wrap your body round my soul
Lay down your reeds and drums on my soft sheets
There are years behind us reaching
To the place where hearts are beating
And I know you're the last true love I'll ever meet
then it's the heaviest, most versitile, and complex performance ever by umphrey's mcgee. from a live performance last year, these guys show both the past and the future of improvisational music of all genres.
In Angelina Jolie's latest movie Unbroken, Japnese Guitarist Miyavi plays the role of the concentration camp guard Watanabe aka. The Bird. As the movie that hit the theaters around Christmas is already a huge success, I decided to do another show exclusively about Miyavi. As those of you who have already seen the movie might be interested in the person behind the complex role of The Bird. I'll talk about Miyavi's music, his career and some private things including my personal experience with him when I met him in 2011.