World Music

This program presents some examples from the Mexican brass band tradition, music from Portugal and music from the Andes. The literature segment presents “El jardín de voces”, a text by the Mexican writer Alberto Ruy Sánchez read by the author himself.

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We heard a track from Vieux Farka Touré’s forthcoming CD The Secret (produced by Soulive’s Eric Krasno) along with music from Tuareg guitarist Bombino (opening for Tinariwen at the Cedar on July 8), Cesaria Evora, and Les Nubians (supporting their new CD Nu Revolution with a tour that includes two shows at the Dakota) on today’s show.

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Sounds a little bit like Paul Simon, a little bit like Lonnie Knight or even Nolan James. It's Jistoray entertaining us with an acoustic set.

A chicano, peruano and a blaxican walk into a bar… On this episode of RP DJ Miguel Vargas is joined by special guest DJs Terrell Webb and Pierangelo Rossi. Let the fun begin.

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Minneapolis Music Scene: 1975-1980, Pt I
Written & Produced by Cyn Collins

The Twin Cities has had a vibrant music scene for decades, but in the early to mid-1970s there was almost no original music being performed. Only a few bands dared to be different, and thanks to their creative diligence, the Minneapolis music scene was born.

This two-part documentary describes the Minneapolis music scene between 1975 – 1980, and features interviews and music by Curtiss A (Thumbs Up/the Spooks), Chris Osgood (the Suicide Commandos), Robert Wilkinson (the Flamin’ Oh), Chan Poling (the Suburbs), Kevin Cole (Rev 105), Peter Jesperson (Twin Tone/New West Records) and many more.

Part I explores what inspired these musicians, which bands formed, and where they ultimately performed. It also focuses on the impact of Oar Folkjokeopus, the CC Club, and Jay’s Longhorn Bar.

Part II further describes Jay’s Longhorn Bar, features music and interviews with members of the Flamin’ Ohs and the Suburbs, and explores the birth of Twin/Tone Records.

Today Minneapolis has a vibrant and sustainable music scene thanks to the efforts of musicians and music lovers who dared to be different at a time when cover bands were the norm. Meet the players, who in the mid- to late-70s, paved the way for the next generation of bands—from Husker Du to the Replacements and beyond.

Interviews & Production Assistance from:

Curtiss A. (Curt Almsted)
Dave Ahl (Suicide Commandos)
Steve Almaas (Suicide Commandos)
Lori Barbero (Babes in Toyland, DJ, booking agent, and former Jay’s Longhorn Bar staff)
Richard Champ (NNB)
Kevin Cole (Sr. program director, DJ KEXP Seattle, DJ REV 105)
Bob “Slim” Dunlap (guitarist in Thumbs Up, the Spooks, the Replacements)
Robert Henry (Fingerprints)
Peter Jesperson (Sr. vice president of A&R at New West Records, former manager of Oar Folkjokeopus, DJ at Jay’s Longhorn Bar, co-founder Twin/Tone Records)
Terry Katzman (Garage D’Or Records)
Martin Keller (journalist, author)
Chris Osgood (Suicide Commandos)
Chan Poling (The Suburbs)
Nancy Sartor (project manager & executive producer)
Paul Stark (co-founder Twin/Tone Records)
Robert Wilkinson (Prodigy and Flamin’ Oh’s)
Daniel Zamzow (production assistant)

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Tonight was the debut of the new album from the Professor (Harrison Stafford) entitled “Madness”. The Groundation frontman came up with the “Madness” project while in Jamaica…after taking a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. A fantastic album which includes Leroy “Horsemouth” Wallace, U-Roy, Obeah Denton, Flabba Holt, and others… Also new tonight were two new releases coming from DJ Perch: a new Deep Root single featuring Abassi All Stars and Vibronics, plus a Universal Egg single from an upcoming album by Fire In the Hole. And because the local weather has drastically warmed up in the last couple of days, a Dub Club Tiki Lounge set seemed the order of the day. This was, among other things, a perfect excuse for DJ Baby Swiss to indulge his Shiina Ringo obsession with a brand-new Tokyo Jihen big-band track(!) Yes, you read that right, and the release date is this show’s airdate, 5/11! The Specials, Caro Emerald, The Pepper Pots, Martin Denny, Al Kealoha Perry (unrelated to Lee) and Full Moon Scientist are among the other artists who figured into the proceedings, and Mutant Frogs brought up the rear.

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It’s an all-music show tonight. It’s French music, both old and new from France and French-speaking countries.

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