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Rice O’Rooney Fills In!!

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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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Martin Devaney and Jake Hyer stopped by the studio today. They performed some song live in-studio, plus we played a few tracks from Martin’s newest release “West End”. Thanks to the guys for coming in, they sounded great.

New releases today included music by Robbie Robertson, Ray Bonneville, Steve Earle, and Martin Devaney.

If you’d like to see the playlist, click “more” below. The archive of the show will be available for a couple of weeks. Music starts around 4 minutes into the archive, following the newscast.

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Ed Gein Fan club, Take, Ween (well sort of), Hepa/titus, the undertones, the jam, pagans, shellac, agent orange, wipers, cramps, Naked Raygun, Richard Hell – o.k. – sort of generic – but it was good times

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Brute Heart members Crystal Myslajek and Crystal Brinkman, and Chris Berry, their Soft Abuse record label rep shared songs from their forthcoming record Lonely Hunter and favorite songs.

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Celebrate the sign of the Bull on this May 10 edition of the Pop Shop. A plethora of birthdays colors the playlist, with tracks by Donovan, Stevie Wonder, Richie Furay, Eric Burdon, Richie Valens and more!

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Stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series

1. May is Minnesota American Indian Month
Produced by Allison Herrera
May is Minnesota American Indian Month. KFAI’s Allison Herrera attended the kickoff event in Minneapolis, and spoke to Bill Ziegler, president of Little Earth of United Tribes.

2. Ethiopian musical artists Teshome Yimer & Beytubekii
Produced by Allison Herrera
You don’t have to travel to the Horn of Africa to hear the sounds of Ethiopian music. A recent spring afternoon at Franklin Artworks in Minneapolis included a blend of traditional Ethiopian and American soul music by artist Teshome Yimer, as well as a performance by Oromo band, Beytubekii. KFAI’s Allison Herrera has the story.

3. Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Association
Produced by Mahi Palanisami
Capoeira is a martial art created and practiced by runaway slaves in Brazil during Portuguese colonization. It’s a combination of instrument playing, singing, and vigorous physical exercise. KFAI producer Mahi Palanisami spoke to members of the Afro-Brazilian Capoeira Association here in the Twin Cities. For more information about the Afro-Brazilian Capoeria Association, including classes for adults and youth, go to abcapoeira.com.

4. Say Word! Festival
Produced by Katey DeCelle
What started as an after-school poetry club, has evolved into a competitive youth poetry festival. On May 7, a spoken word festival called Say Word! took place at the Minneapolis Central Library. The one-day event featured dance performances, open mics, workshops, and youth teams competing in a series of poetry slams, aimed at crowning the 2011 Say Word! champions. KFAI producer Katey DeCelle spoke to founders e.g. Bailey and Sha Cage about the event.

5. Clickety-Clack: A Visit to Vale Typewriter
Produced by Todd Melby
The typewriter is oh-so nineteenth and twentieth century. Still, some people like the clickety-clack sound they make. Producer Todd Melby is one of them. He found a guy that still tinkers with the old machines. A visit to Vale Typewriter of Richfield, Minnesota.

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