Roots

Curtiss A was my guest this afternoon. He selected all the music, chatted with us, played live.

Steve West dropped by to play a couple of Buddy Holly tunes. Frankie Lee joined Curtiss for a couple of live songs and joined in with our chat.

Angie Pykonen of KFAI’s In Your Ear:http://www.kfai.org/inyourear joined in as co-host and kept tabs on the playlist for us.

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Mixing it up again…from classic Tubby dubs, to some heavy new dubstep sounds. New roots from Ragana (the 2010 A Long Delay Ago release); new roots dub from Pale Rider; the second collaboration from Jazz’min Tutum Madtone; and the new world-dubstep compilation Generation Bass Presents – Transnational Dubstep (Six Degrees).

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Songs about cowboys, bartenders and sinners, along with a preview of this weekend’s benefit events!

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An eclectic mix of dark folk, psychedelic, gypsy, Americana and garage-rock!

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Five stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voice series:

1. The St. Paul Winter Carnival Celebrates its 125th Anniversary
Produced by Elena Erofeeva
The St. Paul Winter Carnival opened last week, marking the 125th anniversary of the oldest winter festival in the country. The event features a variety of activities, from ice carving and snow sculpting, to sporting events like skiing, skating, curling and rugby. KFAI producer Elena Erofeeva spoke to the former Prime Minister of the King Boreas court, as well as the 1955 Queen of the Snows about the festival’s illustrious history.

2. Artist Marcia McEachron
Produced by Dixie Treichel
Minneapolis artist Marcia McEachron began manipulating steel nearly 30 years ago. Tool by tool, apprenticeship by apprenticeship, she hammered away at the age-old craft, gradually gaining recognition in the public and private spheres for her contemporary spin on hand-forged steel furniture and art. Producer Dixie Treichel has the story.

3. Rosalux Gallery
Produced by Dan Greenwood
The cooperative model can be applied to many things—from food and finances, to communities and artists. These days, more and more artists are uniting to share studio and gallery space in hopes of increasing exposure and ultimately, sales. For Rosalux, the co-op model has been in place since 2002. Not long after the gallery opened in a modest storefront at 6th & Central Ave in Northeast Minneapolis, fire from a nearby meth lab forced Rosalux to move. For several years the artist co-op was located in the Open Book building on Washington Ave, but last year it returned to Northeast, setting up shop in a space adjacent to the Frank Stone Gallery. Producer Dan Greenwood spoke to artist and Rosalux member Terrance Payne about about this sustainable artist co-op.

4. Lars Martinson
Produced by Britt Aamodt
Twin Cities cartoonist Lars Martinson recently published the second volume in his four-volume graphic novel “Tonoharu”. KFAI producer Britt Aamodt talked to Martinson about his latest book.

5. Musicians Dean Magraw & Marcus Wise
Produced by Dale Connelly
In the late 1970s, two young musicians were introduced to each other by a mutual friend. Tabla player Marcus Wise and guitarist Dean Magraw quickly found common musical ground and made a recording. Now, more than 30 years after that first meeting, they’ve returned to the studio to make a second disc. It finds them with the same tight musical connection, but their sound and circumstances have changed. KFAI producer Dale Connelly has this story.
Dean Magraw and Marcus Wise will be performing at the Cedar Cultural Center this weekend to celebrate the release of their CD, “How the Light Gets In”. The show is this Saturday, February 5, at 8pm.

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New music this morning from David Lowery, Vusi Mahlasela, and Fujiya Miyagi, to name a few. We also heard from the new Deerhoof in advance of their show at the Triple Rock February 17th. If you haven’t seen this experimental, suprising rock-electronic hybrid band live, it’s highly recommended! We also heard Bruce McCabe’s Rich Poor Man Blues, and he’ll be down at the KFAI Fundraiser this Saturday, Feb. 5th, at the St Paul Eagles Club. The Rich Poor Men will join him. The fun starts at 7pm and goes until Bruce hits the last note. I’ll see you there!

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Today during the first hour we had special guest Marcus Wise. He played tabla live and talked about his new recording with Dean Magraw.
During the second hour we live music of the Sefardic Jews, performed by Corazon en la Mano.

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