Roots

Sherwin & Pam Linton

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The Brass Kings
Produced by Dale Connelly

Dale Connelly produced this fantastic profile of Twin Cities band, The Brass Kings. In this program the trio talks about their partnership and the origins of the group, and performs songs from their three CDs.

The Brass Kings is a Twin Cities trio with a unique, acoustic sound that incorporates some very basic instruments—guitar, washboard and washtub bass. But that’s where the simplicity ends. Steve Kaul writes sophisticated, multi-layered songs that feature great musical hooks. Mikkel Beckmen and Brad Ptacek provide an energetic rhythm section that is musically solid and fun to watch.

The Brass Kings are as busy as a band can be when its members hold down demanding jobs outside the music world. Brad is a small business owner, Mikkel is Executive Director of a social service non-profit, and Steve is a chef.

To learn more about the Brass Kings, visit them on myspace, or go to http://www.stevekaul.com/

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Angie Pykonen of KFAI’s In Your Ear sat in with me this afternoon.

New music included Jimi & The Band of Souls, Andrew Anderson, Gregg Allman, and Freddie Vanderford.

Click “more” below to view the playlist and to listen to the archives (they start around 5:30 into the stream).

The Curtiss A special Elvis Presley Birthday show that Angie had scheduled for this Saturday night at the 501 has been CANCELLED.

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The first program of 2011…and it was loaded with new dubwise music. Started off with a new dub from Dubsalon, and then on to new tracks from Anna Gemina, Dublabs, Aldubb meets Citizen Sound, Lutan Fyah meets McPullish, The Seed Organization, Mr.Knice, Don Carlos, Sonic Colonic, Rashani, Incredible Bongo Band, Jen Gloeckner, Macka X, Ultra Base, and Purdy.

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Your Top Picks of 2010!

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The themes this week are goodbyes, changes and new beginnings, with the New Year.

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Five stories from KFAI’s 10,000 Fresh Voices series, featuring Minnesota Writers, all produced by Britt Aamodt.

1. National Novel Writing Month
National Novel Writing Month takes place every November around the world. It was initially set up by a group of San Franciscans who wanted to help themselves and other writers overcome that perennial affliction—writer’s block. KFAI’s Britt Aamodt caught up with two Twin Citians who attempted the 50,000-word challenge this past November.

2. Dorothy Cleveland
The Twin Cities has a thriving storytelling community, and Dorothy Cleveland has been part of it since the 1990s. This past November Cleveland emceed the preeminent Twin Cities storytelling event, Tellebration, and the last Tuesday of every month she hosts “Folktales Rising,” a venue for storytelling and listening at the Book House in Dinkytown.

3. Nan Montgomery
One of 13 children, Nan Montgomery was raised on Duluth’s North Shore. As a young writer, she drew inspiration from soap operas, but it wasn’t until much later in life than Nan became a poet.

4. Todd Boss
In the last of our December miniseries on Minnesota Writers, KFAI’s Britt Aamodt [AH-mit] introduces us to St. Paul poet Todd Boss, whose poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Virginia Quarterly and the Best American Poetry annual anthology. Boss reads from his 2008 collection Yellowrocket.

5. Jim Lenfestey
In the history of poetry, there have been odes to Grecian urns, canticles to Apollo and Whitman’s song of himself. But sonnets on sows? Pastorals on pigs? KFAI’s Britt Aamodt talks with Twin Cities poet Jim Lenfestey about “Low Down and Coming On: A Feast of Delicious and Dangerous Poems About Pigs,” the new anthology edited by Lenfestey.

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Welcome to the new year! Let’s hope it’s a good one, and a much better one for many many people. We heard new music this morning from Charles Bradley and BNLX, and Felonious Bosch’s Peterson’s Cabin infected more than a couple listeners’ Mondays, I heard the next day. It is pretty catchy…

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