Roots

Miguel Vargas provides music, and Yvette Howie delivers the news on today's Morning Blend.

Features include Dollar Binge with Sabrina Crews, and reports on ice climbinb, snowbird etiquette and wind energy. 

The History of Nicollet Island, Part II
Produced by Jessica Folker
Once a posh enclave for the city’s wealthiest residents, Nicollet Island had turned gritty by the early 20th century. Dominated by industry and inhabited by transients, many who wandered onto the Island were drawn to the bars and flophouses of skid row. By the 1970s, slumlords offering cheap rent attracted an enclave of colorful characters, and Nicollet Island became home to an eclectic mix of hobos, hippies, artists and working-class families. In Part II of the History of Nicollet Island, producer Jessica Folker introduces us to former and current Island dwellers, who share stories about living with drifters, donkeys and some of the Twin Cities’ best musicians on this urban island oasis.

Jack Klatt & Patrick Harrison of Jack Klatt & The Cat Swingers were my guests this week. Also, I played lots of music that was released last year, 2012. And, of course, we had our weekly installment of “We Hope You’re Ready For Flo & Eddie”.

Covering highlights of 2012 thru the rear view mirror… releases, concerts, and more.

David Cummings provides the music, Flor Frey brings news and Mike Fischbein hosts as Morning Blend considers the Idle No More demonstration at the Mall of America over the weekend.  We'll also hear from writer and performer Lorna Landvik about her "Party in the Rec Room" series at the Bryant Lake Bowl, and talk with Wendy Jones of the Minnesota Historical Society about tweeting Minnesota's involvement in the U.S. Civil War 

Kicking off a brand new year in style! Dub style that is… First off however, we had two cool versions of “Auld Lang Syne” – Eban Schletter’s cosmic electronic version, and Ghetto Priest’s nyabinghi melding of the New Year classic and his reworking of Robert Burns’ “Slave’s Lament”. Then came the dub, including brand new stuff from Aldubb, Radiola Dub Sound System, Profit, Bandulu Dub, and MakaRon, and recent releases from Kojo Neatness, The Breadwinners, Super Hi-Fi, Adrian Sherwood, Dub Rifles, Invisible Criminal, and Bost & Bim (mashing up Jimi Hendix!). Added to this were Prince Fatty, Anthony B, Empresarios, Dub Majestic, Hal Blaine, David Pablo, John Brown’s Body, Steve Steppa, Kukan Dub Lagan, Ruts DC & Mad Professor, Celt Islam ft. Dawoud Kringle, The Abyssinians, I-Roy, and more…

Today was my 19th anniversary of being on the air at KFAI. Thank you all for making these years fun and fantastic. Today’s play list features music and musicians that have become my favorites over the last 19 years. No way is this list complete……I only had two hours and could only get 22 songs in….so this is only a reflection of blues so full bodied..that you can squeeze ‘em.

Highlights from the past year and a taste of what’s to come in 2013!

Pages