Quite a mix of new and old for the 2nd show of 2014… Kicking off with yet another new Dubophonic Records release – the excellent “Dub Ina Midlands” from Koncrete Roots. Two new choice releases from Dubmission also making their debut tonight: the cool “Dream Before You Sleep” EP from Quanta, and the sublimely beautiful “Maya” album from the Holiwater Band. More new material from Vibration Lab (on Reggae Roast), Tour de Force (on Dub-Stuy), Riverside Rockers (on Boom One), Norris Man (on Fox Fuse), Shunya, Jesse Royal, Doozer Dubby Doo, Ted Sirota’s Heavyweight Dub (recorded Live), and Kasm meets Seed Organization. The doctor also roped in some Dub Caravan, Dengue Dengue Dengue, John Brown’s Body, J Boog, Winston Edwards, and a nice chunk of Chicago Afrobeat Project (who played in Minneapolis on 1/11).

When Swiss took over in the middle, he bookended the second half with a couple of fine, chill Perfume tracks, one from their still fairly-new full-length Level 3, “Furikaeru to Iru Yo” and the earlier ’09 ‘b’-side “23:30” we’ve heard here before. Grooves by the likes of 60 Channels, Nitin Sawhney, Jon Hassell, Terminal Cheesecake, Jah Wobble and UB40 peppered the inbetween.

I celebrated 20 years on the air at KFAI, today by playing my special discoveries from over the last two decades.
What I have loved most was the music of the big, bold, beautiful babes of Blue Chicago. I also included a few of the wonderful ladies from other parts of the country as well.
It has been my pleasure to bring you the magic of the ladies’ side of the blues for 20 years.

Live in the Studio: Julia Douglass

1st hour Manchester Social Club’s Nate Beck stopped in to spin new songs and give away tix to his Sunday show. 2nd hour, Spirits of the Red City members Jason Overby and Will Garrison shared road stories and spun songs from Jula, and music that inspires them!

Hosts: Ron Thums, Jean Silverberg, Ryan Dawes
Guests: Heather Huseby, Rep. Joe Atkins
Programs: KOEH, 99% Invisible
Reporters: Janis Lane-Ewart

Mara TheDeath (Elena Erofeeva), Dr. Beast, and John from KFAI's Root of All Evil show talk about Irish metal and mythology. Dark stuff indeed about Cu Chulainn and the shape-shifting Morrigan.

Hosts: Cory Washington, Terry Carter, Xan Holston
Guests: Anthony Newby, Jamilla Hollman
Programs: Write On Radio, Sabados Alegres, Folk Journalism
Editors: Rico Morales, Robert Easley
Reporters: Willie Dominguez, El Gavilan

During the first hour we heard live tracks from Wimme, Ni:d, Sinikka Langeland all recorded at the Nordic Roots Festivals at the Cedar Cultural Center. All music from Cold Places.