Roots

I spun the Monks and ’60s to present-day garage and garage-punk music as part of KFAI Rocks a week-long event in honor of Gary Burger of the Monks performing 331 Club this Friday. Joe Hastings (The Sex Rays, Hastings 3000) who was a member of the F* Knights when Gary Burger recorded one of their records, joined me spinning Burger/The Monks and favorite early garage and blues songs of the mid-60s.

The Honeydogs at the Aster Cafe

Recorded for MinneCulture, The Honeydogs perform new material before heading into the studio to record its new CD, “What Comes After” (November release on Grain Belt Records). Written in earnest and recorded in less than six days, “What Comes After” blends roots pop with orchestral and soul arrangements. From the brash title track to the psychedelic “The Devil You Do,” the Honeydogs are an inspired ensemble. With shades of Leonard Cohen, Harry Nilsson, Nick Drake and Tony Joe White, the new CD is a soul, folk and country record tracked with minimal overdubs.

Band members include:
Adam Levy (guitars/vocals)
Brian Halverson (guitars/vocals)
Darren Jackson (guitar/vocals/banjitar)
Trent Norton (bass)
Peter J. Sands (keyboards/accordion)
Peter Anderson (drums)
Stephen Kung (trumpet)
Matt Darling (trombone)

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A NEW YEARS DAY GOSPEL CELEBRATION.

Since today’s show fell on New Year’s Eve, we did an all star salute to the great hillbilly poet Hank Williams. This marked the 59th anniversary of his passing (he died either on December 31st, 1952 or January 1st 1953-depending on which account you read). While today’s lame and boring cookie cutter country stations have all but forgotten ol’ Hank, we will always have room for Hank Williams on Good and Country-still the twin cities ONLY choice for REAL country music!



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Rogue Valley at the Cedar Cultural Center

KFAI captured this live performance of Rogue Valley at the Cedar Cultural Center for the band’s CD-release of “Geese in the Flyway”—the third of four music projects by this prolific ensemble. Members include: Chris Koza, Peter Sieve, Luke Anderson, Linnea Mohn, and Joey Kantor. Produced by Dick Rees.

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Thanks to Alex Dalton and Kailyn Spencer, a.k.a. The Hooks & The Hollows, for appearing on the show today. Former members of A Night In The Box, the duo will be opening for The Brass Kings this Friday night at The Nomad.

New releases this week included Nick Moss, a live release by the late Sean Costello, The Bad Companions, Charlie Parr with Nick “The Feelin’” Mrozinski, and the most recent from Crankshaft.

If you have any interest in looking at the playlist, click “more” below and the list will appear in front of your face before you can say boogaloo. You’ll also be able to link into the archive from there.

Here’s wishing you a happy holiday season (what remains of it) and may 2012 be the best year of your life. I’d like to thank all of you for listening to me for all these years. Peace to all of you.

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