Hennepin Avenue predates the city of Minneapolis, and was originally used by Dakota Indians as a footpath between St Anthony Falls and Lake Calhoun. This main artery has grown and evolved over time, and been home to diverse communities and businesses. From immigrant laborers to performance artists, Hennepin Avenue has gone through a number of incarnations. The former Minneapolis red-light district is today a destination for theater and dance. This Wednesday, November 7, on MinneCulture, producer Sarah Boden explores the avenue’s colorful history, highlighting architectural and cultural landmarks along the way. MinneCulture is part of KFAI’s Legacy project, and is made possible by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. (Photo courtesy of the Hennepin History Museum.)
Kicked things off tonight with the excellent new “Black Star Line” album from Sangue Bom out of Paris (mixed by Mad Professor & Joe Ariwa). Followed this with two fine new releases on the Scoops label – from Vibronics and Kyle Sicarius. Also in the first set was the very cool track “Ganja Tea” from the artist Chatta from Canada. More new items from Jah Red Lion & Dub Terminator, Big Shiny, Rod Anton & the Ligerians, King David, Fu-Steps, and the new Pressure Sounds release “The Sound Doctor” — Lee Perry produced tracks from the archive. And, celebrating the reelection of Barack Obama as President, we loudly played Mista Majah P’s “Four More Years” track!
We speak with Robert Olen Butler about his new thriller The Hot Country. He is the Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain and was also a Guggenheim Fellow as well as a finalist for a PEN/Faulkner Award.
We also speak with Edward Wright about his new book From Blood. He is the author of the award winning Clea's Moon, Damnation Falls, Red Sky Lament and While I Disappear.
Today’s show was dedicated to George “Mojo” Buford who passed away in October 2011. November 10th would have been his 83rd birthday. Blues guitarist Brian Dyke stopped by the studio today with unreleased tunes by Mojo from several gigs over a period of 10+ years. Some of today’s show featured label-released cuts, but a lot of the music we played today came from Brian’s private home-grown stash of unreleased vintage tunes by Mojo Buford, Blues Deluxe and Rockin’ Daddy & The Rough Cuts.