Arts & Culture

First Thursday Host: leigh combs
Guests: Melissa Bird via phone from California LA – political commentary about marriage Utah celebration and her work there…and more !
live music in the studio with Coleman Lindberg …

Andrew Soloman

Kristina and maestro Juan Parra finish their chat surrounded by flamenco ladies singing tarantos y tarantas.

DJs Miguel Vargas and Veronica Ochoa welcome in 2014 by saying RIP 2013, and to all the musical stars who passed on during the previous year.

Germaine Gemberling Live at Lee’s

Germaine Gemberling is a singer-songwriter born and raised in St. Paul. She began studying music a child, and grew up in the midst of the indie-rock explosion that brought us the Replacements, Husker Du, Jayhawks and Soul Asylum. She fronted her first band at 17—the all-girl punk band SMUT—who signed to Spanish Fly/Twin-Tone Records in 1992. A few years later Germaine left the Twin Cities for the beauty and solitude of northern Minnesota. She performs with her folk-rock band, Junkboat, as well as acoustically with Rich Mattson and Ol’ Yeller. Her most recent release, Generator, was recorded at Sparta Sound in 2013. This program was recorded at Lee’s Liquor Lounge in Minneapolis by Tom Garneau.

A LONELY SHORTCUT
A classic New Year celebration mix

Time to get new calendars, cherish the old and welcome the unknown ! Happy New Year — to all, yet it was dampened by a large fire on the West Bank burning up Cedar Ave. during the program.

Within a couple hours of the ball dropping in Times Square, Dr. StrangeDub & DJ Baby Swiss were ringing in the new year in a dubwise stylee… Starting things off with the best version of “Auld Lang Syne” ever: the “Auld Lang Syne/Slaves Lament” masterpiece from Ghetto Priest. Followed this with the reggae instrumental version from The Drastics, and then the wigged-out “cosmic” version from Eban Schletter. A couple more versions of “Auld Lang Syne” in the program, plus a few more seasonal tunes – including the great “What a Wonderful World” from Louis Armstrong (as remixed by the Orb), plus Dennis “Blackbeard” Bovell’s cool a capella version. But only going so far in the seasonal mode… We also filled the show with more great sounds from Dubblestandart (from the excellent “Woman in Dub” album), Gentleman’s Dub Club, Rootz Underground, Dub Gabriel ft. U-Roy, Josh Heinrichs & Friends, Serengety, Capital Letters, Lee Scratch Perry, Rico, E.R.S., Kukan Dub Lagan, Dub Architect/Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Ticklah, and much more…

We speak with Karen Hering about her new book Writing to Wake the Soul, offering a contemplative practice of writing that engages memory and imagination, story and poetry, images and the timeless wisdom of world religions and mythology.

We also speak with Will Alexander about his novel for young readers Goblin Secrets, which won the National Book Award. He is also the author of Ghoulish Song, which, like Goblin Secrets, is set in the magical city of Zombay.

Welcome to KFAI’s New Year’s Eve Dance Party for 2013. The following playlist was designed with a party in mind.
Hope you went swinging, strolling, bopping, twisting, bumping and lindy-hopping into the new year!

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