Arts & Culture

Hosted by Miguel Vargas, with special guest appearance by DJ Los Boogie

An exploration of the soft-spoken, hospitable approach to interrogation.

Some great new releases tonight, plus celebrating the birthday of the late great King Tubby. Kicked off the birthday party with the excellent new Dub Syndicate “Hard Food” album. The album was nearly complete when the great Style Scott was senselessy murdered late alst year. This was followed by the very cool Ethiopian flavored “Labyrinth” album (on Dubophonic) from Tzelalot; the excellent “Keep Planting Seeds” album (on Irie Vibrations) from Martin Zobel & Soulrise; and the fine “Gappy Ranks meets Dub Club” release (on Stones Throw). More new music from 11 Acorn Lane, L&S SymfHoney, Cool Prestige, El Bib ( from the “Dub Bibliotheque vol. 1” compulation on Svaha Sound), E.N Young, New Kingston, Sub Hero, Ruffi Ann, 2NE1, and Bob Marley & the Wailers (from the “Easy Skanking in Boston ’78” CD/DVD release). Filled out the show with some Tubby dubs and more great stuff from the likes of Tangerine Dream (in memory of Edgar Froese), Lee Scratch Perry, Kalya Scintilla, Clinton Fearon, Marcia Aitken & Trinity, David “Fathead” Newman, Roots Tonic meets Bill Laswell, Black Market Brass, YesKing, and more…

We speak with Heather Slomski about her debut story collection The Lovers Set Down Their Spoons, winner of the 2014 Iowa Short Fiction Award. She has been awarded a Minnesota State Artist Initiative Grant and a Minnesota Emerging Writers' Grant.

We also talk with Cynthia Kraack about her new work of literary fiction The High Cost of Flowers. She is also the author of the Ashwood speculative fiction trilogy and Minnesota Cold, which won a Northeastern Minnesota Book Award.

Had Herman Jones of My Funk Brother Records on the show today to premiere a new single he produced for me and my Root Doctor band. Herman and Peter Levandowski of Fast Guitar Studios wrote the music and provided the arrangements for my new tune called "Choose Me". They turned a poem I wrote into a great funky song and together they came on the show today to talk about it and to offer production services to other musicians in the area. Contact Peter at:

Reina del Cid plays live in studio!