Music

Today on Write On! Radio, we speak with Jim Lehrer of PBS’s Newshour about his new novel Super, a mystery set aboard a train running between Chicago and Los Angeles.

And we also speak with Cathy Wurzer of Twin Cities Public Television and Almanac fame about her new DVD based on her book Tales of the Road: Highway 61.

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-Hull, Dakota Dave / New Shirt / New Shirt / Arabica / 3.58
-Rollini, Adrian Trio / Jazz Me Blues / 78 /Mercury / 2.42
-Gillum, Bill “Jazz” / Reckless Rider Blues / Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 3 (1941-1946) / Document / 3.03
-Black Cats and the Kitten / You Better Ask Somebody / Jazzin’ the Blues, Vol. 3 (1937-1941) / Document / 2.49
-Williams, Mary Lou / Nicole / Jazz Piano / Smithsonian / 3.29
-Holiday, Billie / I’m in a Low-Down Groove / Quintessential / Columbia / 3.10

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Our foremost Man About Town, hailing from the Best Corner in the Twin Cities, Mark Trehus, joins us for the second half of the show and 90 minutes of intoxicating 45s. Yes, it’s true: we love records at the Rockhouse.

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This time ‘round, no sooner does the Rocket Ship clear the launch pad than we honor a request from the previous week that we didn’t have with us at the time… Desmond Dekker’s This Woman. You’ll recall that we did a mini-Ska Women set instead, including a live Bodysnatchers cut. Anyway, Hour 1 also saw Joanne Dennis, The Soulettes, and Mamie Perry (unrelated to Lee Scratch, btw) make appearances. The expansive epic cut BabopbyeYa from the new Janelle Monáe album was one of THE soaring highlights of Hour 2, and more fun(n) was to be had as Russ Garcia musically imagined water creatures from Astra, and vintage sax honkers Tab Smith and Earl Bostic delivered 2 entirely different tunes called Mambolino. ’60s ska from outside Jamaica made up the 4(+2)@4 which incorporated a Lollipop rerun from Brazil by Wanderléa Cardoso with Renato his Blue Caps, and back-to-back Specials and Slackers cuts help us to imagine Mr. Tragedy quite possibly enjoying himself… just not first. It’s later than we think as we have to short-fade SKAndalous’ Lithium cover to make room for The End. At least it’s by the same band… now where’s that pale horse? We’re off!

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Farvel Norge, hej Danmark!!!!!! Echoes of Syttende Mai and a spate of Danish tunes to herald Danish Day 2010. As usual the celebration will take place the first Sunday in June. Happening at the Danish Center, E Lake St and W River Road beginning at 10AM. All are welcome.

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More variety from Africa then a short set on the end of slavery in Brasil and afro-latino sounds. From there GB brought in Buffy Ste.-Marie Manu Chao more…

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