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LGBT VETERANS AND DON’T ASK DON’T TELL – produced, hosted and engineered by Rochelle James

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The government may be shutting down but the Rockhouse carries on. We welcome Curtis Obeda, leader of the Butanes, in to the studio for Hour 2. To kick off this weekend’s Riverbend Blues Festival in Mankato, Curtis is reuniting the Butanes’ Soul Revue after a 10-year hiatus. We’ll also talk about the new Butanes’ record, Long Time Thing, released this spring.

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New music (including an Ethio-jazz style cut from São Paolo’s Da Cruz) and plenty of old favorites from Ghana, Senegal, Mali, the Congo, Uganda, South Africa and points beyond on today’s summer-scorched mix.

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6/30 in a nutshell…

Exodus, the GotchaSKAvered Ska Cover-of-the-Month Club selection for June (this week the dub version by week 1’s Sideburns from their Exodus album btw) ties in quite nicely with the 4(+1)@4 theme of Travel and Destinations, with entries from TC’s own Umbrella Bed, Kagoshima’s Authentic Rocksteady Traditional Ska practitioners ARTS, Tokyo’s Ska Paradise Orchestra and more. Sherwood was pouring mostly double-shots in the Voovie Doo, starting off with Shiina Ringo and the brand-spankin’ new Dai Hakken (Great Discovery) from her firecracker Tokyo Jihen outfit (making their big-band debut in cahoots with anime and occasional Godzilla soundtrack guy Takayuki Hattori wielding the baton)… Fly Me to Heaven, already a single, is now Dai Hakken’s 13th track! Leading into all this was a nicely all-over-the-map ska oldies hour delivered by the Cap’n and Cozy. Fast forward to The End (which happens here each week… ;^)) and the on-air singing debut of our regular Takeaway countdowner Cy Knopf (signing off!) ( …Cy-Kning Opf???) (Booooo…!)

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A show of the ida y vuelta palo, Guajiras, along with La Conja’s observations on what makes a good flamenco guitarist, and why the demands of flamenco theater are different for performers than the expectations of a traditional flamenco performance.

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Rrriitttcchiieeee!!!! On this episode of Radio Pocho we feature some sweet Twin Cities based soul music as well as some Chilean cumbia, Peruvian bolero, and some Japanese boogie. Now that’s what I call Pochofied.

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