11/18 in a nutshell…
Owen Grey Mashes It, and The Skatalites Can’t Sit Down. Raymond Harper goes on a Safari aboard the Sloop John B, Bunny Skitter catch their Chauffeur driving drunk, and Lynn Hope is, simply, Shocking… and that’s just the opening oldies set! Both Freetime and Mr. Funn have new stuff from the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra, and that other Tokyo act, Jihen, chime in with one of their album Sports’s cutest songs ever, Utten Kekkou, just after Steve Turre’s epic The Emperor. Island Records were responsible for this week’s 4(+1)@4, and we had 2 Lollipops this week, and the Lolli takes next week off. Listen on the archives, and see ya at The Dropsteppers’ show at the Hex on Friday! edit: there was no Dropsteppers show at the Hex on Friday… 2 shows were scheduled for the same stage on the same night, and the ‘Steppers lost out to the guy who wrote the Friends theme… Oh, well! Mr. Solem and his band put on a good, tight pop set, by the way.
A History of Twin Cities Streetcars
Produced by Jessica Folker
The first electric streetcar appeared in the Twin Cities in 1889, and within two years, the streetcar’s predecessor—the horse car—had been almost entirely replaced. This new technology would exist in Minneapolis and St. Paul in some form for more than 60 years, and its debut meant new potential for urban mobility, land use, and lifestyle.
Jessica Folker explores the history of Twin Cities streetcars, and whether or not they might return to the modern day urban landscape.