Thanks to Alex Dalton and Kailyn Spencer, a.k.a. The Hooks & The Hollows, for appearing on the show today. Former members of A Night In The Box, the duo will be opening for The Brass Kings this Friday night at The Nomad.

New releases this week included Nick Moss, a live release by the late Sean Costello, The Bad Companions, Charlie Parr with Nick “The Feelin’” Mrozinski, and the most recent from Crankshaft.

If you have any interest in looking at the playlist, click “more” below and the list will appear in front of your face before you can say boogaloo. You’ll also be able to link into the archive from there.

Here’s wishing you a happy holiday season (what remains of it) and may 2012 be the best year of your life. I’d like to thank all of you for listening to me for all these years. Peace to all of you.

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End of year ’11, twenty-first century – looking back and forward.

The final Echo Chamber of 2011…
Ready to usher in a brand New Year. And quite a fun way to go out… A few new items; some Christmas leftovers; and around half a dozen renditions of “Auld Lang Syne”, including the sublime Ghetto Priest version.

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Ron Thums (ex-Radio Rumpus Room) sat in for Abbi tonight. Attempts to faithfully replicate the regular host’s self-described trainwreck broadcast experience met with middling results. You, the listener, will be the final judge… but it was fun!

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Mathieu Rivière, executive director of Sofitel, is our guest this evening. Mathieu, originally from Chartres, France, will speak of seasonal food specialties such as the Bûche de Noël (Yule Log cake) and the Galette des Rois (Kings’ Cake) served on January 6 (Epiphany or Kings’ Day) to commemorate the arrival of the 3 kings at the stable where Jesus was born. Listeners are invited to purchase both cakes at the Sofitel Petit Marché.

We speak with our own Matthew Rucker about upcoming Slam Poetry events. Matthew Rucker is the coach of the National Champion St. Paul Slam Poetry team and is also an artist and poet in his own right. Appearing with him in the studio is Khary Jackson, a champion slam poet who resides in the Twin Cities.

Also this week we speak with Larry Watson about his new novel, American Boy, a coming-of-age story set in southwestern Minnesota. He is the author, among other works, of Montana 1948, Orchard, and Sundown, Yellow Moon. Larry Watson has also received grants and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts.

I subbed for Ellen Stanley today, so I got to do a FOUR HOUR show which combined Women Folk with Rollin’ & Tumblin’. I promptly filled the extra time with party music for the coming New Year’s Eve 2012 Weekend. See Play List Below.

Lady J sits in, doing an extended edition of Rollin’ and Tumblin’:rollinandtumblin!

Música desde un punto de vista mas joven: Gabriel Johnson Ortíz se junta con Carla para probar un rico sancocho de canciones tradicionales y nuevas. Desde México a España a Cuba a Venezuela a Brasil ¡con muchos saludos a Eva, Tito, Silvio, Isa, Roberto y todita la familia!/ Music from a younger point of view: Gabriel Johnson Ortíz joins Carla to sample a tasty stew of traditional and new songs. From Mexico to Spain to Cuba to Venezuela to Brazil, with a big shout-out to Eve, Tito, Silvio, Isa, Roberto and all the family!