Music


Tonight’s guest is Dan Newton, well-known local accordionist, who along with his Café Accordion Orchestra, will soon play in concert at the Cedar Cultural Centre. Dan will speak of the show at the Cedar and of his group’s new cd, “Berets & Bongos”.
Our program will also feature a wide variety of songs, both old and new, from a variety of French-speaking countries.

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Tuesday, January 3rd, Sasha Suarez joins co-hosts Charlotte Sullivan, Ian Graham Leask, and Lynette Reini-Grandell to look back at 2011 and prognosticate what 2012 will bring for writers. Sasha Suarez is a writer and student at the University of Minnesota-Morris who has participated for several years in the Loft’s Equilibrium program. Charlotte Sullivan is Write on Radio’s specialist in children’s literature. Ian Graham Leask is a small press publisher who will be leaving Scarletta Press this year to work with Tumblehome Learning of Boston. Lynette Reini-Grandell is a notorious procrastinator who hopes to do better this year.

In the second half of the show, Joni Cole calls in to talk with us about her newest collection of essays, Another Bad-Dog Book: Tales of Life, Love, and Neurotic Human Behavior. Publisher’s Weekly said of it, by the end of this friendly, honest book, the reader will feel much affection for Cole, her little brood, and her bad dog.”

Had a guest co-host today. A young man who won my show in an auction. Michael Kimball is a high school student and musician in town and wanted a chance to learn how radio affects live music.

New & old favorites to celebrate the new year!

I spun the Monks and ’60s to present-day garage and garage-punk music as part of KFAI Rocks a week-long event in honor of Gary Burger of the Monks performing 331 Club this Friday. Joe Hastings (The Sex Rays, Hastings 3000) who was a member of the F* Knights when Gary Burger recorded one of their records, joined me spinning Burger/The Monks and favorite early garage and blues songs of the mid-60s.

Step into the garage with Liberty Finch and DJ Izzy, as they pay homage to Gary Burger of the Monks, and welcome him to Minneapolis for a gig with The Spectors, The Conquerors and The Floorshakers this Friday, Jan 6, at teh 331 Club—presented by Jackson Buck and Freewheelin’ First Fridays.

As part of the celebration, KFAI programmers are banding together in audio solidarity! KFAI Rocks is a week-long celebration of garage, punk and rock ‘n roll. Hear best picks on the Pop Shop, Bob Street, Spin with Cyn, Dart Gun Radio, Freewheelin’, In Your Ear, Voice Cried Softly, Fubar Omniverse, Radio Antilles, the Minnesota Sound and True Brit. AND, tune in for special programming on Friday Jan 6, from 2-6pm, as guest DJs interrupt Louisiana Rhythms and the Sugar Shop for even more garage cuts!

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Tribute to Sam Rivers (September 25, 1923 – December 26, 2011)

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Lucky Ali, Vital Signs, Najma Akhtar, Nadia Ali, Trilok Gurtu, and more.

The Honeydogs at the Aster Cafe

Recorded for MinneCulture, The Honeydogs perform new material before heading into the studio to record its new CD, “What Comes After” (November release on Grain Belt Records). Written in earnest and recorded in less than six days, “What Comes After” blends roots pop with orchestral and soul arrangements. From the brash title track to the psychedelic “The Devil You Do,” the Honeydogs are an inspired ensemble. With shades of Leonard Cohen, Harry Nilsson, Nick Drake and Tony Joe White, the new CD is a soul, folk and country record tracked with minimal overdubs.

Band members include:
Adam Levy (guitars/vocals)
Brian Halverson (guitars/vocals)
Darren Jackson (guitar/vocals/banjitar)
Trent Norton (bass)
Peter J. Sands (keyboards/accordion)
Peter Anderson (drums)
Stephen Kung (trumpet)
Matt Darling (trombone)

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