Roots

Tonight we followed up on our “Golden Jubilee” special from last week with lots more Jamaican artists – including Horace Andy, Gregory Isaacs, The Gladiators, Jimmy Cliff, Dubtonic Kru, G.G. All Stars, Sly & Robbie, Bunny Lee & the Aggrovators, The Skatalites, and more. This also included part of an Alton Ellis tribute mix originally aired on On The Wire at BBC Tadio Lancashire. But that just got us started… Also tonight we featured a number of new releases – including Steve Steppa’s excellent Zohar Inspired Dubplates, the new Dub Colossus “Dub Me Tender – Vol. 1+2”, the Volume EP from Empresarios, and the self-titled album from Dub Majestic.

This summer seems to be flashing by. I can’t believe it’s the 14th of August already.Hope you’re having a good summer.

Duos, drums & artists performing at this year’s Storyhill Fest!

Chris Berry, owner/manager of Soft Abuse label joined me and shared music from forthcoming record local sludge-duo Myrrh (Jackie Becky also of Brute Heart and Andy Mazarol also of Mother of Fire) being released August 21. He shared favorites from his vinyl collection and from his label.

Aliens in the Heartland: Clifford D. Simak and the Emergence of Pastoral Science Fiction
Produced by Brit Aamodt

Clifford D. Simak is part of Science Fiction’s Golden Age (1940s-50s), and the author of classics including “City,” “Way Station” and “Goblin Reservation.” He began his career in 1931 with the publication of “The World of the Red Sun” in Wonder Stories, a popular pulp magazine of the time. (That story would inspire a young junior high student, Isaac Asimov, to later try his hand at writing fiction.) Simak’s career spanned 50 years, and his prolific body of work included more than 100 stories and nearly 30 novels. He won three Hugo awards and one Nebula, and in 1977 was recognized by his peers as a Grand Master of Science Fiction—at the time, only the third author to receive such accolades. Through all the success and acclaim, Simak remained a small-town Wisconsin boy at heart, and maintained his reporter job at the Minneapolis Star newspaper. His Midwestern roots defined his fiction, in which regular folk in common settings confronted extraordinary circumstances—time paradoxes, immortals, aliens and parallel universes. Born in rural southwestern Wisconsin in 1904, Cifford Simak died of leukemia in Minneapolis in April 1988.

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