Music

9/27 in a nutshell…

Check out this week’s “Ooh” …it contains more ska, rocksteady and skinhead reggae oldies making their RSST debut than any Ska Trip in a lo-o-o-ong time, including a Lloyd Charmers weirdie that manages to evoke images of Bond… James Bond… galloping through the Old West on a horse! The famous Bond guitar riff, doubled by the bass, alternates with Hammond organ fragments of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, the Magnificent Seven… and somehow even Guns of Navarone works its way into the mix! The real, and very Greek, island of Navarone, in the Aegean Sea, was the (German-occupied) home of two gigantic Nazi guns trained on British forces stranded on nearby Kheros during World War II. The story was told by a 1957 novel and the 1961 movie whose opening title theme was redone for the soundtrack album by Mitch Miller (listen to that for “Niiiii-troglycerin, niiiii-troglycerin!”) in a version that does NOT appear in the movie! Of course, we know that the theme also became a huge hit for The Skatalites, who have recreated it in numerous live recordings since, including the one from the Teatro Armenio in Buenos Aires, Argentina, that became part of the Grover live cd In Orbit vol. 1, and is part of this week’s GotchaSKAvered selection (the other part being “Guns” as done up by The Specials) that kicks off the Home Stretch. Other features of this week’s Stretch include a 5@5 made up entirely of ’60s-vintage ska from outside Jamaica… check that set out for the rollicking, raucous Hammond wailing on Lester Lanin’s “West Indies Ska” …who was that guy? In the middle, Sherwood made up for last week’s dearth of Shiina Ringo recordings, as well as spinning his usual lively blend of old cha-chas, sambas, space jazz, big-band jungle jams and something with a vibraphone on it… just ‘cuz it ain’t really Sherwood’s Planet without the occasional vibraphone popping up here and there!

Poet & musician Brian Laidlaw

California native Brian Laidlaw considers himself a poet first and musician second. After several years of touring, Laidlaw settled in Minneapolis to earn his Masters of Fine Art in poetry at the University of Minnesota. He wrote the album “wolf wolf wolf” as the audio counterpart to his masters’ thesis and released it in the fall of 2011. In this edition of Live from Minnesota, Laidlaw shares his poetry, music and insight on blending of these art forms. For more information, go to brianlaidlaw.com. Produced for KFAI by Flor Trevino.

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Secrets and Noise byAmy Conger and Secrets by Love + Radio

More songs per minute than should be allowed….Joe “King” Carrasco, Moby Grape, Los Straitjackets, Satan’s Pilgrims, Flo & Eddie, new Tom Feldmann, Lincolm Durham….and lots more.

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Starting today’s program with Greek & Lebanese music, the over to Spain And back home to preview Esperanza Spaulding, coming to downtown Mpls. this week

Well, we’ve had a couple singles for a few weeks, but tonight we finally debuted the new The Observer in the Star House album from The Orb & Lee Scratch Perry. What a cool combination of musical wizards… Also making its debut tonight, Adrian Sherwood’s new Survival & Resistance (on ON-U Sound). Following these releases, was Steve Steppa’s cool “Zohar Inspired Dubplates”, and then the M.A.K.U. Sound System with their “Makumbala” album. More new releases from David Powell Experience, Dada Afrik & Kalcia, Rebelution, Marlon Asher & Stef Kalloo, John Brown’s Body, A Tribe Called Red, Fatoumata Diawara, Relaxo, and Byutifu! Also tonight, to celebrate the new “Easy Star’s Thrillah” album, we did a Motown/Detroit set, alternating tracks from “Thrillah” and I-Plant’s “BlackSoulRemix2” Motown mash-up album, and finishing with a cool cover of the Spinners “I’ll Be Around”.

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