Music

Spike Carlsen joins us to talk about A Splintered History of Wood, a celebration of a material that one could argue makes our civilization possible. He will be reading August 28th at 7:30 p.m. at Common Good Books in St. Paul.

In the second half of the show, Cyn Collins talks with Nicole Mones about her latest novel, The Last Chinese Chef. Nicole Mones is also the author of Lost in Translation.

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The aroma of hot grease in the air means its opening day at the Minnesota State Fair, and the Rockhouse celebrates with songs about sideshows, merry-go-rounds and the midway. Also — a tribute to the late great record man, Jerry Wexler, new music from Irma Thomas and a tear it up set of soul covers from Charles Wright and the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band recorded in 1968!!

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Tonight Joe Strummer is featured. He would have been 56 today!

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Remember when music came on 12 grooved black vinyl discs instead of long strings of 1’s and 0’s? We hark back (hark???) to 1980 with a complete album from Norrlåtar…Mikael Segerström, Hans Alatalo, Jan Olofsson and Hans Sandin. With Danish fiddler Kristain Bugge doint the introductory honors.

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An opening set of Latin tunes of the Caribbean region then the greater South American continent. Closing with a lesson from Fela Kuti.

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