March 2015 Archives

We speak with Gillian McCain about Dear Nobody: The True Diary of Mary Rose, a posthumously published diary of a teenager with cystic fibrosis. Gillian McCain and Legs McNeil compiled the diary and also collaborated on Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk.

We also speak with Allen Eskens about his debut novel The Life We Bury, which has been named a finalist for a 2014 Minnesota Book Award in genre fiction.

Guess in the studio is the tenor Aaron Humble from the Cantus Vocal Ensemble.  

Recorded interview from Saturday, March 7 with the Konstantin Marinov and Neli from the Bulgarian Folk Dance group 'Vereya' from Chicago

In celebration of International Women’s Day (Mar 8th) and National Women’s History Month, the Echo Chamber presented its annual “Beautiful Sounds of Women…Around the World” special. And what a fantastic list of women we had on this year’s show. In Dr. StrangeDub’s half of the program we traveled on very rootical ground…much of it being the fertile grround of Jamaica. This half of the show included the sweet sounds of Rita Marley, Susan Cadogan, Dreadlocks Faye, Marcia Griffiths, Judy Mowatt, Dawn Penn, Kalilah Rose, Jah9, Toian, Etana, Ruffi-Ann, Lydia & Shema (of L&S SymfHoney), Cherine, The Angel (of 60 Channels), SXtheMadArtist, O. De Lanzac, Andrea Parker, Jazzmin Tutum (with Zion Train), Hollie Cook, Jaqee, Masia One (with Dubtonic Kru), Ammoye, Trudy TruDiva, Kirsty Rock (of Trumystic), PJ Higgins (with Jah Wobble), and Brenna MacCrimmon (with Baba Zula). Also in the doctor’s set, we were honored to play an excerpt from an exclusive mix (featuring an extended remix of the Wailers “Exodus”) from renowned DJ Eli Rojas performed live at Ibiza this year.

After the half, DJ Baby Swiss abandoned the ground game, going to the air with Easy Star’s “Great Gig in the Sky” (sung by Kirsty Rock), and then taking it even higher with some really sweet weed courtesy of Soom T & Disrupt (to wit, “Weed Is Sweeter”). Flying right past the end zone with us was Little Dragon, a perfect excuse to deliver a well-in-advance heads-up: singer Yukimi Nagano is bringing her crew of musical fire-breathers to Mpls.‘s First Avenue Mainroom Thur. May 29th, and Mr. Swiss describes himself as, and I quote, “pumped!” Should be a hot one… and speaking of heat, which rises, we kept right on gaining altitude as we sailed high over the nosebleed seats listening to Eddi Reader (with Little Tempo), Marianne LeFort (with Moon Hop), The Selecter, Ranking Ann, Ill:Esha, Lisa Carbon and more. By the time Swiss reprised his go-to “Kyary Perfume Perfume” mix-up, we were orbiting the moon…