Music

A North Shore Christmas Karol, Part II

Deadbeats on the Air presents a radio theater event: “A North Shore Christmas Karol.” Based on Charles Dickens’, “A Christmas Carol,” this adaptation by Britt Aamodt has been modernized and set in Minnesota’s Arrowhead region.

Deadbeats on the Air is a radio theater group, founded at KFAI radio in 2008, by Britt Aamodt, Michael Fischbein and Mike Stapp. Their first production was the original feature “The Evil of Shady Lake” about the evils of toxic dumping and “those odd people next door.” In 2010, they adapted a popular Minneapolis comic strip, “Road Kill Bill,” created by artist Ken Avidor, for KFAI’s Wave Project.

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KIDNAP RADIO by Annie Correal


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It was my Annual Holiday Music Show, a.k.a. “Not The Same Old Holiday Music Crap You’ll Hear On Those Commercial Radio Stations”. Clicl “more” to see the playlist.

It’s sort of a show built around the spirit of Robert Earl Keen’s “Merry Christmas From The Family”, which I’ve been playing since it first came out, circa ’94.

Thanks to Angie Pykonen for hanging out, keeping me centered, and generally putting up with me. And, thanks to all the wonderful listeners who’ve sent their love and kind words thru the years.

Peace on earth, goodwill to all of you. Jackson

Dipped into the eggnog and threw together our annual holiday show.

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A lot of seasonal holiday music today. Solstice, Hanukkah, Christ-mass, and Kwanzaa celebrations all merge.


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Tonight was the annual Christmas In Dub special… What a fun mix of yuletide reggae, dub, club, lounge, and world exotica we put together for dubheads everywhere this year…

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Our guest tonight is François Fouquerel, director of the French Camp of Concordia Language Village, near Bemidji. He will speak to us of childhood Christmas memories in Normandy, where he was born.

Louise and Caryl will play French Christmas carols and popular songs of the season. We all will discuss French parties and food specialities at Christmas and New Year.


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Legendary Twin Cities musician Paul Metsa joins us to talk about his memoir, Blue Guitar Highway. Greil Marcus has said of the book, The roads Paul Metsa has traveled are so fabled you might think, opening his book, that it would be a book of footnotes—the record of a man walking in other people’s footsteps. But Metsa brings every myth the roads carry down to earth, rewriting their stories in real time, returning the roads to real life, opening them up again to both past and future.

Also this week we talk with John Harrigan about his novel, The Jeeptown Sock Hop, a bittersweet portrayal of sex abuse, revenge and interracial relationships in the 1950s that does not correspond to a Norman Rockwell painting.

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