December 2013 Archives

Such a fun morning welcoming Noah Kaufmann into the studio to give us a peek into the world of New 80s Synth Pop (and related synthesizer genres) he meticulously brings to us on Synthwaves here at KFAI. You’ve heard on PWB some of the newer local bands which feature synth prominently such as Phantom Tails, Plastic Believers and Ghost in the Water. The renewed interest in these electronic sounds goes beyond the hooks and atmospherics created in these bands’ compositions—it hits the dance floor through producer-artists such as Discoballistic and Miami Nights 1984—some of the people from around the world Noah has brought together through his show. Before Noah joined us at 10:30 we heard new music from Gap Dream and Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas. We wrapped the show with some new music from Black Diet just before the Roe Family Radio Round-Up. We began with something beautiful from Tabu Ley Rochereau, rest in peace. Thanks for listening!

Mother Banjo and Ben Cook-Feltz joined us this morning to present their annual holiday music event Friday, December 13th in support of Open Arms of MN. Ellis, Vicky Emerson, John Hermanson and Dan Gaarder join the show at the Aster Cafe. We heard lovely Christmas songs and one creepy Christmas song. We also heard new music from Big Tree Bonsai, Billie Joe + Norah and the new holiday song from !!! (yes, you read that right).

New music this week from Rokia Traore, “10 Years of Fort Knox Five Remixed” and Jana Nyberg’s new holiday album. And, the “Anchorman 2” soundtrack came out this week in advance of the film…which meant we had to bust out some Hot Chocolate ‘cause you know “Every1’s a Winner.” Stay classy, MSP!

Lizz Winstead joined us by phone this morning in advance of her two shows at The Cedar Cultural Center doing her annual round-up of the mayhem on the national political and public scene. "2013: The Windbag Beneath My Wings" will be presented Saturday, December 28th and Tuesday, December 31st with fingerstyle guitarist Sam Breckenridge warming up the crowd each night.

Andra Suchy joined us in studio on this last PWB of 2013—she will have a big 2014 with a new album in the works and many gigs coming up! Catch what’s happening with Andra at her web site:

We also heard new music from Mazzy Star and Anoushka Shankar this morning, fit in among cuts from Ellis, Tony Allen and Hobo Nephews of Unlce Frank just before their gig Friday, January 3rd at The Cedar Cultural Center. Check the playlist for how it all came together!