Three Muses: Music Beyond Main Streams

Yeah, who cares about Jazz vocalists these days? Hmm? Certainly not mainstream corporate radio stations. So here is the post which I intended as a  Christmas in July gift. The talents of Patricia Barber, Melody Gardot and Cecile McLorin Salvant. Listen and fall in love — I hope.

Patricia Barber

 

 

Melody Gardot 

 

Cecile  McLorin Salvant

 

You are cordially invited to share your favorite female Jazz artist. Yes, for this post it’s Ladies’ Music Only.

To hear Jazz Monday thru Friday, 1 to 3 pm CST visit KKFI 90.1 fm streaming online.

Dispatch from the Kansas City, (MO not KS) Metropolitan Area ala City By City

Hola fellow web travelers. As a follow-up to my return to the online world I thought I’d connect with my prior post by filling in a gap in the City By City Dispatches from the American Metropolis edited by Keith Gessen and Stephen Squibb with a snapshot of Kansas City, Missouri–with a few side notes regarding some areas PR people like to associate it with, and some it would rather forget exist too close for their comfortably red-lined zones. Please don’t take this missive as a criticism of City By City. Editors have to work with the material they’re given and I am certainly enjoying its varied dispatches from Detroit, Washington D.C. (a brothel, how deliciously appropriate), and Chicago’s Hyde Park. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if Gessen and Squibb either received no dispatches from Kansas City or if they did they couldn’t figure out what to make of them. The latter would be very understandable as Kansas City, Missouri has multiple personalities. Which one you encounter depends entirely on where you are–literally–physically.

If you were to stand on the corner of midtown Kansas City at 39th and Main Street, ground zero for KKFI, a community radio station like none other, your view of Kansas City changes drastically depending on which direction you take from there. Go south and west for money, some of it old and resting very comfortably. North offers old ethnic neighborhoods like Little Italy, and the City Market area working at staying alive north of the infamous Independence Avenue line (former hunting grounds for serial killers). Go east towards the Troost line you’ll find neighborhoods locked in life and death struggles with poverty and crime while contending with everything from a tragically failed public school district to abandoned vacant houses, gangs, and violent crime.

Heading west on 39th Street will take you to what remains of the city’s midtown bohemian neighborhoods. The ghost of the New York style D’Bronx pizzeria haunts the south corner of 39th and Bell while Prospero’s Books holds down the fort directly opposite it on the northern corner. Behind the 39th Street mainly food business line-up is a crowd of densely packed homes of all makes and ages. It’s a cool crazy quilt of unpredictability. Continue westward and you’ll cross State Line and then you’re in the KU Med area–which is on the Kansas side of the street, not in Missouri. Though you might never guess it. PR people like to make the most of what’s good around them.

If you travel south down Main and 39th to Westport Road you’ll wind up in the increasingly yuppified Westport area which currently caters to people who enjoy imbibing copious amounts of the legal drug known as alcohol in their free time. Long gone is the classy independent bookstore, the unique clothing stores, the movie theater and many other business venues unconnected to providing watering holes for the young and senseless. To be fair, the heroic Broadway Cafe remains steadfast on Broadway. As far as I currently know it is the ONLY independent coffeehouse to drive out the invasive species known as Starbucks. Yep, that’s right. Corporate Starbucks came, saw and invaded–and departed without conquering the superior java product. Also, the incredible Tivoli Cinemas remains–after relocating to Pennsylvania Ave. There’s also a newer food gig in the area–a new version of The Corner Restaurant complete with goat cheese, kale and alligator. No bagels and lox there–no way. The area has completely lost the feel of a friendly and engaging one-stop contained neighborhood but it is still alive, though steadily losing the remains of its inviting personality. I still mourn the closing of its independent music store, Streetside Records, which was once a great place to explore an incredibly wide range of music. It’s where I purchased Joan Osborne’s Relish after listening and discovering it offered far more than “If God Was One of Us.” Unless you’re into the drunk and disorderly scene evade the area on the weekends after dark when the partying begins in earnest as there are multiple hardcore drinking establishments all within a minute’s walk of each other from the corner of Pennsylvania and Westport Road. If you’re into drunk and disorderly then by all means go wallow whole hog all night long.

If you continue further south on Broadway you will enter the alternate universe of The Plaza where the fountains flow and so does the money dough. It’s not called the Country Club Plaza for nothing. Years and years ago this was an upscale middle class yet still affordable area with all kinds of interesting independent shops and food venues. These days it caters to those with two hundred dollars to spend on jeans without batting an eye. Dinner can easily cost a hundred dollars a person at some eateries. Most of the affordable housing in this area has vanished, but there’s plenty to be had for the urban condo set. The Plaza offers Thanksgiving lights, fountains, a very uninspiring insipid Art Fair–art which will not offend, raise issues or stretch anyone’s mind–but it’ll work well with your color scheme. So ironic considering the fact that just a few blocks away rests the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art–well, maybe not so ironic other things considered. If you desire more engaging on the fringe art then go north from 39th and Main to the Crossroads area around Broadway and 18th Streets. But visit it fast because the high and mighty are digging in big time with developments with hopes to connect the dots to the Power and Light District (Remind me: urban revitalization for who? Yuppies? Again?) and the real people character is vanishing fast. You’ll know the former Crossroads has been entirely vanquished when YJ’s Snack Bar closes and the jamming ends. Yep, that will signal the end of an era.

Okay,so venturing southwest from The Plaza and you’ll find impressive homes on lots large enough for five or six of the houses east of Troost Ave. None of them will have their garbage or household discards left sitting at curb for weeks and weeks and weeks as happens in the neighborhoods east of Troost where, if you’re not squeamish, you can have your pick of couches, mattresses, and entertainment centers. Even the huge lovely Loose Park is very well maintained. There’s cool green space galore with huge old trees, a pond, picnic areas and rose garden. I wonder if anyone east of Troost ever enters the rose garden contest held at Loose Park? I’ve never seen roses blooming in the parks east of Troost. Seeing a bench to sit on is a find. This is part of the character of extreme contrasts that Kansas City offers. This can easily be missed by staying on the highways when driving in from Independence, Missouri–a former Meth Lab Capital of the World–though who knows what’s really going on in that American drug swamp. If you drive into Kansas City from Independence on any residential street like 23rd or 31st instead of I70 you’ll get a close up view of the multiple urban landscapes of Kansas City from the bottom of the economic ladder to the top from east to west/southwest. You might even be impressed by the bus-stop at the corner of 31st and Troost–it does look like something from this decade, sort of.

Heading south from The Plaza, or from 31st and Troost, you’ll find the University of Missouri which years ago ran into very deep shit with its very diverse residential neighbors when it embarked on a buy and destroy mission to enable expansion of the parking garage ilk–among other things. The good neighbors fought back hard, going so far as to threaten UMKC’s chancellor’s residence with a bulldozer. No joke, these people were pissed off and rightly so in my opinion. Along Rockhill Road were blocks of lawn signs screaming “UMKC Kills Homes.” So much for the Ivory Tower’s idealism when it comes to money matters. This is another area in which the small independent local business flavor has all but disappeared. Perhaps they just don’t make people the same anymore? Just a question. Rockhill Road leads to Brookside and Waldo areas where the older tree-lined streets are narrow and generally quiet and the grocery store offers delights you won’t find in Wild Woody’s store east of Troost on 31 Street. Lamb chops and Green Tea ice cream anyone? Hmm?

Troost Avenue is only one block east of Rockhill Road. Once you get past being impressed by Rockhurst University’s presence on the east side of the street it’s clear straight off that the residences are not on par with those to the west of UMKC. Things are a tad rougher and tougher looking on the east side of Troost for the hard-working poor and their attendant gangs. Just a tad. I don’t think I’ve ever been in another city with such an obvious social economic division designated by a single street running north/south where you can actually stand on the street’s yellow dividing line and see two contrasting worlds just by looking in opposite directions: urban blight versus urban de-light.

I haven’t said anything about barbecue. Yeah, there’s plenty of it in all directions.
Nor have I mentioned the Historic Jazz District at 18th and Vine which is one street featuring the wonderful Gem Theater, the Blue Room and the American Jazz Museum, The Call newspaper–and historic painted storefronts.
Then there’s the Northeast area of Kansas City with its incredible influx of immigrants whose language needs the Kansas City Public library tries to address with ESL courses.
I haven’t mentioned the former mayor who refused to discuss the state of education even when it was front page news.
I haven’t mentioned the ex-school superintendent who insisted that 36 students in a classroom was a good thing.
Nor have I said anything about the decline of a newspaper that first impressed me with its coverage of a suspected serial killer hunting prostitutes and other vulnerable women on Independence Ave.
I’ve only hinted at the vibrant art scene that serves as a huge street party every first Friday.
There are thousands of homeless people in Kansas City.

There’s extreme wealth in Kansas City–and that’s not counting Johnson County which is in KANSAS not Missouri–and there’s extreme poverty with every economic class in between. I wonder if the people working at the Channel 4 news station ever drove down the street right behind their building and saw the houses with plastic sheeting for windows? Yes, there were people living in those places.

I could write a great deal more. I’m trying to stop while I’m ahead. I suspect I might already be behind the eight ball here.

Perhaps the very best thing about Kansas City is the community radio station which is still going strong after more than twenty years of Jazz, Blues, World, Folk, Classical, Latino, Reggae, and Rock music. If anything is truly alive and well in Kansas City, Missouri, it is KKFI–the beating heart of a diverse population which can’t be red lined. If you want a taste of Kansas City then tune in–they’re streaming online world-wide from the corner of 39th and Main 365 days and nights a year.

KKFI

City By City

Get Your Jazz Fix Free From KKFI

I swear this is not a bait and switch stunt. Jazz lovers can indeed grab some great Jazz every Monday through Friday from 1-3 pm streaming online via KKFI http://www.kkfi.org/  . Go ahead and surf the link to a great independent community radio station without any corporate suits and ties. Wherever you are in the world, if you can read this blog then you can catch two full hours of jazz programs hosted by working Jazz artists and lovers like Jeff Harshbarger, KC, the Jazz Geek, the Jazz Insider, and the Jazz Disciple. For direct specs on program guides –>> http://www.kkfi.org/program-categories/music/jazz/ .  This is not your standard radio listening experience. The programs change daily. You might hear Jazz at other hours. There are no paid promotion spots. These programs are labors of love for Jazz in its many forms from the past to the present.  KKFI’s Jazz programs offer interviews with  current working Jazz artists, historical information, a gig calendar of who is playing where and when around the Kansas City area, and incredible music all for free. Though for a donation they’ll even let you be a “Guest DJ” ~ for more info –> http://www.kkfi.org/support/guest-dj/ .

You can even sign up for information about forthcoming live recording performances at The Blue Room at 18th and Vine.

Now, if you’re not in a surfing link frame of mind–here’s some piano beauty from Bill Evans.

Bill Evans Trio ~ Blue in Green —

Thanks to Burningable for this and other great music on YouTube.

Bruningable

Album: Portrait in Jazz (1959) Bill Evans: piano, Scott LaFaro: bass, Paul Motian: drums; Composition: Bill Evans
Recorded on December 28, 1959, NYC

There’s more of Bill Evans posted on the sidebar to the left.

Enjoy.

If your ears are privy to other online streaming radio programs featuring Jazz, please share a link via the comments.

Jazz goes everywhere around the world via KKFI.

LP’s vocals flood the side-bar

It’s Over

Cover of Roy Orbison song

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Night Like This

kxtradio

Published on Feb 24, 2014

The ukulele-wielding L.A.-based singer-songwriter L.P. came by the KXT studio for a chat and performance of two stunning tracks from her forthcoming major label debut.

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Hey, so yeah, for today LP’s voice is tickling my eardrums enough to wind up here as an introductory post for anyone who didn’t catch her Into the Wild Official Video previously  in The Wild post. I’ve included three interview videos to give some small sense of her.

Here’s a Wikipedia link for background information about LP  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.P._(singer)  For the music information collectors among you, it’s a starting point for learning about a voice that in 2006  “. . . sparked a bidding war amongst major labels. ” Listen to the Halo track (currently at the top of the side-bar) and there’s no denying her incredible power, range and emotive abilities which seem so effortless upon delivery.

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Into The Wild ~ Point of discovery of LP on the tubes of you. Note, this is not the offical video version cited above.

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Salvation

September 5, 2012 – LP with “Salvation” in the Bing Lounge at 101.9 KINK.FM.  Portland, OR. Presented by Intel.

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2013 Interview at Bluesfest

Lynn Saxberg interview with LP at RBC Royal Bank Bluesfest 2013, Ottawa.

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Interview 2012

LP

Published on Apr 13, 2012

© 2012 WMG Get to know LP in this video interview from SXSW 2012. Video shot and edited by Claire Vogel.

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2008 Interview

LPsobe

A sit-down interview with Sobe Entertainment’s new phenomenal pop/rock act: L.P. She discusses life on the road, a new album, and provides a live acoustic performance from Circle House Studios, Miami FL.

Links for LP

Get ‘Into The Wild – Live At EastWest Studios’ on iTunes: http://bit.ly/HBIUlU
Get ‘Into The Wild – Live At EastWest Studios’ on Amazon: http://amzn.to/GPiYyn

Connect With LP:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/iamLP
Twitter: http://twitter.com/lprock
Website: http://www.iamlp.com

Catch more LP video listening tracks at YouTube http://www.youtube.com/user/whoisLP

<<<==== LP is currently featured on the top sidebar music video slots to the left of this post.  Enjoy. Please feel free to share by posting in the comments any other tracks you discover.

What’s in Betty Medsger’s ‘ The Burglary’? Crow-bars, COINTERLPRO and Naughty FBI Spy Games.

what lives in a book

inked leaves unfurling words

secrets detecting

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 Hmm, how’s that poem working for you? May not make the publishing book grade, but it does the introduction rites job today. Sort of. Books are strange things. Never know just what you’ll find between their covers–hard copy or electronic, it makes no difference when the words are what make the mental meat of the matter. I have no clue how good or bad Medsger’s brand spanking new book reads. Yet. It’s literally a NEW release by Random House-as in publication dated yesterday.  Ironically the historical story it features is decades old. New book for an old untold story about American citizens taking things into their own hands in order to get to the truth of what matters.  According to the interview on Democracy Now! this morning, the newspaper media nearly failed them. The truth was very HOT to handle. Some political folks so feared the FBI that they turned their backs on the right to information regarding illegal activities by the FBI. One mailing of copied documents never reached its destination. Can we say “intercepted”? Or maybe just an honest mistake on the part of the postal service. I wouldn’t bet a penny on that.

Clearly history is repeating itself in current events. The stakes are just as high regarding freedom and civil liberties. A portion of the public is very paranoid. J. Edgar Hoover would be proud of the media spin on all things of politics regarding the military industrial complex and corporate personhood for inducing much paranoia–according the old documents stolen and “released.” Some times it’s just no fun having a theory proven. My next observation might seem like a side issue, but it’s not. How many ‘cop’ shows are on television? How many feature all sorts of fancy surveillance techno toys? How many feature terrorist threats week after week? How many evoke sympathy for the hardworking agents no matter what their flaws? Have you gotten used to the sound of gunfire from watching crime shows on television? Ever notice the lack of emotion from the people doing the shooting and the characters giving and recieving the news that someone has been killed?

Side note: At the opposite end are the medical heroes who do everything they can to save lives and then seem to suffer a sense of loss when their patients die. Hmm. I’ve yet to encounter any such doctor in my life experience. I’ve managed to send a couple running in a panic. I guess that proved those well educated individuals were human after all.

“Excuse me, doctor, but that’s not his sense of humor.  At the moment, he really thinks you’re all aliens out to kill him. He’s a lot stronger than he looks. I advise exercising caution when handling.” Watch doctor run back to ER room.

Back to the regular word flow:

I wonder if there’s a television program in the works about TSA folks in order to show us just how good all their intentions are as they intimidate, strip search, x-ray, hassle and belittle people everywhere with impunity in order to keep people safe.  The irony of TSA is a steak so thick an axe is needed to cut the meat.

What’s your paranoia meter reading? I know people who freak out every time there’s a plane crash and others who fear the sight of police people wearing gun holsters. I also know a fair number of folks who don’t give a flying f&*^ about anything except their daily routine and money-making. As long at those boats are not rocked, all is well in their universe.

Is there a safety lock somewhere?

Is this piece fully loaded?

Careful with the drones~

Make sure they fly right~

Status quo depends on the system flowing, flowing, flowing…..

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The Context:

Stealing J. Edgar Hoover’s Secrets

The New York Times

The Book:

The Burglary by Betty Medsger

click cover for Random House

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The Motive:

“It Was Time To Do More Than Protest”

democracynow·

Published on Jan  8, 2014

http://www.democracynow.org – One of the great mysteries of the Vietnam War era has been solved. On March 8, 1971, a group of activists — including a cabdriver, a day care director and two professors — broke into an FBI office in Media, Pennsylvania. They stole every document they found and then leaked many to the press, including details about FBI abuses and the then-secret counter-intelligence program to infiltrate, monitor and disrupt social, political movements, nicknamed COINTELPRO. Calling themselves, the Citizen’s Commission to Investigate the FBI, no one was ever caught for the break-in. The burglars’ identities remained a secret until this week when they finally came forward to take credit for the caper that changed history. Today we are joined by three of them — John Raines, Bonnie Raines and Keith Forsyth; their attorney, David Kairys; and Betty Medsger, the former Washington Post reporter who first broke the story of the stolen FBI documents in 1971 and has now revealed the burglars’ identities in her new book, “The Burglary: The Discovery of J. Edgar Hoover’s Secret FBI.”
Watch part 1 of this interview: http://youtu.be/GMWuJipChs0

For more of the interview and links to related items –> http://www.democracynow.org/2014/1/8/it_was_time_to_do_more

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Radio:

NPR  coverage –> http://www.npr.org/2014/01/07/260302289/the-secret-burglary-that-exposed-j-edgar-hoovers-fbi

How’s your day? What’s in your mailbox? Have you fumigated lately?

Yes, I am looking forward to reading Medsger’s book.

Fustercluck Blues Festival and Chicken Wing Eating Contest. From who else but~~ the Incredible one and only~ KKFI 90.1 fm Community Radio playing Blues dues out the wazoo!

O there ares soooo many public service announcements one can make! But seldom do they involve a whole lot of music and FUN! Now I’m no chicken eater ever, but if I was, then this little chicken wing eating contest with Blues on the side would definitely be on my tummy’s menu agenda. Oh yeah, KKFI is fundraising again with major Community Support–because, in case you don’t know already, that’s how KKFI has managed to stay alive on the sound waves for over twenty years–people put money in the radio jukebox cash jar of their own free will.  There’s no corporate backers, no media sponsors, just the music makers and the music lovers.  This is truly homegrown radio like you’ve never heard it before folks. It streams on the world-wide web 24/7 –>    http://www.kkfi.org/  .  It’s got volunteer DJs out the wazoo. It’s got a concrete 100,000 watts radius. It’s got indie and local music makers on air and on stage and on the money need feed bag all the time.  We got our Blues, smokin’ hot Jazz, Retro, Latino, Rock, Morning Buzzes M-F, Native Spirit on Sunday afternoon at 5pm with Rhonda LeValdo, Reggae and we even got damn fine L.A. Theatre Works. There’s even Chamber Music and Dr. Mike’s Old Timey Medicine Show. I’ve not even hinted at the Democracy Now! news, eco programs, Tell Somebody, local showcase, Mr. Bill, and Labor coverage.  Swing thru the link and check out The Program Schedule for what you may have a tough time finding anywhere else on one radio station but everywhere on KKFI  90.1 fm. Fuel for your hungry ears.  Now who among you has ever before heard of a Fustercluck Blues Festival featuring Wild Women, Junebugs, Bail Jumpers and Rhythm Kings and a chicken wing eating contest with two categories? Hmm? Come on, share and share alike amigas and amigos.

 

 

 

 

Beat the heat this week with Super Cool Radio ‘Like You’ve Never Heard It Before’ aka KKFI 90.1 fm, 24/7, Streaming Live Online for your pleasure. Oh hell, yeah!

The heat is upon us, but that doesn’t mean that we’re not cool.  We’ve got some way-cool programs this week, including:

Monday
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The BPU/Sierra Club Settlement EcoRadio KC | July 8, 2013 | 6:00 pm  Host Richard Mabion looks at the recent settlement between The Sierra Club and the Board of Public Utilities over the burning of coal in Wyandotte County. Read More
Tuesday
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White-washing Human Rights Abuses and Suppressing a Popular Revolution Law and Disorder | July 9, 2013 | 9:00 am  Two years since the Arab-Spring demonstrations erupted in Bahrain, human rights abuses continue to this day. In 2011, an independent report exposes these abuses that compelled the Kingdom of Bahrain to hire former NYPD police chief John Timoney to white was acts of political repression. Who is John Timoney and why was he outsourced to Bahrain? We ask legal worker and journalist Kris Hermes who recently penned the article John Timoney and Kingdom of Bahrain: White-washing Human Rights Abuses and Suppressing a Popular Revolution. Read More
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The Pastor Who Became an Atheist, Modern Mystics, and More Interfaith Voices | July 9, 2013 | 12:00 pm  A reverse-conversion story: How ex-pastor Jerry DeWitt quietly lost his faith while preaching from the pulpit. Read More
Wednesday
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Ella Baker Pacifica Radio Archives’ “From the Vault” | July 10, 2013 | 5:00 am This week on From the Vault we salute one of the great understated contributors of the Civil Rights Movement, Ella Baker. In 1968, several important Civil Rights leaders and activists decided to honor this tireless activist, and the resulting recording, A Salute to Ella Baker, became an instant Pacifica classic. Read More
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There’s Something Happening Here Your Morning Buzz: Wednesday | July 10, 2013 | 6:00 am Brazil! Egypt! Turkey!.  Uprisings are flaring up all over the globe.  On Your Morning Buzz this Wednesday, Mike Murphy weaves the music of these cultures with other songs of uprising. Read More
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Incarceration Nation Alternative Radio | July 10, 2013 | 9:00 am  Michelle Alexander is a professor of law at Ohio State University and holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Formerly the director of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Project in Northern California, she served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. She is the author of the bestseller “The New Jim Crow.” Read More
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Wednesday MidDay Medley presents: Madisen Ward Wednesday MidDay Medley | July 10, 2013 | 10:00 am  Mark plays New & Local Releases from: The Bad Ideas, The Architects, Schwervon!, Sneaky Creeps, Root & Stem, Madisen Ward, Gentleman Savage, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Mavis Staples, Sonny & The Sunsets, and California Wives. At 10:15, Mark talks with singer/songwriter, Madisen Ward who grew up in the outskirts of Kansas City, Missouri. Madisen recorded his debut EP, “We Burned The Cane Field” with his Mother, “Mama Bear”, (Ruth Whitlock-Ward). At 11:00 Mark welcomes one of KKFI’s incredible volunteers, Philip Bauer, who will play some of his favorite recordings from: Rush, The Rolling Stones, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Michael Jackson, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Santana, No Doubt, Ugly Kid Joe, Red Elvises, and Prodigy. Read More
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“Freedom for the Thought that We Hate’ Bookwaves | July 10, 2013 | 12:00 pm In honor of recent Supreme Court decisions, a 2008 interview with the late legal scholar and journalist Anthony Lewis (1927-2013) about his book, “Freedom for the Thought that We Hate’ and First Amendment Rights. Read More
Big, Scary UFO From Ark to Microchip | July 10, 2013 | 12:30 pm  This week on From Ark to Microchip, we discuss curious acausal time links Read More
The Left Forum Continues All Souls Forum | July 10, 2013 | 6pm More from NYC’s Left Forum held last month Read More
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The Real Thing L.A. Theatre Works | July 10, 2013 | 7:00 pm  Tonight on L.A. Theatre Works, a 2009 performance of The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard is featured, starring Simon Templeman and Carolyn Seymour. Read More
Thursday
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A New Way of Life and the New Underground Railroad Sprouts | July 11, 2013 | 12:00 pm Making a Break for Freedom During the Era of Mass Incarceration Read More
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Survivors of Solitary Confinement Making Contact | July 11, 2013 | 12:30 pm  Tens of thousands are in solitary confinement in American prisons which according to the United Nations is torture. Producer Claire Schoen met nine former prisoners who describe in detail what it’s like to be in solitary confinement. Read More
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Tab Benoit Beale Street Caravan | July 11, 2013 | 3:00 pm Tab Benoit on The Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise Barbara Ching: Country Music and The Blues – Read More
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The Peabody/Patriot Shuffle Heartland Labor Forum | July 11, 2013 | 6:00 pm Underwritten by: Carpenters Local 1127 and Bricklayers Local 15. Read More
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Radioactive Magazine Thursday Night Special | July 11, 2013 | 7:00 pm Audio theatre by the Move To Amend Players, creationism and more! Read More
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The Lucky return! Under the Radar | July 11, 2013 | 10:00 pm KC band The Lucky are in the building! Read More
Friday
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The Peabody/Patriot Shuffle Heartland Labor Forum (Repeat) | July 12, 2013 | 5:00 am Underwritten by: Carpenters Local 1127 and Bricklayers Local 15. Read More
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Swimming Our Talk: Blue Mind, Ocean Heart Bioneers | July 12, 2013 | 9:30 am Illuminating the magical underwater world, Jacques Cousteau’s 1960s films and TV show caused a sea change by moving the hearts and minds of tens of millions. Read More
Saturday
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Marshall Chapman, The G2 Bluegrass Band, and much more Music City Roots – Live From the Loveless Cafe | July 13, 2013 | 7:00 am  Marshall Chapman, The G2 Bluegrass Band, Old Man Luedecke, Songs Of The Fall, and The Amigos Band play direct from The Loveless Cafe stage. Read More
Everything Possible This Way Out (LGBT) | July 13, 2013 | 2:00 pm  Discovering everything possible about Fred Small’s “Everything Possible” (JD Doyle talks with the songwriter about his inspiration for the iconic song, and Michael Callen and The Flirtations render Small’s favorite rendition of it)… U.N. Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay has her say about Nigeria’s “Jail the Gays” bill (in conversation with Nigerian LGBT activist Davis Mac-Iyalla on the “BBC World Have Your Say” program)… LGBT Pride deploys to Kandahar (as reported by the U.S. Defense Department), and “Everyone Is Gay” (according to A Great Big World, anyway) … and in “NewsWrap” (produced this week by Steve Pride & Angela Brooks and reported by Jenn Mahoney & Charlie Bauer), a bouquet of lawsuits bloom from the U.S. Supreme Court DOMA decision, marriage equality slips past Costa Rican lawmakers, Pink Dot takes aim at Singapore’s penal code, and a Brazilian “cure” prescription fizzles. Read More
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The Second Coming of Joan of Arc, Part II WINGS | July 13, 2013 | 2:30 pm Today is the second installment of playwright Carolyn Gage’s The Second Coming of Joan of Arc. Read More
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Pastors for Peace Every Woman | July 13, 2013 | 3:00 pm Gail Walker of Pastors for Peace is the featured guest. Read More
Sunday
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Jay Farrar Art of the Song | July 14, 2013 | 6:00 am Today on Art of the Song, musician Jay Farrar is featured. Read More
Monday
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Werner von Braun and Fritz Haber Exploration | July 15, 2013 | 5:00 am It’s German scientists week here on Exploration. Read More
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The Barn Players & Summit Theatre Arts Magazine | July 15, 2013 | 12:00 pm Summer offerings from The Barn Players and Summit Theatre Group are highlighted. Read More
Stay tuned,
Mike Murphy
90.1FM KKFI
Kansas City Community Radio

Comic Relief a la Mel Blanc — If you know Bugs Bunny, you know Mel Blanc.

Imagine Bugs Bunny saying, “What’s up, Spock?”

Looney Tunes cartoons are full of glib violence and gore galore. How many times have you seen Elmer Fudd wielding a shotgun? Enough said? Violence aside, the Looney Tunes cartoon catalog features a serious depth of creative production from animation art to acting all aimed at eliciting laughter. Humor comes in many forms. Mel Blanc’s voice brought many animated forms to life. Looney Tunes cartoons aren’t quite my cup of humor tea–but they do tickle the funny bones of many people.  So, with much appreciation to Berit for sharing this documentary with me, I offer Mel Blanc: The Man of a Thousand Voices, uploaded to YouTube by Chris Glidden, for your mental health uplift.  This video also offers a certain history of the art of animation, radio and the entertainment media industry via Blanc’s story.

Enjoy the best medicine, laughter.

“Love what you do.” Mel Blanc

Two Headed Cow and an auction–only at KKFI–radio like you’ve never heard it before. They guarantee it.

Hey, whose up for some Two Headed Cow? That’s music not milk, folks. FYI, KKFI streams online at www.kkfi.org so you can listen to everything from Democracy Now! to JAZZ while surfing the cyberspace seas. If you’re a fan of jazz, blues, indie, folk, Latino, chamber –as in chamber music not chamber-pot, yes, that’s right, KKFI plays chamber music–rockabilly, Native Spirit, alternative news, Sprouts, L.A. Theatre Works, Bioneers, and just about anything else that it’s possible to shake a musical — or grass-roots–stick at, then there’s plenty to discover at 90.1 FM KKFI Community Radio Like You’ve Never Heard It Before. Yes, I’m willing to bet that this radio is not the usual airwaves ear fare. There’s no corporate influence yanking KKFI’s 100,000 watts and online streaming.  This is radio that people support with their pennies, dimes and dollars. It’s not a fluke.  It’s 20 something years young and still growing. If you’re already wired for sound then what’s stopping you from engaging? But to get the Live Two Headed Cow and The John McKenna party gig I think you need to haul azz to Kansas City today. Enjoy.

Bidding on the KKFI Holiday Online Internet Auction begins Friday, November 30th. Think of it!  No crowds, no driving, no nasty weather, no checkout lines…PLUS you get great unique gifts at bargain prices (the bidding starts 1/3 of the retail value). 
This will be the BIGGEST and BEST KKFI Holiday Auction! This year, we have over 300 gifts to bid on, including…

  • Auto Service: Winterize your car
  • Auto servicing, including five oil changes, tire rotation and more
  • Introductory Airplane Flying Lessons
  • Full body massage
  • CD Extravaganza (over 100 CDs by local and national blues, rock, folk, jazz, reggae artists…many autographed)
  • Books (autographed by Amy Goodman, Chuck Haddix, more)
  • Restaurant Gift Certificates
  • Home cooked Mexican meal for six
  • Music lessons (blues harp lessons by Levee Town’s Jimmie Meade, more)
  • Home made baked goods for your holiday party
  • Eight hours handyman work
  • Live theater tickets (Metropolitan Ensemble Theatre, American Heartland Theatre, Unicorn Theatre, Coterie Theater, 
  • Knucklehead Concert Tickets, Folly Theater Concert Tickets, Gem Theater Concert Tickets 

You can also show your support by donating goods and/or services to the KKFI Holiday Auction.  For example, maybe there are treasures in your basement or attic that you no longer need; or you can offer to bake a cake or pie; or offer your skills as a painter to paint a room or do a pedicure.    

 

If you are interested in donating goods or services to the holiday online auction, contact Bill Clause, KKFI Special Events Coordinator, (816) 994-7869 or email BillC@kkfi.org.

 

KKFI Holiday Party Features Barbecue, Liquid Refreshments, and Live Music by The John McKenna Band and Two Headed Cow
Two Headed Cow It’s the last Thursday in November. Thanksgiving is over and before long, it’s Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Winter Solstice and, oh yeah, Chrsitmas.  TIME TO PARTY!
KKFI’s holiday party begins at 6pm at KKFI Studios. 39th & Main, KCMO, with barbecue and drinks,  followed by LIVE music featuring Two Headed Cow and The John McKenna Band. 
Holiday shopping Alert:
New CDs for Sale!
What do the bands Two Headed Cow and The John McKenna Band have in common? In addition to playing great music, both bands have new CDs for sale.
Tickets: $5 Door (barbecue, drinks and CDs extra)
KKFI 90.1 FM Community Radio | 3901 Main St. | Suite 203 | Kansas City | MO | 64111

Native Voice 1 — News and Native America Calling Now: “Up Heartbreak Hill”

Click to find listening options for NV1

Wednesday, July 25, 2012 – Native Teens Racing Towards Life:
As teenagers get older and start reaching their last years of high school, many will look towards leaving home to pursue their life and education far from home. But, just how common is this dream? A new documentary, “Up Heartbreak Hill,” follows two bright Native American high school seniors through their final year of high school as they tackle daunting decisions and questions that will alter their life forever. What all is at stake in answering the question, should I stay or should I go? How do economic hardships on tribal nations skew visions of opportunity? Guests include Native youths Thomas Martinez (Navajo) and Tamara Hardy (Navajo) and Erica Scharf, Director & Producer/”Up Heartbreak Hill” Documentary.

See More of Native America Calling’s upcoming shows here http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/

 

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