February 27, 2015 - 2:49 pm
91.3 KBCS and the songwriters of Bushwick Book Club present a musical evening inspired by Cheryl Strayed’s epic adventure along the Pacific Coast Trail, chronicled in her best-selling memoir (and now a film starring Reese Witherspoon and Laura Dern) Wild.
Wednesday, March 4th, 7:30pm
Town Hall, 1119 8th Ave, Seattle, WA [...]
February 27, 2015 - 1:12 pm
5 brand new releases we can’t wait to share with you this month:
1. Rhiannon Giddens Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch) – A classically trained vocalist, Rhiannon displays this fact in abundance on her debut solo record. The songs are from a wide range of sources, with Rhiannon penning the last track. Producer T Bone Burnett carefully crafted the music to perfectly compliment her voice. This record will definitely be a contender for best of 2015.
2. James McMurtry Complicated Game (independent) – Crafting words is a family legacy. James just happens to crafts his into poignant songs. He took six years to pen and record the songs on Complicated Game. As the songs attest, it was certainly time well spent.
3. Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project (Borealis) – Jayme is a Canadian banjo player who enjoys musical exploration not unlike Béla Fleck, one of his mentors. This new record primarily draws its selection from the recordings Alan Lomax made in the post-war years. He is joined by Tim O’Brien, Bruce Molsky, Moira Smiley, Brittany Haas, and many more. This is a wonderful example of how traditional music can be made anew.
4. 11 Acorn Lane Time for Tea (Wooden Hat) – Thomas Feurer & Neal Pawley meld jazz, funk, Latin, big band lounge music, etc. with electronic beats to create quirky, fun, swingin’ music. Music that is almost impossible to stay still as you listen to it. What else do you need as the days get longer?
5. various artists Signature Sounds 20th Anniversary Collection: Rarities From The Second Decade (Signature Sounds) – KBCS is fortunate enough to have almost every record this independent Massachusetts record label has released in the past 20 years. They released 80 albums in the past 10 years and this collection showcases songs that were previously unreleased, or from special projects or off of EPs. There is a little something here for every fan of Americana music.
Last Month’s Top 3 Releases:
1. Bettye LaVette Worthy (Cherry Red)
2. Pops Staples Don’t Lose This (Anti)
3. The Decemberists What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World (Capitol)
February 25, 2015 - 10:41 am
The definition of soul food is changing in the African American community. And that change is in part because of African American chefs and bakers consciously creating awareness with diverse healthy food options. We talk to three chefs hoping to make a difference in what we eat and how we eat. Tarik Abdullah is [...]
February 23, 2015 - 1:36 pm
- Rhiannon Giddens Tomorrow Is My Turn (Nonesuch)
- Pops Staples Don’t Lose This (Anti/Epitaph)
- The Decemberists What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World (Capitol)
- Bettye LaVette Worthy (Cherry Red)
- Doug Seegers Going Down To The River (Rounder)
- various artists Putumayo Presents: Café del Mundo (Putumayo)
- Eric Bibb Blues People (Stony Plain)
- Flight Facilities Down To Earth (Glass Note)
- Robert Earl Keen Happy Prisoner: The Bluegrass Sessions (Dualtone)
- Amy Speace That Kind of Girl (WindBone)
February 19, 2015 - 4:15 pm
Baha’i’s are a religious minority in Iran. Since the 1979 Iranian revolution, Baha’i’s have been persecuted in Iran for teaching and studying. An international campaign, Education is Not a Crime, launches on February 27 to shed light on the plight of Iranian Baha’i’s. A documentary, To Light A Candle shows [...]
February 17, 2015 - 1:00 pm
By John Stang
A needed boost to fix old schools? Or sore losers wanting to change the rules?
Those were some of the ways that speakers at a legislative hearing Monday described a bill by Rep. Mia Gregerson, D-SeaTac, and Rep. Dick Muri, R-Steilacoom, to ease the passage of school bond measures. Their bill calls [...]
February 16, 2015 - 4:00 pm
By John Stang
An organization of American Muslims said Thursday that Rep. Larry Haler, R-Richland, should apologize publicly for saying it is a subsidiary of violent Middle East groups.
In reply, Haler issued a press release saying he has apologized twice in private for his remarks.
The controversy dates back to a Jan. 14 hearing [...]
February 16, 2015 - 2:51 pm
Black activism and prison organizing go hand in hand according to University of Washington, Bothell, Professor Dan Berger’s book, Captive Nation: Black Prison Organizing in the Civil Rights Era. In the book, Berger explores how prisoners used jail to shine the light on racial oppression and what it means to be free. KBCS News Director, [...]
February 16, 2015 - 2:02 pm
By John Stang
It took 22 months to gestate. But a bipartisan $15.1 billion Washington Senate transportation package with an 11.7-cent-per-gallon gas tax hike was unveiled Thursday.
Now the question is whether enough senators in both the Republican and Democratic caucuses will actually vote for the package, designed to run 16 years.
“From my perspective, [...]