League of Women Voters of California's Trudy Schafer Interviewed

To listen to the entire show, CLICK HERE. Trudy Schafer of the California League of Women Voters was my guest this morning on No Country For Young Men. I call the interview segment Pushy Questions, though I had a tough time pushing her around since she's been doing this awhile, and I have a lot of respect for the LWV. We discussed the progress of the new Citizens Redistricting Commission, and why the League opposes both Proposition 27 (obviously, considering they helped pass Proposition 11 two years ago) and Proposition 20 (kind of surprising, since it would push for further changes). For more information on her organization, CLICK HERE. Also, on News Undercovered, I talked about the response from PBS to a new study by Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting and the Center for Media Democracy's coverage of a political ad in Nevada encouraging Latinos not to vote. *UPDATE on Wednesday night: 'Don't vote' advocate casts vote!

Dave Matthews; The Giants; Bob Dylan; Annie Finch and Michael Franti & Spearhead ... it's a season thing

Hi there … and welcome to Mountain Mama’s Earth Music … and today a celebration of seasons

1) Time Of The Season, The Dave Matthews Band 4:29
2) Mad Season, Matchbox Twenty 5:02

The Signature Mark of Autumn by Gary Young

3) Season of the Witch, Donovan 4:56
4) The Seasons, Lynyrd Skynyrd 4:11
5) I Feel A Change Coming, Bob Dylan 5:25
A Crown of Autumn Leaves
by Annie Finch
Our voices press
from us
and twine
around the year's
fermenting wine

Yellow fall roars
Over the ground.
Loud, in the leafy sun that pours
Liquid through doors,
Yellow, the leaves twist down

as the winding
of the vine
pulls our curling

Glowing in wind and change,
The orange leaf tells

How one more season will alter and range,
Working the strange
Colors of clamor and bells

In the winding
of the vine
our voices press out
from us
to twine

When autumn gathers, the tree
That the leaves sang
Reddens dark slowly, then, suddenly free,
Turns like a key,
Opening air where they hang

and the winding
of the vine
makes our voices
turn and wind
with the year’s
fermented wine

Oct. 20 on Speakeasy: Sacramento Clean Tech Showcase

Gary Simon guests on the Oct. 20 edition of "Speakeasy," a local talk show that airs alternate Wednesdays at 10 a.m. on KDRT-LP, 95.7 FM in Davis. The show is also streamed live and archived at Repeats air the Thursday after taping at 5:30 p.m.

Simon, co-founder and co-chairman of SARTA's CleanStart program. SARTA is a non-profit organization founded to foster entrepreneurial growth in emerging technologies & attract venture capital to the greater Sacramento region. Their Sacramento Clean Tech Showcase, highlighting the clean tech sector's innovators, investors, educators and companies, takes place Oct. 26 on the CSU Sactamento campus.

Hosted by Autumn Labbe-Renault, "Speakeasy" features good conversation with people doing interesting work in Davis and beyond. For more information, please visit

The Grapevine Goes Tribal With Dr. John

Hey K-Dirt listeners...this past week, The Grapevine featured the new record by the one & only, Dr. John. It is called, "Tribal" and is a knock out of classic New Orleans roots sound with the classic Dr. John touch of wonderful piano and a vocal style that can't duplicated. The icing on the cake is that Dr. John has really come up with some lyrics that are incredibly topical and deal with so much of what is currently goin' down in our country. Really think you'll dig it!

Just head on over to the programs/archives section and clickity-click on The Grapevine broadcast from October 7th and you'll be all set. For those locals that wanna pull in sounds off the K-Dirt antenna, the replay is this upcoming Monday, from 3 to 4 pm.

Thanks for keeping in tune with KDRT.

Beth Hart, The Wood Brothers, Chris Abani, Kaylin Haught and Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons: Mountain Mama Asks Permission

Hi there … and welcome to Mountain Mama’s Earth Music … home grown and asking permission

1) Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright, The Village 4:23
2) Let Your Loss Be Your Lesson, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss 4:04
3) Humble Me, Nora Jones 4:38

God Says Yes to Me - Kaylin Haught
I asked God if it was okay to be melodramatic
and she said yes
I asked her if it was okay to be short
and she said it sure is
I asked her if I could wear nail polish
or not wear nail polish
and she said honey
she calls me that sometimes
she said you can do just exactly
what you want to
Thanks God I said
And is it even okay if I don't paragraph
my letters
Sweetcakes God said
who knows where she picked that up
what I'm telling you is
Yes Yes Yes

4) Is That Too Much To Ask, Beth Hart 3:32
5) You Only Believe Me When I’m Lying, Zoe Muth 3:25

Atomic Numbers by Roy Jacobstein

6) Don’t Ask Me No Quesstions, Lynyrd Skynyrd 3:27
7) Walk Away, The Wood Brothers 4:14

My Brother At the Canadian Border by Sholeh Wolpe

8) My Favorite Mistake, Sheryl Crow 4:07
9) This Is The Place, Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons, 6:18

Oct. 6 on Speakeasy: Cool Davis Green Living Festival

Tomorrow's segment of "Speakeasy" highlights the Cool Davis Green Living Festival which takes place this Saturday.

In solidarity with 10-10-10 climate actions worldwide, organizers are planning a festival event that connects low-carbon lifestyle choices with a healthy environment, personal well-being, international eco-justice, and a thriving community. The festival is billed as a time of inspiration, fun, education, and celebration. Lynne Nittler, who is involved with Cool Davis Initiative and serves on the board of the Cool Davis Foundation.

Speakeasy features good conversation with folks doing interesting work in Davis and beyond. Autumn Labbe-Renault hosts. Speakeasy airs live alternate Wednesdays at 10 a.m. You can also listen to this program live or archived at

Patti Griffin, Marah, Julia Levine and The Beatles, Mountain Mama listens to birdsongs

Hi there … and welcome to Mountain Mama’s Earth Music … home grown and lost in flight

1) Blackbird/Yesterday, The Beatles 2:32
2) Songbirds, Marah 3:07
3) Bluebird, Ryan Bingham 5:03

Eagle Poem by Joy Harjo

4) Fly Like An Eagle, Steve Miller Band 3:05
5) Seagull, Bad Company 4:03

Magpies in the Graveyard
6) Maybe Sparrow, Neko Case 2:37
7) Flightless Bird, Iron & Wine 4:03
8) Parrots, Alexis Harte 3:32

Flyway by Julia Levine

9) Birdsong, The Grateful Dead, 10:55

Birdwings by Rumi translated by Coleman Barks

10) Free As A Bird, John Lennon 3:25
11) I’ll Fly Away, Allison Krauss & Gillian Welch 3:58

Wild Geese by Mary Oliver

You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscapes,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.

Roots, Shoots and Leaves...Rodriguez Style!

This past week, I had the honor for filling in for Tree on his excellent show, "Roots, Shoots and Leaves". The time gave me the opportunity to spin some sounds that wouldn't ordinarily make it onto another KDRT broadcast. You wanna talk about 2 hours of fun?!...well, I indeed had it and then some.

Thanks again to is the playlist from the show, first aired on September 21, 2010, replay for the Davis environs will be on September 25th, and, of course, you can hear it all around the world via the KDRT website:

Warren Zevon - Dirty Life and Times
John Hiatt - Buffalo River Home
Jackson Browne - You'll Love The Thunder
Jackson Browne - For Everyman

Ry Cooder - Little Sister
Ry Cooder - The Very Things That Makes Her Rich (Makes You Poor)
Ry Cooder - I Think It's Gonna Work Out Fine

David Lindley - Your Old Lady
David Lindley - Talk To The Lawyer
David Lindley - Gimme Da Ting
David Lindley - I Just Can't Work No Longer
David Lindley - Pay The Man

Warrren Zevon - Prison Grove
Warren Zevon - Carmelita
Dave Alvin w/Rosie Flores - Goodbye Again
Dave Alvin - Blue Wing

Tim Bluhm - Tear It All Down
Ball Point Birds - Kira Lee

Save the Date: It's a BBQ on the Backlot!

phil gross

Last year we started a new tradition called BBQ on the Backlot. It's an Open House - with food, fun and festivity, and a chance for Davis Media Access' producers, DJ's, board, staff (and anyone else who would like to find out about DMA) to enjoy a relaxing evening. Davis Media Access is the parent organization behind KDRT, DCTV public access channel 15, and DJUSD educational access channel 17. The event takes place from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, October 7 and we encourage everyone to come down. DMA will supply the burgers and dogs (veggie options will be available) and beverages- but potluck items and smiles are encouraged. We are located at 1623 Fifth Street in Davis, and we'll be in the back parking lot. Follow the BBQ smell...come down and meet your favorite DJ!

R.E.M., Dirty Winds, Brenda Hillman and Dolly Parton, Mountain Mama says easy forward please

Hi there … and welcome to Mountain Mama’s Earth Music … home grown and easy forward please

1) Find the River, R.E.M 3:50
2) Ease Back, Amos Lee 4:33
3) Summertime Thing, Chuck Prophet 5:12

The Wild Merced
By Donna Emerson

4) Wade in the Water, Patty Griffin 3:08
5) Down To the River/Jeb’s Tune, The Duhks 5:05
6) Sails to the Wind, Dirty Winds 3:32
Practical Water
Brenda Hillman
What does it mean to live a moral life
It is nearly impossible to think about this
We went down to the creek
The sides were filled
with tiny watery activities
The mind was split & mended
Each perception divided into more
& there were in the hearts of the water molecules
little branches perpendicular to thought
Had lobbied the Congress but it was dead
Had written to the Committee on Understanding
Had written to the middle
middle of the middle
class but it was drinking
Had voted in cafes with shoplifters &
beekeepers stirring tea made of water
hitched to the green arc

An ethics occurs at the edge
of what we know
The creek goes underground about here