Blogs

Divine Intervention Strikes - May 8

Man, look at all the KEYS on that thing -- that sure is one big organ, and it's sure to be featured during Vinyl Vespers on Divine Intervention, airing this evening from 7 to 9p on KDRT. Extending far beyond big organs, there will be much new music -- maybe even more than last week, if that's humanly possible. We'll probably start with rock/pop but who knows where we'll end... Tune in and groove.

Album of the Week - Dengue Fever "Escape from Dragon House" - TH May 4

We can't say it better than Pitchfork did back in 2005, when Dragon House hit the shelves: "L.A.-based band fold Ethiopian touches into a Cambodian style of pop heavily influenced by classic American surf rock and Nuggets-era garage-psych." That about sums it up. Tune in, 5-6p PT, for Dengue Fever on AotW! @JessGoddesse hosts.

 

Divine Intervention Strikes - May 1

You know we didn't play enough new music last time 'round on Divine Interventionand so we'll attempt to make up for that in spades this week. We have SO much new music across genres, if you don't hear something new at least once (or so) per set, then we're not doing our divine task, and you can feel free to holler at the hostesse in the comments. Along with all this newfound fun, we'll "tempt" you with Vinyl Vespers, a'course. Do tune in, 7-9p PT, only on KDRT.

Gabe Reynolds visits KDRT Friday May 5th, 2017

Gabriel Reynolds is one of those musicians that when he plays he is in the moment. He also creates that moment. His love and choice of instruments are guitar, mandolin and viola.. Hailing from Davis and now also a student at UC Davis he says he is so invested in music at this point there's no backing out. His music spreads his love to friends and family.

Album of the Week - Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) by Eno - Apr 27

Taking Tiger Mountain (By Strategy) is Eno's second solo album, inspired by a series of postcards regarding a Chinese revolutionary opera of the same name.  Eno described his understanding of the title as referring to "the dichotomy between the archaic and the progressive...Half  Taking Tiger Mountain – that Middle Ages physical feel of storming a military position – and half (By Strategy) – that very, very 20th-century mental concept of a tactical interaction of systems."  Eno and artist Peter Schmidt developed instruction cards called Oblique Strategies to use throughout the creative process of the album.  The content of the lyrics seems to range from espionage to the Chinese Communist Revolution.  Forty plus years later, this album is still mindblowing. Listen in for yourself starting at 5p PT on KDRT.

Neil Heaton shares his story and music April 28, 2017 at 4PM

He can sing, he can play, he can compose. Neil Heaton is a pianist from Davis, California.  As influenced by jazz virtuosos as he is alternative auteurs, his music attempts to find the common ground between rock, jazz, pop, and hip-hop. That description is exactly why his compositions are a delight. Listen in as we talk with and listen to Neil. Vist and listen to Neil https://neilheaton.bandcamp.com

For those outside the listening area this broadcast is streamed live on www.kdrt.org

Jazz After Dark April 25, 2017

Happy Birthday to Ella!

April 25 2017 is the 100th anniversary of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth. The First Lady of Song, as she was called, had a career that spanned five decades. Jazz After Dark will honor our favorite vocalist with a retrospective of her career.

Her first big hit was the nursery rhyme A Tisket, A Tasket. After fronting Chick Webb’s band, and then her own, she then gracefully moved through the bebop era as perhaps the best jazz scatting vocalist of all time. Her Songbook series, studio albums that were comprehensive and definitive presentations of the works of Gershwin, Cole Porter, Johnny Mercer, Rodgers and Hart, Duke Ellington, and others, left a legacy that is unrivalled: an essential compilation of what has become known as the Great American Songbook.

Ella was in many ways a pop singer at a time when jazz was America’s pop music. She was always willing to add new numbers to her repertoire (“the now sound,” she would call it during her live concerts), so she did Jobim, and Bacharach, and even the Beatles. She could make any song swing.

Divine Intervention Strikes - Apr 24

Well, the good news is that Vinyl Vespers looks like it won't have a religious flavor -- and we all may be able to glean some beauty tips from what looks to be a god-awful boy band! The bad news is... hmm... don't think there actually is any bad news on the KDRT front... So tune in tonight, 7-9p PT, for another edition of Divine Intervention

May 2017 interview schedule ...

Continuing my "That's Life" program with interviews, here's the schedule for May.  (I'll add to this list as more people are scheduled.)

5/4: Chris DeWees on "Fishprinting -- Gyotaku" describes the process of this ancient art form and the book he is publishing about it

5/11: Meet me on the Quad!!   [No on-air interview this week because I'll be helping set up for the Whole Earth Festival (F 12-10, Sa 10-10, Su 10-6). Help welcome!]

5/18: "WIOA in Yolo County" about helping people find work locally = Elaine Lytle and Kim Neillsen

5/25: Mikki Grey Rutamu on "H.H. Humphrey Fellowship Program" which brings foreign scholars to UCD. Navid,  current Fellow, will also chat with us.