Blogs

'Divine Intervention' Strikes - M 10/10 7-9p PT

This week on Divine Intervention, we'll do the new music thang, with lots of rock and pop and maybe some punk and probably some r&b -- you know the drill. "Vinyl Vespers" will be a true surprise -- we have no idea if the pictured album is good, bad, an extreme version of either of those adjectives, or blandly somewhere in between. Yes, we could have educated ourselves about the artist, but hostesse Jess Goddesse likes to be (un)pleasantly surprised along with the audience, and so we'll all hear it together, probably for the first time on DI, unless you happen to be in the know on ol' Snuff. Tune in live, 7-9p Pacific. Want replays/playlists? Visit the program page.

Get Involved: Attend Our Next Orientation, October 12

Are you curious about community media? Interested in getting involved at KDRT-FM Grassroots Radio or Davis Community Television? You're in luck, because you're invited to our next orientation. Each and every month, we hold orientation meetings to answer your questions about broadcast and behind-the-scenes opportunities and internships at Davis Media Access, the home of KDRT and DCTV. So mark your calendars for October 12, 2016, and plan to attend! The fun starts at 6:30 p.m. To RSVP, visit DavisMedia.org.

California Raptor Center volunteer interview on One Health Wildlife Talk (Fri 10/7 at noon)

This month's segment of One Health Wildlife Talk will feature an interview with UC Davis gradute student Brittany Seibert who also volunteers at the California Raptor Center. As a 2016 Karen & Phil Drayer Fellowship Award recipient Brittany's research focused on chlamydial infections in birds of prey presented to rehabilitation facilities under the advisorship of Dr. Michelle Hawkins. Brittany will discuss her own specific experience working with the incredible birds of prey at the Center as well as the upcoming Fall Open House at the Raptor Center on Saturday, October 15.

Outlandos d'Amour, by The Police (Album of the Week: October 6 at 5pm PT)

The Police put out all five of their studio albums between 1978 and 1983, and there's not a stinker among them. They got in, delivered something near perfect for a half-decade, and then let the project be. I think that's beautiful. They're batting 1000, which is rare. 

For Album of the Week, I'm playing their debut record, Outlandos d'Amour, which is tied for my favorite with the two records that follow it. Their fourth and fifth records are a tiny step down for me, but only becasue I grew up less inclined toward 80s synths and whatnot, although that's changed some in recent years. All five records are great, and their very natural evolution is part of that greatness. 

Here's a bit about Outlandos d'Amour. I'll share some of my own thoughts between tracks during the show. 

The LP initially performed poorly due to low exposure and an unfavourable reaction from the BBC to its first two singles, "Can't Stand Losing You" and "Roxanne" (about suicide and prostitution, respectively). As Sting describes: 

'Divine Intervention' Strikes - 10/3 7-9p PT

Tune in to Divine Intervention for a random and rare mix of music -- much new, much rock and pop, mostly stellar... And then, of course, there'll be a blessedly short interlude for our "Vinyl Vespers" feature. This week's pick is pictured here. Let's hope Dr. Evans can give us some sound advice on "the most important institution in the home." Tune in live, 7-9p Pacific. Want replays/playlists? Visit the program page.

The Lique Live on KDRT!

Hip-hop/jazz/funk band The Lique (pronounced "leek") will be stopping by KDRT on Friday, Sept 30th, at 1:00 pm to talk with host Dug Deep about the recent release of their debut album, Democracy Manifest. They'll also tell us about some local shows they have lined up, including a performance Friday night at Harlow's in Sacramento.

The Lique hails from Las Vegas, but vocalist/poet Rasar Amani is a native of Sacramento who released 10 albums of hip-hop fused with social commentary and politics while living hereabouts. The Lique gives Rasar's image-filled lyrics a whole new dynamic, and the result is poignant, raucous, and always danceable. Tune in and hear for yourself.

Bumptet visits Listening Lyrics on KDRT Friday 10/30/16 at 4:00PM

Groove masters The Bumptet  bring reckless sophistication to each performance with an improvisational, genre-bending approach to music. Their compositions range in style and complexity, moving from deep funk grooves to epic rock crescendos to intricate, fusion-esque lines and back again–with improvisation, forward motion, and an in-the-moment attitude as the only constants.

Drawing inspiration from the likes of John Scofield, MMW, Garaj Mahal, the Headhunters, and Phish, the Northern California quintet takes listeners on a spirited journey that must be seen live in order to fully appreciate the level of musicianship and soul they bring to every show.  But don’t expect to hear carbon copy renditions of their tunes on stage.  The Bumptet pride themselves on delivering high energy, improvised sets of funk music with skillfully adept execution (including the occasional foray into the jam band outer stratosphere!).

Jazz After Dark September 27, 2016

Jazz goes classical tonight! With Hubert Laws, Claude Bolling, and Bobby McFerrin with Yo Yo Ma. Some bossa nova with Jim Hall and Eriko Ishihara, rumba by Horace Silver. Ella’s live at Budapest, Steven Mayer does improvisations of Art Tatum, and Bobby Watson gives us some “post-Motown bop.” All on Jazz After Dark tonight.  

  • Rosemary Clooney With Bing Crosby
  • Ella Fitzgerald
  • Hubert Laws
  • Bobby Watson
  • Horace Silver
  • Bobby McFerrin with YoYoMa
  • Tommy Flanagan
  • Steven Mayer
  • Eriko Ishihara
  • Jim Hall
  • Claude Bolling