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250th Episode of Jazz After Dark: November 24th 2015, 8 pm

For the 250th episode of Jazz After Dark I’m serving up an hour of mainstream jazz from the 30’s and 40’s. Swing with Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Fats Waller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Earl Hines, Tommy Dorsey, Glenn Miller, Ella Fitzgerald, and Duke Ellington.  

Live broadcast Tuesday at 8 pm.

Replays Thursday at 11 pm, Friday at midnight, and Saturday at 9 pm.

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Davisville, 11/23/15: A good year for movies heads for a good finish

This week I'm glad to welcome Davis film critic Derrick Bang back to Davisville for our annual end-of-the-year movie show. 2015 has been a good year for movies, he says, and today we get his take on films to see and skip this season, the continuing importance of the Thanksgiving-New Year’s stretch to Hollywood, and the films he considers to be the most unappreciated movies of Christmas.

Album Review: Mariachi El Bronx (III), by Mariachi El Bronx

Mariachi El Bronx is the third self-titled LP by Mariachi El Bronx, the alter ego of LA punk group The Bronx, which formed in 2002. In contrast with their hardcore punk, Mariachi El Bronx plays acoustic instruments in classic Latin style. On their latest album, the group does use some synthesizers and electronic elements but largely stays true to the Latin sound they brought to their first two albums. The singer, Matt Caughthran, is quite good, carrying many of the songs with his smooth voice and vague, thoughtful lyrics. While some of the quieter, low-tempo songs are relaxing and soothing, such as the melancholy "Nothing's Changed," the album is at its best when there is a quick beat and the trumpets blare loud and proud, on songs such as "Wildfire" and the infectious "Raise the Dead." While Mariachi El Bronx isn't for everybody, it is a very fun Mariachi El Bronx album that expands their sound while staying true to their Latin roots.

Dan Dressen visits Listening Lyrics on 11/20/15 at 4:00PM

This weeks show features music from an older generation of songwriters to be performed by Dan Dressen. As a teen in the 1960’s Dan Dressen enjoyed music on the radio.  He started playing guitar around the time when folk music was popular.  But in the 1970’s Dan started to hear singer/song writers who were just starting their music careers and who performed at small local venues, like coffee houses and the like.  It was these lesser known musicians, at that time, that influenced Dan the most, artists such as John Hiatt, Guy Clark, Robin and Linda Williams, Tom Paxton, John Prine, Joni Mitchell, Tom Russell and others.Over the years Dan played guitar mostly for his own enjoyment.  His fans say he does “talking songs” or plays ballads but Dan just likes to play songs that tell stories.In 2011 he started to play for others and now plays at the  “The Local Open Mic Circuit.”   This includes the open mics at RootStock and Steady Eddy’s in Winters and occasionally Sophia’s and Village Homes Performers Circle in Davis.  Not being a song writer himself, he plays covers of songs that he fir

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Shop Local Day
11/28/2015 (All day)
Farmers Market
11/28/2015 -
8:00am to 1:00pm
FARM Workday: Kiwi Trellis Build
11/28/2015 -
10:00am to 12:00pm
A Christmas Carol
11/28/2015 - 2:00pm
NaNoWriMo Write-In
11/28/2015 -
2:00pm to 5:30pm


Jazz After Dark

Live Tuesday 8-9pm
Replays Thursday 11pm-Friday 12am, Saturday 9-10pm


20th-century jazz! Selections from across the decades, from all kinds of jazz. Boogie woogie, blues, ragtime, New Orleans ... lots of cool and West Coast ... bebop, hard bop, soul jazz, straight ahead jazz, bossa nova and Brazilian, some fusion, some big band and swing.... always something by Ella.   Current playlists archived here:


Electric Compost Heap

Live Wednesday 7-9pm
Replays Wednesday 7:30-8:30am, Friday 10pm-Saturday 12am, Saturday 2-4pm


Dug Deep hosts a dig through many sound forms--the obscure detritus of blues, soul, country, rock, reggae, jazz, funk, punk, psych, and more--mixing a rich and fertile musical humus. Tune in to KDRT every Wednesday from 7 to 9 pm. Dig it, Heapsters!

Chambers Street Theatre

Live Thursday 11-11:30am
Replays Wednesday 11-11:30am, Sunday 12-12:30pm


Hear amazing stories from the Golden State, from way back when in the language from way back when, with some stories written by the reader herself! Sit back and enjoy.

A Constant Grin

Live Friday 2-2:30pm
Replays Monday 9-9:30pm, Tuesday 10-10:30am, Friday 6-6:30pm


A 30-minute sampling of indie rock derived from the 1990s and 2000s, fancy subgenres include (but are not limited to): shoegaze, space rock, lo-fi, math rock, dream pop, post-rock, experimental, psychedelic, indie folk, and alternative country. Don't worry--I don't understand what any of those names mean either.

The Folk Brothers

Live Wednesday 10-11am
Replays Sunday 8-9am


We, The Folk Brothers - Brothers Bill and Peter - explore an eclectic range of music from traditional folk of the British Isles and the U.S. as well as contemporary singer/songwriters on both sides of the big pond.  We also present American roots music as well as some lesser known offshoots of it all.  We also enjoy kidding each other, but mainly because mom always like brother Bill more then me.  But then again, his mom never knew me :)

To see playlists, click on "DJ: Peter Folk" and then choose the "Track" tab.