Blogs

Bay Area singer songwriter Maurice Tani interviewed on Silver Nine Volt Heart, Jan. 26, 2023

DJ Rodriquez invites you to tune in to Silver Nine Volt Heart from 4-6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 for a live interview with Bay Area musician Maurice Tani. This special broadcast will highlight the sounds from Maurice's new album, All In, on the Little Village Foundation record label.

After a long career playing with legendary Bay Area bands such as The Flamin' Groovies, Big Bang Beat and the Zasu Pitts Memorial Orchestra, Maurice has embarked upon a new trail of solo creativity he calls "Americana, without limits." We will speak to him about his new adventures and his plans for the upcoming live performance at the Thursday Live! concert at the Odd Fellows Hall in Davis on Feb. 2.

Celebrating Jerry Moss, on Listening Lyrics, Jan. 20, 2023

On Jan. 14, 2023, the Music Center in Los Angeles had a celebration concert to honor Jerry Moss. Many artists participated, and today's Listening Lyrics  plays some of their music.

In 1960, Moss moved from New York to Los Angeles, where he teamed up with Herb Alpert, forming Carnival Records in 1962 and running the company from an office in Alpert's garage. Discovering that the name was already taken, they dubbed their new company A&M Records.

In 1987, Moss and Alpert sold A&M to PolyGram Records for a reported $500 million. Both continued to manage the label until 1993, when they left because of frustrations with PolyGram's constant pressure to force the label to fit into its corporate culture. In 1998, Alpert and Moss sued PolyGram for breach of the integrity clause, eventually settling for an additional $200 million.

Last day to get on list for ‘Holidays at the Hall’ CD/download

Today (Monday, Dec. 12) is the last day for donors who give $75 or more during KDRT’s current fund drive to get on the list for the Holidays at the Hall CD/download, our station’s first CD. It’s a great set with local musicians Me & Him, The Muddy Waders, Misner & Smith, Calvin Handy and The Jazz Patrol, and the Davis Klezmer Orchestra.

And thank you to the generous donors who have already supported us this month and on Giving Tuesday! You guys are great!

KDRT presents its first CD project, 'Holidays at the Hall'

KDRT is producing this limited edition CD/digital download as a thank you gift with donations of $75 or more.   

Always a crowd favorite, the Davis Odd Fellows' annual Holiday Show for Thursday Live! each December typically features several diverse local bands, each preparing an imaginative short set of seasonal songs. KDRT's Jim Buchanan often features his live recordings of these shows in his December "Live Tracks" episodes.

This year, KDRT has selected a sampling of these well-loved performances for our first live music CD project as part of our Fall Fundraiser week. Sound Harvest Volume 1 -- Holidays at the Hall contains eight songs ranging from Celtic to Klezmer, jazz to folk.

The bands include Me & Him and The Muddy Waders (who will also perform at this Thursday's Holiday Show Dec. 1) as well as Misner & Smith, Calvin Handy and The Jazz Patrol, and the Davis Klezmer Orchestra. These were recorded 2011-2015, and recently mastered by Foxtail Sound. 

Beneath the Roots – Tree talk from Costa Rica to California

On the first episode of Timeout Radio’s two-part series on reforestation, "Beneath the Roots", you heard about Costa Rica's journey to becoming the first tropical country to reverse deforestation. In the second episode of this series we stayed closer to home – actually right here in the city of Davis – and heard about reforestation efforts in California.

https://kdrt.org/audio/57-beneath-roots-part-1

https://kdrt.org/audio/59-beneath-roots-part-2-0

Tunes and tales to listen to, as you tend to trick-or-treaters tonight

Halloween is here. Need a soundtrack? Check these out these locally produced shows:

https://kdrt.org/audio/davis-music-connections-october-25-2022

https://kdrt.org/audio/15th-annual-constant-grin-halloween-special

https://kdrt.org/audio/live-tracks-oct-27-2022-songs-stories-and-outreac...

https://kdrt.org/audio/sounds-so-sweet-600pm-oct-26th-2022

https://kdrt.org/audio/golden-road-700pm-oct-26th-2022

... or just explore KDRT's schedule, find a style you like, and explore. It's like walking up to a house on Halloween when you're a kid. You don't know exactly what you'll get when you ring that doorbell, but you know it'll be a treat.

Bapu, ballads and ballots: Bapu Vaitla shares music that inspires, on Listening Lyrics, Oct. 28, 2022

Bapu Vaitla, running to represent district 1 on the Davis City Council, will talk about music and share tracks that inspire and galvanize all our efforts towards building a better world this Friday on Listening Lyrics.

From his campaign website: “Bapu Vaitla was born in rural India and spent his childhood in Chicago and Los Angeles. He came to UC Davis for his undergraduate studies, where he forged strong bonds with the social and environmental justice community in town, learning about the power of science to change the world.

"His professional career has been in the global fight against hunger. He earned his PhD at Tufts University, focusing on the politics and economics of hunger, and later did a postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University on climate change and food security. As former chair of the Social Services Commission, he led Davis's groundbreaking public safety reform process, and continues the fight to make affordable housing a policy priority.

Timothy Walker on Listening Lyrics, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 at 4 p.m.

Timothy Walker is a folk musician and singer-songwriter originally from the Atlanta area, but currently residing in Davis as he works on his PhD in English literature. He performs and writes music under the stage name Threadbare, Brother. His first full-length record, When the War is Through, was released in 2011. The album explores the themes of spiritual transformation in the midst of personal grief and uncertainty.

After a long hiatus from performing, he is working on a new set of songs that seek to portray the complexities of queer love, loss, and longing in the aftermath of religious trauma. Visit Timothy at https://threadbarebrother.bandcamp.com

Listen to this program over the air, via streaming on www.kdrt.org, via the show archives, or on most podcast apps under Listening Lyrics.

Paul Smaldino of The Small Dinosaurs to appear on Listening Lyrics, Friday, Aug. 19, 2022, at 4 p.m.

Paul Smaldino is the lead singer of The Small Dinosaurs, a strange band dedicated to singing songs about the little things that matter. Their first album, Household Songs, is entirely about household chores, and is available everywhere on the internet. Their second album, Dad Songs, is due out in 2023. Paul will most likely perform a song or two live in the studio. Listen in, get to know Paul, and lern a bit about little things that matter.

Listen to this program over the air, via streaming on www.kdrt.org, via the show archives, or on most podcast apps under Listening Lyrics.

Favorite songs and why we have them, 4 p.m. this Friday, Aug. 12, on Listening Lyrics

This will be fun. I have asked 6 people I respect to name a favorite song. Any genre, any reason. Their picks are a stunning example of why music moves us.

Listen in as I read their stories and play their selection. You will be moved by the songs.