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LIVE DiRT with T Sisters and Kuinka -- Sunday 10/30/16!

Dug Deep hosts a pre-Halloween Americana double-header edition of Live DiRT with the T Sisters and Kuinka (formerly called Ra!!it Wilde)!  Both bands play live in the KDRT studio on Sunday, October 30th, at 4:30 pm, just ahead of their appearance that evening at the Graduate thanks to the Davis Live Music Collective.    

Album of the Week - Lubbock on Everything by Terry Allen -- October 13th 2016

This week's Album of the Week features a classic you may well have never heard of: Lubbock on Everything by Terry Allen and the Panhandle Mystery Band from 1979, a record that has over the years become known as a seminal Americana recording. Lubbock on Everything  is visual artist Terry Allen’s love letter to the hometown that he left the day after he graduated high school and drove out to LA with his wife, artist/writer Jo Harvey Allen. It rocks some, but it swaggers plenty…and jigs…and two-steps. It’s really an autobiographical snapshot of West Texas culture, with a couple of stories about Terry’s early experiences in the bigtime art world tossed in for good measure. Rolling Stone called it one of the most important records of the 1970s. We are pretty sure Terry knew that when he recorded it. The deluxe  reissue treatment is being re-released this week!  

The Lique Live on KDRT!


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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.

Album of the Week - A Divina Comédia ou Ando Meio Desligado by Os Mutantes - Sep 1

Dug Deep hosts this week's edition of Album of the Week, featuring A Divina Comédia ou Ando Meio Desligado, the third album by Brazilian rock band Os Mutantes. The album was originally released in 1970. The title translates to The Divine Comedy or I Am a Bit Disconnected. "I am a bit disconnected" in this sense means "I feel a little spaced out." The album as a whole is characterized by a mix of psychedelic and religious imagery. Os Mutantes were influenced by a blend of 60s rock -- the Ventures to the Beatles, whose Sgt. Pepper expanded their understaning of what recorded music could achieve. Os Mutantes were subversive, fun, poetic, melodic, playful, noisy, and much more. They also became a part of the Tropicalia movement in Brazil, along with Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, and Tom Ze. Tune in Sep 1 at 5 pm PT for a strange musical journey on Album of the Week.  

Album of the Week - Jonathan Segel's "Edgy Not Antsy"


Edgy Not Antsy cover art

Jonathan Segel spent a good deal of his childhood in Davis and is best known for being the violin player in Camper Van Beethoven, but he holds a master's degree in music composition and has a LONG list of collaborations and solo material, much of which is truly exceptional. Tonight we will highlight his 2003 solo release Edgy Not Antsy. It's at different times trippy, minimalist, dreamy, poppy, flourishing, and experimental—and always lots of fun. The songwriting is largly observational, and the subject matter ranges from alienation ("Losing Touch") to "Civil Disobediance" to mindless consumerism ("World of Suckers") with lots of wry humor tossed in. Tune in at 5 pm PT tonight. Dug Deep hosts.

Album of the Week: John Zorn's Naked City


Naked City cover art

In 1990, experimental avant-garde jazz saxaphonist John Zorn released the album Naked City, a fun, schizophrenic and noisy collaboration with Fred Frith, Joey Baron, Yamatsuka Eye, Bill Frisell, and Wayne Horvitz.  Naked City (as the group became known) was about the most far out you could get, and Zorn’s exploration of what he “could come up with given the limitations of the simple sax, guitar, keyboard, bass, drums format” became the pinnacle of avant coolness. The result was a post-modern hybrid that cut up sequences as he saw fit and treated all genres equally: jazz, grindcore, country & western, and much more were allowed to coexist, even in the same song.  The album has 26 cuts, several that clock in at under 30 seconds. Naked City is melodic and dischordant, familiar and unpredictable, sweet and explosive.  

Album of the Week - Camper Van Beethoven's New Roman Times - Thursday, March 17


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This week’s album of the week will be Camper Van Beethoven’s New Roman Times.  A true concept album, New Roman Times was the band’s 2004 reunion/comeback record after having been dormant for 14 years.  The concept was strange (what would you expect from CVB?), but intriguing, involving a plot about a fictional America divided into smaller republics (most notably the secular Republic of California and the Fundamentalist Christian Republic of Texas) that are at war with one another.  The band employs some none-too-disguised political jabs as well as indulges their taste for 1970s-style prog rock, mixed with Middle Eastern melodies and ska-based rhythms...All in all, a very fitting selection for KDRT’s Album of the Week in this very lively election season.  Dug Deep hosts this edition of Album of the Week.

Mardi Gras in the Electric Compost Heap - Weds 2/11 at 7p

Mardi Gras KDRT photo Grapevine and Golden Road DJ Rod joins Dug Deep for a special Mardi Gras program, featuring a stewpot full of New Orleans, including Louis Armstrong, the Meters, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and more, plus a few Mardi Gras Indian and Cajun tunes for seasoning.  Don't forget to mask up...Laissez les bon temps rouler!  

Electric Compost Heap - July 2nd - A Midsummer's Dream

This week on the Electric Compost Heap we will be spinning a midsummer's dream of musical madness, featuring tunes from Wanda Jackson, Lorelle Meets The Obsolete, Roosevelt Sykes and a couple tracks from the new Parquet Courts release, "Sunbathing Animal."  

The Electric Compost Heap is live on KDRT every Wednesday, 7-9 pm PT.
Listen to past shows here.

Barbara Manning's "1212" on Album of the Week

Thursday May 1st at 6 pm on the Album of the Week show, host Dug Deep will spin a masterwork by Barbara Manning from 1997 entitled "1212." The album is something of a collaboration with Joey Burns and John Convertino of Calexico... It features some of Manning's best work mixed with great covered material from Richard Thompson, the Bevis Frond, and more. Join us on Thursday May 1st, Beltane, and enjoy this fiery gem of an album.