Saturday morning and Teenage Kicks host Jacquie Fuller sums up 2013 in music in three words: estrogen, nostalgia and mania.
Each week, I get at least one great email from a Teenage Kicks listener about a memory that's associated with a particular song. I want to start sharing those memories on air, so this week on Teenage Kicks, I'm launching what I hope will be a regular feature: Music Memory. We'll make the most of freedom by looking at Jake Mohan's memory of "Everybody Wants to Rule the World."
Arcade Fire's new album <i>Reflektor</i> is a 75-minute, two-disc hot mess. And it's a whole lot of fun.
A minor edit turns into an extended remix.
What songs have lyrics so beautiful you'd call them poetry? Teenage Kicks on April 6, 2013 is exploring the poetry of modern rock in honor of National Poetry Month.
Beck's 2012 album was only released as sheet music, but The Current rounded up a collective of local musicians to record it to tape. Tune-in Wednesday, March 6 at 9 p.m. to hear it all.
In 1955, Augie Garcia cut a single, "Hi Yo Silver," which many consider to be Minnesota's first rock and roll record. A year later, he opened for Elvis Presley, and was pulled from the stage by Presley's manager for whipping the crowd into a frenzy.
Ever wonder what kind of tunes some of your favorite writers listen to? I wondered the same thing, and knew I couldn't possibly be the only writer who relied on music for inspiration. I decided to create an occasional show to delve into this very question. This time on "Words and Music," I chat with Dylan Hicks, Ethan Rutherford & Jake Mohan of local band Pennyroyal, and poet Rebecca Lindenberg. We'll hear tracks from Smokey Robinson, Smog, Tortoise, Magnetic Fields, and more.
We can never fully understand the hold some people have on us -- the way some figures loom large in memory and some take on a certain magnetism in the present. Dylan Hicks' debut novel, Boarded Windows, is a tango of sorts, both intellectual and emotional, between a nameless narrator and his shadowy father-figure.
When I think of Nada Surf, I can't help but think of the word "earnest." not only in terms of their heartfelt lyrics, but their striving. This is a band that will always try. If this band were a student, they'd be that moderately-bright kid who consistently delivers B-grade essays, but just isn't cut out for AP.
Ever wonder what kind of tunes some of your favorite writers listen to? Jacquie Fuller wondered the same thing and hunted down a few of her favorite writers. Some cited music as a huge influence, and some turned to it for reasons outside of their writing. Find out with Charles Baxter, Jennifer Egan, Steve Arnold and others like to listen to.
Don't be turned off by the hype, or the way Cults endears itself to American Apparel shoppers and wearers of clip-on feathers. This is a totally solid album, with nary a clunker in the bunch.
What does it mean to be a Minnesota writer? It means obsessing over the sound of the Mississippi River. It means writing about small towns. It means you're a refugee who refused to speak as a child.
These are some of the many ways writers define their relationship to Minnesota. Host Annie Baxter invites you to hear these writers' reflections and their creative works on "Writing Minnesota."
"Collapse Into Now" isn't perfect, or groundbreaking, or even a complete return to form, but it proves that R.E.M. -- in their thirty-first year -- is still capable of making satisfying songs.
Jacquie Fuller chats with Miguel Vargas, musichead and host of KFAI's Radio Pocho. From Richie Valens to Los Lobos and beyond, we'll listen to some really cool tunes, get a mini-history lesson from Miguel, and explore the Mexican-American experience through the lens of popular music.