Minnesota Public Radio features by Steve Seel http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=107 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Sat, 21 Apr 2018 02:42:46 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Steve Seel http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Brian Eno's work speaks to open-minded classical listeners Brian Eno made his primary fame in rock music, but to consider him simply a "rock producer" is one of the biggest mistakes you could make. His influence on subsequent generations of musical free-thinkers in classical, jazz, electronic, and avant-garde music has been incalculable. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/04/13/brian-enos-works-speaks-to-openminded-classical-listeners?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0500 Dominick Argento turns 90 This week Dominick Argento turns 90, and Classical MPR celebrates his life with a special spotlight on his contributions to contemporary classical music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/25/dominic-argento-turns-90?refid=0 Wed, 25 Oct 2017 09:50:00 -0500 Policy and a Pint: Moving Our Mental Health System Forward Policy and a Pint: Moving Our Mental Health System Forward asks what are the barriers to meeting the demand for mental health treatment and supports when parity, funding, and the needed workforce is in short supply? And what can we do about it? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/17/policy-and-a-pint-moving-our-mental-health-system-forward?refid=0 Mon, 17 Oct 2016 10:38:19 -0500 Maya Beiser: the 'reigning queen of the avant-garde cello' Cellist Maya Beiser's passion for staking out new territory in classical music is peerless in the equal respect she gives all the musical genres she brings into her fold. Classical host Steve Seel talked with Beiser about her new CD, 'TranceClassical,' which includes some adventurous interpretations of Bach, rock and more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/06/maya-beiser-the-reigning-queen-of-the-avantgarde-cello?refid=0 Thu, 06 Oct 2016 09:50:00 -0500 Steve Reich at 80: honoring a modern master 'For me, a kid who was into the disparate and non-converging worlds of rock and classical music, Steve Reich represented a merging of practically everything that I loved,' writes classical host Steve Seel. As Steve Reich turns 80, Seel writes about Reich's influence on himself and ' legions upon legions of musical grandchildren.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/10/03/steve-reich-at-80-honoring-a-modern-master?refid=0 Mon, 03 Oct 2016 06:30:00 -0500 Policy and a Pint®: Next Generation Leaders For Policy and a Pint: Next Generation Leaders, host Steve Seel is joined by young Minnesotans in public office for a lively discussion about why they decided to serve, what they have learned and why it is more important now than ever that young people step in to be the voices that will shape Minnesota's future. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/02/policy-and-a-pint-next-generation-leaders?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2016 12:00:00 -0500 Steven Mackey: transformed by Beethoven Steven Mackey was a virtuosic electric guitarist who couldn't read music -- until he was transformed on hearing a Beethoven string quartet. Now hailed as one of modern classical's most exciting composers, Mackey spoke to Steve Seel ahead of the world premiere of Mackey's 'Orpheus Unsung'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/09/steven-mackey-transformed-by-beethoven?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jun 2016 16:30:00 -0500 Policy and a Pint®: Water, Water Everywhere, But... Policy and a Pint: Water, Water Everywhere, But... asks, what is the state of water in the Twin Cities? Host Steve Seel is joined by guest panelists for a lively discussion about what each of us can do in our own community to improve the odds that clean, abundant fresh water will continue to buoy our quality of life. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/11/policy-and-a-pint-water-everywhere-but?refid=0 Wed, 11 May 2016 09:22:13 -0500 Policy and a Pint®: Where's the Party? Policy and a Pint: Using Technology to Solve Community Problems asks, what makes Minnesotans connect across an ever-growing virtual space? Host Steve Seel is joined by guest panelists for a lively discussion about tackling systemic challenges like homelessness and creating better public services through technology. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/24/policy-and-a-pink-where-s-the-party?refid=0 Thu, 24 Mar 2016 12:55:33 -0500 Policy and a Pint®: Using Technology to Solve Community Problems Policy and a Pint: Using Technology to Solve Community Problems asks, what makes Minnesotans connect across an ever-growing virtual space? Host Steve Seel is joined by guest panelists for a lively discussion about tackling systemic challenges like homelessness and creating better public services through technology. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/02/21/policy-and-a-pint-using-technology-to-solve-community-problems?refid=0 Sun, 21 Feb 2016 10:00:18 -0600 Derek Bermel embraces all types of music Composer Derek Bermel boasts an impressive list of musical inspirations, making him one of today's most celebrated modern composers. Bermel spoke to Classical MPR's Steve Seel ahead of their Music in the Making conversation at the Amsterdam Bar and Hall in St. Paul on Wednesday, Jan. 20. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/19/derek-bermel-embraces-all-types-of-music?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jan 2016 15:20:00 -0600 Policy and a Pint&reg;: Authenticity and the Search for 'Real' in Politics Policy and a Pint: Authenticity and the Search for "Real" in Politics asks, what are the most important qualities in a presidential candidate? voters seem to be demanding that candidates are who they say they are, that they "level" with the American people. Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders have little in common, but they are both striking a chord with voters. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/05/policy-and-a-pint-authenticity-search-for-real-in-politics?refid=0 Thu, 05 Nov 2015 13:00:00 -0600 Music in the Making Launches November 4th The next season of Music in the Making (formerly Composer Conversations) kicks off November 4, 7 p.m. in the UBS Forum! Classical MPR's Steve Seel hosts a discussion with composer Michael Hersch and violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/29/music-in-the-making?refid=0 Thu, 29 Oct 2015 15:20:00 -0500 Laura Marling performs in The Current studio Ahead of her performance at the second annual Festival Palomino, Laura Marling stopped by The Current to perform live in-studio and to chat with host Steve Seel about her latest album <em>Short Movie</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/22/laura-marling-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:30:00 -0500 A letter from Steve Seel Steve Seel shares a note with listeners ahead of his return to the airwaves in a new role, beginning the week of June 8. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/05/letter-steve-seel?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2015 14:55:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: 21st-Century Local Women For this Friday of Women's History Month, we're looking at the Minnesota women who have been the beneficiaries of all the great musical innovators and influencers who came before them. For today's Coffee Break, what Minnesota women in music from the year 2000 to the present would you like to hear? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/13/930-coffee-break-21stcentury-local-women?refid=0 Fri, 13 Mar 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Selfie Songs As the popular selfie stick is getting banned from a growing list of museums and cultural venues around the world, we're wondering what songs you'd like to hear with 'me' or 'I' in the title. Tell us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/12/930-coffee-break-selfie-songs?refid=0 Thu, 12 Mar 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Rock the Garden Moments As we announce the lineup for Rock the Garden 2015, it's impossible not to think back on great moments from Rock the Garden festivals past. For today's Coffee Break, what bands from past Rock the Garden lineups would you like to hear? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/10/930-coffee-break-rock-the-garden-moments?refid=0 Tue, 10 Mar 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Songs for Selma Yesterday, an estimated 70,000 people -- including The Current's Derrick Stevens -- marched across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Alabama to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Selma-to-Montgomery march. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs that capture the spirit of civil rights and equality do you want to hear? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/09/930-coffee-break-songs-for-selma?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Hot Fire When a server in a restaurant cautions that the plate is hot, we should all take those words seriously. To help us remember that, what songs containing the words "hot," "fire" or "burn" do you want to hear? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/06/930-coffee-break-hot-fire?refid=0 Fri, 06 Mar 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Runaway Hits Inspired by llamas on the lam, we're thinking about songs having to do with running and running away. What songs about being on the run do you want to hear? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/27/930-coffee-break-runaway-hits?refid=0 Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Songs by Johnny Cash Johnny Cash was born on this date in 1932, and he went on to record 96 albums over the course of his nearly 50-year career in music. For today's Coffee Break, what songs by Johnny Cash do you want to hear? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/26/930-coffee-break-johnny-cash-songs?refid=0 Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Visual Spectacle After last night's Flaming Lips show at First Avenue, we're thinking about bands who put on a full sensory experience during their concerts. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs would you like to hear by bands who are known for visual spectacle at their live shows? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/25/930-coffee-break-visual-spectacle?refid=0 Wed, 25 Feb 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Led Zeppelin's Legacy On the 40th anniversary of the release of Led Zeppelin's 'Physical Graffiti', for today's Coffee Break, we're asking you which songs by bands or artists influenced by Led Zeppelin do you want to hear? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/24/930-coffee-break-led-zeppelins-legacy?refid=0 Tue, 24 Feb 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Rocking Redheads Last night at the Oscars, Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne took home the trophies for Best Actress and Best Actor, respectively. Each has a ruddy complexion and ginger hair. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs by musicians with red hair would you like to hear? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/23/930-coffee-break-rocking-redheads?refid=0 Mon, 23 Feb 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Wes Anderson movie music Wes Anderson's 'The Grand Budapest Hotel' has been nominated for nine Academy Awards. The maker of such films as 'Rushmore', 'The Royal Tenenbaums' and 'The Darjeeling Limited', Anderson has always used music in his storytelling. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what music from Wes Anderson films would you like to hear? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/20/930-coffee-break-wes-anderson-movie-music?refid=0 Fri, 20 Feb 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Lunar New Year Feburary 19 is the Lunar New Year, and celebrations spread across China and much of the world in honor of it. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're asking, what songs would you like to hear that mention or are about the moon? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/19/930-coffee-break-lunar-new-year?refid=0 Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Musicians who have written kids' books Pharrell Williams has signed an agreement to write a series of children's books, but it turns out he's not the first musician to venture into authorship for kids. So for today's Coffee Break, we're asking: What songs would you like to hear by musicians who have written books for children? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/18/930-coffee-break-musicians-who-have-written-kids-books?refid=0 Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Song titles for conversation hearts For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, Jeanne from Cinnaminson, N.J., had an idea that's perfect for the day before Valentine's Day: song titles that can fit on those pastel-colored candy hearts. What songs with two- or three-word titles would you like to hear? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/13/930-coffee-break-song-titles-for-conversation-hearts?refid=0 Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Songs for Jon Stewart One of the big stories from the world of media and entertainment this week is the news that Jon Stewart will be leaving Comedy Central's 'The Daily Show' after 17 years as its host. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs would you play for Jon Stewart? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/12/930-coffee-break-songs-for-jon-stewart?refid=0 Thu, 12 Feb 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Eaux Claires festival artists For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're thinking about the just-announced lineup for the Eaux Claires Music Festival, scheduled for July 17 and 18. It's a massive lineup, so we're wondering: Which of these artists would you like to hear this morning? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/11/930-coffee-break-eaux-claires-music-festival-artists?refid=0 Wed, 11 Feb 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Songs about Technology If our machines are actually listening to us, what songs do you think they'd like to hear? For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're asking for songs that reference technology. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/10/930-coffee-break-songs-about-technology?refid=0 Tue, 10 Feb 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Significant artists who have never won Grammys Today we've been talking about last night's Grammy Awards, but it turns out there are a number of influential artists who have never received the award. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're asking: Which artists would you like to hear who you think deserve a Grammy but have never won one? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/09/930-coffee-break-significant-artists-who-have-never-won-grammys?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 08:35:00 -0600 Musician Chris Thile subs for Keillor on APHC He's known for his work in the bands Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers. Saturday, Thile is filling in for Garrison Keillor as host of "A Prairie Home Companion." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2015/02/07/thile?refid=0 Sat, 07 Feb 2015 10:44:16 -0600 Interview: Chris Thile, fill-in host on 'Prairie Home' this weekend Known for his work in the bands Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, and in projects with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, musician Chris Thile is stepping into new territory this weekend and next when he fills in for Garrison Keillor as host of 'A Prairie Home Companion'. "As long as I can avoid 20 minutes of dead air," Thile tells MPR's Steve Seel, "I'll consider it to be something of a success." Listen to the complete interview. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/06/interview-chris-thile-cmpr?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 10:20:00 -0600 Interview: Chris Thile Known for his work in the bands Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, musician Chris Thile is stepping into new territory this weekend and next when he fills in for Garrison Keillor as host of 'A Prairie Home Companion'. "As long as I can avoid 20 minutes of dead air," Thile tells The Current's Steve Seel, "I'll consider it to be something of a success." Listen to the complete interview. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/06/interview-chris-thile?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 08:50:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Grammy Nominees For today's Coffee Break, we're thinking about the Grammys, coming up this Sunday. In particular, we're thinking of the nominees for Best Alternative Music Album. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we want to know, which songs best represent these albums? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/06/930-coffee-break-grammy-nominees?refid=0 Fri, 06 Feb 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Parks For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're inspired by today's Member Drive thank-you gift, a Minnesota State Parks pass. So we'd like to know, what songs would you like to hear that mention "park" or "parks" or describe the great outdoors? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/05/930-coffee-break-parks?refid=0 Thu, 05 Feb 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Vinyl in Song For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we thought we'd celebrate the beauty of the spinning musical platter with songs that make reference to records in some way, shape or form. So, what songs mentioning records should we play for the 9:30 Coffee Break? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/04/930-coffee-break-vinyl-in-song?refid=0 Wed, 04 Feb 2015 08:35:00 -0600 Policy and a Pint&reg;: Bikes, Buses and Beyond At Policy and a Pint: <em>Bikes, Buses and Beyond</em>, looks at how our region is adapting to the changing needs and desires of residents in both urban and rural areas with regards to mass transit, ride share, biking culture and that mainstay of American transportation: the mighty car. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/02/policy-and-a-pint-bikes-buses-beyond?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2015 10:50:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Groundhog Day Today we're thinking about Punxatawney Phil, who saw his shadow and thus ensured six more weeks of winter. Groundhog Day isn't a holiday where banks and post offices are closed, but what songs do you think would be appropriate for a Groundhog Day set? Let us know for today's 9:30 Coffee Break. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/02/930-coffee-break?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2015 08:35:00 -0600 Album Review: Bjork, 'Vulnicura' Bjork has described 'Vulnicura' as an account of pain that simply had to be given expression. Such a statement may be thought grandiose if spoken by a lesser artist; for Bjork, however, it rings as completely genuine. This is an artist who may have earned a position as musical spokesperson for humanity to the universe. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/02/album-review-bjork-vulnicura?refid=0 Mon, 02 Feb 2015 00:01:00 -0600 INTERVIEW: Open Mike Eagle Ahead of a live taping of his Infinite Guest podcast, 'Secret Skin', tonight at MPR's Forum, hip-hop artist and writer Open Mike Eagle spoke with Steve Seel on The Current's Morning Show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/30/interview-open-mike-eagle?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:10:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Songs with 'Whoa' With the prevalence of "whoa-oh-oh's" in today's pop music, we thought we'd ask: Are there other songs that use the "whoa" to great effect but aren't specifically part of the current wave of pop tunes? Give us some ideas for "whoa" songs that are a little different for today's 9:30 Coffee Break. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/30/930-coffee-break-songs-with-whoa?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Who would you book for Super Bowl halftime? Today's 9:30 Coffee Break is all about the Super Bowl halftime. In an alternate universe -- where massive, million-selling, mainstream pop culture familiarity and success weren't the prerequisites -- what bands or artists would simply make amazing, awesome Super Bowl halftime performers, purely by virtue of their awesomeness? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/29/930-coffee-break-?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Bands that are Reuniting 2015 is starting to feel like the "year of the reunion" for a lot of bands who haven't recorded or toured in a while. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, which bands reuniting in 2015 would you like to hear? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/28/coffee-break?refid=0 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 08:35:00 -0600 #Current10 Memories: Jill Riley and Steve Seel As part of our #Current10 celebrations, many of the staff at The Current are sharing their favorite memories. Morning Show co-hosts Jill Riley and Steve Seel have fond memories of Janelle Monae, their first week as a team, and a random dancing five-year-old. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/20/current10-memories-jill-riley-steve-seel?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jan 2015 05:45:00 -0600 Policy and a Pint&reg;: How are we taking care of Mom? As baby boomers reach retirement and beyond, younger generations will need to think about the care of their aging parents. Policy and a Pint: <em>How are we taking care of Mom?</em> looks at how the changing demographics are shaping how we think about aging in the 21st century. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/03/policy-and-a-pint-how-are-we-taking-care-of-mom?refid=0 Wed, 03 Dec 2014 10:50:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Songs from Concept Albums What songs from concept albums do you want to hear for today's coffee break? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/01/coffee-break?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 08:30:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Steve Seel, host Host Steve Seel shares his top 10 songs of 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/01/top-89-staff-picks-steve-seel?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Planes, Trains and Automobiles With travel on the minds of many of us, we thought we'd have a travel tie-in for today's 9:30 Coffee Break. What songs with planes, trains or automobiles do you want to hear for today's Coffee Break? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/26/coffee-break-planes-trains-automobiles?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2014 08:30:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: The Band As Collective What songs do you want to hear from bands whose name is a collective/unit/project/outfit for today's coffee break? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/25/coffee-break-collective?refid=0 Tue, 25 Nov 2014 08:30:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Easy If you're lucky to be working only a three-day week this week, then admit it, you might not be planning to put in a whole lot of effort at your job over the next three days. So how about an 'easy' coffee break? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/24/coffee-break-easy?refid=0 Mon, 24 Nov 2014 08:30:00 -0600 Stars perform in The Current studio Montreal band Stars have released their seventh album, but on their most recent visit to The Current, they opened the in-studio set by covering "Here Comes a Regular" by the Replacements. "It is one of the greatest sad songs ever written," says Stars' vocalist Torquil Campbell. Check out the full session. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/21/stars-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 07:20:00 -0600 Comedian Hari Kondabolu on 'Waiting for 2042', Weezer and Burger King Before making his <a href="http://www.witsradio.org/episodes/kondabolu-ok-go/">Wits debut tonight at the Fitzgerald Theatre with musical guest OK Go</a>, stand-up comedian Hari Kondabolu sat down to chat with Steve Seel of The Current's Morning show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/14/interview-hari-kondabolu?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 07:20:00 -0600 The Preatures perform in The Current studio After playing a show at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis, Sydney-based band The Preatures stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs off their album, 'Blue Planet Eyes', and to talk to Steve Seel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/17/the-preatures-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 17 Oct 2014 07:20:00 -0500 'This is the end': Steve Seel recaps the Replacements' last show At the Austin City Limits Festival on Sunday, Oct. 12, Steve Seel attended what may well be the very last Replacements' gig ever. Read and listen to his recap of the historic show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/15/this-is-the-end-steve-seel-recaps-the-replacements-last-show?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2014 12:50:00 -0500 Policy and a Pint&reg;: Behind the Spin Do you ever wonder why politicians running for office do exactly what they do, say exactly what they say? Steve Seel hosted a Policy and a Pint conversation in September with a couple of actual, real-live political spin-doctors and our audience at the the Amsterdam Bar and Hall to get to the bottom of the spin inherent in political messaging. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/13/policy-and-a-pint-behind-the-spin?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2014 14:00:00 -0500 Live Current Volume 10 cover artist Jesse Lindhorst Minneapolis graphic designer and illustrator Jesse Lindhorst was selected to create the artwork for Live Current Volume 10. Lindhorst talks with the Morning Show about his process and inspiration. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/24/live-current-volume-10-artist-jesse-lindhorst?refid=0 Thu, 25 Sep 2014 07:25:00 -0500 Album Review: Morrissey, 'World Peace Is None of Your Business' Morrissey is a man with high purpose, albeit one with the darkest of gallows humor. As usual in Morrissey's world, we get a real problem answered with melodrama. But wait. Isn't high art often just as melodramatic? Morrissey is indeed in league with the likes of operatic masters. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/11/album-review-morrissey-world-peace-is-none-of-your-business?refid=0 Mon, 11 Aug 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Weekend Arts Roundup: 3 playful things to do this weekend Marianne Combs joins The Morning Show to talk about the fun and playful weekend activities happening in the Twin Cities from July 17-21. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/17/weekend-arts-roundup?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jul 2014 08:03:06 -0500 Kaiser Chiefs perform in The Current's studio On tour supporting their fifth studio album, 'Education, Education, Education & War', Kaiser Chiefs stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs and to chat with Steve Seel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/20/kaiser-chiefs-perform-in-the-current-s-studio?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:20:00 -0500 Bob Mould performs in The Current studio Celebrating the release of his new album, 'Beauty & Ruin', and in town for a special appearance on 'Wits', Bob Mould stopped in to The Current's studio to play songs and to talk to Steve Seel about how the new album came together. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/13/bob-mould-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:20:00 -0500 Policy and a Pint&reg;: Unlearning Our Notions About Higher Education As students graduate and the school year comes to a close, it's worth asking: what if most of our assumptions about "higher education" are wrong? Our notions of who needs higher education, what types of skills are needed, and how this learning should be provided are becoming outdated. In the midst of this unprecedented change, are students truly being prepared for what Minnesota needs in the future? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/05/policy-and-a-pint-unlearning-our-notions-about-higher-education?refid=0 Thu, 29 May 2014 17:30:00 -0500 Interview: Lizzo on joining the Rock the Garden lineup After a whirlwind weekend, Lizzo stopped by The Current's studio to talk with The Morning Show about joining the 2014 Rock the Garden lineup. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/27/lizzo-to-open-rock-the-garden?refid=0 Wed, 28 May 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Policy and a Pint&reg;: Bringing Back the Bees There's a growing threat that, if we fail to act, could profoundly affect our lives. Like many species, bees and other insect pollinators are facing environmental challenges -- the biggest of which is loss of native habitat -- that jeopardize their very existence. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/30/policy-and-a-pint-bringing-back-the-bees?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0500 Interview: Andy Summers and Rob Giles of Circa Zero When you say the name Andy Summers, most people think of The Police, but this iconic guitarist continues to be creative. Steve Seel talks to Summers and his bandmate Rob Giles about their new project, Circa Zero. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/04/interview-andy-summers-and-rob-giles-of-circa-zero?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 08:55:00 -0500 Dum Dum Girls perform in The Current studio Fresh off playing a gig at the Triple Rock in Minneapolis, the Dum Dum Girls stopped in to The Current's studio to play a few songs and to talk to Steve Seel about their recent short-film project, their influences and their most recent album, 'Too True'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/04/dum-dum-girls-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 04 Apr 2014 07:20:00 -0500 S. Carey performs in The Current studio S. Carey -- well known for his percussion work with Bon Iver --stopped in to The Current's studio for a chat with Steve Seel and to play some solo-piano arrangements of tunes off his brand-new album, 'Range of Light', which gets released today. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/01/s-carey-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:20:00 -0500 Jeremy Messersmith performs live in The Forum Just before packing up the van to drive to Austin, Texas, Jeremy Messersmith and his bandmates played an exclusive show in The Forum at Minnesota Public Radio and chatted with The Current Morning Show's Steve Seel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/21/jeremy-messersmith-performs-live-in-the-forum?refid=0 Fri, 21 Mar 2014 07:20:00 -0500 Album Review: Beck, 'Morning Phase' Billed as a sequel to his 2002 release, 'Sea Change', Beck's new album, 'Morning Phase' has a heavier gravity to it, writes Steve Seel. Beck's pensiveness is more reflective, his sadness somehow more informed. And the result is an extremely rewarding experience. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/24/album-review-beck-morning-phase?refid=0 Mon, 24 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks perform in The Current's studio Stephen Malkmus -- who helped define the indie sound of the '90s with the band, Pavement -- continues his enduring career with his band, The Jicks. Stephen Malkmus and The Jicks stopped by The Current's studio to play a few tunes off their new album, 'Wig Out at Jagbags', and to talk with Steve Seel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/19/stephen-malkmus-and-the-jicks-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Wed, 19 Feb 2014 07:20:00 -0600 Album Review: Nick Lowe, 'Quality Street' When Nick Lowe was first approached by his record company to write a Christmas album, he balked. So, he gave himself an assignment: come up with a Christmas album he would be proud to put his name on. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/23/album-review-nick-lowe-quality-street?refid=0 Mon, 23 Dec 2013 00:01:00 -0600 Interview: Nick Lowe One of the most respected performers, songwriters and producers in music over the past 40 years, Nick Lowe, has recently released a holiday album, <i>Quality Street</i>. Joining The Current's Steve Seel by telephone, Lowe talks about the new album and about how his initial hesitation turned to enthusiasm. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/20/interview-nick-lowe?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 08:50:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Steve Seel, Host Morning Show cohost Steve Seel's picks for the best of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/02/top-89-steve-seel?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:22:40 -0600 Interview with Moby Following the release of his 11th studio album, <i>Innocents</i>, Moby chats with The Current's Steve Seel. During the conversation, Moby talks about what it's like to make music in 2013, how he came to collaborate with Wayne Coyne and why he decided to move from New York to Los Angeles. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/22/interview-with-moby?refid=0 Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:20:00 -0600 Interview: Radio Heartland 5th Anniversary Steve Seel and Jill Riley talk to Radio Heartland's program director Mike Pengra about the music on Radio Heartland and about a five-year anniversary party scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the Aster Cafe in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/11/interview-radio-heartland-5th-anniversary?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:34:00 -0600 Theft of the Dial: Neko Case Neko Case came by The Current studios with a hand-picked playlist for a Theft of the Dial and chatted with Steve Seel of The Current's Morning Show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/08/neko-case-totd?refid=0 Fri, 08 Nov 2013 07:20:00 -0600 Interview: The Walker's Philip Bither talks Liquid Music Series Philip Bither, curator of performing arts at The Walker Art Center, stopped by our studios to chat with Steve Seel of The Current's Morning Show about the Jherek Bischoff: Composed. This experimental music show happens tonight, Oct. 18, at the Fitzgerald Theater, and it features Sondre Lerche, Channy Leaneagh of Poli&#231;a and other musicians &#151; a perfect spectacle for musical omnivores. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/18/liquid-music-series-philip-bither-interview?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 08:55:00 -0500 Interview: Chris Kluwe Steve Seel and Jill Riley talk to their favorite punter about his NFL career, about his writing and music pursuits, and about what's annoying him right now. Kluwe is part of the cast in tonight's <i>Wits</i> season premiere. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/17/interview-chris-kluwe?refid=0 Thu, 17 Oct 2013 07:20:00 -0500 Interview: John Oliver of The Daily Show Comedian John Oliver took time off from filming <em>The Daily Show</em> and <em>Community</em> to have a lighthearted chat with Steve Seel of The Current's Morning Show about the latest news in Washington, D.C., about filling in for Jon Stewart over the summer and about his show at the State Theater on Saturday, Oct. 12. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/11/john-oliver-interview?refid=0 Fri, 11 Oct 2013 07:30:00 -0500 Polica perform an intimate live show in the UBS Forum Before heading out on an extensive tour in support of their second record <em>Shulamith</em>, Polica stopped by The Current to perform before a small live audience in Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. Between songs, frontwoman Channy Leaneagh talked to Jill Riley and Steve Seel from The Current's Morning Show about the new album, the story behind its album art and how it relates to the cycle of a woman. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/09/polica-ubs-forum-live?refid=0 Wed, 09 Oct 2013 07:20:00 -0500 Iron & Wine performs live in The Current studios Iron & Wine (Sam Beam) stopped in The Current studios to play a few songs off his latest, <em>Ghost on Ghost</em>, and chatted with The Morning Show's Steve Seel about having a soft spot for heavy metal, his difficulty memorizing a decade's worth of lyrics, and what made recording <em>Ghost on Ghost</em> so unique. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/19/iron-and-wine-live?refid=0 Thu, 19 Sep 2013 07:20:00 -0500 Album Review: Neko Case, 'The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You' Neko Case has taken the voice of everything from animals to tornadoes in her songs. On her new album, the ambitiously titled <i>The Worse Things Get, The Harder I Fight, The Harder I Fight, The More I Love You</i>, you get the sense that, for a change, she just might be singing in the voice of Neko Case. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/02/album-review-neko-case-the-worse-things-get-the-harder-i-fight-the-harder-i-fight-the-mor?refid=0 Mon, 02 Sep 2013 00:01:00 -0500 Interview: Paul McCartney Paul McCartney has released a new single, the appropriately titled "New," and it's coming out ahead of his upcoming album, which is set to release in the U.S. on Oct. 15. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/30/interview-paul-mccartney?refid=0 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 08:31:00 -0500 The Suburbs perform live in The Current's studios Thanks to Kickstarter and a creative surge on the part of the band members, The Suburbs have just released a new album, <i>Si Sauvage</i>, their first in 27 years. The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley sat down with the Suburbs to talk about the band's past, present and future, and to hear some songs off the new record. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/30/the-suburbs-perform-live-in-the-currents-studios?refid=0 Fri, 30 Aug 2013 07:22:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Josh Hartnett, State Fair Edition Actor and Twin Cities native Josh Hartnett stopped by the MPR booth during The Current's Morning Show live broadcast from the Minnesota State Fair. Hartnett picks some songs for summer, talks about his upcoming projects and describes what he loves about Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/23/theft-of-the-dial-josh-hartnett-state-fair-edition?refid=0 Fri, 23 Aug 2013 10:53:13 -0500 Laura Marling performs an intimate show in the UBS Forum Ahead of her first US tour date in support of <em>Once I Was an Eagle</em> at the Women's Club in Minneapolis, Laura Marling stopped by to play songs off her latest album in Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. Between songs, Marling talked to Steve Seel of The Current's Morning Show about Patty Smith, Greek mythology, and playing with an orchestra at the BBC Proms. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/19/laura-marling-live?refid=0 Mon, 19 Aug 2013 07:20:00 -0500 Policy and a Pint: Uncivil Discourse - Comment Sections in the Digital Age If you're a reader of comments sections on websites, you know they can be places where all kinds of speech flies freely: balanced comments, nasty comments, and -- some would say -- irresponsible comments. We tout the Web as the great democratizer, but are comments sections curated op-ed spaces or totally open free-for-alls? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/14/policy-pint-uncivil-discourse?refid=0 Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:47:22 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Chris Walla Chris Walla is a (here we go) musician-producer-studio owner-songwriter-label founder-music mogul. He plays guitar in Death Cab for Cutie, produces records for artists like Nada Surf and Tegan & Sara, and recently created his own label, Trans Records. He recently stopped by The Current studios for a Theft of the Dial with The Morning Show's Steve Seel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/02/chris-walla-totd?refid=0 Fri, 02 Aug 2013 07:20:00 -0500 'Greatest Living Creature' John Grant performs live in The Current studios John Grant came to The Current studios to record a few tracks and chatted with The Morning Show's Steve Seel about living in Iceland, getting sober, and a life-changing love lost. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/28/john-grant-live?refid=0 Fri, 28 Jun 2013 08:30:00 -0500 Cutting-edge UK producer/singer James Blake performs at The Current Just a few years ago, James Blake was a precocious and talented young electronic producer dabbling in the UK's vast, eclectic, fast-moving and amorphous "post-dubstep" scene. Shortly thereafter, he began recording vocals over his own productions, swerving out of the dance music scene and into the vanguard of indie electro-pop with a wounded cyber-soul sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/03/james-blake?refid=0 Fri, 03 May 2013 07:30:00 -0500 Album Review: Iron and Wine - Ghost on Ghost When last we checked in on Iron and Wine, Sam Beam was demonstrating just how far he'd come from his early lo-fi days with 'Kiss Each Other Clean,' a record that I described at the time as Beam's grown-up answer to Brian Wilson's desire to sculpt "teenage symphonies to God." Beam's follow-up brings that process full circle and turn the tricks back around in the service of "the song" -- and I'm pretty much ready to proclaim 'Ghost On Ghost' one of the best records of the year http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/29/album-review-iron-and-wine--ghost-on-ghost?refid=0 Mon, 29 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Kristen Schaal You may know Kristen Schaal from her role on <em>Flight of the Conchords</em>, her stint as a <em>Daily Show</em> contributor, or her recurring appearances on <em>30 Rock</em>, <em>Bob's Burgers</em> and <em>Gravity Falls</em>. It turns out she's something of a musichead, too&mdash;while in town for Wits recently, Schaal stopped by The Current studio to chat with the Morning Show and take over airwaves to play a handful of her favorite songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/25/kristen-schaal-totd?refid=0 Thu, 25 Apr 2013 07:30:00 -0500 A long-lost in-studio performance from indie luminaries Vampire Weekend Vampire Weekend are due to return with a third album in just a couple of weeks, and just in time, we've unearthed a long-lost and never-aired in-studio performance that the quartet recorded for us back in the spring of 2010! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/11/vampire-weekend?refid=0 Thu, 11 Apr 2013 12:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Mayor R.T. Rybak Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, due to wrap up his third and final term at the end of this year, has become a widely beloved figure. When he stopped by The Current studio to take over our airwaves, it wasn't the first time he's shown love to the station, but it was perhaps the most fun and in-depth opportunity we've had to get him involved in what we do here at The Current http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/05/rt-rybak-totd?refid=0 Fri, 05 Apr 2013 07:30:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Paula Poundstone While she was in town for Wits&trade;, The Current Morning Show was happy to welcome Paula Poundstone into our studio to chat with the hosts and take over our airwaves for a little bit, playing some of her favorite tunes for another edition of Theft of the Dial. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/29/theft-of-the-dial-paula-poundstone?refid=0 Tue, 26 Mar 2013 07:30:00 -0500 Tegan & Sara return to The Current for a great performance Canadian twin-sister duo Tegan and Sara are one of indie-pop's most celebrated acts, having released seven full-length albums over nearly two decades as musical collaborators. They've also been longtime Current favorites, and returned to The Current for the third time for a chat with The Morning Show's Steve Seel and Jill Riley and a performance. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/07/tegan-and-sara?refid=0 Thu, 07 Mar 2013 07:30:00 -0600 Miles Davis: Giant of jazz Any conversation about the giants of 20th century music is incomplete without acknowledging Miles Davis' massive innovations and huge impact on the art form. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/25/miles-davis?refid=0 Mon, 25 Feb 2013 06:00:00 -0600 Theft of the Dial: Nada Surf Nada Surf has performed in The Current studio several times, but the alt-rock band brought their record collections instead of their instruments as they hijack the airwaves to share their hand-picked playlist. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/21/nada-surf-theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Fri, 21 Dec 2012 07:00:00 -0600 Andrew Bird performs in The Current studio 2012 saw not one but two releases from prolific, Chicago-based indie-pop singer-songwriter Andrew Bird. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/17/andrew-bird?refid=0 Mon, 17 Dec 2012 07:30:00 -0600 Theft of the Dial: Dave Foley While in town to perform at Wits, comedian, writer and actor Dave Foley stopped by The Current to hijack our airwaves and spin some yarns about his favorite tunes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/15/dave-foley-theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 07:00:00 -0600 Random Vinyl: The Youngbloods - The Youngbloods (1967) The Youngbloods are best known for their hit version of "Get Together" (c'mon people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another right now.) If you dig a little deeper into this record, past the hit single, you'll hear more of a sound reminiscent of The Byrds and The Lovin' Spoonful. We played the side one, track one, Youngbloods original "Grizzely Bear." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/15/random-vinyl?refid=0 Thu, 15 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Random Vinyl: Jefferson Starship - Red Octopus (1975) This record represents that mid-point between the era of Jefferson Airplane and the band's evolution (or devolution) to Starship. This record still had some of the original members of Jefferson Airplane; Paul Kantner, Marty Balin and Grace Slick) and had the big hit "Miracles." Jill can guarantee at least 5 copies are available in each and every record across the country. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/14/random-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 14 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Random Vinyl: Jerry Lee Lewis - The Killer Rocks On (1972) Jerry Lee Lewis scored his biggest hits in the 50's with song like "Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On" and "Great Balls of Fire." The scandal surrounding his marriage to his teenage cousin almost destroyed his music career, but he was able to reinvent himself in the later 60's and 70's as a country act. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/13/random-vinyl?refid=0 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Random Vinyl: Creedence Clearwater Revival - Green River (1969) This is an all around solid record from CCR, with some of their best known songs "Green River," "Bad Moon Rising," and "Lodi." Rolling Stone ranked this album #95 on their 2003 list of the greatest albums of all time. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/12/random-vinyl?refid=0 Mon, 12 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Random Vinyl: Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive! (1976) Frampton's live double album that forever linked his name to the talk box. The big hits from this record are "Show Me the Way," "Baby, I Love Your Way," and "Do You Feel Like We Do." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/09/random-vinyl?refid=0 Fri, 09 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Eating and Drinking with Rachel Hutton: Fish Jello Minnesota Monthly's food editor Rachel Hutton joins the Current's Morning Show to talk about the latest trends in the Minnesota dining scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/08/rachel_hutton_lutefisk?refid=0 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Random Vinyl: Steely Dan - Aja (1977) Steely Dan's best-selling album, "Aja" was a tour-de-force of session musician virtuosity, with no fewer than 36 guest master-players appearing on its seven tracks. For whatever reason, Steely Dan remains vastly unhip with contemporary cool kids (Too slick? Too smooth?), so that ostensibly makes it a guilty pleasure today. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/08/random-vinyl?refid=0 Thu, 08 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Random Vinyl: Cinderella - Long Cold Winter (1988) This week on Random Vinyl it's guilty pleasure week! 80's glam rock band Cinderella was featured with "Gypsy Road." The other big hit from this album was "Don't Know What You Got (Till It's Gone)." Jill can't decide if she felt more guilt than pleasure when grabbing this from the "home use only" shelf this morning. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/07/random-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 07 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Random Vinyl: Yes - The Yes Album (1971) Steve's first submission for Guilty Pleasures Week comes from the often scorned genre of prog rock. Yes' "The Yes Album" was the band's breakthrough, containing hits like "Starship Trooper" and "Yours Is No Disgrace." Steve selected "I've Seen All Good People." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/06/random-vinyl?refid=0 Tue, 06 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Random Vinyl: Madonna - True Blue (1986) Madonna just performed in the Twin Cities for the first time since 1987. To celebrate, we played "Open Your Heart," one of Madonna's best pop songs from the 80's. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/05/random-vinyl?refid=0 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Random Vinyl: Ric Ocasek - Beatitude (1982) The Cars' Ric Ocasek released his first solo album in 1982 and gave it a perplexing title. Is it pronounced "be-AT-ih-tude" - such as in the teachings of Jesus that include such sayings as "blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" - or "BEAT-ih-tude," referencing a literary journal from the '50s that published the work of the "Beat Poets" such as Allen Ginsberg? Ocasek likely enjoyed the ambiguity. We played "Out of Control." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/02/random-vinyl?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0500 A.C. Newman performs in The Current studio Famous for his work with The New Pornographers, A.C. Newman is making a name for his own name with his solo career. Listen to his in-studio session. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/02/ac-newman-live?refid=0 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Paper Lace - Paper Lace (1974) English band Paper Lace is considered a one hit wonder in the U.S. with their 1970's hit, "The Night Chicago Died." They had another hit over in the U.K., "Billy Don't Be a Hero." Before they could even release it in the U.S., Cincinnati group Bo Donaldson and The Heywoods covered it and scored a #1 hit. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/11/01/random-vinyl?refid=0 Thu, 01 Nov 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Bloodrock - Bloodrock 2 (1970) It's a Halloween tradition on the Current Morning Show to play the 8 minute, album version of "D.O.A." It's one of the creepiest songs in music history as the narrator describes his own slow, bleeding death. File this song under the "splatter platter" genre. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/31/random-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 31 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: The Monkees - Headquarters (1967) The Monkees finally had creative control over their music and even played the instruments on this record. We played a song used as a closing credits tune on The Monkees TV show, "For Pete's Sake." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/30/random-vinyl?refid=0 Tue, 30 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Kris Kristofferson - Jesus Was a Capricorn (1972) Kris Kristofferson is credited with "discovering" John Prine. Not only is he a great songwriter, he's enjoyed an acting career as well. On the cover of this record he's pictured with his second wife, Rita Coolidge. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/29/random-vinyl?refid=0 Mon, 29 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Robert Fripp - Exposure (1978) Guitarist Robert Fripp ventured far away from his prog-rock roots in the late 70s after moving to New York's Hell's Kitchen, and the post-punk eclecticism shows on his first proper solo album, "Exposure." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/10/26/random-vinyl?refid=0 Fri, 26 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Sweet - Give Us a Wink (1976) Give Us a Wink is an album released in March 1976 by the British rock band Sweet. It was their first album to be fully written and produced by the band themselves. We played "Action" which reached the Top 10 in many European countries. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/25/random-vinyl?refid=0 Thu, 25 Oct 2012 14:26:44 -0500 Random Vinyl: The Blasters - Hard Line (1985) The California based band led by the Alvin brothers has been pumping out good ol' fashioned amped-up American roots rock for several decades. "Hard Line" contains the song "Dark Night," which has been used on TV and movie soundtracks ranging from "Miami Vice" to the Robetr Rodriquez/Quentin Tarrantino vampire flick "From Dusk Til Dawn." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/24/random-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:36:56 -0500 Random Vinyl: Peter Gabriel - Peter Gabriel (1978) Gabriel's 1978 solo album was the second of three known simply as "Peter Gabriel" (his fourth would have had the same title yet again if Geffen Records hadn't balked). This one is sometimes nicknamed "Scratch" for its cover art depicting Gabriel appearing the scratch the air with his fingernails. We played "On the Air." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/23/random-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 24 Oct 2012 11:35:24 -0500 Random Vinyl: Lloyd Cole - Lloyd Cole (1990) After three albums with his band The Commotions, Lloyd Cole's self-titled solo debut delivered more of the literate, melodic guitar-driven pop he'd become known for, but with a roster of guest musicians including Robert Quine and Matthew Sweet. We played "Undressed." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/22/random-vinyl?refid=0 Mon, 22 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: The 5th Dimension - Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In (1969) "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In" (commonly called "The Age of Aquarius" or "Let the Sunshine In") is a medley of two songs written for the 1967 musical Hair by James Rado & Gerome Ragni (lyrics), and Galt MacDermot (music), released as a single by The 5th Dimension. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/19/random-vinyl?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 12:42:10 -0500 Dinosaur Jr. performs in The Current studio Now with as many albums in the 2000s as they recorded in the 80s, the Massachusetts alt-rock band proves with each new release that the sequel can be better than the original. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/19/dinosaur-jr-live?refid=0 Fri, 19 Oct 2012 07:30:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Lulu - To Sir With Love (1967) Lulu is best known in the U.S. for a of couple movie themes. "To Sir With Love" was a huge hit in 1967. She also sang the theme to the 1974 James Bond film The Man With the Golden Gun. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/18/random-vinyl?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:13:53 -0500 Random Vinyl: The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night (1964 U.S.) This is not the UK "A Hard Day's Night" album part of the official discography of The Beatles. This is the US release, the "Original Motion Picture Soundtrack," featuring tracks from the film and some George Martin, instrumental arrangements. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/17/random-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Jefferson Airplane - Surrealistic Pillow (1967) This is the second record from Jefferson Airplane and the first to feature Grace Slick on vocals. She brought a few songs over from her previous group The Great Society, "Somebody to Love" and "White Rabbit," which became huge hits and put the psychedelic, counterculture of San Fransisco into the mainstream. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/16/random-vinyl?refid=0 Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Beth Orton performs in The Current studio While in town for a Wednesday show at the Varsity Theater, Beth Orton stopped by The Current studios to perform a few songs and chat with Steve Seel about songwriting with kids, the inspiration behind her new songs and working with producer Tucker Martine. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/15/beth-orton-live?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 07:30:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Nilsson - Nilsson Schmilsson (1971) Harry Nilsson's album "Nilsson Schmilsson was a commercial hit, with the songs "Coconut," "Jump Into the Fire" and the Badfinger cover "Without You." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/15/random-vinyl?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Aimee Mann - Charmer On Charmer, Aimee Mann's soft-rock approachability creates an interesting meta-experience: she's charming the pants off of us, just like the cads and ne'er-do-wells in her songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/15/aimee-mann-charmer-review?refid=0 Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: ABBA - Greatest Hits (1976 U.S.) Swedish pop band Abba (an acronym of members Agnetha Faltskog, Benny Andersson, Bjorn Ulvaeus and Anni-Frid Lyngstad) made some of the best pop music of the 1970's. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/12/random-vinyl?refid=0 Fri, 12 Oct 2012 11:26:48 -0500 Random Vinyl: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - The Breakfast Club (1985) Emilio Estevez, Molly Ringwald, Judd Nelson, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall starred in this classic John Hughes flick. By the way, are YOU in the physics club? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/11/random-vinyl?refid=0 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Policy and a Pint: Entrepreneurship During this election season, you hear candidates talk a lot about "small business" -- and so for our Policy and a Pint, we thought we'd talk to some Twin Cities entrepreneurs about the rewards, and struggles, of striking out on your own in these tough economic times. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/24/policy-pint-entrepreneurship?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 16:19:11 -0500 Random Vinyl: Living Colour - Vivid (1989) Mick Jagger was a big fan of this band, he even produced some of their songs. We melted some faces with "Cult of Personality," with one of the best guitar solos ever (at least in the top 30). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/10/random-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:43:50 -0500 Random Vinyl: Black Sabbath - Master of Reality (1971) Guess what? The song "Sweet Leaf" is not about grandma's tea. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/09/random-vinyl?refid=0 Tue, 09 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: The Rolling Stones - Aftermath (1966) The U.S. release of this record includes the song "Paint it, Black." The U.K. version has "Mother's Little Helper." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/08/random-vinyl?refid=0 Mon, 08 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: The Kinks - Kinks-Size (1965) US release from The Kinks with the big hits "All Day and All of the Night" and "Tired of Waiting for You," and their respective B-sides. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/05/random-vinyl?refid=0 Fri, 05 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Joan Jett - I Love Rock 'n Roll (1981) After the breakup of The Runaways ("Cherry Bomb"), Joan Jett started her solo career. This record was her second release and first with her backup band The Blackhearts. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/04/random-vinyl?refid=0 Thu, 04 Oct 2012 11:23:21 -0500 Random Vinyl: Steve Winwood - Chronicles (1987) Steve Winwood joined The Spencer Davis Group when he was a teenager, went on to be a member of Traffic and Blind Faith, and had a successful solo career in the 80's. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/03/random-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:03:45 -0500 Random Vinyl: The B-52's - Cosmic Thing (1989) Fred Schneider has one of the most distinct voices in pop music. This record had the big hits "Love Shack" and "Roam." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/02/random-vinyl?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Rush - Fly by Night (1975) Rush's second album and the first to include their new drummer and lyrist Neil Peart. Let the air drumming begin. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/01/random-vinyl?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Rare Earth - Willie Remembers (1972) Rare Earth was on the Motown Records subsidiary label called Rare Earth. They had hits covering Motown songs, but didn't really achieve that same success when they recorded original material. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/28/random-vinyl?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 11:39:51 -0500 Random Vinyl: Manuela - Manuela (1969) German female singer who had most of her success in the 1960's. She changed her name from Doris to Manuela for a more exotic appeal. Thanks to all the Random Vinyl listeners for help in researching this artist! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/27/random-vinyl?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 12:36:09 -0500 Random Vinyl: Manuela - Manuela (1969) German female singer who had most of her success in the 1960's. She changed her name from Doris to Manuela for a more exotic appeal. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/26/random-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 26 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: The Limeliters - The Slightly Fabulous Limeliters (1961) A live record from this 1960's New York folk-trio. They also did some commercial work for Coca-Cola and a cigarette brand. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/25/random-vinyl?refid=0 Tue, 25 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Devo - Shout (1984) This album was a big fail for Devo. In fact, it was such a fail that the band was dropped from their label and the members decided to spend some time apart. The only highlight from this record is the Devo cover of "Are U Experienced" by Jimi Hendrix. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/21/random-vinyl?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: The Police - Ghost in the Machine (1981) The album art widely recognized as being significant in the history of record covers. It's a seven-segment display (like you'd see on your alarm clock) representing Andy Summers, Sting and Stewart Copeland. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/20/random-vinyl?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2012 11:23:03 -0500 Random Vinyl: The Foundations - Build me up Buttercup (1968) The Foundations were a British soul group, heavily influenced by the Motown sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/19/random-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 19 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Twin Cities Funk & Soul: Lost R&B Grooves From Minneapolis/St. Paul 1964-1979 (2012) Minneapolis label Secret Stash Records will release this compilation on September 25th. Not only is it an awesome listen, but a Twin Cities music history lesson. We played a song from Wanda Davis with "Save Me." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/14/random-vinyl?refid=0 Fri, 14 Sep 2012 10:55:53 -0500 Random Vinyl: Lee Michaels - Recital (1968) Lee Michaels is best known for his Top 10 hit in 1971 "Do You Know What I Mean." On the cover of Recital, he look like he's wearing some sort of chainmail tank top with no pants. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/13/random-vinyl?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2012 12:46:37 -0500 Random Vinyl: Lynyrd Skynyrd - Second Helping (1974) The second album from Lynyrd Skynyrd had the big hit Sweet Home Alabama, along with "Don't Ask me No Questions" and the J.J. Cale cover "Call me the Breeze." Bonus fact: Guitarist Ed King was in the band Strawberry Alarm Clock before he joined up with Lynyrd Skynyrd. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/12/random-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 12 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Elvis Presley - Let's Be Friends (1970) Not a proper "album" in the discography, we vinyl geeks call this a budget record or a "drugstore" record. They were cheap to buy and contained previously releases material. This collection contains songs from various Elvis movies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/11/random-vinyl?refid=0 Tue, 11 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack - Pretty in Pink (1986) This is one of the best soundtracks from the 80s. It's almost as if John Hughes made the mix especially for YOU. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/10/random-vinyl?refid=0 Mon, 10 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Friend & Lover - Reach Out of the Darkness (1968) This married folk duo of Jim and Cathy post had a one hit wonder with "Reach Out of the Darkness." The late Joe South ("Games People Play") was one of the producers on this record. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/07/random-vinyl?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 11:50:05 -0500 Random Vinyl: Journey - Next (1977) Journey's third album and much different Journey than the one you know today. The Journey before Steve Perry had much more of a prog rock and "jam" sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/06/random-vinyl?refid=0 Thu, 06 Sep 2012 11:34:19 -0500 Random Vinyl: Bob Dylan - The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan (1963) Bob Dylan has been a busy guy lately. He's got an upcoming show in November at the Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul and he's set to release his new record Tempest next week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/05/random-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 05 Sep 2012 11:30:10 -0500 Random Vinyl: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Deja Vu (1970) The first record by all four members David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young. This record is so solid, from start to finish. We played the title track with John Sebastian (The Lovin' Spoonful) featured on harmonica. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/04/random-vinyl?refid=0 Tue, 04 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Koo Koo Kanga Roo performs at the Minnesota State Fair Koo Koo crashed the MPR booth to kick it with Jill Riley and Steve Seel and bring the boogie to the onlooking crowd. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/01/koo-koo-kanga-roo-state-fair?refid=0 Sat, 01 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Electric Light Orchestra - A New World Record (1976) Jeff Lynne of E.L.O. felt that some of his best songwriting, at that point in his career, was on this record. The hits on this album were "Livin' Thing," "Do Ya" and "Telephone Line." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/31/random-vinyl?refid=0 Fri, 31 Aug 2012 13:34:35 -0500 Random Vinyl: Deep Purple - Who Do We Think We Are (1973) Deep Purple recorded this album using The Rolling Stones' Mobile Studio. The big hit was "Woman From Tokyo." Or--as the album sleeve reads, "Woman From Tokayo." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/30/random-vinyl?refid=0 Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:05:35 -0500 Random Vinyl: The Buckinghams - Greatest Hits (1969) With a name like The Buckinghams, you'd think they were British. Nope, they are from Chicago, but took on the name to fit in with the British Invasion craze in the mid-60s. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/27/random-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 11:23:57 -0500 Random Vinyl: Fat Boys - Coming Back Hard Again (1988) Who remembers Fat Boys? As much of a novelty act as the seemed to be, Prince Markie Dee, Kool Rock-Ski and The Human Beat Box are considered early pioneers of hip hop. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/29/random-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 29 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: The Monkees - The Monkees (1966) The Monkees will be at the State Theatre in Minneapolis on November 15th. To celebrate the fact that Mike Nesmith will be touring with the band, we played the Nesmith tune "Papa Gene's Blues." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/28/random-vinyl?refid=0 Tue, 28 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Caroline Smith performs at the Minnesota State Fair After Caroline Smith's performance at the MPR booth last year, there's little doubt that State Fair onlookers are in for a treat once again 2012. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/25/caroline-smith-state-fair?refid=0 Sat, 25 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Sandy Posey - Single Girl (1966) Sandy Posey was a pop and country crossover artist, but never left a huge mark on pop culture. On this record she covers Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now)." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/24/random-vinyl?refid=0 Fri, 24 Aug 2012 13:12:54 -0500 Random Vinyl: The Who - Who's Next (1971) This morning's Random Vinyl was a good opportunity to remind a certain generation of music fans that "Behind Blue Eyes" is NOT a Limp Bizkit original. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/23/random-vinyl?refid=0 Thu, 23 Aug 2012 11:41:46 -0500 Random Vinyl: The Turtles - Elenore (1968) 7" Single The Turtles wrote "Elenore" to stick it to their record company, it was supposed to be satire and full of pop cliches. The joke was on them because it turned out to be a pretty awesome song. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/22/random-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 22 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Bamboo - Bamboo (1969) This band was led by Minnesota musician Dave Ray of blues-folk trio Koerner, Ray and Glover. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/21/random-vinyl?refid=0 Tue, 21 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: The Band - Rock of Ages (1972) A live album by The Band, recorded in December 1971 at the Academy of Music in New York. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/20/random-vinyl?refid=0 Mon, 20 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Santana - Santana III (1971) The third release from Santana and the last album to feature the Woodstock-era lineup (Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie left in 1972 to form Journey). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/17/random-vinyl?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 11:44:55 -0500 Searching for Sugar Man: The Rodriguez interview While nearly forgotten in the United States, '70s singer-songwriter Rodriguez became one of the most famous and beloved American rock artists in South Africa on the strength of his song "Sugar Man." Rodriguez stopped by The Current's Morning Show for an interview about his unlikely legacy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/16/rodriguez-morning-show?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 17:22:49 -0500 Random Vinyl: Duran Duran - Rio (1982) Duran Duran playing "Rio" would've been a good preview of the 2016 Olympics. Except, in the lyrics he's singing about the Rio Grande. That's not in Brazil. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/16/random-vinyl?refid=0 Thu, 16 Aug 2012 12:09:55 -0500 The Growler editor talks craft beer with The Morning Show The Beer Dabbler is giving the Twin Cities a new reason to growl. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/15/beer-dabbler-growler?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 16:34:16 -0500 Random Vinyl: Fleetwood Mac - The Pious Bird of Good Omen (1969) The blues instrumental "Albatross" would influence a number of other songs including The Beatles "Sun King." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/15/random-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 15 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Kai Winding - The In Instrumentals (1965) Jazz player and band leader from Denmark. He made a number of records on the Verve label. He attempts to jazz up some covers from the "mods and rockers." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/14/random-vinyl?refid=0 Tue, 14 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Madness - One Step Beyond (1979) The first record from Madness. We played "The Prince," a nod to Jamaican ska musician Prince Buster. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/13/random-vinyl?refid=0 Mon, 13 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Rock Goddess - Hell Hath No Fury (1984) All female heavy metal band from the UK. They signed with A&M records in the early 80's, made a few albums and split up by the time the 80's were over. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/10/random-vinyl?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 11:11:19 -0500 Theft of the Dial: My Morning Jacket's Jim James My Morning Jacket knows how to rock an outdoor concert ... but do they have what it takes to rock the radio as well? We decided to find out. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/10/theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Fri, 10 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Prince - For You (1978) Clearly, this is a period of Prince's career when he was spelling out full words, rather than naming the record "4 U." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/09/random-vinyl?refid=0 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 11:28:56 -0500 Random Vinyl: Baja Marimba Band - Heads Up! (1967) This band was lead by Tijuana Brass Band member and marimba player Julius Wechter. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/08/random-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 08 Aug 2012 12:14:06 -0500 Random Vinyl: The Fifth Dimension - The Age Of Aquarius (1969) The title track off this one was the group's big hit - a song from the musical "Hair." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/07/random-vinyl?refid=0 Tue, 07 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Vanilla Fudge - Vanilla Fudge (1967) The debut record from the New York band Vanilla Fudge. They're most famous for covering other people's songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/06/random-vinyl?refid=0 Mon, 06 Aug 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Quincy Jones - Smackwater Jack (1971) For anyone who doesn't remember the show Ironside, you might recognize the theme from the Kill Bill movies when Uma Thurman's character encounters an enemy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/03/random-vinyl?refid=0 Fri, 03 Aug 2012 10:57:03 -0500 Random Vinyl: Fleetwood Mac - Fleetwood Mac (1975) This is the second self-titled Fleetwood Mac record (the first was the Peter Green era). The band now had the "classic" lineup of Stevie Nicks, Lindsey Buckingham, Christine McVie, Mick Fleetwood and John McVie. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/02/random-vinyl?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2012 12:17:04 -0500 Random Vinyl: Sonny Bono - Inner Views (1967) Sonny's attempt at making a psychedelic record. Upon first listen you'll realize that Sonny Bono was far too square to fit into the Summer of Love. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/01/random-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:44:36 -0500 Random Vinyl: Smith - A Group Called Smith (1969) This group had a big hit with their version of "Baby, It's You." They cover a number of songs on this record, adding their own blues-rock arrangements. We played their version of The Zombies "Tell Her No," but with Gayle McCormick on lead vocal the title is "Tell Him No." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/31/random-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:42:45 -0500 Random Vinyl: Dean Martin - You Can't Love 'Em All (1967) We added some class to Random Vinyl this morning with Dean Martin's hit and permanent stamp on pop culture, "Ain't That a Kick in the Head." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/30/random-vinyl?refid=0 Wed, 01 Aug 2012 11:33:55 -0500 Random Vinyl: The Rolling Stones - Flowers (1967) The Rolling Stones US compilation album "Flowers" came out in 1967. It included some unreleased songs like "Ride On, Baby." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/27/random-vinyl?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jul 2012 10:54:15 -0500 Random Vinyl: The Turtles - It Ain't Me Babe (1965) The Turtles first album. "Eve of Destruction" was a protest song penned by P.F. Sloan and made famous by Barry McGuire. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/26/random-vinyl?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2012 12:11:09 -0500 Soul Asylum performs in the UBS Forum On the day of their sold-out show at the 7th St. Entry, Soul Asylum stopped by the UBS Forum to play a live set for Minnesota Public Radio employees and fans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/25/soul-asylum-live?refid=0 Thu, 26 Jul 2012 07:30:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Gram Parsons - GP (1973) Gram Parsons is credited as being a huge influence on the alt country genre. After a short stint with The Byrds and his time with The Flying Burrito Brothers, he created a blend of rock and country music that he called "American Cosmic Music." He made two solo records in the early 70's with his singing partner Emmylou Harris. "GP" was loved by critics, but failed to break into the mainstream. Parsons died of a drug overdose in 1973 at the age of 26 at the Joshua Tree Inn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/25/random-vinyl1?refid=0 Wed, 25 Jul 2012 12:58:17 -0500 Random Vinyl: Creedence Clearwater Revival - Cosmo's Factory (1970) Anyone familiar with The Big Lebowski will probably connect this record to The Dude. In 2003, Rolling Stone Magazine ranked "Cosmo's Factory" 265 on its list of 500 Greatest Albums. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/25/random-vinyl?refid=0 Tue, 24 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Various Artists - What's Shakin (1966) Elektra Records compilation of demos from The Lovin' Spoonful, Eric Clapton and others. We played "Crossroads" covered by Eric Clapton and The Powerhouse. Eric Clapton would record that song with Cream a few years later. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/23/random-vinyl?refid=0 Mon, 23 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Midnight Oil - 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 (1982) The Australian band's major label debut on Columbia, the album (whose title is usually shortened by fans to "10, 9, 8") was a ferocious explosion of political anger, driving guitars and drums, and anthemic melodies; Midnight Oil would water things down considerably on later albums to reach a broader MTV audience. We played "Read About It." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/20/random-vinyl?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2012 12:30:03 -0500 Random Vinyl: Joe Jackson Band - Beat Crazy (1980) Joe Jackson's third album wasn't quite as successful as his first two - for some reason the record wasn't promoted in the United States like the previous pair and no singles were released here - but it was received extremely well by critics and fans. "Beat Crazy" shows Jackson embracing reggae even more fully and explicitly than on his first two albums. We played the title track. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/19/random-vinyl?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jul 2012 11:45:25 -0500 Random Vinyl: Mick Karn - Dreams of Reason Produce Monsters (1987) A solo project from the fretless bassist, saxophonist and composer from the band Japan, we played the song "Buoy," featuring Karn's Japan bandmate David Sylvian on vocals. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/18/random-vinyl2?refid=0 Wed, 18 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Kitty Wells - Heartbreak U.S.A. (1961) The Queen of Country Music passed away Monday, July 16th at the age of 92. Kitty Wells recorded about 50 albums, had 25 Top 10 country hits and toured from the late 1930s until she quit the road in 2000. She was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1976. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/17/random-vinyl?refid=0 Tue, 17 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Grateful Dead - Workingman's Dead (1970) A Random Vinyl pick for the Deadheads. Time to get that dancing bears, tie-dye t-shirt out of storage. Jill bought this record at Amoeba Records in Hollywood, CA. Great album, great record shop memory. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/18/random-vinyl?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jul 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: The Byrds - Dr. Byrds & Mr. Hyde (1969) This record was the follow up to The Byrds' country-influenced album "Sweetheart of the Rodeo." This record was appropriately named, as it was a little country, a little psychedelic; it has two different personalities. The band's lineup had also changed: founding member Roger McGuinn on guitar/vocals, session player Clarence White on guitar, Gene Parsons (no relation to Gram Parsons) on drums and John York on bass (Chris Hillman had departed to join the Flying Burrito Brothers). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/13/random-vinyl?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jul 2012 10:32:17 -0500 Random Vinyl: Canned Heat - Cookbook (1969) This best of compilation contained the 1968 single and unofficial theme song of Woodstock 69' "Going up the Country." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/12/random-vinyl-07122012?refid=0 Thu, 12 Jul 2012 11:32:49 -0500 Random Vinyl: Neil Diamond - Shilo (1970) Jill brought in this compilation album to celebrate Neil Diamond's Saint Paul show at the Xcel Energy Center. "Cherry, Cherry" was released as a single in July 1966. It was penned by Neil Diamond and produced by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich. It's really easy to learn on guitar. Three chords (E-A-D) and you'll impress everyone at your next party. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/11/random-vinyl-07112012?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:58:53 -0500 Random Vinyl: Aerosmith - Aerosmith (1973) The self-titled, debut record from Aerosmith that featured the hit single "Dream On." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/11/random-vinyl-07102012?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:56:14 -0500 Random Vinyl: Elton John - Honky Chateau (1972) This record marked a transition from singer-songwriter to the fuller rock/pop Elton John sound. Elton's touring band was utilized in the making of this record and the production is just spot on. We played the New Orleans-sound influenced track "Honky Cat." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/11/random-vinyl-07092012?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 11:36:55 -0500 Lissie performs in The Current studio Illinois-born, California-based singer-songwriter Lissie (born Elisabeth Maurus) earned breakout success with her debut album "Catching a Tiger," a searing collection of bluesy pop and indie folk powered by the songstress' immense vocal talent. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/10/lissie?refid=0 Wed, 11 Jul 2012 07:30:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Conway Twitty - It's Only Make Believe This greatest hits compilation contains the 1974 Conway Twitty single "I See the Want to in Your Eyes." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/06/random-vinyl-conway-twitty?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jul 2012 11:01:36 -0500 Random Vinyl: Chet Baker - Let's Get Lost Chet Baker's performances from the Bruce Weber documentary Let's Get Lost, a bittersweet film highlighting the early-career highs and late-in-life lows of one of jazz's sweetest, smokiest crooners and trumpet players. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/03/chet-baker-random-vinyl?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jul 2012 16:39:15 -0500 Delta Spirit performs in The Current studios Don't believe the critics of the world: Delta Spirit is not an Americana band. They may not know how to describe their music yet, but the five-piece out of California aren't going to let anyone box them into one genre. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/28/delta-spirit-2012?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 07:30:00 -0500 Album Review: The Walkmen - Heaven The Walkmen continue to hone and mellow their sound into a more complex, nuanced listen. 'Heaven' is the album that puts The Walkmen in Steve Seel's personal rotation. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/04/cd-of-the-week-the-walkmen--heaven?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Theft Of The Dial: Fred Willard It's hard to believe that Fred Willard is in his 70s and he hasn't started slowing down. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/01/theft-of-the-dial-fred-willard?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Fred Willard Willard stopped by The Current to talk with Steve Seel ahead of his appearance at Wits. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/01/theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Theft of The Dial: Tim Meadows Tim Meadows has long been a mainstay of the comedian community since his debut skits on Saturday Night Live in the early '90s. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/06/theft-of-the-dial-tim-meadows?refid=0 Fri, 06 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Bahamas performs in The Current studios Don't be confused by Afie Jurvanen going by the stage name Bahamas - he isn't from a tropical location, even if his music does have some tropical influences. The Canadian musician has been making music in his hometown for years as a backing musician for the likes of Feist, Jason Collett and Zeus. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/04/bahamas-live?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 07:30:00 -0500 Musicheads Essentials: Talking Heads - Remain in Light My pick this time for Musicheads Essentials is the 1980 avant-pop masterpiece from Talking Heads, Remain in Light. Written during a chapter of extreme creative exploration for the band, Remain in Light is not only considered by many to be Talking Heads' crowning achievement, but one of the greatest albums of the 1980s. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/05/musicheads-essentials-talking-heads--remain-in-light?refid=0 Thu, 05 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Ben Kweller performs in The Current studio Ben Kweller has been in the music scene nearly the entire 30 years he's been alive. He received his first nod from Billboard Magazine when he was eight with a songwriting honorable mention. He was signed before he could legally drive and was touring the world shortly after that. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/29/ben_kweller-live?refid=0 Thu, 29 Mar 2012 07:30:00 -0500 Lana Del Rey performs in The Current studio Lizzy Grant's Lana Del Rey persona may be new to the broader world, but she's been singing for years and even released an album prior to 2012's already controversial "Born To Die." With her quick rise-to-fame came stringent criticism, throngs of battling publications looking for their next angle, and a warring music community. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/14/lanadelrey-live?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Andrew Bird - Break It Yourself When Andrew Bird's mind is allowed to roam - and his violin and looping-pedals allowed to follow wherever he might lead them - beautiful music is simply the end product, be it in the form of a finely-burnished pop song or a more wistful sonic rumination. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/04/album-review-andrew-bird--break-it-yourself?refid=0 Sun, 04 Mar 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Atmosphere performs live in The Current studio Local hip-hop bon vivant, Slug, has become a regular visitor to The Current studios. On his most recent trip he's joined by the rest of the band to discuss their music videos, letting go of some artistic control and building a musical community in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/02/21/atmosphere-live?refid=0 Tue, 21 Feb 2012 07:43:29 -0600 The Wombats perform in The Current Studio Led by singer, guitarist, and main writer Matthew Murphy, The Wombats formed at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts back in 2003. While the debut saw limited success in the States, the band hit the Top 10 in the UK and found themselves at Glastonbury and other festivals, setting the stage for their second album, "This Modern Glitch." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/07/wombats?refid=0 Mon, 07 Nov 2011 17:24:05 -0600 Policy and a Pint: I Have A Degree, Why Don't I Have A Job? Join Steve Seel and special guests Chris Farrell, MPR personal finance and economics expert, along with Kathy Tunheim, one of Governor Dayton's job creation advisers. We'll look at the job market that new grads are entering. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/services/the_current/policy-and-a-pint/degrees-jobs/?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Cults perform live in The Current studio Cults can owe much of their success to the internet. Two and a half years ago, the duo of Brian Oblivion and Madeline Follin met at a rock show in San Diego, began dating, and a week later decided to move to New York. They began playing music together and posted songs on BandCamp, and it wasn't long until they were garnering attention from record labels and new fans. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/06/cults-live?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2011 08:15:00 -0500 Peter Wolf Crier perform in The Current studios Peter Wolf Crier have graced The Current studios and the MPR State Fair booth multiple times, and their popularity among Twin Cities music fans is widespread and enduring. We were excited to welcome them back to the studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/09/23/peter-wolf-crier?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2011 09:41:56 -0500 Album Review: tUnE-yArDs - w h o k i l l "w h o k i l l" is a joyful, exuberant lark, bursting with giddy enthusiasm and some of the purest, most undiluted creativity you will likely hear in the near future. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/21/review-tune-yards-whokill?refid=0 Sun, 21 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Policy and a Pint: Working for the Weekend Join host Steve Seel for our next Policy and a Pint, when we'll look at how telecommuting is turning the idea of the five-day work week at the office upside down. Our guests will discuss how this just might make us MORE productive and even happier, and how more companies are catching on. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/services/the_current/policy-and-a-pint/weekend/?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Ira Glass Ever wonder what makes the host of one of public radio's most beloved shows tick? What tunes he might play if given an hour to control the decks? Well wonder no more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/12/theft-of-the-dial-ira-glass?refid=0 Tue, 12 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 David Bazan performs live in The Current studio David Bazan, who led Pedro the Lion and dabbled in side projects like The Headphones and Undertow Orchestra, began his solo career in 2009 when he released "Curse Your Branches," which touched on personal themes like faith and family. With his latest album "Strange Negotiations," Bazan has changed his songwriting focus from personal struggles to larger, societal struggles including themes of the current political and social climate. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/06/david-bazan-live?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jun 2011 07:30:00 -0500 James Blake performs live in The Current studio English electronic, post-dubstep producer and singer/songwriter James Blake has only been making music for a short time - less than two years, but he's already making waves in electronic music. With a goal of trying to create new sounds, he accomplishes that his background in piano and harmonics. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/16/james-blake-live?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2011 13:39:29 -0500 Album Review: Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues To me, Fleet Foxes are welcome visitors from a musically benevolent dimension, from a time when rock and folk and country and pot and hallucinogens and love and the wonders of the multi-track recording studio were coming together in a spirit of innocent and earnest exploration and expression. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/09/review-fleet-foxes-helplessness-blues?refid=0 Mon, 09 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Dining With Dara: Ramen, And Not The Styrofoam Kind Each Wednesday, Minnesota Monthly Senior Editor Dara Moskowitz-Grumdahl talks to The Current's Steve Seel and Jill Riley about what's new and noteworthy on the Minnesota food scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2011/04/27/diningwithdara?refid=0 Wed, 27 Apr 2011 09:58:17 -0500 Iron and Wine perform live in The Current studio It's been nearly 10 years since Sam Beam donned the Iron and Wine moniker and released his debut "The Creek Drank The Cradle" in 2002. Since then, he's expanded the arrangements from his voice and an acoustic guitar to including a variety of other instruments, and he continues the trend on his newest album "Kiss Each Other Clean." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/15/iron-and-wine-live?refid=0 Tue, 19 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Low performs in the Current Studio Duluth-based indie-rock mainstays Low have returned with their ninth full-length album, "C'mon," which features guest turns by Wilco guitarist Nels Cline as well as members of Trampled by Turtles and the Trans Siberian Orchestra (yes, you read that correctly). http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/15/-low-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 15 Apr 2011 12:05:46 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Patton Oswalt Patton Oswalt might have missed his calling. Okay, he didn't really - if we had been denied his unbelievably hilarious, smart, biting comedy, it'd be a shame. But when he does his old-style "laid-back public radio announcer voice," you will bust a gut laughing at how on-the-money he is. Plus, he has a genuinely awesome taste in music - this despite his own "horrible tastes" he had growing up in suburban Virginia, "going to see Genesis play stadium shows." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/04/13/theft-of-the-dial-patton-oswalt?refid=0 Wed, 13 Apr 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: The New Pornographers - Together With the fifth album from Vancouver's The New Pornographers, Together, can we still call a band that's probably now more defined as a primary vehicle for most of its members a "supergroup"? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/28/album-review-the-new-pornographers--together?refid=0 Mon, 28 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Flogging Molly performs in The Current studio The Los Angeles-based post-grunge Flogging Molly would best be described as a mix of traditional Irish music and spunky punk rock. Dave King formed the band and they got their start playing at the L.A. bar Molly Malones. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/03/17/flogging_molly?refid=0 Thu, 17 Mar 2011 09:40:54 -0500 Policy and a Pint: The Constitution The Constitution: it's the framework for our government, and it formally established our founding laws and beliefs. But is the constitution "sacred document" or "malleable work-in-progress"? We'll dispel some of the myths, and try to turn down the rhetoric about our much misunderstood document. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/radio/services/the_current/policy-and-a-pint/constitution/?refid=0 Tue, 15 Mar 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Iron and Wine - Kiss Each Other Clean If Brian Wilson wanted the Beach Boys' "Smile" to be a "teenage symphony to God," it may be that Sam Beam has managed to write such a symphony for grown-ups on the latest offering from Iron and Wine, "Kiss Each Other Clean." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/01/25/iron-and-wine-kiss-each-other-clean?refid=0 Tue, 25 Jan 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Policy and a Pint: The Line Between News and Opinion Steve Seel will talk with MPR News' Chris Worthington and Bob Collins about Juan Williams, objectivity, opinion, Keith Olbermann and how different generations get and interpret their news. If Walter Cronkite felt he could venture into commentary, why can't today's anchors and journalists? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/news_cut/archive/2010/11/policy_and_a_pint_the_line_bet.shtml?refid=0 Wed, 15 Dec 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Superchunk performs in The Current studios The band Superchunk stopped by The Current studios for a live performance and chat with the Morning Show team. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/12/02/superchunk?refid=0 Thu, 02 Dec 2010 15:06:59 -0600 Hollerado perform live in The Current studio If you haven't heard of Canada's Hollerado yet, you will soon. Having already been hand-picked by Jack White to open for The Dead Weather as well as opening for esteemed acts like Andrew WK and Malajube, they also scored big with a viral internet video for their song "Americanarama" depicting 24 actors stacked in a grid dancing out specific patterns, done in all one take with just $4,000. It goes to show you that this Canadian outfit is a resourceful bunch, ready to expand their creativity to a wider audience. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/18/hollerado-live?refid=0 Thu, 18 Nov 2010 12:18:02 -0600 Adele performs live in The Current studio Back in 2008, when Adele last joined us in our studio, she was a 20-year-old with a strong debut album and a number one hit in England. Two years later, she has accomplished wonders. Her soulful blues vocal style won her a Grammy in 2009 for Best New Artist as well as a number eleven slot on the Billboard 200. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/21/adele-live?refid=0 Thu, 21 Oct 2010 14:38:14 -0500 Janelle Monae performs live in The Current studio Mixing every genre imaginable, from soul to full-fledged hip-hop and dream-pop to funk, Janelle Monae has become a modern day musical prodigy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/23/janelle-monae-live?refid=0 Thu, 23 Sep 2010 16:26:48 -0500 Villagers perform in The Current studios Villagers' debut album "Becoming A Jackal" has been named the greatest Irish album since U2's debut "Boy" back in 1980. That's a hefty title to live up to, but frontman Conor J. O'Brien does it admirably. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/22/villagers?refid=0 Wed, 22 Sep 2010 13:34:21 -0500 Album Review: The Walkmen - Lisbon These guys are masters of texture and atmosphere, and furthermore, atmosphere in the service of beautifully dejected, I'm-the-last-guy-at-this-bar kind of heartache. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/14/walkmen-lisbon-review?refid=0 Tue, 14 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 The Heavy perform in The Current Studio The Heavy's first single - "That Kind of Man" - from their 2007 debut album "Great Vengeance and Furious Fire" was an instant hit around The Current. So much so that we invited the band to play The Current's stage at the 2008 South By Southwest Musical Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/15/the_heavy?refid=0 Thu, 15 Jul 2010 09:23:30 -0500 The Jayhawks perform live in The Current studio With a three-night stand at First Avenue and a re-issue of their debut self-titled album, also known as The Bunkhouse Record, alt-country rockers The Jayhawks know how to celebrate their 25th year as a band and Twin Cities legends. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/06/18/the-jayhawks-live-performance?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jun 2010 10:54:50 -0500 Jeremy Messersmith performs in The Current studios Jeremy Messersmith's first album, "The Alcatraz Kid," earned him the title of the premier under-30 songwriter in the Twin Cities courtesy of City Pages. Since then, he's further honed his clever songwriting and indie-rock & pop chops. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/03/jeremy_messersmith?refid=0 Tue, 04 May 2010 08:30:00 -0500 Spoon performs live in The Current studios According to music aggregator Metacritic, Spoon are the best band of the 2000s, which is nothing to sneeze at. Their excellent new record, "Transference," keeps the Austin four-piece's rock revival tone while channeling lyrical inspiration from frontman Britt Daniel's personal life. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/02/spoon-live?refid=0 Fri, 02 Apr 2010 09:40:12 -0500 The Temper Trap perform live in The Current studios With their sweet melodies and distinctive vocals, the Australian quartet The Temper Trap has been heard all over the place since 2009 - radio, movies, television shows, and commercials. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/23/the_temper_trap?refid=0 Tue, 23 Mar 2010 15:55:05 -0500 Dan and Matt Wilson perform live in The Current studios Brothers Dan and Matt Wilson have been playing together since they were kids. They've both had successful careers in bands like Semisonic, Trip Shakespeare, and Twilight Hours as well as solo work. But they've never shared the stage for a solo show before. They will later this month, when they play a show at the Pantages Theater in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/16/dan_and_matt_wilson?refid=0 Tue, 16 Mar 2010 17:25:13 -0500 Album Review: Retribution Gospel Choir - 2 "2" is the straightforwardly-titled second outing from Duluth's Retribution Gospel Choir. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/01/26/retribution-gospel-choir-2?refid=0 Tue, 26 Jan 2010 00:00:00 -0600 Lou Barlow performs in The Current studio Few people in the indie-rock world have had three separate successful careers. Lou Barlow is known as much for his solo work as his tenure as the bassist in Dinosaur Jr. and as the founder of the alt-country/folk supergroup Sebadoh. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/20/lou_barlow?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2009 12:55:17 -0600 Cory Chisel performs in The Current studios Growing up in an Appleton, Wis., household separated from pop music, Cory Chisel had to turn to other musical sources for inspiration. Gospel, blues, and Americana all played an important part in shaping his musical voice. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/11/18/corey_chisel?refid=0 Wed, 18 Nov 2009 10:56:58 -0600 David Bazan performs live in The Current studios After nearly 15 years as a band member and side-project collaborator, David Bazan has finally released his debut solo album, "Curse Your Branches", on Barsuk Records. Bazan began his songwriting career as a member of Pedro the Lion in 1995, and has since collaborated with Vic Chesnutt, Micah P. Hinson, and many others. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/28/david_bazan?refid=0 Wed, 28 Oct 2009 15:37:57 -0500 Album Review: The Swell Season - Strict Joy "Strict Joy" is, without a doubt, as grippingly gorgeous a record as anything we've come to expect Glen Hansard to be associated with over the years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/23/album-review-the-swell-season--strict-joy?refid=0 Fri, 23 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500 A Conversation with Brian Eno Brian Eno's career as producer, musician, sonic innovator and experimental artist spans four decades. He spoke with The Current's Steve Seel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/02/conversation-with-brian-eno?refid=0 Fri, 02 Oct 2009 08:41:47 -0500 Sondre Lerche performs in The Current studios Sondre Lerche recorded his debut album "Faces Down" in 2000, which received praise in both Europe and America. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/23/sondre-lerche-in-studio?refid=0 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 09:06:40 -0500 Roger McGuinn performs in The Current studios After 50 years in music, Byrd's founder and guitarist Roger McGuinn continues to tour, perform and record a folk song every week to pay homage to his roots. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/17/roger_mcguinn?refid=0 Thu, 17 Sep 2009 16:01:24 -0500 Mason Jennings live in The Current studio With the release of his eighth album "Blood of Man," Mason Jennings is exploring a world that is remarkably foreign from the one he has called home for seven previous albums. While the electric guitar is in no way a new piece of futuristic equipment, Mason has used it to create a sound that is a bit darker and edgier than anything he has done before. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/15/mason_jennings?refid=0 Tue, 15 Sep 2009 10:48:13 -0500 Album Review: David Bazan - Curse Your Branches What happens when one of the leading lights of Christian-crossover indie rock loses his faith? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/20/album-review-david-bazan--curse-your-branches?refid=0 Tue, 01 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Tori Amos performs live in The Current studios With the release of her tenth studio album, "Abnormally Attracted to Sin," Tori Amos continues to challenge ideas and stereotypes. In her latest record, she peers into concept of attraction. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/06/tori_amos?refid=0 Thu, 06 Aug 2009 11:44:22 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Sonic Youth I can only say that I was "agog" as Thurston Moore and Lee Ranaldo of Sonic Youth sat before me in our studios playing DJ for this latest edition of "Theft of the Dial." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/31/theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Fri, 31 Jul 2009 00:00:00 -0500 The Jayhawks perform in The Current studios The Jayhawks originally formed in the winter of 1985 in Minneapolis. Founding members Gary Louris, Mark Olson, and Marc Perlman haven't performed together as The Jayhawks since 1995 -- until a reunion in Minneapolis earlier this month. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/17/the_jayhawks?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2009 09:46:07 -0500 Policy and a Pint: Think Globally, Eat Locally Want to fill your plate with food from our local farms? It's more complicated than we often realize. Join moderator host Steve Seel, food critic for Minnesota Monthly Dara Moskowitz-Grumdahl and Scott Pampuch, chef at the Corner Table in Minneapolis. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/05/08/policy_eat_locally/?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2009 00:00:00 -0500 M. Ward performs live in The Current studios Having worked with Zooey Deschanel, Jenny Lewis, and Lucinda Williams, one might think the Portland-based singer-songwriter M. (Matt) Ward is the "it guy" to work with if you're a female singer-songwriter. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/25/m_ward?refid=0 Sat, 25 Apr 2009 13:24:11 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Robyn Hitchcock It was a thrill of a lifetime for me to welcome indie-rock statesman Robyn Hitchcock to the DJ booth for a Theft of the Dial today. He was all the things he has the reputation for being: elegant, funny, genteel, and surreal. And he was a great DJ! Listener Mike wrote in during the session and asked, "Steve - can you get him in once a week?" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/24/theft-of-the-dial-robyn-hitchcock?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Cold War Kids perform live in The Current studios Propelled by the support of bloggers early on in their career, the Cold War Kids have maintained their mystique and draw to keep the buzz going. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/15/cold_war_kids?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2009 14:41:37 -0500 Policy and a Pint: Discuss the Budget Breakdown Join Steve Seel as he hosts our first Policy and a Pint of the season, as we analyze "The Budget Breakdown -- from Washington to Minnesota." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/objects_in_mirror/archive/2009/04/policy_and_a_pi.shtml?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Andrew Bird performs in The Current studios Finding his beginnings in The Squirrel Nut Zippers and his rock group A Bowl of Fire, Andrew Bird has grown his folk/rock loop-filled whistling songwriting style into a signature solo sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/13/andrew_bird?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2009 12:39:08 -0500 Halloween, Alaska performs in The Current studios Minneapolis natives Halloween, Alaska have been swiftly spreading their musical prowess since their formation in in 2002. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/10/halloween_alaska?refid=0 Fri, 10 Apr 2009 16:34:22 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Bob Mould What a thrill, what a gas, what a treat it was to have Bob Mould take over the DJ chair for another edition of Theft of the Dial. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/04/03/theft-of-the-dial-bob-mould?refid=0 Fri, 03 Apr 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Dan Auerbach performs in The Current studio Dan Auerbach wants to make records like RZA of the Wu Tang Clan. Like RZA, Auerbach takes his influences and feeds them into music except he takes it into another direction to make his gritty, soulful blues on his new solo album "Keep it Hid." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/03/10/dan_auerbach?refid=0 Tue, 10 Mar 2009 13:02:17 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Michael Franti I can think of no better musician to inaugurate our new feature, Theft of the Dial, than Michael Franti. A gentleman, a wellspring of generosity and positive energy, and also a very funny guy. Oh: and someone with great taste in music too, natch. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/02/18/theft-of-the-dial-michael-franti?refid=0 Wed, 18 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0600 The Hopefuls perform in The Current studios It's been over four-and-a-half years since The Hopefuls released their debut "The Fuses Refuse to Burn." Formerly named The Olympic Hopefuls until the Olympic committee protested, they've had more changes than just their name before the release of their new album, "Now Playing at the One-Seat Theater." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/12/16/the_hopefuls?refid=0 Tue, 16 Dec 2008 12:46:56 -0600 Wayne Coyne brings Christmas to Mars It's natural that the Flaming Lips' new dramatic feature film, Christmas on Mars - conceived by bandleader Wayne Coyne and billed as "a fantastical film freak-out" - should contain all of the psychedelia, drama, humor and hopefulness that fans have come to love about the band's music itself. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/12/15/wayne_coyne?refid=0 Mon, 15 Dec 2008 11:24:55 -0600 Ryan Adams performs in The Current studios Ryan Adams may have left behind the confines of the "alt-country" genre long ago, but the moniker still tends to cling to him - despite having spent a fair chunk of the past decade-plus making music that has drawn from a broad and deep well of influences. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/12/10/ryan_adams?refid=0 Wed, 10 Dec 2008 13:00:22 -0600 Dan Wilson performs in The Current studios Minneapolis' Dan Wilson has been known as many things: frontman in Semisonic and guitarist in Trip Shakespeare, Grammy Award winner for writing The Dixie Chicks' "Not Ready To Make Nice," and producer for two of Mike Doughty's albums. He's also worked with musicians like Rachael Yamagata, Mandy Moore, Jeremy Messersmith, and Jason Mraz. In 2007, Dan Wilson released a solo album, "Free Life" on Rick Rubin's American Recordings. With all of that on his musical resume, he still calls the Twin Cities home. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/12/09/dan_wilson?refid=0 Tue, 09 Dec 2008 10:21:02 -0600 A conversation with Noel Gallagher of Oasis Oasis formed in Manchester, England, in 1993. The groups just released their eighth studio album, "Dig Out Your Soul." Steve Seel talked with Noel Gallagher about a recent fan attack and the Gallagher's fascination with guns. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/24/oasis?refid=0 Wed, 26 Nov 2008 13:00:00 -0600 Policy and a Pint : The Economic Meltdown Jonathan Guyton, Principal of Cornerstone Wealth Advisors and Senior economics editor Chris Farrell joined host Steve Seel to answer the urgent questions people have about their money, their job and their community. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/23/polcy_and_a_pint?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2008 15:49:30 -0500 Policy and a Pint: The Economic Meltdown Jonathan Guyton, Principal of Cornerstone Wealth Advisors and Senior economics editor Chris Farrell joined host Steve Seel to answer the urgent questions people have about their money, their job and their community. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/23/polcy_and_a_pint/?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Minus The Bear performs in The Current studios While songs titled "Hey, Wanna Throw Up?" and "Lemurs, Man, Lemurs," may be what grabs your attention about Minus the Bear, the catchy and polished songwriting will keep you listening. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/15/minus_the_bear?refid=0 Wed, 15 Oct 2008 14:29:54 -0500 Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons perform in The Current studios Growing up with a preacher father and a piano-playing mother, Cory Chisel combines both influences of story-teller and musician to craft his soulful folk sound. Toss in his uncle's record collection and a handful of musicians from around the Chicago and Appleton, Wisconsin area and you've got Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/13/cory_chisel?refid=0 Mon, 13 Oct 2008 10:55:37 -0500 Ani DiFranco performs live in The Current studios In her nearly twenty years on the music scene, Ani DiFranco has become a dynamic independent force. She's touring to support her latest album, the 2008 release "Red Letter Year." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/03/ani_difranco?refid=0 Fri, 03 Oct 2008 16:21:13 -0500 A backstage conversation with Beck Beck, whose career launched in 1994 in Los Angeles after his hit song "Loser" was played on the radio, has developed a career that continues to shape and influence music as much today as it did when he began. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/10/01/beck?refid=0 Wed, 01 Oct 2008 16:10:45 -0500 Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings perform in the Current studios New York's Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings have been kicking out impeccable, James Brown-esque throwback funk and soul for nearly a decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/08/22/sharon-jones-and-the-dap-kings?refid=0 Fri, 22 Aug 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Bitter:Sweet perform in The Current studio Craigslist is known as a place to sell your old couch or buy a new bike, but for the elecro-trip-pop duo Bitter:Sweet, it's a place to find your bandmate. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/08/05/bittersweet?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2008 14:14:01 -0500 Joshua James performs in The Current studio This Lincoln, NE native didn't start playing the guitar seriously until he was twenty years old. After traveling through Venezuela South America and seeing another country's culture, Joshua had an eye opening experience and began to utilize what he had seen, learned and felt into inspiration for song writing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/07/23/joshua_james?refid=0 Wed, 23 Jul 2008 15:50:51 -0500 Policy and a Pint: The China Tradeoff China is rapidly emerging as a global "super-competitor," which will have a huge impact on our economy, our national security, and our quality of life right here in Minnesota. China's influence was the topic of a recent Policy and a Pint discussion, hosted by the Current's Steve Seel. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/07/10/policy_and_a_pint?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Policy and a Pint: The China Tradeoff Host Steve Seel was joined by Ambassador Alan Holmer, special envoy for China and the Strategic Economic Dialogue, and Tony Lorusso, executive director of the Minnesota Trade Office, at the Varsity Theater on July 10. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/07/10/policy_and_a_pint/?refid=0 Thu, 10 Jul 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Aimee Mann performs in The Current studio Aimee Mann came to the national spotlight in 1984 with the song "Voices Carry" by her band 'Til Tuesday. Since then, she has gone on to a successful solo career, distributing her own music via her label SuperEgo Records, recording a Christmas album, and getting her toe cut off in the movie The Big Lebowski. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/06/12/aimee_mann?refid=0 Mon, 16 Jun 2008 16:48:39 -0500 Policy and a Pint: The Mortgage Meltdown Host Steve Seel talked with guests Richard Todd (from the Federal Reserve) and Star Tribune personal finance writer Kara McGuire about the current mortgage situation and what consumers need to know about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/05/20/policy_pint?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Policy and a Pint: The Mortgage Meltdown Host Steve Seel talked with guests Richard Todd (from the Federal Reserve) and Star Tribune personal finance writer Kara McGuire about the current mortgage situation and what consumers need to know about it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/05/20/policy_pint/?refid=0 Thu, 15 May 2008 00:00:00 -0500 Cameron McGill performs in The Current studios Cameron McGill was born in Champaign-Urbana, IL, in 1977 and spent his childhood years listening to his father's music collection which included The Beach Boys, Neil Young, Willie Nelson, and Johnny Cash. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/05/12/cameron_mcgill?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2008 11:58:38 -0500 Tokyo Police Club performs in The Current studio Tokyo Police Club formed in 2005 in the wake of the breakup of their previous band. That summer they began performing live and later that fall they played the Montreal Pop Festival. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/05/07/tokyo_police_club?refid=0 Wed, 07 May 2008 10:36:45 -0500 Dosh performs in The Current studio After spending most of 2007 on the road touring as a solo artist and as a member of Andrew Bird's band, Martin Dosh's "Wolves And Wishes" will be released in May 2008 and is the fourth Dosh full-length studio project. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/05/02/dosh?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2008 10:48:39 -0500 The Watson Twins perform in The Current studio In 2006, The Watson Twins release their EP "Southern Manners" with songs from the record being featured on Grey's Anatomy, The Sundance Film Festival Web site, and independent film soundtracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/05/01/the_watson_twins?refid=0 Fri, 02 May 2008 10:00:25 -0500 Elbow performs live in The Current studio The band Elbow referred to themselves as "prog without the solos" and they said it without winking. In 2008 the band released their latest effort, "The Seldom Seen Kid." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/04/30/elbow?refid=0 Wed, 30 Apr 2008 10:34:43 -0500 American Music Club performs in The Current studios From the mid-'80s to the mid-'90s, American Music Club were one of the most acclaimed U.S. underground bands. They had recorded seven albums before finally calling it a day. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/04/10/american_music_club?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2008 10:00:00 -0500 The Editors performs in The Current studios From a 1,000 copies limited-release single at the start of 2005 to having their beer "borrowed" by Paul McCartney and a platinum album, Editors have done it their way and triumphed. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/01/29/editors?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2008 14:35:05 -0600 Toumani Diabate performs in The Current studios Toumani Diabate comes from a long family tradition of kora players including his father, Sidiki Diabate, who recorded the first ever kora album in 1970. In September 2005, Toumani Diabate released In the Heart of the Moon, a collaboration with the late Ali Farka Toure, his mentor. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/01/29/_toumani_diabate?refid=0 Tue, 29 Jan 2008 10:35:46 -0600 Bon Iver performs in The Current studios Bon Iver's debut release "For Emma, Forever Ago," a nine-song album, came together at a remote cabin in the woods of Northwestern Wisconsin. All of his personal troubles,including heartache, longing, love, loss, and guilt was purged into the form of song. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/01/17/bon_iver?refid=0 Thu, 17 Jan 2008 15:48:24 -0600 Small Sins perform in The Current studios On the tail end of their tour supporting their sophomore release "Mood Swings," the Toronto-based indie-rock quintet Small Sins used an eclectic mix of a chain, bells, a drum machine and an omnichord during their in studio performance at The Current. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/11/21/small_sins?refid=0 Wed, 21 Nov 2007 10:23:12 -0600 Shout Out Louds perform in The Current studio Shout Out Louds are a band originally from Stockholm, Sweden. They've known each other since they were youngsters and started playing together in 2001. "Our Ill Wills" is their latest release and the first on their new label Merge Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/18/shout_out_louds?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2007 14:44:22 -0500 Policy and a Pint : The Death of Environmentalism The Current and The Citizens League opened the 2007 season of Policy and a Pint with Michael Shellenberger, co-author of "Break Through." With Ted Nordhaus, Shellenberger stirred up controversy a few years ago when with an essay called "The Death of Environmentalism." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/18/breakthrough?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2007 13:05:43 -0500 Policy and a Pint: The Death of Environmentalism The Current and The Citizens League opened the 2007 season of Policy and a Pint with Michael Shellenberger, co-author of "Break Through." With Ted Nordhaus, Shellenberger stirred up controversy a few years ago when with an essay called "The Death of Environmentalism." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/18/breakthrough/?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2007 00:00:00 -0500 Suzanne Vega performs in the Current studio Beauty & Crime is Suzanne Vega's first studio album in six years. It is also her debut release on Blue Note Records, and for fans that have grown up with Suzanne it's a revealing look into her evolution as a singer and songwriter. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/02/suzanne_vega?refid=0 Tue, 02 Oct 2007 10:37:53 -0500 Olu Dara performs in the Current studio He got his start playing avant-garde jazz in the 1960s, but Olu Dara has finally developed his own style of West African jazz-meets-blues-meets-groove. His musical talent rubbed off on his son, the well-known rap artist Nas. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/10/01/olu_dara?refid=0 Mon, 01 Oct 2007 14:34:39 -0500 Augie March performs in the Current studio The group chose the name "Augie March" in reference to the book The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow, attributing the choice to the way in which Bellow's descriptive and poetic language reflected singer/songwriter/guitarist Glenn Richards own song writing style. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/27/augie_march?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2007 10:28:58 -0500 The National perform in the Current studio Described as darkly melodic, The National originated in Cincinnati, but came together in Brooklyn. They have recently released Boxer, their follow-up to their 2005 release Alligator. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/20/the_national?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2007 14:32:00 -0500 Chow Nasty performs in the Current studio Songs performed: "Ungawa," "Hey, Hot Tomato," and "Sugartooth." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/08/01/chow_nasty?refid=0 Thu, 02 Aug 2007 11:37:24 -0500 Blitzen Trapper performs in the Current studio Oregon-based Blitzen Trapper is on track to win over new fans with their latest CD "Wild Mountain Nation" which was released on June 12, 2007. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/07/30/blitzen_trapper?refid=0 Mon, 30 Jul 2007 09:33:29 -0500 Geek Squad founder Robert Stephens keeps technology in perspective Robert Stephens founded the Geek Squad as a one-man operation in the early '90s. Now the Geek Squad has agents across the U.S. -- and even abroad -- working to help people with their technology conundrums. However, technology doesn't drive him; how it will help his life and his family is what really interests him. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2007/07/27/20070727_robert_stephens?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jul 2007 16:17:14 -0500 Policy and a Pint: The Price of Gas How does the price at the pump get priced? Is it truly just a function of supply and demand or is it being manipulated along the way to wring out extra profits? Steve Seel was joined by Akshay Rao and David Strom to talk about how much we should be paying, where the money is going and whether affordable gas is a luxury or a necessity for the American economy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/07/19/policy_and_a_pint?refid=0 Fri, 20 Jul 2007 11:53:09 -0500 Robbers on High Street perform in the Current studio New York's Robbers on High Street stopped by about dining adventures at South by Southwest, who gets to be in control of the music while riding in the tour van, and their love of bowling in the Twin Cities. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/07/13/robbers_on_high_street?refid=0 Fri, 13 Jul 2007 17:47:41 -0500 Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles perform in the Current studio Sarah Borges & The Broken Singles began with the intention of just some friends getting together on Sunday afternoons to drink some beer and play some cover songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/28/sarah_borges?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jun 2007 13:52:15 -0500 Xavier Rudd performs in the Current studio On his newest CD, "White Moth," Australian Xavier Rudd charts his spiritual journey over the past few years. On this release, he pays respect to Australia's indigenous people, and features guest vocals from Aboriginal singers. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/20/xavier_rudd?refid=0 Wed, 20 Jun 2007 10:13:58 -0500 Sound Team perform in the Current studio It was about a year ago that Sound Team visited the Current studios. They have been touring as a five piece band for a little over two years now. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/07/sound_team?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jun 2007 10:13:29 -0500 Eleni Mandell performs in the Current studios Eleni Mandell's debut album Fishbone was released in 1999 to rave reviews including being named best local singer by the Los Angeles Magazine and best song writer by the Los Angeles Weekly. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/01/eleni_mandell?refid=0 Fri, 01 Jun 2007 15:26:42 -0500 The Last Town Chorus performs in the Current studio The sound of The Last Town Chorus can be described by a room full of people and each individual will undoubtedly have their own take on it. The lap steel guitar adds another layer of melody to their refreshing sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/05/11/last_town_chorus?refid=0 Thu, 24 May 2007 11:07:38 -0500 Umbrella Sequence perform in the Current studio While the Minneapolis-based Umbrella Sequence utilize the basic guitar/drums/vocals of their indie-rock peers, they also use a smattering of laptops, drum machines, and an old-school Nintendo Gameboy to achieve their distinctive sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/05/10/umbrella_sequence?refid=0 Thu, 10 May 2007 10:55:26 -0500 Air in the Current studio In the 9 years since Air's "Moon Safari" became one of electronic music's most celebrated recordings - while simultaneously helping to redefine the genre itself - the duo of Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin have emerged as increasingly detail-oriented soundscapers, and sought-after collaborators as well. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/05/02/air?refid=0 Wed, 02 May 2007 10:07:13 -0500 Love of Diagrams perform in the Current studio Melbourne's Love of Diagrams sound like they emerged from the early '80s. They've got a choppy, call-and-response sound similar to Mission of Burma. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/04/26/love_of_diagrams?refid=0 Thu, 26 Apr 2007 10:48:27 -0500 Vieux Farka Toure performs in The Current studios Vieux Farka Toure's father, like many parents before him, did not want his son to become a musician. And like many children before him, Vieux ignored his father's wishes and took up the guitar. The added little twist to this timeless tale is that Vieux's father was Ali Farka Toure, one of the most celebrated Malian musicians of all time. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/04/23/20070423_vieux_farka_toure?refid=0 Wed, 25 Apr 2007 22:40:09 -0500 Policy and a Pint: Comptroller General David Walker David Walker has made it his mission to warn Americans about the perils of the national debt for future generations. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/04/24/david_walker/?refid=0 Wed, 18 Apr 2007 00:00:00 -0500 The Long Winters perform in studio The Seattle based band has gone through quite a few members since their 2001 debut, but one thing remains consistent - their dynamic sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/21/long_winters?refid=0 Wed, 21 Mar 2007 11:15:41 -0500 Andrew Bird: Live from SXSW Whistle once on an album and you may be doomed to be tagged as a whistler forever. Luckily for Andrew Bird, famed in the indie rock world for his whistling, might be able to pass the torch to whistlers-du-jour Peter Bjorn and John. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/16/andrew_bird?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2007 13:05:42 -0500 Tom Morello: Live from SXSW After years being a member - an outspoken member - of big bands such as Audioslave and Rage Against the Machine, Tom Morello is stepping out on his own. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/16/tom_morello?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2007 12:00:50 -0500 Fujiya & Miyagi: Live from SXSW There are great rock songs with meaningful lyrics that touch you and change your life. Fujiya & Miyagi don't write those kind of songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/16/fujiya_miyagi?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2007 12:00:48 -0500 Antibalas: Live from SXSW Nigerian musician Fela Kuti invented Afro-beat, the blend of jazz, funk and traditional African music that was the introduction to "world" music for many Americans. Antibalas, a Brooklyn-based collective of about 17 musicians, carry on Fela's legacy of making danceable, politically aware songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/16/antibalas?refid=0 Fri, 16 Mar 2007 11:45:48 -0500 The Sights: Live from SXSW Eddie Baranek and organist-bassist Bobby Emmett come from Detroit and play swaggering garage rock. They've been touring with their self-titled album that includes the single "Just Got Robbed," which sounds like a staple of classic rock stations even though it was written in 2005. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/15/sights?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2007 13:27:08 -0500 Prototypes: Live from SXSW Since forming in 2003, Gallic rockers Prototypes have already landed a top-ten single in France and enlivened both underground clubs and contemporary European art scenes with their punchy electronic rock. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/15/prototypes?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2007 11:45:39 -0500 Peter Bjorn and John: Live from SXSW The sentence that follows is grammatically correct, it's just that the Swedish trio Peter Bjorn and John don't like commas. The group formed in Stockholm in 1999, but only really broke out with their third album and the single "Young Folks" which has been a hit in Australia, the UK, their home country and, of course, on YouTube. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/15/peter_bjorn_john?refid=0 Thu, 15 Mar 2007 11:00:00 -0500 Policy and a Pint: Health Care Handcuffs On March 7, 2007 89.3 The Current and The Citizens League host "Policy and a Pint: Health Care Handcuffs" at the Varsity Theater. Steve Seel hosted and the guests were MPR's chief economic reporter Chris Farrell and economist Steve Parente. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/07/policy_pint?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2007 16:17:00 -0600 Policy and a Pint: Health Care Handcuffs Steve Seel hosted and the guests were MPR's chief economic reporter Chris Farrell and economist Steve Parente. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/07/policy_pint/?refid=0 Wed, 07 Mar 2007 00:00:00 -0600 Six Parts Seven makes music the focus When the band Six Parts Seven was founded, they made a decision: they didn't want beautiful music ruined by poor vocals, so rather than wait for the perfect singer they decided to go instrumental. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/02/28/six_part_seven?refid=0 Thu, 01 Mar 2007 12:56:38 -0600 Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter Sometimes, a band-name just seems self-evident. Jesse Sykes woke up one day to find she'd lost her band and her marriage, and guitarist Phil Wandscher had just departed the group Whiskeytown. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/02/20/jesse_sykes?refid=0 Tue, 20 Feb 2007 14:34:58 -0600 The evolution of Kristin Hersh Kristin Hersh has never had much for a career path, but the evolution of her music has always worked itself out. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/02/08/kristin_hersh?refid=0 Thu, 08 Feb 2007 14:32:42 -0600 The question of The Good, the Bad, and the Queen Many are calling it a "supergroup," but whatever you do, don't call it a "band." In fact, The Good, The Bad, and The Queen -- the new project from Blur frontman (and Gorillaz founder) Damon Albarn -- is apparently the name of the album, not the group itself. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/01/23/gbq?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jan 2007 13:12:20 -0600 Sonya Kitchell performs in studio Sonya Kitchell's rare gift may result from some fortuitous conspiracy of genetics and environment, or it may be the manifestation of something more mystical -- but there's certainly no denying her exceptional talent. Kitchell is an eloquent songwriter, dazzling singer and old soul who just happens to be 17 years of age. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/11/28/sonya_kitchell?refid=0 Tue, 28 Nov 2006 16:41:01 -0600 Bon Savants perform in studio The Bon Savants' first album, "Post-Rock Defends the Nation," is a revelation. But for the Savants, who have long enjoyed a reputation as one of the smartest bands in Boston - frontman Thom Moran is a rocket scientist at MIT - an intelligent, cohesive album isn't enough. There is the small matter of actually selling "Post-Rock." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/11/22/bon_savants?refid=0 Wed, 22 Nov 2006 16:32:35 -0600 Heartless Bastards perform in studio Heartless Bastards are a power trio whose members have taken a no-frills approach to life and music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/11/02/heartless_bastards?refid=0 Thu, 02 Nov 2006 11:21:51 -0600 Kaki King performs in studio Kaki King is known for her work on the acoustic guitar, but her newest album is a bit of a departure from her previous work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/10/11/kaki_king?refid=0 Wed, 11 Oct 2006 11:07:29 -0500 Annie Stela performs in studio Annie Stela got her start playing the piano as a kid. She didn't like the lessons at first; it wasn't the practice, but the fact she had to play songs written by other people. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/10/06/annie_stela?refid=0 Fri, 06 Oct 2006 09:48:15 -0500 Yonder Mountain String Band performs live in studio The Yonder Mountain String Band are jam band which follows the bluegrass revolution of old-time instrumentation performing new and non-traditional songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/09/29/yonder_mountain?refid=0 Fri, 29 Sep 2006 10:24:56 -0500 Calexico's sound shifts like the desert sand When a new Calexico record comes out, you never know quite how it will sound. The band has been influenced by jazz, folk, fado, French chanson and good, old-fashioned rock 'n' roll. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/09/28/calexico?refid=0 Thu, 28 Sep 2006 14:32:50 -0500 Birdmonster - in studio Hailing from San Francisco and embracing a D.I.Y. ethos for their music and touring, Birdmonster is currently bringing their brand of punk-with-banjos music on tour to support their first full-length "No Midnight." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/09/18/birdmonster?refid=0 Mon, 18 Sep 2006 13:04:48 -0500 Cibelle - in studio Cibelle makes use of a variety of elements to create unique, imaginative and enchanting pieces of music. Including; acoustic instrumentation, electronic processing, noise guitars, children's toys, and pure melodies carried by her unmistakable moving voice. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/09/14/cibelle?refid=0 Thu, 14 Sep 2006 14:34:29 -0500 Cracker performs in studio Cracker may be considered a somewhat traditional rock band, yet singer/guitarist David Lowery's roots were anything but traditional since he's fronted the '80s outfit Camper Van Beethoven. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/08/31/cracker?refid=0 Thu, 31 Aug 2006 08:46:48 -0500 Ghostland Observatory - in studio Thomas Turner and Aaron Behrens are the duo that makes up Ghostland Observatory. With their blend of electronics, drums, guitar and vocals, they have emerged with a sound that is the culmination of past influence and present inspiration. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/08/19/ghostland_observatory?refid=0 Sat, 19 Aug 2006 11:02:57 -0500 Golden Smog - in studio What started out as a not-so-serious diversion involving members some of the Midwest's most popular bands has transmogrified into on of the Midwest's most popular bands. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/07/20/golden_smog?refid=0 Thu, 20 Jul 2006 14:03:34 -0500 Policy and a Pint: Elections 101 We all know that politics and money "go together." The conventional wisdom says that it takes money to get elected.. But does more money always mean a better chance of winning? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/07/13/policy_pint/?refid=0 Thu, 13 Jul 2006 00:00:00 -0500 Sound Team - in studio The Austin, Texas band Sound Team are D.I.Y. kind of people. They began making their own cassettes to hand out, silk-screening t-shirts themselves and still enjoy shooting videos to accompany their music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/06/26/sound_team?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jun 2006 17:04:56 -0500 Psapp perform in studio The English indie-rock duo Psapp (pronounced sap) feature Carim Clasmann and Galia Durant. Their collaboration creates a poppy mix of electro-beats and sultry singing. Their 2006 release The Only Thing I Ever Wanted provides a more focused look into their quirky song-writing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/06/23/psapp?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jun 2006 14:14:40 -0500 Juana Molina - in studio Singer/songwriter Juana Molina is best known in South America as a comedic television actress, but her unique, surprising, and atmospheric songs have brought her comparisons to Lisa Germano and Beth Orton. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/06/23/juana_molina?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jun 2006 09:57:04 -0500 Film School - in studio San Francisco-based Film School has a flair for majestic swirls of layered guitar and keyboards, which they juxtapose with driving, and sometimes jagged, melodies. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/05/15/film_school?refid=0 Mon, 15 May 2006 14:42:09 -0500 Policy and a Pint: The Future of Minnesota's Environment Steve Seel discusses personal environment decisions with Larry Baker, Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota's Water Resources Center, Kristin Nelson, assistant professor for the Department of Forest Resources and Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, and John Curry, campaign director for the Minnesota Campaign for Conservation. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/04/20/policy_pint/?refid=0 Thu, 20 Apr 2006 00:00:00 -0500 KaiserCartel perform in studio KaiserCartel perform "Okay," "Dead on the Lawn," and "Before " http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/12/21/kaiser_cartel?refid=0 Wed, 21 Dec 2005 09:59:42 -0600 Brandi Carlile performs in studio Brandi Carlile performs "What Can I Say," "Down Pour," and "Hallelujah" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/12/08/brandi_carlile?refid=0 Thu, 08 Dec 2005 09:29:46 -0600 Goapele performs in studio Goapele performs "A Change Is Gonna Come," "Find A Way," and "First Love" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/12/02/goapele?refid=0 Fri, 02 Dec 2005 09:25:31 -0600 Super Furry Animals perform in studio Super Furry Animals perform "Laser Beam," "The Horn," and "Colonize the Moon" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/21/super_furry_animals?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2005 16:00:00 -0600 Annie Hayden performs in studio Annie Hayden performs "Cattomia" and "Weather" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/18/annie_hayden?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2005 15:46:55 -0600 Eliza Gilkyson performs in studio Eliza Gilkyson performs "Borderline," "Jedidiah 1777," and "Think About You" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/18/eliza_gilkyson?refid=0 Fri, 18 Nov 2005 15:38:10 -0600 Headlights perform in studio Headlights perform "Tokyo," "Everybody Needs A Fence To Lean On," and "Centuries" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/16/headlights?refid=0 Wed, 16 Nov 2005 15:28:57 -0600 Erin McKeown performs in studio Erin McKeown joined Steve Seel in the Current studios to perform and discuss the songwriting process for for her new album, We Will Become Like Birds. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/10/12/erin_mckeown?refid=0 Wed, 12 Oct 2005 13:38:54 -0500 The Double perform in studio The Double perform "Up All Night," "Idiocy," and "In the Fog" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/10/07/double?refid=0 Fri, 07 Oct 2005 12:26:56 -0500 Inara George performs in studio Inara George performs "Fools Work," "Genius," and "Famous Blue Raincoat" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/09/23/inara_george?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2005 11:53:10 -0500 Michael Penn performs in studio Michael Penn performs "Walter Reed," "A Bad Sign," and "Long Way Down" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/09/21/michael_penn?refid=0 Wed, 21 Sep 2005 11:41:05 -0500 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club perform in studio Peter Hayes and Robert Levon Been of BRMC stopped by the Current studios to chat with Steve Seel about their blues-inspired rock and to perform acoustic versions of songs from their latest album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/09/19/black_rebel_motorcyle_club?refid=0 Mon, 19 Sep 2005 10:48:58 -0500 Whisper in the Noise perform in studio Frontman West Thordson formed the group in 2002 and in that short time they've gone on to play the prestigious All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in England that was curated by Tortoise and Mogwai. They joined Steve Seel in the Current studios to perform their signature dark atmospheric songs from their latest release, "As the Bluebird Sings." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/08/25/a_whisper_in_the_noise?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2005 10:02:03 -0500 Sunday Runners perform in studio Sunday Runners perform "Elected," "Evolver," and "Finally" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/08/25/sunday_runners?refid=0 Thu, 25 Aug 2005 09:57:28 -0500 Skeletons and the Girl-Faced Boys perform in studio Skeletons is the monikor for NYC native Matt Mehlan and his various friends make up the Girl-Faced Boy. They're one of the few 'rock' bands on the electronic label Ghostly International, and that's using the term lightly. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/08/23/skeletons_and_the_girl_faced_boys?refid=0 Tue, 23 Aug 2005 09:53:11 -0500 Aimee Mann in-studio appearance Aimee Mann, lead singer of the influential band Til Tuesday, is currently touring in support of her newest solo album "The Forgotten Arm." Aimee took some time before heading to her next tour stop to speak with The Current's Steve Seel. http://news.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/2005/08/02_newsroom_aimeemann/?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2005 17:15:00 -0500 Aimee Mann performs in studio Aimee Mann performs "That's How I Knew This," "Going Through The Motions," and "Little Bombs" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/08/02/aimee_mann?refid=0 Tue, 02 Aug 2005 09:20:15 -0500 Shelby Lynne performs in our studio Shelby Lynne performs "Where Am I Now?" "You're the Man," and "Johnny Met June http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/07/22/shelby_lynne?refid=0 Fri, 22 Jul 2005 16:16:03 -0500 Troubled Hubble perform in our studio The young group joined Steve Seel in the Current studios to perform their bittersweet pop songs from their latest release, Making Beds in a Burning House. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/07/18/troubled_hubble?refid=0 Mon, 18 Jul 2005 15:53:52 -0500 Mobius Band performs in studio The Brooklyn-based trio stand out as one of a handful of rock bands on electronic label Ghostly International. They joined Steve Seel in the Current studios to talk about their early days and perform their electronic-infused rock songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/06/08/mobius_band?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jun 2005 14:55:52 -0500 Ida perform in studio Ida perform "Pain Of Loving You," "Honeyslide," and "Love Below" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/06/03/ida?refid=0 Fri, 03 Jun 2005 14:49:53 -0500 Reflections on Bach's Birthday Cellist Pablo Casals called Bach's creations &quot;the greatest and purest music of all time.&quot; We'll be hearing a lot of Bach's music this week as we celebrate his 319th birthday. Five Minnesota Public Radio hosts share personal reflections. http://music.minnesota.publicradio.org/features/0403_bach/?refid=0 Mon, 22 Mar 2004 09:00:00 -0600