Minnesota Public Radio features by Jill Riley http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30147 en-us Copyright 2015 Minnesota Public Radio Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:08:09 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Jill Riley http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 9:30 Coffee Break: 'Legal' Songs As law grads in Minnesota and across the U.S. prepare for their bar exams today and tomorrow, listener (and recent law grad) Matt suggests a legal-themed Coffee Break. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention some aspect of the legal system? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/28/930-coffee-break-legal-songs?refid=0 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: City Geography Listener Mark of Minneapolis heard 'West End Girls' and suggested a 'parts of town' Coffee Break theme. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that are about a section of a city? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/27/930-coffee-break-city-geography?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: All Bands North As The Current's staff head to Duluth for a weekend of summer fun and live music, we're thinking about bands from places north of The Current's HQ in St. Paul, Minn. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear by bands who are from cities located north of St. Paul? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/24/930-coffee-break-all-bands-north?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Gone Too Soon As we remember Amy Winehouse who died on this day in 2011 at age 27, we'll commemorate her and other musicians who left us far too soon. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear by musicians who died at age 27? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/23/930-coffee-break-gone-too-soon?refid=0 Thu, 23 Jul 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Chilling in a Hammock July 22 is Hammock Day! For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear while relaxing in a hammock? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/22/930-coffee-break-chilling-in-a-hammock?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jul 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Calling an Audible For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that feature a singer or bandleader giving an audible cue to an instrumentalist or section? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/21/930-coffee-break-calling-an-audible?refid=0 Tue, 21 Jul 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Great Screamers On the heels of a recent study that analyzed what makes a scream a good scream, we're celebrating those vocalists who expertly incorporate screams into their arrangements. For today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear by music's great screamers? Naturally, if the song you're requesting contains an example scream, the better. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/20/930-coffee-break-great-screamers?refid=0 Mon, 20 Jul 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Eaux Claires artists There's a lot of excitement happening on the eastern edge of The Current's broadcast area, so let's celebrate: What songs do you want to hear by artists who are playing the Eaux Claires Music and Arts Festival? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/17/930-coffee-break-eaux-claires-artists?refid=0 Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Phone Numbers Phoning the Hall & Oates Emergency Hotline earlier this morning inspired our Coffee Break for today: What songs do you want to hear that contain or that reference phone numbers? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/16/930-coffee-break-phone-numbers?refid=0 Thu, 16 Jul 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Name Changes As more scrutiny and attention is being placed on a possible name change for Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis, for today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear by artists &#151; solo performers or bands &#151; who have changed their names? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/15/930-coffee-break-name-changes?refid=0 Wed, 15 Jul 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Bastille Day Let's join in the Bastille Day celebrations by listening to music by French artists for today's Coffee Break. What songs by French artists do you want to hear? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/14/930-coffee-break-bastille-day?refid=0 Tue, 14 Jul 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Planets As NASA's New Horizons spacecraft readies to fly past dwarf-planet Pluto on the fringes of our solar system, for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention the planets or name-check planets? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/13/930-coffee-break-planets?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jul 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Christmas in July It's midway through the year, the forecast calls for 'smokin' hot' ... so let's have Christmas in July! For today's Coffee Break, what Yuletide tunes do you want to hear? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/10/930-coffee-break-christmas-in-july?refid=0 Fri, 10 Jul 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Happy 40th Birthday, Jack White As Jack White marks his 40th birthday, let's have a little party for him: What songs by Jack White -- in his various incarnations -- do you want to hear? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/09/930-coffee-break-happy-40th-birthday-jack-white?refid=0 Thu, 09 Jul 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Not Just for Kids In light of a new coloring-book trend among adults, for today's Coffee Break, we're wondering what songs you want to hear that are equally enjoyable for kids and grownups? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/08/930-coffee-break-not-just-for-kids?refid=0 Wed, 08 Jul 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Smoke Wildfires in Canada have affected air quality in Minnesota as plumes of smoke hung over much of the state on Monday. Conditions have improved today, but for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that include the word "smoke" in the title or lyrics? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/07/930-coffee-break-smoke?refid=0 Tue, 07 Jul 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Quick Strikes For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, let's celebrate Carli Lloyd's fastest hat trick in World Cup history by playing your favorite short songs. What songs do you want to hear that are over quickly but are still awesome? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/06/930-coffee-break-quick-strikes?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Periodic Table of Elements For today's Coffee Break, we're asking: What songs do you want to hear that reference the periodic table either in the song title or the artist name? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/30/930-coffee-break-periodic-table-of-elements?refid=0 Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Mandolin Songs After Garrison Keillor revealed plans for easing into retirement by having mandolin player Chris Thile guest-host 'A Prairie Home Companion', we're asking: What songs do you want to hear that feature mandolin? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/29/930-coffee-break-mandolin-songs?refid=0 Mon, 29 Jun 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Artists who rock with Pride Let's celebrate the beginning of Twin Cities Pride Weekend on today's Coffee Break: What songs do you want to hear that are by artists who rock with Pride? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/26/930-coffee-break-artists-who-rock-with-pride?refid=0 Fri, 26 Jun 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Rock that Anger Out Extreme music - such as heavy metal - can positively influence those experiencing anger, a study by The University of Queensland has revealed. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that help you process your anger? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/25/930-coffee-break-rock-that-anger-out?refid=0 Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Road-Trip Songs Nicole from River Falls, Wis., recently went on a road trip with her family, and she'd like to hear more traveling music. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear make for a good road-trip soundtrack? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/24/930-coffee-break-roadtrip-songs?refid=0 Wed, 24 Jun 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Hologram Hopefuls Patsy Cline is taking the stage again next year &#151; 52 years after her death, in hologram form. So for today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear by late artists that you'd like to see perform in hologram form? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/23/coffee-break-hologram-hopefuls?refid=0 Tue, 23 Jun 2015 08:30:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: A Meaningful Pause Trish, a listener from Elk River, Minn., emailed us today about how some of her favorite songs use a pause to great effect. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that use a pause (or rest) to great effect? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/22/930-coffee-break-a-meaningful-pause?refid=0 Mon, 22 Jun 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Songs for Sunshine Let's all send some positive energy out into the atmosphere as we hope for a sunny weekend for Rock the Garden. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs for sunshine do you want to hear? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/19/930-coffee-break-songs-for-sunshine?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jun 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Flowers and Plants All this talk about Rock the Garden has us thinking a lot about actual gardens and the flowers and plants that grow in them. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention flowers or other plants? Send us your request. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/18/930-coffee-break-flowers-and-plants?refid=0 Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Car Songs As the Minnesota Street Rod Association (MSRA) gets ready to celebrate its 'Back to the '50s' classic-car show, for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs that mention a car in the title or lyrics do you want to hear? Send us your request. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/17/930-coffee-break-car-songs?refid=0 Wed, 17 Jun 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Count-offs Last week, retired NASA employee Jack King, whose iconic countdowns earned him the nickname "the voice of Apollo," passed away at age 84. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, let's honor Jack King: What songs do you want to hear that feature an audible count-off? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/16/930-coffee-break-countoffs?refid=0 Tue, 16 Jun 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Songs Produced by Greg Kurstin Earlier this morning, we debuted a new song by Beck, 'Dreams'. The song was produced by Greg Kurstin, who has produced a large number of artists heard on The Current. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, let's celebrate Kurstin's work. What songs do you want to hear that were produced by Greg Kurstin? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/15/930-coffee-break-songs-produced-by-greg-kurstin?refid=0 Mon, 15 Jun 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Color + Animal In honor of the Blue Ox Festival taking place in Eau Claire, Wis., what songs do you want to hear that have a color plus an animal named in the title? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/12/930-coffee-break-color--animal?refid=0 Fri, 12 Jun 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Breaking up is hard to - d'oh! After revelations that Marge and Homer Simpson will legally separate during season 27 of <em>The Simpsons</em>, what breakup songs do you want to hear for Homer and Marge? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/11/930-coffee-break-breaking-up-is-hard-to-annoyed-grunt?refid=0 Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Accordion Our Coffee Break idea today comes from Marissa in Columbia Heights, Minn., who wants some attention given to accordion. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that feature accordion among the instruments? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/10/930-coffee-break-accordion?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jun 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: 'Hot' Songs According tp Paul Huttner, today is going to be the hottest day so far this summer. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear with 'hot' in the title or prominently in the lyrics? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/09/930-coffee-break-hot-songs?refid=0 Tue, 09 Jun 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Footwear Nancy Sinatra sang, 'These Boots Are Made for Walkin', but there are a lot of songs that reference footwear. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that reference footwear? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/08/930-coffee-break-footwear?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jun 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Butterfly Songs As plans are proposed to turn the I-35 corridor into a butterfly-friendly habitat in order to protect these vital pollinators, we're wondering: What songs do you want to hear that have "butterfly" or "butterflies" in the title or lyrics? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/05/930-coffee-break-butterfly-songs?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Name-checking the Rolling Stones Last night, Mick Jagger name-checked numerous local landmarks and cultural touchpoints. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, let's return the favor. What songs do you want to hear that name-check the Rolling Stones -- the band itself, band members, song titles or lyrics? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/04/930-coffee-break-namechecking-the-rolling-stones?refid=0 Thu, 04 Jun 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Spelling S-O-N-G-S As the National Spelling Bee wraps up another brilliant year, it got us thinking about how many songs there are that spell out words in the lyrics. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that spell out words in the lyrics? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/29/930-coffee-break-spelling-songs?refid=0 Fri, 29 May 2015 07:19:27 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Actors Turned Musicians Jenny Lewis released a video for "She's Not Me" that pokes fun at her childhood acting career yesterday. For today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear by actors turned musicians? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/28/coffee-break-actors-turned-musicians?refid=0 Thu, 28 May 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: I Feel Ya We're getting feel-y today for the Coffee Break: What songs do you want to hear that feature the word "feel" in the title or prominently in the lyrics? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/27/coffee-break-i-feel-ya?refid=0 Wed, 27 May 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Summer White You do you and wear what you want to wear but now that Memorial Day, unofficial kickoff to summer, has passed you can (officially) wear white clothes. To piggyback on today's trivia theme, what songs do you want to hear that feature the word "white" in the title or prominently in the lyrics? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/26/coffee-break-summer-white?refid=0 Tue, 26 May 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Way Cool, Junior It's a Friday fun Coffee Break: What songs do you want to hear by artists or bands whose names include the word 'Junior' or the suffix 'Jr.'? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/22/930-coffee-break-way-cool-junior?refid=0 Fri, 22 May 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Songs for the Saints In honor of the St. Paul Saints' home opener at their new stadium, CHS Field, let's root, root, root for the home team: For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that have "saint" or "saints" in the title or lyrics? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/21/930-coffee-break-songs-for-the-saints?refid=0 Thu, 21 May 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Minnesota musicians on 'Letterman' As David Letterman prepares his final Late Show on CBS after a remarkable 33-year career in late-night television, we're reflecting on how many local artists Letterman has welcomed to his stage over the years. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear by Minnesota acts who have appeared on David Letterman's show? Send your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/20/930-coffee-break-minnesota-musicians-on-letterman?refid=0 Wed, 20 May 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Helping Songs There are a lot of songs that use the word 'help' or pursue an idea or theme of helping. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, let's all think about help. What songs do you want to hear that contain the word "help" in the title or in the lyrics? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/19/930-coffee-break-helping-songs?refid=0 Tue, 19 May 2015 08:35:00 -0500 Musicheads Essential Artists: Patsy Cline Each day during Minnesota Public Radio's Spring Member Drive, The Current will highlight a different artist who has made a significant contribution to the music world and a lasting impression on the music we listen to today. We call them Musicheads Essential Artists, and today we're highlighting Patsy Cline. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/18/musicheads-essential-artists-patsy-cline?refid=0 Tue, 19 May 2015 05:50:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Legends of the Longhorn Tomorrow is Minnesota Music Day, but let's get the party started early: For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear by local bands who got their start by playing at the Longhorn? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/15/930-coffee-break-legends-of-the-longhorn?refid=0 Fri, 15 May 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Animated Bands For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear by bands who have been animated? When you give your request, be sure to tell us where your artist appeared in animated form. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/14/930-coffee-break?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Your songs for Guitar Hero Activision has announced its upcoming version of Guitar Hero will have a tracklist featuring more indie artists than in the past. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs would you, as a listener of The Current, want to add to the Guitar Hero tracklist? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/13/930-coffee-break-your-songs-for-guitar-hero?refid=0 Wed, 13 May 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Non-'Idol' Idols As 'American Idol' announces it will be ending its run in 2016, for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear by artists who would never have made it onto 'American Idol'? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/12/930-coffee-break-nonidol-idols?refid=0 Tue, 12 May 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Songs for Your Head There's been a lot of noggin talk on the show today, so it got us thinking: What songs do you want to hear that have the word 'head' in the title? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/11/930-coffee-break-songs-for-your-head?refid=0 Mon, 11 May 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Songs for Mom Sunday, May 10, is Mother's Day. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that name-check "mom" or "mother"? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/08/930-coffee-break-songs-for-mom?refid=0 Fri, 08 May 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Double Entendre Sometimes lyrics sound like they mean one thing -- but could mean another. With that in mind, what songs with double-meaning lyrics do you want to hear? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/07/930-coffee-break-double-entendre?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Dolls Dolls have been making the news recently, so for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that reference 'doll' or 'dolls'? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/06/930-coffee-break-dolls?refid=0 Wed, 06 May 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Cinco de Mayo In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo has become an important celebration of Mexican-American heritage. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear by artists or by bands with Mexican-American roots? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/05/930-coffee-break-cinco-de-mayo?refid=0 Tue, 05 May 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Speedy Songs We certainly want to encourage safe operation of motor vehicles, but there are a lot of songs that reference speedy driving. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs about driving fast do you want to hear? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/04/930-coffee-break-speedy-songs?refid=0 Mon, 04 May 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Tools Inspired by the Northeast Minneapolis Tool Library, we're thinking about songs that mention tools. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention some kind of tool in the lyrics? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/30/930-coffee-break-tools?refid=0 Thu, 30 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Incomprehensible Lyrics In all fairness to "Louie, Louie," there are a lot of songs with words that are difficult to understand. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs with incomprehensible lyrics do you want to hear? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/29/930-coffee-break-incomprehensible-lyrics?refid=0 Wed, 29 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Slang in Songs We were talking about slang earlier this morning, and it reminded us that so many songs include slang terms. What songs do you want to hear that prominently feature slang words in the lyrics? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/28/930-coffee-break-slang-in-songs?refid=0 Tue, 28 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Happy Sweat A recent study in 'Psychological Science' suggests the scent of sweaty, happy people can make others happy. We're not going to try that, but for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that have the word "sweat" in the lyrics? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/27/930-coffee-break-happy-sweat?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Kicking It Tomorrow is Minnesota United FC's home opener, and earlier this morning, head coach Manny Lagos stopped in to talk to us about it. With all the soccer talk this morning, let's continue it into our 9:30 Coffee Break: What songs do you want to hear that mention "kick", "kicks" or "kicking"? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/24/930-coffee-break-kicking-it?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 Interview: Manny Lagos, head coach of MN United FC Minnesota United FC play their home opener this Saturday, April 25, versus the San Antonio Scorpions. United's head coach, Manny Lagos, joined us in the studio to share some thoughts ahead of the big game. 'We're almost at a sellout this weekend,' he says. 'so I encourage you to get your tickets if you want to see an amazing home opener in an amazing atmosphere.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/24/interview-manny-lagos-head-coach-of-mn-united-fc?refid=0 Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:20:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Your Fitness Tracks For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, help us build a fitness playlist for The Current crowd. What songs get you energized and motivated for exercise? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/23/930-coffee-break-your-fitness-tracks?refid=0 Thu, 23 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Earth-Friendly Bands Today is Earth Day: For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear by artists or bands who take measures to be environmentally friendly? Tell us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/22/930-coffee-break-earthfriendly-bands?refid=0 Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Goal songs for the Minnesota Wild Mike from Minnetonka, Minn., thinks the Minnesota Wild need a better goal song than "Crowd Chant" by Joe Satriani. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what song would you recommend is played over the Xcel Energy Center's public-address system when the Wild score a goal? Send your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/21/930-coffee-break-goal-songs-for-the-minnesota-wild?refid=0 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Standalone Singles For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs that were released as singles without albums do you want to hear? Tell us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/20/930-coffee-break-standalone-singles?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 Album Review: Alabama Shakes, 'Sound & Color' It's hard to put a finger on what Alabama Shakes are all about; they draw from a number of sounds and genres, and that's audible on the new album 'Sound & Color', the highly anticipated follow-up to the band's debut, 'Boys & Girls'. And there is no sophomore slump here. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/20/album-review-alabama-shakes-sound--color?refid=0 Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:01:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, 2015 In addition to being Record Store Day, Saturday, April 18, is also Induction Day at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. What songs by the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees do you want to hear? Check out the roster and send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/17/930-coffee-break-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-inductees-2015?refid=0 Fri, 17 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Bands from St. Paul This evening is Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman's State of the City speech at the newly opened Concert Hall at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in Saint Paul. When he stopped into the studio earlier this week to talk with The Current's Morning Show, he said "this isn't your father's State of the City address." He's adding a musical component to the event, to highlight the local music scene in the Twin Cities. Since tonight's event will focus on the state of the city of Saint Paul, let's put together a list of bands that identify their home as (or got their start in) Saint Paul. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/16/coffee-break-st-paul-bands?refid=0 Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:50:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Short People A recent article in 'The Atlantic' explored the virtues of being short. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs would you like to hear by musicians who are short on height but long on talent? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/15/930-coffee-break-short-people?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 INTERVIEW: City Pages' Best of the Twin Cities Erik Thompson of City Pages stops in to talk to Jill Riley and Sean McPherson (in for Steve Seel) about City Pages' just-out 'Best of the Twin Cities' issue. This year's theme is 'Made in Minnesota'. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/15/interview-city-pages-best-of-the-twin-cities?refid=0 Wed, 15 Apr 2015 08:34:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: The 'Born' Identity A lot of songs are about being born a certain way, whether of a particular inclination ('born to ...') or of a specific origin ('born in ...', etc.). So for today's Coffee Break, what songs that mention 'born' do you want to hear? Tell us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/14/930-coffee-break-the-born-identity?refid=0 Tue, 14 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Twins Today's Coffee Break combines excitement for the Minnesota Twins' home opener with a healthy dose of music trivia: What songs by bands that have twins (the genetic, sibling kind) in their lineups do you want to hear? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/13/930-coffee-break-twins?refid=0 Mon, 13 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Songs in the Key of Ely As The Current announces its new signal in Ely, Minn., we'd like to put together a special playlist for the people in Ely. What songs conjure the atmosphere of Ely and of northern Minnesota for you? Tell us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/10/930-coffee-break-songs-in-the-key-of-ely?refid=0 Fri, 10 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Musicians who are Authors For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, in the spirit of the AWP Conference, we're wondering what songs you'd like to hear from musicians who have also written books, poems and the like. Tell us your request, and be sure to include the name of your requested artist's writing project. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/09/930-coffee-break-musicians-who-are-authors?refid=0 Thu, 09 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Sexy Songs In honor of Rex Manning Day -- 'Rexy, you're so sexy' -- what songs do you want to hear that contain the word 'sexy' or that have an over-the-top sexy vibe? Send your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/08/930-coffee-break-sexy-songs?refid=0 Wed, 08 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Unspoken Titles Many songs include the title in the lyrics, but there are also a bunch of songs out there where the words in the title are never uttered in the song. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're wondering: What songs would you like to hear with titles that are not part of the lyrics? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/07/930-coffee-break-unspoken-titles?refid=0 Tue, 07 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Hello, Wisconsin! As the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team prepare to face Duke in the NCAA men's basketball final tonight, we're wondering what songs by Wisconsin artists you'd like to hear? Tell us your requests for today's 9:30 Coffee Break. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/06/930-coffee-break-hello-wisconsin?refid=0 Mon, 06 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: 'All right' Songs Today's 9:30 Coffee Break is inspired by Sean McPherson's realization that he uses the expression 'all right' a lot. So let's have fun with that: What songs that contain the phrase 'all right' do you want to hear? Tell us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/03/930-coffee-break-all-right-songs?refid=0 Fri, 03 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 OK Go perform an acoustic set in The Current studio OK Go like to push the bounds of imagination in all its positive forms. In town for a sold-out show at First Avenue, OK Go's Damian Kulash, Tim Nordwind and Andy Ross visited The Current for a special acoustic session and to talk to Jill Riley about their many creative outlets. "We try not to recognize a distinction between the different forms of creativity we pursue," Kulash says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/03/ok-go-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 03 Apr 2015 07:20:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Work Songs Last night at the Varsity Theater, The Current and the Citizens League hosted Policy and a Pint: May the Workforce Be with You, which looked at the present and future of work. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs about work, working or the work experience do you want to hear? Tell us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/02/930-coffee-break-work-songs?refid=0 Thu, 02 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Pedals, Spokes and Songs As people pledge to ride their bikes every day for a month as part of 30 Days of Biking, what songs about bicycles, bicycling -- or that capture the spirit of bicycling -- do you want to hear? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/01/930-coffee-break-pedals-spokes-and-songs?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 08:35:00 -0500 George Ezra performs in The Current studio In town to play a sold-out show at the Varsity Theater, singer-songwriter George Ezra chats with The Current's Jill Riley and plays a couple songs off his debut album, 'Wanted on Voyage'. Ezra explains how the album title was partially inspired by Paddington Bear, and how the song 'Budapest' has less to do with the Hungarian capital than with a visit to Sweden, the Eurovision Song Contest and a bottle of rum purchased from a stranger. Listen to the full session. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/01/george-ezra-performs-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 07:20:00 -0500 On yer bike: A worldwide movement to pedal for 30 days Patrick Stephenson is director of 30 Days of Biking, a program that encourages people to ride their bikes every day in April. Stephenson joins Jill Riley to talk about the global movement he and his friends started in Minneapolis in 2010. "It's not about distance," Stephenson says. "Just get on your bike at least once a day." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/01/on-yer-bike-a-worldwide-movement-to-pedal-for-30-days?refid=0 Wed, 01 Apr 2015 06:25:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Hot Brass It's Herb Alpert's 80th birthday! So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs that feature some hot brass do you want to hear? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/31/930-coffee-break-hot-brass?refid=0 Tue, 31 Mar 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Outdated Cultural References Cheez Whiz has found its way onto tables as well as into pop culture (e.g. Beck's song, 'Loser'). But now that Cheez Whiz may be headed for its ultimate sell-by date, we're wondering what songs with outdated cultural references you'd like to hear. Send your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/30/930-coffee-break-outdated-cultural-references?refid=0 Mon, 30 Mar 2015 08:35:00 -0500 The Decemberists perform in The Current studio The Decemberists have done a Theft of the Dial, and they headlined at Rock the Garden 2009. But they'd never done a proper in-studio session at The Current until this week. Jill Riley welcomes the Portland, Ore., indie rockers into the studio for a live session and interview. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/25/the-decemberists-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:20:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Harmonica Songs As part of Member Appreciation Week, today's 9:30 Coffee Break idea comes from MPR member Deb Baker of Grand Rapids, Minn., who suggests: What songs featuring prominent harmonica parts do you want to hear? Send your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/23/930-coffee-break-harmonica-songs?refid=0 Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: International Happy Day As Pharrell Williams and the UN team up to raise climate-change awareness through International Happy Day, we're wondering what other songs about being happy you'd like to hear. Tell us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/20/930-coffee-break-international-happy-day?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:35:00 -0500 Where music and sports fans mix Jill Riley interviews Tommy Dehler and Shaun Hagglund, organizers of the Rock n Jock Expo, an event that happens Saturday, March 21. It brings together sports and music fans - particularly those who are passionate about collecting memorabilia. The event features DJs, live music and a reunion of Minnesota North Stars goalies from 1967 to 1993. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/20/where-music-and-sports-fans-mix?refid=0 Fri, 20 Mar 2015 07:20:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: 'Leave' Songs As a social media-based transport provider threatens to leave Minnesota over pending legislation, we're wondering what songs that mention "leave" or "leaving" you'd like to hear. Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/19/930-coffee-break-leave-songs?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Underrated Bands What songs by artists who were underrated or under-appreciated during their initial run would you like to hear? Tell us your suggestions. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/18/930-coffee-break-underrated-bands?refid=0 Wed, 18 Mar 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Irish Blood In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day, what songs by artists who are Irish or who have Irish heritage do you want to hear? Send us your requests for today's 9:30 Coffee Break. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/17/930-coffee-break-irish-blood?refid=0 Tue, 17 Mar 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Autobiographical Musicians As Kim Gordon's memior reaches No. 2 in the New York Times best-seller list, Carrie Brownstein has announced her autobiography will be out later this year. For today's Coffee Break, what songs by artists who have written autobiographies would you like to hear? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/16/930-coffee-break-autobiographical-musicians?refid=0 Mon, 16 Mar 2015 08:35:00 -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: Sugar and Sweets The World Health Organization recommends limiting sugar intake to 25 grams per day 'for additional health benefits'. But because music is calorie-free, what songs that mention 'sugar' or 'sweet' do you want to hear for today's Coffee Break? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/05/930-coffee-break-sugar-and-sweets?refid=0 Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Songs for St. Paul As St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman stops by The Current's Morning Show to talk about exciting things happening in the capital city, we're wondering, what songs that name-check St. Paul or are about St. Paul places do you want to hear? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/04/930-coffee-break-songs-for-st-paul?refid=0 Wed, 04 Mar 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Songs for the North Inspired by Rolling Stone magazine's list of the best 25 songs about the South, for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, we're asking you what songs about the North would you like to hear? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/03/930-coffee-break-songs-for-the-north?refid=0 Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: In like a lamb, out like a lion As March begins, we're riffing on a weather-related proverb: Specifically, what songs do you want to hear that start softly but end with a roar? Send us your request. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/02/930-coffee-break-in-like-a-lamb-out-like-a-lion?refid=0 Mon, 02 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: 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 Eating and Drinking with Heavy Table's James Norton: Ethical Eating Trying to define such concepts as 'fair trade', 'living wages' and 'sustainability' is always an interesting conversation in the context of local food. Heavy Table Editor James Norton joins Jill Riley to talk about the relaunched Atlas of of Ethical Eating and Drinking, a resource that starts the discussion about the values that businesses and consumers care about. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/18/eating-and-drinking-with-heavy-table-s-james-norton-ethical-eating?refid=0 Wed, 18 Feb 2015 08:20:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Mardi Gras and New Orleans Today is Mardi Gras, a festival for which the city of New Orleans is nearly synonymous. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs having to do with Mardi Gras or with New Orleans do you want to hear? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/17/930-coffee-break-mardi-gras?refid=0 Tue, 17 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 Album Review: Father John Misty, 'I Love You, Honeybear' The second album Josh Tillman has released under the moniker Father John Misty is a concept record on life and love, "And it's the darkest collection of love songs I've ever heard," writes Jill Riley. Read Jill's complete review. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/02/09/album-review-father-john-misty-i-love-you-honeybear?refid=0 Mon, 09 Feb 2015 00:01:00 -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 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 Seinabo Sey performs live in The Current studio Ahead of her first headlining Twin Cities gig at the Triple Rock Social Club, Seinabo Sey stopped by The Current to chat with host Jill Riley and to perform tracks off her debut EP <em>For Madeline</em> live in-studio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/29/seinabo-sey-live?refid=0 Thu, 29 Jan 2015 14:00:00 -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 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: Jill Riley, host Host Jill Riley shares her top 10 songs of 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/01/top-89-staff-picks-jill-riley?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 9:30 Coffee Break: Buffalo With the big snowstorm hitting Western New York, the word of the week has been Buffalo. So today's coffee break is all about songs with the word "buffalo" lyrics. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/21/coffee-break-buffalo?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 08:35:00 -0600 Rockabilly Riot: a conversation with Brian Setzer With successful career that includes '80s hits with the Stray Cats and '90s hits with the Brian Setzer Orchestra, Brian Setzer has a new album out and he kicks off a Christmas tour tonight in his adopted hometown of Minneapolis. Setzer talks to The Current's Jill Riley about his music and about his guitar, which he has donated to the Smithsonian Institution, and how it got those signature dice knobs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/14/rockabilly-riot-a-conversation-with-brian-setzer?refid=0 Fri, 14 Nov 2014 08:50:00 -0600 Really Random Vinyl with comedian Paul F. Tompkins Host Jill Riley of The Current's Morning show sat down with comedian Paul F. Tompkins for an edition of Really Random Vinyl, a new video series from The Current. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/12/really-random-vinyl-paul-f-tompkins?refid=0 Thu, 13 Nov 2014 07:20:00 -0600 A conversation with 'Heaven Adores You' Director Nickolas Rossi The Sound Unseen film festival begins tonight at McNally Smith College of Music in St. Paul, Minn., and the festival opens with 'Heaven Adores You', an intimately told documentary about the life of singer-songwriter Elliott Smith. Ahead of tonight's screening, Jill Riley spoke with the film's director, Nickolas Rossi. "[Smith's] music is still so relevant 10 years after he passed away," Rossi says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/12/a-conversation-with-heaven-adores-you-director-nickolas-rossi?refid=0 Wed, 12 Nov 2014 07:20:00 -0600 Jill Riley's Nashville Travel Guide Jill Riley recently returned from her fourth visit to the Music City &#151; Nashville, Tenn. Check out Jill's list of must-see places to go. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/05/jill-riley-s-nashville-travel-guide?refid=0 Wed, 05 Nov 2014 16:20:00 -0600 Interview: Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys Before their big gig at the Target Center with opening act Jake Bugg, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys chatted with Jill Riley of The Current's Morning Show backstage. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/29/interview-dan-auerbach-the-black-keys?refid=0 Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:20:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Britt Daniel and Rob Pope of Spoon When they were in town to play a show at the State Theatre in Minneapolis, Britt Daniel and Rob Pope of Austin, Texas, band Spoon stopped in to The Current's studios to record a Theft of the Dial with host Jill Riley. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/30/theft-of-the-dial-britt-daniel-and-rob-pope-of-spoon?refid=0 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 07:30:00 -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 The War on Drugs perform live in The Current studio Between their two-night stand in the First Avenue mainroom, the War on Drugs stopped by Minnesota Public Radio to chat with Jill Riley of the Morning Show and to perform tracks live in The Current's studio, including songs off their latest album, <em>Lost in the Dream</em>, and a fantastic Bob Dylan cover. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/24/the-war-on-drugs-perform-live-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Wed, 24 Sep 2014 07:20:00 -0500 Sharon Van Etten performs live in The Current studio Ahead of her show at First Avenue, Sharon Van Etten and band stopped by The Current studio to perform tracks off the new record, <em>Are We There</em>. Between songs, Sharon chatted with host Jill RIley about being a notable user of the omnicord, how the Everly Brothers shaped her voice and what her connection is to John Cale of the Velvet Underground. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/07/18/sharon-van-etten-performs-live-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:20:00 -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 St. Paul and the Broken Bones perform in The Current studio Alabama-based St. Paul and the Broken Bones were in town for a sold-out show at the Varsity Theater when they stopped in to The Current for a session hosted by Jill Riley. This band came together when two friends decided to record some songs as a "last hurrah" - happily, it was just the beginning. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/06/st-paul-and-the-broken-bones-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 06 Jun 2014 07:20:00 -0500 A Conversation with Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age Before taking the stage at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Minn., on May 6, 2014, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age sat down for an informal conversation with The Current's Jill Riley. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/30/a-conversation-with-josh-homme-of-queens-of-the-stone-age?refid=0 Fri, 30 May 2014 07:20:00 -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 The Both perform in The Current studio Aimee Mann and Ted Leo -- each one an accomplished artist in her or his own right -- have recently teamed up on a collaborative project they've dubbed The Both. On the week of their self-titled album release, The Both visited The Current studio to play some songs and to talk with Jill Riley. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/17/the-both-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:01:00 -0500 London Grammar perform in The Current studio On only their second tour in North America, London Grammar have been playing a string of sold-out shows, including one at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis. The platinum artists stopped in to The Current's studio to play some songs and to chat with Jill Riley. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/11/london-grammar-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Fri, 11 Apr 2014 07:20:00 -0500 Sam Roberts Band perform in The Current's studio In town to play a show at the Turf Club in St. Paul, Minn., Montreal-based six-piece Sam Roberts Band stopped in to The Current's studio to play some tracks off their new album, 'Lo-Fantasy', and to chat with the Morning Show's Jill Riley. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/03/27/sam-roberts-band-perform-in-the-current-s-studio?refid=0 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 07:20:00 -0500 The Colourist perform in The Current's studios On tour supporting Panic at the Disco, The Colourist stopped in to The Current's studio to play a few songs and to chat with Jill Riley about their recent EP and their upcoming full-length -- and about what it's like for people from Orange County, Calif., when it's -12 F in Minnesota. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/01/22/the-colourist-perform-in-the-currents-studios?refid=0 Wed, 22 Jan 2014 07:20:00 -0600 Oscar Isaac describes how he became 'Llewyn Davis' Oscar Isaac, the star of the critically-acclaimed film 'Inside Llewyn Davis' spoke with The Current's Jill Riley about finger-picking guitar, working with Marcus Mumford and T-Bone Burnett, and having the best time of his life. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/19/oscar-isaac-became-llewyn-davis?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 08:25:00 -0600 Theft of the Dial: Sean Tillman, Har Mar Superstar Har Mar Superstar is making many year-end lists with 'Bye Bye 17.' But what has Sean Tillman, the man behind the Har Mar persona, been listening to this year? Find out in another installment of Theft of the Dial. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/20/har-mar-superstar-totd?refid=0 Fri, 20 Dec 2013 07:15:00 -0600 The Current's Guitar Collection: Gary Clark Jr. When Gary Clark Jr. stopped by The Current to chat with Jill Riley and perform a few songs, she asked him about his guitar. He told us about his first guitar and how he found his latest. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/11/the-currents-guitar-collection-gary-clark-jr?refid=0 Wed, 11 Dec 2013 10:00:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Jill Riley, Host The Morning Show's Jill Riley shares her top albums and songs of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/02/top-89-jill-riley?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 12:21:31 -0600 Gary Clark Jr. performs live in the UBS Forum Austin, Texas, guitar player Gary Clark Jr. paid a visit to the UBS Forum at Minnesota Public Radio to play an intimate show for a live audience before his sold-out show that night at First Avenue. Between songs, he spoke to Jill Riley about his trajectory thus far and about his approach to music-making. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/27/gary-clark-jr-performs-live-in-the-ubs-forum?refid=0 Wed, 27 Nov 2013 07:30:00 -0600 Mason Jennings performs live in The Current's studios On the day of the release of his new album, <i>Always Been</i>, Mason Jennings stopped by The Current's studios to talk with Jill Riley and to play some songs off the new record. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/12/mason-jennings-performs-live-in-the-current-s-studios?refid=0 Tue, 12 Nov 2013 11:20:00 -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 Interview: MN RollerGirls' Citizen Pain and Scarmen Hellectra Scarmen Hellectra and Citizen Pain of the Minnesota RollerGirls stopped by to chat with former RollerGirl Jill Riley of The Current's Morning Show about the opening night on Saturday, Oct. 19, at Roy Wilkins Auditorium. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/18/rollergirls-interview?refid=0 Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:20:00 -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: Stephen Tobolowsky Accomplished actor Stephen Tobolowsky talks to The Current's Jill Riley about his career and about his sold-out show tonight in the UBS Forum, <i>The Tobolowsky Files</i>, a storytelling series about life, love and Hollywood. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/10/interview-stephen-tobolowsky?refid=0 Thu, 10 Oct 2013 07:20:00 -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 Album Review: Janelle Monae, 'The Electric Lady' You can keep Janelle Monae's cerebral, abstract inspiration for her art in the back of your head while enjoying <i>The Electric Lady</i>, but don't let the songs get lost in it. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/07/album-review-janelle-monae-the-electric-lady?refid=0 Mon, 07 Oct 2013 00:01:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Billy Bragg Before playing a show with Joe Purdy at The Cedar, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg stopped by The Current studios to play a few of his favorite tracks and to chat with host Jill Riley of The Current's Morning Show about skiffle, Americana music and waving the flag for today's artists. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/10/04/billy-bragg-totd?refid=0 Sun, 06 Oct 2013 15:30:00 -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 Theft of the Dial: Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend Ezra Koenig is the lead vocalist, guitarist, and lyricist of the New York City-based band Vampire Weekend. Between VW's applauded Lollapalooza performance in Chicago and a sold-out show at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Minneapolis, Ezra stopped by our studios to record a Theft of the Dial with The Current's Morning Show host Jill Riley. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/16/ezra-koenig-totd?refid=0 Fri, 16 Aug 2013 08:34:56 -0500 Father John Misty performs in MPR's Forum Enjoy audio and video (including 2 unreleased tracks and a Dory Previn cover) from the exclusive Father John Misty performance in Minnesota Public Radio's UBS Forum. He chats with Jill Riley of The Current's Morning Show about his off-the-wall moniker, the move from Seattle to Los Angeles, and the Twin Cities gene pool. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/19/father-john-misty-ubs-forum?refid=0 Fri, 19 Jul 2013 07:20:00 -0500 Jim James brings solo work to the stage at First Avenue; talks AmericanaramA, Prince Jill Riley of The Current's Morning Show chatted with Jim James when his band (including a drummer he's known since 4th grade!) stopped in Minneapolis last April to perform in the First Avenue mainroom. They talked about co-producing Preservation Hall Jazz Band's latest record, touring with Bob Dylan, and his attempt to play the clarinet. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/10/jim-james-americanarama-first-avenue-prince?refid=0 Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:55:00 -0500 Cube Critics: Skip 'After Earth,' see 'Stories We Tell' Arts reporter Euan Kerr says moviegoers might want to ignore "After Earth" and embrace "Stories We Tell." http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2013/05/31/arts/cube-critics-skip-after-earth-see-stories-we-tell?refid=0 Fri, 31 May 2013 11:49:43 -0500 Portland indie-punk stars The Thermals perform at The Current Portland indie band the Thermals, now a trio, have spent over a decade on the scene crafting urgently catchy, punk-influenced anthems. Now, they've signed to Conor Oberst's Saddle Creek records for their new album <em>Desperate Ground</em>, which came out last month. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/16/thermals?refid=0 Fri, 17 May 2013 11:30:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Mayor Chris Coleman St. Paul mayor Chris Coleman maintains a somewhat lower profile than his across-the-river counterpart R.T. Rybak, but is no less beloved by his city's denizens. Coleman is a very busy guy, but he managed to squeeze in a stop by The Current studio to chat with the Morning Show's Jill Riley and take over our airwaves to play a few songs for a special and surprising edition of Theft of the Dial. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/26/chris-coleman-totd?refid=0 Fri, 26 Apr 2013 07:30:00 -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 Theft of the Dial: Jeff Tweedy Frontman of the wildly successful band Wilco, Jeff Tweedy has been with the group since their inception in 1994, helping to pen some of indie music's most iconic albums such as Summerteeth and Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and their latest, The Whole Love. Tweedy dropped by the station to record another Theft of the Dial with Jill Riley. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/06/theft-of-the-dial-jeff-tweedy?refid=0 Sun, 21 Apr 2013 19:00:22 -0500 Jim James of My Morning Jacket on inspiration, recording advice and crazy dreams Jim James spoke with The Current's Jill Riley about the inspiration behind 'Regions of Light and Sound of God,' working with Questlove and why he doesn't do demos any more. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/19/jim-james-interview?refid=0 Sun, 21 Apr 2013 07:30:00 -0500 Album Review: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito I said this when I reviewed the last Yeah Yeah Yeahs record, <em>It's Blitz</em>: Karen O is one of the <em>best</em> frontwomen in today's music. Karen O and her equally important bandmates Brian Chase and Nick Zinner are back with a new record, <em>Mosquito</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/15/album-review-yeah-yeah-yeahs--mosquito?refid=0 Mon, 15 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Shirley Manson of Garbage talks forthcoming album, Garbage's origins, being her own CEO and much more Shirley Manson of Garbage stopped by The Current studio ahead of their Mill City Nights gig last Friday, stopping for a quick chat with Barb Abney live on the air and recording a more in-depth interview with The Morning Show's Jill Riley. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/12/shirley-manson-garbage-interviews?refid=0 Fri, 12 Apr 2013 07:30:00 -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 Jimmy Cliff talks Grammys, a controversial ad, Bob Marley and more Jimmy Cliff is one of reggae's hugest icons, a living legend whose 1972 film <em>The Harder They Come</em> and accompanying soundtrack gave the genre its big break in the American market. Dozens of albums later, he's one of music's most respected figures worldwide. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/03/01/jimmy-cliff-interview?refid=0 Fri, 01 Mar 2013 07:30:00 -0600 Theft of the Dial: Maria Bamford To celebrate the announcement of Wits&trade;'s 2013 season, we're bringing you an exclusive web-only Theft of the Dial from one of last season's guests, the hilarious Maria Bamford. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/19/totd-maria-bamford?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 09:05:00 -0600 Album Review: Jim James - Regions of Light and Sound of God It was only a matter of time before Jim James put out a full length of original material. Inspired by a 1929 graphic novel, he has created a musical score to a wordless book. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/11/jim-james-regions-of-light-and-sound-of-god-review?refid=0 Mon, 11 Feb 2013 00:00:00 -0600 Theft of the Dial: Walk the Moon Cincinnati indie quartet Walk the Moon swung by The Current to take over our airwaves... and grace us with a lovely acoustic performance of their single "Tightrope"! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/01/25/theft-of-the-dial-walk-the-moon?refid=0 Fri, 25 Jan 2013 07:30:00 -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 Theft of the Dial: Lana Del Rey She has one of the best-selling albums of the year. She performed on SNL. Now Lana Del Rey is taking over The Current. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/13/lana-del-ray-theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 07:00:00 -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 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: 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: 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 Theft of the Dial: Metric Metric's most recent visit to the Twin Cities included a dynamite show to a packed-house at the State Theater in Minneapolis; but before they even did the soundcheck, they took over our airwaves. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/18/metric-theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Thu, 18 Oct 2012 07:00:00 -0500 Calexico performs in The Current studio Tuscon, Ariz. band Calexico has made a career out of warping genres and musical traditions together into an eclectic, clever, and wholly original sonic stew. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/17/calexico?refid=0 Wed, 17 Oct 2012 07:30:00 -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 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 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 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 Interview with Ben Folds and Darren Jessee The Morning Show's Jill Riley sat down with piano man Ben Folds and drummer Darren Jessee to talk about making the first new album in over 12 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/10/03/ben-folds-five-interview?refid=0 Wed, 03 Oct 2012 12:53:47 -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 Theft of the Dial: Molly Ringwald We're no stranger to rock star visitors here at The Current, but the excitement around the office was palpable the day Molly Ringwald stopped by for Theft of the Dial. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/27/theft-of-the-dial-molly-ringwald?refid=0 Thu, 27 Sep 2012 07:00:00 -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: Chase - Chase (1971) Jazz-rock fusion anyone? Chase was very trumpet heavy, lead by Bill Chase. They made three records in the early 1970's, but ceased to exist after Bill Chase was killed in a plane crash in Jackson, MN. The band Chase's first record had one charting single called "Get it On." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/24/random-vinyl?refid=0 Mon, 24 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: Van Halen - Van Halen II (1979) Substitute Morning Show host John Munson felt like rocking out to some Van Halen this morning. John was so excited about Van Halen when he was growing up that he actually brought this record to school to show off to his friends. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/18/random-vinyl?refid=0 Tue, 18 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 The Morning Show interviews Molly Ringwald Molly Ringwald joined The Morning Show to talk about her new novel and life after being a teen idol. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/17/molly-ringwald-interview?refid=0 Mon, 17 Sep 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Random Vinyl: Television - Marquee Moon (1977) Television came out of the New York 1970's punk scene and had a big influence on the post-punk and new wave scene. They are best known for their "Marquee Moon" album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/17/random-vinyl?refid=0 Mon, 17 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 Theft of the Dial: Chris Kluwe The Cult of Kluwe continues to grow because Chris has endeared himself to football fans across the country by unapologetically embracing his nerdiness. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/07/theft-of-the-dial-chris-kluwe?refid=0 Fri, 07 Sep 2012 07:30:00 -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 The Cube Critics: 'Searching for Sugar Man,' 'ParaNorman' The Current's Morning Show co-host Jill Riley fills in for the vacationing Movie Maven this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2012/08/17/arts/cube-critics?refid=0 Fri, 17 Aug 2012 14:58:59 -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: 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 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: The Caravelles The Caravelles were a British female duo who had a hit in 1963 when they recorded the country song "You Don't Have to be a Baby to Cry." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/05/the-caravelles-?refid=0 Thu, 05 Jul 2012 16:30:55 -0500 Random Vinyl: Bob Dylan - Nashville Skyline Bob Dylan found his country croon voice when he made this record. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/07/02/bob-dylan-random-vinyl?refid=0 Mon, 02 Jul 2012 16:13:41 -0500 Musicheads Essentials: The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin What is a studio masterpiece album? To me, it's a record that reaches beyond the traditional boundary of studio constraints. The musicians and producers who've made this type of record have been able to think outside of the box and have found innovative ways to create an expanded sonic environment. I put The Flaming Lips' "The Soft Bulletin" in that realm. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/29/musicheads-essentials-the-flaming-lips--the-soft-bulletin?refid=0 Fri, 29 Jun 2012 07:00:00 -0500 Brandi Carlile performs in The Current studios Old-friend Brandi Carlile is a prolific folk rock artist, having released her third album of the past four years. Her newest, Bear Creek, was recently our CD of the Week. While in town to kick off her tour at the Minnesota Zoo, she returned to The Current Studio to perform a few songs from Bear Creek and chat with Jill about her rainy zoo performance, the inspiration behind the new record and her long-held goal of wearing a "nudie suit." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/27/brandicarlile-live?refid=0 Thu, 28 Jun 2012 07:30:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Paul F. Tompkins Paul F. Tompkins is a comedian best known for his contributions to VH1's Best Week Ever. He is (appropriately) the host of The Pod F. Tompkast, which was ranked #1 by Rolling Stone on their list of "The 10 Best Comedy Podcasts of the Moment" in 2011. Paul stopped by the Current studios to hijack the airwaves with a few of his favorite tracks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/15/theft-of-the-dial-paul-f-tompkins?refid=0 Fri, 15 Jun 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Theft Of The Dial: Andy Richter Andy Richter: known for a decades-long career that has spanned television, film and the stage. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/11/theft-of-the-dial-andy-richter?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Andy Richter Jill Riley got a chance to sit down with Richter for a Theft Of The Dial where he spun favorite songs as diverse as Jesus Christ Superstar's "The Door." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/11/theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Fri, 11 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Vincent Kartheiser Jill Riley sat down with Vincent Kartheiser to talk about his take on his Mad Men character and play the songs that he's currently listening to. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/04/theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Theft Of The Dial: Vincent Kartheiser The television show Mad Men premiered in 2007 and almost immediately developed a cult following. Five years later, its characters' '60s lifestyle is just as engaging and entrancing. Minnesota native Vincent Kartheiser plays Pete Campbell, the love-to-hate-him &mdash; or maybe hate-to-love-him -- ladder-climbing accounts man on the show. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/04/theft-of-the-dial-vincent-kartheiser?refid=0 Fri, 04 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Theft Of The Dial: Gary Lightbody Of Snow Patrol 18 years after formation, Snow Patrol is still barreling onward with record releases, their most recent being Fallen Empires. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/23/theft-of-the-dial-gary-lightbody-of-snow-patrol?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Jack White - Blunderbuss Jack White is no stranger to making records. From The White Stripes to The Raconteurs, to The Dead Weather and producing records for Loretta Lynn and Wanda Jackson, he's become a music icon and an admired guitar player. Until now, we've experienced Jack White's trademark sound and vocal style through his various projects and bands. After all this time, he's finally made a record under his own name. It's his debut, solo full-length album "Blunderbuss." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/23/album-review-blunderbuss--jack-white?refid=0 Mon, 23 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Theft Of The Dial: Gotye Gotye is new to a lot of people, so it may come as a surprise that the Australian by-way of Belgium has actually been in the making music game since 2001. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/17/theft-of-the-dial-gotye?refid=0 Tue, 17 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Cube Critics: Film festival, and cabin getaways This week Cube Critics discuss the Minneapolis St. Paul International Film Festival, plus a cabin getaway replete with blood, horror and humor. /collections/special/columns/state-of-the-arts/archive/2012/04/cube-critics-film-festival-and-cabin-getaways.shtml?refid=0 Fri, 13 Apr 2012 14:40:47 -0500 Theft Of The Dial: Drew Goddard Drew Goddard has written some of Hollywood's most critically acclaimed films and television episodes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/04/12/theft-of-the-dial-drew-goddard?refid=0 Thu, 12 Apr 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Of Monsters and Men perform in The Current studio Icelandic indie-pop six-piece Of Monsters and Men have found themselves a runaway indie hit in the wake of their EP, "Into the Woods," and full-length album, "My Head Is an Animal," which will be released in the United States on April 3. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/03/30/of-monsters-and-men?refid=0 Fri, 30 Mar 2012 07:30:00 -0500 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 Tapes 'n Tapes performs live in The Current studio Tapes 'n Tapes stopped by and visited the Current's Morning Show to bring us a couple of songs and talk about our 7th birthday party. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/27/tapesntapes-live?refid=0 Fri, 27 Jan 2012 09:36:27 -0600 Album Review: Craig Finn - Clear Heart Full Eyes What's different in this situation than in that of The Hold Steady is that the musical arrangements are more subtle and sort of mellowed out, allowing the listener to concentrate on the words. His delivery and writing style are true to the "Craig Finn style," littered with themes of religion, character development and solitude. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/22/album-review-craig-finn--clear-heart-full-eyes?refid=0 Sun, 22 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Theft of The Dial: Gary Eichten Midday host and producer Gary Eichten has worn many hats during his 40-plus-year career at Minnesota Public Radio, including news director, special events producer and station manager. And now he can add another name to the list: 89.3 The Current DJ. Gary joins The Morning Show's Jill Riley to talk about his career in radio and play some of his favorite songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/01/19/theft-of-the-dial-gary-eichten?refid=0 Thu, 19 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Laura Marling performs live in The Current studio At just 21 years old, English folk singer Laura Marling has already released her third full-length album, "A Creature I Don't Know." With her first two albums nominated for the Mercury Prize, she's already accomplished a lot at a young age. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/06/laura-marling-live?refid=0 Mon, 12 Dec 2011 08:00:00 -0600 Nick Lowe performs live in The Current studio Nick Lowe is kind of an enigma. Probably more well-known for the hit songs he has composed rather than his name, it's still easy to discern that he has a reputation in the music world, and a big one at that. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/07/nicklowe-live?refid=0 Wed, 07 Dec 2011 07:30:00 -0600 Mates of State perform live in The Current studio When indie music first started gaining ground in the early 2000s, one of the most successful bands in receiving mainstream attention was Mates of State, the married duo of Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel. Now they are back with their seventh album in a career that spans 14 years. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/11/18/matesofstate-live?refid=0 Mon, 21 Nov 2011 07:30:00 -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 Henry Rollins discusses 'Occupants' 'Occupants' pairs Henry Rollins' visceral full-color photographs with writings that not only provide context and magnify the impact of the images but also lift them to the level of political commentary. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/10/19/henry-rollins-occupants?refid=0 Wed, 19 Oct 2011 07:23:20 -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 Theft of the Dial: Florence + the Machine On Friday June 17, Florence + the Machine played live at the Minnesota Zoo. Florence Welch was kind enough to record a Theft of Dial with us before the show. Believe it or not, we recorded live from a restroom facility because it was the quietest place we could find. Florence was a good sport and did a great job playing guest DJ for us. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/05/theft-of-the-dial-florence-the-machine?refid=0 Tue, 05 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi - Rome I recommend listening to this record from beginning to end, with your eyes closed and your imagination ready to run wild. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/06/13/review-danger-mouse-daniele-luppi-rome?refid=0 Mon, 13 Jun 2011 00:00:00 -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 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 Theft of the Dial: Mumford and Sons On October 29, before heading to First Ave to play their sold out show, members of Mumford and Sons stopped by The Current studios to take over our airwaves for another edition of Theft of the Dial. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/11/17/theft-of-the-dial-mumford-and-sons?refid=0 Wed, 17 Nov 2010 00:00:00 -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 Theft of the Dial: Arcade Fire Richard Reed Parry of Arcade Fire stopped by the Current studio for another edition of Theft of the Dial. He brought a playlist and shared his DJ skills before the recent Arcade Fire show at the Roy Wilkins Auditorium. We also talked about our shared love of The Price is Right. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/10/01/theft-of-the-dial-arcade-fire?refid=0 Fri, 01 Oct 2010 00:00:00 -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 Album Review: Weezer - Hurley Thank you Mr. Cuomo (and the rest of Weezer) for continuing to give me something to tap my foot to, and for not taking life too seriously. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/09/10/weezer-hurley?refid=0 Fri, 10 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 Album Review: The Dead Weather - Sea of Cowards "Sea of Cowards" is the new album from The Dead Weather. Jack White (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs), Alison Mosshart (The Kills), Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age) and Jack "Little Jack" Lawrence (The Raconteurs) are back with the blues-rock-driven follow-up to their debut, "Horehound." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/11/the-dead-weather-sea-of-cowards?refid=0 Tue, 11 May 2010 00:00:00 -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 Theft of the Dial: Julian Casablancas Julian Casablancas (of The Strokes) joined us recently for another edition of Theft of the Dial, where we invite an artist or band to come in The Current studio to play DJ. His debut solo album is called "Phrazes For the Young." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/20/theft-of-the-dial-julian-casablancas?refid=0 Tue, 20 Apr 2010 00:00:00 -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 Alec Ounsworth performs in The Current studios Alec Ounsworth is best known for his work with the band, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. To date, the band has released two self-distributed, full-length studio albums: "Clap Your Hands Say Yeah" and "Some Loud Thunder", as well as the internet-only live album release of "Live at Lollapalooza 2007: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah". http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/03/02/_alec_ounsworth?refid=0 Tue, 02 Mar 2010 09:51:37 -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 Album Review: Weezer - Raditude After making albums for 15 years, Weezer has managed to stay relevant. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/30/weezer-raditude?refid=0 Fri, 30 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -0500 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 Theft of the Dial: Moby Moby was an amazing guest DJ. He's not only a musician, but a passionate music fan. It's my hope that he steals our radiowaves again in the near future. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/09/theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2009 00:00:00 -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: Imogen Heap - Ellipse Imogen Heap's third solo album, "Ellipse," is finally here. This new record feels long overdue, considering her last release was in 2005. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/24/album-review-imogen-heap--ellipse?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: The Dead Weather Alison Mosshart, Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence (LJ) of The Dead Weather took over the airwaves of The Current during another edition of Theft of the Dial. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/08/13/theft-of-the-dial?refid=0 Thu, 13 Aug 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Yeah Yeah Yeahs - It's Blitz New wave, rock, punk, danceable. All words that can be used to describe "It's Blitz!" -- the new record by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/03/09/yeah-yeah-yeahs-its-blitz?refid=0 Mon, 09 Mar 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Heiruspecs performs in The Current studios The heavy-touring Hip Hop group Heiruspecs formed in 1997 while in a high school recording arts program at St. Paul Central High School. The band is mostly known for their raw, live sound. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/12/12/heiruspecs?refid=0 Fri, 12 Dec 2008 14:15:06 -0600 The Kills perform in The Current studios The Kills latest CD, "Midnight Boom," was released in the United States in early 2008, and the band is currently on tour in support of that project. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/05/11/the_kills?refid=0 Sun, 11 May 2008 14:17:10 -0500 The Teenage Prayers perform in the Current studio With musical influences such as David Bowie, Solomon Burke, Iggy Pop, Otis Redding, and the Clark sisters, you realize their sound is most definitely soulful rock. The Teenage Prayers formed in New York City in 2001 and their style quickly caught the ear of Solomon Burke who produced the final track on their debut record, Ten Songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/19/teenage_prayers?refid=0 Thu, 20 Sep 2007 11:56:38 -0500 The Sea and Cake in the Current studio The Sea and Cake have reunited after four years of working on solo projects and with other groups. The Chicago group formed in 1993 after members gained some attention performing in popular indie bands of the time, such as The Coctails and Gastr Del Sol. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/17/the_sea_and_cake?refid=0 Sat, 15 Sep 2007 10:13:39 -0500 Fog performs in the Current studio Local noise rockers Fog have worked with bands like Dntel and Low. They've also given themselves the task of "Keeping Indie Rock Weird." They stopped by The Current studios to chat with host Jill Riley about the local scene and Danny Sigelman, another Current host, calling them freaks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/09/13/fog?refid=0 Thu, 13 Sep 2007 15:52:02 -0500 Brother Ali performs in the Current studio Looking at a list of some of Brother Ali's influences lets you know right off how versatile this brother can be. With artists like KRS One, Spoonie Gee, Muddy Waters, Forest Whitaker, Public Enemy, Rakim, Huey Newton, Robert DeNiro, and Slug mentioned, you can see that he gets his inspiration from more than music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/06/18/brother_ali?refid=0 Tue, 19 Jun 2007 17:35:42 -0500 Thomas Dybdahl performs live in studio Thomas Dybdahl is a 27-year old singer/songwriter from Norway. He's released four albums in Europe as a solo artist, one album with another band called The National Bank, and just signed a deal for the US, Canada, and France with Recall Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/03/31/thomas_dybdahl?refid=0 Sat, 31 Mar 2007 14:18:32 -0500 Kevin Devine lets go of the past Kevin Devine felt that there were parts of the last year he had to put behind him, and that was the impetus for his latest album "Put Your Ghost To Rest." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2007/02/04/kevin_devine?refid=0 Tue, 06 Feb 2007 11:03:48 -0600 Flogging Molly performs in studio Dublin's Flogging Molly is in the midst of an extensive US Tour. Band leader Dave King says the band tries to blend the traditional Irish music heard as a kid, with the loud guitars and punk rock he discovered as a teen. They stopped by The Current to chat and perform. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2006/02/05/flogging_molly?refid=0 Sun, 05 Feb 2006 09:34:14 -0600 Monique Bingham performs in studio Monique Bingham performs "Flight," and "Poor People" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/12/17/monique_bingham?refid=0 Sat, 17 Dec 2005 09:39:18 -0600 Gogogo Airheart perform in studio Gogogo Airheart perform "Taxi Up," "Heart on a Chain," and "Turn Out the Lights http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/19/gogogo_airheart?refid=0 Sat, 19 Nov 2005 15:55:53 -0600 The Joggers perform in studio The Joggers perform "Ziggurat Traffic," "Wicked Light Sleeper," and "Era Prison" http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/11/19/joggers?refid=0 Sat, 19 Nov 2005 15:51:13 -0600 Idlewild perform in studio Idlewild joined Jill Riley in the Current studios to perform and discuss their recognition as one of best Scottish bands of all time. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2005/09/23/idlewild?refid=0 Fri, 23 Sep 2005 11:48:36 -0500