Minnesota Public Radio features by Jim McGuinn http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30437 en-us Copyright 2015 Minnesota Public Radio Sun, 29 Mar 2015 17:59:51 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Jim McGuinn http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Day 1 at SXSW: Hitting the ground running Checking in from the South by Southwest Music Conference in Austin, Texas, The Current's Program Director Jim McGuinn provides a first-day report, noting that female-fronted acts were the best he saw yesterday. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/03/19/day-1-at-sxsw-hitting-the-ground-running?refid=0 Thu, 19 Mar 2015 09:50:00 -0500 Interview: Bob Mould Ahead of two nights of shows at First Avenue in Minneapolis, Bob Mould stopped by The Current's studio for a live on-air chat with Jim McGuinn. "Coming back to the Twin Cities is always a great experience for me, this is my music home," Mould says, "so the expectations are always pretty high." Listen to the complete interview. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/30/interview-bob-mould?refid=0 Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:48:00 -0600 #Current10 Memories: Jim McGuinn As part of our #Current10 celebrations, many of the staff at The Current are sharing their favorite memories. Program Director Jim McGuinn shares some of his favorite recollections, from Rock the Cradle to Rock the Garden to meeting some musical legends. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/01/17/current10-memories-jim-mcguinn?refid=0 Sat, 17 Jan 2015 00:03:00 -0600 Album Review: Various Artists, 'The Art of McCartney' Producer Ralph Sall lined up a stunning roster of vocalists to match the 34 Paul McCartney-penned tracks on this collection of songs, the best selections of which stray farthest from the originals. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/22/album-review-various-artists-the-art-of-mccartney?refid=0 Mon, 22 Dec 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Jim McGuinn, program director Program director Jim McGuinn shares his top 10 songs of 2014. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/12/01/top-89-staff-picks-jim-mcguinn?refid=0 Mon, 01 Dec 2014 00:00:00 -0600 Hockey, beer and music: Sam Roberts chats with Jim McGuinn Capping off a cavalcade of Canadian acts to come into The Current this week, Sam Roberts stopped in to the studio to talk to Jim McGuinn about hockey, beer and music. "I still maintain that 'Spinal Tap' is the most accurate movie ever made about life in a rock 'n' roll band," Sam says. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/21/hockey-beer-and-music-sam-roberts-chats-with-jim-mcguinn?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 18:00:00 -0600 INTERVIEW: Robyn Hitchcock In town to play back-to-back shows tonight at the Dakota in Minneapolis, Robyn Hitchcock dropped in to The Current studio to chat with Jim McGuinn. Although he's got two shows tonight, "None of the songs overlap," Hitchcock says. "You'll get two utterly different shows." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/21/interview-robyn-hitchcock-?refid=0 Fri, 21 Nov 2014 16:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Robert Plant, 'lullaby and ... the Ceaseless Roar' Robert Plant's new album opens your ears and your mind to musical possibilities. It's American music reinvented by 21st-century world troubadours. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/11/03/album-review-robert-plant-lullaby-and--the-ceaseless-roar?refid=0 Mon, 03 Nov 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Your Eclipse Soundtrack A partial eclipse of the sun begins today at 4:23 p.m., and it continues till sunset. Two important things to remember: 1) Don't look directly into the sun; and 2) Join Jim McGuinn for a custom-made soundtrack to today's celestial event. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/10/23/your-eclipse-soundtrack?refid=0 Thu, 23 Oct 2014 15:50:00 -0500 Album Review: Ryan Adams, 'Ryan Adams' Ryan Adams' new, self-titled album evokes that late '70s era when the recording of rock bands reached a sonic pinnacle unmatched in the ensuing decades. It sounds like 1979, and that's a compliment. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/22/album-review-ryan-adams-ryan-adams?refid=0 Mon, 22 Sep 2014 00:01:00 -0500 How Paul Weller changed my life forever The Current's Program Director, Jim McGuinn, describes a pivotal moment in his teen years when the music of Paul Weller ultimately set him on his life's path. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/09/10/how-paul-weller-changed-my-life-forever?refid=0 Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:50:00 -0500 How I learned to stop worrying and accept Scott Stapp's LinkedIn invitation A few weeks ago, Jim McGuinn wrote a post wondering about LinkedIn after receiving a mysterious invitation. Reaction to the post was varied, to say the least, but the State Fair offered a chance for Jim McGuinn and Scott Stapp to meet in person. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/26/how-i-learned-to-stop-worrying-and-accept-scott-stapps-linkedin-invitation?refid=0 Tue, 26 Aug 2014 14:50:00 -0500 Look who's looked in on Jim McGuinn on LinkedIn Just in case anyone doubted Program Director Jim McGuinn's creed -- er, cred -- he received a mysterious invitation via LinkedIn this week. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/08/05/look-who-s-looked-in-on-jim-mcguinn-on-linkedin?refid=0 Tue, 05 Aug 2014 13:50:00 -0500 Jungle perform in the Current's studios Jungle haven't even released their first album, but they're already a global sensation among music fans whose ears have been caught by their unique, darkly danceable sound blending influences from disco to electro to classic soul. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/06/14/jungle-in-studio-performance?refid=0 Sat, 14 Jun 2014 10:48:00 -0500 The intense pressure of the Voice-o-Graph recording booth The Current's program director, Jim McGuinn, follows in the steps of Neil Young and cuts a vinyl recording in the booth at Third Man Records in Nashville, Tenn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/04/22/cutting-a-single-in-record-time?refid=0 Tue, 13 May 2014 13:20:00 -0500 Album Review: The Black Keys, 'Turn Blue' With their new album, 'Turn Blue', the Black Keys stretch out -- pulling their music like funhouse taffy into new and interesting shapes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/05/12/album-review-the-black-keys-turn-blue?refid=0 Mon, 12 May 2014 00:01:00 -0500 Jeremy Messersmith: March's Artist of the Month Imagine growing up without rock and roll in your house. It would seem unlikely that you'd end up becoming our state's preeminent songwriter of the past decade - unless you're Jeremy Messersmith. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/28/jeremy-messersmith-artist-month?refid=0 Tue, 04 Mar 2014 20:30:00 -0600 Album Review: Jeremy Messersmith, 'Heart Murmurs' Jeremy Messersmith's new album expands on the sound of his previous work, with more propulsion in the drums, more deft deployment of strings, more muscle in the guitars and more great songs from Minnesota's current (and Current) favorite son. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2014/02/03/album-review-jeremy-messersmith-heart-murmurs?refid=0 Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:01:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Jim McGuinn, Program Director Program Director Jim McGuinn's picks for the best music of 2013. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/12/02/top-89-jim-mcguinn?refid=0 Mon, 02 Dec 2013 16:40:57 -0600 Album Review: Various Artists, 'Songs for Slim' <i>Songs for Slim</i> works on so many levels: It helps out Slim Dunlap while at the same time making the case for the beauty and quality of his work. Respect and love permeates the album. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/11/25/album-review-various-artists-songs-for-slim?refid=0 Mon, 25 Nov 2013 00:01:00 -0600 Musicheads Essentials: The Replacements, 'Let It Be' Essential as breathing to musicheads and to anyone alive, <i>Let It Be</i> sums up the Replacements &#151; from the iconic cover photo to the last cacophonous note. If the Replacements never recorded another song, their reputation and impact would still be massive. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/09/04/musicheads-essentials-the-replacements-let-it-be?refid=0 Wed, 04 Sep 2013 00:01:00 -0500 Lollapalooza: 3 days of music and thousands of fans, but only one must-see show Highlights of the final day included sets from Vampire Weekend, Phoenix, Two Door Cinema Club, Alt-J and more - but the most important show wasn't at Lollapalooza at all. The place to be was the Cabaret Metro after-party for the final performance ever by The Postal Service. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/03/lollapalooza?refid=0 Mon, 05 Aug 2013 11:05:25 -0500 Teenage Kicks salutes the MTV music video glory days MTV might not be your go-to for finding the best new music videos anymore (or music for that matter -- we've got you covered there), but the Music Television channel did have its glory days. This week on Teenage Kicks, Program Director and your host Jim McGuinn features tracks with the best videos from the first five years of MTV's broadcast infancy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/08/03/teenage-kicks-mtv-glory-days?refid=0 Sat, 03 Aug 2013 10:00:00 -0500 Win a deluxe 'Wings Over America' reissue box set prize package The Current is giving one lucky listener an opportunity to win a deluxe <em>Wings Over America</em> box set prize package in light of its recent reissue on Hear Music Records. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/15/wings-over-america-giveaway?refid=0 Sun, 28 Jul 2013 17:30:00 -0500 Album Review: Preservation Hall Jazz Band - 'That's It!' It's weird to say, but <em>That's It!</em>, the new album from Preservation Hall Jazz Band, is about 100 years in the making. Not that the songs are 100 years old, or the musicians, but the spirit and roots of this music harkens back to the earliest days of 20th Century New Orleans jazz, while at the same time taking a cherished institution and pointing it to the future. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/07/08/preservation-hall-thats-it-review?refid=0 Mon, 08 Jul 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Teenage Kicks salutes Todd Rundgren and notable Kicks-era releases June 22 is the 65th birthday of iconoclastic rocker Todd Rundgren. Besides a solo career that spans decades and sounds, Todd has also produced some of the biggest albums in rock history. It's also the anniversary of some notable Kicks-era releases. Let's http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/06/21/teenage-kicks-salutes-todd-rundgren?refid=0 Fri, 21 Jun 2013 15:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City With <em>Modern Vampires of the City</em>, Vampire Weekend have created a cohesive record that someone feels more polished and mature and serious than anything they've done, while at the same time loose, raw, and more fun than <em>Contra</em> or their debut. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/05/13/album-review-vampire-weekend--modern-vampires-of-the-city?refid=0 Mon, 13 May 2013 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Dawes - Stories Don't End As we've seen from earlier songs like "A Little Bit Of Everything," Dawes are not afraid to lay it on thick to find the emotions that resonate, and with "Stories Don't End" seem to have made a conscious decision to put Goldsmith's words front and center. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/04/08/album-review-dawes--stories-dont-end?refid=0 Mon, 08 Apr 2013 00:00:00 -0500 The (De-)Evolution of "Train Kept a Rollin'": A Song History Earlier this morning, Steve and Jill included Aerosmith's supercharged version of "Train Kept A-Rollin'" in their "Rolling" themed Coffee Break. Hearing the '70s proto-metal high energy performance made me think back on how songs morph and change while being passed along like a hot potato from musician to musician. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2013/02/19/train-kept-a-rollin-history?refid=0 Tue, 19 Feb 2013 13:00:00 -0600 Album Review: Minnesota Beatle Project Volume 4 Like previous editions, <em>Minnesota Beatle Project Volume 4</em> is another collection of inspired versions of the Fab Four's material, applied by musicians from all over the sonic spectrum. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/12/03/minnesota-beatle-project-volume-4-review?refid=0 Mon, 03 Dec 2012 00:00:00 -0600 Video: Early R.E.M. rocks Atlanta With a mix of frantic covers and embryonic originals, this found video is a great glimpse into the very beginnings of one of our favorite bands. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/30/rem-1981-video?refid=0 Fri, 30 Nov 2012 17:16:47 -0600 Musichead Essentials: The Velvet Underground and Nico Program Director Jim McGuinn dives into The Velvet Underground's legendary debut timed with the 45th anniversary deluxe edition reissue. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/11/13/musichead-essentials-velvet-underground-nico?refid=0 Tue, 13 Nov 2012 12:09:28 -0600 Michael Kiwanuka performs in The Current studio Michael Kiwanuka is not a household name... yet. If you haven't heard of him, consider this your final warning: ignore him at your own risk. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/28/michael-kiwanuka-live?refid=0 Fri, 28 Sep 2012 15:44:10 -0500 Album Review: Mumford & Sons - Babel The worldwide touring behind "Sigh No More" informs songs on the new record that approach the epic scope of the Arcade Fire while still remaining striking in their intimacy. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/24/review-mumford-and-sons-babel?refid=0 Fri, 21 Sep 2012 17:09:43 -0500 Album Review: JD McPherson - Signs and Signifiers In 2012, the artist that is reminding us of what made early rock and roll great is JD McPherson. A former school teacher and punk rocker from Oklahoma, McPherson found his voice when he abandoned punk for the sound of 1958, recording "Signs and Signifiers" in glorious analog. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/06/22/cd-of-the-week-jd-mcpherson--signs-and-signifiers?refid=0 Sun, 24 Jun 2012 23:59:00 -0500 That Ain't Jack White's song, it's Little Willie John On Wednesday, October 10, 2012, Jack White premiered the video for 'I'm Shakin'.' Learn about the history of the song -- and the original artist behind it from The Current's program director Jim McGuinn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/05/03/jack-white-willie-john-shakin?refid=0 Thu, 03 May 2012 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: The Minnesota Beatle Project Vol.3 Now back with Volume 3 of the series, it's amazing to hear the stylistic diversity and quality of the artists of our community who covered songs of The Beatles this time, as well as the selections from the Beatles' seemingly never-ending well of great songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/12/05/album-review-the-minnesota-beatle-project-vol3?refid=0 Mon, 05 Dec 2011 00:00:00 -0600 Album Review: The Wombats - This Modern Glitch Listening to The Wombats makes one wistful for a little courage or the foolish ambition to tour the world with your mates and think you could actually get away with it, which The Wombats do throughout "This Modern Glitch." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/08/14/review-wombats-this-modern-glitch?refid=0 Sun, 14 Aug 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Neil Young - A Treasure Not only is it a better album than what Young put out at the time, it's mix of rock and country with killer tunes and musicianship stands proud with the other great live albums of his career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/07/03/review-neil-young-a-treasure?refid=0 Sun, 03 Jul 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: My Morning Jacket - Circuital "Circuital" takes elements of the "classic" My Morning Jacket sound that was honed on 2003's "It Still Moves" and morphs it into something new, as James sounds wiser for his musical and life travels. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2011/05/30/review-my-morning-jacket-circuital?refid=0 Mon, 30 May 2011 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: John Legend and The Roots - Wake Up What The Roots and John Legend have created on "Wake Up" is an inspired and compelling album that meshes their talents seamlessly, and raises their respective games to new heights. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/09/21/john-legend-and-the-roots-wake-up?refid=0 Tue, 21 Sep 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Arcade Fire - The Suburbs Is it just me, or does the release of Arcade Fire's third full length album "The Suburbs" feel like the biggest moment in indie rock since Radiohead dropped "OK Computer" on us back in 1997? http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/08/02/album-review-arcade-fire--the-suburbs?refid=0 Mon, 02 Aug 2010 00:00:00 -0500 A visit with Prince at Paisley Park Jim McGuinn, program director for 89.3 The Current, was invited recently to visit Prince at his Paisley Park studio complex in Chanhassen. He recalls his meeting with the man behind the music, and reviews Prince's newest album, 20TEN. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/collections/special/columns/music_blog/archive/2010/07/a_review_of_pri.shtml?refid=0 Sat, 24 Jul 2010 11:20:03 -0500 Special preview of Prince's new album Prince's new album is called 20TEN and it comes on the heels of his triple album last year. http://minnesota.publicradio.orghttp://www.mprnews.org/story/2010/07/23/prince-new-album?refid=0 Fri, 23 Jul 2010 16:54:33 -0500 The tale of a visit to Paisley Park... "Isn't the sky beautiful tonight?" asked Prince as he welcomed me warmly into his Paisley Park studio complex in Chanhassen on a warm May evening. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/07/22/a-visit-to-paisley-park?refid=0 Thu, 22 Jul 2010 00:00:00 -0500 Quasi performs live in The Current studios Quasi seem to be one of those bands that you've always heard but can't quite place. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/04/15/quasi-live-in-studio?refid=0 Thu, 15 Apr 2010 15:00:00 -0500 Yo La Tengo performs in The Current studio Yo La Tengo, which formed in 1984 and has consisted of the same line-up since 1992, stopped by The Current studios in support of their new release, "Popular Songs." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/10/07/yo-la-tengo-live-performance?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2009 16:22:49 -0500 Dan Wilson performs live in The Current studio Minneapolis' Dan Wilson is experimenting with touring "staycation" style. He's playing a string of dates in the Twin Cities under the philosophy of "low milage, small rooms, one guy." http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/09/22/dan_wilson?refid=0 Tue, 22 Sep 2009 11:51:34 -0500 Album Review: Mason Jennings - Blood of Man "Blood of Man" is Mason Jennings' eighth release, but a shift from what we've come to expect from him. He's daring to rock like never before. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2012/08/21/album-review-blood-of-man--mason-jennings?refid=0 Mon, 14 Sep 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Obits perform live in The Current studios Brooklyn's Obits debuted about a year and a half ago. While the band hasn't been around that long, the members are seasoned veterans of the punk scene. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/07/27/obits?refid=0 Mon, 27 Jul 2009 12:36:33 -0500 Album Review: Neil Young Archives, Vol. 1: 1963 1972 Covering the first 10 years of Young's career from 1963 to 1972, "Archives Vol. 1" (the first of 5 decade-spanning box sets Young hopes to release) is chock full of rarities, out takes, and some of the most varied output from one of rock's most enduring and beguiling artists. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/06/02/neil-young-archives-vol-1?refid=0 Tue, 02 Jun 2009 00:00:00 -0500 Album Review: Morrissey - Years of Refusal While it's doubtful that this far into his career Morrissey is going to win over oogles of new converts, if you've been there in the past, you're probably gonna like "Years of Refusal" -- one of Morrissey's best solo outings to date. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2009/02/16/morrissey-years-of-refusal?refid=0 Mon, 16 Feb 2009 00:00:00 -0600