Minnesota Public Radio features by Jim McGuinn http://minnesota.publicradio.org/about/people/mpr_people_display.php?aut_id=30437 en-us Copyright 2018 Minnesota Public Radio Wed, 20 Jun 2018 12:01:06 -0500 Minnesota Public Radio features by Jim McGuinn http://minnesota.publicradio.org/standard/images/mpr003/logo_mpr.gif http://minnesota.publicradio.org/?refid=0 Album of the Week: Brandi Carlile, 'By The Way, I Forgive You' Brandi Carlile's new album 'By the Way, I Forgive You' is an emotionally powerful dive into her worldview, impacted by events of 2016, but also about becoming a parent, watching your parents get older, and dealing with love and loss and self-reflection. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/02/09/album-of-the-week-brandi-carlile-by-the-way-i-forgive-you?refid=0 Mon, 12 Feb 2018 00:30:00 -0600 Cheesesteaks or Cheese Curds? Jim McGuinn shares thoughts on Philly and Minny The Current's program director, Jim McGuinn, has lived in both Philadelphia and Minnesota. As we approach a big NFL showdown featuring the teams from those places, Jim weighs in with a perspective on both. 'People have been asking me who I'm rooting for this weekend, and if I still love the Eagles (the team, not the band),' Jim writes. 'And the truth is, it's complicated.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2018/01/20/cheesesteaks-or-cheese-curds-jim-mcguinn-shares-thoughts-on-philly-and-minny?refid=0 Sat, 20 Jan 2018 01:00:00 -0600 Help Jim McGuinn vote for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Jim McGuinn has his ballot for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2018 inductees. Which five artists would you vote for? Share your thoughts! http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/07/help-jim-mcguinn-vote-for-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-inductees?refid=0 Thu, 07 Dec 2017 16:35:00 -0600 The Dream Syndicate perform in The Current studio After a 24-year hiatus, the Dream Syndicate reunited in 2012 and realized they sounded like a new band. 'We were enjoying it and we figured, well, rather than keep playing the oldies circuit, let's make a new record,' says front man Steve Wynn. The resulting record is 'How Did I Find Myself Here?', and the Dream Syndicate recently found themselves in The Current studio for a session hosted by Jim McGuinn. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/06/the-dream-syndicate-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:30:00 -0600 Album of the Week: U2, 'Songs of Experience' Given how difficult it is to maintain freshness as an artist 37 continuous years into a career, 'Songs of Experience' teaches us this is a thing to be celebrated. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/04/album-of-the-week-u2-songs-of-experience?refid=0 Sun, 03 Dec 2017 00:01:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Jim McGuinn, program director Program Director Jim McGuinn shares his favorite songs, local songs, and albums of 2017. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/12/05/top89-staff-jim-mcguinn?refid=0 Fri, 01 Dec 2017 09:55:40 -0600 Robyne Robinson remembers Prince's Vikings song, playful side Robyne Robinson is a former TV news anchor and is currently the director of arts and culture at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. During her time as a news anchor, Robinson enjoyed a professional friendship with Prince. On a recent visit to The Current, Robinson spoke with Jim McGuinn, sharing some memorable stories from her time working with Prince, revealing a bit about the artist's playful side. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/30/robyne-robinson-remembers-princes-vikings-song-playful-side?refid=0 Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:15:00 -0600 Jim McGuinn sums up Team Current's Iceland Airwaves experience Having spent several days exploring Iceland and its music scene during the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival, The Current's Program Director Jim McGuinn sums up his time there. 'At times in Iceland, when looking at fantastic mountains, lava fields, or northern lights, it feels like you are on another planet or on the moon, isolated from the rest of the world and able to foster your own reality,' McGuinn writes. 'That reality manifests itself in the creative music and culture.' See McGuinn's summary along with many photos by Nate Ryan. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/11/09/jim-mcguinn-sums-up-team-current-iceland-airwaves-experience?refid=0 Fri, 10 Nov 2017 15:20:00 -0600 Album of the Week: Foo Fighters, 'Concrete and Gold' The ninth studio album from Foo Fighters, 'Concrete and Gold,' is mostly more of the kind of catchy riffage we've come to expect from the Foo Fighters for more than 20 years now. And it works. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/10/02/album-of-the-week-foo-fighters-concrete-and-gold?refid=0 Mon, 02 Oct 2017 00:00:01 -0500 Ben Gibbard talks about remaking Teenage Fanclub's 'Bandwagonesque' Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard says when he was invited to cover Teenage Fanclub's landmark 1991 album, 'Bandwagonesque,' he jumped at the chance. Gibbard first heard Teenage Fanclub as a 14-year-old. 'I just fell in love,' he tells The Current's Jim McGuinn. 'It felt like an album that could have existed at any time in the annals of rock history, but it was something that was very palpable to a kid.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/09/09/ben-gibbard-teenage-fanclub-bandwagonesque-cover?refid=0 Sat, 09 Sep 2017 05:00:00 -0500 Win 'Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae' DVD Enter for your chance to win a copy of the DVD 'Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae', following the musical path to Jamaica's Golden Age of music. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/21/win-rocksteady-the-roots-of-reggae-dvd?refid=0 Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:48:00 -0500 First Listen: ALA.NI, 'You & I' Paris-based singer ALA.NI recently made an impression on The Current's Jim McGuinn with her performance at the annual NON-COMMvention. Stream her new album here. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/06/02/first-listen-alani-you--i?refid=0 Fri, 02 Jun 2017 13:17:00 -0500 Album of the Week, Harry Styles, 'Harry Styles' Harry Styles's authentically produced solo debut is likely to distance him from his former bandmates and could enable him to establish a credible, viable, long-term career as an artist who is both popular and critically important. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/05/29/album-of-the-week-harry-styles-harry-styles-self-titled-album?refid=0 Mon, 29 May 2017 00:01:00 -0500 3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis calls the Twin Cities home 3RDEYEGIRL guitarist Donna Grantis does an interview with Jim McGuinn, Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber on Minnesota Public Radio. 'There is a whole mix of emotions I am feeling,' Grantis says. 'Just hearing that music really does give me so much joy, and it makes me feel so good. I think it makes so many people all around the world feel good and comforted to hear that amazing music.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/21/3rdeyegirl-guitarist-donna-grantis-calls-the-twin-cities-home?refid=0 Sat, 22 Apr 2017 13:00:00 -0500 Theft of the Dial: Donna Grantis of 3RDEYEGIRL shares Prince songs and stories Celebrating her bandleader's memory, Donna Grantis of 3RDEYEGIRL assembled a playlist of special Prince songs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/21/theft-of-the-dial-donna-grantis-of-3rdeyegirl?refid=0 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 20:01:26 -0500 Interview: Andr&eacute; Cymone's dad was in a band with Prince's dad Andr&eacute; Cymone does an interview with Jim McGuinn, Andrea Swensson and Tom Weber on Minnesota Public Radio. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/04/21/andre-cymones-dad-was-in-a-band-with-princes-dad?refid=0 Fri, 21 Apr 2017 17:11:09 -0500 Regina Spektor shares an expressive set in The Current studio In town to play a sold-out show at St. Paul's recently reopened Palace Theatre, Regina Spektor stopped by The Current for a session hosted by Jim McGuinn. The session features fantastic song performances and deep conversation. 'I feel like with music, people have this idea that you either write about yourself or you just write using fiction and that's not personal,' Spektor says. 'But to me, I truly believe that fiction and surrealism and psychedelic thoughts are just as personal.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2017/03/26/regina-spektor-shares-an-expressive-set-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Sun, 26 Mar 2017 15:50:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Neil Young, 'Peace Trail' Neil Young's 37th solo album (and his second of 2016) displays the hardworking singer-songwriter in his signature restless, angry, profound, busy and brilliant fashion. 'Peace Trail' finds Neil Young searching for whatever's next on his long journey from the '60s to forever. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/26/album-of-the-week-neil-young-peace-trail?refid=0 Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:01:00 -0600 Jim McGuinn reflects on 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Following the announcement of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 2017 inductees -- Pearl Jam, Tupac Shakur, ELO, Journey, Yes, and Joan Baez -- first-time Hall of Fame voter Jim McGuinn reflects on the winners, on who he voted for, and who's missing from the Hall. 'One of my hopes is that by reaching from the Boomer generation to Gen Xers like myself to contribute to the process, the make-up of the Hall of Fame will shift to acknowledge some other branches in the rock 'n' roll tree,' Jim writes. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/20/jim-mcguinn-reflects-on-2017-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame-inductees?refid=0 Tue, 20 Dec 2016 16:30:00 -0600 The complex questions of voting for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame The Current's Program Director Jim McGuinn shares his experiences after being asked to vote for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees this year. 'An email appeared out of nowhere, asking if I'd be interested in voting for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,' Jim writes. 'Of course! But then I started wondering ... What is this Hall of Fame really about?' Jim looked deeply into the process, and he shares what ran through his mind as he cast his ballot. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/15/the-complex-questions-of-voting-for-the-rock-and-roll-hall-of-fame?refid=0 Thu, 15 Dec 2016 07:20:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Jim McGuinn, program director The Current's program director Jim McGuinn shares his top local and national songs of 2016. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/12/06/top89-staff-picks-jim-mcguinn?refid=0 Tue, 06 Dec 2016 00:00:00 -0600 Album of the Week: The Head and the Heart, 'Signs of Light' The Head and the Heart moved away from 'folksiness' to embrace a bigger, bolder musical vision -- one filled with louder guitars, heavier rhythms and bigger arrangements, all encased in gorgeous vocal harmonies that evoke artists like Lucius, the Staves, and classic artists like Crosby Stills and Nash, and Fleetwood Mac. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/12/album-of-the-week-the-head-and-the-heart-signs-of-light?refid=0 Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Get up earlier with 'Oake and Riley in the Morning' The Current's program director Jim McGuinn shares a few updates for on-air programming. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/09/06/scheduling-changes?refid=0 Tue, 06 Sep 2016 10:54:13 -0500 'Enthusiasm Conquers All': a road trip for the Tragically Hip The Tragically Hip, although never huge in the States, are national treasures in their native Canada. Those who get into the Hip's music -- like The Current's Jim McGuinn -- become fans for life. And now, as Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie faces a terminal brain cancer diagnosis, he and the band are lighting up arenas across Canada. So McGuinn and some friends are on their way to Winnipeg to see the Tragically Hip this Friday. And, as McGuinn explains, the connection runs even deeper than loyal fandom. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/08/04/enthusiasm-conquers-all-a-road-trip-for-the-tragically-hip?refid=0 Thu, 04 Aug 2016 17:45:00 -0500 Why Van Morrison's 1973 live collection is essential listening Read why The Current's program director Jim McGuinn believes Van Morrison's 1973 <em>.. It's Too Late to Stop Now ...</em> set is one of the best live albums and enter for a chance to win a three-CD and DVD set. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/07/07/why-van-morrison-s-1973-live-collection-is-essential-listening?refid=0 Thu, 07 Jul 2016 13:20:00 -0500 Debbie Harry reflects on 40 years of Blondie, details new album In advance of their sold out Twin Cities performance, Debbie Harry, the iconic frontwoman of Blondie, talks to Program Director Jim McGuinn about the history of Blondie, working with producer Mike Chapman, and upcoming collaborations with some surprising names. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/06/11/debbie-harry-blondie-interview?refid=0 Sat, 11 Jun 2016 05:00:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Radiohead, 'A Moon Shaped Pool' With 'A Moon Shaped Pool', Radiohead tap into analog human emotions and join them with the increased use of acoustic instrumentation to achieve a new depth for themselves. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/05/16/album-of-the-week-radiohead-a-moon-shaped-pool?refid=0 Mon, 16 May 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Iggy Pop, 'Post Pop Depression' Although Iggy Pop found increasing success as time wore on, he never quite returned to the promise of his two 1977 albums. Until now. 'Post Pop Depression' is one of Iggy's best. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/03/14/album-of-the-week-iggy-pop-post-pop-depression?refid=0 Mon, 14 Mar 2016 00:01:00 -0500 Album of the Week: Cage the Elephant, 'Tell Me I'm Pretty' For their fourth studio album, Cage the Elephant recruited producer Dan Auerbach, creating an album the veers from sonic spontaneity to taut spaciousness to lyrical astuteness. These intimate and powerful songs rock -- and Cage the Elephant deliver them with moxie. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2016/01/04/album-of-the-week-cage-the-elephant-tell-me-im-pretty?refid=0 Mon, 04 Jan 2016 00:01:00 -0600 Scott Weiland was 'one of the most fascinating frontmen' The Current's Program Director, Jim McGuinn, shares his thoughts about the late Stone Temple Pilots frontman, who died in Bloomington, Minn., on Dec. 3, 2015. 'STP were one of the great bands of the '90s,' McGuinn writes. 'The songs and Weiland's vocal performances totally hold up. ... Through recordings, we are always able to return to the artist at the moment of their greatness.' http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/04/scott-weiland-was-one-of-the-most-fascinating-frontmen?refid=0 Fri, 04 Dec 2015 14:20:00 -0600 Top 89 Staff Picks: Jim McGuinn, program director and host The Current's program director Jim McGuinn shares his top songs and albums of 2015. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/12/01/top-89-staff-picks-jim-mcguinn?refid=0 Tue, 01 Dec 2015 11:50:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Unconventional Singers Last Friday, we celebrated music's great voices. In the wake of that, listener Bob in St. Paul suggested a Coffee Break of idiosyncratic voices. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that feature an unconventional or unique singing voice? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/23/930-coffee-break-unconventional-singers?refid=0 Mon, 23 Nov 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Great Vocalists An album getting a lot of attention today is Adele's latest, '25'. Adele is one of music's great singers. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that feature great vocal performances? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/20/930-coffee-break-great-vocalists?refid=0 Fri, 20 Nov 2015 08:35:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Celebrity Songs Carly Simon revealed this week that the second verse of her 1972 hit, 'You're So Vain,' is indeed about Warren Beatty. So for today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that are about or that name-check celebrities? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/19/930-coffee-break-celebrity-songs?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2015 08:35:00 -0600 Jill Riley's totally awesome surprise Well, I wouldn't say this is on the level of a surprise David Bowie album, but I have my own little surprise news to share with you guys. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/19/jill-rileys-totally-awesome-surprise?refid=0 Thu, 19 Nov 2015 07:10:00 -0600 The legacy of Allen Toussaint R&B legend Allen Toussaint died Tuesday, Nov. 10, of an apparent heart attack after a concert in Madrid. He was 77 years old. The Current's program director, Jim McGuinn, shares a personal reflection on Toussaint's life and career. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/10/the-legacy-of-allen-toussaint?refid=0 Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:50:00 -0600 Welcome back, Mary Lucia Exciting news to share! We are really happy to welcome our friend, Mary Lucia, back to The Current's airwaves. Read a message from Program Director Jim McGuinn and a letter from Mary herself. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/11/02/welcome-back-mary-lucia?refid=0 Mon, 09 Nov 2015 10:05:00 -0600 9:30 Coffee Break: Navy Day Oct. 27 is Navy Day in the United States. So for today's Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that are about boats, ships or other maritime themes? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/27/930-coffee-break-navy-day?refid=0 Tue, 27 Oct 2015 08:35:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Traffic Sounds Listener Anita from Chanhassen, Minn., suggested a Coffee Break of songs with traffic noise in them. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that include traffic noise, sirens, car horns, etc.? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/26/930-coffee-break-traffic-sounds?refid=0 Mon, 26 Oct 2015 08:35:00 -0500 Heads up: A programming change on The Current Our friend and colleague David Campbell has resigned from his job as host of the Local Show and Radio Free Current, and decided to move on and explore other opportunities. His resignation is effective immediately. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/16/local-programming-changes?refid=0 Fri, 16 Oct 2015 00:00:00 -0500 Meeting Manuel: a bedazzling visit with a Nashville legend Manuel Cuevas is a superstar of clothing design: his suits have graced stages and album covers; several of his works are enshrined in museums. On a recent visit to Nashville, The Current's Jim McGuinn got to meet Manuel and hear about his life, 'a documentary waiting to happen.' Read about Jim's visit with Manuel, and see photos of Jim in some of Manuel's one-of-a-kind designs. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/09/meeting-manuel-a-bedazzling-visit-with-a-nashville-legend?refid=0 Sun, 11 Oct 2015 05:30:00 -0500 Patrick Stickles of Titus Andronicus describes his latest project as 'fearless,' 'arduous' and 'kooky' A rock opera is no small undertaking, but Titus Andronicus's front man Patrick Stickles was inspired by something deeply personal. 'It's an allegory for my own personal struggles,' Stickles says, '[but] I'm not unique in my experiences; people around the world feel the way I do.' Check out the full session. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/09/titus-andronicus-perform-at-the-current?refid=0 Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:20:00 -0500 9:30 Coffee Break: Floating on Air A huge hot-air balloon festival is underway in New Mexico this week. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention flight, flying or floating? Send us your requests. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/10/07/930-coffee-break-floating-on-air?refid=0 Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:35:00 -0500 Enter The Current's Tobias Jesso Jr. Grand Prize Giveaway Tobias Jesso Jr. is one 2015's biggest breakout acts. Enter for a chance to win tickets to Tobias Jesso Jr.'s upcoming show at the Cedar Cultural Center and a vinyl copy of his debut album <em>Goon</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/30/tobias-jesso-jr-grand-prize-giveaway?refid=0 Wed, 30 Sep 2015 12:46:48 -0500 Bill DeVille and Jim McGuinn at the Americana Music Festival The 2015 Americana Music Festival and Conference spans Sept. 16 to 20 in Nashville. The Current's Bill DeVille and Jim McGuinn attended the conference. See what they saw with a social-media roundup from their days and nights of music meet-ups and shows. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/19/bill-deville-and-jim-mcguinn-at-the-americana-music-festival?refid=0 Sat, 19 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Interview: Keith Richards On the release date of Keith Richards' solo album, 'Crosseyed Heart,' The Current's Jim McGuinn had a chance to chat with Richards. 'Crosseyed Heart' is Richards' first solo album in 23 years. 'What took me so long? Well, I've got this other band ...,' Richards jokes. Listen to the full conversation and read a transcript. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/18/interview-keith-richards?refid=0 Fri, 18 Sep 2015 07:20:00 -0500 Tommy Stinson performs in The Current studios Just before playing a sold-out show at the Turf Club, Tommy Stinson stopped by The Current to play some new music (and an Arthur-Crudup-via-Elvis cover) and to talk with Jim McGuinn about his life and his bands - both his current touring band and another one you might have heard of, the Replacements. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/13/tommy-stinson-performs-in-the-current-studios?refid=0 Sun, 13 Sep 2015 10:21:00 -0500 Album of the Week: The Arcs, 'Yours, Dreamily' While some artists use the "side project" as an excuse to fly far from the nest, Dan Auerbach's new band The Arcs' release 'Yours, Dreamily' doesn't stray from the style that has made Auerbach one of the most successful rockers of the last decade. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/09/07/album-of-the-week-the-arcs-yours-dreamily?refid=0 Mon, 07 Sep 2015 00:01:00 -0500 Why and when The Current will play the song, 'S.O.B.' For the past few weeks, the song 'S.O.B.' by Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats has generated endless conversation around the offices of The Current without ever being played on the radio. Program Director Jim McGuinn shares the reasoning behind the station's decision to add the song to the playlist, and the careful approach to when the song will air. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/08/24/why-and-when-the-current-will-play-the-song-sob?refid=0 Mon, 24 Aug 2015 11:50:00 -0500 Allen Klein biography highlights a non-musician that shaped rock history Music journalist Fred Goodman turns the story of Allen Klein, rock's most famous accountant, into a page-turning drama about one of the most important non-musicians that shaped rock history. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/28/allen-klein-the-man-who-bailed-out-the-beatles-?refid=0 Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:30:00 -0500 Teenage Kicks celebrates the music video This week's episode of 'Teenage Kicks' celebrates the music video with a playlist built around the greatest MTV music videos of all time. Check out these samples and share some of your own favorites. And be sure to listen to 'Teenage Kicks' with Jim McGuinn on Saturday from 8 to 10 a.m. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/24/teenage-kicks-celebrates-the-music-video?refid=0 Fri, 24 Jul 2015 22:50:00 -0500 The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: Morrissey's 'Autobiography' Morrissey is coming to the Fitzgerald Theater on July 13. Jim McGuinn shares his fascination with this month's pick for The Current's Rock and Roll Book Club: Morrissey's autobiography. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/07/06/morrissey-autobiography?refid=0 Mon, 06 Jul 2015 11:15:00 -0500 Heads up: Some scheduling changes on The Current Program Director Jim McGuinn shares some updates and information about some temporary on-air changes happening in recent and coming weeks. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/08/heads-up-some-temporary-scheduling-changes-on-the-current?refid=0 Fri, 05 Jun 2015 14:54:30 -0500 What Bands Do on Their Days Off, or How I Ended Up Going Fishing with Alabama Shakes' Brittany Howard For today's musicians, touring can be quite a treadmill, but when Alabama Shakes had a rare day off while in Minneapolis, they leaped at the chance to go fishing the way a walleye strikes a spinner. The Current's Jim McGuinn explains how the outing came together, and he shares the story and photos from the day. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/06/01/how-i-ended-up-going-fishing-with-alabama-shakes-brittany-howard?refid=0 Mon, 01 Jun 2015 15:50:00 -0500 Musicheads Essential Artists: Elvis Costello 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 Elvis Costello. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/14/musicheads-essential-artists-elvis-costello?refid=0 Thu, 14 May 2015 05:50:00 -0500 The Wombats perform in The Current studio The Wombats stopped by The Current to record an in-studio session the day after a sold out show at the Varsity Theater in Minneapolis in support of their third album, <em>Glitterbug</em>. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/07/the-wombats-perform-in-the-current-studio?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2015 17:20:00 -0500 Mike Scott captures an American swagger To record the Waterboys' latest album, 'Modern Blues', Mike Scott decamped to Nashville. 'I wanted to do it with an American swagger,' Scott explains, 'so I brought in the players from Nashville and from Muscle Shoals, and I think I pulled it off.' Scott stopped at The Current to talk to Jim McGuinn ahead of his show at First Avenue . . . where a 'Purple Rain' cover may just be in the offing. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/05/07/mike-scott-captures-an-american-swagger-?refid=0 Thu, 07 May 2015 16:35:00 -0500 Album Review: Blur, 'The Magic Whip' When Blur found themselves stranded after the cancellation of a Japanese festival, they killed time by booking time in a Hong Kong studio, laying down the bulk of what would turn into 'The Magic Whip'. The end result is a record that stands among Blur's best post-'Parklife' work. http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2015/04/27/album-review-blur-the-magic-whip?refid=0 Mon, 27 Apr 2015 00:01:00 -0500 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://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2010/07/22/a-visit-to-paisley-park?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