13 March 2018

Ayvah + Jillian Rae - Airs March 14th

Jillian Rae from Minneculture
Recorded live at Broken World Records in Winona at the 5th annual MidWest Music Fest. Produced and recorded for KFAI’s Minneculture by the one and only Tom Garneau.
Jillian will be performing at the Hook and Ladder on Saturday, March 31st. Also, if you have a few minutes to spare, we recommend that you hear her cover of Prince's When Doves Cry at her Bandcamp page.

Ayvah from Minneculture
In the second half of our show, the  jazz and funk influenced Twin Cities quintet Ayvah perform live at The Icehouse in Minneapolis. Ayvah is Ava McFarlane on vocals, Samuel Rosenstone on piano, DeCarlo Jackson on bass, Joey C. Hays on drums and Andy Schupp on guitar. This "Live from Minnesota" concert was recorded by Ryan Mach. It was expertly mixed and produced by Tom Garneau. You can hear more from Ayvah by visiting their Soundclound.

06 March 2018

Revisiting the Minneculture Podcast - Airs March 7th

The Minneculture Podcast from KFAI
With Season 2 of the MinneCulture Podcast just around the corner, we are gearing up with three installments from their excellent first season. The Minneculture Podcast features the best arts, culture, and history reporting from KFAI. In these episodes, we'll learn how Black Lives Matter got an anthem, the story of a college student from Minnesota who got the Swedish band Roxette on U.S. radio, and a 28-hour music marathon. We'll also dive deep into the animal world in interviews with nature videographer Sam Easterson, taxidermist Sarina Brewer, and a harpist that has been playing for primates at the Como Zoo in St. Paul for nearly a decade. Our show will feature work by independent producers Diane Richard, Mason ButlerLila Cherneff, Sam Radwany, Ryan Dawes, and Nancy Rosenbaum. Minneculture is made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. You can hear more stories from Minneculture at their Soundcloud page and download the podcast NOW from both iTunes and Stitcher.

27 February 2018

Another Round - Airs Feb 28th

Episode Four: Frederick Wiseman from The Drunk Projectionist
Documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman discusses "Titicut Follies," his controversial 1967 film about a hospital for the criminally insane. In this interview with Todd Melby, he also reveals why he shot most of his movies on 16mm, how his films are structurally similar to plays, and why he hates the term "cinema verite." The film "Titicut Follies" launched Wiseman's trademark style of filmmaking: no interviews, no music, no restaging of events, no crawl of type identifying subjects or places. His documentaries - he’s made more than 35 films in 50 years - are his and his alone

Episode Five: Charles Burnett from The Drunk Projectionist
Critic Terrence Rafferty of GQ called "Killer of Sheep," a film by Charles Burnett, "one of the most striking debuts in movie history." Host Todd Melby interviews writer/director Burnett, about this important film. "Killer of Sheep" examines the black Los Angeles ghetto of Watts in the mid-1970s through the eyes of Stan, a sensitive dreamer who is growing detached and numb from the psychic toll of working at a slaughterhouse. Frustrated by money problems, he finds respite in moments of simple beauty: the warmth of a teacup against his cheek, slow dancing with his wife, holding his daughter. The movie offers no solutions; it merely presents life - sometimes hauntingly bleak, sometimes filled with transcendent joy and gentle humor. The film was shot in roughly a year of weekends on a budget of less than $10,000, and also out of the pocket of Burnett himself. Filmed on location, the picture offers an episodic narrative with gritty documentary-style cinematography.

19 February 2018

Leap For Freedom - Airs Feb 21st

William's Leap For Freedom by SueMedia Productions
Hosted by Dion Graham, this one hour radioplay is based on the life of freed slave William Wells Brown. The performance was recorded live and stars Mirron E. Willis as Wells Brown, and features Barbara Rosenblat (of Orange is the New Black fame) along with a multi-voice cast. It is a two part drama; a play within a play. Beginning with a fictionalized conversation between William and a historian, and selected portions of "The Escape or Leap for Freedom," a play written by William Wells Brown in 1858.

14 February 2018

The Poetic Voice - Airs Feb 14th

The Poetic Voice from Various Artists
This Saint Valentine's Day we'll be listening to the romantic musings of the spoken poetic voice. Our focus will be on four performers. Getting off to a bumpy start, we're foolishly choosing to feature several selections from Jayne Mansfield's 1964 album Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky and Me which is moderately dreadful. Then, if you haven't already turned off the radio, the torch will be lit and you rewarded (?) with a quiet blend of soft music, nostalgic lyrics, and tranquil patter from the all-night radio giant Franklyn MacCormack with the Russ Garcia Orchestra recorded in 1958. You'll also be treated to some original "Passions in Prose" from Mary Lee Fair, host of the radio program "Lovingly Yours, Laura" with harp and trumpet accompaniment. Finally my darling, we'll be paid a visit from Renzo Cesana, The Continental himself, who begs the question, "Would you like another glass of champagne?"

05 February 2018

Pornonono + Les Exodus - Airs Feb 7th

Pornonono Live from Minnesota
In this live recording from the Icehouse in Minneapolis, Pornonono blends beats, synths, and guitars -- never failing to deliver smooth pop and R'n'B sounds with a sexy edge. Produced for KFAI's Minneculture by Daniel Zamzow, with special thanks to engineer Jay Perlman.

Les Exodus Live from Minnesota
Performing locally and nationally for over 30 years, Les Exodus remains one of the Twin Cities' finest reggae bands. Les Exodus features Charles "Chilly" Petrus on keyboards, Lance Colmer on drums, Andy "Shoffman" Mark on bass with the charismatic vocals of Prince Jabba and Lynval Jackson perfectly complementing the trio's high-energy performance. Recorded in 2013 at the now dearly missed Blue Nile Restaurant in Minneapolis' Seward neighborhood by Daniel Zamzow for Minneculture.

30 January 2018

Womenfolk Radio - Airs Jan 31st

Womenfolk Anniversary Concert Celebration from Minneculture
In September of 2017, KFAI honored Womenfolk, one of the longest running women's music shows in the country, with a concert at Hook and Ladder Theater and Lounge in Minneapolis. Womenfolk host Ellen Stanley celebrates with performances from Ellis, Reina del Cid, Prairie Fire Lady Choir, Vicky Emerson, Mary Bue, Mother Banjo, and other friends. Recorded by Matthew Amundsen. Mixed and produced by Tom Garneau for the "Live from Minnesota" series.