19 April 2018

Prize Poetry - Airs April 25th

As I Have Gone Alone In There from Everything Is Stories
For National Poetry Month we'll learn about a man who has hidden a treasure and only given clues to where it may be found in his self-penned poetry and proseForrest Fenn is someone who makes his own adventure. After surviving cancer, this dealer of antique luxuries hid a chest filled with gold coins, gold dust, gold nuggets, rubies, and other riches said to be valued over one million dollars. Forrest is interviewed at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico where he shares memories of his childhood, experiences as fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, and what exactly made him want to create this strange puzzle prize. Local friends and treasure hunters also describe their encounters with Fenn and ideas of where the fortune may be found.

17 April 2018

Wised Up - Airs April 18th

A Wise Guy's Tale of Crime and Redemption from The Signal
We'll trace one man's journey into an underworld of organized crime, and his subsequent attempt to escape it. At one time in his life, Baltimorean Charlie Wilhelm was a loan shark, a drug dealer, and a bookmaker. He raked in ten thousand dollars a week, cash. But when he was ordered to murder two friends, he took himself (and all of his information) to the FBI. Wilhelm turned informant, wearing a wire and later testifying against his former partners in crime, putting them behind bars for years to come. Interviewed by Aaron Henkin, we'll meet Charlie and hear his reflections on crime, loyalty, and redemption. Wilhelm's book Wised Up: A Reformed Mobster's Confessional Memoir was just released as an updated Second Edition. 
"If we'd have just taken one small fraction of our brain and used it legitimately, God knows where we would have been today. We wouldn't have to worry about no police, no FBI agents. There wouldn't be any of this..." - Charlie Wilhelm

09 April 2018

Catching Up with the Minneculture Podcast - Airs April 11th

The Minneculture Podcast from KFAI 
Let's all listen to more episodes of the MinneCulture Podcast! We are going to air the last 4 installments from the bi-weekly series as they prepare to launch their second season. MinneCulture features the best arts, culture, and history reporting from KFAI. In these episodes, we'll cover demolition lawn mower derbys, mosquito control, vigilante bikers (as in bicyclists), both rogue potters and plate breakers, backyard chicken coops, plus the professional wrestling scene in Minnesota -- so hold on tight! Our show will feature work by independent producers: Britt Aamodt, Xan Holston, Graison Hensley ChapmanSophie Nikitasand Todd MelbyMinneCulture 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 all of Series One of the MinneCulture podcast NOW on both iTunes and Stitcher.

04 April 2018

Sufi Melange + Casey O’Brien - Airs April 4th

Sufi Melange Live from Minnesota 
First we'll hear a performance of poetry sung by North Indian classical vocalist Dr. Pooja Goswami Pavan. Her original arrangements feature instruments both traditional like tabla, dholak, bouzouki, and also contemporary, like acoustic guitar, electric bass, and keyboard. An English translation of the text is provided by a narrator before each tune. Produced by Daniel Zamzow for MinneCulture, this presentation features excerpts from the 2015 concert at Normandale Community College in Bloomington as well as perspectives by members of the ensemble. Additional performers are: Greg Herriges on bouzouki and guitar, Tushar Ahmed on bass as well as guitar, Vinod Krishnan at the keys, percussion and dholak played by Abhinav Sharma, Dr. A. Pavan on Tabla, with Dipankar Mukherjee providing narration. Special thanks to Joy Islam for his engineering work.

Casey O’Brien Live from Minnesota 
As a composer and bassist from Saint Paul, Casey O'Brien has collaborated with Eyedea, Sonny Knight, PaviElle, Mina Moore, and is a member of the house band for record label Secret Stash. We'll hear O’Brien embarking on several deep harmonic tangents and showcasing original compositions from his album Ghost Dance in this concert taken from the rich and vast MinneCulture archives. His own quartet features Nathan Hanson on saxophones, Ted Godbout on keys, Davu Seru on drums, and O’Brien himself on bass. Their performance was captured by Daniel Zamzow for KFAI on May 13th, 2015 at Jazz Central Studios in Southeast Minneapolis.

23 March 2018

Pledge Drive - March 21st + 28th



For pledge drive this go around, Todd and Micah will be playing a crop of recent stories from KFAI's Minneculture collective. We'll hear pieces from Dixie TreichelEmily Bright, Britt Aamodt, Sophie Nikitas, Diane RichardXan HolstonErianna Jiles, and Nancy Rosenbaum. So tune-in and explore topics like pinball, poetry, punk rock, cheeky monkeys, cycling, art, and even more. We'll also be playing highlights from Minneculture's "Live from Minnesota" series.While you're listing, PLEASE VISIT kfai.org/donate or call 612-375-9030 and make a donation to keep this awesome stuff on the Twin Cities' airwaves. Each pledge, big or small, is extremely important to us. You can contribute online right here or you can give us a call at 612-375-9030 and show your endorsement of truly public, listener-supported, independent community radio!

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.

23 January 2018

dVRG + The Icicles - Airs Jan 24th

deVon Gray Live from Minnesota
Multi-instrumentalist, classically trained composer, and St. Paul native deVon Russell Gray - or dVRG - has made his mark in the TC music scene through a myriad of projects. He's even had multiple appearances in the "Live from Minnesota" series playing with jazz, rock, rap, and Somali hip-hop acts. In this installment however, we're going to hear his piece “Fractious Child." It's a string quartet which premiered at the Cedar Cultural Center in Minneapolis. Produced by KFAI’s Daniel Zamzow, the recording features not only the entire performance, but also reflections from the composer and his ensemble of local string players: David Auerbach, Sam Bergman, Michelle Kinney, and Jacqueline Ultan.

The Icicles Live from Minnesota
We'll cozy up to a surf-dub-ambient instrumental side-project trio comprised of Jim Anton (Jonny Lang, Greazy Meal, Paul Westerberg) on bass with brothers Jacob Hanson (Mason Jennings, Haley Bonar, Halloween Alaska) on guitar and Jeremy Hanson (Tapes n’ Tapes, Actual Wolf, Frankie Lee) on drums. This concert was recorded live in 2015 at the Icehouse in Minneapolis by Alex Proctor. Produced and mixed by Tom Garneau for KFAI's Minneculture.

15 January 2018

Mason Jennings + The Jayhawks - Airs Jan 17th

The Jayhawks Live from Minnesota 
A very special (and fantastic) small venue show for local heroes the Jayhawks. Recorded live at St. Paul's cherished Turf Club. Featuring Gary Louris on guitar and lead vocals; Marc Perlman on bass; Tim O'Reagan on drums; Kraig Johnson on guitar; Jessy Greene on violin; Karen Grotberg on keyboards; and John Jackson on mandolin. Produced by Tom Garneau.

Mason Jennings Live from Minnesota 
Hard to believe but Mason Jennings has been making music in Minnesota for over 20 years. In this recording, Jennings performs at Sacred Heart Music Center in Duluth. This show features classic favorites and new selections from "Wild Dark Metal," his newest album. The band consists of Jennings on acoustic and electric guitar, Jacob Hanson on bass and Scott McPherson on drums. Recorded, mixed, and produced by Tom Garneau.

08 January 2018

The Pines - Airs Jan 10th

The Pines are Live from Minnesota
The Pines are deeply connected to their American folk music roots. While their songs revolve around fictional stories and an acoustic guitar, this touring trio from Minneapolis includes more modern textures that lend a cinematic quality to their sound. Hear the band in their own words throughout this one-hour presentation of The Pines live at the Cedar Cultural Center. Recorded for Minneculture by Tom Garneau and produced by Daniel Zamzow.

02 January 2018

PaviElle + Ayvah - Airs Jan 3rd

PaviElle Live from Minnesota
PaviElle brings her own special brand of Neo-Soul to the stage in this performance at the historic Sheldon Theatre in Red Wing, Minnesota. The show was part of the Minnesota Music Coalition's Caravan du Nord and highlights songs from her "Fear Not" album. PaviElle French, Ahanti Young, and Tiyo Siyolo are heard on vocals with Ahanti Young also on djembe, Ted Godbout on keyboards, Cody McKinney on bass, and Nick Dodd on drums. Recorded, mixed, and produced by Tom Garneau for KFAI's Minneculture

Ayvah Live from Minnesota
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 mixed and produced by KFAI's Tom Garneau. You can hear more from Ayvah by visiting their Soundclound page.