Monday, June 29, 2009

Featured Albums of the Week: Wilco, Regina Spektor, Vieux Farka Toure'

Featured Albums of the Week on Your Community Radio: GLOBAL EXPRESS (7:20am on Your Morning Brew): Vieux Farka Toure', Fondo "Shimmering Malian guitar" FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK (8:20am on Your Morning Brew): Wilco, (The Album) "Frank and fascinating country rock" PICK OF THE WEEK (4pm on The Home Stretch): Regina Spektor, Far "She's weird... we love weird"

Sunday, June 28, 2009

‘Gay Jazz’ – Contradiction?

‘Gay Jazz’ – Contradiction? by Mark Rosenbaum As I began to plan my playlist for a Stonewall edition of Jazz Sundae, I started a list of artists to include. The few entries came easily – the legends Sarah Vaughn, Bessie Smith, Billy Strayhorn, Billy Tipton. I added contemporary jazzmen and women – vibraphonist Gary Burton, pianist Fred Hersch, singer/pianist Andy Bey, and local legends Lisa Otey and Susan Artemis. An hour passed. I hadn’t added a single name to my list. I began to wonder why I couldn’t remember any of the multitudes of talented, well known jazz players. Later that day, I was having lunch with my friend Chris Tackett. As I related my ‘gay jazz short list’ story to him, he smiled and shook his head knowingly. “Good luck with that,” he essentially said. “Queer jazz people are basically an invisible subculture.” He went on to explain the roots of the invisibility of jazz artists in the post-prohibition period, especially the cultural influences. After spending a few hours discussing the subject with Chris, followed by an afternoon of online research, it was clear why compiling a list of gay jazz artists is no easy task. Historically, the jazz scene wasn’t, (and to a certain extent still isn’t) a very welcoming place if you weren’t heterosexual and male (the exception – the ubiquitous female jazz vocalist). Without a doubt, the dominant jazz culture of the post-WWII era was steeped in a certain machoistic style, the tone of which was due in large part to the overwhelming influence of African-american male dominance. The cool macho arrogance of the bebop era and beyond (think Dizzy, Trane, and Miles) has served to keep the jazz closet intact and standing, even today. Is it getting easier to be gay in the jazz world? Maybe, maybe not. While there seems to have been at least a marginal increase in the number of contemporary Out jazz artists, it’s clear that the stigma remains, save for the small, vocal, and courageous group of artists like Hersch, Burton, saxophonist Dave Koz, vocalist Patrick Arena, and a few others. (Chris Tackett is a Tucson composer, arranger, and pianist and holds a masters degree in jazz studies; he is the music director at Saguaro Christian Church and Temple Emanu-El, and is the artistic director of Desert Voices) * * * There are several good articles and sites discussing Gays in Jazz available on line: ‘In the Macho World of Jazz – Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Francis Davis, NY Times ‘Jazz: A History of America’s Music’, ‘Jazz: A Film’, & ‘Ken Burns’ Jazz: The Story of America’s Music’ – reviews by Andrew Velez, The Advocate ‘Jazz’, Jeffrey Escoffier QueerMusicHeritage.com

Stonewall 40th Anniversary Schedule Sunday, June 28, Noon-6pm

KXCI celebrates the accomplishments and goals of the modern gay rights movement with special programming this Sunday, June 28th, from noon to 6pm, marking the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City. Join us Sunday for special music, interviews and much more as we look back at the past 40 years and forward to the challenges that lie ahead. Noon-2pm Jazz Sundae host Mark Rosenbaum curates a special mix for this special day. 2pm-2:40 Mark Rosenbaum spends time with local rock stars TMI. 2:40ish-2:55ish Observer publishers Bob Ellis and Gary Clark stop by and share some pre-Stonewall History and discuss the inception to one the nation's longest running Gay weeklies. 2:55ish-3pm Field interview from Bisbee Pride 3pm-3:20ish 30 Minutes features SAGA Program Manager Alison Davison discussing Trans issues and some of the support and services available through Wingspan. 3:20ish-3:24 Field Interviews from Bisbee Pride 3:25-3:30 Wingspan Anti-violence Program Manager Oscar Jimenez. 3:30 A View from Slightly Off Center- 4:10ish Wingspan Executive Director Jason Cianciotto describes some of the challenges facing Wingspan and the Gay Rights Movement- and some possible solutions. 4:30 King Daevid MacKenzie produces local content to add to the nationally syndicated This Way Out. This Way Out can be heard every Sunday at 4:30pm. 5pm- 6pm Broad Perspectives Radio. Susie B. features a conversation with Colette Barajas, a field interview from Bisbee Pride, and a segment with Wingspan's Youth and Families Services Program Manager Khara Ellasante.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Watson Twins - Live@5 - Friday 6/26

The Watson Twins stop in for a Live@5 performance on the Homestretch this Friday afternoon. We were first introduced to the sweet country harmonies of the Watson Twins from their collaboration with Jenny Lewis on the album Rabbit Fur Coat (Team Love). Last summer they released the alt-country, folk rock infused album, Fire Songs, on Vanguard Records. For their 5pm Studio 2A performance they will be accompanied by the folks with Found Magazine. Found Magazine is presenting the Denim and Diamonds Tour at Club Congress Friday night at 7pm. The Tour Features the Watson Twins along with found notes, found music, found magic and mayhem with Davy and Peter Rothbart.

Stonewall Day - Sunday

KXCI celebrates the accomplishments and goals of the modern gay rights movement with special programming this Sunday, June 28th, from noon to 6pm, marking the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City. Join us Sunday for special music, interviews and much more as we look back at the past 40 years and forward to the challenges that lie ahead. We'd like to thank our volunteers and our Stonewall Day sponsors for helping make this day possible: Yoga Oasis (http://www.yogaoasis.com/), Tucson Pride, Inc. (http://tucsonpride.org/) and Martin at Desert Roadrunner Realty (e-mail martin@mgeggers.com).

One Cup of Java trivia questions, June 22-26

We're now posting a downloadable Word document with this week's One Cup of Java Challenge questions and answers, in case you missed one earlier in the week or just want to have a little fun around the workplace on a Friday. Click the link below to get to the document, and remember to tune in for new One Cup questions every weekday morning at 8:20am on Your Morning Brew. /OneCupsJune22to26-2009.doc

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Stonewall Day, Sunday June 28th

KXCI Community Radio celebrates the accomplishments and goals of the modern gay rights movement with a special day of programming on Sunday, June 28th, marking the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots in New York City. The riots - sparked by a police attack on gay patrons of the Stonewall Inn bar - is generally cited as the birthplace of the modern push toward equality for GLBTQ people in our country. Join us June 28th for special music, interviews and much more as we look back at the past 40 years and forward to the challenges that lie ahead. Stonewall Day's 40th Anniversary - only on Your Community Radio, KXCI 91.3FM.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Kidd Squidd Rolling Stones Special, Saturday 2-5pm

Join Kidd Squidd for his on-air birthday party/Rolling Stones special this Saturday, June 20th, from 2 to 5pm, only on Your Community Radio KXCI 91.3FM. FYI: No webstreaming on this one, so you will have to tune it in!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Featured Albums of the Week

Global Express (7:20am Your Morning Brew) - Blick Bassy, Leman "The new soulful voice of Cameroon" Featured Album of the Week (8:20am Your Morning Brew) - Elizabeth & The Catapult, Taller Children "A unique blend of pop playfulness and grown-up introspection" Pick of the Week (4pm The Home Stretch) - Zee Avi, self-titled debut "Zee Avi is just 23 but she's an old soul"

Friday, June 12, 2009

One Cup of Java trivia questions, June 8-12

We're now posting a downloadable Word document with this week's One Cup of Java Challenge questions and answers, in case you missed one earlier in the week or just want to have a little fun around the workplace on a Friday. Click the link below to get to the document. Remember to tune in for new One Cup questions every weekday morning at 8:20am on Your Morning Brew. /OneCupsJune8to12-2009.doc

Thursday, June 11, 2009

20 Years of Halftime At The Apocalypse!

Host Jeff Rogers and Halftime at the Apocalypse will celebrate 20 years on the air at KXCI with a special show on Thursday, June 11th. Expect great music, naturally, but also some memories and a few chances to win great music. Thursday, 8-10pm on Your Community Radio KXCI 91.3FM.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Featured Album of the Week: Phoenix, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix by Phoenix.

Tune in for a new cut each weekday morning at 8:20am on Your Morning Brew.

"Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix is a career-defining album filled with the band's signature melding of synthetics and organics, sharp, danceable rhythms, infectious choruses with a considerable dose of aural panache and candy-colored pop sensibilities" - Amazon.com product description

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Pick of the Week: Glenn Tilbrook

Tune in all this week at 4pm for the Pick of the Week on The Home Stretch (3-6pm). This week's pick is the new Glenn Tilbrook CD Pandemonium Ensues. Glenn is a British folk-pop legend who teamed with Chris Difford in the band Squeeze.

Friday, June 5, 2009

One Cup of Java trivia questions, June 1-5

We're now posting a downloadable Word document with this week's One Cup of Java Challenge questions and answers, in case you missed one earlier in the week or just want to have a little fun around the workplace on a Friday. Click the link below to get to the document. Remember to tune in for new One Cup questions every weekday morning at 8:20am on Your Morning Brew. /OneCupsJune1to5-2009.doc

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Search and Rescue 10th Anniversary

Search and Rescue…
A Decade in the Neighborhood…
Join host Roger Dodger on this Friday’s Search and Rescue for a special show that looks back over 10 years of Roger Dodger’s search to find all those great late 60’s and early 70’s tunes that need to be rescued from obscurity and brought back to the airwaves. Friday’s show will feature snippets from those first few formative years along with special guests who will be stopping by to help Roger Dodger reminisce about the tunes and times that were and that continue to be magic, thanks to KXCI. So set yer alarm, fire up yer radio (or computer) and join Roger Dodger and friends Friday from 3 until 5 am

for the
Tenth Anniversary Search and Rescue Show