Friday, May 28, 2010

The Home Stretch update

On May 14th, we said goodbye to Cathy Rivers, who had served our audience as host of The Home Stretch for the last 21 months. Regrettfully, she and her husband are leaving our community to pursue career opportunities in another state. They'll both be missed by their many friends and KXCI family in Tucson. A replacement for Cathy (both on-air and off-air) has been hired and he'll be joining the KXCI team in June. We plan to have this new staff member, Jason Repko, initially focus on off-air responsibilities while brushing up on his on-air skills. He will be taking over as host of the The Home Stretch in July. Over the last couple of weeks, and over the next couple of weeks, different KXCI deejays have been and will be pinch-hitting in the afternoon as guest hosts of The Home Stretch. We hope you'll tune in for great music and great guests while Amanda, Cecily, DJ MT, Duncan, Jeff, Randy, Susie, and others are tending to the hosting duties.

KXCI Presents! Saturday w/Plants & Animals - Studio 2A Friday w/Dead Western Plains

Tune in to The Home Stretch this Friday, May 28th, at 5:30pm for a Studio 2A performance from Dead Western Plains. They open Saturday's KXCI Presents! show at Plush with Plants & Animals and Lost In The Trees. Plants & Animals are an indie band from Montreal, often described as post-classic rock. Lost In The Trees mix chamber orchestration with indie-folk and have a new album coming this summer on Anti- Records. This Studio 2A broadcast is a portion of Dead Western Plains live set from Monday's Locals Only. Visit kxci.org and click the KXCI Locals Only button for the complete podcast, as well as any, Locals Only performance. Locals Only airs every Monday at 8pm here on 91.3FM, KXCI.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Willie Nelson Gets A Haircut!

As Willie's website calls it: "The Haircut Heard Around the World." See a photo of the freshly shorn Nelson at his website: http://willienelson.com/news/the-haircut-heard-around-the-world/

Monday, May 24, 2010

Featured Albums of the Week: Nada Surf, Batucaxe, Bettye LaVette

Albums of the week for May 24th: FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK (Your Morning Brew, 8:20am): Nada Surf, If I Had A Hi-Fi A covers album full of inspired, unexpected choices: from avant-pop Kate Bush to underground power-pop classicist Dwight Twilley. There are some intriguingly obscure numbers.
LOCAL PICK OF THE WEEK (The Home Stretch, 3:30pm):
Batucaxe', The Blessing of the Beat
You'll be up and dancing when we play cuts off this high-energy disc from the local Brazilian music collective.
NATIONAL PICK OF THE WEEK (The Home Stretch, 5pm):
Bettye LaVette, Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook
One of our favorite rediscovered soul singers covers everyone from The Rolling Stones and The Beatles to The Moody Blues and Pink Floyd.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Jazz Sundae Tribute to Hank Jones

On Sunday, May 23rd, our Jazz Sundae program will host a special two-hour tribute to the late, great jazz pianist Hank Jones, who passed away May 16th at the age of 91. Join us to remember this jazz legend this Sunday on Jazz Sundae, noon to 2pm.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Local Pick of the Week

This week's Local Pick of the Week (Mon-Fri, 3:30pm) is the new Brian Lopez EP, El Blanco, out on Funzalo Records. Tune in for a fresh cut each weekday at 3:30pm on The Home Stretch, only on KXCI Community Radio.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Carole King & James Taylor: You've Got A Friend radio special

We will air the one-hour radio documentary Carole King & James Taylor: You've Got A Friend on Tuesday, May 18th from 5 to 6pm. Hosted by Ann Wilson (of Heart), this radio documentary follows the careers of both legendary singer-songwriters and their 40 year friendship.
In addition to airing this special, we will be giving away copies of the new 2 disc CD/DVD set of Carole King & James Taylor, Live at the Troubadour, from their historic 2007 concert at that venue.
We hope you can catch this extra-special program on Your Community Radio KXCI.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Dawn Landes & Horse Feathers - Studio 2A and KXCI Presents!

A great double bill this Monday afternoon on The Home Stretch and tonight, May 17th, at Solar Culture. Horse Feathers and Dawn Landes are on tour together and they are both stopping in Studio 2A for live performances and playing a KXCI Presents! all ages show. Horse Feathers are a chamber folk rock group from Portland, OR. Their critically acclaimed sound trades acoustic strings for the normal electric guitars of indie rock, but retains a fragile and dark yet hopeful songwriting style. Their new album is Thistled Spring on Kill Rock Stars. Dawn Landes is a singer songwriter based out of NYC. A sometimes member of Hem, Dawn's music can be sweet or spunky and is comparable to the contemporary artist's like Josh Ritter, Feist, Suzanne Vega and Andrew Bird, all of whom she has performed with. Her latest album is Sweetheart Radio on Cooking Vinyl. They both are stopping by the KXCI studios for acoustic performances between 4 and 6pm and then their full show starts at 9pm at Solar Culture.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Carole King & James Taylor: You've Got A Friend radio special

We will air the one-hour radio documentary Carole King & James Taylor: You've Got A Friend on Tuesday, May 18th from 5 to 6pm. Hosted by Ann Wilson (of Heart), this radio documentary follows the careers of both legendary singer-songwriters and their 40 year friendship.
In addition to airing this special, we will be giving away copies of the new 2 disc CD/DVD set of Carole King & James Taylor, Live at the Troubadour, from their historic 2007 concert at that venue.
We hope you can catch this extra-special program on Your Community Radio KXCI.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Live In Studios on Thursday & Friday

On Thursday we're proud to welcome Jessica Fichot in advance of her concert that evening at Solar Culture Gallery. Jessica is touring in support of her new album Le Chemin. She has a great world-wise voice drawing on many influences. On Friday we welcome back Sisters Morales, in town for a concert Saturday night at Plaza Palomino. Both live in-studio performances are expected to occur around 5:30pm.

Jessica Fichot - live in Studio2A

French chanteuse Jessica Fichot stops by KXCI's Studio2A for a live performance with toy piano, accordion and her sophisticated world folk and jazz inflected band this Thursday, May 13th, at 5:30pm. She's performing an all ages show at Solar Culture, Gasbriel Sullivan and Chris Black open at 9pm. L.A.-based chanteuse, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Jessica Fichot is a lot like her hometown of Paris: French at heart, but with a soul that's truly international. Drawing from her multi-ethnic French / Chinese / American upbringing, her music fuses styles and languages, taking the listener on a twisting journey out of the French chanson tradition, into the lands of gypsy jazz, Chinese and Latin American folk music, and into the wilderness of her imagination.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Featured Albums of the Week: New Pornographers and Delta Spirit

Jim's Featured Album of the Week on Your Morning Brew is the New Pornographers Together, just released on Matador Records. Tune in for a fresh cut each morning this week at 8:20am.
Cathy's National "Pick of the Week" on The Home Stretch is Delta Spirit, History From Below, out next month on Rounder. Cathy will have a cut each day this week around 5pm.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

KXCI Presents! Drive-By Truckers and Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars

We have two KXCI Presents! shows this week at The Rialto Theatre. Wednesday, May 5th, it's the Drive By Truckers. Touring behind their tenth album, The Big To-Do on ATO Records, the Drive-By Truckers carry on the Southern literary tradition with electric guitars and short story songs. Doors open at 7pm with The Henry Clay People for this all ages show. Friday, May 7th, it's Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars. You might remember the amazing concert that KXCI and The Loft Cinema brought to you at the Rialto Theatre from Sierra Leone's Refugee All Stars a couple years ago. It was a night to remember! Well they are back with a new album of reggae anthems and African rhythms and are poised for another great KXCI sponsored show. Doors open at 7pm with Spirit Familia. Tune in during The Home Stretch for a Studio 2A performance Friday from the Refugee All Stars. More info on those shows and many more can be found on our events page at kxci.org.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Featured Albums of the Week

Featured Album of the Week (8:20am) on Your Morning Brew: Via Audio, Animalore "Like a pop-up book for adults, bursting with vivid colors and secret corridors at the turn of every page." -Amazon.com review Local Pick of the Week (3:30pm) on The Home Stretch Ozomatli, Fire Away (Dig) Not technically a local band but they play here a lot - and they're great, so we're adopting Ozomatli's wonderful new album as a local pick this week. National Pick of the Week (5pm) on The Home Stretch Mary Gauthier, The Foundling We'll let Mary tell the story: "I was born to an unwed mother in 1962 and subsequently surrendered to St. Vincent's Women and Infants Asylum on Magazine Street in New Orleans, where I spent my first year. I was adopted shortly thereafter but left my adopted family at fifteen. I wandered for years looking for, but never quite finding a place that felt like home. I searched for, found, and was denied a meeting with my birth mother when I was 45 years old. She couldn't afford to re-open the wound she'd carried her whole life, the wound of surrendering a baby. The Foundling is my story."