Friday, January 28, 2011

Keller Williams - Live in Studio 2A & KXCI Presents! - Friday

Tune in for live performance on The Home Stretch with Keller Williams around 4:15pm Friday Jan 28th.

Often called a one-man jam-band, Keller Williams effortlessly jumps from bluegrass to jazz or alternative rock to funk; and all with a sense of humor. Keller plays a KXCI Presents! show this Friday night at Club Congress.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Featured This Week on KXCI:

(L-R)  Cake, Kodo, North Mississippi All-Stars, The Tryst

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Featured Last Week on KXCI:

(L-R) Amos Lee, Greg Allman, Vusi Mahlasela

This week on KXCI, Amos Lee releases his latest album, Mission Bell: produced by Joey Burns. Gregg Allman turns on his latent roots and blues with Low Country Blues. Vusi Mahlasela's latest is produced and with guest appearances by Taj Mahal. Tucson's Marianne Dissard visits KXCI's The Home Stretch on the 21st @ 5:30pm for a live performance.

Live in Studio 2A! : Marianne Dissard

On Friday, January 21st @ 3:30pm, Marianne Dissard joins us on KXCI's The Home Stretch.

She'll perform songs from her new album L'Abandon in a preview of her CD release party on Saturday the 22nd.

View previous KXCI: On the Air blog posts

Monday, January 17, 2011

Tucson Community Voices Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday January 17th 6am-6pm

Community Voices Commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Life and Legacy on 91.3 KXCI Tucson Monday January 17, 2011 6am-6pm

KXCI commemorates the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with music, excerpts from King's historic speeches, and Tucson people devoted to continuing his work. The MLK holiday is always a good time to take a look at where we've been, where we're going and how are we going to get there. With the national and international spotlight focused on Tucson in the wake of recent shootings, our city is showing the world a spirit of hope and healing.

We spoke with the following people to learn about them, the organizations they represent, and their take on King's legacy.

6:30 am President and CEO of the United Way of Tucson and Southern Arizona Tony Penn was a keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King March Committee's Drum Major Award Luncheon.

Dr. King gave a sermon at the Ebenezer Baptist Church called the Drum Major Instinct where he implored people to use their inherent sense of importance to be a drum major. “If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness.” Each year, the luncheon raises funds for the local Tucson march and honors people who exemplify the Drum Major Instinct in a positive way in our community.

7:30 am Engineer A'Shawn L. Hines is a member of the Tucson Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.

8:30am Clarence Boykins, is the President of the Tucson Southern Arizona Black Chamber of Commerce and Chairperson and Founder of the Tucson Celebration Committee for the Dr. King Holiday. In this segment he talks about this moment in time.

9:30am Taneya Walker, Graduate Assistant for UA African American Student Affairs (AASA).

10:30am Jimmy Hart, Director of TUSD African American Studies Department.

11:30am Marcela Marin Nonviolence Trainer from the Nonviolence Legacy Project. More information available at or 520-991-6781.

1:30pm Eta Epsilon Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, members Tanisha Johnson, Brandi Davis, Jacque Price, and Tanisha Price-Johnson.

2:30pm Clarence Boykins, Vanguard Publisher.

3:30 Anna Dairsow was a MLK Essay Winner honored at the Drum Major Luncheon.

4:30 Marcela Marin of the Nonviolence Legacy Project described the 6 Principles of Kingian Nonviolence.

5:30 Clarence Boykins talks about the “Power of a Dream” which was the theme for this year's march.

Listen to the segments again here.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Listen to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Programming, Monday January 17th from 6am-6pm.

KXCI 91.3FM, Your Community Radio, will mark the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 17th with special programming from 6am to 6pm. Join us for special guest deejays and music, interviews with community leaders, segments of historic King speeches and much more. This holiday is always an important time to reflect on King's legacy and continue working towards his goals. This year Martin Luther King, Jr.'s message is sure to be of particular relevance to Tucsonans and all people who are grieving and healing from senseless acts of violence.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Featured This Week on KXCI:

(L-R) The Green, David Lowery, The Decemberists, Ferrodyne

This week, reggae from Hawaii with The Green. Former Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker front man David Lowery goes solo. We'll also hear from him and his visit at KXCI back in September of 2010. The Decemberists get busy in January with their latest album. After a name change (Thru-Liner was dropped), Tucson's Ferrodyne is gearing up to put out their first album.

Your Morning Brew w/ Jim Blackwood

Global Express | 7:20am
The Green| The Green

Featured Album of the Week | 8:20am
David Lowery | The Palace Guards

The Home Stretch w/ Jason Repko

3:30 Local Music News
Ferrodyne | St. John's Day

Featured Album of the Week | 5pm
The Decemberists | The King Is Dead

Wednesday Retread | 4pm
Airing performance and interview with David Lowery and Johnny Hickman at KXCI on 9.14.10

Thursday, January 6, 2011

KXCI DJ's top picks of 2010

The Random Album picks for 2010 are from Bob Girth, The Hub, KXCI Monday nights at 10:00pm

"Do yourself a solid and purchase An Introduction To…Elliott Smith KRS Records.
Listen to Yeasayer ODD BLOOD and decide for yourself.
Many hipsters like the new Vampire Weekend Contra. For a great instrumental record, try Chris Joss Monomaniacs Vol. 1  ESL Records...Yes, by all means, slow down and discover The Morning Benders Big Echo while in a hot bath.But she probably liked The National High Violet and listen to the whole album in one sitting. Enjoy the delicious dance music of Beach House Teen Dream and burn off a few of those Holiday calories. But treat yourself to a fine vintage re-release from The Rolling Stones the 1972 classic Exile On Main Street and boogie. Local Natives Gorilla Manor  for a good listen. Listen to music like Gayngs Relayted  and mellow out.  "


Jason Repko - The Home Stretch, M-F 3-6pm

  • Bonobo - Black Sands
  • Ra Ra Riot - The Orchard
  • Mumford and Sons - Sigh No More
  • The Black Keys - Brothers
  • Spoon - Transferrence
  • The Weepies - Be My Thrill
  • Delta Spirit - History From Below
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops - Genuine Negro Jig
  • Josh Rouse - El Turista
  • Vampire Weekend - Contra
  • Ray LaMontagne - Good Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise

Best Shows of 2010
  • Robyn Hitchcock, Steve Wynn, Howe Gelb, Victoria Williams: Club Congress
  • Bobby Bare Jr. & Blue Giant: Club Congress
  • Spoon: Rialto
  • KXCI 1970 Celebration: Rialto
  • The Weepies: Plush


Michael Wyman - Wednesday PM Music Mix

  • Nomad Planets – You’re Never Lost Until You Panic
  • Ana Tijoux – 1977
  • Amy Correia – You Go Your Way


Dr. Dan - Locals Only - Mon 8-10pm

  • Leila Lopez - Faultlines
  • Namoli Brennet - Black Crow
  • The Modeens - Take a Ride With...
  • Seashell Radio - What Do You Have Against Happiness?
  • Logan Greene and the Bricks -Soylent Greene
  • Tracy Shedd - EP88
  • Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl - Children of Fortune
  • Andrew Collberg - To The Wreath
  • Young Mothers - Have Some Fun


  • Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises
  • Midlake - The Courage of Others

 Neto Portillo Jr. -  Onda Suave  - Weds. 8-10 p.m

  • Gabriel Alegria, "Pucusana" (Saponegro)
  • Isaac Delgado, "L.O.V.E." (Sony Classical)
  • Mark Weinstein "Timbasa" (JazzHeads)
  • Nelson Riveros "Camino al Barrio" (Nelsongo Music)
  • Hector Martignon "Second Chance" (ZOHO)
  • Grupo Fantasma "El Existential" (Nat Geo)
  • The Chieftains featuring Ry Cooder, "San Patricio" (Concord)
  • Los Cenzontles, "Raza de Oro" (Los Cenzontles)
  • Spanish Harlem Orchestra, "Viva La Tradicion" (Concord)
  • Susie Hansen, "Represante de la Salsa" (Jazz Caliente)
  • various, "Binacional" (Nacional)
  • various, "Tribute to Os Mutantes El Justiciero Cha Cha Cha" (Nacional)


Jeff Millsap - Wed. Early Morning Music Mix & Dead Air - Sat. 9-11pm

2010 Albums
  • Dangermouse and Sparklehorse - Dark Soul of the Night
  • Various - Twistable, Turnable Man-Songs of Shel Silverstein
  • Dr. Dog - Shame, Shame
  • MGMT - Congratulations
  • Gorillaz - Plastic Beach
  • Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
  • Neil Young - Le Noise
  • The Black Keys - Brothers
  • Yeasayer - Odd Blood
  • Broken Bells - Broken Bells
  • Trombone Shorty  -Backatown
  • Robert Plant - Band of Joy
  • Spoon - Tranference
  • Deerhunter - Halycon Digest
 Top 2010 Concerts
  • Roger Waters - The Wall (Phx)11/27
  • Calexico - Dance of the Dead 11/7
  • Robert Plant and The Band of Joy/Bettye LaVette 7/21
  • The Avett Brothers 4/23
  • Spoon 10/4
  • Festival en el Barrio Viejo 4/3
  • HoCo Festival 9/24-26
  • Widespread Panic/Gov't Mule (SD) 10/24
  • Yonder Mt String Band (Phx)8/21
  • Of Montreal 10/31


Jorgenator - Wednesday PM Music Mix
  • Gil Scott-Heron - I‘m New Here - XL
  • Sun City Girls – Funeral Mariachi - Abduction
  • Black Keys – Brothers - NoneSuch
  • Boris Gardiner – Every Nigger Is A Star, Soundtrack – Jazzman
  • LCD Soundsystem – This Is Happening - Virgi
  • Various - Saigon Rock & Soul - Vietnamese Classic Tracks 1968 – 1974 – Sublime Frequencies
  • Pete Bernhard – Straight Line – Milan
  • The Black Angels – Phosphene Dreams – Blue Horizon
  • !!! - Strange Weather, Isn’t It? - Warp
  • The Vaselines – Sex with an X - SubPop
Honorable mention:
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg – IRM – Warp
  • The Budis Band – III – Daptone
  • Various - Daptone Gold - Daptone

Corbin Dooley - Electric Feel - Fri. 8-10pm
  • The Chemical Brothers - Further
  • Cobblestone Jazz - Modern Deep Left Quartet
  • Matthew Dear - Black City
  • Underworld - Barking
  • Bassnectar - Wildstyle
  • Sub Swara - Triggers
  • Trentemoller - Into The Great Wide Yonder
  • Various Artists - Shaping Elements - Poker Flat, Volume 8
  • NickNack - Dearly Departed

Falcotronik - Digital Empire Fri. 10pm-midnight
  • 1.Meat Beat Manifesto "Answers Come In Dreams"
  • 2. Not Breathing "Christy Cores"
  • 3. Metrognome:Falcotronik "Chasing Deamons"
  • 4. Duran Duran Duran "Over Hard"
  • 5. Mochipet "Master P On Atari Transformed Vol. 2"
  • 6. David Starfire "Bollywood Bass"
  • 7. Si Begg Aka Buckfunk 3000 "The Noodles Arrangements"
  • 8. JDs "My Education"
  • 9. Bassnectar "Wildstyle"
  • 10. Kanji Kinetic "Zombiezz"

Cecily Crebbs - Music Mix/Sub/BOD
  • The National "High Violet"
  • Chuck Prophet "Let Freedom Ring"
  • Spoon "Transference"
  • Jakob Dylan "Women + Country"
  • Peter Wolf "Midnight Souveniers"

Gretchen Lueck - Early Morning Music Mix Thursday
  • Ray LaMontagne And The Pariah Dogs - God Willin' & The Creek Don't Rise
  • Josh Rouse - El Turista
  • Spoon - Transference
  • The Weepies - Be My Thrill
  • Arcade Fire - The Suburbs
  • Pink Martini - Splendor In The Grass
  • Sahara Smith - Myth of the Heart
  • Elizabeth & The Catapult-The Other Side Of Zero
  • Massive Attack- Heligoland
  • Vampire Weekend- Contra

Carl Hanni - The B-Side Tues. midnight-2am
my favorite releases of 2010, in no order at all:
  • The Budos Band "III" (Daptone)
  • Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings "I Learned The Hard Way" (Daptone)
  • "The Sound of Siam: Leftfield Luk Thung, Jazz and Molam in Thailand 1965-1975" (Soundway)
  • Grupo Fantasma "El Existential" (Nat Geo)
  • "The Roots of Chicha 2: Psychedelic Cumbia’s From Peru" (Barbes)
  • Howe Gelb "Alegrias" (Eureka import)
  • Mulatu Astake "Mulatu Steps Ahead" (Strut)
  • Amparo Sanchez "Tucson-Habana" (La Marmita/Via Lactea import)
  • "Cumbia Beat Vol. 1" (Vampi Soul)
  • "Light On The South Side: Pepper's Jukebox" LP/book (The Numero Group)

Gene Armstrong - The Road Show - Tues. 10pm-midnight
(in alphabetical order)
  • Beach House, Teen Dream (Sub Pop)
  • The Bird and the Bee, Interpreting the Masters, Volume 1: A Tribute to Daryl Hall and John Oates (Blue Note)
  • Breathe Owl Breathe, Magic Central (Hometapes)
  • Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, Dark Night of the Soul (Capitol)
  • Das Racist, Shut Up, Dude (independent release)
  • Galactic, Ya-Ka-May (ANTI-)
  • Joanna Newsom, Have One on Me (Drag City)
  • Sade, Soldier of Love (Sony)
  • Swans, My Father Will Guide Me Up a Rope to the Sky (Young God)
  • Thrift Store Cowboys, Light Fighter (independent release)

Mel Mason - Weekend Warmup Fri. 6-7pm
In no particular order:
  • Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
  • Avi Buffalo - Avi Buffalo
  • Beach House - Teen Dream
  • Midlake - The Courage of Others
  • Local Natives - Gorilla Manor
  • The Besnard Lakes - The Besnard Lakes Are The Roaring Night
  • Paleo - A View Of The Sky
  • The Morning Benders - Big Echo
  • Harlem - Hippies
  • The Black Angels - Phosphene Dream

Duncan Hudson - KXCI Music Director & Thursday AM Music Mix  

Top 10
  • The Black Keys - Brothers - a fuller sound goes beyond the blues template for one of the best rock releases of the year
  • Trombone Shorty - Backatown - funky New Orleans player goes national
  • Grupo Fantasma - El Existential - latin jazz, salsa and cumbia's mix with Austin funk for a barrio blowout party
  • Ben Folds & Nick Hornby - Lonley Avenue - amazing stories in song that will alternately stimulate laughter, tears and thought
  • Fitz and The Tantrums - Pickin' Up the Pieces - the most fun and upbeat of this years soul revival crop
  • Anders Osbourne - American Patchwork - a raw blues american melting pot that even jaded indie rockers can appreciate (or should)
  • Jamey Johnson - The Guitar Song - the best straight up country album I've heard in years, great song writing and band
  • Mavis Staples - You Are Not Alone - one of America's great voices , gospel or sechular
  • Galactic - Ya-Ka-May - a slew of special guests showcase the sounds of today's New Orleans
  • V/A - Twistable Turnable Man - A Tribute To Shel Silverstein - one of the best tribute album's ever!
Local Releases
  • Logan Greene and the Bricks -Soylent Greene
  • The Modeens - Take A Ride With
  • Kevin Pakulis Band - Shadesville
  • Loren Dircks - Killing The Magic
  • Amy Rude & Heartbeast - Can You Hear Me Crying Through The Walls?
  • Giant Sand- Blurry Blue Mountain
  • Stefan George - Cloth
  • Leila Lopez - Fault Lines
  • V/A - Flyin' High -
  • Sun City Girls - Funeral Mariachi
  • Local Natives- Gorilla Manor
  • Sarah Jaffe - Suburban Nature
  • Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid
  • Black Dub - Black Dub
  • Lissie- Catching a Tiger
  • Ali Farka Toure & Toumani Diabate - Ali & Toumani
  • Gotan Project - Tango 3.0
  • Forro In The Dark - Light A Candle
  • Balkan Beat Box - Blue Eyed Black Boy -
  • Afrocubism - Afrocubism
  • Mose Allison - The Way Of The World
  • Charlie Hunter - Gentleman, I Regret To Inform You...
  • Herbie Hancock - The Imagine Project
  • Stanton Moore - Groove Alchemy
  • Lizz Wright - Fellowship
  • LCD Soundsystem- This Is Happening
  • Bostich and Fussible - Bulevar 200
  • Bonobo - Black Sands
  • Massive Attack - Heligoland
  • Chris Joss - Monomaniacs
  • Carolina Chocolate Drops - Genuine Negro Jig
  • The Weepies - Be My Thrill
  • Ben Sollee & Daniel Martin Moore - Dear Companion
  • Justin Townes Earle - Harlem River Blues
  • Anais Mitchell - Hadestown

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Featured This Week on KXCI:

(L-R) Easy-Star All-Stars, The Extra Lens, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Marianne Dissard

The New Pornographers Top KXCI's List Of Most Played Albums of 2010

Here are the ten most played albums of 2010 at KXCI 91.3FM. For the complete list of the top 100 albums of the year, see our early blog posts from December 31st.
1. New Pornographers, Together
2. Spoon, Transference
3. KXCI Presents: Live From Studio 2A Vol. 8
4. Arcade Fire, The Suburbs
5. Los Lobos, Tin Can Trust
6. Daptone Gold compilation
7. The Swell Season, Strict Joy
8. Grupo Fantasma, Existential
9. Dr. Dog, Shame Shame
10. Local Natives Gorilla Manor