Saturday, January 28, 2012

KXCI Presents! They Might Be Giants

Monday, Jan. 30th, it's They Might Be Giants at The Rialto Theatre with doors open at 7pm with Jonathan Coulton. Both TMBG and Coulton are planning to stop by for special live in Studio 2A performances during The Home Stretch, Monday on KXCI!
Brooklyn's alternative rock pioneers They Might Be Giants' barn-storming live act returns with a brand new show. Spirits will be high as the band celebrates the release of their brand new 18-song album Join Us and their 30th year of uninterrupted rocking.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Featured Albums of the Week


Global Express (7:20am, Your Morning Brew) Novalima, Karimba The four members of Novalima are back with 12 new tracks featuring their signature Afro-Peruvian sound.

Featured Album of the Week (8:20am, Your Morning Brew) Craig Finn, Clear Heart Full Eyes Craig, from The Hold Steady, describes his solo project as "about being optimistic and open without succumbing to the weariness or doubt that comes with age and experience."

Local Pick of the Week (3:30pm, The Home Stretch) Silverbell, Whitewashed Heart Their CD release party is this Friday at Club Congress with Greyhound Soul and Fourkiller Flats.

National Pick of the Week (5pm, The Home Stretch) Various artists, This One's For Him: A Tribute To Guy Clark The now 70-year-old Texas singer-songwriter gets honored by everone from Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle to Patty Griffin and Terri Hendrix.


Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Featured Albums of the Week



Global Express (7:20am, Your Morning Brew) The Lijadu Sisters, Danger. A re-release of the twin sister's 1976 classic that is a remarkable hybrid of Yoruban beats and raw Western funk.

Featured Album of the Week (8:20am, Your Morning Brew) Ben Kweller, Go Fly A Kite. Advance reviews of this February release call it Ben's career-defining album.

Local Pick of the Week (3:30pm, The Home Stretch) Silver Thread Trio, Trigger & Scythe. Tight harmonies and wonderful instrumentation highlight this disc of mostly original tunes that sounds like an Alan Lomax field recording from the 30's.

National Pick of the Week (5pm, The Home Stretch) Ruthie Foster, Let It Burn. A soulful, sometimes somber, set of New Orleans and gospel-infused blues. Ruthie performs February 12th at the Berger Performing Arts Center.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Listen to KXCI 2012 Martin Luther King, Jr. Programming Community Voices Archive

KXCI is pleased to devote a day of programming to help commemorate the life and legacy of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.. We featured a day full of music, excerpts from Dr. King's speeches and people from Tucson who strive to continue King's work. Some people came to the KXCI studios to record, and we also went into the community to record. You can listen to all of the segments here.

We went to the 26th Annual Drum Major Award Luncheon to record TUSD MLK Essay winners on Friday January 13th. 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.

On Saturday, January 14th we went to the 22nd Annual Pueblo Gardens Neighborhood Association Breakfast and recorded local speakers and youth bully prevention ambassadors. This annual event raises scholarship money for local students.

Jimmy Hart, Director of TUSD's African American Studies Department;

Jonathan Peck, President and CEO of the Tucson Urban League;

Guadalupe Romero, Utterback Middle School Bully Prevention Student Ambassador;

Diego Silva, Dodge Middle School MLK Essay winner;

Alilia McNeal, President of Eta Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Local information at aka.heq@gmail.com;

Congressman Raul Grijalva speaking at the 22nd Annual Pueblo Gardens Martin Luther King Breakfast;

Tamia Wagner, Utterback Middle School Bully Prevention Student Ambassador;

Clarence Boykins, President of Tucson and Southern Arizona Black Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of MLK Celebration Committee;

Armando Rios, President, Boys and Girls Club of Tucson;

Tabitha Ivy,  Utterback Middle School Bully Prevention Student Ambassador;

Matt Kearney, 2012 Drum Major Award Winner;

Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias speaking at Pueblo Gardens MLK Breakfast;

Burney Stark, TUSD Dropout Prevention Specialist, Chairman of Juneteenth committee;

Bella Guillen Saguaro High MLK Essay Winner;

Livian Stokes, Dodge Middle School MLK Essay Winner.

You can listen to all of the links here.


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Monday, January 9, 2012

Featured Albums of the Week

Global Express (7:20am, Your Morning Brew) Kiaran Ahluwalia, Aam Zameen: Common Ground A fusion of South Asian and West African music featuring Tinariwen


Featured Album of the Week (8:20am, Your Morning Brew) Gruff Rhys, Hotel Shampoo Gruff is best known as the frontman and songwriter of Super Furry Animals


Local Pick of the Week (3:30pm, The Home Stretch) This week we'll feature artists performing at this weekend's Wooden Ball (click here for event info).


National Pick of the Week (5pm, The Home Stretch) Florence + the Machine, Ceremonials The British indie-poppers second studio release has been called a combination of Adele and Kate Bush.


Thursday, January 5, 2012

Luz de Vida


This week as we begin to mark the 1st anniversary of the January 8th Tucson tragedy, The Home Stretch is again featuring the Luz de Vida compilation for our Local Pick of the Week at 3:30pm.

Luz de Vida is a compilation album of music from artists both in Tucson and affiliated with Tucson. All proceeds from the sale of the album will go to the Tucson Together Fund, benefitting the victims of the tragedy.

Luz de Vida is available online (click HERE for the Music Against Violence website; or through KXCI's CD store) and at KXCI's office, 220 South Fourth Avenue, during business hours. $20 for the vinyl and download card; $10 for just the download card. Online prices might vary slightly.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Top Albums of 2011

The Top 10 Albums of 2011, as determined by KXCI airplay: 1) Amos Lee, Mission Bell 2) My Morning Jacket, Circuital 3) The Decemberists, The King Is Dead 4) Cake, Showroom of Compassion 5) Iron & Wine, Kiss Each Other Clean 6) Booker T. Jones, The Road From Memphis 7) Various artists, Luz De Vida: A Compilation To Benefit The Victims Of The Tucson Tragedy 8) Adele, 21 9) Fleet Foxes, Helplessness Blues 10) Edie Brickell, Edie Brickell
The Top 10 Albums of 2011, KXCI Listener Survey: 1) Adele, 21 2) The Decemberists, The King Is Dead 3) Wilco, The Whole Love 4) Radiohead, The King Of Limbs 5) Amos Lee, Mission Bell 6) Rainer, Roll Back The Years 7) Paul Simon, So Beautiful Or So What 8) Various artists, Luz De Vida: A Compilation To Benefit The Victims Of The Tucson Tragedy 9) Emmylou Harris, Hard Bargain 10) Lucinda Williams, Blessed