Wednesday, December 27, 2006

We've Got A Secret!

We now know the Top 100 albums of the year, as determined by airplay on KXCI from mid-December 2005 through last week.

And the top album is...

The last one we will play on the Top 100 Albums countdown, this New Year's Day Monday, starting at 6am.

The countdown starts at 6am with Album #100 - Oh No! Oh My!'s self-titled album, but that is absolutely all we're saying.

We won't tell you who is on the list - we won't "Cracker" under pressure from the listeners. In these "Modern Times" it's important to take a "Departure" from providing too much of "The Information," instead leaving the countdown as a "Surprise" for our listeners.

Okay - one more clue. The countdown includes old favorites like Los Lobos, Johnny Cash, and Bruce Springsteen, new favorites like K.T. Tunstall and Gnarls Barkley, and local favorites like Calexico and Howe Gelb - but that's it - we're not saying anything else!!! You'll just have to tune in on New Year's Day.

(Of course, you can also wander down a few blog posts to our "preview" article where you can learn about and buy many of these great albums AND support your Community Radio.)


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Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Hub - Special Holiday Shows!

The Hub will be celebrating the Holiday Season on Saturday December 23, 2006 with the third annual Holiday Hub. The Hub begins at 11pm and ends at 2am! As always, it will be wall to wall Holiday music—indie and oddities. I view it as a prophetic call to arms against the cheese-drenched festive songs that assault our innocent ears every year at this time.


Christmas is a season of hearty food, good cheer and heartfelt joy. It’s a time to forget our differences and unite under a banner of peace and understanding. But just as the world joins hands and sings of good will towards others, someone puts on Kenny G’s ‘Christmas Memories’ and in an instant the fragile moment of unity is shattered. There is a respite from the pain. Join Bob Girth as he hosts a very special Holiday Hub this Saturday December 23rd from 11:00pm—2:00am. He’ll play a different kind of holiday music totally Kenny G-free. Yule laugh, Yule cry, Yule spit eggnog through your nose. Because after all, that’s what Christmas is all about.


Also, I will be celebrating the New Year a little early this year with a very special Hippie Hub Saturday December 30, 2006. It’s the fourth annual ‘What’s so Funny About Peace, Love and Tie-Dyed Paisley Suspenders?’


Underground FM radio from the late 60’s and early 70’s was a freeform playground of spontaneity. Play list? We don’t need no stinking play list. Just let me hear some of those deep tracks, my friend. Bob Girth celebrates the music from the golden age of Album Rock on Saturday December 30, 2006 11:00pm—2:00am. So dab a little patchouli oil behind your ears, light up that dusty old strobe candle and bring in the New Year hippie style. Everything old is new again.

Yours truly,

-Bob Girth

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Top Albums of 2006 - Preview!

Thank you for supporting KXCI over the past year! As a dedicated KXCI fan, we are happy to present to you a "sneak peek" of our Top Albums of 2006. As always, we will broadcast a special New Years Day countdown of the Top 100 albums - and we hope you will tune in from 6am to 3pm!

Here are some of the most-loved and most-often played albums in 2006. We hope you will consider adding some of these favorites to your own collection - or how about as a great gift for someone on your shopping list! Simply click the links below to purchase from amazon.com (a percentage of each sale supports KXCI).

Again, thanks for helping make 2006 an awesome year for your community radio!


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Monday, December 18, 2006

Halftime at the Apocalypse - Solstice Special


This Thursday night, Halftime At The Apocalypse will bring you the annual solstice playing of the Paul Winter Consort's rendition of the Jean Giono story "The Man Who Planted Trees." An inspiring story about how one individuals generosity of Spirit and single minded determination transformed the world in beautiful ways. The story is a reminder of the impact of our actions and the true spirit of giving. This Thursday night beginning about 9:20 PM. on 91.3 KXCI.

In order for the character of a human being to reveal truly exceptional qualities, we must have the good fortune to observe its action over a long period of years. If this action is devoid of all selfishness, if the idea that directs it is one of unqualified generosity, if it is absolutely certain that it has not sought recompense anywhere, and if moreover it has left visible marks on the world, then we are unquestionably dealing with an unforgettable character.


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Upcoming Concert: Stephen Malkmus

Stephen Malkmus formed and fronted the group Pavement in the late 1980's. Their first album, Slanted and Enchanted, was released to critical acclaim in 1992 and sparked a vibrant underground indie movement. Pavement achieved a moderate amount of success without the support of a major label. Following Pavement's break up 1n 1999, Stephen Malkmus released his first self-titled solo album in 2001. He continues as part of The Silver Jews and now tours with The Jicks. Steve Malkmus and The Jicks will play the back room of Plush, with the opening band Entrance, on January 9th starting at 9:45pm.

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Friday, December 15, 2006

KXCI Presents 5th Annual Sonic Solstice


This coming Monday, December 18th, you can join hosts Laurie Starr, Al Perry, and Don Jennings, as we bring you KXCI's 5th Annual Sonic Solstice from 6-10pm. This festive event features a dozen of your favorite local musicians performing holiday-themed tunes live in KXCI's Studio 2A.

You can expect great performances from folks like John DeRoo, Matt Mitchell, Will Elliott, Vicki Brown, Redlands, Andrew Collberg, Mike Mihina & Quin Davis, The Carnivaleros, The Tryst, and more! Between performances, we'll chat with the musicians as well as bring back some of the musical highlights from previous years of the Sonic Solstice. It's a holiday party you don't want to miss!

KXCI's 5th Annual Sonic Solstice - Monday, December 18th, from 6-10pm.


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KXCI Holiday Open House!

Our house is a very, very, very fine house, as you’ll see for yourself when you drop by during the KXCI Open House!

KXCI will be hosting an Open House - inviting all members, listneners and volunteers to come by and say "Hi!"

You can tour the studios, meet your favorite deejays, and enjoy holiday treats during the Open House as we say "thank you" to our members and listeners for another great year. It's also a great opportunity to pick up copies of our compilation cds to stuff your favorite stockings.

So, come one - come all - to KXCI for some holiday cheer!

KXCI is located in the Armory Park neighborhood at 220 South 4th Avenue - just 1 1/2 blocks South of Broadway - Downtown. The Open House will begin at 1pm and ends at 4pm. Stop by at your convenience!


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Monday, December 11, 2006

17th Street Band - Tuesday, Dec 12th!

Tuesday December 12, The 17th Street Band will return to O’Malleys to Benefit KXCI Radio


The 17th Street Band includes Tom Kusian on lead Guitar, blues Man Tom Walbank on harp, vocals and guitar, the electrifying keyboards of Arthur Migliazza, drum magician Ralph Gilmore, Dustin Busch on lap steel/guitar, and legendary bassist Harvey Brooks. Harvey Brooks has played and recorded with Bob Dylan, Miles Davis, Jim Morrison & Mike Bloomfield. Harvey Brooks says “The 17th Street Band’s music is akin to that played by Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites when we all played together in “Electric Flag”. The early evening show begins at 7:00 pm and ends at 9:00 pm . Melding together original materials, blues and jazz. This KXCI benefit show will be held once a month at O’Malley’s with a $5 donation to KXCI at the door.


KXCI Radio promotes musicians and artists from around the world, across the country, and from our own backyard, which don’t fit the corporate genres of the mainstream media. KXCI’s free form weekday music mix is the only place you’ll hear the new Spoon single followed by Miles Davis or Pete Seeger or Ani DiFranco. KXCI has promoted fellow non profits for 22 years, by providing air time to local, regional and national non profits and activist organizations, in the form of public service announcements, interviews, and special programs.


This KXCI benefit is sponsored by “The 17th Street Market with 17th Street Guitar and World Music Store”. The 17th Street Market is a United Nations for Foodies and World Music located in the Warehouse District of Armory Park.


Irish themed O’Malley’s is housed in a converted warehouse with towering ceilings and wood beams. Located on Fourth Avenue , near the University of Arizona , the restaurant has a great grill and the band promises an exciting show.

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Shop Amazon.com and help support KXCI!

Recently a KXCI fan sent us the following message:

"Hello KXCI, I heard that if I clicked on Amazon.com's link from the KXCI website that they send you a portion of what I and my friends spend on their site. I thought that the link might be found on the home page or maybe the underwriters' page. Please help me find it so I and my friends can help get our radio station some money before Christmas. Thanks! Britt"


The Amazon links are always available through any of our playlist pages - however, due to the message above (and several others) we are also posting a direct link to Amazon.com right here on the KXCI blog.

When you click the link below and shop for ANYTHING on Amazon.com - your community radio station KXCI will receive a percentage of the sale. Remember - it only works if you click through the link posted here OR one of the links on our playlist pages.



Of course, we care deeply about our local business establishments and encourage you to buy locally (check our Underwriters page for local options) - but, if you do plan to do some of your holiday shopping online, we hope you will click through our links and help support KXCI in the process.

Thank you and have a safe and happy Holiday season!

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Friday, December 08, 2006

KXCI Compilation "Locals Only Volume 4"... It's new and its HERE!!!!


Our new CD "Locals Only Volume 4" has finally arrived and for a limited time it's available for just $9.13.


Highlighting some of the best in-studio performances from the past year this new release, “Locals Only Volume 4” is a tribute to the songs and the artists who help keep
Southern Arizona unique. Included in this collection are indie legends like Curt Kirkwood (formerly of Meat Puppets) and Howe Gelb (also of Giant Sand).
Some songs have great regional importance, such as Howe Gelb’s song “Ballad of the Tucson 2”, a song originally written to raise awareness and support for the legal defense of two humanitarian aid volunteers arrested for helping an undocumented Mexican immigrant they found dehydrated and injured in the desert.
In other songs you can feel the lonely open spaces of the Sonoran desert, or the gritty sun baked streets of
Tucson. Look for these themes in songs by Salvador Duran, Duo Sonido, Fukuisan Go!, Combo Westside, Tesoro. In still other songs the diversity of our desert community is celebrated. French-born Marianne Dissard performs her “Sans-Façon” (co-written by Joey Burns of Calexico). SKITN’s “island” music combines the influences of Jamaica, California, and Hawaii.
And so much more… enjoy the music of up and coming
Tucson artists such as Ryanhood, Andrew Collberg, Courtney Robbins, Redlands, The Jons, Feta & Shiraz, and Found Dead on the Phone.

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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Great Cover-Up benefits Brewster Center

The Great Cover-Up hits Club Congress this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (December 7th-9th) in a benefit for the Brewster Center. Now in it's 10th year, the event brings nearly 30 local bands to the stage to perform covers of their favorite national artists. To date, nearly $40,000 has been raised for the Brewster Center, which provides services and shelter for victims of domestic violence.

The event starts at 8pm each night, and every band has put in countless hours of time perfecting their mockups, so be sure to get there early each night and stay late to catch all the fine performances. Each set will be 20 minutes, and to smooth the transition between bands, backline equipment has been generously donated by Rainbow Guitars and Sticks-n-Strings.

Here's a random list of the artists that will be covered this year: Sweet, Eddie Money, The Time, My Bloody Valentine, Billy Idol, Marilyn Manson, Pavement, The Monkees, AC/DC, Eric Clapton, The White Stripes, Thin Lizzy, Siouxie and the Banshees, Jay-Z, Nico, Reservoir Dogs Soundtrack, Sade', Bjork, The Zombies, Bad Company, Tower of Power, Shonen Knife, Buzzcocks, Wilco, Modest Mouse, and REO Speedwagon.

And here's a list of local bands that will be covering those artists: Provocative Whites, Latino Solido, The Swim, Infernal Racket, Distortionists, The Sound Guys, Feed, 5ft2, Found Dead on the Phone, Love Mound, Lagoon, Luca, Ernie & the Hotrods, The Splitters, Music Video, Al Perry, Los Sombis, Great American Tragedy, Fukuisan Go!, Spacefish, Bombs for the Bored, Therapists, Sabatino Killers, Ghost Lodge, Redlands, and Saint Rorschach.


Who will be covering who? That's all part of the fun! You'll just have to show up and find out! Some bands choose to do dead-on performances, while others put their own stylistic spin on the music, or even hilarious spoofs of their selected artist. But all performances are highly entertaining, and it's all for a very worthwhile cause.

Click the links for more information on The Brewster Center, Club Congress, and the Great Cover-Up.

Suggested donation: $7 for one night, $12 for two nights, and $15 for a 3-night pass.

(Pictures: Seven to Blue covering Buddy Holly, and The Jons covering Tom Jones at the 2005 Great Cover-Up)


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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Visit the KXCI booth at the 4th Ave Street Fair!


There are two Street Fairs per year, one in spring and one in winter. The next Street Fair is December 8, 9, 10, 2006. The Street Fair takes place between Ninth Street and University Blvd. along Fourth Avenue. Free to the public, the Fourth Avenue Street Fair brings together 400+ arts and crafts booths, 35+ food vendors, 2 stages, street musicians, food, jugglers, street performers, “VAN GROW” kids hands-on-art area, face painting, balloons, and tons of other fun activities, then packs them into three days of celebration.

The Fourth Avenue Street Fair began in 1970 when Fourth Avenue merchants put tables in front of their stores to attract customers before the holidays. From that beginning it has developed into one of the premier street fairs in the nation, drawing crowds of 200,000 to 350,000 and ranking as one of the top visual arts fairs in the country.

There is something for everyone at the Street Fair:

Come for the shopping: 400+ artists booths featuring arts and crafts that cover the spectrum from fine art to country crafts. Glass, clay, wood, clothing, metal, jewelry, pre-packaged food, all hand made and on sale by the artist/craftsperson.

Come for the food: 35+ food vendors selling an eclectic mix of good things to eat. Greek, Mexican, Thai, BBQ, fry bread, funnel cakes, chicken, and more.

Come for the music: 2 stages with something for everyone!

Come for the entertainment: “VAN GROW” our new FREE hands-on-kids art area. How about flight simulators; climbing rocks; face painting; chair massages; everything and anything you can imagine! The two annual Street Fairs are Tucson’s biggests events, and they couldn’t happen without our sponsors!

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Monday, December 04, 2006

Thank You Calexico And Calexico Fans!

Thank you to everyone who attended Saturday night's SOLD-OUT Calexico concert at the Rialto.

The incredible show was a benefit for KXCI and Humane Borders, and we both appreciate the support.

We also appreciate the support of our friends in Calexico! If you didn't get a chance to grab a copy of Garden Ruin or one of their other great albums or items, thank them by picking up a copy through their website: casadecalexico.com.

Thanks again and we'll see you soon at the next KXCI Concert...


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Sunday, December 03, 2006

Four Local Artists Releasing CDs on December 9th


Tis the season for local music releases! In the past few weeks, Tucson has seen CD release parties from a whole slew of local artists, including The New Drakes, The Beta Sweat, The Last Call Girls, Found Dead on the Phone, George Squier Orchestra, Rich Hopkins & the Luminarios, and Diane Van Deurzen, among many others.

If you're still looking for that perfect stocking-stuffer for the music fan on your Christmas list, then take note! The well of new local music certainly hasn't run dry, as there are no less than FOUR local bands/musicians releasing new albums on Saturday, December 9th. Since you're already going to be downtown for the Parade of Lights, then consider checking out one of these local artists as they celebrate their new releases:

Leila Lopez will be at Solar Culture Gallery in a show beginning at 7:30pm on December 9th, as she releases her new album, The Roots and The Crops.

The Tryst will be unleashing their new album, Thirsty World, in a festive shindig at The Hut, beginning around 9pm on December 9th. You can expect great opening performances from Feta & Shiraz and Ghost Cow.

If you're feeling brave, you can head on over to The Rock, where shock-rockers Sin Machine and the aggressive metal band You Apart will join forces for a dual CD release party for Sin Machine's Romanticizing Violence and You Apart's What Hides in Dreams. They'll flesh out this heavy-hitting bill with performances from Ph8 and Stands With a Fist. The show kicks off at 7pm on December 9th.

With 2007 approaching on the horizon, there's just no stopping the release of great local music... keep your eyes and ears open for CD release parties in January from James London, as well as this year's Arizona Daily Star High School Battle of the Bands winner Afrodelic Stegosaurchestra. Not to mention KXCI's CD Release Party for the latest Locals Only compilation on February 2nd.

Support local music, support live music!


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Friday, December 01, 2006

Where are Calexico tickets?

A KXCI fan searches for tickets to Saturday's Calexico concert... where are they?

Are there any left at KXCI? NO!

Then where can I find them?

Check the Rialto Theatre box office - they are selling fast - so get them while they last!


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