Friday, September 28, 2007

Friday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

Friday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On the 20th anniversary of the debut of "Star Trek: The Next Generation," our question this morning is about that television series. In its 7 year run, only one person appeared on the series playing themselves. This happened in a holodeck scene where the character Data was playing poker with Einstein, Isaac Newton, and this person. Your One Cup question this morning - name the English professor, author and possible future space traveler who played himself on Star Trek: TNG."

Answer: Stephen Hawking (who is, to be fair, English and a professor).

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See A Golden Doodle...

As part of their awards luncheon and fundraising auction on October 5th, Handi-Dogs of Tucson is auctioning a Golden Doodle. The dog - Robin - is pictured below. For more information please contact Handi-Dogs at 326-3412 or

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Thursday, September 27, 2007

Shorty Stubbs Memorial Concert - Sunday, Sept 30

Sunday, September 30, 2007
5:00 - 10:00 p.m.
The Hut
305 N. 4th Avenue (at 8th Street)

Chris "Shorty Stubbs" Jones was larger than life. A first-rate musician, he lived in Benson, worked at Raytheon and volunteered at local community radio station KXCI 91.3FM kicking off the "Twangin' Tuesday" lineup with his show, "Country Fringe". Shorty had a passion for all things country and could be found out and about most any night enjoying the twanging happenings in Tucson. He was a great supporter of local musicians and music-oriented organizations.

On Friday, September 14th, Chris "Shorty Stubbs" Jones passed away at his home in Benson. His large heart and smiling face is sorely missed by friends, family and our community.

A memorial concert for Shorty Stubbs will be held at The Hut, 305 N. 4th Avenue, on Sunday, September 30, from 5:00 - 10:00 p.m. Over 21. Free admission. Anyone may participate in the potluck and bring a remembrance for the altar.

Musicians scheduled in order of appearance:
Los Hombres
Nancy McCallion & Friends
Larry Armstong & Copper Moon
Slim Rost
The Wyatts
The Dusty Buskers
The Wayback Machine
The Determined Luddites with Kevin Schramm
Al Perry and the Cattle
Cochise County Allstars
Big In Vegas
Hot Club of Tucson
Family of Light
Kevin Pakulis with Ned Sutton
...and many more special guests still to be arranged!

Call The Hut at 623-3200 for details.

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The Membership Drive... Is... Over!

Thank you to every who called (or clicked!) in support of KXCI during our Fall Membership Drive, which wrapped up after hitting our goal of $91,300 on Thursday morning during the Your Morning Brew program.

More than 850 people responded to our needs by supporting Community Radio. Thank You!!!

If you made a pledge and haven't been in yet to pick up your thank you premiums, please know that the KXCI membership office will be open this Saturday (Sept. 29th) from 10am-1pm, in addition to our regular weekday office hours. We're located at 220 South Fourth Avenue, 1 1/2 blocks south of Broadway in downtown Tucson.

If you did not get a chance to show your support, you can still make a donation by visiting our new web store at Just click here - and thank you!

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The One Cup of Java: The Next Generation

Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Tomorrow marks the 20th anniversary of the debut of a famous syndicated television show that first appeared on TV sets in 1987. That first episode was entitled "Encounter at Farpoint, Part I" and featured among other things a courtroom trial in which the defendant was the human race! Your challenge this morning - to name this television story. If you know the answer... make it so.

Answer: Star Trek: The Next Generation. Fortunately, the human race was found not guilty by the judge "Q" in episode 2.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Wednesday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

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Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in history, 1969, the trial of the Chicago 7 started. There were however originally eight defendants. Your One Cup question this morning - which of the original 8 defendants did the trial judge separate from the proceedings?

Answer: Black Panther activist Bobby Seale.

Bonus Blog Trivia: The 7 remaining defendants were Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines and Lee Weiner. Writer Aaron Sorkin wrote a script based on the trial, with Steven Spielberg intending to direct. In July, Sorkin finalized a deal with DreamWorks to do this film as one of three contracted films.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Live At 5: D. Mulligan Thursday 9/27

Join us Thursday for D. Mulligan, "Live at 5" on The Home Stretch.

D. will be performing Thursday at Javalina's. Jason Steed shares the bill.

Learn more about D. Mulligan at his MySpace page:

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Live At 5: Over The Rhine, Wednesday 9/26

Join us this Wednesday for Over The Rhine, Live at 5 on The Home Stretch.

They'll be in town for a concert Wednesday night at Club Congress in support of their great new album "The Trumpet Child." Learn more at

"...emotive, soaring, bittersweet, this is the soundtrack to an evening at home with your oldest friends..."-Paste Magazine on "The Trumpet Child"

Griffin House and Dave D'Alessio also perform on the bill. Doors open at 7pm for this 21+ show.

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KXCI Presents Sonny Landreth 9/28 Rialto

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KXCI Community Radio is proud to present Sonny Landreth's return to Tucson this Friday night, September 28th, at the Rialto Theatre.

Sonny headlined our last Mardi Gras show in '06 and he's still rocking out to his signature Louisiana blues style. Learn more at the Rialto website:

Local favorite Kevin Pakulis opens the 8pm show.

See you there!

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Monday, September 24, 2007

Why It Pays To Call Your Hotel First...

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Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: They hold conventions for comic book fans, political parties, Mary Kay salespeople, Star Trek fans, all sorts of different business, religious and social groups, and really – conventions for just about anything you can imagine and not imagine. On this date in 1977, the first type of this annual convention was held in Memphis. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question – what were those convention goers celebrating for the first time 30 years ago today, in what might be described as the King of conventions?

Answer: The first Elvis convention was 30 years ago today.

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Friday, September 21, 2007

Friday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

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Friday's One Cup of Java Challenge question: Actor/comedian Bill Murray is celebrating his 57th birthday today. A star of films as different as Caddyshack, The Razor’s Edge and Garfield: A Tale Of Two Kitties, Bill has enjoyed significant box office success – but less critical success. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question this morning: name the film for which birthday boy Bill Murray has received his sole Oscar nomination.

Answer: Lost In Translation (Sean Penn won for Mystic River)

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See The New Pornographers Friday 9/21

Descibed as an "indie rock supergroup" and a "cerebral power pop band," the New Pornographers take to the stage Friday night at the Rialto Theatre in a KXCI Presents show we know you'll love!

Touring in support of their new album "Challengers," the band will also be our guest Friday for a Live at 5 performance on The Home Stretch.
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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

KXCI Presents: Animal Collective -@ The Rialto Theatre 9/20

This Thursday evening, September 20th, KXCI presents Animal Collective at The Rialto Theatre.
How can you describe Animal Collective? With every new record you hold your breath. Their early records pulled each other apart in a kaleidoscope of ideas. Sung Tongs leapt out of the speakers full of sophisticated, primitive campfire hollers and harmonies. Feels was more mysterious and celestial, more introverted. Their respective solo projects became both adored and debated. Strawberry Jam, their Domino Records debut, however feels like space dust and radar falling on the desert and making it bloom. It was recorded right here in Tucson at Wavelab Studios and the band will be swinging through town Thursday night for a special performance. Scott Colburn, the producer behind the record opens the show with his own band, Wizard Prison, at 8pm.

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Wednesday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

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Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: A little more music history this morning. Today's One Cup asks you to name the first band and their album that were the first to sell 1 million copies in the CD format. Couple of clues: The band is British, the album was released in 1985.

Answer: The first million seller on CD was Dire Straits' "Brothers In Arms."

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Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On the 37th anniversary of his death, today's One Cup question asks you to name the only Top 40 song in Jimi Hendrix's career, either while he was alive or released posthumously.

Answer: His only Top 40 hit was his cover of "All Along The Watchtower."

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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Mark Olson - Live@5 - Thursday, Sept. 19th

KXCI Presents Mark Olson Thursday night at Plush. Dead Rock West opens this show at 9pm, Tune in to The Homestretch for a Live@5 performance.

Mark Olson
was a founding member and lead singer of The Jayhawks, one of the most acclaimed band to emerge out of the alt-country scene of the early 90s. He left the Jayhawks in 1996, and continued to record music with The Creekdippers and Victoria Williams. Mark recently finished recording his first true solo album, The Salvation Blues, which is being hailed as a return to the same style and artistry that made the Jayhawks a critics' favorite.

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Kiran Ahluwalia - Live @5 - Tuesday, Sept. 18th

Kiran Ahluwalia, a Juno-award-winning artist, brings her unique interpretations of North Indian music to Tucson for a Live@5 performance Tuesday on The Homestretch.

On tour in support of her new release Wanderlust, on Times Square, Kiran will perform at The Rialto Theatre in a KXCI Presents show. Doors open at 7pm for this night of sublime world music. If yearning had a musical form it would be ghazals, the Indian and Pakistani sung poetry about unrequited love. If longing was a genre, it would be fado, the melancholic Portuguese song form also based in poetry. Singer Kiran Ahluwalia - a musical wanderer who was born in India, raised in Canada, and now lives in New York City — unites the two on her latest recording, Wanderlust. The highly-anticipated album draws on fado, Saharan African blues, jazz, and more demonstrating Kiran’s continual journey to bring her unique ghazal style into a modern and global context.

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Friday, September 14, 2007

Local CD Releases from Greyhound Soul and Namoli Brennet

Two great local artists have CD release shows this weekend.

Greyhound Soul have been making music around the old pueblo for thirteen years. Their latest release is Tonight And Every Night. This plastic slab of rockin' alt country is well worth the several year wait. KXCI DJ Doctor Dan calls it "brilliant... Joe Pena's whiskey and tobacco soaked vocals and tortured lyrics are right out front leading the way". They celebrate the new release with The Deludes and The Dusky Buskers this Friday night at Club Congress, doors open at 9pm.

Namoli Brennet
is a prolific and esteemed singer songwriter who uses the appropriate tagline, transcending folk. Namoli has another fine release, Singer Shine Your Light, that features her strong vocals, songwriting and guitar playing. On this release she plays most everything, from piano to cajon; mandlin to glockenspiel, but keeps the focus on here distinctively edgy yet acoustic folk sound. The CD release kicks of at 7pm Saturday evening with Liz Stahler at Club Congress.

** Both artists will be featured for Friday's Live@5.

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OUR FAMILY SERVICES: Do you have a conflict with a neighbor, co-worker, roommate or family member that you just can’t resolve? Our Family’s Community Mediation Program is a safe, confidential, and voluntary way to resolve disagreements without going to court. For information, call Our Family at 323-1708, that’s 323-1708, or visit

TUCSON AUDUBON SOCIETY: On October 20th, the Tucson Audubon Society presents “The Bird Year,” a presentation by “The Birder Boy,” Malkolm Boothroyd, and his parents. Malkolm will talk about his one year, 10,000 mile bike journey to see as many birds as possible. The presentation includes stories and photographs from their trip, including video from the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. “The Bird Year” is October 20th, at 7pm at DuVal Auditorium at University Medical Center, 1501 North Campbell.

A TASTE OF PLACE: Get some food for thought – and food for your belly – with farm tours organized by the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum and Community Food Bank. You can learn how the San Xavier Cooperative Farm’s return to traditional foods reaps health and cultural benefits. The tour includes a stop at Arivaca’s Forever Yong farm, lunch made from seasonal, local ingredients, and a take home bag of fresh produce. Tours are 7am to 4pm on September 22nd and the 26th. Learn more and register at

NATIVE FEAST: The annual Native American Indian Feast and Festival for the Golden Eagle Feather Award and Scholarship is October 6th from 6 to 9pm at the San Xavier Plaza, in front of the mission church. The event includes native arts and crafts, a blessing ceremony, dancers, musicians and native foods like buffalo, salmon, cholla bud salad and prickly pear tea. Seating is limited. Advance tickets are available at the gift shop and by calling 295-1350.

MEDICAL MISTAKES: Medical mistakes claim tens of thousands of lives a year. Help reduce your risk. Questions are the answer! To learn the ten questions you must ask, visit

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Friday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

Friday's One Cup Of Java Challenge: On this date in 1814, the words to one of the most performed songs in American history were written. That’s it for clues. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning: name this now 193 year old and often butchered song.

Answer: The Star-Spangled Banner.

Bonus Blog Trivia: While public performances usually feature only the first stanza, the song has four stanzas. Keep reading for the entire set of lyrics:

O say, can you see, by the dawn’s early light, What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight, O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming? And the rockets’ red glare, the bombs bursting in air Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there; O say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen thro’ the mist of the deep, Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes, What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep, As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses? Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam, In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream ’Tis the star-spangled banner. Oh! long may it wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion A home and a country should leave us no more? Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps' pollution. No refuge could save the hireling and slave From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave, And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation, Blest with vict’ry and peace, may the Heav’n-rescued land Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation! Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just, And this be our motto: "In God is our Trust" And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave.

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Thursday, September 13, 2007

Thursday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

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Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in 1899, New Yorker Henry Bliss became the first American person to join a list you don’t want to be on. Famous people on the list include Harry Chapin, author Albert Camus, hockey player/restaurant namesake Tim Horton, comedian Sam Kinison, Jackson Pollack and Jayne Mansfield. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning – based on the clues provided, what list was Henry Bliss the first American to join, on this date in 1899?

Answer: People killed in car accidents.

Bonus Blog Trivia: The first person generally thought of as killed in a automobile accident is Mary Ward of Ireland, hit and killed in 1869 by a steam-powered carriage.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A 76-Year-Old Possum

Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: George Jones is celebrating his 76th birthday. The Possum has the second most charting country songs in history with more than 150 songs on the charts in six different decades. His first #1 country song came in 1959. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question – name George Jones’ first number one country song, a big hit written by the Big Bopper.

Answer: White Lightning.

Bonus Blog Trivia: J.P. Richardson Jr. (a.k.a. The Big Bopper) was only 28 when he died in the plane crash that also killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens. At the time of his death, he was not only a chart-topping musician and songwriter and a successful radio deejay - he was also a producer who was toying with a new concept to promote music. He wouldn't live to see it become successful, but The Big Bopper is still credited with inventing the term for his new concept: "music video."

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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

A Whale Of A Singer

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Richard Melville Hall was born on this date in 1965 in New York. Now 42 and still living in New York, this musician goes by his better known nickname. Not just a stage name, he’s had the nickname almost since birth, a name given by his parents in honor of his great-great-great-great uncle, author Herman Melville. Your One Cup question this morning – based on the clues provided, name this musician and birthday celebrant.

Answer: Moby

To visit Moby's interesting and somewhat strange online journal, click here:

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Monday, September 10, 2007

Oh, No, Not A Sports Question! / One Cup Of Java Challenge

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: In 1972, tennis player Billie Jean King was a famous first when she was named Sports Illustrated “Sportsperson of the Year,” an honor she shared that year with coach John Wooden. Since 1972, a handful of other women have been recognized with this honor by the magazine – but almost always in a shared honor with a man, or as part of a team. In fact, Sports Illustrated has only ever named two women “Sportsperson of the Year” all by themselves. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning – name either of the women who got an entire year to themselves as Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsperson of the Year.”

Answers: 1976- Chris Evert, tennis; 1983- Mary Decker, track.

Bonus Blog Trivia: Women who shared the honor or won as part of a team are: Mary Lou Retton, gymnastics, 1984; Judi Brown King, track, 1987; Patty Sheehan, golf, 1987; Bonnie Blair, speedskating, 1994; and the U.S. Women's Soccer team, 1999.

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Friday, September 07, 2007

KXCI Presents John Vanderslice this Sunday at Plush

This Sunday evening KXCI presents John Vanderslice at Plush. Recognized for his sonically adventurous solo releases, John Vanderslice is touring with a full band behind his latest release Emerald City on Barsuk Records. Vanderslice is a critically acclaimed indie rocker rolled up with an imaginative singer songwriter. He writes narrative tales that evoke strong feelings and images, in the four minute song format. Long on studio savvy, Vanderslice fills his songs with new sonic twists and bursts of melodic madness but never leaves the focus of the song behind. Vanderslice and band swing through Tucson for a show at Plush, Bowerbirds open at 9PM. Plush is on the corner of 4th Avenue and 6th Street.

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Live@5 - Friday with TKMA and The Beatles

Namoli Brennet, Ernie Votto and Larry Waters will be on The Homestretch this Friday, Sept. 7th, performing Beatles songs in light of the TKMA Beatles Tribute Concert, see below.

Tucson Kitchen Musicians’ Association present
A Tribute to the Beatles: a concert of their songs...
At the Unitarian Universalist Church 4831 E. 22nd Street
Friday evening, September 7th at 8:00 PM
Featuring perfromers: Elise Grecco, Duncan Stitt, Namoli Brennet, Eb Eberlein, Michael Begala, Ron Pandy, Phil Borzillo, Mark Holdaway, Linda Rothchild, Grace Hartman, Larry & Kathy Kraus, Phil Waters & others.

$8 general public/$6 TKMA & UUC members:

Proceeds go towards 2008 Tucson Folk Festival

TKMA's fall dinner social just before the concert at Goddard Hall of Unitarian Church 6:00 - 7:30 PM - $7 general public/$5 TKMA & UUC members

-bring can food/non-perishable for $1 off-

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Pledge Now For WEB WEEK

KXCI’s membership drive starts Thursday. Right now we’re in “Web Week!”

We need you to help KXCI and cut time off the drive by making a pledge now at in our new web store. CLICK HERE:

As a bonus, we’re having daily drawings from all web pledgers for dinner and show packages. Each day we’ll pick a pledger to win dinner for two at Barrio Food and Drink AND tickets to concerts like:

Tannahill Weavers (9/16, Berger Center)
Billy Joe Shaver (9/20, Old Town Artisans)
The New Pornographers (9/21, Rialto Theatre)
Richard Thompson (9/25, Rialto Theatre)
Sonny Landreth (9/28, Rialto Theatre)
Tegan & Sara (11/1, Rialto Theatre)
Judy Collins (11/16, Fox Tucson Theatre)

Every pledger also receives an exclusive gift from KXCI.

The sooner you pledge, the more chances you have to win the daily drawings!

Support KXCI, pledge now with the link above!

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Live Local Music @ Downtown Saturdays

A fun, festive atmosphere awaits you in downtown Tucson for Downtown Saturdays on September 22nd.

An eclectic sampling of great Tucson musicians is complemented by local non-profits, beverages and beer. A variety of food choices, for both herbivores and carnivores, will also be available for purchase. KXCI's own Laurie Starr emcees this free family event.

It's all happening at the Main Library Plaza on North Stone from 6pm to midnight.

Scheduled performers include:
6pm - Salvador Duran
7pm - Leila Lopez
8pm - Mitzi Cowell
9pm - The Swim
10pm - Bread & Circus
11pm - Greyhound Soul

Be sure to stop by the KXCI booth to say hello to our volunteers!

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La pregunta de hoy está sobre español

Friday's One Cup of Java Challenge: The first song completely in Spanish to hit the #1 spot on the U.S. pop charts was at the top spot twenty years ago today. Your One Cup question on this Friday morning: name that song, which topped the US charts for three weeks in 1987.

Answer: La Bamba by Los Lobos, from the film of the same name. Ritchie Valen's version had topped out at #22 on the charts.

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Thursday, September 06, 2007

Ruby's Roadhouse Round-Up Listeners Picks

Thanks to everyone who was involved in the Ruby's Roadhouse Round-Up: You Pick 'Em We Play 'Em 5-hour broadcast on September 1st.

Special thanks to our event sponsors at Nimbus Brewing Company for their support!

If you didn't catch the top albums in the countdown... or don't remember them... heres the top 20 albums. For a complete list check out Ruby's playlist from September 1st at, continuing on Kidd Squidd's playlist for the same day.

20. George Harrison, All Things Must Pass
19. Dixie Chicks, Taking the Long Way
18. Ry Cooder, Get Rhythm
17. Emmylou Harris, At The Ryman
16. Simon & Garfunkel, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme

15. Calexico, Garden Ruin
14. Little Feat, Feats Don't Fail Me Now
13. Ray Charles, Anthology
12. Hank Williams, 40 Greatest Hits
11. Los Lobos, Just Another Band From East L.A.

10. O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack
9. The Band, Greatest Hits
8. kd Lang, Absolute Torch and Twang
7. Bob Dylan, Modern Times
6. Lucinda Williams, Car Wheels On a Gravel Road

5. Tom Waits, The Heart of Saturday Night
4. Patsy Cline, Patsy Cline Story
3. Johnny Cash, 16 Biggest Hits
2. Lyle Lovett, The Road to Ensenada
1. The Beatles, Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

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Remembering Pavarotti

Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti, known as the “King of the High C’s” died yesterday at age 71. One of the leading figures of modern opera, Pavarotti as a solo artist could often land albums on the sales charts. However, when he teamed with two colleagues to form The Three Tenors in the 90s, things really took off, with the men selling out stadium tours. Your One Cup of Java Challenge question on this Thursday morning: Pavarotti was one of the Three Tenors. Who are the other two?

Answer: Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras

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Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Lawrence Welk And Squeaky Fromme

Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in 1975, then-President Gerald Ford faced the first of two assassination attempts against him. The Charles Manson follower who tried to kill Ford is still serving a life sentence and is still a devoted fan of Manson. Your One Cup question this morning: name this would-be assassin, who escaped from prison in 1987 only to be recaptured a few days later. You can give either her first name or nickname.

Answer: Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme. Sentenced to life in prison, she is currently in a federal prison in Texas. She was repeatedly refused parole hearings.

Bonus Blog Trivia: As a young girl, Squeaky Fromme once appeared on The Lawrence Welk Show as a member of the Westchester Lariats dance group. In junior high, she was a classmate of future Saturday Night Live star Phil Hartman, and the two took acting class together.

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Tuesday, September 04, 2007

John, Paul, George, Ringo, Namoli, Elise, Eb, Ernie and more

The Tucson Kitchens Musicians Association (TKMA) presents a Beatles Tribute Concert on Friday night, September 7th. The event is a fundraiser for the 2008 Tucson folk festival.

Performers covering the Beatles include Namoli Brennet, Elise Grecco, Eb Eberlein, Ernie Votto, Quincy Curtis & Linda Heppenstal, Grace Harris, Mark Holdaway and Linda Rothchild, Robert Oser, Duncan Stitt, Larry & Kathy Kraus and others.

A Fall Dinner Social kicks off the evening at 6pm at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 East 22nd Street. Dinner is $7, $5 for members of TKMA, TFTM, KXCI or the church.

The concert ($8/$6 members) starts at 8pm.

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Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Today’s One Cup question is in honor of the comic strip Beetle Bailey, which made its debut on this date in 1950. Focusing on the chronically lazy title character, a private in the Army, the comic strip focuses on the antics of life at his military camp. Your question on this Tuesday morning: what is the name of the camp where Beetle Bailey is stationed?

Answer: Camp Swampy

Bonus Blog Trivia: The strip Beetle Bailey was the last to be personally approved by William Randolph Heart before his death.

Bonus Blog Trivia #2: Beetle's sister Lois and her family are stars of the comic strip spin-off Hi and Lois, which first appeared in 1954.

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Once: A Real (Musical) Love Story

Once is playing at The Loft now

A couple of years ago, fellow KXCI deejay Don Jennings, a faithful KXCI listener David Anders, and I made our annual pilgrimage to the Austin City Limits Music Festival. I stumbled upon a stage where The Frames from Ireland were playing. I was immediately enthralled with what I was hearing. Glen Hansard's voice is full of yearning. He can sing a sweet little tune that could easily moisten your eyes. But his real strength is when he kicks his voice into overdrive and belts out a song if full on rock and roll mode. Many of his songs begin with a sweet quiet melodic section that crescendo's into a full on, heart wrenching vocal frenzy.

Fast forward two years to 2007. Glen Hansard is starring in a film named Once, made on a shoestring budget of $150,000. This is not his first film, by the way. He starred as guitar player Outspan Foster in the 1991 film The Commitments.

If you are a musician, or an aspiring musician, or enjoy hearing folk, country, or rock 'n roll music, then this is a must-see film. I believe that should include just about everyone reading this blog entry. Once is a simple tale that, most importantly, avoids cliché and presents a very realistic portrayal of music, life, and love. Singer-songwriters will recognize the process of how a song comes together from an emotion or an idea, into a full blown rock 'n roll number being recorded in a studio. And the music (this is a musical) is phenomenal.

I enjoyed seeing the relationship between Guy and Girl develop (we never do actually hear their names). This is a love story. But it is not your typical guy meets girl, fall in love, but there is a conflict, resolve the conflict, live happily ever after story. This story feels more real to me, and it is one I recommend you see and hear.

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Hotel Congress Music Festival this Labor Day weekend

KXCI sponsor's this years HoCo Festival 2007
Tucson's Music and Film Exposition
Labor Day Weekend
August 30th -September 2nd

Five Days, 40 acts, a dozen films, two BBQ's and one great cause!
Including four major musical "Class Reunions" of '77, '87, '97 and '07

This Labor Day Weekend, Hotel Congress hosts one of the biggest and most important arts events of the year in Tucson. Join us Thursday, August 30th through Monday, September 3rd for the 2007 HoCo Festival, Tucson's largest music and film exposition. We will have over 40 great local and national acts throughout the weekend, performing on indoor and outdoor stages. HoCo 2007 will include four "class reunions," highlighting acts from Tucson's musical past right up to the present. The Rialto Theatre will be joining Club Congress in hosting this very special event.

Movie screenings -including two premieres - as well as live scored performances to classic silent films will make this multimedia celebration the event of the summer. As per tradition, we are partnering up with a great cause for this event.

This year's benefactor is the Tucson Artists and Musicians Health Alliance. In the past two years this festival has brought several thousand people downtown, establishing it as the largest Tucson based music event ever. The event's prestige was acknowledged by the Mayor of Tucson, Bob Walkup, and the Governor of Arizona, Janet Napolitano, who officially proclaimed Labor Day Weekend as "Club Congress Weekend". That's quite an honor for a nightclub! We have every expectation that this year will meet or exceed the overwhelming success of last - confirmed participants include over 20 celebrated national acts, along with many of the most accomplished bands and musicians to emerge from Tucson in the last 20 years. If e-mail traffic is any indication, the interest is higher than last year!

A special feature of this year's event, and one that has already garnered quite a bit of excitement, is the inclusion of the four reunion showcases. These are favorites from Tucson's past: acts from 30 years ago, 20 years ago, 10 years ago and the best of the current crop will be represented on four stages as "Class of '77", "Class of '87", "Class of '97" and "Class of '07."

This year also inaugurates the partnership with TAMHA (Tucson Artists & Musicians Health Alliance), a new and important organization dedicated to providing effective, low cost, local healthcare system for artists and musicians in our area. The association is a natural for HoCo and one we are proud to support. This will be a major theme throughout the event this year and we welcome any support you may care to offer.
Furthermore, our event has been tabbed as the official closing party for Tucson's 232nd birthday celebration. With this addition, the multi stage live performances, hosted BBQ parties, the film showcases, and all the community and press support; we can confidently say that the newly rechristened HoCo Festival 2007 will be one of the biggest community events of the year.

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Music Schedule (changes are always possible)

Class of '87 Stage

>>Sun Trash
>>Pollo Elastico
>>Ian Moore

Class Of '07 Stage

>>Mr Free
>>Mostly Bears
>>The Deludes
>>The Swim

National Stage (indoor)

>>Okkervil River
>>The Bellrays
>>Secretary Bird
>>Broken Horse

Class Of '77 Stage (outdoor)

>>Chuck Wagon and The Wheels
>>Ned Sutton and Rabbits
>>Bob Meighan Band

5PM - 9PM BBQ STAGE (outdoor)
Al Perry's All-Star Guitar Throwdown

>>Al Perry & the Cattle
>>Kevin Daly Band
>>Matt Mitchell
>>Michaek P. Nordberg Band

Class of 1999 STAGE (outdoor)

>>Weird Lovemakers
>>Pork Torta
>>Borts Minorts
>>Al Foul And The Shakes

Howe Gelb's Hootananny Stage & BBQ 5pm

>>Tom Walbank(indoor)
>>Jason Lytle (of Grandaddy)
>>Lonna Kelly And The Broken Hearted Lovers
>>Howe Gelb
>>Friends Of Dean Martinez (outdoor)
>>Salvador Duran
>>Cathy Rivers
>>Brad Brooks
>>Dusty Buskers
Scratchy Records Show will be spinning records 5pm and in between acts

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