Thursday, May 29, 2008

A "little" American History / One Cup of Java Challenge

Thursday's One Cup question: A little American history for today’s One Cup question. On this date in 1790, the last of the 13 original colonies ratified the Constitution, becoming the 13th state in our union. This same state had been the first colony to declare its independence from Great Britain. Your One Cup question this morning – again, about a little American history – which state was the last of the colonies to ratify the Constitution, on this date in 1790?

Answer: Rhode Island


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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Happy Birthday Gladys Knight / One Cup of Java Challenge

Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge question asks you to name the famous musician celebrating her 64th birthday today. She’s won Grammys for R&B, pop and gospel music and has recorded jazz and disco albums as well. Most of her most famous recordings are from the late 60s and 70s when she performed with a group comprised of her family; those relatives have all since retired and we haven’t heard a “pip” out of them in years although she still puts out an album every few years. Your One Cup question this morning – name this 64 year old birthday girl, whose most famous hit originally was about a late night flight to Houston.

Answer: Gladys Knight

Bonus Blog Trivia: This was written and originally recorded by Jim Weatherly as "Midnight Plane To Houston." The name was changed (with Weatherly's OK) when Cissy Houston (Whitney's mom, Dionne Warwick's cousin) recorded it. Weatherly agreed to alter the title only if the rest of the lyrics were not changed.


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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

The Fiery Furnaces concert preview (June 3rd, Plush)


The Fiery Furnaces at Plush, June 3, 2008
by Scott Denton (Monday Afternoon Music Mix)

Brother and sister Matthew and Eleanor Friedberger form the creative nucleus of The Fiery Furnaces. Multi-instrumentalist Matt writes the music and many of the lyrics. Vocalist Eleanor contributes words for certain songs and on others the lyrics are a collaborative effort. Hailing from suburban Chicago, the siblings moved to Brooklyn in 2000 and began playing as The Fiery Furnaces, accompanied by a shifting roster of band mates over the years. Robert D'Amico (drums) and, interestingly, the String Cheese Incident's Kyle Hollingsworth (keys) join them on the current tour.


Revealing influences like Spector, The Beatles, Beefheart, and The Who, their audaciously ambitious yet unpretentious music blends elements such as 60s-style pop, garage rock, and musical theatre with unpredictable tempo changes and delightfully erratic arrangements. Quirky lyrics convey narratives woven from disparate ideas such as family memories, dreamlike fantasy, and noir plotlines—often in the same song. Sounds heady, but they rock. As the Friedbergers’ confidence and musicianship, as well as the caliber of their band mates steadily improved -over the course of the four performances I saw in ’04 and ’05, their performances went from very good to formidable. Although known for playing entire sets as nonstop suites and constantly rearranging their material, the band has recently been presenting more song oriented set lists.


As prolific as they are idiosyncratic, The Fiery Furnaces have released six albums in the last five years and will deliver a 51-song live record, entitled Remember, in August. Their most recent release, Widow City, came out last year on Thrill Jockey. The Plush show will be their first in Tucson since September 2005.


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Remembering Sydney Pollack / One Cup of Java Challenge

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Director, producer and actor Sydney Pollack died yesterday at age 73. A six-time Oscar nominee, his credits include Tootsie, Absence of Malice and The Electric Horseman. Pollack won both of his Oscars for the same film, one as director and one as producer. Your One Cup of Java Challenge: name that 1985 film that starred his life-long friend Robert Redford.

Answer: Out of Africa


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Monday, May 26, 2008

Board of Directors Candidate Forum

Your chance to meet the candidates running in this year's Board of Directors election is Thursday,May 29th at 7pm at the station (220 South Fourth Avenue, downtown Tucson).

The four candidates have been invited to this forum to discuss their backgrounds and experience and their views for the future of KXCI. After a brief formal presentation there will be an informal opportunity for members to meet the candidates and ask them questions one-on-one. Light snacks and beverages will be served.

The four candidates running for three seats in this year's elections are Susan Banes, James Eudeikis, John Kosa, and Michael Thornton Wyman.

The deadline for members to vote in the election is June 12th; you can print a ballot by visiting the Board of Directors link on our website at KXCI.org.


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It's Time To Support KXCI

KXCI's membership drive starts on Tuesday, May 27th, with a goal of $67,000, money needed to continue the operations of YOUR Community Radio.

Almost $10,000 of that goal has already been raised through early gifts of support (thanks to all who gave ahead of time!), but there is plenty of work yet to be done to reach our goal. Fortunately, there are plenty of people to do it, including YOU!

If you are not yet a KXCI member, give a call starting Tuesday: 623-1000

If you are a KXCI member and need to renew, give a call starting Tuesday: 623-1000.

If you are a KXCI member and don't yet need to renew, sign up a friend with a gift membership! Give a call starting Tuesday: 623-1000

Together we share the responsibility of keeping KXCI on the air, just as we share the joy of everything KXCI. Do your part: 623-1000.


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Sock It To Me / Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Comedian Dick Martin passed away Saturday at the age of 86. Martin was co-host and co-creator of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In from 1968 to 1973 on NBC. That program was as famous for its catchphrases as it was its biting parodies and guest stars. Your One Cup question this morning, in memory of Dick Martin: what credit does Aretha Franklin deserve in the development of one of the show's most famous catchphrases?

Answer: The phrase "Sock it to me" is taken from Aretha's version of Respect.


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Friday, May 23, 2008

Want to make a difference to KXCI?


Want to make a difference to KXCI? ... click here to add your input!

The strategic planning committee that is looking at the future of KXCI is about to pull together the input they have received from staff, members, volunteers and the community at large. They have identified 10 big challenges facing KXCI that they want to address in the plan. If you have input on the direction the station should go in any of these areas, this is a great chance to let them know before a preliminary plan is drafted and presented to the Board. You will also get a chance to review and comment on the draft plan once it is developed, but NOW is the time to get your ideas into their up-front thinking.

click here to add your input!


Here are the 10 key challenges that the planning committee is looking at:

#1. Growing KXCI’s signal strength and coverage

#2. Sustaining the enthusiastic support of KXCI’s current listeners and members

#3. Increasing the active participation of KXCI’s members and listeners, including sustaining and growing membership

#4. Distinguishing KXCI as Tucson’s community radio station.

#5. Defining KXCI’s role and ensuring its relevancy to the Tucson community

#6. Reaching out to and engaging more of Tucson’s diverse populations

#7. Increasing KXCI’s underwriting and funding support

#8. Establishing an ongoing and inclusive process for determining KXCI’s program content and focus

#9. Responding to technological advancements, including competing music mediums and the impact of digital radio

#10. Ensuring that KXCI has the organizational strength, capabilities and resources to fulfill its Mission, live by its core Values, and achieve its Vision in the years ahead

again: click here to add your input!

Thanks for you ideas and your commitment to KXCI!


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KXCI Presents- Big Pete Pearson- Sunday 5/25 at Old Town Artisans


KXCI Presents - Sunday, May 25 - 7:00pm
BIG PETE PEARSON with the RHYTHM ROOM ALLSTARS - Arizona’s King of the Blues

You could travel to Chicago, Memphis or Macon, Georgia, and be hard pressed to find a blues belter as powerful and soulful as 71-year-old Big Pete Pearson. This band is proof that the blues is not dying of old age and uptown respectability. Pearson breathes fire into his songs, stoked by the urgency of the Rhythm Room Allstars and the harmonica of Bob Corritore. Living Blues magazine calls Pearson, “one of the music's unsung masters," and describes his “voice as hefty as Big Joe Turner.” Come celebrate Memorial Day with Arizona’s King of the Blues.

Old Town Artisans – 201 N. Court, downtown Tucson
Advance tickets $12
More info at Rhythm and Roots.
Click here to order online.


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Calexico and Mariachi Aztlan in Studio 2A


Tune in to The Homestretch today (Friday 5/23) for in-studio performances from Calexico and Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School.

Mariachi Aztlan will be just after 4pm and Calexico at 5pm.

Both groups will be performing tonight, Friday May 23rd, at the Rialto Theatre in a benefit to raise money to send Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School to Washington, D.C. Those youngsters will be representing our state in the nation's Fourth of July parade at the capitol, if they can raise the money to get there.

If you want to help support this high school groups trip, tax credit donations can be made on TUSD's website (school: Pueblo Magnet High, Org: Marichi Aztlan), or contact the groups director: John Contreras (520) 440-3200.



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Guys Who Don't Worry About Gas Prices / One Cup of Java Challenge

Friday's One Cup of Java Challenge: The 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500 is set for this Sunday. Our One Cup question this morning will have you going in circles, as you try to name any one of the three drivers who are each 4-time winners of the Indy 500. We’ll have three possible winners, one each who can name a 4-time Indy 500 winner. One clue: all three of the guys won at least one race in the 1970s.

Answer:
A.J. Foyt (1961, 1964, 1967, 1977)
Al Unser (1970, 1971, 1978, 1987)
Rick Mears (1979, 1984, 1988, 1991)


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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Kidd Squidd's Annual Stones Special


Tune in this Saturday 2-5pm. Here's the word from the Kidd himself.

I'm doing my yearly Stones Special this Saturday on Mystery
Jukebox. Gonna be a blast! ("ROLLING STONES '73-'81")
-Kidd Squidd



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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Calexico Mariachi Benefit Friday May 23rd

One of KXCI's favorites (and one our area's most generous group of musical guys), Calexico, is performing this Friday night, May 23rd, at the Rialto Theatre in a benefit to raise money to send Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School to Washington, D.C. Those youngsters will be representing our state in the nation's Fourth of July parade at the capitol.

Performers on Friday night include Calexico, Mariachi Luz de Luna, Salvador Duran and Mariachi Aztlan de Pueblo High School.

Advance tickets for the benefit range from $11 for students to $16 general admission; tickets will be more on the day of the event. Learn more and get your tickets at the Rialto's website: http://rialtotheatre.com/events.php.

Join us on-air as well this Friday afternoon for The Home Stretch from 3 to 6pm, when Kristi will air in-studio performances by both Calexico and Mariachi Aztland de Pueblo High School.


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Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Let the good times roll!

Hotel Congress hosts “A Night For New Orleans,” a free benefit concert and crawfish boil to benefit Music Rising, dedicated to rescuing the musical heritage of New Orleans.

This year’s event on Saturday, May 24th promises more food, more music and more New Orleans!

Performers include Mojo Gumbo, Tom Walbank, Black Leather Zydeco, the Bad News Blues Band and Cirque Du Sin.

Doors open at 5pm. Learn more at http://www.hotelcongress.com/2008/05/15/night-for-new-orleans/.


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Don't Forget To Vote !

The KXCI board of directors election is underway!

KXCI members will elect three (3) of their fellow members to the KXCI board for three-year terms starting in June.

The deadline to vote is June 12th. KXCI members were mailed ballots on Monday, May 19th, either inside their Segue newsletter or in a separate KXCI envelope.

If you are a KXCI member and don't receive a ballot by Friday, you may print one from our website at KXCI.org. Just click the orange "Board of Directors" tab and scroll down the page to the Board Election schedule area. You will need Adobe software to view and print the PDF file.


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Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Actor Jimmy Stewart was born 100 years ago today. The star of many “aw shucks, good guy” films, Westerns and Alfred Hitchcock thrillers, Stewart was a five-time Oscar nominee, with nominations in three different decades. But he only won the Academy Award once. Your One Cup question this morning, on what would have been his 100th birthday: name the only film that the Pennsylvania-born Jimmy Stewart won an Oscar for.

Answer: THE PHILADELPHIA STORY


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Monday, May 19, 2008

Weekly Album Features





This week's deejay picks on two of your favorites, Your Morning Brew (7-10am) and The Home Stretch (3-6pm):

GLOBAL EXPRESS (7:20am on Your Morning Brew)
Cheb i Sabbah, Devotion (Six Degrees Records)

Algeria and San Francisco are worlds apart, but DJ Cheb i Sabbah bridges that gap on his newest release on Six Degrees, with 7th release for this world music label. For twenty years, the Algerian-born Sabbah has hosted a popular weekly music series in a SanFran nightclub, something he's been doing at spots around the world for 40 years. The new album, this week's Global Express, features three distinct traditions of religious music representing Hinduism, Sikhism and Sufi Islam. Learn more at http://www.sixdegreesrecords.com/home.php.


FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK (8:20am on Your Morning Brew)

Scarlett Johansson, Anywhere I Lay My Head (Atco)

At first, the thought of "Hollywood star releases debut album" is enough to make you run for the hills. But once in a while, it works. This album is definitely in that "once in a while" category. Featuring Scarlett's take on ten Tom Waits songs, plus a bonus orginal tune. Scarlett and Tom both have unique vocal styles, and she lends an interesting interpretation to songs culled from eight different Waits albums. David Bowie contributes backing vocals on a pair of tracks. Learn more at http://www.scarlettalbum.com/.


THE HOME STRETCH PICK OF THE WEEK (4pm on The Home Stretch)

Firewater, The Golden Hour (Bloodshot)

(Stolen from the record label's website): In 2005, Firewater's Tod A embarked on what would become a three year sabbatical through the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent and South East Asia. He had recently split with his wife; George W. Bush had just been re-elected; New York, his home for the last 20 years, had become a cold and foreign place. He wasn't even sure he wanted to make music anymore. "I was extremely depressed. The NYC skyline looked like bad wallpaper to me. It was either kill myself or hit the road," he says. He put everything he owned in storage and left NYC with a few clothes and a laptop. The journey Tod undertook would challenge him creatively in ways he couldn't have imagined in its planning stages. "I traveled overland starting in Delhi, India, across the Thar Desert, then through Rajasthan, onward through the Punjab, and into Pakistan," he recounts. "I had originally planned to continue overland through Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey, ending in Istanbul." But things didn't go exactly as planned. Along the way he was drugged, robbed, detained, and later struck down with severe intestinal problems. Travelers were disappearing along the road to Kabul. As Tod puts it, "I was forced to end my trip at the Khyber Pass on the Afghan border, due to general ill health and the unnerving likelihood of kidnapping." Recording with a single microphone and a laptop in his pack, he captured performances with a vast array of musicians across India and Pakistan--and eventually Turkey and Israel. Learn more at http://www.bloodshotrecords.com/.


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17th Street Band, Tuesday night!

The 17th Street Band's monthly gig in support of KXCI is this Tuesday night (May 20th!) at Barrio Brewery, 800 East 16th Street. The fun officially kicks off at 7pm.

$5 at the door - all of which goes to support your Community Radio - gets you two hours of great blues, rock, jazz and soul covers and originals. The 17th Street Band - a who's who! of local musicians - fills the brewery with the best live music you've ever shakin' your rump to and it's all for a great cause.

Learn more about the band at http://17thstreetband.com/.

Learn more about the brewery at http://barriobrewing.com/.

Learn more about KXCI at... well, you're already at KXCI.org!


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Pass Go, Collect A One Cup of Java Challenge

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: American philanthropist Johns Hopkins was born on this date in 1795. After his death, his wealth would be used to create his namesake university, hospital and medical school, among other entities to which he left his fortune. The making of that fortune is today’s One Cup topic. While Johns Hopkins has his finger in a lot of financial pies, much of his money came from owning a substantial part of an actual property that you can buy on the Monopoly game board. Your One Cup question this morning: name that real world and Monopoly world property.

Answer: The B&O Railroad


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Friday, May 16, 2008

KXCI Presents- Sea Wolf - Saturday 5/17 at Plush


Sea Wolf is performing Saturday night May 17th at Plush, in a KXCI Presents show. Sea Wolf is an introspective indie pop group with lush acoustic instrumentation, atmospheric melodies and delicate story songs. Bob Girth, of the Hub, calls it "catchy yet deep".

This is from the Plush website:
Sea Wolf, the indie-folktronica project led by singer/songwriter, Alex Church, is blowing up... Evidence you ask? 1) They recently appeared on the Jimmy Kimmel show, 2) a recent tour with Nada Surf, 3) they were just named as one of the 100 bands in 2008 you 'Need to Know' in Alternative Press magazine and 4) their latest record Leaves in the River was produced by Phil Ek, the man many consider responsible for much of the success seen by The Shins and Built to Spill. If you are not yet familiar with Sea Wolf and you are a fan Bright Eyes, DeVotchKa, The National, Nick Drake and Sea Change-era Beck - you need to see this act!


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Michael Young- Live@5 - Friday 5/16


Coming in for Live@5 on The Homestretch today is roots style finger-picker Michael Young.
Michael will be performing Friday May 16th at Green Fire Music (Lodge on Dodge) 7:30 pm.
Below is an excerpt from his bio.

This Minneapolis fingerstyle guitarist plays both the six and twelve-string guitar with driving rhythm and groove. While in his mid-twenties, Michael has an ageless stage presence, and he displays his technically proficient fretwork by carrying his bouncy and energetic groove from powerful and compelling compositions to soulful ballads. Moving from daunting and alarming to lighthearted and idiosyncratic instrumentals, Michael takes advantage of the guitar's possibilities by combining standard and alternate tunings with a mix of slide guitar into his playing. He has impressed audiences all over the United States including appearances at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, the legendary CBGB 313 Gallery in New York City, and the illustrious Knitting Factory also in New York City. While primarily an instrumentalist, Michael also incorporates his warm singing voice into his sets.


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Thursday, May 15, 2008

The Sex Pistols: Two Thumbs Up

Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Today’s question tackles both music and movie history. On this date in 1980, The Sex Pistols’ film The Great Rock n’ Roll Swindle was released. Written and directed by Julien Temple, the film is a rather incoherent mockumentary told from the viewpoint of the Sex Pistols’ manager with some great concert footage. The film might, we stress might, have been better if the film’s original writer hadn’t been fired. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning: name the original screenwriter for The Sex Pistols’ film The Great Rock n’ Roll Swindle. One clue: if you’re the first to name him, you’ll not only win today’s prize but I’ll give you a thumbs up.

Answer: Roger Ebert


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Wednesday, May 14, 2008

AIDS Candlelight Memorial May 18th

The Volunteer Center of Southern AZ and Wingspan are proud to announce that Tucson will participate in the 25th Annual International AIDS Candlelight Memorial. This event takes place on Sunday, May 18th from 6 to 8pm at Himmel Park (Tucson Blvd. & Speedway) in solidarity with memorials and events worldwide.

The theme, Never Give Up, Never Forget, creates a hopeful outlook despite the alarming statistics. This will also be the 10th AIDS Candlelight Memorial in Tucson. SAAF's AIDS Timeline will be displayed alongside locally crafted quilts. Individuals will be sharing the journey by means of music, song, dance and reflections. Seh Welch, Director of HIV/AIDS Services and co-founder of ACT-UP, will be Master of Ceremonies.

The Memorial will start at 6:00p.m. The lighting of the candles will begin around 7:30p.m (dusk). Please bring a blanket and/or lawn chair.


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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Happy Birthday Stevie Wonder!

Tuesday’s One Cup of Java Challenge question asks you to name the entertainer celebrating his 58th birthday today, based on the clues provided. In 1999, at age 49, he became the youngest ever recipient of the Kennedy Center honors for lifetime achievement. He is over six feet tall despite his original nickname. He’s responsible for the first ever live recording to top the Billboard song charts, and he once recorded an instrumental jazz album under the name Eivets Rednow. Your One Cup question this morning: based on the clues provided, name this Grammy and Oscar winner who once announced he was running for Mayor of Detroit.

Answer: Stevie Wonder (Eivets Rednow spelled backwards)


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Monday, May 12, 2008

KXCI Board Meeting

The KXCI Board of Directors meets Thursday, May 15th at 5:30 at the Armory Park Center, 220 South Fifth Avenue in downtown Tucson. The meeting is open to the public and you are encouraged to attend.

Agenda:

I. Call To Order
II. Attendance, Schedule Next Meeting (Annual Meeting)
III. Review and Adoption of April 17, 2008 minutes (5 minutes)
IV. Committee Reports
a) Board Development (5 minutes)
b) Personnel Committee (5 minutes)
c) Strategic Planning Committee (5 minutes)
d) Election Committee (5 minutes)
V. Old Business
VI. New Business
a) Board appointments
b) Committee appointments
VII. CAB and Volunteer Representative Reports (5 minutes each)
VIII. GM Report / Financials (5-10 minutes)
IX. Call To Audience (3 minutes per person)
X. Executive Session (as needed)
XI. Adjournment


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Oo ee, oo ah ah, ting tang, walla walla bing bang / One Cup of Java Challenge

Monday's One Cup of Java Challenge: 1958 was a weird year for music. Chart toppers that year included Yakety Yak by The Coasters, Sheb Wooley’s The Purple People Eater, the one-word wonder Tequila by The Champs, and on the date fifty years ago, a song recorded under a pseudonym by the man who would later create Alvin and the Chipmunks. Your One Cup question this morning: name the #1 hit from 50 years ago recorded by Ross Bagdasarian, but under the stage name David Seville.

Answer: Witch Doctor


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Sunday, May 11, 2008

Robyn Landis Live On Simple Folk


This week on Simple Folk, the Desert Duke will be sitting in for Henry and will be interviewing singer-songwriter, Robyn Landis.


Robyn is a gifted wordsmith and award-winning songwriter noted for her honesty, depth and intelligence. With a distinctive and articulate voice, Robyn delivers courageous and heartfelt insights through pure, intimate vocals and pleasing melodies. Since 2005 she has accrued over 30 songwriting awards and honors in competitions and at festivals, including first place at the Woody Guthrie Folk Festival. And she is a three-time Tucson Folk Festival Finalist.


So make sure you tune in to 91.3 fm KXCI or fire up your computer's kxci.org internet stream and join the Desert Duke as he interviews Robyn about the art of songwriting. Robyn will also be playing music from her Short and Sweet CD entitled Love and Other Words along with new award winning music from her forthcoming CD.


Simple Folk can be heard this Sunday from 2 pm until 3 pm, here on KXCI.



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Saturday, May 10, 2008

KXCI Presents: Kathleen Edwards and Langhorne Slim


Two great concerts are happening early next week and KXCI wants to spread the word.

Monday it's Langhorne Slim at Plush. He's a great new artist that we want to let you know about.
Local favorite, Little Black Cloud, opens the show. Tune in Monday for a Live@5 performance from Langhorne Slim on The Homestretch.
Below is excerpt about Langhorne Slim from Plush's website.

Langhorne Slim has a lot of industry buzz building around him. He first began to gain public notice through touring with the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players and an appearance at last year's Bonnaroo Music Festival. His song "Electric Love Letter" was recently number 5 on the Rolling Stone editor's top ten picks, and he recently appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. If you are a fan of Josh Ritter, The Avett Brothers, Two Gallants, Nick Drake and/or Bob Dylan - Langhorne Slim may just be your next favorite new artist!

"Langhorne Slim's glimmering folk-rock is propelled by simple, straight-ahead beats and spruced up by cello, bells, tuba, accordion, pizzicato violin, Rhodes piano and countless other interesting instrumental choices. Every bit as important as the sonic variation, though, is Slim's impressive songwriting, which now places him in the league of contemporaries like Josh Ritter, Conor Oberst and the Avett Brothers." - Paste

Tuesday it's Kathleen Edwards at Club Congress, 7pm. She has three great albums on Zoe/Rounder records that we have featured here at KXCI. Read below for a concert preview by Monday Music Mixer, Scott Denton and tune in for her Live@5 performance on The Homestretch Tuesday afternoon.
Last Town Chorus opens the show and features songwriter and lap steel guitarist, Megan Hickey.

-KXCI is sponsoring Canadian songwriter Kathleen Edwards’s return to Tucson after nearly a three-year absence—she last played Plush in June, 2005. Prior to that performance I had appreciated her first two studio albums, Failer (2003) and Back to Me (2005), but wasn’t in love. But I fell hard for the live show’s display of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers-style, no-nonsense authenticity. Small wonder, that the first album Edwards owned was a Tom Petty record. It must have blown her mind to have the Heartbreakers’ keyboard player, Benmont Tench, playing on her second album.

Her touring band—including her husband, guitarist/producer Colin Cripps—provided a soulful, classic American rock platform for her down-to-earth charm. I was sold when she spontaneously jumped off the stage, without missing a lick of her rhythm-guitar playing, to dance with an inebriated fan who had been creating a bit of a distraction throughout the set.

She is touring in support of her most recent album, Asking for Flowers, on Zoë. On this album she is again accompanied by Cripps and Jim Bryson from her touring band as well as Tench and fellow studio musicians Greg Leisz and Don Heffington.

This is also the first record on which her song narratives venture beyond the autobiographical. “Alicia Ross,” for example, draws from a true account of a Canadian teenager’s murder and its effect on the girl’s mother.

Her performance at Club Congress will be an early show, learn more at http://www.hotelcongress.com/club/.



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Friday, May 09, 2008

Nortec Collective free download!


To help celebrate Cinco de Mayo, KXCI and Nacional Records are giving away a download from the new Nortec Collective album.
Nortec Collective presents Bostich+Fussible: Tijuana Sound Machine, was this weeks Global Express on Your Morning Brew. You can also hear Nortec Collective on our Electro Friday nights and Latin Wednesdays.
Here's the download link again.


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Newest Public Service Messages

The newest public service announcements airing at YOUR Community Radio, KXCI.

OUTDOOR FREE FILMS: Tucson’s outdoor free film series is now called The Loft at Cinema La Placita. Classic films show Thursdays at 7:30pm at La Placita Village, at the corner of Broadway and Church. Charlton Heston stars in “The Omega Man” on May 15th. Enjoy Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau as “The Odd Couple” on May 22nd. On May 29th, Burt Lancaster stars as “Elmer Gantry.” The films are free, donations are welcome. Learn more at http://www.loftcinema.com/.

POISON: 89% of all poisonings occur in the home. Most poisonings involve everyday household items like cleaning supplies, medicines, and personal care items. Don’t be a statistic. Call the Arizona Poison and Drug Information Center at 1-800-222-1222. If you think someone in your home has been poisoned, call the center immediately at 1-800-222-1222 for help. They’re open 24/7. This public service announcement is from the U of A College of Pharmacy.

YOUTH VOLUNTEERS: Youth can bring about change in our community. The Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona’s Youth Volunteer Corps provides the outlets for that change. Their weeklong summer programs kick off on May 26th, with projects like animal rescues, biking with BICAS, home repair for elderly and disabled Tucsonans, fighting global warming, rainwater harvesting, local farming, and much, much more. Learn more by calling 881-3300.

IRAQ AID 2008: The Iraq Aid 2008 concert is Saturday, May 24th at The Hut on Fourth Avenue. Proceeds benefit three non-profits: Doctors Without Borders, Disabled American Veterans, and the Red Cross. Performers at Iraq Aid 2008 include Al Perry, Michael P. Nordberg, American Android, Planet Jam, Cosmic Slop, 8 Minutes To Burn and The Gallery. Doors open at 7pm. Learn more about this benefit concert for the war’s victims at http://www.iraqaid2008.org/.


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Happy Birthday Billy Joel / One Cup of Java Challenge

Friday's week-ending One Cup question: Rock and roll hall of famer Billy Joel is celebrating his 59th birthday today. Never a critical favorite, he’s nevertheless managed to sell 80 million albums, becoming the third best selling solo act in American history behind Elvis & Garth Brooks. Even with all those albums rolling out of stores, he’s only had three #1 songs on the Billboard pop charts. Your One Cup question this morning, with three possible winners: name a #1 Billy Joel song. One clue: all three were in the 1980s.

Answer: It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me ('80), Tell Her About It ('83); We Didn’t Start The Fire ('89).


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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Thursday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Today is the day set aside around the world to celebrate the work and accomplishments of the organization that is believed to have the largest number of volunteers in the world. They’ve got 97 million volunteers. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning: name this organization operating in 187 countries.

Answer: It’s World Red Cross and Red Crescent Date!


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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Ruthie Foster Folk Festival Broadcast


This past weekend, folk-blues musician Ruthie Foster gave a masterful performance at the Tucson Folk Festival.


That performance should have aired that night on KXCI, but we messed up.


The good news: Ruthie Foster’s entire set will air THIS Sunday at 6pm as a special Mother’s Day treat for our audience. The music starts at 6:00 with some festival performances you may have missed, and then moves to Ruthie’s entire 90 minute set, including all of the encores.


Join us for Ruthie Foster’s Folk Festival performance, this Sunday from 6 to 8pm, only on KXCI 91.3FM.


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Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge



Wednesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: On this date in 1977, The Eagles reached #1 on the album charts with Hotel California, a release that would go on to become their best selling regular album. Although the title track for Hotel California clearly delves into a metaphor – a metaphor for what being open to interpretation – the actual album cover pictures a real hotel in California. Your One Cup of Java Challenge this morning – name the real hotel photographed for the cover of Hotel California.

Answer: The Beverly Hills Hotel – it was shot from a 60 foot high cherry picker to get the angle overlooking the trees. The album cover is pictured above; a shot from the front of "The Pink Palace" is shown below.



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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge

Tuesday's One Cup of Java Challenge: Solomon Burke’s biggest hit on the pop charts came in 1965 when his song “Got To Get You Off Of My Mind” (released on this date in 1965) hit #22 on the charts. While the lyrics to the song clearly reflect a romance gone wrong, according to Solomon Burke, the song is actually about another famous soul singer that he was trying to get out of his mind. Your One Cup question this morning – what other famous soul singer was Solomon Burke thinking about when he wrote “Got To Get You Off Of My Mind?” One clue: Solomon wrote the song in 1964 on the way to that other singer’s funeral.

Answer: Sam Cooke.

"I was in Los Angeles with Sam Cooke the night he was shot. We were out at that club together... Later that night at my hotel, my friend calls me and tells me Sam's been shot. I thought he was joking. 'Sam wasn't shot, man. I just left him.' It was no joke. Sam's death was devastating. He meant so much to me. He meant a lot to all of us. He represented the next level for us. He opened doors that haven't been stepped through since. He was gonna be the next Nat Cole. He was a dear friend, and now he was gone. I had to get on the train to get on a plane to get back to Sam's funeral in Chicago. I had no sleep and I couldn't get Sam off my mind. There's the song. I wrote 'Got To Get You Off My Mind' to get Sam Cooke off my mind." - Solomon Burke, from SamCookeFanClub.com.


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Monday, May 05, 2008

Strategic Plan Comments

What does Community Radio mean to you and what should our priorities be for the future?

Please leave your comments below.

~ KXCI Strategic Planning Committee


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KXCI presents Kathleen Edwards May 13th


Concert preview by Scott Denton (Monday Music Mix)


KXCI is sponsoring Canadian songwriter Kathleen Edwards’s return to Tucson after nearly a three-year absence—she last played Plush in June, 2005. Prior to that performance I had appreciated her first two studio albums, Failer (2003) and Back to Me (2005), but wasn’t in love. But I fell hard for the live show’s display of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers-style, no-nonsense authenticity. Small wonder, that the first album Edwards owned was a Tom Petty record. It must have blown her mind to have the Heartbreakers’ keyboard player, Benmont Tench, playing on her second album.


Her touring band—including her husband, guitarist/producer Colin Cripps—provided a soulful, classic American rock platform for her down-to-earth charm. I was sold when she spontaneously jumped off the stage, without missing a lick of her rhythm-guitar playing, to dance with an inebriated fan who had been creating a bit of a distraction throughout the set.


She is touring in support of her most recent album, Asking for Flowers, on Zoë. On this album she is again accompanied by Cripps and Jim Bryson from her touring band as well as Tench and fellow studio musicians Greg Leisz and Don Heffington.


This is also the first record on which her song narratives venture beyond the autobiographical. “Alicia Ross,” for example, draws from a true account of a Canadian teenager’s murder and its effect on the girl’s mother.


Her performance at Club Congress will be an early show, learn more at http://www.hotelcongress.com/club/.



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Nortec Collective free download for Cinco de Mayo


To help celebrate Cinco de Mayo, KXCI and Nacional Records are giving away a download from the new Nortec Collective album.
Nortec Collective presents Bostich+Fussible: Tijuana Sound Machine, is also this weeks Global Express on Your Morning Brew.
Here's the download link again, happy Cinco de Mayo!


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Friday, May 02, 2008

The Loft at Cinema La Placita

Tucson’s outdoor free film series has a new name: The Loft at Cinema La Placita.

Classic films show Thursday nights at 7:30 at La Placita Village, at the corner of Broadway and Church.

See Cary Grant and Katherine Hepburn in “Bringing Up Baby,” on May 8th; Charlton Heston in “The Omega Man” on May 15th; and Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau as “The Odd Couple” on May 22nd.

Admission is free, donations are welcome. Learn more at http://www.loftcinema.com/cinemalaplacita.


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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Thursday's One Cup Of Java Challenge

Thursday's One Cup of Java Challenge: With the film Iron Man opening this weekend, our One Cup question tackles the Forbes Fictional 15, a listing of the wealthiest fictional characters. Iron Man, aka billionaire Tony Stark, only placed 10th on the Forbes list this time. Your One Cup question – with an estimated $28.8 billion fictional dollars, what fictional character became the first non-mammal to top the Forbes list this year?

Answer: Scrooge McDuck



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