Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Poet Richard Tavenner Performs Maynard Dixon's Poetry


The Tucson Museum of Art, the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum and Maynard's Market and Kitchen present Richard Tavenner performing poetry written by celebrated Western artist Maynard Dixon.

The FREE event is Tuesday, February 3rd at 6:30pm at the historic Southern Pacific Railroad Depot on Toole Avenue in downtown Tucson.

Tavenner is founder and director of the now statewide Annual High School Poetry Contest. He's spent the last 20 years performing his personal brand of poetry throughout Tucson. He is currently working on completing a book of poetry illustrated by his daughter, as well as a companion CD recording of his performances.

Dixon (1875-1946) was a gifted American artist commissioned by the Southern Pacific Railroad to illustrate southwest railroad travel. In 1907 he painted four luntette-shaped canvases depicting southwest scenes for Tucson's then new train depot. Giclee reproductions of Dixon's lunettes are now mounted in the waiting room of Tucson's restored depot.

Free parking available after 5pm in the gravel lot next to the depot.

For more Maynard Dixon event information visit http://tucsonmuseumofart.org/exhibitions/.


For information on the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum, visit http://www.tucsonhistoricdepot.org/.


For information on the new Maynard's Market and Kitchen, visit http://maynardsmarkettucson.com/


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Monday, January 26, 2009

Spooner Oldham, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee


Earlier this month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced nine new inductees into their Hall of Fame. The official induction ceremony takes place April 4th in Cleveland. Each day from January 18th through the 26th, we'll be profiling these inductees here on the KXCI blog; today we feature famed sideman Spooner Oldham.

(Learn more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at http://rockhall.com/).

Linden "Spooner" Oldham is synonymous with Southern soul. Oldham is a keyboard player, songwriter, and session musician long associated with the Memphis & Muscle Shoals sounds. He's featured on such hits as “When a Man Loves a Woman” by Percy Sledge, “Mustang Sally” by Wilson Pickett and “I Never Loved a Man” by Aretha Franklin.

As a songwriter he's had songs recorded by Aretha Franklin ("Do Right Woman"), Janis Joplin, Bobby Purify and many others. As a sideman, Oldham has recorded and performed with a countless number of artists including Bob Dylan, Joe Cocker, Jackson Browne, The Everly Brothers and Neil Young, with whom he's played 27 years. Most recently he's also worked closely with Frank Black.

Learn more at Spooner's website: http://spooneroldham.com/


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Run D.M.C., Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee

Earlier this month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced nine new inductees into their Hall of Fame. The official induction ceremony takes place April 4th in Cleveland. Each day from January 18th through the 26th, we'll be profiling these inductees here on the KXCI blog; today we feature Run D.M.C..

(Learn more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at http://rockhall.com/).

Founded by Joseph “Reverend Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C” McDaniels, and Jason “Jam-Master Jay” Mizell, Run-D.M.C. took hip hop from the streets of New York to the national stage. Formed in Hollis, Queens, the group is arguably the most important and influential act in the history of hip hop.

They were the biggest act in hip-hop throughout the 1980s and they are widely credited with breaking hip hop into mainstream music, in part through their 1986 collaboration with Aerosmith on "Walk This Way."

In 2004, Rolling Stone named them one of the greatest musical artists of all time in their "The Immortals" issue. In 2007, the trio was named Greatest Hip Hop Group of All Time by MTV.com. They were also named Greatest Hip Hop Artist of All Time by VH1.

The group has not performed together since the death of Jam-Master Jay in 2002, though both Simmons and McDaniel continue to pursue solo projects in and out of the world of music.


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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Bill Black & D.J. Fontana, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees

Earlier this month, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced nine new inductees into their Hall of Fame. The official induction ceremony takes place April 4th in Cleveland. Each day from January 18th through the 26th, we'll be profiling these inductees here on the KXCI blog; today we feature D.J. Fontana and Bill Black.

(Learn more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at http://www.rockhall.com/).

Bill Black is best known as the bassist for Elvis Presley. Black played double bass on early Presley recordings including “Good Rockin’ Tonight”, “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Baby Let’s Play House”, “Mystery Train”, “That’s All Right (Mama)", “Hound Dog”; and eventually became one of the first bass players to use the Fender Precision Bass guitar in popular music on “Jailhouse Rock” in the late 1950’s.

Black’s bass playing had an extraordinary impact on rock and roll bass playing, influencing many players including Paul McCartney. Afterward, he formed the Bill Black Combo and scored numerous instrumental hits during the late 1950’s and 1960’s.

D. J. Fontana is best known as the drummer for Elvis Presley for 14 years. Fontana joined a band consisting of Scotty Moore (lead guitar), Bill Black (bass) and Elvis Presley (rhythm guitar), calling themselves “The Blue Moon Boys”. The band would perform and record the vast majority of the Elvis Presley hits of the 50’s including “Heartbreak Hotel”, “Hound Dog”, “Don’t Be Cruel”, and “Jailhouse Rock”. The band also toured extensively and performed on several television appearances through 1956 and 1957. His drumming built the foundation of rock and roll percussion influencing future players such as Ringo Starr, Charlie Watts and Max Weinberg.


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Thursday, January 22, 2009

Bobby Womack, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee


Last week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced nine new inductees into their Hall of Fame. The official induction ceremony takes place April 4th in Cleveland. Each day from January 18th through the 26th, we'll be profiling one of these inductees here on the KXCI blog; today we feature Bobby Womack.

(Learn more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at http://www.rockhall.com/).


An active recording artist since the early 1960’s, Bobby Womack started his career as the lead singer of his family musical group the Valentino’s, and as Sam Cooke’s backing guitarist.


Womack’s career has spanned more than 40 years in the styles of R&B, soul, rock and roll, doo-wop, gospel, country and funk. As a songwriter, Womack is notable for penning and originally recording The Rolling Stones’ first UK No. 1 hit, “It’s All Over Now.”


As a singer he is most notable for the hits “Lookin For a Love”, “That’s The Way I Feel About Cha”, “Woman’s Gotta Have It”, Harry Hippie”, Across 110th Street” and his 1980s hit “If You Think You’re Lonely Now”.






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Wanda Jackson, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee


Last week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced nine new inductees into their Hall of Fame. The official induction ceremony takes place April 4th in Cleveland. Each day from January 18th through the 26th, we'll be profiling one of these inductees here on the KXCI blog; today we feature Wanda Jackson.


(Learn more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at http://www.rockhall.com/).


Wanda Jackson is an American rockabilly and country music singer who began recording in the mid-50s. She was one of the first female rockabilly singers to come to popularity during the 1950s. Jackson began her professional career while she was still in high school after being discovered by Hank Thompson in 1954. She mixed regular country music material with fast-moving rockabilly music, often cutting each side of a record with a different type of music.


In the mid-1960s, Jackson moved to a successful career in country music, having a string of hits between 1966 and 1973, including, “Tears Will Be the Chaser for Your Wine,” “The Box it Came in,” “My Big Iron Skillet,” and “Fancy Satin Pillows.”


Best of all: at age 71, Wanda's still going strong with concerts throughout the country. Learn more at http://wandajackson.com/.






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Monday, January 19, 2009

Metallica, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee


Last week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced nine new inductees into their Hall of Fame. The official induction ceremony takes place April 4th in Cleveland. Each day from January 18th through the 26th, we'll be profiling one of these inductees here on the KXCI blog; today we feature Metallica.

(Learn more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at http://www.rockhall.com/).

Metallica is the most commercially successful heavy metal band of the past quarter century. Since forming in California in 1981, Metallica’s line-up has primarily consisted of drummer Lars Ulrich, rhythm guitarist and vocalist James Hetfield, and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett, as well as current bass player Robert Trujillo. Longtime bassists for the band, the late Cliff Burton, and Jason Newsted, are also being inducted.

Metallica’s early releases included fast tempos, instrumentals, and aggressive musicianship that placed them as one of the “big four” of the thrash metal subgenre (along with Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax).

The band earned a growing fan base in the underground music community and critical acclaim, with the 1986 release Master of Puppets described as one of the most influential and “heavy” thrash metal albums. The band achieved substantial commercial success with its self-titled 1991 album, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. With this release the band expanded its musical direction resulting in an album that appealed to a more mainstream audience. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Metallica is the third best-selling American band of all time, with more than 56 million albums sold to date, placing behind only The Eagles and Aerosmith among American bands.

The band has also won seven Grammy awards.




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Sunday, January 18, 2009

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scheduled Guests


Thanks for checking out Martin Luther King, Jr. programming on 91.3 KXCI Tucson. Jim Blackwood will be doing a special MLK version of Your Morning Brew. Bob Diaz, formerly of The Chicano Connection, will be covering the Music Mix from 10am-noon. Democracy Now comes on at noon. DJ Jaime J. will be covering the Music Mix from 1:00-3:00pm and then Cathy Rivers covers the Home Stretch from 3:00-6:00pm.

Every hour on the hour from 7:00am-6:00pm, we will be featuring a speech excerpt from the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr. Special thanks to Ginger for producing these powerful segments.

We also will be featuring segments from 10 people in the Tucson community who are still carrying out Dr. King's legacy today. These segments will be featured at the bottom of each hour.

7:30 am Donna Liggins is the President of the Tucson NAACP. The NAACP is celebrating its 100 year anniversary in February. You can find out more information by contacting Ms. Liggins at the Northwest Neighborhood Center by phone: (520) 791-3247 or by email: donna.liggins@tucsonaz.gov.

8:30 am Sister FE of KXCI's Spreading The WORD, which airs Sundays from 5:00am-6:00am, came in and recorded some of her favorite quotes from Dr. King.

9:30 am Germar Townsend of the Volunteer Center came in to speak about the first annual MLK Film Projet which will be held at the Loft Cinema Monday, January 19 beginning at 5:30 pm.

10:30 am Betty Liggins is a long time activist who marched with Dr. King in Chicago and is active in the Tucson community.

11:30 am Dr. Kelly Langford, Tucson Urban League

1:30 pm Kelvin Strosier, Arizona Leadership Academy

2:30 pm Derick Bishop of the Volunteer Center of Southern Arizona talks about the many volunteer projects taking place on Martin Luther King day as well as throughout the year.

3:30 Clarence Boykins is the President of the Tucson-Southern Arizona Black Chamber of Commerce. He describes “The Moment” where we are right now and the struggles that have all led to the inauguration of our first African American president.

4:30 pm Perry Shazier, Jr., President of the National Justice Foundation describes the African American Read-In Chain. Find out more at perryshazier@cpohr.com or 520-409-3099

5:30 pm Sat Bir Kaur Khalsa from Culture of Peace Alliance describes the Nonviolence Leadership Training project which will feature appearances by Dr. Bernard LaFayette in Tucson on February 3-5. Dr. LaFayette was with Dr. King when he was shot and has spent his life providing nonviolence training.


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KXCI to Carry Live Inauguration Coverage

9:00am-noon
KXCI will carry Democracy Now!'s live broadcast of the inauguration ceremony
with commentary.

Noon - 2:00pm
KXCI will also carry Democracy Now! which will be presented as one two-hour
show.

Amanda Shauger
KXCI Tucson
News Department
220 S 4th Ave
Tucson, AZ 85701
520-990-3623 cell
520-623-1000 ext 17 office


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Little Anthony & The Imperials, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee


Last week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced nine new inductees into their Hall of Fame. The official induction ceremony takes place April 4th in Cleveland. Each day from January 18th through the 26th, we'll be profiling one of these inductees here on the KXCI blog; today we feature Little Anthony & The Imperials.

(Learn more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at http://www.rockhall.com/).

Little Anthony & The Imperials is a rhythm and blues/soul/doo-wop vocal group from New York, first active in the 1950s. Lead singer Jerome Anthony “Little Anthony” Gourdine was noted for his high-pitched falsetto voice influenced by Jimmy Scott. Changing their name to The Imperials in 1957, they signed with End Records in 1958. Their first single was “Tears on My Pillow”, which was an instant hit. In 1964 the group made a rare transition into soul music with a series of hit including “I’m On the Outside (Looking In) and “Goin’ Out of My Head.”


As of 2008, the Imperials are (along with The Dells) the only doo-wop era groups still touring with the great majority of their original members. The group received the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award in 1993, and they were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 1999.


Learn more at the band's official website: http://littleanthonyandtheimperials.net/




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Jeff Beck, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee


Last week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced nine new inductees into their Hall of Fame. The official induction ceremony takes place April 4th in Cleveland. Each day from January 18th through the 26th, we'll be profiling one of these inductees here on the KXCI blog, starting with Jeff Beck.


(Learn more about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at http://www.rockhall.com/)


JEFF BECK PROFILE:


Jeff Beck is one of the three noted guitarists to have recorded with the band TheYardbirds. Rolling Stone ranked him as one of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.” (note: #14)


Jeff is actually already in the Hall of Fame as a member of the Yardbirds; this time he's being inducted for his solo work.


Much of Beck’s recorded output has been instrumental, and his releases have spanned genres ranging from blues-rock, heavy metal, jazz fusion and (currently) a blend of guitar-rock and electronica. Beck has earned wide critical praise and four Grammy awards for Best Rock Instrumental Performance. Beck has guested at scores of sessions with everyone from Stevie Wonder and Buddy Guy to Tina Turner, Les Paul and Mick Jagger.


Four Grammy winners:

1985's Escape, from the album Flash (song award)

1989's Jeff Beck's Guitar Shop (album award)

2001's Dirty Mind, from the album You Had It Coming (song award)

2003's Plan B, from the album Jeff (song award)


Learn more about Jeff's history, his current work and tours at his website: http://jeffbeck.com/




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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

#1 Album of 2008 - Cat Power's Jukebox

We've made it to one number, the most played album of 2008 at KXCI: Cat Power's Jukebox. This is the second time Chan Marshall has topped our year-end list, having previously topped our year-end review with The Greatest.

This album is available for sale through Amazon.com; part of your purchase price is donated back to KXCI to support our programming. See the link below.

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KXCI Favorite Tracks:
#2 Ramblin' (Wo)Man
#5 Aretha, Sing One For Me
#8 I Believe In You

"Chan Marshall is not the new Dylan, or even the old Dylan. But when she takes on Bobby Zimmerman on Jukebox, a sequel to 2000's The Covers Record, her approach is Dylanesque: She refashions material from other artists and makes it seem like it's been hers all along." - Rolling Stone magazine



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KXCI Features Martin Luther King, Jr. Programming Mon. Jan. 19


Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Programming
91.3 KXCI Community Radio Tucson
Monday, January 19
7:00am-6:00pm




Tune in to 91.3 KXCI for a day of programming devoted to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day long broadcast from 7:00am-6:00pm. KXCI will commemorate Dr. King and his legacy by featuring culturally and socially relevant music, interviews with people from the Tucson community about Dr. King and the socio-economic-political climate today, and excerpts from speeches given by Dr. King. This takes place on the eve of the historic inauguration of the nation's first African American President.


Contact:
Amanda Shauger
News and Public Affairs Director
KXCI Community Radio
amanda@kxci.org
520-990-3623 cell
520-623-1000- ext. 17



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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

#2 Album of 2008 - Calexico's Carried To Dust


Each day we'll be profiling one of the Top 10 albums of 2008 at KXCI. We're up to #2 - Calexico's Carried To Dust.

This album is available for purchase directly from these Tucson artists at their website: http://www.casadecalexico.com/store.


KXCI would also like to thank Calexico for their annual concert benefit for the station, held December 29th at the Rialto Theatre.


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KXCI Favorite Tracks:

#2 Two Silver Trees

#3 The News About William

#10 Bend To The Road

All of them!


"Hands in the air please for the return of Arizona's number one sons. All the tropes are in place... the brushed rattling percusion, the twangero guitar, the open, desert-evoking sound. And yes, the return of the mariachi blare that so suits the writing of Covertino and Burns." - BBC


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Monday, January 12, 2009

#3 Album of 2008 - Vampire Weekend

Each day we'll be profiling one of the Top 10 albums of 2008 at KXCI. We're up to #3 - Vampire Weekend's self-titled debut.

This album is available for purchase at Amazon.com by following the link below; part of your purchase price is sent to KXCI to support our community radio station.

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KXCI Favorite Tracks:
#1 Mansard Roof
#3 A-Punk
#11 The Kids Don't Stand A Chance

"No act raised more questions in 2008 than Vampire Weekend: Did they deserve all the hype? Was using vaguely "African" guitar styles an act of cultural appropriation? Were they serious about those boat shoes? Save it for grad school. What really matters is the sheer youthful effervescence and musical ingenuity of these Ivy Leaguers' self-titled debut. Frontman Ezra Koenig's picaresque lyrics and the band's rhythmically playful, adorably fussy guitar pop proffered plenty of pleasure you needn't think about to enjoy." - Spin Magazine


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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Shop Basha's, Support KXCI

You can support KXCI Community Radio when you register your Basha’s Thank You card during their Shop and Give promotion, runing now through March 31st.

After you register KXCI as your charity of choice, we’ll earn a donation from every purchase you make at Basha’s. KXCI’s five digit code is 24279.

If you've previously registered us on your Basha’s card, thank you – but you need to re-register us this year, too!

Bashas' Thank You card gives you reduced prices on over 3,000 items throughout their stores every week and money-saving programs throughout the year.


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#4 Album of 2008 - Giant Sand's proVisions

Each day we'll be profiling one of the Top 10 albums of 2008 at KXCI. We're up to #4 - proVisions by Tucson's own Giant Sand and the unequaled Howe Gelb.


This album is available for purchase directly from the Giant Sand website: http://www.giantsand.com/, where you can also go to keep up with Howe's tour diary and more.

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KXCI Favorite Tracks:
All of 'em, especially those tracks with contributions by Neko Case, M. Ward, and Isobell Campbell.


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#5 Album of 2008 - Mr. Love and Justice by Billy Bragg

Each day we'll be profiling one of the Top 10 albums of 2008 at KXCI. We're up to #5 - Mr. Love and Justice by Billy Bragg.

This album is available for purchase at Amazon.com by following the link below; part of your purchase price is sent to KXCI to support our community radio station.

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KXCI Favorite Tracks:
#5 Sing Their Souls Back Home
#1 I Keep Faith
#11 The Johnny Carcinogenic Show

"Six years after his last album, England, Half English, Bragg has come up trumps: Mr Love & Justice, with his band the Blokes, is his best realised work musically for ages." - England's Guardian newspaper review.


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Thursday, January 08, 2009

#6 Album of 2008 - KXCI's Locals Only Vol. 5

Each day we'll be profiling one of the Top 10 albums of 2008 at KXCI. We're up to #6, our own Locals Only Volume 5 compilation.

This album is available for purchase at https://www.kxci.org/store/; your purchase supports our community radio station.

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KXCI Favorite Tracks:
All of them - sixteen great performances from 16 local musicians and bands!

Locals Only 5 includes performances from Dave Mulligan, Creosote, West, Nowhere Man and Whiskey Girl, Al Foul, The Swim, Naim Amor, Los Cuatro Vientos, David D'Alessio, The 17th Street Band, Mirror Image, The Deadtones, Golden Boots, The Deludes, Michael P Band, and The Low Ones.


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Tuesday, January 06, 2009

#7 Album of 2008 - Mason Jennings' In The Ever

Each day we'll be profiling one of the Top 10 albums of 2008 at KXCI. We're up to #7 - In The Ever by Mason Jennings.

This album is available for purchase at Amazon.com by following the link below; part of your purchase price is sent to KXCI to support our community radio station.

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KXCI Favorite Tracks:
#3 I Love You and Buddha Too
#6 Memphis, Tennessee
#7 Going Back To New Orleans

"Instead of aiming for the mainstream, (Jennings') seventh album finds him returning to his coffeehouse roots. Typically executed with little more than an acoustic guitar, drums and piano, Jennings' songs have a charming, everyman sensibility, particularly when he croons in an endearingly off-key tenor." Rolling Stone review


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Monday, January 05, 2009

Remembering Sam Taylor

Long-time Tucson blues icon Sam Taylor passed away yesterday at his home in New York. A member of the Arizona Blues Hall of Fame, Sam was 74. The obituary below is from New York's Newsday. Stay tuned to KXCI for information on local music tributes to Sam sure to occur in the near future.

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Famed singer Sam Taylor, 74, of Islandia dies
BY GLENN GAMBOA glenn.gamboa@newsday.com
7:42 PM EST, January 5, 2009
Sam "The Bluzman" Taylor, the singer-songwriter and guitarist whose music has been recorded by everyone from Elvis Presley and Son Seals to DMX and EPMD, died yesterday at his home in Islandia of complications associated to heart disease. He was 74.

One of the first inductees into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and an inductee into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1995, Taylor built a stellar reputation in blues and R&B over nearly five decades of work, as a solo performer and as a guitarist with Otis Redding, The Isley Brothers, and Sam and Dave.

"He was one of the last of the great bluesmen," said his friend Richard L'Hommedieu, co-founder of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. "He's created decades of wonderful music. It's a great loss."

Taylor was part of Joey Dee & The Starlighters when they had their hit "Peppermint Twist" in 1962 and when he left the group, he recommended that a young guitarist named Jimmy James, later known as Jimi Hendrix, be his replacement. He worked with B.T. Express when they had their string of No. 1 R&B hits "Do It (Til You're Satisfied)" and "Express" in 1974 and 1975.

But Taylor was best known for his own blues work - more than 12 albums, including "I Came from Dirt" and 2004's "Voice of the Blues" - and his regular appearances at Long Island blues clubs.

Vic Calabro was looking forward to Taylor singing at his 53rd birthday party at Bobbique's in Patchogue on Wednesday night. Though Taylor had been ill for several months, he had been doing well enough in recent weeks that he planned to perform on Wednesday, said Calabro, who now plans to make his party into a memorial."He was a great man," Calabro said. "He lived a great life and he just loved making people happy with his music."

For Taylor, one of his career moments that made him happiest was his induction into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. "So many Long Island musicians have said they were from New York instead of Long Island because they thought it helped them," Taylor said that night. "I've been saying I've been from Long Island since 1955. I'm so proud to be here. It's giving me goosebumps just thinking about it."

Taylor is survived by three daughters, Sandra Taylor, Daionae Sparks, and Donna Brown, and a son, Kevin Taylor; 13 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Funeral services were pending.


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Sunday, January 04, 2009

#8 Album of 2008 - Michael Franti & Spearhead's All Rebel Rockers

Each day we'll be profiling one of the Top 10 albums of 2008 at KXCI. We're up to #8 - All Rebel Rockers by Michael Franti and Spearhead. Franti always seems to make it in to the Top Ten!

This album is available for purchase at Amazon.com by following the link below; part of your purchase price is sent to KXCI to support our community radio station.

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KXCI Favorite Tracks:
#3 Life in the City
#4 Hey World
#6 Say Hey (I Love You)

"Spearhead’s evolution has hit a new level on All Rebel Rockers, an album more fueled by reggae than any other genre. Franti and company have flirted with reggae since their inception. But this album takes the Caribbean flavor and just runs with it. Partially responsible for this transition are producers Sly and Robbie." - PopMatters.com review


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Saturday, January 03, 2009

#9 Album of 2008 - Alejandro Escovedo's Real Animal

Each day we'll be profiling one of the Top 10 albums of 2008 at KXCI. We're up to #9 - Real Animal by Alejandro Escovedo.

This album is available for purchase at Amazon.com by following the link below; part of your purchase price is sent to KXCI to support our community radio station.

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KXCI Favorite Tracks:
#6 Sister Lost Soul
#7 Golden Bear
#13 Slow Down

"To call Alejandro Escovedo the godfather of modern country rock would sell him short. He fronted the influential twang-rock outfits Rank and File, and True Believers, but as a solo artist, he's transcended labels, and his latest is a chrome-bright autobiographical song cycle with flashbacks that roar into the present. Escovedo, who nearly died of hepatitis C in 2003, clearly believes in the life-giving powers of rock & roll, and Real Animal is one powerful sermon." - Rolling Stone review


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Friday, January 02, 2009

#10 Album of 2008 - Ray Davies' Working Man's Cafe

Each of the next 10 days, we'll be profling one of the 10 most played albums of 2008. Up first at #10, Working Man's Cafe by Ray Davies.

This album is available for purchase at Amazon.com by following the link below; part of your purchase price is sent to KXCI to support our community radio station.

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Favorite tracks by KXCI Deejays:
#6 Peace in Our Time
#8 Imaginary Man
#9 One More Time

"There's polish, but the guitars and rhythms jump, there's a vitality to the performances and the songs themselves bristle with contemporary headlines, bearing references to the vanishing middle class, internet isolation, and New Orleans, the site of both Hurricane Katrina and where Davies was shot and hospitalized after defending a female friend from a mugger. Ever the contrarian, Davies doesn't dwell on his own troubles, they're weaved into part of a tapestry of vignettes of a world gone awry." - AllMusic.com


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Thursday, January 01, 2009

Top Albums of 2008: #1 - #25

KXCI is counting down the top 100 albums of 2008, based on airplay on your Community Radio. Here are albums #1 - #25. Each of the next ten days, we'll be giving you a deeper look into each of the Top Ten albums here on the KXCI blog, with our thoughts on the album, favorite tracks, band/artist bios, and more.

1. Cat Power, Jukebox
2. Calexico, Carried To Dust
3. Vampire Weekend, self-titled
4. Giant Sand, Pro Visions
5. Billy Bragg, Mr Love and Justice

6. KXCI Locals Only 5
7. Mason Jennings, In The Ever
8. Michael Franti & Spearhead, All Rebel Rockers
9. Alejandro Escovedo, Real Animal
10. Ray Davies, Working Man's Cafe

11. Conor Oberst, self-titled
12. My Morning Jacket, Evil Urges
13. Beck, Modern Guilt
14. Bitter:Sweet, Drama
15. The Dynamics, Version Excursion

16. Various artists, Juno soundtrack
17. Jim White, Transnormal Skiperoo
18. Sia, Some People Have Real Problems
19. Death Cab for Cutie, Narrow Stairs
20. Kate Maki, On High

21. Stephen Malkmus, Real Emotional Trash
22. Sergio Mendes, Encanto
23. The Black Keys, Attack and Release
24. Tommy Guerrero, Return of the Bastard
25. Liam Finn, I'll Be Lightning


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Top Albums of 2008: #26 - #50

KXCI is counting down the top 100 albums of 2008, as determined by airplay. Here are selections #26 to #50.

26. Thao, We Brave Bee Stings and All
27. Blitzen Trapper, Furr
28. Super Furry Animals, Hey Venus!
29. Al Green, Lay It Down
30. Emmylou Harris, All I Intended To Be

31. Gnarls Barkley, The Odd Couple
32. R.E.M., Accelerate
33. She & Him, Volume One
34. Bob Dylan, Tell Tale Signs
35. Taj Mahal, Maestro

36. David Byrne & Brian Eno, Everything That Happens Will Happen Today
37. Kathleen Edwards, Asking For Flowers
38. Duffy, Rockferry
39. Matt Costa, Unfamiliar Faces
40. Aimee Mann, @#%&*! Smilers

41. Kelley Stoltz, Circular Sounds
42. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Dig Lazarus Dig!!!
43. Ringo Starr, Liverpool 8
44. Raphael Saadiq, The Way I See It
45. The Raconteurs, Consolers of the Lonely

46. Van Morrison, Keep It Simple
47. The Watson Twins, Fire Songs
48. Jack Johnson, Sleep Through The Static
49. Fleet Foxes, self-titled
50. Dengue Fever, Venus On Earth


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Top Albums of 2008: #51 - #75

KXCI is counting down the top 100 albums of 2008, as determined by airplay. Here are selections #51 to #75.

51. Lila Downs, Shake Away
52. Nada Surf, Lucky
53. Nik Freitas, Sun Down
54. The Hold Steady, Stay Positive
55. Lucinda Williams, Little Honey

56. Randy Newman, Harps and Angels
57. Radar Brothers, Auditorium
58. Delta Spirit, Ode to Sunshine
59. Dr. Dog, Fate
60. Jim Noir, self-titled

61. Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, Cardinology
62. Elf Power, In A Cave
63. Fred Eaglesmith, Tinderbox
64. The Decemberists, Always A Bridesmaid (A Singles Collection)
65. Jenny Lewis, Acid Tongue

66. Pacifika, Asuncion
67. Paul Thorn, A Long Way From Tupelo
68. Kevin Pakulis & Larry Lee Lerma, self-titled
69. Adele, 19
70. Eliza Gilkyson, Beautiful World

71. Jakob Dylan, Seeing Things
72. Ryan Adams & The Cardinals, Follow The Lights
73. Sea Wolf, Leaves in the River
74. Toumast, Ishumar
75. Steve Poltz, Traveling


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Top Albums of 2008: #76 - #100

KXCI is counting down the top 100 albums of 2008, as determined by airplay. Here are selections #76 to #100.

76. The Felice Brothers, self-titled
77. Beirut, The Flying Club Cup
78. Dr. John, City That Care Forgot
79. Drive-By Truckers, Brighter Than Creation's Dark
80. Goldfrapp, Seventh Tree

81. Jackson Browne, Time the Conqueror
82. Jamie Lidell, Jim
83. Langhorne Slim, Langhorne Slim & The War Eagles
84. Amy Rude, Heart Beast
85. Various artists, Verve Remixed 4

86. Ben Folds, Way to Normal
87. Devotchka, A Mad & Faithful Telling
88. Willie Nelson, Moment of Forever
89. Bajafondo, Mardulce
90. Benji Hughes, A Love Extreme

91. Chris Difford, The Last Temptation of Chris Difford
92. Chumbawamba, The Boy Bands Have Won
93. David Hidalgo & Louie Perez, Unreleased Songs & Rare Recordings
94. Kate Nash, Made of Bricks
95. Tift Merritt, Another Country

96. Various artists, Cinnamon Girl - Women Artists Cover Neil Young for Charity
97. Richard Julian, Sunday Morning in Saturday's Shoes
98. Stereolab, Chemical Chords
99. The Mountain Goats, Heretic Pride
100. Susan Tedeschi, Back to the River


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