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Monday, December 31, 2012

Riopelle at the Celebrity

One of the few things we can still count on, as this tumultuous year draws to a close: Jerry Riopelle's New Years Eve show at the Celebrity Theatre: http://celebritytheatre.ticketforce.com/eventperformances.asp?evt=1338

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Hello... I'm baaaack... and i couldnt  pass through without saying Hi! I need a break... Been carrying the flag for Rebirth and setting up a rebirthtribe.com web site... Fixing a link, like to KCAC Lives! and going cross eyed doin it,  Maybe it true youll go  blind if you do it to much!!! LOL I'm still investigating that... but its hard to type at the same time.
 Gotta go...
Love ya all...
Keep the faith
Bruce Frank
PS your all invited...  Come look me over at    rebirthtribe.com   a work in progress LOL

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Native American internet radio

Hey, it's good to see some activity on the blog again! Remember, this can be a forum for discussion as well as memories and stories. It doesn't have to be about KCAC and its personalities - it can carry that tradition forward, too.

In that spirit, here's an unusual suggestion: among the many fine radio stations that can be accessed through "live streaming" on the internet, try those affiliated with Native American communities. They are truly off the radar for all but a tiny fraction of the listening public, yet they can offer some really remarkable programming. Here are my favorites:

KTNN,"Voice of the Navajo Nation" based in Window Rock, Arizona, at http://www.ktnnonline.com/# (copy and paste into your browser). I swear, within a period of one hour I heard Lady Gaga, George Jones, the Rolling Stones, Native American drum songs, local country and rock bands, and talk segments that switch back and forth, often within the same sentence, from the Navajo language to English. Talk about variety! Like other Indian radio stations, it's geared toward local (usually rural) audiences, and maybe there's a bit too much conventional modern country music for my taste, but it does have a little bit of that freewheeling KCAC style where you're never quite sure what's going to happen next. There are real live DJ's, no corporate play lists, and the station is genuinely connected to the community that it serves. Sound quality on this stream is excellent.

KOHN, serving the Tohono O'odham Nation in Sells, Arizona, http://kohnfm.tonation-nsn.gov/. Highly eclectric, with programming blocks dedicated to everything under the sun: country, reggae, metal, oldies, 80's rock, roots/rockabilly, gospel, and news/talk in both O'odham and English. Best of all (because you won't hear it anywhere else)is waila, a unique and highly localized form of dance music that blends the amplified sounds of accordion, saxophone, bajo sexto, bass, and drums/percussion. Much of it resembles polka and norteno music, but cumbias are also popular and there are links to country, rock, blues, brass bands, and even polyrhythmic jazz explorations. Here's a YouTube link to a good cumbia-derived example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxPJuLpdgHM. (Note: KOHN uses a very narrow bandwidth so sound quality suffers accordingly, but then KCAC was never excatly hi-fi either.)

Come on, all you aging KCAC fans - try something genuinely new and different! Corporate radio sucks, so these Native American stations present alternatives that I'll bet you never even knew existed. They're acquired tastes, to be sure, but give them a chance!

Monday, July 04, 2011

America



Don't know why Art Garfunkel never did any songwriting. He was always so lyrical just in his normal conversation. Stumbled across this old documentary from 1969 (with German subtitles, no less!), and felt compelled to share his comments on America, in celebration of the holiday we observe today:

"People from so many different countries came here and made this conglomeration. And we're like shy children, we have to look around and say, 'There's a Chinese kid in my class, there's a black boy.' Our group is so varied. And here we are together, and we have to warm up slowly, and look at each other, under our brows, sort of embarrassed.
And I think we all see the value of getting together. Here we are, we have this country. We can do great things. We have a spotlight on us. We have the power to do great things. And I think we all feel it's tremendously valuable for us to fuse. But it's very difficult.
All human beings have this wish to take their inner self and fuse it with the rest of humanity. And insofar as they're unable to do that, they're constantly reminded of this obstacle.
They defend it, they find reasons to keep their isolation as a necessary ingredient of their beliefs or whatever. But it's not true to what they feel."

Here's to independence, but also to fusion.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

KCAC Lives on Facebook

SInce we all seem to be on Facebook these days, we've created a community page for this group now, here.
All of the blog posts can also be seen there by clicking on the "Blog" tab.
Also, pardon the redesign to this blog. Supposed to make things easier to do, but it does look a little different.

Compton's Christmas Message from 1970

A week late with this, but better late than never! Courtesy of Tom Wright: KCAC's Bill Compton on the air, 12/23/70.
Part 1

Part 2

Better to hear Compton's inimitable voice on this, but here's the list of songs mixed into the collage (alas, missing from the airchecks):
The Incredible String Band - A Very Cellular Song
Turley Richards - I Heard The Voice Of Jesus
The Edwin Hawkins Singers - Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord/Oh Happy Day
Leon Russell - The Prince of Peace
Original Cast - Main Theme from Jesus Christ, Superstar
Phil Ochs - The Crucifixion
The Incredible String Band - The Greatest Friend I Have In Life
James Taylor - Lo And Behold
John Stewart - I Do Believe I'd Have Been A Friend Of Jesus In His Time
Johnny Rivers - Jesus Is A Soul Man
Johnny Cash - Jesus Was A Carpenter
Simon & Garfunkel - 7 O'Clock News/Silent Night
Melanie - Merry Christmas
Handel's Messiah - Hallelujah Chorus