Shortly after the release of Armchair Apocrypha, Andrew Bird and his band (including electronic artist and percussionist Martin Dosh) made their way into our studios for a live performance on the Afternoon Sound Alternative. Stephen Whitehead spoke with Andrew about his songwriting style, inspiration, and extraordinary whistling talent. The set ended with a rare tune, Dear Dirty, from his Fingerlings 3 release.
One of Canada's finest musicians, Afie Jurvanen, is best known by his stage name Bahamas. Following the release of his stunning second album Barchords in Spring of 2012, we obsessed over his tour schedule hoping for a date that might land him somewhere near Denver. Luckily one popped up that Fall and Afie and his back up singers agreed to take time out of their schedule to share a few tunes with us.
DJ Olive was the headliner at our 2009 Fundraising concert called Signal Strength. Before the event he stopped by the studios for a live set and interview. DJ Olive is an incredible selector and producer with a unique and abstract approach to dance music. His live sets are remarkable and at the Signal Strength fundraiser the room was electric as his set unfolded. Enjoy an archive of the afternoon broadcast.
Following the release of 2011's Tassili album, Tinariwen were in the midst of a North American tour when they made their way into our studios for a live radio session. The language barrier made it difficult for us to conduct an interview with them, but they shared three songs with us live on the airwaves and we all understood the message. Tinariwen is a band of Tuareg musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali.
Around the time of the release of The Slew's 100% album, Kid Koala made his way into our Denver studio for an interview and DJ set on three turntables. Kid Koala scratched up a batch of improvised versions of Skanky Panky, Robbing Banks (Doin' Time), and Audrey Hepburn's 1961 take on Moon River. In between, he covered topics ranging from his graphic novels to his ambitious puppet theater project, as well as how he has pioneered aspects of implementing the turntable as a true musical instrument.
Enjoy an archive of a live performance from The Wood Brothers. The trio stopped by the KGNU studios during the Afternoon Sound Alternative to play a few songs from their release 'The Muse' and chat with host Barry Gilbert before their shows at The Fox and The Gothic. In addition to playing some beautiful music, the talk about their Boulder roots and Chris Wood's overlapping with Medeski Martin & Wood.
Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti, better known as Femi Kuti, is the eldest son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. Femi has continued the tradition of Afrobeat and continues to spread the infectious sounds and political messages of the music in Lagos and abroad. KGNU's Ewket Assefa had an opportunity to catch up with Femi on a recent visit to Colorado.
Explore the archives with this stunning studio session from Matmos. We were thrilled to have a visit from M. C. Schmidt and Drew Daniel in advance of a Communikey show at the Boulder Theater. After a brief interview and a quick highlight reel of their discography, we turned the airwaves over to them. What happened next was an hour of remarkable radio. Enjoy.
You can listen to an archive of a live performance from Thao & The Get Down Stay Down. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down came by the KGNU studios during the Afternoon Sound Alternative to play a few songs from their release 'We The Common' and chat with host Erin Roberts. In addition to a number of amazing performances, Thao talks about how she's adapted to being a touring musician.
We had the honor of hosting The Budos Band at our live performance studio. The band came in after a now historic sold out show at the Larimer Lounge and played an incredible set of music. Joel Davis had a chance to catch up with the band and talk about their unique and deadly sound.
Ornette Coleman is a musical giant. He was one of the major innovators of the free jazz movement of the 1960s. His work as an improvisational musician and composer is monumental. KGNU's Sam Fuqua had a chance to speak with Ornette Coleman in the Fall of 2006, shortly after the release of his 'Sound Grammar' album.
Will Holland is a musician and producer who records under the name Quantic. Since his first release we have been fascinated by the many twists and turns of his musical career. We caught up with Will by email from his home in Cali, Colombia. We had a number of questions for him including the evolution of his early electronic sound to his passion for Cumbia and Latin American rhythms.
Seun Anikulapo-Kuti is the youngest son of Nigerian musician and political activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti. At age 14, after the death of his father in 1997, Seun took over the leadership of Fela's legendary band - Egypt 80. We spoke with Seun by phone as his tour bus moved through a barren stretch of Utah.
The original dance party gets an update from A Tribe Called Red. Find out how Electric Pow Wow is taking over the planet. A Tribe Called Red is a trio of Canadian DJs from Ottawa. Since 2008 they have been creating their own electronic sub-genere, electric pow wow, and are quickly emerging as a musical and political force. KGNU caught up with the members of the group, Bear Witness, DJ NDN, and Canadian DMC champ, DJ Shub by phone from Bear's home in Ottawa.