We were incredibly lucky to host Courtney Barnett & the Courtney Barnetts for their first live performance in Colorado. The band was playing in advance of a show at the Larimer Lounge and had enough time to join us for a live studio session. We spoke with them about their meteoric rise, their experiences on the road, Australian slang, and more. Set List: Avant Gardener, Lance Jr., and History Eraser.
We were lucky enough to have a visit from Dave Rawlings Machine in our studios. They were in between a two night run at the Boulder Theater and had enough time in their schedule for a live studio session. "The Machine" was breaking in a new line up featuring Dave Rawlings, Gillian Welch, Willie Watson, Paul Kowert, and John Paul Jones. They spoke about their harmonies, the forgotten lyrics of This Land Is Your Land, and the challenges of getting their schedules to align.
Legendary band Negativland brought a version of their weekly radio broadcast (Over the Edge, on the air since 1981) to the live stage for the very first time, mixing music, found sounds, found dialog, scripts, personalities, and sound effects within a radio theater-of-the-mind. "It's All In Your Head FM" is a two-hour-long, action-packed look at monotheism, the supernatural God concept, and the all-important role played by the human brain in our beliefs.
Violinist Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation – a designation which doesn’t quite paint the picture. As a result of her curiosity, passion, and quest for beauty brought to every stop taken on her full musical journey, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship genius grant. Those are more apparent than ever on her new release Southern Comfort. KGNU's EC caught up with her by phone.
Digging through the archives we found this gem from DJ Logic. Back in 2008, we caught up with Jason Kibler, aka DJ Logic, before a show at the Fox and invited him to take over the airwaves. He made his way into the studios with a stack of records under each arm, settled in, warmed up on the turntables, and then went live with this massive set.
On a Cinco de Mayo afternoon Calexico & Mariachi Luz de Luna were gracious enough to stop by our studios for a live session in advance of their show that night at Tulagi. Unlike the venue they would perform at that evening, this little piece of musical history has not been lost to the sands of time. Despite being up until close to 4:00 am the previous night celebrating with the staff of The Bluebird theater following their Denver performance, the musicians were full of energy. Calexico & Mariachi Luz de Luna treated the radio listeners of Colorado to an extended intimate set of music for which we're all still very grateful.
Volker Bertelmann records under the name Hauschka. His expansive and delicate material orbits a universe centered by the prepared piano. We were lucky enough to spend some time with him during a visit to our Boulder studio in the Fall of 2007. Volker caught up with Marshall Demeranville and Kate Lesta for a live performance and interview. Our studio space has a dilapidated upright Baldwin piano that slumps with bad musical posture in the corner of the room... Volker loved it! He used it to make something uniquely Hauschka.
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.
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.