“It’s Too Damn Early” moving times!

Starting Sunday, April 15th, you can hear experimental music, avant-garde works, and sound art from 5-6 p.m. at the new “It’s Too Damn Early” showtime. Since it’s no longer “too damn early,” we’ll have a new name to go along with the time switch– be sure to listen Sunday, when I reveal the new name!

For everyone with a sentimental side, join me one last time on April 21st, from 4-6:30 a.m., for the “farewell” broadcast of my overnight hijinks. I’ll play the music, and you can dance while the ship goes down.


Upcoming on the Galaxy!!!!! A tribute to a great master!

Gustav Leonhardt (Cité de la Musique, Paris)

Gustav Leonhardt (Cité de la Musique, Paris) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This coming Sunday night/Monday morning, we’re going to have a special edition of the Galaxy, as we’ll be paying tribute to the important musicologist and keyboardist Gustav Leonhardt, who passed away back in January 16th.  Leonhardt was a pioneer in the period instrument movement, as a soloist, ensemble member and as a conductor.  His  collaborations with Nicholas Harnoncourt, which include recording the complete set of Bach canatas (a process that took many years, and the first time that had ever been done), rank among some of the most prestigious achievements of the late 20th century.  He was a preeminent performer on the harpsichord and pipe organ, with numerous important recordings of many works of the baroque era and earlier.  He also was a noted instructor of keyboard technique, and his students include many of today’s most important keyboardists musicologists and conductors, including Christopher Hogwood, Alan Curtis, Richard Egarr, John Fesperman, Davitt Moroney, Martin Pearlman, Colin Tilney, Bob van Asperen, Philippe Herreweghe, Ton Koopman, among others, many of whom are regularly featured on this program.  His recordings and research constitute a primary influence on the direction of this show – even when I wasn’t playing his recordings (which I have on numerous occasions over the years), I have often used selection criteria that is influenced in part by the movement that he helped launch back in the 1950s.  He might not be as big a name as, say, Luciano Pavarotti, but his influence on performance and recording practices is probably much greater.

A Tribute to Gustav Leonhardt – coming up Sunday night, March 25/26, on the Galaxy on WDBX.

Opening Night for “WDBX Opera Overnight,” Sunday 11/13

Here’s a “heads-up” for opera fans– WDBX is adding more opera to our current schedule! With the departure of the JLDJ’s “All Music No Talk,” long-time WDBX hosts Doug Flummer and DaveX have teamed up to present “WDBX Opera Overnight,” a 5-hour program of full-length, uninterrupted operas!

“WDBX Opera Overnight” will air weekly, following “The Galaxy,” from 2-7 a.m. Monday mornings. Future programs will include ‘s “Pelléas et Mélisande,” Ashley’s “Perfect Lives,” Erkel’s “Hunyadi Laszlo,” Monteverdi’s “Orfeo,” and many others representing the best of opera both old and new.

Join us August 4th at Turley Park!

WDBX DJs Bongo Ali, Countryman, and Ras Matty will be spinning reggae and dancehall tunes at Turley Park this Thursday, August 4th from 7-9pm. Come check out the music, the positive vibe, and meet some of your favorite DJs. Bring along a lawnchair, but remember to leave your alcohol at home. This is an all ages event, and completely free.

Comfort Food {Whirled Peas Café Radio}

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WPC Radio: Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice

As I mentioned in my post for last Monday’s show, I’m a genre-bender. I haven’t met a genre that I didn’t like. Admittedly, I tend toward jazz and blues with world {traditional, indigenous, international} flavors which is why I subtitle the show: Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice. Today’s show was the third in a row that I played a hip-hop/rap selection. (See: video feature of Fresh Espresso below) This is not a predictable genre for a woman from Johnson County, IL fixin’ to celebrate her 50th birthday real soon. But then it isn’t too normal for a person with my demographic markers to have a French-transliterated Chinese middle name on her birth certificate either. I have a love and fascination for both my native neck-of-the-woods and the particular spots of others around the globe. I am amazed at both the diversity and the connections. I delight in the serendipitous synchronicities. I delight in the knowledge that Belleruche is able to put out such complex sounds and sophisticated lyrics with one guy on guitar, one on turntable and one female neo-jazz vocalist with a whole lot of blue notes.

This is also how I cook. Simple and straight-forward. Deceptively nutritious. Comforting. Comfortable. Unexpectedly delicious. Chai-scented pound cake. What could be more basic that an unadorned buttery pound cake? But add some good quality real vanilla and some freshly ground cardamom seeds directly from my mortar and pestle. Finish with a tablespoon or so of citrus zest (fresh or dried) and the barest hint of companion aromatics like ginger, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, and the simple becomes subtly complex but not brazenly so. It is the perfect end to a favorite meal of mine that consists of good bread, fresh salad, and soup. If I’m lucky I’ve got some nice wine and strong coffee as an accompaniment. Variations are endless. It tends to attract good company, so it never gets old.

Comfort food feeds the soul as it nourishes the body. It isn’t flashy, not because it is boring, but because it has substance. May you all be nourished and sustained throughout the week. We’ll see you next Monday if not before. Peas Out! ~Lori

Special Guest Appearance: I’ll be a guest on Faithfully Subversive this week. Check Marleen out on Thursday mornings from 9-10.

{WPC Radio Playlist: 2/21/11}

In Praise and Gratitude Do
Dos Eternidade Carmen Souza

Wayo Do’a
Petite Fleur Dick Buama
Gospel Medley Lizz Wright
Let Me In Your Life Bill Withers
Lean On Me Bill Withers
So It Goes Nick Lowe
Railroad Preacher Boy
Make Them Crazy John Gorka
You Can’t Resist It Lyle Lovett
Pearls Sade

Goose Blues Belleruche
Play That Fast Thing Nick Lowe
Right Here Fresh Espresso

Hello Bonjour Michael Franti
Can’t Make It Through The Night Deadstring Brothers
The Right Time Ray Charles & The Raylettes
Soldier of Love Sade
Roger Wilco Shaun Colvin
Rien De Rien Edith Piaf
I’d Like Freshlyground

“Tour to Style City now boarding!”

I am excited about driving my tour bus around Style City today! Together we will ride around in town and visit some very interesting artists. I am especially looking forward to meeting Polygon Lobster Jetpack this afternoon. Word is that they do an absolutely amazing job at making chip tune music, but I definitely can’t wait for you to meet Konstrukt. They are very chilled out folks that have great taste in music that I think you will rather enjoy. I am going to be playing off their album “Ions” today.

Well, I hope you are able to tune in today! My tour bus will be out from 3:30 to 5 pm. Don’t be late, and feel free to call in at 618-457-3691 to tell me how I’m driving!

–Your Tour Guide to Style City, Emma