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Feb. 23rd, 2004

11:43 am - Blues

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WEFT is playing some FUCKING COOL blues right now. Tune in.

It's this high energy, reverb drenched, stripped down, electric and acoustic boogie slide guitar stuff...if there was punk delta blues this would be it.

Oh hell. Just as I finish typing that they go into some boring BB King crap. I mean I love BB and all but that other stuff they were playing was Beautiful. Three songs worth. I'm going to have to call in and get a playlist.

I guess the first two songs were the Mississippi Sheiks, a band from the 20s and 30s recently reissued on an album called The Essential Mississippi Sheiks. Then he played a garage band calld Jawbone from an album called Dang Blues.

I'm so jealous that my parents are going to Oxford, Mississippi this week and they're stopping in Clarksdale and Memphis and Vicksburg. Sadly I'd have to miss our awesome political performance at Saturday's Clamor Music Festival and my date with cassiopia this week if I went to Mississippi with them.

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From:the_sween
Date:February 23rd, 2004 06:28 pm (UTC)
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Does WEFT have any plans to webcast?
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From:zarfmouse
Date:February 23rd, 2004 06:30 pm (UTC)

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They have some plans in the works pending some funding and some answers to some legal questions. I may offer a clandestine stream to my friends and family some time sooner than that when I have more bandwidth.
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From:the_sween
Date:February 23rd, 2004 06:43 pm (UTC)

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Supercool. I would be interested.
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From:weirdkarma
Date:February 23rd, 2004 06:46 pm (UTC)

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I would so love that. I tried tuning into WEFT, and strangely enough, that frequency plays contemporary Christian music here. :/ Tell them to get a taller tower. ;)
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From:mathuaerknedam
Date:February 26th, 2004 10:46 pm (UTC)

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I would be interested in such a feed, when/if it happens.
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From:folkyboy
Date:February 23rd, 2004 06:39 pm (UTC)
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i am afraid...

i don't...

like...

blues...

sorry
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From:zarfmouse
Date:February 23rd, 2004 06:51 pm (UTC)

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You've mentioned this before. I sure don't mind!

I'd be really surprised if you REALLY didn't like all blues. I mean there's so much folkiness to the old school acoustic delta or piedmont folk blues stuff. Not the electric guitar laden urban blues or motown stuff that you hear 95% of the time that anyone talks about blues, but the new versions of the old styles.

Someday when I'm in a mixtaping state of mind I'm going to make you a mix and sneak in some sneaky folky blues and rock your world.
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From:nomadwolf
Date:February 24th, 2004 01:22 pm (UTC)

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Zach, what to you means "folk?" I think you played some for me back in the car, but I'd like to know what makes a song/band to be folk. It doesn't need to be an all-encompassing definition, just something that describes the core of most folk. (I could never get an all-encompassing definition of Metal...)

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From:zarfmouse
Date:February 27th, 2004 12:02 am (UTC)

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A famous definition goes something like "Anything not played by a cow is folk music."

That is almost certainly too broad but it hints at how broad the category really is.

For me folk music, like punk, is an attitude, a philosophy, and a tradition, rather than a specific sound. Folk music usually features a simple low production collection of acoustic instruments. It is music that could be played on your front porch, that doesn't require a huge budget to create. It is usually, but not always, put out by independent artists whose main marketting mechanisms are touring and word of mouth. Folk music lyrics tell stories about real life, real people, real experiences.

Folk music overlaps with many genres of music. Add some twang and it's bluegrass or alternative country. Add a drum set and it's folk-rock. Add a drumset, a mandolin and a bouzouki and it's english folk rock. Add a harmonica and a slide guitar and it's folk blues. Add a lovable asshole and it's anti-folk. Add a horn section and it veers into funk and jazz while somehow retaining it's folky qualities.

Sometimes when I talk about folk I'm generally talking about Americana or American Roots Music. That's a broad terms for any music that draws from old bluegrass, jazz, delta blues, jug band, country, gospel, and guthrie era folk traditions.

Folk music is what folk music fans listen to. Folk music is what gets played at folk music festivals. Folk music is what comes to folk music clubs.

Internationally, folk music of any given country is the traditional people's music of that place. The old dances, the old songs, the old instruments, the old styles. When I talk about folk music I'm generally not talking about international folk music, but rather about Americana and I'm generally, but not always, talking about the new rather than the old.
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From:swank76
Date:February 23rd, 2004 07:08 pm (UTC)
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I must admit Champaign Public Radio does have some decent music. I do so miss the news and talk shows of Chicago Public Radio. I really got into Odyssey and the Tavis Smiley Show (I caught his TV program this week).
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From:zarfmouse
Date:February 23rd, 2004 07:12 pm (UTC)

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WEFT is actually community rather than public radio. WILL is the NPR affiliate in Champaign-Urbana.

The distinction is that public radio gets much of it's funding from grants (federal, state, and private) and has a paid staff and operates somewhat like a professionally staffed radio station but without advertising. Community radio gets almost all of it's money directly from the community, operates with almost all volunteers, and has a democratic structure for programming decisions rather than a dedicated staff member.
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From:swank76
Date:February 23rd, 2004 07:45 pm (UTC)

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I was always somewhat hazy on that distinction.
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From:nomadwolf
Date:February 24th, 2004 01:24 pm (UTC)

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Community radio gets almost all of it's money directly from the community

speaking of which, when's the next pledge drive? I haven't donated for a while. I know they'll take my money, but pledge drive is always an excuse to bug Jason when he's on the air...

Morgion -- Solinari -- The Serpentine Scrolls / Descent to Arawn
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From:zarfmouse
Date:February 27th, 2004 12:07 am (UTC)

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I don't actually know exactly when the Spring Pledge drive is. Keep an eye on http://www.weftfm.org/
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From:mfeltes83
Date:February 24th, 2004 01:27 am (UTC)

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You know, WILL does replay an episode of Odyssey on the weekends. I believe it's Saturday at 3... actually, they seem to have expanded it into the weekday schedule at 3. Good. Much better than that dowdy old bat Terry Gross.

Zach, there's another show out of Chicago Public Radio I think you'd like very much called Worldview. It does really excellent interviews with people from places which get very little attention in the mainstream media. I heard an interview with two labor organizers from Indonesia last week who are working in the factories of Nike's subcontractors. Very good show... it's on weekdays at 1. If WEFT ever expands their public affairs programming, I think that would be a wonderful show to bring in.
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From:swank76
Date:February 26th, 2004 01:31 am (UTC)

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I caught the replay once in the time I have been down here, but I almost always work on the weekends. I did enjoy Worldview when I caught it. Fascinating stuff. It was a nice opportunity to see "grassroots" organizers from other parts of the world with minimal deification on behalf of the criminal liberal media.
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From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 8th, 2004 12:41 pm (UTC)

Jawbone

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Is actually - as I've learned from the John Peel show, where he's been playing Jawbone a couple times a week averaged over the last 3 - a one man band.

Here in Chicago, there've been one man band festivals... No idea if Jawbone showed for any of them.
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