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Excellent Merle Haggard article with a buncha Bob Wills!

May 23 - Playlist Spotlight

Bridget B. here, and boy was this spotlight selection a tough one.  I was torn between Angelique Kidjo, Les Nubians and Zap Mama.  Two things that swayed me: upcoming concert in Portland at Doug Fir Lounge and The Triple Door in Seattle with the ultimate decision coming after listening to the new CD - ReCreation.  I couldn't find a song that I didn't like.  Because of my travels,  my ear is more tuned to internationally infused music and this was one of those ear elixirs, full of vibrant and exotic flavors.

Who are they, or more like who is she? Zap Mama was primarily an acappella group of Afro-European women, but in 1996 the lead singer, as shown on the cover, the beautiful, songwriter and vocalist Marie Daulne, emerged as Zap Mama, a solo artist with a robust, international offering of sounds.  But let's take a few steps back in time.

Myles Haselhorst of Ampersand Vintage

Listen to the interview here.

Myles Haselhorst has Ampersand Vintage on NE Alberta. This shop has art and photography books,  ephemera and a gallery. Myles talks about his vision for the gallery, which acts as an archive and clearinghouse of old images and graphics.  It unites both "high" and "low" sensibilities. He also talks about his upcoming exhibition of mixed-media paintings by Seattle artist Graham Fracha (image above).

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is popularly recognized as our national holiday for remembering those who were killed in wars.

As Barack Obama said the other day, it's a time to "pay tribute to our fallen heroes; and to remember the servicemen and women who cannot be with us this year because they are standing post far from home." He acknowledged that we have often "failed to give them the support they need" and promised that we are now "building a 21st century Department of Veterans Affairs with the largest single-year funding increase in three decades." Certainly veterans need better services and better access to them.

Some right-wing bloggers have been complaining about the President's confusion of Memorial day and Veterans day, but it seems reasonable to consider the larger context of what is being honored. We would not be remembering dead soldiers if they hadn't once been live soldiers.

We would also not be remembering so many dead soldiers if more of them had followed the model of Ehren Watada, the first commisioned officer to refuse deployment to Iraq. Last week he won a legal victory when the Justice Department dropped efforts to retry him after his court martial ended in a mistrial. But the Army still wants to punish him for declaring the Iraq war illegal and immoral, and for having the courage to call out "the deception . . . used to initiate and process this war."

Memorial lifeisaparty Weekend Listings


Thanks Leigh!


Bananaz. The documentary movie behind the band The Gorillaz. Unreal footage and music...


This free ‘Best of Mos Def Mixtape’ by DJ Konflikt. It’s crazy and has me excited for Friday …

Two different filmmakers



I had a great time talking about the art of independent filmmaking from the Asian American perspective with Ivy Lin and Patti Duncan. Now they had never met before and heard clips of each other's work the same time as the audience had. This show was a little different than usual talks about the latest performing arts events. I'm trying to find more theme-oriented topics for future shows as well. Check out this interview

Take care, Dmae


Interview with David Nelson of NRPS coming June 13th 2009


Hi all,

I will have David Nelson of the New Riders of the Purple Sage on the Forests of Fennario Saturday, June 13, from 12-1 PM, discussing his career and teh new release from NRPS, Where I Come From.


Please tune in!

Transcript of Derek Trucks Interview from 7/19/08


Hi all, sorry for the delay in posting. Here is a transcript from an interview that was aired on 7/19/2008 on the Forests of Fenario with the amazing Derek Trucks. Please remember that this interview is from 2008, as far as I know there are no DTB or Soul Stew shows scheduled for Portland this summer. Enjoy!


Race and Recession


imageThe current recession is not an equal opportunity crisis. People of color are experiencing job loss, foreclosures and lack of healthcare at alarmingly higher rates than white Americans. These disparities are not a coincidence but rather the result of structural barriers that have been taking a toll on people of color long before the subprime meltdown.

Dubya, Hammer of God

May 18, 2009

Remember, back in those nightmare years surrounding the initial invasion and occupation of Iraq? Remember when we would speculate, half in jest, that Dubya was an unhinged, end-times, Book-of-Revelation, whackjob war leader? That he was, ha-ha, doing God's work in smiting the infidels? That he was, snort, paving the way for the Apocalypse?

All of it was true.

It seems that Donald Rumsfeld, in those early days during and after the invasion, would submit to the President a daily intelligence briefing called the Worldwide Intelligence Update. On each cover was emblazoned a full-color hymn to American martial virtue, complete with appropriately smite-tacular Biblical verse.

I kid you not. Bush was EVERY INCH the nutjob avenging Warrior of God we imagined him to be in our dark satiric daydreams.

These people need to go to jail.


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