KRCL Music Blog

Album of the Day – 02.21.14: The Soul of Nina Simone

February 21, 2014 in KRCL Music Blog by KrclAdmin nina-simone-11

Happy birthday to the late Nina Simone! Known as the “High Priestess of Soul” for her stage performances. Simone studied music at the Julliard School of Music, where she became a songwriter and arranger. She wrote the collection of songs that became the standard for her sound. She was a civil rights activist, and after 1964 began including civil rights messages in some of her songs. She passed away on April 21, 2003.

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Album of the Day – 02.20.14: MTV Unplugged – Nirvana

February 20, 2014 in KRCL Music Blog by KrclAdmin Nirvana_mtv_unplugged_in_new_york

Celebrating the life of Kurt Cobain with our album of the day: MTV Unplugged – Nirvana, recorded almost 21 years ago.

He would have been 47 today. Cobain passed away at the young age of 27 on April 5, 1994. Leaving behind a legacy, little did he know at the time he was blazing a path for future acts and artists just like him.

Cobain will be remembered as one of the most iconic rock musicians in the history of alternative music.

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Spirituality for the Uninsured

February 19, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Troy Williams

How do people overcome feelings of isolation and loneliness in the modern age? It’s a question that consumes Paul Larsen in his new film, Spirituality for the Uninsured. The project explores various spiritual traditions  — Buddhism, Christianity, and Native American rituals — to explore they myriad ways humans can reconnect to both nature and each other.


Beijing-SLC Connect

February 19, 2014 in RadioActive by KrclAdmin RadioActive_336x280

by Troy Williams

Beijing, China not only shares a similar geography to the Wasatch Front, it also shares an air-pollution crisis. Can the two communities come together to find solutions? The University of Utah has invited several Chinese artists to “create artworks, collect images, and explore new creative practices” to address our shared air quality problem. Nick welcomes Mei Mei Chang, Dai Dandan and Kevin Deluca to discuss Beijing-SLC Connect.


Album of the Day – 02.19.18: Happy Birthday Smokey Robinson!

February 19, 2014 in KRCL Music Blog by KrclAdmin Smokey_Robinson

Today we celebrate the 74th birthday of Smokey Robinson, one of America’s favorite R&B singers and songwriters. He is well known for being his time with The Miracles and Motown. Robinson was one of the most in-demand writers and producers for Motown, writing hits like “The Way You Do the Things You Do” and “My Girl” for The Temptations. After leaving The Miracles in 1972 Robinson took a year off and announced his solo career with his album, Smokey in 1973.

Robinson was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1987. Read more…

Album of the Day – 02.18.14: Bad Self Portraits

February 18, 2014 in KRCL Music Blog by KrclAdmin 6867620_orig

Lake Street Dive release their new album today – Bad Self Portraits.

With jazz at heart, Lake Street Dive pulls influences from classic rock, country and natural pop, top it off with Rachel Price’s killer vocals and you’ve got one unique sound. The group got together in 2004 and have since evolved into a versatile band, showing that they are just as at home on an acoustic stage as they are in a bar, jazz club or summer festival. Bad Self Portraits shows just how far Lake Street Dive has come since their Fun Machine EP. Pick up your own copy of Bad Self Portraits to brighten up the remaining gloomy winter days!

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Album of the Day – 02.13.14: So

February 13, 2014 in KRCL Music Blog by KrclAdmin PeterGabrielSo1

We are celebrating Peter Gabriel, who turns 64 today! Gabriel began his solo career in 1975 after leaving Genesis. He released So in 1986.

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Album of the Day – 02.12.14: When You’re Strange – Music From the Motion Picture

February 12, 2014 in KRCL Music Blog by KrclAdmin r-i-p-ray-manzarek-of-the-doors-0

When you’re strange
Faces come out of the rain
When you’re strange
No one remembers your name

Looking back on the life and times of The Doors, we remember Ray Manzarek, keyboardist for The Doors, who would have been 75 today. Manzarek passed away on May 20, 2013. He was considered one of the greats of his time, considered to be “instrumental in shaping one of the most influential, controversial and revolutionary groups of the ’60s. Such memorable tracks as ‘Light My Fire’, ‘People are Strange’ and ‘Hello, I Love You’ – to name but a few – owe much to Manzarek’s innovative playing.” (Greg Harris)

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Album of the Day – 02.11.14: Emmaar

February 11, 2014 in KRCL Music Blog by KrclAdmin Tinariwen_Emmaar_cover.jpeg.CROP.promovar-mediumlarge

Emmaar is Tinariwen’s sixth studio album, out today on ANTI-Records. Tinariwen is a collective of Tuareg singers, songwriters and musicians from the Sahara Desert region of northern Mali, who come together in various combinations to play concerts and record each album. The group has been together since 1979, their songs are heavily influenced by their Tuareg roots.  Read more…

Album of the Day – 02.10.14: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars

February 10, 2014 in KRCL Music Blog by KrclAdmin ZiggyStardust

Although Ziggy Stardust was only “alive” for just over a year, it was considered one of the most electric and exciting periods in rock history.  On this day in 1972, Bowie played his first gig as Ziggy Stardust at the Toby Jug Pub in Tolworth, England.

David Bowie performing as Ziggy Stardust at the Hammersmith Odeon, 1973. Read more…