Weekly playlists and interviews featuring cutting edge bands and their influential roots. Whether you’re looking to start your record collection or touch up the fringes, Nick Brunner leads you through two hours of CapRadio’s curated new music mix.
Gillespie Gets Busy
Busy Gillespie at Ten Ten Room
Find Blake spinning tracks like those he shared on the podcast today each Thursday night at Ten Ten Room in downtown Sacramento.
1st & 3rd Thursdays = Liquid Love
2nd & 4th Thursdays = 10th Chamber
Calling all artists! This year's Print Radio contest focuses on music discovery from CapRadio's Hey, Listen! and the NPR Tiny Desk. We're asking artists and designers to submit poster art that incorporates the ideas of “music discovery,” “CapRadio” and “Tiny Desk.” Selected pieces will go on display at CapRadio in the spring, finalists will be celebrated at an announcement party at Canon Restaurant, and winning designs will be printed on concert swag for the second annual Tiny Desk Sacramento concert in June! Find the full details here.
The Travels of Topograf
Kevin and Alyssa Stefanescu these two embody the spirit of DIY. Not only are they partners in marriage and music; they taught themselves the ins and outs of recording their own music videos and they've been working to outfit a huge van into a tiny home ... and recording studio.
All this while managing to stay human on social media. That's all in the podcast this week. CapRadio.
"I'll Know" was released in February as a single on Topograf's Bandcamp profile along with the cut "Signs."
"Dreams" earned us a copyright notification on YouTube because the recording was so close to the album version (we're in the clear now). That Topograf can so closely mimic their sound between settings speaks to how tightly they compose their tracks.
POOR Majesty In-Studio
This week brings Adrian Gilmore (POOR Majesty) to the studio and he's backed up by an impressive collection of Sacramento musicians.
Adrian Gilmore - lead vocals
Sené Goss - vocals
John Johnson - keyboard
Peter Clevenger - guitar
Alfonso Portela - drums
"I live off Broadway so I saw the changes and how it was effecting the neighborhood. It was a lot cleaner and appealing but then I noticed nobody from the neighborhood was working in any of the new establishments. I wanted the song to be about all the Broadway's all over America." - Adrian Gilmore"
You might recognize Adrian Gilmore (aka "POOR Majesty") from his work in the Sacramento hip hop group Tribe of Levi or from his various performances with artists like Bru Lei or Mahtie Bush. "Patience" is his upcoming record due out this summer. This performance comes from his July 17th session for Hey, Listen! ...
"This one's for my homegirl Donna Apidone..."
"I started out writing Roses as a tribute song for my grandma. When I got to the 2nd verse I decided to write that one for my Grandfather. Five days later he died. He was 98 years old. I'm soooo glad I did that song for them while I had the chance." - Adrian Gilmore
One Bad Bird
A Cellist with a Masters in in Fine Arts moved to Sacramento for love and released an EP of "Songs for the owls, the spelunkers, the bardo pirates, the hidden girls, the lost ponies." Meet Anne Healey who writes music under the name Evil Seagull....
Anne moved to Sacramento from Oakland last year with her boyfriend. She started following the Hey, Listen! Twitter feed and shortly after was invited to join us for this performance.
Evil Seagull takes the stage of Two Rivers Cider Co. on June 29th and you can buy her E.P.at her Bandcamp profile.
Upon a revelation at a Sylvan Esso concert, Davis, CA songwriter Lillian Frances set to work making music. Her early days making folky guitar tracks came to a halt after she "got tendonitis harvesting girthy vegetables (read: butternut squash)." Frances came to CapRadio to talk about her post-squash music, where her samples come from and how being fluent in Spanish doens't mean you're understood BY the Spanish.
Frances compares the sound of the Spanish language like "someone speaking in cursive." It's one of the reasons she like incorporating the laungauge in her music...despite not being able to roll her Rs. That's where "Flinch" comes in.
Lillian lost her ability to play guitar thanks to developed tendomitis harvesting girthy vegetables (read:
butternut squash)." She wrote "Phone, Keys, Wallet" as a response about the things we lose.
Check out even more videos from Lillian's session at CapRadio's YouTube profile.
Walk It Off
At the close of the podcast this week, Lillian casually mentioned that she's about to embark on the Camino de Santiago. A one month walk from the south of France to western Spain. My feet hurt just thinking about it but it does sound exciting. Want to, like me, learn some of the various was to make the trek without killing yourself? Our friends at the UK paper The Independent have some tips.
Yes We Kondabolu
Hari Kondabolu's Problem
Comedian, writer Hari Kondabolu just released The Problem With Apu, his first documentary for TruTV.
Kondabolu was in Sacramento earlier this year and recorded an edition of The Guest List with Nick. Dig in to hear about his podcast with W. Kamau Bell, his approach to making tough subjects funny and his favorite tracks to take the stage.
Jolie Holland & Samantha Parton
Holland may have left The Be Good Tanyas in the late 90s but she and the band's co-founder Samantha Parton have been folk blues powerhouses seperately and together ever since. Their new album, Wildflower Blues, is out now and the pair stopped in to CapRadio to talk with Nick about it and life on the road during this week's podcast.