Next weekend is the Art of Cool Festival in Durham, North Carolina, which a whole bunch of folks have spent months, if not years, of planning putting this together and it's going to be amazing. I'm definitely looking forward to getting up there next week and taking this all in, so it would make good sense to give you a taste of what's to come in this week's Line-Up.
The Line-Up for 18 April 2014
And the week comes round again... We just wrapped up the KRTU Spring membership drive with a blowout last day. However, the opportunity to become a member of the station is always available at join.krtu.org. Nevertheless, in the midst of a rather harried day, I managed to put a show together.
The Line-Up for 4 April 2014
One very important thing to remember about The Line-Up is that it couldn't really exist without KRTU. The Line-Up isn't my original invention but really of the host of this show before me whose boyfriend at the time had the time slot during the rock crossover hours and the show was meant to suitable line up to that transition. (If this is The Daily Show-- I'm Jon Stewart, she's Craig Kilborn.) Sure, this could be a podcast or whatever, but it wouldn't be the same. It wouldn't be as strong. Fewer resources, fewer folks to bounce ideas off, less of a family backing this whole thing. It'd be some show in a vacuum, me truly regurgitating my emails. The Line-Up is at its core a radio show, and even better, a listener-supported radio show. I get to play what I want, hopefully you like it. No one tells me what to play and I act as a good steward of my hour. And there are plenty of other folks at my radio station with plenty of other great hours all on one of the finest jazz stations in the world, with great sound quality and fast machinery that works pretty well most of the time and a format that looks at all of jazz as a whole all the time and says everyone should hear everything about it and learn as much as they can.
The Line-Up is at its core a radio show, a KRTU San Antonio radio show. If you think something like this show and this station should stick around, something you want to be a part of and say "hey, I helped make that happen", pledge your support at http://join.krtu.org/. Become a member. (Even broke me pays $5 a month, the price of just one less beer a month and that could be good for me.) Get a t-shirt designed by the same guy who did the cover art for Robert Glasper's Black Radio 2 and the "I Stand Alone" single as a gift. Maybe even check out other levels if you really believe in what we do.
The Line-Up is at its core a radio show at a non-commercial educational radio station, and here's a bunch of songs showing you what all that means.
The Line-Up for 28 March 2014
It's the week after SXSW, I just finished my lengthy write-up, and now I can focus on the real world again... until Art of Cool Festival in Durham, North Carolina, April 24-25 (tickets still available).
The Line-Up for 21 March 2014