John Kessler

All Blues Host

John has worked as a professional bassist for 20 years, including a 15 year stint as Musical Director of the Mountain Stage radio program. John has been at KPLU since 1999 where he hosts “All Blues”, is producer of the BirdNote radio program, and co-hosts “Record Bin Roulette”. John is also the recording engineer for KPLU “In-Studio Performances”. Not surprisingly, John's main musical interests are jazz and blues, and he is still performing around Seattle.

His most memorable and satisfying KPLU radio moment was getting an email from Jimmy Lane, a bluesman and the son of blues legend Jimmy Rogers, who said something like “You’re playing the good stuff, keep it up!”

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Blues Time Machine
11:10 am
Sat August 13, 2011

Taking the 'Rollin' and Tumblin'' ride through 70 years

Muddy Waters

For the first "Blues Time Machine," I’ve chosen “Rollin’ and Tumblin’," a song that goes through some major changes on it’s way to the 21st century.

The story of "Rollin' and Tumblin'" also shows us that although the sound may evolve through time, the song remains true to the original.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu August 11, 2011

A look back at how Michael Jackson bought the Beatles

Paul and Michael
quicheisinsane Flickr

This week RBR takes a look at the money train of the music industry and the mysterious world of song royalties.

This one sounds like an urban myth, but it’s true: Michael Jackson really did acquire the rights to most of the Beatles songs. It’s a strange and sordid tale, but it’s hard to feel too sorry for people who are worth hundreds of millions of dollars …

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Record Bin Roulette
6:00 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Can't do much about the weather but quote others about it

Lego Zeus
Dunechaser Flickr

This we talk about the weather, but as usual, don't do anything about it ... except offer some favorite sayings for your amusement, starting with the classic, definitive bad opening line of all time:

It was a dark and stormy night.
– Edward Bulwer-Lytton

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Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu July 28, 2011

Pop music and politics, more cooptation than cooperation

Sarah Barracuda!
Chuckumentary Flickr

Political figures have frequently used pop music for an image boost. Bill Clinton played Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow,” and President Obama used the Allen Toussaint song “Yes We Can Can” to great effect.

But the musicians aren’t always so keen on the idea ...

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Record Bin Roulette
5:00 am
Thu July 21, 2011

Taking a musical ride through the annals of obsolete technology

Cassette Death
Moff Flickr

Until about 120 years ago, if there was music, an actual person was playing it. There weren’t rock stars and music heroes, because there weren't machines to reproduce music and radios to broadcast it.

But technology has not only changed music, it's also changed our relationship to it ... not always for the better of the music.

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Record Bin Roulette
8:30 am
Thu July 14, 2011

The dog days of summer are upon us

Life's a Beach
Klearchos Kapoutsis Flickr

Believed to be an evil time "when the seas boiled, wine turned sour, dogs grew mad, and all creatures became languid," summer was also considered to cause "fevers, hysterics and frenzies." But, there are  some redeeming values, including beer and bikinis.

Actually neither of us drink beer or wear bikinis, but that was the first thing to come to our mind(s).

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Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu July 7, 2011

There's a moon in the sky - but have we been there? Really?

Wish you were here.
e-strategyblog.com Flickr

One small step for man ... and one giant leap of believability. As many as 25% of us Earthlings think the moon landings were a big fake, staged by Stanley Kubrick on a Hollywood sound stage.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu June 30, 2011

Fourth is the right time for - Yankee Doodle Dandies

Boom!
Camera Slayer Flickr

For the Fourth of July, we cover our Top Ten Patriotic Songs of All Time, ever, at least 'til next year. And it’s amazing what you can find when you dare to look beneath the surface…

For a grab bag of irony, it’s hard to top “God Bless America."

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Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu June 23, 2011

School's out - Our roundup of best school quotes

ChrisM70 Flickr

We have nothing against school. Between the two of us we have 27 years of schooling and 3 ½ degrees. But now that school’s out, it’s time to cut loose with some of our favorite apophthegms…Look it up…

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Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu June 16, 2011

The good, the bad on Father's Day

Long Playing Daddy
kevindooley Flickr

For Father's Day we put together an episode of Good Dads and Bad Dads...you be the judge.

Here are some ponderables for Dad's Day...

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Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu June 9, 2011

Against All Odds

Neil Young
yle.fi/pop Flickr

This week it’s stories about artists with diseases, disabilities and injuries who have had great success in the music biz. From Beethoven to Def Leppard with stops in between at Django Reinhardt and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu June 2, 2011

The Scarlet Letter

Whole lotta trystin' goin' on
Monceau Flickr

It’s springtime and thoughts are turning to…infidelity!

With countless celebrity role models, cheating is more popular than ever--up to 60% of married men cheat in America. The rest cheat in Europe.

Men can’t help it. Most men think monogamy is something you make tables out of.

Here’s what other people are saying…

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Memorial Day

Steve took it Flickr

This week’s show takes us from Gomer Pyle to Puffed Wheat cereal in the space of 3 minutes, and it’s a twisted road between the two. In between we hear from The Andrews Sisters,  Enrico Caruso and General George Patton.
Here are some interesting tidbits we found: 

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Heaven or Hell

Which way you headed?
janale2 Flickr

“Stairway to Heaven” or  “Highway to Hell”. Take your pick. Yep, this Saturday you may be going somewhere.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Bugs!

Are You Food?
HUSO Flickr

Bugs are so cute and lovable except when they’re crawling on you. Or in your food. Or the bathtub. Come to think of it the only time bugs are okay is in song, and this week’s Record Bin Roulette celebrates some of our most beloved chitinous arthropods in melody.

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