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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Record Bin Roulette
12:11 am
Thu January 13, 2011

Happy birthday baby (boomer)

dhdd.net

The first Baby Boomers are turning 65, and Record Bin Roulette is celebrating with a review of the choicest vinyl of a generation.  

We've done a little research, and discovered that one Kathleen Kirschling has the distinction of being the very first Boomer, born on Jan 1, 1946.

We follow the top music of her life, decade by decade, featuring Elvis, The Troggs, the Bangles, and a special appearance by Ricardo Montalban. 

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Record Bin Roulette
3:50 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Singing about the birds

This is just one of the bird 'stars' featured on this week's Record Bin Roulette. John Maynard and John Kessler comb through racks of old vinly to bring us a flock of memories: a review of songs about birds.
Flickr/Alan LIght

With birds falling out of the sky lately, Record Bin Roulette turns attention to songs about our feathered friends.

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Record Bin Roulette
1:24 am
Thu December 30, 2010

Songs for each day of the week (except Wednesday)

The roulette wheel spins wildly for this last time in 2010, and lands on: the days of the week.

John Maynard and John Kessler stroll through the 7 days of the week on Record Bin Roulette and find some imbalances: certain days are just a little more popular than others. Can you guess which?

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Record Bin Roulette
9:22 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

A little narcissism goes a long way

Flickr photo/Helga Weber

Anybody have a mirror? John Maynard and John Kessler are checking out songs reflecting narcissism on this week's Record Bin Roulette.

Episode 98 finds the roulette wheel landing on a personality trait that, in its more extreme form, is considered a personality disorder, as noted in clinical definitions.

(Listen to this week's Record Bin Roulette by clicking on the audio 'play' arrow above)

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Record Bin Roulette
1:04 am
Thu December 16, 2010

Cheez-its and other life necessiites

Cheez-its, out in the open, and on this week's Record Bin Roulette.
Junkfoodbetty.com

Who knew there was even a Cheez-it category, but that's where the Record Bin Roulette wheel landed this week. John Maynard and John Kessler explore the depths of obscure vinyl at their fingertips and dig up the songs that were popular when icons of modern life came to be. 

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Record Bin Roulette
10:33 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Stayin' alive: RBR is about LIFE

John Maynard and John Kessler bring you lost recordings, found recordings, and recordings you intentionally tried to lose, every week. This week's RBR dives into: life.
KPLU

The Record Bin Roulette wheel lands on the most mysterious of categories this week: life! John Maynard and John Kessler take you through life's deep questions related through popular (and unpopular) songs. On the way a trip down memory lane to some surprising lost vinyl.

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Record Bin Roulette
7:34 am
Thu December 2, 2010

The Presidents' iPods

John and Jackie Kennedy, pictured here New Year's Day 1961. Did Kennedy have a 'tin ear'?
AP

The Record Bin Roulette wheel lands on: the Presidential iPod. Get ready to get your ears filled with the songs preferred in the Oval Office.

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Record Bin Roulette
12:02 am
Thu November 25, 2010

The joy (?) of travel

This week's Record Bin Roulette wheel lands on: the Joy of Travel. Maynard and Kessler find that leavin' on a jet plane isn't so easy anymore
Wikimedia Commons

OK, quick!  Can you name a song about travel? We're pretty sure you can.  Come fly with this week's Record Bin Roulette, and take a trip on a sailing ship tour of the joys - and the not so joyful moments - of travel. 

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Record Bin Roulette
8:21 am
Thu November 18, 2010

It's all about your pants

Blue jeans have often found their way into pop and novelty songs, as Record Bin Roulette found.
Blue Jean Etiquette.com

This week John Maynard and John Kessler detail the overlooked treasure trove of of songs about, ummm, pants.

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