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
4:34 am
Thu December 6, 2012

Our Pulchritudious Obsession With Music

Now we must tell you that "pulchritude" is a very ugly word that means "beauty". And we've got 4 minutes   of music, commercials and cartoon characters to make the point. On this trip you'll meet Joe Cocker, Stevie Wonder, Lil' Mama and some lovely Clairol shampoo models.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu November 15, 2012

Kicking the Bucket in Song and Story

Norman Greenbaum- spirit in the sky

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Up, Up With People !

Now in Vital, Vibrant VIDEO, Record Bin Roulette is ready for its close-up:

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Vote for These Songs About Elections

Alice Cooper for President?

This is how radio looks, now that we have a new VIDEO version!

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Record Bin Roulette
12:04 am
Thu October 25, 2012

Be afraid, be very afraid of these Songs

Here is the splendid new VIDEO VERSION of Record Bin Roulette. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

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Record Bin Roulette
12:04 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Giving Pop Music "The Business"

Radio with moving pictures, a miracle! Heres the new video version of Record Bin Roulette!

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Taming the Forces of Nature with Music

This is how radio looks, the new video version of Record Bin Roulette! 

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu October 4, 2012

A Tip of the Hat to these Songs About Hats

This is how Record Bin Roulette LOOKS in VIDEO !

This week the Record Bin Roulette Wheel randomly stopped on the category “Hats”. We rarely question The Wheel’s judgment, but we must admit we were a little worried The Wheel might be spinning eccentrically.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu September 20, 2012

Winning Elections With Music

Paul Ryan's favorite band?

Here's the sparkling new VIDEO version of Record Bin Roulette:

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu September 13, 2012

Singin' about the country life

Here's the shiny video version of Record Bin Roulette:

Although 8 out of 10 Americans live in cities, we still idealize a life in the country, and there are plenty of songs to prove it. And if you are considering a move to the boonies, there is actually free land available. The only catch is you’d have to live in Plainville, Kansas.

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Jazz & Blues
11:30 am
Fri September 7, 2012

Heavy Metal from the Delta - "When The Levee Breaks"

The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 was a disaster that reshaped the South. With flooding in 10 states, the river below Memphis reached 60 miles across in some places. Not only was farmland swallowed up, but many poor blacks were forced to work rebuilding levees. With no crop that year, many headed north in what was part of a large migration to urban centers.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu September 6, 2012

A Sugar Rush of Pop Songs

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the new video version of Record Bin Roulette!

There is a lot of disagreement about whether a “sugar rush” exists, but these studies have obviously been conducted by scientists without young children. But there is agreement that anything this good must be bad for you.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Work songs for Labor Day

Hey! It's the shiny new video version of Record Bin Roulette! Check it out!

It's a shame that the only thing a person can do for eight hours a day is work. Can't eat for eight hours; can't drink for eight hours; can't make love for eight hours. The only thing a person can do for eight hours is work.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Product placement in Pop Songs

Smells Like a Hit Song

Companies like Coca Cola spend billions of dollars on advertising each year, much of it for product placement in movies, TV and books. But sometimes it happens the other way around—products find themselves written into pop songs. From Paul Simon’s “Kodachrome” to Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz”, brand names have inspired some big hits…and the advertising is free.

Here’s the spiffy new video version of Record Bin Roulette:

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Singing the praises of the 1 percent

We could shock you with startling statistics about how the richest 1 percent own about 50 percent of the wealth, and how it’s been getting worse for the rest of us for a few decades now. But that’s depressing! And we’d much rather watch cartoons.

Like this 1933 Merrie Melodies gem “We’re in the Money”:

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