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Neil Young releasing new old album

Neil Young, Hitchhiker
September 1, 2017

In August, 1976 Neil Young went into the studio to record some of the new songs he was working on. Many of them would become standards in the Young catalog like Powderfinger and Pocahontas, which would appear on the Rust Never Sleeps album in full power band style.  Young is releasing the earlier acoustic treatments of these songs as recorded in that 1976 session as the new album Hitchhiker. Some of these have not been heard before, and they are a great example of Young's work in that period. Listen to one of the songs here, and if you'd like to hear the whole album, NPR has it online at the moment at

Music, Music, Music

Richard Thompson
July 15, 2017

We're partnering with Trebble.FM to bring some music to the site. We'll have a curated set of music that will rotate from time to time.  This week we're bringing you the inimitable Richard Thompson. This is a nice tool, lets you pull together embeddable music players from a lot of on-line sources. It's still in beta and - not quite perfect, but good enough to use as it is. Enjoy.  If you have suggestions for people you would like to hear and see, let us know.

Eaux Claires Troix

Walk About Talk About - Eaux Claires Troix

July 10, 2017

Thanks to Chippewa Valley Community Television for their coverage of Eaux Claires Troix - a great time was had by all. Now if we could just get Justin Vernon to stop mis-spelling French words ---

On the 4th - a quick reminder from Neil Young

Neil Young + Promise of the Real - Children of Destiny (Official Music Video)

July 1, 2017

One of the things that makes this country truly great is the will of the people.  Don't forget to exercise it.

Title Drops!

Title Drops

June 7, 2017

I thought you might enjoy this on a warm spring day - 150 clips from films where the title of the film is mentioned. From the editor:

Fresh new month, fresh new montage. Been a while folks. I've gathered many more followers. A big thanks to all you people. Shouldn't be this long a wait for the next montage. I have quite a few going on and this was the one I deemed finished first.

Creative Economy Week Kicks Off

Creative Economy Week Kickoff
May 14, 2017

Eau Claire's Creative Economy Week kicked off on Saturday with a panel discussion about the state of the creative economy in Eau Claire. The panel included Al Ross from Wisconsin Public Radio as moderator, Mike Schatz, the Economic Development Director of Eau Claire, Kristin Dexter, future owner of Forage in Eau Claire, B. J.

Mothers Day - And Kate Bush

Kate Bush

Kate Bush - Mother Stands for Comfort

May 14, 2017

For Mothers Day we bring you this haunting and touching song from Kate Bush.

Paul Simon at Eaux Claires???

Paul Simon
February 8, 2017

From my old pal Jay Gabler at The Current - exciting possible news about the Eaux Claires lineup this year - including Paul Simon, Wilco - and more. Or -- Meauxr.

Guess we will find out for sure tomorrow.

Mary Tyler Moore - RIP

Chuckles the Clown's Funeral - the Mary Tyler Moore Show

January 25, 2017

I promise we will start to have some arts news soon that does not involve people dying, but I am particularly sad to hear  of the death of Mary Tyler Moore. She is one of the amazing women of comedy who has made me laugh and cry throughout the years.  I leave you with a classically perverse moment from the Mary Tyler Moore show. Love is all around.

Carrie Fisher has died

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher Dishes on Return to 'Star Wars'

December 27, 2016

I'm very sorry to report that news has come in that Carrie Fisher has died after suffering the massive heart attack on a plane a few days ago. Silly as this interview is in some ways, it reminds me why everyone loved Carrie Fisher, whether she was being Princess Leia or just being herself. We can only hope 2016 ends soon - it has been a year of loss in so many areas, and movies has been one of the worst.

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    Acclaimed One Man Show Comes to Thursdays from the ULadysmith, WI - On Thursday, November 12, Kevin McMullin will be performing excerpts from his one man show, Into the Black Sea, Stories of Darkness and Light, that will be livestreamed from 12:30-1:30 on Thursday, November 12th as part of the Thursdays from the U Lecture and Performance series. To access this event, visit the webpage at at least 5-10 minutes prior. There you will find instructions for joining the live session, as well as the entire fall schedule, news releases for each talk, and archived recordings. Thursdays from the U is sponsored by UWEC-BC Foundation.McMullin’s childhood playgrounds ranged from the housing projects of Chicago to the suburban neighborhoods haunted by Ernest Hemingway and Frank Lloyd Wright. He embellished his somewhat unusual upbringing with an education at Northwestern University where he studied tuba with brass demigod, Arnold Jacobs. He tossed in a couple of years learning old time fiddle with Chicago Barn Dance icons, Mark Gunther and Mark Ritchie. The whole pastiche went with him to Seattle, Washington, where McMullin began playing the Pike Place Market and movie lines. With a somewhat addled sense of career opportunity, he decided to make a home in Sarona, Wisconsin. There he shed his urban ways, added storytelling to his bulging bag of tricks, and launched a trajectory of playing, telling, writing, educating and in general plying a trade for which there is no appropriate box on any federal tax form. Things were going pretty well. He cofounded Duck for the Oyster, one of the hottest folk dance bands in the upper Midwest. He cut a CD with jazz jock, Randy Sabien. He toured Chile. Then Mexico. Then Peru. He was sought after as a teacher and a performer. It all came crashing down in 2015 when he was diagnosed with a vestibular schwannoma, a non-malignant brain tumor that left him deaf in one ear, and struggling with chronic dizziness, tinnitus and fatigue. While he was recovering from the surgery, his father was diagnosed with a rare lymphoma. So McMullin moved to Chicago where he cared for his father until his father’s death 8 months later. “Let’s just say it threw my life into some disarray,” McMullin says. The abilities he lost forced him to do a lot of letting go. “I’d just lost my father. My music career was toast. Playing by myself is hard. Playing with others is not an option. I was grieving and exhausted and I had no idea where to go next.”But those years of illness, recovery and loss were fecund with stories. His own stories as well as the stories of others’. “I realized at some point that I could tell these stories. That I needed to tell these stories,” he says, “Stories of people walking in dark places and finding or making some kind of light in the most unlikely ways. And once I started telling them, I...

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