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Singles, A London Conversation All Aboard For Halloween

Thursday, October 24

Set in Seattle, Washington, Cameron Crowe’s 1992 romantic comedy Singles featured a soundtrack heavy on bands from the former rock critic’s hometown, including Soundgarden and Alice In Chains. One outlier was former Replacements front man Paul Westerberg, who contributed two songs and some incidental music to the film. We’ll hear Westerberg’s contributions to the Singles compilation as well as music from his former bandmate Slim Dunlap’s sophomore solo effort, Times Like This.

Friday, October 25

With his longtime band The Whigs on hiatus, Georgia musician Parker Gispert retreated to a hemp farm in Tennessee. There, the musician would take long walks in the morning, leaving behind the trappings of modern life, carrying only his guitar and a notebook. He would meditate on some of the quieter music he loved, including ‘70s singer-songwriters such as Joni Mitchell. The result was 2018’s Sunlight Tonight. Listen for music from that release as well as from British singer-songwriter John Martyn’s London Conversation.

Saturday, October 26

Though primarily known for his work with acoustic-based band Split Lip Rayfield, Kansas musician Kirk Rundstrom released several solo albums in his lifetime, including the ambitious 2007 effort, Imperfect Spirals, finished days before his death from esophageal cancer. We’ll hear music from that recording as well as selections from his work with his pre-Split Lip Rayfield band, Scroat Belly.

Monday, October 28

Released in 1997 All For Nothing/Nothing For All was a two-disco postmortem compilation from The Replacements, featuring one set of classics from the group’s four albums on the Sire label as well as a series of outtakes and other ephemera, including drummer Chris Mars’ “All He Wants To Do Is Fish” and a Bob Dylan pastiche, “Like A Rolling Pin.” We’ll hear select cuts from that collection plus music from Wilco’s latest, Ode To Joy.

Tuesday, October 29

We’ll hear music from Don’t Tell A Soul, the 1989 album by The Replacements and the group’s first to feature guitarist Slim Dunlap. Listen for music from Dunlap’s The Old New Me as well.

Wednesday, October 30

We’ll preview our November featured artists, Bonnie Raitt and Shawn Colvin.

Thursday, October 31

It’s our annual Halloween celebration with music from Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Frank Zappa, Tom Waits and John Carpenter, among others.

Jedd Beaudoin is host/producer of the nationally syndicated program Strange Currency. He has also served as an arts reporter, a producer of A Musical Life and a founding member of the KMUW Movie Club. As a music journalist, his work has appeared in Pop Matters, Vox, No Depression and Keyboard Magazine.