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Weekend Energy Preview 6-4

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so enjoyable, it’s like sauntering into a beehive covered in daffodils!


Alex Clare – Too Close (Distance Remix) – British singer-songwriter Alex Clare isn’ someone who would usually make it onto Weekend Energy, even though Too Close is pure awesomeness. Pained, folksy singing with a touch of dubstep. What could be better than that? Here’s what’s better: the Distance remix. Toning down the vocals and revving up fresh, original dubstep, Distance rubs this mix like a salted ham. It’s so good, if you hate dubstep you’ll change your mind after hearing this. This is some of the best there is.  Some awesome kendo in the official video.

Strange Talk – Climbing Walls – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

Treasure Fingers – Lift Me (Original Mix) – Treasure Fingers have been more or less a staple of Weekend Energy, ever since their single Cross the Dancefloor. Always funky, always breezy, Lift Me is no exception. The bongo-like drums roll in over ocean waves and some sandy, crushed up vocals – then build into a rollicking, feel-good beat. This is diet Sprite on a hot day, lightly sweet, no calories, and exceptionally suitable.

Delta Heavy – Space Time – I only have one Delta Heavy song in my pile ‘o tunes, and it’s Space Time (but Take the Stairs is also quite good). Space Time is drum n bass perfection. Much like the surprisingly accurate music video, the pushes and pulls in this song actually make you feel as if gravity is getting fresh with you, tossing you through wormholes, taunting you from distant stars and booting you into black holes. It’s a roller-coaster of a song in every sense of the word. Can’t picture it? Check out the awesome (albeit short) video.

(After the jump read this week’s Discovery and what Almost Made It)


Strange Talk

Strange Talk is another Australian indie-dance group making a splash this year, similar to Monarchy and Cloud Control. Climbing Walls is bold, smart and produced to perfection. It’s entirely safe, by this I mean you can predict the whole song as you’re listening to it, no surprises. Fortunately, everything sounds great – from the incredibly rich drums to the falsetto humming to the guitar break around 2 minutes in, thus making the song very satisfying – I predict this song will appear in a television commercial in the next year. Strange Talk sounds a bit like Yeasayer, too, particularly in the way they layer their songs. Eskimo Boy is another great song, much more abstract and riskier. Come to think of it, their whole debut EP is fantastic. It’ll be the best three dollars you spend this week. Check it out on iTunes.

Almost Made It

Captain Capa

A couple weeks ago, I highlighted the single Faraday by the young German group Captain Capa. I said the catchy emo-power ballad blew me away by its overall quality catchiness. I commended its well-done blending of styles – emo, rock, electro, punk, power-pop, new wave, indie dance, etc. Well… Captain Capa has since released an album called “Saved My Life.” In a rare feat, the album is as dynamic as the original single. By all means, this album should wedge right in with the slush of Hot Topic one-hit wonders, but yet, strangely, I can’t get enough. Berlin Fainting is poppy and dark, but just off-kilter enough to sound unlike anything I’ve heard. Same can be said for Rivals, which switches off between English and German vocals. Both songs were on my short list this week and I’ll probably have one of them in the mix next week. Captain Capa has impressed me again.

Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Quadrat Beat, Hey Champ, Mischa Daniels, The Killers and more!

“Crank up your stereo, bust out the strobe light and kick up the bass.”

Weekend Energy has been blowing out car stereo systems, upsetting the neighbors and enhancing the night life of western Kentucky every weekend since July 2007 on WKMS. Host Matt “McG” Markgraf pours through hundreds of songs each week to create “the loudest show on public radio” featuring the best techno, dance and electronica from around the world.

Weekend Energy airs Saturdays on 91.3 WKMS from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m. Stream it live on Saturday nights.

Hear the show streaming online.

Written by Matt Markgraf

June 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Notes From the Porch

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It’s a beautiful Saturday morning to be on the Front Porch. We are sharing lots of good music this morning and talking about live events in our region.

The Pennington Folk Festival is about to roll out the ‘grand finale’ day with Eddie Pennington, harmonica guru Charlie McCoy and guitar-monster Tommy Emmanuel. Here’s the scoop on today’s events in Princeton, KY at the Butler Campus:

10:30 a.m. Talent Contest

1 p.m. Franklin Place Jam Band

2 p.m. Sarah Elizabeth Burkey

3 p.m. Woody Pines

4 p.m. Eddie Pennington

5 p.m. patriotic Program

5:30 p.m. Al and Kathy Bain

6:30 p.m. Charlie McCoy

8 p.m. Tommy Emmanuel

Additional Activities Saturday

7 a.m. Caldwell Medical Center “Run for Your Life”

10 a.m.-5 p.m. WeKAN (Western Kentucky Artist Network) exhibits

Noon-2 p.m. Farmers Bank Mural Painting

4-8 p.m. Lakeland Crusiers Cruise-In and Car Show

More info at


Chris Thile & Michael Daves - Sleep with One Eye OpenChris Thile and Michael Daves met in New York City at a joint called the Baggot Inn just after Thile had transplanted from San Diego to NYC. A music friendship ensued and has led to an incredible new album titled “Sleep with One Eye Open”. Recorded at Jack White’s Nashville studio, the album is a series of little production and a lot of musical prowess! The stripped down sound leaves front and center the blistering interpretation of bluegrass-based tunes of two amazingly matched musicians. I’m featuring a bunch of it in this mornings second hour.

More information is available at Nonesuch Records website including a great story of the journey these two have taken to lead to this album.

Here’s Thile and Daves performing “Sleep with One Eye Open”.

I’m off to listen to Bill Monroe’s “Get Up John and serve up more music. Tune in on the listen live link at


Written by John McMillen

June 4, 2011 at 10:54 am

Datebook: Friday, June 3 – Confederate Memorial Day in KY and TN

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Confederate Memorial Day is an official holiday and/or observance day in parts of the U.S. South as a day to honor those who died fighting for the Confederate States of America during the American Civil War. Nine states officially observe Confederate Memorial Day, including Tennessee. While not officially celebrated in Kentucky, it is also the birthday of Kentucky native, Jefferson Davis. While many of the reasons for the war are rightfully maligned in today’s society, the notions of individual and states rights still permeate our national dialogue.  Remember today the lives that were lost, the families displaced and the immense struggle our young nation went through to obtain the freedoms we now collectively enjoy.

It’s Friday, June 3

Sunday from 2 to 4 – Murray State’s Clara M. Eagle Galleries opens two exhibitions with a reception. See works from the permanent collection and collaborative works by members of the Murray Art Guild and local students with disabilities. The Gallery’s on the 6th floor of Price Doyle Fine Arts, open Monday through Friday 9 to 4.

The Mary Hall Ruddiman Canine Shelter in Marion, Kentucky benefits from a Garden Tour and Luncheon tomorrow. It’s at the Masonic Lodge, 206 Sturgis Road in Marion from 11 to 2. Tickets are $10 and serve as maps for the 6 home gardens on the tour.

Tomorrow the Kentucky Lake Bass Club hosts a Special Populations Fishing Tournament at Honker Lake off Road 135 in LBL. Gather at 8:30, fishing is from 9 to Noon for children and adults who are physically and/or mentally challenged.

The Little River Big Art festival in Cadiz and the Pennington Folk Festival in Princeton are underway through the weekend. See for details and enjoy!