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Weekend Energy Preview 7-30

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so brash, it’s like a highlights video of the early 90s dystopian cartoon Biker Mice From Mars.



Fischerspooner – Supply & Demand (D.I.M. Remix) – I picked up their first album Emerge in 2001 and the album, #1, was one of those albums where like every song was great. Supply and Demand came off their 2008 album Entertainment with half a dozen other awesome singles, including The Best Revenge, which I’ve played several times on Weekend Energy (check out the remixes by AutoKratz, Alex Gopher and Designer Drugs). I just now realized this, but the DIM remix in this week’s mix is so good, I bought it twice. Here’s the censored, but still racy video for Supply & Demand, original mix.

Daytona Velasquez – Disconnect (Original Mix) – See this week’s “Discovery” below.

The Glitch Mob  – We Can Make The World Stop – This is the title track off their new EP, and it’s nothing short of stellar. The dark rich build-up leads into the rich iron chugging that carries the rest of the song, The bass can hardly be contained by the speakers and yet the song feels oddly fragile, organic and alive. It’s a great follow-up to their album Drink the Sea, of which I did a review here on The Front Blog. Check it out.

Innerpartysystem – American Trash – Innerpartysystem is decadent, abrasive indie-techno-pop, a product of the emo synth movement that took over at the end of the last decade. Their music rocks, hear Don’t Stop and then anthem Die Tonight Live Forever, but it’s like candy and leaves you with a strange remorseful hollow feeling. Their single American Trash stood out to me because of the whirring, slugging beat. Also the lyrics are catchy and… does wonders on on one’s self-esteem in the cheekiest of ways. Here’s the sensitive but edgy music video.


Daytona Velasquez

I’d never heard of Daytona Velasquez until I stumbled upon Disconnect, which is an impeccable blend of dubstep and breaks. It’s like a dark field with ghastly figures swaying to the elongated and unusual riffs. The intricate bending distortion is unlike anything I’ve ever heard. The distant female voice probably explains the eeriness. Overall, it’s a masterpiece of production and a thrilling listening experience. I scroll through at least a thousand songs each week and typically make a decision within five seconds. This song had me hooked within five seconds. I put it on repeat. Daytona, please keep up this fantastic atmospheric work. Anything this good deserves lots of airtime.

Here’s a short sample of the song:

Almost Made It


I’ve been a fan of the Gorillaz since Clint Eastwood. Love the style, the concept, the songs. I have a great remix of Melancholy Hill by Feed Me. It’s downtempo, but synth-rich, with sweeping vocals and a transcendent atmosphere. I thought it’d make a great closer, but went with The Glitch Mob instead. It’ll be closing a mix soon enough! In the mean time, check out Alex Metric’s remix of Stylo and this awesome video:

Second Hour Rewind

The second hour rewind is the previous week’s first hour. Featured artists include Yeasayer, Foster The People, Tesla Boy, Basement Jaxx, Strange Talk, Familjen and Mark Ronson & The Business Intl.!

“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

July 30, 2011 at 11:46 am

Datebook: July 29 – Disnley’s Alice in Wonderland premieres 60 years ago

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Disney’s Alice in Wonderland was released in New York City and Londo on July 29, 1951. It was the 13th Walt Disney Animated Classic, primarily based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland with elements from Through the Looking-Glass. Alice in Wonderland was made under the supervision of Walt Disney himself, and is regarded as one of Disney’s finest works, despite hostile reviews from film critics in the UK, primarily for its “Americanizing” of the story. The doorknob is the only character in the movie not mentioned in the books. This was the first Disney theatrical film to be shown on television, in 1954.

It’s Friday, July 29

Tomorrow — Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area’s Nature Station offers animal masks craft from 11 to 1. Homeplace observes Tomato-mania from 1 to 3. At 7 p.m. there’s a laser lights music show at the Golden Pond Planetarium, followed at 8:30 by an astronomy program. After that, weather permitting, the West Kentucky Amateur Astronomers set up telescopes for night sky viewing. See for other activities.

The local classic rock band Common Ground performs as Mayfield’s Summer Music Fest Concert Series final event tomorrow night at 7. The concert’s free at Harmon Park at 7th and James Streets. Concessions and restrooms available. Bring blankets or lawn chairs for seating.

Purchase Area Master Gardeners present Hopkins County Horticulture Agent Andy Rideout in its Toolbox Series “Lawn Care” program next Tuesday at 5 p.m. Rideout’s expertise is golf course management and design and turf grass. The program’s free at the McCracken County Extension Service Office, 2705 Olivet Church Road in Paducah.

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the morning cram [field of dreams edition]

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The town of Greenville, South Carolina has blossomed during the recession. Why?

NPR reports that while main street and downtown areas throughout the nation are struggling, Greenville, S.C. is growing around their new downtown park. If you build it, they will come.

Kentucky~ An auditor says there is nothing wrong with clerk Jerrell’s office. Police are looking for a Paducah prostitute. Teachers are leaving to teach English in Japan. The state has its own debt problems. The will receive some help for college students.

Illinois~ Gov Quinn is protecting children’s heads.

Tennessee~ A Clarksville mom says her kids were raped at church camp.

Good Read – Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi

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Ship Breaker
by Paolo Bacigalupi

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In America’s Gulf Coast region, where grounded oil tankers are being broken down for parts, Nailer, a teenage boy, works the light crew, scavenging for copper wiring just to make quota–and hopefully live to see another day. But when, by luck or chance, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship beached during a recent hurricane, Nailer faces the most important decision of his life: Strip the ship for all it’s worth or rescue its lone survivor, a beautiful and wealthy girl who could lead him to a better life.

Matt Markgraf says:

I’ve always been in love with the idea of Steampunk, but finding a decent novel in this superb sub-genre is hard. The turn-off for me is in the self-awareness of the author in the constructing of the nuanced world, where the gimmick takes over plot and character development. Paolo Bacigalupi, while hard to pronounce, is certainly a name to remember as an example of “doing it right.” I discovered Paolo with the tremendous adventure in The Windup Girl, and was drawn to his award-winning YA novel Ship Breaker.

The only thing YA about Ship Breaker is its young characters. Aside from that it’s a gritty, grimey, post-apocalyptic and almost perceptibly political adventure set on the American Gulf Coast. What struck me was the fast-paced and chlautrophobic narrative. The novel begins with Nailer, the main character, climbing through the tight ventilation ducts of old ships, tearing out copper wiring and other metal with any kind of worth. Paolo doesn’t waste any time with flowery steampunk descriptions, but dives right into the dirty depths whether the reader is ready or not.

The second half of the book is where the politics regarding the catastrophic results of harvesting fossil fuels and the insurmountable division of class warfare come into the forefront. When Nailer discoveres a wrecked “swank” ship full of “riches” (things we may take for granted), and later when they struggle to get by in a very different New Orleans were memorable moments.

The character development is top notch, interactions are carefully written and the world will leave grit in your teeth. Ship Breaker is a quick read, and a substantial one.

Check out our Good Reads page for more recommended books.

Written by Matt Markgraf

July 28, 2011 at 2:47 pm

the morning cram [nuclear wasteland edition]

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In Sweden, nuclear waste disposal sites have become tourist attractions.

NPR reports that the Swedish nuclear industry has taken its toxic waste sites from protested hidden facilities to scientific field trip locations.

Kentucky~ A Paducah kid won another karate contest (I wouldn’t mess with him). Lanes are closed on US 45 in Paducah. Daviess County is becoming more disabled friendly. More Post Office closings are predicted (say it ain’t so Ms. Cleo). Guardsman Miller gets life for murder. Jack Conway is suing Daymar for screwing college kids.

Tennessee~ A man is crossing the nation on horseback (WHOA NELLY!). Blue Cross Blue Shield says stolen info hasn’t been used.

Datebook: July 27 – Insulin discovered 90 years ago

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On July 27, 1921, researchers at the University of Toronto led by biochemist Banting proved that the hormone insulin regulates blood sugar. In 1923 Banting and John James Rickard Macleod received the Nobel Prize in Medicine. The Canadian government gave him a lifetime annuity to work on his research. In 1934 he was knighted by King George V. In 2004, Frederick Banting was voted 4th place on the list of “Greatest Canadians.”

It’s Wednesday, July 27

There’s an exhibit of more than 70 Film Burner’s Photo Club member photos at the Robert O. Miller Convention Center at the corner of 4th and Maple in Murray through August 4. Admission is free. The Miller Center is open from 8:00am to 5pm. There will be a Punch and Cookies reception from 2:00pm to 4:00pm on Saturday.

On Saturday Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation and area Zumba instructors host a zumba Party from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Christian County Justice Center in downtown Hopkinsville. Visit with area Zumba, dance, and fitness related instructors and businesses as well as local health and beauty consultants. See for more.

The Kentucky Travel Industry Association Summer Outing is August 3 and 4th at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park. Today is the deadline for registration at Hear from FLW Outdoors, area Convention and Visitors Bureaus and a follow up to the Give’em the Pickle Customer Service Training.

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the morning cram [high school drop-out edition]

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Many students drop-out regardless of interventions.

NPR reports that despite concerted efforts to keep some students from dropping out of school, many do so anyway.

Kentucky~ Paducah will take funds for the Greenway trail. Paducah also gets a new Renaissance Director. A Henderson County man is charged in paper carrier death. A Murray State football player is headed to the NFL. A man escaped jail and the immigration police (sneaky, sneaky). State politicians disagree on the US debt crisis solution (you don’t say). Officials debate the rights of the homeless to vote, though most don’t anyway.

Tennessee~ Clarksville school’s will be rezoned. Reelfoot Lake advertises its sunsets (they must be pretty).

Datebook: July 26 – FDR freezes Japanese assets 70 years ago

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On July 26, 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8832 – freezing Japanese and Chinese assets in the United States. This measure came with the view of the unlimited national emergency he’d previously declared and was similar to the freezing of European assets a month earlier. The order was designed to prevent the use of the financial facilities of the United States and trade between Japan and the United States. At the request of Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek, Roosevelt extended the freezing control to Chiense assets in the United States, a continuation of the government’s policy of assisting China.

It’s Tuesday, July 26

Tonight the Paducah Symphony Orchestra presents the final concert of its Family Summer Concert Series. The “String-Along” program starts at 7 p.m. at Immanuel Baptist Church at 3465 Buckner Lane. It’s a casual ensemble performance.

Twilight Theatre Productions presents three original plays in one evening in dinner theatre shows this Friday and Saturday at Kenlake State Resort Park. Reservations for dinner at 6:30 p.m. must be made tomorrow by calling 270-436-2399. Curtain is at 8 p.m. Shows are Hills like White Elephants, Cheez Doodles and The Circus Still Comes to Town. See more at

The National Quilt Museum in Paducah offers its annual Quilt Appraisal Day Thursday, August 18, from 9 a.m. to 4:30. Each appraisal takes about 30 minutes and costs $50. Make an appointment in advance at 270-442-8856 or Gerald Roy of Warner, New Hampshire is the nationally known appraiser involved.

Hear musicians of our region remembering the late H. Pruitte, Grumpy Old Men arranger and keyboardist, tomorrow night at nine and Thursday at noon on WKMS. Thanks for listening.

the morning cram [deadly GPS edition]

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Could over-dependency on GPS guidance systems lead you to your death?

NPR reports that sometimes GPS systems are wrong, and when that happens in the wrong place, it could end up being fatal.

Kentucky~ No smoking in Murray schools (not even in the boys room). A Symsonia woman died in a car accident. KY 121 Bypass is closed in Mayfield. Trials begin today for Fort Campbell soldier. State officials are meeting to figure out the finances (good luck). The state pays too much for meds too. More homes are empty throughout the state.

Illinois~ Papayas can make you sick.

Tennessee~ Clarksville water tastes “earthy” (yum). A Henry County man drowned in Kentucky Lake. The state gets more money for education.