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Weekend Energy Preview 7-23

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Here’s what’s in the mix for this Saturday night’s Weekend Energy. This week’s show is so indie, it’s like  a thrift store called Nietzsche’s Nook in a field of wheat with free wifi and flavored coffee. It’s my semi-biannual indie dance blow out uhhh… for no particular reason at all!




This weeks mix features some awesome indie sounds I’ve featured recently. There are a few more highlights than usual, and all are fantastic discoveries. Here’s some blurbs and videos and stuff from previous posts about some of the songs featured this week:


Yeasayer – O.N.E. (Build & Clancy Remix) – Yeasayer is probably one of my favorite bands that under normal circumstances wouldn’t get airtime on Weekend Energy (add Gogol Bordello and Snow Patrol), but Build and Clancy took the already dancy single O.N.E. and made it a club masterpiece. This remix takes the 80s vibe in the original cut and cliff dives with it. This remix totally soars. Add it your summer mix and astonish your friends. If  you’ve never heard of Yeasayer, listen to Ambling Alp immediately. If you already know why, you’re an enlightened person. Here’s the ridiculously awesome video for O.N.E.


Foster the People  – Pumped Up Kicks (Myndset Remix) – Here’s a group destined for greatness. Helena Beat was one of the catchiest song released over the past year. Its a winter anthem – warm and heartfelt to the core. It’s more indie than electro, but I don’t think you’ll mind. This week’s mix features another song of theirs, Pumped Up Kicks. The verses are sung on a strained, kodachrome-esque filter and the chorus slings around as another, more summery, anthem. They’ve recently been featured on NPR!



Familjen – Det Var Jag – Words cannot define the intense welling-up of feelings you will experience when watching the below video. Here, I’ll try it: happiness, joy, tearful joy, bliss, golden, intrigued, did I mention joy… like nothing could ever bring you down joy? Familjen is one of my proudest discoveries of the year. If for no other reason than the 3:45 masterpiece of Det Var Jag (It Was Me). I stumbled across it… here’s what I saw “Familjen – Mänskligheten – Det Var Jag” and thought can it get any more obscure than this? The language may be Swedish (apparently a southern dialect – Scanian), but the emotion in the song is universal. Familjen is the alias of a guy named Johan T Karlsson and he’s been performing for the better part of four years. If Det Var Jag sounds transcendent of any genre, it’s because his musical manifesto is a frustrated one: “I’m pretty fed up with guitar – Indie and techno can get a bit monotone after a while.” This could not come across any clearer than a listen through of his new album “Mänskligheten,” on which Det Var Jag is listed. If you’re up for a very diverse grouping of sounds, feelings and styles I recommend picking it up – I got my copy on iTunes. If you want more of the song I’m featuring in this section, check out his single: Nar Planeterna Stannat (Video). If you’re fluent in Swedish or want to give it a good try anyway, check out his web site. Or you could just do what I do and play this on endless repeat.



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Cooling centers in the area

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From WPSD:

The following cooling centers are available in our area:

-The cooling center in the county is at the Lyon County Courthouse in the old courtroom. It will stay open through Friday. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

-In Paducah, the dining room at Martha’s Vineyard is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

-In Mayfield, the First Baptist Church will open Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

– Marshall County Library System for age group – any and all ages. Current programs include Mother Goose, Story Hours, and much more.

– In Benton, the Benton Library is open Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

– In Calvert City, the Calvert Library is open Monday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

– In Hardin, the Hardin Library is open Monday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

– The Marshall County Senior Citizen Program in Benton for age group 60 years or older is located at 1713 Golf Course Rd., and open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

– Marshall County Courthouse, Old Circuit Courtroom upstairs at 80 Judicial Dr. in Benton, Kentucky, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Written by Matt Markgraf

July 22, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Datebook: July 22 – Georg Wilhelm Richmann turns 200

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Georg Wilhelm Richmann was born on July 22, 1711 (and died July 26, 1753). He was a German physicist who lived in Russia. A member of the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences, he did pioneering work on electricity, atmospheric electricity and calorimetry. He may be most famous for having been electrocuted in St. Petersburg “while trying to quantify the response of an insulated rod to a nearby storm.” While the experiment was underway, a supposed ball lightning appeared and collided with Richmann’s head, killing him instantly. His shoes were blown open, parts of his clothes singed, the engraver knocked out; the doorframe of the room was split, and the door itself torn off its hinges. Reportedly, ball lightning traveled along the apparatus and was the cause of his death. He was apparently the first person in history to die while conducting electrical experiments.

It’s Friday, July 22

Tomorrow the Homeplace offers programming about historic wood planes from 1 to 4 p.m. Also in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation area tomorrow there’s a Nature Station Program at 2:15 about making your yard a certified wildlife habitat. Then at 6 there’s a sunset canoe trip for which reservations are necessary with a $25 fee at 270-924-2020.

Mayfield Graves County Needline and Food Pantry will distribute fresh vegetables and fruit from local gardens and orchards. Drop off your extra produce Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the pantry at 424 S. 9th Street.

Starting Monday the McCracken County Public Library offers you a three day opportunity to clear your overdue fines by donating new school supplies for Paducah Head Start Preschool Students. The kids need everything from crayons to backpacks to glue to erasers to Kleenex. This Head Start serves about 240 three and four year old pre-schoolers.

Enjoy Music from the Front Porch tomorrow from 10 to 1, here or streaming live at

Written by Matt Markgraf

July 22, 2011 at 8:26 am