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Gary Snyder * 5.27.09 * KUOW FM Seattle



Podcast featuring Snyder interview on KUOW 94.9 FM Seattle, May 27, 2009 + Gary Snyder on Allen Ginsberg's "Howl" via NPR 2008 + "Poetry Off the Shelf" profile, June 2008

Poet Gary Snyder returns to Seattle for reading
By Lynda V. Mapes
Seattle Times staff reporter

Back before all the asphalt, the cars and the strip malls, this was a forested glade, where Gary Snyder, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, would beat a path into the woods to his secret camp, to snug down with the quiet night, dreaming a fifth-grader's skinned-knee dreams.

One of America's most celebrated environmental writers and a lifelong conservationist, Snyder returned to his boyhood home Tuesday in Lake City. He is in town for a reading tonight at Benaroya Hall, part of the Seattle Arts & Lectures series.

Known for his writings imbued with sense of place and love of nature, Snyder reflected on how the local landscape has changed since he first explored its tangled woods as a boy, and how loving and knowing a place is the first step to preserving it.

Long before he grew into one of America's most famous Beat poets and was immortalized as Japhy Ryder, the fictional hero in Jack Kerouac's "The Dharma Bums," before he put down roots in California and crisscrossed the Pacific, over and over, to study Buddhism in Japan, Snyder grew up here, living with his parents on a subsistence farm.

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Africa Unite! : 96.9 KMTN Jackson Hole, WY

A recording from my archive collection of radio shows I did on KMTN 96.9 FM in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, in the mid-Nineties. Every Sunday night, I'd hunker down in the studio, a short bike ride from my log cabin on the compound, to host the long-running 6-hour Jazz Sessions show. As this mix shows, my definition of "jazz" was pretty loose. For this hour, I started out playing Africa-inspired jazz music, and then branched out from there. Lots of people liked the freshness and creativity I was bringing to the air waves, but I always remember one phone call from a listener very upset that I had deviated from the traditional jazz format and I was ruining his Sunday nights. Ah well. Had to keep myself entertained too.

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"Salmon Worship: Is It Wrong?" Pt. 2




photos by Chrisitan Martin, copyright 2009

A fundraiser for the Liam Wood School of Fly Fishing and River Soldiering featuring David James Duncan, Sherman Alexie and Jeffrey Foucault; WWU * 9.25.09 * Bellingham, WA. Part two. Download by subscribing to Radio Free Fundi via links at the top of the sidebar, or stream below.




"Salmon Worship: Is It Wrong?" Pt. 1



A fundraiser for the Liam Wood School of Fly Fishing and River Soldiering featuring David James Duncan, Sherman Alexie and Jeffrey Foucault; WWU * 9.25.09 * Bellingham, WA. Part one. Download by subscribing to Radio Free Fundi via links at the top of the sidebar.


Gary Snyder * 5.27.09 * Benaroya Hall, Seattle



Gary Snyder visited Seattle in May 2009 at the invite of Seattle Arts & Lectures and North Cascades Institute (my daytime employer). Without any new collection of poetry or essays to promote, Snyder read from a variety of books, notes and a letters in a warm, intimate presentation at Benaroya Hall. Asked by the Institute to speak a bit about his time as a fire lookout in the North Cascades in the mid-1950s, Snyder reminisced and read several poems written during that time period, including "Mid-August at Sourdough Mountain Lookout" and "The Late Snow and Lumber Strike of the Summer of Fifty-four" -- two of my favorites.

Snyder also discusses the eruption of Mt. St. Helens, his Wobbly grandfather soapboxing in Pioneer Square, learning how to cut wood on a stump farm north of Seattle and Finnish anarchist newspapers published near the mouth of the Columbia River in this very special appearance on his home ground of western Washington State. Another podcast will be released in the near future with the question & answers & conversation he partook in after this reading.

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Gary Snyder * 2.14.56 * Reed College



Gary Snyder
Reading from “Myths & Texts,” "Riprap" and other poems at Reed College, Portland, OR
February 14, 1956


On February 13, 1956, Gary Snyder ’51 returned to Reed College with Allen Ginsberg for a poetry reading at Anna Mann Cottage. The next day, when the poets read again, the unscheduled event was recorded.

The reel of audiotape containing the Ginsberg reading, including his reading of “Howl,” was discovered in 2007 in Reed’s Hauser Library by John Suiter, a writer doing research for a biography of Snyder. Beside the reel was a note that contained disappointing news about the Snyder half of the reading: “Tape #1 Missing.”

Then, the morning after the “Howl” story appeared in Portland’s Oregonian, Steven Halpern ’85, a Portland-based photographer, showed up at the door of Reed’s special collections with an audiocassette copy of the missing tape. He had made the copy 25 years before as an English major doing research on Snyder’s friend and fellow-poet Lew Welch ’50. Tape 1 contained Snyder’s reading. Furthermore, Halpern had meticulously transferred from the original reel all the labeling information, which not only confirmed the exact date of the reading—February 14, 1956—but also included this note:

Poetry Reading made in the school year ’55–1956 at Reed College [when] Snyder was on a trip North from San Francisco that is briefly described in Dharma Bums trip with Allen Ginsberg. Snyder talks about his lookout experiences and early poetry writing.

Although the original reel has yet to surface, Halpern’s cassette is a superb copy—virtually equal in sound quality to the Ginsberg companion reel—and is more than twice as long, containing a lengthy selection of 46 Snyder poems.

--Copyright 2008,
Reed College (for educational purposes only!)



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Planet Soup (Women's Voices) : : 96.9 KMTN Jackson Hole, WY

From the vaults comes another classic late-90's episode of Planet Soup, a Saturday morning radio show on KMTN 96.9 FM in Jackson Hole, Wyoming that was once hosted by DJ Christafari, a good friend of the Podcast Cafe. "Women's Voices" features a wide variety of music stylings from some of the best female singers and musicians in the world...




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Edward Abbey : Freedom & Wilderness II



I am currently packing up my backpack for a forthcoming trip to the redrock country of southern Utah. Been pouring over topo maps of Canyonlands National Park, consulting hiking books and making plans with my two compatriots who will join me in the desert from San Francisco and Taos. And, of course, been brushing up on my Edward Abbey, to get in the proper spirit of the desert. To that end, I thought it's as good a time as any to post the second half of his "Freedom & Wilderness" readings -- I up'd the first half right here, along with some background info on these recordings.




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Mary Anne Hobbes * "West Coast Rocks" * 021009



"Mary Anne Hobbs went on a mission out to LA and San Francisco to check out the fast emerging, new electronic music scene, headed up by Flying Lotus. We hear from West Coast DJs and producers, including Glitch Mob, Daddy Kev, Kid Kamelion,Samiyam, DJ Tomas and The Gaslamp Killer. Along with sets from LA hotspot, Low End Theory and San Francisco's 103 Harriet Club."

An audio excerpt, hijacked for dBM on February 10, 2009.
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An Interview with Freddie Hubbard



Twenty-some years ago, Ben Sidran was asked by National Public Radio to interview jazz musicians for a show called Sidran On Record. The pieces, recorded between 1984 and 1990, were taped in New York and were unscripted, free-ranging conversations between Sidran and musicians or other people involved with jazz. The interviews reveal themselves on a variety of levels: Sidran acts as interviewer plus fellow musician, fan and record collector. Non-playing fans can easily identify with Sidran, because he emotes a mutual enthusiasm, but he also brings along the perspective of a musician who has shared the experience of trying, at the end of the night, to get paid for a gig.
This episode features Sidran interviewing trumpet master/jazz legend Freddie Hubbard.




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Hubtoned : A Tribute to Freddie


Just a dip in the pool of genius that is Freddie Hubbard and his trunpet. Selctions range from 1961's "Ready for Freddie" to a concert with VSOP (Herbie Hancock, Tony Williams, Ron Carter and Wayne Shorter" in 1974. In Memoriam.



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