Today’s broadcast of “The Freak Power Ticket,” (October 6th) will be bifurcated into celebrations of two American pop culture phenomena.
Starting at 11am PDT, producer/host Ted Coe will preview two Santa Barbara area talks this week by Dan Epstein, author of the new book Stars & Strikes: Baseball and America in the Bicentennial Summer of ’76. The award-winning journalist’s return to the KCSB-FM airwaves will primarily focus on Major League Baseball in the 1970s — and the American Bicentennial year in particular — while also touching on the league’s current postseason playoffs, plus another topic of expertise, popular music. Dan Epstein writes for Rolling Stone magazine, SPIN, MOJO, Revolver, Guitar World, Men’s Journal, The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, and dozens of other publications.
After their brief conversation, the music-and-cultural arts program will shift gears at around 1130am with “Lynchburg Part Three,” a celebration of the just-announced revival of David Lynch and Mark Frost’s cult television drama, Twin Peaks.
The groundbreaking mystery, which debuted in the spring of 1990, was recently released in a Blu-ray box set billed as containing “The Entire Mystery.” Just today, Lynch/Frost Productions announced a deal with the Showtime Network that will bring the series back to television with nine episodes in 2016. All will be directed by the acclaimed film auteur Lynch.
Building on his September 15th broadcast, Ted Coe will share eclectic sounds connected to that landmark program, part three of a planned series of broadcasts paying tribute to the surrealist writer/director David Lynch. Along with some commentary, “The Freak Power Ticket” will also feature the jazzy original works of composer Angelo Badalamenti and his regular musical collaborator, Lynch, plus the singer Rolling Stone has called their “dream-pop protégée,” Julee Cruise.
Twin Peaks’ standout soundtrack has had a significant influence on synth-pop and ambient/industrial artists, while its characters and details are widely referenced in popular music from the 1990s through today. We’ll continue to explore those various genres: jazz, experimental new music, rockabilly, metal, punk, ambient, industrial, indie rock, IDM/electronica, synth-pop, trip hop, hiphop, spoken word, and more. Plus the entire Twin Peaks mystique.
“The Freak Power Ticket” airs on Mondays in the summer from 11am-1pm PDT.