Beth Custer brings new Trance Mission music to The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020

Host Derk Richardson welcomes clarinetist/composer Beth Custer back to KPFA to introduce the long-awaited new recording by the unique world-fusion trio Trance Mission, with Stephen Kent (didjeridu, percussion, cello-sintir) and Peter Valsamis (drums, percussion, electronics). The group will be celebrating the pre-release of the album Le Pendu at Yoshi’s in Oakland on Monday, January 13.


Heather Hafleigh’s Cowboy Music Special Playlist: Leadbelly: “Cow Cow Yicky Yicky Yea” / Cowboy Songs (Smithsonian Folkways) Andy Hedges: “Clayton Boone” / Cowboy Songster, Vol. 2 (Yellowhouse Music) Cowboy Celtic: “Magdalena” / Gunsmoke, Whiskey & Heather (Centerfire Music) Michael Martin Murphey: “Billy Gray” / Cowboy Songs III (Warner Bros.) James Talley: “Belle Starr” / Woody … Continued


Heather Hafleigh programs a special Cowboy Poetry and Music edition of The Hear and Now, 10 p.m., Thursday, January 2, 2020

Continuing a longstanding KPFA tradition, Heather Hafleigh, photographer and maven of all things “cowboy” and “western,” brings her annual round-up of cowboy poetry and songs to Derk Richardson‘s “The Hear and Now” for the first time. A regular yearly feature of Larry Kelp’s “Sing Out,” Heather’s two-hour special is inspired by her visits to the … Continued


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The Hear and Now – The last episode of the decade – December 26, 2019

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Host Derk Richardson’s playlist: King Curtis: “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve” / The Original Soul Christmas (Atlantic / Rhino) Simon & Garfunkel: “I Am a Rock” / The Best of Simon & Garfunkel (Columbia/Legacy) The Band: “The Shape I’m In” / Stage Fright (Capitol Records) George Harrison: “My Sweet Lord” / All Things … Continued


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The Hear and Now Holiday Fund Drive Special – December 12th

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Here are the songs played by host Derk Richardson (and co-host Bonnie Simmons from 10 to 11 p.m.), a selection of favorite tracks from 2019, plus a few holiday season favorites: Joe Henry: Book of Common Prayer Patti Griffin: River Michael Chapman: Youth Is Wasted on the Young Etienne de Rocher: Wasted Time Bill Frisell: … Continued


In what has become an annual alternative Thanksgiving holiday tradition, guest host Avotcja fills in for Derk Richardson and programs a special tribute to Jim Pepper (June 18, 1941 – February 10, 1992), the late Native American saxophonist and composer of the classic “Witchi Tai-To.” Avotcja’s playlist includes music by Gunther Schuller, The Dining Rooms, … Continued


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The Hear and Now – November 21

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Two hours of music, hosted Derk Richardson: ARTIST      “SONG TITLE”       ALBUM     (LABEL) Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, “Stay”    The Cruisin’ Story 1960 (One Way Records) Carla Thomas, “B-A-B-Y”     Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration (Stax) Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, “(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave”      The Best of Martha Reeves & … Continued


In the first hour, joined by guitarist John Courage, songwriter/pianist/guitarist Emily Jane White performs songs from her new album, Immanent Fire. In the second hour, saxophonist James Fei discusses the music of composer Anthony Braxton as he approaches his 75th birthday, and we listen to portions of Composition No. 1 for solo piano, Composition No. 63 for … Continued