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John has worked as a professional bassist for 20 years, including a 15 year stint as Musical Director of the Mountain Stage radio program. John has been at KPLU since 1999 where he hosts “All Blues”, is producer of the BirdNote radio program, and co-hosts “Record Bin Roulette”. John is also the recording engineer for KPLU “In-Studio Performances”. Not surprisingly, John's main musical interests are jazz and blues, and he is still performing around Seattle.

His most memorable and satisfying KPLU radio moment was getting an email from Jimmy Lane, a bluesman and the son of blues legend Jimmy Rogers, who said something like “You’re playing the good stuff, keep it up!”

12:11am

Thu January 13, 2011
Record Bin Roulette

Happy birthday baby (boomer)

dhdd.net

The first Baby Boomers are turning 65, and Record Bin Roulette is celebrating with a review of the choicest vinyl of a generation.  

We've done a little research, and discovered that one Kathleen Kirschling has the distinction of being the very first Boomer, born on Jan 1, 1946.

We follow the top music of her life, decade by decade, featuring Elvis, The Troggs, the Bangles, and a special appearance by Ricardo Montalban. 

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3:50am

Thu January 6, 2011
Record Bin Roulette

Singing about the birds

Flickr/Alan LIght

With birds falling out of the sky lately, Record Bin Roulette turns attention to songs about our feathered friends.

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1:24am

Thu December 30, 2010
Record Bin Roulette

Songs for each day of the week (except Wednesday)

The roulette wheel spins wildly for this last time in 2010, and lands on: the days of the week.

John Maynard and John Kessler stroll through the 7 days of the week on Record Bin Roulette and find some imbalances: certain days are just a little more popular than others. Can you guess which?

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9:22pm

Wed December 22, 2010
Record Bin Roulette

A little narcissism goes a long way

Anybody have a mirror? John Maynard and John Kessler are checking out songs reflecting narcissism on this week's Record Bin Roulette.

Episode 98 finds the roulette wheel landing on a personality trait that, in its more extreme form, is considered a personality disorder, as noted in clinical definitions.

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1:04am

Thu December 16, 2010
Record Bin Roulette

Cheez-its and other life necessiites

Junkfoodbetty.com

Who knew there was even a Cheez-it category, but that's where the Record Bin Roulette wheel landed this week. John Maynard and John Kessler explore the depths of obscure vinyl at their fingertips and dig up the songs that were popular when icons of modern life came to be. 

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10:33am

Thu December 9, 2010
Record Bin Roulette

Stayin' alive: RBR is about LIFE

KPLU

The Record Bin Roulette wheel lands on the most mysterious of categories this week: life! John Maynard and John Kessler take you through life's deep questions related through popular (and unpopular) songs. On the way a trip down memory lane to some surprising lost vinyl.

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7:34am

Thu December 2, 2010
Record Bin Roulette

The Presidents' iPods

AP

The Record Bin Roulette wheel lands on: the Presidential iPod. Get ready to get your ears filled with the songs preferred in the Oval Office.

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12:02am

Thu November 25, 2010
Record Bin Roulette

The joy (?) of travel

Wikimedia Commons

OK, quick!  Can you name a song about travel? We're pretty sure you can.  Come fly with this week's Record Bin Roulette, and take a trip on a sailing ship tour of the joys - and the not so joyful moments - of travel. 

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8:21am

Thu November 18, 2010
Record Bin Roulette

It's all about your pants

Blue Jean Etiquette.com

This week John Maynard and John Kessler detail the overlooked treasure trove of of songs about, ummm, pants.

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