John Kessler

All Blues Host

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!”

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Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu June 23, 2011

School's out - Our roundup of best school quotes

ChrisM70 Flickr

We have nothing against school. Between the two of us we have 27 years of schooling and 3 ½ degrees. But now that school’s out, it’s time to cut loose with some of our favorite apophthegms…Look it up…

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Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu June 16, 2011

The good, the bad on Father's Day

Long Playing Daddy
kevindooley Flickr

For Father's Day we put together an episode of Good Dads and Bad Dads...you be the judge.

Here are some ponderables for Dad's Day...

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Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu June 9, 2011

Against All Odds

Neil Young
yle.fi/pop Flickr

This week it’s stories about artists with diseases, disabilities and injuries who have had great success in the music biz. From Beethoven to Def Leppard with stops in between at Django Reinhardt and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu June 2, 2011

The Scarlet Letter

Whole lotta trystin' goin' on
Monceau Flickr

It’s springtime and thoughts are turning to…infidelity!

With countless celebrity role models, cheating is more popular than ever--up to 60% of married men cheat in America. The rest cheat in Europe.

Men can’t help it. Most men think monogamy is something you make tables out of.

Here’s what other people are saying…

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Memorial Day

Steve took it Flickr

This week’s show takes us from Gomer Pyle to Puffed Wheat cereal in the space of 3 minutes, and it’s a twisted road between the two. In between we hear from The Andrews Sisters,  Enrico Caruso and General George Patton.
Here are some interesting tidbits we found: 

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Heaven or Hell

Which way you headed?
janale2 Flickr

“Stairway to Heaven” or  “Highway to Hell”. Take your pick. Yep, this Saturday you may be going somewhere.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu May 12, 2011

Bugs!

Are You Food?
HUSO Flickr

Bugs are so cute and lovable except when they’re crawling on you. Or in your food. Or the bathtub. Come to think of it the only time bugs are okay is in song, and this week’s Record Bin Roulette celebrates some of our most beloved chitinous arthropods in melody.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu April 28, 2011

The Lusty Month of May

The Maypole's Ancient Symbolism
Nick Smarto Flickr

If you’ve ever danced around a Maypole, you’re taking part in a ritual that goes back 1000’s of years, before the invention of the nuclear family but after the invention of alcohol and sex.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu April 21, 2011

Hot Hits From the Bible

Unlikely Pop Stars?
NJ Tech Teacher Flickr

Pop stars and Nuns. They don’t usually go together, with some notable exceptions.

But in 1973 Sister Janet Mead, a Roman Catholic nun from Australia had an international smash hit on her hands with her single “The Lord’s Prayer”. Selling over two million copies, Sister Janet donated all the sales proceeds to charity and continues to record to this day.

But she wasn’t the first nun to strike pop gold...

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu April 14, 2011

Body parts in popular music

Musical inspiration?
DoubleM2 Flickr

What do we sing about when we sing about the body?

The folks at Fleshmap have analyzed 1000’s of songs in 11 genres and found which parts of the body show up most often. It’s not what you’re thinking…at least it’s not what we at Record Bin Roulette were thinking.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:03 am
Thu April 7, 2011

Scouts, s'mores and Kumbaya

s'mores!
sanchom Flickr

Truth be told, we at Record Bin Roulette can barely tie our shoes, let alone a taut-line hitch, so we never became Webelos, although we have toasted a few marshmallows…

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Record Bin Roulette
4:56 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Money can buy happiness, sort of

A Million Bucks!
JBlazeB Flickr

A recent Princeton University study found that “happiness” peaks when a person’s income is about $75,000. But you have to make a whole lot more to actually feel “rich”.

Another study found that 42% of millionaires don’t feel wealthy. It turns out, you have to have about $7.5 million before you can feel both happy and rich.

Just once, we would like the chance to prove that money can’t make us happy.

Herewith, some of our favorite sayings about money and happiness…

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Record Bin Roulette
2:10 am
Thu March 24, 2011

Oompah! Singin' about beer

Free Beer!
fengergold / Flickr Flickr

The world’s most widely consumed alcoholic beverage, and the third most popular drink overall.

The invention of beer is argued to be responsible for humanity's ability to develop technology and build civilization. Think about that for a moment the next time you crack open a cold one. Those early Neolithic humans were tipsy.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:35 am
Thu March 17, 2011

The 27 Club

Betty Rubble
el frijole Flickr

A startling number of influential musicians have died at the age of 27, including Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, and Janis Joplin. Strangely, they all knew each other, and their deaths happened within a 10 month period. The list goes on…Kurt Cobain, Brian Jones, Robert Johnson, Mia Zapata…all members of The 27 Club

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Record Bin Roulette
4:35 am
Thu March 10, 2011

Hot lead and "Super-Soakers"

Gun control in action: Super-Soakers
scorpiusdiamond Flickr

Sometimes it seems most of life’s problems can be solved with proper application of high velocity projectiles.

Take the “Chicken Gun”, operated by the US Air Force. It solved the problem of testing bird impacts on airplanes. It was too hard to fly around looking for a flock of birds to fly into, so they invented a cannon to fire freshly killed chickens at expensive airplanes. And in a pinch, it can be used as a weapon. While it might not create smoking craters, it would totally gross out the enemy.

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