Wednesday, September 9, 2009

A Beach Ball, A Lamp and Bemidji Walk into a Bar

by Doug MacRostie

Back in the 60's & 70's a group of friends came together and formed what would be one of the best acts coming out of the midwest during the era with a unique style of rock, blues and country that has remained in the minds of many during the 30 years since the band disbanded. I, of course, am talking about Bemidji rockers Podipto and this Thursday night at 6 on Centerstage MN I'll be talking with Josh Collins - son of the late Podipto founding member John Collins. While he enjoyed the records, Josh wasn't born until after Podipto disbanded in '75. Upon finding old reel-to-reels of the band, he dove deep into a pile of unreleased live recordings, original demo versions of songs and more, and we'll talk about the history of Podipto and listen to some of these never-before-heard gems!!!

I've also got the new release from Jake Dilley and the Color Pharmacy called DeTour EP. While I'm still eagerly waiting for the upcoming full-length release from Jake Dilley, this EP is an excellent indie-rock example of his creative songwriting and unique musical vision. You might remember their previous release The Red Balloon which was an alternate soundtrack to the old French film by the same name. His previous work has also included alternate music for scenes of Charlie and Chocolate Factory...very interesting and engaging stuff.

Centerstage MN is Thursday evenings at 6, streaming live online at; or 91.7 Grand Rapids, 89.9 Brainerd and 105.3 Bemidji. All interviews are archived at and the show is rebroadcast Sunday mornings at 6.

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