Coffee Break

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Coffee Break: Animated bands


The Beatles in animated form in 'Yellow Submarine.'

We are lucky enough to have a special guest coming by the show today - Ron Campbell, legendary animator, who did animations for Sesame Street, the Yellow Submarine feature film, and The Beatles TV series, among so many others. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from bands that have been at one point animated?

Coffee Break: Get up and drive


Globetrotting toy car vacation

Today is the final day of the Fall Member Drive. If you want to become a member of Minnesota Public Radio before the drive ends (and before a bunch of thank you gifts like the MPR Sweatshirt, Live Current, or MPR hat disappear at 7 pm tonight), hop to it! For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that have lyrics that include "drive" or "driving"?

Coffee Break: Boys and Girls


The Beach Boys

This morning Jay Gabler brought us in a series of books for the Rock & Roll book club and one focused on 'Why the Beach Boys Matter'. It got us thinking -- for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from bands called the *blank boys, or the *blank girls?

Coffee Break: CBGB bands


The Ramones

Today in 2006, CBGB, the legendary New York punk club credited with discovering Patti Smith and Ramones, closed after a final gig by Smith herself. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what bands and artists do you want to hear that played CBGB during its heyday (late 70s to early 80s)?

Coffee Break: Artists with two first names


Paul Simon on 'Austin City Limits'

Paul Simon turned 77 on Saturday and it got us thinking about name structures. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what artists do you want to hear that have two first names?

Coffee Break: Scratch and sniff


groucho glasses

It's Friday -- let's have some fun. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention smells and scents?

Coffee Break: Rock Hall 2019 nominees (round 2)


Radiohead

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has revealed its class of 2019 nominees for induction. Some of the 15 artists have been nominated time and time again and others are brand new to the process. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break (round 2!), what songs do you want to hear from artists nominated for the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

Coffee Break: Rock Hall 2019 nominees


Janet Jackson performs at Target Center in 2015.

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has revealed its class of 2019 nominees for induction. Some of the 15 artists have been nominated time and time again and others are brand new to the process. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear from artists nominated for the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?

Coffee Break: Famous covers


The Specials

This morning, Jill and Brian played Dandy Livingstone's "Rudy, A Message To You" from 1967 but you might know The Specials' 1979 version of the song much better. For today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that are more successful covers of an original song?

Coffee Break: Fears


A clown stands on Nicollet Mall

Last night Jill and Anna took a spin through the Haunted Basement and faced a few of their greatest fears. And now that we're well into October, it's time to start thinking about Halloween. So for today's 9:30 Coffee Break, what songs do you want to hear that mention a fear that people have?