Last fall, Katie Kinkel '13 and Rory Brinkmann '11 began their radio career on WBOR with the debut of their show, Breakfast with Kinks & Brinks. Since then, WBOR has become something of a second home for the duo, where they can nosh on bagels while listening to the rock, folk and contemporary jazz music that makes up their show. They've had their share of embarrasing on-air moments over the past year.
"I've left the station microphone on while speaking with my grandmother's ragamuffin shih tzu," said Brinkmann.
Maybe their cat will get in on the conversation next time.
What song makes you homesick?
K: "The Goldheart Mountaintop Queen Directory" by Guided By Voices because my brother plays it all the time at home.
R: "Pule" by Abdullah Ibrahim. It reminds me of thunderstorms in my hometown.
What lyrics make you want to cry?
K: CocoRosie's "R.I.P. Burn Face" has a certain pull.
R: "Faust Arp" by Radiohead, or the very clichéd but awesome "Amazing Grace" (when it's backed by a herd of bagpipes). Embarrassingly, the latter succeeds every time.
What musician do you listen to the most?
K: Animal Collective and Fleet Foxes, equally.
R: Probably Bill Evans. I'm besotted.
What's your favorite unsigned/independent band?
K: Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, though she is signed and very quickly making her way up. Go Lady!
R: The Ahmad Hassan Muhammad Trio.
K: I've really been amused by this song for too long, but: "Yellow diamond pinky ring / Call that there a lemon rock / Jewelry box a lemon bin / my earring size a apricot" from "Lemonade" by Gucci Mane. Really the whole song is great! Gucci tells us about how everything he owns is yellow.
R: "I am the eggman, they are the eggmen. / I am the walrus, goo goo g'joob / goo goo g'joob goo goo g'joob," from "I Am the Walrus" by The Beatles.
What was the first musician you saw in concert?
K: The earliest show I can remember is Alison Krauss & Union Station. I was in middle school and went with my dad. We both love bluegrass, and everyone around us was wearing cowboy hats and dancing, despite the fact that we were in northern New England. It was ridiculous and great.
R: Unfortunately, Savage Garden. And my second was worse: the Vengaboys.
Best song for slow-dancing?
K & R: "Take Care" by Beach House. Also, we once did a hilarious karaoke duet to "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion (the proprietors of Little Tokyo chose the song for us). That sort of felt like a slow dance and was probably the only time either of us liked that song.
What lyrics make you want to party?
K: Once when we were at a Fleet Foxes concert, someone in front of me bellowed loudly for "Tiger Mountain Peasant Song" and pumped his fists in the air, even though it was a sit-down concert and the song is quiet and lovely. But I suppose I share his carousing enthusiasm for that one.
R: Yup, that was hilarious. It doesn't have a single lyric, but it's Art Blakey's "Moanin." If I have to choose a song with lyrics: Brenda Fassie's "Vul'Indela."
Best break-up song?
K: Elliott Smith's, "Say Yes," and the whole album "Teen Dream" by Beach House.
R: "Never Going Back Again" by Fleetwood Mac, over and over again. And Beck's album "Sea Change."
Artist that will stand the test of time?
K: The Velvet Underground will always be wonderful.
R: Herbie Hancock or Betty Carter.
Song that makes you angry?
K: In a happy and conspiring way: "Angry" by The Bug. Literally: "Higher" by Creed (though this song can also make me laugh, depending on the situation).
R: It might be sacrilegious to many, but it's Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Sweet Home Alabama." Like nails on a chalkboard to me.
Best song to kick off the new school year?
K: "Son The Father" by F----- Up
R: "Adam's Apple" by Wayne Shorter.
What lyrics are stuck in your head right now?
K: "So now I am older / than my mother and father / when they had their daughter / now what does that say about me?" from "Montezuma" by Fleet Foxes.
R: "And all that I want, and all that I need / and all that I've got is scattered like seed. / All that I knew is moving away from me. And all that I know is blowing / like tumbleweed" from "Sadie" by Joanna Newsom.
-Compiled by Jordan Daniel Lantz.
Listen to Breakfast with Kinks & Brinks with Katie Kinkel and Rory Brinkmann every Saturday from 9 to 10 a.m. on WBOR, locally on the radio on 91.1 FM and streaming online at wbor.org.