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Unwrap This

Christmas in July? Sure, ther's a saying for that. I know I've read it somewhere. And I'm guessing it's retail related. However, in this case of this week's World Music Show (7/4), the title is apropos. You can say that it's my clever way of relating that I have a slew of new music to unwrap. We'll check out bands from Buenos Aires and Chile as well as from South Africa and Kinshasa--it'll be like the bow around this week's show. And inside the box we'll hear what rap music sounds like when it comes from Brazil and Senegal.

Notes from America Vol. 3: The Nied’s Hotel Band

First off--they are not a hotel band. There is a fascinating story behind John Vento’s project called The Nied’s Hotel Band and that’s explained in this third volume Notes from America--my new open ended mini-series detailing real music--real musicians--across the country.

If you’re new to this, in the first two volumes, we travelled to Texas and in our last round--right here in good ’ol Richmond, Virginnie.

Say, Are You Hungry?

On the menu for this week's World Music Show (6/27), it'll be a Cuban & Latin feast of sorts. We'll sample some live music from Buena Vista Social Club, some film music from Mario Grigorov and some classic Cuban beats from the one & only Desi Arnaz. Plus, thrown into the mix will be desert blues music and some upbeat Brazilian music from the legendary man pointing a finger at you—Tom Ze.

The Professor’s Picks: Scott Ellison; Papermoon Gypsys; Josh Garrett; Deb Ryder

Henry and I wish we could bring you the blues 24/7, but since that’s not possible we’re going to try and keep you up on some of the best CDs we receive and play. You know we love discovering new artists and playing them for you, but it’s often difficult to get them much air play, so this is one way we can alert you to some great new releases.

Pops--is the Music

World Music--Father's Day/Kids-who also play music Show (6/20)... and to run several stereotypes into the ground, us Dads are busy (but aren't we all)--and we're also lazy (no, not really--again, stereotypes). So, because I myself am both busy and sometimes lazy, I think this week's blog will be a bit brief. Besides, sometimes it's good to just look at pictures and read the highlights.

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