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RVA Summer Playlist - WCVE Staff Picks

Podcasts and playlists make the perfect companion for long drives as Richmonders rush to take vacations before the hot, lazy summer fades away. Following in the footsteps of our parent station NPR, WCVE staff pulled together a list of our favorite summer songs by (mostly) local bands to accompany you on your end of summer journey. Take a listen and tell us what you think!

Don't Sit this One Out

Ok, admit it. You like lists, right? To-do lists, not withstanding, I think we all like lists in terms of "best of" or "Top Tens." Well, coming up on this week's World Music Show (8/8/15) the show will sort of be like a list. It'll be a show in which we'll try to cram 50 songs into the span of just 2-hours. The bonus for you is that we'll skip all over the globe while we attempt this monumental feat. It's a special birthday show and the gift of 50 songs is from me to you, so get your pencils and pads of paper out, because since this birthday show, I'll need help counting.

Have Covers, Will Travel

It's no secret, at least if you're a frequent listener to the World Music Show. I love cover tunes--as in World Music versions of songs you've may have heard dozens of times before. So, on this week's World Music Show (8/1), we'll dive into worldly versions of songs originally done by Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder, David Bowie and U2--but that's just the tip of iceberg.

Parlez-vous Français?

If I were a screamer or a loud talker, then I'd say this, in my best announcer voice (and not in all caps, because that's just wrong): Get Ready for the Battle Royale on this week's World Music Show (7/25) when we pit male vs. female in the realm of French pop singers from the 1960s. And in a lower,calmer voice, I'd also say that we'll sample some reggae done local style by the Mighty Joshua and we'll check out more music from Buenos Aires via Axel Krygier.

Notes from America Vol. 4: The Hyland Family Band

Put a tack on the map for Robin in NYC and one for Phil down here in Richmond, VA -- and another in CA -- connect with strings... we now have a perfect triangle of our current destination. In 1998 they were here in town and I remember how much I enjoyed having them on The Electric Croude. We all have fave songs from artists we like, an instant classic for me was “Little Things”--a perfect snowy winter song for me from their debut Girlfriend disc.

Dog Days of Summer Blues?

Got the Summertime blues? Are the dog says of summer getting to you? Now before you get confused, I'm not John Porter or Henry Cook from Time for The Blues--I'm not that cool. My genre is World Music. And on this week's World Music Show (7/18), we'll attempt to alleviate any of the doldrums you may be experiencing thus far into the summertime.

Too Cool for School

Listen. Don't panic. Just because there's a mention of "school," doesn't mean that it's time to head on back to it--if that's on your upcoming agenda. The term speaks for itself. And in regards to those two pupils of cool above, St. Vincent and David Byrne can be the definition of "too cool for school," and not just because they're wearing shades. But, we'll get to them in a bit.


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