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In Your Ear Episode 21: THIEFS; Nu-Blu

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 12:11pm -- WCVE

In Your Ear presents some of the most striking and innovative sounds ever heard in Studio A from the New York based trio THIEFS. Not thieves…but THIEFS. As the group says, THIEFS is a grammatically incoherent jazz bastardization, and as you’ll hear, this acoustic/electronic amalgam is tough to put into words. With drums, bass, sax and vocals, THIEFS take us to places that are both noisy and dreamy. It’s quite a ride, so be prepared.

In Your Ear Episode 20: Atlantic Chamber Ensemble; Jimmy Gaudreau and Moondi Klein

Wed, 01/22/2014 - 10:57am -- WCVE

Rather than release yet another new album in 2012 , musical innovator and provocateur Beck Hanson decided to release only the sheet music in an elaborate and elegant package called The Song Reader, where he basically said if you want to hear this, you have to play it yourself.

Listen Globally/Listen Locally

Listen: Ok, sure, I just borrowed that opener ("Listen") from the great Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. And with all due respect to the legacy of Mr. Vonnegut, I think he'd be OK with me snaking that line for this week's World Music Show blog (1/18). And, I'm sure you'll forgive me for tweaking the headline a bit from "Think Globally/Act Locally," to what you see above. Again, I think everyone will be OK with that. The reason being is that there is some great World Music to be found right here in RVA.

Classics Rewind!

Be sure to join us this week (1/11/14) for Time for the Blues as Henry Cook and I bring you some of the best blues in our price range. We’ve lined up some great music, and I guarantee that the jokes will be just as bad as usual. Somehow it will all come together for what we hope will be a very entertaining hour. In this case, we're rewinding some classic blues!

You've got Airmail

In this age of digital downloads, instant messaging and up-to-the-minute updates on people's various or nefarious activities, it's nice to actually get a piece of mail. And it's even more exciting to get a package sent via Airmail all the way from Cyprus. Now, occasionally my inbox--both my physical and electronic one--get various packages of new music stuffed inside of it. While some gifts are good, others are not (and they mysteriously find another box to live in). That's why when a new CD that's really good comes my way, it's like a miracle of science.

2013--Raves & Faves

Forget those other end-of-the-year "best-of" lists. Sure, they have a purpose and offer some valid recommendations, plus they have the luxury of showcasing all the new music that was released this year. But on this week's World Music Show (12/28), you'll get a better "best-of," compilation! How so? I'll take some of the new music that came my way and combine it with some of my favorite songs from the six seasons of hosting the World Music Show--hence, it's the annual "Raves & Faves" show, 2013 edition.

Do You Hear What I Hear?

Yes, it's that time of year, which means it's time for the annual World "Holiday" Music Show (12/21)! Peppered throughout the two-hour program will be tunes not normally heard during the holiday season. Then, mixed throughout the rest of show, will be songs that fit perfectly into this time of year. 

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