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Mixin’ it Up on a Saturday Night

One of my favorite functions on my iPod or in my car CD player is the shuffle or random button. Why? Because I like musical surprises, especially after listening to a CD I love in its natural progression over and over and over again. So, after that repetition, I’m always ready to mix it up. With that personal admission said, on this weeks World Music Show (7/14), I’m once again hitting the shuffle button to see where the world musical nuggets fall.

My Midsummer Night’s Dream

The bain of commercial music radio nowadays is the limited number songs forced in repetiton ad nauseum. No finesse. No sense of season. No poetry in programming. To borrow a phrase, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist (or a PH.d in music) to understand that music is created with a certain mindset--in a certain time, space, intent and emotion. Its the reason we play Christmas carols in December--not August.

Interview with Duncan Webster and Jeff Stickley of Hammer No More The Fingers

Durham, NC rock trio Hammer No More the Fingers (photo L-R: Joe Hall, Duncan Webster, Jeff Stickley) plays Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar in Charlottesville this Saturday, June 30.  Their excellent new release, a 5-song EP entitled Pink Worm, is some of the best new indie rock to come out this year.

Musique Pop De Global

Let's get right to the task at hand:  

I know it's sweltering hot and that to spend time reading text on a piping hot computer screen or smartphone underneath the blazing sun and humidity feels like you're wading through a bowl of hot pudding inside a convection oven is not your idea of fun. So I'll keep it brief, unlike the previous sentance which should win an award for longest run-on at a future Webby Award show. 

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