For this week’s World Music Show (12/31), I’m going to take a different route. Instead of regurgitating every little snippet of what I’ll be playing (though, I know some of you perhaps enjoy the read and the ride as much I enjoy writing them), I’m going to break down my “Best of” list like so many other musical countdowns do across the spectrum, meaning it’ll be a Letterman-esque Top Ten list. If I were to include everything I’m playing this week, the list would be “Top 28.”
The World Music Show
One of the many reasons I love the holidays—besides the obvious reasons of family, chilly weather and presents, is because of the music. And, sure I love the classic holiday music, but since I have the honor of running the World Music Show on (12/24), I get to play holiday music not usually heard on many a station or record (or CD) player. It’s with that caveat that I also love pushing the boundaries of what you’ll hear on my annual Holiday World Music Show.
This will be a journey into sound, or so goes my thoughts about this week’s World Music Show (12/17). We’ll explore sounds from faraway places such as Japan, Buenos Aires and Portland, Oregon—wait, what? Yes, even Portland has some World Music beats.
During their recent tour, I sat down to chat with Dave Wakeling, one of the founders of the British Ska band The English Beat. We sat down in the back of his tour bus, outside of The National. This is our unedited conversation.