It’s all about the future on this weekend’s World Music Show (1/21)…well, ok, it’ll also be about the past, too. And, perhaps they’ll be some middle ground thrown in there too. Either way, it’s going to be a great show, or so my psychic dog Gromit says.
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So what do you get when you cross Hall & Oates, U2, Lou Reed and Morrissey? Well, you get a taste on what to expect for this week’s World Music Show (1/7).
That’s right, on this week’s show, we’re going to take a journey into one of my favorite realms—that of the World Music cover tunes. The entire show is dedicated to the fine art of songs that were redesigned with World Beats. From classic Pop tunes to some alternative tracks, these covers are going to hit almost every genre you can think of.
For the new year I thought I’d start this week’s World Music Show (1/7) off right by playing a bunch of new music. But then I remembered that it’s only been a week into the new year, so there’s nothing new to choose from. However, due to the enormous bounty that was in last year’s crop of new music, I will have some leftover goodness that will seep into this week’s show.
All that, however, will be saved for hour two of the show. Because in hour one, I was able to get a special guest into the studio to talk about a very interesting and rewarding project.
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.”
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.
Here's an interview with the founder of the Portland, Oregon band Pink Martini, Thomas Lauderdale. We spoke on the phone during his tour to promote their new CD called “Je dis oui!”
I Say Yes! Yes to what? I say Yes for everyone to jump down this week’s Rabbit Hole of Sound on this week’s World Music Show (12/10). Because there is so much Yes to say Yes to! From new selections from Pink Martini (which also includes an interview with founder Thomas Lauderdale), to a salute to the record label Nacional, it’s going to be hard to say No! So if you’re ready to read all about it, then please continue down the World Music Rabbit Hole.
Say, is it the time of year when you may want to escape to an island? You know, just a quick breather to get away from all the hustle and bustle or the minutiae and hyperbole that often happens around this season? Sure, it’s been a very interesting and tough year on all sorts of fronts, so I propose that on this week’s World Music Show (12/3) we take a little trip to a musical island out in the middle of somewhere in which we will just soak up not the gentle rays of the sun, but the calming effects of beats.