Wow! I can't believe that this year is at an end. Together, we've logged 52 World Music Shows! Fifty two people! These facts deserve exclamation points, right? And in that time, I've come across some pretty cool music--some new, and some "new to me." So, on this week's World Music Show (12/29), I'll rewind the tape a bit and playback some of my favorite tunes from the past year.
Articles by Ian Stewart
To get the ball rolling, I just want to wish all of you--whatever tradition or holiday you celebrate, a joyous, restful, and magical time. On this week's World Music Show 9 (12/22), we'll try our best to showcase some of what this season has to offer. It's going to be a mish-mash of Holiday tunes that will hopefully put you in the right frame of mind.
It's a law of averages. Or perhaps it's a matter of space on the airwaves. But for the two hours allotted for The World Music Show, I average roughly 15 to 18-songs per hour, depending on length of the songs and what vital background information I try to impart between songs. So, at the end of each show, you've hopefully heard around 30 or so songs that have taken you on a mini-sound journey around the planet.
It could just be that time of year. You know, when the sun sets practically after it rises and the chill in the air makes one want to hibernate for an entire month. It's the time of year when there are nights when you want stoke the flames, prop the feet and let your mind drift while hearing a more mellow soundtrack. It's with this mindset that this week's World Music Show (12/8) is based upon.
What the what? Can it really be the beginning of December? I feel like I just blinked and all of the sudden, here we are. And with that, here we are discussing this week's World Music Show (12/1). Like all the many parts that make up a year--the seasons, the highs and lows of life--this week's show will be somewhat in the same vein, which means basically a mix-up of genres and styles. In fact, to beat this comparison a tad longer, the show may be little like one long run-on sentence, ala a Jack Kerouac novel.
Listen: I don' t want to knock any references to this fine holiday. Nor do I want to mock any references to my fine blues-filled colleagues who may present some tuneful leftovers. My conundrum for this week's World Music Show (11/24) or really for this week's blog, is to come up with a witty title that gives a special nod to the season, while still retaining the ethos of world beats.
Don't worry. I'm not goint to arbitrarily list this week's World Music Show (11/17) in alphabetical order--that would be nearly impossible and quite the stretch (though, I may use this idea at a later date, so don't hold it against me). However, I will say, to stretch this particular theme, that this week's show does push the boundaries in terms of musical global outposts. Sure, one-to-two themed shows are a good way to exlpore a region or a particular artist or two. But, really, variety is the spice of life, as the cliché goes.
Hold your horses. I'll get to the meaning of the title in just a bit. But you can probably guess that it referes to something deep on this week's World Music Show (11/10). Let's start with the latter part of the headline--"Other Sounds" first, becuase those are easier to explain. And it's quite a mixed-bag throughout the two hours, as well. It'll be as if we've hit the Frappé button on the world musical blender.
First up, the band pictured above is of Yo La Tengo, who you'll hear a good chunk of on this week's World Music Show (11/3). They're from Hoboken, Nj. And as you may know, Hoboken and other parts of the East were slammed by Hurricane or Superstorm Sandy. So, before I continue on with this World Music diatribe, I want to take a moment to send my thoughts to all of those who were affected by this storm.
Mr. Cryptic--that's what you can call me. The allure of the above headline is an invitation to you to read this missive dedicated to this week's World Music Show (10/27). In an effort to surprise and delight you, along with my good intentions to please your ears, I've concocted an array of sounds that will almost "span the globe" (to steal a snippet of phrase from the long ago voice over to "The Wide World of Sports).
So you may ask, "What's in it for me?"
Good question. The answer is arranged as follows: