Call it what you will, but come this time of year, the heat and humidity cause my brain to get a little wonky. It's a good thing I don't have hair, otherwise I could add big hair to my conundrum. However, despite the wonkiness of the season, I am able to get solace by playing some music that fits perfectly into this season. With that in mind, on this week's World Music Show (8/13), we'll get our Reggae vibes on by grooving to tracks from Bob & Ziggy Marley, Jimmy Cliff, Peter Tosh and more.
Articles by Ian Stewart
I'd like to say that I had the foresight to schedule this week's World Music Show (8/6) around the spectacle that is the Summer Olympics. Sure, I can see it now, a full hour or two of Brazilian music; me spinning the tunes while wearing my Carnaval outfit. The list could go on an on. However, this week's show was centered around another spectacle--my birthday, and the upcoming BirthdayBash (Friday, August 5).
On the next episode of the World Music Show (7/30), we'll tackle beats from the New York salsa band Los Hacheros, sample some new cuts of Fado from Ana Moura, and go back in time to hear some fuzzy Brazilian and Turkish guitar from a variety of bands, circa 1960s through 70s. But that's just the promo teaser for the show. For more meat, for more of the gooey good stuff, for more of the filler, you'll have to break open the crust, lift the top layer of bread, break that Oreo cookie open in order to learn more.
In one of my early explanations of what the gist of the World Music Show is, I compared it to hitting the frappe' button on a blender. Why frappe? Well, it sounds better than the shred or the simple chop button, right? On this week's World Music Show (7/23), I think the show comes close to mimicking this metaphor. That said, you can guess that it's going to be a mixed up show.
Look, I don't mean to pummel your senses down with the fact that it's been uber hot here in RVA. But when it gets like this, my mind tends to become rather sleepy. And with that in mind, some of the tracks for this week's World Music Show (7/16) are of a dreamy and sleepy nature.
Ok, let's get that title reference out of the way before it scares anyone off from listening to this week's World Music Show (7/9). It's a play on the title to AMC's "Walking Dead" spin-off, "Fear the Walking Dead." Now, how, you may ask, can I associate that show with this week's World Music Show? Well, there's a great tie-in, which I'll get to, right after this brief commercial break.
Looking out among the vast sea of sounds for this week's World Music Show (7-2-16), I see that we'll groove to some electronic tango music and we'll visit some beats from the magical land of Bongolia. Plus, we'll even hear what Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones, sounds like when he plays with some Aztec Indians. And that, as they say is just the tip of the iceberg.
As if the heat and humidity weren't enough to bear, on this week's World Music Show (6/25), we'll head to the Saharan desert to get relief from some desert blues music, which features lush guitar and cooling rhythms. And we'll dive into the sauna to hear some Red Hot + Rio beats, just to be ironic. Plus, for kicks we'll also check out some Malaysian ukulele songs as well as some 60s French Pop music. Then to put all that into perspective we'll hear some Garifuna music from the Caribbean regions, which are sure to add a little bit of a breeze to the hour.
It's always good to look for things in unfamiliar places. Why? Because on the off chance that when you find something, it'll be unique. Or it will be a surprise. But not like those junky surprises found at the bottom of the Cracker Jack box. No, I'm talking about the unexpected--the kind of surprise what makes you stop in your tracks to listen. So for this week's World Music Show (6/18), I'm hoping that what you find will be remarkable and even phantasmagorical (though, I may be overselling this week's show just a tad).
It's just like clockwork, at least for me. And it's usually around this time of year, when the weather starts to beg us to come outside, that I start hankering to do something. And one of the best things to do outside, at least with a group of people besides running a marathon (though, I'm sure that is debatable), is to see a live show. So, on this week's World Music Show (6/11), I'm going to try to capture that feeling of a live show.