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On the Metaphorical Turntable

More newness is seeping into yet another week’s World Music Show (5/6). This not only means good news for your ears, but good news for your method of listening—whether it’s a full-blown Hi-Fi system or a little transistor radio—ok yes, I’m totally dating myself. Because I’m sure you’re hunkered down in your Opal or your Volvo wagon while listening to the show, or perhaps you’re lying on your twin bed listening on your clock radio. But whatever your choice of listening device, this week’s show has something for everyone.

A Bevy of Stars

Sadly or maybe happily, this isn’t a Hollywood premier. But on this week’s World Music Show (4/29), the stars of the show (besides you, the listener of course), will be plentiful and magical.

A Musical Love-Fest of Local & Newness Awaits

When I spin the big wheel o’ fun on this week’s World Music Show (4-22), I foresee the prize needle landing on both a mix of new music as well as some local World Music. How do I know this? I rigged the board—that’s right. I write the rules of this musical love fest—that’s just how it goes. So sit back, buckle up and get your fingers poised to spin the wheel (because that’s all people want to do, right? Spin?).

Now, here’s the run down of how the slots are going to filled. First up , for all the new music sections, we’ve got artists like:

Accordion Crimes & Misdemeanors

So what happens when an accordion, a sitar, a tabla drum and a kora all walk into a bar? I’m not sure, but on this week’s World Music Show (4/15), we’ll explore each of these unique instruments.

It’s time to dust off that Sherlock cap, grab your pad & pen so you can help me investigate and roll the dice on our musical game of Clue.

Unwrapping the Freshness

Ah, can you smell that? That’s right—it’s the freshness of new music that’s going to hit the airwaves on this week’s World Music Show (4/8). If radio or streaming had the power of “smell-o-vision,” then you’d be able to bask in the smell of newly unwrapped CDs. But sadly that app and the ability to smell new digital downloads are not within our grasp yet.

It’s No Joke!

Sure, April First—April Fool’s Day, happens to be one of my favorite days of the year—you can guess that I’m quite the prankster. However, on this week’s World Music Show (4/1), the tracks we’ll hear will be no joke, in terms of world beat sounds that will make you happy to be alive (or, maybe that’s a bit of a stretch). However, because of stern upbringing in a family full of jokesters, you can expect the usual, albeit poorly executed attempts at some humor.

A Bevy of Goodness

It's time to cut to chase on this week’s World Music Show (3/18) because there’s a lot happening around town and in the studios in the next week. And because of all that, I want to make sure that you—faithful listener—are in tune with what’s going on and have a chance to attend some of these great events.

Stranger Things

There have been some strange things in the world of World Music. Sure, some happen to think that World Music involves the spiritual, ethereal sounds of wind chimes, chants and handclaps led by people wearing burlap sacks or something of the sort. However relevant or not those styles of World Music are, in my book, I seldom give them any credence. But more importantly, what does this have to do with this week’s World Music Show (3/11)?

In a word: Zilch.

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