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No White Elephant Gifts Here

If you’re not familiar with the term “White Elephant Gift,” then let me explain. It’s basically regifting a gift you’re not too thrilled with. And they’re usually given during holiday parties, where most of the gifts are unusually tacky, funny or downright strange (that’s right, I’m talking to you Talking Bass Wall fixture!). Some of the gifts can be very cool, though, and thus during the gift exchange part of the party, participants can “take” a gift they like better than the one they opened—usually up to three times. It’s a fun party to be at.

Somersaults of Sound

So, don’t think that I’m slipping you a mickey on this week’s World Music Show (12/9) since last week’s ran in a similar vein—meaning that it’s another “Best Of” show! That’s right, 2017 had so much to offer that we’re stretching out the fun all month long (save for the annual World Music Holiday Show).

With that, let’s dive right into some of the best releases that appeared on my radar this past year.

Let the Festivities Begin

There’s something about this time of year. And, no, I’m not going to mention the weather, the holiday razzle-dazzle or the childhood memories of televised holiday specials. It’s now the seasons of lists. That’s right, it’s time for the “Best of” lists to begin! So, on this week’s World Music Show (12/2), we’ll be staring the season off right on cue.

This Isn’t Beach Blanket Bingo

It’s going to be a coastal wonderland of sound on this week’s World Music Show (11/18). That’s right, from the obvious locales, such as tropical sounds from the beaches of Ipanema, to the not so apparent, such as beats from the wind-swept, craggily-rocky areas of Ireland and Greece, we’ll try to inhabit the entire spectrum of beach music.

Now, with that hearty introduction out of the way, let’s break down some of the coastal routes we’ll be taking.

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