Archive for January, 2011

like you’ve never heard before

January 30, 2011

What luck – ! World of Music has unexpectedly come into a bunch of new recordings we didn’t have before. This week we’re going to explore them, though I don’t recognize most of the groups or recordings.

We’ll start out with a hot hip-hop flamenco (yes: hip-hop flamenc0) group from Spain called El Combo Lingo – then we’re off to Senegal with Sister Fa; Cuba, with To’Mezclao; and Germany, with Kabanjak.

Intrigued? Me too. I’ll try to do a little studying before we get together though so I’m not completely in the dark when we get to the show.

World of Music is an adventurous trek into the unknown corners of blues, jazz, poetry, and world music every Monday from 3-5pm ET on the Radiator.  Online, or at 105.9FM if you’re listening in Burlington, VT.

mariza’s ‘vozes do mar’

January 26, 2011

If this doesn’t warm you up…you’d best check your pulse.


cold? you bet. but there are ways to enjoy it.

January 25, 2011

my recent snowshoe tracks

Snowshoeing? Outside? In 35 below weather?

It’s not for everyone, but, yes.

Brian Mann of North Country Public Radio GETS IT.

Don’t fear the cold.

Dress warm but by all means appreciate the rare beauty it offers, however you can.


January 24, 2011

No one ever laid it down more musically than Vivaldi. From whipping winds and inconsolable shivers to raw, chapped hands and sharp, clear breaks of wintertime sun – it’s all in here.

leadership news from the vyo

January 24, 2011

Randolph Rowland

The Vermont Youth Orchestra has announced the appointment of their new Interim Executive Director. The position will be assumed by Randolph Rowland, the current president of the Shelburne-based firm Teamswork, and he brings more than two decades of leadership experience to the organization.

Rowland replaces departing Executive Director Caroline Whiddon, who announced her resignation last October.

playlist #145 (1/24/11)-just getting warmed up

January 24, 2011

World of Music
Pgm #145 – Keeping your bones warm with hot tunes on a January day
Catch the show on Mondays 3-5pm EDT – at 105.9FM in Burlington, VT or online at The Radiator
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Queen City Hot Club: Anouman / (demo) 2011 – (MADE IN VT) *NEW*
Hot Club of Detroit: Seven Steps to Heaven / Night Town / Mack Avenue 1041 – (DETROIT, USA)
The Hot Club of San Francisco: Song of India / Postcards from Gypsyland / lost wax 501 – (SAN FRANCISCO, USA)
Kruno: Sheik of Araby / Gypsy Jazz Guitar / GJD 2006002 – (SERBIA)
Brian Bowers: Hot Buttered Rum / by heart / Flying Fish 70313 – (USA)
Hazmat Modine: Yesterday Morning (on Gershwin’s “Summertime”) / The Womexizer 07 / WOMEX 7 – (USA)
Albert Collins: Iceman / Iceman /  Charisma Records 91583 –  (USA)
Horace Andy: Invisible Sun / A Reggae Tribute To The Police / Shanachie 45067 – (JAMAICA)
Bombino: (unnamed track) / Agadez / Cumbancha (demo) – (NIGER) *NEW*
Maurane: Tout va bien dans ce monde (All is well in the world) / Différente / Polydor 529601 – (FRANCE)
Hossam Ramzy & Phil Thornton: Khofu’s Return / Egypt Unveiled / ARC Music 2316 – (EGYPT)
Alicia Villareal: El Rollito / Orguillo de Mujer / Universal 6605 – (MEXICO)
Les Boukakes: L’Alawi / Bledi / Mosaic Music 364652 – (MOROCCO)
Dan Satch & His Atomic 8 Dance Band of Aba: Alabeke / Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-Sounds, & Nigerian Blues / Soundway 9 – (NIGERIA)
Mo’ Horizons: Pé na éstrada (Hit the road jack) / Brazil Remixed / Groove Gravy 1102 – (BRAZIL)
Vieux Farka Toure (remixed by Chris Annibell): Wosoubour / Vieux Farka Toure Remixed: UFOs Over Bamako / Modiba 5 – (MALI)
El Combolinga: Gazpacho / Mira Que Bien / Atxeh 2 – (SPAIN)
Lök-Batan Folklore Group featuring Zülfiya Mamedova: Qalx ayaga Azerbaycan (Stand up, Azerbaijan!) / Azerbaijan – Traditional Music / ARC Music 2318 – (AZERBAIJAN)
Samuele Bersani: Salto la Convivenza (The coexistence jump) / Caramella Smog / Ariola 82876570472 – (ITALY)
Cristina Branco: Rio de Nuvens VIII / Corpo Illuminado / Emarcy 14451 – (PORTUGAL)
K’Naan: Take A Minute / Troubadour / A&M Octone 12478 – (SOMALIA)
Dieguito “El Cigala” & Bebo Valdés: Involvidable / Lágrimas Negras / Calle 54 Records 8287653086 – (SPAIN/CUBA)
Fela Kuti: He Miss Road / Expensive Shit / Wrasse  Records 73 – (NIGERIA)
Soha: Ma Mélancolie / D’ici et D’ailleurs / Opendisc 5099950318100 – (ALGERIA)
Forró For All: A Voz da Razão (A voice of reason) / Forró For All / 2006 – (NY CITY, USA)
Queen City Hot Club: Swing Gitan / (demo) 2011 – (MADE IN VT) *NEW*

staying warm

January 24, 2011

That's my thermometer this morning: 28°F below zero

What to do when it gets this cold? I’m thinking we’re due for a good infusion of Afrobeat, forró, salsa and gypsy jazz.

Today’s World of Music features tunes to keep your toes tapping and your engines running during the coldest days of the year.

We’ll hear from Fela Kuti, Forró For All, Albert “Iceman” Collins, and from Detroit and San Francisco’s Django-style Hot Clubs.

World of Music is a balmy blend of blues, jazz, poetry, and world music every Monday from 3-5pm ET on the Radiator.  Online, or at 105.9FM if you’re listening in Burlington, VT.


January 23, 2011

Happy birthday #101 Django!

‘s paradise.

January 22, 2011

I have relatives who live in Hawaii. They love to send Christmas cards of themselves in swimsuits, drinking umbrella cocktails on perfect white sand beaches. Every year.

That’s nice. I’m glad they’re happy. But I have a secret: as much as they feel smug about dodging winter with their year-round Hawaiian condo, I am more than happy to let them have it so I can remain in the minority and happily soak up wintertime like they absorb UV rays.

I wouldn’t trade living in a Northern climate for anything – except, maybe, a MORE Northern climate. I can walk out the front door of my house in the middle of a winter day and hear NOTHING. The low winter sun creates stunning sunsets of pink, orange, and violet reflected in a swirl of shifting shadows on the deep drifts of blue snow. Ever snowshoe by full moonlight in a crystalline world of indigo and black silhouettes?

You haven’t seen anything in your life until you’ve experienced the Northern lights, dancing in its wardrobe of shimmering, luminous green veils – or radiating, pulsating, infusing the whole sky with crackling color. It’s magnetic, it’s magic, it’s a gift from nature.

In the wintertime, the landscape comes alive with the evidence of visitors whose daily doings are invisible at other times of the year: raccoons, snowshoe rabbits, red and grey squirrels, owls, deer, moose, mice, and lots of birds. They leave their tracks and often improbably looping trails in the snow as a gentle reminder that there is a whole world of quiet life happening around us. Woolly porcupines scoop out telltale long, deep trenches that purposefully link their burrows to water sources. Occasionally one encounters large, deep hollows in the shelter beneath trees – someone’s bed, the previous night.

There are times when the air is so cold it seems to reach right down into your throat and sieze your lungs by their roots – makes you feel alive! And happy to be.

I could go on. I won’t, at least not now. I’ll let a few pictures take over from here. These are shots you won’t find on Christmas cards coming from relatives in Hawaii. And remember, this is just between us. If those Hawaiian implants begin to understand the intense, unique beauty of winter they just may change their minds and come back. They would be very cold in their swimsuits.

baby, it’s ______ cold outside!

January 21, 2011

You’ve heard the weekend forecast by now, tomorrow’s daytime “highs” will be around O°F, and it could be a stretch to even get that warm on Sunday and Monday.

<—-Yep, just like the roadsign says: Look Out For Frozen People Ahead.

It’s a good time to think about Frank Loesser’s great Oscar award-winning classic, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. A few years ago a friend turned me on to the original version of the song, from the movie soundtrack of 1949’s Neptune’s Daughter. Ricardo Montalban’s character is very suave and persuasive as he tries to get Esther Williams’ flighty “Betty” to extend the evening’s entertainment and stay with him just a little longer. I don’t know how she could resist him. (Maybe she didn’t.)

There are many delicious versions, whether your pleasure is Ella and Louis or Betty Carter and Ray Charles or any number of the other duets who have given their combined chemistry a run with the song.

Stay warm this weekend. Be careful with your animals if they have to go outside, treat your car right, and take the opportunity of being housebound to truly enjoy each other’s company.

Wintertime’s a special time,…baby.

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