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playlist #170 (8/29/11)-after the storm

August 30, 2011

World of Music
Pgm #170 – Hurricane/Tropical Storm Irene made its way up the East Coast yesterday. Vermont has been the state hardest hit by flooding, with three confirmed dead, thousands out of power, thousands more displaced, and entire towns destroyed and cut off due to washed out roads and bridges. Today’s show is dedicated to the incredible people of my home state as we try to recover from this disaster. (The thumbnails above are all from photos I’ve taken over the last couple of days. There are no words to describe the breadth of this situation.)

I’m also sad to say this my last program, as life is taking me to Boston for a new job. It has been my great pleasure for nearly three years to share Monday afternoons with you and groove to great tunes at The Radiator (community radio 105.9FM in Burlington, VT and online at Check it out.)

And a great many thanks to everyone who makes the station possible: volunteers, staff, underwriters, and…you, the community. Here’s my last “World of Music” playlist.
Nas with Youssou N’Dour & Neneh Cherry: Wake Up (It’s Africa Calling) / Open Remix / (download) – (USA / SENEGAL)
Langston Hughes: Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like The Rivers / Our Souls Have Grown Deep Like The Rivers-Black Poets Read Their Work / Rhino WordBeat 8012 – (USA)
Trombone Shorty: Hurricane Season / Backatown / Verve Forecast 14194 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
Black Kold Madina: Trouble The Water / Trouble The Water / BKM 1 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
Free Agents Brass Band: We Made It Through That Water / Treme HBO Soundtrack / HBO 14910 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
Sister Rosetta: Didn’t It Rain? / This Train / Proper Box 1304 – (USA)
Kermit Ruffins: I Can See Clearly Now / Livin’ a Tremé Life / Basin Street Records 107 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
Stewart Sukuma: Kadivaé Mõnõ / Mozambique Relief / Naxos World 76019 – (MOZAMBIQUE)
Allen Toussaint: Hang Tough / Crescent City Gold / High Street Records 10324 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
Stanton Moore: When The Levees Break / III / Stanton Moore (self-produced) 83648 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
Kronos Quartet & Nihavent Sirto: Tanburi Cemil Bey / Floodplain / Nonesuch 518349 – (TURKEY)
Tom Waits: More Than Rain / Franks Wild Years / Island Records 422-842-357 – (USA)
The Jim Cullum Jazz Band: Deep River / Deep River / Riverwalk Jazz Volume VIII 1998 – (USA)
Rebirth Brass Band: Tornado Special (Ooh Nay Nay) / Ultimate Rebirth Brass Band / MG 1085 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
Stevie Ray Vaughan: Texas Flood / Texas Flood / Epic 38734 – (USA)
Dr. Michael White: Katrina / Blue Crescent / Basin Street Records 504 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
Aaron Neville: Cry Me A River & The Greatest Love / My Greatest Gift / Rounder 2102 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
Gumbo: It’s Raining / Never Tell Me To Quit / Wild Rose Artists 2009 – (USA)
Allen Toussaint: Long, Long Journey / The Bright Mississippi / Nonesuch 480380 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
The Subdudes: It’s So Hard / Annunciation / High Street Records 10323 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
Louis Armstrong: What A Wonderful World / Louis Armstrong-Ken Burns Jazz / Columbia Legacy 61440 – (N’AWLINS, USA)
The Blind Boys of Alabama: I’ll Fly Away / Down in New Orleans / Time Life 19548 – (USA)

playlist #119 (7/12/10)-earthly delights

July 12, 2010
World of Music
Pgm #119 – A cool garden of tunes for a hot afternoon
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)
Maria Montalvo: Cantos del Alma / Cantos del Alma / Putumayo 174 – (CHILE)
Babukishan: Divine Love / Gypsy India / Star Music 24 – (INDIA)
Tom Waits: Earth Died Screaming / Bone Machine / Island 314512580 – (USA)
Kimi Djabaté: Djombé / Karam / Cumbancha 12 – (GUINEA-BISSAU)
Guagua: Chinaman Rastafari / Tres / 2010 – (MADE IN VT) *NEW*
Angelique Kidjo: Zelie / Oyo / (demo) / N/A – (BENIN) *NEW*
Los Nemus del Pacifico: La Lengua Viperina / Grandes Exitos (Greatest Hits) / Discos Fuentes 10266 – (COLOMBIA)
Lila Downs: La Linea (The Border) / Border / Narada World 10265 – (MEXICO)
Bassekou Kouyaté & Ngoni Ba: Jamana Be Diya / I Speak Fula / Next Ambience 1 – (MALI) *NEW*
Galactic featuring Katey Red & Sissy Nobby: Katey vs. Nobby / Ya-Ka-May / ANTI- 87002 – (N’AWLINS) *NEW*
Slavic Soul Party: Baltika / Taketron / Barbès Records 23 – (USA)
DJ Frane: In The Garden / Electric Garden of Delights / Tuff City Massive 3 – (USA)
Luisa Maita: Alento / Lero-Lero / Cumbancha 17 – (BRAZIL) *NEW-being released on 7/27 *
Velha Guarda da Portela: Sabiá Cantador / Tudo Azul / Redcircle Music 2 – (BRAZIL)
Hot Club of San Francisco: Be That Way / Be That Way / Panda Digital 217 – (USA)
Cristina Branco: Musa / Corpo Illuminado / Emarcy 14151 – (PORTUGAL)
Staff Benda Bilili: Moto Moindo / Très Très Fort / Crammed Discs 51 – (DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO)
Mike Mainieri: I Love You / Crescent / NYC Records 6041 – (USA) *NEW – being released on 7/17 *
Easy Star All-Stars: Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds / Easy Star’s Lonely Hearts Dub Band / Discos CNR 21622 – (JAMAICA/USA)
Mongo Santamaria: Day Tripper / Jazz Moods-Cha Cha Party / Concord 5220 – (CUBA)
The Bad Plus + Wendy Lewis: Comfortably Numb / For All I Care / Heads Up 3148 – (USA)
Easy Star All-Stars: Us and Them / Dub Side of the Moon / Easy Star Records 21606 – (JAMAICA/USA)
Kirmizi Biber: Bendeniz / Turkish Groove / Putumayo 248 – (TURKEY)
Cornelius Claudio Kreusch: Trip Soka / Fēfē / BlackMud Sound 1 – (GERMANY)
Totó La Mompasina: Cosas Pá Pensar / La Bodega / Astar 8 – (COLOMBIA)

playlist #88 (11/9/2009)-nyquil for the soul

November 9, 2009
World of Music
Pgm #88 – Down with the flu blues – back by popular demand, this is the second annual flu season special. Songs of commiseration, consolation, and outright INDIGNANT OUTRAGE! If this don’t make you feel better, baby – you dead!
Listen 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)
Squirrel Nut Zippers: La Grippe (the Flu) / The Inevitable Squirrel Nut Zippers / Mammoth Records 105 – (USA) * At Higher Ground tomorrow night: *
Big Joe Tex: Pneumonia / Hip To The Jive 2 / Sonic Scenery 708021 – (USA)
Shasha Marley: Evil Spirits Walk Away / Lost & Found / 1229 – (GHANA)
Françoise Hardy: Comment te dire adieu? (It Hurts To Say Goodbye) / Divine Divas / Rounder 5071 – (FRANCE)
Rupa & The April Fishes: Ç’est Pas d’l’amour/ extraordinary rendition / Cumbancha 7 – (SAN FRANCISCO) * At Parima tonight, 8pm: *
Will Patton Ensemble: Valse 29 / 6th Street Runaround / King’s Hill Music 2008 – (MADE IN VERMONT)
Albert Collins & The Icebreakers: Dyin’ Flu / Alligator Records 30th Anniversary Collection / Alligator Records    112 – (USA)
Johnny Long: Healin’ Touch / Lost & Found / Delta Groove 106 – (ST. LOUIS, MO)
The Lost Fingers: Billy Jean / Lost In The ’80s / Sony 88697 – (QUÉBEC) *NEW*
Maria Bethânia: Feita na Bahia / Encanteria / Quitanda 18 – (BRAZIL) *NEW*
Los Silvertones: Tamborito Swing / Panama!2 / Soundway 13 – (PANAMA)
The Very Best: Chalo (World) / Warm Heart of Africa / Green Owl Records 8.98864 – (MALAWI / FRANCE / ENGLAND) *NEW*
Rocky Fuller: Funeral Hearse At My Door / Chess Blues / Chess Records 9340 – (USA)
Neville Brothers: Will The Circle Be Unbroken / Yellow Moon / A&M Records 5240 – (N’AWLINS)
Allen Toussaint: St. James Infirmary / The Bright Mississippi / Nonesuch 480380 – (N’AWLINS) *NEW*
Tom Waits: Cold, Cold Ground / Franks Wild Years / Island 422-842 – (USA)
Robert Cray: I Shiver / Blues Guitar Greats / Universal 314 556 719 – (USA)
Alex Cuba: Amor Infinito (Infinite Love) / Les Nuits d’Afrique Compilation 2007 / Les Nuits d’Afrique 2099 – (CUBA)
Omara Portuondo: Gracias / Gracias / World Village 479021 – (CUBA) * NEW – Latin Grammy winner, Best Contemporary Tropical Album *
Rupa & The April Fishes: La Linea (The Border) / Este Mundo / Cumbancha 15 – (SAN FRANCISCO) *NEW – at Parima tonight, 8pm: *
Aswad: Don’t Turn Around / Distant Thunder / Mango 9810 – (JAMAICA)
Mathieu Mathieu: Cette Ville / Québec / Putumayo 279 – (QUÉBEC)
Hot Club of Detroit: Belleville / Hot Club of Detroit / Mack Avenue Records 1030 – (DETROIT)
Paolo Conte: Happy Feet / The Best of Paolo Conte / Nonesuch 79512 / (ITALY)
Haugaard & Høirup: Raaby Hopsa (Traditional Danish stick dance) / Lys (Light) / GOØ 501 – (DENMARK)
Kermit Ruffins: Kermit’s Second Line / Kermit Ruffins / Putumayo 233 – (N’AWLINS)
Shemekia Copeland: Turn The Heat Up / Alligator Records 30th Anniversary Collection / Alligator Records    112 – (USA)
The Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Me Like It Like That & Kidd Jordon’s Second Line / The New Orleans Album / Columbia    45414 – (N’AWLINS)

Engels in the architecture

March 12, 2009

Might seem like an easy question: ‘what do Tom Waits, Louis Armstrong and Vivaldi have in common?’ – well, music. Very good music. Yes.

3/11/09-statuary at St. Michael's College

3/11/09-statuary at St. Michael's College

These are also artists whose seeming creative  disparities are bridged by the common attribute of having inspired writing by poets John Engels, and David Huddle.

Last night’s memorial for Engels at  St. Michael’s College brought together images of these artists and a lot more, in thoughtful  readings by Engels’ daughter and his longtime friend and collaborator Huddle.

The event’s introduction came from a man who knew them both: Dr. William Marquess, from the St. Michael’s English Department. With insight telling of his own art, he described Huddle as a poet of “hard vision” and “unobtrusive craft”.

For a night when no actual music was played, the occasion was filled with it.

Huddle prefaced the opening selection (the seasonally mud-melancholy “Spring Prophecy”) with the reminder of Engels’ characterization of Vivaldi (from another poem, “Vivaldi in Early Fall”), as being “on the verge of thunderously sad”. Huddle made the important distinction between being at the rim of of that precipice,  and falling in – he smiled, and acknowledged that he would not be there to share Engels’ poetry with the audience if it were of the latter kind.

Huddle’s gently Virginia-tinged readings unfolded over the next hour to reveal a deep mutual respect and tender friendship between the two men on topics as wide-ranging as Alzheimer’s disease, fly fishing, an encounter with migrating songbirds, dog walking, and finally a rich poem in which Huddle describes his own arrival (long in coming!) in appreciating Louis Armstrong’s music.

Huddle and Engels often traded music recommendations, it turns out, and though Armstrong had been a favorite of Engels it was a recommendation that Huddles had steadfastly resisted for reasons that didn’t really need to be made clear. Music’s just that way, I guess. You either get it or you don’t. And sometimes it just takes some time.

Huddle describes the Armstrong piece that finally did it for him in the resulting poem “Search This World Over” – the title is a phrase from that Armstrong cornerstone, “St. James Infirmary”.

Most memorable line from the evening? In an hour filled with readings from two of the region’s top poets, you can imagine there were many. But as I left St. Michaels it was Huddle’s Louis Armstrong quote that stuck with me: “if you ain’t got it in you, you can’t blow it out.”

And there was surely no lack of inner source material last night…”on the verge of thunderously sad”, and otherwise.

[ David Huddle’s newest poetry collection is “Glory River” (2008, Louisiana State University Press) ]

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