2013-01-11 World Music Mix

planet-earth-with-headphonesWe wandered all throughout time and space today, spinning tunes from artists worldwide, from old Colombian music to brand new South African music. Thanks as always for the calls and requests during the show.

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2013-01-04 New Global Music for a New Global Year

New Year 2013New sounds were the order of the day, as we pulled songs not spun and albums not aired before on Spin The Globe (and many not anywhere in the KAOSverse!). Thanks for listening, and happy new year to you all!

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2012-12-28 Post-Apocalypse Global Dance Party!

Post-Apocalypse Global Dance PartyWell, we survived the fake Mayan apocalypse. And the holidays. Which is enough reason for a couple hours of dancing and joy. Yes, we still have to back away from the fiscal cliff…or deal with the consequences. But if we worry too much about tomorrow, we’ll never take the chance to dance today. So listen, dance, and have a great (and safe!) new year’s eve. I’ll see you back on the airwaves (and Internet waves) next Friday, in 2013. Thanks for living locally and grooving globally with me throughout 2012!

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2012-12-21 Music for the End of the World… And Christmas!

apocalypse-signWith celebrations of Christmas, Hanukkah, and Solstice, why do we seem to need a fake Mayan apocalypse to get excited? Whatever the reason, enjoy your end of the world party, then get up tomorrow and enjoy the world. Perhaps, as some say, it’s the end not of the world, but of an era — an era of selfishness, greed, and shortsightedness. And the start of an era of cooperation, peace, justice, and opportunity for all. That would make a nice holiday gift…

Today’s show included some holiday music, and also some new releases and other fun stuff. I was thinking about doing a doom-and-gloom apocalyptic show, but I guess that just isn’t in my nature. Enjoy the music, and tune in on Christmas morning when I’ll be filling in on Cover the Earth, also 10-noon on KAOS-fm. Happy holidays, and peace on earth, my friends.

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2012-12-14 25 Best Global / World Music Albums of 2012

best-2012How does one compare great Solomon Islands panpipe music with ground-breaking Alptronica? How does one rank Balkan brass against kora jazz? One can’t, really. So instead of an arbitrary ranking in the form of a Top Something list, Spin The Globe gathered the best music received in 2012 (some released earlier…), and slowly removed albums from the pile until only 25 remained. This show features songs from those 25 albums, plus one gripping single. Print out the list and put numbers in front of each listing if you like, or just listen and enjoy. And remember that global music makes a great gift for, well, pretty much anyone. Happy holidays, and thanks for your part in making 2012 a memorable year.

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2012-12-07 Afrobeat in the USA

Afrobeat in AmericaA local confluence of Afrobeat shows by Antibalas and Cascadia ’10 made for a great jumping off point to explore the state of Afrobeat in America. We heard Afrobeat bands from NYC, DC, Texas, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, and beyond. Also a couple global interpretations of Brubeck’s Take Five, and some concert previews.

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Soweto String Quartet
“TAKE FIVE” from Our World

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2012-11-30 Tropical Tunes

Tropical Tunes on Spin The Globe world music radioThe wintery rains have started in Cascadia, even with winter still three weeks away. So we took refuge in tropical sounds today, digging our toes into the warm sand and kicking back with a cool drink as the music washed over us. Ahhhh…..

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2012-11-23 Global Music about Food

Spin The Globe's planetary food pyramidStill digesting turkey? Then you’ll love this show focused on nonfat, gluten-free music about foods of all kinds. A celebration of global eating, with music from around the planet. Happy Thanksgiving to all, and a very pleasant Buy Nothing Day as well.

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2012-11-16 Global Music from Multicultural Bands

multicultural hands lifting globeThis show focused specifically on multicultural bands. Okay, confession time… as I was collecting music for the show, I realized that much of the music heard on Spin The Globe regularly comes from bands with members from differing national/cultural backgrounds. It might actually be more challenging to find bands that had members from only one nation. In any case, a great show emerged, with lots of fascinating cultural interplay. Bonus points if you can identify the nations of all the musicians involved in the show.

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2012-11-09 Top 10 Global CDs, November edition

Fangnawa ExperienceI love music. And I love sharing it with you. And this month’s Top 10 chart is full of amazing albums that are well worth sharing. Listeners seemed to especially dig the cuts by Samuel Yirga, Bollywood Brass Band, Yannick Noah, and Fanga & Maalem Abdallah Guinea. But check out the show for yourself; you’re bound to find your own new favorites. From the tradimodern Korean sound of Geomungo Factory to the funky dub of Super Hi-Fi, there’s something for everyone.

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