2012-02-23 World Music Top 10, February

The Toure-Raichel Collective - The Tel Aviv SessionThis week, a romp through the sounds of our monthly Top 10 chart, featuring the best new music on Planet Earth. Full reviews of many of these albums coming soon at SoundRoots.org

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2012-02-17: Mardi Gras / Carnival / Carnaval!

We may be starting to see the hints of spring here in the north, but in Brazil it’s time for a full-on sweaty summer street party. Our Carnaval on the air features music from Brazil, Trinidad, New Orleans, and other corners of the earth where Carnival/Carnaval is celebrated. Plus some new releases and such in hour 2.

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2012-02-10 Iraq Meets Hungary

In our first ping-ponging show of the year, we bounced between Iraq and Hungary, and found some curious musical connections therein. In the second hour of the show, new releases and concert previews dominated. Thanks for listening, and thanks to our new likers on Facebook!Hungary Meets Iraq (musically speaking)

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2012-02-03 Music from a Global Cafe

This week, music from the Spin The Globe Cafe, a small cozy bistro that exists only in my mind. But the sounds from its eclectic live stage exist in the real world, as captured in this two-hour radio show archive. Enjoy!

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2012-01-27: Polyrhythmics live at KAOS

What a way to round out the month… the Polyrhythmics joined me live in the KAOS performance studio for a rousing set of funky global music, including songs from their recent album Labrador and some unrecorded tracks. You may think of global funk as an evening sound, but they proved it works for the morning hours too. Special thanks to Daniel for manning the mixer and making it all sound great!

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2012-01-20 Snowed Out

Here’s your belated confirmation that there was no show this week. The snow and ice storm was quick and messy, knocking down a lot of tree limbs which in turned knocked out a lot of electricity, including that which supplies the KAOS transmitter. The station was fine, and could have broadcast using our fanch-schmancy generator. But without the transmitter up and running, all that great radio would have just sat in a sad little pile with no way for us to disperse it to your ears. The plan is for a generator at the transmitter site as well, but for now be assured that most electricity has been restored in Thurston (no, not Thurston Howell III) County, and all will soon be back to normal.

If by normal, you mean what we do at KAOS. Such as this Friday’s live in-studio Spin The Globe performance by The Polyrhythmics.

Thanks for bearing with us, and here’s hoping your home is warm and bright…



2012-01-13 Music of the Kora (West African Harp)

Prompted by a new CD release and a local concert tomorrow, we explored the many sounds of the West African kora today — a harp that’s been used in classical Jali (griot) music as well as in global fusions with other instruments. In the second hour of the show, new releases and concert previews. And congrats to the listeners who won tickets to see Erev Rav and Vagabond Opera — I’ll see you at the show.

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2001-01-06 New World Music Releases

This week we continued to celebrate the new hear by spinning new releases, many of which have not been heard on KAOS before. Is this what 2012 will sound like? Only staying tuned will tell.  Happy new year!World Music - New Releases + Faves

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2011-12-30 New Year’s Eve Eve Dance Party

A bit different format as we experiment with some new software, but don’t worry — the playlist will always be available here. And this one was particularly fun, as we threw out any pretense of a show theme and just went for straight-up energy and dance-ability. I hope you have as much fun listening as I did DJ-ing — you won’t find a better New Year’s Eve Eve Morn dance party anywhere.

Happy new year!

Remember: the STG podcast has moved — you can now find the current and past episodes at http://www.mixcloud.com/SpinTheGlobe/

Hour 1

Habana Abierta “Lo Bueno No Sale Barato” from Boomerang (2005) on EMI SpainHappy 2012 from Spin The Globe

Tumbactre “Chorizo” from Afritanga: The Sound of Afrocolumbia on Trikong

Zap Mama “Rafiki” from A Ma Zone (1999) on luaka bop

Mo’Horizons “Banana No Mas” from And The Banana Soundsystem on Agogo Records

Va Fan Fahre “Surfing With the Jews II” from Romski Robbery (2005) on Zephyrus Records

Taz “Apna Sangeet” from Rough Guide to Bhangra Dance (2006) on world music network

Zina Pavlova “All That Has Been (Vsyo Chto Bylo)” from Sing, Gypsy! (1993) on Monitor Records

Christine Vaindirlis “Indaba (Meeting Place)” from Dance Mama! (2009) on Ubuntu World Music

SambaDa “Sangue Africano (Remix)” from Gente! (2010) on MRI

DJ Amazing Clay “Rockafunk” from Baile Funk Masters #4 (2008) on Man Recordings

Raya Brass Band “Čuček Na Sudahan” from Dancing on Roses, Dancing on Cinders on self-released

Barika “River Niger” from Remember (2011) on Barika


Hour 2

Brenda Fassie “Vuli Ndlela” from Memeza on CCP

Larry McDonald “Brother Man” from Drumquestra (2009) on MCPR Music

Les Freres Smith “Gondwana” from Contreband Mentality on Comet

Ayhan Sicimoglu “Reggaeturkaton” from Friends & Family (2006) on Doublemoon Records

Brave Combo “Mambo In a Brand New Year” from Holidays! (2005) on Rounder Records

Boom Pam “Alakazam” from Alakazam on High Fidelity

Ali Hassan Kuban “Mabrouk Wo Arisna” from Rough Guide to Ali Hassan Kuban (2002) on world music network

Captain Planet “Ningane (feat. Fredy Massamba)” from Cookin’ Gumbo (2011) on Bastard Jazz Recordings

James Whetzel “Sarod Lang Syne” from Subcontinental Palmwine Punk (2007) on OLIN PLACE

Achanak “Sun Mundeya” from East 2 West on Music Club

Mahala Rai Banda “Balkan Reggae” from Ghetto Blasters (2009) on Asphalt Tango Records

Bole 2 Harlem “Hoya Hoye” from Bole 2 Harlem, Vol. 1 (2006) on SOUNDS of the MUSHROOM

Shantel “Marko I Shantel” from Disko Partizani (2007) on Essay Recordings

Salsa Celtica “AULD LANG SYNE” from El Agua de la Vida (2003) on Compass Records

2011-12-23 Happy Global Holidays!

DJ SantaThis week’s show celebrated all the winter holidays you could think of…and then some. Happy Hanukkah, Solstice, and Christmas to you all, and thanks for tuning in!

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Hour 1
Costa Neto   –   Boas festas Moçambique   –   World Christmas Party
Klezmatics   –   Happy Joyous Hanukkah   –   Woody Guthrie’s Happy Joyous Hanukkah
Jennifer Cutting’s Ocean Orchestra   –   Song of Solstice   –   Song of Solstice
Peter Lohmeyer   –   Stille Nacht heilige Nacht (Kenia)   –   Fröhliche Weihnacht überall (in 18 Liedern um die Welt)
Blue Hawaiians   –   We Four Kings (Little Drummer Boy)   –   Christmas On the Big Island
Erran Baron Cohen   –   Dreidel   –   Erran Baron Cohen Presents: Songs In the Key of Hanukkah
Shirim Klezmer Orchestra   –   Dance of the Dreydls (Based on “Dance of the Reed Flutes”)   –   Klezmer Nutcracker
Jayram Acharya   –   “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”   –   “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town”
Three Weissmen   –   Schlepp the Halls with Loaves of Hallah   –   Blame It on Christmas, Vol. 1
Tomas Kocko & Orchestr   –   Hej koleda!   –   Koleda / The carol
Forro In the Dark   –   Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer   –   Christmas EP
Ini Kimoze   –   All I Really Want for Christmas   –   A Putumayo World Christmas
N’Klabe   –   Aires De Navidad   –   Aires de Navidad (with Our Latin Thing)
Ruth Welcome   –   It Came Upon The Midnight Clear / Lo, How A Rose Is Blooming / Angels And Shepherds  –   Christmas In Zitherland
Triakel   –   Torspar-Julaftas-Vaggvisa   –   Think Global World Christmas
JAMES WHETZEL   –   God Rest Ye Funky Bhangra (2011 Nice Mix)   –   God Rest Ye Funky Bhangra (2011 Nice Mix)
Pure Heart   –   12 Days of Christmas Hawaiian Style   –   2.5
Joseph Spence   –   Santa Claus Is Comin To Town   –   must be santa

Hour 2
Brian Rodford   –   Ukhismuz e-Africa   –   African Christmas & Ukhismuz E-Africa
Erran Baron Cohen   –   Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah   –   Erran Baron Cohen Presents: Songs In the Key of Hanukkah
Azeez Khan & the Junglee Merrymakers   –   Chamakti Christmas   –   Chamakti Christmas
El Vez   –   Poncho Claus   –   Merry MeX-mas
Desert Wind   –   God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen –   –   Christmas: Rhythms of the Holy Land
Os Velhinhos Transviados   –   Noite Silenciosa   –   O Natal dos Velhinhos Transviados
Los Reyes   –   Yemaya   –   Gipsy Christmas
Craig ‘n Co.   –   Chanukah Rap   –   My Jewish Discovery
New Birth Brass Band   –   Santa’s Second Line   –   New Orleans Christmas
Amartya Rahut   –   Jingle Bell   –   Jingle Bell
Super Deluxe   –   Dominck the Italian Christmas Donkey   –   Christmas in the Northwest 8
Red Nativity   –   Three Shamen   –   One Holy Night
Tarun Bhattacharya, Robbie LInk, Bikram Ghosh   –   “O Come, O Come Emmanuel”   –   Nomad Christmas
Pink Martini   –   Ocho Kandelikas (Eight Little Candles)   –   joy to the world
Kitka   –   Zamuchi Se Bozha Majka (Bulgaria)   –   Think Global World Christmas
Dominique Horwitz   –   Schlittenfahr’n (Rumänien)   –   Fröhliche Weihnacht überall (in 18 Liedern um die Welt)