KAOS at 40

KAOS wolf howlSpin The Globe has been on KAOS for a long time, but not since the beginning. KAOS turns 40 this year, and is celebrating with a variety of events and outreach. You’ll find various KAOS folks at fairs, music sales, wine tastings, and right here in the radio station bringing you the great shows you love, including live performances such at the appearance by Brass Menazeri Balkan Brass Band this morning on Spin The Globe.

To make sure you don’t miss any of the fabulous happenings, keep an eye on the new KAOS blog. And if you’re a longtime fan or a past KAOS programmer, perhaps you have some old posters, recordings, or other station paraphernalia you could share with us. See the blog for how to submit things.

I’ll be digging through the STG archives, and contributing interviews and photos accumulated over the years. Watch for those on the blog. And if you have ideas about how KAOS should be celebrating, be sure to let the station know.

Here’s to the next 40 years of KAOS!

2013-01-25 Brass Menažeri, Live!

Brass Menazeri

Brass Menazeri (photo ©Scott Allan Stevens)

What a blast to be joined in the studio by Brass Menažeri as they start their farewell tour. Group leader/founder Peter Jaques is headed off to Greece to study music, and the band is calling it quits. But not before shows in Seattle, Vancouver BC, Olympia, Santa Cruz, and their home base of Oakland. If you’re on the West Coast, don’t miss your last chance to see these guys live! They joined us for a live studio set and a little conversation this week. Thanks to Nicki for engineering!

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2013-01-18 Top 10 Global Albums, January 2013

Flavia Coelho - Bossa MuffinWe count down the best new (and new to us) global music albums this month — including flavors from Brazil, Israel, South Africa, The USA, and beyond.

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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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