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A big hug to Angie Pykonen, hostess of KFAI’s “In Your Ear”, for sitting in with me today. Curtiss A, Animals, Black Keys, Willie Murphy, Hot Tuna, Flo & Eddie, Liquor Pigs, Roky Erickson, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Elvis Costello….just a sampling of artists played this week. Want to give it a listen? Click “Episode Details” to link to the archive and review the playlist.

This holiday Global Beat moves between New Orleans and Hawai’i, among other locations and back home to the Midwest for some new releases.

Tonight was the annual “Christmas In Dub” special… What a fun mix of yuletide reggae, dub, club, jazz, lounge, and world exotica we put together this year. A bunch of reggae Christmas tunes from the likes of Yellowman, Horace Andy, The Ethiopians, Bluebeat Players, David Powell, The Drastics, L&S symfHoney, McPullish, Jacob Miller & Ray I, Jah Iriest Artists, Likkle Mai, The Kingstonians, Beres Hammond, Jah Jah meets Yaba Radics & Gibsy, Abassi All Stars, Kaysha Lee, Tommy McCook, Toots & the Maytals, and others. Plus yuletide gems from our Dub Club Tiki Lounge, including the artists Redtenbacher’s Funkestra, (James G.) Skafish, Hal Blaine, Esquivel, Pink Martini, 11 Acorn Lane, The Blue Hawaiians, J.Boogie, The Dub Three-o, Macklin Underdown, Vince Guaraldi (remixed…and straight-up), Fort Knox Allstars, Eban Schletter, Louis Armstrong/The Orb, Billie Holiday/Yesking, Duke Ellington, and more. What a fun, dubwise holiday party it was!

Welcome to my Xmas 2012 show…..today, I took the audience on a Santa Sleigh Ride back to the past and explored the Xmas of my youth…1960-1970. At my house in St. Paul, we always had the music going and Xmas Day was no exception. Sure, we enjoyed a few actual Xmas songs but back in those days, the songs weren’t as cool as they are now. So we had to make our own cool Yule. And we did it by partying to the sounds of the day…..see play list below.

Corazon Latino’s Eve hosts a Christmas Day Special!

Jonathan Kennedy hosted Spin with Cyn, spinning songs for Christmas Day. (Playlist coming soon)

A Clash of Cultures: Understanding the 1862 Dakota War (Part 1 of 2 Part Version)

On August 17, 1862 a group of four young Dakota men on a hunting expedition killed five settlers who lived along the Minnesota river in what is now southwest Minnesota…and a war began.

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