Arts & Culture

From Minneculture

A continuing tribute to the recently departed Leonard Cohen opens today's program. A Yoko Ono track, followed by a couple new local MN./Cuban music releases; Charanga Tropical & Malamanya – in a tribute to the deceased Cuban leader – Fidel Castro.  Then a track from Haiti's Lakou Muzik – who just took an award for their debut effort "Wa Di Yo".  For the balance of the program Doug goes back to the Amnesty International tribute – Chimes of Freedom – a four CD set of interpretations of the songs of Bob Dylan – Nobel Prize for Literature winner ~ !  Bravo !!

Another week with tons of new releases! Kicked off the show with a cool track from Nehualyome Dub off the new compilation “Mexico – Waves in Amplitude” (on Dan Dada). Followed this up with new music from AMJ meets RSD, Thievery Corporation, The Resonators, The Hempolics, Eter Dub (from the album “In Da Name of Jah” on Dubophonic), Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, Zeb (“Noel Dub” from the release “Dub Carols” on Rhythm & Culture), Tribal Realities (the track “Darkness” feat. horror novelist Deno Sandz), Kabanjak, and the Vibronics, plus 2 from “Los Nuevos Sonidos de Siempre (Cassette Blog 6th Aniversario)”, including our good friends Piper St. Sound! On top of all this new music, we played an eclectic mix featuring Grant Phabao & Horace Andy, Dub Spencer & Trance Hill, Jah9, Culture, Black Uhuru, Ackboo, SXtheMadArtist, Dub Syndicate, The Revolutionaries, Little Tempo, Protoje, The Drastics, Jah Wobble, DJ Baba James (Whetzel), The Jamaicans, Matumbi, and more… Finally, I finally played a fun new station-ID jingle from Jazz’min Tutum & Onedeck Pete (aka Madtone). What a show!

We speak with Philip Beard about his new novel Swing, which became the first self-published novel ever to win the Independent Publishers National Gold Medal for Best Contemporary Fiction Award. He is also the author of Dear Zoe, which was named one of the Ten Best First Novels of the Year by the American Library Ass’n, and Lost in the Garden.