Within a couple hours of the ball dropping in Times Square, Dr. StrangeDub & DJ Baby Swiss were ringing in the new year in a dubwise stylee… Starting things off with the best version of “Auld Lang Syne” ever: the “Auld Lang Syne/Slaves Lament” masterpiece from Ghetto Priest. Followed this with the reggae instrumental version from The Drastics, and then the wigged-out “cosmic” version from Eban Schletter. A couple more versions of “Auld Lang Syne” in the program, plus a few more seasonal tunes – including the great “What a Wonderful World” from Louis Armstrong (as remixed by the Orb), plus Dennis “Blackbeard” Bovell’s cool a capella version. But only going so far in the seasonal mode… We also filled the show with more great sounds from Dubblestandart (from the excellent “Woman in Dub” album), Gentleman’s Dub Club, Rootz Underground, Dub Gabriel ft. U-Roy, Josh Heinrichs & Friends, Serengety, Capital Letters, Lee Scratch Perry, Rico, E.R.S., Kukan Dub Lagan, Dub Architect/Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Ticklah, and much more…
We speak with Karen Hering about her new book Writing to Wake the Soul, offering a contemplative practice of writing that engages memory and imagination, story and poetry, images and the timeless wisdom of world religions and mythology.
We also speak with Will Alexander about his novel for young readers Goblin Secrets, which won the National Book Award. He is also the author of Ghoulish Song, which, like Goblin Secrets, is set in the magical city of Zombay.
Welcome to KFAI’s New Year’s Eve Dance Party for 2013. The following playlist was designed with a party in mind.
Hope you went swinging, strolling, bopping, twisting, bumping and lindy-hopping into the new year!