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Today’s Playlist: 11/11, “Armistice Day” November 14, 2011

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11/11, Armistice Day…

Remembrance Day Poppy…In which we seek out ways by which we can personally prosecute a “war to end all wars.”

1. “In This Land,” Sweet Honey in the Rock
2. “radha shum,” sistashree
3. “A Long Walk,” Jill Scott
4. “Signs of Love,” Moby
5. “Jesus Children of America,” Stevie Wonder
6. “Fall Aside,” Hope Sandoval and The Warm Inventions
7. “Tender,” blur
8. “In the Morning When I Rise,” Sweet Honey in the Rock
9. “(The Forgotten People),” Thievery Corporation
10. “Odessa,” Martin Tillman
11. “Starlight,” Dead Composers
12. “Durga Pahimam,” Jai Uttal
13. “Spiritual,” Sweet Honey in the Rock

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Today’s Playlist: 10/28, “Reminds Me of Summer…” October 28, 2011

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Donny Hathaway10/28, Reminds Me of Summer…

…In which I decry the first day of really crummy weather and seek out music that reminds me of hot city streets and languid summer air.

1. “I Love the Lord, He Heard My Cry, Parts 1 & 2,” Donny Hathaway
2. “‘T’ Plays It Cool,” Marvin Gaye
3. “Free At Last,” Al Green
4. “La Femme Parallel,” Thievery Corporation f/ LouLou
5. “Sabrosa,” Beastie Boys
6. “Cause For Alarm,” The Heavy
7. “Memory Gospel,” Moby
8. “Oasis,” Alex Theory
9. “Amerimacka,” Thievery Corporation
10. “The Ghetto,” Donny Hathaway
11. “Taste of Blood,” Mazzy Star
12. “Sleep,” Amanaska
13. “Lonesome Valley,” The Fairfield Four

Today’s Playlist: 10/21, “Electronic or Electronica?” October 24, 2011

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Moon Safari10/21, Electronic or Electronica?

…In which I play ethereal music to determine whether the Electronic or Electronica genre reigns supreme. For reasons beyond me, Tracks 4, 9, 10, and 12, below, are Electronic. Track 8 is Electronic-a.

1. “Sense of Touch,” Mark Isham
2. “The Boss,” James Brown
3. “Lonely Town, Lonely Street,” Bill Withers
4. “Sunday (The Day Before My Birthday),” Moby
5. “Voo Doo,” Neville Brothers
6. “jaya shiva,” sistashree
7. “Amina,” Bombay Dub Orchestra
8. “New Star in the Sky (Chanson Pour Solal),” Air
9. “Sweet Tides,” Thievery Corporation f/LouLou
10. “Teardrop,” Massive Attack
11. “Tomorrow,” Salif Keita
12. “Distractions,” Zero 7
13. “Puja,” Krishna Das

Today’s Playlist: 10/14, “That’s right. World Music” October 13, 2011

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Bombay Dub, "3 Cities"10/14, That’s right. World Music

…In which I play lots of world music and determine not to let John Cusack’s line in High Fidelity bother me.

His music: Latin and Bulgarian, whatever world music was trendy that week.


1. “asatoma,” sistashree
2. “Light My Fire,” Al Green
3. “Spooky,” Dusty Springfield
4. “Life Goes On,” Angie Stone
5. “Shine,” Dolly Parton
6. “Spiral,” Bombay Dub Orchestra
7. “Papa,” Salif Keita
8. “Secret,” Madonna
9. “ganesha,” sistashree
10. “Hallelujah,” Willie Nelson
11. “Fall Aside,” Hope Sandoval and the Warm Inventions
12. “When I Die,” Sweet Honey in the Rock

Today’s Playlist: 10/07, “Stand By Me” October 7, 2011

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10/07, Stand By Me

…In which we celebrate themes like Love, Freedom, Peace, and Forever. Because you got to have your head in the abstract when you’re practicing… 

1. “The Sun Never Stops Setting,” Moby
2. “Sanni Kegniba,” Salif Keita
3. “Something Wicked This Way Comes,” Barry Adamson
4. “Ex Factor,” Lauryn Hill
5. “The Face of Love,” Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan with Eddie Vedder
6. “Set Me Free,” Dungeon East & Whild Peach
7. “We Got to Have Peace,” Curtis Mayfield
8. “Forever Came Today,” Diana Ross & The Supremes
9. “Memories of Gaia,” Alex Theory
10. “She Hangs Brightly,” Mazzy Star
11. “Free,” Thievery Corporation
12. “Border Song (Holy Moses),” Aretha Franklin
13. “Stand By Me,” Mavis Staples & Lucky Peterson

Today’s Playlist: 09/30, “The Long Road” September 30, 2011

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Beginning today, I’ll be posting the playlists from my Friday afternoon classes. September 30, “The Long Road,” is deliberately toned down because, well, my boss told me to tone things down. That being the inspiration, and because this weekend happens to be the sixth anniversary of my very first assignment as a journalist (Operation: Ceasefire in Washington, D.C., for URB Magazine), this list is loaded with D.C.-based Thievery Corporation, the hosts of Op: Ceasefire.

09/30, The Long Road

The Richest Man in Babylon, Thievery Corporation

…In which we honor Thievery Corporation, for granting me one of my very first interviews as a journalist six years ago this week; and give “The Long Road” the lead-off position, because it reminds me of Fall.

1. “The Long Road,” Eddie Vedder with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
2. “Blue Skies,” Willie Nelson
3. “Satyam Shivam Sundaram,” Thievery Corporation
4.  “Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away,” Stevie Wonder
5. “Tower Seven,” Thievery Corporation
6. “The Power of Good-Bye,” Madonna
7. “La Femme d’Argent,” Air
8. “Sister Moon,” Sting
9. “Take My Soul,” Thievery Corporation
10. “Everloving,” Moby
11. “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” The Staple Singers
12. “The Time We Lost Our Way,” Thievery Corporation
13. “Puja,” Krishna Das

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