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Sunday, December 31, 2006

Pangaea Lounge from Nov 9 2006 (the last one in 2006)


setlist WILL be added soon!!

although i have since taken a break from these gigs- i held on to the recording from this night because it was a good one in my humble opinion...(ok, forget being humble here, it ROCKED!)
i hope you enjoy the sounds of the Pangaea Lounge, enjoy the intercontinental vibes!
and Happy New Year!!!

(special thanks to Cafe Gutenberg for hosting this event for nearly 2 years straight, and to all the people who showed up- you guys were a real inspiration/encouragement to me)

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Mikey Dread at the Jewish Mother Jan 12th 2007!

Yes it's true, Mikey Dread, the singer/DJ known for his smooth concious toasting over crucial riddims will be performing here in the US in January with a full band! Of course, if you don't know.. he's also well known for the long running UK radio show "Dread at the Controls" on Radio One (also, don't forget his many collaborations with the legendary punk band THE CLASH!) Mikey Dread will be at the Jewish Mother in VA beach on Jan 12th. Here's Mikey Dread's webpage! Don't miss the vibes! this man aint no joke--- strictly roots and culture!

Friday, January 12, 2007 -The Jewish Mother - 3108 Pacific Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451 - Info: 757-422-5430

New Years party at Art 6 Gallery !

I am djing for Rattlemouth at this event: (Press release courtesy of George Lowe of Rattlemouth)
"New Years' Eve Cd Release Party Featuring Rattlemouth
8:30pm- 1am
$20 cover
Sunday Dec 31
Art6 Gallery
6East Broad St


On December 31, Rattlemouth, Richmond's premier eclectic and world music ensemble, returns to the friendly confines of Art6 Gallery for another unforgettable evening of the "musical gymnastics for the body and spirit" for which they are known. This performance will serve as both a New Years' celebration, and the release party for their long-awaited 3rd CD, "Hopabout," (available for your purchasing pleasure at the special one-time-only price of $10). Armed with a generous helping of newly-digested tunes from Ethiopia, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Guinea, Jamaica and Cuba, and accompanied by special guests, including Richmond legend, Paul Watson, Rattlemouth will propel you to your feet and keep you there howling for more! Also on hand will be WRIR's outstanding DJ Carlito, who will spin tasty grooves beginning at 9pm, and between sets.
Doors open at 8:30pm. Cover $20.
Enjoy the complementary snacks, hit the cash bar, pick up a cd, and dance dance dance.

It should be noted that the entire evenings' festivities will be dedicated to the memory of our friends, the Harvey family, and will include a shrine in their honor to which all are welcome to contribute. Let us stand together against the dark forces of the past year, and dance in the New Year with joy and hope."

Monday, December 25, 2006

Godfather of Soul- James Brown Dies on Christmas Morning 2006 RIP

Rest in Peace James Brown


on Shindig: "Please Please Please" - (don't go!!)

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Happy Holidays to EveryOne!

This Christmas Eve on If Music Could Talk- 7-9pm EST Sunday Dec 24 2006


Thursday, December 21, 2006

The Shocking Blue

Sadly, "Mariska Veres died on 2 dec. 2006" --link to a fan page
here's a clip from one of her more recent (traditional style) groups...

Monday, December 18, 2006

If Music Could Talk Dec 17 2006 Podcast


Lawrence Welk meets Velvet Underground

whoever did this is brilliant---the rhythm section syncs up perfectly

Friday, December 15, 2006

Re-post of earlier Podcast- Stephen Jerome -special guest

Check out Stephen Jerome-- he's just completed a full length album - recorded in NYC at "the Shed" and produced by Daniel Wise. Last Sunday, Stephen Jerome stopped by WRIR studios to play some of his new tracks.

(because Stephen Jerome's album hasnt been released yet, i took the original show down to edit the songs into clips...)
here's the edited version of the podcast for this show.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

NY hardcore- Special Guest (Last Sunday) - Adam Nathanson


unreleased acetate of Velvet Underground's first record (bought for 75cents in a Chelsea thrift store)

purchased in 2002 at a Chelsea yard sale for: 75 cents
final ebay auction price: US $155,401.00
latest news update - the buyer backed out due to some foul computer hacking on ebay.. it's been re-lisited! (?) - this may be a rumor

ok, IT WAS TRUE!! they relisted the record and it sold (the second time) for US $25,200.00.

from the ebay description :

"This acetate, which is possibly the only surviving copy, represents the first Velvet Underground album as Andy Warhol intended it to be released."

"Norman Dolph [the name on the record label "att:N Dolph"] was a perennial in the New York art & music scene of the 1960's. He worked as a sales representative at Columbia Records through 1967, and was deeply involved with different facets of the independent music world on the side. Andy Warhol, who was managing the Velvets at the time, contacted Dolph & offered him a painting in exchange for services as
"ghost" (uncredited) producer for the Velvet's first recording session. Warhol wanted to record a Velvets album before they had a record company behind them as this would tend to minimize meddling label executives' mobility in compromising the musical arrangement's distraught primal force, not to mention the unprecedented taboo lyrics which openly address sex, drugs, and depravity. Warhol's plan was to have Dolph record it and then shop it around to labels (first & foremost Columbia) as a finished recording.

...and so Dolph rented out Scepter studios, and with an engineer named John Licata by his side, they recorded the Velvets for four days. At the time Scepter studios was between reconstruction and demolition with walls falling over and holes in the floor. Velvets' bass & viola player John Cale would later recall the environment as "Post-Apocalyptic".

Dolph took the master tapes made during this session to the Columbia building, which still had an in-house pressing plant, and cut the acetate "after hours" with people he knew on the inside. Dolph then sent the acetate to Columbia to see if they were interested in releasing it. It was returned promptly with a note that said something akin to "do you think we're out of our f**king minds?" Dolph then gave the acetate to Andy Warhol or John Cale, he cannot remember which... ...As to the most interesting mystery brought up by the appearance of this item - how did such an important artifact disappear for 37 years & end up at a Chelsea New York yard sale priced at 75 cents? ...We have no answer."

Lou Reed & Velvet Underground - Venus in Furs (just a clip)

European Son

Velvet Underground Psichiatrists Convention Jan. 14. 1966 Super 8

Thursday, December 07, 2006

David Byrne's website is super-cool

Link to David Byrne's live journal

picture: David Byrne and Brian Eno

Monday, December 04, 2006

Bollywood, DooWop (and early rock and roll) If Music Could Talk - Podcast


honestly, i dont think this show was really planned out very well, many of the selections didn't blend as well as i had hoped -- (except for that last bollywood track into the acapella doo wop song by the persuasions on Pt 2)-- Also, this show was probably one of the strangest mixes of musical genres i could have come up with at the spur of the moment. But try to believe me, there ARE some similarities between the two styles! ( vocalists with unmistakeable style and personality trading verses back and forth and harmonizing, blaring horn sections, loud drum breaks, swingin rhythms, twangy guitars..) The songs themselves are true classics... the show definitely has it's moments. Please note: i announced some of the tracks wrong again this week by accident (they've been corrected on the setlist- and im gonna try to spend more time getting this information organized ahead of time from now on) hope you enjoy the podcast.

Monday, November 20, 2006

Free form show- featuring Hip hop tracks from all over the map


Tuesday, November 14, 2006

ATERCIOPELADOS interview- Podcast link on Radio4all + another show

Here's last week's show featuring an interview with Andrea Echeverri, lead singer of Aterciopelados (see previous post)

and here's the previous week's show- some lovely ambient "after dark" rhythms and sounds (it was a full moon) and plenty of politically outspoken lyrics (i was all revved up for Election day which was on Nov 7th)

SETLISTS WILL BE ADDED ASAP!!!!! I need to catch up with that-- thanks for your patience.. ENJOY the MUSIC!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Tomorrow Night! a special interview with Andrea Echeverri of Aterciopelados!! on "If Music Could Talk"


Tune in tomorrow evening for an interview with Andrea Echeverri of Aterciopelados- we'll be discussing their new album "Oye" (in stores now, and highly recommended!)
plus two hours of cool music from around the world...
THIS Sunday at 7pm EST!!! (go to HERE tomorrow evening and click "LISTEN")

special thanks to Andrea Echeverri and Héctor Buitrago of Aterciopelados!
also, many thanks to Nacional Records for making this happen!!!!

don't miss it!

also check out Hector's Buitrago's new video: Damaquiel - from his solo Album "Conector" (vocals: Ever Suarez & Martina Camargo)

"If Music Could Talk" Sundays 7-9 PM EST on WRIR 97.3 FM Richmond Independent Radio

(also, big shouts to Bill Lupoletti of "Global A Go Go"-- and Marcelo and Barbara of "El Che Y La Rubia" -who also have awesome weekly shows on WRIR)

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

"World" music in groovy musical/planetary rotation this THURSDAY!!

Fall is here, full moon passin' by, still tallying the numbers on the VOTE here in the US, rainy wet leaves in the gutters... the clocks roll back.... the whole world keeps moving forward..

& 'nuff good music on the way THIS THURSDAY!

want to hear a sample? check out last month here
--->listen to FILE#2!! SOME seriously transcendental global-vibe-mixing complete with DJ rewinds and natural audio imperfections... perfectly groovy
and LIVE at CAFE G Every month!
thanks (ahead of time) for showing up this Thursday !


Friday, November 03, 2006

25th Anniversary * * Festival of India * *

Last weekend was the 25th Anniversary of the Festival of India in Richmond VA. I was barely able to go, given a hectic schedule at WRIR and also, a full time job.. but the hour i spent there reminded me why it's one of my favorite events in Richmond. I have always loved how this Festival combines great food & live music, and brings such a wonderful energizing breath of LIFE to downtown Richmond. Held in one of the largest most cavernous rooms of that behemoth building on Broad Street known as the Richmond Convention Center, it's definitely a euphoric sensory overload. Every year that I've been lucky enough to attend this event, even from when I was young, my love for Indian film, music, and food has grown, and I always have the same reaction.. more PLEASE! Ive always departed, eager to continue to learn about Indian music and culture... Luckily, I have always brought home a few classics from early Bollywood. And at some point, i definitely started buying more Indian groceries from some of these stores, and regularly seeking out restaurants that are represented at the Festival of India. This annual celebration of Indian culture is an open invitation to the Richmond community to experience and appreciate everything that's beautiful about India. With so many inspiring cultural events in Richmond lately, I feel truly Thankful this month.

Pulitzer prize winning photographer speaks at a cool program for young Journalists

Last week, I met Pulitzer Prize winning photographer, Melanie Burford (a native New Zealander and self proclaimed Kiwi) from the Dallas Morning News- She was speaking downtown at the Jefferson Hotel for the VHSL Championship Journalism Workshop awards luncheon that afternoon. Luckily, I was able to attend the event -& to hear her speak and see her photos. This event, and her speech and photography were both incredible and life affirming. Thanks to Lisa Giles (VHSL Championship Journalism Workshop coordinator) for allowing me to attend the event, and giving so much positive encouragement to these kids.. and thanks to Melanie Burford, for sharing her inspiring perspective with all the talented young journalists that day. Its great to see the importance of creativity and world awareness being passed on to the younger generations. And it makes me want to share more of that with people too. See her photography here: (NOTE many of these photos are very hard to look at- very emotional and graphic)
also an interview

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Happy Halloween! Trick or Treat - 2 Podcasts for ya

Dj Carlito subbing for Sean Kennedy's "Songs from the Big Hair " (80's show)

and this past Sunday's "If Music Could Talk"

Friday, October 27, 2006

80's set Subbing for the show "Songs from the BIG HAIR" tomorrow

doin an 80's show tomorrow everybody! yes, its very cool to dig obscure and forgotten gems from the 80's - check the retro set on WRIR tomorrow as I fill in for Sean Kennedy on Songs from the Big Hair 3-5pm EST this Saturday on WRIR

Monday, October 23, 2006

If Music Could Talk- Diwali

If music could talk - special show for Diwali

the Hindi phrase which i probably mis-pronounced last night im pretty sure was "Divali Ki Bahut Bahut Shubkaamnayein" my friend Prasad told me over the phone to say this on the air to everyone (basically means "A very very happy holiday to you this Diwali"), and, being a spur of the moment thing, i think i pronounced it pretty much WRONG! lol --however i looked it up later and i think the above is possibly the correct phoenetic spelling...:P

Podcast Link

setlist will be posted soon! (I have most of it typed up already)

WRIR show description link

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

If Music Could Talk- Last week's show

Last week's show podcast
thanks for listening and thanks again to everyone who supported WRIR during our 2006 Fall fundraiser!

note: during this program i mis-stated that Diwali was last weekend.. it's actually this weekend on Oct 21st. I thought this because I Dj'd a party last week that was an early celebration of this important Indian holy day.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Bad Brains Re-united... yes it happened last week

here's a glimpse of that miracle

dude.. more clips of the 06 shows on youtube check it out.. esp the clip with HR in the helmet.. out there!
and this

Friday, October 13, 2006

If Music Could Talk- Fall Fundraiser Podcast



thank you for the music

Monday, October 09, 2006

OMFUG Dont miss the Bad Brains!!!

Venue: CBGB's, 315 Bowery, LES, NY.

Oct. 9: HR & original Bad Brains,
Avail, McRad & Dub Trio

Oct. 10: HR & original Bad Brains,
Bouncing Soul & The Mob

Oct. 11: HR & original Bad Brains,
Underdog & Stimulators

Pure organized chaos Global Rock "REVOLUTION" style...
Reggae @ the core too!! http://

ONE SELF on TOUR!!!! check em out

pictures of Yarah Bravo's special solo set in DC - and yes, Blurum13 is scheduled for the future shows in NC on the 9th..... TOUR DATES HERE Blurum13 was attending a friend's wedding that night, but Yarah and Vadim rocked the house... it was like One self minus a third but still complete with unified vibes...
check out their new EP!!!!! Organically Grown! so far it's only available by download--- (i was lucky to get it on wax at the show) it's bumpin..

Fahari Sound- Reggae Saturdays at Mingles

Saturday, October 07, 2006

WRIR Needs your HELP!! (we are a non-profit!)

Please donate to WRIR during our FALL Fundraiser and become a MEMBER of WRIR. We're giving away cool stuff like WRIR T-Shirts, CDs and priceless INDEPENDENT RADIO!! It's RADIO for the rest of US. We're broadcasting QUALITY independent music and talk programs to the Richmond Community and streaming to listeners all over the world !!
The BEST PART is- WE're NON-PROFIT, and NON-Commercial!!
which means: you dont get brainwashing every 3 seconds, you DO get DIVERSITY of Culture and Opinion!! musically, intellectually, positiv-ely.. : ) SUPPORT WRIR and SUPPORT FREEDOM!



the radio4all site is very often being pushed to the limit in terms of bandwidth/users... so please be patient or try back later if it's not streaming sm-oov-ly or downloading fast enough. Enjoy the Intercontinetal Vibes (which i mis-spelled on the flyer- d'oh!) THANKS to Everyone who showed up last Thursday at CAFE G for PANGAEA LOUNGE!

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Pangaea Lounge - This Thursday!!! (OCT 5th!)

National Folk Festival - OCT 13--15th!!!! Richmond VA!


Lots of incredible artists from ALL OVER THE WORLD at this Festival!! Dont miss it!

One Self playing WASHINGTON DC this SATURDAY!!!

check here for info and links or go here to get info about the venue. .

Monday, October 02, 2006

Last Night on "If Music Could Talk"


I played various songs and artists for the first hour and then, a special hour set of the GRATEFUL DEAD.. A band that bridged many cultural gaps and opened their fans up to more international sounds and artists (ex: Hamza El Din, Babatunde Olatunji ..esp via Mickey Hart and his love of percussion from all over the world.)
The Grateful Dead!
This show featured an excerpt from a live performance (10/22/78) with the late Hamza El Din- legendary Egyptian Oud player and singer.

click here for setlist

Thursday, September 21, 2006

Last month's Pangaea Lounge podcast


more files will be added shortly..
feel the intercontinental vibes!

Last week's show - Podcast

Heres the Podcast link.
This show featured the usual diverse selections, including more from the classic days of Jamaican reggae, and also some Hindi dance music...
++ the last 20 minutes of the show i played a 4 track recording (which i recorded in their living room!) of local punk band "Faci@l Hair"
hope you enjoy the tunes

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Pangaea Lounge - This Thursday!!!

Chill out to the Intercontinental Sounds of the Pangaea Lounge---This Thursday from 9--11:30 at Cafe Gutenberg! (17th and Main Street Shockoe Bottom)

Dj Carlito will arrive with a suitcase full of vibes from all over the world for your listening enjoyment. Yes, he's on a mission folks-- to bring the most inspiring music of the world TO YOU this Thursday night!

Kick back in style on the second floor of Cafe Gutenberg (17th and Main Street Shockoe Bottom.) Order a meal, grab a drink, relax, and speak your native language with all your friends in an atmosphere that will take your imagination to beautiful, far off, distant places.

Pangaea Lounge- every second Thursday of the month! (this month: Sep 14th)
-- please feel free to bring a friend (or fwd this flyer if you're sure you cant make it!)

See you there!

Hip Hop/Dance dj set at Mom's Siam This Saturday

Yes, Im busy this week--
Saturday night, I'll ready and willing to help you get your grooove on at Mom's Siam where I'll be spinnin' the bumpin' beats to spice up your night.
Starts around 10:30 pm (a few hours after you visit the Que Pasa festival!)
see you at Mom's Siam on Saturday !
Mom's Siam Restaurant - (804) 359-7606 - 2929 W Cary St, Richmond, VA

Chai Yo!!!

Monday, September 11, 2006

¿Qué Pasa? Festival of Virginia Sept. 16, 2006

press release:
"State Farm Insurance® in partnership with VA Hispanic Chamber of
Commerce proudly present ¿Qué Pasa? Festival of Virginia Sept. 16,
2006. Brown’s Island in Richmond, VA. 12 pm – 8 pm.

Celebrating Hispanic Culture through music, food, arts and crafts.
Indulge in a day-long entertainment line up of Latin sounds to include
local favorite Bio Ritmo. Hispanic arts and crafts, childrens
activities, and folkloric dancing are all included. All you need to
bring is a big appetite, a pair of dancing shoes, and the family to
enjoy the myriad of events featured at the ¿Qué Pasa? Festival of

Wunmi performs in NY at SOB's on the 21st

Sunday, September 10, 2006

If Music Could Talk- Sunday Sept 10 2006

- during this show you'll hear a mini Bhangra set, and then lots of Jamaican Reggae from legendary studios like Studio One, Channel One, Joe Gibbs, Black Ark, Rockers, and Treasure Island/Treasure Isle (Duke Reid)
You'll also hear a brief segment of clips I recorded the day of Sept 11 2001 from a handheld recorder. I was working in Manhattan on that day, and this cassette is so powerful that I cant really stand to listen to too much of it-- but since the 5th anniversary was on Monday, I thought it might be appropriate to share a clip of this audio collage which was made by recording street noises as i evacuated Manhattan with the rest of the people of the city, switching over to the radio every once in a while - this tape is so full of emotion and memories that it is difficult to listen to but provides some sort of audio catharsis as well. Its hard to belive it was 5 years ago- seems like only yesterday. I am going to archive the complete cassette tape at some point-- but maybe not for another 5 years.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Buju Banton headlining One Love Festival in MD on Sunday Sep 10

at the Crossroads in Bladensburg MD

Buju Banton's performance was definitely the highlight of the night...He brought so much energy and got the crowd moving from the minute he ran onto the stage in a whirlwind of jumpkicks and swinging dreadlocks. A few songs later, he took it down-- all the way down, to a more meditative vibe for some of his more spiritual contemplative songs("Give I strength" and "Destiny" were two of my personal favorites.) Then out of nowhere, he brought it back twice as rough an instant later ( a wicked version of "Champion".) This is the dynamic ability of a musician who has really mastered his art—to bring so many emotions out and keep it flowing throughout the show.
Buju is determined that his people hear the positive message in his music. To break them out of complacency, he gets them dancing.. but also at the same time gets them thinking in a different direction.
Buju’s performance was so good that Im pretty sure many people would have been content to see that performance alone.. and it took some work on the djs part to get the crowd back after Buju left...
The Shiloh band was one of the better reggae bands i've heard backing an artist--- The creative samples used by the keyboardists brought a fresh new element to the dancehall sound. Some really tweaked out distorted electronic sounds at points ... and other sounds were mellow and fluid. The keyboardist’s guitar sound was impressive too (surprisingly, for a keyboard) In fact, these musicians each had a sound of their own.. not your average reggae band... they definitely have some new tricks up their sleeve.
The three female vocalists on stage with Buju were also really important to this powerful sound -- Every harmony they sang was perfect-- and they balanced out Buju's fierce, rugged vocals with their own graceful style.
All of this combined -- brought a sound that was awe inspiring. You could hear Buju's voice ringing out, echoing in the night in such a way that i wouldnt be surprised if people on the other side of the planet heard this glorious sound. If they didnt, im sure they will soon-- Buju's tour dates are taking him all over the place this fall in support of his new CD "Too Bad" . Check his myspace site for samples:

The ONE LOVE festival, in my opinion, is a great opportunity to see how big a genre “reggae music” really is. First, because of the diversity of styles that were represented at this show.. and also, because each artist, has DEVELOPED their unique style to perfection. Gregory Isaacs, Buju Banton, Capelton, Elan, Assasin... These artists could each stand on their own as a headlining act. Its pretty hard to believe that all these incredible reggae artists were in the same place on the same evening. Thats a ONE LOVE festival for ya I guess!!

( extra big thanks to Buju Banton, Gargamel music, and Crossroads Entertainment Complex)

Thursday, September 07, 2006

If Music Could Talk- Sep 3 2006

Here's this past weekend's podcast link!

Monday, August 28, 2006

If Music Could Talk: Sunday's show


Moody music from the UK and a variety of other musical vibes.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

PODCAST from Sunday's show : featuring the poetry of Steve Dalachinsky

CLICK HERE: PODCAST LINK to hear last Sunday's show.

Steve Dalachinsky is a well known poet who came out of the Beat movement but whose work, of course, defies categorization. He has performed extensively all over the world. I met him in New York when i drove a delivery truck.. he was selling records and philosophy books on Spring Street.
This show will feature selections from Phenomena of Interference w Matthew Shipp, and Incomplete Directions(featuring great musicians such as Thurston Moore and Vernon Reid among others)
He has a new book out featuring poetry inspired by Charles Gayle.
This show will feature his poetry.... or as Steve mentioned that the French refer to it- "poesie musicale"

Here's a cool project Steve has contibuted to: "textimagepoem" - there are alot of other cool collaborations he's been involved in all over the web.

(photo: cover from "I THOUGHT IT WAS THE END OF THE WORLD ..."
Steve Dalachinsky & Federico Ughi )

Monday, August 14, 2006

2 NEW Podcasts!!

One really smooth and sublime chill out mix from my monthly live gig the other night - Pangaea Lounge- Aug 10 2006 (see previous post for the flyer from that show)

and one from last night on If Music COuld Talk featuring "super-cool" rock n' roll from all over the world.

enjoy the mixes!

peace and love

Dj Carlito

Saturday, August 12, 2006

Wunmi playing with her band in Brooklyn Sept 1

more info at


Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Pangaea Lounge- Tomorrow night at Cafe Gutenberg

Tomorrow Night- 9pm-12ish Come chill out to the Intercontinental Sounds of the Pangaea Lounge- at Cafe Gutenberg- 17th and Main Street in Shockoe Bottom, Richmond VA. Music selected by DJ Carlito.
bring a friend if you feel like it
(above: Tahiti as seen from an old postcard)

Monday, August 07, 2006

Podcast- LADY ANN Interview show

a podcast link from last night's show featuring Lady Ann.

Lebanese parade down Broad Street this evening

on my way into WRIR this evening, saw a whole parade of cars, trucks, limousines and Stretch HUM V's.. all waving a RED GREEN AND WHITE flag with some type of tree in the center and honking... ((followed by some crazy white guy with a cigarrette pack in his sleeve and a sunburn who ran after them yelling crazy nonsense...)) a guy in a white tuxedo on the roof of the limo yelled "yeah man! god bless america! " then i saw the next few cars with women wearing Hijab driving and honking their horns, and all the cars had these red green and white flags... was this a Lebanese wedding parade? a surprise show of Lebanese pride? a show of outrage?
either way, i wish i had my camera...

( this may have actually been an Iraqi or Kuwaiti flag, they're pretty similar color schemes...)

Sunday, August 06, 2006

LADY ANN -interview on If Music Could Talk

listen (HERE) to an EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Original Jamaican Dancehall artist LADY ANN -
via telephone with DJ Carlito for WRIR's "If Music COuld Talk" special thanks to DIA records and Global Rock Radio.

Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

plus Dj Carlito will be mixing the musical selections featuring some of Lady Ann's old cuts from Joe Gibbs studio, newer tracks from Jah Life studio, and a remix from DIA records... and lots more cool selections!!

SUNDAY evening at 7pm EST on "IF MUSIC COULD TALK" on WRIR 97.3 FM-- RICHMOND INDEPENDENT RADIO... listen online here :

BIg thanks and Nuff Respect to DIA records for settin this up!!

Music Speaks

Friday, August 04, 2006

Salif Keita live tonight in Raleigh NC

pure coincidence that im seeing two legendary performers in one week who share the same rare skin complexion.. both reknowned KINGS of their respective musical genres. (last sunday saw King Yellowman) Here's some info about Salif Keita (the Mansa of Mali)- he's currently setting up a foundation and center for people with Albinism all over the world.

see the photostream slideshow from this evening.

also, check out the movie directed by Cheick Oumar Sissoko: Genesis (La Genèse) which features Salif Keita.

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Reggae Icons 06 Show at the Crossroads in MD- Photos

check out the photos of the Reggae Icons Concert here!

Monday, July 31, 2006

Reggae Icons 06 Show at the Crossroads in MD

pictures coming soon.

BIG thanks to DIA, Crossroads--- , and all the artists there tonight... especially Lady Ann who introduced me to Yellowman, Shabba Ranks, Sister Charmaine, etc.. BIG THANKS and Nuff Respect!!

check out Crossroads upcoming show listings! another big one coming in September!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

If Music Could Talk- anti war show- fighting ignorance and brutality with music PART 2


Here's a link to a cool article on the Common Dreams website (thanks JaeJae!)

Friday, July 21, 2006

Twilight of Empire

from the description at Perceval Press:
"Now that the Bush administration's occupation of Iraq has become more about enforcing the economic and political objectives of a corporate elite and less about disarming a dictator that used to be an American ally and had nothing to do with the tragedies of 9/11, a spirited and informed analysis of the conflagration -- and its various casualties -- is needed more than ever. Twilight of Empire fulfills that growing hunger for desperately needed on-the-ground truth and context far from the talking-head misinformation offered by conventional media outlets. "

i was searching for some alternatives to the mass media take on current affairs... so i just read the first 1/4 of this book. the book is available (along with some previews of the pages) here (or at your favorite local book store hopefully) (thanks sis! what a valuable gift this turned out to be!)

Monday, July 17, 2006

This week's show "If music could talk"


thanks for listening!!

(these links to radio4all have gone down for a short period of time-if the link doesnt work, pls check back soon)

Friday, July 14, 2006

Pangaea Lounge - 7/13/06

part 1 of the podcast from last night's Pangaea Lounge at Cafe Gutenberg starts with a minute and a half of silence...00:01:28 I hope that doesnt make you give up too soon.. the rest of the podcast file contains my favorite songs and rhythms from all over the world! (some volume fluctuations this time too- it is a live gig.. so some parts are quieter than others)

Pangaea Lounge happens once a month, on the SECOND Thursday of the month. Thanks to everyone who showed up! See you next time!

Thursday, July 13, 2006


will someone please send me back to my "Politics of the Middle East" class that i was enrolled in in college? I am really confused... how did things get so f-ed up and how did "WE" get in this predicament? (i think we actually helped start it, along with "great" britain.. drawing maps, pitting leaders against eachother.. choosing sides, then switching.... but nevertheless ) is there a way to make sense of this? does the answer lie somewhere in recent history? or is it as senseless as road rage, this recent eruption of violence in the Middle East. how do you choose sides where are our loyalties in this conflict? is it oil? is it justice? is it "human rights" ? ? is it some fued thats been fed with dishonesty and excuses for years and years?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Pangaea Lounge- Tomorrow night at Cafe Gutenberg!!

Check it out!! My monthly dj gig at Cafe Gutenberg is tomorrow night! please spread the word if you feel so inclined... see you at the Pangaea Lounge!

Monday, July 10, 2006

If Music Could Talk

This week's show: PODCAST LINK

and dont forget, Pangaea Lounge is on Thursday at Cafe Gutenberg!

Neil Young's new album

get it here

it's genius! just read the song titles

US Soldiers charged with rape and murder


and more on Haditha

Friday, July 07, 2006

textimagepoem Andrew Topel Steve Dalachinsky Ralph Eaton STACEAL Jukka Pekka Kervinen Jacob bensen Peter Ganick john m. bennett Jim Leftwich et al..

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i'll be featuring steve dalachinsky,
his poetry
and his voice
on the show
if music CoUld TalK

7-9Pm Eastern Time on sundays
listen online

Steve Dalachinsky has also just released a new book available now

Thursday, July 06, 2006

spinning the web

the previous post ("the media worships violence") seems now to me, after discussing with friends about this particular media phenomenon of showing a "fresh kill with a bloody nose" all over the news.. to me, its just part of my frustration against the cluttered and tasteless news delivery styles of the media -- specifically on the internet, things are in such a jumble... you hear about a tsunami, flood, or horrible massacre, and then they're telling you about the SUPER BOWL in the next link... this format is disorienting... and so "A.D.D." -- which is another myth invented to sell more drugs... but ok, so maybe the army used Zarqawi as an example to all the thugs planning acts of violence against the US? .... are they trying to say that they really can fight that "clean" war they boasted about at the start? after all the mistakes and recent f-ups? whatever you believe... i still think the news is tabloid... and its based more on ratings than anything else... they pick the most glamorous and terrifying things to make the headlines-- but this sort of media draws our attention in a million different directions... ("shock and awe" haha ) and we get so diffused and cluttered that we dont know whats really happening anymore... so all im saying is.. if you dont make an active effort to filter this mess--- whatever "filter" you are using--- then you wont ever take action or speak out about'll just keep browsing, surfing, changing channels, confused and complacent, wondering when the next version of X box is coming out...

Independence Day (SAY SOMETHING!!!!!!!)

im thankful for my right to free speech.... so i have wanted to say this for a while... please, you good citizens and fellow country-men and women of America, Impeach Bush!
And get our priorities back in order and stop letting the corporations run the country... we need to make some serious changes in the way we waste energy, human lives, and take our own "freedom" for granted...
we need to start doing some positive things to show the world that we arent ALL idiots.. exercise your rights!! and if i get pegged as "unamerican" for saying this--- well, like those annoying smiley face ads say.. "bite me" ok. im done with the soapbox...


children can be so honest... so why not write a children's book for adults about growing up in Iran?
the story, a three volume series, will give you some perspective on what the people in Iran (and Iraq) have been through in recent years... through the eyes of someone who lived it - Marjane Satrapi (picture below)
My friend Chris says "its more informative than anything I think I've ever read about the Middle East" - specifically IRAN. It's a comic book in black and white called PERSEPOLIS. Buy this book here. Thanks to Ben for lending me Vol 1 and 2 which i read in two days while in NYC last month.

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

the media worships violence (and stupidity)

those people at MSN really know how to fill a page... it's organized in a way that puts Paris Hilton right up there with Global warming on the news priorities list... anyway, im being sarcastic below--- but its basically the underlying message i get from alot of this crap
today's horror scope: [+] floods, massacres, bombings, and executions!
shop aholic? dont worry, theyre building a new wal mart on your favorite undeveloped patch of dirt! goodbye native wildflowers, hello plastic and pavement!!
is your boyfriend a cheater?
(how about your president? or boss? or local city council representative? )
job interview tips- forget your dreams... COMPROMISE and settle for less!! or...
join the army! or should you just wait for them to start the draft again?
* global warming blah blah who cares ? silly hippy!! the oil companies dont!
what about hemp for fuel? hey, who needs those mountains in appalachia anyway!?! hooray for coal mines and erosion!!hooray for oil and all the blood that's shed over it. hooray for corporate favoritism! rah rah rah!
and cant forget those new "smilie face" ads all over the internet that blare " you make me blush" , "say something!!" or..." bite me! " through your computer speakers...turn that OFF please!! is this a new form of mass torture?! well, it hurts! oh, and heres some other "news" - recent killing of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. "We" love revenge dont "we"? or is this "proof" that our mission is sane and our armed forces are "competent" after the recent war crimes they have committed?

pasting pictures of dead men all over the news... a shameless war this is.. and the media just loves it... its better than american idol even!

music from egypt and tunisia

i've recently archived these cassettes and given fresh clean CD copies back to the original owner...truly awesome and stirring live concert recordings from Egypt and Tunisia!!! cassette tapes are so fragile... now theyre digitized! and according to him, there are many more to come! some are even apparently on old school reel to reel!!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

If Music Could Talk - last Sunday night

more info and setlists soon (for the past two shows)
here's last Sunday's show PODCAST LINK

Monday, June 26, 2006

If Music Could Talk: Sunday's show


thanks for listening to WRIR 97.3 Richmond Independent Radio!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

"If Music Could Talk" Podcast

a Big shout out to Brooklyn... and all my friends in NYC.

Monday, June 05, 2006

If Music Could Talk- anti war show- fighting ignorance and brutality with music

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lots of reggae and some punk and hip hop too... worldwide artists, a worldwide message... (personally, i am horrified by the murders of civilians in Haditha-- and it shows to me how out of control this supposed "war against terror" has become.. who are the terrorists???)

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Pangaea Lounge - This Thursday!!!

at Cafe Gutenberg- 17th and Main Street

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Virtual DJ Booth from Ugunja Africa

David Noyes of Ambience Congo (Every other Sunday, with co host Fred Ambiso) and the Motherland Influence (alternating Sundays, with co host Charles Williams) sent me this link to a virtual dj booth from this small village outside of Zaire..... this is what record crate digging is all about.. its always a feeling of musical resurrection.. the spirit in the music comes to life right there in the phonograph.

If Music Could Talk: this past Sunday's show

PODCAST LINK from May 28 2006

thanks for listening!

(if this link doesnt work right away.. check back later-- their server gets overloaded sometimes)

Saturday, May 27, 2006

IMCT podcasts.. back in action

here's last week's podcast link (May 14 2006) thanks for your patience with the inactive links!! support indie media!! support radio4all and wrir!!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Radio4All is down this week

thats why none of my podcast links are working anymore. I'll have to try to send them more money to get their bandwidth paid for... people all over the world hear my radio program every week through this site * HOWEVER, THE LIVE STREAM IS STILL UP AT WRIR.. what a bummer that this podcast site is down. Good things come at a price I guess.

*photo from Quartetto Enzo Gallo LP-- 60's Italian rock dance group!

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

If Music Could Talk - last week


songs for your mama and other cool new music from around the world.


setlist will be added soon!!

Saturday, May 13, 2006

today's musical birthdays

Stevie Wonder, and RITCHIE VALENS(Richard Valenzuela) both were born on May 13 - which is today! I opened the set with RITCHIE VALENS "In a Turkish Town" last Thurs. at the Pangaea Lounge. And I'll definitely have to play some Stevie Wonder on the show tomorrow. . plus, some music for ya mama.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Pangaea Lounge - PODCAST

PODCAST LINK -heres the first hour of last night's live set- thanks everyone for showing up and bringing so much positive energy! this was a really fun evening!

Monday, May 08, 2006

Last Week's Show - Podcast and setlist

Podcast link
thanks to everyone who supports Independent Radio and all the independent artists who make good music!!! Big UP WRIR and independent, non commercial media--its a worldwide revolution!

oh, and here's a link to the video for a truly haunting song called "Mea Culpa" , from David Byrne and Brian Eno's "My life in the bush of ghosts" CD, which we gave away last night during our fundraiser. (Video:Bruce Connor, 1981)

Friday, May 05, 2006

Un Feliz Cinco De Mayo!

Loteria Cards

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Support Indie Media!!!

please consider contributing to WRIR's fund-drive!! In return for a donation (tax deductable) you'll get cool tshirts and stickers, etc. and the knowledge of the fact that you're supporting Independent Media....
click here

Also if you like the podcasts i've been posting here, Radio4all is a good cause to support- they pay for the bandwidth with the funds you contribute---and of course, that way, you get super cool radio programming via your computer or ipod.

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Podcast- April 30 06 - If Music Could Talk


I played this song last night on the show--- heres the VIDEO!
Jan Pahe Chan Ho- from the movie GUMNAAM -music by Shankar Jaikishan:
CRAZY!!! freakin out!!!! this movie clip rocks

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Last Week's show- PODCAST

more cool music, some "exclusive" remixes (downloaded from the artists' myspace sites), some salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton, reggaetunes, and some more hip hop from "the world"

Monday, April 24, 2006

Chaiyya Chaiyya (full video/updated)

Chaiyya Chaiyya- From the soundtrack of the film Dil Se.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

3D Stamps From Bhutan

Bhutan was one of the first countries to adopt 3Dimensional stamps for their postal system. There was a whole series created- wildlife, sportscars, spaceships, ceremonial masks..

Friday, April 21, 2006

One Self Kick off their US tour!

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One Self freakin' rocked the Sonar Lounge this past Wednesday! (Baltimore, Maryland)
It was the first show of their US tour.. DJ Vadim, Blurum13, and Yarah Bravo were in high spirits and totally wreckin' the soundsystem Check their tour dates here or here and definitely go see them if they're in your area! Big respect to One self for sharing the inspiration.

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