Monday, May 19, 2008

Weekly Album Features

This week's deejay picks on two of your favorites, Your Morning Brew (7-10am) and The Home Stretch (3-6pm):

GLOBAL EXPRESS (7:20am on Your Morning Brew)
Cheb i Sabbah, Devotion (Six Degrees Records)

Algeria and San Francisco are worlds apart, but DJ Cheb i Sabbah bridges that gap on his newest release on Six Degrees, with 7th release for this world music label. For twenty years, the Algerian-born Sabbah has hosted a popular weekly music series in a SanFran nightclub, something he's been doing at spots around the world for 40 years. The new album, this week's Global Express, features three distinct traditions of religious music representing Hinduism, Sikhism and Sufi Islam. Learn more at

FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK (8:20am on Your Morning Brew)

Scarlett Johansson, Anywhere I Lay My Head (Atco)

At first, the thought of "Hollywood star releases debut album" is enough to make you run for the hills. But once in a while, it works. This album is definitely in that "once in a while" category. Featuring Scarlett's take on ten Tom Waits songs, plus a bonus orginal tune. Scarlett and Tom both have unique vocal styles, and she lends an interesting interpretation to songs culled from eight different Waits albums. David Bowie contributes backing vocals on a pair of tracks. Learn more at


Firewater, The Golden Hour (Bloodshot)

(Stolen from the record label's website): In 2005, Firewater's Tod A embarked on what would become a three year sabbatical through the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent and South East Asia. He had recently split with his wife; George W. Bush had just been re-elected; New York, his home for the last 20 years, had become a cold and foreign place. He wasn't even sure he wanted to make music anymore. "I was extremely depressed. The NYC skyline looked like bad wallpaper to me. It was either kill myself or hit the road," he says. He put everything he owned in storage and left NYC with a few clothes and a laptop. The journey Tod undertook would challenge him creatively in ways he couldn't have imagined in its planning stages. "I traveled overland starting in Delhi, India, across the Thar Desert, then through Rajasthan, onward through the Punjab, and into Pakistan," he recounts. "I had originally planned to continue overland through Afghanistan, Iran and Turkey, ending in Istanbul." But things didn't go exactly as planned. Along the way he was drugged, robbed, detained, and later struck down with severe intestinal problems. Travelers were disappearing along the road to Kabul. As Tod puts it, "I was forced to end my trip at the Khyber Pass on the Afghan border, due to general ill health and the unnerving likelihood of kidnapping." Recording with a single microphone and a laptop in his pack, he captured performances with a vast array of musicians across India and Pakistan--and eventually Turkey and Israel. Learn more at


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