Whirled Peas Café Radio Playlist: October 21st, 2010


Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice


Whirled Peas Café Radio Special Show.  An emergency on Tessy’s part created an opportunity for me. With little prep time for a show, I ran down to fill in….and justified an indulgence, by spotlighting The Blogapus for two full hours. I won’t repost the videos played as they are all pulled off of the blog posts already for your perusal. I will put a teaser at the end…something to look forward to on Monday morning’s show. As promised on air, I will reference other DJs who posted the videos first. Otherwise, I would be the presumed guilty party.

Anything You Want (Not That)/ Belleruche

Breakthru/ Queen (from Jessica’s JukeBox)

My Funny Valentine/ Whirimako Black

Grace Days/ I Am Robot & Proud (from DJ Mo’s Random Show)

C’est Si Bon/ Eartha Kitt

Put Your Hands On Me/ Joss Stone

Sobrevive/ Ivonne Dippmann & Santiago Latorre (from ITDE with DaveX)

Temptation/ Diana Krall

Go Spastic/ SquarePusher (from DJ Mo’s Random Show)

Bohemian Rhapsody/ Cast of Glee (Jessica’s JukeBox)

Bohemian Rhapsody/ Jake Shimabukuro

Church/ Lyle Lovett

White Winter Hymnal/ Fleet Foxes (Jessica’s JukeBox)

Call It Off/ Tegan & Sara (Jessica’s JukeBox)

What’s A Girl To Do?/ Bat For Lashes (DJ Melia on Whirled Peas)

Sophisticated Side Ponytail/ Brite Futures (DJ Mo on She Said/He Said)

No Corras Tanto/ El Combolinga

Rusty Cage/ Johnny Cash (Jessica’s JukeBox)

The First Cut Is The Deepest/ Cat Stevens (Vote in the Poll!)

Broke My Baby’s Heart/ Hazmat Modine

I’d Like/ FreshlyGround

Pot Belly/ FreshlyGround

What I’m listening to this week? As always, an eclectic mix of sounds from all parts. What they have in common is a grounding in local traditions with a fresh interpretation. I like the authenticity that artists have when they acknowledge their surroundings, reach for the stars, and make it all their own.


See you bright and early Monday morning.


Playlist: September 20th, 2010

Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice

No guests again this week. Pledge drive is at the halfway mark. Become a member today!

Next week we will have three representatives from the Shawnee Dharma Group. They will be discussing the Lecture by ChangHwa, How to Love: A Chan Buddhist Perspective which will take place this Saturday, Sept. 25th at 1:30 pm in the Illinois Room of SIU Student Center, sponsored by Sunyata and the Buddhist SRO. More airtime will be given to their program to teach meditation techniques to inmates at our local Southern Illinois prisons. One of the things I like most about having guests on is getting a sampling of their taste in music. We will see what Monday has in store for us.

For today’s show, I leaned heavily on the standards as is customary during pledge time, but still managed to sprinkle in some new things. Due to the benefit concert at the Copper Dragon last night, “Dude, Where’s My Coffee?” was in search of both “Dude” & “Coffee” long enough for me to fill in with an extended playlist.

  1. Stormy Blues/Billie Holiday & BB King
  2. Love For Sale/Ella Fitzgerald
  3. Little Girl Blue/Janis Joplin
  4. Don’t Go to Strangers/Etta  James
  5. Feeling Good/Nina Simone
  6. Feel Good/Lira
  7. Song for Mia/Lizz Wright
  8. Cherish the Day/Sade
  9. Beautiful/India Arie
  10. Tonight/Tina Turner
  11. Speed of Light/Bowie
  12. I Don’t Want Anything to Change/ Raitt & Jones
  13. Mohammed’s Radio/Linda Ronstadt
  14. These Days/Zevon & Browne
  15. Love Is Here to Stay/Ella Fitzgerald
  16. Afri ka/Carmen Souza
  17. Hit the Ground/Lizz Wright
  18. Night and Day/Ella Fitzgerald
  19. Reaching for the Moon/Lizz Wright
  20. Nature Boy/Miles Davis
  21. Nature Boy/Lizz Wright
  22. Yesterday Morning/Hazmat Modine
  23. Sem Valor/Carmen Souza

Extended Program:

  1. Temptation/Diana Krall
  2. Old Man/Lizz Wright
  3. Buttercup/FreshlyGround
  4. Fire is Low/FreshlyGround
  5. PotBelly/FreshlyGround

What Music Is Supposed To Do {Whirled Peas Café Radio}

Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice

“Popular Afropop band Freshlyground have had their visas to perform in Zimbabwe revoked. This, after their Robert Mugabe spoof video for Chicken to Change, a collaboration with the ZA News team, upset the delicate constitution of the Zimbabwean ruling party. This effectively bans them from performing in the country for the foreseeable future,” according to Lisa Van Wyk’s Sept. 15th article for the Mail & Gardian Online, “What Music Is Supposed To Do”.

From Whirled Peas Café Radio’s first show on June 1st this summer, Freshlyground has been in heavy rotation on the playlist. The initial excuse for playing them was the World Cup when I dedicated the month of June to African music. I had already “discovered” the charms of Freshlyground, when I realized that they were included in Shakira’s Waka Waka Official World Cup video. The World Cup song I favor is the free download, I Am an African.

Doo Be Doo

Doo Be Doo got them notice in South Africa seven years ago when they were an up and coming band. It has a feel good vibe and focuses on the dream of a world that could be. Craftsmanship and quality are not subverted to serve the political message…and yet they still manage to have some infectious fun. This is precisely what I strive for on the Whirled Peas Café Radio. Without the elements of whimsy, art and humor, the “good fight” loses energy and vibrancy. This doesn’t mean that the message is diluted, just that it is easier to actually hear and, thereby, easier create the change we want to see in our world.

Pot Belly

The Freshlyground musical portfolio does not only contain the overtly political. Pot Belly is a simple but fun video that speaks a universal language of self acceptance and self worth. In the context of South Africa, which has so recently shed the bonds of a cruel and unjust apartheid system, the video images speak volumes as they reverberate on so many more subtler levels. That to me is the definition of literature, and the brilliance of authors like Mark Twain who are at once revolutionary and accessible. And it bears repeating for the joy of  finding ever more connections. And did I mention that it is just plain adorable?

I’d Like

This is actually the second video made for I’d Like. Although I find both charming, the first one was an earlier recording before the band had the luxury of better equipment and production. The first version bespeaks of a surreal dream world that smitten lovers can find themselves in. The later version is more elegant and poignant. I chose it not only for the superior musical quality, but because it speaks to the versatility of Freshlyground’s expression. It is easy to see why Kyla Rose is becoming everyone’s sweetheart. Zolani had our hearts from Doo Be Doo.


Nomvula is  Xhosa, translated as “after the rain.” Zolani is a native speaker of Xhosa, but also boasts an ability to sing and speak an astonishingly array of languages from African dialects to European. She is the lyricist of most of their original works. Although not a word of Xhosa is intelligible to me, her voice makes me understand on a core-of-my-being level. I find the frequent mix of English, French, and Xhosa as wonderfully rich as the interplay of bass guitar with classical violin and classical flute with mbira. Meet the Band!

One of the greatest pleasures I’ve experienced since Whirled Peas Café Radio has gone on the air is the discovery of wonderful “new-to-me” music. Freshlyground is one of many, and many more to come. One of the perks of my community profiles is that I ask my guests to bring in, at the very least, a handful of their favorites so I can stretch my own musical boundaries. Now, this blog also gives an opportunity for listeners to comment and share their finds and favorites. Please do so. WDBX is, after all, YOUR community radio station for Southern Illinois. At Whirled Peas Café Radio, we aim to provide “Musical Comfort Food with a World of Spice.” Participate and become a member!