SoundRoots / Spin The Globe
Top 10 World Music Albums
1. Nawal: Aman
2. March Fourth Marching Band: March Fourth Marching Band
3. Slavic Soul Party: Technochek Collision
4. Lo'Jo: Tu Connais Lo'Jo?
5. Ceu: Ceu
6. IndiaLucia: IndiaLucia
7. Autorickshaw: So the Journey Goes
8. Various Artists: Si, Para Usted
9. Pink Martini: Hey Eugene!
10. Various Artists: Gypsy Caravan Soundtrack
Can Lassie and Elizabeth Taylor rescue an image of the United States that is faltering in the eyes of foreigners? That's the idea between a bill now in Congress that would turn US embassies and consulates into lending libraries where foreign nationals can obtain DVDs of movies that show the US in a good light. According to the bill's sponsor, Rep. Diane Watson, D-Calif., the approved viewing list would include films such as "Meet Me in St. Louis," "National Velvet," and "Lassie Come Home." [read more]
Technology marches on: The newest release from the Bob Marley archives won't be available on CD, or even via download. This "rare Exodus 30th Anniversary Edition album" is being sold on a portable USB drive, which contains the entire album and three video performances from 1977, and "an exclusive carrying case and lanyard for the drive." Just join the Marley Passport Fan Club ($45/year) and it's yours. [more info]
The 13th Annual Fes Festival of World Sacred Music ended yesterday, and I'm a little annoyed that I wasn't there. Not a very enlightened feeling, but there you are.