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  • Podcast Episode 121: Inspiration

    April 5, 2017
    When a friend of mine told me the release date for a song I've been wanting to play for quite a while, I whipped up this episode to get it out to you. I hope you enjoy all of these wonderful songs. The songs are:

    • "We Know Who We Are" by Gregory Michael Davis
    • "84" by King Queso
    • "Swing Easy" by Demon Squadron
    • "I'll Send For You (Two Oceans)" by Marina Orchestra
    • "Slavicek" by Benedikta

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  • Podcast Episode 120: Fun!

    March 9, 2017
    In this episode, you'll hear five fun songs to help cheer you up. Please note that the second and the fifth songs contain bad words (but they are still fun). The songs are:

    • "This Is My Jam" by The Doubleclicks
    • "Epic Fail" by Marc With A C
    • "The Third Man Theme" by Rat City Brass
    • "The Last Pirate" by Matthew Ebel
    • "Vamos a meter (Do You Wanna Dance)" by New Demolators

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  • Podcast Episode 119: A Little More Electronic

    February 14, 2017
    Recently, I've played a bunch of older music on the show, so it was time to switch it up. In this episode, you are going to hear five songs with a more electronic feel. The songs are:

    • "Tonight" by tinylittlerobots
    • "Roomba" by Eyeliner
    • "Saraday" by Vince Kaichan
    • "Trouble Take" by MicroD
    • "Numerology" by Adhesion

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  • Podcast Episode 118: Swing! - Part 3

    January 21, 2017
    This episode is the third of three episodes featuring music from the Big Band era. These songs were recorded from 1940 to 1946. The songs are:

    • "Jump Joe" by Larry Clinton and his Orchestra
    • "Good Queen Bess" by the Johnny Hodges Orchestra
    • "I Dreamt I Dwelt In Harlem" by Erskine Butterfield and his Blue Boys
    • "I'm in the Mood for Love" by Coleman Hawkins and his Quintet
    • "Crazy Rhythm" by Bert Niosi and his Sextet

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  • Podcast Episode 117: Swing! - Part 2

    December 22, 2016
    This episode is the second of three episodes featuring music from the Big Band era. These songs were recorded in 1939 and 1940. The songs are:

    • "Swing Street Strut" by the Charlie Barnet Orchestra
    • "San Juan Hill" by Rex Stewart and His Orchestra
    • "The Eel" by Bud Freeman and his Summa Cum Laude Orchestra
    • "Take Those Blues Away" by Andy Kirk and His Twelve Clouds of Joy
    • "Dinner for the Duchess" by Wingy Manone and his Orchestra

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  • Podcast Episode 116: Swing! - Part 1

    November 29, 2016
    In this episode, I have some songs for you from the Swing Era. However, I couldn't limit myself to just five songs, so this is the first of three episodes I will do on swing music. The songs are:

    • "Jungle Jitters" by Glen Gray and the Casa Loma Orchestra
    • "Organ Grinder's Swing" by the Jolly Coburn Orchestra
    • "Old King Cole" by Hod Williams and his Orchestra
    • "Spinnin' The Webb" by Chick Webb and his Orchestra
    • "Sugar Foot Stomp" by Jan Savitt and his Top Hatters

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  • Podcast Episode 115: A Strange Theme

    November 1, 2016
    There's only kind of a theme for this episode. You'll have to listen to get the explanation, but it should suffice to say that in this episode, I have five great songs for you. The songs are:

    • "Ganymede" by Higher Learning
    • "Popolam" by ДНК+
    • "Ganymede" by quiddity
    • "Welcome to this Plane" by Narajama
    • "Claudine" by Ozarks

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  • Podcast Episode 114: Not So Depressing Songs About Death

    September 25, 2016
    In this episode, I have a couple of old songs and three newer songs about death. While that sounds really depressing, I promise that some are funny, some are sweet, and some are touching. The songs are:

    • "Some Little Bug Is Going To Find You" by Billy Murray
    • "When That Man Is Dead And Gone" sung by Al Bowlly and Jimmy Messene
    • "No Taxes" by Jacob Acosta
    • "One Day At One Moment" by Lovers Turn To Monsters
    • "Suckin' on the Wind" by HUNGR

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  • Podcast Episode 113: Polka!

    August 25, 2016
    In this episode, I have five polkas for you. Polka is a dance and style of music that originated in what is now the Czech Republic. Polkas are fun and upbeat. I hope you enjoy the ones I've found for you. The songs are:

    • "Polka From Harklowa" by Franciszek Dukla and his Village Orchestra
    • "Barby Polka" by The Polka Kings
    • "Pixel Peeker Polka" by Kevin MacLeod
    • "Kölderen Polka" by Tres Tristes Tangos
    • "Denis Murphy's Polka/I'll Tell Me Ma/John Ryan's Polka" by Sláinte

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  • Podcast Episode 112: Sister Rosetta Tharpe Rocks!

    July 21, 2016
    Not having heard anything by Sister Rosetta Tharpe before, I was thrilled to hear how great her music is when I worked on the last episode. I thought that it would be wonderful to hear more of the "Godmother of Rock and Roll", so here she is! In this episode, I have five songs for you by Sister Rosetta Tharpe. The songs are:

    • "Strange Things Happening Every Day" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    • "Can't No Grave Hold Me Down" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    • "Rock Me" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    • "Heaven is Not My Home" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe
    • "Two Little Fishes, Five Loaves of Bread" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe

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  • Podcast Episode 111: Five Songs From Decca Records

    May 12, 2016
    In this episode, I have five songs for you that were released on Decca Records in the 1930s and 1940s. The songs are:

    • "Swing That Music" by Louis Armstrong
    • "Ain't Gonna Give It Away" by Barrel House Annie
    • "My Lord's Gonna Move This Wicked Race" by Sister Rosetta Tharpe with The Dependable Boys and the Sam Price Trio
    • "Cow Cow Boogie" by Ella Fitzgerald and the Ink Spots
    • "Off to the Hunt/The Butcher's March" by John and Joe Fahey

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  • Podcast Episode 110: Kind of Folk

    April 8, 2016
    In this episode, I have five various flavors of folk songs for you. Some are traditional, some are kind of metal, some are kind of rock. I hope you enjoy them all. The songs are:

    • "Here be dragons" by Nowhere Fast
    • "Sloneczko" by Tara Fuki
    • "Spanish Ladies" by Pint of Stout
    • "Na zelených kopcách" by BezoBratři
    • "Loch Lomond" by Derek Van Hold

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  • Podcast Episode 109: Microtonal Music

    March 7, 2016
    In this episode, I have five microtonal songs for you. While their tunings aren't typical for Western music, I think these songs are still accessible and interesting. I hope you enjoy them. The songs are:

    • "Blue Eleven" by Tall Kite
    • "Vacant City" by Brendan Byrnes
    • "Come And Play With Me" by Ahornberg
    • "Kelt" by Flao YG
    • "Future" by ZIA

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  • Podcast Episode 108: Songs for Smiles

    February 3, 2016
    In this episode, I have five songs that will make you smile. They are fun, sweet, and almost (but not quite) guaranteed to pick you up. The songs are:

    • "Magical" by Lullatone
    • "Waltz" by Peter Fabok
    • "Зелёный жбан/The Green Jug" by Vassily K & the Intellectuals
    • "We'll Save The World" by The Freak Fandango Orchestra
    • "Konik" by Monty

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  • Podcast Episode 107: Harpsichord

    January 8, 2016
    In this episode, I have five songs for you that feature the harpsichord. It has taken me a while to find all of them, and I'm glad I can share them with you. The songs are:

    • "Tango in D Minor for two Harpsichords" by Ethan Durell
    • "At The Mercy Of The Wind" by Mario Dederichs
    • "Prelude and Fugue in C minor" by Johann Sebastian Bach played by Pawel Siwczak
    • "Bauyn Suite V - Hardel Gigue" by Panos Iliopoulos
    • "Dei Molti Occhi di Lucifero" by Cult of Crime

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  • Podcast Episode 106: Geeky Songs!

    December 17, 2015
    It has been quite a while since we've had a geek music-themed show, so here you go! In this episode, I have five songs that take inspiration from the world of computers, video games, and science. I hope you enjoy them! The songs are:

    • "SQL" by Seth Phillips
    • "Hero" by Nerds With Guitars
    • "Statistically I Love You" by Helen Arney
    • "Relaxed Mario" by White Piano Key Productions
    • "Battle On!" by One-eyed Doll

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  • Podcast Episode 105: Something Honest

    November 21, 2015
    There are all different kinds of songs. Some are cute and bouncy. Some are dark and moody. I think that some of the most touching songs are songs that reveal some weakness, tell a story, or say something personal. These songs say something honest, and gritty honesty has more value to me, I think, than all the airbrushed glamour of Hollywood. In this episode, I have five songs for you that I think say something honest. The songs are:

    • "Back Off" by The Bionic Rats
    • "Radio Silence" by Gregory Michael Davis
    • "Tampa" by The Hicks Canyon Band
    • "Vengeance On My Mind" by Felix Hagan and the Family
    • "Sugihara" by David Rovics

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  • Podcast Episode 104: Chill

    October 31, 2015
    In this episode, I have five chill songs to help you (and me) feel chill too. I hope you enjoy them! The songs are:

    • "The Oxbow" by Honey and the Sting
    • "Катти Сарк" by The Dartz
    • "Love Is A Pain" by Eve Soto
    • "Тема Юры" by Мегаполис
    • "How Can You Feel" by Vows

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  • Podcast Episode 103: Takin' It In Stride

    October 11, 2015
    In this episode, I've got five songs for you to help you take everything life throws at you in stride. The songs are:

    • "Everything Changes" by Alexi
    • "Leaves" by LEO
    • "What's Happened to Soho?" by The Correspondents
    • "Kobe" by Yeo
    • "Devil Better Run" by Here Come The Mummies

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  • Podcast Episode 102: A Little Rough

    September 26, 2015
    In this episode, I have five songs for you with kind of a rough feel. Some are punk, some are really low-fi, others just have a rough vibe to them. Even if you aren't the kind of person who would normally listen to punk, I think that these songs are accessible and melodic enough that everyone can enjoy them. The songs are:

    • "Bleedin Heart Trouble" by Bear Trade
    • "Honey Do" by Beverly
    • "The Climber" by the Bohémièn Skyzzoyd Orchestrers
    • "Holy Wars and Mental Wards" by Eddie and the T-Bolts
    • "In memory of Erno" by Gipsy·cz

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  • Podcast Episode 101: Chiptunes and Electronic Music

    August 29, 2015
    In this episode, you'll hear electronic music and chiptunes. I hope you enjoy them. The songs are:

    • "Court Date" by ABSRDST
    • "Tomorrow's Another Day" by Ganymede
    • "Insert Rupee, Get Music" by Insert Rupee
    • "Minuet K77b L168" by Neil Parsons
    • "Invention No. 8 in F" by Robert Amour

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  • Podcast Episode 100: One Hundred Years Ago

    August 11, 2015
    For episode 100 of the podcast, I have five super fun songs for you that were recorded 100 years ago. The songs are:

    • "It's a Long, Long Way to Tipperary" sung by Albert Farrington
    • "Harrigan" sung by Billy Murray
    • "Foolish Questions" by Ada Reeve
    • "A Little Bit of Cucumber" by Harry Champion
    • "Funiculì, Funiculà" sung by Charles W Harrison

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  • Podcast Episode 99: Another Serving of Groove

    July 4, 2015
    It is time again for another episode of songs with groove. The songs in this episode are:

    • "Madrid Boogie" by VenueConnection
    • "Empty Me Out" by Liz Vice
    • "The Green Cage" by Ratatouille
    • "Dig This" by 2000 Tons of TNT
    • "Whirling Dervish" by The ThoughtCriminals

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  • Podcast Episode 98: Lighthearted

    May 30, 2015
    In this episode, I have five fun, lighthearted songs for you. The songs are:

    • "Barefoot Batter" by Small Cows & Hoonah
    • "Talking to the Doctor After Pressing the Elevator Button that Grew on Your Forehead Overnight Causing Your Legs to Grow Uncontrollably" by Fishboy
    • "Grandma's House" by Kirby Krackle
    • "Cómo puede?" by Carlos Dingo
    • "Korobushka" by The Dapper Cadavers

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  • Podcast Episode 97: Five Great Songs That Are Full of Life

    April 25, 2015
    In this episode, you'll hear five great songs that are full of energy and life. I hope you enjoy them. The songs are:

    • "Kavka Airlines" by Lesní zvěř
    • "Раз и навсегда" by Китти Льюис
    • "Tonight" by Morad Stars
    • "Desdramatizando" by Niño Crudo
    • "The Call" by Kobo Town

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  • Podcast Episode 96: Sustaining Energy

    April 3, 2015
    It has been a cold and difficult spring for many, so to get us through until the weather warms, I have five songs for you with a sustaining energy. The songs are:

    • "Obraz" by Zieslowski
    • "Как Всегда" by Радмира Ружковская
    • "Alone (it's not so bad)" by I Am Not Lefthanded
    • "Giant Stairs" by A Weather
    • "Marzhin Foll" by Bran

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  • Podcast Episode 95: Sexy!

    March 8, 2015
    In this episode, I have five sexy songs for you. I hope you find them... inspiring. The songs are:

    • "My Lords and Ladies" by Felix Hagan & The Family
    • "Innuendo" by Here Come The Mummies
    • "Tomorrow's Song" by Maria in the Shower
    • "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes" by Peter Fedofsky
    • "(Let's Pretend We Don't Have) Feelings" by GAYmous

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  • Podcast Episode 94: Five Upbeat Songs!

    February 17, 2015
    There isn't really a special theme to this episode. Instead, I have five songs for you that have a great, upbeat feel. The songs are:

    • "Joelmir Beting, A Canção" by Ceumar
    • "Я жизнь люблю..." by "Серебряная свадьба"
    • "Trees" by Matthew Ebel
    • "Ievan Polka" remixed by Nocturne
    • "Segura!" by Ricardo Herz Trio

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  • Podcast Episode 93: Listeners' Choice Winners from the 2013 Contest

    February 1, 2015
    This episode features five new songs by the winners of the 2013 Listeners' Choice Contest, as promised. The songs are:

    • "Lo mejor esta por venir" by Los Lunes
    • "волны" by alhimia
    • "You Don't Even Know My Name" by Action Camp
    • "Daddy Issues" by Friend or Foe
    • "My Dad Is A Morris Dancer" by Helen Arney

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  • Podcast Episode 92: Five Songs from the 1920s

    January 18, 2015
    Here are five songs for you from the 1920s, in memory of my grandmother. The songs are:

    • "Some Sunny Day" by Lee Wiley
    • "Let's Misbehave" by Irving Aaronson & His Commanders
    • "My Blue Heaven" by Whispering Jack Smith
    • "Kitten on the Keys" by Zez Confrey
    • "That's A Plenty" by Red Nichols and his Five Pennies

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  • Podcast Episode 91: Winter Holidays

    December 22, 2014
    In this episode, you'll hear five songs that are related to the winter holiday season. Even if you don't celebrate the holiday that the song was written for, I hope you still enjoy the music and have a wonderful holiday full of joy and peace. The songs in this episode are:

    • "Daj vám Pán Bůh, milí páni" by Cimbálová muzika Stanislava Gabriela
    • "Pour Noël" by Löhstana David
    • "Long December Nights" by Daniel Versteegh
    • "Holiday Overload" by The Phil Aiken Army
    • "White Christmas" by Bing Crosby

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  • Podcast Episode 90: Mystical

    December 14, 2014
    In this episode, you'll hear five songs with a powerful, mystical feel. The songs are:

    • "Луна" by Чичерина
    • "Bela" by Khumariyaan
    • "The Great Escape" by The Night Watch
    • "Myší past" by Nevermore & Kosmonaut
    • "Born Again" by Bopper and Oskaar

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  • Podcast Episode 89: Songs with Groove

    November 14, 2014
    This episode is dedicated to my friend Sasha and his relentless search for songs with "groove". These songs, I believe, have it. But, don't take my word for it. Find out for yourself! The songs are:

    • "Orgullosos de (con Jank)" by Priteo
    • "Yahoo!" by Лесное Радио
    • "Lucianna" by Kill Emil and the Yumas
    • "$2.50" by Monophonics
    • "Runaway Train" by Kat Thomas

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  • Podcast Episode 88: That Post-Punk Feeling... Maybe

    October 23, 2014
    In this episode, you'll hear five songs that remind me of the music I loved in high school. Now, it is known as post-punk or post-punk pop or maybe "alternative". Back then we called it "New Wave", which was really the music of about a decade earlier. Anyway, regardless of what genre you put it in, these songs have a certain feeling that I love. I hope you love them too. The songs are:

    • "Apk" by Цынник
    • "Sink" by Street Chant
    • "Tic For Tac" by Endless Column
    • "Replacing You" by Ancient Lasers
    • "Take Me Away" by Sam Riffmaster

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  • Podcast Episode 87: Modern Train Songs

    October 2, 2014
    As a follow-up to episode 85, this episode features five modern songs about trains. I hope you enjoy them! The songs are:

    • "When You're Young" by Martin Gilmore
    • "Freight" by Wing and Claw
    • "Train" by Prosti Dumi
    • "Escape from New Street" by The Brooms of Destruction
    • "The Kettle Valley Line" by Brian Dewan

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  • Podcast Episode 86: Tropical Sounds

    September 5, 2014
    As summer fades, we've got five tunes for you with roots in a tropical climate. You'll hear reggae, cumbia, calypso and more. The songs are:

    • "Cumbia de Paname" by Cumbia de Paname
    • "Liberation" by The Alcapones
    • "Sing Along" by Tiki Joe and the Bamboo Band
    • "Elegancia Featuring Boogie Castillo" by Cumbiasound
    • "Woman Police in Great Britain" by Mango Time

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  • Podcast Episode 85: Trains and Train Wrecks

    August 15, 2014
    In this episode, you'll hear five songs from the early 1900s about trains and train wrecks. The songs are:

    • "Choo Choo" by Paul Whiteman and his Orchestra
    • "Hiawatha" by the Columbia Orchestra
    • "The Wreck of the Old Southern 97" by Ernest Thompson
    • "The Wreck of Number Nine" by Vernon Dalhart
    • "Casey Jones" by Billy Murray and Chorus

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  • Podcast Episode 84: Rivers

    July 29, 2014
    I made this episode to fulfill a request made by someone important to me many years ago. In this episode, you'll hear five songs about rivers. The songs are:

    • "Land of Rivers" by Jesse Berkowitz
    • "Silgo River Blues" by Peter Kramer
    • "Riverbed" by The Septembers
    • "Rishikesh Valley" by Iamme Candlewick
    • "The Singing and Swimming of Nature Around Me" by James Rabbit

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  • Podcast Episode 83: Bluesy... With Some Rock

    July 11, 2014
    In this episode, you'll hear songs with a bluesy feel... mostly. Some are more rock, and some are more jazz. As usual, they are all great songs! They are also from a nice mix of locations. The songs are:

    • "Some Cold Rainy Day" by Sleepy Eyes Nelson
    • "The Standard" by Jeff Collins
    • "On The Road (Not Again)" by John Meeks
    • "Bellevue" by Royal Chant
    • "Bad Bad Dream" by Marble Boy

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  • Podcast Episode 82: With UMPH!

    June 26, 2014
    It is time for some music with umph. I mean, music with a good beat that really gets you moving. In this episode, we have five fast-paced songs with two from the Czech Republic, two from the UK and one from Australia. Ready? Set.... Go! The songs are:

    • "Indiani ve meste" by Traband
    • "You'd Better Be On The Inside Looking Out" by Felix Hagan
    • "Ven Paca" by Zuby nehty
    • "Hugs and Kisses" by Free Diamonds
    • "Telecom" by Mining Boom

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  • Podcast Episode 81: National Anthems

    June 7, 2014
    In Episode 80, we heard anthems from places that aren't really nations. In this episode, we're going to hear straight up national anthems, but of course, only the most interesting anthems. The songs are:

    • "Менің Қазақстаным" - national anthem of Kazakhstan
    • "İstiklal Marşı" - national anthem of Turkey
    • "Amar Shonar Bangla" by Khiyo
    • "National Anthem of Pakistan" by Khumariyaan
    • the National Anthem of Nepal

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  • Podcast Episode 80: Anthems But Not Nations

    May 28, 2014
    National anthems can actually be cool musical works, as I've discovered. However, it can take a lot of sorting to find the good ones. In this episode, we aren't going to hear actual national anthems. We'll hear anthems from micronations, an autonomous region, and a couple republics. I hope you enjoy them! The songs are:

    • "Homeland" from the Republic of Jamtland by Blackbird
    • "Home Is Where I Hang My Towel" from the Aerican Empire by Mike Cutler
    • "Els Segadors" from Catalonia in Spain
    • the National Anthem of Ingushetia
    • "I am a Tuvan" from the Republic of Tuva

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  • Podcast Episode 79: Anthemic Rock

    May 9, 2014
    In this episode, we'll hear five songs with anthemic rock elements. The songs are:

    • "Голос" by Fable
    • "Stray Current" by Baptism of Uzi
    • "Caminos Mojados" by ComalcOOL
    • "Bad For Me" by Brendan Benson
    • "Нормальный бизнес" by Мумий Тролль

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  • Podcast Episode 78: Blips, Bloops, and Awesome

    April 19, 2014
    Sometimes it is amazing what can be done with electronic music. There are pieces where I swear I can hear the movement of fingers over the strings. However, that doesn't mean that good ol' fashioned video game music and songs with bleeps and bloops isn't awesome. We'll enjoy some of its awesomeness in this episode. The songs are:

    • "Emergency" by Handicat
    • "Customs" by The Mash Family
    • "Rebound" by MicroD
    • "Narcissus" by Esther Sim
    • "Lasciatemi Morire" by Claudio Monteverdi and Hepnova

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  • Podcast Episode 77: Kind of Soft

    April 5, 2014
    In this episode, you'll hear five kind of soft songs for whenever you need a break from the hustle and bustle. The songs are:

    • "Echoes of Espers" by John Anealio
    • "Dáma, pán a tulipán" by Cymbelín
    • "El Paso" by Silvestre y La Naranja
    • "I Don't Understand" by Merchants of Seven
    • "Old Home Movies" by The Botticellis

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  • Podcast Episode 76: Avant-garde

    March 21, 2014
    In this episode, you'll hear five avant-garde songs. The are a little experimental, while still being completely enjoyable. The songs are:

    • "Dream Vision" by Honky Tonk Project
    • "The Birdcatcher" by Momus
    • "December" by Alexander Piterskiy
    • "Doodle Yo" by Weerthof
    • "Homemade Rocketship" by Rainbow Danger Club

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  • Podcast Episode 75: Organic

    March 10, 2014
    In this show, you will hear five songs with a really organic feel. I think that they are the kind of songs that help lift the weight of the world from your shoulders. The songs are:

    • "ТоСка" by ЧЧ
    • "Běs" by Tomáš Kočko and Orchestr
    • "Brinca Tu Y Brinco Yo" by Arthur Yoria
    • "Gerda" by Theodor Bastard
    • "The Darkest Woods" by Brite Lines

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  • Podcast Episode 74: A Little Birthday Music For A Friend

    February 21, 2014
    5 Song Set is back after a brief break. In this episode you will hear five songs that I'm sending out to a good friend for his birthday. The songs are:

    • "A Warrior's Call" by White Wall
    • "Лунный свет" by Kollaps
    • "Космос Пуст" by Radio-Masts
    • "Waiting for the Devil" by Allon
    • "Хочется бить по струнам" by Sappy

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  • Podcast Episode 73: A Brief Trip To Jersey

    January 15, 2014
    We're take a quick visit to the Jersey shore in this episode, where you will hear five folk tunes. The songs are:

    • "Come back to the Jersey Shore" by James Dalton
    • "Get Her Back Again" by Endelouz
    • "Red Fiat Car" by Leo Whiskey
    • "Darlin' Nellie Gray" by Blind Boy Chocolate and the Milk Sheiks
    • "Glaw Haf" by Nick Breeze Wood

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  • Podcast Episode 72: A Really Good Vibe

    December 27, 2013
    To help you get through the rough spots around the holidays, I've got five songs for you with a really good vibe. I cannot help but listen to them over and over again. The songs are:

    • "Из Иркутска в Москву" by Длина Дыхания
    • "Say It Like You Mean It" by Shoes
    • "3:47 am" by Automorrow
    • "To Grow A Head" by Eggnoise
    • "Not So Nice" by The Vespers

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  • Podcast Episode 71: Listeners' Choice Winners from the 2012 Contest

    December 7, 2013
    Every January on the podcast, I hold a contest for the listeners' favorite bands from the previous year. The winners get 5 Song Set t-shirts, and I play another of their tunes in a later episode. Well, here we are in that later episode, and here are five tracks by the winners of the 2012 Listeners' Choice Contest. The songs are:

    • "Is There Love In The World" by Peter Nalitch and Friends
    • "Dudes Don't Even Know" by Marina Orchestra
    • "Mulberry, feather and mosquito" by Neboslov
    • "Spidifunk" by Seu Bené
    • "Blueberry (Loss of Blue)" by Alexander Piterskiy

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  • Podcast Episode 70: Chant

    November 24, 2013
    Chant - when I hear the word, I think of Gregorian chant from the Middle Ages. However, chant goes far beyond that. There is chant in a variety of religions and cultures, in ancient and modern music, at football games and in church. In this episode, you'll hear five examples of chant. I hope that you enjoy them. The songs are:

    • "Tantum ergo sacramentum" by Mignarda
    • "Lord of the Ganas" by Bill Pfleging
    • "I Fight Ganon" by I Fight Dragons
    • "Ride On" by Chance Chants
    • "Kalibelar" recorded by Collection Petites Planètes

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  • Podcast Episode 69: Cumbia!

    November 9, 2013
    In this episode, you'll hear five cumbia songs - or songs that were at least influenced by cumbia. Cumbia is a genre of dance music originally from Colombia. It has spread far and wide since then. This wonderful, energetic music is definitely worth checking out. The songs are:

    • "Bebiendo" by Cumbia Hasta El Lunes
    • "Cumbia" by Luz Buena
    • "No dueles mas!" by Kontra Golpe Noise Manifesto
    • "Culpa de la Luna" by Rupa and the April Fishes
    • "Jenny Wilson - Wooden Chair (Makina Western Cumbia Remix)" by Makina

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  • Podcast Episode 68: Early Music

    October 25, 2013
    In this episode, you'll hear five songs that use old instruments, musical styles, or both. This episode is dedicated to my beloved bassoon teacher, Morris Newman. The songs in this episode are:

    • "Palästinalied" by Unto Ashes
    • "Omorkolo" by Patrask
    • "Sommar" by Artificis Plateae
    • "Негда" by Potir
    • "Track 7 from Поющая бронза" by Александр Жихарев

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  • Podcast Episode 67: The Musical Saw

    October 12, 2013
    In this episode, you'll hear five songs that include a musical saw. While I've been hoping to feature more interesting instruments on the show, I'll admit that I chose this one because of all the woodworking I've been doing. The songs are:

    • "One Tree Said" by the Harmonica Pocket
    • "Tiny Flowers" by Kev Hopper
    • "Indecent Proposal" by Helen Arney
    • "Cruzo los dedos" by Doble Pletina
    • "Come On, Sailor" by Jordan O'Jordan

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  • Podcast Episode 66: Five More Great Songs

    September 27, 2013
    This episode doesn't have a theme, just five great songs for you. The songs are:

    • "Fall Apart" by Pur:Pur
    • "Снег" by Olga Arefieva and Kovcheg
    • "Катина радость" by alhimia
    • "Crazy Eye" by Friend or Foe
    • "Black Citadel: Sanctuary" by The National Orchestra of the United Kingdom of Goats

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  • Podcast Episode 65: Rich and Dark

    September 6, 2013
    In this episode, we're going to revisit the warm, dark sounds that captivated me during my teenage years with some much newer music. The songs are:

    • "Bastard Sønn" by Kaizers Orchestra
    • "Touha" by Fru Fru
    • "Abandon the Care" by Jellyfish Inn
    • "Забывая спать" by Клуб Завтрак
    • "На Восток" by Sasha Ilyukevich and the Highly Skilled Migrants

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  • Podcast Episode 64: Opinions

    August 23, 2013
    Pretty much everyone has opinions. Musicians are no different, and often those opinions are expressed to music. We're going to hear some of them in this episode. The songs are:

    • "Song for Bradley Manning" by David Rovics
    • "David Rovics is a Terrorist" by Don Franks
    • "If You See Something, Say Something" by Les Sans Culottes
    • "Media Machine" by Flying Raccoon Suit
    • "Ampersand" by Kithkin

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  • Podcast Episode 63: Beautiful Voices

    August 9, 2013
    As someone who cannot sing, I am especially impressed by a beautiful voice. This episode features five songs with voices that I really enjoy. The songs are:

    • "Qui sera le nouveau?" by Jullian
    • "Молитва" by Би-2
    • "Tomorrow" by Jeremy Messersmith
    • "Russia" by Ramona Falls
    • "La seconde chance" by William Bascaule and Thierry Berthommier

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  • Podcast Episode 62: From Over The Fence

    July 26, 2013
    Since we're smack dab in the middle of summer, in this episode you'll hear five songs that sound like you are hearing them over the fence in your backyard. They are perfect songs for sitting around the pool, even if it is just a plastic wading pool, but they aren't crystal clear, as though they are heard from a distance, drawing you in. The songs are:

    • "Turtle X-ing" by Freres Lapierre
    • "Nightmares" by The Hoot Hoots
    • "Sofi Song" by In Rooms
    • "Polar Bears" by Boys Climbing Ropes
    • "Lower Downtown Curses" by Mike Marchant

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  • Podcast Episode 61: Spin and Sway

    July 12, 2013
    In this episode, you will hear five songs to which you can spin and sway. So make a little room around yourself so that you don't trip over anything while spinning. The songs are:

    • "Moving" by Slow Reverse
    • "Ej, hleďme, hleďme" by Koňaboj
    • "Under Streetlights" by Brooke Annibale
    • "Endline" by I Am Not Lefthanded
    • "Heading West" by Aaron Day

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  • Podcast Episode 60: Beautiful and Wistful

    June 28, 2013
    In this episode, you'll hear five beautiful and wistful songs. The songs are:

    • "Jizda" by Michal Novinski
    • "Warmth" by Konstantin Zhigulin
    • "Iodine" by Gordon Withers
    • "Just Passing By" by Anne Van Schothorst
    • "Let Holka Let" by Listolet

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  • Podcast Episode 59: Feisty Folk

    June 14, 2013
    Sometimes I play sweet music on the show, sometimes classical, sometimes very old-fashioned. Well, not in this episode. In this episode, you'll hear five very feisty folk songs. I'm going to start out with a couple of songs that are more on the folk side, followed by some Irish punk - which is also known as Paddy punk. It really is only kind of punk, but it is definitely fiestier than your standard jigs and reels. We're going to end up with some pirate punk... which is definitely feisty! A warning for those listening with little ones... there is cussin' in many of the songs. The songs are:

    • "Listen" by the Alder Street All-Stars
    • "Big Apple" by Emily Bonn and The Vivants
    • "Nancy Whiskey" by the Maggoty Brats
    • "Past the Pint of No Return" by The Mahones
    • "Devil's Joke" by Pint of Stout

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  • Podcast Episode 58: Songs to Cheer You Up

    May 31, 2013
    Sometimes, when life isn't treating you or those you love very kindly, music can cut through the darkness. So in this episode, you will hear five songs that will cheer you up. Hopefully, you will hear something that will make your day a bit brighter. The songs are:

    • "Πάρτυ στο Κρεβάτι" by Kazoo Salonika
    • "Good Morning!" by Dmitriy Samoylenko
    • "Tonelaga" by SK Simeon
    • "Mujer Milagrosa" by De Bruces A Mi
    • "Le Long De La Route" by Zaz

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  • Podcast Episode 57: Cool and Interesting Percussion

    May 17, 2013
    This episode is made up five songs with cool percussive elements. That could be use of voice in a percussive way, interesting instruments in addition to drums as percussion, or just a really cool drum line. It took a while to find just the right songs for this episode, and I hope you enjoy them. The songs are:

    • "Unissasi Laulelet" by The Dø
    • "Russian State Museum's Lottery" by Opa!
    • "Лесное Радио" by Лесное Радио
    • "Papier hygienique" by Grre en famille
    • "The Funky Komodenu" by Blake Fleming

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  • Podcast Episode 56: Lullabies

    May 3, 2013
    This episode is five lullabies - some for children and some for adults... and all lovely to hear. The songs are:

    • "In the Land of Dreams" by Kesang Marstrand
    • "First Lullaby" by Eric Kuhn
    • "A Little Heart Like You" by Martha's Trouble
    • "Lullaby" by Listolet
    • "Goodnight, My Love" by Benny Goodman and Ella Fitzgerald

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  • Podcast Episode 55: Surf!

    April 19, 2013
    In this episode, you will hear five songs from the surf music genre. Surf music was initally popular in the early 1960s, before the British Invasion, but it experienced a resurgence after Dick Dale's "Misirlou" appeared in "Pulp Fiction". This podcast features musicians from the US, Canada, Argentina, Spain, and Israel, all with their own takes on surf music. The songs are:

    • "Todo puede suceder" by Los Lunes
    • "Azam Azam" by The Orions
    • "Dark Surf" by Action Camp
    • "7/7" by Gulf of Brass
    • "Dark Waves" by 4Waves

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  • Podcast Episode 54: A Little Dark, A Little Nostalgic

    April 5, 2013
    This episode is made up of five songs that are a little dark, a little nostalgic. The songs are:

    • "Шаманы" by Sappy
    • "My děti ze stanice Bullerbyn" by Květy
    • "Ooh-Wee" by The Chantrelles
    • "Wrecking Ball" by C Vincent Plummer
    • "Эвакуатор" by И Друг Мой Грузовик

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  • Podcast Episode 53: Folk Songs

    March 22, 2013
    Folk is such a varied genre. It can be very traditional, very modern, a blend of styles - and it can be all these things in one song. This podcast features five folk songs that are fairly traditional for the genre, some traditional folk and some Americana. The songs are:

    • "Vaguito" by Contransporte
    • "Oceans" by The Natives
    • "Here I Go Again" by Cooper McBean and the Vested Interests
    • "Mary and Buddy" by Itchy Hearts
    • "Bailar" by Отава Ё

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  • Podcast Episode 52: Music With A Message

    March 8, 2013
    For International Women's Day... well, I could play songs by women, but instead I'm playing five songs with a message. Hopefully, you will find something here that speaks to you. The songs are:

    • "Waste of War" by Tomorrow
    • "These Wars We Fight" by Matthew Ebel
    • "Eat, Work and Pray" by Bek Vol Zand
    • "Ein Panther" by Lake Fauna
    • "Corbeaux Following" by Kobo Town

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  • Podcast Episode 51: A Little Bit Pop

    February 22, 2013
    In this episode, we have five songs that are a little bit pop for your listening enjoyment. The songs are:

    • "Wasteland" by Starlight Girls
    • "Friday Lovesick Nighttime Radio" by Zombie Girlfriend
    • "L'amour" by Superets
    • "Can You Hear It?" by The Bynars
    • "Вверх! Вверх! Вверх!" by The Just

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  • Podcast Episode 50: Music For The Night

    February 8, 2013
    This episode is another "mood" episode and will feature five songs you might hear in a dark club. These songs feel like they are songs for the night time. The songs are:

    • "Milonguita" by José Hernán Cibils
    • "El Momento" by La Otra Trío
    • "Dilema" by Yahi
    • "Alligator Teeth" by Mother Falcon
    • "Le Bon Gars" by Pic et Les Blancs de Mémoire

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  • Podcast Episode 49: Songs with a Soft Touch

    January 25, 2013
    There are times when a big, bold song doesn't fit the moment. Times when a song with a softer touch is what you want to hear. This episode has five songs for those occasions. The songs are:

    • "Queen Baby" by Vows
    • "Paris" by Firekites
    • "Section of Sky" by Goh Nakamura
    • "Celestial" by Rubén Lozano
    • "Wie Schön" by Provinztheater

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  • Podcast Episode 48: Songs For Being Cool

    January 11, 2013
    In this episode, you'll hear five songs to be cool to. And I don't mean hipster cool. I mean classic cool. Cool like beatniks were cool. Cool in the way that bass players are cool. So, here's some cool for you. The songs are:

    • "Mulher segundo meu pai" by Anelis
    • "Jobb Kézzel" by DeViszont
    • "Is It Not True?" by The Brentford Sound
    • "Vincent and Mia" by Mars Water
    • "Tellement un Star" by Le Hjärta

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  • Podcast Episode 47: Listeners' Choice Winners from the 2011 Contest

    January 1, 2013
    After the 2011 5 Song Set Listeners' Choice Contest, I promised a podcast with a song by each of the winners. Well, here it is. The songs are:

    • "Hollywood Raptor" by the Doubleclicks
    • "Free Bird" by Marc with a C
    • "Cover Bombs" by the Nomadic Firs
    • "Action-man" by Souleye
    • "Lõõtsapoiss" by Kihnu Poisid

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  • Podcast Episode 46: Goin' Solo... Mostly

    December 14, 2012
    This episode has five songs made by just a single person, sometimes with some help from their friends. While most of this music was made on a computer, the songs are everything from hip hop, dance and funk to classical and folk. The songs are:

    • "RMDTRN feat Mo" by Kijk Een Ster
    • "To je sevdah, baby" by SevdahBABY
    • "Light Leaks" by Torley
    • "Movement 2, Allegretto" by Tangram
    • "Ojos Azules" by Cassiopeia

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  • Podcast Episode 45: Five Interesting Takes On The Ubiquitous Love Song

    November 30, 2012
    Love songs - they are pretty much ubiquitous. In this episode, you'll hear five fun and interesting takes on the ubiquitous love song. The songs are:

    • "Nolan's Song" by Arcadia
    • "The Organ Donor's March" by Kim Boekbinder
    • "8 Bit Video Romance" by Shade of Red
    • "Delorean" by The Droids We're Looking For
    • "I Bet We'll Be OK" by C Vincent Plummer

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  • Podcast Episode 44: Amazing Tango!

    November 16, 2012
    In this episode, you'll five amazing songs from either the tango or milonga genres. They are packed with energy and definitely will make you want to move. The songs are:

    • "Cosa de Negros" by Andrés Drimer
    • "La llorona" by Trio Nocturna
    • "Vals Considerao" by Walton/Van Duinen
    • "Cabaret" by Ber Stinco
    • "Canaro en Paris" by Tarjeta Roja

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  • Podcast Episode 43: Hurricanes and Folk Music

    November 2, 2012
    In this episode, I have five folk songs for you. They are songs about love, songs about courage, and one bluesy song about drinking... and love. This episode is dedicated to my mom, who is coordinating our family's disaster response to the damage done by the hurricane. The songs in this episode are:

    • "Hurricane Winslow" by The Revivalists
    • "Mount Mitchell" by Wainwright Brothers
    • "Chesterfields" by Bek vol Zand
    • "Szemkel" by Cisza Jak Ta
    • "Tightrope Walker" by Heather Styka

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  • Podcast Episode 42: Spoken Word

    October 19, 2012
    In this episode, you'll hear five spoken word tracks, covering life, love, the universe and everything. The musicians are from all across Europe and the United States - a nice mix of both locations and ideas. The songs are:

    • "Dance if you Believe" by Alexander Piterskiy
    • "Pan Bóg" by Mazzoll and Marcin Swietlicki
    • "Notes from a Dying Taxpayer" by Captain of the Rant vs Hair Explosion
    • "Respect The Brightness Of Our Souls" by 2L8
    • "It's Really Inconvenient" by Tock

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  • Podcast Episode 41: Reggae and Beyond....

    October 5, 2012
    Reggae didn't end with Bob Marley and the Wailers. Contemporary reggae and reggae fusion have some great sounds that combine reggae with jazz, funk, ska, pop, rock and even folk music. In this episode, you'll hear five reggae songs guaranteed to prove that there is more to the genre than just Mr. Marley. The songs are:

    • "Talk of the Town" by Marina Orchestra
    • "One Day" by Arcadia
    • "Town Crier" by Fat City Bird
    • "I'm Alright" by Offbeat Revolution
    • "Ой на гори два дубки" by Chornobrivci

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  • Podcast Episode 40: Laid Back For A Lazy Day

    August 17, 2012
    Usually, I play upbeat, energetic songs. However, sometimes you just want music that's laid back and relaxing. So, that's what I've got for you in this episode: five laid back tracks for a lazy summer day. The songs are:

    • "Beach Bum Anthem" by Akim
    • "Brooklyn Mermaids" by Scott Wolfson and Other Heroes
    • "(T)Silent Tea" by Scrabbel
    • "Summerland" by The Woodlands
    • "Sonia's Song" by Rich LaBonte

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  • Podcast Episode 39: Electronica!

    August 3, 2012
    In this episode, I have five electronica tracks for you. These days, it is hard to really single out something as electronica, as so much music is made on computers and a lot of it doesn't even remotely sound like that's where it came from. For this episode, though, I picked songs that really do sound like we would imagine songs made on a computer sound, but even that gives us everything from chiptunes and really upbeat songs to more slow, ambient ones. The songs in this episode are:

    • "Future Memories" by Escape Into
    • "Magnetize" by Astro Kid
    • "Hello World" by Upside Down Cake
    • "Waking Up In The Perseids" by VCMG
    • "The Future, Both Forever Ungrasped" by Connectedness Locus

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  • Podcast Episode 38: It's Got A Good Beat....

    July 20, 2012
    This episode features five songs that have a good beat and would be great to dance to (or at least move to). The songs are:

    • "Hitman's Lovesong" by The Freak Fandango Orchestra
    • "Snowfall (Flying Chivaus Version)" by Shade of Red
    • "Teresina" by OdjBox
    • "Dazzling by Design" by Summertime's End
    • "The Ice Tower" by the Erik Sumo Band

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  • Podcast Episode 37: Funky, Bluesy Mix

    July 6, 2012
    This episode is five songs with a funky, bluesy and definitely cool feel. The songs are:

    • "Окно" by Neboslov
    • "Steve's Guitar Corner" by Kid Meets Cougar
    • "7 days, 7 nights" by Mika Akimen
    • "Ruckus on Wall Street" by Jack Klatt and the Cat Swingers
    • "Popcorn Nélkül" by DeViszont

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  • Podcast Episode 36: A Capella... Mostly

    June 23, 2012
    This episode has five a capella (or mostly a capella) songs for you. A capella is unaccompanied vocal music, so everything from Gregorian chant and other religious music up through barbershop quartets, modern looping "vocal only" productions and beatboxing. The a capella in this episode varies from just incredibly beautiful to fun, funky and bluesy. The songs in this episode are:

    • "Bad Day for Heroes" by Hawthorn
    • "פאנקי אותי" by Funkapella
    • "Mayokero" by Roy Kafri
    • "Holtenbroekblues" by De Blauwe Vingers
    • "Y Deryn Du" by Rún

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  • Podcast Episode 35: Good Ol' Rock Music

    June 8, 2012
    In this episode, we're going to spend some quality time with our old friend, rock music. Rock music has changed and branched out over the years, and we're going to follow some of those branches and enjoy the tasty fruit. We've got some ska-rock, some post- and lo-fi rock, and some hard rock. A nice tasty mix! The songs in this episode are:

    • "Get Serious" by Llama Tsunami
    • "It Was A Dark And Stormy Night" by Five Iron Frenzy
    • "Értéktelen" by [tagless]
    • "The Hunch" by the Starlight Girls
    • "Analog Man" by Cinemon

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  • Podcast Episode 34: Punk Rock for Everyone!!

    May 25, 2012
    This episode features five punk rock songs for you, but don't worry - these are punk rock songs that everyone can enjoy. The songs are:

    • "Deska" by 4get Me Not
    • "I Rule the World" by the Moguls
    • "Hey Kidz/Real Love" by GroundScore
    • "Do You Wanna Dance?" by Snitch
    • "Perdicion" by La Chapuza

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  • Podcast Episode 33: Early 20th Century Time Machine

    May 11, 2012
    This episode features a time machine journey through some popular genres of the early 20th century. Jazz, swing, old-time music and ragtime - we travel back to hear some great music from way back when that is being played by hot bands today. The songs in this episode are:

    • "Cou Cou" by Mouce Manouche
    • "Americana" by Ed Bailey
    • "Five Miles from Town" by Luke Mercier and Rolling River
    • "WalMarts With DriveThrough" by One Monster After Another
    • "Eli Green's Cake Walk" by The Ragtime Skedaddlers

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  • Podcast Episode 32: Folk - From Upbeat to Wistful

    April 27, 2012
    In this episode, I've got five folk songs for you. The songs vary from upbeat to wistful, modern to traditional. The songs in this podcast are:

    • "Red Wonder Boots" by Kelsey Rottiers and the Rising Tide
    • "Azt gondoltam" by Kravaiar
    • "El tímido" by Damián Verdún
    • "W naszym niebie" by Cisza Jak Ta
    • "Song About Love" by The Goodnight Fields

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  • Podcast Episode 31: Post-Whatever

    April 13, 2012
    If the "post-" genres are all about pushing the limits and breaking rules within their parent genres, then this episode is a little bit of chaos for your ears: five songs from the "post-" genres. That's a post-rock song by a band from Budapest, a post-hardcore and post-jazz song from Austria, post-hardcore from Southern California, another post-rock song that feels quite different from the first from England, and some post-electronica that was made in Costa Rica. The songs are:

    • "Volt Jobb?" by [tagless]
    • "IV" by IXOYE
    • "Mission: Control" by Harris Grade
    • "Constants (Part 2)" by Arbor Lights
    • "Freddy Liked to Dance" by Adino

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  • Podcast Episode 30: Dance Dance Dance!

    March 30, 2012
    In this episode, I have five tracks of music you can totally dance to by bands from Eastern Europe and Brazil. The songs in this episode are:

    • "Ti nikad nećeš znati srce jedne žene" by SevdahBABY
    • "Tanečná" by Hudba z Marsu
    • "Amor Sustentável" by Anelis
    • "Digadinovo" by Seu Bené
    • "Techno" by Epic Lyrical

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  • Podcast Episode 29: A Little Gypsy Flavor

    March 16, 2012
    This episode has five phenomenal songs for you that have a gypsy feel. The diversity of the bands is pretty impressive too, as they are from Germany, Argentina, the United States, Finland, and Spain. Plus all the songs can be downloaded for free! The songs in this episode are:

    • "Labyrinth" by Nastja and the Orloves
    • "Die Naie Cuppe" by Segundo Mundo
    • "Les Triplettes de Bellville" by Mouce Manouche
    • "Uhkalaulu" by Väinö Grön
    • "Requiem for a Fish" by The Freak Fandango Orchestra

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  • Podcast Episode 28: Ska Ska Ska!

    March 2, 2012
    This episode features five very upbeat, very fun ska tunes. Ska has changed a lot over the years from its beginnings in Jamaica in the late 1950s, but the changes haven't diminished the music. If anything, time has given ska bands all over the world a lot of room to find their own sound and get out their message. From four high school guys in Colorado to Cleveland Street Ska coming out of Russia, ska has a lot to offer. The songs in this episode are:

    • "A Song For The Broken" by Stacked Like Pancakes
    • "Model Rocket" by Hatrick Penry
    • "Despierta" by Termofrigidus
    • "The City of Khakassia" by Hary Davi
    • "Never Stop" by The Ruckus

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  • Podcast Episode 27: Robot Love

    February 17, 2012
    This is the Valentine's Day themed podcast, but since I can't really top last year's podcast for songs about love, I thought I'd go for something a little bit different. So, do you remember in the movie "The Terminator" when Sarah Connor's answering machine says "Machines need love too"? Well, I decided to use that as the theme. With that in mind, here are five songs about robots... and their relationships with the humans who love or need them. Also, in this episode, I announce the winners of the 2011 Listeners' Choice Contest. The songs are:

    • "Everybody Needs a Robot" by Matthew Ebel
    • "Robots" by Dan Mangan
    • "Disco Droid" by Astro Kid
    • "I Need Your (Robot) Love" by Eat Me Drink Me
    • "Wadsworth's Song" by Lewis Fitzjohn

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  • Podcast Episode 26: Modern Classical and Beyond!

    February 3, 2012
    In this episode, I have five modern classical songs for you. Some of the songs are more "modern" and some are more "classical" but they are all really good. The songs are:

    • "Waltz of the Pigalle Side Streets" by Alexander Piterskiy
    • "Drehorgel" by Sallo
    • "Hiatus" by RQTN
    • "Shores" by Empiric Project
    • "Nanoreactor" by Xcentric Noizz

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  • Podcast Episode 25: Ragtime!

    January 20, 2012
    In this episode, you'll hear five ragtime songs ranging from traditional to modern, beautiful and moving to upbeat and silly. The songs are:

    • "Harbor Light Rag" by Goodbye Kumiko
    • "Levi Jackson's Rag" by Tylwyth Teg
    • "Training Wheel Rag" by the Asylum Street Spankers
    • "Libellule Rag" by Jean-Paul Bataille
    • "Big Top Rag" by Julian Gaskell

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  • Podcast Episode 24: "Happy" New Year

    January 6, 2012
    In this episode, I have five happy songs to get you started out right in 2012. The songs are:

    • "Gitar" by Peter Nalitch
    • "Invincible" by SO3
    • "Love You Only" by Phat Bollard
    • "Abigail, Don't Be Long" by The Dimes
    • "Le Rechauffement D'La Planete" by Quebec Redneck Bluegrass Project

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  • Podcast Episode 23: Rounding Out The Year With Five Great Songs

    December 16, 2011
    This episode rounds out the year with just really damn good songs, one of which is even a Christmas-y song. The songs are:

    • "The Eyes, The Beard, The Nose, The Stomach, The Lungs" by Indie Folker
    • "Ode To The Oligarchs" by the Long Dead Kings
    • "Hand Me The Crown" by The Dirty Urchins
    • "She's On Fire" by Something Underground
    • "Emi Completely" by Summer Salt

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  • Podcast Episode 22: From Video Games To Astronomy

    December 2, 2011
    In this episode, I have five songs that cover the whole nerdy to science-themed spectruum. First, we'll hear two songs about video games, then two songs about astronomy, followed up by a song about the internet - kind of like a little survey of the different kinds of fun geek rock music out there. The songs are:

    • "Vault 101" by Kirby Krackle
    • "The Quick and the Blue" by The Megas
    • "The Ballad of Carl Sagan" by The Amoeba People
    • Andy Rivkin and his Gedankenband with "Down on Vesta"
    • "3 Rules of the Internet" by Jonathan Mann

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  • Podcast Episode 21: The Russian Invasion Begins

    November 18, 2011
    This episode is a collaboration with Alexander Piterskiy, a Russian musician whose name you may remember from episode 19. Most of the five songs in this episode are in Russian, but they are fantastic songs even if you don't have the slightest idea what the lyrics are saying. The songs are:

    • "Bird" by alhimia
    • "Not For Everyone" by the Electric Guerillas
    • "Nantes" by Beirut
    • "So Dramatic Dance" by Au7um
    • "Our Tanks" by Zakhar May

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  • Podcast Episode 20: Occupation Songs

    November 4, 2011
    In this episode, we'll hear five songs related to the Occupy movement. Songs in this episode are:

    • "Speak (Nothing to Lose)" by the Los Angeles-based UByK
    • F_Tape with "A Fair Warning"
    • "I'm a 99" by the Nomadic Firs
    • "Work Is Hard To Find At The Bottom Of America" by Adam Lempel
    • "A Luta Continua!" - some truly upbeat music by the MarchFourth Marching Band

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  • Podcast Episode 19: The Last of the Saxophone Podcasts

    October 21, 2011
    This is the third and final episode in my series of podcasts dedicated to the saxophone. The songs featured in this episode are:

    • "Some Lipstick" by Anita Coats
    • "Back to the Start" by Disco's Out (Murder's In)
    • "Yes, Mom, I Saxed" by Alexander Piterskiy
    • "Ix'mant'sikka Dub" by Malox
    • "Ciudad Salvaje" by Distryto 13

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  • Podcast Episode 18: Modern Saxophone

    October 7, 2011
    In the last episode, I had five old school jazz songs that feature the saxophone. In this episode, we'll hear five newer songs that include a saxophone, and this isn't just jazz either. The songs in this episode are:

    • "Reconcile" by Brent Thompson
    • "Maple Street" by Ironwood Run
    • "bake" by The Beats and Pieces Big Band
    • "Besa Sorta" by The Montalban Quintet
    • "No Words" by Dan Dectis

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  • Podcast Episode 17: Old-School Saxophone Jazz

    September 23, 2011
    In this episode, I have five old school jazz songs for you that feature the saxophone. The songs in this episode are:

    • "Smiles and Chuckles" by Six Brown Brothers
    • "Wringin' and Twistin'" by Frankie Trumbauer and Bix Beiderbecke
    • "I Got Rhythm" by Don Redmon and his Orchestra with Benny Morton
    • "Sittin' In" by Chu Berry
    • "Someone To Watch Over Me" by Ike Quebec

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  • Podcast Episode 16: Experimental Music

    September 9, 2011
    In this episode, I have five kind of off the beaten path, experimental songs for you - everything from dishwasher and movie samples to live performances and spoken word. The songs in this episode are:

    • "Get Smooth and Smash Things" by Stushido
    • "Lost At Sea" by Mannequin Races
    • "Closet Frequencies" by Rich La Bonte
    • "Paranormal Investigators Unite!" by Station!
    • "Sputnik" by The Power Jack

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  • Podcast Episode 15: Theremin

    August 26, 2011
    Episode 15: In this episode, I have five songs for you featuring the theremin. The theremin is an early electronic musical instrument and is unique in that it is the only instrument that is played without being touched. The songs in this episode are:

    • "Monsters In Rome" by Indie Folker
    • "The Lemonade Kid" by The T Town Bottlestoppers
    • "Hippie Hippie Manic Pulse" by Looney Buns
    • "The Tragic Adventures of StarQuake and the WarMaster" by The Bomb Tasty Yum-Yums
    • "Benthic Tentacular" by Seth G Samuel

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  • Podcast Episode 14: Five Great Songs

    August 5, 2011
    Episode 14: In this episode, I don't have a specific theme so much as five really good songs. The songs in this episode are:

    • "Merimehe surm/Sailor's Death" by Kihnu Poisid
    • "She Ain't Your Girl" by Tyler Fortier
    • "Gambling Bar Room Blues" by The Mighty Campfire Punks
    • "Price Check on Aisle 5 for Love" by Warner Drive
    • "Been So Long" by Junkyard Groove

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  • Podcast Episode 13: Songs About Books

    July 23, 2011
    This episode features five songs about books. Please note that the lyrics (and titles) to some songs are fairly explicit. The songs in this episode are:

    • "Books Say and I Say" by Adam Dubberly
    • "Librarian" by Jonathan Rundman
    • "George R R Martin is Not Your Bitch" by John Anealio
    • "Life is a Book" by Rich LaBonte
    • "Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury" by Rachel Bloom

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  • Podcast Episode 12: More Nerd Rock

    July 8, 2011
    Episode 12: This episode follows up episode 4 with five more awesome nerd rock songs. The songs in this episode are:

    • "Super Powered Love" by Kirby Krackle
    • "Geek Love at First Sight" by Schroedinger's Cathouse
    • "This Fantasy World (Dungeons and Dragons)" by The Doubleclicks
    • "Nerd Party" by The Modrats
    • "Curse of the Female Paladin" by Blue Turtle Shell

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  • Podcast Episode 11: Dixieland

    June 24, 2011
    Episode 11: This episode takes us from the beginning of Dixieland right up to the edge of what still fits in the genre. We get to hear some great music along the way. The songs in this episode are:

    • "Sensation Rag" by Original Dixieland Jass Band
    • "Uptown Lowdown" by Firecracker Jazz Band
    • "Yuppie Exodus From Dumbo" by Jed Davis
    • "Paradise Found" by Miff Mole and His Little Molars
    • "Man In The Light Blue Suit" by Emersen

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  • Podcast Episode 10: Chiptunes!!

    June 10, 2011
    Episode 10: For this episode, I have collected five upbeat chiptunes for you. What are chiptunes? A chiptune is synthesized music often produced with the sound chips of old computer and video game consoles, which means that a lot of the music was made on Game Boys. That's pretty cool! The songs in this episode are:

    • "General Error" by 047
    • "Baby Still Too Fat" by Starship Amazing
    • "Cheeky Girls Fast Food" by cerror
    • "Retrotune" by Souleye
    • "Hexadecimal Genome" by Bit Shifter

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  • Podcast Episode 9: May Day

    May 6, 2011
    Episode 9: In this episode, you'll hear five songs about workers and unions in honor of May Day. The songs are:

    • "Rosie The Riveter" by The Four Vagabonds
    • "Union Makes Us Strong" by David Rovics
    • "Lads of the BLF" by Roaring Jack
    • "Banks of Marble" by The Mighty Campfire Punks
    • "Libraries" by Richard March

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  • Podcast Episode 8: Funk!

    April 22, 2011
    Episode 8: In this episode, you'll hear five funky tunes for your groovin' pleasure. The songs in this episode are:

    • "4th Floor" by Max Paparella
    • "Everything Is Broken" by Fatback
    • "Come Un Romanzo" by Calibro 35
    • "Stroke of Midnight" by Here Come The Mummies
    • "New Funk In Town" by Heather Haze

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  • Podcast Episode 7: Clever, Creative and Fun

    April 8, 2011
    Episode 7: In this late April Fool's Day episode, you'll hear five songs that are clever, creative and fun, what I think makes a good April Fool's Day. The songs in this episode are:

    • "Charlie on the MTA" by The Pub Runners
    • "Only A Song" by Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore
    • "Kortsiruumis/In The Pub" by Kihnu Poisid
    • "Carnal Carnival" by Here Come The Mummies
    • "A Fine Romance" by The George Gee Swing Orchestra

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  • Podcast Episode 6: Banjos!

    March 25, 2011
    Episode 6: In this episode, you'll hear five banjo-packed tracks that go from rockin' to old-timey. The songs in this episode are:

    • "Me Not The Devil" by the Alder Street All Stars
    • "Diamond Road" by Banjo Van
    • "Me and Old John Barleycorn" by The Low Tide Drifters
    • "Shake Hands and Tell Me Goodbye" by Old Sledge
    • "Cripple Creek" by Bremen Town

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  • Podcast Episode 5: St. Patrick's Day

    March 11, 2011
    Episode 5: In this episode, you'll hear five celtic or celtic punk songs just in time for St. Patrick's Day. The songs in this episode are:

    • "The Last Saskatchewan Pirate" by The Pubcrawlers
    • "Come Out Ye Black and Tans" by Paddy Goes To Holyhead
    • "One Legged Man" by Toad In The Hole
    • "Is This Bar Open Til Tomorrow" by The Mahones
    • "The Fair Maid" by Ennis Clare

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  • Podcast Episode 4: Nerd Rock!

    February 25, 2011
    Episode 4: In this episode, you'll hear five nerd rock songs about everything from video game characters to tiny, limbless fish-like animals. The songs in this episode are:

    • "Take It From Me" by Kirby Krackle
    • "Welcome to the Breakdown" by I Fight Dragons
    • "Cougar at the Con" by Norm Sherman
    • "Nerdy Girls" by Marc with a C
    • "It's A Long Way To Amphioxus" by Sam Hinton

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  • Podcast Episode 3: Songs of Love

    February 11, 2011
    Episode 3: In this episode, you'll hear five songs about love, just in time for Valentine's Day. The songs are:

    • "Pounds of Soul" by Betty Bibbs
    • "Mambo Like a Madman" by The Right Bastards
    • "Mario Kart Love Song" by Sam Hart
    • "Ain't Misbehavin'" by Louis Armstrong
    • "Spancil Hill" by Toad In The Hole

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  • Podcast Episode 2: The Unfortunate Rake Cycle

    January 28, 2011
    Episode 2: In this episode, you'll hear five songs all related to the 18th century English folk song "The Unfortunate Rake". The songs are:

    • "Pills of White Mercury" by Ennis Clare
    • "Streets of Laredo" by Grannie Jans
    • "Saint James Infirmary Blues" by Louis Armstrong and Cab Calloway
    • "Spanish Ladies" by Musical Blades
    • "Green Fields of France" by Whigmaleerie Ceilidh Band

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  • Podcast Episode 1: Cab Calloway Is Awesome!

    January 14, 2011
    Episode 1: This episode is entirely devoted to Cab Calloway and his fabulous, fun music. All the music from this episode is freely available from the Internet Archive's 78RPM and Cylinder Recording's page. Songs in this episode are:

    • "Minnie the Moocher"
    • "You Ain't Done a Doggone Thing"
    • "Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea"
    • "Everybody Eats When They Come To My House"
    • "The Jumpin' Jive" - all by Cab Calloway

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