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The rantings of a bookdealer in Brooklyn, New York.

Saturday, June 23, 2007

Calypso + Muriel's Treasure

I just donated a book to the Calypso library maintained by Irwin Chusid over at WFMU.

Every Wednesday he devotes the 3rd hour of his show to vintage Calypso. I've enjoyed reggae for a while but the richness and depth of the other music originating from the West Indies was a wonderful surprise for me.

A lot of Calypso involves improvised embellishments to a shared group of traditional tunes (whose authorship is hotly disputed), making them about news of the day, sexual conquests, and the inadequacy of other performers. It's the jauntiest (and filthiest) trash-talking you'll every hear.

The show is on sabbatical for the summer but Irwin is podcasting the early shows here.

Give the song "Zombie Jamboree (Back to Back, Belly to Belly)" a listen (2:33:36 into this show)....and pour yourself a zombie. Your life will instantly be better.


Nate said...

Well, looks like I will have to purchase that LP... I've never heard this Zombie track before.

William Smith said...

It's on one of Irwin's older marathon premiums (available for a donation to WFMU). Not sure if it's still available though.