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Travelling Tunes

Ethnomusicologist Dr Kirsten Zemke leads us around the world on a new musical exploration each week.

Travelling Tunes w/ Dr. Kirsten Zemke: August 10, 2018

Travelling Tunes w/ Dr. Kirsten Zemke: August 10, 2018 Kirsten Zemke: August 10, 2018, 33.27 MB
Fri 10 Aug 2018

The Calliope, yeah, that keyboard with the pipes coming out of it. That creepy thing. Whats that all about?
Dr Kirsten Zemke delves into the weird and wacky history of Calliopes, from The Circus to Baseball. 
Track List
Sly & the Family Stone - Life
Buffalo Springfield - Broken Arrow
Tom Waits - Calliope

Travelling Tunes w/ Dr. Kirsten Zemke: August 3, 2018

Travelling Tunes w/ Dr. Kirsten Zemke: August 3, 2018 Kirsten Zemke: August 3, 2018, 25.89 MB
Fri 3 Aug 2018

Bee-ee-bap-ba-baddap-boh. Whether you deem it affectation, annoyance, or amazing, scat is surprisingly free of genre constraints. Plus, we picked some good ones here. Promise. Biddle-de-bop. Pow.

Travelling Tunes w/ Dr. Kirsten Zemke: July 27, 2018

Travelling Tunes w/ Dr. Kirsten Zemke: July 27, 2018 Kirsten Zemke: July 27, 2018, 24.04 MB
Fri 27 Jul 2018

Mike really had this one coming, didn't he: the airhorn. Don't say you weren't warned.

Travelling Tunes w/ Dr. Kirsten Zemke: July 20, 2018

Travelling Tunes w/ Dr. Kirsten Zemke: July 20, 2018 Kirsten Zemke: July 20, 2018, 21.01 MB
Fri 20 Jul 2018

Kirsten's speaking about the Mbira, the handheld device that kind of looks like a piano, right? With Konono No.1's, Paradiso, Björk's Earth Intruders, and Jens Lekman's, A Little Lost showcasing this harmonic little number with a huge sound. Dr. Zemke has done it again, folks.

Travelling Tunes w/ Dr. Kirsten Zemke: July 13, 2018

Travelling Tunes w/ Dr. Kirsten Zemke: July 13, 2018 Kirsten Zemke: July 13, 2018, 19.95 MB
Fri 13 Jul 2018

This weeks topic is a little different, the Dirty Blues... Stumbling across this niche genre while researching the jugs, Kirsten was attracted to what she found. With tracks like The Topper's Baby Let Me Bang Your Box, Blind Boy Fuller's What's That Smell Like Fish?, and Bo Carter's Your Biscuits Are Big Enough For Me, we discover a whole new type of persuasion.

Travelling Tunes w/ Dr. Kirsten Zemke: July 6th, 2018

Travelling Tunes w/ Dr. Kirsten Zemke: July 6th, 2018 Kirsten Zemke: July 6th, 2018, 33.27 MB
Fri 6 Jul 2018

This week, Kirsten's in with the ukulele for us. Tiny Tim's Livin' In The Sunlight, Lovin' In The Moonlight, James Hill's The Satisfactory Waltz, and Eddie Vedder's Sleeping By Myself, as well as a special final track, just for a listener. While Kirsten educates Mike on the roots of this special number, apparently Tess knows a thing or two as well... 

Travelling Tunes w/ Dr. Kirsten Zemke: June 29, 2018

Travelling Tunes w/ Dr. Kirsten Zemke: June 29, 2018 Kirsten Zemke: June 29, 2018, 28.3 MB
Fri 29 Jun 2018

Kirsten's back. Fighting fit and ready for us with... The Whisky Jug! Mikey's sceptical, but can Kirsten sway his feelings on this humble piece of pottery with the Whistler & His Jug Band's Pig Meat Blues, Mungo Jerry's classic hit, In The Summertime, and 13th Floor Elevators's, You're Gonna Miss Me?

Travelling Tunes w/ Dr. Kirsten Zemke: June 8, 2018

Travelling Tunes w/ Dr. Kirsten Zemke: June 8, 2018 Kirsten Zemke: June 8, 2018, 26.6 MB
Fri 8 Jun 2018

Kinky, sensual and RSI-inducing, Kirsten has a yarn about castanets. From courting women to expensive resin and string, if you've ever wondered about the origin of these Pipi-shaped clackers, wonder no more. Mikey and Kirsten talked about and over Lucero Tena's Mi Dulce Mulata, The Crystals' Uptown and the smooth clanky-clanks of The Johnson Brothers' Hernando's Hideaway.

Travelling Tunes w/ Dr. Kirsten Zemke: June 1, 2018

Travelling Tunes w/ Dr. Kirsten Zemke: June 1, 2018 Kirsten Zemke: June 1, 2018, 28.52 MB
Fri 1 Jun 2018

Is it distortion? It is overdrive? Is it intentionally grainy or are my ears deceiving me? 50 years of defining rock 'n' roll and yet the fuzz pedal just brings up more questions than it answers. Your favourite ethnomusicologist's looking at Jimi Hendrix' Foxey Lady, Sonic Youth's Starfield Road, and MBV's Only Shallow in an attempt to settle your wildest queries.