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Here’s a song from the Jim Jarmusch vampire flick, Only Lovers Left Alive, that opens in this country in April 2014.  My rule of thumb is if the soundtrack incorporates Middle Eastern music, the movie’s bound to be worth a viewing.

It doesn’t hurt that two of my favorite actors, Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton, are playing the lead roles. This is Azzddine–Takassim (Harissa Mix) by Kasbah Rockers.

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Pete Seeger, activist and folksinger, passed away this week at the age of 94. Pete popularized a lot of folk tunes and also wrote a number of original songs–“Where Have All the Flowers Gone?”, “If I Had a Hammer”, “Turn, Turn, Turn”, etc.–that have since become folk standards. Pete liked to say that he’d rather put music on people’s lips than in their ears. Here he is conducting the crowd in “Amazing Grace” on his 90th birthday in 2009. Rest in peace, Pete. You will be missed.

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The moment I saw Corb Lund’s new music video, “Dig, Gravedigger, Dig”, I knew that I wanted to include it on my next Halloween-themed jukebox.

Amanda Seyfried covers “Little Red Riding Hood” originally made popular by Sam the Sham and the Pharoahs. I like her quieter, guitar-driven version.

What would Halloween be without a murder ballad? There have been many versions of “Pretty Polly”. This one is by the group Vandaveer.  There’s more information about the making of this music video on their YouTube site.

The weather forecast for Halloween? Well, there’s a “Bad Moon Rising” for a start. Also, a bathroom on the right, but that’s another story.

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Today’s selection is a foot-tapping rendition of that traditional favorite “Shady Grove” featuring Tim O’Brien and The Chieftains. Complete with high-stepping Irish dancers!

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Here’s the latest from Canadian country singer, Corb Lund, to cheer up a rainy and gray Monday. My mother’s people were, and some still are, dairy farmers so “May You Always Have Cows Around” has a certain resonance for me.

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One of the burning questions of the music industry today is how do artists get their music out there and how do they get paid for it and, by extension, make a living at it. Amanda Palmer answers that question from her own experience as a punk-cabaret singer/songwriter, street performer, blogger, successful Kickstarter fundraiser, and performance artist.

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Today’s selection is Karim Nagi’s music video, “Mash of Civilizations”, from his album, Arabized. On Arabized, Nagi takes well known Western tunes and turns them into belly danceable Middle Eastern songs.  Check out his rendering of Vivaldi’s “Le Printemps” on Soundcloud here. In addition to being a musician, Nagi is also a lecturer, a DJ, and a drummer.

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