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Mar 29, 05 11:22 AM

The Nazarene/The Northerner.

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I've gotten access to a couple radio formats I previously have only been able to recieve on cross-country drives.

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After I did that show on The Loft, on XM Satellite Radio, they sent me a reciever. Initially I didn't think I'd use it much--WFMU dominates my radio life--but I was overjoyed to discover there's channels dedicated to Gospel and Norteo.

The former I could only get driving through the South--that great, blasting, rollicking, yelling, impassioned sound.

Norteo is Mexican music principally involving braying, drunken-sounding horn sections and weeping vocalists; it's one of my all-time favorite kinds of music, previously accessible only while driving a rental car through California. I annoyed the bejesus out of my bandmates on the June run, as I insisted on listening to Norteo stations constantly. Who knows when I'd be back in California again? It's one of the weirdest genres of music I've heard in my life, outside the confines of the old Knitting Factory on Houston Street.

They've also got good throwback country and hiphop channels.

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I've gotten into reading jag lately, too; the new Haruki Murakami (he's got two kinds of books, the sentimental and the trippy, this one's the latter), and the Gospel of John. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." Does that sound like Doughty country or what?

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Posted by Mike on March 29, 2005 11:22 AM