Tue, 13 January 2009
This is the first show since the holidays so I hope you found some time to relax and enjoy time with friends and family during the break. I stayed pretty busy myself with a pair of family get-togethers over Christmas and recently returned from a trip to Dubai, which explains the delay in getting this episode out.
Dubai was a pretty amazing place with incredible buildings around every corner, delicious cuisine, and even indoor snow skiing. What really amazed me was despite how far away it was just how similar city life was to the States and relatively easy it was to acclimate. Well other than the cost of everything that is. Not to say that it was all the same, one big difference that I found was the absolute power that their government has over businesses there. During my stay all live music was prohibited in public on multiple occasions by order of the Shaikh. So from a live music perspective it might not be the ideal place to go, but if you are planning on seeing a concert there my advice would be to have a backup plan.
Moving on to the music portion for the episode. For this show I am featuring Blitzen Trapper from their November 22, 2008 performance in Birmingham, Alabama. A co-worker told me about this band a while back and I found this recording shortly after. They have a slightly Dylanesque sound in my opinon but, as Levar Burton might say, you don't have to take my word for it. Give them a listen and decide for yourself, I hope you enjoy.
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