World in Stereo: Orchestre Poly-Rythmo interview in Chicago

Leading up to seeing Orchestre Poly-Rythmo in Chicago earlier this month, I felt like a kid waiting for Christmas. The same frantic anticipation that I had previously felt for video games and action figures was now inspired by a Beninese funk band. But not just any Beninese funk band — Le Tout Puissant Orchestre Poly Rythmo de Cotonou, the kings of groove.

The Orchestre was the first real African music I had ever heard. They are the reason I’ve been obsessed with Africa’s musical output for the better part of two years. They’re my Pink Floyd, my Nirvana, my Social Distortion; they’re one of those bands that turns fans into fanatics.

World in Stereo: TriBeCaStan: 5 Star Cave

TriBeCaStan travels across the musical landscape of the entire world with dizzying speed: one second you’re grooving to a banjo-led southern folk-funk jamboree, and the next you’re boogieing to a Caribbean jazz breakdown relocated to a Grecian island.

World In Stereo: Palenque Palenque: Champeta, Criolla & Afro Roots in Colombia, 1975-91

It is always fascinating to see what happens when two cultures mingle. Unfortunately, the reasons for the cultural exchange often are tragic: rampant colonialism, slavery, and immigration to escape persecution or poverty are the main offenders.

Although the causes of the fusion may not be desirable, the outcome is usually a bounty of music, art, customs, and cuisine that enriches both cultures. Such is the case in Colombia.

Into Television: File Sharing and the Future of TV and Film

TV insider and columnist Tom Hoban analyzes the effect of torrents and other file-sharing technologies on the future of the industry, asking how it will establish a suitable new business model and how it will reform copyright law in the digital age.

Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson

Ancient Gonzo WisdomFour years after the death of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson in 2005, his widow, Anita Thompson, is releasing Ancient Gonzo Wisdom: Interviews with Hunter S. Thompson, including many interviews that were never before available. After the many books and films about his life, his fans are now given a chance to share personal thoughts and laughs with him.