Discs plucked from the shelves of Paterson, New Jersey's greatest self-proclaimed"shopping center": Nouri Brothers, where new stock butts heads with decades-old, dust-covered gems we didn't even know were available on this continent. This three-hour tribute features Morocco's Grande Voix d'el Aita, Syria's King of the Oud, some long out-of-print Oum Kalsoum, mid-period Nass El Gihwane and Jil Jilala, nascent raï, jaw-droppingly rare Fayza Ahmed, and much, much more. Listen to the show in the archives
Provocation, poor taste, questionable ethics, incompetence, regrettable decisions, and egregious criminal acts, featuring: Russia's "unsurpassed master of profanity." The Cairene laundry presser whose ode to bin Laden was yanked from the Egyptian airwaves. The troubled Jamaican genius who spent the last years of his short life in prison for murder. Japan's greatest unpop star. The Beirut underground star whose fuck you to Lebanon's military leaders nearly ended his career. The creepy American hustler whose death unleashed a torrent of horrifying not-so-secret secrets.