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May. 23, 2008

When George Bush was re-elected, musician Tod A. had to get out so he took a three year “sabbatical.” He spent time in Thailand, Pakistan, India and Indonesia. Along with writing a blog of his travels, drinking cheap beer, and teaching english, Tod A. was recording music with muscians from most of the countries he was living. The result is Firewater's latest release The Golden Hour. Tod describes Firewater's sound as a wedding band gone wrong. In reality, the music incorporates klezmer, Romani, ska, cabaret a bit of alt country and a romping rock attitude. The Golden Hour builds on those sounds while also adding elements of the countries where his sabbatical took place. Also, we head back to World Music Festival Chicago 2007 for a performance by Berlin's 17 Hippies, recorded at Martyrs'.